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Dig Deeper: Death and “Everyman” pay a visit to Vasey Theatre


Villanova Theatre’s production of the medieval drama Everyman opens Nov. 12, and offers a contemporary re-imagining of the classic allegorical tale. The production, directed by the Rev. David Cregan, OSA, PhD, features a female actor portraying the lead role of Everyman, and a script translated from Middle English into the current vernacular by Mark J. Costello, an alumnus of the University’s Master of Arts in Theatre program.

Given that several ACS courses have integrated the text of Everyman into their syllabus, Villanova Theatre’s production proves timely as the semester draws to a close and students begin crafting their final papers.

Everyman runs from Nov. 12 to Nov. 24 in Vasey Theatre on Villanova’s main campus.

Research librarian Sarah Wingo compiled this week’s Dig Deeper links. A theatre buff, she looks forward to the modern twist the Villanova production will add to the morality play. Those links can be found below:



Dig Deeper: Everyman

Link to Project Gutenberg text of Everyman. Available in multiple formats including PDF and Kindle versions: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19481

One of the earliest surviving printed versions of Everyman from 1515, Held at the Bodleian Library and viewable online through EEBO: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/1119972

Later 1528 version with woodcut images: https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/1111710#sthash.Pbu4iRR4.dpuf

Everyman a comparative study of texts and sources (BOOK, available in Falvey): https://library.villanova.edu/Find/Record/396360#sthash.pmTeRdNL.dpuf

Article by Corey Waite Arnold, writer and intern on the Communication and Publications team. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.

Sarah WingoLinks prepared by Sarah Wingo, team leader- Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre.

Our new Dig Deeper series features links to Falvey Memorial Library resources curated and provided by a librarian specializing in the subject, to allow you to enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of seasonal occasions and events held here at the Library. Don’t hesitate to ‘ask us!’ if you’d like to take the excavation even further. And visit our Events listings for more exciting upcoming speakers, lectures and workshops! 




Continuum: Your Academic Library, both Active and Passive

DarrenThe answer to what an academic library is varies based on one’s need. I suggest, however, it must be both active and passive in providing services if it is to be relevant to its community. The needs of our university-community members constantly change: sometimes daily, even hourly. To be ready to meet the challenges this situation presents, the academic library should be a nimble yet stable institution. Active and nimble while remaining passive and stable is a pretty tough role. So what allows us to fulfill this role, and how is Falvey accomplishing this “all things to all people” model when it comes to providing services?

Falvey Library Mobile Website

What keeps an academic library active and nimble is looking to the immediate needs for which students and faculty turn to the library: access to data and assistance transforming data into information in the pursuit of knowledge. Current sources, many of them instantaneous, can give anyone access to data by means of devices that can fit in your backpack or even your pocket. Knowing how to locate relevant data, sift through results, and evaluate the academic appropriateness of what is discovered is the true hurdle. While technological facility and some degree of discovery sophistication are almost innate among today’s students, real information literacy is the key for unlocking data in an effort to turn it into knowledge.

An essential element of this process is the librarian, who actively reaches out to scholars in an effort to guide and instruct, helping them successfully migrate from data seeker to knowledge worker. The pedagogy for information literacy, therefore, needs to be seamlessly combined with many different efforts at customer service. To achieve this end, the reference-books area on Falvey’s second floor is being reconfigured into a research service center to strengthen the library’s customer-service presence on the Learning Commons street. This improvement is precisely the kind of service provision outreach that helps students find their way to advanced library research assistance and the librarians with subject expertise.

This change is active, too, in that it results from a data driven decision to offer a concierge-like service. It is nimble in that Falvey as a facility is not so fixed that it is unable to adapt. In fact, the space which we are identifying as the research service center will convert to an area of mixed furniture for studying when it is not staffed. This capability results directly from a survey of library users, primarily undergraduate students. So the space passively waits to be made active by librarians reaching out to assist students, and students can inhabit the space for studying when it’s not active as a service center.

READING2 ROOM SUNNYAnother example of a passive space that becomes animated with activity is the Falvey Hall lobby and reading room. Recently, areas of Falvey Hall (aka “Old Falvey”) that for years had been unavailable to students have been re-opened for quiet study 24/7. The spaces now passively wait for university community members to use them for their intended purposes. The newly opened study lounge and reading room greatly increase the capacity for the Library to be the place on campus to study, anytime, day or night. Yet these stable venues are activated in that students use white boards in the Falvey Hall lobby to diagram and articulate, and in the reading room, long the hallmark of an academic library, they can participate as a spectator in the ongoing Baroque painting conservation campaign. Mere passive spaces again become lively and furtive for the transformation of data to information, and on into knowledge.

Falvey is poised to provide active library research assistance, and is active in providing passive yet engaging spaces around the clock. It is a blend of active and passive. This function is important for an academic library: to be active and responsive when it needs to be but also there when you need it, as it should be.





Darren Poley is the interim library director and can be reached by email or by phone at 610-519-4290.


Brill´s New Pauly Online: A New Way to Discover the Ancient World

Have you ever heard of Lupercalia? Wanted to know more about the reign of Constantinus, “the Great” emperor of Rome? Do you need to write a paper about trade routes in post-Antiquity? Brill’s New Pauly Online might just be the place for you to start your research. Its interdisciplinary approach, easy-to-use interface, straightforward language and scholarly authority make this online resource an outstanding reference on the ancient world.

Brill’s New Pauly Online has two different sections you can search through at the same time, one on Antiquity and another on the Classical Tradition. As Brill explains:

“The section on Antiquity of Brill´s New Pauly is devoted to Greco-Roman antiquity and cover more than two thousand years of history, ranging from the second millennium BC to early medieval Europe. Special emphasis is given to the interaction between Greco-Roman culture on the one hand, and Semitic, Celtic, Germanic, and Slavonic culture, and ancient Judaism, Christianity, and Islam on the other hand. The section on the Classical Tradition is uniquely concerned with the long and influential aftermath of antiquity and the process of continuous reinterpretation and revaluation of the ancient heritage, including the history of classical scholarship.”


Brill’s New Pauly Online allows for basic and advanced searches, features cross-references with hyperlinks, a browsable alphabetical index, maps and illustrations, and easy access to names, places, dates and objects from Greek and Roman culture. Plus, you can press Ctrl + F to quickly find relevant key words and phrases in the entries. Once you find what you’re looking for, try scanning the list of bibliographic references at the end of the entry or scroll through an automatically generated “Related Articles” for further topic coverage.


After completing a quick and simple registration online, there are a series of “personal user tools” that can catapult your research experience into another world. Some of these added features include: the ability to label and “star” entries, email entries to yourself or classmates, and share links on social media (Facebook & Twitter). You can also save your searches and easily return to those lists of results, manage them from “My Account,” and even subscribe to Brill’s RSS Feed to hear when new or revised content is added.

As an additional bonus, try out the “Cite this Page” feature that is found at the end of each entry. If you are using this resource for an assignment, copy and paste this citation to create your reference list in just seconds. You can also use the “export citation” feature to send the bibliographic information to EndNote or RefWorks, or you can even save it as a document in either MLA or Chicago Style.

This resource is highly recommended for literature, history, philosophy, theology/religious studies, classical studies, and art/art history students. Find it by searching for Brill’s New Pauly in the library catalog, then click the “Search online version” link, or you can access it from the philosophy subject guide and the late antiquity: reference works course guide.

Questions or comments? Please email me at alexander.williams@villanova.edu or post a comment below.

RS6126_Alex-Williams-work-stationAlexander Williams, ’11 MA, is the temporary librarian liaison to the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and a research librarian on the Academic Integration and the Information and Research Assistance teams. He is currently pursuing an MS in Library and Information Science at Drexel University’s iSchool.

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Dig Deeper – Behind the Mask: What are the Origins of Halloween?

Many of us are probably gearing up for this Thursday, Oct. 31st. Whether you’re buying candy bars in bulk to satiate the impending hordes of trick-or-treaters, dusting off an old fog machine to give your haunted house that final touch of creepy or still struggling to find the right makeup to perfect your zombie/walker costume, we know that Halloween has come. But what is the meaning behind the holiday we’ve grown up with?

Halloween is believed to have been influenced by a pre-Christian harvest festival called Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”), which marked the end of the summer and the beginning of the winter season for the Celtic peoples. As the Celts used a lunar calendar and divided the year into these two seasons, Samhain was the first day of the Celtic new year and was celebrated from sunset on Oct. 31st to sunset on Nov. 1st. During this time, it was believed that the souls of the dead, as well as other supernatural entities, were restlessly roaming the earth because the barrier between worlds, or the time between the old and new years, was temporarily broken. Sacrifices, as well as offerings of food and drink, were made to appease these spirits and ensure the Celtic people’s survival throughout the winter. To avoid being recognized by wandering spirits, celebrants would disguise themselves in feathers and fur, a tradition that we still carry on today, albeit primarily in polyester.

Halloween Party (1942), by Philip Guston (1913-1980)

Although Samhain remained popular among the Celtic people throughout the Christianization of Great Britain, the British church may have added a Christian celebration to the calendar on the same date in order to lessen the impact of these pagan customs. As a result, Halloween is also known as Allhallows Eve because it precedes All Hallows, or All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1st). This feast is a solemnity that is held in honor of all the saints, both known and unknown. All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2nd) completes the Christian Triduum of All Hallows, also known as Hallowmas, which is a time to remember departed saints, martyrs and Christians.

Dig Deeper

For more information on Halloween and other festivals, check out the resources available at Falvey Memorial Library:

- Trick of Treat: A History of Halloween is a recently published book that traces Halloween from its Celtic origins through popular culture today.

 - Check out Holy Holidays!: The Catholic Origins of Celebration for a fresh new look  at the religious roots of secular holidays like Halloween, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s.

 - Search for holidays, festivals and other celebrations in Gale’s Encyclopedia of Religion.

- Browse our print Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary

Want to learn about the origins of the jack o’ lantern? Check out these two brief articles from History.com:

- “History of the Jack o’ Lantern”

- “The Halloween Pumpkin: An American History”

Still curious about Halloween or other days of celebration? Leave a question or post a comment below.

RS6126_Alex-Williams-work-stationAlexander Williams, ’11 MA, is the temporary librarian liaison to the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and a research librarian on the Academic Integration and the Information and Research Assistance teams. He is currently pursuing an MS in Library and Information Science at Drexel University’s iSchool.



Foto Friday: Repose


Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)

Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1878

Oil on canvas, 89.5 x 129.8 cm

National Gallery of Art, Washington

Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon 1983.1.18

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Publications Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management


Foto Friday – How Many Brick Pavers Does It Take to Complete a Landscaping Project?

I fear I’ll start to hear it in my dreams: hour upon hour, day after day, the penetrating whine of the circular saw interrupted by its metallic roar as it grinds through brick paver after brick paver after brick paver … sending great clouds of brick dust gliding across the landscape. It’s a wonder that passersby, not to mention the workers themselves, don’t get “maroon lung.”


The workers are models of persistence, setting approximately half a million brick pavers, individually. Occasionally a vehicle’s horn playfully toots “shave and a haircut”; a dump truck’s powerful bass horn answers “six bits.” This exchange appears to break the tedium and bolster morale.


In late September, my own morale was bolstered by significant evidence of progress. Fences that have restricted access to the Library for months had been moved, revealing a gently curving path from the library’s entrance to the grotto. Students instantly began using the walkway, getting a sense of Phase III’s completion.

According to Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Bob Morro, PE, “We are in the home stretch, and the pavers and major construction will all be complete by Oct. 25, just in time for Homecoming Weekend and the kickoff of the Capital Campaign.”

I wonder: who will set the final brick paver?

(see also “Two Months into Phase III—an Update”)

Article by Gerald Dierkes, information services specialist for the Information and Research Assistance team, senior copyeditor for the Communication and Service Promotion team, and a liaison to the Department of Theater.

Photographs by Luisa Cywinski, team leader of Access Services and editorial coordinator on the Communication and Service Promotion team.


Continuum: Partnerships Are a Goal of the Interim Director

DarrenThe fall semester is underway, and Falvey’s focus has once again turned to tending to the immediate needs of the University community it serves. However, this pursuit requires a balance of day-to-day tasks with visionary aspirations. I think Falvey is uniquely and importantly placed at the juncture of the prosaic and the inspirational.

We affirm the basis of what a university library is: a common place where information is made publically accessible to scholars. Increasingly this role has included gaining and granting access to many forms of scholarship available online, while maintaining a commitment to the enduring technology of the book as a means of sharing and discovering knowledge. What’s new is that the Library at Villanova is recognized as an anchor institution engaged in its community. In a community of teachers and learners, this posture means we are moving beyond meeting only basic library research needs. Because the nature of higher education is changing, Falvey is working very hard to continually embrace knowledge generation, in addition to data curation and access.

BERTHA CHENKnowledge generation on a university campus is happening everywhere you look. Ubiquitous micro and mobile devices for gathering, analyzing and sharing data have made it possible for professors and students to continue the educational enterprise well beyond the classroom and study hall. Falvey has, and will have, traditional learning spaces and areas for quiet study, but it will also provide anarchic spaces that promote interaction, collaboration and growth. The library is becoming more and more a laboratory and a makerspace, and Falvey is committed to this new educational enterprise. It is in keeping with the best a twenty-first century university has to offer to its community of scholars.

Two examples of the ongoing transformation of Falvey are the adding of an editorial suite for the premier journal in feminist philosophy, Hypatia, which is now lead by a Villanova faculty member, and the public restoration of a hidden seventeenth-century masterpiece in the Falvey Hall (aka Old Falvey) reading room.

The Hypatia editorial suite will be an active space, located on Falvey’s first floor and visible to students, in which seminars and workshops on academic journal publishing can occur. hypa 26-3 (2)It may even be shared with other top scholarly journals, such as The Japanese Political Economy. It is momentous that the editorship of these very significant interdisciplinary publications is going to Villanova faculty, but almost just as important is the invitation Falvey is making to allow library users see the productivity of a scholarly community happening in a public space like the Library.

The other example is the in-situ conservation of Pietro da Cortona’s painting Triumph of David. Faculty from the departments of chemistry and history and others will be working with the conservation team. The Library intends to open the Falvey Hall reading room for quiet study, but from that area the restoration of the painting will be visible. Falvey is also collaborating with many entities on campus to document the conservation process, from its very technical scientific aspects to its progress over time. This initiative is supported by the University administration; the Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs specifically. It is yet another instance where the focus of the Library on the multi- and trans-disciplinary life of our vibrant University can contribute to the intellectual climate of campus.


Including these examples, Falvey has, for a library at an institution of our size, a stunning number of collaborative projects both internally and externally. Collaboration is also going to be key hallmark of the academic library of the future, which means Falvey has already positioned itself for a bright future. We will continue to expand the portfolio of partnerships we are engaged in, while strengthening the areas where we already have them. By partnerships, I mean mutually beneficial collaboration that can exist between and among Villanova and a variety of external partners, shepherded by Falvey staff; Falvey and other segments of the University; and library teams and groups. Falvey will continue to get involved and invested in these kinds of partnerships that enhance the scholarly community locally.


Darren Poley is the interim library director and can be reached by email or by phone at 610-519-4290.


Foto Friday – If you can’t make the play …


Then read it! Check out Michael Hollinger’s Red Herring right here at Falvey Library.

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Publications Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management


Foto Friday – Harvest Time


In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

From the Marriage of Heaven and Hell, “Proverbs of Hell”

William Blake

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Publications Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management


Dig Deeper: La Zaranda and Spanish Theatre

Just as George Orwell’s Animal Farm fuses a crafty fable with political commentary, so does Spanish theatre troupe La Zaranda’s play, El Regimen del Pienso, or “A Pig’s Diet,” which begins a sold-out run at Vasey Theatre, Sept. 5-7, 2013. While the shared porcine characters make comparisons to Orwell’s work easy, this play’s message is decidedly more Kafkaesque, with stooped workers reacting with dire helplessness in the face of bureaucratic restrictions in this allegorical tale told with poignancy and wry humor.

00 Regimen 1 (1) (2)These noteworthy Vasey performances mark this play’s first showing in the United States, and it will be performed in Spanish with English subtitles. The troupe, La Zaranda, is based in Andalusia, Spain, and has been in formation since 1978, creating a portfolio of work that has brought it international acclaim. According to its literature, the troupe is known for “using objects in a symbolic fashion, an art form that is at once simple and poetic, with polished genuine texts and knockout humor, (creating) productions both contemporary and alive.” A collection of theatre posters from La Zaranda’s past productions, as well as other interesting props and artifacts, are currently on display in the library’s first floor display window.

La Zaranda’s visit to Villanova came through the good work of Mercedes Julia, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and is co-sponsored by the VPAA’s Office, Dean of LAS, Cultural Studies and Latin American Studies programs. Additionally, Dr. Julia is co-hosting a special wine and cheese reception for Villanova faculty, and an opportunity for them to meet the troupe immediately following Thursday night’s performance. This reception is co-sponsored by the Library and will be held in Room 205.

fotonoticia_20130509175108_500The Library offers many resources on Spanish theatre for those who wish to explore the subject in detail. For our inaugural Dig Deeper blog entry, Research Support Librarian for Languages and Literatures Susan Ottignon has gathered links to contemporary, historical, and avant-garde aspects of Spanish theatre, as well as the general use of the theatre for political aims.  Feel free to contact Ottignon or any of our librarians for more.


Dig Deeper Series:  21st Century Spanish Theater

To find more information on Spanish Theater and its impact, search Vufind for Books:


Our new Dig Deeper series features links to Falvey Memorial Library resources curated and provided by a librarian specializing in the subject, to allow you to enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of events held here at the Library. Don’t hesitate to ‘ask us!’ if you’d like to take the excavation even further. And visit our Events listings for more exciting upcoming speakers, lectures and workshops! 

Susan A. Ottignon is Research Support Librarian and Liaison, Romance Languages and Literatures. She is also the Good Places to Start librarian!

Joanne Quinn is the Team Leader for Communication and Service Promotion.



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Last Modified: September 4, 2013