Information Update - Spring 2012

From the Library Dean

Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary defines an anniversary as "a date that is remembered or celebrated because a special or notable event occurred on that date in a previous year." While there are many significant dates in the history of The University of Scranton, none are more important to the University's Library than the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library on June 8, 1992, and its dedication on September 25, 1992. I am very pleased to announce that during the calendar year of 2012 the Weinberg Library will celebrate that opening and the Library's many accomplishments. We have several exciting events planned and a few surprises along the way. First, the Weinberg Library, the Friends of the Weinberg Library and the Schemel Forum are working together to bring a major speaker to campus to help celebrate the anniversary. More details as this event unfolds. Second, in early summer the Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured and the Friends of the Weinberg Library will host a wine-tasting fundraiser to benefit the clinic and to help the Library purchase some special gifts for its collections. And third, on September 29, 2012, the Weinberg Library will celebrate its 20th anniversary and honor Dr. Jay Parini with the Friends of the Weinberg Library's 2012 Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award. A native of Scranton, Dr. Parini attended Lafayette College and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, from which he received a Ph.D. He has taught at Dartmouth College, Oxford University and Middlebury College, where he is currently Axinn Professor of English. A poet and novelist as well as a biographer, Dr. Parini has published six novels, four books of poetry, and critical and biographical studies of Theodore Roethke and Robert Frost. He has edited numerous works, including The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature. His most recent work was The Passages of H. M.: A Novel of Herman Melville in 2010.
As we begin to look back over the 20 years and look forward to next 20, I want to take the opportunity to thank the current and former Weinberg Library staff members for all they have contributed to support the University's students, faculty and staff and to thank the many Friends of the Weinberg Library and all our donors who have so strongly supported the Library and its programs and services. Join us during the year as we celebrate the 20th!
Charles E. Kratz
Dean of the Library & Information Fluency