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Celebrate Freedom by Exploring Juneteenth

  • Posted by: Joanne Quinn
  • Posted Date: June 19, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News


Today is Juneteenth, the 19th of June, and the day that marks the end of slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed two and a half years earlier in 1863, at that time without mass media, it actually took the physical arrival of Major General Gordon Granger and his Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas, to announce to the last of the slaves held there that the Civil War had ended and that they were free. Hence, the birthing of a new Independence Day.

Juneteenth not only commemorates the abolition of slavery, but also is growing to be a multicultural and global celebration of  freedom in general. Specifically, it is an opportunity to build cultural awareness, and in many communities, to educate young African-American generations about the struggles of their past and how their ancestors prevailed. Gratitude and pride, story and song make up many Juneteenth celebrations.


Dig Deeper

Explore further the intriguing times after the Emancipation through the following Falvey resources about Juneteenth , curated by history librarian, Jutta Seibert. Contact Jutta for her guidance through your research needs and also for her help navigating the wealth of books and online library materials.

  1. African American Studies Center Online (AASCO)
    AASCO is a great source about African American history in general.  It includes the Encyclopedia of African American History: 1619-1895, Black Women in America, and the African American National Biography project. AASCO also includes primary sources and images.
  2. African American Newspapers: The Nineteenth Century
    Follow the life of Harriet Tubman as chronicled in the African American Press.
  3. Historical New York Times, 1851-2009

A report about the white resistance to emancipation in Texas from July 1865:

“The Negro Question in Texas.” New York Times (1857-1922), Jul 09, 1865.

Secondary sources about the tradition of Juneteenth celebrations in the Falvey collection:

Kachun Mitch. “Celebrating Freedom: Juneteenth and the Emancipation Festival Tradition.” InRemixing the Civil War: Meditations on the Sesquicentennial, edited by Thomas J. Brown, 73-91. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. [E641 .R45 2011]

Links and resources prepared by Jutta Seibert, director of Academic Integration and subject librarian for History. Contact information: Jutta.Seibert@villanova.edu, telephone: 610-519-7876, office:  room 228.

We are committed to accuracy and will make appropriate corrections. We apologize for any errors and always welcome input about news coverage that warrants correction. Messages can be e-mailed to alice.bampton@villanova.edu or call (610)519-6997.

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Falvey Welcomes UNIT’s TechZone

Falvey welcomed University Information Technologies’ (UNIT) TechZone on Thursday, June 14, on the library’s first floor. Previously located in room 101 of Vasey Hall, UNIT is a “centralized IT team…dedicated to providing the university community with comprehensive IT services and solutions which includes providing and maintaining the university-wide computing infrastructure for academic and administrative use.”

Permanently closing the TechZone in Vasey Hall, UNIT will now support the university community from Falvey; a move that Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services, happily welcomes. “We’re thrilled to have UNIT in the Library,” she says. “With over 600,000 people using the library each year, it makes perfect sense to relocate the UNIT TechZone to a more centrally located building like Falvey. UNIT staff will continue to serve the overall computing needs of the Villanova community, and they will collaborate with Falvey staff to provide enhanced support for the printers and computers used by library patrons. It’s a win-win situation.”

Bilal Rahim, Client Technologies Analyst; UNIT – Technology Support Services, shares Cywinski’s excitement, “We are looking forward to helping our Villanova students, staff and faculty leverage technology at the new TechZone@Falvey.”

As UNIT shared on their Facebook page, the TechZone@Falvey will continue to provide the following services for students, faculty and staff: “WIFI connectivity (mobile, laptop, tablet…), IT-related support (myNova, O365, Email, Blackboard…), software support/hardware recommendations, virus and malware remediation, VPrint and mobile printing, lab support and charging technology, residential networking support and password assistance.”

Throughout the remainder of the summer, the TechZone@Falvey will remain open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information and additional assistance please visit UNIT online, by phone (610-519-7777) or Email. You can also find UNIT on Twitter and Facebook.


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Foto Friday: The Father of Falvey Memorial Library

  • Posted by: Joanne Quinn
  • Posted Date: June 15, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

Though often tucked into the latest print issue of the Delco Daily Times, my father doesn’t read books regularly – though he did recently dip into Jay Wright’s Attitude!  As a woodworking hobbyist, however, he created a home where books were collected and nestled into every corner where he could build a custom shelf or cabinet.

I remember with fondness one particular large cabinet he constructed which we kept in our semi-finished basement. It was the width of two refrigerators and painted a bright kelly green which matched the vintage Philadelphia Eagles memorabilia which hung on the wall. It carefully housed and categorized my mother’s treasured collections of McCall’s and Photoplay magazines. He also made a smaller hutch for our living room, with scored sliding doors and thick with coats of Minwax and polyurethane. With its 12.5” high shelving, it was the perfect height to shimmy in our many albums from the Columbia Record Club and the stacks of fat, curling paperbacks by the likes of Irwin Shaw and Jacqueline Susan that my mom liked to devour on the beach.

These memories recall another Father who’s precious to Villanova’s institutional memory and who also took great care with the care and housing of books and materials: Rev. Daniel Falvey, OSA and the father of Falvey Memorial Library. Library News honors him this Father’s Day weekend.

According to the Falvey Memorial Library dedication program from November, 1968:  Father Falvey was born in 1906 in Holyoke, MA, entered the Augustinian Order in 1928 and received his A.B. from Villanova in 1931.  In 1940, he received his master’s degree in Library Science from Columbia University and in 1958 was named a Doctor of Library Science from St. Francis College, Loretto, Pa. 

In 1935, Father Falvey was appointed Assistant Librarian at Villanova. He served in this capacity for five years and then in 1940 became Librarian. When the new library was erected after the war, Father Falvey devoted himself to the project in order to make the building as modern and as functional as any library in the country. He organized the “Friends of Villanova Library” committee which was made up of friends and alumni of the University. The purpose of the committee was to raise funds for the new structure. Father Falvey, working with the committee, succeeded in raising nearly a million dollars. But Father Falvey did not concern himself solely with the physical aspects of financing, building and maintaining a library. He was also dedicated to creating a scholarly atmosphere for all members of the academic community.

In addition to his qualifications as organizer and innovator, his personal qualities of perseverance and dedication, humility and generosity of spirit endeared him to all who knew him. Until his death in 1962, Father Falvey was planning improvement for the Library and constantly adding new materials, to keep it as complete and up-to-date as possible.”

You’ll still find much of the shelving and wood cabinetry Father Falvey installed here at Falvey Memorial Library. Countless students have given the cubicles a smooth patina borne of thousands of hours of sitting and slouching and reading and study.  Though Falvey Library is evolving and modernizing all the time, Father Falvey might still recognize much of his work were he to revisit the building today.  At any rate, we still think of him and his loving handiwork with much gratitude on this Father’s Day weekend.


Photo of the 1961 Belle Air by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication & Marketing, Falvey Memorial Library


#TBT: Summer Reading Display

  • Posted by: Regina Duffy
  • Posted Date: June 14, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

“Summer was on the way; Jem and I awaited it with impatience. Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the tree house; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape…”

―Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


Stephanie Liu, Thiomarie Matta, Summer Reading DisplayHere’s a throwback to 2012 when two of our former Falvey student employees, Stephanie Liu (left) and Thiomarie Matta (right), worked on mounting a window display celebrating summer reading.

Summer Reading display, summer reading, display, 2012The finished product of their hard work, complete with beach balls and car rims! (Can you tell we have fun at Falvey?)

What are you reading this summer? If you are still looking for a good summer read, be sure to stop by by Falvey to pick up a big fat book!

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The Curious ‘Cat: Paradise City

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff, “What are your vacation plans for the summer?” 

Laura Hutelmyer, Electronic Resource & Special Acquisitions Coordinator: “I’m going to Washington, D.C., to visit some museums.”

Jesse Flavin, Acquisitions/Electronic Resources Coordinator: “I’m going to New York, N.Y., to see Ólafur Arnalds, an Icelandic composer.”

Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian: “I just got back from vacation. I went to Santa Fe, N.M., and Silverton, C.O. I visited Durango, C.O., Mesa Verde National Park and Telluride, C.O.”

Sarah Wingo, Liaison Librarian for Literature & Theatre: “I’m visiting a beach in South Carolina with some friends. I’m also looking forward to some day trips around Philadelphia.”

Lorraine Holt, Finance/Administration Specialist: “I’m going to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.”

Demian Katz, Director of Library Technology: “I’m going on a road trip to Iowa in August.”

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Welcome to Falvey: Abigail Cengel Joins the Access Services Department

Abigail Cengel recently joined the Access Services Department as the Access and Collections Service Desk Coordinator. The Access Services Department “ensures access to the library facility, coordinates borrowing of the library collections and manages resource sharing requests from patrons and other libraries.”

Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Cengel earned a BA in History from Wittenberg University (Springfield, OH), and an MA in Museum Studies from Indiana University – Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI). She will begin her online MLIS program in the fall of 2018 at Kent State University (Kent, OH). Before joining the Falvey staff, Cengel was working in technology support for a small software company in Philadelphia. “While the software company gave me some great customer service experience, I was eager to jump back into the library world to pursue my dream of becoming a librarian” said Cengel. When she came across the opportunity at Falvey, Cengel felt that the position “fit really well” with her “background and experience.”

In her free time, Cengel enjoys reading (she’s currently re-reading the Harry Potter series), crocheting, cycling, and Netflix binges! “I’m also a total history nerd,” said Cengel, “especially when it comes to the Middle Ages and Welsh history.”

Cengel’s office is located behind the Service Desk on Falvey’s first floor, (610) 519-6007. Email: abigail.cengel@villanova.edu.

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Foto Friday: Timeless Treasures

Selections from the collection, Timeless Treasures: Recent Acquisitions in Distinctive Collections, curated by Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections Curatorial Assistant, are now on exhibit on Falvey’s first floor!


TBT: Old Falvey, New Patio

Throwback to Falvey’s second floor renovation on July 5, 2011. Construction led to the opening of the Learning Commons on Feb. 17, 2012. Photo by Alice Bampton.

A brief update on the Mendel Field transformation, the Old Falvey patio is ready for alterations.


The Curious ‘Cat: Mint To Be

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff, “What is your favorite ice cream shoppe?”

Tricia Kemp, Access Services Specialist II: “Tanner Brothers Dairy Farm in Warminster. I always get something fruity in a cup.”

Laura Hutelmyer, Electronic Resource & Special Acquisitions Coordinator: “The Dairy Queen. I get the vanilla ice cream in a cup.”

Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: “The ice cream stand outside my old Minneapolis apartment complex. I always got the soft serve twist in a cup.”

Dee-Dee Pope, Access Services Specialist: “The ice cream truck that frequents my neighborhood. I get a vanilla ice cream cone with sprinkles.”

Roberta Rosci, Resource Management Specialist: “Springer’s Homemade Ice Cream in Stone Harbor, NJ. I always get chocolate chip ice cream in a sugar cone.”

Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication & Marketing: “Downeast Ice Cream in Boothbay Harbor, ME. I get the butter pecan ice cream in a waffle cone.”


Sue Ottignon, Distinctive Collections Librarian/Archivist, Is Retiring

Susan Ottignon, Distinctive Collections Librarian/Archivist, retired in June, after 26 years of service to Falvey Memorial Library.

Ottignon grew up in Hackensack, N.J., and graduated from Rider University (formerly Rider College) with a BA in Spanish. She received her MS in Library Science from Drexel University and MA in History from Villanova University. Ottignon came to Falvey in 1992, working as a reference/research support librarian, helping students across all disciplines. As her responsibilities became more focused, Ottignon’s position shifted to research/liaison librarian to romance languages. Working with faculty in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Ottignon helped build the library’s collection to support curricular needs of the department. She was also responsible for assisting students speaking Japanese, Russian and Chinese; offering instruction courses to resources that aided their studies. Recognizing her outstanding work, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures nominated Ottignon for a Facultas Award, which she received in the spring of 2012.

Working as distinctive collections librarian/archivist, a position she held until retirement, Ottignon assisted in curating a number of exhibits, both digitally and physically, including “Wildcats Past and Present: Moments from the History of Sport at Villanova” and “Paving the Way: Villanovans on the Move.” She described, assigned and published numerous items for the Villanova University Digital Library, including the transcription of multiple letters in the Barry-Hayes Collection.

Some of Ottignon’s finest memories at the library were those she spent celebrating with her fellow co-workers at holiday parties and year-end picnics. In retirement, Ottignon will continue to volunteer at her local church and plans to offer her services to the Voorhees Animal Orphanage, working as cat cuddler. Contributing to numerous online transcription projects, Ottignon is currently working on transcribing the Pentagon Papers and tagging photos of Betty Ford honoring her centennial birthday for the “Citizen Archivist Mission” project with the National Archives. She is looking forward to reading countless books into the early morning hours – not having to worry about setting her alarm clock. From all of us at Falvey, best wishes in retirement, Sue!


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Last Modified: June 5, 2018