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Foto Friday: Hauntingly Good Books

Stop by Falvey’ first floor and check out these hauntingly good books! Looking for more Halloween thrillers? The library has Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and many other novels by your favorite authors.

The Curious ‘Cat: Ghosts and Goblins

The spooky season has arrived! This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff,

“What is your favorite Halloween costume?”

Geoff Scholl, Library Technology Developer:

“My Ghostbusters costume.”

Laura Hutelmyer, Acquisitions/Electronic Resources Coordinator:

“I made my son a Cookie Monster costume, and now I’m making one for my grandson.”

Mike Sgier, Access and Collections Coordinator:

“I recently made a Galactus mask and a Doctor Doom mask.”

Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer:

“I dressed up as Mae Borowski from the video game ‘Night In The Woods,’ but I actually wore Mae’s Halloween costume that was featured in the game.”

Caroline Sipio, Access and Collections Coordinator: 

“My sister and I dressed up as cupcake bandits.”

Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian:

“I remember the vintage 1980’s plastic Halloween costumes…I dressed up as Superman.”


Foto Friday: Falvey Friends at The Finn

(Joanne Quinn, Laura Hutelmyer, Kallie Stahl, Gina Duffy, Jee Davis, Jesse Flavin, Marianne Watson)

A special thanks to Villanova Athletics for hosting an open house at the Finneran Pavilion! Falvey Memorial Library staff had an awesome time touring the new facility, eating too many nachos, and talking with Coach Wright. We can’t wait to see the men’s and women’s basketball teams take the court – GO CATS!

The Curious ‘Cat: Test, Rest and Travel

Midterms are almost over Wildcats! This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students,

“What are your fall break plans?” 

Maggie Remley: “I’m going on a service trip to Montreal with the Villanova band.”

Jaivian Gaetan: “I’m an RA, so I’ll be on campus during break.”

Liana Perez: “Besides a lot of homework to do, I am also taking my driver’s test next Thursday.”

Daniella Snyder: “I’m going on a solo road trip down to D.C., and then to Charlotte, N.C. to see some friends that I haven’t seen in years.”

Fall Break Service Hours

Hey, Wildcats! Good luck on midterms and enjoy fall break. Just a reminder that after-hours access to 24/7 areas in Falvey Library will be available with a valid Wildcard during fall break. Service desk hours are as follows:

Saturday, October 13: 9am-5pm

Sunday, October 14: CLOSED

Monday, October 15 – Friday, October 19: 9am-5pm

Saturday, October 20: CLOSED

Sunday, October 21: 12pm-12am (normal hours of operation resume on this day)

For more information about Falvey’s service hours and research assistance, please visit:

Falvey Brown Bag: Lunch and Lively Discussion

On Sept. 26, Alfred Fry, Science and Engineering Librarian, and Deborah Bishov, Social Sciences and Instructional Design Librarian, led a Falvey Brown Bag Lunch Series session on Impact Factors, Fake Impact Factors, Other Citation Measures, and Alternative Metrics. There was a lively discussion among library staff and faculty from engineering, chemistry, education, and marketing. If you were unable to attend and would like to learn more, you can email either or

Save the date for Falvey’s upcoming Brown Bag Lunch sessions:

October 4, 2018 Falvey Memorial Library, Room 205 12:00 p.m.
Staying Alert: Tracking New Books and Publications in Your Field
Let your inbox be your watchdog and get notified of new publications on your interests or new citations of your work. We’ll show you how to have Browzine, Google Scholar, and other common databases let you know when there’s something to get excited about!

October 25, 2018 Falvey Memorial Library, Room 205 12:00 p.m.
Open Access Scholarship and Publishing
Review considerations for selecting open access journals for publishing and learn how the Falvey SOAR fund relates to these publishing efforts.

October 31, 2018 Falvey Memorial Library, Room 205 12:00 p.m.
Use, Publish, Share: Creative Commons Licensing and Scholarship
We are all too familiar with copyright infringement on the web. But there is a wealth of open-access resources that can be re-used with proper attribution under Creative Commons licensing. What is Creative Commons (CC) licensing? How can you protect your rights as an author and share your work freely with the public? How can you find and use CC-licensed works? Come to this brown bag session for a discussion that aims to tease out some answers.

November 6, 2018 Falvey Memorial Library, Room 205 12:00 p.m.
Citation Wrangling
Serious research projects call for no-nonsense tools for taming citations. Learn how to use Zotero and Mendeley to save, organize, and share references.


Foto Friday: Celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, Falvey Memorial Library constructed a poster display in Speakers’ Corner; twenty colorful doorways from various Spanish-speaking countries now adorn the windows on the first floor. Annabelle Humiston, a junior psychology major and Falvey Communication and Marketing student employee, mounted the posters which will be on display through October. Check out Falvey’s resources highlighting Hispanic/Latinx voices and join the Villanova community in celebrating at these Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month events:


The Curious ‘Cat: Banned Books

It’s Banned Books Week and the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students,

“What is your favorite banned book?” 

Shannon Buttling: “A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.”

(Sofia Oliva, Claudia Espinoza)

Sofia Oliva: “Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.”

Claudia Espinoza: “The Giver by Lois Lowry.”

(Gabriel Monteleone, Santiago Restrepo,  )

Gabriel Monteleone: “The Giver by Lois Lowry.”

Santiago Restrepo: “Lord of the Flies by William Golding.”

Angelina Malenda: “Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.”

Jane Ross: “The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.”

Elections 2018: National Voter Registration Day

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It’s National Voter Registration Day!  Use the information below to register to vote and investigate candidates and issues in your state.

Voting policies vary by state so check yours out at Rock The Vote.

Federal Voting Assistance Program – Voting Assistance Guide – a reference guide for everything you need to know about absentee voting in all 55 States, territories and the District of Columbia. – Register to vote, search by state and topic, get a voting guide for your state.

U.S. Election Assistance Commission -Register and vote in your state, key votes and information. – Find your political soulmate, any politician, any issue. – Know the issues, find out about the voices and choices – and

CIRCLE – The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement – 2018 Election Center.

C-SPAN – For the visually minded; access to the live gavel-to-gavel proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and to other forums where public policy is discussed.

To dig deeper for information about elections, in addition to voting and registration information, see these resources:

CQ Voting & Elections Collection (CQ Press)

American National Election Studies (ANES)

Electoral College (U.S.)

Federal Election Commission (FEC)

America: History and Life (EBSCO)

The Almanac of American politics.

U.S. Census Blog – Voting in America: A Look at the 2016 Presidential Election

Pew Research Center – Elections and Campaigns

Join Falvey Memorial Library for the 2018 Elections Speaker Series! Today at 7:00 p.m., Mark L. Schrad, PhD, Associate Professor, Political Science, will discuss “Russian Meddling in US Elections.” Save the date for these upcoming events in the series:

Thurs., Sept. 27 – Matthew R. Kerbel, PhD, Professor and Chair, Political Science, “Exploring Potential Election Outcomes and their Implications”

Mon., Oct. 1 – Camille D. Burge, PhD, Assistant Professor, Politcal Science and Director, Africana Studies, “An Emotional Rollercoaster: Unpacking the 2018 Midterms”

Discussions will be followed by a Q&A session and will be held from 7-8 p.m. in the Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Library. Stop by the library to register to vote on Mon., Oct. 1 and Thurs., Oct 4 from 4-6 p.m. as Villanova Interfaith Activism will have a table set up on Falvey’s first floor (outside Holy Grounds).

Article by Merrill Stein, Social Sciences Librarian, Falvey Memorial Library.

Foto Friday: First Look

Stop by Falvey’s first floor to see the proposed plans for a potential future renovation of the library. Questions, comments, concerns…submit your feedback here:

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Last Modified: September 21, 2018