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Happy Hanukkah! Recommended Resource: The Choosing

Happy Hanukkah to our community’s Jewish members!

As we welcome the feast of lights, we invite you to sample items from my personal saved list of books related to Hanukkah.

If you are seeking something heartwarming that chronicles the whole Jewish year, including Hanukkah, as well as one person’s journey from a Lutheran upbringing to Judaism, “check out” The Choosing: A Rabbi’s Journey from Silent Nights to High Holy Days.

According to the description, in The Choosing, the author “Andrea Myers fuses heartwarming anecdotes with rabbinic insights and humor to describe what it means to survive and flourish on your own terms…. With stories connected to each of the holidays, Myers draws on her unique path to the rabbinate-leaving behind her Christian upbringing, coming out as a lesbian, discovering Judaism in college, moving to Israel, converting, and returning to New York to become a rabbi, partner, and parent.”

Access, via Falvey Library, available here:

Shawn Proctor

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


Dig Deeper: Reproductive Rights in a Post-Roe v. Wade America 

Falvey Memorial Library’s Dig Deeper series explores topics of importance in our society and the news. It connects these subjects with resources available through the Library, so our faculty, students, and staff can explore and learn more, potentially sparking new research and scholarship. 

In June, the US Supreme Court reversed its prior 1973 ruling on Roe v. Wade, the decision that provided a “constitutional right to abortion,” according to one National Public Radio report. Abortion rights in nearly half the states have been “rolled back.” And the issue, debated across the country long before the Roe v. Wade case, has returned as a top political and legislative subject. 

The Library possesses many resources for anyone who wishes to learn more about the history of abortion or the Roe v. Wade decision as well as the many facets of reproductive rights and the impact of the Supreme Court’s June decision. 

The midterm elections show that in every state where abortion was explicitly on the ballot voters came out to support the right to choice.

We invite you to peruse Falvey Library’s relevant resources, curated by Sarah Wingo, Subject Librarian for the departments of English Literature, Theatre and and Romance Languages and Literature, here:

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Honoring Veterans with The Art of War

Art of War Event

Francis A. Galgano, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, and US Army Lt. Colonel (Retired) with Ken DeTreux, MA, MPA ’18, US Marine Corps Colonel (Retired)













On Veterans Day, Villanova salutes our military veterans for their service and sacrifice at home and abroad.

In support of the current exhibit Art of War: Illustrated and Military Maps of the Twentieth Century, Falvey Memorial Library and the Office of Veterans and Military Service Members presented an exhibit talk and reception Nov. 9 in Falvey Library. Speakers discussed maps, their history, their use, and what the future holds for them in the military and beyond.


Fall 2022 Mosaic Now Available

The Fall 2022 issue of Mosaic is now available in the Digital Library. For those with visual accessibility needs, an optimized, accessible PDF is also available on the same page.

In this issue, we talk with Victor “Vic” J. Maggitti Jr. ’56 VSB whose $20 million gift was the largest in Falvey Library’s history, profile our 2022 Falvey Scholars, create a poster-worthy send-off for Coach Jay Wright, and explore the pitfalls of staging Julius Caesar for modern audiences.


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Service Alert: EZBorrow Unavailable on Monday, Oct. 3


Due to a scheduled upgrade, EZBorrow will be unavailable Monday Oct. 3. We apologize for any inconvenience.


1842 Day: Support Falvey Library

1842 Day has arrived, and Villanova welcomes alumni, students, faculty, staff, as well as friends, family, and supporters to join the fun by supporting Falvey Library!

The Library will be celebrating on our social channels and in-person on the first floor of Falvey, so stop by! You might even win a prize!

Located at the heart of main campus, Falvey Memorial Library is the interdisciplinary academic center of the Villanova University community. Students, faculty, and staff visit Falvey over half a million times each year. Whether to discuss research with a librarian, attend a book talk with an accomplished author, or find a quiet place to write or study, a visit to the Library is an essential part of a student’s life at Villanova.

Gifts to the Library on 1842 Day over the past six years have helped enhance and impact many areas of the Library, including e-journals, databases, books, and treasured items in Distinctive Collections, benefiting students and faculty for generations to come. Past donations were used to purchase public health materials and preservation supplies for rare materials, including a specialized vacuum to safely clean books in Special Collections and archival boxes to rehouse thousands of at-risk, rare materials.

In 2021, Falvey continued to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion materials within the collection, including adding a Jewish newspaper collection, The Jewish Exponent (1887-1990.)

“This effort utilized 1842 Day funding in an impactful way,” says Millicent Gaskell, University Librarian. “The Library represents a link from alumni’s shared past to current students. Where the University’s memories and history is preserved. And a hub of academics and research support for students to excel, both in their undergraduate careers and beyond.”

Make your gift on 1842 Day, or beat the rush and donate early!



Visit the New Digital Scholarship Lab at the Open House Sept. 14

Falvey Memorial Library is proud to announce the opening of a brand new Digital Scholarship Lab on Wednesday, September 14, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The lab is located on the second floor of the library in Room 218A. Stop by to learn more about the Digital Scholarship Lab and our services, or visit our website at Digital Scholarship Lab

Designed to support Villanova faculty, students, and staff who are working on creating digital projects and/or are experimenting with digital media, digital humanities, and data-intensive research and teaching, the Digital Scholarship Lab offers an expanded range of software covering a variety of digital methods and tasks, including but not limited to geospatial mapping, data visualization, text and data mining, and multimodal publishing.

The Digital Scholarship Lab is equipped with 4 PC workstations, 1 high-performance Mac Pro workstation, 1 large Epson flatbed scanner, 2 display monitors, 1 meeting table, and 3 Mac and 3 PC laptops that can be connected to docking stations and monitors in the Lab.

Additionally, the Digital Scholarship Lab will offer a new digital media technology loan program, where Villanova faculty, students, and staff will be able to check out DSLR cameras, 360-degree cameras, and podcasting equipment from the Digital Scholarship Lab for up to 1-week with no renewals, and can be picked up at the first floor service desk. Please see our full list of available software and our digital media technology loans for more information.

The Digital Scholarship Lab is open by reservation-only during the following days and times, except for Villanova Holidays and closures:

  • Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Specific workstations, laptops, and the Epson flatbed scanner are reservable and may only be used in the Digital Scholarship Lab. Please see our booking reservations or contact us at for more information. The space may be used for digital scholarship sponsored events and workshops, but may not be used for regular class meetings.

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Library 101: Falvey Acronyms You Need to Know

By Shawn Proctor

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.


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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Shawn Proctor, MFA, is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Library. He loves to share trivia about “The Awakening.”


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Photo Friday: Happy National Dog Day


Pals for Life Pet Therapy event from 2019.

Happy National Dog Day! If you are an incoming student, perhaps you haven’t experienced our pet therapy sessions, courtesy of Pals for Life, which happen each semester in the Library.

You don’t need a scientific study to tell you that petting dogs lower stress and blood pressure. Well, if you do, here’s that. And we just think having a day to boop a dog’s nose, rub a puppy’s belly, or just spend some time with an amazing canine, is the perfect thing to get you mentally prepared for a test or finals. Look for news of upcoming events like this on the Library home page or right here on the blog!

If you can’t wait for canine cuddles, the Office of Health Promotion offers “Where is the Love” pet therapy most Wednesdays during the semester, too!







Happy Birthday, Snoopy: The World’s Most Famous Beagle!



By Shawn Proctor

Peanuts’ most famous character, Snoopy, is turning 72 years old…or there abouts.

For the record, Snoopy was first drawn in comics by Charles M. Schulz in October 1950, according to the Charles M. Schulz Museum, but Snoopy’s inspiration came from the cartoonist’s dog Spike, first adopted in 1927. The dog’s many antics sparked Schulz’s imagination, leading to Snoopy’s many adventures as beleaguered novelist, World War II flying ace, and grocer, among many others.


Courtesy of Peanuts.

In dog years, Snoopy is 350 years old. But you wouldn’t know it from the longevity of Peanuts and the many holiday cartoon specials still in heavy rotation.

So why August 10 as the day to celebrate Snoopy’s birthday? According to the Schulz’s Museum: “…even Snoopy can’t remember when he was born. And, of course, if you were to ask Snoopy, every day would be his birthday!”

Schulz was wise to make Snoopy a beagle, according to 50 Quick Breeds. The hound sports a tri-colored coat and is sleek, hardy, and short. “This is a curious dog which loves everyone. With a wagging tail they are gentle, sweet, calm and loving.” And generations of children and adults love Snoopy right back!

(The one knock on the breed: based on my experience, they have a distinctive and very loud yawp-bark that could be heard for miles.)

Snoopy and the many characters that populated the strip are considered apolitical by the general public. However, in a book discussing Schulz, Charlie Brown’s America: The Popular Politics of Peanuts, it was noted how the cartoon strip reflected the times and politics.

“Peanuts regularly commented on the politics and social turmoil of Cold War America,” the author Blake Scott Ball says. “From nuclear testing to the Civil Rights Movement, from the Vietnam War to the feminist revolution, Peanuts was an unlikely medium for Americans of all stripes to debate the hopes and fears of the era.”

In 2000, Schulz retired as the world’s wealthiest cartoonist and passed away soon after.


Andrews, Paul. 50 Quick Dog Breeds: The Quick Guide to Some Popular Dog Breeds. Andrews UK Ltd., 2011.

Ball, Blake Scott. Charlie Brown’s America: The Popular Politics of Peanuts. Oxford University Press, 2021.

“Charles M. Schulz.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition, 2021, p. 1.

“Charles M Schulz Retires.” The Christian Century, vol. 117, no. 2, 2000, p. 53.

“The Life of Charles M. Schulz.” Charles M. Schulz Museum:



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

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