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   Volume IV, Issue 4
April 2008   

Falvey unveils new projects at gala dinner

A new chapter in the evolution of Falvey Memorial Library’s web presence began March 1, as Villanova University President Rev. Peter Donohue, O.S.A., Vice President for Academic Affairs John Johannes, University Librarian Joe Lucia, and a host of other prominent administrative heads and librarians gathered to celebrate the unveiling of two new library projects. The Community Bibliography and its companion database, the Digital Library’s Faculty Fulltext collection, will enable members of the University community to view citations and full-text documents of works by Villanova University authors, and these authors will be able to submit their published works for inclusion.

Rev. Kail Ellis, O.S.A., dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, inaugurated the library-hosted festivities with a blessing, in which he stressed the importance of love as the partner of knowledge in the educational mission.

Keynote speaker Father Donohue expounded this idea, pointing out that in bringing the scholarship of Villanova University to a broader audience through the Community Bibliography and Faculty Fulltext databases, we are actualizing the Augustinian principles of Veritas, Unitas, Caritas – Truth, Unity, Love. Thus, we create an opportunity to share truth and bring the “power of Villanova” to the community-at-large.

As these new features of the Falvey Memorial Library web site grow and develop, they will become a powerful tool for documenting and displaying the creative output of the Villanova University community, as well as a detailed record of the institution’s scholarly heritage. While the Community Bibliography, in its infancy, is moving toward comprehensive coverage of current University scholarship, its long range goal is to provide a more complete indexing of the Villanova University community’s publishing history, back to the institution’s founding in 1842.

In like fashion, expect to see parallel growth in the Digital Library’s Faculty Fulltext collection as it continues to document and display in digital form the works which make up Villanova University’s long and rich history of scholarship.

This effort toward establishing a comprehensive source which spans the entire history of the University represents a deepening of the usual conception of an institutional repository which is unique to the Falvey Memorial Library’s project. While most institutional repositories are author-driven and only reflect a school’s current scholarship, the Community Bibliography, in reaching for full representation of the University’s intellectual life—beyond faculty to staff, alumni, Augustinians and administrators —is not only participating in the reshaping of the academic publishing landscape in light of the digital age, but is also molding a composite figure which will communicate the power of Villanova in the world-at-large, or, as Joe Lucia termed it, our “cultural footprint."

Joe Lucia welcomes guests to the gala dinner.
Gala dinner attendees were treated to a first-hand glimpse of this cultural footprint as Lucia demonstrated the two databases in action. As he illustrated, from the Community Bibliography home page a user can either search or browse the collection, click on a title, and view bibliographic information about the work as well as biographical information about the University-affiliated author, and then click on a link to be directed to a copy of the actual work in the Digital Library’s Faculty Fulltext collection, when available.

In his remarks, Lucia pointed out that, although the Community Bibliography and Faculty Fulltext are almost complete on the technical side, much work remains to be done on the bibliographic information gathering end. University affiliates who visit the Community Bibliography and do not find their own writing covered are encouraged to submit a list of publications along with any full-text documents for inclusion in the collections. Submission is quick and easy and may be accomplished by following the “Submit Your Work Online” link at the bottom of the Community Bibliography home page.

Contributed by Stephen Spatz; photograph by Véronique Côté Stephen coordinates content review for the Community Bibliography and also works on the Faculty Fulltext project.