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   Volume IV, Issue 5
May 2008   


Three staff members of Falvey Memorial Library, Frances (Mimi) DiLenge, Philip (Phil) Mairs, Roberta (Robbie) Rosci and one recently retired member, Elizabeth (Lee) Murphy, were honored by Villanova University for their years of service. Long-time employees from all areas of the University were recognized at a dinner on April 9.

Mimi is a member of the Academic Integration support staff and also works at the information desk as part of the Access and User Assistance team; previously she worked in Periodicals. She has been at Villanova for fifteen years and commented that the recent changes in her job have expanded her horizons and that working at the information desk is “fun because [she] is working directly with students, helping with easy research questions,” while she refers more complicated questions to a research librarian stationed nearby.

Phil, a library assistant, has been at Villanova for fifteen years. He does book shelving and also works at the information desk. Phil, who works full time for Bryn Mawr College’s public safety department, is also an announcer for Bryn Mawr’s basketball games.

Robbie, a resource management specialist, was recognized for her ten years of service. Robbie, as noted by a fellow worker in the Resource Management Center, “is modest, and her concern is for students.” Susan Markley, RMC team leader, said that Robbie’s contributions “over the past ten years have made it possible for our cataloging department to run efficiently and smoothly.”

It was story time in the Library as Villanova student Erica Wenger read to young students from Cooke Elementary School in Philadelphia on April 25. The Sophomore Service Learning Community pairs student mentors with elementary school children.

Christopher Barr, interface & design specialist, has contributed to an exhibition called “Subversive Complicity,” at The Lab in San Francisco. The exhibition, developed as part of the “Intervene! Interrupt! Rethinking Art as Social Practice” Festival hosted by the University of California, Santa Cruz, “brings together a group of artists whose work inhabits the interstices of contemporary life … in order to subvert everyday systems and raise social awareness in subtle, humorous, and radical ways.”

In December, Joe Lucia, University librarian, was re-elected to his second term as president of the PALINET board. PALINET is an organization of “hundreds of libraries, information centers, museums, archives and other similar organizations throughout Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and beyond” which promotes “library cooperation and resource sharing.” Joe presented “From Open Stacks to Open Source: Technology, Libraries and the Intellectual Commons” at the VALE Next Generation Library Systems Symposium at the College of New Jersey, Ewing, on March 12. VALE (Virtual Academic Library Environment) is a consortium “to develop inter-institutional information connectivity and collaborative library application projects among New Jersey academic libraries.” Joe also spoke to the annual meeting of the Associated College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania in Grantsville (Pa.) on March 14. His topic was “The Purpose-driven Library: How to Thrive in the Digital Age.”

Contributed by Alice Bampton; photographs by Alice Bampton and Laura Hutelmyer