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   Volume I, Issue 2
May 2005   

Greene celebrates three decades at Falvey

Bill Greene
This May will mark thirty years of service for Bill Greene at Villanova University. After earning a bachelorís degree in education in 1972 and a masterís in library science in 1974, Bill began his career in 1975 as a periodicals assistant in Falvey Memorial Library. Billís duties included receiving mail, preparing materials for the bindery and working in public service. He began at Falvey under Father Louis A. Rongione, OSA, who was the head of the Library from 1962 to 1980. Since then Bill has served under five library directors and has seen the Periodicals department located in three different areas of the Library.

Over the years Bill has seen his job change considerably. In the 1970s and 80s the emphasis was on helping patrons locate paper issues of journals. This required helping patrons thumb through a printout of available titles to obtain call numbers for needed items. Bill also entered each issue received into a manual record system. The introduction of computers in the 1990s streamlined the check-in process and changed public service. In recent years Bill has redefined his job to include helping patrons navigate Falvey's online library catalog and access electronic journals. He is also responsible for sorting and distributing mail to all 77 Falvey employees.

Bill has been active on various library committees. He was a member of the Falvey Villanova Quality Improvement team for four years and currently acts as chair of the Library Staff Council. Bill is a member of the Blueprints committee, the Student Employee Appreciation committee and hopes to initiate a library book group this summer. In addition, Bill is pursuing a second masterís degree in Liberal Studies at Villanova University.

Billís interests are broad and varied. He lists Ray Bradbury as his favorite author and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones as his favorite musical group. Bill has successfully published poetry and written a book on dinosaurs. Just as at work, Bill surrounds himself at home with books. Currently, he has twenty-five signed copies of various titles and an extensive collection of science fiction books. An active member of the World Wildlife Fund since 1985, Bill also has a remarkable collection of ceramic animals that represents his respect for wildlife.

If asked what he thinks is most important in life, Bill will tell you not to take life too seriously and "rest assured that God wonít give you anything you canít handle."

Other library staff members celebrated significant employment milestones this year: Luisa Cywinski, Access Services and Natalie Tomasco, Periodicals, 20 years; Pinta Bossung, Access Services, David Gregorio, MT/CD, Mary Heyman, Director's Office, Domenick Liberato, Access Services, and Margaret McGuckin, Access Services, 15 years; Harry Coxe, Reference, and Marie Roman, Acquisitions, 10 years.

Laura Hutelmyer is a periodicals / information specialist; photograph by Donna Blaszkowski.