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Revitalize Your Research at the 2020 Falvey Forum

Revitalize your research at the first Falvey Forum—Drawn from Falvey Library’s brown bag lunch workshops, this two-day, six-session virtual event will provide new and exciting information on research methods, tools, and pedagogies for researchers of all levels. Register for one or multiple sessions (outlined below) on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m.—3 p.m.

“Falvey Forum 2020 represents the best of our research workshops (which can be requested on demand by faculty and departments) rolled into two fun and interesting days. This is an exciting opportunity for Villanova students, faculty and staff as well as members of the general public to deepen their understanding of great academic tools and discover new techniques to meet their research goals,” Rob LeBlanc, First-Year Experience Librarian.

The conference is free and open to Villanova faculty, students, staff, and community members. Visit the Falvey Forum homepage for more details and to register for sessions:

Conference Workshops


Citation Wrangling—Presenter: Sarah Hughes (11 a.m.—12 p.m.)

Serious research projects call for no-nonsense tools for taming citations. Learn how to use Zotero to save, organize, and share references.

Data Visualization with Tableau—Presenter: Erica Hayes (12:15 p.m.—1:30 p.m.)

This session will provide a gentle introduction to how to use Tableau Desktop Public, a free software that allows individuals to publish interactive data visualizations and graphs on the web.

Copyright and Publishing 101 — Presenter: Sarah Wipperman (1:45—3:00)       

Academia is full of copyright and publishing questions that are often difficult to answer: Can I use this image in my work? What can I do with my work once it’s published? What does that agreement I signed actually say? Can I post my work on a certain website?


Beyond the Archive—Presenter: Beaudry Allen (11 a.m.—12:00 p.m.)

The archive is not a passive, neutral institution, but an active ever-evolving site where social power and memory is negotiated, challenged, and confirmed. This session will explore the history of diversity and social justice on Villanova’s campus through material from the University Archives and illustrate how archival practices and bias shape memory.  It’s is also an opportunity to learn how to do research in an archive.

Storytelling and GIS—Presenter: Erica Hayes (12:15 p.m.—1:30 p.m.)

While maps have been around for centuries, the digital age has given them new meaning. GIS software offers users the potential to visualize, analyze, and tell spatial stories. In this session, you will learn more about ArcGIS Online and Esri Story Maps, a web mapping application that allows you to combine GIS maps, text, images, and video to tell your own geographic story.

Sharing Your Work: Academic Social Networking Sites and Beyond—Presenters: Sarah Wipperman and Dr. Janice Bially Mattern (1:45—3 p.m.)     

Social media sites like Twitter and other online platforms make sharing your work, networking, and raising your visibility easier than ever. But which sites and platforms are most effective? Is it worth the effort? Where should you start? Join Scholarly Communications Librarian, Sarah Wipperman, and Director of Villanova Institute for Research and Scholarship, Dr. Janice Bially Mattern, to learn the techniques and social norms of using these platforms to increase your visibility.

Questions? Contact Rob LeBlanc, First-Year Experience Librarian.



Dig Deeper: In Honor of the Late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Image of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Art courtesy of Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing

“Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue.’ The Hebrew quote from Deuteronomy adorned the Late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s chambers.” Embodying that passage wholeheartedly, Justice Ginsburg continually fought for equality throughout her lifetime, passing away on Sept. 18, at the age of 87 after a long fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Her fight and strength never waivered as she battled for gender equality; fighting for women’s rights before and during her 27-year service as a Supreme Court justice.

Graduating Cornell University at the top of her class in 1954, Justice Ginsburg began studying at Harvard Law School before transferring to Columbia Law School where she tied for first in her class upon graduating in 1959. Despite her accomplishments, she faced gender-based discrimination during and post-academia, and had difficulty finding employment at the start of her career. Justice Ginsburg worked as a law clerk for Judge Edmund L. Palmieri of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York from from 1960-62; joining the Columbia Law School Project on International Civil Procedure as a research associate in 1961. “This project fully immersed her in Swedish culture, where she lived abroad to do research for her book on Swedish Civil Procedure practices.”

Upon returning from Sweden in 1963, Justice Ginsburg taught at Rutgers Law School, until she accepted the offer to teach at Columbia Law School in 1972 and “became the first female professor to earn tenure.” During the 1970s, she directed the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union “and successfully argued six landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.” In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed Ginsberg to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Continuing to advocate for women’s rights, she served on the court for 13 years until President Bill Clinton appointed her to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1993. “She is the second woman—and the first Jewish woman—to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.”

The longest serving woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg “earned the nickname ‘Notorious RBG’ for her strong dissents;” significantly impacting the law with cases such as United States v. Virginia,  Safford Unified School District v. Redding, Obergefell v. Hodges, Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and many more. Honoring the Late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the links below provide additional information on her life and legacy.

Links curated by Merrill Stein, Political Science Librarian.

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





Foto Friday: Pumpkin Spice

Photo of a large box of pumpkins on Villanova's campus.


by John B. Tabb
“JACK-O’-LANTERN, Jack-o’-Lantern,
Tell me where you hide by day?”
“In the cradle where the vapours
Dream the sunlit hours away.”
“Jack-o’-Lantern, Jack-o’-Lantern,
Who rekindles you at night?”
“Any firefly in the meadow
Lends a Jack-o’-Lantern light.”

Hundreds of pumpkins awaited the arrival of Villanova students to carve masterpieces on their orange canvases.

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





Presentations & Panels

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: October 9, 2020
  • Filed Under: Library News

During the Fall semester, Affordable Materials Project members participated on panels and presentations highlighting Villanova’s innovative and collaborative approaches to improving course material accessibility to state, regional and national professional library associations:


#TBT: Presidential Elections

The 1964 Belle Air was dedicated to the United State’s 35th president, John F. Kennedy, following his assassination in November 1963. Vice president Lyndon B. Johnson then became the 36th President of the United States. He then went on to win the 1964 Presidential Election in a landslide.

In preparing for the 2020 election, join the library for our 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Series. The first virtual event takes place today, Oct. 8, 1-2 p.m. Camille Burge, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Political, will discuss “Race and the Election.” For more information and the Zoom link, click here.

Also, if you haven’t yet – remember to register to vote! For information on getting registered, check out this post.


Celebrating Toni Morrison’s Groundbreaking Accomplishment

  • Posted by: Shawn Proctor
  • Posted Date: October 7, 2020
  • Filed Under: Library News

On this date in 1993, Toni Morrison became the first Black woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.


'Cat in the Stax: Curing the Midterm Blues

By Jenna Newman, Falvey Memorial Library’s Cat in the ‘Stax


Even writing this post, I’m still in denial that midterms are actually in full swing, which is probably a bad thing considering I have an exam in a couple of hours! It feels like we were just meeting professors for the first time and adjusting to taking some of, if not all, our classes online. But here we are—the leaves are changing color, the weather’s getting cooler, and—as much as we all just want to get outside and enjoy spooky season and all of the fun activities fall brings—midterms are upon us. 

Below I’ve shared my top three tips for staying sane during midterms, as well as some super helpful resources that will help you ace your exams, papers, and presentations.

#1 Balance is still important: It can be tempting to spend all of your time studying, but cramming is actually not the solution. You don’t need to cancel all of your plans and have no fun, but you do need to make a plan to study effectively. Spend a couple of hours each day studying for your exam and then take brain breaks doing things you enjoy—going for a walk, getting in some exercise, hanging out with friends, curling up under a blanket with a book, or binging your favorite show. Even short breaks to grab a snack or fill your coffee cup are good ways to rest your brain and reset before the next study session.

#2 You’re not going through this alone: As another famous Wildcat team once said, “We’re all in this together!” Right now everyone is dealing with midterms in some form or another, so don’t be afraid to reach out to other people because they get what you’re going through. There are lots of ways to band together amidst midterms, even with many of us being physically apart. Host a Zoom study session or study with your roommates in your dorm room or apartment. Even if you aren’t studying for the same exam or writing the same paper, being around other people being productive always helps me! A good phone call or vent session can also be beneficial, just make sure complaining isn’t taking up all your study time. 

#3 Eliminate distractions: Believe it or not, studying while watching Netflix is not the most effective way to get things done. As hard as it may be, it’s important to put aside all distractions in order to get focused study time. Thirty minutes of focused study time followed by a 15-minute break is just as, if not more, effective than half doing work while watching the latest episode of Dancing with the Stars for 45 minutes. Turn off notifications on your phone and laptop, and really focus. Personally, I’ll put my phone in a different room so that I’m not even tempted to grab it because “checking one text” can so easily turn into 30-minutes scrolling through content you’ve already seen on Instagram.

BONUS TIP: Take advantage of available resources! Below is a list of resources that Falvey has to offer, both during midterms and all semester long!

Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. Current mood: Contemplating taking my own tips and studying for my midterm exams.





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Global Smackdown: Nagorno-Karabakh

“This really goes back to old political divisions that were never really worked out from 1990, as well as old grudges going back to the Armenian Genocide.”

This week on the Global Smackdown Dr. Horner looks at the newest development in the dispute over the Nagomo-Karabakh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. He discusses the history of the conflict, as well as some of the other key international players that have influence. Find the full smackdown HERE.

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Affordable Learning PA Summit 2020

  • Posted by: Linda Hauck
  • Posted Date: October 6, 2020
  • Filed Under: Library News








Falvey Library’s, John Banionis, Metrics and Assessment Librarian, and Marianne Watson, Director of Resource Management and Description, presented at the second annual Affordable Learning PA Summit, held virtually from Sept. 9-25, on the Affordable Materials Project’s book matching program.

Their presentation, So Many Ways to Save: Library Access to Course Materialsdetails the workflow and processing improvements implemented to acquire digital rights management free (DRM-free) or unlimited simultaneous users e-books that have been reported to the University’s bookstore by faculty as required reading and delivering them to registered students in time for the first day of class. The presentation also details potential student savings, e-book usage and cumulative return on investment on e-books acquired and in the Falvey collection.

Affordable Learning PA is a community of practice focused on promoting open and affordable textbooks in Pennsylvania institutions of higher education. Is it administered by the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium (PALCI) and funded by the Library Services and Technology Act from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Office of the Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


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Join us for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Virtual Series Events

By Regina Duffy

In the run-up to Election Day on Nov. 3, Falvey Memorial Library is working with a group of campus partners to present a lineup of virtual events that’s intended to spark meaningful dialogue within the Villanova Community. This election cycle falls during a pivotal moment for the United States; not only are grappling with a global pandemic, but also we are confronting many issues of social justice as a nation. Our virtual events will feature several faculty experts from across Villanova who will explore topics related to the contentious presidential race during this unsettling time. Join us to learn more and be a part of the conversation.

Camille Burge

Camille Burge, PhD, on “Examining the Roles of Race and Emotions in the 2020 Election”

First up in the series is Camille Burge, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, who will discuss “Examining the Roles of Race and Emotions in the 2020 Election” on Thursday, Oct. 8, 1-2 p.m. During the talk, Dr. Burge will address how we’re all feeling during this pandemic as well as our collective emotional reactions to a number of issues, including police brutality, #BlackLivesMatter, protests, #MeToo, hyperpolarization, and more.

Zoom join link for event attendees:

Note: Attendees must be logged into a Zoom account to be able to access this webinar.




Matthew R. Kerbel, PhD,  on “The State of the Contest, Election Day, and What Happens Next”

Next, please join us for a talk by Matthew R. Kerbel, PhD, Interim Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Professor, Department of Political Science, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 1-2 p.m., for Matt Kerbel Headshotan update on the state of the contest and a discussion of what things could look like on Election Day and during the weeks afterwards. Dr. Kerbel will describe how in the midst of a pandemic and with an incumbent casting doubt on the legitimacy of the vote, Americans are going to the polls to decide an election that could have more far-reaching consequences than any in our lifetime.

Zoom join link for event attendees:

Note: Attendees must be logged into a Zoom account to be able to access this webinar.




Faculty Panel on “The Meaning of an Election in a Pandemic Year”

Finally, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.,  join us for a panel of faculty experts who will discuss the meaning of the election in a pandemic year. Billie Murray, PhD, Associate Collage of Billie Murray, Danielle Gadson and Tim HornerProfessor, Department of Communication, will discuss how the recent movement for Black lives has influenced the 2020 election, and how such movements can also work to transcend electoral politics. Danielle N. Gadson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, will talk about how fodder for single-issue politics in past elections, the ubiquitous effects of public health policy will be a critical consideration this election year for every voting demographic. Tim Horner, DPhil, Teaching Professor, Center for Peace and Justice Education, Augustine and Culture Seminar Program, will give us a global perspective of the upcoming election.

Zoom join link for event attendees:

Note: Attendees must be logged into a Zoom account to be able to access this webinar.


This ACS-approved event series is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library in collaboration with the Center for Peace and Justice Education, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Communication, the Department of Public Administration, and Let’s Vote Nova. Join us and make sure that you get out and vote!

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





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