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‘Caturday: The Nights Belong to Us Wildcats

Every dog has his day, but the nights belong to us Wildcats!

You can take your pick of 24-hour study in the Falvey Hall reading room, lobby, or basement soft seating or, stick with the tried and true main library seating on all four floors, most nights until 3 a.m., and the 24-hour lounge.

Whichever you choose, good luck on your final exams and papers, Wildcats!

falvey at night old falvey moon




‘Caturday feature by Luisa Cywinski, writer for Commmunication & Service Promotion team and team leader, Access Services team.


The Highlighter: Want to Study Smarter (not Harder)? Take Four


Uncommon yet practical tips from a professional study coach to help you achieve optimal results—interested? Nicole Subik of Villanova University’s Learning Support Services has prepared four quick-and-easy strategies.

For additional study strategies or techniques for time management, test-taking, test anxiety and more, contact or walk into Learning Support Services on Falvey’s second floor.

Learning Support Services


Falvey Pilots First-of-its-Kind Drone-Delivery Service

You may have heard that Google, Amazon and even Dominos have explored the possibility of using drones to reduce their delivery times from days to hours, or hours to minutes. Falvey Memorial Library is proud to make it official: on Thursday, April 2, Falvey will begin using quad-copters to deliver books to students in their residence halls.

The Library has partnered with California-based 3DR, “North America’s largest personal drone company,” to implement a service in which a student living on campus may request drone delivery of a library book directly to his/her room. The stated delivery time is 20 minutes, but testing in St. Monica Hall over spring break demonstrated that students can expect delivery within 10 minutes.


Saint Monica Hall resident Steve Halek received delivery of Katherine Ann Porter’s classic Ship of Fools in under ten minutes.

How could this happen?

University alumnus Thomas Mullen, ’11 COE, ’13 MS, became a research-and-development engineer for 3DR upon graduating from Villanova. Mullen explains, “We [3DR] had been competing with DJI for the Amazon Prime Air contract, and we won the bid in November. Then the FAA comes out with these new regulations in December and puts everything on hold.” New FAA regulations prohibit the use of drones “for payment or commercial purposes.”

Mullen continues, “That’s when I thought of the Library; it’s non-profit, so the FAA rules would allow it [drone book delivery]. I worked at Falvey as a student, and I thought this program could set a precedent for other colleges. I wrote up a proposal and showed it to my boss. She liked the idea of 3DR being the first to capture this new college-library market.”


See the new IRIS+ models zooming down the hall. No, really – zoom in! ;-)

“Our new IRIS+ model marks the next generation of quad-rotor helicopters” Mullen exults. “Its arms and landing gear are made of sturdy carbon fiber, giving it remarkable strength. Its strong yet lightweight frame, combined with its four tiger motors, give the IRIS+ a 3 lb. payload capacity. That translates to one large library book or two medium-sized ones. Also, its navigation system (uBlox GPS with integrated magnetometer) easily handles autonomous book delivery within a college campus.”

Students are warned to watch overhead for the book delivery drones, particularly on windy days.

Students are warned to watch overhead for the book delivery drones, particularly on windy days or when anything by James Clavell is enroute.



Jesse Flavin, Access Services specialist at Falvey, speculates, “As other college libraries implement drone delivery, I expect inter-library drones will be the next step. Students’ E-ZBorrow and ILL requests will simply bypass Falvey and be delivered directly from the lending library to the students’ rooms, further reducing the time between request and delivery.”

To request drone delivery, students who live on campus may click the “Drone Delivery” button in Falvey’s catalog. 2015 - 04 Apr - drone book delivery 4As this screen shot shows, only circulating books are available through this service (Reference, Special Collections books, journals etc. must remain in the Library). Students who are not in their room when the drone arrives or who otherwise abuse this system will lose their drone-delivery privileges.

There will be no book-return service.

For additional information, please contact Falvey’s drone-delivery coordinator at april.fools@villanova.edu.

Gerald Dierkes is senior copyeditor for the Communication and Publications team, a service desk supervisor for Access Services, and a liaison to the Department of Theater.

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Women’s History Month: Power & Magic in the Kitchen

Historically speaking, the kitchen is a woman’s domain. Women were chained to their stoves for hours on end. Cooking skills were right up there with other desirable traits, such as purity, appearance, and obedience to men. As Laura Schenone puts it in her book, A thousand years over a hot stove, “cooking reveals itself as a source of power and magic, and, at the same time, a source of oppression in women’s lives.”

To paraphrase Schenone, what women learned and what they knew wouldn’t be found in a book. It was passed down in the oral tradition, shared with daughters and friends. Women shared information and found support for more than just cooking. They relied on each other to learn healing remedies, to craft utensils and containers, to secure moral support, and to learn survival skills.

When times made life difficult and challenged even the most experienced cook, women found ways to feed their families with what little food was available. They would pool their resources or come to the aid of a hungry family. Women created new recipes to stretch the limited types and quantities of food.

Not unlike other American households, during World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt’s housekeeper, Ms. Henrietta Nesbitt found ways to deal with meat rationing and developed “meat-stretcher” recipes. There is one such recipe in The Husbandman, an agricultural newspaper. This newspaper was published during America’s Gilded Age, a period when the women’s suffrage movement was strengthening in the United States.

The original recipe for scrap pie is below. My adaptation follows the image.

Scrap Pie – 1886

The husbandman, v. XIII, no. 640, Wednesday, November 24, 1886

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Scrap Pie – 2015

1 lb. ground beef

1 lb. white or red potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks

½ large onion, finely chopped

2 tbsp. chicken, beef, or vegetable broth

1 egg, beaten

4 tbsp. butter

¼ tsp. pepper

½ tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375°. Prepare and assemble all ingredients.

Brown the ground beef in a skillet. Drain and set aside. Sauté onion and set aside. Use 1 tbsp. butter to coat the inside of a 9” pie plate. Cover the inside bottom of the pie plate with ground beef. Drizzle broth over beef. Layer the sautéed onion over the beef. Boil chopped potatoes in large pot of water until potatoes are tender. Turn off burner, drain and return potatoes to pot. Mash potatoes until smooth. Add the beaten egg, 1 tbsp. butter, salt, and pepper to the mashed potatoes. Whisk by hand or use an electric hand mixer until smooth. Cover the beef with the mashed potato mixture. Use a dinner fork to create a design on the potatoes. Use remaining 2 tbsp. of butter to dot the top of the potatoes.

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Bake at 375° until top is browned, about 30 – 35 minutes.

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Makes 4-6 servings. Serve with salad or cooked vegetables.

Below are links to books, articles and blogs for your reading, watching and listening pleasure.

A thousand years over a hot stove can be requested through E-ZBorrow or Interlibrary Loan.

What we lose in losing Ladies’ Home Journal (Thanks to Laura Bang, Special Collections, for the link.)

The First Kitchen

Women’s History and Food History: New Ways of Seeing American Life

#FoodieFriday: 5 Kitchen Appliances and Food Creations that Transformed Women’s Lives in the 20th Century

Women’s History Month – Audio and Video

My thanks to Michael Foight, Special Collections, for sending me the link to our digitized copy of The Husbandman.

LuisaCywinski_headshot thumbnailMonthly food blog feature by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication & Service Promotion, and team leader, Access Services.


The Highlighter: I’ve clicked “find it.” What do I do next?


When you search for articles, clicking “find it” often connects you to the article. But sometimes “find it” will connect you to a “find it” results page.

This video shows how to navigate the “find it” results page. (Enable Closed Captioning for silent viewing):

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

Special thanks to Jesse Flavin for this topic. Special thanks also to Jesse Flavin and to Trisha Kemp for sharing their wisdom and expertise in response to my questions.

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The Highlighter: What does it take to become a librarian?


Before earning the position of Falvey librarian, each applicant undergoes a rigorous screening process that includes the following:

1. Spell “Boolean,” “authentication,” “tertiary” and “plagiarism.”

2. Teach a class on college-level academic research while balancing Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged on his/her head (poise counts!).

3. Simultaneously show a first-year student how to find resources for her research project, answer a Live-chat question about citing sources in APA style, and help a caller limit his search results to only peer-reviewed, full-text articles.

4. Exit his/her office; hurdle a laptop computer, a taut power cord, and a studying student; and greet the patron standing at the Information Desk within 20 seconds.


to become a Falvey librarian, a person must be—

– an expert both in scholarly research and in one or more academic disciplines,

– a caring person who possesses a stalwart service ethic, and

– a dedicated professional committed to your success.

Whether you are exploring possible research topics, already have a well-developed research question, need help citing sources, or have other research needs, Falvey librarians look forward to helping you accomplish your goals.


Proquest Maintenance – Feb. 28

Due to scheduled maintenance, the Proquest databases will be unavailable on Saturday, Feb. 28, from approximately 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Mar. 1).

Products affected:

  • Research databases
    • ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com)
    • ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)
    • ProQuest Dialog (search.proquest.com/professional)
    • Chadwyck-Healey databases (full list available here)
    • CultureGrams
    • eLibrary (all editions)
    • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
    • ProQuest Obituaries
    • ProQuest Research Companion
    • SIRS (all editions)
  • Dissertation publishing
    • ProQuest/UMI ETD Administrator
  • Reference management/Research support tools
    • RefWorks
    • COS Funding Opportunities
    • COS Scholar Universe
  • Bibliographic and catalog enrichment resources
    • Books in Print®
    • LibraryThing for Libraries™
    • ProQuest Syndetic Solutions™

Thank you for your patience while improvements are made.


Cool Computer Changes

Have you noticed the small black boxes that replaced the traditional CPU’s in many areas of the library? These thin clients don’t have a hard drive and rely on the Villanova servers for all the “heavy lifting” that a CPU used to do. Users can save their work to a networked drive (usually the N drive), a flash drive or using cloud-based storage services like Dropbox, iCloud or Google Drive. Google gives you 15 gb; a larger cloud comes with a price tag.

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The other new service on campus is vDesktop. According to Henry Heincer and Jill Morrison, UNIT Support Services, “vDesktop is UNIT’s virtual desktop technology that provides access to a high performing virtual machine through a variety of devices.  vDesktop allows users to access Windows and various software applications via any computer with an internet connection.  The operating system, apps, and data are streamed directly from Villanova’s data center. ”

In addition to the standard Microsoft Office Suite, users can also access:

  • SPSS
  • Maple
  • Arc-GIS
  • Cyberduck
  • Fathom 2
  • Minitab 16
  • SigmaPlot 12.5
  • Wolfram Mathematica 9
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Expression web 4
  • Endnote X5

Engineering students and faculty have access to a tailored version of vDesktop with specialized applications.

There is an FAQ page on the UNIT website that can answer all your questions about vDesktop.

Article by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication and Service Promotion Team, and team leader, Access Services Team.


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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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.


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Last Modified: February 4, 2015