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Foto Friday: Timeless Treasures

Selections from the collection, Timeless Treasures: Recent Acquisitions in Distinctive Collections, curated by Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections Curatorial Assistant, are now on exhibit on Falvey’s first floor!


TBT: Old Falvey, New Patio

Throwback to Falvey’s second floor renovation on July 5, 2011. Construction led to the opening of the Learning Commons on Feb. 17, 2012. Photo by Alice Bampton.

A brief update on the Mendel Field transformation, the Old Falvey patio is ready for alterations.


The Curious ‘Cat: Mint To Be

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff, “What is your favorite ice cream shoppe?”

Tricia Kemp, Access Services Specialist II: “Tanner Brothers Dairy Farm in Warminster. I always get something fruity in a cup.”

Laura Hutelmyer, Electronic Resource & Special Acquisitions Coordinator: “The Dairy Queen. I get the vanilla ice cream in a cup.”

Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: “The ice cream stand outside my old Minneapolis apartment complex. I always got the soft serve twist in a cup.”

Dee-Dee Pope, Access Services Specialist: “The ice cream truck that frequents my neighborhood. I get a vanilla ice cream cone with sprinkles.”

Roberta Rosci, Resource Management Specialist: “Springer’s Homemade Ice Cream in Stone Harbor, NJ. I always get chocolate chip ice cream in a sugar cone.”

Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication & Marketing: “Downeast Ice Cream in Boothbay Harbor, ME. I get the butter pecan ice cream in a waffle cone.”


Sue Ottignon, Distinctive Collections Librarian/Archivist, Is Retiring

Susan Ottignon, Distinctive Collections Librarian/Archivist, retired in June, after 26 years of service to Falvey Memorial Library.

Ottignon grew up in Hackensack, N.J., and graduated from Rider University (formerly Rider College) with a BA in Spanish. She received her MS in Library Science from Drexel University and MA in History from Villanova University. Ottignon came to Falvey in 1992, working as a reference/research support librarian, helping students across all disciplines. As her responsibilities became more focused, Ottignon’s position shifted to research/liaison librarian to romance languages. Working with faculty in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Ottignon helped build the library’s collection to support curricular needs of the department. She was also responsible for assisting students speaking Japanese, Russian and Chinese; offering instruction courses to resources that aided their studies. Recognizing her outstanding work, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures nominated Ottignon for a Facultas Award, which she received in the spring of 2012.

Working as distinctive collections librarian/archivist, a position she held until retirement, Ottignon assisted in curating a number of exhibits, both digitally and physically, including “Wildcats Past and Present: Moments from the History of Sport at Villanova” and “Paving the Way: Villanovans on the Move.” She described, assigned and published numerous items for the Villanova University Digital Library, including the transcription of multiple letters in the Barry-Hayes Collection.

Some of Ottignon’s finest memories at the library were those she spent celebrating with her fellow co-workers at holiday parties and year-end picnics. In retirement, Ottignon will continue to volunteer at her local church and plans to offer her services to the Voorhees Animal Orphanage, working as cat cuddler. Contributing to numerous online transcription projects, Ottignon is currently working on transcribing the Pentagon Papers and tagging photos of Betty Ford honoring her centennial birthday for the “Citizen Archivist Mission” project with the National Archives. She is looking forward to reading countless books into the early morning hours – not having to worry about setting her alarm clock. From all of us at Falvey, best wishes in retirement, Sue!


Foto Friday: Above and Beyond

Congratulations to Michael Foight, Digital Library and Special Collections Coordinator, on receiving The Above and Beyond Award. Foight was nominated for his outstanding service and chosen by The University Staff Council Selection Team to receive this distinguished honor. The Above and Beyond Award recognizes “individuals and groups who go above and beyond the routine call of duty.” Foight will be recognized at an awards luncheon hosted by University President The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, in the upcoming weeks. Best wishes, Michael, on your exceptional achievement.

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#Throwback Thursday: Dated Dolls

Remember these? Cabbage Patch kids were all the hype as shown back in the 1985 yearbook tribute section.

Belle Air (1985)  pg. 30

Article by Rebecca Wenger, a current senior at Marple Newtown High School in Newtown Square, PA. Wenger is a volunteer for the Communication and Marketing Dept. at Falvey Memorial Library as part of her final senior project. This fall, she plans to attend The University of South Carolina in pursuit of a BS in Marketing.


The Curious ‘Cat: Captivating Courses

With summer courses beginning today, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey staff, “What was your favorite course?”

Caroline Sipio, Access & Collections Coordinator: “Fitzgerald and Hemingway at Saint Joseph’s University. I also enjoyed pottery there too.”

Dee-Dee Pope, Access Services Specialist: “Environmental Science at Rasmussen College.”

Mike Sgier, Access Services Specialist: “Yates and Joyce at Creighton University. We joking called the course, Yoyce.”

Laura Hutelmyer, Electronic Resource & Special Acquisitions Coordinator: “Shelley and Keats at West Chester University.”

Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer: “Algorithms at Villanova University and Human Form and Function at The College of New Jersey.”


Falvey Memorial Library Service Hours: Summer 2018


Summer is finally here, Nova Nation! If you are planning to visit Falvey in the upcoming months, please check out our updated service desk hours for Villanova’s summer sessions.

Saturday, May 12 – Monday, May 28

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day): Closed

Front doors and book collections will lock at 4:30pm Monday-Friday, and will unlock when the service desk opens.

Tuesday, May 29 – Tuesday, July 31

Monday-Thursday: 8am-8pm

Friday: 8am-5pm

Saturday & Sunday: 12-5pm

Wednesday, July 4: Closed

Front doors and book collections will lock at 7:30pm Monday-Thursday and 4:30pm Friday-Sunday, and will unlock when the service desk opens.

24/7 access will remain in effect for summer 2018. Villanova students, faculty and staff with valid Wildcards will still be able to access the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room, the first floor lounge and the ground, first, and second floors after-hours.

Library hours do not coincide with dining hours of operation for the Holy Grounds coffee shop. Please see Dining Services hours for retail locations. A friendly reminder that construction on Mendel Field will continue into fall 2018. Please be advised that walk paths near Old Falvey will be obstructed.


Surviving Summer School

photograph of Falvey facade

Summer school can be very stressful – a whole semester crammed into a month. So how can you cope?

Falvey is here for you. While not open as long as the hours in a regular semester, the Library is open Monday through Thursday 8 am – 8 pm, Friday 8 am – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday noon – 5 pm. To check library hours click here. The Math Learning Resource Center (MLRC) and Writing Center are both open during summer school. MLRC’s summer hours (through July 26) are 1 – 5 pm, Monday – Thursday; the Writing Center’s summer hours (through July 26) are 11:30 – 4:30, Monday – Thursday. Research support librarians are available for consultation when the Library is open; they may be contacted by telephone (610-519-4270), text (610-816-2222) or by appointment. They are also available for walk-in assistance. Falvey’s “Help” page maintains a list of “Frequently Asked Questions,” which may have just the answers you need: how to find a book, how to renew a book online, course reserves and more. “Help” is accessed from the library’s homepage.

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Falvey offers 80 public workstations and a variety of study spaces. The first floor houses the 24/7 “Holy Grounds”  and a variety of seating choices in the main room. The Learning Commons on the second floor also provides numerous study spaces. Even quieter are the third and fourth floors which have tables and chairs, carrels, the Kolmer Group Study Rooms and cozy lounges near the back stairwells. The Dugan Polk Family Reading Room is a spectacular 24 hour quiet study space in Old Falvey; it houses the recently restored masterpiece, “The Triumph of David,” attributed to Pietro da Cortona. The lobby outside the Reading Room is another comfortably furnished study space. 24/7 access will remain in effect for summer 2018. Villanova students, faculty and staff with valid Wildcards will still be able to access the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room, the first floor lounge and the ground, first, and second floors after-hours.

And a few words of advice from one who has been there (more than once!) – do not procrastinate and do not skip classes. Summer school is hectic, but it is possible to do well. And remember, Falvey librarians and staff are here for you!


Falvey photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Department. Blog originally published by Bampton on July 11, 2017. 

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Remembering Memorial Day

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  • Posted Date: May 28, 2018
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What first began as Decoration Day has evolved into a weekend long, nationwide celebration of fallen soldiers who have risked their entirety for our country. President Lyndon B. Johnson officially confirmed that residents in Waterloo, New York were indeed the first to celebrate the unprecedented holiday, honoring those who passed during the Civil War by closing businesses and raising flags half staff. It wasn’t until after World War I that the holiday received recognition from the United States government. In 1971, Congress finally declared Memorial Day a national holiday and moved it from May 30th to the last Monday of May, to consistently honor our soldiers, through the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968. To commemorate the soldiers, annually, the flag is raised half staff until noon when it is raised to the top which is followed by a brief pause for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. It has now become tradition to place flowers and flags on the graves of soldiers followed by parades highlighting American pride within communities and celebrating veterans and military personnel within the processions.

Unofficially, the weekend marks the beginning of summer celebrations calling for a flood of local events in and around the city of Philadelphia. In between barbecues and gatherings spend your time exploring what the area has to offer through special events hosted this weekend.

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Here are some interesting events nearby to fill your weekend!

May 24th- June 3rd: The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair gathers the attention of people nationwide to display the talent in one of the most elite horseback riding competition. Not only can you enjoy the horses, but you can browse the vendors brimming with art, antiques and other knacks, as well as snack on classic concessions.  http://www.devonhorseshow.net

May 24th- July 8th: There’s lots of time to stop by Photo Pop Philly! Check out the amazing work of assorted local artists and up your Instagram profile with these stunning backdrops. The red, white and blue theme fits perfectly with the recent holidays, too!  https://www.photopopphilly.com

May 26th- 28th: Delve into American history at the National Constitution Center and expand your knowledge on the origins of our national anthem, flag and traditions through various shows and games- all while honoring the men and women serving in our military.  https://constitutioncenter.org

May 27th: Visit Laurel Hill Cemetery to see the site of General George Meade’s grave before a ceremony honoring veterans followed by refreshments. During your visit don’t forget to inquire the staff about interesting graves and any interesting stories!

May 24th- 26th: Celebrations continue with a firework and fountain show at the beautifulLongwood Gardens. The first ever show will showcase red, white and blue lights and summer hits so sit back and enjoy the elaborate show after spending the day exploring the area- admiring the flora and fauna. https://longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/fireworks-fountains-shows

Before the exciting weekend events begin, remember to take the time and remember what enables us to maintain the lives we have. Reach out to veterans or those who are currently serving to let them know their service is not going unnoticed.



U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Photo Credit:


Rebecca Wenger, Volunteer



Article by Rebecca Wenger, a current senior at Marple Newtown High School in Newtown Square, PA. Rebecca is a volunteer for the Communication and Marketing Dept. at Falvey Memorial Library as part of her final senior project. This fall, she plans to attend The University of South Carolina in pursuit of a BS in Marketing.




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