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The Curious ‘Cat: Who would be an ideal study partner?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “Who would be an ideal study partner?

Kaitlyn Barney'Kaitlyn Barney—“The ideal study partner would be The Flash, Barry Allen, because he’s smart, and he’s a scientist like me. He’d be great to study with.”






Santosh KothaSantosh Kotha—“My ideal study partner is Arany Levitin [PhD] from the computer science department. He’s a professor there. … The way he thinks really amazes me. … He analyzes things very well.”





Ellen MoxleyEllen Moxley—“I would choose Benjamin Franklin because he is my idol. I just love all of his thirteen virtues. … He seems to be very diligent and purposeful and successful, and I aspire to be like him.”





Sr. Oanh VoSr. Oanh Vo, ACJ—“my sister, Michelle: We don’t interrupt each other. … We take breaks together, and we respect each other’s time.”






Kumaresh BalajiKumaresh Balaji—“My ideal study partner would be someone who is highly intelligent and very on top of things in class.

So, for example, for the past two years I’ve been a bio major, so most of my classes were with this one student whose name is Thomas, and he’s a pre-dental student. Now he’s in Penn dental. He’s very intelligent, very bright, and so I always looked to him as motivation.

It was never any kind of hierarchy—he’s better than me—or anything like that. Whenever we were studying he was very quiet, I was very quiet. We would do things together … If I needed any kind of assistance, I would ask him, and if he needed any kind of assistance, we would work through it together. … That mutual collective spirit during studying is very helpful.

I don’t like big groups, a lot of chatter, I like quiet solitary studying with one guy who really knows his stuff … Working through problems whether it’s bio or physics … really teaches me to learn. If he asked for any kind of guidance I would explain my perspective, and that reinforces it in my mind … That’s my ideal partner: someone I can learn from and … draw inspiration from.”

Jennifer MaxwellJennifer Maxwell—“Well, right now I’m studying counseling. … I like musicians. I would like John Lennon and people like that. I feel like they always have good insight into the world.”

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The Curious ‘Cat: “What brings you to the Library today?”

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “It’s the first day back from spring break, and you’re working here in the Library. What brings you to the Library today?

Daniel MarquesDaniel Marques—“I thought it would be a good place to relax after finishing up my three classes that I had this afternoon. I didn’t really have any work to do, but I thought it would be a good place to come and relax … try to get myself back into the school mode. I was just reading up on the news and trying to … get back into the rhythm of everything.”



Michelle Ahn

Michelle Ahn—“It wasn’t really spring break for me, actually. I was out all last month with a concussion. I spent the past week, and now, catching up on my midterms and stuff … I’m doing a lot better. I’m going to most of my classes now. [Spring] break was not pretty, but I was off for four weeks, so I can’t really complain about that … My teachers have all been so generous … I’m so grateful; I really am  And my parents, too, didn’t plan on having me come home for a month.”

RosalineRosalina Jowers—“I have a midterm on Wednesday and I have a couple of papers due this week … a lot of professors pushed midterms and papers post-break, so I’m working on that now … I wanted to come here to get things done ‘cause this is my favorite place to do work. I love coming to the Library … This is the only place on campus—in this Holy Grounds—where I get all of my work done. This is my most productive place.”


Michael Clinton

Michael Clinton—“I didn’t have a spring break, first of all. I’m here studying for the LSATs … I get done work at 2:30—I’m only part-time—so I study from 2:30 until 5:00 when I go home with my mom [who works here at the University]. I go home with her at 5:00, so I just come here from 2:30 till 5:00 … It’s tough sometimes. … I take [the LSAT] in June.”



Samala ShravyaSamala Shravya—“The Library in Villanova is very pleasant and so refreshing, so I just love to spend my whole day in Villanova’s Library … It gives me back my ideas, and it gives some pleasant thoughts in my mind whenever I sit in Villanova’s Library … so I can get back to the school environment.”





Manaury Garcia—“I should be doing more work right now, but … I’m filling out an application for another class. I have to write an essay for it—it has an essay component—so that’s what I’m doing right now … It’s a Faith and Learning Scholars application that’s due this Wednesday, so I’m going to be working on that.”


The Curious ‘Cat: “What Person, Living or Dead, Would Be an Ideal Librarian?”



This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students,

What Person, Living or Dead, Would Be an Ideal Librarian?



Caroline McCarthy: “Maya Angelou … after she passed away this year, I … read a lot of her quotes, and they’re all awesome, and I read her book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. So I think she was a great author and inspirational figure and had a lot of wisdom and helped the students.”




Tanner Grace: “I’m thinking back to the colonies in America, the American colonies, those really educated men who would read all day. I would say Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson. … I read a biography on him once, and he seemed very bookish.”



obinecheNkemka Obineche: “I think Dr. Seuss would be a good librarian. … He’s a fun guy … makes reading fun. That’s how I learned to read.”




mcgaurnErica McGaurnStephen Colbert—“It would just be very comical … he would be very interactive with the students.”







Isobel McCreavy: “Truman Capote because he would just tell you to read his books.”






Nicholas Crowley: Genghis Khan—“I just watched this Netflix show; it’s called Marco Polo. … I guess that’s why he popped into my head.”

The Curious ‘Cat feature by Gerald Dierkes, senior copyeditor, Communication and Publications team; Access Services specialist, Access Services Team; liaison to the Department of Theater.



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Share the Love: Seeking Romantic Art for Valentine’s Day?


When asked to write a blog about romantic art, I could think of no images to accompany it; this is not a typical subject for this art historian. A search of Falvey’s catalog for “art, romantic” retrieved 297 titles, but these deal with romanticism in art and in literature. A Google search first gave me “Romanticism – The Metropolitan Museum of Art,” followed by “Romanticism – Wikipedia, the free encylopedia” and “images for romantic art.” None of these references yielded the type of images associated with love or Valentine’s Day. What they did have in common were references to a specific period in art history, the style known as Romanticism: a period which lasted from about 1750 to about 1850.

What is Romanticism in art? Broadly defined it is the beginning of modernism. Artists, according to Hugh Honour, had no programs nor common goals but were concerned with “integrity of feeling” (p. 25). Their subject matter is considered romantic because it stresses ideal beauty or strong emotions or combinations of ideal beauty, strong emotions and other materials. Gardner (Art Through the Ages, ninth edition, p. 872) says, “The Romantic artist, above all else, wanted to excite the emotions of the audience.” And these emotions can be either positive or negative.

"John Constable - Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Garden - Google Art Project" by John Constable - SQHNHPBhfP7FBg at Google Cultural Institute,  Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia

“John Constable – Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop’s Garden – Google Art Project” by John Constable  at Google Cultural Institute, Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Is it just us, or is this the view looking east from Tolentine Hall?

This is one of the great ages of landscape painting – J. M. W. Turner, John Constable, Caspar David Friedrich and the American, Thomas Cole are major artists. Other artists with very different subjects are Antoine-Jean Gros, Théodore Géricault, Eugène Delacroix and Henry Fuseli.

The Barque of Dante, Delacroix 1822 (150 Kb); Oil on canvas, 189 x 242 cm (74 1/2 x 95 1/4"); Musee du Louvre, Paris

The Barque of Dante, Delacroix
1822 (150 Kb); Oil on canvas, 189 x 242 cm (74 1/2 x 95 1/4″); Musee du Louvre, Paris

The Metropolitan Museum of Art compiled a list of works of art dealing with love, but again, these will not meet your expectations of romantic, Valentine-type art.

For a more light-hearted approach to the subject, visit, “Love Is in the Air, and in the Art,” by Ken Johnson, “The New York Times, Art & Design,” published Feb. 7, 2013.

Dig Deeper

Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Romanticism.”
Romanticism by Hugh Honour. A classic work.
The Romantic Rebellion: Romantic Versus Classic Art by Kenneth Clark. Another classic.
The Romantic Rebellion by Eric Newton.
Romantic Art in Britain: Paintings and Drawings, 1760 – 1860 by Frederick J. Cummings.
German Romantic Painting by Hubert Schrade
Romantic Painting in America, Museum of Modern Art exhibition catalog.
Historical Dictionary of Romantic Art and Architecture by Allison Lee Palmer.

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

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Foto Friday: What do you see?


Not sure? Take a closer look at the tall display case on Falvey Library’s first floor. It will satisfy your curiosity.

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


The Curious ‘Cat: What Do Villanova Students Really Think about the Library?


In this new feature, the Curious ‘Cat will ask a question of several students in the Library and show their responses here, on Falvey’s blog.

CUR CAT 2-4This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What do you wish the Library knew about your needs as a student?

Sarah Welch: “[I wish there were] more hours that it’s available; it closes [too] early on weekends”

Antonio Triggiano: “Right now, the Library fills all of my needs.”

Nusrat Akanda: “I would like to suggest having more desks, more spaces to study during finals.”

Andrew Houser: “VU Mobile is the most pressing issue … at the school. I really like the setup, though, as it is … I’m pretty content with the library setup.”

Emily Folse: “[I wish there were] a way we could print from our laptops instead of having to log on to [library] computers to send things to the printer … The Library does a really good job [with] the Writing Center and the Math Center of understanding the needs of the student and providing those resources.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: It is possible to send print jobs to the library’s printers from a personal laptop. Staff at Falvey’s main service counter has instructions for current Villanova students to add the library’s printers to the list of available printers on their personal laptop computer. Evidently, we need to do a better job of communicating that fact!

 Jane Cho: “[I wish there were] more availability from the librarians with hours … to communicate [with students] in person. Their hours are pretty limited and they don’t work weekends. It’s just not as convenient to send them an email as it is to talk to them.

“[I also wish that] the staff [were] a little more knowledgeable about how to help students with their research, like what direction they could go in … when the research librarians aren’t available.”

RESEARCH HELP ON WEEKENDS, A LIBRARIAN RESPONDS: Library help is available on weekends! We have a librarian on-call at Falvey most Sundays from 2pm-8pm for all your weekend research needs. We have experimented with Saturday librarians in the past, but there was never quite enough work for them to keep it up. During the week, librarians are on-call for instant help Mondays-Thursdays 8am-6pm and Fridays 10am-5pm.

While we are on-call, you can ask to see us in person at the front desk, come up to the 2nd floor directly and look for the “Ask it here!” sign with the blue lights outside a librarian’s office, send us an email at ref@villanova.edu, or contact us by chat with the Ask a Librarian button in the bottom right-hand corner of the library website. For quick questions you can call 610-519-4200 or even text us at (610) 816-6222.

Want to make absolutely sure that you’ll be able to get the exact help you need when you come in? You can make an appointment with a specific librarian anytime by simply emailing them from the Subject Guide(link) of the topic closest to your area of interest.


Happy Bard-day to you, Happy Bard-day to you! Happy Birthday dear William…

This year Shakespeare turns 450, and people will be celebrating all around the globe from Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford upon Avon (where the tradition of celebrating his birthday goes back over 200 years) to Paris to right here in Falvey Memorial Library.

evCelebrate Shakespeare:

This year Falvey is providing several opportunities for those interested to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday. First, visit the Shakespeare display up on Falvey’s 4th floor, near the Shakespeare collection, and view items on display from Falvey’s Special Collections. Second, participate in our Shakespeare scavenger hunt for a chance to win a Shakespeare duck. Rules of participation and clues for the scavenger hunt can be found at the 4th floor display. Last, but certainly not least, join us in the Falvey Hall Reading Room on April 23 at 6 p.m. to celebrate with the Villanova Department of English, ACS, and the Library. There will be games, prizes, skits performed by students, and birthday cake!

About Shakespeare:

Although the exact date of Shakespeare’s birth is unknown, the baptismal register from Holy Trinity Church in Stratford upon Avon shows that he was baptized on April 26, 1564, and his birthday is traditionally celebrated on April 23 (St. George’s Day). For detailed information about Shakespeare’s baptismal record, see this video from The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Holy Trinity’s records also mark Shakespeare’s burial, on April 25, 1616. If you’re interested in learning more about Shakespeare, his early life and his family, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has a wonderful collection of videos and many other resources that may be of interest to you.

Shakespeare’s Legacy:

Shakespeare wrote 38 plays (some in collaboration with other playwrights), 154 sonnets and two narrative poems. Love them or hate them, Shakespeare’s stories have endured the test of time and continue to inspire people. Of course, many direct adaptations of Shakespeare exist in popular culture, such as Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 “Romeo and Juliet,” Kenneth Branagh’s “Hamlet” or “Henry V,” and countless others.

In addition to adaptations that use Shakespeare’s original language, a multitude of films borrow Shakespeare’s stories and superimpose modern language, different cultures, and different time periods. Such films include “West Side Story,” 1961 (“Romeo and Juliet”); Akira Kurosawa’s “Ran,” 1985 (“King Lear”); “Ten Things I Hate About You,” 1999 (“Taming of The Shrew”); “She’s The Man,” 2006 (“Twelfth Night”); “Forbidden Planet,” 1956 (“The Tempest”); “O,” 2001 (“Othello”); “Get Over It,” 2001 (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”); “Scotland PA,” 2001 (“Macbeth”); and many more. You can browse a full list of Shakespeare films held at Falvey Memorial Library right here.

Shakespeare was inspiring artists long before film was even invented. When you visit the Shakespeare display currently on Falvey Memorial Library’s fourth floor, you will notice one or more of the twelve large sized prints which have been placed around the Shakespeare section. These prints are from volume 1 of The American edition of Boydell’s illustrations of the dramatic works of Shakespeare, by the most eminent artists of Great Britain. Published in 1791 and again in 1805, this collection of prints is bound in a large-format book known as an elephant folio due to its large size (22 by 28 inches). Original prints from the first editions of the book now go for $300-$950 each and are beautifully detailed depictions of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. The prints hanging in the Library are copies, but the actual book the images were scanned from is held in Falvey’s Special Collections, and anyone is welcome to make an appointment to see it.




Foto Friday: Chinese New Year – celebrating the year of the horse


Happy Chinese New Year!

People born during the years 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 or 2014 are born during the year of the horse. These people are known to be active, energetic and quick-witted. They are also most comfortable in a crowd.

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


New Digital Library Front End

Digital Library HomeThe Falvey Memorial Library is pleased to announce the launch of our new Digital Library interface.

The new interface features a JavaScript-only page zoom, faster hierarchical browsing, and enhanced searching that includes both item and collection descriptions in the results.

The public front end is built on VuFind 2.0, which has not yet been officially released, but is available for testing here. The backend is running the latest beta version of VuDL (release spring 2013), which has been re-architected to use a Fedora-Commons repository.

A more detailed article describing the new Fedora-Commons data model and Solr integration is forthcoming.

For now, we encourage you to explore this new site, and to provide any feedback to us directly.


Help Us Test a New Scanner

A new high-end scanner on the first floor has been installed on a trial basis.  We invite students, staff, faculty and visitors to help us test it out. The large flatbed (book edge) scanner and accompanying PC with touch screen interface are easy to use.  The software can even convert text to audio. You’ll find the trial scanner near the public print station on the first floor of the Library. Feedback forms are available. Give it a try and tell us what you think!


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Last Modified: July 27, 2012