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Window Shopping: Made for You


The library’s latest window display, “Made for Each Other,” introduces the library’s research support subject librarians using a Valentine’s Day theme of hearts (tiny silver ones, larger pink, red and blackboard-painted hearts), other pinks and reds, and, most appropriate for this winter, touches of artificial snow. Across the top shelf, short stacks of books create a statement, “Books & books & books & books,” followed by “YOU &” plus two panels with photographs of librarians identified by their names and subject areas, that is “You and Your Subject Librarian.”  The next shelf says, “Books & books. #HAPPY VDAY.” The theme continues across the bottom of the window with more books, hearts and information on the various ways one can contact a subject librarian. The window provides important information about subject librarians and a reminder that Valentine’s Day is a February holiday.

This large window exhibit, designed by Joanne Quinn, Communication and Service Promotion team leader and Falvey’s graphic designer, was mounted by Scholarly Outreach graduate assistant, Kallie Stahl. Kyle Bowles and Anne Stankiewicz helped Stahl with the installation.

Your subject librarian


The Highlighter—How can our catalog’s advanced features reduce your workload?


Put our catalog’s advanced features to work for you!

Click a link to connect with short how-to video:

Start your Favorites list (or add to it).

Save your whole search-results list.

Add a Tag—of your choosing—to an item’s library record.

Comment on a book or video. 

Let your Virtual Book Bag easily keep track of books and videos for you.


Still have a Bad Case of FOMO? Make Sure to Check out Falvey’s Events!

With all that’s happening at ‘Nova, it’s easy to suffer from a bad case of FOMO; we are all guilty! There is so much going on and we like to stay in the know. Given that we just experienced the notorious blizzard of ‘16, we may be especially vulnerable to a crippling bout of FOMO. After having the opportunity to indulge in a few solid snow days full of Netflix, junk food and probably more togetherness than we can possibly handle in a four day period, cabin fever officially set in for most of us in ‘Nova Nation. To remedy temporary insanity, be sure to check out Falvey Memorial Library’s events! We have a whole variety of things happening here throughout the semester, from ACS-approved lectures and informational workshops to leisurely club meetings and events.

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Falvey already kicked off the spring semester with a Scholarship@Villanova lecture featuring Arthur L. Caplan, PhD; The Rev. James J. McCartney, OSA; and Daniel P. Reid ‘14 CLAS last Friday, January 29. Dr. Caplan, an internationally recognized bioethicist, along with co-editors Father McCartney and Reid, discussed their collection of essays from medicine, philosophy, economics and religion that addresses the ethical challenges raised by organ transplantation. (Dig Deeper about the event here!)

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As usual, the Library will be bustling with other events and activities as well. We are pleased to announce that the Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) will be returning this semester with regular group meetings starting on February 5th. The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather to play video games and socialize in a safe and fun environment. All are invited to join the fun! Meetings occur on most Fridays from 2:30-4:30 pm in Falvey’s first floor lounge.

Daniel TordayFalvey will also be co-sponsoring the Literary Festival again this year with the Department of English by hosting two remarkable writers, Daniel Torday and Asali Solomon. Daniel Torday will read from his most recent novel The Last Flight of Poxl West on Thursday, February 11. Later in the semester, Asali Solomon will join us on Thursday, April 14. Her reading, which is also the 2016 Ida B. Wells Lecture, is being co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Program. Both events will take place at 7 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library, are open to the public and will feature book signings.

Asali Solomon, Literary Festival 2016, Villanova University

April is the busiest month for Falvey events and perhaps the most important throughout the entire academic year. In the month of April, we recognize student creativity with our annual Open Mic Poetry and CONCEPT events and celebrate faculty research on campus with events like our Outstanding Faculty Research Award lecture. However, perhaps the most significant event in our schedule is the Falvey Scholars Awards Presentation and Reception Ceremony, which is scheduled to take place this year on Friday, April 22 at 9:00 a.m. in Falvey Memorial Library. The Falvey Scholar Awards are presented to undergraduate senior students who have been officially nominated by their faculty mentors and have applied for the award. At this event, student winners have the opportunity to present their original work and are recognized by members of the Villanova University Community. It is our effort to highlight the work of our students who make great efforts to utilize the Library resources to achieve their research goals.

Don’t continue to suffer from FOMO! Please be sure to check our Events page and our 8:30 Blog for daily updates!

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‘Caturday: 100 Years of The Villanovan

villanovan banner 1916-2016According to The Villanovan website, students have been running the official school newspaper for 100 years, from 1916 – 2016. If you’re interested in the early years, you can find them in our Digital Library collection. More recent issues can be Wildcat 1969found on the Lexis-Nexis database, which is available to anyone with Villanova University login credentials. Find out what the Wildcats were up to in 1916, 1926, 1936, and more! What were the College Notes singing about? What were Villanova’s Thespians playing? Where was the Belle Air Ball held? And why was George Jacobs inducted into the Villanova Hall of Fame?

George Jacobs Villanova Hall of Fame

“Geniality is as natural to him as sunshine to a summer’s day.”


‘Caturday post by Luisa Cywinski, writer on the Communication & Service Promotion team and team leader of Access Services.


Foto Friday: Be a Rainbow


The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God – if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.

Maya Angelou

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management


‘Cat in the Stacks: Five Lessons from ‘The Force Awakens’


I’m Michelle Callaghan, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.

Our #FalveyForce finals event from last semester may be long over, but Star Wars fever never dies. Since we didn’t have much Force Awakens knowledge to incorporate in our event last year (given the film had yet to premiere), I present to you one more addition to our Star Wars excitement:

Five Lessons for Students
from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Never be afraid to refuse to do something you disagree with.

Finn abandoned the First Order. Finn is awesome. Be like Finn. Say no to the things you don’t want to say yes to. How can you be more like Finn as a student? Speak up! If you disagree with an opinion in class, find a way to make your position known. Your life is yours and your brain is yours. There is no point in going with the flow if the flow isn’t going with you.

Bad circumstances don’t have to mean a bad you.

Star Wars The Force Awakens promotional posterRey hasn’t had the easiest life. She’s a pretty good scavenger, sure, but it seems like she never gets enough portions for all the work she does. And yet, she’s so hopeful and so strong anyway. Sure, you might be swamped. Studying piles up fast. Sleep deprivation is real. But at least you have more to eat than inflatable green bread, eh? Be like Rey.

But don’t be like Kylo Ren, because…

…your temper tantrums are freaking everyone out.

Seriously, relax. Some things aren’t going to go your way. You don’t have to go about smashing and slicing things with your really cool tri-saber. Honestly, you’re just embarrassing yourself.

Stop it, Kylo.


Go watch a kitten video.

What you’re running from will catch up to you.

Whether you think you made a huge mistake and exiled yourself into isolation and hiding, or you’re trying to ignore the clear signs from the Force that you are meant to save the galaxy, whatever you’re trying to put off will inevitably find its way back to you. Face it and get it done.

Just because you’re not Han Solo doesn’t mean you can’t fly the Millennium Falcon.

Look, some people are really awesome at some things. Some people really get it right. You might think you’re not destined for greatness because you’re trying to compare yourself to what came before you, but that’s useless. Work hard and be the best you that you can be – because Rey looked perfect in that pilot’s chair even after forty years of Han Solo.

Official film poster via starwars.com

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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The Curious ‘Cat: What did you do to survive winter storm Jonas?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What did you do to survive winter storm Jonas?

Villanova student Sarah HannanSarah Hannan—“I hung out with all my friends in our dorm and ordered lots of food because not much was open on campus.”


Villanova student Justin Graham








Justin Graham—“I mostly stayed in my dorm. I just did work … until it stopped snowing, I stayed in. I went out a little bit, out playing—it wasn’t that bad.”


Villanova student Jacquelyn Korka








Jacquelyn Korka—“My friends and I just stayed in. I think we watched, in one day, five movies. We walked to 7‑Eleven, and we bought chips and dip. We did that the entire day; we just lay around and watched movies.”


Villanova student Erin Johnson





Erin Johnson—“I stayed inside and I watched movies all day. And then my roommates and I had to go outside and shovel our driveway, which wasn’t fun. But we made it out; it’s OK.”


Villanova student Glenn Hammer






Glenn Hammer—“I stayed inside. When I went outside, I bundled up; that is what I did. I played some snow football, too.”


Villanova student Brendan Gorman








Brendan Gorman—“I mostly stayed inside and got some work done. And I watched Netflix and hung out with friends.”


The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/1)

  • Posted by: Michelle Callaghan
  • Posted Date: January 26, 2016
  • Filed Under: Uncategorized

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David Bowie – An Avid Reader



David Bowie—iconic English singer, songwriter and musician whose career spanned nearly 50 years—died on January 10 at age 69. During his lifetime he sold approximately 140,000,000 records. Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Something not well known about Bowie: he was an avid reader, sometimes finishing a book in a single day. His literary tastes were wide-ranging; a list of Bowie’s 100 favorite books includes such classics as Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and The Illiad by Homer, novels such as A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and Infants of the Spring by Wallace Thurman, and a wide variety of nonfiction works: history, biography, art, architecture and more. The list of Bowie’s 100 favorite books was compiled by Geoffrey Marsh and Victoria Broackes, curators of the exhibit, “David Bowie Is,” held at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2013. While the full list is too long for this blog post, I am providing a random selection of books from Bowie’s list—fiction and nonfiction—that are part of Falvey’s collection. How many of these have you read? I’ll confess that I’ve read only a few of Bowie’s favorites although I am also an avid reader.

The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford

The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

 Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Before the Deluge by Otto Friedrich

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

The Illiad by Homer

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Infants of the Spring by Wallace Thurman

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Beyond the Brillo Box:  The Visual Arts in Post-Historical Perspective by Arthur C. Danto

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes

The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard

1984 by George Orwell

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The Highlighter: Is the Library Hiring Student Employees?


This video shows how to find library jobs for student employees:

To access the library’s “How to” videos, click the “Help” button on Falvey’s homepage.


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