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Photo Friday: Family Weekend

Image of Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager, with his family.

Photo courtesy of Shawn Proctor.

We have a lot of Villanova families at Falvey Memorial Library! Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager, is celebrating Family Weekend on campus. His son, Colin, is a senior at Nova (’23 CLAS). Enjoy spending time with your loved ones, Wildcats!

View the Family Weekend 2022 schedule here.



Weekend Recs: Deaf Culture

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Memorial Library is delivering you another semester of Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Annie, a graduate assistant from the Communication department, scours the internet, peruses the news, and digs through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week.

Did you know that Deaf people have their own culture? Although often labeled as a disability by hearing society at large, Deaf people are fighting back against this notion. Instead, they contend that their supposed “disability” is actually the foundation of a rich culture here in the U.S. and elsewhere. In celebration of International Week of Deaf People, this weekend’s recs will highlight some key aspects of Deaf culture.

If you have 1 minute…and are unsure about the correct terminology, watch this TikTok. It explains why “Deaf” is the preferred label, and why “hearing impaired” can be viewed as offensive or outdated.

If you have 3 minutes…and want to check out some music made by a Deaf artist, listen to “Hanaa!,” or any song by Signmark. He is a Deaf rapper from Finland who often signs while he raps.

If you have 5 minutes…and are wondering how Deaf culture differs from hearing culture, read this article that explains some of the differences.

If you have 7 minutes…and were wondering why the “D” in Deaf is often capitalized, read this article about how people identify themselves as a part of the Deaf community. Spoiler: deaf and Deaf do not mean the same thing, and not all deaf people identify as Deaf.

If you have 10 minutes…and have some questions about deafness and Deaf culture, browse this Deaf culture FAQ page. It might save you from a potentially awkward or embarrassing interaction or from bothering a deaf person with frequently asked questions.

If you have 15 minutes…and want to learn more about the fight for a Deaf president at the only Deaf-centric university in the world, watch this TED Talk with Irisa MacAulay. Warning: although Irisa, the presenter, gives an absolutely amazing talk, the camera often switches angles, making it difficult to understand her ASL without using subtitles or listening to the interpreter.

If you have 1 hour and 35 minutes…and like (corny) old horror movies, watch Deafula. The film features ASL as the primary language with an English dub for hearing people and is available through inter-library loan.

If you have 1 hour and 51 minutes…and want to watch a more recent movie that showcases Deaf culture, watch CODA. This award-winning film specifically focuses on the story of a CODA (Child of a Deaf Adult) who discovers her passion for music.

If you have 12 or more hours…and want a deep-dive into Deaf history, read Gannon’s Deaf Heritage: A Narrative History of Deaf America. The book moves through Deaf history in America by decade and even features an entire chapter dedicated to Deaf humor.

Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library.

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Freedom To Read: Celebrate Banned Book Week with These “Most Challenged” Books From Falvey Memorial Library

American Library Association's poster announcing Banned Books Week 2020.

Banned Books Week commenced on Sept. 18! Beginning in the early 1980s, the annual event, celebrated the last week of September, spotlights “current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.” Show your support for “the freedom to read” and checkout these frequently challenged titles available at Falvey Memorial Library.

The titles listed below are featured in the “Top 10 Most Challenged Books” lists spanning from 2001-2021. “Lists are based on information from media stories and voluntary reports sent to the Office for Intellectual Freedom from communities across the U.S.

Books are accessible through Falvey’s collection and Interlibrary Loan.

For more information about Banned Books Week visit the American Library Association’s website. Looking for a specific title not available at Falvey Memorial Library? Villanova students, staff, and faculty can use the E-ZBorrow service to request print materials from regional libraries. Chat with a librarian during business hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. for inquires regarding Falvey Library’s collection.

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. *Article originally published on Sept. 28, 2020.




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Cat in the Stax: A Summer to Remember

By Ethan Shea


Tomorrow, on September 22, summer will officially be over. This may be hard to stomach, but don’t fret. There’s plenty to look forward to in the fall!

If we’re being honest, summer really ends when the school year begins, but I understand the world does not revolve around our academic calendar. If you’re a meteorologist, summer ends when August does. Tomorrow’s autumnal equinox only signifies the end of Astronomical summer.

During the autumnal equinox, which signifies the beginning of fall, the sun is directly above the equator. This means the amount of daylight the Northern and Southern hemispheres receive is nearly equal. Because our Gregorian calendar is not precisely in tune with the Earth’s revolution around the sun, hence our use of leap years, the dates of equinoxes vary within a few days.

Essentially, the vernal (spring) and autumnal equinoxes are opposites of the summer and winter equinoxes. During summer and winter equinoxes the Earth’s tilt, either toward or away from the sun, is at its peak. During vernal and autumnal equinoxes, the Earth has essentially no tilt relative to the sun’s rays.

"Heat Maps Summer 2022"

Data: NOAA; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Personally, I’m happy to welcome autumn and the cooler weather it brings. The hot summers are tough for this born and bred New Englander. But I wasn’t the only one feeling the heat this year, as the summer of 2022 was one of the hottest ever recorded. In fact, this summer tied summer 2020 as the hottest summer globally on record. Read this Washington Post article at Falvey Library’s website to find more stats about how this summer’s heat stacks up against previous years.


In addition to more temperate weather, we have fall’s vibrant foliage to look forward to. Check out  this TBT post which includes a picturesque autumn photo from the 1965 edition of Belle Air.

Let us know in the comments what your favorite season is! Are you someone who likes it hot, or are you eagerly waiting for a cool autumn breeze?

Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a graduate student in the English Department and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.


Welcome to Falvey: Iliana Chaleva Joins Resource Management & Description

Iliana Chaleva

Lia Chaleva, Acquisitions & Licensing Librarian. Photo by Kallie Stahl, Communication & Marketing Specialist.

Iliana “Lia” Chaleva recently joined Resource Management and Description as Acquisitions & Licensing Librarian. Resource Management & Description “builds and cultivates collections through acquisitions, licensing, description, discovery, and access to resources for Villanova scholars and community.”

Before joining the Falvey Library staff, Chaleva was the e-Resource Librarian at West Chester University. She also worked as an e-Resource Librarian at Bryn Mawr College for nearly 15 years. After coming across the job posting for Falvey Library, Chaleva knew she wanted to explore the opportunity at Villanova University. “I live on the Main Line and I’ve always had an affinity for Villanova’s campus. Especially these last few years, driving past and seeing all the progress that has been made. Its such an inviting place.”

Originally from Bulgaria, Chaleva earned her Master’s in Library & Information Science (LIS) from Rutgers University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from the American University in Bulgaria. Her interest in LIS began when she worked at the European Union (EU) Information Center in Bulgaria after graduating from the American University in Bulgaria. “The space had a small library with documents about the EU, work stations, free brochures. I worked at the public information desk answering questions: It felt like I was working in a mini library. I became interested in learning how to effectively organize information. Rutgers University was a perfect fit for me. I was able to conduct research and work on a variety of library information projects while completing my degree.”

Chaleva compliments her colleagues when discussing her role as Acquisitions & Licensing Librarian. “I work with a wonderful team. We are always working to get access for all users. I am responsible for reviewing current contracts with publishers and ensuring those terms and conditions are favorable for the Villanova community. My role entails a lot of technical information, but ultimately those technicalities can benefit Falvey Library patrons. Acquiring new resources is a collaborative process. Everyone has input, and we all work together to ensure we are obtaining the best information from vendors.”

In her free time, Chaleva enjoys spending time with her family and watching her children’s sporting events. “My family and I like to be outside. We like to kayak, hike, and fish. (‘We catch the fish, but always put them back!)'” She enjoys reading and watching historical movies. Her reading recommendations for Falvey patrons: Antarctica by David Day, Pennsylvania Good Eats by Brian Yarvin, and True Crime Philadelphia by Kathryn Caravan.

Chaleva’s office is located on the second floor of Falvey Library, room 232. Email; 610-519-4731.

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





1842 Day: Support Falvey Library

1842 Day has arrived, and Villanova welcomes alumni, students, faculty, staff, as well as friends, family, and supporters to join the fun by supporting Falvey Library!

The Library will be celebrating on our social channels and in-person on the first floor of Falvey, so stop by! You might even win a prize!

Located at the heart of main campus, Falvey Memorial Library is the interdisciplinary academic center of the Villanova University community. Students, faculty, and staff visit Falvey over half a million times each year. Whether to discuss research with a librarian, attend a book talk with an accomplished author, or find a quiet place to write or study, a visit to the Library is an essential part of a student’s life at Villanova.

Gifts to the Library on 1842 Day over the past six years have helped enhance and impact many areas of the Library, including e-journals, databases, books, and treasured items in Distinctive Collections, benefiting students and faculty for generations to come. Past donations were used to purchase public health materials and preservation supplies for rare materials, including a specialized vacuum to safely clean books in Special Collections and archival boxes to rehouse thousands of at-risk, rare materials.

In 2021, Falvey continued to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion materials within the collection, including adding a Jewish newspaper collection, The Jewish Exponent (1887-1990.)

“This effort utilized 1842 Day funding in an impactful way,” says Millicent Gaskell, University Librarian. “The Library represents a link from alumni’s shared past to current students. Where the University’s memories and history is preserved. And a hub of academics and research support for students to excel, both in their undergraduate careers and beyond.”

Make your gift on 1842 Day, or beat the rush and donate early!



Peek at the Week: September 19


In The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “There is nothing like looking if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

We’re all here at Villanova to obtain some type of deeper knowledge or experience, in most cases a degree, but sometimes what you find in college is much more than a (still important) framed diploma or a resume-booster. You find friends, you find hobbies, you even find yourself.

This week, give yourself some time to go out and find something, something that makes you happy, something that makes you mindful, even something you hate. You never know what you might find if you look.


Monday, September 19

Mindfulness Monday | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to Villanova Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Wednesday, September 21

Fall 2022 Falvey Forum Workshop: Using Zotero Citation Manager | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free & Open to the Villanova Community | Register Here

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Thursday, September 22

The Learners’ Studio/Center for Speaking and Presentation | 4-9 p.m. | Room 301 | Free

Friday, September 23

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public


As many of you may already know, tomorrow is 1842 Day, our very own Villanova holiday of gratitude and giving. You can celebrate by showing your support and making a donation to a campus resource that you feel passionate about or has impacted your ‘Nova experience for the better. To return some of the gratitude, five lucky people who give a gift to the library will receive some Falvey swag.

Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day. Celebrate, if you haven’t already, by registering to vote (and check out this blog if you want some helpful links and information about the Pennsylvania midterm elections).

Thursday, Sept. 22, is Hobbit Day. If you’re a fellow LOTR fan and feeling festive, celebrate by reading any part of the classic series, watching the movie adaptations, or by eating “second breakfast” and “elevensies,” as Tolkien’s Bilbo Baggins would have wanted. I know I’ll be rewatching The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. How could you go wrong with Christopher Lee, Treebeard, and the Battle of Helm’s Deep?

Friday is Celebrate Bisexuality Day. Did you know that according to research from Gates in 2011, bisexuals make up more than half of all LGB individuals? That’s a significant portion of the LGBTQ+ community that identifies with bisexuality. You can celebrate by showing your own bi pride, engaging with a bisexual artist or performer (with options like David Bowie, Alan Cummings, Megan Fox, and Amy Winehouse, the options are endless), or by learning more about the community.



Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library.




Register for our Virtual Falvey Forum Workshops on “Dealing with Data”

Fall 2022 Falvey Forum Poster


Join us on Wednesdays this fall for the virtual Falvey Falvey Forum series from 12-1 p.m. This year’s theme is “Dealing with Data.” We officially kickoff the series on Wednesday, Sept. 21 as Sarah Hughes, Nursing and Life Sciences Librarian, leads a session on “Using Zotero Citation Manager.”

The Falvey Forum is a series of virtual workshops dedicated to advancing research tips, techniques, and technologies. Drawn from Falvey Memorial Library’s successful Brown Bag seminar series, the conference’s sessions will cover a wide variety of research and library-oriented information aimed at invigorating and improving research, informing new pedagogy, and encouraging the integration of advanced academic research into personal and professional lives.

All events in the Falvey Forum Series are ACS-approved and sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library! Be sure to check them out and recommend them to anyone you think may be interested.

See our Falvey Forum page for a full listing of workshop topics and to register! 



Photo Friday: Art of War

Image of Falvey Library's latest exhibit, Art of War: Illustrated and Military Maps of the Twentieth Century on display in the library's first floor.

Falvey Library’s latest exhibit, Art of War: Illustrated and Military Maps of the Twentieth Century, is now on display on the library’s first floor and in select cases at the Prince Family Veterans Resource Center. “Both locations feature a selection of two types of imagery: maps that are illustrated, highly pictorial, and created for public distribution; and topographic maps that have been created by government war offices for use in military conflict.” Read more about the exhibit here.

The exhibit was co-curated by Rebecca Oviedo, Distinctive Collections Archivist, and Christoforos Sassaris, Distinctive Collections Coordinator, with graphics created by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing.

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





Weekend Recs: Pennsylvania Midterm Elections

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Memorial Library is delivering you another semester of Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Annie, a graduate assistant from the Communication department, scours the internet, peruses the news, and digs through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week.

The 2022 Pennsylvania midterm elections are coming up this November, and regardless of your political affiliation, voting in them is important (especially if you have a bone to pick with any of the recent Supreme Court rulings or state legislation). This upcoming election will determine Pennsylvania’s next U.S. Senator and Governor, among other important positions. In celebration of National Voter Registration Day this upcoming Tuesday, this weekend’s recs will help you prep for the PA midterm elections, whether it’s your first time voting or your 40th.

If you have 5 minutes…and don’t know if you’re registered to vote in PA, check your voter registration status.

If you have another 5 minutes…and are not registered to vote in PA (or moved dorms since the last time you voted), submit an online voter registration application. There are a few voting districts that cover Villanova’s campus, so if you moved dorms this year, you may need to update your registration by submitting a new application.

If you have 10 minutes…and want to know all of the important deadlines for the PA midterm elections, read this NBC article. The election isn’t until Nov. 8, but there may be other important deadlines to be aware of before you can cast your ballot.

If you have another 10 minutes…and want to request a PA mail-in or absentee ballot, visit this page to find the right application for you (available in English, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese). You can submit these applications online or print one out and mail it.

Bonus: if you don’t know the difference between a mail-in ballot and an absentee ballot or have questions about the two, check out this website. It explains the differences and answers some other key questions you may have.

If you have 15 minutes…and want to hear about the high profile Senate race in PA, read this New York Times article. Even for those who are not heavily tuned into politics, the race between Dr. Oz (R) and John Fetterman (D) is garnering national attention.

If you have another 15 minutes…and are an out-of-state resident planning to vote in your home state’s election, find out your state’s important dates and information for the midterms through NBC‘s 2022 midterm calendar.

If you have 20 minutes…are not sure who will be on your ballot, visit Vote411. Just put in your home address (or your Villanova dorm address), and it will show you some of the important candidates on your ballot. It also includes responses from candidates answering various questions about their campaigns and positions.

If you have 25 minutes…and want to learn more about voting rights, watch this Netflix docu-series episode. It really shines a light on some of the issues that voters in the U.S. face and offers some hope for change.

If you have 2 hours and 8 minutes…and want to watch a film that highlights the people who helped secure and protect the voting rights of many BIPOC Americans, watch Selma. The film provides a gritty look at a brutal event in the Civil Rights Movement, and, bonus, it was directed by a black woman, Ava DuVernay.

Annie Stockmal is a graduate student in the Communication Department and graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library.

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Last Modified: September 16, 2022