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Save Your Interlibrary Loan History!

As of Februrary 1, 2018, in order to protect your personal and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request information, we will be removing inactive patron profiles and ILL requests placed over 5 years ago from our ILLiad database.

This new procedure was introduced as part of the recent Privacy Policy adopted by the Library to protect information about our users.

While access to every request you have ever placed can serve as a useful record, in the future, if you want to keep a copy of your request history, you will need to download your requests using the instructions below.

After the implementation of the new procedure, we will maintain only the current five years of requests.

If you do want to save a list of all your historical ILL requests, before we make the change, please follow the simple steps below by January 31, 2018!

  1. Login to your Falvey Memorial Library ILLiad account.
  2. Under the “View” menu on the left, click on “All Requests”. All current and historical requests will display.
  3. Highlight the fields from “Transaction Number” to “Status” and drag down to highlight your entire list
  4. Right click to Copy
  5. Open a Microsoft Excel worksheet
  6. Click on the first cell, then right click to Paste, choosing the Match Destination Formatting option.
  7. Adjust your column widths, if desired, save your file, and you’re done!

And, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at ill@villanova.edu


Peek at the Week: Jan. 22-26

  • Posted by: Hunter Houtzer
  • Posted Date: January 22, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

Quote of the Week: 

“You can’t get too much winter in the winter.” -Robert Frost

Especially not when it’s this lovely

Monday, January 22,
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 23,
Gain a Competitive Advantage in Applying to Law School, Room 206, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Alfred Fry Reservation, Room 205, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
The Learners’ Studio, Old Falvey, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 24,
Preservation & Digital Archivist Candidate Presentation and Meetings, Room 205 & Room 214,
The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 25,
Preservation & Digital Archivist Candidate Presentation and Meetings, Room 205 and 214, 9:00-2:00 p.m.
Success Coaching, Room 206, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 1:30-6:00 p.m.
The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, January 26,
Critical Race Theory/Africana Studies Reading Group, Room 205, 11:00-12:30 p.m.
Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowships Program Info Session, Room 205, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 28,
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 214, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

#FalveyPeek at the Week provided by Hunter Vay Houtzer, a graduate assistant on the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. She is working toward an MA in Communication at Villanova University. Send your thoughts/suggestions to Hunter at #falveypeek. See you next Monday for more!


Foto Friday: “Fly Eagles Fly!”

“Fly, Eagles fly! On the road to victory!”

“The Eagles’ Victory Song,” was written by Charles Borrelli and Roger Courtland.

The staff of Falvey Memorial Library are ready for the NFC Championship Game! Go Eagles!


#TBT: Falvey in the Snow

  • Posted by: William Repetto
  • Posted Date: January 18, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

#TBT: To when Falvey was covered with snow back in 2015 – a familiar sight for those of you out and about today!


’Cat in the Stacks: Second Semester, Second Round

  • Posted by: William Repetto
  • Posted Date: January 18, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

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.

A refreshing winter holiday has once again given way to a new semester. While snow has blanketed campus for today, we know that soon spring will, well, spring, and April showers will once again bring mayflowers. One critical difference between this second semester and last: this one will be my last as your ’Cat in the Stacks.

Just two ’Cats getting ready for a new semester! (and an Eagles Superbowl)

I know; I know. To some of you this may come as very sad news, indeed. I won’t feed you some cliché like “all good things must come to an end,” but, unfortunately, this good thing must. It’s my last semester as a graduate student here at Villanova; I’ll write my thesis and take another walk across stage, but thus my graduate assistantship at Falvey will be up, and you’ll need to meet a new ’Cat.

Fortunately, however, this semester promises to go down as one of the best yet here at the library. In addition to our usual spring programming – e.g., Lit Fest, CONCEPT launch – it looks like we have Hispanic heritage events on the horizon as well as a celebration of diversity and inclusion (more details to come on those events via the blog).

But let’s focus on you for a moment, Wildcats. After all, you don’t come to this blog for me to browbeat you with shameless promotions. As we work to make this semester our very best at Falvey, I’d encourage you too to make this your best semester yet. Set new goals! Make new friends! Sign up for that new club or activity – you won’t regret it.

2018’s looking bright for Peek at the Week author, Hunter Houtzer, as well! She’ll be finishing an M.A. in communication.

Whether it’s the second semester of your first year or the second semester of your senior year, you still have time to achieve new heights, find new hobbies, or discover a new passion. Between our subject librarians and exciting programming, our databases and the faculty/staff hard at work in circulation, Falvey is here to help you make this your best semester yet.

Comment below, or reach out to us via Twitter or Facebook and let us know your goals and how we can help!

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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. (Graphics courtesy of Bitmoji, and Hunter and I spending hours perfecting our representations!)

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The Curious ‘Cat: “New Year, New Memories (Part II)!”

Last week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff, “What’s one thing you’re looking forward to in the upcoming year?” This week, the ‘Cat asked Villanova students the same purrr-ing question!

(Drew Lauer, Patrick Peterson)

Drew Lauer- “March Madness.”

Patrick Peterson- “March Madness.”

(Kalin Schultz, Michael Zegeer )

Kalin Schultz- “Basketball season.”

Michael Zegeer- “My computer engineering internship at Carnegie Mellon University.”

(Emily Gardner)

Emily Gardner- “I’m excited for a new apartment so my friends can come over and bake!”

(Annabelle Humiston, Liana Perez)

Annabelle Humiston- “I just planned a trip Chicago!” 

Liana Perez- “I’m excited to see all my Villanova friends since we’ve all been in different states.” 


Villanova Basketball Alum’s MLK Artifact


via National Park Service Digital Image Archives


Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. To this day the speech is a key piece of oration for the Civil Rights movement. Like every great orator, MLK had some prepared speech notes for his address—notes that actually did not include the famous “I have a dream” section (which was spun on the spot from the heart)—but he did not keep them. What happened to those notes, you ask?

They came into the possession of Villanova alum and College Basketball Hall of Famer George Raveling, class of 1960.

ravelingGeorge Raveling, 10th on Villanova’s all-time rebounding list and the second ever black basketball player at Villanova, was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. He was not only a talented college basketball player, but also went on to be an inspiring coach. He got his coaching start as a part-time assistant to Villanova coach Jack Kraft and later went on to coach full-time for Washington State, the University of Iowa, and the University of Southern California. Since retiring from coaching, Raveling has worked as Director for International Basketball for Nike.

So how did Raveling become the proud keeper of MLK’s speech notes? Raveling and his good friend Warren Wilson were only young men when they decided to go to Washington D.C. for the march in 1963. They were approached by one of the march’s organizers and asked to provide security—and they agreed. Raveling wound up just a few feet from MLK on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He was enthralled by MLK and his message of equality and civil rights. After the speech concluded and the crowd on the steps moved to disperse, he simply asked King, “Can I have that?”

And so they became his.

The notes have since been museum-treated and framed and are stored in a vault for safe-keeping. Raveling does not want to ever sell them, but is interested in their public display; he is currently in talks with various educational and museum groups.

You can read the full Sports Illustrated article on George Raveling and the MLK speech notes here. USA Today also covered the story. To learn more about Raveling’s induction to the College Basketball Hall of Fame, check out this article via VU Hoops.

Article by Michelle Callaghan, former graduate assistant on the Communication and Marketing team. 


Foto Friday: “Around the World!”

“Maps and geographical prints showcase the evolving ways humans have viewed the earth and cultures, lands and peoples.” Michael Foight, Digital Library & Special Collections Coordinator, Falvey Memorial Library

Featured in the Library’s fall edition of Mosaic, John F. Smith, III and Susan B. Smith discussed their collection of antique maps. Generously donating more than 200 maps to Villanova University, the Smiths’ maps are now housed in Falvey’s Special Collections. Selections from the collection, co-curated by Laura Bang, Digital & Special Collections Curatorial Assistant, and Matt Grey, Digital Library Intern, are now on display on Falvey’s first floor! The collection is also available for viewing on the Digital Library.












The Curious ‘Cat: “New Year, New Memories.”

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff, “What’s one thing you’re looking forward to in the upcoming year?”

Regina Duffy, Communications and Marketing Program Manager: “I’m really looking forward to the Falvey Scholars Awards event at the end of the spring semester. It showcases the amazing work of undergraduate senior student scholars from the different colleges. It’s a really great way to close the semester!”

Robin Bowles, Research Support Librarian: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the new dorms on Lancaster Avenue.”

Michael Foight, Digital Library & Special Collections Coordinator: “Spring.”

Jackie Smith, Finance/Administration Specialist: “The new season of Victoria on PBS and the Winter Olympic Games.”

Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services: “My first grandchild.”

Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: “The new Black Panther film.”

Caroline Sipio, Temporary Access Services Specialist: “Reading more and spending time with my loved ones and dachshunds.”

Darren Poley, Outreach Librarian/Program Team Leader: “Christmas.”


“Mambo Italiano:” Falvey Staff Celebrate the Season!

The staff of Falvey Memorial Library celebrated the season long after the holidays were over. The luncheon took place on Wednesday, January 3, and acknowledged the hard work of the Falvey community the year prior. Staff were treated to tasty Italian dishes and delectable desserts from Carlino’s.

The main course featured delicious dishes including: baked ziti, meatballs, chicken marsala, roasted potatoes and string bean almandine.

Some had dessert first, filling their plates with petit pastries, cookies and pumpkin crunch coffee cake.

Except for First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian, Rob LeBlanc, who thoroughly enjoyed the chicken marsala.

Crisp salad and a fresh fruit and cheese tray rounded off the meal (and bread rolls too!)

Tables were decorated with pine trees and snow (Life Savers for after lunch.)

It was the perfect afternoon for catching up with friends and co-workers, each sharing stories of their holidays and planning for the year ahead.


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Last Modified: January 9, 2018