Information Update - Fall 2004

Distance and Virtual Library Service
Since last September, the Weinberg Memorial Library Reference Librarians have been available online for chat reference between the hours of 9 -11 PM, Monday through Thursday, and from 3 - 5 PM, Sundays. > Full story
The USA Patriot Act - A Follow-Up
As many of us may recall, The USA Patriot Act was passed by Congress in October 2001 following the events of 9/11. Section 215 of the Act allowed federal authorities gathering foreign intelligence information or investigating international terrorism to obtain business records, including library use and library computer use records. Furthermore, libraries would not be allowed to disclose to the patron that his or her records had been investigated. The American Library Association, along with other civil liberties watchdog organizations such as the ACLU, have, of course, strenuously protested these provisions of the law. > Full story
Aquinas Newspaper Digitalization Project
The complete run of the Aquinas student newspaper will soon be available online. The Aquinas was inaugurated in newspaper format in 1930 and, because of inherent conservation problems with newsprint, many issues have become brittle. Working with OCLC and Bethlehem based Preservation Resources, Weinberg Library and the University Archives will microfilm and scan the original Aquinas newspaper. > Full story
Muscular Dystrophy Association Art Exhibit
A special exhibit of artworks created by individuals suffering from muscular dystrophy is scheduled for September 24 through October 4, in the Heritage Room. > Full story
Horror Fiction Exhibit
Weinberg Library is honored to host an exhibit of Arkham House books from the Edward Leahy collection. > Full story
New Standards Re-Define Information Literacy
Benjamin Franklin's purpose for establishing the American Philosophical Society "for the promoting of useful knowledge" is as valid today as it was in 1743. Those who seek to become information fluent are his heirs, his legacy living on in information literate people. > Full story
From the Library Dean
Friends of the Weinberg Library Gift Books
Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
The Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (CTLE) will be hosting several events for faculty during the fall 2004 semester. > Full story
How to Find the Best of the Web
The Faculty Research Committee at the University of Scranton has awarded Bonnie Oldham an Internal Research Grant to evaluate the Weinberg Library's Web site using focus groups. Professor Oldham hopes to elicit users' perceptions of the seamlessness and self sufficiency of the site with her research which will be conducted in September. > Full story
Spring 2004 Workshop for Librarians
It's Crunch Time at the Library: Alternative Funding for Libraries, a full day workshop sponsored by the Northeast Chapter of PaLA and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Library Network, included discussions and presentations on funding and budgets, grant writing, and the Pennsylvania State Library Archive. > Full story
Linda Neyer Takes New Position
The University of Scranton community welcomes Andre Oberle, Ph.D. to our campus. Dr. Oberle received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto, and he received his doctorate from Queen’s University in Toronto. > Full story
Staff Changes
The Newest Friends of the Library
Leaves of Class Winners
2004 Library Books Sale
Pride, Passion, Promise: Experience Our Jesuit Tradition