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Affordable Materials Project Book Matching Project

Pierre Venescar, Graduate Assistant, Center for Access, Success and Achievement (CASA)

The Affordable Materials Project (AMP) has seasonal initiatives focused on helping students save money on assigned course readings. Last fall we learned that the book matching program delighted students old and new. Some might even say it was Christmas in September. Many first time college students enrolled in the Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS) were able to read assigned digital edition books at no extra cost. Even master’s level student, Pierre Venescar, was “surprised but content” when he received an email notifying him that two of his graduate textbooks for the fall were available online. “The cost of textbooks can weigh heavily for some students and I feel this is something often ignored. It is refreshing to know that there is a program like AMP that is actively trying to help reduce the cost for students,” said Venescar.

Library elves are hard at work, making lists and checking them twice to hopefully bring joy in January to Villanova students. With the essential help of the the Villanova University Bookstore, Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer, matches faculty assigned course readings to ebooks available for library purchase. Some disappointments are always to be expected, and the book matching program is no exception. What we typically recognize as textbooks are rarely available for libraries to license as ebooks. For those that we can, University Information Technologies (UNIT) works it’s magic by placing links to assigned readings in Blackboard for eager students to open, if not on the first day of class, soon thereafter.

For faculty that want to join in the festivities, you may write your librarian to suggest a book for inclusion in the matching program. If for whatever reason a faculty member does not wish a course to partake, they can email Linda Hauck, Business Librarian, or Nik Fogle, Philosophy Librarian, to opt out.

Call for Papers: 2019 Gender and Women’s Studies Student Research Conference


The 30th Annual Gender and Women’s Studies Student Research Conference is on Friday, April 5, 2019. It is an exciting opportunity to showcase your work, discuss your interests with students and faculty from Villanova and other area universities, and see the broad range of intellectual disciplines encompassed by Gender and Women’s Studies. Essays and creative work must engage gender, sexuality, or feminist theories. All papers must have been written during Spring or Fall 2018 or written specifically for the conference. The conference is accepting submissions for both undergraduate and graduate students. Full paper eligibility and submission guidelines can be found here. The submission deadline is Friday, February 8, 2019. The conference is presented by Villanova’s Gender and Women’s Studies Program and The Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium. Questions? Email Content taken from The YAWP: Villanova’s Graduate English Blog.

Looking for more Gender and Women’s Studies resources? Contact Susan Turkel, Sociology & Criminology, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, and Gender & Women’s Studies Librarian.


Foto Friday: Basket of Books for the Bazaar

Thank you to library staff who contributed to the Falvey basket for the Office of Health Promotion’s 22nd annual Basket Fundraiser! Stop by CAT’S (Campus Activities Team) Holiday Bazaar on Friday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Villanova Room to bid on Falvey’s basket of children’s books and many others. Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Ronald McDonald House, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.

The Curious ‘Cat: Snacks, Schedules, and Sleep

With final exams quickly approaching, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey librarians,

“What advice do you have for students prepping for finals?”

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

“Start mapping out your finals plan; make a to-do list and check off all of your accomplishments.”

Darren Poley, Theology, Classics and Humanities Librarian:

“Make sure to stock up on snacks before studying.”

Linda Hauck, Business Librarian:

“Pace yourselves and try to eat healthy.”

Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience Librarian:

“We’re always happy to see you, however during finals, be sure to leave the library and get some sleep.”

Foto Friday: Madeleine L’Engle turns 100!

Madeleine L’Engle, the beloved American novelist, would have turned 100 this past Thursday (sadly passing away in 2007). Her most successful book, A Wrinkle in Time, was rejected thirty times before it went to print in 1962. That year, L’Engle went on to win the Newbery Medal for that particular novel. L’Engle was inspired to write the novel after a 10-week cross-country camping trip. She spent the better part of three decades writing young adult novels.

Celebrate her birthday with this short film by her granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis, titled “Madeleine L’Engle at 100: Tessering Into Another Century.”

Historical Annual Report Trial

Company histories have many purposes. They’re used to celebrate mileposts, serve as moral compasses and are even used to unite, inspire and attract talent. In a broader sense, company histories are a lens with which to view social and cultural change.  American companies have changed the way we eat (think Kelloggs), work (think Ford) and communicate (think Alphabet and Facebook), to name a few.

Corporate annual reports are essential tools for constructing company histories. The library has a trial through December 20, to Historical Annual Reports (Proquest). This databases has the full text of North American annual reports going as far back as the mid-19th century. Annual reports include financials and management discussion of operations, competition and trends. Annual reports are distinguished from Securities and Exchange Commission 10K filings, by glossy images and engagingly readable text. This database offers searching by industry, company name, personal name and location. Foreign companies are not included and the database stops with 2008. Mergent offers a similar archive of annual reports that is global in scope and offers current reports, but lacks the indexing that allows for targeted searching.

Contact for more information or do let us know if you think Historical Annual Reports would be a valuable addition to the Falvey collection.

Kellogg company annual report — 2005. (2005). ANN ARBOR: ProQuest Annual Reports. Retrieved from ProQuest Historical Annual Reports Retrieved from

Kellogg company annual report — 1936. (1936). ANN ARBOR: ProQuest Annual Reports. Retrieved from ProQuest Historical Annual Reports Retrieved from

The Curious ‘Cat: Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn, and Syrup

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students, “What is your favorite holiday film?”

(Olivia Garcia, Celia Martzolf, Catherine Walker)

Olivia Garcia: “Holiday in Handcuffs.”

Celia Martzolf: “Elf.”

Catherine Walker: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the one with Jim Carrey).”

(Kate Gifford, Sophia Bourguignon)

Kate Gifford: “Christmas with the Kranks.”

Sophia Bourguignon: “Elf.”

Gabriel Calvo: “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

(Nell Martin, Jordan Murray, Nina McGahan)

Nell Martin: “Elf.”

Jordan Murray: “Home Alone.”

Nina McGahan: “Home Alone.”

Falvey has your favorite festive flicks – check them out here! Happy Holidays!

Foto Friday: Let Us Be Thankful

Thanksgiving display courtesy of Daniella Snyder, Falvey Communication and Marketing Graduate Assistant


James Whitcomb Riley1849 – 1916

Let us be thankful—not only because
Since last our universal thanks were told
We have grown greater in the world’s applause,
And fortune’s newer smiles surpass the old—

But thankful for all things that come as alms
From out the open hand of Providence:—
The winter clouds and storms—the summer calms—
The sleepless dread—the drowse of indolence.

Let us be thankful—thankful for the prayers
Whose gracious answers were long, long delayed,
That they might fall upon us unawares,
And bless us, as in greater need we prayed.

Let us be thankful for the loyal hand
That love held out in welcome to our own,
When love and only love could understand
The need of touches we had never known.

Let us be thankful for the longing eyes
That gave their secret to us as they wept,
Yet in return found, with a sweet surprise,
Love’s touch upon their lids, and, smiling, slept.

The Curious ‘Cat: Festive Favorites Part II

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey staff, “What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?” 

Caroline Sipio, Access/Collections Coordinator: “My mom’s stuffing.”

Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience/Humanities Librarian: “Pumpkin Pie.”

Jackie Smith, Finance/Administration Specialist: “My sister’s coleslaw.”

Marianne Watson, Acquisitions/Licensing Librarian: “Mashed potatoes with homemade gravy.”

Have a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving break, Wildcats!


Very short reads for the train ride home!

I’m Daniella Snyder, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your newest ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics– from research to study habits and everything in between– and how the Falvey Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!

By Merrill Stein

Liasion Librarian for Political Science, Psychology and Brain Sciences, Public Administration,  Naval Science, and Geography & the Environment


Sometimes we need background information for a speech or project. Maybe we need to become familiar with a subject before seeking in-depth, scholarly information. Sometimes, we just need a very short introduction. That’s where Oxford University Press’ “Very Short Introductions,” published since 1995, can help. Over 375of these concise, pithy “pocket-portable introductory lectures” (Guardian Review) covering such topics as archaeology, arts & architecture, biography, business & management, economics & finance history, language & linguistics, law, literature, mathematics & sciences, medicine & health, music, sociology, philosophy, politics, psychology & neuroscience and religion can be found at Falvey.

Some of the latest very short introductions that can be checked out from Falvey are:


Excellent background studies can also be found in Falvey Library’s other select Oxford University subscriptions with peer-reviewed entries, such as:


This holiday season dig into the bounty of food for thought.



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Last Modified: November 21, 2018