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Foto Friday: A May Remembrance

  • Posted by: Laura Hutelmyer
  • Posted Date: May 27, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Joe Hauck (May 2, 1976 – Aug. 27, 1995), at the time he died, was a sophomore member of the orientation team for incoming first-year students. His fellow orientation team members described him as a free spirit with a warm smile. The orientation team provided this memorial, which was dedicated May 2, 1996.


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Bill Greene talks Triceratops, Sci Fi, and 40+ Years at Falvey

Today is a special day at  Falvey Memorial Library as we celebrate the retirement of staff member Bill Greene. Bill’s varied spectrum of interests and skills makes him one awesomely multifaceted person! We are rerunning a ‘Monday Mood Board’ blog post from 2015 to commemorate the day. Read on to learn more about Bill, dinosaurs, science fiction, and to follow some links to great books and resources.


Hi, Bill! So I saw on Facebook that you had a major work anniversary recently. How many years have you been here now?

40. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?

What is your earliest Falvey memory?

Actually, it wasn’t much of a memory, but it was my first day here. I was a student. Way back—I can tell you the date! I was a student. I knew it was gonna be a life-changing thing, y’know. The date was May 7, 1968. It was a Wednesday, and I was working in acquisitions. I was working with books in print. I was checking the orders to make sure they were correct. The whole first day was really strange, because the previous day, I had known nothing about working in a library. But then my mother said to me “[one of our neighbors] called, and she wanted to know if you’d like to work at Villanova’s library. “ So I said, “Yeah, why not?” I just could’ve said, you know, “Nah, forget it, I don’t wanna do that” and that would’ve totally changed my life. But I said yes. Next day, I was in there, that quick. It just grew from there, it wasn’t planned.

And forty years later, look at you!

Yeah, still here!

What are the first three words that come to mind when you think of Falvey Memorial Library?

Fun. Novel.* People.

*”I was considering, I still am, writing a novel with this place as the background. With so many experiences, I have plenty to pick from.”

Read any periodicals, magazines, journals?

I read Discover Magazine, because mainly, it’s science, which I am interested in. It’s science, but they write it so I can understand it. Once in a while I read Scientific American… and I wonder, why did I bother reading this? I didn’t get anything out of it. They’re too technical, I think, in some cases. Discover is a good magazine, especially if you find an article on something you care about.


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What’s your favorite dinosaur?

My favorite dinosaur is Triceratops. Do you have any idea what Triceratops looks like?

 I do!

Very good! I figured you would. He’s one of the more common ones, the three horn face, that’s what it stands for in Latin, I guess. I couldn’t tell you why I like him. My favorite dinosaur is not Tyrannosaurus Rex because that’s who everybody’s favorite dinosaur is. [Triceratops] is always defending himself against Tyrannosaurus Rex, supposedly.

I can’t even pronounce my favorite.

Yeah, what is it?

 I think it’s… Parasaurolophus?

Parasaurolophus, you like him? He’s cool! Thinking about this question [of my favorite dinosaur], he came up. Parasaurolophus is the one with the horn. He’s the one they’re thinking, recently, in the past five years or so, they’re figuring, the reason for the horn? All of the duck-billed dinosaurs, which she is one of, went around making noises and the different noises they made could tell each one what individual was from his group, what species it was from. The air went through the horn, and made all kinds of honking noises.

That would be so neat to hear!

Wouldn’t it? A herd of ‘em?


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Current favorite poet? Any poet you’ve read, new or old, that makes you think “yeah, them!”

One that pops to mind is Coleridge. “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” “Kubla Khan.” When I was reading him, he hit me right away.

What is your information routine? How do you get news and info?

Most of my news I probably get from TV. I don’t get any papers, because they all come to the library. I don’t have time from it, for one thing. Yeah, the news. Channel 6 is what I usually have on.

Do you visit any websites on a regular basis?

Amazon. Goodreads.

What are you going to do after this interview?

Probably going to continue work. A lot of the things I do, I have to wait for someone to bring it to me, like the mail, and the stuff from UPS, and the stuff that’s over in Garey waiting to come over to be scanned. But chances are pretty good that I’ll probably go down and start scanning stuff. Lot of books to scan, articles.

Can I mention something you haven’t asked me? I’m a big science fiction person.

Great! When did you discover you love science fiction?

I was around 12, give or take a year. I think the first book I read was R is for Rocket by Ray Bradbury, short story collection. And I read the whole book, and I kept thinking – this is just my state of mind at the time, you know, I’m 11 or 12 – I’m thinking, “gee, these are good stories, he writes them so well and they’re good, but they all end badly! I don’t like that, they all end badly!” And now I’m coming from a different perspective, being as old as I am; they do end badly, but you know, they’re really cool stories. I wish I had written them. It doesn’t bother me quite as much, and I can see why he did it the way he did it. ‘Cause it would’ve been a stupid story if it didn’t have a bad ending.

What is your favorite Bradbury work?

Fahrenheit 451, of course.

Any other favorite science fiction authors besides Bradbury?

Alfred BesterTheodore Sturgeon. Any of the best [science fiction] novels are written back in the fifties, I think, because now science fiction just can be anything. How do you define science fiction anymore? There is a definition for it, but a lot of the science fiction today is really on the edge. There’s no science in it! So what if it takes place on Mars? There’s no science in it.

I just read a book called The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. The thing that makes it different is it’s a combination of science fiction and romance, and I’m thinking, I can’t think of any books, good books, like that. I would highly recommend it.

Thanks for chatting with me, Bill!

Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.

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Content Roundup – Third Week – May 2016

Map, The Madras New Almanac : general directory and register for 1838

Map, The Madras New Almanac : general directory and register for 1838

This week finds a number of new treasures digitized, and now available for your reading and research needs. Noteworthy materials include: issues of the early Boston published Irish language journal “The Irish Echo”, a very early almanac from Madras (now Chennai) India with colorful maps and plates for the year 1838, two American photographic albums showing the efforts of families to document their vacation and domestic travels in the 1910’s with snapshots, and a new musical “Sing-Along” set from the Philadelphia Ceili Group.


[2] p., Photograph album of Wisconsin family, 1914-1920

[2] p., Photograph album of Wisconsin family, 1914-1920

Photograph album of Wisconsin family, 1914-1920

[10] p., Photograph album New York State Fair, 1907

[10] p., Photograph album New York State Fair, 1907

Photograph album New York State Fair, 1907

Dime Novel and Popular Literature


Harpoon Harry; or, Castaways of the Antarctic / by L. Philips

Fighting the savages; or, The pearl of the Pacific / by Frank R. Turner


Spiritualism exposed


Selection, front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 53, December 30, 1916

Selection, front cover, Chicago Ledger, v. XLIV, no. 53, December 30, 1916

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)

Joseph McGarrity Collection


[33] p., The Irish Echo, v. IV, no. 3, June 1893

[33] p., The Irish Echo, v. IV, no. 3, June 1893

The Irish Echo (12 issues added)

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Sing-Along (13 parts added)


"Geometrical Projection of a Lunar Eclipse in the month of October 1838", Plate, recto; he Madras New Almanac, 1838

“Geometrical Projection of a Lunar Eclipse in the month of October 1838”, Plate, recto; he Madras New Almanac, 1838

The Madras New Almanac : general directory and register for 1838

Around the world / by Rev. J. T. Roche, LLD.


Foto Friday: Room in the Garden

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“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone.

It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to.

It is different.

And there’s room in the garden for every flower…”

Marianne Williamson, American author and spiritualist. 

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An Author of Few Words

Barbara Quintiliano with Some Favorite Things

Barbara Quintiliano with Some Favorite Things

What kind of story can you tell in six words? Just ask Barbara Quintiliano, nursing/life sciences and instructional services librarian. She’s an expert at this, having posted 2,225 memoirs so far under her pen name, liberata. Smith Magazine selected Quintiliano as their March 2016 memoirist of the month. March marks her third anniversary with Six Word Memoirs, a project of the online Smith Magazine.

Quintiliano says, “I mean, who can’t write six words? It’s easy and so much fun … Gotta keep on sixing!” One of her six-word memoirs, “Don’t make life a preemptive strike,” is published in The Best Advice in Six Words (released November 2015). The book includes 1,000 contributions including those of celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, Molly Ringwald and Lemony Snicket, and Falvey’s own celebrity writer.

Some examples of her other six-word memoirs: “OK, putting my self-doubt to bed,” “Seeking hardcover-wisdom in a Kindle world,” “Progress. Said no to someone today,” “Coffee’s the only weapon I need,” and most appropriate for the six-word format, “I’m really good at doing succinct.” She explains her interest in the Six-Word Memoirs as an outgrowth of her life-long interest in writing in journals, having pen pals and, more recently cyber pals (email).

Quintiliano and Rob LeBlanc, first-year experience/humanities librarian, recently published an article, “Recycling C.R.A.P.:  Reframing a Popular Mnemonic for Library Instruction,” in Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice, volume 3, number 2 (Fall 2015). In 2009 Quintiliano won the Facultas Award.

What is Smith Magazine? It is an online magazine founded and edited by Larry Smith. The magazine is best known for its Six-Word Memoir® project, which Smith launched in November 2006 by asking, “Can you tell your life story in six words?” The challenge became popular with more than one million Six-Word Memoirs published to date.

Before creating Smith Magazine, Larry Smith was an articles editor of Men’s Journal. He had also held other editorial positions and has published articles in The New York Times, Popular Science, Men’s Health, and others.

Who really wrote the first six word memoir? Actually Julius Caesar did it in three words: “Veni, vidi, vici” which translates into six English words: “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Was this Smith’s inspiration? Perhaps, but there is also a legend that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a six word story. His answer, “For sale:  baby shoes, never worn.” What ever the answer, the challenge is popular!

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Eighty Five Years of Service to Falvey Memorial Library

On April 27 three longtime Falvey employees received awards at the annual Staff Recognition Dinner. The University presents service recognition pins to employees who have completed ten years of service. Pins are then awarded for fifteen years of service. Falvey’s three honored employees have collectively completed eighty five years of employment.

The Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD

The Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD

The Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher is Falvey’s longest serving staff member, receiving a Villanova University chair for 40 years of service. Father Gallagher, after some years of library service, was appointed the first full-time University Archivist in 1985, a position he still holds. He has no plans to retire; he looks forward to celebrating Villanova’s 175th anniversary in 2017.

Ann Stango

Ann Stango

Ann Stango, Access Services specialist, has spent her 25 years at Falvey working with Interlibrary Loan Lending (ILL). Stango, who prior to coming to Falvey did displays for QVC, has occasionally helped Joanne Quinn, graphic designer and Communication and Service Promotion team leader, with window exhibits. Stango received a watch as her 25th anniversary service award.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Smith

Jacqueline (Jackie) Smith

Honored for 20 years of service, Jaqueline (Jackie) Smith received a small mantle clock. Smith, Budget and Administrative Services specialist, came to Falvey as a part-time secretary in the Reference department. A year later (1995) she became a full-time employee, working for two departments, Reference and Technical Services. In 2006 her position was renamed and she was assigned to the Director’s Office where she continues to serve.

The honorees and their guests, as well as employees who retired during this academic year, were welcomed by Kenneth G. Valosky, executive vice president. The Rev. Robert P. Hagan, OSA, associate athletics director, offered the invocation. Dinner followed: salad, center-cut sirloin and sea scallops, vegetables, wine, a mocha mousse torte, coffee and tea.

After the meal, service gifts were presented and University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, gave a brief speech. The evening ended with a benediction by the Rev. Kail C. Ellis, OSA, PhD, special assistant to the president.


eBook available: The Man

The ManThe latest Project Gutenberg / Distributed Proofreaders release drawn from our collection is The Man: A Story of To-day, by “Aspasia Hobbs,” a pseudonym of Elbert Hubbard.

This is a very unusual book, claiming to contain “Facts, Fancies and Faults Peculiarly its Own; Containing Certain Truths Heretofore Unpublished Concerning Right Relation of the Sexes, etc., etc.” and providing a bit of social satire, a bit of speculation about the life of Shakespeare, a bit of fantasy, and a lot of philosophizing. Because of its eccentric nature, it is perhaps understandable that it was published by J. S. Ogilvie, a name often associated with inexpensive dime novels and popular handbooks (several of which can be found in our collection).

The entire novel can be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg. More works by its author can be found in our Hubbard Collection.


Villanova Basketball Alum’s MLK Artifact


via National Park Service Digital Image Archives

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, University President, announced that George Raveling, director of international basketball for Nike, a Villanova alumnus and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will address the Class of 2016 as the University’s commencement speaker. Raveling, a 1960 graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in economics, will also receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. The University’s 173rd commencement will be held Friday, May 13, at 4 p.m., in The Pavilion.

In honor of Mr. Raveling’s Commencement appearance, we are reposting an article from earlier in the year with information and resources on this distinguished alumnus and his connection to Dr. Martin Luther King.

Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. To this day the speech is a key piece of oration for the Civil Rights movement. Like every great orator, MLK had some prepared speech notes for his address—notes that actually did not include the famous “I have a dream” section (which was spun on the spot from the heart)—but he did not keep them. What happened to those notes, you ask?

They came into the possession of Villanova alum and College Basketball Hall of Famer George Raveling, class of 1960.

ravelingGeorge Raveling, 10th on Villanova’s all-time rebounding list and the second ever black basketball player at Villanova, was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. He was not only a talented college basketball player, but also went on to be an inspiring coach. He got his coaching start as a part-time assistant to Villanova coach Jack Kraft and later went on to coach full-time for Washington State, the University of Iowa, and the University of Southern California. Since retiring from coaching, Raveling has worked as Director for International Basketball for Nike.

So how did Raveling become the proud keeper of MLK’s speech notes? Raveling and his good friend Warren Wilson were only young men when they decided to go to Washington D.C. for the march in 1963. They were approached by one of the march’s organizers and asked to provide security—and they agreed. Raveling wound up just a few feet from MLK on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He was enthralled by MLK and his message of equality and civil rights. After the speech concluded and the crowd on the steps moved to disperse, he simply asked King, “Can I have that?”

And so they became his.

The notes have since been museum-treated and framed and are stored in a vault for safe-keeping. Raveling does not want to ever sell them, but is interested in their public display; he is currently in talks with various educational and museum groups.

You can read the full Sports Illustrated article on George Raveling and the MLK speech notes here. USA Today also covered the story. To learn more about Raveling’s induction to the College Basketball Hall of Fame, check out this article via VU Hoops.

Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.


2016 Falvey Scholar: Thomas Cox

2016 Falvey Scholar Thomas Cox with certificate

2016 Falvey Scholar Thomas Cox with certificate

Villanova senior Thomas Cox certainly knows how to leave his comfort zone. Cox is a 2016 Falvey Scholar representing the College of Engineering, but his fascinating senior project took a bit of stretching into the worlds of business and technology.  “[The data] was completely different than any kind of data I’m used to working with in Engineering,” Cox admits, “so I had to teach myself an analytics platform and actually build an engine in that.” He says it’s “pretty cool,” and anyone at the 2016 Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation and Reception Ceremony on April 22 would be inclined to agree.

Hailing from Boxford, Massachusetts and a graduate of St. Mark’s School, Cox loves that his hometown doesn’t have any traffic lights and that everyone is a diehard Tom Brady fan–but rest assured Cox found his home away from home here at Villanova, especially playing pickup soccer every Friday. In his short time here, he’s worked in the labs at the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Control (CENDAC) and even built a functioning drone.

But Cox’s senior project required a little less robotics and lot more statistics than his drone venture. Titled “Measuring the Adoption and Deployment Rates of Disruptive Technologies” and developed under mentor Stephen Andriole, PhD, Thomas G. Labrecque Professor of Business, Accountancy & Information Systems, the project explores how companies identify, pilot and deploy specific emerging or “disruptive” digital technologies. Cox explains, for example, that Marriott’s business model is affected by the increasing popularity of the Air B&B service–in this instance, Air B&B disrupts an old business model. Cox obtained the data for his project through surveys, and while there was a statistical learning curve for the engineering student, he is pretty proud of himself for figuring it out: “I can now say I actually have this technical competency when I go into the workforce.”

Falvey Scholar Thomas Cox presenting "Measuring the Adoption and Deployment Rates of Disruptive Technologies."

Falvey Scholar Thomas Cox presenting “Measuring the Adoption and Deployment Rates of Disruptive Technologies.”

Cox is more than ready to take that workforce by storm. His experiences doing consulting projects with real clients as head of the Villanova Consulting Group (VCG) have prepared him for his post-graduation career plans of professional strategy consulting. As for his senior project, Cox is happy that it “wasn’t just looking back at something that happened years and years ago,” but “right now”–being on the cutting edge of technological trends is a sure benefit of his hard work.

That said, Cox isn’t too cool for a little “low tech” gadgetry every now and then: “Even though my project’s on tech and tech trends, I still like, you know, reading physical books,” he says, which is part of why he was in Falvey Memorial Library “all the time.”

The Digital Library and Falvey are pleased to announce that all Falvey Scholar Award recipients’ theses will be digitized and made available to the Villanova Community at http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:180038.

Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.


Foto Friday: Happy Graduation Day!

  • Posted by: Laura Hutelmyer
  • Posted Date: May 13, 2016
  • Filed Under: Library News


The staff of Falvey Memorial Library congratulates all of our graduates.

Happy Graduation!

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