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Foto Friday: Celebrating a Faithful Partnership

Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement (DCDE) recently celebrated a new partnership with Bethel AME Church of Ardmore, which will create a church archive collection for the public in Falvey’s Digital Library. The ongoing 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.


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Foto Friday: New Popular Reading Pilot Program Launched

Students, faculty, and Falvey staff celebrated the launch of a new Popular Reading Pilot Program in Speakers’ Corner with over 400 new fiction and non-fiction titles now available for patrons to borrow. Offerings include new releases, literary fiction, romance, fantasy, mysteries, cookbooks, essay collections, and much more! With this new collection the Library is pleased to be able to expand its offerings to serve the whole Villanovan, beyond academics to support personal wellness, growth, and various areas of interest.


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Curious Cat Asks What Did You Do During Friday’s Snow Day?

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Happy Thursday, Wildcats! This week, in celebration of the first real winter weather on campus in two years, the Curious Cat team wanted to “snow” all about the fun that happened that day. So we asked some of our friendliest patrons, “What did you do during Friday’s snow day?”

 

“Sledding :)”
-Gweneth Pritchard ’26 CON

 

“I had a snowball fight with my friend and made snow angels!”
Jade Martorano ’26 CLAS

 

“Went sled riding with friends!!”
-Meg Zelch ’26 CLAS

 


Rebecca AmrickRebecca Amrick is a first-year graduate student in the English Department and a Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.

 

 

 

Julia Wagner ’26 CLAS is a second-year Economics major and student worker at Falvey Library.

 

 

 

 

 


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TBT: Beaudry Rae Allen Presents at 2020 Freedom School

By Shawn Proctor

Beaudry Rae Allen presents at Freedom School in 2020.

Beaudry Rae Allen presents at Freedom School in 2020.

Today marks the 16th annual Freedom School at Villanova, celebrating the vision and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by presenting on topics relevant to Dr. King’s social justice work.

Above, Beaudry Rae Allen, Digital and Preservation Archivist at Falvey Library, presented “Out of the Archives” at the 2020 Freedom School. She returns to Freedom School to present  “Collection Development Centered on Civil Rights” at 2:30 p.m. in the St. David’s Room, Connelly Center.

 


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Shawn Proctor, MFA, is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Library.


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Foto Friday: Caption This Wintery Scene!

By Shawn Proctor

 

Snow-covered statues near Mendel Hall, Falvey Library in the background.

Caption this wintery scene! Comment below.

After more than 700 days without snow (or a class cancellation for snow!), Villanova’s campus was blanketed in three inches of powder. The iconic bronze statues outside Mendel Hall, “Augustine the Teacher,” sculpted by Peggy Mach (1921-2013), took on its own snowy fashion statement. I wonder what they’re talking about here? Or how they feel about being outside on a frigid day? So, what’s your best fun caption to describe this scene?

Want to learn more about the sculpture displayed at Villanova? Falvey’s Digital Library has a sculpture collection with photos, details about the artwork, and the map coordinates to find them.

 


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Shawn Proctor, MFA, is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Library.

 


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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A Celebration

By Shawn Proctor

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks the birthday of the renown Civil Rights leader and non-violent activist. While Dr. King’s birthday was January 15, the federal holiday takes place the third Monday in January, and in Pennsylvania as well as on Villanova’s campus, MLK Jr. Day has become an opportunity for reflection and service. This year is the 15th anniversary and 32 sites will be served that day.

On January 25, the Center for Peace and Justice Education will honor Dr. King’s legacy with a Freedom School. “Inspired by the 1960’s movement which aimed to counter and boycott continuing segregation in public schools, Freedom School is a day-long workshop focusing on various topics surrounding MLK’s vision and work,” the organizers note.

Previous years’ Freedom School sessions are available for viewing, providing substantive talks, for example, about Villanova’s Rooted Project and “The Misremembering of American History.”

Pictured above, Villanova University welcomed Dr. King to speak on campus Jan. 20, 1965. For context, it was a year after he won the Nobel Peace Prize and just six months after the Civil Rights Act had passed. He spoke to about 4,000 people about “The Challenge of a New Age.”

 


Shawn Proctor Shawn Proctor is a Communication and Marketing Manager at Falvey Library.

 


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Jim Croce ’65 and the Villanova Singers Celebrate Birthdays

By Shawn Proctor

Jim Croce ’65, the beloved singer-songwriter who passed away at 30, was born January 10, 1943. To honor his birthday, we’re throwing it back to 1965, when then “James” Croce shared his musical talent on campus as a member of The Villanova Singers, who celebrated their 70th anniversary last year. That yearbook, contained in the University’s Digital Library, is truly “Time in a Bottle.” All photos: copyright Villanova University, credit Digital Library@Villanova University.

Yearbook photo of Jim Croce

Yearbook photo of Jim Croce. Copyright: Villanova University, credit: Digital Library@Villanova University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Croce sings to a female student

Wearing loafers and a sweater, Croce lounges in a tree and strums his guitar as a co-ed listens on. Copyright: Villanova University, credit: Digital Library@Villanova University

 

The Villanova Singers (1965) Copyright: Villanova University, credit: Digital Library@Villanova University

 

Copyright: Villanova University, credit: Digital Library@Villanova University

 

 


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Shawn Proctor, MFA, is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Library.

 

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Foto Friday: Bird’s-Eye View

By Shawn Proctor

 

 Drone shot of Olf Falvey Library

Credit: Andrew McKeough

The sun is high. The sky is clear. Breathtaking and beautiful. It’s another heavenly day at Villanova, the kind that alumni treasure and students cherish. What’s your favorite sunny-day at Falvey Library?

Contact shawn.proctor@villanova.edu to share your memories!

 


Shawn Proctor Shawn Proctor is a Communication and Marketing Manager at Falvey Library.


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TBT: The Stars are Out to Shine for Villanova’s Astronomy Department

By Shawn Proctor

Courtesy of Digital Library@Villanova University

As we look forward to this new year, we also wanted to look back at Villanova’s Astronomy Department, which is housed on the top floor of Mendel Hall. In this photograph, taken in the observatory, founder of Astronomy Department the Rev. Edward F. Jenkins, OSA, PhD, (center) is pictured with staff and faculty.

 


Shawn Proctor Shawn Proctor is a Communication and Marketing Manager at Falvey Library.

 

 


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Mickey Mouse is (Kind of) Free: New Year Brings Public Domain Additions

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steamboat_Willie#/media/File:Steamboat_Willie_1928_Poster.png (public domain)

 

By Shawn Proctor

Public Domain Day 2024 was a big milestone. The longtime symbol of the tension between copyright and public domain, Mickey Mouse has entered the US public domain. So now creators can write a song about Mickey and Minnie or explore their adventures in novels, movies, and any other form they wish.

“Disney is both an emblem of term extension and its erosion of the public domain, and one of the strongest use-cases in favor of the maintenance of a rich public domain. Mickey is the symbol of both tendencies,” says Jennifer Jenkins, Director, Duke Center for the Study of the Public Domain, in her blog “Mickey, Disney, and the Public Domain: a 95-year Love Triangle.”

But hold on one moment. Before you set your muse loose on those fabulous, famous mice, note that the only version this applies to is the Steamboat Willie and Plane Crazy ones, which are black and white.

Other versions will have to wait, alas.

There is a massive list of novels, films, musicals, and sound recordings that have joined Mickey in the US public domain, and depending on your interests, there’s likely something surprising and exciting to discover. Tigger and Peter Pan? Now available! Works by Robert Frost, Virginia Woolf, Charlie Chaplin, and Buster Keaton, too.

And Batman fans should note The Man Who Laughs, featuring the inspiration for the Joker, is also in the public domain. Batman and Superman won’t join him until 2034 and 2035, respectively.

 


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Shawn Proctor, MFA, is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Library.

 

 


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