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Does Falvey Memorial Library have the textbook for my course?


Q—Does Falvey Memorial Library have the textbook for my course?

A—The Library usually does not buy textbooks for current courses.*

Reason #1—Expense: new editions are often published in a year or so, rendering the textbook we would have purchased obsolete.

Reason #2—Competition: The Library doesn’t want to be in competition with the campus bookstore.

Reason #3—Fairness: Someone could borrow the Library’s copy of a textbook and keep it for semester, preventing everyone else from accessing the textbook.

Please use this strategy: Search our catalog—If the textbook you need is not in Falvey’s catalog, you may be able to borrow one from another library using the E-ZBorrow system.

(hint: Your “Patron ID” to log onto E-ZBorrow is your 16-digit Wildcard number)

E-ZBorrow-member libraries may sometimes be willing to lend a textbook, but InterLibrary Loan libraries will not.

* Library staff, however, have begun to explore ways that Falvey can better meet our students’ need for textbooks. Keep checking this blog for updates.


Villanova community invited to submit family photos for Welcome Pope Francis Display


To celebrate the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, Joanne Quinn, Falvey’s graphic designer, created the “Welcome Pope Francis” window exhibit. The World Meeting of Families, an international conference on the family, meets September 22-25. Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia September 26-27.

In the spirit of the World Meeting of Families congress that precedes the Pope’s visit, Villanova students, faculty and staff are invited to share their family photographs with the University community by including them in the window display. You have two ways to participate: bring in a copy of the photograph and hang it on the window or post the photograph on social media with the hashtag #FalveyFamily (Falvey Memorial Library is on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook).

Quinn asks participants to submit copies, not original photographs; the photographs will not be returned. She adds, “Submission of a photo implies your permission to use images on library social media accounts, displays and publications.” You may submit photos now; this is your chance to be part of a world-wide celebration of families.

A large banner welcoming Pope Francis flanked by a “big head” portrait of the pope leads the viewer into the display. Two posters inviting people to “Celebrate your family,” a large poster displaying “The World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 Official Prayer” and accompanying official image, two papal flags and assorted books about Pope Francis and other popes complete the exhibit. A large open space is for the family photos. Kallie Stahl, Outreach student employee, assisted with the design and mounting of the display.

This eye-catching exhibit is in the large window to the left of the entrance to Falvey’s Holy Grounds, visible to anyone entering the Library. The exhibit will be up until the end of October.


Article by Alice Bampton.


‘Caturday: Falvey Wildcats in Action

Wet booksWhen a water pipe broke unexpectedly in Old Falvey Hall very early on Wednesday morning, the entire library staff and several University departments quickly mobilized to move the books, cover the stacks, clean up the water, repair the leak, and to keep regular library services operating smoothly. Students, library staff, the library director, custodians — everyone worked side by side. There was damage to a small percentage of books, but hundreds, if not thousands, were moved out of harm’s way.  It was the perfect example of Wildcat teamwork in action at Falvey!



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FotoFriday: Band(s) on the Run


Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion team and special acquisitions coordinator in Resource Management

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Introducing Falvey Memorial Library’s Scholarship Open Access Reserve (SOAR) Fund


Falvey Memorial Library’s Scholarship Open Access Reserve (SOAR) Fund

Falvey Memorial Library has committed to support open access journal publication in the 2015-16 fiscal year with the Scholarship Open Access Reserve (SOAR) Fund.  This program is designed to provide financial support to Villanova faculty who are interested in publishing in high quality open access journals.  Faculty may be eligible to have article processing fees incurred publishing in open access journals paid by Falvey Memorial Library.

In the grand scheme of scholarly publishing, open access journals are a relatively new development.  Unlike conventional journals disseminated by paid subscriptions, open access journals make articles freely available to all without paywall barriers.  The emergence and expansion of open access journals have the potential to significantly improve access to new ideas and thinking for scholars and students while acting as a moderating force on exponential library journal price increases.  However, for faculty doing research not funded by grants or gifts that cover article processing charges, publication in open access journals can be prohibitively expensive.  This is where Falvey Memorial Library’s SOAR Fund can help promote both open access and research at Villanova.

Who:  Full- time (tenure and non-tenure track) Villanova faculty are eligible.

What: Falvey Memorial Library may pay up to $2000 in article processing fees on behalf of faculty for an accepted article’s publication in an open access journal.   Sponsored research covered by grants or gifts that provide for article processing fees are exempt.

Where:  Publication in true, sometimes called gold, open access journals are qualified.  Journals that accept article processing fees on the article level to enhance access will not be considered.  Falvey Memorial Library Resource Council will assess targeted journals based on additional quality criteria before granting funding.

Why: By nurturing open access publishing Falvey Memorial Library aspires to support the University’s commitment to a just dissemination of knowledge

When: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with total funding capped at $10,000 in the 2015-2016 budget.

How: Visit the Open Access Fund Pilot Program page, read the Terms and Conditions and apply!

imagesArticle by Linda Hauck, MS, MBA, business librarian and team coordinator for the Business Research team.


Thank you, God, for the gift of today – The Joe Hauck Memorial

Hauck stone

Anyone walking by Falvey Hall (aka Old Falvey) passes two memorials honoring Joe Hauck: a bench with a plaque and a small flowerbed planted at the base of a clock. Have they, as I have, wondered who Joe Hauck is and why he was commemorated?

hauck clockA bit of research discovered that Hauck, a sophomore in the fall of 1995, was a member of the orientation team for incoming freshmen and an orientation counselor for Group 72. Orientation that year ran from August 24 through 27, and Hauck became ill on Saturday, August 26, during orientation. He went to his residence-hall room to rest, and at 1:30 a.m. Sunday Villanova Emergency Medical Service (VEMS) transported him to Bryn Mawr Hospital. Hauck was initially treated intravenously for heat exhaustion and vomiting, but at 4 a.m. his blood pressure dropped, he became unresponsive and soon died.

His test results became available Sunday afternoon and showed that Hauck had meningoccal meningitis, a disease which is rare but very serious, evolves rapidly and can be fatal. Meningoccal meningitis causes the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord to become inflamed, and blood can become infected. It is contracted only through close personal contact, such as kissing, drinking from the same cup as an infected person or living in close quarters where the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions may occur.

The University, in response, offered students a preventative antibiotic, Cipro, and many students took it. No other students developed meningococcal meningitis, though. In 2005, far too late to help Hauck, a vaccine became available, recommended for children ages 11 – 12, for high school students and for first-year college students living in dormitories.

hauck flower

“Good morning God and thank you for the gift of today” – Joe

Hauck’s orientation team members and Group 72 described him as a free spirit with a warm smile; he was always happy and “[T]here was never a dull moment with Joe Hauck as our orientation counselor” (The Villanovan, 9/8/1995, p. 12). The memorials are gifts from the 1995 orientation team. The clock memorial was unveiled May 2, 1996, on the 24th anniversary of his birth.

hauck bench markerA 1994 graduate of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Philadelphia, Hauck had considered becoming a priest, but he wanted to have a family so instead he was planning to be a doctor. He had served as a Eucharistic minister on campus and the plaque below the clock reflects his devotion: “Good morning God and thank you for the gift of today” – Joe.

On the twentieth anniversary of this sad event, anyone walking past this memorial is reminded of just how transitory life can be, but also how one individual can be a positive influence on many others.

Article and photography by Alice Bampton. 


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‘Caturday: Podcasting Wildcats

novanation logoHey, NovaNation! Want to know who else is podcasting on campus?

Take a look at the podcast posts on our blog this week, then jump over to some of the links below.

The Villanova University channel on College Sports Live is getting ready for a year of on demand podcasts of Villanova games!

There are some excellent podcasts on Sports Law from The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova School of Law.

And don’t miss the Villanova University lecture and event podcasts on iTunes U.

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If you’re thinking of creating your own podcasts, check out the resources offered by UNIT on the University website. They also have some helpful podcasting FAQs.

podcasting bookWant more help? The Library has current print and online resources about “do it yourself” podcasting.


‘Caturday post by Luisa Cywinski, editorial coordinator on the Communication & Service Promotion team and team leader of Access Services.


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Foto Friday: Living on the Grid


For more on grids check out NYCHenge.

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


Have no fear: there’s a podcast out there for you (Part 3: staff picks)


Welcome to the third and final installment of our blogging podcasts series. In this installment we will link to information on different platforms available for listening to /streaming podcasts and provide the rest of our staff podcast picks.

As with our previous posts, we’d love to hear from you, our readers, about your favorite podcasts. Also, please feel free to ask any questions you might have regarding Falvey Memorial Library’s podcasts or the staff picks you’ve seen posted here.

While many of us (cough) iPhone-users (cough) just use our OS’s standard podcast streaming app, there is actually a variety of options for getting your podcast fix. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel by going into detail about all of the options out there; follow the links below to check out option for podcast listening. I personally just use Apple’s standard podcast app, but we got a few shout outs from library staff for Stitcher, which is available for free on both Andriod and iOS phones.

9 podcast apps for the iPhone and iPad

6 podcast apps for Android

Today’s Podcast Picks come from: Chris Hallberg, library technology development specialist; Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator; Laura Matthews, library events and outreach specialist; Rob LeBlanc, first-year experience/humanities librarian; and Joanne Quinn, team leader of Communication and Service Promotion.

You may notice that the format for staff picks this week will vary from person to person. I received so many great responses to my call for podcast suggestions that I want to make sure the individuality and enthusiasm of each respondent shines through in their recommendations.

Chris’s Podcast Picks:
I cannot recommend them more highly. I’m a podcast junkie because I can’t read on the train. I normally listen through the Podcast app on my iPhone, but Stitcher is what I used while I was still on Android. I’m trying to lessen my dependence on iTunes, but I haven’t found a good podcast alternative yet. A lot of the podcasts I love have joined forces and started a collective (Radiotopia), so I normally discover new podcasts when they’re recommended by my old podcasts.


99% Invisible (about 20 minutes, iTunes)

entertaining and thought-provoking weekly show featuring interviews, stories, and biographies. Sets the standard for modern podcasts. I cannot recommend 99PI enough. I don’t remember how I found it, but I always look forward to it. It is a perfect combination of relaxing tone and pace with exciting information. My favorite episode is The Color of Money:http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-54-the-colour-of-money/.

imagesDan Carlin’s Hardcore History (very long and irregularly updated)

If you are a fan of history or good story-telling, Dan Carlin delivers. Dan Carlin’s epic podcast took me from hating history class to wanting to teach it. By pulling in both eloquently informed and heart-breakingly intimate sources, Dan Carlin turns events from history into incredible drama. Installments are usually 1.5 hours long but can be over 4 hours. He just finished a series on WWII (incredible) and his series on the Wrath of the Khans is still available for free.


And three of Chris’s favorite fictional podcasts:  Welcome to Night Vale (surreal news bulletins from another dimension, dark comedy), We’re Alive (zombie survival series, intense drama), The Truth (biweekly, standalone stories).

Michael’s Podcast Picks:

I love podcasts and audio is also my friend on hikes and on the commute. I’m always looking for new—and interesting—podcasts.

I listen to them in the car with a Bluetooth speaker from my iPhone, on my Mac, and on my iPod nano when hiking; I use Apple software—primarily iTunes or Apple Podcast—to manage my podcasts.

cover170x170Entitled Opinions (philosophy, literature, music)


The Long Now (technology, sustainability)


Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff—two of the best modern game designers talk about games, genre TV, literature, movies and story broadly construed. My favorite.

Michael also recommends Hardcore History, recommended by Chris (above), and Backstory, recommended by Laura Bang in our second podcast blog.

Laura’s Podcast Picks:
I have gotten into podcasts within the past year. Prior to upgrading to a newer iPhone, I listened to Serial and various TED Talks on the computer. The newer iPhone’s have a podcast app all ready to go. With my handy dandy new phone, I listen to podcasts more frequently.


Dear Sugar I like Dear Sugar because the stories are usually inspiring, relatable, encouraging or uplifting. My sister told me about Dear Sugar. Cheryl Strayed is the host and she wrote Wild which we both have read. Cheryl is a pretty righteous kick-butt woman.


This American Life is usually fascinating and shares stories, events and lifestyles that are, more often than not, new to me. The other day I was baking while listening to 559: Captain’s Log and learned about a concentration camp in China that housed groups of Girl Scouts (!) What?! I had no idea that ever occurred. I am fairly certain I never learned about that in school.


Ted Radio Hour really makes me think. With talks like “Do We Need Humans?” and “Why We Lie?” I am always left questioning, thinking, wondering. Ted Radio Hour definitely doesn’t fail to make my brain start buzzing.

Rob’s Podcast Pick:


Got to go with Radiolab. They have the most fascinating, intelligent, touching and weird stories I’ve ever heard; I’ve loved every episode. Has full 1 hour podcasts and ½ hour shorts. I discovered them through NPR’s This American life, which I also love.

Joanne’s Podcast Picks:


First, let’s get this out of the way and admit my crush on The Tech Guy Leo LaPorte who is the king of TWiT – a wide compendium of about 28 podcasts that provides a flurry of daily updates on Apple, Google, smartphones and even big screen TVs. Leo is boisterous, speaks loudly over his guests and regales us every chance he gets with tales of feuds he’s been embroiled in over his long career. He’s a bit of a boor – but never boring. I believe there are as many ways to access TWiT as there are shows. I prefer Stitcher, but their cool little iPhone app makes TWiT a button push away and uses only 5MB space. 


Also indispensable: I love Marcus Sheridan The Sales Lion, mostly for his incredible ease behind the mike. 


The Echo Chamber: a fortnightly from the UK for PR professionals; I often marvel over how these pros are giving away their insights for free.


If you love books and reading (and we think you do!), you can’t miss the Book Riot and Dear Book Nerd.


The Media Project is another favorite – it’s a throwback to my days at the Delco Times, when we could still smoke in the newsroom and talk smack about the day’s news with a bunch of ink-stained newspaper folks.  


Can I add one more? I love the Social Media Marketing Happy Hour—if only for the little musical ditty they play before every show. It makes me happy! But don’t let the “Hour” moniker fool you—shows are usually just about 10 min. and, quite frankly, hosts/Internet entrepreneurs Dawn and Traci spend most of that time expressing their admiration for each other. Nevertheless, there’s usually always a quick take away or new tool useful for social media managers. 

As I mentioned, I favor Stitcher almost exclusively for podcasts, though I must mention it does use data if you’re listening in the car or walking the dog as it live streams the shows as opposed to downloading them to your phone. But when you have as many apps competing for space on a 16GB phone as I do, saving space is a prime consideration. I really look forward to the day when “connected” car-based podcast listeners become standard in all models. 

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


The Curious ‘Cat: What Podcasts do you listen to?

Curious Cat

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students and staff,
Do you listen to podcasts? What podcasts do you listen to?

RS9513_DSC_3693-scrHaley Miller—“I’ve listened to [only] one podcast ever and it was [from] Serial; it was a murder mystery. And I really did enjoy it; it was 12 episodes long and about 45 minutes an episode. They re-opened a man’s case who was being accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend. It had my attention the whole time. I did it on a car ride … to somewhere and [then back] home. … That’s been my only experience [with podcasts]. It’s a true story. The case is currently being appealed in the Maryland circuit court system, so it’s still ongoing.”

RS9517_DSC_3697-scrDarrell Robinson—“I do listen to podcasts, but I don’t have a favorite one. I pretty much listen to anything that will catch my interest, but usually it’s language, stuff about languages, modern languages … There’s one I have on my computer to help me learn Chinese, for instance. … It’s on iTunes; it’s completely free … It’s great ‘cause you can listen and just go about your business, go about your day.”



RS9540_DSC_3701-scrDaniel Ehinger—“I only listen to one podcast. I listen to something called the Rooster Teeth Podcast. It’s an Internet company; they make Internet shows and they sell paraphernalia … it’s all video-game-based. I’m really into video games and Internet stuff, so that’s why I listen to them.”


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