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Foto Friday: Step It Up

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Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist, checks her daily steps. Photo courtesy of Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing.

To maintain safe social distancing practices, the Library’s Main Collection, located in Old Falvey’s ground through second floors and on Main Falvey’s third and fourth floors, is accessible only by Library staff. However, physical books are still available! Once you request items from the collection using the contactless pickup service, Falvey Library staff locate, process, and package your items for pickup.

A sought-after service, contactless pickup has seen Falvey staff working hard to fulfill a growing slate of requests. For example, Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist, averages three miles each shift when collecting items for contactless pickup!

Library patrons can pickup their requested items during building hours, Monday through Sunday, 6 a.m. until midnight. Other materials, including Course Reserves and Special Collections, remain unavailable, but scans of page ranges can be requested through ILLiad.

We welcome the community to continue using the Falvey’s virtual Library to keep yourself and the Villanova community safe.

View additional information about fall reopening FAQs here.


#TBT: The Flu and the Class of ’22

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Photo of the Senior Class of 1922. Image courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

“’22 will never forget the days of the “flu.’” Classes were suspended because those that were not sick were required for different kinds of necessary detail work. Guard Duty (at the gates with wooden guns), K.P., and hospital duty alternated rapidly. Charles A. Belz, class of 1922, reflects back on the impact of the Spanish Flu in the 1922 Belle Air. 

The same way the classes of the early 2020s will speak of how COVID-19 impacted their college experience, so did the classes of the 1920s when thinking about the Spanish Flu.

Consider contributing to the “Documenting COVID-19” collection effort so that future generations can look back the same way we are on this throwback Thursday. Find more information on this collection effort here.

Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. 





Become Part of History: Contribute Your Experiences to Villanova’s “Documenting COVID-19” Project

Future scholars, staff, and students will want to understand this period of history was like. Who better to describe it than the people who lived through it?

For that reason, Falvey Library, in conjunction with the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, is launching a “Documenting COVID-19” collection effort.

All Villanova students, faculty, full and part-time staff, and alumnae/i are invited submit stories, photographs, video, audio, or digital objects that reflect experiences about school, work, home, or events surrounding the BLM protests.

The goal is to ensure that future generations will have original sources of information regarding the lives and times of Villanovans who experienced this global pandemic.

Collecting will be ongoing throughout the pandemic and in the subsequent weeks after the pandemic has passed. People are allowed to submit as many times as they like as events or emotions change. All submissions will be preserved in the University Archives at Falvey Library.

Also, please enjoy this video, created by Beaudry Allen, Preservation and Digital Archivist at Falvey Memorial Library.

Shawn ProctorShawn Proctor is Preservation and Digital Archivist at Falvey Memorial Library.





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.

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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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A Virtual Booklet to Honor the 2020 Falvey Scholars


Falvey Memorial Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships are proud to present the first-ever virtual Falvey Scholars Award booklet. The virtual booklet offers the opportunity to learn more about the outstanding work of the 2020 Falvey Scholars: Lauren Garofalo, Gabriella Bliss Giordano, Timothy Andrew Long, Josephine Papotto, Madison A. Puleo, Samantha Sandler, and Brett Schratz.

These award-winning senior students were nominated by their faculty mentors for their work in completing remarkable undergraduate capstone/senior-level research projects. They submitted applications and were selected from a pool of candidates by a committee consisting of representatives from Falvey Memorial Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships.

Typically, award winners are recognized at an in-person awards presentation and reception ceremony where they are asked to present a brief overview of their winning projects in which they emphasize the use of Falvey resources in the overall research process. Unfortunately, this year an in-person ceremony was not possible due to the impact of COVID-19, including the physical campus closure, so we decided to honor the scholars in this new way.

View the virtual Falvey Scholars Awards booklet here.

The virtual booklet will be permanently housed in the Digital Library, along with Falvey Scholars’ final project papers, which will soon be available here. As you will see, the pages to the virtual booklet contain links to the Falvey Scholars’ presentation videos, information about the scholars and their respective faculty mentors, details about the origins of the Falvey Scholars program, and much more.

In addition to the virtual booklet, the 2020 Falvey Scholars were highlighted on the Library blog, where brief digital presentations by each scholar were featured during the week leading up to commencement. Winners will be featured on the Falvey website and in an upcoming edition of the Library’s newsletter Mosaic.

Congratulations again to the 2020 Falvey Scholars!


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






New JSTOR Security Studies Collection Has a Broad Interdisciplinary Appeal

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By Regina Duffy

In order to support faculty and student scholars who continue to work remotely into the summer, Falvey recently added JSTOR’s Security Studies to its growing list of new and expanding resources. This database has broad interdisciplinary appeal and is useful to those interested not only in the study of criminology and sociology, but also to those who focus on political science, cultural studies, peace and justice studies, history, law, technology, and global interdisciplinary studies.

JSTOR Security Studies contains journals, book chapters, research reports, and pamphlets—all of which can be downloaded or saved as full-text PDFs. Some topics in the database include “geopolitics,” “cybersecurity,” “food justice,” “economic security,” and “war crimes,” just to name a few. There are tons of topics to browse, whether you are a scholar or are simply interested in the many different facets of security studies.

In addition, JSTOR Security Studies also makes it super convenient for scholars to cite works. When viewing an item, users can simply click “cite this item” and they are offered citations for the piece in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style formats that can be copied directly from the source. Export citation tools are also provided if needed.  However, please note that our expert subject librarians suggest that you always double-check your citations as the software occasionally makes mistakes.

JSTOR Security Studies is a new temporary resource that was added to the collection to support the Villanova Community as part of the Library’s response to COVID-19. The database will be available until June 30, 2020.

If you need help using this or any other database, please reach out to our reference librarians, who are available Monday- Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to assist you. They can be reached by via Live Chat or email at

Don’t miss out on this very useful and easy-to-use resource!


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





If you have books on loan and are worried about returning them, don’t stress.


We recognize the University closure and travel restrictions will prevent many students and faculty from returning loaned books by their due dates.

Here is what you need to know:

  • The Library has stopped assessing overdue fines on Falvey materials.
  • Students who are moving out of the residence halls should leave their Library materials in their rooms for future collection by University staff.
  • Students who graduated in spring 2020 should request pre-paid return shipping labels for the books that need to be returned.
  • Otherwise, books checked out from the Falvey collection, Interlibrary Loan, or E-ZBorrow should be held by Library patrons until such time as the University returns to normal operations.
  • Physical materials from the Falvey collections, E-ZBorrow, Inter-library loan, as well as scanning from the Falvey collections, are not available.

Other questions?

Contact the Falvey Service Desk at


Digital Launch of the 2020 Edition of CONCEPT: Villanova’s Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies

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Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) recently celebrated a digital launch of the 2020 edition of CONCEPT: Villanova University’s Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies. CONCEPT accepts papers from graduate students in the arts and sciences and aims to celebrate exceptional work that is interdisciplinary in nature. It is published in partnership with the Office of Graduate Studies and Falvey Memorial Library.

Typically, CLAS holds an annual CONCEPT publication release celebration and reception event in Falvey Memorial Library each spring; however, due to the impact of COVID-19 and the physical campus closure, the in-person launch of the journal was not possible this year. Instead, CLAS held a digital launch of CONCEPT in order to commemorate the many contributions of journal authors, student and faculty editors, and peer reviewers who put in a great amount of work to make CONCEPT possible. You can learn more about the digital launch efforts here.

This year’s edition of CONCEPT, which is the 43rd volume in the series, features papers covering a wide range of subjects including Communication, History, Psychology, English, Gender and Women’s Studies, Theatre, as well as Classical Studies. Please check out the CONCEPT website for full PDFs of the papers featured in the current issue.

We are proud to highlight the Library’s very own Daniella Snyder ’20 MA, Communication and Marketing Graduate Assistant, as a Graduate Student Editor for CONCEPT. We would also like to recognize Library staff member Dave Uspal for his technical support of the journal.

Falvey Memorial Library would like to congratulate all of the faculty, staff, and students involved in CONCEPT 2020!


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





Announcing the 2020 Falvey Scholar Award Winners

Please join Falvey Memorial Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships (CRF) in congratulating the 2020 Falvey Scholar award winners: Lauren Garofalo, Samantha Sandler, Gabriella Bliss Giordano, Timothy A. Long, Josephine Papotto, Madison Puleo, and Brett Schratz.

Falvey Scholars is an annual program, presented by the Library and CRF in an effort to recognize outstanding undergraduate research at Villanova University. In order to qualify for the Falvey Scholars award, a senior student/group of senior students who are working on a capstone or research project must be nominated by a faculty advisor and then submit their own application for consideration. Award winners are chosen from a pool of candidates by a committee of representatives from Falvey and CRF.

While an in-person celebration of the award winners is typically held each April, due to COVID-19 and the physical campus closure, this year’s Falvey Scholars will be highlighted on the Library blog, where brief digital presentations by each scholar will be featured. Presentations will include an overview of winning projects and will emphasize the use of Falvey resources in the overall research process.

Please be sure to check out our blog as we head into senior week for brief video presentations by each of our scholars.

2020 Falvey Scholars Presentations:

Falvey Scholar: Lauren Garofalo and Samantha Sandler
Project Title: “Evaluation of a Snake Jaw Robot to Teach Integrated Biology, Mathematics, and Engineering”
Mentor: Dr. Deeksha Seth

Falvey Scholar: Gabriella Bliss Giordano
Project Title: “Spatial analysis of heavy metals in marsh soils and ribbed mussels (Geukensia demissa) from Plum Island Estuary, MA”
Mentor: Dr. Nathaniel Weston

Falvey Scholar: Timothy Andrew Long
Project Title: “Even the Mercy of the Lord Burns: Violence, Distortion, and Grace in Flannery O’Connor, Jacques Maritain, and Karl Barth”
Mentor: Dr. Helena Tomko

Falvey Scholar: Josephine Papotto
Project Title: “Temporal Variability and Spatial Controls on Sediment Chemistry in Three Puerto Rico Watersheds”
Mentor: Dr. Steven Goldsmith

Falvey Scholar: Madison A. Puleo
Project Title: “”An Interprofessional Mock Code-Care Transition-Parkinson’s Disease (PD) Patient- Missed, Omitted and Delayed (MOD) Medication Simulation Case Study”
Mentor: Professor Diane Ellis

Falvey Scholar: Brett Schratz
Project Title: “Rawls on “The Hard Question” for LGBTQ Rights: Are Religious Exemptions Just?”
Mentor: Dr. Sally Scholz

Digital copies of the winning papers will be available in Falvey’s Digital Library in a few weeks. A virtual celebration booklet in honor of the 2020 Falvey Scholars will also be released shortly.

Congratulations to these remarkable student scholars! Falvey Library is proud to be able to showcase your work and help pay tribute to your great accomplishments.


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





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