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Attention Seniors & Faculty Mentors: The Falvey Scholars Program is Open!

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By Kallie Stahl

Attention faculty and Villanova seniors: Falvey Scholar Award nominations are now being accepted. The Falvey Scholar Awards are given each spring semester to individual or group projects of seniors who have completed exemplary (and publicly presentable) scholarship or research during their undergraduate careers at Villanova. The awards traditionally have an emphasis on work that has required substantial use of scholarly literature of the sort provided and supported by the library.

Villanova faculty:

  • Faculty can nominate students until Sunday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. by using the link provided on following page:
  • Once nominated, students will be asked to apply in order to be considered for the award by using a link on the same page. Faculty mentors who plan to nominate should encourage students to apply.
  • Please consider nominating a student who exemplifies the awards criteria.

Villanova seniors:

  • Villanova seniors, if you’d like to be considered for the Falvey Scholar award urge your faculty mentor to nominate you by forwarding them the nomination link provided on following page:
  • Students MUST be nominated by a faculty mentor before applying in order to be considered for the award.
  • The deadline for faculty nominations is Sunday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. The deadline for student applications is Sunday, April 7 at 11:59 p.m.

The Falvey Scholar award is an annual program established by Falvey Memorial Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m., that will include presentations by the award recipients on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or creation of the project report.

Digital copies of the winning papers are maintained in Falvey’s Digital Library. If you have questions, please contact:



Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.



Announcing the ’24 Love Data Week Events

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The Villanova Community is invited to join us for our exciting line-up of Love Data Week events during the week of Feb. 12!

Love Data Week 2024 is about highlighting the various representations of “my data,” such as showcasing the work that goes into making data, recognizing data equity and inclusion factors for the people participating in or affected by data, and documenting the data standards from (inter)disciplinary communities. This year we’re focused on helping new and seasoned data users find data training and other resources that can help them work with their kind of data.

Please register for the upcoming Love Data Week Events:

  • Introduction to Data Visualization: Monday, Feb. 12, 12–1 p.m. (Virtual) REGISTER HERE
  • Intro to Python: New Date! Tuesday, Feb. 20, 10–11 a.m. (Virtual) REGISTER HERE
  • Excel for the Humanities:  New Date! Tuesday, Feb. 20, 12–1 p.m. (Virtual) REGISTER HERE
  • Scraping Data from the Web (into R): Wednesday, Feb. 14, 12–1 p.m.(Virtually or Room 205) REGISTER HERE
  • Introduction to Citation Metrics and Research Impact: Wednesday Feb. 14, 4–5 p.m. (Virtual) REGISTER HERE
  • Text Analysis: Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab and Copyright: Thursday, Feb. 15, 12–1 p.m. (Virtual) REGISTER HERE
  • Falvey Data Visualization Competition Awards Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 16, 10–11 a.m. (Speakers’ Corner) Registration is not required for this event.

There will also be interactive tabling on Falvey’s first floor throughout the week.



Villanova Virtual Reality Competition

VUVR Competition

VUVR allows the Villanova community to explore virtual reality and augmented reality as a medium for compelling interactive experiences that educate. The competition is open to students, staff, and faculty of the University, with a grand prize of $1,000.

Learn more about the competition rules and how to participate here.

2024 Competition Schedule Overview:

  • Registration Deadline: Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024 11:59 p.m.
  • Virtual Workshop: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Falvey Room 205
  • Optional Virtual Workshop: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Falvey Room 205
  • Deadline to Submit Semifinal: Wednesday, April 3, 2024 by 11:59 p.m.
  • Final Round: Thursday, April 25, 2024, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Falvey 205
*Blog featured image photo is courtesy of Scott Webb from Pexels



You’re Invited: Popular Reading Launch & Reception on 2/5!

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Join us on Monday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. to celebrate the launch of our new Popular Reading selection in Speaker’s Corner, Falvey Library! Over 400 new fiction and non-fiction titles are available for you to borrow, including new releases, literary fiction, romance, fantasy, mysteries, cookbooks, essay collections, and much more!

After a few opening remarks and a huge thank you to our committee of student volunteers who helped select the titles on the shelves, please feel free to enjoy some refreshments as you browse for new books!



Join us to Celebrate a New Digital Partnership!

Invitation to Bethel Celebration with church

The Villanova University community is cordially invited to join us on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 1:00 p.m. in Falvey Library’s Speakers’ Corner (located on the Library’s first floor) for a special luncheon being held to celebrate a a new partnership between Bethel AME Church of Ardmore and Villanova University’s Digital Library.

Villanova University’s Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement Department (DCDE) will be working with Bethel AME Church of Ardmore’s Archives Collection Project to digitize their archival collection for the public in the Villanova University Digital Library. The collection is comprised of many unique items such as church records, photographs, and newspapers detailing the history of Bethel AME Church Ardmore and African Methodist Episcopal Church across the United States.

The digitization of the Bethel AME Church of Ardmore’s archives is currently in progress. You can view the current digitized collection in the Digital Library here.

We kindly as that those interested in joining us please RSVP by Monday, Jan. 29, by emailing Beaudry Allen (



RSVP for the Intersectional Reflections Kickoff Dinner Discussion on 11/10!


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This spring semester the Office of Graduate Studies in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences proudly presents a series of community discussions titled “Intersectional Reflections.” Events in the series will celebrate the diversity in Graduate Studies and will invite us to explore the influence of our own identities along our academic journeys and how we can beTerry Nance Headshot allies to those who do not share our identities.

The Intersectional Reflections Kickoff Dinner Discussion will officially launch this series of community conversations, which are aimed at providing the graduate students of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with an in-depth and intimate look into the identity experiences of members across the graduate community. The opening event will feature a discussion with Dr. Terry Nance, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer and Professor of Communication at Villanova University.

Join us on Friday, Nov. 10 from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. in Garey Hall, Room 10A for great food and conversation as we celebrate our champion for diversity who will retire at the end of this year. Learn from her story as we launch a series about how to successfully navigate graduate education and professional development experiences in spaces where your identities may be minoritized. Seating is limited. Please register here.

Other planned reflections for the 2023-2024 academic year:

  • Reflection #1 (February 2024): AAPI, BIPOC & Hispanic Identity
  • Reflection #2 (March 2024): First Generation Student Identity
  • Reflection #3 (Early April 2024): LGBTQIA Identity

You can learn more about the Intersectional Reflections series here.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.



First Year Students (ALL Majors): Apply for the Villanova Match Program!

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Calling first-year students of ALL majors!

The Center for Research and Fellowships (CRF) invites you to participate in the Villanova Match Research Program for First Year Students, which is an excellent way to get a feel for the types of research conducted by students and faculty across all disciplines, from business to biology, mechanical engineering, psychology, economics, and more. The idea that research is only for scientists and engineers is a myth! Selection committees for nationally competitive fellowships (like Fulbright and Rhodes), graduate schools, and employers increasingly exhibit sincere interest in students who have conducted research—even if they do not intend to become professional researchers!

This program provides opportunities for first year undergraduates across all colleges to pursue undergraduate research in the Spring 2024 semester. Applicants do not need substantial research experience. Selected students will serve as research assistants to faculty mentors. If selected for the Match program, students will conduct research for 10 hours per week for 10 weeks for which they will receive a $1000 stipend. The grant period will begin in Spring 2024. Research projects can be viewed on the CRF website:

To apply for the Match Research Program, please complete the following steps:

  1. Review the research projects listed on the CRF webpage and identify a project that interests you. You may apply for opportunities outside of your college and major! You may apply for multiple opportunities!
  2. Email your application directly to the Faculty Research Mentor by Friday, November 10th at 11:59 p.m.
           A complete application consists of the following:
  • One-page resume
  • One-page cover letter
  • Combine resume and cover letter into one PDF file
  • This PDF file should be named: LastName_FirstName_Match Application
  • Email subject line should contain: Match Research Program Application, LastName 
  1. The Faculty Research Mentor will review your application and should contact you to interview for the position in November or early December.
  2. Application decisions will be communicated by December 16.

Please feel free to send any and all questions about the Match Program to

The Match Research Program can get you the valuable research experience and help you stand out to future employers!  Don’t miss this excellent opportunity!

The VURF program is presented by the Center for Research and Fellowships with support of Falvey Library.

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Regina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Library.



Announcing the Fall 2023 Falvey Forum Workshop Series!

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The Fall 2023 Falvey Forum is a series of virtual workshops dedicated to advancing research tips, techniques, and technologies. Drawn from Falvey Library’s successful Brown Bag seminar series, the conference’s sessions will cover a wide variety of research and library-oriented information aimed at invigorating and improving research, informing new pedagogy, and encouraging the integration of advanced academic research into personal and professional lives.

Join us! Events in the series will take place from 12-1 p.m. and will be virtual with the exception of the “Introduction to Transkribus” workshop, which will take place in Falvey 205.

All events in the Falvey Forum Series are sponsored by Falvey Library and are ACS-approved.

Please visit Falvey Forum webpage to register!


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Regina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Library.




Attend Events on Cost-Saving on Course Materials!

With the fall 2023 semester now upon us, we know that things can get very expensive for students. To help relieve some of the financial stress, Falvey Library cordially invites the Villanova community to attend one of our events focused on cost-saving on course materials. There are two events being offered: a virtual session on Aug. 22 and an in-person session on Aug. 24 where we will share helpful tips and tricks. Both events are ACS-approved. See the event details below.

Please contact with any questions. Be sure to join us at one of these informative events!

Textbook Tuesday evite





Textbook Tuesday

Tuesday, Aug. 22,

6-7 p.m.

Virtual Event, REGISTER HERE

Have you felt overwhelmed by the cost of course materials and options for getting the books you need? You’re not alone. Join us on Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 6-7 p.m. to share tips with your peers and learn how Falvey Library and CASA can help. Nicole Daly, Social Sciences librarian, is hosting Textbook Tuesday to explore different ways to save money on class materials. Attendees will be able to use their newfound knowledge to check out options for sourcing their course materials with a librarian’s assistance.










Tacos and Textbooks evite





Textbooks and Tacos

Thursday, Aug. 24

5-6 p.m.

 Speakers’ Corner (located on the first floor of Falvey Library)

Have you felt overwhelmed by the cost of course materials and options for getting the books you need? You’re not alone. Join us on Thursday, Aug. 24 from 5-6 p.m. in Falvey Library’s Speakers’ Corner on the first floor to share tips with your peers and learn how Falvey Library and CASA can help. Nicole Daly, Social Sciences librarian, and Linda Hauck, Business Librarian, are hosting Tacos and Textbooks to explore different ways to save money on class materials.

Bring your laptop and an appetite so you can use your newfound knowledge to check out options for sourcing your course materials with a librarian’s assistance. Tacos will be served until supplies last!








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Regina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Library.





When Libraries Go to Hollywood: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Famous Hollywood Hills in California, USA. Hollywood Sign. California Photo Collection.


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Church of San Barnaba. Photo Credit: Didier Descouens – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

By Regina Duffy 

This summer Falvey Library is going to the movies! Well, we’re using our beloved Library’s resources to research the coolest film scenes set in libraries. So grab a seat and a box of popcorn because the we’re going to look at when libraries go to Hollywood.

When I think about films with fascinating libraries, something that immediately comes to mind is a scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The library in this film plays a pivotal role in helping Indiana Jones reach an initial breakthrough in a mystery he’s trying to solve.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, released in 1989, is the third film in the ever-popular Indiana Jones franchise. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford and the late great Sean Connery, it seems to be one of those films that stands the test of time. It has everything a movie-lover could possibly want—mystery, suspense, adventure, cool scenery, great action scenes, feisty dialogue, and dynamic actors who bring the characters to life on screen.

In the film, which is primarily set in 1938, Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones, Jr., (Harrison Ford) an esteemed professor and archeologist, sets out on a mission to find his father, Dr. Henry Walton Jones, Sr. (Sean Connery), a professor of Medieval literature, who he learns recently went missing. Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. was in Venice, searching for his obsession, the Holy Grail, and suddenly disappeared. According to the New World Encylopedia, “The Holy Grail is a mythical object or symbol associated with Jesus Christ. In earliest Grail literature, it was described as the dish, plate, or cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper, and was said to possess miraculous powers.” In this film, many believe that drinking from the Holy Grail will give you eternal life, so it is a much sought-after artifact by fellow researchers, collectors, and, as it turns out, Nazis.

Setting out on his quest along with family friend Dr. Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott), Indiana uses his father’s detailed Holy Grail diary notes to lead him to Venice, Italy, where he meets a fellow researcher, Dr. Elsa Schneider (Alison Doody). There they travel to the location where his father is last seen, a picturesque library, where they follow clues to uncover an underground crypt containing vital information needed to unearth the Holy Grail. In the process they also meet members of a fanatical religious group sworn to protect the Holy Grail who tell them that Dr. Jones, Sr. is being held against his will at a castle on the German-Austrian border.

More chaos and hijinks ensue on the path to saving Indiana’s father and in pursuit of the Holy Grail, but you’ll have to watch the film to experience the full cinematic adventure!

When looking up information about this scene, I discovered to my surprise that the library is not actually a library at all! The façade of the library was a church in Venice, Italy, called the Church of San Barnaba. Today, the church features exhibits. I learned that the scenes filmed inside of the library were actually shot in a studio, not in the Church of San Barnaba. Nevertheless, the library represents a gateway to knowledge in this film, so it would make sense that this setting is utilized as one of the major vehicles of discovery for Indiana, a man who values research and education.

Fun fact: there is also an exhilarating library scene in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. This 2008 film received mixed responses from audiences, but I still enjoy going on the nostalgic adventure. The Reading Room in this film reminds me of Falvey’s Dugan Polk Reading Room with its high ceilings.

Want to follow in the footsteps of Indiana Jones and company on their journey? Learn more about the Holy Grail, the city of Venice, and more, below!

The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief  (Richard W. Barber)

Eternal Chalice: The Enduring Legend of the Holy Grail (Juliette Wood)

Servants of the Grail: The Real-Life Characters of the Grail Legend Identified (Filip Coppens)

Venice Walks (Jo-Ann Titmarsh)

Venice, the Tourist Maze: A Cultural Critique of the World’s Most Touristed City (Robert C. Davis, Garry Marvin)

The Cinema of Steven Spielberg: Empire of Light (Nigel Morris)

Excavating Indiana Jones: Essays on the Films and Franchise (Randy Laist)


Borrow Indiana Jones series via Interlibrary Loan:

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arc

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The Indiana Jones series is also available via Disney+ for those who have a paid subscription to that streaming platform.


Be sure to check out the final movie in the series, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023), in theatres now.

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Regina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Library.





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