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Foto Friday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Photo courtesy of Annabelle Humiston, CLAS ’20

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

-The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thank you to the volunteers participating in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21.

MLK Weekend: What to Read

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: January 18, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News


Happy Friday, Wildcats! The Falvey Memorial Library is happy to announce the start of a new weekly blog series: Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. We’re scouring the internet to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you with knowledge for the upcoming week. Have a busy weekend? No problem. We sorted our recommendations by length of time. That way, whether you have four minutes on the train or an entire day to tackle a novel, Falvey has something for you.



The Center for Peace and Justice Education is pleased to announce the 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Address with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in the Villanova Room at 7:00 p.m. The presentation by Dr. Kendi is titled “MLK’s Legacy and Antiracism Today.”

Kendi comes to Villanova with a long list of accomplishments. He is a renowned speaker, columnist at The Atlantic, a New York Times best-selling author, and a National Book Award winner. 

Kendi recently re-tweeted a picture of a stack of books about race, gender, sexuality, and “other social issues.” In preparing for MLK Day as well as Kendi’s lecture, it seems only fitting to recommend some of the works from Kendi’s stack.





If you have 4 minutes:

Watch Danez Smith’s reading “Dear White America” from their most recent poetry collection, Don’t Call Us Dead:


If you have 7 minutes:

Listen to NPR’s interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me.


If you have 22 minutes:

Watch Robin DiAngelo (author of White Fragility) deconstruct white privilege in a  TED Talk.

If you have 90 minutes:

Watch I Am Not Your Negro.

In 1979, author James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.


If you have a day:

Read Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. The novel, compared to Toni Morrison’s Beloved, was the winner of the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction, selected by Time magazine as one of the top ten novels of 2017, and listed by former president Barack Obama as one of the best books he read in 2017.

The Curious ‘Cat: New Year, New Semester, New Resolutions

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students, “What is your new semester resolution?”

(Emma Mueller, Caroline Garvin, Julia Mustaro)

Emma Mueller: “Be more organized.”

Caroline Garvin: “Get more sleep.”

Julia Mustaro: “Try not to be so hard on yourself.”

(Leanna Marciano, Charlotte Montgomery)

Leanna Marciano: “I’m going to complete my homework in a timely manner.”

Charlotte Montgomery: “Handle stress in healthy ways.”

(Lucy Edwards, Alexandra Kinsey)

 Lucy Edwards: “I deleted the message app on my computer.”

Alexandra Kinsey: “Try not to procrastinate and try not to be late to class.”

(Lauren Garofalo, Dominic Corrado)

Lauren Garofalo: “Limit time spent on my phone.”

Dominic Corrado: “Explore more hobbies.”

Check out the Cat in the Stacks’ resolutions here! Happy new semester, Wildcats!



Feedback Wanted: Fourth Floor Furniture


Falvey fourth floor (before), photo courtesy of Millicent Gaskell, Library Director.

Falvey fourth floor (after), photo courtesy of Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist.

Hey, Wildcats! Notice anything new on the fourth floor of the library? As a response to requests for additional quiet study areas, we created the seating layout made of multipurpose furniture that you see pictured above. Falvey Memorial Library works hard to create and maintain a favorable environment for your study needs. A critical element of this ongoing process is your feedback and suggestions.

So, what do you think? Does it fit your needs? Does it provide more or less comfort while getting your work done? Did you prefer the old tables? How would you improve it…or do you like it like this? Let us know. Leave a comment below or tell a library staff member how you feel the next time you’re here. Thanks in advance, Nova Nation!

#TBT: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Villanova

  • Posted by: Nathaniel Haeberle-gosweiler
  • Posted Date: January 17, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

On January 20, 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to an audience of over 4,000 Villanova students, faculty, and local community members. He addressed the crowded field house on the ongoing struggle toward desegregation and the Civil Rights Act, which had passed only six months prior.

Photo credited to the Villanova University Archives

New Semester’s Resolutions

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: January 16, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

I’m Daniella Snyder, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your newest ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics– from research to study habits and everything in between– and how the Falvey Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!

The start of a new academic semester is always really exciting. Between fresh school supplies, new classes and professors, and the new calendar year, there’s an opportunity for personal change and growth. Now is the time to change those study habits, make time management a priority, and make personal health and wellness a priority. Consider this list just the beginning of ways to make this new semester the best semester.



  1. Take organization seriously.

The planner or calendar isn’t helpful if it’s empty. Write down those deadlines and weekly assignments, categorize emails by class, and color-coordinate events by topic.

I highly recommend using the Outlook calendar. It’s easy to use, and it sends me push notifications on my iPhone an hour before every event. That way, I’ll never forget a meeting, appointment, or a birthday.

Once organization becomes part of the daily routine, it becomes simple. Efficient organization easily lends itself to academic greatness. Start organizing today!


2. Work smart, not hard.

This mantra can translate to a lot of things, depending on the person. For me, it means remembering to use my professors’ office hours and asking questions when something doesn’t make sense. For others, it could mean not waiting until the last minute to write that term paper, or going to the Writing Center before you submit it.

The Falvey Library would argue it means going to a subject librarian for help with projects, writing assignments, or general research questions.

However it translates, work smart this semester, and success will follow.


3. Take care of myself. 

Use this semester to prioritize personal health and wellness. Great work cannot be done without physical and mental health and stability.

Villanova has a top-notch health center, complete with counselors and psychiatrists. Additionally, this campus has state of the art fitness facilities, and a dozen fitness classes this semester. Sign up for a fitness class, start training for that half-marathon, meet with a nutritionist, or talk to a counselor about academic anxieties and stress.

Use Villanova’s resources to help, heal, and grow this semester.


4. Try something new. 

I think there’s some age-old adage that goes something like, “Without change there is no growth.”

Make this semester “new.” Join a new activity or club, find a new study spot, or even start a new Netflix binge. While some of those choices may lead to more growth than others, it leads to growth nonetheless.

Blanking on what to try? The Internet has tons of articles offering guidance on new things to do, visit, or see. Check one out here.


Happy spring semester, Wildcats!

QDR: A Warehouse of Qualitative Data

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: January 15, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News


Welcome to the New Resource Roundup, a series dedicated to highlighting Falvey’s new databases and acquisitions that help make you an excellent researcher, student, and citizen!

By Jutta Seibert, Director of Research Services & Scholarly Engagement

Do you conduct and publish social science research? If so, do you share your data? The National Science Foundation and several other national bodies have suggested or required that investigators make their research data and supporting materials available to other researchers via a public repository. If you aren’t sure where or how to prepare and deposit your data, Falvey Library can help!

Villanova University recently became a member of QDR (Qualitative Data Repository), a repository that archives and publishes data generated through qualitative and multi-method research methods in the social and health sciences, law, education, and the humanities. QDR is funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted by the Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry, a unit of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. The QDR website provides extensive guidance for managing, sharing, citing, and reusing qualitative data.

Founded in 2014, the repository initially focused on political science data, but has since expanded to welcome qualitative and multi-method data from a range of fields. QDR’s main objectives are to share research data, to facilitate transparency of evidence-based claims, to enrich instruction through access to well-documented data, and to contribute to a shared understanding of social science research methods. The types of data deposited include text, images, audio, video, maps, and computer-assisted qualitative data (CAQDAS). While still comparatively modest in size with fewer than 50 data projects, QDR is expected to grow quickly.

A free QDR account is required to access and deposit data. Villanova faculty, staff, and students have access to a range of support services to assist with the storing and sharing of data.

Interested faculty, staff, and students should be aware that the University is also a member of ICPSR, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. While quantitative data dominate this archive, it also includes qualitative data and is far larger with close to 800 member institutions. Faculty, staff, and students of member institutions may deposit their data in ICPSR as well as download and reuse ICPSR data.

Foto Friday: New Microfilm Scanner

“We got a new microfilm scanner this semester, and it has been great! It is very accessible, user-friendly, and the numerous editing features available allow our patrons to customize their scans to meet their research needs. If you want to learn more about the microfilm scanner or need assistance, ask the library staff at the front desk—we’re happy to help!” -Caroline Sipio, access and collections coordinator.


TBT: Nacho Average Stress Relief Winners

Peony Wong, CLAS ’19

Prisca To, CLAS ’19

Congratulations to Peony Wong and Prisca To! We’re happy to share that they each won a $25 gift card for El Limon. Both lucky Wildcats attended Falvey Library’s “Nacho Average Stress Relief” event on Thursday, December 13! Falvey’s bi-annual open house featured a hot nacho bar with all the fixings, video/board games, puzzles, coloring, perler beads, and last-minute research help from our librarians. Be sure to follow Falvey on social media for updates on this semester’s stress relief event. Thank you to everyone who attended the open house, we know it’s cheesy, but we think you’re grate!

The Curious ‘Cat: New Year, New Adventures

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey staff,

“What is one thing you are looking forward to in the upcoming year?”

Marianne Watson, Managing Librarian for Resource Management:

“I’m looking forward to working with the new library staff members.”

Caroline Sipio, Access and Collections Coordinator:

“I would like to bake more bread in the new year.”

Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience Librarian:

“My wife and I are going to see Justin Timberlake in concert.”

Gina Duffy, Library Events and Program Coordinator:

“I’m going to see comedian Jim Gaffigan this year.”

Joanne Quinn, Director of Communications & Marketing:

“I’m looking forward to another great March Madness run by our Wildcat teams!”

Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer:

“I’m looking forward to more free time.”


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Last Modified: January 9, 2019