Happy Friday, Wildcats! Thank you for your commitment to the Slow the Spread directive and for putting our community first. Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager, and Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist, had a fun time distributing game day swag and snacks during the “Game Watch @ Home” last Saturday, Feb. 13. Many thanks to all the students who stopped by and best of luck to the Villanova Men’s Basketball Team as they take on UConn this Saturday. Let’s Go, Nova!
We’re continuing our lineup of virtual events for the spring semester, and we can’t wait to have you join us! Three exciting event series kicked off this week: the 2021 Villanova University Literary Festival, Falvey Fridays, and Researcher’s Toolbox.
Check out some screenshots below and see how you can join these exciting ACS-approved events!
The 2021 Villanova University Literary Festival kicked off with Brenda Shaughnessy on Thursday, Feb. 11. Shaughnessy read multiple poems to an engaged audience comprised of 98 Villanovans. Next up on the Literary Festival Lineup is Bryan Washington on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. Register here.
Sarah Wipperman, Scholarly Communications Librarian, led the first of six Falvey Friday workshops today at 11 a.m. Wipperman discussed the basics of copyright and how to reuse content responsibly. Drawn from our popular brown bag lunch sessions, each Falvey Friday workshop will provide new and exciting information on research methods, tools, and pedagogies for researchers of all levels. During the next workshop, Erica Hayes, Digital Scholarship Librarian, will discuss “Bringing Historical Maps into GIS” on Friday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m. Register here. View more information on all six Falvey Friday sessions here.
Jutta Seibert, Director of Research Services and Scholarly Engagement, led a workshop session entitled “Newspapers and Magazines” today at 3 p.m. as part of the Research’s Toolbox event series. The workshop took a look at the discovery of national and international news publications covering daily news, as well as texts aimed at specific interest groups. Seibert guided audience members in locating a cited source, determining the availability of news sources in the local collection, and citing news sources. Seibert will led another session focusing on newspapers and magazines on Wednesday, March 24, at 4 p.m. Register here.
For a detailed listing of upcoming events, visit the Falvey Memorial Library events page.
Even if Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who foretells whether winter will be long or short, saw his shadow and called for more weeks of winter chill, so what? Our students don’t need Will D. Cat to let them know that after “snow” in the Villanova dictionary comes “study.”
So, as soon as they were done making igloos, skiing, rolling down the campus hills, and flinging snowballs across the green, these smarty cats went right back to the books.
Happy Holidays, ‘Cats! Seeing as we were unable to gather together to assemble Falvey’s Christmas tree, we thought we’d share a time-lapse video of last year’s festive fir! The decorating was documented by Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager, last December. Stay safe and have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a Joyful Kwanzaa!
Former President Barack Obama’s memoir “A Promised Land” is the latest presidential memoir to be released. The first of two volumes, the book “encompasses parts of his early political life and his presidential campaign in 2008.” Whether you’ve already read “A Promised Land,” or are awaiting a copy of the memoir, be sure to explore President Obama’s other novels: “Dreams from My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope.” Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming” is also available for contactless pickup at Falvey Library.
Looking for more resources about U.S. presidents? Be sure to explore these links curated by Merrill Stein, Political Science Librarian.
- The Founding Era Collection—Documentary History (The University of Virginia Press)
- American History Documents, 1493-1945 (The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History)
- The American Presidency Project (UC Santa Barbara)
- U.S. Presidents (Miller Center)
- U.S. Presidential Library—Public Papers in HeinOnline (Subscription courtesy of the Charles Widger School of Law)
- America: History & Life (EBSCOhost)
- Political Leaders and their Assessment
- Presidential Biographies
Hope you all had a great time celebrating with friends, family, and food yesterday! Now, raid your parent’s refrigerator for all the good left-overs and settle in for some finals study time. If you’re still near campus, the library is still open for Wildcard Access from 6 a.m.-12 a.m., and you can find great digital resources Falvey’s librarians have put together here.
What’s your go-to Thanksgiving recipe and what tastes the best as left-overs? Let us know below!
We’re reminiscing on this sunny Friday. We wish we could be hosting our annual stress busting open house. We’ve had so many fun events—from tasty treats (nacho bar, cereal bar, tater tot bar, dessert bar) to funky themes (spinning vinyl records, ugly sweater contests)—we always enjoy celebrating the end of the semester with the Villanova community.
“Finals can get ugly…so get help.” The ugly sweater theme from our Dec. 2016 open house rings true now more than ever—Falvey Library can help you virtually. Conducting research for a final project? Explore our collection of articles, e-books, and more! Looking for research assistance? Contact your subject librarian! Visit our blog for additional information on accessing Falvey’s resources off campus. Good luck on finals, ‘Cats!
All eyes are on Pennsylvania this November–and it’s not just for the reason that you’re probably thinking of! Did you know that the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) claims that the Keystone State has longest leaf-peeping season in the world?
(Yes, the whole world!)
Our unique, sweet spot between 40° and 42° north latitude with its varied topography in eastern North America rivals only two other places in the world (the British Isles and Northeastern China and northern Japan,) as the perfect habitat for 134 species of deciduous trees and many more shrubs and vines which display a wide array of wondrous autumn colors.
So it’s not just red, white, and blue on display in Pennsylvania this fall this year–it’s red, blazing orange, terracotta, sun-baked pumpkin, deep cayenne, honey gold, and much, much more! Your next world class experience is as close as a walk around Villanova’s beautiful campus!
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Conservation/ForestsAndTrees/FallFoliageReports/Pages/default.aspx – Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation — or anywhere in the world. (Foliage map included)
Fall Foliage Prediction Map
https://www.ctvisit.com/articles/connecticut-fall-foliage-report – Connecticut’s foliage season typically runs longer compared to northern New England states
Joanne Quinn is Director of Communication and Marketing. Thanks to Villanova University’s Grounds Maintenance for our beautiful campus landscape.
“Hope” is the thing with feathers
A Golden-crowned Kinglet stopped to sing a song at Falvey Library.
By Regina Duffy
Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month is observed in the United States annually from Sept. 15–Oct. 15. It offers us the opportunity to pay tribute to the history, culture and countless contributions made by Hispanic/ Latinx people.
In honor of this important national celebration, a window display was recently erected in Falvey Memorial Library’s Speakers’ Corner space. As you can see, the display showcases many trademark Villanova “V’s” highlighted with the vibrant colors of various Spanish-speaking countries.
Pictured to the left is Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library, as she carefully mounts the display. Be sure to check out the display windows if you are walking through the Library’s first floor!
If you are interested in exploring Hispanic/Latinx- related resources that are available through Falvey, you can refer the dedicated page that is a part of the Library’s Diversity and Inclusion Guide. There you will information about books, ebooks and articles. If you have come across a resource in your studies or elsewhere that you believe would make a good fit for this page on the Diversity and Inclusion Resource Guide, we invite you to fill out the request form and let us know about it! We welcome input as well as the opportunity to add to the resource page.
Since it’s Fun Friday, we thought that you might also enjoy a word search in honor of the Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month celebrations. The word search contains the names of Spanish-speaking countries. Please take a moment to download the image below, print, and enjoy!
Regina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.