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End of Semester New Resource Countdown: Day 12

  • Posted by: Joanne Quinn
  • Posted Date: December 10, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News


Dear students,

There are many ways the library can help you prepare for the stress that accompanies the end of every semester. Whether you have a handful of final exams or one large research paper, we know that it can be a lot to handle. But Falvey Library can be an incredible source of academic help and support. The list of excellent and peer-reviewed primary and secondary scholarly sources accessible to all Villanova students grows everyday. Additionally, no matter what your major, there’s a librarian who specializes in instructing you on how to access articles, books, and information you need to succeed. Stop by and meet your subject librarian soon…you’ll be glad you did!

During December, we’re counting down to the holidays by featuring a new Falvey Library acquisition every day…sort of like those fun Advent calendars you enjoyed as a kid! Have fun discovering the latest choices here at your library!


Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King; recommended by Social Sciences & Instructional Design Librarian, Deborah Bishov.
If remembered only for his advice to “look for the helpers” when viewing scary things on the news, the PBS television personality Fred Rogers would be worth memorializing. This new book delves into the life of the friendly and trustworthy companion to generations of children, who educated and entertained with puppetry, songs and sound advice. This book was written by a former Philadelphia Inquirer editor who knew Fred personally, and provides great background for the Netflix documentary and new movie starring Tom Hanks, according to Variety, due for release next year.


Check the blog tomorrow for another new resource!

Foto Friday: Basket of Books for the Bazaar

Thank you to library staff who contributed to the Falvey basket for the Office of Health Promotion’s 22nd annual Basket Fundraiser! Stop by CAT’S (Campus Activities Team) Holiday Bazaar on Friday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Villanova Room to bid on Falvey’s basket of children’s books and many others. Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Ronald McDonald House, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.

#TBT: “To all of the Villanova Jewish Community, a Very Joyous and Happy Hanukkah”

  • Posted by: Nathaniel Haeberle-gosweiler
  • Posted Date: December 6, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

This article appears in the December 5th issue of The Villanovan in 1980, and describes facets of Hanukkah traditions as well as the holiday’s suspected origins.

The Curious ‘Cat: Snacks, Schedules, and Sleep

With final exams quickly approaching, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey librarians,

“What advice do you have for students prepping for finals?”

Sarah Wingo, Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature:

“Start mapping out your finals plan; make a to-do list and check off all of your accomplishments.”

Darren Poley, Theology, Classics and Humanities Librarian:

“Make sure to stock up on snacks before studying.”

Linda Hauck, Business Librarian:

“Pace yourselves and try to eat healthy.”

Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience Librarian:

“We’re always happy to see you, however during finals, be sure to leave the library and get some sleep.”

For George H.W. Bush.

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: December 5, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

I’m Daniella Snyder, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your newest ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics– from research to study habits and everything in between– and how the Falvey Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!

Today, we honor and mourn the life of our forty-first president, George Herbert Walker Bush. In office from 1989-1993, Bush brought “a dedication to traditional American vales and a determination to direct them toward making the United States ‘a kinder and gentler nation’ in the face of a dramatically changing world.”

In Bush’s Inaugural Address, he pledged to use American strength as a force for good. Like his father, Prescott Bush (a senator from Connecticut), H.W. was passionate about public service and politics as a young man. After serving two terms as a Representative to Congress from Texas, Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in the People’s Republic of China, and Director of the CIA, Bush campaigned for the Republican nomination for President in 1980.

Despite his loss in 1980, Bush served as Vice President to Ronald Reagan, was nominated for President in 1988, and won the general election alongside Senator Dan Quayle of Indiana.

At the start of his presidency in 1989, Bush faced a world in the midst of dramatic and consequential changes. The Berlin Wall fell. The Cold War ended. The Communist empire ended. The Soviet Union ceased to exist. Gorbachev resigned.

In 1992, he lost his bid for reelection to Democrat William Clinton.



H.W. married his wife Barbara in 1945. They had what some considered a “storybook romance” of 73 years. He passed away just eight months following her death in April. Barbara, along with the entire Bush family, were known for their commitment to education, literacy, and libraries. During her time in the White House, the First Lady created the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She was also integral in her husband’s passing of the National Literacy Act in 1991. The Falvey Library is both deeply humbled and grateful for the Bush family’s belief that education and literacy are American civil rights.

George Herbert Walker Bush belongs to a political dynasty; he sits in the middle of three generations of politicians, including his father Prescott, a senator from Connecticut; his son Jeb, former governor of Florida; and his son, George Walker, the 43rd President of the United States. George H. W. and George W. are the second set of father and son to become President.


The Falvey Library has two texts in the collection that detail the life of our forty-first president, 41: Inside the Presidency of George H.W. Bush, and George H. W. Bush: Character at the Core.

There are also a number of databases where you can look at all of George H.W. Bush’s presidential documents, like The Avalon Project and The American Presidency Project.

The University of Michigan also has a database of all the public papers of the Presidents of the United States. 

Additionally, UVA’s Miller Center features in-depth essays covering Bush’s foreign and domestic affairs, family life, and impact and legacy.

From left to right: Former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter. Source: Town & Country Magazine.

The Presidential biographies on are from “The Presidents of the United States of America,” by Frank Freidel and Hugh Sidey. Copyright 2006 by the White House Historical Association.

Peek at the Week: December 3rd – December 7th

  • Posted by: Nathaniel Haeberle-gosweiler
  • Posted Date: December 3, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

This Week in the Library


CASA Restorative Conference, Room 206, 11:00a – 1:30p
Global Smackdown Series, Speakers’ Corner, 2:00p – 2:23p
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 301, 3:00p – 4:00p
The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p
Statistics Tenured Track Applicants Presentation, Room 205, 4:00p – 6:00p


Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 301, 11:30a – 2:30p
The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p -9:00p
Biology Study Group, Room 205, 7:00p – 9:00p


UCM/Art270 Meeting, Room 205, 10:00a – 11:30a
AMP Committee Meeting, Room 206, 11:00a – 12:00p
The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p
Project Estimating, Room 205, 6:00p – 8:00p


Academic Support Offices, Room 206, 10:30a 11:30a
Center for Speaking and Presentation, Room 301, 3:00p – 4:00p
The Learners’ Studio, Room 301 4:00p – 9:00p
Fordham Law Info Session, Room 205, 5:00p – 7:00p
Anatomy and Physiology Study Group, Room 205, 7:00p – 9:00p


Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club, Speakers’ Corner, 2:30p – 4:30p
CASA Finals Prep Workshop, Room 301, 3:30p – 4:30p


A Peek back in History

On this day in history (December 3rd, 1989) the leaders of the United States and the Soviet Union officially declared the end of the Cold War. The pronouncement at the Malta summit brought a near half century of proxy wars and geopolitical tension to an end. The words of Soviet General Secretary, Mikhail Gorbachev, succinctly describe the gravity of that day; “The world is leaving one epoch and entering another.” If you would like to learn more about the Cold War, Falvey Memorial Library has many resources for your consideration.



Foto Friday: Madeleine L’Engle turns 100!

Madeleine L’Engle, the beloved American novelist, would have turned 100 this past Thursday (sadly passing away in 2007). Her most successful book, A Wrinkle in Time, was rejected thirty times before it went to print in 1962. That year, L’Engle went on to win the Newbery Medal for that particular novel. L’Engle was inspired to write the novel after a 10-week cross-country camping trip. She spent the better part of three decades writing young adult novels.

Celebrate her birthday with this short film by her granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis, titled “Madeleine L’Engle at 100: Tessering Into Another Century.”

Historical Annual Report Trial

Company histories have many purposes. They’re used to celebrate mileposts, serve as moral compasses and are even used to unite, inspire and attract talent. In a broader sense, company histories are a lens with which to view social and cultural change.  American companies have changed the way we eat (think Kelloggs), work (think Ford) and communicate (think Alphabet and Facebook), to name a few.

Corporate annual reports are essential tools for constructing company histories. The library has a trial through December 20, to Historical Annual Reports (Proquest). This databases has the full text of North American annual reports going as far back as the mid-19th century. Annual reports include financials and management discussion of operations, competition and trends. Annual reports are distinguished from Securities and Exchange Commission 10K filings, by glossy images and engagingly readable text. This database offers searching by industry, company name, personal name and location. Foreign companies are not included and the database stops with 2008. Mergent offers a similar archive of annual reports that is global in scope and offers current reports, but lacks the indexing that allows for targeted searching.

Contact for more information or do let us know if you think Historical Annual Reports would be a valuable addition to the Falvey collection.

Kellogg company annual report — 2005. (2005). ANN ARBOR: ProQuest Annual Reports. Retrieved from ProQuest Historical Annual Reports Retrieved from

Kellogg company annual report — 1936. (1936). ANN ARBOR: ProQuest Annual Reports. Retrieved from ProQuest Historical Annual Reports Retrieved from

LGBTQ+ Awareness Week at the Library

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: November 29, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News


As LGBTQ+ Awareness Week winds down on campus, The Falvey Library wants to remind you of our Diversity & Inclusion Resource Guide, launched in 2017. We hope you will use the guide as a way to explore a vast range of social, political, race and gender-related issues in today’s world.

This page offers a point of entry for exploration and seeks to provide a space for genuine personal, intellectual and emotional growth. As a library community composed of diverse voices, we intend for this resource to allow you to engage with voices, ideas, and stories both familiar and new.

Whether this resource serves as your first encounter with the perspectives it offers or you’re eminently familiar with these paradigms, it is our hope that the resources assembled here will aid in your growth as a member of the Villanova community and as a global citizen.

Use the energy and passion ignited from LGBTQ+ Awareness week to educate yourself and others, and let the LGBTQ+ section in the resource guide help you.



Original article by William Repetto, former graduate assistant.

The Curious ‘Cat: Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn, and Syrup

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students, “What is your favorite holiday film?”

(Olivia Garcia, Celia Martzolf, Catherine Walker)

Olivia Garcia: “Holiday in Handcuffs.”

Celia Martzolf: “Elf.”

Catherine Walker: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the one with Jim Carrey).”

(Kate Gifford, Sophia Bourguignon)

Kate Gifford: “Christmas with the Kranks.”

Sophia Bourguignon: “Elf.”

Gabriel Calvo: “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

(Nell Martin, Jordan Murray, Nina McGahan)

Nell Martin: “Elf.”

Jordan Murray: “Home Alone.”

Nina McGahan: “Home Alone.”

Falvey has your favorite festive flicks – check them out here! Happy Holidays!

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