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TBT: FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SHARES HIS FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2022


Looking for some reading recommendations for the new year? Former President Barack Obama shared his favorite books of 2022. His recommendations are listed below. All titles are available at Falvey Library through interlibrary loan.

Other lists:

Falvey Library staff shared their reading recommendations last year, if you’d like to add more titles to your “to be read” list.


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

 

 


 


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Cat in the Stax: Winter Break Reading Recap

By Ethan Shea

"Man reading in the snow"

Welcome back Wildcats! I hope everyone had a restful break. 

In addition to my annual tradition of buying more books than I need with Christmas cash, I was able to read some exciting books during my time off.

To begin the semester, I thought I would give a couple reading recommendations and share these recent reads.

Circe – Madeline Miller 

The first book I read during break was Circe by Madeline Miller. The majority of this book was read during a Caribbean cruise I went on with my family, making the islands described in the story seem even more surreal. I really felt like I was on Aeaea with Circe.

Circe tells the story of, well … Circe, the daughter of Helios, God of the sun. Importantly, this story is told from Circe’s perspective, a response to the generally male-centric focus of classic Greco-Roman literature. Miller’s tale manages to make the grandiose life of Gods relatable through her intimate depictions of girlhood and motherhood. Overcoming childhood trauma and being outcast because of differences are problems not just mortals but even children of Gods must overcome. 

During last winter break, as you can see on this blog, I read Madeline Miller’s first novel, The Song of Achilles. It made sense to read Miller’s second novel during my second winter here at Villanova. 

"If We Were Villains"If We Were Villains – M.L. Rio 

Another book I read has a much different toneM.L. Rio’s novel If We Were Villains is a classic dark academia tale, an aesthetic you can learn more about on this blog. I usually would not have been drawn to a book with such an aesthetic, but I’m glad I listened to my roommate’s recommendation.

In Rio’s story, an elite group of students working to become Shakespearean actors are forced to reconcile with the mysterious death of a classmate. With no shortage of Shakespeare quotes, Rio slowly unveils the truth of the matter while weaving a messy story of romantic love and friendship.

If you haven’t already, I hope you find the time to check out one or both of these great novels before the semester gets too busy. 

Stay tuned for more Cat in the Stax content every Wednesday throughout the semester! 


Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a second-year graduate student in the English Department and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.


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Elementary, My Dear Sherlock: A Look at New Works Entering the Public Domain

By Shawn Proctor

While many were celebrating the beginning of a new year on January 1, the day also held another special meaning: Public Domain Day. Note: Falvey has added a host of new materials that have just entered the public domain! Learn more about them here: https://blog.library.villanova.edu/2023/01/06/meg-piorkos-weekly-picks-5/.

Works from 1927, and before, now are available for writers, musicians, and cinephiles to share freely without permission or fees. They can be shown in theaters, added to online databases, and new works based on them created by modern artists.*

This day is not as popular with the rights holders, however, who would like to continue to profit from and control these artworks, well, forever it would seem. For example, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate has furiously fought to earn money from Sherlock Holmes, despite the fact that the legendary consulting detective has been in the public domain for years.

The final works just entered this year, in fact. But that didn’t stop the estate from trying to legally seek money from even very divergent stories, including the Enola Holmes Netflix series, adapted from the series by Nancy Springer.

And even Disney’s big, white gloves are beginning to slip away from its characters. Last year Winnie-the-Pooh became public domain…and, since, the main character of a horror film and a theme of a cell phone commercial. This year, the last of A.A. Milne’s stories vaulted into the public domain as well, an opening salvo for a showdown years in the making.

Yes…Mickey Mouse, that central figure of Disney’s company, will be US public domain in 2024. Will he finally escape Walt’s vault? And does that mean Mickey will be remixed, revised, and revitalized by new imagineers? Only time will tell.

Selected works that entered the public domain this year, according to the Center for the Study of the Public Domain:

Books: the last of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, and the first Hardy Boys book The Tower Treasure by Franklin W. Dixon.

Films: Metropolis, the first “talkie” The Jazz Singer, and the first Oscar winner for outstanding picture Wings.

Music: “(I Scream You Scream, We All Scream for) Ice Cream,” “Funny Face” from the musical Funny Face, and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

Who knows what new creations these older works might inspire? We’ll have to wait and see!

*Note: I’m not a lawyer and this only applies to US copyright.


Shawn ProctorShawn Proctor is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Library.


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Coming soon! Love Data Week February 13-17, 2023

By Nicole Daly 

Love Data Week 2023 is only four weeks away! 

February 13-17, 2023, marks the annual international celebration of Love Data Week! This year’s theme is “Data: Agent of Change,” focusing on inspiring significant change through data, whether large or small, ranging from policy change, structural change, and social change! If you have not participated previously, now is the time! Learn more at https://myumi.ch/ICPSRlovedata23. #LoveData23

Let’s help new and seasoned data users find data training and resources to move the needle on issues they care about. It is easy! 

Here are 10 simple ways to get involved.

  1. Follow @lovedataweek on Twitter and Instagram.
  2. Attend one (or more!) of the Love Data Week activities virtually from wherever you are. Check out the calendar of events. New events are still being added so check back soon!
  3. Host your own event. Want it added to the calendar? Submit your events and we’ll add it! Event ideas include:

                     Data management and sharing workshop

                     Finding data demo with your favorite data archive(s)

                     Participate in ICPSR’s yearly Adopt a Dataset Program 

                     Highlight impacts of recent local data-driven research

                     Share an activity or project for teaching with data

                     Host a data-thon where teams combine, analyze or visualize datasets on a key topic

                     Pick a crowdsourced project at a site like Zooniverse and host a data contribution party 

  4. Recognize colleagues for their participation in Love Data Week activities and events with a Love Data Week-specific Certificate of Participation.
  5. Post your own Love Data Week activities on social media with the hashtag #lovedataweek23.
  6. Use a cool Love Data Week background graphic as your Zoom background or screensaver.
  7. Download, print, and share Love Data Week stickers with friends, students, and colleagues. |
  8. Have a data trivia contest with your team, office, staff, classroom, students, or family – and tell us what happened. (If you’re following us on social media, you’ll be able to see our daily trivia questions during Love Data Week.)
  9. Spread the word about Love Data Week 2023 to maximize participation and creative events.
  10. Sign up to receive Love Data Week update emails to get the latest news on activities and posts!  

This event is hosted by ICPSR, a data repository that is available from the Falvey Library homepage, Databases A-Z list.


Headshot of Nicole Daly, Social Science Librarian. Nicole Daly is Communication Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.


 


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Library 101: Visit the Library Blog and Social Media for Daily Updates

  • Posted by: Shawn Proctor
  • Posted Date: January 17, 2023
  • Filed Under: Library News


Check out our website and social media every day for the latest library news, resources, fun stuff, and throwbacks!

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Library 101: Falvey Acronyms You Need to Know

  • Posted by: Shawn Proctor
  • Posted Date: January 17, 2023
  • Filed Under: Library News

There’s so much lingo to learn at Villanova, especially for new students.

One example. If someone wants to meet you for lunch at The Oreo, Spit, or the Pit, for which one should you plan to bring along your food?

Answer: The Oreo. Despite its tasty-sounding name, the so-called Oreo is just nickname for “The Awakening” sculpture near the Connelly Center. It is so not edible.

At Falvey, we have some acronyms of our own. Don’t worry, they aren’t ones you have to memorize, since you can just stop back here anytime and get oriented to the Library’s services and resources.

RA Faire 2019

RAs pick out Falvey materials to display in the residence halls (2019).


Access Services

The friendly faces at the front desk and the hardworking people who handle borrowing and lending, equipment loans, interlibrary loan services (ILL) and EZ-Borrow collection maintenance, and course reserves so students can easily read, study, and succeed.

C&M (Communications & Marketing)

The team who handles library events, publications, signage, social media, and this very own news blog.

DCDE (Distinctive Collections & Digital Engagement)

This includes several important areas in the Library: Special Collections, University Archives, and Villanova’s Digital Library.

RSSE (Research Services & Scholarly Engagement)

Do you know your subject librarian? Have a question about research or how to navigate the resources on the Library’s website? Start here. Dedicated librarians will help you find what you need and more.


Bonus:

Two Library partners are located within the building: CASA (Center for Success and Achievement) on the second floor and IIE (Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) on the ground floor.

CASA aims to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented, first generation, and Pell Eligible students through holistic support in a culturally diverse and academically excellent environment.

IIE’s Idea Lab is a gathering space for individuals from all corners of campus to collaborate on innovative, creative, and cross-curricular projects.


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Library 101: Here’s Your Falvey Library Essentials Guide

  • Posted by: Shawn Proctor
  • Posted Date: January 17, 2023
  • Filed Under: Library News

 

From an endless array of resources and support, to a dongle for your Mac, you’re likely to find everything you’re looking for at Falvey Library! Keep scrolling for your library essentials guide. Graphics created by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing.

***Press CTRL and + to zoom in.

 


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Library 101: Falvey Memorial Library Directory

  • Posted by: Shawn Proctor
  • Posted Date: January 17, 2023
  • Filed Under: Library News

 

New on campus? Need a refresher? No problem, we’ve listed the Falvey Memorial Library building directory below. Questions? Contact the front desk! Phone: 610-519-4270; Email circ@villanova.edu.

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Library 101: Meet Your Subject Librarian

  • Posted by: Shawn Proctor
  • Posted Date: January 17, 2023
  • Filed Under: Library News

 

Welcome back, Cats! As you settle into the spring semester, be sure to reach out to your subject librarian. Whether you’re working on a research project or looking for some assistance with library services, Falvey librarians are here to help! Not sure which librarian to contact? Email ref@villanova.edu or fill out this form.


Headshot of Nicole Daly, Social Science Librarian.

Nicole Daly

Subject Specialization: Communication, Sociology and Criminology

Phone: 610-519-5207

Email: nicole.daly@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 225

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/nicole-daly

 


Nikolaus Fogle

Subject Specialization: Philosophy

Phone: 610-519-5182

Email: nikolaus.fogle@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 227

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/nikolaus-fogle

 


Alfred Fry 

Subject Specialization: Engineering, Nursing, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science

Phone: 610-519-4283

Email: alfred.fry@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 224

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/alfred-fry


Linda Hauck 

Subject Specialization: Business, Human Resource Development

Phone: 610-519-8744

Email: linda.hauck@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 222

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/linda-hauck

 


Erica Hayes 

Subject Specialization: Digital Scholarship, Digital Humanities

Phone: 610-519-5391

Email: erica.hayes@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 218B

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/erica-hayes

 


Sarah Hughes

Subject Specialization: Nursing, Biology, Health Sciences

Phone: 610-519-8129

Email: sarah.hughes@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 220

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/sarah-hughes

 


Robert LeBlanc 

Subject Specialization: ACS, First-Year Experience

Phone: 610-519-7778

Email: robert.leblanc@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 226

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/robert-leblanc

 


Laurie Ortiz Rivera

Subject Specialization: History, Art History, Education & Counseling

Phone: 610-519-3907

Email: laurie.ortizrivera@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 229

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/laurie-ortiz

 


Darren Poley

Subject Specialization: Theology & Religious Studies, Humanities & Classical Studies

Phone: 610-519-6371

Email: darren.poley@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 230

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/darren-poley

 


jutta seibert headshot black and whiteJutta Seibert

Subject Specialization: Global Interdisciplinary Studies

Phone: 610-519-7876

Email: jutta.seibert@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 228

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/jutta-seibert

 


""Merrill Stein

Subject Specialization: Political Science, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Public Admin., Naval Science and Geography & the Environment

Phone: 610-519-4272

Email: merrill.stein@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 221

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/merrill-stein


Sarah Wingo

Subject Specialization: English Literature, Theatre and Romance Languages & Literature

Phone: 610-519-5183

Email: sarah.wingo@villanova.edu

Office: Falvey 223

Make an Appointment: https://library.appointlet.com/b/sarah-wingo

 


 

 

 

 

 


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Dig Deeper: the Rev. Jim Wallis, 2023 MLK Keynote Speaker

The Rev. Jim Wallis. Image courtesy of Georgetown University.


The Rev. Jim Wallis will deliver the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Lecture at Villanova University on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center.

Born in Detroit, Wallis was raised by an Evangelical family in Redford Township, a small suburb of Detroit. During this time Wallis “questioned the racial segregation in his church and community and later became involved in the civil rights and antiwar movements at Michigan State University.” He attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. In 1971, Wallis, along with his fellow seminarians, founded the People’s Christian Coalition in Chicago. He also founded a Christian magazine named Post American that same year. The People’s Christian Coalition moved to Washington D.C. in 1975 and adopted the name Sojourners (Post American became Sojourners magazine.) Sojourners’ ministries “are a committed group of Christians who work together to live a gospel life that integrates spiritual renewal and social justice.”

A bestselling author, Wallis served on President Obama’s White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. He is currently serving as the first Chair in Faith and Justice, and leader of the Center on Faith and Justice in the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. Prior to his current role, Wallis was a research fellow at the Georgetown University Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. He taught courses at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Georgetown University, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Georgetown University in 2007. Produced by Georgetown University’s Center on Faith and Justice, Wallis hosts The Soul of the Nation, a bi-weekly podcast with more than 15,000 listeners. In 2022, Wallis was named one of Washington DC’s 500 Most Influential People by the Washingtonian staff.

Dig deeper and explore the links below to learn more about Wallis before his visit to campus:

Wallis’ Books Available at Falvey Library:


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

 

 

 

References:

About Jim Wallis. (n.d.). Center on Faith +Justice. Retrieved December 21, 2022, from https://faithandjustice.georgetown.edu/about-jim-wallis/

Jim Wallis. (2012, November 1). Sojourners. https://sojo.net/biography/jim-wallis

Jim Wallis | Biography & Facts | Britannica. (n.d.). Retrieved December 21, 2022, from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Jim-Wallis

Obama Announces White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. (n.d.). The White House. Retrieved December 21, 2022, from https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/realitycheck/node/2159


 


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