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Falvey Memorial Library Hours: December 2020–January 2021

Electronic collections (articles, e-books, and more!) are accessible through our website 24/7. Please visit the Fall Semester FAQ Page for more details. Click here for printable calendar.

  • Dec. 1–6 (Fall Semester Hours)
    • Service Hours: 9 a.m.– 5 p.m., Monday–Friday
    • Building Hours: 6 a.m.–midnight, 7 days a week
  • Dec. 7–20 (Adjusted Operations Period)
    • Service Hours: 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday-Friday
    • Building Hours: 6 a.m.–midnight, 7 days a week
  • Dec. 21–23 (Adjusted Operations Period)
    • Service Hours:  No service hours
    • Building Hours: Monday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 22, 6 a.m.–midnight; Wednesday, Dec. 23, 6 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Dec. 24–Jan. 1 (University Holiday Closure)
    • Service Hours: No service hours
    • Building Hours: Building is closed
  • Jan. 2–10 (Adjusted Operations Period)
    • Service Hours: 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday–Friday
    • Building Hours: 6 a.m.–midnight, 7 days a week
  • Jan. 11–Jan 24 (Pre-semester hours)
    • Service Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday
    • No service hours Monday, Jan. 18
    • Building Hours: 6 a.m. –midnight 7 days a week
  • Jan. 25–30 (Spring Semester Hours)
    • Service Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday
    • Building Hours: 24/7

A Wildcard is required to enter and a mask must be worn while visiting. Contactless pickup, printing, and self-scanning services are available during building hours.

Book Stacks Access

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Falvey West and the third and fourth floors are CLOSED for stacks browsing and study space. Villanova students, faculty and staff may request library materials for Contactless Pickup. Requests must be placed by noon on Friday, Dec. 18. Materials requested can be picked up through Dec. 23, 5 p.m. Any requests placed during the holiday closure will be ready for pickup by Jan. 5.

Scanning

To request a scan from a physical item in Falvey’s collection, submit an ILLiad request. Patrons may also continue to use the ILLiad service to request scanned copies of articles from other libraries. Patrons may also request books, DVDs, microfilm, etc., from other libraries through ILLiad. E-ZBorrow services will be available throughout the intersession except during official University holidays 12/24—1/3. Expect processing delays when submitting requests. 

For real-time updates, continue to check Falvey Library’s website and social media (@FalveyLibrary on Facebook and Twitter; @VillanovaLibrary on Instagram).


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IF YOU HAVE BOOKS ON LOAN AND ARE WORRIED ABOUT RETURNING THEM, DON’T STRESS

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We recognize the University holiday closure and COVID-19 pandemic will prevent many students and faculty from returning loaned books.

Here is what you need to know:

LOANS AND BORROWING

  • The Library has stopped assessing overdue fines on Falvey materials.
  • The E-ZBorrow and ILLiad services can be used to request books and DVDs from other libraries.
  • Due dates for interlibrary loan (ILL) books vary and are imposed by the lending library. Email ill@villanova.edu for questions about ILL loans.
  • Fall 2020 graduates may email circ@villanova.edu to request a pre-paid shipping label to return their books.

RETURNS

  • Falvey and E-ZBorrow books checked out in fall 2020 will be due back Jan. 31, 2021.
  • Books can be returned 24/7 at the outdoor book drop (outside the main entrance). Returns also accepted inside the library building Monday—Friday, 9 a.m.—5 p.m. Wildcard and mask are required for building access.
  • Email circ@villanova.edu for questions about returns. View your checked out items here.

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Register for a Workshop on Course Materials Assistance Programs at Villanova

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By Regina Duffy

This January, the Affordable Materials Project (AMP) will be sponsoring a virtual workshop aimed at helping faculty and academic support staff learn about course materials assistance programs offered at Villanova University, as well as best practices for guiding students to them. Existing and emerging financial limitations, COVID-19, and the pivot to online learning has exposed challenges that many students face securing the course materials they need to succeed.

The workshop will be offered on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m., and Thursday, Jan. 21, at 3 p.m., and will run for approximately 30 minutes with time for Q&A. The workshop is being presented on two different dates and times for the convenience of attendees and will cover the same material.

AMP is a university-wide collaboration between the Villanova University Shop, Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Access, Success and Achievement (CASA), Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning (VITAL), and the Office of the Provost, to address one of the most pressing issues students face today. Their mission is to provide faculty with resources and options for selecting high quality, affordable course materials and create student awareness of affordable options for obtaining course materials. The committee is led by Lauren Ward, CASA, AAP Counselor & Coordinator, and is comprised of dedicated faculty and staff representatives from the co-sponsoring areas.

To attend the Course Materials Assistance Program at Villanova workshop on Jan. 13 at 10:00 am, please REGISTER HERE. Once registered, you will be sent a link to the workshop.

To attend the Course Materials Assistance Program at Villanova Workshop on Jan. 21 at 3 p.m., please REGISTER HERE. Once registered, you will be sent a link to this workshop.

With the continued rise in the cost of textbooks, struggles brought on by COVID-19, financial difficulties of collegiate students, and many courses having to switch to virtual platforms, it is more important than ever to direct students to affordable solutions. We hope that by attending this workshop,  faculty and academic support staff will learn about strategies and resources available across the university to reference whenever a student discloses being in need of course materials. Please join us to learn more about how you can help our students at Villanova!

For more information about the Affordable Materials Project, please visit: https://library.villanova.edu/amp/index.html

 


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Regina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 


 


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Looking Back at 2020 and Continuing to Work Towards a Better 2021

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By Regina Duffy

There is no denying it: 2020 has been difficult in so many ways. Even Time Magazine agrees. The cover of their December 14 issue boldly states that 2020 is “The Worst Year Ever.” It is hard to argue with that logic. With a worldwide pandemic, the contentious U.S. Presidential Election, as well as other national crises coming to a head, including social and racial justice issues, the unstable economy, and environmental problems, it has been beyond challenging.

The year has affected everyone in some way. If we take the time to reflect on the events of 2020, it can be hard to imagine a better 2021, but I think we should still be hopeful.

Looking for a bit of inspiration, in preparation for this blog I asked the Falvey staff to send “…thoughts about how we all persevered this difficult period and any positive wishes/words of encouragement for the Villanova community as we head into 2021.” When I look back at this, it is a hard task indeed. Did anything good come from 2020? What, if any, positives can we take from this year to make next year and the years that follow better for all?

I got a few responses from staff.

Demian Katz, Director of Library Technology, wrote that “2020 has been an incredibly challenging and exhausting year, but I am optimistic that some of the lessons we’ve learned will continue to benefit us in the future, even after the pandemic subsides. We have all been forced to come up with new strategies for communicating and meeting, and I think some of these things will actually help us to be more efficient and to stay more closely connected in the long term.”

Beaudry Allen, Preservation and Digital Archivist, shared that “…my hope for 2021 is the Villanova community continues to examine and confront the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. That the Aequitas: The Presidential Task Force on Race brings forth meaningful changes for all members of the Villanova community.”

Sarah Wingo, English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature Librarian said, “I really don’t have anything to say about perseverance because honestly I think that narrative puts a big shiny bow on a pile of garbage. This year has been hard, it continues to be hard, and the holidays will be hard as many of us will not be able to be with our families this year, everyone is just trying to do their best and make it through. That’s not perseverance, that’s survival. Mostly what I feel as this year draws to a close is relief that so far at least the people I love are safe and well, and gratitude for the support we’ve all been able to give each other through this extremely difficult year.”

I appreciate their honesty and gems of wisdom.

Their words got me thinking. Maybe the best thing to say about 2020 is that it’s almost over and that we muddled through the challenges together. We can acknowledge that it was hard and give ourselves grace. We are doing our best during a time that feels unstable and uncertain on many levels.

We all know that things were different at Villanova this year—We had to ensure a safe semester on campus. Services were modified, mask-wearing was enforced, in-person events were moved to virtual platforms campus-wide. A lot of hard sacrifices had to be made by everyone. The positive news is that faculty, staff, and students worked hard to adapt to the changes for the common good. And it really showed. We were able to successfully complete the fall 2020 semester on campus. Everyone should be proud about that.

Things certainly looked different at Falvey with the book stacks closed for public browsing and some seating removed. However, the Library staff were able to reimagine ways to support the VU community through this time. Throughout the semester, Falvey staff worked to offer some new services, including Contactless pick-up, scanning, virtual service desk, virtual events, as well as virtual librarian consultations. We hope this was a helpful support to the community.

So, while we know that the pandemic and the other tough issues we face aren’t going to magically end with the coming of 2021, hope is not lost. The truth is, we inch closer by continuing to do our best by opening ourselves up to learning, adapting, making hard sacrifices, and always remembering that sometimes it’s OK to be a little easier on ourselves.


Gina's headshotRegina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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Available for proofreading: The Safety First Club and the Flood

  • Posted by: Demian Katz
  • Posted Date: December 29, 2020
  • Filed Under: Library News

Our latest Distributed Proofreaders project is another juvenile series book, The Safety First Club and the Flood, published in Philadelphia in 1917. This is the second volume in a three-book series about a club of safety-minded youths, with a different disaster featured in each adventure.

If you’d like to spend a little of your holiday break time to help convert the scans of this long-forgotten work from our Digital Library into a new electronic edition on Project Gutenberg, now is your chance. To learn how the process works, you can read our Proofreading the Digital Library blog post. If you decide to join in the work, you can visit the project page for an assignment!

Let us know if you enjoy this one, and perhaps we can track down the other two volumes from the series for future projects!


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Throwback Thursday: 2018 Madness and Gladness

2018 NCAA championship ornament

Happy Christmas Eve, Wildcats!

The 2018 Villanova Men’s Basketball team was a gift, no doubt. As a team, they danced through a series of double-digit victories before unwrapping a national championship. Jalen Brunson needed Santa’s sleigh to collect all of his individual awards—and pass out team and coaching accolades, too.

This year is the 101st season of Villanovan Men’s Basketball and, yet again, visions of three-pointers swish in the heads of hoops fans. Want to learn more about the previous 100 seasons while you prep for tournament season? Check out Falvey’s exhibit in the Digital Collection!

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Fun Friday: Falvey’s Festive Fir Flashback


Happy Holidays, ‘Cats! Seeing as we were unable to gather together to assemble Falvey’s Christmas tree, we thought we’d share a time-lapse video of last year’s festive fir! The decorating was documented by Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager, last December. Stay safe and have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a Joyful Kwanzaa!


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

 

 


 

 

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#TBT: Christmas Through the Years Pt. 2

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This week on our throwback countdown to Christmas (8 DAYS!) we’re taking it back two decades to the 1999 Christmas Tree Lighting. All of the pictures digitally archived from this event can be found here. The picture shown features singers, probably singing some classic carols in preparation for the tree lighting and the kick-off to the Christmas season.

The first thing that I think of when I think of Christmas trees is the debate of getting a real tree versus a fake tree. Growing up, we usually just had a fake tree and for the last handful of years, it’s just become a permanent fixture in our living room even though we’d redecorate it every year. Now, my husband and I go out and pick out a tree every year, and it’s become a family tradition with some of my in-laws. 

Real tree or fake, nothing beats the feeling of gathering around a Christmas tree with loved ones to hang lights, put up favorite ornaments, and finally top the tree with the topper to complete the scene. What Christmas tree traditions do you have?


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. 

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Falvey Staff Holiday Traditions and Memories

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By Regina Duffy

There weren’t many things to celebrate in 2020; however, one thing that we can certainly celebrate is that the holiday season has officially arrived. Despite difficult times, we can take some comfort in sharing some safe and festive holiday traditions and even re-living memories of holidays past.

Like most people, I have some things that I simply must do to commemorate this time of year. Beyond admiring the colorful light displays in my neighborhood and taking my kids to visit Santa at Arasapha Farms, I have a couple days that are dedicated to wrapping presents. It’s just me, a large peppermint mocha latte, and some Christmas classics playing in the background as I tackle a giant pile of presents on the living room floor. No interruptions.

While I can’t say that the wrapping job I do is a great, the process is fun and makes me feel so accomplished.

Are you still looking for some seasonal inspiration? I asked the Falvey Library staff to share some holiday traditions they celebrate as well as their favorite memories.

Sarah Wingo, English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature Librarian: “We don’t have a lot of super specific Christmas traditions, just cozy fires in the fireplace and decorating the Christmas tree. My birthday is December 6, and growing up we’d always decorate gingerbread houses at my birthday parties, the gingerbread my mom and I would bake and assemble ahead of time. This always felt like the start of the holiday season.”

Demian Katz, Director of Library Technology: “It’s kind of ridiculous, but one of my favorite holiday traditions is cleaning out my personal inbox. I maintain a website as a hobby, and I receive a lot of email throughout the year from people with feedback and suggestions, but I never have time to act on them until the holiday break. Every year, I frantically catch up on all those accumulated messages, vow that I will do a better job of keeping up with communication, and then fail completely until the next holiday break.”

Susan Turkel, Social Sciences Librarian: “[I remember the] Christmas break during my first year in college. While I was home, I had all four wisdom teeth removed! So, I spent a few days over the holiday home recovering – watching TV, eating soft food, ice pack held up to my face.” (This is a tough way to spend a holiday break!)

Linda Hauck, Business Librarian: “Every year my kids have performed in Swarthmore Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker which ran for two weekends in December. Parents were asked to volunteer to set up the theatre, apply makeup to the youngest dancers, and bake and serve fancy cookies at intermission. I’ve been baking Christmas cookies for the occasion for something like 12 years. I’ve had a lot of fun baking cookies to correspond to my daughter’s and son’s roles, including snowflakes, spice cookies, Christmas trees, linzer hearts, and springerle ginger nutcrackers. This year the performance has gone virtual. My daughter is off to college and son opted not to perform, which is just as well because while he still takes class, we don’t have the room in our home for him to dance full out on video. I’ll still be baking cookies to share with the dancers. Some of the other bakers and I will individually package them, and we are planning an outdoor drive by pick up. Sweet memories.”

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who took time to share with us. On behalf of everyone at Falvey Memorial Library, we wish you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season, however you decide to celebrate this year.

Do you have any special traditions or memories? Drop your comments below to share some of your own holiday magic.


Gina's headshotRegina Duffy is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library. 

 

 


 

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Caturday: Peace on Earth

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“I pray my wish will come true
For my child and your child too
He’ll see the day of glory
See the day when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again”

—”Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” by David Bowie and Bing Crosby

For those who want to reflect on how to bring peace to earth, consider reading Pope John XXIII’s encyclical letter in Falvey’s Memorial Library’s holdings.

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Last Modified: December 12, 2020