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Newsletter: Falvey Library: Fall 1997



  • Louise Green receives "Distinguished Service Award":

  • Kolmer Group Study Rooms Open for Collaborative Study


  • "Sailing the Internet" Classes Held Monthly

  • "Times They Are A Changin'": An Update On Circulation Policies

  • Course Reserves Enhanced by FLASH

  • "FLASH fest at Falvey"




    By Michael Foight

    As the 1997-1998 school year commences, Falvey Memorial launches FLASH (Falvey Library Academic Search), a new automated library system that places Villanova at the cutting edge of library technology and information services. Developed by the Endeavor Corporation, FLASH replaces the now outdated GEAC System. Unlike earlier automation models, FLASH integrates finding aids, cataloging, acquisitions, and circulation in a way that better facilitates communication among library departments and enhances reference service. In addition to fulfilling current requirements of the university community, FLASH holds the promise of an exciting and expanded range of services to both the patron population and library professionals.

    FLASH provides a variety of new services to the patron. Students and professors will gain greater access to information through the system; not only will patrons be able to locate traditional materials such as monographs and periodicals, they will also be able to search full text articles, abstracts, and citations from a host of databases, including ERIC, Medline, and ABI/ProQuest. In an integrated system, electronic journal access merges with online resources, such as government documents, and provides information seekers with immediate access to information that was previously unavailable.

    FLASH is conveniently linked to Falvey Library's homepage ( on the World Wide Web and provides patrons with remote access to the library holdings and services. Patrons can browse through the library catalog as well as view their own circulation records using the identification number on their new Wildcard. The new VUCAT on line public access catalog (OPAC) will offer immediate access to titles on order as well as current holdings. With the implementation of the acquisition module of FLASH scheduled to take place in 1998, information on titles on order will be listed in the catalog, enhancing patron knowledge of important prospective acquisitions. VUCAT will also include useful hypertext links to journals, providing instant access to full text articles.

    FLASH offers networked connections to other university catalogs including Rosemont College, West Chester University, and the University of Pennsylvania. The new system also provides greater visibility to Falvey's rare and unique special collections, such as Irish studies, Irish-American history, and Augustiniana, to scholars around the world. In an age of information, FLASH distinguishes Falvey Memorial Library as a leader in the academic library community by integrating the library system in way that will create more effective and efficient service for the Villanova community and beyond.


    By Dr. James L. Mullins

    FLASH is here! FLASH (Falvey Library Academic SearcH) is the name of our new integrated online system that provides access to VUCAT (our digital catalog of Falvey's holdings), remote databases and electronic journals subscribed to by Falvey, digital catalogs of other libraries, and selected Web sites.

    FLASH is a major part of the Falvey Library Homepage. The library's home page and FLASH can be accessed directly through the Web via Netscape under the URL: or from the Villanova University homepage: click on Academics, and then click on Falvey Memorial Library. This will bring up the library's homepage which has FLASH prominently displayed. (Important: you must have Netscape version 3.0 or later to view the Falvey homepage. Contact UNIT for more information about obtaining this upgrade.)

    From the library's home page/FLASH you can connect easily to VUCAT. The first search screen that will appear after connecting to VUCAT will be "Basic Search", the familiar Author, Title, Journal Title, Subject or Call Number. You can also perform a key word search in "Any Word(s)." There are two Boolean search capabilities and an option to search "Course Reserve" (in development). Help screens explain the various search capabilities.

    Further developments will occur during the next year, including media management, book order, and journal receipt status. FLASH uses software developed by Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. -- the same software chosen by the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University.

    We hope that you will find FLASH easy to use and helpful in conducting your research.

    The following points will help you locate and become acclimated to FLASH:
    1. Campus Access: any office, lab, or residence hall connection with Netscape as a browser (or any Web browser) and access to the Web.
    2. Off-Campus Access: various databases that are subscriptions paid by Falvey must be transmitted through a Villanova IP address. Going through America OnLine or Prodigy will not allow access to our paid databases However, by subscribing to the Remote Web Access being offered through UNIT, a search can be made from home to access these databases . Contact UNIT for further information. VUCAT and some other resources on FLASH are accessible through any of the general providers with a Web browser.
    3. Library Access: within Falvey, Windows searching will be available. The Windows search allows for "fine-tuning" the search more easily than through the Web browser. However, the Web browser will also be available within the library for those who prefer it.
    4. Databases: many of the databases that were previously available on the LAN within the library are now available through FLASH and the Web. However, a few do not have a Web version and must remain on Falvey's Local Area Network (LAN). These include: Catholic Periodicals Index, Religion Index, America: History & Life, Historical Abstracts, Philosopher's Index, and a few others. Presently these can be accessed in the same method that they have always been.

    We are pleased to be able to bring this new service up for this semester. It took a major effort on the part of the library staff with support from UNIT, Facilities Management, and Purchasing. Our old computer system was on its last leg, and last week the link to the campus network was lost.

    It is not possible to describe all of the search capabilities and resources available through FLASH in this article. Please explore FLASH on your own. If you have questions, please call the Reference Desk, at 9-4273. If you have comments or suggestions, please address them to the Library Director, Dr. James L. Mullins, by e-mail,, or by phone, 610/519-4290.


    As libraries are changing everywhere, Falvey Library is also changing. The integration of new technology within the library has expanded access to information resources and enhanced the services offered by us to you.

    "FLASH -- Falvey Library Academic SearcH" is the name of our new integrated online system. FLASH will allow a unified approach to many of the resources and services of Falvey. During the summer, the library staff (with support from UNIT and Facilities) implemented new software to access our online public catalog, VUCAT, as well as to bring up circulation and cataloging. During 1997/98, we will bring online our acquisitions and serials records.

    FLASH will also allow easy access to remote databases, library catalogs, and selected Web locations. New furniture and equipment were installed in the Reference area to create a "friendlier" user environment.

    Two search methods will be available to access "FLASH." Within Falvey itself, a Windows 95 application will be available. Outside Falvey, on campus, and through the Web, a browser will provide access to FLASH, at the same URL as our present home page ( Please try it!

    During 1997/98 we will use FLASH to bring you new services and resources. FLASH's flexibility allows for easier modifications and refinements than our old system. Look for developments in media scheduling and reserve room support and access. Off campus access to the resources provided by Falvey will be facilitated by UNIT's new Web Access Service. By using UNIT's Web server, you will be able to access databases subscribed to by Falvey from your home. We are also working with the Colleges to come up with a structure for instructing Villanova students in information literacy to support their learning at Villanova and their lifelong learning.

    To augment our print resources, several new full text databases will be added to our resources. These include Patrologia Latina, Policy File, Ethnic NewsWatch, Literature Online (LION), ABI/Inform (full text & image), and WilsonSelect through OCLC's FirstSearch.

    Last spring, to speed up receipt of new books, we added an approval plan. Books are now received weekly in Technical Services that meet the profile derived by the faculty. This insures that the library will add titles in a timely manner and not risk the title going "out of print." Each week you may peruse and select new titles in your discipline and reserve those that capture your interest.

    An area in Reference has been dedicated to displaying new books before they are shelved in the stacks. Look for the "New Books" sign.

    Several renovation projects were completed over the summer. The Kolmer Group Study Rooms have been added to the third and fourth floors of the library. These room are available to students collaborating on projects. Soon connections will be provided to access the university network through notebook computers. Also, Instructional Media Services completed renovation of the three media viewing rooms on the ground floor.

    To highlight the changes in Falvey, please join us on October 22, at 1:00 p.m. for the formal ribbon cutting ceremony that will mark the advent of FLASH.

    As always we welcome your suggestions and comments. We are committed to meeting your information needs. You determine our priorities. James L. Mullins, Library Director

    Falvey Library Directory

    Acquisitions/Cataloging 94282
    Circulation 94271
    Collection Management 97966
    Director's Office 94290
    Hours and General Information 94292
    Instructional Media Services 94467
    Interlibrary loan 94274
    Newsletter Editors (Judy Olsen / Louise Green) 94273 
    Periodicals 94277
    Reference 94273
    Reserve Room 94278
    Systems 94158
    University Archives 94133

    Louise Green receives "Distinguished Service Award":

    By Jacqueline Mirabile

    During the convocation on St. Thomas of Villanova Day, Louise Green, Falvey Library's Assistant Director for Public Services and Head of the Reference Department, received the Distinguished Service Award. Service to members of the Villanova University community in the most efficient manner has been her constant goal.

    Over the years Louise has provided information to faculty, staff, and students by answering specific questions and also by selecting the most appropriate reference materials in both print and electronic format. Many of our telephone queries at the Reference Desk are actually addressed to Louise because she is well known on campus. And she is the person most faculty contact when they have problems accessing library resources from their office.

    Furthermore, Louise has recognized the need for students to acquire competence in the use of library and information gathering skills, not only for their courses but also to enable them to be life long learners. Louise has been a strong advocate for the use of computer technology when appropriate. As early as 1980 she initiated online searching of commercial databases.

    As the technology advanced, she ordered subject indexes on CD-ROM so that students and faculty could do computerized searches in the library without paying the online fee. She arranged for a LAN (Local Area Network) so that more than one person could use an index at the same time, and later she was instrumental in providing access to these resources from dormitories and campus offices. Now the library provides access to more than 20 databases covering numerous subjects. In addition, the Griffin Instruction Room with its 14 terminals and an instruction workstation was designed primarily by Louise.

    Louise continues to promote computerized resources which have become the most heavily-used materials in the library. Through her work on the library's System Council Louise has been very involved in the process of selecting and implementing the library's new online system.

    In 1982/83 Louise took responsibility for the daily operation of the library during the lengthy absence (due to illness) of Mary Jane Kuhn, then acting director. At the untimely death of Mary Ann Griffin in 1995, Louise was asked to serve as acting director. She ensured the functioning of the library with a staff of 80 full-time and part-time employees and elicited the full support of the staff as she brought to fruition many of Dr. Griffin's plans. She sought to encourage the staff to continue to provide a high level of service to the Villanova community while the search for a new director took place.

    Louise has served on numerous campus committees, including the Academic Information Technology Planning Committee, the Subcommittee on Information Networking as part of Villanova's Information Technology Steering Council, the Middle States Self-Study Library Committee, Sesquicentennial Committee on Historical Exhibits/Projects, SuperUsers (UNIT test group), and the Faculty Recruitment and Retention/Multicultural Diversity Committee.

    Louise began her association with Falvey Library in 1966 as a part-time reference librarian and assumed full-time responsibilities in 1974.

    In 1991 the Vice President of Academic Affairs approved a ranking system for the professional staff which ranged from Library Professional I to Library Professional IV. The criteria are similar to those for the Distinguished Service Award but also require service outside Villanova University. Louise's accomplishments were acknowledged, and she was accorded the top rank, Library Professional IV.

    The Villanova community has been fortunate in being the beneficiary of Louise's dedication to expanding the information world to faculty, students, and staff.


    The Kolmer Group Study Rooms on the third and fourth floors of the library are available for students working on collaborative projects. These rooms will soon be wired to provide connectivity to the university network. Through a gift from the Kolmer family, the two old study lounges were recently renovated. With new walls, windows, and furniture, they were transformed into six attractive group study areas.

    Students may obtain keys for the rooms at the Circulation desk.

    The Kolmer family has had a long association with Villanova University. John H. Kolmer, Jr., who currently serves on the university's Board of Trustees, and Nora, his wife, funded the renovation to honor the memory of their son.

    John H. Kolmer III (1969 - 1996) graduated from Villanova University in 1992 with a B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in Finance, and was pursuing a Master's degree in English at the time of his death. His personal literature collection, especially strong in the area of contemporary fiction, was also bequeathed to Falvey Library.


    David Burke
    assumed the position of Serials Cataloger in April. With the recent emphasis on electronic journals, David will be responding to this new dimension of information storage and retrieval. David, an Honors / English major while at Villanova, received his M.L.S. from Drexel University. Previous stints included the State Library of Pennsylvania and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Most recently he worked on a project with the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art, creating a database of the country's outdoor sculpture.

    Michael Foight recently took on the full-time, permanent position of Reference Librarian, Electronic Resources / Special Collections Cataloger. Karl Bauer joined Instructional Media Services as Graphic Artist.

    Also joining the Falvey Library staff are James Martin, Jr., Supervisor, Bound Stacks, Periodical Department, Joseph Brangiel, Library Assistant in the Reserve Room, who is a graduate student in History, and Catherine McGowan, Library Assistant in the Interlibrary Loan Department, who formerly worked at the Radnor Public Library.


    Informal walk-in classes on "sailing the Internet" will be offered on a regualar basis this semester. Michael Foight, Reference / Electronic Resources Librarian, will be teaching these sessions to any interested member of the Villanova University community. The Griffin Instruction Room, second floor, Falvey Library, has numerous workstations to enable participants to practice their 'sailing' techniques.

    The monthly sessions are scheduled for Wednesday mornings, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and Thursday evenings, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., on September 24 and 25, and October 22 and 23. Future workshop dates will be announced.


    By Luisa Cywinski

    Our Circulation policies are changing with the times. Beginning with the installation of our new integrated library system, the policy on circulating books will be somewhat modified for Villanova faculty. Faculty may borrow up to 100 items from the circulating collection. Rather than a fixed end of term due date, books obtained from the main stacks will circulate to faculty for 120 days from the date checked out. Items may be renewed once, by phone or at the Circulation Desk, for an additional 120 days.

    As a convenience, the library will distribute, to each academic department, a supply of pre-addressed library book return envelopes.

    If a faculty member would like to retain items beyond the renewal due date, the items are to be brought to the Circulation Desk and checked out again.

    Popular Reading books will circulate for 20 days and cannot be renewed or recalled.

    We anticipate providing a library proxy card to faculty members for use by designated graduate assistants. The proxy card will be an additional ID card attached to the faculty member's library account, which will allow graduate assistants to collect and borrow library materials in the faculty member's name.

    Falvey Library will take advantage of electronic mail and send library notification via Oracle e-mail for existing faculty e-mail accounts. Faculty members who do not have active e-mail accounts will receive notification via campus mail. Notification of overdue items will be sent at 7 days, 14 days and then a final notice at 30 days overdue.

    After borrowers accumulate more than 10 books that are 30 days overdue they will not be able to check out any materials until the overdue items are returned. Once returned, these items may be checked out again.

    In order to facilitate access to circulating library books, recalls can be placed on items that are currently checked out to another borrower. Recall request forms are available on the library homepage and at the Circulation Desk. The Falvey Library URL address is

    A recall will automatically shorten the loan period of borrowed items. A recall notification will be sent promptly after the recall is placed, notifying the current borrower of the modified due date. Should a recalled item become overdue, the borrower will not be able to check out any materials until the recalled item is returned.

    For more information, please call Luisa Cywinski at 610/519-4270 or Merrill Stein at 610/519-4272 or send an e-mail message to


    By Linda Saboe

    The Reserve Room officially enters the "technology age," thanks to Falvey library's new library system, FLASH (Falvey Library Academic SearcH). Among the many benefits the new system will bring is the feature enabling students to access the Reserve Collection using Falvey's online catalog, VUCAT. Course Reserves will be cross-referenced by instructor, department, course, and section number.

    With FLASH we can associate multiple course records with one instructor and multiple instructors with a single course. This allows better support for team-taught courses, such as Core Humanities seminars and nursing courses.

    For the first time, the Reserve Room will be able to electronically charge out reserved items to students. FLASH gives us the ability to accurately track usage of materials, control access more effectively, and maintain a higher level of security.

    The FLASH system is rich and powerful as well as easy to use. Reserve Course Requests can be processed more efficiently, allowing us to get the material on the shelves faster than ever before. For more information contact the Reserve Room at 610/519-4278.

    "FLASH Fest at Falvey"

    Wednesday, October 22 / 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

    Dedication of the new Online System, FLASH (Falvey Library Academic SearcH)

    Guest speakers and the Villanova Singers

    Tours of the electronic Reference Area, Kolmer Group Study Rooms, Multimedia Viewing Rooms, Book Approval Plan Corner

    FLASH , VUCAT, Falvey Library Homepage demonstrations

    Refreshments, Prizes


    By Dennis Lambert

    The formal liaison arrangement between Falvey Library and the academic departments and interdisciplinary programs exists in order to strengthen the library's collection in these academic areas. The faculty and librarian liaisons identify collection development needs, assist with the selection of materials in all formats, and communicate information about departmental and library programs and policies.

    Each academic department or interdisciplinary program has a designated faculty member (often the chair or director) who serves as the liaison to the library.

    The designated librarian liaisons are listed below for your information. They are available to help with your collection concerns. (610/519-)

    Accountancy        open
    Africana Studies                     Susan Markley ext. 94277
    Arab and Islamic Studies              Sue Ottignon ext. 94273 
    Art and Art History                      Dr. James Mullins ext. 94290
    Astronomy and Astrophysics        Dennis Lambert ext. 97966
    Biology                                  Judy Olsen ext. 94273
    Business Law                            open
    Chemical Engineering   Louise Green ext. 94283
    Chemistry                                Taras Ortynsky ext. 94282
    Civil and Environmental Engineering   Louise Green ext. 94283
    Classical Studies                     Bente Polites ext. 94273
    Communication Arts                Michael Hoffberg ext. 94264
    Computing Sciences                 Kathy O'Connor  ext. 94158
    Criminal Justice                        Michael Foight ext. 94273
    Economics                               open
    Education and Human Services    Barbara Bores ext. 94281
    Electrical and Computer Engineering   Louise Green ext. 94283
    English                                  Judy Olsen ext. 94273
    Finance                                   open
    Geography  Merrill Stein ext. 94272
    History                                   Dennis Lambert ext. 97966
    Honors                                    Dr. James Mullins ext. 94290
    Management                              open
    Marketing                              open
    Mathematics                             Susan Markley ext. 94277
    Mechanical Engineering                Louise Green ext. 94283
    Modern Languages and Literatures         Sue Ottignon ext. 94273
    Naval Science                      Dennis Lambert ext. 97966
    Nursing                               Joan Ralston ext. 94458
    Peace & Justice                       David Burke ext. 94282
    Philosophy                             Bente Polites ext. 94273
    Physics                                 Louise Green ext. 94283
    Political Science                       Michael Foight ext. 94273
    Psychology                              Jackie Mirabile ext. 94273
    Sociology                               David Burke ext. 94282
    Theatre                               Jackie Mirabile ext. 94273
    Theology & Religious Studies          Fr. Dennis Gallagher ext. 94133
    Women's Studies                     Joan Ralston ext. 94458

    For any department or program listed as "open" or not currently listed, please contact Dennis Lambert, ext. 97966.


    "Medieval Augustinian Excavations in Tuscany," on display in Falvey Library from August 27 through December 15, 1997, celebrates the anniversary of Villanova's archeological excavations undertaken in Tuscany in the late 70's and in 1984. The digs, which took place at the sites of early monasteries of the Augustinian Order, provided valuable data for resolving questions surrounding the origins of the Order and its connections to St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430).

    The exhibition, organized by Rev. Karl Gersbach, O.S.A., and sponsored by the Augustinian Historical Institute, with the cooperation of Falvey Memorial Library, reveals the effort to unravel the early history of the Augustinian Order.

    During the Middle Ages, hermitages were established by groups in search of attaining a simpler lifestyle than found in the Benedictine monasteries.

    Surviving documents of the Tuscan hermitages date from about the second half of the eleventh century, so earlier information must necessarily come from archeological excavations.

    These excavations centered primarily at the Monastery of San Leonardo al Lago outside Siena and Santa Lucia at Rosia, both of which showed evidence of prior religious activity. Also involved was Lecceto, an active monastery of Augustinian cloistered nuns, which was studied because of its close connection to San Leonardo.

    The Augustinian Historical Institute, located in Old Falvey Hall, is the Center for the Study of the History of the Augustinian Order and maintains a collection of materials pertaining to the history of the Order. Father Gersbach serves as the director of the AHI. For more information, call 610/519-7590.

    Father Gersbach serves as the director of the Augustinian Historical Institute.

    FALL SEMESTER - 1997  

    Regular Hours:
    Monday-Thursday       8:00 A.M. - Midnight
    Friday  8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
    Saturday   9:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
    Sunday 10:00 A.M. - Midnight
    Fall Break:
    Friday, October 10                       8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    Saturday, October 11   9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    Sunday, October 12    CLOSED
    Monday, October 13        9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    Tuesday - Wednesday, October 14 & 15   9:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.
    Thursday - Friday, October 16 & 17    9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    Saturday, October 18    CLOSED
    Sunday, October 19                       2:00 P.M. - Midnight
    Thanksgiving Week-End:
    Tuesday, November 25      8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.
    Wednesday, November 26    9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    Thursday - Friday, November 27 & 28     CLOSED
    Saturday, November 29      10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
    Sunday, November 30   2:00 P.M. - Midnight
    Friday, December 12 8:00 A.M. - 3:00 A.M.
    Saturday, December 13 9:00 A.M. - Midnight
    Sunday, December 14   10:00 A.M. - 3:00 A.M.
    Monday-Thursday, December 15-18   8:00 A.M. - 3:00 A.M.
    Friday, December 19    8:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M.
    Saturday, December 20       9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
    Sunday, December 21   CLOSED
    Christmas/New Year Holiday:
    Monday, December 22        9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    Tuesday, December 23 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    Wednesday, December 24  CLOSED
    Thursday, December 25   CLOSED
    Friday, December 26 CLOSED
    Saturday & Sunday, December 27 & 28  CLOSED
    Monday, December 29       
    9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    Tuesday, December 30    9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    Wednesday, December 31  9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
    Thursday, January 1, 1998 CLOSED
    Friday, January 2, 1998  CLOSED
    Saturday & Sunday, January 3 & 4  CLOSED