Information Update - Fall 2010

Text a UofS Librarian: The Newest Virtual Reference Service at the Weinberg Memorial Library
Text a UofS Librarian
It's the end of class, and you're trying to figure out when you can stop by the Weinberg Memorial Library to look up an article for your latest assignment. You want to get some dinner and swing by your friend's room before you can get to the library. You wonder what time the library will be closing tonight, and wish there was a way to find out the library's hours quickly, without having to actually make a phone call or pull up the library's website on your phone or laptop. > Full story
Library Gaming A Lot of Fun
Library gaming might seem like an oxymoron to some people, but here at the Weinberg Memorial Library we think the two make a perfect match. It shouldn't be a surprise to hear that libraries have evolved quite a bit over time and librarians have been quick to roll with the punches. > Full story
The Only Constant is Change ... Library Databases
With more than 125 separate databases listed on the library's A to Z List of Databases page, of one thing you can be sure - there will be changes to the library databases. Changes that happened since the end of the last academic year can be categorized as follows: databases that are no longer available or will be gone within the next year, new databases, databases that have changed vendor platform and enhancements to the existing vendor platforms. > Full story
Library Develops Assessment Plan for Information Literacy
The Weinberg Memorial Library has developed an assessment plan in order to measure the quality and the effectiveness of its Information Literacy Program and the contributions that this program makes to enhance student learning. This plan is based on the concept of assessment-as-learning, which places the focus of information literacy instruction on student learning rather than on content. > Full Story
New Cataloging/Metadata Librarian Joins Staff
New Cataloging/Metadata Librarian
Sheli McHugh joined the staff of the Weinberg Memorial Library as the cataloging/metadata librarian, as of June 1. As head of this department, Sheli is responsible not only for taking on the traditional role as head cataloger, recently left vacant due to the retirement of Donna Ramos, but she will also be exploring ways to integrate appropriate emerging technologies into current cataloging practices. > Full story
Library Staff Retreat
We have an exciting exhibit season planned. During the spring semester the Library will feature a solo exhibition of the work of Japanese artist Ritsuko Sato. Then in May we will celebrate faculty scholarship with our annual exhibit of faculty publications completed in the past academic year. > Full story
From the Library Dean
The end of the summer brings a new academic year and some exciting changes at the Weinberg Library. > Full story
Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights
Helen Suzman
The Heritage Room will be hosting a traveling exhibit titled "Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights" from Aug. 31 to Oct. 25. Suzman, over the course of a nearly four-decade political career, was one of South Africa's most vociferous and energetic opponents of apartheid.
The exhibit, which features 29 hanging panels utilizing photographs, personal letters and political speeches, portrays Suzman's often solitary fight within the South African Parliament against apartheid, her work with anti-apartheid activists outside the government, and her friendship with Nelson Mandela, after meeting him in 1967 at the Robben Island Prison. It portrays the hostility and anti-Semitism she faced during her 36-year career in parliament (1953-1989) and while fighting apartheid. > Full story
400 Years of the Jesuit Province of Lithuania Traveling Exhibit
From July 12 through Aug. 13 the Heritage Room hosted a traveling exhibit titled "400 Years of the Jesuit Province of Lithuania" in conjunction with the Annual Lithuanian Day Heritage Festival held at the Anthracite Heritage Museum in McDade Park. > Full story
Zaner-Bloser Collection Donated to Library
The Weinberg Memorial Library is the new home for the Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Collection. The company was founded in 1888 by Charles P. Zaner as the Zanerian School of Penmanship. Elmer W. Bloser purchased a share of the company in 1891, and in 1895 the school changed its name to the Zaner-Bloser Company. Zaner-Bloser, a subsidiary of Highlights for Children since 1972, continues to be a leader in the field of penmanship instruction. > Full story
Sir William Dugdale's Monasticon Anglicum
Special Collections would like to thank Charles Pinches, professor of theology and religious studies, for his donation, via the estate of Richard Little III, of Sir William Dugdale's three-folio volume work Monasticon Anglicum (1655, 1661, and 1673). This impressive work contains histories of English monastic churches and features many engravings.
New Coordinator of Media Resources Center
New Media Resources Coordinator
Sharon Walsh Finnerty is the new coordinator of the Media Resources Center for the Weinberg Library, having assumed this position as of May 2010. Finnerty began her affiliation with the library when she was hired as evening/weekend circulation clerk in 2003. She moved to the cataloging department, where she served as cataloging clerk, a position she held until May, when she succeeded Karen Heckman, who recently retired from the University. > Full story
CTLE Activities
Once again, the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence had a very busy spring semester and summer. We provided services to 120 students with disabilities and proctored 450 tests and exams and accommodated some 600 requests for peer tutoring. > Full story
Controversial PATRIOT Act Provisions Extended
The University of Scranton's varsity football team officially disbanded in 1960 (with club football continuing until 1979), but here at the Weinberg Memorial Library, the history of Scranton football is alive and well, preserved in our University Archives. > Full story
More of a Good Thing: Additional 24-Hour Study Space
While some may think that having a wealth of materials online, accessible from any place with an internet connection, would result in fewer visits to the library, the use of the Weinberg Memorial Library as a place is in increasing demand. This summer, students' demands for more 24-hour space were met with the construction of a second 24-hour space in the library. > Full story
Leaves of Class Winners
The Newest Friends of the Library
The Weinberg Memorial Library 2010 Book and Plant Sale held last April
Pride, Passion, Promise: Experience Our Jesuit Tradition