Information Update - Spring 2010

From the Library Dean: Welcome to the Spring 2010 Semester

     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 .
 
     The Library is pleased to announce the University of Scranton Football Collection, a digitized version of our football archives - www.scranton.edu/library/football. The collection includes over a thousand photographs of University of Scranton (and St. Thomas College) football teams, players, coaches, and games - as well as photos of the cheerleaders and marching bands. The collection also features a set of football game programs. The programs, produced for each home game, have team rosters, statistics, and game analysis. Most of the materials come from the years 1900 through 1960, when the varsity football team was disbanded.
 
     Finally, the Schemel Forum is planning an exciting semester of activities with four seminars, a luncheon series on Insights into World Affairs and two music events - a piano recital and "back by popular demand" our tango cabaret. And please save the date for our third annual University for a Day to be held on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. For more information on the Schemel Forum events, please contact Assistant to the Dean Kym Fetsko at 941-7816 or fetskok2@scranton.edu.
 
 
     This past fall, the Friends of the Weinberg Library presented the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award to best-selling author William Bernhardt. Our thanks to Mr. Bernhardt for his inspirational remarks and our thanks to the event's sponsors, attendees and planning committee. As we begin a new semester and so look forward to spring, I leave you with Bill Bernhardt’s closing words to the University of Scranton:
 
Scratches
 
This is how it begins;
scratches on signs, on blocks
on a white page. Then the
scratches start to dance. They
recombinate, they collect sounds
they call your name.
Like so much in childhood
they are ciphers, full of secrets
but once you learn the dance
the secrets of the world
and more, are revealed.
You learn to read.

You learn:
manners from Goldilocks
curiosity from George
gluttony from Peter
the importance of nonsense from Alice.
You set sail with Jim Hawkins, raft with Huck
row with Mole.
You learn that love is eternal, from Catherine
but so is madness, says the first Mrs. Rochester.
Jeeves helps you laugh
poetry helps you cry
Atticus shows you how to do both, with courage.

 
Not only have the scratches shaped the world
they have shaped your world.
They have taught you how to see.
Now you need never be afraid.
Now you will never be alone.
In the darkest night
in the deepest solitude
the scratches will call to you.
You will open the covers.
They will reach out their arms and say
"Hey! You thought you were the only one?
You're not.
 
Copyright 2009 William Bernhardt
Charles Kratz,
Dean of the Library and Information Fluency