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Feedback Friday: How green will you be?

recycle_mini.pngThe Earth Day motto is “Recycle, Reuse, or Reduce.” At the library, recycling bins abound, recyclable products are purchased, and packaging materials are reused. We have DVD titles such as China Blue and Thirst and book titles such as Brewing Justice and Organic, Inc . What are you doing to make the world a “greener” place?

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Feedback Friday: Do graphic novels grab you?

 Graphic novel

Are they glorified comic books? Or do some deal with weightier issues? We have a little of both (“Still I Rise” is on order). Have you read any graphic novels lately?

Are there certain titles we should have in our collection?

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Senior Class Poets Post Their Work


Poems by senior poets can be seen throughout Falvey’s first floor to promote their work and to celebrate April as National Poetry Month.

The posted poems  include “Intellectual Touch,” by Laura Freeman; “Drops of Red,” by Jimi Honochick; “Affirmations of a Big Footed Woman,” by Jennifer Nelson; “Nostalgia. Imagination. Dreams,” by Ivanley Noisette; “On Andrew Wyeth’s ‘Public Sale,'” by Elizabeth Milarcik; “Persephone, Across the Styx,” by Danielle Robert; “Pieces of Sound,” by Charlotte Thurston; “Sisterly Love,” by Allison Friedman; “Man’s Best Friend,” by Kimberly Jackson; “Morning in Manhattan,” by Brigid Black; and “Ode to Academia.” “Captured,” is one of several poems submitted by anonymous writers. (more…)


Bartley Business Info Ctr Closed April 9

For assistance please email or call me (linda.hauck@villanova.edu or 484-685-6759) or call the information desk at Falvey Memorial Library (610-519-4270)


The Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs (1543-1945)

Villanova faculty and students now have permanent access to close to 5,000 new primary sources on women’s history from around the world. The Library recently acquired a digitized version of the Gerritsen Collection. The original collection is housed in the Spencer Library at the University of Kansas and consists of more than 4,700 books, pamphlets and periodicals. The materials span four centuries, from 1543 to 1945 and 15 languages. English (British and American) documents are most heavily represented (over 2,000 titles), but German (929) and French (734) titles are strongly represented as well.

In the late 1800’s, Dutch physician Aletta Jacobs and her husband C.V. Gerritsen began collecting books, pamphlets and periodicals reflecting the evolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women’s rights. The Gerritsen Collection has since become the greatest single source for the study of women’s history in the world. For a more detailed description, see “The Gerritsen Collection.” by Janet Sharistanian et al. in Feminist Studies, vol. 3, no. 3/4 (spring-summer 1976), pp. 200-206.

Links to the Gerritsen Collection can be found under Databases A-Z as well as on the primary source tabs of the History and Gender & Women’s Studies subject guides of the Library’s web site. Individual catalog records for all individual titles in the collection with direct links to the digital documents will be added to the Library’s catalog in the near future.

Questions or comments? Please feel free to leave a comment or send an e-mail directly to jutta.seibert@villanova.edu.

Gerritsen Collection


Onofrio Panvinio, O.S.A.

One of the earliest scholars of the Roman Republic and Empire was Onofrio Panvinio.


Two of his most important works have been digitized and are available in the Contributions from Augustinian Theologians and Scholars Collection: his work on the Roman triumph and the magistrates of the republic and empire, the Fasti et triumphi Rom. a Romulo rege usque ad Carolum V. Caes. Aug. and his work on the Roman games, De ludis circensibus.

Along with being a historian and compiler of data from the ruins of the Roman secular world, Panvinio also compiled one of the first histories of the Augustinian Order as well as other related chronicles of the church and the early papacy. Indeed his explorations to forage for inscriptions, illustrations, and documents were authorized by Pope Pius IV.

Many of his works have never been published as books and remain only available as manuscripts, so much work still remains to bring greater attention to these important materials. Living only to the age of 38, dying in Palermo in 1568 A.D., Panvinio’s contributions to later ecclesiastical and classical historians show that great scholarly effort can come from even a short life. Father Gersbach notes: “his descriptions of Roman churches remain valuable for art historians. His indefatigable labors in unearthing and organizing vast amounts of historical material have merited the admiration of later scholars.”

Indeed, the eminent historian Mary Beard in her 2007 work, The Roman Triumph, said:”so efficient and accurate were they that Onofrio Panvinio’s study of the triumph in his Fastorum Libri V first published in the 1550s – an analytical list of Roman office holders from Romulus to Charles V in the sixteenth century – remains even today one of the most comprehensive collections of evidence for the ceremony.”

Several images from his now digitized Roman histories follow including: an image of the Emperor Claudius, the procession of the Roman Triumph, the ceremonies preparatory to a Roman game, and lists of consuls and magistrates.







Mary Beard. The Roman Triumph. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007, pp. 54-54.

K.A. Gersbach. “Panvinio, Onofrio”. New Catholic Encyclopedia. pp. 828-829.


Feedback Friday: Are you a night owl?


Did you know the library lounge is open 24 hours a day? Your Wildcard gives you access to the lounge after the main library closes. Security cameras are linked directly to Public Safety, which makes it a safe place to study late. What is your favorite time to study?

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Extended: Falvey Scholars Deadline is April 17

scholars_bw.jpgFalvey Memorial Library together with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and the Honors Program would like to invite applications from senior students and their advisors for the Falvey Scholars Award 2009.

Five senior projects will be selected to be honored from each of the following disciplines: Arts, Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Nursing. Group projects will be considered as a single applicant.

Online applications for the Falvey Scholars Award will be accepted from March 1, 2009 through April 14, 2009 April 17, 2009.

More information…


Mirror Images: Challenges for Arab and Islamic Studies


Falvey Memorial Library has created a display in support of the Mirror Images Conference commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies. The Center offers a minor or concentration to undergraduates who wish to expand their understanding of international issues and world cultures. It was founded by Villanova University in 1983 to recognize “the critical importance of the Middle East” and the impact that Arab and Islamic cultures have had on the arts and sciences.

This display, consisting of numerous books, book covers, images, text panels and Egyptian artifacts, is the work of Merrill Stein, coordinator of the political science/ geography/cultural studies liaison team, and Joanne Quinn, a member of the Programming and Outreach team, who is responsible for creating displays in Falvey. Taras Ortynsky, a member of the liaison team, assisted with the display.

Books, including one by Reverend Kail C. Ellis, O.S.A., Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and assorted book covers provide some indication of the wealth of material available in the Library. Not only are there non-fiction books, but also novels and poetry books. On top of one case is an eye-catching portrait of Rachel Corrie next to the cover of her journal.  Rachel was an American peace activist killed in Gaza by an Israeli bulldozer.

The Center for Arabic and Islamic Studies is hosting an international Conference April 1-4. At that time a Koran from Falvey Special Collections will be added to the exhibit.


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