Information Update - Spring 2002

Book Lovers Roadshow
Check through the attic and through that box of old books and bring your treasures to be appraised by Jack Walsdorf, author, book collector, lecturer, and appraiser from Portland, Oregon, who will be here at the University of Scranton on April 14 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Brennan Hall, Room 516, to his famed "Book Lovers Road Show."  > Full story
Is The Library Really Deserted?
The November 16, 2001 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education featured a cover story entitled "The Deserted Library." Scott Carlson, a staff reporter for the journal, gathered statistical data, conducted interviews, and provided much anecdota information to support his premise that fewer students are visiting the library buildings on their campuses for information retrieval, studying, or socializing. Instead, he argues, they are accessing much of their informational needs from desktop computers in their dorm rooms and homes, or from laptop computers from virtually anywhere on campus or off. > Full story
User Satisfaction Survey Preliminary Findings
The Library is currently conducting a survey of its users to assess satisfaction with the building, its resources and services. The survey will continue through the Spring, 2002 semester. > Full story
Increase Seen in Number "Ask The Librarian" Questions
Serving library users has become a priority in all academic libraries, and most have responded by offering some sort of "virtual" reference service. The Weinberg Memorial Library began its e-mail reference service, called "Ask A Librarian," in December, 2000. > Full story
New Web Pages and Links on Library's Web Site
As most of our library users have by now discovered, the Library made some modifications to its web site this past fall semester. The goal was to make the Library's web site easier to navigate for research. > Full story
New Databases Added
IEEE Xplore provides access to 104 full-text journals and magazines published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). This past year the Physics Department at the University of Scranton made the decision to cancel the print subscriptions to these IEEE publications and subscribe instead to the online versions. > Full story
From the Library Director
Another chapter in Weinberg Library automation is about to unfold with the recent merger of SIRSI and Data Research Associates (DRA). SIRSI completed the DRA acquisition in late August 2001. > Full story
Library to Celebrate Scholarship Month
The Weinberg Memorial Library will celebrate Scholarship Month at The University of Scranton during May 2002 with an exhibition of faculty publications in the Scranton Heritage Room. > Full story
University Building Web Page Available
Special Collections has launched a University Building Web page.  The page, located at, contains historical information concerning 38 campus buildings. > Full story
New Reference Books
Give credit where credit is due” is a phrase many professors use when instructing students in how to avoid plagiarism. In today's world, however, where there are so many Internet sites from which a student can quickly obtain information, cutting it out and pasting it together to write his or her paper, some refuse to listen.  Unlike the prominent authors, speakers, or artists who have been exposed in the news for plagiarism, many, especially students, do not fear reprisal. > Full story
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