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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!

C&CS Presents: “Is the Framework a teaching tool? How its language can help (and hinder) undergraduates’ learning,” October 15 at 1 pm

September 28, 2020

C&CS Presents:

Is the Framework a teaching tool? How its language can help (and hinder) undergraduate’s learning with Rachel Hamelers and Jennifer Jarson

Thursday, October 15 at 1 pm EST

Register Here

While the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education is a useful tool for librarians to consider in developing and delivering instruction, do students understand it the way we do? Rachel and Jen investigated how students at a liberal arts institution interpreted the language of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

They wondered if we should use the language of the Framework in teaching undergraduates. Could introducing the language of the frames explicitly in the classroom–in addition to using them as the implicit foundation of our teaching–resonate with undergraduates, or is the language too full of librarian jargon? While the literature suggests many librarians find pedagogical value in the Framework, research also indicates concerns about the Framework’s comprehensibility and accessibility for faculty and students. Join this session to learn about their research, survey of the literature, and teaching experience. We will explore how the language of the Framework can be a pedagogical resource for librarians working with undergraduates: What language do students find confusing and challenging? What language connects? How can librarians implicitly and explicitly talk about this with students? What strategies can librarians use to share the language of the frames with undergraduates?

Rachel Hamelers serves as the Teaching and Learning Librarian and the Math and Science subject specialist at Muhlenberg College, Trexler Library.  She teaches classes based on Science Communication in the Media and Communication department and the Public Health program. Rachel received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and her graduate degree from the City University of New York, Queens College. Rachel’s research interests include science communication and information literacy instruction. She is active in the Science and Technology section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Jennifer Jarson has been the Head Librarian at Penn State University, Lehigh Valley campus since 2017. Previously, she worked at Muhlenberg College as the Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian, Social Sciences Subject Specialist, and Head of Public Outreach and Information Literacy Services. She received her BA from Swarthmore College and her MLIS from Rutgers University. Her research interests include information literacy teaching and learning, undergraduate research, and peer-to-peer learning. She is a member of the ACRLog blog team.

All C&CS Sessions are recorded and made available via the CRD website following the presentation.

This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

Support is also provided by the College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association:

Trusting News: Defining Credibility & Trustworthiness in Journalism

September 27, 2020

I would like to share the following information from Susan J. Nenstiel, librarian with Kreutz Creek Library of York County Libraries. I believe that defining credibility in the resources which we ultimately disseminate to our patrons is crucial, whether we are working in a public or academic library:

Please join WITF and York County Libraries for an exciting informational program:  Trusting News: Defining Credibility & Trustworthiness in Journalism

With information and misinformation overwhelming social media users, it’s important for media organizations to ensure their listeners/viewers/readers can trust their reporting, especially during the times we are living in with a global pandemic, civil unrest and an upcoming election. Questions like, “How do people decide what news is trustworthy?” or “How can journalists influence what users consume and share?” are popping up in communities across the region. 

To help answer those questions and more, WITF, in partnership with York County Libraries, presents a panel discussion and audience Q&A Wednesday, October 14 at 7pm LIVE on WITF’s YouTube Channel.   

Join a lively conversation, hosted by WITF’s news director, Tim Lambert, as we define disinformation and present practical everyday tips to help you think critically about the news you consume. Are today’s newsrooms balanced, accessible and responsive as possible? Plus we’ll highlight the importance of ethics and funding. 

Panelists include:

  • Lynn Walsh – Assistant Director, Trusting News
  • Randy Parker – Central Pennsylvania Executive Editor, USA Today Network, overseeing York Daily Record/Sunday News, Lebanon Daily News, The (Hanover) Evening Sun, Chambersburg Public Opinion, The (Waynesboro) Record Herald and (Greencastle) Echo-Pilo
  • Brad Bumsted – Bureau chief of The Caucus, veteran state government reporter and the author of two books on political corruption in Pennsylvania.

Have a question you’d like us to address during the conversation? Email us at

Sign up to attend this program here:

Call for News Items — Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice, Fall 2020 Issue

September 25, 2020

Has something exciting happened at your library that you want to share? Share it with Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice (PaLRaP), the peer-reviewed, open access journal of PaLA’s College & Research Division. Click here to submit information such as staff changes, awards/recognitions, events, initiatives, etc. happening in PA libraries that may be of interest to other libraries. News item submissions are welcome at any time; however, for full consideration for the fall issue, please submit your news items by October 1, 2020.

For more information about PaLRaP, visit

PaLRaP is a peer-reviewed, online, open access publication of the Pennsylvania Library Association’s College & Research Division. This journal provides an opportunity for librarians in Pennsylvania to share their knowledge and experience with practicing librarians across the Commonwealth and beyond. It includes articles from all areas of librarianship, with a special focus on activities at or of interest to Pennsylvania’s academic libraries.

Published biannually: May and November

Co-Editors: Bryan McGeary & Danielle Skaggs

Peer reviewers: Members of the Pennsylvania library community


Becoming a LibWizard Wizard (‘s apprentice)

September 24, 2020

I was approached by a new faculty member about working with three sections of Psychology 101 this fall. Her initial request was for me to record a video for her students that she could show in all three sections on the same day. She told me what she wanted me to cover and then said her class was 70 minutes long so my video could be that long.

I immediately thought no one, and that includes my own mother, wants to listen to me talk for 70 minutes about library research. Even in the most basic of one-shot database demonstrations I at least try to make the students follow along on their own computers.

Over the summer we anticipated that our instruction needs were going to change so we acquired the LibWizard tutorial module. I had really high hopes that I would spend my summer making tutorials for all the common questions we are asked but that didn’t happen. I decided that this request was going to be my time to jump in to the deep end of tutorial creation. I whipped together a few slides using YouTube videos that I’ve used in my instructions sessions before. I sent them off to the faculty member and said something like “instead of a video, how about this – but better?” She responded enthusiastically so I started working on building out the tutorial.

I quickly realized I had overestimated my ability to create “this – but better”. I think the software, like most Springshare products, is pretty easy to use but figuring out how to deliver an instruction session asynchronously was new to me, and nerve wracking. How many knowledge check questions are appropriate for each slide? What’s the best order for students to work through this content? Is a slide on source evaluation criteria and a slide on the peer-review process too repetitive? Where should I put this content other than this tutorial so students can refer back to it?

Has anyone else been using LibWizard? Have you had good experiences? What are your pro tips? You can see my creation here:

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