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Librarians Welcome New Faculty at Annual Breakfast



Falvey Memorial Library was again proud to host the traditional continental breakfast for Villanova University’s New Faculty Program, which took place Monday, Aug. 17. The program is hosted by VITAL, the Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning, and tailored to support the needs of new faculty members by easing them into their new teaching positions, answering questions and introducing them to campus resources. The library’s Learning Commons meeting rooms provided a bright, spacious environment for the new professors to network with subject librarians and begin their Villanova experience.

Gabriele Bauer, PhD, and Director of VITAL also introduced the new faculty members to Falvey’s newest entrant, Millicent Gaskell, University librarian and library director, who began here in May.

Photos by Alice Bampton.



The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (8/24)


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

 WELCOME BACK, Nova Nation!

We missed you! Come visit the Library as soon as you can and see all the changes that happened over the summer! We have beautiful new classrooms and  – talk about cool – the ICE Center is really impressive! Stop in soon to see it –  and reacquaint yourself with your subject librarian while you’re in the neighborhood! :-)


Changing Landscapes: People and Place in the Mill Creek Valley, Lower Merion c.1870-c.1920. Monday, Sept. 14 at 3:00 p.m. in room 204. In spring 2015, ten junior-year students participating in a research seminar with the Department of History undertook a group project to examine how the farms and mills of the Mill Creek Valley transformed into the familiar residential properties of today. Each student chose a property from an atlas published in 1877, traced that property’s development over time, and reconstructed the lives of the inhabitants. Working alongside Digital Humanities staff in Falvey Memorial Library, students constructed an interactive website to communicate their research. Come join us for the website launch! Questions? Contact: laura.bang@villanova.edu


POPEDISPLAY SMIn celebration of World Meeting of Families 2015 and Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia, Falvey Memorial Library invites you to celebrate your family by sharing a family photo. There are two ways to participate. 1.) Bring in a copy of your favorite family photo and hang it on the library display window. 2.) Post your family photo on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #falveyfamily and we’ll hang it for you. Please note, submission of a photo implies your permission to use images on library social media accounts, displays, and publications. Provide copies and not originals as photos displayed will not be returned.





YES WE SCAN! New at the Digital Library: 

Check out the most recent additions to the Digital Library, including The Brighton Boys with the Engineers at Cantigny, popular series fiction written by Lieutenant James R. Driscoll in 1919.




From the publisher: Marquand Books recently completed an ambitious and fascinating project for the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas.Color in Ancient and Medieval East Asia examines the diverse roles color played in ancient and medieval Asian cultures. The seventeen essays in the book are the result of years of collaborative research conducted by an international team of historians, archaeologists, conservators, chemists, and scholars of Buddhism and Daoism. Topics covered include the role of color in Japan’s royal courts, the plant dyes used in Japanese and Chinese textiles, and color’s place in ritualistic practices in Korea and Japan.

Designed by Ryan Polich, the 288-page book includes 136 color images, as well as maps, tables, graphs, and chemical diagrams.


 “A child can teach an adult three things:

to be happy for no reason,

to always be busy with something,

and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”

Paulo Coelho

Today is the 68th birthday of Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist, said to be Will Smith and Madonna’s favorite novel, and the book that Pharrell said “changed his life.” Have you read it? (No, me neither.) Nevertheless, it has sold over 83 million copies and is one of the world’s greatest selling books. Good advice about what kids can teach us for a new school year, too. What book has changed your life? Tell us in the comment section!

Be sure to check out The 8;30 every morning before class! And if you have ideas for inclusion in The 8:30 or to Library News in general, you’re invited to send them to joanne.quinn@villanova.edu. Have a great day!

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Foto Friday: Find Yourself in the Stacks

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Welcoming the Class of 2019! #Nova19


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Class of 2019 – How They’ve Experienced Our World

Class of 2019 members always lived in a world in which—

– roving probes from Earth have searched the surface of Mars 2015 - 08 Aug - class of 2019 Mars-rover

– WIFI has connected computers and mobile devices to the Internet

– wiki sites have allowed visitors to change, contribute to or correct those websites

– the terms girl power, laser pen, e-learning, webinar and Emoji have been a part of our lexicon.

Class of 2019 members have probably never—

– used a physical road map (much less had to fold one up after reading it!)

2015 - 08 Aug - road map 1990

– traveled without a phone in the car
2015 - 08 Aug - class of 2019 de-icer 2

– needed de-icer to unlock their car in the winter

– surfed the web using Netscape Navigator

– used a film camera, much less had to wait till the film had been developed before seeing their photos
2015 - 08 Aug - class of 2019 Photo Mat

Popular toysThese millennials may have collected a set of SpongeBob SquarePants toys or characters from Monsters Inc.—included in fast-food children’s meals. At Christmastime, many of them received Bratz fashion dolls or a Robosapien toy robot.

Our campus 18 years agoThe year most Class of 2019 members were born (1997), the campus at Villanova looked different.

Although the CEER: Center for Engineering Education and Research was being constructed that year, the following buildings had not yet been built:

Farley Hall (residence hall, 2000),
Gallen Hall (residence hall, 2000),
Jackson Hall (residence hall, 2000),
St. Clare Hall (residence hall, 2000),
Health Services Building and its Parking Garage (2002),
Structural Engineering Teaching and Research Laboratory (2005),
Davis Center (2007),
Driscoll Hall (2008), and
School Of Law and its Parking Garage (2009).

Also, the University had yet to acquire the Villanova Conference Center (1998).

2015 - 08 Aug - class of 2019 Campus map - newest
What’s missing from this list?
Certainly you could add examples not included on this list. Please share your own ideas/observations about the Class of 2019 in our Comment section.

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The Curious ‘Cat: What do you look forward to?

Curious Cat

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What do you look forward to this semester?

RS9838_DSC_3721-scrCaitlin St. Amour—“I’m starting law school, so it’s going to be a whole different way to go to school, different kind of classes. So I’m looking forward to really starting learning about what I want to do—if that makes sense—as opposed to undergrad classes, which were so broad. So that’s what I’m excited for: to actually start what I’m going to be doing [as a career].”





Danielle Morro—“I’m going to start grad school here in a week, for school counseling. So I’m looking forward to that. And probably most specifically, I have an internship placement within a classroom setting, so I’m excited to get some experience within the classroom and learn through some hands-on experience.”





Mary Connors—“It’s my first semester of law school, so I look forward to meeting everyone and making new friends. And that’s probably what I most look forward to. … I have a great story now on my first day!”








Mary McLaughlin—“Well, it’s my senior year, so that’s kind of nerve-wracking but also very exciting. I guess I’m looking forward to—I’m working this summer and also taking classes—so having that balance and putting [into] practical use what I’m learning. I’m getting deeper into classes that are more specific to my major and more specific to what I want to do within my major. I’m marketing and international business, so a lot of my classes are going to have overlap between the two, which is exciting. And also just doing all the things I can do one last time.”


Sydney Riley—“I’m excited to meet a bunch of new people, especially—I haven’t met my roommates yet, so I’m excited to meet them. I come all the way from Seattle, so it’s going to be very interesting to get used to the east coast culture. I’m a freshman, so I’m excited to be away from home and be independent. I think that’s what I’m looking forward to the most.”





Zachary Schlake— “I guess I’m looking forward to meeting my friends again and seeing them and just kind of getting back to hanging out with my friends that are here. … I’m going to be a junior.”


Falvey Memorial Library welcomes new faculty members to Villanova

Falvey Memorial Library welcomed all new faculty members to Villanova to a breakfast reception this morning. If you are a faculty member who was unable to attend, we’re reprinting the general handout that was provided here, which gives a brief rundown of key contact information and services (double click graphic for expanded view). Contact us anytime if you have any further questions or suggestions for library staff.




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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