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Welcome to Falvey: Sam Luquet Joins Resource Management & Description

Sam Luquet, Resource Management & Description Coordinator.

Sam Luquet joined Resource Management & Description (RM&D) as Resource Management & Description Coordinator. RM&D “builds and cultivates collections through acquisitions, licensing, description, discovery, and access to resources for Villanova scholars and community.” Detailing their new role, Luquet shares some of their responsibilities, “I help purchase new materials for the library, maintain existing subscriptions, process textbooks for CASA, and help manage our periodicals among other things.”

Luquet joins the Falvey Library staff after completing their master’s degree in library and information science from Drexel University. “I was eager to find a position in my career field. I have worked at universities in the past and loved them, so this position was perfect for what I wanted” they said. Originally from Wilmington, DE, they got their bachelor’s degree in english from Cabrini University.

They love doing anything creative! In their free time, Luquet enjoys painting, drawing, crocheting, knitting, and calligraphy. “I also always love hanging out with my three cats, Kira, Elsa, and Blue. Working in a library I am, of course, a big reader! My to-be-read pile has lots of horror, thriller, and fantasy titles. I am also a big fan of horror movies, and anything Halloween related,” they shared. For the upcoming “spooky season” Luquet recommends the following books for Falvey Library patrons: The Last Word by Taylor Adams, How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix; and Home Before Dark by Riley Sager.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Villanova community and have felt so welcome here!” Luquet’s office is located on the second floor of Falvey Library. Email; 610-519-6945.



Welcome to Falvey: Erin Palmer Joins Resource Management & Description

Erin Palmer, Resource Management and Description Coordinator.

Erin Palmer joined Resource Management & Description (RM&D) as Resource Management and Description Coordinator. RM&D “builds and cultivates collections through acquisitions, licensing, description, discovery, and access to resources for Villanova scholars and community.” Describing her role, Palmer enjoys the variety of her work. “No two days are the same,” she reflects. “I’m part of a great team of three coordinators working in RM&D. My tasks range from ordering materials, processing invoices, cataloging new items, training student workers, and working with our incredible team on collaborative projects to better serve the patrons of Falvey.”

Palmer joins the Falvey Library staff after completing her master’s degree in library science from Clarion University. “With Villanova’s stellar reputation, applying here was a no-brainer! I saw the description for this position and thought it was an excellent opportunity to continue my learning in the field with hands-on experiences – something I have done and continue to do every day.” Originally from Central NJ, she has always considered PA a second home. She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Kutztown University. “From many camping trips growing up to my time in undergrad at Kutztown University I’ve always felt at home in the Keystone state. I ended up in the library field by way of a secondary education bachelor’s degree. While a bit different, my love for reading and research is a common presence between the two fields.”

An avid reader, Palmer read 89 books last year. “I also enjoy cooking and food in general! I spend many days off trying new restaurants with my boyfriend, two sisters, and friends.” Her reading recommendations for Falvey patrons: “For general fiction I recommend anything by Jennifer Weiner (I just recently finished Mrs. Everything) because I love the way she creates such complex characters. For fantasy I suggest the duology For the Wolf and For the Throne by Hannah Whitten, a fresh take on Little Red Riding Hood. For rom-com, I adore everything by Emily Henry and Christina Lauren. And I’d say for a thriller: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda.”

Palmer’s office is located on the second floor of Falvey Library. Email; 610-519-7966. She encourages the Villanova community to reach out to the RM&D team. “We’re always happy to answer questions or to point anyone in the right direction!”



Welcome to Falvey: Nancy Foasberg Joins Research Services & Scholarly Engagement

Nancy Foasberg, Scholarly Communication Librarian.

Nancy Foasberg recently joined Research Services and Scholarly Engagement (RSSE) as the Scholarly Communication Librarian. RSSE works to “support research, teaching, and learning at Villanova University; enabling the discovery of, access to, and stewardship of a vast array of scholarly resources.”

“I’ve been doing scholarly communication work as part of my job for quite some time, but it was one of many responsibilities for me, so I was very pleased to have the opportunity to focus on it exclusively,” Foasberg shared of her new role. “Villanova seems like an exciting place to be! I also love this area – the natural beauty of the forests and the hills – and have many friends and family members nearby.”

Growing up in Gold Country (“Nevada County, home of the Empire Mines and the famous Malakoff Diggins!”), Foasberg earned her bachelor’s degree in english and spanish, and master’s degree in english from California State University, Chico. “I wrote my master’s thesis on Coleridge’s enigmatic, unfinished poem Christabel.” She earned her master’s degree in library science from Drexel University. “Once I graduated [from Drexel], I got a job at Queens College, CUNY, as the subject librarian for English and a few other subjects, which I enjoyed very much, but I gradually moved toward scholarly communication as I became convinced of the urgency of supporting open access.”

Foasberg is looking forward to supporting scholarly communication at Villanova University. “I plan to do a lot of outreach and education around scholarly communication issues including open access, authors’ rights, establishing a scholarly profile, choosing a publisher, and more.”

She will also be working to further develop the library’s scholarly communication initiatives including the Scholarship Open Access Reserve (SOAR) Fund. “SOAR can help you pay fees associated with open access publishing. I dream of one day establishing an institutional repository to support self-archiving. I am also very interested in pursuing some of the many other strategies by which libraries can support open access.”

In her free time, Foasberg enjoys playing board games. “I’ve been playing Eurogames since around 2004, but more recently have also come to appreciate more story-driven campaign-style games, since they play well with two players in quarantine conditions. I’ve enjoyed all three Pandemic Legacy games (yes, I decided to play Pandemic during a pandemic!), Gloomhaven, and most of all, Sleeping Gods, with its beautiful artwork, complicated world, and the ability to play on an atlas.  Having taken up competitive games again, though, I have really been enjoying Woodcraft, by Vladimir Suchy, who may well be my favorite of all game designers.”

Her reading recommendations for Falvey staff: “Right now, I’m in the middle of two series. The first is Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch series; so far, I’ve only read the first book, Ancillary Justice, which is incredible. It’s a story about a sentient spaceship, but it’s also a brilliant examination of identity and imperialism, set in an absolutely fascinating world (or set of worlds). It’s astonishing in all the ways that the best science fiction is, and I’m eager to read the other books in this series. I’m also re-reading Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series, a classic which I revisit quite often.”

She is looking forward to getting to know the community and encourages faculty, students, and staff to reach out. “I’m happy to be here, and I’m available to answer questions about copyright, publishing, and related subjects.” Foasberg’s office (218C) is on the second floor of Falvey Library.

Email; 610-519-5075.


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Welcome to Falvey: Anne Morgan, Metadata Librarian, joins Resource Management & Description

Anne Morgan, Metadata Librarian.

Anne Morgan, Metadata Librarian, joined Resource Management & Description (RM&D). RM&D “builds and cultivates collections through acquisitions, licensing, description, discovery, and access to resources for Villanova scholars and community.”

“I will mostly be creating and editing metadata for library materials,” Morgan shares of her new role. “For example, I will be creating metadata for print books and eBooks—generally speaking, making sure that useful information about the books (title, author, etc.) is available for library users, and that the books can be physically located or accessed online.” Having done research with materials from the Digital Library’s Catholica collection, Morgan recalled her prior experience with Falvey Library when applying for the role.

Originally from St. Louis, MO, Morgan received a bachelor’s degree in history from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, and a master’s degree in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin. In her free time she enjoys going to concerts. “I like listening to metal and industrial music.” She is also learning German. Her reading recommendations for Falvey patrons: I and Thou by Martin Buber. “I learned that Martin Luther King, Jr. referenced this book in his Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

Morgan’s office is located on the second floor of Falvey Library.

Email; 610-519-7821.



Falvey Feature: Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services, Grows Her Own Grub

Image of Luisa Cywinski's garden.

Photo courtesy of Luisa Cywinski.

By Kallie Stahl 

Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services, brings homegrown strawberries to Falvey Library. Staff enjoy the fresh produce, so I thought I’d ask Cywinski about her garden. She shared helpful tips and resources for gardeners of all experience levels.

“When I started gardening, I had four goals: I wanted to eat my own food, share my crops, provide a wildlife habitat, and repurpose as much as I possibly could,” Cywinski shares.

Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle 

Cywinski had always been interested in gardening, but once she moved to a location with more land, she began expanding her yard. “I started building my own raised beds out of upcycled wood. I had to learn how to use power tools (which I had never used before),” says Cywinski. Almost everything in her garden is upcycled. “You can get soil for free (or at reduced prices) from people looking to share excess soil or mulch on Facebook Marketplace and Buy Nothing groups. There are a lot of great local resources.”

Specifically, Cywinski uses mushroom soil, and there are a few local organic mushroom farms that give away their spent mushroom compost. “Whatever you take away, you put back in,” says Cywinski. “Compost everything. Keep it out of the landfill. I source additional plant materials for my compost from local farmers markets and produce stands. Even florists will give me their cuttings.  I also source coffee grounds from local coffee shops (and Starbucks); they are happy to share.”

For those unfamiliar with composting, there are plenty of helpful resources to explore. Locally, Cywinski recommends Mother Compost. “If anyone is having problems with composting they can contact Mother Compost. The company also does composting for people. They give you a bucket, you fill it with scraps, they take it away, then in the spring they bring you your compost. They company is local so they understand the local climate. I also follow Charles Dowding’s No Dig Gardening channel on YouTube. He’s my gardening and composting guru.”

Tips to Dig Into 

Cardboard is a staple in Cywinski’s garden. “I use the no dig method. I put the cardboard on top of any weeds or grass, and at the bottom of my raised beds. Next, I add the compost and mushroom soil. Cardboard is biodegradable and the worms love it.” With extra cardboard, Cywinski suggests making paths in your garden. “Instead of using manufactured materials, get creative and construct projects with the stuff you already have.”

She also uses sheep’s wool. “Wool is naturally pest repellent. Slugs and snails don’t like the feel of it, so they won’t crawl over it. Just put a ring of raw wool around your plants and it will keep insects at bay.” In hopes of deterring animals from eating her plants, Cywinski uses cages, garden gates, play yards, chicken wire, etc. to construct fencing. “Don’t make the fences too high because you’ll have to climb over them to tend to your crops.”

Grow What You Love 

Image of Luisa Cywinski's garden.

Photo courtesy of Luisa Cywinski.

Vegetables, fruit, nuts, herbs…Cywinski has a bit of everything in her garden. She plants in stages starting with cool weather crops. “Broccoli and Brussel sprouts can be planted in April, but tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, and corn are more hot weather plants, so you don’t want to put those in the soil until late May or early June. You can start growing seedlings in the house with containers.” Cywinski suggests container gardening for those that don’t have a yard. The Gardeners’ World (a television show on BBC) provides a lot of helpful tips for container gardening. “I’m growing kale, peppers, basil, and carrots in containers…anything can grow in a container as long as you give it what it needs.”

When watering her garden, Cywinski prefers using rainwater. Attending a rain barrel workshop with the Pennsylvania Resource Council (PRC), she learned helpful tips on water conservation. The PRC offers multiple workshops for residents statewide. Cywinski enjoys growing strawberries and heirloom tomatoes. She cooks and bakes with her harvest, freezing many crops to use in the fall and winter.

If you’re just starting your gardening adventure, Cywinski urges patience. “Don’t try to get everything done in one year. My garden projects have been five years in the making. Just start and add on as you go.” As for what to plant? “Grow what you like to eat,” she says. “Put all your thought, all your energy, all your creativity into growing food that you love…because then you’ll really want it to work.”

Dig deeper and explore the resources below:

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





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Falvey Library Staff Offer Summer 2023 Reading Recommendations

We’re happy to share reading recommendations by the staff at Falvey Library. Once you’ve explored the list below, check out some summer reads suggested by Falvey’s Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement. Villanova’s English Department faculty also shared summer reading recommendations on the department’s blog. You can see more recommendations in the display on Falvey’s first floor.

My summer reading rec is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Anyone planning to spend time in the great outdoors of North America should consider reading this book before or during their nature vacation! Bryson’s book is a cautionary tale filled with humor, adventure, information, and human emotion. I’m still finishing it up, so the library copy is checked out. Try EZBorrow or ILL!  It was also made into a movie starring Robert Redford, which I haven’t seen. I’m a “book first” kind of person.

Christoforos Sassaris, Distinctive Collections Coordinator 

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

Babel: An Arcane History, by R.F. Kuang

This book begins with a trope readers know well-intelligent young people with special abilities go away to school to learn a kind of magic, and along the way they make friends and have adventures. But unlike the other books that follow this narrative this one asks the question that most aren’t even aware needs asking, which is “at what cost?.” I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this book since I finished it early in 2023, it is a scathing condemnation of colonialism and also a loving exploration of the beauty and magic of language.

Noor, by Nnedi Okorafor

I discovered Nnedi Okorafor’s writing first through her novella trilogy Binti, and so when Noor came to my attention I knew I wanted to read it. Nnedi Okorafor who coined the term Africanfuturism in a 2019 blog post defined it as a sub-category of science fiction that is “directly rooted in African culture, history, mythology and point-of-view…and…does not privilege or center the West.” This is a short (214 page), fast paced book that immediately sets the reader on an adventure with OA, a young woman who has had major mechanical body augmentations to allow her to live and be mobile, in a society that does not look kindly on such augmentations.

The Marriage Portrait, by Maggie O’Farrell

This book is on my to-read list for summer. I’ve been a big fan of Maggie O’Farrell’s writing ever since a grad school friend gifted me a copy of The Hand That First Held Mine over a decade ago. O’Farrell’s writing is intimate and often switches between multiple timelines exploring multiple generations within the same family.

Linda Hauck, Business Librarian 

Danielle Adamowitz, Metrics and Assessment Librarian 

Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager 

Laurie Ortiz Rivera, Social Sciences Librarian

Meg Schwoerer-Leister, Access and Collections Coordinator 

Roberta Pierce, Resource Management and Description Coordinator 

Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing

Darren Poley, Theology, Classics and Humanities Librarian

Jutta Seibert, Director of Research Services & Scholarly Engagement

  • In Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America (Oxford University Press, 2011) historian John McMillian explores the appeal of underground newspapers as instruments of political dissent at the example of a range of geographically diverse student newsletters such as the Berkeley BarbThe East Village Other, and The Rag (Austin). The author captures the idealism that fueled underground newsrooms and student protest movements throughout the decade. He makes it abundantly clear that women were relegated to the role of assistants and girlfriends and African Americans were simply not present despite the calls for political change. Segregation persisted even in the underground: women and African Americans spoke on their own behalf through their own publications. While these are not covered in Smoking Typewriters a wide range of underground newspapers can be found in the Independent Voices archive (JSTOR).
  • Unexpectedly, print culture also plays a key role in Nile Green’s How Asia Found Herself: A Story of Intercultural Understanding (Yale University Press, 2022) albeit in a different time and place. Green, an award-winning historian of “the multiple globalizations of Islam and Muslims,” takes on a whole continent in his latest monograph. The book is full of surprising bits and pieces that provoke a fundamental rethink of how Asia came to be. Given the sheer size of the continent it comes as no great surprise that “Asia” did not feature prominently, if at all, in the self-understanding of Asian peoples until fairly recently. Increasing awareness of other Asian cultures came with the imperialist expansion of Europe into Asia accompanied not just by trading posts but also by missionaries and printing presses. Asian participation in inter-Asian trade led to engagement with other Asian languages and religions often by way of books in European languages. The immense popularity of Edwin Arnold’s Light of Asia Being the Life and Teaching of Gautama, Prince of India and Founder of Buddhism re-introduced Buddhism to India. Buddhism had basically disappeared from the Indian subcontinent centuries ago to the extent that Indian languages had no word for Buddhism other than idol worship. ‘Abd al-Khaliq, a contemporary Indian Muslim author called it the religion of Burma for lack of a better label. How Asia Found Herself is an utterly fascinating account of how Asia came to define itself as Asian. Reading it made me rethink much of what I know about Asia and reminded me of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha a book with a similar footprint to Arnold’s Light of Asia. It hence comes as no great surprise that Siddhartha has been translated into many Indian languages and while the first English translation by Hilda Rosner is still under copyright, the German original has recently moved into the public domain and the Internet Archive offers various English translations published in India as well as the German original. Happy reading!

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library. She recommends Our Andromeda by Brenda Shaughnessy. 

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Remembering Jacqueline Mirabile, Former Reference Librarian and Team Leader for Information and Research Assistance

Headshot of Jacqueline (Jackie) Mirabile.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Mirabile.

“She was unflappable, kind, and had a wonderful dry humor. Above all she was kind, always kind.” —Jutta Seibert, Librarian for History, Art History and Global Interdisciplinary Studies

The campus community and Falvey Memorial Library are saddened to hear the news of the passing of former library staff member Jacqueline (Jackie) Mirabile. Born and raised in Vermont, Mirabile, a devoted Catholic, played the piano and organ at local parishes to help fund her education. She was Valedictorian of her class at Mount Saint Mary Academy, graduated Trinity College with a major in history, and earned a master’s degree in library science from Simmons College.

Before joining the Falvey Library staff, Mirabile worked at the Free Library of Philadelphia and a regional patent company. She was the second full-time reference librarian hired at Falvey Library by then head of reference Louise Green in 1982. “For nearly thirty years, Jackie provided dedicated, exemplary professionalism as a reference librarian (and team leader for information and research assistance) at Falvey Library until retirement in 2011.” She taught numerous research sessions as the liaison librarian to the psychology and education & human resource departments. “Mirabile also served on Falvey’s Management Policy Group (MPG), communication team, and the University-wide Villanova Quality Improvement (VQI).”

Mirabile was dedicated to providing exceptional service to the Villanova community. As former co-worker Barbara Quintiliano wrote, “The real effort to provide service is the one thing that has remained constant throughout the evolution of her profession, and her favorite aspect of the job was ‘finding what the patron wants’—something all librarians know well as the love of the hunt.” She was a great resource for Villanova University students, faculty, staff, and her Falvey co-workers. As Seibert reflected, “I was lucky enough to work with Jackie for more than 10 years. She never tired of mentoring new staff members and her extensive knowledge of Catholic reference sources, Villanova history, and census data were often a lifeline for me. After she retired we bought season tickets for the Villanova Theatre as a way to stay in touch and we had a great time going to the shows together.”

Her colleague Laura Hutelmyer, former Acquisitions & Electronic Resources Coordinator, expressed her gratitude in working alongside Mirabile. “Jackie was always such a great resource for so many things, but what I appreciated the most were her book recommendations. While we worked together it was easy to find Jackie, discuss our favorite books and get ideas for new reads. When she retired I really missed her and our discussions. Fortunately, one spring I was invited as a guest to the Retiree Luncheon, and there was Jackie! I made a bee line for my book buddy and we picked up right where we left off. When I think of Jackie I will always remember her calm demeanor, her smile, and the friendship we developed over the love of books.”

When she wasn’t reading (or sharing recommendations), Mirabile enjoyed gardening and puzzles—specifically Scrabble. Demian Katz, Director of Library Technology, credits Mirabile with helping to start the first Falvey Library “game lunch,” a tradition that continues with library staff. “I very much enjoyed working with her,” said Katz. “The first iteration of ‘game lunch’ was a small group of us, including Jackie, playing Scrabble on a regular basis. Jackie always won—she was an astonishing Scrabble player—but it was fun regardless of its inevitable end.” Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services, often referred to Mirabile as “The Queen of Scrabble.”

Mirabile passed away on Dec. 31, 2021, in Haddonfield, NJ. She was 84. View her full obituary here. For more on Mirabile’s work at Falvey Library, view her retirement announcement. Jackie will be greatly missed at the Library and throughout the community.

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








Welcome To Falvey: Nicole Daly Joins Access Services

Photo of Nicole Daly, Service Desk Coordinator.

Nicole Daly, Service Desk Coordinator.

Nicole Daly recently joined Access Services as the Service Desk Coordinator. Supporting the University’s teaching, learning, and research goals, Access Services provides a number of services to patrons including access to and maintenance of Falvey’s collections, library information and assistance, support for library equipment and technologies, placement of selected print or scanned materials on Course Reserves and Blackboard, and delivery of materials that are requested through Interlibrary Loan or E-ZBorrow.

“Working in Access Services, you do a bit of everything” said Daly, who works alongside Michael Sgier, Service Desk Coordinator, supervising the service desk and the library’s student employees. “I also manage course reserves, so if there is a specific book or book chapter(s) that a professor would like their students to have access to, I work to ensure that resource is available at Falvey.”

Graduating with a BA in Psychology from Arcadia University, Daly earned a MS in Psychology from Villanova University. Her master’s thesis examined sex differences in susceptibility to stress-induced increases in binge drinking. Daly and her colleagues’ research “Brain 5-HT Deficiency Prevents Antidepressant-Like Effects of High-Fat-Diet and Blocks High-Fat-Diet-Induced GSK3β Phosphorylation in the Hippocampus” was published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience.

While attending Villanova, Daly a native of Bristol, Pa., worked at the Yardley branch of the Bucks County Free Library as a Customer Service Associate. During her academic journey at Villanova, Daly discovered another career path. “I had some wonderful professors at Villanova and they always wanted you to find your fit…your place in the field. Working in a library had always been a passion of mine, and I realized I wanted to pursue a Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLS).” Currently enrolled at San José State University, Daly plans to graduate with her MLS next year, also earning an advanced certificate in Digital Assets with a focus in Data Analytics and Data Driven Decision Making.

Knowing of Daly’s plans to work at an academic library, Abby Cengel, former Falvey Library Access and Collections Coordinator, urged her to apply for an opening at Falvey Library. “I worked with Abby at the Bucks County Free Library, and she urged me to apply for the position. Having worked at Villanova, Abby knew that it would be a great opportunity.”

Her transition from the lab to library provides her with the research background that will inform her future work as a social sciences librarian. “They do work really well together. Working in a library you are the information professional…working to connect and find resources for your community. I was already doing quite a bit of that as a researcher in the field.”

In her free time, Daly enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and baking. “I recently made a cookie dough cheesecake. I’m a big cookie person, so I frequently make a bunch of cookies recipes. I love baking these lemon ricotta cookies (that are supposed to have icing on them) but I always end up eating them before they can be frosted.”

Before the pandemic, Daly and her mother would frequent the cinema multiple times a month to keep up on new releases. Currently she is watching more television and recommends “The Witcher,” “Shadow and Bone,” and “A Discovery of Witches.” She recommends the book series for those screen adaptations as well.

Daly’s desk is located in Access Services on Falvey’s first floor (Email: Stop by and say hello if you see Daly at the service desk! “I loved Villanova while I was here and I’m happy to have this opportunity at Falvey Library.”

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




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Welcome to Falvey: Emily Horn Joins Resource Management and Description

Emily Horn recently joined Resource Management and Description as Resource Management and Description Coordinator. Helping to build and cultivate Falvey Library’s collection, Horn assists with acquisitions, licensing, description, discovery, and access to resources for the Villanova University community.

Horn grew up in Lower Merion and attended Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., where she earned a BA in American Studies with a dual minor in religion and writing/rhetoric. Her thesis focused on southern Jewish communities and the Civil Rights Movement. “I was also interested in labor history and examining the way labor activism in fiction interacted.”

After graduating from Trinity, Horn moved to New York and began working as an assistant to a literary agent with the Trident Media Group Literary Agency. “I had a couple of different jobs there…I began working as a receptionist, then became a part-time assistant to an agent specializing in children’s books, and an assistant to the chairman of the agency.” Grateful for the opportunity to learn about the publishing industry, Horn realized she wanted to focus on the talent side of the profession. She took a job with ICM Partners, one of world’s leading talent agencies, working as an assistant to an agent focused on event planning. “ICM represents a number of people across the spectrum, not solely authors. We worked with actors, broadcasters, directors, journalists, and public figures. I managed the contracts and logistics for many speaking events.”

Before joining the Falvey Library staff, Horn worked for Penguin Random House in their speakers bureau coordinating author events. In addition to event management and marketing, she also wrote weekly newsletters and numerous authors biographies. “It was fun to be close to that environment,” said Horn, reflecting on her interactions with a number of prominent authors including Bryan Stevenson (2018-2019 One Book Villanova selection), George R. R. Martin, and her favorite author Ottessa Moshfegh.

Horn’s experience working in events aided her transition to resource management and descriptions coordinator. “[This role] is like solving millions of puzzles. It makes you prioritize: what’s the most important thing, and how do we actually get that thing done? That’s what really intrigued me about this opportunity. I wanted to transition to a more academic environment, but also I liked solving these puzzles. Asking, “Is there another way that would be more efficient to complete a task? Is there a way that accounts for this one exception that always trips us up?'”

Working alongside Danielle Adamowitz, Resource Management and Description Coordinator, and Megan Ausen, Resource Management and Description Coordinator, Horn assists in ordering books that are requested by the campus community and processes those acquisitions across many mediums (books, e-books, streaming videos, etc.). “The actual act of acquiring these things must be as streamlined as possible because every acquisition has a stack of paperwork that goes with it. There’s licensing agreements, invoices, and digital records…numerous things need to happen to acquire a resource.”

In her free time, Horn enjoys reading and writing [at least 500 words daily]. A published author, her first book, Mindful As F**k, was released in October 2020 (Simon & Schuster). Writing a lot of comedy, Horn frequently freelances for Reductress, a women’s joke magazine [similar to The Onion].

“I’m grateful to be at Falvey Library. I really appreciate that everyone is invested in teaching and learning, and that it’s a collaborative and friendly environment.”

Horn’s office is located on Falvey’s second floor. (Email:

Her summer reading recommendation is Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe. The book details the Sackler family’s role in the Opioid crisis.

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





Welcome to Falvey: Danielle Adamowitz Joins Resource Management and Description

Danielle Adamowitz recently joined Resource Management and Description as Resource Management and Description Coordinator. Helping to build and cultivate Falvey Library’s collection, Adamowitz manages acquisitions, licensing, description, discovery, and access to resources for the Villanova University community.

Adamowitz grew up in north Jersey and studied English and Education at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. After interning in trade publishing in New York City, Adamowitz moved to south Philadelphia and began working in academic journal publishing full-time. “I’ve always worked on STEM journals in Editorial departments. Most recently, I managed a portfolio of computer science journals and worked with academic editors, authors, and peer reviewers to publish research related to software engineering. I especially enjoyed focusing on accessibility and discoverability of content, as well as ethics cases.”

Volunteering in libraries for many years, Adamowitz volunteered at the William Way LGBT Community Center before joining the Falvey Memorial Library staff. “I’ve wanted to make the move from publishing into libraries for a while, so I’m happy to be at Falvey! I found the opportunity on the Villanova job site, and I was so excited to see a posting that would allow me to use my previous professional and volunteer experience.” Working alongside Emily Horn, Resource Management and Description Coordinator, and Megan Ausen, Resource Management and Description Coordinator, Adamowitz assists in ordering books that are requested by the campus community and processes those acquisitions across many mediums (books, e-books, streaming videos, etc.).

In her free time, Adamowitz loves reading and spending time outside. “Walking, swimming, hiking, gardening, or driving to the beach with my dog. I also love exploring Philly, even after years here–there’s always a new mural or restaurant to discover.” Her office is located on Falvey’s second floor.


Joining the Falvey staff this summer, Adamowitz is anticipating the fall semester on Villanova’s campus. “I’m looking forward to meeting more faculty, staff, and students in person!”

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





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