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Join us at the “Irish Pipeline: Irish Athletics at Villanova” event on March 4th!

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The Villanova University Community is cordially invited to join us on Thursday, March 4, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. for an ACS-approved virtual talk titled, “The Irish Pipeline: Irish Athletics at Villanova.”

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Additional Events from the Center for Irish Studies and Falvey Memorial Library:

Falvey Memorial Library’s Irish Studies Resources

Please see the Irish Studies Research Guide that has been carefully curated and maintained by Jutta Seibert, subject specialist for history, art history, and global interdisciplinary studies and the Director of Research Services and Scholarly Engagement, Falvey Memorial Library. The guide that Jutta compiled includes books/book chapters, academic journals, newspapers/magazines, primary resources, encyclopedias, handbooks, companions, and biographical information related to Irish Studies. You can also find handy information on citation tools!


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



Remebering Nora Ramos-Rojas

Screenshot of Nora C. Ramos-Rojas’ virtual memorial mass on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at St. Thomas of Villanova Church.

“Villanova became her home, her family.” This quote by University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, encapsulates the community that Nora C. Ramos-Rojas ’17 CPS created when she stepped foot on campus in the late 1990s. Ramos-Rojas passed away on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, from cancer. A memorial mass was held for her on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas of Villanova Church.

Born in Columbia in 1948, Ramos-Rojas came to the United States in 1973, earned her Green Card in the 1970s and became a United States citizen. Shortly after joining the Villanova community in the late 90’s she enrolled in the College of Professional Studies. Working in the custodial department at Villanova University, Ramos-Rojas’ sparkling personality brightened Falvey Memorial Library. Staff and students became accustomed to Ramos’ cheerful optimism and determination. In the library building early (so she could take classes in the evening), Falvey staff would often have to remind Ramos-Rojas that she would have to leave (as the Library was closing).

That resilience never wavered, and Ramos-Rojas graduated from Villanova on May 19, 2017, with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in General Studies after taking courses at Villanova for 19 years to complete her degree. She was awarded the inaugural Grit Award for her passion, persistence, and commitment to her education.

Recalling the Bible story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42), Father Donohue stated that Ramos-Rojas exhibited traits of both sisters. Like Mary, she was devoted to her faith; a parishioner at Saint Colman Parish in Ardmore and a frequent volunteer on numerous service trips with the Villanova University Center for Peace and Justice Education program. Like Martha, she was passionate about helping others. During her time at Villanova she volunteered as a translator for Villanova University School of Law’s Clinic for Asylum, Refugee, and Emigrant Services (FLAC), which provides representation to refugees who have fled their home country due to human rights abuses and are seeking religious or political asylum in the United States. After graduation, she taught Spanish to young children at a local nursery school. Never without a smile, Ramos-Rojas always offered her support and help to those who crossed her path.

As Susan Leighton, Director of Academic Programs, and Ramos-Rojas’ former classmate reminisced, “In true Augustinian fashion, Villanova transformed Nora, and Nora transformed Villanova.” Her memory of strength, generosity, and integrity will live on through her family, friends, and her Villanova community.

For Ramos-Rojas’ full obituary, visit the Chadwick and McKinney Funeral Home webpage. Ramos-Rojas was featured in Falvey Library’s fall 2017 edition of Mosaic.

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




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TBT: Villanova Basketball

We may not be able to be in the stands this basketball season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t show our Wildcat Pride and cheer on our team! This week’s TBT takes us back to a photo inside the Villanova Field House in the 1970s during a basketball game. This photograph comes from the University Archives and can be found in Villanova’s digital collection.

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


Cat in the Stax: From the Pages to the Screen

With winter seeming never-ending and spring still feeling like a far-off dream, it’s time to make a new list of movies and TV shows to watch. Below is a list of five books that have been adapted into TV series or movies for 2021. Many of these books are in Falvey’s collection. If you’re like me, you’ll need to read the book before you watch the movie!

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah










Platform: Netflix

Release Date: OUT NOW – Feb 1, 2021


The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga










Platform: Netflix

Release Date: OUT NOW – Jan 22, 2021


The Dig by John Preston

Platform: Netflix

Release Date: OUT NOW – Jan 15, 2021


Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari

Movie Title: The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Platform: Hulu

Release Date: Feb 26, 2021


Cherry by Nico Walker

Platform: Apple TV+

Release Date: Mar 12, 2021

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


Global Smackdown: Myanmar

  • Posted by: Jenna Newman
  • Posted Date: February 22, 2021
  • Filed Under: Library News

“There is a weird parallel that’s going on that goes back to 1988 in the history of Myanmar and its struggle to have democracy.”

This week on Dr. Tim Horner’s Global Smackdown he looks at the military coup in Myanmar and the growing protests. Horner looks at the similarities and differences between this coup and the military coup in 1988 that resulted in thousands of civilian deaths. Finally, he concludes by discussing international responses thus far and what to watch for moving forward.""

The whole Global Smackdown for Monday, Feb. 22, is available via Zoom here.

Where in the world are we?

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By Darren G. Poley

During this time of necessary remoteness, it has been fortuitous that the Villanova University community can access so many e-books via the Library. In fact, Falvey’s online collection has well over a million e-books that are available to students and faculty alike.

Many publishers today produce e-books alongside their print offerings, but what about slightly older books which were previously only sold as physical items? Some academic publishers are working to remedy the situation by making available electronic versions of books still in high demand that were published in the last forty years, and in some cases even longer ago.

A couple of prominent examples are Oxford University Press and Taylor & Francis. Some more specialized ones are the Wiley Online Library and the Loeb Classical Library Online by Harvard University Press.

Bloomsbury, in addition to being a notable independent publisher since the 1980s, over the last decade has been acquiring other UK book publishers well-respected in the humanities. It now aggregates books from Bloomsbury Academic, I. B. Tauris, Bristol Classical Press, and Continuum International, which includes books by T&T Clark, Burns & Oates, and Cassell.

Recently Falvey Memorial Library has gained access to several e-book collections, and although each individual e-book will be added to the Library’s catalog of holdings, below is a list of the newly acquired Bloomsbury Collections, which can be browsed or searched using keywords.

If you want to browse or search across collections by subject and keyword, you can do that, too. Just be sure to limit your results to e-books for which we have access. Otherwise, you will get records for e-books to which we do not have access. Note: Bloomsbury also has an interdisciplinary Open Access Collection.


Some e-book platforms aggregate content from a variety of publishers, such as the EBSCO eBook Collection and JSTOR. There are even a few very good open access online aggregators for books no longer in copyright; Hathi Trust Digital Library, Internet Archive, and even our own Distinctive Collections: Digital Library.


Darren G. Poley is Associate Director of Research Services and Scholarly Engagement, and Theology, Humanities & Classical Studies Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library. 



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Register Now for Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” College Filmmaker Presentation on Feb. 24!

Raya and the Last Dragon Event Flyer


Villanova faculty, staff, and students are cordially invited to join us on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 6-7 p.m., for an exciting virtual presentation by the co-directors of Disney’s upcoming animated film, Raya and the Last Dragon. Paul Briggs and John Ripa will discuss their experiences directing the feature to be released on March 5 on Disney+ and in select theaters. They will offer insights into the production process and provide valuable tips on how to navigate the film industry for aspiring filmmakers.

Raya and the Last Dragon is an action/adventure film that has a PG rating. Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than dragon magic to save the world—it’s going to take trust as well. (Disney)

Please REGISTER by following this link:

Once registered, you will have access to the Zoom link.

This ACS-approved event is co-sponsored by Graduate Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Communication and Falvey Memorial Library.


Foto Friday: Gameday Swag and Snacks

Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager, and Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Thank you for your commitment to the Slow the Spread directive and for putting our community first. Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager, and Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist, had a fun time distributing game day swag and snacks during the “Game Watch @ Home” last Saturday, Feb. 13. Many thanks to all the students who stopped by and best of luck to the Villanova Men’s Basketball Team as they take on UConn this Saturday. Let’s Go, Nova!

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TBT: Snowy Campus Scenes

With more snow forecasted for today, it’s only fitting that our TBT include another snowy campus picture. This picture can be found in Falvey’s digital library and shows the exterior of St. Thomas of Villanova church with snow leading up to the church. This photo was taken in 1960, although the snowy scene looks a lot like the snowy scenes we’ve seen on campus today!

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


Service Alert for Thursday, Feb. 18

  • Posted by: Joanne Quinn
  • Posted Date: February 18, 2021
  • Filed Under: Library News

Service Alert



Due to the University’s weather-related closure, regular library services will be unavailable on Thursday, February 18. The library building will remain open to Wildcard holders.

This afternoon’s Digital Seeds event,   “Mapping Indigenous Landowners in 19th-Century Los Angeles: Historicizing GIS and the Public Land Survey System” with Julia Lewandoski, PhD is still being held at 4PM today. There is still time to REGISTER at:


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Last Modified: February 18, 2021