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The Curious ‘Cat: “Thanksgiving treats!”

Curious 'Cat - imageThis week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?”

Sarah Chen – “I like pesto mashed potatoes.”

Shelly Henling – “My favorite is the pumpkin pie.”
Lauren Henderson – “Mashed potatoes!”
James Conheeney – “Oven baked turkey, like my grandma makes.”
Donald Holten – “The turkey, of course!”
Liam Wolfe – “I like green bean casserole, but it’s not my favorite. My favorite would be Nana’s pumpkin pie.”
Happy Thanksgiving, Wildcats!


Fair Use in Online Learning Environments

Peggy Hoon

Peggy Hoon

On October 20th, Peggy Hoon, the Director of Copyright Policy and Education at Louisiana State University, gave an engaging and informative talk in Falvey Memorial Library on “Fair Use in Online Learning Environments.”

Hoon started her talk by noting the ubiquitousness of copyright in educational settings, sharing an American Library Association (ALA) infographic depicting Fair Use in the Day in the Life of a College Student.   Hoon dispelled misconceptions about copyright (“if there isn’t a copyright symbol, it isn’t copyrighted” or “If I password protect copyrighted works online I can’t possibly violate copyright” or “I always need to get permission to use copyrighted works”) and defined copyright as a limited monopoly conferred on creators of intellectual property by the Constitution and Congress to balance the financial interests of creators with the social goods derived from the use and exchange of ideas and knowledge in fixed forms.  Hoon shared a five point framework she uses to help people work through copyright questions:

  • Is it copyrighted?
  • Is it licensed?
  • Does an exception to copyright apply?
  • Does the Fair Use exception apply?
  • How can one get permission from the copyright holder?

Hoon walked the audience through applying these questions to the many, many unique fact situations encountered in college settings, while neatly describing the legal cases and compromises along the path that have given rise to our current copyright topography.   Hoon’s roadmap to exercising full use of copyright in online learning environments can be viewed on the Villanova YouTube channel.

The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Instructional Technologies, The College of Arts and Sciences, Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning and Falvey Memorial Library.

Photographs by Kallie Stahl, Communications and Marketing Dept.


Another construction project at Falvey

Green fence

What’s happening here? We became accustomed to seeing construction vehicles and materials during the renovation of the Old Falvey Reading Room, now known as the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room. But that project was completed last month and there is now a green barricade extending along the back of Falvey Memorial Library.

Behind that green barricade a patio is being constructed, creating a new impressive entrance to the Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Institute, the Idea Accelerator. The foundation has been laid; a stone wall and paving stones will soon be added.

A peek behind the barricade

A peek behind the barricade


Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Program Manager.

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Peek at the Week: Nov. 21-25

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Quote of the Week:

“There’s nothing half so pleasant as coming home again,” –Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

And home, of course, is where your calico happily awaits you.

And home, of course, is where your first calico happily awaits you.

Bring sweaters back with you! Being cold is a good way to ensure the only thing on your mind is “wow I am very cold.” As a North Carolina native familiar only with temperatures over fifty degrees, I am already feeling this and have made a list of sweaters I am bringing back with me: Kanye, Cape Cod, Disney, and Ghost Busters.


My general aesthetic until next May (photo from Flickr.com, Ivy Dawned)

Save the date:
Monday, November 30th 
-Classes begin again (and for the final stint of the semester, you go Wildcat!)

Thanksgiving Break:
I’m sure y’all (slowly recollecting my southern-ness) are not as diligent in your library blog checking this close to vacation, so I’ll keep it brief: Have a wonderful time catching up with whoever you will be catching up with. With the season of rain and elections and fluctuating gas prices, enjoy whatever you do this week without the consistent (yet, still, fascinating and relevant) pressure of coursework. Say hi to your relatives (even the ones you don’t really like), and eat too much food


This is what I wish for you (photo from flickr.com, Marc Cavalier-Smith).

We [Falvey Memorial Library] will be here to help you sort out finals when you get back.

In this difficult time we at Falvey Library want to remind students that Safe Zone volunteers offer a place that any student can come to seek solace or refuge. No appointment necessary. No questions asked.

Many Safe Zone Volunteers at Falvey will have the Safe Zone logo posted on their office door, but you can also access a full alphabetical Listing of Safe Zone Volunteers/Locations here

This is a list of Safe Zone Volunteers at Falvey:
Robin Bowles, Second Floor Office 220, robin.bowles@villanova.edu
Luisa Cywinski, First Floor Access Services, luisa.cywinski@villanova.edu
Nikolaus Fogle, Second Floor Office 227, nikolaus.fogle@villanova.edu
Millicent Gaskell, Old Falvey Admin Office, millicent.gaskell@villanova.edu
Mary Beth Simmons, Second Floor Writing Center 202, mary.beth.simmons@villanova.edu
Sarah Wingo, Second Floor Office 223, sarah.wingo@villanova.edu

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


Foto Friday: Looking out the [Library] window

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“My favorite journey is looking out the window.”  Edward Gorey (1925-2000), author and artist.


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Program Manager.


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The Curious ‘Cat: “Purrcrastination!”

Curious 'Cat - imageWith the end of the semester quickly approaching, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What television show are you procrastinating with?”
Kylie Frankowski – “Black Mirror!”

Zach Sequeria – “West World.”

Ryan DeLaforcade – “I don’t really watch TV or Netflix. Sometimes I play “Smash Bros” to procrastinate.”

Lexie Scheib – “Reruns of Gilmore Girls to get ready for the revival.”

Maeve Kavanagh – “I’m rewatching Sense 8.”

Joshua Kim – “Stranger Things! Plus some computer games like ‘League of Legends’.”
Keep working, Wildcats! Winter break is right around the corner. As the busiest part of the year draws nearer, remember to pause every once in a while for some rejuvenation. If you find yourself stressing about finals, reach out to your subject librarian (ref@villanova.edu) or just stop by the library. We’re here to help ease those anxieties that appear during the last few weeks of the semester!

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A Pleasant Place to Rest, Read or Think: Father Thomas Martin’s Bench

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In front of Falvey Memorial Library, to the left of the entrance there are popular two seating areas. On one of the benches in the group farthest to the left are two plaques:

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Father Thomas Martin, Villanova photoWho is the Rev. Thomas Martin, OSA, PhD, and what is his connection with Villanova University and the Library? At the time of his death, Feb. 20, 2009, Father Martin was a professor of theology and religious studies and the director of the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University. He wrote books, articles and papers on Early Christianity and the Church Fathers. Father Martin’s book, Our Restless Heart:  The Augustinian Tradition, is probably his best-known work. According to Orbis Books, “Thomas Martin’s concise survey of this vast, complicated and controversial terrain begins with Augustine and his own restless heart… Our Restless Heart masterfully traces the great saint’s wide-reaching legacy in the Augustinian Order, as well as among a diverse range of Protestant and Catholic reformers, and in modern currents in the church and spirituality.”

Thomas Frank Martin was born in 1943 in Chicago, Ill., where he attended parochial elementary and high schools. On Sept. 3, 1961, he became a novice in the Order of St. Augustine and spent a year at St. Monica Novitiate, Oconomowoc, Wis. He professed his first vows on Sept. 4, 1962, in the Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel, and then atteded Tolentine College, Olympia Fields, Ill., where he received his BA in Philosophy in 1966. Father Martin was ordained on Dec. 20, 1969, in the chapel of Tolentine College.  He earned his MA in Theology from DePaul University, Chicago, Ill., in 1970, and a PhD in Early Christianity Studies from Northwestern University, Chicago, in 1995.

Father Martin led an active life; his first assignment was as a teacher and chaplain at Mendel Catholic High School in Chicago. From there he became the formation director at St. John Stone Friary, Chicago, and, when the program moved to Villanova University, he came here. Next he served a brief time at Cascia Hall, Tulsa, Okla.; he left Cascia Hall when he was elected Province Secretary and returned to Olympia Fields. From there he was called to Rome where he served the Order from 1984-1990. He came back to Chicago in 1990, serving once again as the formation director at St. John Stone Friary and studying for his PhD. After earning his PhD, Father Martin came to Villanova to teach in the Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies, 1995-2009. He was the founding director of the Augustinian Institute (2001-2009). And in 2003, he founded Reconsiderations, a scholarly conference to discuss St. Augustine, his life and legacy.

The Rev. Allan Fitzgerald, OSA, STD, director of the Augustinian Institute, remembers Father Martin well. “As for a favorite story, let me say that I was always impressed at his ability to travel and always bring something back to his teaching, whether what he learned by visiting the desert monasteries in Egypt or friends in Poland. He was the kind of person who brought people together and whose enthusiasm was never more evident than when he spoke about St. Augustine.”

Darren Poley, Theology/Humanities librarian, also knew Father Martin. “My memories of Fr. Tom Martin, OSA, are of a delightful, good natured priest who was also an outstanding world-class scholar and a true champion of the Library. He had a good sense of humor, laughing and smiling even near the end of his earthly life when illness had overtaken his physical body. He had a deep spirit of generosity and faith, and was quick to encourage younger scholars with his own story about getting his PhD later in life. Once, in a chance meeting while walking across campus, I asked him about a pretty heavy duty theological problem that I had been pondering. Fr. Martin was able to give me a concise answer in just a couple of minutes that even the average undergraduate could understand.  He could distill very difficult concepts from the thought of St. Augustine knowledgably and skillfully. He worked very closely with Falvey to establish and preserve our collection of early printed copies of The Confessions of St. Augustine, to aid our collaboration with the University of Leuven on the Finding Augustine project, and was critical to our filling gaps in our general collection dealing with Augustine and related writers and thinkers.”

A comfortable bench in a shady spot, a place to sit and read or think, adjacent to the Library which houses the books he wrote as well as a large collection of works related to St. Augustine – what an appropriate way to remember a much loved “priest, scholar, teacher and friend.” The bench with its plaques was installed in spring 2009.

For Father Thomas Martin’s obituary and the homily from his funeral Mass see


A video of “Augustine’s Pauline Method 1 Cor 11 2 ff As a Case Study,” a presentation by Father Thomas Martin.


Dig Deeper (Father Martin’s books):

Augustine of Hippo:  Faithful Servant, Spiritual Leader (2011)

Nuestro Corazon Inquieto:  La Tradicion Augustiniana (2008)

Our Restless Heart:  The Augustinian Tradition (2003)

Rhetoric and Exegesis in Augustine’s Interpretation of Romans 7: 24-25a (2001)

Sharing a Common Legacy:  Symposium of the Augustinian Family and Course on Augustinian Spirituality, Rome, November 9-14, 1987 (1988)

Studies in Patristic Texts and Archaeology:  If These Stones Could Speak-:  Essays in Honor of Dennis Edward Groh (2009)


Bench photographs by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept. Photograph of Fr.Martin courtesy of the Order of St. Augustine.

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An Exhibit: Transforming Minds and Hearts: The Reading Room at Villanova

Father Gallagher visits the exhibit

Father Gallagher visits the exhibit

“Transforming Minds and Hearts:  The Reading Room at Villanova” is a small, but very interesting and informative exhibit currently residing in the lobby of Old Falvey. Curated by the Rev. Dennis Gallagher, OSA, PhD, University Archivist, and Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library Coordinator, the exhibit features materials from the University Archives. Joanne Quinn designed the graphics.

Case with shovel, trowel and more

Case with spade, trowel and article

In one case the spade used in the groundbreaking for Old Falvey and the trowel used in the laying of the cornerstone  are displayed along with a newspaper article about the opening of the new Villanova College Library (Villanova was not yet a university). Also included is a photograph of the Library and one of Library’s dedication; the Rev. Daniel P. Falvey, OSA, librarian; the Rev. Edward J. McCarthy, OSA; and the Very Rev. Mortimer A. Sullivan, OSA, Augustinian Provincial, are pictured. Falvey Memorial Library is named for Father Falvey who served as librarian for many years.

Case with photographs of Old Falvey Reading Room and Circulation Area

Case with photographs of Old Falvey Reading Room and Circulation Area

The second case displays five photographs relating to Old Falvey. There is one of the large painting, “The Triumph of David” by Pietro da Cortona, being hung in the Reading Room circa 1950. The painting, after undergoing a two-year long conservation, was recently rehung in what is now the newly renovated Dugan Polk Family Reading Room.

Other photographs in this case are a 1960s photograph of the Villanova College Library Reference/Reading Room, the same room in 1964 (all male students and be sure to note how they dressed), a 1962 view of the circulation desk in what is now the newly refurbished Old Falvey lobby and a 1969 photograph of the Library Science Library (in what is now the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room). The spaces and painting shown in these photographs are readily recognizable, but the changes rendered by the rooms’ renovations and the painting’s conservation are noteworthy!

This exhibit provides just a small look at the treasures housed in the University Archives; there is far more, and some fascinating objects are on exhibit in the Archives. Father Gallagher and the University Archives are located in room 16B on the ground floor of Falvey Memorial Library. The Archives are open 9-5, although Father Gallagher prefers research appointments. Father Gallagher may be contacted at 610-519-4133.

Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Program Manager.



Peek at the Week: Nov. 14-18

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Quote of the week:

“It is odd, the twists that life will sometimes take. The ewe that you think will give birth with ease dies bringing forth a two-headed lamb. Or the ski trail that you have been told is treacherous, you navigate easily.” –Edith Pattou, East
(This was one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books as a child. It always makes me feel a little better when things are looking unsure.)


Though, tbh, I’ve never actually navigated skiing successfully (photo from pixabay.com)

This week at the library:
Tuesday, November 15th, 
-Brown Bag Lunch Meeting, Room 205, 11:15-1:00 p.m.
-Lunch and Learn- Graduate Programs at VU, Room 204, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
-Reading by Novelist Robert Rosenberg, Speaker’s Corner, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
-The Thomas F. Martin Fellow Public Lecture, Room 204, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 16th,
-Competitive Effectiveness Citation Review, Room 206, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
-Brown Bag Lunch Meeting, Room 205, 11:15-1:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 17th
-2016 US Presidential Election Series Lecture: Dr. Matthew R Kerbel presents “2016 Election Retrospective: What Happened—And What Happens Now?”
-Irish Studies-Summer Study Abroad Info Session, Room 204, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
-Latin American Studies Program Event, Speaker’s Corner, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
-OUS: Pre-Law Advising Workshop, Room 205, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 18th,
-Theology Portio Creaturae Tuae Conference, Room 205, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
-Competitive Effectiveness Citation Review, Room 207, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
-Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club: Regular Group Meeting, First Floor Lounge, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

This upcoming Saturday, November 19th, is National Adoption Day and there are few more rewarding experiences on Earth than coming home to an animal (in my humble, unbiased opinion).

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My own adopted cat, Madeline, is the best in my biased, un-humble opinion.

Here are a few places you can adopt in the Philadelphia area:
-Pennsylvania SPCA (where Madeline is from!)
-The Mainline Animal Rescue
-Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
Adoption costs range from 30 to 100 dollars, depending on the adoption center and the age of the cat. While  a pet of any kind (even the lovely, tiny beta fish) is a large and consistent responsibility, they are worth the worry over who bought cat food last week or how much you’ll have to lint roll your favorite black work pants.

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This could be what you come home to every single day.

Save the Date:
Saturday, November 19th,
CAT Films: Suicide Squad

Books of gentle things:
Pleasant Places: the Rustic Landscape from Bruegel to Ruisdael, Walter S. Gibson
The Life, History, and Magic of the Cat, Mery Fernand
Trees: their Natural History, Peter Thomas


In case  you were in need of a gentle thing (photo from pixabay.com)

#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communications and Marketing Team at the Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University, and plans on never skiing again. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!

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Foto Friday: Veteran’s Day

Veterans Day

Today, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. Originally it was Armistice Day, celebrated to commemorate the signing of the armistice with Germany on Nov. 11, 1918, during World War I. In 1954 Congress changed the name to Veterans Day, honoring veterans of all wars.

This memorial is in front of John Barry Hall. “To the Villanovans who served our country during the Second World War that this nation and her vision of freedom and human dignity should endure. Dedicated June 6, 1998”


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing program manager.

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