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Foto Friday: Falvey Flowers (and Finals) In Bloom

Image of red tulips blooming in front of the Falvey Memorial Library sign.


“Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”
—A.A. Milne

With finals in bloom, remember to take a break and enjoy the springtime!

Note: Alan Alexander Milne (A.A. Milne) is author of Winnie-the-Pooh (1926). Thinking of making a trip to the Hundred Acre Wood? May 3-9 is Children’s Book Week, the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Pause the studying and pick up your favorite childhood book for a brief recess.


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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TBT: Late Fee Notice

Check out this late fee notice from 1958, signed by the Rev. Daniel Falvey, OSA. Father Falvey served as University Librarian from 1935-1961. In 1963, Falvey Memorial Library was named after him because of his service and dedication to the library.

If you’re curious to read the book that this student kept, good news—you can! A Modern Comedy by John Galsworthy is available here in Falvey’s collection.

REMINDER: All library materials borrowed by students must be returned to Falvey Library by Tuesday, May 11. Students will be billed for materials not returned by this date. Click here to login to your library account and view your checked out materials. Questions? Email circ@villanova.edu.


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Cat in the Stax: Children’s Book Week

This week marks the first of two Children’s Book Weeks in 2021. For the last three years, it has been celebrated twice a yearonce in the spring, in May, and again in the fall, in November. Starting in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest running national literacy initiative, bringing together authors, publishers, booksellers, libraries, and, most importantly, young readers. 

Cat in the Stax, Jenna Newman, got started on reading at a very young age

Reading has always been a huge part of my life and, especially, my childhood. Whether it was relating to the elementary school woes of Junie B. Jones or traveling around the world in a treehouse with Jack and Annie, curling up with a book has always been a favorite pastime. Beyond generating fond memories, the reading you did as a child is crucial in developing your values, enhancing your imagination, and helping you learn resilience at a young age. 

Our reading time may be made up of more research articles and textbooks than 100-page chapter books, but we can still jump in and celebrate Children’s Book Week this year and every year!

  • Take a break, read a throwback: Sometimes, especially during finals, you just need that sense of accomplishment of completing a task, but also final exams and papers keep you from starting a new side project. Try taking a break and picking up a favorite childhood book to read. It’ll rest your mind from academics and when you finish it in an hour, you’ll feel accomplished.
  • Share a book with a young reader: With the semester coming to a close, maybe you’re heading home to a younger sibling or have a babysitting job lined up for the summer. Do some research and share a book, whether a classic or something new, with a young reader. A kid is never too young to start to enjoy reading. 
  • Join in the celebrations: Check out Every Child’s a Reader’s website to see ways you can get involved in Children’s Book Week. The website also has Superpower Book Lists so you can help young readers in your life find the perfect new book when you get home for the summer.


Fun Fact: Falvey has The Boxcar Children, Books 1-13 available digitally for some perfect throwback reading!


jenna newman headshotJenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.

 

 

 


 


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Reading Day Puts a Bow on Semester, Visit Falvey for Finals Kits!

Student reading on computer

 

No exams or assessments. No assignments due.

Welcome to the spring semester Reading Day, the pause between the finish of classes and the start of finals. Whether you work ahead on papers or study for upcoming tests, everyone can agree it puts a nice bow on the in-class part of the semester.

In a typical semester, Falvey would welcome the community to an epic finals event. Think dessert bars and unlimited games!

This year, to help students de-stress, we are distributing fun finals kits today, 2-4 p.m.!


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Shawn Proctor, Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library, suggests Speakers’ Corner as a great study space for finals.

 

 


 


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Announcing the 2021 Falvey Scholars


Announcing the 2021 Falvey Scholar Award Winners:

Jacqueline Thoet

  • Project Title: “How Effective Were COVID-19 Lockdown Policies? Mobility Changes After Reopening Industries in Four States”
  • Faculty Mentor: Zeynep Yom, PhD

Nicholas Yoo

  • Project Title: “The Atomic Interaction between Polymers and Two-Dimensional Materials”
  • Faculty Mentor: Bo Li, PhD

Danielle Markey and Tara Reddy

  • Project Title: “Interprofessional Collaboration Promotes Parkinson’s Medication Safety”
  • Faculty Mentor: Diane M. Ellis, MSN, RN, CCRN

Chloe Benson

  • Project Title: “The (Dis)Invention of Black Womanhood: A Rhetorical Analysis of Intersectional Oppression within Cosmetics Practices”
  • Faculty Mentor: Billie Murray, PhD

Annelise Laughlin

  • Project Title: “Spatial and Temporal Study of Drought and Violence Incidence in Darfur, Sudan”
  • Faculty Mentor: Francis A. Galgano, PhD

Audrey Lawrence

  • Project Title: “Use of an Orally Delivered Oxidized Cholesterol to Relieve Inflammatory Bowel Disease Symptoms in a Mouse Model”
  • Faculty Mentor: Anil K. Bamezai, PhD

Kaylan Purisima

  • Project Title: “Examining Violence Against Indigenous Women in the United States through a Settler Colonialist Framework”
  • Faculty Mentor: Brianna Remster, PhD

Join us on Friday, April 30, at 9 a.m., for the 2021 Falvey Scholars Virtual Research Presentation and Awards Ceremony. At the event, award recipients will give short presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or in the creation of the project report.

Please register for the event here.

The Falvey Scholar award is an annual program established by Falvey Memorial Library to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. It is a collaborative initiative of the Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships. The winners of the Falvey Scholar award are selected from a pool of candidates that will be generated by applications submitted by a senior Villanova University student or a group of students working on a senior project together with the recommendation of the advisor to the senior thesis or capstone project completed for academic credit.

Digital copies of the winning papers are maintained in the Digital Library. View the 2020 Falvey Scholars Awards virtual booklet here.


 


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Students—Please Return All Library Materials By Tuesday, May 11

 


All library materials borrowed by students, especially graduating students, must be returned to Falvey Library by Tuesday, May 11. Students will be billed for materials not returned by this date. Click here to login to your library account and view your checked out materials. Questions? Email circ@villanova.edu.


 


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Free and Open Resources for Academic Research!

Open the door to research! (Photo by Jan Tinneberg on Unsplash)

By Susan Turkel

Villanova University spends a large part of its library budget on online journals, electronic books, and specialized scholarly search engines. These resources, such as Oxford Bibliographies Online, PsycINFO, the ATLA Religion Database, Compendex, and Advertising Age Datacenter, are invaluable resources for students in relevant fields.

The problem, however, is that the Library is essentially renting these resources from vendors, and we are therefore limited in how much we can share and with whom. For example, we would love to make these resources available to Villanova alumni and guests, but the Library is required to sign license agreements with resource vendors that restrict access to current students, staff, and faculty (plus walk-in users, when the building is open to guests). This means that as a student, after you graduate, your remote access to these resources disappears within several weeks.

Start your research here (Photo by Surface on Unsplash)

We have good news! Some publishers and authors choose to make their work available to all, regardless of university affiliation (“open access” resources), and we’ve created a guide listing free and openly available academic search engines, e-book collections, and e-journal collections, along with links to more extensive listings from other libraries.

View the new research guide here: Open Access and Freely Available Resources.

As the guide suggests, a great place to start your research is Google Scholar. This powerful database indexes the full text of online journals in all fields, as well as electronic books and materials in academic repositories. It provides links to full text when possible; if a free version of the item is not available, you can use the author/title/publication information in Google Scholar to request the full article or book via Interlibrary Loan from your public library.

You can also download browser extensions, such as Unpaywall, CORE Discovery, or the Open Access Button, to help you find or request free versions of a resource.

Many of the resources on the new guide are available to all, rather than hidden behind a paywall or licensing restrictions, because they are published as Open Access (OA) projects. Guided by the principle that it is beneficial for society when scholarly research is available without barriers, OA materials are online research outputs that are made available without cost to the reader. Instead, the expenses associated with OA publications are covered by the authors, their institutions, and/or grant funding. There are a variety of OA publications, repositories, software, and projects out there; read more about OA in Peter Suber’s Open Access Overview.

Falvey Memorial Library places a high value on openness. As stated in the Values statement on the Library website,

Openness

We believe that the broad sharing of information, ideas, knowledge, skills, and tools benefits society by enabling information equality, facilitating life-long learning, and driving innovation. We support and encourage open access publishing, open content, and open source software. We strive to make our resources accessible to all. We promote the open exchange of ideas and transparency in communication and decision-making.

Many Falvey initiatives demonstrate our commitment to openness. Here are some examples.

Read freely! (Photo by Ying Ge on Unsplash)

Falvey Open Access Collections

Falvey Open Access Support for Faculty, Staff, and Students

  • Falvey provides financial support to qualifying VU researchers who need help paying processing fees in order to publish open access via the Scholarship Open Access Reserve (SOAR) Fund program.
  • Sarah Wipperman joined Falvey in early 2020 as our first Scholarly Communications Librarian. Sarah is our expert on helping Villanova researchers navigate copyright, author rights, and making their work more visible and openly accessible.
  • Villanova University’s Affordable Materials Project is a campus-wide collaboration that intended to help faculty select high-quality, affordable course materials. The library’s participation includes helping instructors find and adopt open educational resources (OER), which are online, open access course materials.

Falvey Open Software

  • Falvey supports open source software: our Technology Team developed and maintains VuFind, a widely used open source library resource portal. When you search our library catalog or look for articles via the library’s search box, you’re using VuFind!

For more information about Open Access, please explore the websites linked above, and/or contact Sarah Wipperman.


Susan Turkel is a Social Sciences Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library. Thanks go to Michael Foight, Rebecca Oviedo, Jutta Seibert, Marianne Watson, and Sarah Wipperman for their input on this article.

 


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Foto Friday: Lounging on the Library Lawn

Photo courtesy of Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Happy Friday, Wildcats!

Monday, May 3 is the final day of classes. Looking for last minute research assistance? Contact Falvey’s subject librarians Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Electronic collections (articles, e-books, and more) are accessible through our website 24/7.

Looking for a quiet place to place to study? The Old Falvey patio (and library lawn) are perfect spots for reading. The library building is open 24/7! A wildcard is required to enter, and a mask must be worn while visiting. Information services are available at the service desk and online Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Be sure to return library materials borrowed by Tuesday, May 11. Students will be billed for materials not returned by this date. Login to your library account and view your checked out materials. Questions? Email circ@villanova.edu. 

Good luck on finals, Nova Nation!


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. 

 

 


 


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TBT: Staring at a Screen

This photo from the 1991 Belle Air shows senior Rory Finmeister working on his senior project on one of Falvey’s computers.

Although long nights in front of the computer, never-ending group meetings and tedious hours in the Library isn’t anything new for students today, our computers are definitely way newer. Today’s TBT is deceptively familiar if only the computer was a MacBook Air as opposed to the device pictured here.


jenna newman headshotJenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.

 

 

 


 


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New Online Exhibit – “Rediscovering T. A. Daly: Immigrant Voices in Poetry”

Our latest online exhibit, “Rediscovering T. A. Daly: Immigrant Voices in Poetry,” is now available, just as April’s National Poetry Month draws to a close. The exhibit explores the life and works of Thomas Augustine Daly (1871-1948), a native and lifelong Philadelphian; an Irish-American and a Catholic; a journalist, poet, and prolific author; and an early Villanova University alumnus.

This exhibit brings together newly digitized materials from Falvey Memorial Library’s collections, including Daly’s notebooks from his Villanova days (1880-1887), a scrapbook documenting his early career, and the majority of his published books.

These items are also available in the Digital Library, while the exhibit provides context around the poetry—written mainly in Italian-American and Irish-American dialect—for which he was best known. His collective works give us glimpses into his own life deeply rooted in Philadelphia’s Irish and Catholic communities, with his poetry strongly themed around a broader American identity through the everyday characters he created.

Visit the online exhibit here: https://exhibits.library.villanova.edu/t-a-daly.

Thomas A. Daly (with wife and children)

Photograph, Thomas A. Daly (with wife and children), c. 1910. Villanova Photograph Collection. Villanova University Archives, Villanova University. Thomas Daly and Ann “Nannie” Barrett had eight children: Leonard (b. 1897), John (b. 1899), Tom Jr. (b. 1901), Anne (Nancy) Elizabeth (b. 1903), Stephen (b. 1904), Brenda (1907-1914), Frederic (b. 1908), and Frances Joan (b. 1914).

 


Rebecca Oviedo is Distinctive Collections Librarian/Archivist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Last Modified: April 29, 2021