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Falvey Answers Your Frequently Asked Back-to-School Questions

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By Shawn Proctor

Villanova’s 2020 fall semester will be unlike any in the University’s history. Due to COVID-19 safety measures, many familiar aspects of campus will look and feel different, including Falvey Memorial Library.

Yes, the Library is open. And our friendly, welcoming staff is ready to provide the same level of care and service, but how those services are delivered has been changed, in accordance to our community’s Caritas Commitment.

All of your frequently asked questions, including how to obtain a book, print a paper, locate a resource, and consult a librarian, are available on our FAQ page.

To help you jump to the section of interest, it has been broken down by functional area:

Also, learn about our partners in the building:

Villanova remains a special place to learn, live, and work. Everyone at Falvey Memorial Library is looking forward to a successful semester!


Shawn Proctor
Shawn Proctor, MFA, is a Communication and Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


Celebrating the centennial of the 19th amendment

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: August 12, 2020
  • Filed Under: Library News

By Daniella Snyder

This week marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment’s passage. However, instead of re-telling the whitewashed historical narratives, I thought we could take a more educated approach.

In reality, even though thee 19th Amendment gave “women” the right to vote, it mainly ensured the right for white, middle and upper-class women. Native Americans were not even granted citizenship until 1924. Black women, living in the Reconstruction and Jim Crow era, largely did not enjoy the right to vote, given the poll taxes, literacy tests, and outright violence at the polls. Therefore, 2020 is not the centennial of the woman’s right to vote; it’s the centennial of the rich white woman’s right to vote.

I don’t think it’s a secret that the famous suffragettes we see in our history textbooks were racist and exclusionary. They rendered women of color, and their contributions for the fight for equality, invisible.

This year, let’s honor a woman of color who fought admirably for every woman’s right to vote.

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Mary Church Terrell was born to former slaves in Memphis, Tennessee in 1863. Her father was a successful businessman and her mother owned a hair salon. Their affluence and belief in the importance of education enabled Terrell to attend Oberlin College. She earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree there. Terrell taught for two years before moving to Washington, D.C. in 1887. There she met and married Heberton Terrell, and together they had one daughter and adopted a second daughter.

Her activism was sparked in 1892 when her friend, Thomas Moss, was lynched in Memphis because his business competed with a white man’s business. While she joined Ida B. Wells-Barnett in anti-lynching campaigns, her life’s work focused on the notion of racial uplift. She believed that people of color could end racial discrimination by advancing themselves through education, work, and community activism.

Her words, “lifting as we climb,” became the motto of the National Association of Colored Women (NACW), a group she helped found and led in 1896.

As NACW president, Terrell campaigned among black and white organizations. She actively campaigned for black women’s suffrage. She picketed the Wilson White House with white suffragettes. In February 1898, Terrell spoke at the National American Woman Suffrage Association convention in Washington, D.C. Her speech forced powerful white women attendees to reflect on the compounding oppressions and systemic violence that black women endured during slavery.

In 1909, she became one of the founding members of the NAACP. Following the passage of the 19th amendment, Terrell wrote an autobiography, A Colored Woman in a White World. In 1948, she became the first black member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). In 1950, she challenged segregation by protesting the John R. Thompson Restaurant in Washington, D.C. She was victorious when, three years later, the Supreme Court ruled that segregated eating facilities were unconstitutional, a major breakthrough for the Civil Rights Movement.


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Join Us for Mindfulness Mondays this Fall

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This fall, we invite the Villanova community to join us for a taste of mindfulness meditation on Mondays from 12:30- 1 p.m. This virtual series will begin with the first meditation on Monday, Aug.17 and run on Monday afternoons throughout the semester.

Mindfulness Mondays will offer a comfortable space where you are guided and encouraged to stop and focus on the “here and now.” Mindfulness is proven to reduce stress and enhance well being, which can be beneficial to all faculty, staff, and students.

Sessions will take place each week via Zoom. Please follow this link to join each week:

Mindfulness Mondays are presented by Campus Ministry and co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library. Registration is not required. All are welcome to attend these ACS-approved events!

Please join us!







Dig Deeper

To learn more about the practice and benefits of mindfulness meditation, we invite you to read some of the following e-books which are part of Falvey Library’s collection:

These e-books are available to any student, faculty, or staff with a valid Villanova email address.

Please also check out these helpful resources being offered by Campus Ministry:

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






Falvey Readying to Welcome Students Back for Fall Semester

Falvey Memorial Library staff have been working diligently to prepare the Library to reopen this fall and support students and faculty in coursework and research. To help students navigate Falvey’s building and services, we have created physical and online guides to answer all of your frequently asked questions. Here’s a preview of what’s waiting for you!


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Will D. Cat is ready to answer all of your questions: just scan the QR code! Note: Just like Will D. Cat, you’ll need to wear a mask to enter. Make sure it covers your mouth and nose!


New markings help students queue up for services, while still remaining socially distant!


Our new virtual service desk allows students to ask in-person questions via a kiosk to a remote member of the Library staff.

Shawn Proctor

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



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Digital Research Methods & Scholarly Publishing Demo & Discussion Series

By Regina Duffy

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Interested in digital scholarship and scholarly communication? Join us this fall semester as Falvey Memorial Library offers several opportunities for you to learn more about digital tools, pedagogy, scholarly publishing, copyright, and more!

Throughout the semester, Falvey’s Digital Scholarship Program will host community conversations on digital scholarship tools as well as research and publishing topics. These informal virtual meetups are designed to facilitate collaborative learning and connection across all disciplines and departments at Villanova University.

Each meeting will begin with a 20-30 minute introduction to a digital scholarship or scholarly communication tool or reading (check out the list below), with the rest of the hour dedicated to informal chatting and related discussions.

All Villanova community members are welcome to attend, regardless of their prior experience with digital scholarship or scholarly communication! Feel free to stop by to join the conversation and meet other faculty members, students, and Villanova staff who share an interest in digital research methods, digital humanities, scholarly publishing, and the unique challenges we all are facing in our current remote environment. Workshops are sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, are ACS-approved, and will be hosted by either Erica Hayes, Digital Scholarship Librarian, or Sarah Wipperman, Scholarly Communication Librarian.

Fall 2020 Digital Research Methods & Scholarly Publishing Demo & Discussion Workshops:

Choosing Creative Commons Licenses: Friday, Sept. 4, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Sarah Wipperman, Scholarly Communication Librarian, will discuss copyright licensing and how to share your work on your own terms.
PLEASE REGISTER HERE. Once registered, you will be sent a link to this Zoom meeting.

Map Warper and Story Map JS: Friday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Erica Hayes, Digital Scholarship Librarian, will provide a demo of Map Warper and Story Map JS and lead a discussion on how to bring historical maps into GIS in order to tell your own geographic story.
PLEASE REGISTER HERE. Once registered, you will be sent a link to this Zoom meeting.

SPARC Author Addendum: Friday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Sarah Wipperman, Scholarly Communication Librarian, will discuss retaining more rights when you publish your scholarly research.
PLEASE REGISTER HERE. Once registered, you will be sent a link to this Zoom meeting.

Voyant Tools: Friday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Erica Hayes, Digital Scholarship Librarian, will discuss Voyant Tools, a web-based text analysis and visualization tool.
PLEASE REGISTER HERE. Once registered, you will be sent a link to this Zoom meeting.

AntConc: Friday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Erica Hayes, Digital Scholarship Librarian, will speak on analyzing a collection of texts with AntConc’s concordance tool.
PLEASE REGISTER HERE. Once registered, you will be sent a link to this Zoom meeting.

CRediT: Friday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Sarah Wipperman, Scholarly Communication Librarian, will talk about how to credit collaborators with various roles on your scholarly projects.
PLEASE REGISTER HERE. Once registered, you will be sent a link to this Zoom meeting. Friday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Erica Hayes, Digital Scholarship Librarian, will give a demo of and lead a discussion on annotating online readings, collaboratively.
PLEASE REGISTER HERE. Once registered, you will be sent a link to this Zoom meeting.

Please be sure to register for the events you are interested in. Once you register, you will receive the appropriate Zoom link(s) so that you can attend the events.


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





The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conversation Series Explores White Fragility, Anti-Racist Issues

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During the month of July, Falvey Library was honored to work with Villanova’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) to help promote their conversation series based off of Robin DiAngelo’s book White Fragility. The series was open to the Villanova Community and featured three opportunities for participation and dialogue on important topics.

At the first event, facilitators from ODEI led small group conversations based on an interview with the author of White Fragility, titled “Teaching Tolerance Interviews Robin DiAngelo: White Fragility in the Classroom.” Throughout the interview, DiAngelo talked about how white people are shaped by racist systems and have to actively work to break out of this cycle.

She also stressed that silence on topics of race communicates hostility to people of color and that “just being nice” is not enough. Through the small group discussion recap at the end of the event, it was determined that we need to talk about issues of race and continue the discussion. You can watch the interview with Robin DiAngelo here.

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Alex Iannucci, EdD; Hibba Abugideiri, PhD; Ariella Robins; and Teresa Nance, PhD, participated in the podcast event.

At the following event in the series, ODEI held a community-wide podcast featuring Alex Iannucci, EdD, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as well as Hibba Abugideiri,PhD, Associate Professor, Department of History, who discussed important ideas found in White Fragility.

Dr. Iannucci talked about their personal experiences with realizing their race and privilege and discussed what it really means to be an ally to people of color.

Ariella Robins, MS, Training Manager, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Teresa Nance, PhD, Associate Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Professor also gave some remarks during the event.

(You can listen to the podcast here.)

The final event in the series featured small facilitated group conversations based on themes found in chapter 12 of White Fragility, titled “Where Do We Go From Here?” At this event, small groups discussed how to accept feedback about their own racism without being defensive, how to take responsibility and process their offenses to people of color fully, and work to remedy their actions. Faculty, staff, and students with an active Villanova email account can view the full text of White Fragility here.

The conversation series is only a starting point. It is not just the work of ODEI, but the effort of the entire community that is needed to ensure that we are working towards making Villanova a welcoming place for people of color. We must speak up when we witness acts of racism, and accept feedback without getting defensive, and continue to educate ourselves.

If we want to be true antiracists, we must realize our learning is never done.

This event series was a part of the Living Race—Transforming Community campaign and was organized by members of ODEI, including Dr. Nance; Dr. Iannucci; Sheryl Perlmutter Bowen, PhD, Faculty Director of the Program on Intergroup Relations, Associate Professor, Department of Communication; Robbins; and Alberta Parsons, Program Coordinator, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Visit the ODEI webpage for more information on Villanova’s diversity initiatives and campus resources. Explore DiAngelo’s work and scholarship on her website. Please contact with any questions about the series.


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Regina Duffy is a communication and marketing program manager at Falvey Memorial Library.





Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: July 29, 2020
  • Filed Under: Library News

By Daniella Snyder


Happy birthday, Harry Potter!

While fans of the Harry Potter series would have met the beloved wizard in 1997, he was actually born years earlier, in 1980. Author J.K. Rowling gave the young wizard a July 31 birthday, the same as her own.

In the first book in the bestselling series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, we meet Harry shortly before his eleventh birthday.

Harry, played by Daniel Radcliffe in the film, is making a cake for himself out of the dirt on the floor when Hagrid enters the movie with a perfectly charming birthday cake. The movie clip is often shared on social media around this time.

Even though the series is considered a cornerstone of modern young adult literature, both young and old readers have grown to love Harry, Hermoine, and Ron. Since the release of the first novel in 1997, the books have found immense popularity and commercial success.

As of February 2018, the books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, which makes them the bestselling book series in history, and has been translated into 80 languages. The seven books were adapted into an eight-part film series by Warner Bros. Pictures, which became the third highest-grossing film series of all time as of February 2020, after the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars.

The success of the books and films has led the Harry Potter franchise to create numerous derivative works, including a traveling exhibition that premiered in Chicago in 2009, a studio tour in London that opened in 2012, a website in which Rowling updates the series with new information and insight (Pottermore), and spin-off films (Fantastic Beasts) and a play (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). Finally, the ultimate HP fans make the trek to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a part of the Universal Parks & Resorts amusement parks around the world.

Daniella Snyder HeadshotDaniella Snyder is a former graduate assistant for Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the English department. 





A Closer Look at How AMP Initiatives Impact the Cost of College Textbooks

By Linda Hauck

Course materials are a small portion of total student costs, but they are a piece that faculty and support staff can positively impact.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of college textbooks has increased 87.5% between 2006 and 2016.

The Affordable Materials Project (AMP) is equipping students and faculty with strategies for making course materials more affordable. This is no small contribution given that Villanova students spend on average $940 on textbooks.

Downward pressures on the cost of college course materials are showing up in the numbers. According to the National Association of College Stores, student spending on course materials has declined 41% between 2007 and 2019.

However, this may not be cause for celebration. A US PIRG study, Fixing the Broken Textbook Market 2nd ed, reports that “two-thirds of students skip buying the assigned textbooks” and almost one fifth of students “skip buying access codes necessary to complete assignments.”  These behaviors adversely impact academic achievement and student’s general well-being.

The AMP book-matching initiative is a collaboration between the University Shop and Falvey Memorial Library.  The University Shop shares the list of faculty assigned books with the Library. The library matches required books to ebooks in our collection with unlimited simultaneous users and identifies additional titles that the library can license.  In five short semesters, from spring 2018 to spring 2020, this program has realized a cumulative potential savings for students of over $718,000.  The cumulative library cost was less than $43,000. That is a 1670% return on investment!

We are hopeful that the OER Faculty Adoption Grant, the most recent AMP effort generously funded by the Associate Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning, will run up equally impressive numbers. This year 5 grants of $1000 will be awarded to faculty who revise or design a course around using open educational resources, which are entirely free for students to use and may be revised to suit educational goals.  We look forward to calculating the student savings this investment will bring!


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Linda Hauck, MLS, MBA, is the Business Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.





Fun Friday: Chair Up, Nova!


Here’s something to “chair,” er, I mean, cheer you up on a Friday! An illustration preview of our upcoming Archives ‘Zine featuring the now “Falvey Famous” chairs of Villanova!


Digital Scholarship Lab Open for Virtual Consultations



Scheduled to open Spring 2021, the Digital Scholarship Lab will support the exploration and use of digital methods and tools. The lab will provide consultation space, software and hardware designed to cultivate experimentation and inspire researchers to investigate new opportunities for engaging in digital scholarship. Want to learn how to get started? Visit the Digital Scholarship Lab.

Due to COVID-19, digital scholarship consultations are currently being held remotely Monday through Friday, over the phone or Zoom. To arrange an appointment, contact Erica Hayes, digital scholarship librarian.


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Last Modified: July 21, 2020