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Library Events Now on YouTube

Sad that you missed a great event in the Library this semester?  Now you can catch up on the lectures, discussions and panels you couldn’t make!

Villanova’s YouTube channel has videos of most library events, as well as other events hosted around campus.

Here are some videos we recommend:

Sept. 16 – Scholarship@Villanova: Lara Brown, Ph.D, on presidential hopefuls

Oct. 20 – Mannella Lecture: Primo Levi, Auschwitz and After featuring Bryn Mawr College’s Nicholas Patruno, Ph.D.

Nov. 3 – Confessions Alive! featuring University President the Rev. Peter Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D.

Nov. 8 – Thomas Carlyle Rediscovered featuring Marylu Hill, Ph.D., and Brigham Young University’s Paul E. Kerry, Ph.D.

Nov. 10  – Scholarship@Villanova Endowed Chair Lecture: Ron Chadderton, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, the Edward A. Daylor Chair in Environmental Engineering, on historic dam failures in Johnstown, Pa.

Nov. 11 – Climate, Energy, & Ethics Roundtable featuring Joseph Robertson, Ph.D.

Nov. 15 – Scholarship@Villanova: Alan Drew, M.F.A., reads from his novels

Nov. 17 – Second Annual Graphic Novel Event: Superheroes and Scholars featuring graphic novel writer John Arcudi


Mystery solved: An antique book press

By Alice Bampton

minsky-book-press-smallA tall wooden and metal object which recently appeared next to the elevator on Falvey’s first floor has piqued people’s interest.

Communication and Publications team members conducted an investigation to determine what this is, contacting numerous Falvey staff members, James Mullins, Ph.D., former library director, Richard Minsky, an artist (who owns two presses which he uses daily), and the Museum of Printing, North Andover, Mass.

bertrand-press-plate-smallWe discovered that we have an antique standing bookbinding press manufactured in Paris, France, between 1870 and 1910 by A. Bertrand & ses Fils (A. Bertrand and Sons), Paris, a company well known for manufacturing printing-related equipment (“Fabrique de Presses en tous genres” is on the label of our press). This type of press is used “for the final pressing of a book [while glue is drying], as well as during the … cleaning of the spine”, and other parts of the processes of repairing and rebinding.

This large book press was probably used in early years in the library bindery. Book presses are still in use and these modern presses are similar to those used beginning in the 15th and 16th centuries.  Smaller table top presses replaced the large standing press in Falvey’s bindery at some point.

In the past, libraries often housed binderies to repair books and bind journals and magazines into bound volumes. Now such work is generally sent out and library binderies are rare. (more…)


New Fiction — Ready for Your Winter Break

thousand-autumnsBy Gerald Dierkes

Craving a good read for the holidays? Falvey continuously adds award-winning contemporary fiction to its collection. A sampling of these new fiction titles is currently on the new book display near the library entrance for you to browse and check out. Joanne Quinn designed the display.

Let us know what new fiction you would like us to order.

Historical fiction:

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet: a Novel by David Mitchell

A Short History of Women: a Novel by Kate Walbert

The Surrendered by Chang-Rae Lee

Glorious: a Novel by Bernice L. McFadden

Short story collections:

wild-child1Wild Child: Stories by T. Coraghessan Boyle 

Aliens in the Prime of their Lives: Stories by Brad Watson

Novella Collections:

The Farmer’s Daughter by Jim Harrison

I Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita


Noir by Robert Coover

The Four Fingers of Death: a Novel by Rick Moody

I Am Not Sidney Poitier: A Novel by Percival Everett

The following novels are not easily categorized, but they demonstrate the range of interests Falvey’s new fiction satisfies:

Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich

Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott

Bitter in the Mouth: a Novel by Monique T. D. Truong

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

Under the Dome: a Novel by Stephen King

The Imperfectionists: a Novel by Tom Rachman

To find more books, browse the library’s fiction section for other titles: the English and American literature books are shelved on the fourth floor.

English literature: Call numbers PR6050 through PR 6076 include English literature from the year 1961 to 2000. Call numbers beginning with PR6100 through PR 6126 cover English literature from 2001 onward.

American literature: Call numbers PS3550 through PS 3576 include American literature from 1961 to 2000. Call numbers PS3600 through PS 3626 cover American literature from the year 2001 and up.

Those sections are quite large, though, so search the library catalog for new books for the English department. New fiction in English will appear in this list.

Here is one search strategy:

1. From the library home page, click the “Search” tab.

2. Click on Books & More and then the Advanced Search link.

3. Fill in the fields as indicated below. This will provide a list of titles ordered for the English department in 2010 that have the word Novel in the title and Fiction as a Subject. Some, but not all, will be recent novels added to the library. Insert Stories instead of Novel for short story collections.


Happy reading!


Foreign language conversation learning with Mango

mangoThe Mango Languages learning program recently subscribed to by Falvey is ideal for students studying abroad or those traveling overseas:  it is portable and freely available to Villanova University community members with an internet connection. Each of the 12 languages offered by Mango (Hindi, Italian, Latin American Spanish, German, French, Mandarin, Arabic, Hebrew, Irish, Russian, Portuguese and Japanese) includes chapters covering greetings, travel, shopping, dining, seeking emergency assistance and asking questions to expand your vocabulary.

For more information, see Linda Hauck’s business reference blog or Barbara Quintiliano’s nursing blog.

Connect to Mango Languages through the Databases A-Z list or the area studies and language Subject Guides.


Phylis Wright Selected USC Representative for Falvey

Joe Lucia, University librarian, announced that Phylis Wright, manager of Access Desk Services, will be Falvey Memorial Library’s University Staff Council representative for another two-year term.

Joe said, “I am thrilled that she is willing to take this on for two reasons. First, she is a superb ambassador for the library to the USC and the University at large. Second, she will now have an opportunity to work on the USC in its first active term, following all of the preliminary work of getting the Council organized and operational – essentially what was accomplished during its first two years.”

Reverend Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., established the USC in 2008 “to encourage dialogue and involvement from Villanova University staff members.” The USC, which replaced Villanova Quality Improvement (VQI), includes representatives from various campus departments. It sponsors events, such as the faculty/staff Christmas party and annual picnic, and awards, such as the Distinguished Service Award.

Congratulations, Phylis, and thank you for agreeing to serve again. We appreciate your hard work!

Article and photograph by Alice Bampton


ARTstor workshop – Friday, Dec. 10

container-cityWould you like to use ARTstor, but aren’t sure how to proceed? Are you already a user but want to brush up on your skills? Come to the ARTstor workshop in Falvey on Friday, Dec. 10, at 2:30 p.m. in the first floor Griffin Room.

“ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. Our community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists’ estates” (from the publisher).

Registration and more information



Last Modified: December 6, 2010