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CAT-STAX4I’m William Repetto, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is the “‘Cat in the Stacks” column. I’m your ‘cat. I’ll be posting about college life, about learning and growing here at Villanova, and, of course, about the Falvey Memorial Library’s role.

The chilly weather has returned, ’Nova Nation, and you know what that means; no, not stuffy noses, dry coughs, and miserable, dark, dreary mornings. It means the return of flannel, finding a cozy corner to hunker down in the library; chilly weather means Halloween, apple cider, leaves changing colors, and most of all: some pretty rad events to celebrate here at the Falvey.

The first of these events will occur tonight (Thursday, Oct. 19) and will actually be in service of those who have fallen victim to a vastly different kind of weather. “The Crisis in Puerto Rico: A Faculty Panel” will be part of the ongoing marking of Hispanic Heritage Month, which has blossomed into a full semester here at ’Nova and will also feature brief presentations by the Hispanic Club and Catholic Relief Services. 

Here’s an eVite to the Puerto Rico event!

Next up, we have our celebration of Open Access Week. In case you didn’t know, corralling the large amounts of information that libraries like the Falvey provide access to requires amazing amounts of woman- and manpower each year. Managing these subscriptions and understanding what each includes is a huge part of what librarians must be able to do these days. 

This system works for the Falvey because we have some of the best and most knowledgeable librarians in the world combined with the resources of such a great university. The biggest issue, however, is that this system concentrates all the best scholarship and data for research into the hands of similarly endowed institutions. Open Access Week is about celebrating those organization that seek to make said information free and easily accessible. Our biggest event for this celebration, titled “Open Your Mind to Open Access” will occur on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 12:30-1:30pm in Room 205.  

This celebration happens to correspond with another keynote event here at the Falvey – so you can take shelter from the chilly weather all day on Oct. 25! This year’s Mannella lecture, “Issues on U.S.-Italy Relations,” will be given by Dr. Spencer M. Di Scalia of UMass Boston’s Department of History at 1pm on that day. We hope to see you there for spirited discussion and, of course, light refreshments. 

Di Scalia, of UMass Boston, poses for a photo.

If library events aren’t your favorite chilly weather pastime, well… then you’re surely lost! But we’d love to know what you’re up to, Wildcats. Whether hot chocolate is your favorite cooler weather activity or just snuggling up under a quilt, we’d love to know: comment below or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter. 

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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.

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Last Modified: October 19, 2017

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