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Celebrating the Holidays at Falvey

Over the years, library staff members have decorated trees, held holiday parties and exhibited hidden talents. We’ve cheered our hearts with festive ornaments, colorful poinsettias and seasonal treats. Join us in remembering the good times shared at the Library in this photo album of our favorite holiday moments.

Fr. Dennis Gallagher and Louise Green enjoy dessert at the 2006 Christmas party.

Library staff enjoy the Christmas Luncheon in 2006.

Christmas Tree Elves 2010


Santa visits the 2011 Christmas party.

Phylis Wright and the Mildcats provide entertainment during the 2011 Christmas party.

Bill Greene sings Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas" in 2011.

Alex Edwards & Laura Bang help decorate the 2011 Christmas tree.



Rob LeBlanc hangs the tree top lights - Christmas 2011.



























Photographs by Alice Bampton, Luisa Cywinski and Jeffrey Eisenberg











Christmas in Special Collections: The Nativity illustrated in the Gutenberg Bible and a Roman Missal

by Alice Bampton

Image from Missale Romanum

This year, “Christmas in Special Collections” is a small exhibit in two cases on the first floor, since the second floor renovation has limited access to Special Collections.

Bente Polites, Special Collections librarian, chose two large and richly illustrated works for this annual display: a facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible and a 1773 edition of a Missale Romanum (or Roman Missal).

The Gutenberg Bible (Biblia Latina) was printed at Johann Gutenberg’s shop in Mainz, Germany, and it was completed in the 1450s. Johann Gutenberg (c.1400-1468) was the inventor of the printing press that used movable type. His invention eventually made possible the mass production of printed books. Only about 50 copies of the original Gutenberg Bible survive.

The Nativity story in the Gospel of Luke is featured. Be sure to look at the two ornately decorated letters. This type of large, colorfully decorated letters originated in the time of hand written manuscripts. The large Q in the second column of the left-hand page contains a haloed, winged beast, the emblem of St. Luke.

Image from Missale Romanum

Printed in Antwerp in 1773, the Missale Romanum contains the official texts for the celebration of the Mass in the Roman rite of the Catholic Church.

The Roman Missal is opened to a full-page hand-colored illustration of  the Nativity and facing it is a colorfully decorated page with part of the “Proper Mass” for the first Sunday of Advent.

This is a small exhibit, but the contents are well worth contemplating, both for their religious content and for the colorful art.

Also contributing: Bente Polites




Staff Picks: Books, Movies, Music

December is here and many of us are trying to find thoughtful gifts. Others just want to have fun. Either way, why not give your friends and family something they can enjoy over and over again? The books, movies and CDs below are recommended by library staff. Linked titles will take you to pages with more information about the author, artist or title. Most of you are probably familiar with online ordering or will find these titles at a local retailer.

Feel free to add your recommendations to the list using the comments section below! The more, the merrier!


Alex Edwards recommends-

Michael Dirda. On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling. “Perfect for the Sherlock Holmes fan in your life. Dirda is one of the country’s best book critics and a member of the Baker Street Irregulars.”

Alice Bampton recommends-

Dr. Seuss. The Lorax. “My son and I loved Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and, although it was written some years ago (my son is 40+), its message is still valid.”

Nevada Barr. Anna Pigeon series. – “I’m a fan of Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon stories about a woman park ranger and, because I worked in a non-traditional job (chemist) for a woman, I can empathize with her.”

Bill Greene recommends-

Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games trilogy (Hunger Games/Catching Fire/Mocking Jay)

“It is equally parts adventure, science fiction and romance.  It is told from the first person, female, young adult point of view.  The author has created a society about 100 years in the future on a possible parallel earth that reflects and comments on conditions on the earth we live on today.   Plot and character development are excellent.”

Laura Hutelmyer recommends-

Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler. The Future of Us. The book is set in 1996 before most teenagers have been introduced to the Internet. “I’m anxious to see how this author spans the gap of time between 1996 America Online and 2011 Facebook. It should be an interesting study in the evolution of social media.”

Joanne Quinn recommends:

The MAD Fold-in Collection. – “When I was growing up, my mother – oops, I mean the Easter Bunny- would give my sister & me  a magazine subscription instead of candy. I received Mad Magazine for years this way, so imagine my delight to see that they have compiled all 410 of Al Jaffee’s inside back cover Fold-Ins into a four-volume set. Heart be still. I remember reading the magazine from cover to cover and saving the Fold-In for last – and trying desperately not to figure out the image in advance, so as to savor the surprise. Even better, the geniuses at Mad have reprinted the completed folded image alongside the original, so that you don’t have to bend the heck out of the lavish $80 set!”

Joe Lucia recommends-

Siva Vaidhyanathan. The Googleization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry).

Eli Pariser. The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding  from You.

Stephen Johnson. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation.


Joe Lucia recommends-

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2

Gran Torino

Laura Hutelmyer recommends-

Songcatcher. “This movie chronicles the journey of Dr. Lily Penleric who traveled the Appalachian mountains in search of unrecorded folk music. This is an interesting story accompanied by a great sound track. A CD is also available.”

Alice Bampton recommends-

Dicken’s Christmas Carol (the movie) simply because it is traditional. (There are many versions of this title, which you can browse using the link provided.)


Laura Hutelmyer recommends-

Norman and Nancy Blake. Back Home in Sulphur Springs. “If you are a fan of Old Time music or are just curious about the genre, you can’t go wrong with Norman and Nancy Blake. I was first introduced to their music by my cousin who lives near Sulphur Springs and considers Norman and Nancy neighbors. Although I have yet to hear them in person (a personal goal) I love all of their recordings.”

Joe Lucia recommends-

Death Cab for Cutie. Transatlanticism

Radiohead. In Rainbows.

John Scofield. That’s What I Say: John Scofield Plays Ray Charles

Luisa Cywinski recommends-

Vince Guaraldi Trio. A Charlie Brown Christmas. “When I hear this music, I’m immediately transported to the living room floor of my childhood home, lying there watching the angel chimes make shadows on the ceiling while they spin around over the candles.”


I’m anxious to see how this author spans the gap of time between 1996 American Online and 2011 Facebook. It should be an interesting study in the evolution of Social Media.


Personalized Research Portfolios? We’ve Got That!

You’ve just spent a half-hour or more creating and perfecting a search strategy in one of the library’s specialized databases. After trying out different keywords and perhaps even consulting the database thesaurus, your results are now right on target. If this is a topic you intend to pursue over time, why not save that search strategy so that you don’t have to go hunting for keywords all over again? Many of Falvey’s subject-specific databases provide a customizable online portfolio where you can store search strategies and results and even create automated search alerts.

Here’s an example of My EBSCOhost, the valuable, time-saving portfolio available for databases such as America: History & Life, Catholic Periodical & Literature Index, CINAHL with Full Text, Communication & Mass Media Complete and Historical Abstracts. Access all of these databases at the Falvey homepage under Databases A-Z.

I consulted the CINAHL thesaurus to find precise keywords for my nursing topic: how to manage the diet of patients with type 2 diabetes. Then I limited my results to English-language articles from peer-reviewed journals.



Maddie Horvath & Amie Ha Recognized for Library Service

The Library is proud to recognize two of our finest student employees. A junior from Boothwyn, Pa., Madeline (Maddie) Horvath, was selected as the student employee of the month for her exemplary service during October. We also recognize Amie Ha for outstanding library service as student employee of the month in November.

Maddie Horvath

Maddie started her library career in August 2009, her freshman year. Phylis Wright, manager of access desk services, says, “Maddie is a student whose quiet nature speaks volumes. Her attention to detail allows the full-time staff the confidence to work seamlessly. She is focused and talented: just all around wonderful!”

Maddie is a communication major with a public relations specialization. She plans to pursue a career in social media consulting. Social media is also her hobby.

She is captain of the Villanova Twirlers, a group which performs with the Villanova Band at football and basketball games. The Twirlers also performed for the 2011 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival on campus.

Joanne Quinn, Falvey’s design specialist, created a caricature of Maddie, which is displayed on the pillar behind the library service counter. Check it out!


Amie Ha

Phylis Wright, access services desk manager, announced that Amie Ha is the Falvey student employee of the month, based on her dependable service in November. Wright says, “Amie is a dedicated student employee who has covered many shifts. Her willingness to give up her free time has allowed her fellow students to complete their required assignments and [has] given the staff the added security of knowing the open shifts will be covered by a seasoned assistant. She is pleasant and punctual, two wonderful qualities.”

Amie, a sophomore art history major, is from New York City. Her hobbies are varied: traveling, writing, doodling and listening to creative music. Ha states, “I appreciate beautiful architecture, swanky poetry and good comedy.”

Joanne Quinn, Falvey’s design specialist, will create a caricature of Amie Ha, which will be displayed on the pillar behind the main service desk.

The University Staff Council at Falvey selects a student employee of the month based upon nominations from the departmental student supervisors.

Contributed by Alice Bampton and Gerald Dierkes; photos by Alice Bampton


Prose to Panels: Graphic Novel Exhibit

When asked about this year’s graphic novel “Prose to Panel” exhibit, Alexandra Edwards, a graduate student in the English department and a graduate assistant to the library’s Outreach and Communication teams, told us of her work with other library staff, Laura Hutelmyer and Joanne Quinn, on the Graphic Novels in the Digital Age event and how the exhibit was “inspired by panelist Josh Levitas’s work on a graphic novel adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses.”

The exhibit included items that were carefully selected by Edwards and Hutelmyer for the library collection. Works like Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and Darwin’s The Origin of Species and other graphic novel adaptations of classic literature were added to the library’s collection. Quinn created visuals for the display by scanning pages from the original books and pairing them with images from their graphic novel counterparts.

“I believe that graphic novel adaptations are worthy of consideration, not only as another entry point into classic texts, but as an artistic genre in their own right. How do artists and adaptation writers decide what texts to adapt, and what to include or cut out? How do they choose the art style to accompany the text? Are some adaptations more successful than others, and why? These are the questions we wanted to pose by putting this display together,” said Edwards.

The display will remain on the first floor until the end of the semester. As always, we welcome comments and also suggestions from library patrons for graphic novel titles to add to our collection.

Photos by Luisa Cywinski


Crunch Time: Library Stress Busters

By Luisa Cywinski & Gerald Dierkes

Thanksgiving has come and gone. You’ve got papers to write and final exams looming on the horizon. People are hustling and bustling in preparation for the holidays and trying to juggle their academic demands. We can make these last few weeks less stressful by offering you some time-saving steps. Whether it’s late night studying, last minute research needs, or long papers that need printing, we’re here to help.

How do I check the due dates on my library books or how can I renew them? Click on My Account on the library homepage and login using your email username and password.






Once you are logged in, select “Checked Out Items” on the far right.



Click on the box next to each item you want to renew and then click  “Renew Selected Items.” Or, if you want to renew everything, click on “Renew All Items.”

Is the Library open later than midnight at the end of term? Yes, we stay open until 3:00 a.m. on several nights and the 24-hour lounge will also remain open when the library is closed. All you need is a valid Villanova Wildcard to enter the building.







What research-support services are available?

The research consultation librarians and the information desk staff are here to help you with both short questions and in-depth research. It’s easy to get research help for your paper, class assignment or other information needs.

In the library? Stop by the front desk to query the info desk staff or talk to the research librarian on duty.

Off site? Use “live chat” on the library home page (bottom right) to connect to a research librarian. Post your question on the “Question Center” and you will receive an answer in no time at all. Other questions/answers are listed there as well. Or, contact a research support librarian by email, by telephone or online to talk or to schedule an appointment.

Check the Subject pages to locate the specialist librarian for your discipline.

How can I get help creating and formatting a bibliography? RefWorks can create and format your bibliography for you, if you prefer, as you work on your research project. It can even help you organize your research. RefWorks supports MLA, APA and other styles. Contact a librarian to get started or try the online tutorials.

How do I print? You can find printing instructions on our Quick Tip: How to Print blog article. It tells you everything you need to know about iPrint, the University print program, and about the self-service printers in the Library. Or stop at the front desk – we are happy to help!



DVDs, CDs and Audio Books?

Have you noticed the empty shelves where the DVDs, CDs and audio books used to be shelved? Don’t worry; they were relocated to Falvey West in preparation for the next phase of the library renovation project.

Domenick Liberato, stacks manager for Access Services, and his team, Phil Mairs and Barbara Haas, BalaBharat Guduru (graduate shelving assistant), Morgan Smith and Marissa Losoya (undergraduate student assistants) quickly moved the DVDs, CDs and audio books to their new locations. These items’ records in the library catalog have been changed to show the new site.

Liberato said, “As shelving supervisor I wish to extend my commendations and appreciation to the … group of hard-working folks in recognition of the great job they did in transferring the DVD collection, the audio book collection and the music CD collection…” He noted that the work began on a November Monday morning and was completed by the afternoon of the following day.

The current periodicals browsing collection will be moved to Falvey West in the near future.

Contributed by Alice Bampton and Gerald Dierkes.



Last Modified: December 1, 2011