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Ash Wednesday Heralds Lent, A Time of Reflection

The image depicts St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church’s Ashes to Go station on Ash Wednesday in 2017 that was positioned at w:Mizner Park in Florida. Fr. Andrew Sherman and Fr. Craig Burlington are pictured distributing ashes to people in Boca Raton, Florida. This picture was clicked on March 1, 2017.

By Shawn Proctor

Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of prayer and penance that prepares for and signals the coming of Easter and the resurrection of Jesus. It celebrates the redemption of all people made possible by Jesus’ sacrifice.

For many Christians, Lent is a time to give up something, most often a vice like chocolate or even social media. Others fast or donate their meals to the less fortunate. But whether you cut out Hershey’s bars or posting on TikTok, the real goal is to devote more completely to faith and reflect on your connection to God.

“The purpose of Lent is to provide that purification by weaning all of humanity from sin and selfishness through self-denial and prayer, by creating in them the desire to do God’s will and to make His kingdom come by making it come first of all in their hearts.” (New Catholic Encyclopedia)

Each year since 2019, Villanova’s Office of Mission and Ministry has offered Lenten reflections written by faculty, staff, and students. These collections are personal glimpses into the University’s Augustinian Catholic community and inspiration for your own Lenten practice.

Additionally, Falvey Library has many relevant holdings, some of which are noted in stories already posted on the website.

In expanding on the theme of reading as a form of reflection, we add to these offerings Show me the way: Readings for each day of Lent by Henri J. M. Nouwen.  It traces his 40-day journey from solemn beginning to joyous Easter conclusion. The physical copy of the book is available in the stacks, can be reserved for Pick Up & Go, or requested for partial scanning.

 


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

 

 


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Falvey Celebrates Black History Month

African-American Navy Yard Workers sewing parachutes in the aircraft factory of a large eastern shipyard (Naval Aircraft Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Courtesy of Wiki Commons.

 

Falvey Library, as a part of Villanova University’s community, celebrates Black History Month through academic events like “The End of White Christian America: Faith Apart from Anti-Blackness,” which will examine untangling Christian faith from white supremacy. (Note: this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled.)

Additionally, we offer several robust resources that explore black history and culture through Falvey’s databases, including the Subject Guide on Black and African American, within the Library’s diversity and inclusion section.

To quote Juwan Rainer ’19 in the guide’s introduction: “…we cannot do this alone. I welcome you to educate yourself about the struggles we have and unfortunately still continue to endure physically, mentally, and verbally. Ignorance is bliss but only to the ignorant.”

For a Villanova-focused look at Black History, consider Black Villanova: An Oral History, which covers the African American student experience at the University, roughly 1950-1985. This features voices and firsthand accounts of campus life from the students who lived them. Of special interest is the video Back and Black: A Celebration of the African American Experience at Villanova.

Falvey’s electronic and physical collection contain many books that discuss Black History and, just as important, challenge how we think about and create narratives about that history.

Africana Studies research guide: https://library.villanova.edu/research/subject-guides/global-interdisciplinary-studies/africana-studies

African American Studies Center (Oxford University Press)
Contains a selection of information sources ranging from the authoritative Encyclopedia of African American History to the African American National Biography project. Selected primary sources, maps, images, charts, and tables round out the collection.

The Black Scholar
The leading journal of black cultural and political thought in the United Sates.
Recent issues focused on Black archival practice, Black religion in the digital age, post-soul Afro-Latinidades, and Caribbean Global Movements.

Newspapers and magazines of broad interest:

  • RIPM Jazz Periodicals Collection (NEW at Falvey)
    This new database features access to digitized copies of 140 jazz journals and magazines including the Metronome, the Jazz Record, In the Groove, Down Beat Music, The Jazz Review, The Rag Times, Radio Free Jazz, and the Jazzbeat among others.
  • Black Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
    Offers access to the major African American newspapers of the 20th century: the Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003), the Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988), the Cleveland Call & Post (1934-1991), the Chicago Defender (1910-1975), the Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005), the New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), the Norfolk Journal & Guide (1921-2003), the Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001), and the Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002).
  • Black Panther (Marxist Internet Archive)
    Presents digital copies of surviving copies of the Black Panther newspaper. The Black Panther was the official organ of the Black Panther Party. Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the newspaper in Oakland, California in 1967. It ceased publication on September 16, 1980.
  • The Crisis (NAACP)
    1910-1922 issues are freely available through the Modernist Journals Project.
  • Ebony
    Free access to digital color issues from November 1959 to December 2008 via Google Books.
    Free access to digital issues from November 1945 to December 2008 via the Internet Archive.
  • Freedomways (Independent Voices – Reveal Digital)
    Free access to the complete digital archive (1961-1985) of one of the leading African American opinion magazines. Founded by Louis Burnham, Edward Strong, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Shirley Graham Du Bois, the magazine chronicled the American civil rights movement and Pan-Africanism.
  • Muhammad Speaks (Independent Voices – Reveal Digital)
    Free access to the complete digital archive (1961-1975) of the official newspaper of the Nation of Islam.

    Books about Black History:

We hope you’ll dip into whichever resources most appeal to you as part of learning about Black History in addition to taking part in the virtual and in-person events held in Falvey and across the campus.

Links above were curated by Jutta Seibert, Director of Research Services & Scholarly Engagement at Falvey Library.


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

 

 


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Falvey Library Acquires Senatorial Papers of Former Pennsylvania Senator Patrick J. Toomey

Villanova University’s Falvey Library has acquired the senatorial papers of Patrick J. Toomey, who served as US Senator from Pennsylvania from 2011 to 2023. The collection includes extensive electronic records and media, as well as papers from Toomey’s service as a member of the House of Representatives for the 15th District of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2005, campaign materials and social media archives. It will be housed as part of Falvey Library’s Distinctive Collections, making this important research collection publicly accessible. Information about when the collection will be viewable by the public is forthcoming.

“We are honored that Senator Toomey has selected Villanova University to house this notable collection,” said University Provost Patrick G. Maggitti. “Falvey Library is an academic hub for learning and discovery, including an exceptional collection of distinctive materials and artifacts. The addition of Senator Toomey’s papers will allow the global community of scholars critical access to these important historical documents.”

“It was an honor to serve as a US Senator representing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” noted Senator Toomey. “The materials from my time serving the Keystone State belong to Pennsylvanians. Villanova University diligently worked with me during my final years in office to create this archive for educational and historical purposes. It’s an honor that such a revered and respected academic institution is doing this work. Thank you to Villanova University and its staff for their tremendous efforts.”

Falvey Library possesses significant collections of rare, distinctive materials, organized into three categories: Special Collections, University Archives and Digital Library—a public access portal to digital content. The Library actively works to identify and acquire materials to complement its existing ones and promotes open access to these collections for global scholarly and research inquiries. The papers of Senator Toomey provide Falvey Library with yet another important collection.

“This significant donation of materials from Senator Toomey provides the Villanova University community and indeed the broader community with an important research collection that offers a rich source of information for the study of national and regional issues, political science, public policy and local and state history,” said Michael Foight, director of Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement at Falvey Library. “Having served on the Banking, Budget and Finance committees, Senator Toomey played a significant role in the oversight, regulation and legislation related to the national economy and the financial sector. His donation provides primary sources for the study of legislative functions related to these critical areas.”

The new collection of materials from Senator Toomey is complementary to other collections held by Villanova’s Falvey Library, including the papers of US Representative Richard T. Schulze, who served in Congress from 1975 to 1993 from Pennsylvania’s District 5. Additionally, Distinctive Collections maintains the personal paper collection of Lawrence M. O’Rourke, a reporter with the Philadelphia Bulletin who served as the newspaper’s Washington bureau chief until it closed in 1980. O’Rourke served in President Jimmy Carter’s newly created Department of Education and was later White House correspondent and columnist for the St. Louis Dispatch and other newspapers. As a journalist, he covered the Watergate scandal and other significant national and international stories.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit www.villanova.edu.


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Remembering Chris Ford ’79, Basketball Legend

By Shawn Proctor

Chris Ford ’79 Villanova basketball legend passed away on Jan. 17 at age 74.

His list of accomplishments is long. At Villanova, Ford played on teams that qualified for the NCAA tournament three times, reaching the finals in 1971. He helped the Boston Celtics win the NBA title in 1981 and coached for several years at the professional level. But, perhaps, Ford is best known for a shot heard around the world.

The first 3-point shot, that is. (Note: there is an open question about whether he or Kevin Grevey hit the shot first, according to a Jan. 21 article in the The New York Times by Richard Goldstein. Who shot first? The world may never know.)

The shot has come to define basketball, as much as the slam dunk. So next time you’re sitting with friends and watching a game of basketball, make sure to recount Ford’s accomplishment that faithful night Oct. 12, 1979.

“A creative, gifted tough (Villanova) guard,” former Villanova coach Jay Wright posted on Twitter, according an Associated Press article posted Jan. 18. “He was more of an idol when I knew him as a great man, loyal friend and passionate (Villanova) alumni. Chris is loved by the VU community. I will miss our talks.”

If you want to learn more about Chris Ford, visit Falvey Library’s newly revamped Digital Library, where you can find images above as well as read issues of The Villanovan, the student newspaper. Access to the article about Ford’s life and accomplishments was made possible by Falvey Library’s subscriptions, available to the University’s students and faculty.

 


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


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Elementary, My Dear Sherlock: A Look at New Works Entering the Public Domain

By Shawn Proctor

While many were celebrating the beginning of a new year on January 1, the day also held another special meaning: Public Domain Day. Note: Falvey has added a host of new materials that have just entered the public domain! Learn more about them here: https://blog.library.villanova.edu/2023/01/06/meg-piorkos-weekly-picks-5/.

Works from 1927, and before, now are available for writers, musicians, and cinephiles to share freely without permission or fees. They can be shown in theaters, added to online databases, and new works based on them created by modern artists.*

This day is not as popular with the rights holders, however, who would like to continue to profit from and control these artworks, well, forever it would seem. For example, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate has furiously fought to earn money from Sherlock Holmes, despite the fact that the legendary consulting detective has been in the public domain for years.

The final works just entered this year, in fact. But that didn’t stop the estate from trying to legally seek money from even very divergent stories, including the Enola Holmes Netflix series, adapted from the series by Nancy Springer.

And even Disney’s big, white gloves are beginning to slip away from its characters. Last year Winnie-the-Pooh became public domain…and, since, the main character of a horror film and a theme of a cell phone commercial. This year, the last of A.A. Milne’s stories vaulted into the public domain as well, an opening salvo for a showdown years in the making.

Yes…Mickey Mouse, that central figure of Disney’s company, will be US public domain in 2024. Will he finally escape Walt’s vault? And does that mean Mickey will be remixed, revised, and revitalized by new imagineers? Only time will tell.

Selected works that entered the public domain this year, according to the Center for the Study of the Public Domain:

Books: the last of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, and the first Hardy Boys book The Tower Treasure by Franklin W. Dixon.

Films: Metropolis, the first “talkie” The Jazz Singer, and the first Oscar winner for outstanding picture Wings.

Music: “(I Scream You Scream, We All Scream for) Ice Cream,” “Funny Face” from the musical Funny Face, and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

Who knows what new creations these older works might inspire? We’ll have to wait and see!

*Note: I’m not a lawyer and this only applies to US copyright.


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


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Library 101: Visit the Library Blog and Social Media for Daily Updates

  • Posted by: Shawn Proctor
  • Posted Date: January 17, 2023
  • Filed Under: Library News


Check out our website and social media every day for the latest library news, resources, fun stuff, and throwbacks!

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Library 101: Falvey Acronyms You Need to Know

  • Posted by: Shawn Proctor
  • Posted Date: January 17, 2023
  • Filed Under: Library News

There’s so much lingo to learn at Villanova, especially for new students.

One example. If someone wants to meet you for lunch at The Oreo, Spit, or the Pit, for which one should you plan to bring along your food?

Answer: The Oreo. Despite its tasty-sounding name, the so-called Oreo is just nickname for “The Awakening” sculpture near the Connelly Center. It is so not edible.

At Falvey, we have some acronyms of our own. Don’t worry, they aren’t ones you have to memorize, since you can just stop back here anytime and get oriented to the Library’s services and resources.

RA Faire 2019

RAs pick out Falvey materials to display in the residence halls (2019).


Access Services

The friendly faces at the front desk and the hardworking people who handle borrowing and lending, equipment loans, interlibrary loan services (ILL) and EZ-Borrow collection maintenance, and course reserves so students can easily read, study, and succeed.

C&M (Communications & Marketing)

The team who handles library events, publications, signage, social media, and this very own news blog.

DCDE (Distinctive Collections & Digital Engagement)

This includes several important areas in the Library: Special Collections, University Archives, and Villanova’s Digital Library.

RSSE (Research Services & Scholarly Engagement)

Do you know your subject librarian? Have a question about research or how to navigate the resources on the Library’s website? Start here. Dedicated librarians will help you find what you need and more.


Bonus:

Two Library partners are located within the building: CASA (Center for Success and Achievement) on the second floor and IIE (Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) on the ground floor.

CASA aims to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented, first generation, and Pell Eligible students through holistic support in a culturally diverse and academically excellent environment.

IIE’s Idea Lab is a gathering space for individuals from all corners of campus to collaborate on innovative, creative, and cross-curricular projects.


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Library 101: Here’s Your Falvey Library Essentials Guide

  • Posted by: Shawn Proctor
  • Posted Date: January 17, 2023
  • Filed Under: Library News

 

From an endless array of resources and support, to a dongle for your Mac, you’re likely to find everything you’re looking for at Falvey Library! Keep scrolling for your library essentials guide. Graphics created by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing.

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Library 101: Falvey Memorial Library Directory

  • Posted by: Shawn Proctor
  • Posted Date: January 17, 2023
  • Filed Under: Library News

 

New on campus? Need a refresher? No problem, we’ve listed the Falvey Memorial Library building directory below. Questions? Contact the front desk! Phone: 610-519-4270; Email circ@villanova.edu.

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Library 101: Meet Your Subject Librarian

  • Posted by: Shawn Proctor
  • Posted Date: January 17, 2023
  • Filed Under: Library News

 

Welcome back, Cats! As you settle into the spring semester, be sure to reach out to your subject librarian. Whether you’re working on a research project or looking for some assistance with library services, Falvey librarians are here to help! Not sure which librarian to contact? Email ref@villanova.edu or fill out this form.


Headshot of Nicole Daly, Social Science Librarian.

Nicole Daly

Subject Specialization: Communication, Sociology and Criminology

Phone: 610-519-5207

Email: nicole.daly@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 225

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/nicole-daly

 


Nikolaus Fogle

Subject Specialization: Philosophy

Phone: 610-519-5182

Email: nikolaus.fogle@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 227

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/nikolaus-fogle

 


Alfred Fry 

Subject Specialization: Engineering, Nursing, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science

Phone: 610-519-4283

Email: alfred.fry@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 224

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/alfred-fry


Linda Hauck 

Subject Specialization: Business, Human Resource Development

Phone: 610-519-8744

Email: linda.hauck@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 222

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/linda-hauck

 


Erica Hayes 

Subject Specialization: Digital Scholarship, Digital Humanities

Phone: 610-519-5391

Email: erica.hayes@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 218B

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/erica-hayes

 


Sarah Hughes

Subject Specialization: Nursing, Biology, Health Sciences

Phone: 610-519-8129

Email: sarah.hughes@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 220

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/sarah-hughes

 


Robert LeBlanc 

Subject Specialization: ACS, First-Year Experience

Phone: 610-519-7778

Email: robert.leblanc@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 226

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/robert-leblanc

 


Laurie Ortiz Rivera

Subject Specialization: History, Art History, Education & Counseling

Phone: 610-519-3907

Email: laurie.ortizrivera@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 229

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/laurie-ortiz

 


Darren Poley

Subject Specialization: Theology & Religious Studies, Humanities & Classical Studies

Phone: 610-519-6371

Email: darren.poley@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 230

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/darren-poley

 


jutta seibert headshot black and whiteJutta Seibert

Subject Specialization: Global Interdisciplinary Studies

Phone: 610-519-7876

Email: jutta.seibert@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 228

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/jutta-seibert

 


""Merrill Stein

Subject Specialization: Political Science, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Public Admin., Naval Science and Geography & the Environment

Phone: 610-519-4272

Email: merrill.stein@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 221

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/merrill-stein


Sarah Wingo

Subject Specialization: English Literature, Theatre and Romance Languages & Literature

Phone: 610-519-5183

Email: sarah.wingo@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 223

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/sarah-wingo

 


 

 

 

 

 


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