Information Update - Fall 2012

Weinberg Memorial Library Hosts 20th Anniversary Celebrations
The celebration of the Weinberg Memorial Library's 20th Anniversary begins on Saturday September 29, with the Friends of the Library Distinguished Author Award Event honoring Jay Parini, Axinn professor of English and creative writing, Middlebury College. > Full story
Library Guides Can Help You with Your Research
Did you know that the Weinberg Library has guides to help you with your research? Research guides are a tool that gives you an overview of the Library’s resources in a specific subject area or course. > Full story
A Print Off the Old Block: Letterpress Printing the Library's Christmas Card
In 2010, the Zaner-Bloser Company donated a rich collection of 19th and early 20th century penmanship materials to the Weinberg Memorial Library's Special Collections. In addition to original artwork by the masters of the Golden Age of Penmanship, the collection also includes a set of engraved printing blocks, used to reproduce and publish the artists' engrossings. > Full story
From the Library Dean
I am very pleased to announce that during the academic year, 2012-2013, The University of Scranton will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Weinberg Memorial Library. > Full story
Passionist Historical Archives Move to Weinberg Library
In July, Special Collections became the custodian of the Passionist Historical Archives. The Passionists were planning to close their research facility in Union City, N.J., and were looking for a home for the collection where it would be open to the public research. History department faculty Roy Domenico, Ph.D., and Sean Brennan, Ph.D., were aware of the closing of the facility and brought the availability of the collection to the attention Weinberg Library Dean Charles Kratz and Special Collection Librarian Michael Knies. After negotiations with Passionist leadership, in collaboration with Passionist Province Historian Father Rob Carbonneau C. P., an agreement was reached for the Weinberg Library to serve as the new home for the Passionist Historical Archives.  > Full story
Expanding our Library Resources Virtually with Ebrary
In January 2012, the Weinberg Memorial Library was able to expand its holdings by more than 75,000 titles without having to add any shelf space. This was possible with the addition of ebrary's Academic Complete eBook collection to the Library's list of online resources. The eBooks are available 24/7 both on and off-campus through the Library's A to Z List of Databases web page under "ebrary : Academic Complete eBook Collection," as well as through links to the individual book titles through the Library's online catalog. > Full Story
Library Research Prize Competition a Success in its Second Year
In preparation for the University’s 125th anniversary celebration, the Weinberg Memorial Library recently published two new digital collections of materials from the University Archives. > Full story
Library Renovates Second Floor
The last issue of the Weinberg Library's Information Update reported on several changes that were to take place on the second floor of the Library during the spring and summer of 2012. > Full story
Academic Integrity Tutorial Implemented for Graduate Students
The successful implementation of an Academic Integrity Tutorial for undergraduates (See Information Update, Spring 2012) led to a request by members of the faculty for a graduate tutorial. Librarians, instructional technologists and Techcons in the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) collaborated to develop an Academic Integrity Tutorial for graduate students. This tutorial was then implemented beginning in the fall of 2008. > Full story
Two Join Library Staff
Please join us in welcoming two new staff members. Joel Krisanda joined our staff as weekend library attendant in January 2012. Kevin Kocur joined us in May 2012 as cataloging clerk.
The Proud Art of Beautiful Writing Library Offers Limited Edition Moleskine® Notebooks
As we began the fall 2011 semester, students were pleasantly surprised to find the latest addition to the Library's circulating collection: the iPad 2. The tablets were introduced to students during the summer sessions, and by mid-September the three new devices became the most popular items getting checked out of the Library. > Full story
Heritage Room Exhibits
Once again, the Weinberg Memorial Library will celebrate Scholarship Month at The University of Scranton during May 2012 with an exhibition of faculty publications in the Scranton Heritage Room. The Library is seeking scholarly works produced since June 1, 2011, and prior works not already donated to the Faculty Publications Collections. Faculty members are invited to send copies of their scholarly works, including books, chapters, offprints, articles, reviews, abstracts, conference programs, posters, pamphlets, and notices. Participation in this exhibition is voluntary. Please send your items to Library Dean Charles Kratz by April 16, 2012, and indicate if you would like to donate the publications to the Library's Faculty Publications Collection or to have the items returned following the exhibition. Please join the Weinberg Library in celebrating Scholarship Month. If you have any questions, please contact Charles Kratz at 570-941-4008. > Full story
Welcome to the Newest Friends of the Library
Old Information, New Contexts Digital Collections Expand the Use of Archival Material
Since the creation of the Digital Services department in 2008, the Weinberg Memorial Library's digital collections ( have grown into an invaluable set of resources for The University of Scranton community.s. > Full story
Choice Reviews Online: Sustainability Meets Versatility
In a move to enhance the resources faculty and librarians have available for developing the Library's book collection at The University of Scranton, and to offer a "greener" solution for this activity, the Library has added Choice Reviews Online to its list of databases. Choice Reviews Online is a selection tool for academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources that allows faculty, students, and librarians to locate the leading academic books in their fields of learning from 1987 to the present.  > Full story
It's Easy to Make the Move to EasyBib
The Library is always eager to give users what they want, so it should come as no surprise that as of September 1st, we will be changing citation management software subscriptions from RefWorks to EasyBib.  This came as a result of an analysis that was done on the use of the EasyBib website by the University community. > Full story
Near Field Communication: A New Technology
What is it? Near Field Communication (NFC) is an emerging technology that allows objects, such as mobile phones, computers, tags and the like to exchange information wirelessly at very close range. How close? > Full story
Information Literacy Stipends Announced
A goal in support of the mission of the Weinberg Memorial is to "teach literacies in a variety of forms and formats." A subcommittee of the Library Advisory reviews applications from faculty who propose projects to imbed information literacy into their courses through consultation with a librarian to develop learning outcomes. For fall 2012, five stipends of $1000.00 each were awarded. > Full story
The Open Access Movement: What Is It and Where Is It Going?
Open Access is an internet movement with the main objective of making scholarship easier and more open to the public by allowing free access to scholarly publications. In order to better understand why Open Access is gaining mass attention, it is first necessary to understand the academic journal publishing industry. > Full story
Journal Archives Expanded with the Addition of JSTOR Arts & Sciences Collections
The Library has continued its expansion of its online journal archival collections with the recent additions of the JSTOR Arts & Sciences VIII, X, and XI Collections of journals. The collections will contain a minimum of 390 journal titles when completed by the end of 2014. The addition of these collections has enabled the Weinberg Library to consolidate its print journal collection while at the same time freeing up the entire space on the Library's first floor, thus paving the way for the creation of its future Learning Commons. > Full story
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