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Virtual Professional Development for Real Professionals

October 5, 2020

Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library is pleased to announce Falvey Forum 2020 on Wednesday, October 21st and Thursday October 22nd from 11 am to 3 pm.

This two day, six session FULLY VIRTUAL event will provide new and exciting information on research methods, tools, and pedagogies for researchers of all levels.

Registration is free and open to all!

Please visit the conference homepage for more details and to register for individual sessions:

Virtual Conference Workshops


11:00-12:00   Citation Wrangling  — Presenter: Sarah Hughes

Serious research projects call for no-nonsense tools for taming citations. Learn how to use Zotero to save, organize, and share references.

12:15-1:30     Data Visualization with Tableau — Presenter: Erica Hayes

This session will provide a gentle introduction to how to use Tableau Desktop Public, a free software that allows individuals to publish interactive data visualizations and graphs on the web.

1:45-3:00       Copyright and Publishing 101 — Presenter: Sarah Wipperman

Academia is full of copyright and publishing questions that are often difficult to answer: Can I use this image in my work? What can I do with my work once it’s published? What does that agreement I signed actually say? Can I post my work on a certain website?


11:00-12:00  Beyond the Archive — Presenter: Beaudry Allen

The archive is not a passive, neutral institution, but an active ever-evolving site where social power and memory is negotiated, challenged, and confirmed. This session will explore the history of diversity and social justice on Villanova’s campus through material from the University Archives and illustrate how archival practices and bias shape memory.  It’s is also an opportunity to learn how to do research in an archive.

12:15-1:30    Storytelling and GIS — Presenter: Erica Hayes

While maps have been around for centuries, the digital age has given them new meaning. GIS software offers users the potential to visualize, analyze, and tell spatial stories. In this session, you will learn more about ArcGIS Online and Esri Story Maps, a web mapping application that allows you to combine GIS maps, text, images, and video to tell your own geographic story.

1:45- 3:00     Sharing Your Work: Academic Social Networking Sites and Beyond — Presenters: Sarah Wipperman & Dr. Janice Bially Mattern

Social media sites like Twitter and other online platforms make sharing your work, networking, and raising your visibility easier than ever. But which sites and platforms are most effective? Is it worth the effort? Where should you start? Join Scholarly Communications Librarian, Sarah Wipperman, and Director of Villanova Institute for Research and Scholarship, Dr. Janice Bially Mattern, to learn the techniques and social norms of using these platforms to increase your visibility.

But Wait, There’s More…

The Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communication programs at Falvey Memorial Library provide a number of services and offerings to support research, teaching, and other scholarly activities. The Digital Scholarship Program helps faculty, students, and staff interested in applying digital methods and tools to their research and teaching. For more information contact Villanova’s Digital Scholarship Librarian, Erica Hayes. Scholarly communication supports faculty in the creation, publication, dissemination, and reuse of scholarly works and the management of scholarly identity. For more information contact Villanova’s Scholarly Communications Librarian, Sarah Wipperman.

Digital Research & Scholarly Publishing: Demos & Discussions

Throughout the Fall semester, Falvey Memorial Library’s Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communication Librarians are hosting community conversations on digital scholarship tools as well as scholarly research and publishing topics every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. These informal virtual meetups are designed to facilitate collaborative learning and connection across all disciplines and departments at Villanova University. View the schedule and more information.

All are welcome!

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