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Falvey’s Fall Bucket List

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

Happy fall, Wildcats!

In the midst of Halloween, midterms, and seasonal allergies, autumn can get really busy. However, Falvey wants to make sure you use the Library’s great services and resources to ensure a smooth academic semester. So, we created a “Falvey Fall Bucket List,” complete with some of the Library’s essentials for the new season.

We want you to meet with one of our incredible subject librarians to get research help for that upcoming paper. We also think you should utilize our excellent 24-hour study spaces. Even at 2 AM, we promise there are no scary jack-o’-lanterns, bats, or monsters roaming our halls. You can study alone, with classmates, or with friends during all hours of the day for those terrifying midterm exams.

You can get in the fall season spirit with pumpkin spice coffees and muffins in Holy Grounds. We even think you should get #spooky by venturing into the hallowed halls of Falvey West. Did you know there are study spaces there, too? You might even find a book or two.

(We swear that it’s not as scary down there as you think it is!)

If you complete any of the tasks on the Falvey Fall Bucket List, awesome! Take a picture and post it on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Tag the library’s account and use the hashtag #FalveyFallBucketList.

Don’t want to post it? That’s cool, too. Follow us on one of our social media platforms and send us the picture.

For every item on the bucket list you complete, you’ll be entered in to win a $20 gift card to the bookstore!

Good luck!


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Daniella Snyder, our Graduate Assistant in the Communication & Marketing Department, loves fall. She’s most excited for her fall break road trip to Acadia National Park in Maine.


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What’s Missing From This Picture? Suggest a Title for the Library’s Collection

bookcart with books

This is not just any cart filled with books. These are the newest print titles that the Library has added to its collection of over a million print and electronic books.

Each was selected due to its ability to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the entire Villanova University community, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. It is part of the Library’s effort to advance knowledge on campus, promote information discovery and access, encourage intellectual curiosity, and empower users by providing timely and critical information resources.

The Library understands the impact of evolving information technologies, changing scholarly communication practices, new forms of information seeking behaviors, and learning styles in a networked world.

The library also acknowledges the interdisciplinary nature of academic resources and firmly believe in free and open access to knowledge, freedom of expression, diversity, interculturality, and inclusion in all its collections. As such, it promotes open access educational resources, zero-cost classroom texts, and DRM free e-resources whenever possible when making collection building decisions.

Learn more about the Library’s process of developing its collection here: https://library.villanova.edu/collections/development/collection-development-statements

But we also rely on faculty and students to help guide the selection process.

If you discover a resource that should be added to the collection, the Library staff welcomes you to visit the website and suggest the purchase of a title. It may be just the thing students will need for their next groundbreaking research project!

 


 

headshot of Shawn ProctorShawn Proctor, MFA, is Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library. He most recently read Dar Williams’ book What I Found in a Thousand Towns.


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Get Ready for Fall in “No Stile”: Falvey Memorial Library Unveils Refreshed Entrance and Access System

The library has removed the turnstiles from the entrance way, enhancing the library’s welcoming atmosphere for Villanovans and guests.

Regular semester hours remain unchanged, and Villanovans will continue to have access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

However, it is important to note that beginning in the fall semester, a Wildcard will be required to enter the building after 8 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and after 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Patrons will swipe on the external door to gain access.

Library visitors will be able to enter the library until 8 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and until 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Courtesy card holders will continue be able to enter anytime during library service hours up until 30 minutes before closing.

Join us for a “Kiss the Turnstiles Goodbye!” event Aug. 28, 12-2 p.m., on the first floor, in front of Holy Grounds.

Also look for new automated doors for the main entrance lobby that are scheduled to arrive in the beginning of September!

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The turnstiles, April 2019.

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The turnstiles being removed.

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The new entrance, now without turnstiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Shawn Proctor, MFA, is Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


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Ready for Fall: Falvey 205 Sports a New Look

an overhead of the workers installing the flooring Falvey Memorial Library’s 205 is well known for its highly functional space, which can host as many as 60 people in lecture or group meeting configurations. It allows for highly flexible presentations, with two white boards and a large monitor, as well as a podium with HDMI and VGA inputs.

This summer the multi-purpose room received new mother-of-pearl paint on the walls and a striking laminate flooring. The refresh of 205 was only just complete when it welcomed a week-long orientation event ahead of our students return.

If it’s possible, 205 might be an even more popular events space this upcoming academic year!

 

a worker installs the floor

The New Look 205 space

 


Shawn Proctor, MFA, is communications and marketing program manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


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FotoFriday: Gerald Ford Sworn in as President

Villanovan with Gerald Ford on the cover

On this day 45 years ago, Gerald Ford was sworn in as the 38th President of the U.S., after the Richard Nixon resigned.

In November 1976, The Villanovan covered President Ford’s visit to Villanova University and delivered remarks to students including, “In the last two years, the United States of America has made an incredible comeback, and we are not through it yet….I have done my best to put this nation back on even keel, to chart a steady course for our country’s future.”

Read his complete remarks on the Ford Library Museum website.

 


Shawn Proctor

Shawn Proctor, MFA, is communications and marketing program manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


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The Curious ‘Cat: Clifton Strengths

On Thursday, July 25, Jennifer Derry, MEd, Director of Training and Staff Development, led a Clifton Strengths training session for Falvey Library staff. This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey staff,

“What is one of your five themes?” 

Geoff Scholl, Library Technology Developer: “Harmony.”

 

John Banionis, Metrics and Assessment Librarian: “Strategic.”

 

Gina's headshotRegina Duffy, Library Events and Program Coordinator: “Empathy.”

 

Beaudry Allen, Preservation and Digital Archivist: “Connectedness.”

 

Brian Warren, Library Technology Developer: “Ideation.”

 


Kallie Stahl MA ’17 is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Her favorite Clifton Strength is WOO (Winning Others Over). 


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Reading Toni: Explore Morrison’s Body of Work

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“Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.”

—Toni Morrison (1931-2019)

 

Toni Morrison, Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Prize, and American Book Award winner, passed away today at the age of 88. On the eve of a new biopic about Morrison, Kallie Stahl looked back on the library’s collection of her work. In honor of her life and incredible contribution to American letters, we are re-running a portion of the blog, originally featured in June.

Whether you’re familiar with Morrison’s narratives, looking to re-experience her storytelling before the film, or new to the author’s work, Falvey Memorial Library has a number of Morrison’s novels for you to explore:

    • The Bluest Eye (1972) The story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlover—a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others–who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different.
    • Sula (1973) Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies.
    • Song of Solomon (1977) With this brilliantly imagined novel, Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars, and assassins…inhabitants of a fully realized black world.
    • Tar Baby (1981) The place is a Caribbean island. In their mansion overlooking the sea, the cultivated millionaire Valerian Street, now retired, and his pretty, younger wife, Margaret, go through rituals of living, as if in a trance.
    • Beloved (1987) Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is considered to be Toni Morrison’s greatest novel and the most spellbinding reading experience of the decade.
    • Jazz (1992) This passionate, profound story of love and obsession moves back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of Black urban life.
    • Paradise (1997) In prose that soars with the rhythms, grandeur, and tragic arc of an epic poem, Morrison challenges our most fiercely held beliefs as she weaves folklore and history, memory and myth into an unforgettable meditation on race, religion, gender, and a far-off past that is ever present. 
    • Love (2003) A Faulknerian symphony of passion and hatred, power and perversity, color and class that spans three generations of black women in a fading beach town.
    • A Mercy (2008) Reveals what lies beneath the surface of slavery. But at its heart, it is the ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother and a daughter—a mother who casts off her daughter in order to save her, and a daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment.
    • Home (2012) The story of a Korean war veteran on a quest to save his younger sister. Frank Money is an angry, broken veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. He is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from that he’s hated all his life.
    • God Help the Child (2015) A tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult. At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love.

Kallie Stahl, MA ’17 CLAS, is communication and marketing specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Her favorite Toni Morrison novel is The Bluest Eye.


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The Curious ‘Cat: “What kind of shark?”

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Celebrating Shark Week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Library staff,

“If you could be any species of shark, what would you be?”

1Mike Sgier, Access and Collections Coordinator: “Jaguar shark” [The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.]


3Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer: “The Greenland shark because they are the longest living vertebrate on the planet.”


4Sarah Wingo, Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature: “I don’t know why, but the hammerhead shark is my favorite; they just look so cool.”


Darren Poley, Theology, Classics, and Humanities Librarian: “I would be a friendly brownbanded bamboo shark.”


Geoffrey Scholl, Library Technology Developer; Dave Uspal, Library Technology Developer: “A whale shark because they look more dangerous than they really are. They’re actually super chill.”

 



Kallie Stahl MA ’17  is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. (This blog is was originally published July 26, 2017, in a slightly altered form.)


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How We Help: Intersession Service Hours Begin Today, Monday, July 29


Summer isn’t over yet, but our intersession service hours begin Monday, July 29. These hours will be in effect until Friday, August 23.

See you in a month, Wildcats!

Monday–Friday: 9AM–5PM (front doors and book stacks lock at 4:30PM. 24/7 card access available to eligible patrons.)

Saturday and Sunday: Closed (24/7 card access available to eligible patrons.)

Click here for additional information on library hours and access.


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


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Finals Stress Busting Events–Another Way Falvey Helps Students Relax and Achieve

Every fall and spring, students come face to face with finals. The finals countdown. The finals destination. For students, finals are the ultimate test. (Literally, since they often have the ultimate test of the semester.)

Everything is on the line academically. That’s why Falvey Memorial Library staff members give students the chance each semester to chill and chow in a more low stakes line, one that winds around bars filled with nachos, Tater Tots, and desserts. Because four out of five students know that the first step toward a well-fed mind is a well-fed body.

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Dessert Bar, spring 2019: Donuts, cupcakes, and cookies–oh my!

 

Tater Tot Bar, fall 2017: The grade students gave this event was “snacktacular!”

 

Cereal Bar, Spring 2018: Spoonfuls of relaxation.

 


Shawn ProctorShawn Proctor, MFA, is communications and marketing program manager at Falvey Memorial Library. His favorite cereal is Chocolate Chex, which he claims is “life.”


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Last Modified: July 22, 2019