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Save Your Interlibrary Loan History!

As of February 1, 2018, in order to protect your personal and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request information, we will be removing inactive patron profiles and ILL requests placed over 5 years ago from our ILLiad database.

This new procedure was introduced as part of the recent Privacy Policy adopted by the Library to protect information about our users.

While access to every request you have ever placed can serve as a useful record, in the future, if you want to keep a copy of your request history, you will need to download your requests using the instructions below.

After the implementation of the new procedure, we will maintain only the current five years of requests.

If you do want to save a list of all your historical ILL requests, before we make the change, please follow the simple steps below by January 31, 2018!

  1. Login to your Falvey Memorial Library ILLiad account.
  2. Under the “View” menu on the left, click on “All Requests”. All current and historical requests will display.
  3. Highlight the fields from “Transaction Number” to “Status” and drag down to highlight your entire list
  4. Right click to Copy
  5. Open a Microsoft Excel worksheet
  6. Click on the first cell, then right click to Paste, choosing the Match Destination Formatting option.
  7. Adjust your column widths, if desired, save your file, and you’re done!

And, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at ill@villanova.edu


Foto Friday: Lazy, Hazy, Rainy Days of Winter


I opened my eyes
And looked up at the rain,
And it dripped in my head
And flowed into my brain,
And all that I hear as I lie in my bed
Is the slishity-slosh of the rain in my head.

I step very softly,
I walk very slow,
I can’t do a handstand–
I might overflow,
So pardon the wild crazy thing I just said–
I’m just not the same since there’s rain in my head.

Shel Silverstein


TBT: a very dapper Belle Air staff

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: February 22, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

Throwback to 1927’s (well dressed) Belle Air staff!

Note: the “Belle Air” heading in the blue border is on all of the pages in this yearbook, not just the Belle Air staff page.


Photo from Belle Air (1927), pg. 286


’Cat in the Stacks: MIDTERM WEEK ALERT – It’s a Time to Reflect

CAT-STAX4I’m William Repetto, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is the “’Cat in the Stacks” column. I’m your ‘cat. I’ll be posting about college life, about learning and growing here at Villanova, and, of course, about the Falvey Memorial Library’s role.

This post marks my 110th contribution to Falvey’s blog. During my prolific career as a graduate assistant here at the library, I’ve had the pleasure of bringing you this weekly column, highlighting interesting resources, and interviewing a couple of highprofile visitors. As we sit on the eve of mid-term week, I wanted to create a space on this week’s column to take stock and reflect.

One hundred and ten posts is quite a lot. If you had told me way back when I served up a cup of cat-feine that I would be writing 109 more posts, I would have thought that you were crazy. But here we are. As a graduate assistant, however, my time is winding down. For the first time since I became your ’Cat, the number of blog posts I have left to write seems quite tangible.

(I have about seven or eight ’Cat in the Stacks and an equal number of Highlighters.)

As a graduate student who is writing a thesis, I actually have no midterms myself.

I feel that this week offers a good chance to reflect because we haven’t yet gotten swept up in midterm madness, and we aren’t yet kicking our feet up for Spring Break. So let’s take a look at what you’ve done so far this semester, Wildcats –

You showed up on day one of spring semester, well rested and perhaps all-too-well reacquainted with family members. You were given syllabi and told you’d become an expert on five or six new topics by way of writing dozens of pages of analysis and taking several examinations to measure your progress. The juniors and seniors among you, of course, took this information in stride, while the first year students continue to adjust, and the sophomores approach the material with all the type of confidence that categorizes their class nomenclature.

No matter how you feel going into this midterm week, take some time to contemplate on what you’ve accomplished so far this semester. Even before you start studying, you’ve already learned a new vocabulary for talking about a particular topic; you’ve learned a new equation that shapes your understanding of the cosmos; or, at the very least, you learned whether or not you enjoy studying the nuances of a specific field.

Hunter has decided to run faraway from Villanova, so her midterms can’t find her.

Whether your midterm week appears insurmountable or you’re confident you’ll breeze through it this semester, Falvey is the place for you. The second floor houses the learning commons – where you can get academic support on an array of subjects – and many of our subject librarians for last minute source hunting (though we recommend you visit them for far more than just that). And, hey, if you’re on cruise control, why not visit the first floor lounge to get coffee (or even smoothies or sandwiches!) and coast into break with some close friends?

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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University. (Graphics courtesy of Bitmoji, and Hunter and I spending hours perfecting our representations!)


The Curious ‘Cat: He Who Must Be Named

Remembering Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) on his birthday, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students, “Who’s your favorite ‘Harry Potter’ character?” 

Luelle Grace Serrano – “Severus Snape.”

Nikitha Veeraballi – “Harry Potter.”

Jack Flynn – “Severus Snape.”

Jessica Baldys – “Sirius Black.”


Falvey Library New Additions

  • Posted by: Jessica Baldys
  • Posted Date: February 20, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

Listed below are five examples of texts added to the Falvey Library in the last 30 days- check them out if you’re interested!

1.)  Psychology of music : from sound to significance

2.) Mary Shelley and the rights of the child : political philosophy in Frankenstein

3.) Freedom time : Negritude, decolonization, and the future of the world 

4.) Introduction to catalysis and industrial catalytic processes 

5.) Introducing social theory


Highlighter: Five Databases for Black History Month

  • Posted by: William Repetto
  • Posted Date: February 20, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

Welcome to “The Highlighter,” where we’ll be exploring the various new and old services and resources available through the Falvey!

As part of the Highlighter’s continuing recognition of Black History Month, the list of databases below documents several aspects of the African American experience. You’ll find information to broaden your horizons on black drama, African American studies, early African American journalism, and much more. This list has been curated by Director of Academic Integration Jutta Seibert.

1. African American Newspapers: The 19th Century

This includes the complete text of major 19th century African American newspapers such as The Christian Recorder (1861-1902), Freedom’s Journal (1827-1829), The North Star (1847-1851), and Frederick Douglass’ Paper (1851-1863).

2. The African American Studies Center Online (Oxford University Press)

This database provides students, scholars and librarians with online access to the finest reference resources in African American studies. At its core, AASC features the new Encyclopedia of African American History: 1619-1895, Black Women in America, the highly acclaimed Africana, a five-volume history of the African and African American experience, and the African American National Biography project (estimated at 8 volumes). In addition to these major reference works, AASC offers other key resources from Oxford’s reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature and selected articles from other reference works.

The African American Studies Center Online is currently running a spotlight on Black Lives Matter. (Image from their website.)

3. Black Abolitionist Papers: 1830-1865 (ProQuest)

This collection searches a unique set of primary sources from African Americans actively involved in the movement to end slavery in the United States between 1830 and 1865. Approximately 15,000 articles, documents, correspondence, proceedings, manuscripts, and literary works of almost 300 Black abolitionists show the full range of their activities in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Germany.

4. Black Authors, Imprints from the LCP (1556-1922)

Works by authors of African or African-American descent. Compiled by the curators of the acclaimed Afro-Americana Imprints collection.

5. Black Drama

Contains the full text of 1,462 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 233 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Many of the works are rare, hard-to-find, or out of print. More than a quarter of the collection consists of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Ed Bullins, Derek Walcott, Willis Richardson, Alice Childress, Amiri Baraka, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.

You can also find flyers and playbills on the Black Drama database, including this one from Janie’s Song.

6. New Books from the Catalog

Among these latest books you’ll find resources about literature during the Civil Rights era, being black on college campuses, and theory at the intersection of race and sexuality. I hope you, like me, will find these resources enlightening, and I hope they put into perspective the gravity of celebrating black history and culture this February.

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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.


Falveydelphinovian: essay writing

  • Posted by: admin
  • Posted Date: February 19, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

This Falveydelphinovian blog showcases the students who find themselves situated in Falvey throughout the week.

This is Jackson Cook, Economics major graduating in 2019,

“What brings you into the library today?”

“I was in the library today doing research and finding information for an essay I am writing. It is about US senators and representatives.”

Falveydelphinovian written and photographed by Justin D’Agnese, team member of the Communication and Marketing team at Falvey Memorial Library. 


Welcome To Falvey! Brian Warren Joins the Technology Development Team!

Brian Warren recently joined the Technology Development Team as library technology developer, reporting to Demian Katz, director of library technology. The Technology Development Team “develops major features for the Falvey Memorial Library website.”

A native of Lancaster County, PA., Warren earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Kutztown University and a Master of Science in Information Studies from Drexel University. He previously worked for Information Technology at QVC and worked for several years as an academic reference librarian at Rider University. “I was looking for a change,” Warren explains of his move to Falvey, “It was something I thought about doing for a long time…I get a lot of satisfaction being involved with education.”

Warren is responsible for supporting the library’s Voyager system. In his free time, Warren enjoys working on computers and playing dobro (slide guitar) with his bluegrass band, Rented Mule. His office is located in the Resource Management Center on the Library’s ground floor [across from the Idea Accelerator], (610) 519-4185. Email: brian.warren@villanova.edu. 

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Peek at the Week: Feb. 19-23

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: February 19, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

“Everyone, at some point in their lives, wakes up in the middle of the night with the feeling that they are all alone in the world, and that nobody loves them now and that nobody will ever love them, and that they will never have a decent night’s sleep again and will spend their lives wandering blearily around a loveless landscape, hoping desperately that their circumstances will improve, but suspecting, in their heart of hearts, that they will remain unloved forever.
The best thing to do in these circumstances is to wake somebody else up, so that they can feel this way, too.”
― Lemony Snicket

Or, if you’re like me, additionally wake them up to edit your papers

Monday, February 19, 
Underrpresented Presidential Scholarship Program (UPS) Interviews, Room 205, 8:00-5:00 p.m.
General Biology Study Group, Room 301, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 20, 
Underrpresented Presidential Scholarship Program (UPS) Interviews, Room 205, 8:00-5:00 p.m.
Developing Skills Necessary to Succeed in Law School, Room 206, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 21
College Day, Room 205, 9:30-1:30 p.m.
Developing Skills Necessary to Succeed in Law School, Room 206, 12:05-1:15 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 1:30-6:00 p.m.
ACSP Summer Research Grant Writing Workshop, Room 205, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 22, 
Success Coaching, Room 206, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 1:30-6:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 1:30-6:00 p.m.
Anatomy & Physiology Study Group, Room 205, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 23,
Graduate Steering Committee Meeting, Room 205, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Unitas Weekend Planning Meeting, Room 206, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club, Speaker’s Corner, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
ACS Cultural Event: The Problem of Home in the Work of Toni Morrison, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!


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Last Modified: February 19, 2018