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Now through March 27, Peruse the Bloomsbury Collection

evUntil March 27 the library has a trial subscription to Bloomsbury Collections. This is a collection of e-books from Bloomsbury Publishing, which incorporates the previous Continuum, Methuen, and Berg imprints, among others. The collection is strong across a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines, including classical studies, history, literary studies, philosophy, political science and religious studies.

Click here to access the collections.


Some highlights: The Philosophy collection contains titles of particular interest in critical theory, postmodernism, political philosophy and aesthetics, as well as a number of excellent series, including Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy, Key Thinkers, and Ancient Commentators on Aristotle. The Literature collection contains the Arden Shakespeare, and the History collection has a large number of titles on ancient, medieval and early modern topics.

The collection is easily searchable and can be browsed by subject, so it’s simple to find book chapters on your topic of research. It also features a particularly clear interface. Most titles include a book summary/abstract, and individual chapters can be read as HTML, or downloaded and printed as PDF files.

Please contact Nikolaus Fogle (nikolaus.fogle@villanova.edu) with any questions or comments.


The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (2/2)


Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!


Phi Sigma Phi Meetings. 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Questions? Contact Gabriella: gsantone@villanova.edu


Don’t miss the annual Africana Studies/Falvey Memorial Library co-sponsored Annual Black History Month lecture next Monday, February 9, at 4:30 in Speakers’ Corner. Saladin Ambar, PhD, Associate Professor in the department of Political Science at Lehigh University, where he teaches courses on the American presidency and governorship, race and American political development, and political parties and elections. He is a graduate of Rutgers University’s PhD program in political science and a former fellow of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Professor Ambar is the author of How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency and Malcolm X at Oxford Union. 


February is packed with many great, informative events – including many that can earn you ACS credit. In addition to Dr. Ambar’s lecture, there will be a lecture on “Academic Libraries in the Digital Age” next Friday, February 13 featuring William Arms, PhD, a distinguished authority and pioneer in computing and information science. Dr. Arms’ lecture is sure to be compelling to anyone involved in social sciences where people and technology converge. The lecture will begin at 11:00 am in our Speakers’ Corner.  Check our events listing anytime for a full lineup of free scholarly lectures and workshops!



It might not just be from the curried baloney pizza you ate right before bed. It’s Groundhog Day! As of this writing, our copy of the DVD is still available for borrowing to include in any of your planned Punxsutawnian projects!


So, did we hear any news from #Punxsutawney yet? What’s it gonna be, Phil? #groundhog day #Villanova…

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“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


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A Golden Anniversary: Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD, Celebrates 50 Years as an Augustinian Priest

Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD, is celebrating his fiftieth anniversary as an Augustinian priest. He was ordained in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, located on campus, Jan. 30, 1965, by Bishop Gerald V. McDevitt, DD, JCD, VG.

Born in Bryn Mawr, Father Gallagher was raised in Rosemont, Pa., where he attended St. Thomas of Villanova elementary school and attended West Catholic High School in Philadelphia. In 1955, he entered the Good Counsel Novitiate, New Hamburg, New York, to begin his studies for the priesthood. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Philosophy from Villanova University in 1960 and also received a Master of Science degree in Library Science (MSLS) from Villanova University in 1965. He earned his Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Augustinian College, Washington, D.C., in 1965. In 1975 Father Gallagher received his PhD in Administration (Higher Education) from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and he has completed additional studies at Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.


Father Gallagher was assigned to Austin Preparatory School, Reading, Mass., from 1965 through 1969, where he was teacher, librarian and director of Reading Services. He was then assigned to Malvern Preparatory School, Malvern, Pa., where he served as a teacher, librarian and also served as residence hall minister in Tolentine Hall until 1972.

In 1975 he became a professor in Villanova’s Graduate School of Library Science and also served as a residence hall minister in Stanford Hall and in McGuire Hall from 1975 through 1997.

Father Gallagher is the first full-time University Archivist. At the time of his appointment in 1985, he was quite familiar with the University, its history and personnel. University President, The Rev. John M. Driscoll, OSA, PhD, decided that it was important to have a full-time university archivist, someone who could help prepare materials for the upcoming University Sesquicentennial, and Father Gallagher was the logical choice. (Villanova Magazine, Vol II, No. 1, October, 1995, p.13.) Father Gallagher designed a historical exhibit for Villanova’s sesquicentennial.

In 1989, Father Gallagher developed the “Handbook for the Collection and Preservation of University Records.” In 2012 Father Gallagher collaborated with University Legal Counsel in the development of the policy and guide, namely “Villanova University: Retention and Management of University Records,” approved by the University President, Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, and the President’s Cabinet in 2013. This is a comprehensive policy and guide with information for all offices and departments, including what University records should be transferred to the University Archives and those records that are no longer useful. For more information about the University Archives see http://www.villanova.edu/library/archives/. Father Gallagher says, “In effect, the University Archives serve as the institutional memory of the University.” And in the 1995 Villanova Magazine article he said “obtaining material is an uphill battle.” Even with the existence of this University policy Father Gallagher hopes that more records will be transferred to the University Archives.


When asked what is the oldest object in the University Archives, he says it is “the 1793 survey of the property that later became known as Belle Air.” This document is framed and hangs on the wall in the research and exhibit area of the University Archives. Mark Thompson of Mark B. Thompson Associates LLC, Philadelphia, acquired the document from the original family. Thompson donated the survey document to Father Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, University President, who presented it to the University Archives.

An interesting artifact, currently on exhibit in the University Archives, the original lock and key from Belle Air, the Rudolph mansion which stood where St. Rita’s is now. Belle Air was where Villanova’s first students and Augustinians lived and studied. The lock and key are all that remain of the mansion which was destroyed in a 1912 fire. Some of the earliest student “jug books” listing student infractions from the 1850s are also housed in the University Archives.

Records, artifacts, photographs, negatives, slides, various memorabilia and much more are all housed in the University Archives, which are now located on the ground floor of Falvey in a suite between University Communications Creative Services and Viewing Room 3. The University Archives moved from the fourth floor to the newly renovated ground floor space during the summer.

In addition to his full time position as University Archivist, Father Gallagher created the sesquicentennial exhibit in 1992 and co-authored with David R Contosta the exhibition catalog, Villanova: College to University: 150 Years of Augustinian Tradition and Promise, 1842 – 1992. He is also co-author of Ever Ancient, Ever New: Villanova University, 1842 – 1992, a pictorial history of Villanova University. Father Gallagher was the research and editorial assistant for Villanova University: American–Catholic–Augustinian.

Since 1989 Father Gallagher has been the weekend assistant at St. Catherine-St. Margaret Parish in Spring Lake, N.J. He is the spiritual director of the Third Order of Mount Carmel in Spring Lake. Earlier he assisted in other parishes in the Diocese of Trenton, such as Incarnation, Ewing, and St. Alphonsus, Hopewell and from 1975 to 1986 he assisted at the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus in Rosemont. Father Gallagher is a member of the Knights of Columbus (3rd degree). For his service to community, in 1984 he was inducted into the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor.


Father Gallagher, despite his schedule as the University Archivist and parish ministry at St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish in Spring Lake, N.J. on the weekend is also a world traveler. In Italy he has visited Rome (of course), Assisi, Florence, Milan, Pavia, and Venice. He has also visited Ireland, home of his ancestors, many times. He has visited Bermuda, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, England, Greece, Istanbul, Turkey, North Africa, Russia and Spain. He has followed in the footsteps of St. Paul the Apostle. He also visited Alaska, Hawaii and the Canadian Rockies.

He is a member of the Delaware Valley Archivists (DVAG), the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference (MARAC), the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Tri-State College Library Cooperative (TCLC) – Archives and Special Collections Interest Group.

Father Gallagher often says, “Life is a journey – ever ancient, ever new.” And he intends to continue this journey for many more years. He has no plans to retire; he would enjoy celebrating the University’s next major anniversary, its 175th.

imagesArticle and photos by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team. 

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Foto Friday: A Life of Dedication


Congratulations to The Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD, who celebrates his 50th anniversary today.

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


All Dressed Up and Somewhere To Go: A Chill Lineup of Spring 2015 Events

Window Shopping: All dressed Up and Somewhere To Go

The current exhibit in Falvey’s cultural window to the left of the entrance to Holy Grounds is “All Dressed Up and Somewhere To Go: Spring 2015 Events: Scholarship, Culture, Poetry.” Especially appropriate for this January weather, the exhibit features penguins and snow. “All Dressed Up and Somewhere To Go …” promotes events that will be held in Falvey during the spring semester. Window Shopping: All dressed Up and Somewhere To Go

Glass blocks displaying photographs and signs advertising planned events fill three shelves. Books written by speakers are also included as are some origami penguins.

A large sign at the top of the window—a photograph of a penguin’s head on one side and the exhibit’s title on the other—proclaims the “All Dressed Up …” theme. The three shelves in the center hold the glass blocks; books by some of the speakers accompany their photographs. Small black signs provide the date, time and location of various events. Artificial snow is scattered on the shelves and on the glass blocks.

Window Shopping: All dressed Up and Somewhere To GoTo frame the exhibit, Kallie Stahl, graduate assistant for the Outreach team, painted snow in the upper corners of the window and across the bottom. On each side stands a group of three penguins.

Joanne Quinn designed the exhibit and its graphics. Molly Quinn, a work study student for the Outreach team, assembled the photographs and text panels in the glass frames, created the origami and scattered the snow, creating the wintery ambience.

imagesArticle and photos by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team. 


The Highlighter: Where can you post announcements in the Library?


You want to post your announcement in Falvey, but where are the approved posting sites?

This video shows how and where to display your announcement in the Library. (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

For additional “How to” videos, click the “Help” button on Falvey’s homepage.


Mood Board: Bill Greene talks Triceratops, Sci Fi, and 40 Years at Falvey

This week’s Mood Board features Falvey Memorial Library staff member Bill Greene. Bill’s varied spectrum of interests and skills makes him one awesomely multifaceted person! Read on to learn more about Bill, dinosaurs, science fiction, and to follow some links to great books and resources.


Hi, Bill! So I saw on Facebook that you had a major work anniversary recently. How many years have you been here now?

40. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?

What is your earliest Falvey memory?

Actually, it wasn’t much of a memory, but it was my first day here. I was a student. Way back—I can tell you the date! I was a student. I knew it was gonna be a life-changing thing, y’know. The date was May 7, 1968. It was a Wednesday, and I was working in acquisitions. I was working with books in print. I was checking the orders to make sure they were correct. The whole first day was really strange, because the previous day, I had known nothing about working in a library. But then my mother said to me “[one of our neighbors] called, and she wanted to know if you’d like to work at Villanova’s library. “ So I said, “Yeah, why not?” I just could’ve said, you know, “Nah, forget it, I don’t wanna do that” and that would’ve totally changed my life. But I said yes. Next day, I was in there, that quick. It just grew from there, it wasn’t planned.

And forty years later, look at you!

Yeah, still here!

What are the first three words that come to mind when you think of Falvey Memorial Library?

Fun. Novel.* People.

*”I was considering, I still am, writing a novel with this place as the background. With so many experiences, I have plenty to pick from.”

Read any periodicals, magazines, journals?

I read Discover Magazine, because mainly, it’s science, which I am interested in. It’s science, but they write it so I can understand it. Once in a while I read Scientific American… and I wonder, why did I bother reading this? I didn’t get anything out of it. They’re too technical, I think, in some cases. Discover is a good magazine, especially if you find an article on something you care about.


via Wikimedia Commons

What’s your favorite dinosaur?

My favorite dinosaur is Triceratops. Do you have any idea what Triceratops looks like?

 I do!

Very good! I figured you would. He’s one of the more common ones, the three horn face, that’s what it stands for in Latin, I guess. I couldn’t tell you why I like him. My favorite dinosaur is not Tyrannosaurus Rex because that’s who everybody’s favorite dinosaur is. [Triceratops] is always defending himself against Tyrannosaurus Rex, supposedly.

I can’t even pronounce my favorite.

Yeah, what is it?

 I think it’s… Parasaurolophus?

Parasaurolophus, you like him? He’s cool! Thinking about this question [of my favorite dinosaur], he came up. Parasaurolophus is the one with the horn. He’s the one they’re thinking, recently, in the past five years or so, they’re figuring, the reason for the horn? All of the duck-billed dinosaurs, which she is one of, went around making noises and the different noises they made could tell each one what individual was from his group, what species it was from. The air went through the horn, and made all kinds of honking noises.

That would be so neat to hear!

Wouldn’t it? A herd of ‘em?


via Wikimedia Commons

Current favorite poet? Any poet you’ve read, new or old, that makes you think “yeah, them!”

One that pops to mind is Coleridge. “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” “Kubla Khan.” When I was reading him, he hit me right away.

What is your information routine? How do you get news and info?

Most of my news I probably get from TV. I don’t get any papers, because they all come to the library. I don’t have time from it, for one thing. Yeah, the news. Channel 6 is what I usually have on.

Do you visit any websites on a regular basis?

Amazon. Goodreads.

What are you going to do after this interview?

Probably going to continue work. A lot of the things I do, I have to wait for someone to bring it to me, like the mail, and the stuff from UPS, and the stuff that’s over in Garey waiting to come over to be scanned. But chances are pretty good that I’ll probably go down and start scanning stuff. Lot of books to scan, articles.

Can I mention something you haven’t asked me? I’m a big science fiction person.

Great! When did you discover you love science fiction?

I was around 12, give or take a year. I think the first book I read was R is for Rocket by Ray Bradbury, short story collection. And I read the whole book, and I kept thinking – this is just my state of mind at the time, you know, I’m 11 or 12 – I’m thinking, “gee, these are good stories, he writes them so well and they’re good, but they all end badly! I don’t like that, they all end badly!” And now I’m coming from a different perspective, being as old as I am; they do end badly, but you know, they’re really cool stories. I wish I had written them. It doesn’t bother me quite as much, and I can see why he did it the way he did it. ‘Cause it would’ve been a stupid story if it didn’t have a bad ending.

What is your favorite Bradbury work?

Fahrenheit 451, of course.

Any other favorite science fiction authors besides Bradbury?

Alfred BesterTheodore Sturgeon. Any of the best [science fiction] novels are written back in the fifties, I think, because now science fiction just can be anything. How do you define science fiction anymore? There is a definition for it, but a lot of the science fiction today is really on the edge. There’s no science in it! So what if it takes place on Mars? There’s no science in it.

I just read a book called The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. The thing that makes it different is it’s a combination of science fiction and romance, and I’m thinking, I can’t think of any books, good books, like that. I would highly recommend it.

Thanks for chatting with me, Bill!

Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.

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Burns Night Supper: Celebrating the Poet and the Haggis

What follows is a two-part article: part one is about Robert Burns, Scotland’s favorite poet, and part two is about The Haggis Project. 

Robert Burns: The Poet

bard robert burnsBurns is widely considered Scotland’s national poet and was at the forefront of the Romantic Movement. Burns wrote poetry in both Scots, a form of Gaelic spoken in Scotland, and English. In addition to his Romantic poetry, Burns was known for his political and civil commentary, and for writing and collecting folk songs.

Burns Night is a celebration of the life and work of Robert Burns, and is held on 25 January each year (Burns’ birthday). One of the traditions of Burns night is to have a Burns Supper, involving traditional Scottish dishes and poetry recitations. The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA has information and videos for how to organize your own Burns night, which can be found here.

They also offer these “Top Tips” for a successful Burns Supper:

  • For dinner, serve haggis with neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes). Before eating, recite two poems by Robert Burns: the Selkirk Grace and ‘Address to a Haggis.’
  • After dinner, two humourous toasts are made over a dram of whisky. ‘The “Toast to the Lassies” is given by a male guest to the women present. In the “Reply to the Laddies,” a female guest responds humourously to the earlier toast.
  • End the evening with Burns’ best known song ‘Auld Lang Syne.’

Robert Burns: The Haggis Project

In search of the main ingredients for a Burns Night Supper, and looking forward to a road trip, I invited my sister, Michele, to join me for a leisurely drive to Berks County. We had great weather and bantered on about what would come to be known as The Haggis Project (or That Which Shall Not Be Named).

bechtelsville signAfter passing through the village of Bechtelsville, which took a few seconds, we wound our way through hills and trees as the sun created shadowed landscapes.

It was beautiful, even in winter. We could just as easily have been in the hills of Scotland. When we arrived, we found the Manieri Meats office and main building located next to the Manieri family home. Across the street was a picturesque barn and behind the main building was a small waterfall.

manieri barnThe Manieri family has been in business for four generations beginning with the first generation in Abruzzi, Italy. Stephen, Gwen, and their adult daughter, Lorena, were very open about all aspects of their business. A USDA agent, also very friendly, was on site the whole time. The Manieri’s only take advance orders by phone and don’t have a storefront for walk-in business.

manieri officeVisiting this small, family-owned operation in Bechtelsville was like seeing old friends. The office probably hasn’t changed much since Elmo Manieri started the business and the whole family seems to be on a first-name basis with their customers. We waited while another customer oversaw the handling of his order, ensuring that everything was done according to Dhabihah methods, and conforming to halal as dictated by the Muslim faith.

Bobbie sheep

We named the sheep Bobbie.

Now it was our turn. Lorena brought out my order of sheep stomach, heart, liver, and tongue. I’ll spare you the gory details. Luckily, I had brought along a cooler and we stopped for ice on the way back. When I got home, I wrapped the offal in Ziploc bags and stowed it in the fridge. I had researched many recipes, read the history of Robert “Bobbie” Burns, visited websites on the history of haggis, and watched videos of other people making haggis, but nothing prepared me for the awful truth of handling sheep offal.

My favorite video featured Chef Jochen Kern at the Berjaya University College of Hospitality, which ends with an authentic Scots recitation of Robert Burn’s Address to a Haggis. After all was said and done, I decided to loosely follow Alton Brown’s recipe with hints from other recipes when I thought it made sense or looked interesting. Little did I know that his parting words, “if you serve it at all,” would haunt me for days.

Finding the other non-sheep ingredients wasn’t too difficult, but the only store to sell mace (the spice) was the Bhavani food market in Exton, Pa. Most authentic recipes call for sheep lungs, however, the sale of them is banned in the United States.

The first step requires soaking the sheep stomach in heavily salted water overnight. Use a large plastic container with a tight-fitting lid and several tablespoons of kosher salt. The next day I rinsed the stomach several times with white vinegar and water.


1 sheep stomach (Feel free to substitute with sausage casing. Really. I’m completely serious.)

1 sheep liver

1 sheep heart

1 sheep tongue

½ lb. steel cut oats, toasted

3 medium yellow onions, minced

½ lb. beef kidney suet (found at Wegman’s in meat freezer section)

1 tsp. mace (found at Bhavani food market)

½ tsp. each of dried herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage)

1 ½ tsp. kosher salt

½ tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. nutmeg (freshly ground if you have it)

Optional: Beef stock

After you have soaked the sheep stomach overnight, start cooking the sheep offal in the largest stock pot you own. Fill the pot with water, or beef stock, add some kosher salt, and cook at a slow simmer for 2 hours. Save the strained broth; you’ll need it later.

bowl of haggis mixWhile the offal is simmering, start chopping the onions, measure the spices into small bowls, mince the suet, and toast the oats on a large baking sheet. Once the offal is finished simmering, remove it and let it cool. Most recipes instruct one to mince the offal, and one site advised using a meat grinder (who has a meat grinder at home?), but one site, to which I am eternally grateful, suggests using a food processor. It works beautifully, breaking down the meat into more of a sausage texture.

Using the largest bowl you own, combine all of the above ingredients, including the meat and about 2 cups of the broth you saved and, using your hands, mash it all together until it holds together a bit.

Stuff the filling into the sheep stomach leaving enough space to either tie the stomach closed or stitch it closed with a chef’s needle and string. For the first time in my life, I used latex kitchen gloves. It was the only way I could bring myself to handle the sheep stomach.

haggis cutUsing the same large stock pot, add fresh water or beef stock and simmer the haggis for 3 hours. Be prepared for an odor that will be reluctant to leave your nostrils. I even started a homemade potpourri on the stove. Truthfully, that only made matters worse.

Serve the haggis with neeps and tatties (mashed turnips and potatoes). I know that Robert Burns and others toast the haggis with a dram of whiskey, but I toasted mine with a glass of Elderberry Black Ale. Bagpipes and drums are optional.

haggis serving

In closing, and in all honesty, I tasted the haggis and will probably never eat it again. My son-in-law, Mike, loved it. He’s right up there with Andrew Zimmern when it comes to food.

Further Reading:

www.RobertBurns.Org is also a great source for Burns information, and they too have a set of instructions for a Burns Supper.

The Poetry Foundation

Book- Burns : poems

Book – A Burns companion

Robert Burns: The Poet and and Further Reading written by Sarah Wingo, Team Leader of Humanities II Liaison Team & Subject Librarian for English Literature and Theatre.

Robert Burns: The Haggis Project written by Luisa Cywinski, writer on Communication & Service Promotion Team and team leader, Access Services.


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‘Caturday: Cat Clan

“Wearing of the plaid on a snowy day. It just makes sense. What’s that you say? Haggis? I won’t hear another word of that Burns verse, lassie. It should be an Address to the Noble Cat!”

(Look for the Burns Night Supper blog on January 25!)

caturday cat clan


The Highlighter: How to find articles from a well-established newspaper


You need articles from a newspaper that’s existed for over a century. Are they available in print, in a database or somewhere else? This video shows how to access articles from a well-established newspaper.  (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

For additional “How to” videos, click the “Help” button on Falvey’s homepage.



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