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New map feature shows you where that book is shelved

by Gerald Dierkes

You’ve looked up a  book in the library catalog, but where in the Library is it located? Each book’s catalog record now includes a helpful “Find on map” link, as shown for the Concordance to the Greek Testament.

The link connects you to a map of the library floor on which your book is shelved. The section of shelves that holds your book is also highlighted. Below you can see that your book is shelved in the Falvey West stacks.

The interactive map itself also shows the locations of various rooms and departments within the Library, as well as those of library staff. David Uspal, a member of the Library’s own Technology Development team, designed this interactive map and established its links in catalog records.

As construction continues on our building, and resources and personnel move around, we’ll be sure to keep the interactive map updated so you’ll always have the latest locations at your fingertips.

Also contributing: Laura Hutelmyer


Rare Civil War books, photos, artifacts and political cartoons

by Alice Bampton

This year marks the sesquicentennial of the beginning of the American Civil War. It began April 12, 1861, when Confederate troops led by Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard fired on a Union garrison stationed at Fort Sumter, Charleston, S.C. Thus began America’s deadliest war, one which still resonates today.

In addition to numerous books about the Civil War, which one would expect to find in a library, Falvey Memorial Library’s collection includes some unexpected treasures related to that war. One of the most surprising, housed in Special Collections, is a frock coat which belonged to General William Tecumseh Sherman. Although Special Collections is temporarily closed due to renovation, photographs and a story written by Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator, fully describe this important part of the Sherman Thackara Collection.

Special Collections also features the Humbert Collection and the Nagy Collection, both of which relate to the American Civil War.

To examine actual artifacts, take a look at the exhibit, “Remembering the U.S. Civil War” on the library first floor, near the elevator. Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant, curated the exhibit.

For a decidedly different and British view of our Civil War, go to the Tenniel Civil War Cartoon Collection housed in ARTstor, a database of images to which Falvey subscribes. John Tenneil (1820-1914), probably better known for his illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, also worked as an illustrator for the English periodical, Punch.

Tenniel created over 50 political cartoons about the Civil War. These cartoons provide a wealth of information: caricatures of  Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, British views of the war and slavery, and even illustrations of fashions of the time. To access ARTstor the first time, you must be on campus. If you have a problem accessing ARTstor, please seek assistance from one of Falvey’s librarians.

Also contributing: Gerald Dierkes and Judy Olsen


Joanne Quinn Promoted to Design Specialist

Joanne Quinn has been promoted to the newly created position of design specialist.

In her new position Quinn is the primary graphic designer for library publications, web graphics and marketing materials. She will continue to design and mount cultural and collection- oriented library displays and provide the daily whiteboard art at the circulation desk.

Her whiteboard art will soon be photographed and archived in the Digital Library. Quinn is also a member of the Falvey social media task force.

She now reports to Judith Olsen, Communication and Publications team leader, and Darren Poley, Events and Outreach team leader, and also works with Digital Library/Special Collections projects.

Quinn had begun doing graphic design work for Falvey Memorial Library while working as an interlibrary loan specialist on the Access Services team.

Quinn, a Villanova University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in communication, is currently enrolled in the graduate program in Communication. As an undergraduate she was an editorial cartoonist for the Villanovan and is looking forward to seeing her work in the Digital Library’s digitization project.

Her husband, Jeff, is a Villanova University graduate and their two daughters are currently enrolled at Villanova as well; her son attends high school.

Quinn’s hobbies are music, traveling and haunting her public library for reading material. She is a dedicated Phillies fan.

Contributed by Alice Bampton and Gerald Dierkes


“A rather dark perspective on empire”: Dr. Elizabeth Kolsky speaks on colonial India

By Alexandra Edwards

For Elizabeth Kolsky, PhD, colonial India may be a thing of the past, but understanding its history is still a timely endeavor. “In the post-9/11 era,” she says, “American politicians have debated whether the US is or should be an empire modeled on the British. I think this stems from an inaccurate and romanticized understanding of what colonialism is all about.”

Her recently published book, Colonial Justice in British India: White Violence and the Rule of Law, works to counter this romanticized view. “My book presents a rather dark perspective on empire that seeks to correct the historical record by bringing to light what I call an open secret: namely, the intrinsic violence of empire.”

Dr. Kolsky, an associate professor of History, is set to kick off this year’s Scholarship@Villanova lecture series, speaking about her book on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in the library first floor lounge.

“My interest in India was my destiny,” she says, and it stems from two sources. The first was a study abroad experience in the country, during her junior year as an undergraduate at Columbia University.

The second, she explains, dates back to the day she was born, though she didn’t discover it until many years later, while already pursuing a PhD in South Asian history.  “Perusing my parents’ books, I found a small book that my mother had given my father on the date of my birth titled Indian Love Poems. The book was inscribed by her, ‘To My Dearest Husband, Now we have someone to share our love with.’ So although I did not know it when I first went to India, I was destined from birth to love India – and I still do.”

Dr. Kolsky also credits her time at Columbia University, “during the rise of postcolonial studies when theoretical luminaries such as Edward Said and Gayatri Spivak trailblazed whole new areas of research in the study of formerly colonized societies,” as inspiring her specific interest in the colonial period in India.

Colonial Justice in British India (Cambridge University Press) is her first book, and she calls the time she spent writing it “long, laborious and wonderful.”  It involved14 years of work, “numerous trips to the Indian subcontinent and to London for archival research,” in addition to presentations “at conferences, workshops and seminars around the world and sharing my written and unwritten thoughts with mentors, colleagues and friends.”

“In the process of writing a book,” Dr. Kolsky says, “I learned how to write a book and I very much look forward to producing my next one.”

This event is free and open to the public, and is approved for Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS) co-curricular event credit.  A book sale and signing will follow the talk.


Quick Tip: How to Access Course Reserves

Did a professor give you a long list of “Course Reserves” that you don’t know what to do with?

Course reserves are books, DVDs or other materials that have been taken out of circulation and are being held in a special area of the Library. They are often the most helpful research materials for a class; putting them on reserve ensures that everyone can access them, without any one person getting to them first and hoarding them.

But if you’ve never had to use materials on reserve, you may not know how to access them.

Fear not! It’s really quite easy.

To borrow a book, DVD or other item on reserve, registered students can simply ask for the item at the Circulation Desk. Library staff will retrieve the item and check it out to the student. Students must present their Wildcard in order to access reserve items.

The amount of time students can access these materials will vary based on type of item and professor’s request. Books may have a loan period of 2 hours or 1, 3 or 7 days. DVDs and videos placed on reserve are restricted to an in-house loan period of 3 hours.

Did you misplace your course reserves list, or don’t have it on hand? You can also browse the list of reserves for a particular class through VuFind by clicking here.

Alternately, faculty may request that the library reserve staff make certain readings available online. These may include photocopies of articles, selected book chapters, exams, papers or essays. Students can access Electronic Reserves via “MyNova” and the Blackboard Course Management software. Students must be registered for the class to obtain access to the Electronic Reserve readings.

For more information on Course Reserves, click here.


Darren G. Poley Featured in the “Virtual Stacks”

Scholarly Outreach Librarian Darren G. Poley is one of a number of librarians interviewed for Working in the Virtual Stacks: The New Library and Information Science, edited by Laura Townsend Kane. Working in the Virtual Stacks, published by ALA Editions and available in print and as an e-book, examines various aspects of modern librarianship and its relationship with technology.

Poley, the coordinator for Falvey Memorial Library’s event programming and outreach since 2005, appears in the chapter entitled “Librarians as Teachers and Community Liaisons.” Kane, after learning of Falvey’s outreach activities under Poley’s leadership, “thought [his] role [is] unique and interesting” and asked to interview him as one of two outreach librarians. Others featured in this chapter are a graduate library school professor, a school library media specialist, an associate dean of libraries and library school professor, and a user experience librarian.

Kane wrote the earlier book Straight from the Stacks: A Firsthand Guide to Careers in Library and Information Science (ALA Editions, 2003). Poley noted that “Working the Virtual Stacks … is meant to give a new look at the subject with a digital technology bent.”

Poley, with an undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College, a master’s degree in religion from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and a master’s degree in library and information science from Drexel University, started full-time at Falvey as a reference librarian and cataloger in 1999. He became an adjunct faculty member of Villanova University’s theology and religious studies department in fall 2000 and still teaches there. He also continues as the leader of the team for scholarly outreach and community development at Falvey. The outreach team is responsible for collaborative projects, such as the Villanova University Community Bibliography and open access e-journal publishing for the University, as well as for handling events and displays for the Library.

Contributed by Alice Bampton and Gerald Dierkes


Dr. Joan D. Lynch Returns to Villanova to Discuss Her New Novel, Women of the Passion

By Alexandra Edwards

Join us as we welcome Joan Driscoll Lynch, EdD, Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Communication Department at Villanova University. Dr. Lynch will discuss her novel, Women of the Passion, on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. in the library first floor lounge.

As a professor of communication at Villanova, Dr. Lynch taught Film Studies and Theatre for 30 years. She founded the University’s Cultural Film Series in 1980 and ran it for 22 years. She has written extensively on film and drama, and several of her articles have been anthologized. Since 1989, her writings have focused on women’s issues. Most recently, she has written poetry, screenplays and fiction.

Commenting upon her switch from academia to writing a novel, Dr. Lynch says, “I loved my work as an academic and enjoyed writing those materials. Fiction, however, is more liberating. I love getting into the minds and hearts of the characters.”

Inspired by Biblical scripture and utilizing historical research, Women of the Passion (MSJ Press) is a fictional account of the Crucifixion and its aftermath, from the perspective of the women who walked with Jesus. “I wanted to place readers squarely in the middle of those dramatic days after the Crucifixion through the eyes of the women, Mary, the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Miriam and others, to walk in their shoes, to experience what they were thinking, doing and feeling and to allow readers to experience for themselves the riot of conflicting emotions that tore at these women and the men that accompanied them.”

The novel has been described as both a “historical thriller” and a “page turner,”  “filled with suspense, intrigue, and fascinating details of conditions in Jerusalem in the first century.”

The event is free and open to the public. A book sale and signing will follow the talk.


“Augustine through the Ages” encyclopedia now available online

This summer, the Digital Library secured an exciting partnership with the William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, the publishers of Augustine through the Ages. This encyclopedia is the single most-accessed item in Falvey’s Special Collections. With renovations now underway on Falvey’s second floor, the Special Collections reading room has temporarily closed, but its most popular book is now more accessible than ever.



Below, in his own words, Augustine through the Ages editor Father Allan Fitzgerald, OSA, PhD, describes this landmark partnership and its benefit for students, faculty and other members of the Villanova University community:

Augustine through the Ages presents the life, work and influence of Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354-430), one of the greatest figures in the history of the Christian church. Few figures in history are so great in their own time and so lastingly influential that they can stand being made the subject of an encyclopedia of over 950 pages.

Fr. Allan Fitzgerald discusses the creation of "Augustine Through the Ages" at a Falvey Faculty Book Talk, Sept. 20, 1999

This book is now available in the Villanova Digital Library for members of the Villanova University community – thanks to an agreement with William Eerdmans Publishing. It is the first full encyclopedic handling of the thought and influence of Saint Augustine of Hippo, a much-needed reference for this major patristic figure in the development of Western religious thought. About 150 scholars have supplied almost 500 articles. Each article is signed and contain bibliographies for both older and more recent scholarship.

This book is organized and functions as an encyclopedia. The digital version is searchable, whether one is seeking individual words or entry headings (upper case). The book also includes tables of Saint Augustine’s works which show Latin titles, English translations, common abbreviations and dates.

Three reasons why this encyclopedia is so valuable can be listed:

1. It contains articles by the best Augustine scholars from both the Catholic and Protestant ranks, allowing for an evaluation of Saint Augustine’s contribution to the history of Western Christianity.

2. It is a useful overview of the various categories of Saint Augustine’s thought.

3. It includes articles on many areas of Saint Augustine’s thought: biblical, theological, philosophical, ethical, historical and his many literary works.


This online version of Augustine through the Ages is the first item in a new collection called the Saint Augustine Reference Library, a set of materials of Saint Augustine scholarship which is jointly sponsored by the Augustinian Institute and Falvey Memorial Library.

Augustine through the Ages, also available in print, is in both the Falvey collection and the Augustinian Historical Institute collection.

Also contributing: Alexandra Edwards


Explore Peruvian art in the Roman Catholic tradition with Dr. Gastañaga

By Alexandra Edwards

In celebration of Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month, join us for an illustrated lecture by José Luis Gastañaga Ponce de León, PhD, entitled “Cuzco School of Painting: The Basics.” This event will take place in the library first floor lounge on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at 1:00 p.m.

The Cuzco School, or Escuela Cuzqueña, was a Roman Catholic artistic tradition that originated in Peru during the Colonial period. Dr. Gastañaga, an assistant professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, will take the audience through an illustrated introduction to the Cuzco School during the 17th and 18th centuries.  His presentation will include images to guide and demonstrate his lecture.

Though a historical genre, art from the Cuzco School continues to appear even in contemporary America. Dr. Gastañaga points to the 2006 national Christmas stamp as a recent example. “It is,” as he describes, “a beautiful Virgin painted by Ignacio Chacón in Cuzco in 1765 and now a part of the Engracia and Frank Barrows Freyer collection of Peruvian Colonial Art at the Denver Art Museum.”

The Cuzco School is intimately connected to the colonial history of Peru. As Dr. Gastañaga explains, “During the Colonial times in Latin America paintings were produced in large numbers, especially to decorate churches and important public places.”

But the art style wasn’t just practiced by Europeans in Peru. “The School was a guild that gathered Europeans, Indians and mestizos (mixed) who followed initially European models but later evolved towards local motives and a unique style.” The guild eventually divided and, he says, “the Indians and mestizos started to create an art of religious content and regional customs and scenes that ultimately defined the characteristics of the School.” (more…)


Technical Difficulty – How to Handle Security Messages

by Demian Katz

Sometimes due to technical difficulties, the library website may report security warnings. When this happens, you may wish to contact us to be sure everything is okay. If you are comfortable proceeding, our instructions for both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox will help you. They have been written as a separate web page called “Bypass Security Warnings.”


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Last Modified: September 13, 2011