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Foto Friday: “Make No Bones About It.”

 I toe-d you I’d post another #FotoFriday! Make no bones about it, Falvey Memorial Library is terrifyingly cool. (Yeah, we know that joke was pretty humerus.)

What…should we quit while we’re a head? No seriously, enjoy your weekend Wildcats! It’s going tibia nice one!

Skeleton crafted by the Communication and Marketing department courtesy of white cheddar “Bag of Bones” Cheetos.


#Throwback Thursday: not a “fresh air course”

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: October 19, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

#tbt to “a group of weary business men relaxing during a pause in their heavy schedule” in the year 1947, and not (as the yearbook specifies) enjoying a “proverbial ‘fresh air course.'” -Belle Air (1947), pg. 74

Photo from the Belle Air (1947), pg. 74 & scanned by Hunter Houtzer of Falvey’s Communication and Marketing Team 

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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.

The chilly weather has returned, ’Nova Nation, and you know what that means; no, not stuffy noses, dry coughs, and miserable, dark, dreary mornings. It means the return of flannel, finding a cozy corner to hunker down in the library; chilly weather means Halloween, apple cider, leaves changing colors, and most of all: some pretty rad events to celebrate here at the Falvey.

The first of these events will occur tonight (Thursday, Oct. 19) and will actually be in service of those who have fallen victim to a vastly different kind of weather. “The Crisis in Puerto Rico: A Faculty Panel” will be part of the ongoing marking of Hispanic Heritage Month, which has blossomed into a full semester here at ’Nova and will also feature brief presentations by the Hispanic Club and Catholic Relief Services. 

Here’s an eVite to the Puerto Rico event!

Next up, we have our celebration of Open Access Week. In case you didn’t know, corralling the large amounts of information that libraries like the Falvey provide access to requires amazing amounts of woman- and manpower each year. Managing these subscriptions and understanding what each includes is a huge part of what librarians must be able to do these days. 

This system works for the Falvey because we have some of the best and most knowledgeable librarians in the world combined with the resources of such a great university. The biggest issue, however, is that this system concentrates all the best scholarship and data for research into the hands of similarly endowed institutions. Open Access Week is about celebrating those organization that seek to make said information free and easily accessible. Our biggest event for this celebration, titled “Open Your Mind to Open Access” will occur on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 12:30-1:30pm in Room 205.  

This celebration happens to correspond with another keynote event here at the Falvey – so you can take shelter from the chilly weather all day on Oct. 25! This year’s Mannella lecture, “Issues on U.S.-Italy Relations,” will be given by Dr. Spencer M. Di Scalia of UMass Boston’s Department of History at 1pm on that day. We hope to see you there for spirited discussion and, of course, light refreshments. 

Di Scalia, of UMass Boston, poses for a photo.

If library events aren’t your favorite chilly weather pastime, well… then you’re surely lost! But we’d love to know what you’re up to, Wildcats. Whether hot chocolate is your favorite cooler weather activity or just snuggling up under a quilt, we’d love to know: comment below or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter. 

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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.

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The Curious ‘Cat: “The Mystery Flavored Oreo!”

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: October 18, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Our office loves guessing flavors. This week we were gifted with a box of mysteriously flavored Oreo cookies, so the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “What flavor are the Mystery Oreo cookies?”


(Chris Munson, Madeline Frierson)

Chris Munson: “Tangerine.”

Madeline Frierson: “Citrus.”

(Kelly Maguire, Kyu Jin Jang)

Kelly Maguire: “Fruity Pebbles.”

Kyu Jin Jang: “Fruity Pebbles.”

(Lauren Winkler, Julia Morris)

Lauren Winkler: “Rainbow Sherbet.”

Julia Morris: “Rainbow Sherbet.”

(Rob LeBlanc, Sarah Wingo)

Rob LeBlanc: “Fruity Pebble.”

Sarah Wingo: “Generic sugar fruit cereal from childhood.”

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Highlighter: Octavius Catto, pt. 2

  • Posted by: William Repetto
  • Posted Date: October 17, 2017
  • 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!

I brought you a few journalistic sources on Octavius V. Catto in the “Highlighter” two weeks ago. We learned that his statue now graces downtown Philadelphia, the first statue in Philadelphia dedicated to a black individual. His work toward desegregating Philadelphia streetcars and educating black youths were indispensable to the empowerment of people of color within the city.

I’d like to highlight this week some of the scholarly and historical sources available to you on Catto through the Falvey. Many of these recommendations come to us via Merrill Stein, our Psychology and Brain Sciences/Political Science/Education & Counseling/ Public Admin./Naval Science/Geography & the Environment librarian.

Cover of resource #1, “Tasting Freedom” by Biddle and Murray.

  1. Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America,” by Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin.

Did you know that Falvey has been honoring Catto since long before his statue was erected downtown? We hosted the authors of this very book way back in 2011! Within the pages of this one, you’ll find out that Catto’s closest contacts called him “O.V.” You’ll also read of a fascinating background that brought his family from Charleston to Philadelphia to Baltimore, almost to Liberia, then back to Philadelphia to narrowly escape arrest. This is not to say that the Philadelphia of the time was a freeman’s utopia. In fact, as you’ll read, Catto himself assessed the Philadelphia Streetcar situation at the time as a proponent of “the white ‘fantasy of our inferiority’” (328).

  1. America’s Historical Newspapers: 1690-1922 (Readex)

Need 19th-century newspapers to see firsthand evidence of the narrative presented in Biddle and Dubin? We got it. Within this expansive collection of newspapers from the 17th-20th centuries, you’ll find a particularly interesting one detailing the acts of Catto at the convention of the concurrent literary society – on a night when they voted for the “exclusion of negro delegates.” Find out why the meeting “adjourned amidst great confusion.”

  1. African American Studies Center (Oxford)

For a shorter, albeit a very interesting biography of Catto, you can also visit this database. This one aptly concludes, “Despite his sad end, Catto’s trailblazing accomplishments in struggling to cripple institutional racial segregation, as well as enhancing blacks’ education and voting rights, made him an early example of the quintessential advocate of black empowerment.” You can also find lesson plans geared toward bringing African American Studies to the classroom on this database as well as a chronological guide to the Obama presidency.

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

You’ll find historical imprints in this collection! My favorite by Catto is a commencement speech given at the Concert Hall of the Institution of the Colored Youth. In it Catto boldly proclaims, “And we venture the belief, that had there been, through the Southern part of this country, a system of education for the masses, irrespective of class or color, exhibiting in its energy one half of the zeal which has, within those states, been exerted to keep the conscience unenlightened and the understanding uninstructed – we tonight would not be found at the crisis of a civil war.”

An ICY banner, once used by Special Collections, which also has interesting Octavius Catto resources.

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

From letters to poems to editorials, this database contains a plethora of primary sources. From them we can learn that Catto was quite the correspondent. Find out on this database why one of his pen pals wrote of one of Catto’s letters, “it gave me great pleasure to read and reread that long, and well [reasoned?] epistle. Yea! It filled my heart with joy.”

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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.


Peek at the Week: Oct. 16-20

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: October 16, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Quote of the Week: 

“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” -Sam Levenson

This Week at the Library: 
Monday, October 16, 
Restorative Practice, Room 206, 11:00-1:15 p.m.
Website Redesign – Oversight Committee Meeting, Room 205, 11:30-1:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 6:30-11:30 p.m.
Cultural Studies Food Matters Week: Farmworkers and Your Tomatoes, Room 205, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 17, 
Food For Thought Discussion-VITAL, Room 206, 11:30-12:45 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 6:30-11:30 p.m.
Cultural Studies Food Matters Week: Sanctuary Restaurant Movement Philly, Room 205, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 18,  
Food for Thought Discussion-VITAL, Room 206, 11:30-12:45 p.m.
Faculty Focus Group Meeting, Room 205, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 6:30-11:30 p.m.
Cultural Studies Food Matters Week: The Sexual Politics of Meat, Room 205, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 19,
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month Lecture featuring Nicolás Wey-Gómez, Room 205, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Friday, October 20, 
Graduate Steering Committee, Room 205, 11:30-2:30 p.m.
English Department Fall Reception, Speaker’s Corner, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club, Speaker’s Corner, 2:30-4:30 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!


Falveydelphinovian: a musical fall break

  • Posted by: admin
  • Posted Date: October 16, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

This Falveydelphinovian blog showcases the students who find themselves situated in Falvey throughout the week. We, the Communication and Marketing team, ask about projects & classes & books & sometimes (like now, for instance) exciting plans for fall break.

This is Marianne Donely, an English and chemistry double major graduating in 2018,

“What are you most looking forward to this fall break?”

“I’m in the Villanova Band, and every fall break we take a service trip to play music at elementary schools, veterans’ homes, and nursing homes in different cities. The elementary school shows are always the ones I look forward to most. We show the kids all the different instruments and play a bunch of pep songs to get them amped up. The teachers and principals at the school always give us the warmest welcomes too—I hope we’re encouraging those kids to stick with their instruments or to pick one up.”

Falveydelphinovian written and photographed by Becca Davis, team member of the Communication and Marketing team at Falvey Memorial Library. She enjoys quizzo nights, despite usually contributing only one answer. 


Foto Friday: “Fall, Leaves, Fall”

  • Posted by: Kallie Stahl
  • Posted Date: October 13, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”

-Emily Brontë, “Fall, Leaves, Fall”

Hope you’re enjoying your blissful fall break, Wildcats. See you on Monday! 

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#Throwback Thursday

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: October 12, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

“The purpose of the fall dance is to initiate the Freshman Class to Villanova’s social life. Biggest job of the committee is to secure dates for the green frosh who, except for the few, are unacquainted as yet along the Main Line. There is much phone calling between Villanova and the local Catholic girls’ colleges, Rosemont, Immaculata, and Chestnut Hill, in the transportation and pairing off.” -Belle Air (1943)

Photo from the Belle Air (1943) & scanned by Hunter Houtzer of Falvey’s Communication and Marketing Team 

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ILLiad – Interlibrary Loan – Upgrade Complete

  • Posted by: Luisa Cywinski
  • Posted Date: October 10, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Our scheduled ILLiad system upgrade is now complete.

Thank you for your patience!

If you have any questions, please contact Jesse Flavin at (610)519-4274 or jesse.flavin@villanova.edu.


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Last Modified: October 10, 2017