Compass is an archive of Library news from 2005 - 2008. For the latest Library news check the Library Blogs.
Compass Newsletter Masthead
   Volume IV, Issue 2
November 2007   

Reference Radio rocks the airwaves

“Reference Radio” hit the Villanova University radio airwaves this fall on Thursday mornings from 11:30-1:00 p.m., as a weekly program on WXVU. The creators and hosts of “Reference Radio,” Dan Overfield, research librarian (left), and Chris Barr, graphic and web designer (right), include regular segments featuring interviews with authors, musicians, librarians and faculty, as well as reviews of new Falvey resources, descriptions of library services and trivia questions that highlight the use of library resources, interspersed with music.

Dan and Chris believe “Reference Radio” will reach new patrons via an exciting and vibrant media. In addition to playing listener requests, the musical component of the show will expose listeners to an eclectic collection of music.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to share our love for independent and underground music while helping students with their research needs. I couldn’t think of a better way to blend my personal and professional interests,” Chris says.

The show raises awareness of library instruction and promotes its value across the University community. Dan and Chris also offer light reference assistance, through on-air telephone calls and e-mail questions. The show, a supplement to dedicated classroom instruction, is designed as a fun way to integrate information retrieval and research into the daily lives of students.

Prior to taking the airwaves, Dan and Chris have been trained, as required by WXVU and the Federal Communications Commission. Their learning experience, which included shadowing a disc jockey for several weeks, culminated with an exam before the duo was unleashed onto the public airwaves. Chris and Dan both have experience as college radio disc jockeys and are excited to be back on the air to reach a new audience and promote the Library.

The show can be heard online or on WXVU, 89.1, The Spot.

Photograph by Laura Hutelmyer