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Foto Friday: A Witness Tree?

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: June 23, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Photo of gnarled tree trunk on campus

This elderly, gnarled tree may well be a witness tree, here when the University was founded. If not, it has certainly seen many changes.


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.

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Throwback Thursday: An “Angel of Mercy” in Training

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: June 22, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Student nurse from 1934 Belle Air

This photograph is from the 1934 Belle Air, page 59. “School of Nursing. The title ‘Angels of Mercy’ is both hard-earned and well-deserved once Nurse’s training is completed – when understanding and knowledge is attained.”

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The Curious ‘Cat: Scaredy Wildcats!

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On Tuesday, June, 20th Jaws celebrated its 42nd anniversary; the feature film premiered in 1975. This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanovans, “What is your favorite horror film?”

Jesse Flavin, Access Services Specialist: “The Exorcist.”

Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services: “Carrie.”

Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: “Alien.”

Dee-Dee Pope, Access Services Specialist: “Wrong Turn.”

Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing:”Get Out.”

Sarah Wingo, Liaison Librarian English & Theatre: “The Shining.” Side note: Sarah’s cat, Bruce, is named after the mechanical shark featured in Jaws. “We named him Bruce because he had the coloring of a great white (he’s also a pretty large athletic cat) and when he walked past our coffee table (with his tale in the air) it looked like a shark fin.”

Duuun dun duuun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun…Bruce!
cat bruce

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June 21 Is the Summer Solstice, the Longest Day of the Year

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: June 21, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Wednesday, June 21, is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year (actually, the most daylight) and the official beginning of summer. It’s counterpart, the winter solstice, has the fewest hours of daylight (the shortest day), which is December 21 this year.

How will you celebrate the summer solstice? Approximately 23,000 people congregated last year at Stonehenge, England, a prehistoric stone monument, to celebrate the solstice as people have been doing since the 20th century. WikiHow offers a list of 11 suggestions and the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington is holding a free walk in the Museum’s outdoor labyrinth from 6-7 pm on the 21st. Closer to home, Falvey’s blog authors have offered reading lists: “Say Hello to Summer: What to Read on the Longest Day” (Regina Duffy, 2014) and “Some ‘Light’ Summer Reading – Not. A Baker’s Dozen Plus of Longest Novels” (Alice Bampton, 2016). Falvey has two novels relating to the summer solstice, The Great Night by Chris Adrian and The Night of the Summer Solstice: And Other Stories of the Russian War, a collection of short stories by various authors. However you choose to spend the day, enjoy the extra daylight and keep in mind that from this point forward days will grow increasingly shorter until the arrival of the winter solstice.

Image from pixabay.com.

We are committed to accuracy and will make appropriate corrections. We apologize for any errors and always welcome input about news coverage that warrants correction. Messages can be e-mailed to alice.bampton@villanova.edu or call (610)519-6997.

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Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services Through a Virtual Collaborative Learning Opportunity Among Librarians

  • Posted by: Jee Davis
  • Posted Date: June 20, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

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The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is a division of the American Library Association, which engages the library community on issues and policies that affect the acquisition, management, description, discovery, and preservation of library collections. I have been a member of ALCTS for many years and have actively participated in ALCTS through the work of committees and interest groups.

ALCTS is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. To celebrate its success for the last 60 years ALCTS formed a working group to organize a virtual learning experience opportunity, and I was fortunate to serve on this working group with other librarians from many different universities. The working group was launched in January, 2016 to organize a highly innovative and engaging virtual gathering that contributes to transforming online learning and knowledge exchange experience. We named this event ALCTS Exchange, implying our intention of creating virtual space for library staff to exchange their expertise and to celebrate their success. It was held over four days within a two-week period last month. In addition to main sessions such as keynote speeches, presentations, lightning talk, and virtual poster sessions, various activities were offered before and after the event to maximize online exchange experience for attendees.

After successfully completing the event I can’t help but to look back my experience with the working group. For more than a year we held numerous virtual meetings and developed meticulous plans to invent this event. Before the Exchange, ALCTS had never held a virtual conference. This event has provided ALCTS a starting point to explore different kind of professional opportunities for its members. I hope that this experience becomes a model project for ALCTS in providing a professional event and helping extend our leaning experience beyond in-person conferences.

Jee resize cropJeehyun Davis is the Associate University Librarian for Collections. She and members of the Collections Directorate attended the ALCTS Exchange online. Davis’ contact information: email – Jeehyun.Davis@villanova.edu, telephone 610-519-7821, office-room 235.

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Moodboard Monday: Regina Duffy

Trying to find a new book to read, a different podcast to listen to or another show to watch? Look no further than this series of interviews with Falvey Memorial Library staff. Sharing their recent interests and activities, feel free to explore these recommendations and expand your popular culture palate.

Tell me a bit about your role at Falvey Memorial Library.

I work on the Communication and Marketing Team, scheduling events and writing editorial projects for the Library’s blog and newsletter, Mosaic. I also dabble in social media postings.

Name a book you haven’t been able to put down.

The last book I read was The Shining. I had seen the movie previously, but while I was on jury duty (for ten hours,) I flew through the book in one sitting. I was very interested in the book and I actually preferred it over the movie; they were two very different experiences.

What binge worthy television shows have you been streaming?

I binged on “Game of Thrones” [HBO] last summer and I’m excited for the show to return in July. I also enjoy “House of Cards” [Netflix], but I have yet to watch the new season. I’m interested to see where that show is going to go. “Parenthood” [NBC; Netflix] and “Stranger Things” [Netflix] helped me through my maternity leave: I had something to watch when I was getting up at all hours of the night. “Parenthood” was a heartwarming series, while “Stranger Things” was just plain creepy.

Have you been to the theatre recently? Any musicals or plays you would attend again?

I haven’t had much free time lately to go to the theatre.

Name a podcast you’ve been following.

I really enjoy “Modern Love,” “Dear Sugar,” and “This American Life.” Those are what I listen to frequently when I am doing chores around my house. I also like “Criminal” because there are a lot of interesting stories on that podcast.

Speaking of listening, what musical artist(s) has been blasting out of your speakers?

I have Sirius XM (satellite radio) and everyday on the way to and from work I hear “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran. So, I’d have to say him.

What is something you enjoy doing in Philadelphia?

I like to go have a meal outside on a nice day. If you’re looking for a good chicken taco and the best salsa verde, plan a visit to Cantina Dos Segundos. I also like Jones, it’s a Stephen Starr restaurant. The place reminds me of “The Brady Bunch;” a lot of 70’s retro.


Photo of Jones courtesy of VisitPhilly.com

Tell me about a dish you recently prepared. Would you share the recipe?

I recently prepared Annie’s organic macaroni and cheese for my daughter. And yes, I can share the recipe. First, you add water, and then you microwave for two minutes. Just call me Chef Duffy.

What summertime activities do you enjoy?

I enjoy going to the beach, playing with my daughters outside, going to the park, and exploring the zoo.

Name an app you’re crazy about.

I just discovered Bitmoji and I’ve been having fun with it.

Bitmoji Gina


Celebrate Freedom by Exploring Juneteenth

  • Posted by: Joanne Quinn
  • Posted Date: June 19, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News


Today is Juneteenth, the 19th of June, and the day that marks the end of slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed two and a half years earlier in 1863, at that time without mass media, it actually took the physical arrival of Major General Gordon Granger and his Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas, to announce to the last of the slaves held there that the Civil War had ended and that they were free. Hence, the birthing of a new Independence Day.

Juneteenth not only commemorates the abolition of slavery, but also is growing to be a multicultural and global celebration of  freedom in general. Specifically, it is an opportunity to build cultural awareness, and in many communities, to educate young African-American generations about the struggles of their past and how their ancestors prevailed. Gratitude and pride, story and song make up many Juneteenth celebrations.


Dig Deeper

Explore further the intriguing times after the Emancipation through the following Falvey resources about Juneteenth , curated by history librarian, Jutta Seibert. Contact Jutta  for her guidance through your research needs and also for her help navigating the wealth of books and online library materials.

  1. African American Studies Center Online (AASCO)
    AASCO is a great source about African American history in general.  It includes the Encyclopedia of African American History: 1619-1895, Black Women in America, and the African American National Biography project. AASCO also includes primary sources and images.
  2. African American Newspapers: The Nineteenth Century
    Follow the life of Harriet Tubman as chronicled in the African American Press.
  3. Historical New York Times, 1851-2009

A report about the white resistance to emancipation in Texas from July 1865:

“The Negro Question in Texas.” New York Times (1857-1922), Jul 09, 1865.

Secondary sources about the tradition of Juneteenth celebrations in the Falvey collection:

Kachun Mitch. “Celebrating Freedom: Juneteenth and the Emancipation Festival Tradition.” InRemixing the Civil War: Meditations on the Sesquicentennial, edited by Thomas J. Brown, 73-91. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. [E641 .R45 2011]

Links and resources prepared by Jutta Seibert, director of Academic Integration and subject librarian for History. Contact information: Jutta.Seibert@villanova.edu, telephone: 610-519-7876, office:  room 228.

We are committed to accuracy and will make appropriate corrections. We apologize for any errors and always welcome input about news coverage that warrants correction. Messages can be e-mailed to alice.bampton@villanova.edu or call (610)519-6997.

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Father’s Day

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: June 18, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

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Father’s Day is celebrated each year on the third Sunday of June. It received national recognition by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966 when he declared that June 19 was Father’s Day. Six years later, President Richard M. Nixon declared Father’s Day a national holiday to be observed on the third Sunday in June.

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd (1882-1978) is credited with making Father’s Day a holiday. The daughter of a farmer and Civil War veteran, her mother died in childbirth when Smart was 16. She then helped her father, William Jackson Smart, raise her five younger brothers.

After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day, she began trying to establish Father’s Day by contacting the Spokane [Washington] Ministerial Association and the Young Men’s Christian Association. This led to the celebration in Spokane of the first Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. The celebration of Father’s Day gradually spread although in some countries where there is a very strong Catholic presence it is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day (March 19).

Gerald Dierkes, an Access Services specialist, wrote an interesting article about unforgettable literary fathers; it is accessible here.

Father’s Day image from pixabay.com.

We are committed to accuracy and will make appropriate corrections. We apologize for any errors and always welcome input about news coverage that warrants correction. Messages can be e-mailed to alice.bampton@villanova.edu or call (610)519-6997.

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Foto Friday: Still Celebrating

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: June 16, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Piece of cake with Villanova 175th logo in icing

We are still celebrating. This birthday cake was served in the Dougherty dining hall.


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept. 



June 16 is Bloomsday

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: June 15, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

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What, you may ask, is Bloomsday? Bloomsday, celebrated on June 16, commemorates James Joyce, the Irish author and his novel, Ulysses. Leopold Bloom is the main character in Ulysses; the novel spans just one day, June 16, in Dublin.

Bloomsday is celebrated at The Rosenbach, a museum and library in Philadelphia, which owns a handwritten manuscript of Ulysses. Villanova is an active participant. Megan Quigley, PhD, associate professor, Dept. of English, is one of the judges for the Bloomsday Essay Contest. Contestants, either undergraduate or graduate, submitted essays on Ulysses or another work by Joyce. James Murphy, PhD, emeritus professor and founder of the Irish Studies Program, now the Center for Irish Studies, will be one of the readers in the day-long reading of Ulysses. The Irish Studies Center will have a table with information for anyone interested in Villanova’s Irish Studies.

Bloomsday at The Rosenbach runs from noon until 8 pm. It is free and open to the public. The Rosenbach is located at 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia. In addition to the reading of Ulysses, there will be musical performances, a silent auction, a beer garden and food from local vendors. There will be free admission to the historic house which includes the display in the rare book library. Admission to the current exhibit, “Clever Criminals and Daring Detectives” is free for Bloomsday.

Dig Deeper:

Free Downloadable audiobook of Ulysses
The Cambridge companion to James Joyce
Joyce Reading from Ulysses
Our Special Collections holdings for Joyce
The James Joyce Centre website

Sarah Wingo copyThis Dig Deeper was compiled by Sarah Wingo, librarian for English literature and theatre. Contact information: office – room 223, telephone – 610-519-5183, email Sarah.Wingo@villanova.edu



We are committed to accuracy and will make appropriate corrections. We apologize for any errors and always welcome input about news coverage that warrants correction. Messages can be e-mailed to alice.bampton@villanova.edu or call (610)519-6997.

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