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Father Dennis Gallagher Celebrates 45th Anniversary of Priesthood

fr-gallagher200Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, O.S.A., Ph.D., University archivist, celebrated his 45th anniversary of priesthood on January 30. He was ordained in the St. Thomas of Villanova Church on the University campus.

An anniversary mass will be celebrated on this occasion at St. Catharine’s Church, Spring Lake, New Jersey.

Father Gallagher also serves as a librarian liaison to philosophy, theology and humanities. For Father Gallagher, who has been associated with Villanova University since 1975,  “life is a journey – ever ancient, ever new.”


Contemporary Japan: New Collection Supports Better Understanding

100books3The Library recently received a generous donation of the collection, “100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan,” from the Nippon Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization that supports projects both in Japan and overseas. Of the list of English language books selected by ten experts with extensive knowledge of Japan, Falvey added about one-third of the titles which were not already part of our holdings.

The Foundation donated these titles promoting a greater understanding of the true face of contemporary Japan to selected university, special and public libraries that have an interest in Japan.

The titles can be located in the library catalog by searching the key word phrase “Nippon Foundation.” Subjects included range from religion, history, economics, commerce, education, political science, literature and the art and science of Japanese robots.  A catalog of the “100 books” is also held by the library.

Falvey was alerted to the program by A. Maria Toyoda, Ph.D., chair, political science department, and Yukie Yoshikawa, a fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

The Nippon Foundation funds activities in three areas: domestic social welfare and volunteer support; maritime research and development; and overseas cooperative assistance.

By Merrill Stein


Growing Up in War Torn Italy: Mannella Distinguished Speaker Series Highlights Donato De Simone

desimone-book-coverDonato De Simone, a WWII survivor, educator and author of a compelling memoir, Suffer the Children: Growing up in Italy during WWII, will share vivid stories about events that occurred while he was growing up during the war. De Simone’s appearance is part of the Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Distinguished Speakers Series.

This featured talk will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 1:30 p.m. in Falvey Memorial Library’s first floor lounge.

De Simone was born in 1932 in Fossacesia, a small town on the Adriatic coast in Abruzzo, Italy. In writing his memoirs, he established a number of fundamental themes, such as how children, the elderly and the handicapped are the real victims of war and that there are no victors in war– only losers.

The author recollects the events he experienced as a child and evaluates them from an adult perspective. Though his memoir speaks of disturbing events, it makes the readers realize that the one element that is never present in a war situation is justice, because, in his opinion, if justice were present there would be no war.

De Simone also discussed how the Italians secretly harbored thousands of Jews without being recognized for their bravery.

At 28 he earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English from Villanova University and a master’s in Italian from Rutgers University. He is fluent in English and Italian, and has taught French and Classical Greek. After learning English, De Simone taught the subject to American students in both high school and college.

De Simone has been married to his childhood sweetheart, the former Anna Maria Fantini for over 50 years. They have four children and three grandchildren.

The event is open to the public. Copies of Donato De Simone’s book, Suffer the Children: Growing up in Italy during WWII will be available for purchase.

By Akua K. Adoo, Publications & Communication intern, and Natalie Tomasco


“One Book” Author Will Sign Books in Falvey

  • Posted by: Judith Olsen
  • Posted Date: January 20, 2010
  • Filed Under: Events & Exhibits

Falvey Memorial Library welcomes author Mahbod Seraji to campus to discuss Rooftops of Tehran, this year’s selection for the University’s One Book program. Seraji’s visit on January 26 will begin at 1 p.m. with a one-hour community book signing in the Falvey first floor lounge.

Seraji will appear in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center, at 7:30 p.m.


Give Your Students the Edge — Schedule a Research Skills Session


Now is the perfect time to schedule your classes to come to the library for some specialized library instruction. Our space is limited so schedule early!

The research strategies for our huge selection of specialized subject databases, web site evaluation, library catalog searching and citation software are just a few of the skills we teach. Sessions can be held during normal class meetings or at any other time, in the library’s state-of-the-art classroom or your usual meeting place. These sessions are tailored to the needs of each course and assignment. Bring your students in and give them the research edge.

Don’t have time to devote a full class period? Consider having a librarian come by for a 15 minute library preview at the beginning or end of a class or consult with a subject specialist to have a custom resource page on the library web site. (more…)


Faculty Library Survey, May 2009: The results are in!

falvey-image-faculty-survey-spr-2010The overall feedback from the recent Faculty Survey on questions relating to library services and collections was remarkably positive, but faculty respondents also made many critical comments about the library facilities.

Nearly a third of Villanova’s full-time faculty participated in the survey. According to over 90% of survey respondents, library resources and services are ‘more important’ or ‘as important’ today as they were five years ago. Books (85%) and e-journals (86%) ranked at the top as ‘essential’ or ‘very important’ library resources. (Read more…)

Read a short summary of the results online. The Library will conduct follow-up focus groups with faculty during the spring semester and is still looking for interested faculty volunteers. Please contact Jutta Seibert (ext. 9-7876) if you would like to participate.

Posted on behalf of  Jutta Seibert; photograph by Chris Barr


Textbooks in the Library?

Q – Does Falvey Library have the textbook for my course?
A – The Library does not purchase textbooks for current courses unless the titles are specifically ordered by faculty.

Reason #1 Expense: New editions are often published in a year or so, rendering the textbook we would have purchased obsolete.

Reason #2 Competition: The Library doesn’t want to compete with the University Shop.

Please search the library catalog. If the textbook you need is not in Falvey’s collection, you may be able to borrow one from another library using the E-Z Borrow system(Your “Patron ID” to log onto E-ZBorrow is your 16-digit Wildcard number.) E-Z Borrow libraries may occasionally be willing to lend a textbook, but Interlibrary Loan guidelines discourage libraries from lending textbooks.

Professors may place textbooks on reserve for their courses.

~Gerald Dierkes and Luisa Cywinski


Need a copy of a print journal article? Digital documents delivered to students, staff and faculty

Don’t have time to pull and photocopy a journal article at Falvey? In addition to many online e-journals and full-text databases, Falvey Memorial Library now offers document delivery services to Villanova students, staff and faculty who cannot take the time to retrieve and photocopy articles from the print or microfilm collections in Falvey. Using ILLIAD, the same request and delivery system that is used to satisfy requests for materials from other libraries, we are able to digitize and deliver articles from those collections.

The digitized articles are delivered to your ILLiad account as electronic files and can be uploaded and saved to your desktop. The files remain active for 30 days.

We will process up to five requests per day, per patron, and can usually deliver the articles within 72 hours, depending on the volume of requests. (Incomplete or incorrect citations can delay the document delivery process.)

If you have any questions, please call the Information Desk at 610-519-4270 or contact a Research Librarian at 610-519-4273 or at ref@villanova.edu. As with all interlibrary loan and document delivery requests, copyright restrictions apply.

By Luisa Cywinski


“The Book of William: How Shakespeare’s First Folio Conquered the World”: Book review

Book review by Michael Foight

Paul Collins’ The Book of William: How Shakespeare’s First Folio Conquered the World traces the history of the various early editions of  the Bard: from the Quarto editions of individual plays through the First to Fourth Folios of collected works. In this highly readable saga of both discovery and detail, Collins shows the importance of textual scholarship for a deeper understanding of current productions of Shakespeare’s plays.

What we see when we watch a performance of Hamlet, for example, is as much a function of the playwright – William Shakespeare – as it is of the editors and publishers who preserved and made accessible Shakespeare’s works in the years immediately after his death.  According to Collins, “History is about the past and the dead, but the sale of history is all about the present and the living. The heroes of the present wax while the heroes of the past wane.” Keeping the memory of a deceased playwright’s old works alive was a monumental feat.

Even today collectors vie for early editions of Shakespeare at auctions, while scholars still study the individual copies for clues about textual errors and variant printings in these works that are known and quoted by so many people. Individual copes of First Folios show the vestiges of ownership and the passage of time differently. Collins follows several copies down through the ages from their printing to today.

Along the way, Collins provides his audience with amusing stories of the lives of the editors and owners of these most rare works. He concludes his study with an overview of the ongoing project to digitize and compare every extant copy of the First Folio: truly a mammoth undertaking but one necessary to unlock the true meaning uncorrupted by textual and print error.



Last Modified: January 4, 2010