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Falvey Library is closed today, Friday, February 26, 2010.

Due to severe weather, the library will not open today. Our online resources and 24-hour lounge are available to Villanova students, staff, and faculty. Please contact Public Safety if you have questions about campus parking and sidewalk conditions.


Irish Journals, Monographs and Manuscripts in JSTOR

pennyjournalFalvey Memorial Library recently acquired the Ireland Collection, an interdisciplinary digital collection of journals, monographs and manuscripts from and about Ireland developed by Queen’s University of Belfast in collaboration with JSTOR. The Ireland Collection is the first regionally focused collection hosted by JSTOR.

“Rare, ceased periodicals from the early 19th century and portions of Queen’s Bunting collection in music are among the collection’s holdings, as are many journals publishing contemporary scholarship essential to the study of Ireland’s cultural and political life today. Noteworthy journals include: the Proceedings and Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy, Irish Historical Studies, History Ireland, Irish Arts Review, Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, and Fortnight. The collection is broad in scope, covering music, art, history, literature, archaeology, sociology, mathematics, and science, among other disciplines.” (JSTOR website)

A list of all titles included in the collection is available on the JSTOR website.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments that you may have.


Angie’s List Subscription for CE Keystone Sections

Competitive Effectiveness students working on the Keystone Gardens project may find exploring the world of homeowner reviews useful. If you would like to check out Angie’s List contact a member of the business team for access details.


"Rooftops of Tehran" Depicted in Falvey Cultural Windows


by Alice Bampton

Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji, this year’s One Book Villanova selection, is the focus of February’s cultural window display, at the library entrance. Although the author visited the campus last month, the display serves as a reminder for the numerous other One Book events and discussions.

Across the top of the window is a large sign with text over a panoramic view of Tehran.

A map of Iran with geographical information serves as the left frame and to the right is a large reproduction of the book cover. Between these frames are three shelves of images and objects related to Rooftops of Tehran, as well as a number of copies of the book. There are framed portraits of young peoples’ faces to represent the time before the revolution; red ribbons in these suggest foreboding. There is also a sepia photograph of Mahbod Seraji, the author. A fragment of a Time magazine cover with a headline “Iran: Struggle for Stability” and part of a story with the headline “Embittered Shah Leaves for Egypt, and Exile, Today” help set the stage for the book. (more…)


eMarketer Trial Extended to February 28

Good News, the eMarketer Trial has been extended to February 28th!


It's Black History Month. Need some information for your project?

Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley

Falvey has many resources to help you, including encyclopedias focusing on specific aspects of African-American life, such as business, politics, folklore, literature and society. One online source which covers all of these aspects is the Oxford African American Studies Center.  In addition to factual information, you can find primary sources, maps, charts, images including some video clips such as a clip from the movie “Amistad.” Biographical information is plentiful — from Richard Allen, the first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in Philadelphia, to Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr., the first African American in space.

(Photo courtesy of Oxford African American Studies Center – Phillis Wheatley was the first African American woman to have a book published and the second woman to have a book published in the United States.)


Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout: A Review

olivekitteridge(Elizabeth Strout appeared on campus January 26, as part of the annual Literary Festival. In 2009 she was honored with a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Olive Kitteridge (2008), a collection of connected short stories about a woman and her immediate family and friends on the coast of Maine.)

Reviewed by Gerald Dierkes

Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge may remind readers of Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, in which the author presents a look beneath the surface, so to speak, of a small Midwestern town’s residents, emphasizing the “grotesque” elements of their private lives.

Olive Kitteridge, similarly, focuses on a small New England town, in this case, a community in which its members know, or know of, everyone else in their town. Each story features the hidden elements of a different individual, family or similar group of townspeople. (more…)


On Exhibit: "Jack B. Yeats: Drawings & Illustrations," a Colorful Glimpse into Literary and Artistic Ireland


Image from the Broadside "Treasure"

By Alice Bampton

W. B. Yeats, the poet, is a name familiar to most of us. But his brother, Jack Butler Yeats?

Visit the Falvey Special Collections exhibition, “Jack Butler Yeats: Drawings & Illustrations,” and learn about this member of the illustrious Irish family.

This exhibition consists of two parts, the physical one on display until August 1 and an online version. Both were curated by Róisín Corry Roche, fall ’09 Digital Library intern. Bente Polites, Special Collections librarian, assembled the physical exhibit and Joanne Quinn designed the graphics.

Róisín, who has a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of New Jersey, a master’s in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a master of science in Library & Information Science from Drexel University, said that she chose this exhibition topic because of her interest in Irish subjects and because Special Collections owns an extensive broadside collection with illustrations by Jack Yeats. (more…)

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Bartley Business Info Center Closed President’s Day

On Monday, February 15th Bartley Business Info Center will be closed. As always assistance is available at Falvey Memorial Library. Linda Hauck will reopen the office on Tuesday, February 16th.


Michael Hollinger on Being a Playwright: “Killing Trees: Writing and Revising (and Revising, and Revising…)”

By Akua K. Adoo, Publications & Communication intern

hollingerAward-winning playwright Michael Hollinger seeks to demystify the creative process for writers, emphasizing the constant negotiation between design and discovery. He believes that his responsibility as a teacher is to reveal the “messy” process of creation and revision on the way to a finished work.

The Scholarship@Villanova series featuring Professor Hollinger continues on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in Falvey Memorial Library’s first floor lounge.

Professor Hollinger describes the writing process this way: “Students tend to focus on the canonical works that are universally accepted and worthy of our attention. In doing so, they often forget to look at these works in their early formative stages. This poses a problem for students who are trying to generate their own work,  such as plays, stories and poems, measuring their creative output by the standards of the classics.”

Several of Professor Hollinger’s plays premiered at the Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company, including “Opus,” “Red Herring,” “Incorruptible” and “Tiny Island.” In addition, his plays have been produced throughout the United States, including New York City, in London, Paris, Athens and elsewhere in Europe.

According to his colleague Dr. Shawn Kairschner, “He is quite warm, funny and personable, and has a cornucopia of stories about all aspects of theatre-making.”

Associate Artistic Director for the Villanova Theatre, Michael Hollinger has been teaching at Villanova University for 15 years and is an associate professor of theatre.

This Scholarship@Villanova event, the second in the series sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library , is open to the public and is approved for Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS) co-curricular credit.


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