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Get Ready for Fall in “No Stile”: Falvey Memorial Library Unveils Refreshed Entrance and Access System

The library has removed the turnstiles from the entrance way, enhancing the library’s welcoming atmosphere for Villanovans and guests.

Regular semester hours remain unchanged, and Villanovans will continue to have access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

However, it is important to note that beginning in the fall semester, a Wildcard will be required to enter the building after 8 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and after 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Patrons will swipe on the external door to gain access.

Library visitors will be able to enter the library until 8 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and until 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Courtesy card holders will continue be able to enter anytime during library service hours up until 30 minutes before closing.

Join us for a “Kiss the Turnstiles Goodbye!” event Aug. 28, 12-2 p.m., on the first floor, in front of Holy Grounds.

Also look for new automated doors for the main entrance lobby that are scheduled to arrive in the beginning of September!

Student comes through the old turnstiles

The turnstiles, April 2019.

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The turnstiles being removed.

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The new entrance, now without turnstiles.











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


Our Materials for “His Dark Materials”

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: November 20, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

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

Between Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings, we’re no longer surprised by news of our most cherished fantasy books from childhood getting adapted into television shows or movies. However, despite the frequency of these adaptations (both good and bad), there is still an expectation and hope for the adaptation to be really great.

There has been a buzz over the last few weeks about His Dark Materials, the new HBO and BBC television adaptation of Philip Pullman’s trilogy, more commonly known as “The Golden Compass” books. I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone who hasn’t read the books, so I’ve linked a summary of the trilogy here. Given the critical failure of the 2007 movie version of The Golden Compass, fans are still skeptical about this eight-episode series.

According to our resident Golden Compass super-fan Sarah Wingo, the subject librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature, part of why the ’07 movie failed is because the book is difficult to adapt to visual media. She uses the example of the “daemons,” the animal version of a human’s soul in the book series. Wingo says the danger is that they just appear to be “an animal sidekick” complete with the ability to talk, think, and reason, but they are so much more. “While they work really well on the page,” she remarks, “it’s difficult to achieve them on screen.”

Other difficulties with the adaptation lie in the trilogy’s political undertones. Pullman offers a critique of the Catholic Church through the “Magisterium,” the theological powerhouse that governs the world he creates, and codes them as similar to that of Catholic leaders, in regards to dress, symbology, and titles. The ’07 movie received tremendous backlash from religious organizations, and Wingo fears that the television show might try to remove the religious aspects entirely. “But,” Wingo admits, “if you strip that out, the narrative ceases to work further.”

However, Wingo and other Golden Compass fans are still certainly interested in the way the rest of the season will play out, as the third episode dropped this past Monday night.

The reviews of the show have been positive so far. Following an interview with Jack Thorne, writer for His Dark Materials, Reid Nakamura concluded that the HBO show “learned from the failures” of the movie. Other critics would go so far as to say that “His Dark Materials is the tv adaptation that The Golden Compass deserves.” According to Laura Miller, in an article for Slate, “His Dark Materials [is] conclusive proof that TV is now the best medium for bringing epic literary fantasy to the screen,” and tv critics from VICE, The Ringer, and other online sites agree.

I was never a Golden Compass fan myself, but I watched the first episode of His Dark Materials this past weekend and now I can’t wait to read the book. Thankfully, Falvey Library has so many resources to help me enter into the conversation surrounding the books and new show.

The library has all three Golden Compass books in the permanent collection. They also have an amazing amount of additional reading materials, including reading companions like Dark Matter: Shedding Light on Philip Pullman’s Trilogy His Dark Materials and His Dark Materials Illuminated: Critical Essays on Philip Pullman’s Trilogy, which features a chapter by Dr. Lauren Shohet, a Villanova English professor. And, with a quick InterLibrary Loan request, you can get your hands on the graphic novel, books about the ’07 movie, and other fantastic reading guides.

Every time Sarah Wingo re-reads The Golden Compass trilogy, she sees something new. “I like books that can grow up with a kid,” she admits. Now, as an adult, Wingo finds a different perspective that she never would have found in her earlier readings, and Falvey Library hopes you’ll do the same. Whether this is your first time reading the series, or if you’ve grown up with the story since you were a kid, Falvey hopes the resources in the library lead you to see– and learn– something entirely brand new.

Daniella Snyder HeadshotDaniella, our graduate assistant for Communication & Marketing, loves Stranger Things and Harry Potter the most in terms of fantasy or science fiction. What fandoms are you in? Tweet us @FalveyLibrary or DM us @villanovalibrary on Instagram.




Dig Deeper: Prepare for Boccaccio Talk by Exploring Where Soul Meets Body

Waterhouse painting of The Decameron

James Kriesel, PhD, will be delivering a talk on 11/29 in Room 205 at 4 p.m. on his recently published book Boccaccio’s Corpus. Before attending today’s talk, here are five things you need to know about Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio:

  • Bubonic Backdrop. Boccaccio lived during the times of the Black Plague, and his book The Decameron takes place with the characters escaping the disease’s reach (Aers 185).
  • Take and Read. Unlike other predecessors who wrote in Latin that could only be read by the highly educated, Boccaccio wrote in Florentine vernacular, a language that could be understood by common people (Kriesel).
  • Echoes of Inspiration. The Decameron has influenced works across the ages, from Shakespeare to Lord Tennyson to modern film and television.
  • Real Talk. Boccaccio’s work included erotic tales featuring women, countering contentions of the time, displaying both hints of realism as well as contemporary ideas about gender and theology (Kriesel).
  • Boccaccio by Book, Journal, or Website. Falvey Library’s collection contains dozens of books with translations and analysis of The Decameron, and library patrons can access hundreds of online scholarly articles through the library’s website.

The event is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and Romance Languages and Literatures, and is free and open to the public.

Shawn Proctor

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


Works Cited

Aers, David. “Studies in the Age Of Chaucer.” Literary Practice and Social Change in Britain, 1380–1530, edited by Lee Patterson, 1910.

Kriesel, James C. “Boccaccio and the Early Modern Reception of Tragedy.” Renaissance Quarterly, Volume 69, Issue 2, Summer 2016, pp. 415-448.


New Resources: Taylor and Francis Collections

The Villanova community now also has access to many journals that were previously unavailable. Falvey Library recently acquired three large collections from Taylor and Francis.taylor and francis website

Previously, the library subscribed to fewer than 200 Taylor and Francis journals. But now, Villanovans have access to the complete Social Science and Humanities Library (~1,400 titles), the Science and Technology Library (~500 titles), and the Medical Library (~190 titles).  These collections contain articles published since 1997.

Alfred Fry is Science & Engineering Librarian at Falvey Library.


New Resources: Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine

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Photo by Helloquence on Unsplash.

The library recently added two foundational business magazine archives to our collection: Forbes and Fortune.

Our coverage of Fortune, founded by Henry Luce, begins with the first issue published during the Great Depression in 1930. Fortune was recognized for departing from dry and statistic heavy business reporting by using images and words to communicate “the dignity and beauty, and smartness and excitement of modern industry” (Miller, 2003).

Steve Forbes, the current editor in chief and great grandson of founder Bertie Charles Forbes, remarked that since 1917 Forbes has “always focus[ed] on the people” and the other constant is Forbes unwavering commitment to “provid[ing] the tools for people who want to get ahead, who want to do business, who want to invest”(Talking Biz, 2017).Forbes Cover

These collections can be used as primary sources for American studies, journalism and business history in general including company histories, wealth studies, as well as for chronicling economic and management trends.  Forbes lists (Billions, Highest Paid, Best Employers and Fortune rankings (Most Admired, Greatest Leaders & 500) are often used as jumping off points by scholars, but the content of Fortune and Forbes magazines are also the subject of numerous scholarly studies in different disciplines including the following:

The full text of both magazines is searchable. Fortune offers some additional nice search features, such as limiting to advertisements, illustrations, and cover stories. Forbes supports searching by some features, such as quotations or poems or images.

Access to these databases is from the Journal Finder or a Books and more search.  Dedicated links are also posted on the Business Subject page.

Linda Hauck is the Business Librarian at Falvey Library.

Works Cited


When the Comet is Right: Proving Lovecraft’s Astronomical Observations

Astronomy professors pointing at a projection of the night sky.

Falvey Library’s Distinctive Collections and Villanova Astronomy Faculty collaborated in order to show that H.P. Lovecraft, famed horror writer, viewed Halley’s Comet in his recently acquired one-of-a-kind astronomical journal, now available to the public online.

“This manuscript—hitherto held privately—has long been a ‘Holy Grail’ to scholars of Lovecraft eager explore connections between Lovecraft’s literary output and his ventures into amateur science and journalism. Villanova University brings a commitment to open scholarship for a global community of inquiry by sharing rare resources,  such as this manuscript, through making high resolution digital surrogates freely available,” says Michael Foight, Director of Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement.

One class of Villanova undergraduate students received a chance to view them in person, as Foight brought Lovecraft’s astronomical journal as well as other rare documents for a special presentation. It was a unique opportunity to look over primary works by prominent figures in the field, including Galileo, and another way Falvey staff reach out to the community to enrich the academic experience.

But the students were also on hand to see history, literature, and astronomy lead to discovery.

Edward Guinan, PhD, Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, and Frank Maloney, PhD, Associate Professor, Astronomy & Astrophysics, used software to recreate the sky the night that Lovecraft indicated he made a rare observation of Halley’s Comet.

Lovecraft journal page with Halley's Comet

A page from the digitized astronomical journal of H.P. Lovecraft showing Halley’s Comet.

It turns out that, exactly as the author indicated, Halley’s comet was visible on May 26, 1910, 9 p.m., in the exact direction indicated.

Lovecraft’s work, which is heavily influenced by astronomy and mythology, may have roots in this unearthed journal, which was used by Lovecraft from age 18 to 25.

Currently, S.T. Joshi, a leading Lovecraft biographer, is reviewing the recently digitized journal. There are also scholars around the world poring over the work for new revelations about Lovecraft’s work.

Falvey Library is helping write a new chapter in Lovecraft’s legacy*, one which still holds the imagination of authors today, from Stephen King to Brian Lumley to Jordan Peele.


* Note: In recent years, Lovecraft has been criticized for his personal views, including strong racism, which resulted in his appearance being removed from the statute given for lifetime achievement in the World Fantasy Awards.

headshot of Shawn Proctor

Shawn Proctor is Communication and Marketing Manager at Falvey Library. His favorite Lovecraft story is “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.”


Foto Friday: Stories of Service

Frank Falcone, Capt. USN (ret.), Director of Professional Development and Experiential Education, talks with a ROTC student at the launch of the Villanova Veterans History Project on Nov. 12. Falcone is one of 17 alumni veterans who have shared their stories of service through digital recordings.

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Photo courtesy of Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager.

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Villanova Veterans Voices Event Celebrates Alumni Military Service and Stories

Michael Foight, John Schofield, Michael Brown, and Vince Arpa

Villanova Veterans speakers Michael Foight, Director of Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement, Falvey Library; John Schofield CLAS; Michael Brown, Director, Office of Veterans and Military Service Members; and Vincent Arpa COE.

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimated in 2018 that 318 World War II veterans die every day. As they are lost, their voices, filled with stories of service and sacrifice, disappear forever.

At Falvey Memorial Library on Nov. 12, Villanova’s Office of Veterans and Military Members and the Library’s Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement Department launched a collaboration “Lest We Forget: The Villanova Veterans History Project” that has begun to capture the unique voices and stories of veterans with connections to Villanova through digital recordings.

The recordings were engineered by Laura Bang, Distinctive Collections Librarian.

Digital Scholarship Librarian Erica Hayes overviewed the project’s interactive memorial map that honors Villanovans who have died in service to their country.

“This project has as a goal, to honor veterans, to hear their voices and to tell their stories. Whether it be through the Voices project, in an oral interview, or through the mapping project where we show more than just a name, we want to honor that sacrifice and service,” said Michael Brown, Director of Villanova’s Office of Veterans and Military Service Members and an Army Veteran. “I want you all, if you’re a veteran and have an interest, to come and tell your story as well. There’s value in that—we want to hear it. When you’re gone, which is hopefully a long time from now, maybe your grandchildren will want to hear that story too.”

More than 100 veterans, alumni, family, ROTC students, faculty, and staff attended the launch celebration, which included remembrances of two of the project’s 17 participants. They shared memories of their time in the armed services as well as their time as a student at Villanova.

Former US Navy Commander John Schofield CLAS discussed his time in Villanova’s NROTC program, where he struggled, graduating last in a class of 18, but found equal measures of support and tough love from his mentors. That pushed him to succeed then and built a foundation for success in his military service and beyond.

“The prevailing themes at Villanova and in the family of Villanovans is that you are going to make it and we love you. That speaks volumes about how special of a place this is, including for veterans,” he said. “I can’t thank you and Villanova enough for doing this.”

Villanova Veterans who are interested in participating in the project are encouraged to visit the website or email


The GlobalSmackDown: 11/11/19 Protests in Chile

Another episode of the GlobalSmackDown is available on Falvey Memorial Library’s YouTube channel. You can check out the highlight below. Dr. Tim Horner presents the GlobalSmackDown every Monday from 2:00pm – 2:23pm in Speakers’ Corner.

GlobalSmackDown 11/11/19 Protests in Chile

Synopsis written by Dr. Tim Horner

It’s not as if a single dramatic event happened in the last week in Chile; they have been happening for weeks. But events have been escalating fast since mid-October when a groups of middle school children refused to pay their train fare, jumping turnstiles (1) and ‘evading’ police officers dressed in riot gear (2), as they chased them through terminals in Santiago. Again, we are confronted with a single act of the government, in this case 4% hike in subway fares, igniting mass protests in the streets of cities and towns all across Chile. It’s about more than the fare.


In the week that followed those protests in October, Chile’s president, Sebastian Piñera, declared a state of emergency in the capital (3). It was lifted after a week, but Piñera has continued to increase aggression against protesters and Chileans are not backing down. As of now, 19 protesters have been ‘officially’ killed with thousands injured and arrested. And even though Piñera rescinded the fare hike and offered to reshuffle his cabinet, protesters are now demanding he step down as president (4). There is no indication that they are going to stop (5) or that Piñera is going to step down. The military appears, for the moment, to be under his control.


The context for these protests run quite deep, but income inequality (6) seems to be at the root of the discontent. These protests are being seen as a rejection of the neoliberal economic policies that were put into place during the Pinochet years (1973–1990). On the surface, Chile looks like one of the more established, stable countries (7) in South America. But the people of Chile are responding, in homegrown ways (8), to the decline in their standard of living. The most telling indicators are a growing economic inequality coupled with a stagnant, elite leadership for the last twenty years.


President Piñera’s heavy-handed approach to these protests have not helped. It has ironically shown him to be weak in the face of the public discontent. This has created a new political solidarity where many deep cultural discontents (9) are now finding their voices amplified. This is especially true for the Mapuche (10) people of Chile. This indigenous minority has been marginalized and persecuted since colonialization. There is also a growing wave of destruction of the symbols of colonization. This includes not only statues of 16th CE Spaniards but also the churches (11) that came with colonists.

1. (YouTube)

2. (The Guardian)

3. (Independent)

4. (YouTube)

5. (Foreign Policy)

6. (CIA)

7. (Trading Economics)

8. (YouTube)

9. (The Nation)

10. (PRI)

11. (DW)

The GlobalSmackDown is presented every Monday afternoon (2:00pm – 2:23pm EST) in Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University. The presentation, co-sponsored by ACS program and Falvey Memorial Library, is created and compiled by Dr. Tim Horner from the Center for Peace and Justice Education.


A Modern Midsummer

I’m Daniella Snyder, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your ‘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.

Villanova Theatre is proud to present A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Edward Sobel, on stage November 12-24.

Beware the forest outside Athens, where mischief reigns and faeries tease and torment. Shakespeare’s comedy of passion and power throws two mismatched couples into the fray of a lovers’ quarrel between the faerie king and queenand soon they’re all entangled in enchantments. Add to the mix the devious Puck and hapless troupe of amateur actors, and mayhem abounds. This magical tale, boldly reimagined for our time, reveals the dangers of unbridled desire and the healing potential of the imagination. 

Angela Rose Longo as Hermia and Sarah Stryker as Lysander. Photos by Kimberly Reilly.

Director Edward Sobel leads a cast of 16 Villanova graduate students, portraying the lovers, faeries, and novice actors drawn to the Athenian woods. Sobel’s contemporary staging zeroes in on issues of gender politics while showcasing the darker forces at play in Shakespeare’s well-loved comedy. According to Sobel, the Athens of this production is “a male-dominated world that thinks it’s a democracy – but it’s not.” This Athenian worldview impacts its characters both politically and romantically. “Love is a dangerous thing,” he adds, “and we want to reveal the way male characters manipulate passion in order to absorb rebellion and maintain their power.”

The production features female-identifying actors in various male roles while the most politically powerful male characters are played by male-identifying actors. Female-identifying actors will portray the young lovers Lysander and Demetrius and members of the relentless acting troupe The Rude Mechanicals. The cross gender casting allows actors to both hilariously embody and also critique gender stereotypes.

Angela Rose Longo as Hermia and Sarah Stryker as Lysander. Photos by Kimberly Reilly.

Dramaturg Travis Milliman has extensively researched gender roles in society, both in Elizabethan England and modern-day America, suggesting that the oppressive forces at play will resonate with our audiences in a way that will cause them to perk up and listen. Milliman’s research has also helped to illuminate the faerie world as it related to an Elizabethan audience. He says, “I want to prepare audiences for a Midsummer no one would have expected.”

An Elizabethan audience would have regarded the “Faerie World” as being a very real threat to sinners in their human society and believed that their wrongdoings could result in punishments or torture from vengeful faeries. While our understanding of “fairies” today has been infiltrated by the cute, Disney characters many of us know and love, this production plans to use the fearing subconscious to inspire the faerie world of Titania, Oberon, and Puck. Check out Milliman’s dramaturgical guide to learn more.

Angela Rose Longo as Hermia and Sarah Stryker as Lysander. Photos by Kimberly Reilly.

Costume designer and second-year graduate student Asaki Kuruma’s ambitious design conjures three distinct worlds: the regal Athenian court, ominous faeries, and lower-class actors. While audiences might not see wings on these faeries, they can expect to feel as though these haunting spirits are from a world mortals dare not enter. What’s more, she has created silhouettes that allow female bodied actors to inhabit male roles in a way that is realistic and affecting. Kuruma blends repurposed materials, classical silhouettes, and couture inspiration to wardrobe a large ensemble, each of whom play multiple roles.

Deepening the world of the play is set designer Stephanie Hansen. Hansen’s unified set marries the natural forest and classical architectural structures in order to suggest that these locations are far from separate and that the powers and mysteries of the woods are, in fact, an extension of the desires of the real world. Jerold Forsyth’s lighting design will illuminate the foliage of the woods and create the dark and starry skies required to evoke the shadowy nighttime. John Stovicek’s soundscape will emphasize the play’s bewitching themes, bringing encroaching winds and haunting lullabies into the mix of theatrical spectacle.

Sarah Stryker as Lysander. Photos by Kimberly Reilly.

For those of you who haven’t seen A Midsummer Night’s Dream before, you might want to check out a more traditional production of the play before you see Villanova Theatre’s modern re-imagining. Don’t worry, Falvey has you covered. We have two DVD versions of the play in our permanent collection, we have the 1994 issue of The Villanovan that reports a previous production of Midsummer, and you can stream at least 3 different productions of the play through our subscription to Digital Theatre +. We also have access to the BBC version of Midsummer with video and text transcripts. Finally, check out the Midsummer educational guide from Villanova Theatre.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is on stage from November 12 to 24. Buy your tickets here.

Daniella Snyder HeadshotDaniella Snyder is so excited to see Villanova Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her favorite Shakespearean play is Othello. She also wants to thank Sarah Wingo, the Falvey Subject Librarian for English, Theatre, and Romance Languages, for her help and information about valuable Shakespearean resources.

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Last Modified: November 13, 2019