Information Update - Spring 2012

Jay Parini to Receive Distinguished Author Award
Jay PariniOn September 29, 2012, the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library will present the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award to Jay Parini. This event is one of several planned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Weinberg Memorial Library. > Full story
Library Research Prize Eligibility Extended to Graduate Students
Building on the success of the 2011 Library Research Prize, which was open only to undergraduate students, the Weinberg Memorial Library will extend eligibility to graduate students in 2012. Applications will be judged in two separate categories, and two prizes of $500 will be awarded, one to an undergraduate student or group of undergraduate students, and one to a graduate student or group of graduate students. > Full story
Weinberg Memorial Library -- Twenty Years Back; Twenty Years Forward
Writing a history of a building, or any history, for that matter, can be problematic. Does an account of dates and events really sum up how time has changed? > Full story
Library Green Team Continues to Strive for a More Sustainable Future
The Weinberg Memorial Library's Green Team, a group of library faculty, staff and students, whose mission is to educate about the importance of sustainability and lead by example, continues to help advance sustainability on campus and in the community. The efforts of the Green Team have not gone unnoticed and, in fact, have garnered considerable attention on campus. > Full story
New Course Designed and Taught by Librarians
In the spring semester a new course called "The Internet Cultural Revolution" will be offered through the Media and Information Technology Department. > Full Story
Introducing Our Staff: Mary Fran Galat
Mary Fran GalatMary Fran Galat works as a cataloging clerk in the Weinberg Memorial Library. This past year, she received a Pro Deo Award for 20 years of service. Kevin Norris, editor of Information Update, interviewed Mary Fran via Facebook Messenger. > Full story
Dean Awards Information Literacy Stipends
Dean Charles Kratz announced that four Information Literacy Stipends were granted by the Weinberg Memorial Library for the 2012 spring semester. One full-time and three part-time faculty members will receive grants of $1,000 each upon submission of their reports documenting the impact that the information literacy component had on student learning outcomes as identified in their grant proposals. > Full story
Renovations in the Works for Second Floor Reference Area
Each time the Weinberg Library conducts a survey, whether by informal means or by the nationally recognized LibQual instrument, additional group study rooms are always at the top of the most requested improvement list. As more and more professors assign projects that require collaboration, the Library struggles to keep up with the requisite equipment and environments to meet the students' needs. > Full story
Curriculum Laboratory Collection Update
Professor Sandy Lamanna will be working throughout the spring semester to help update the ED LAB (Curriculum Collection) housed in the Media Center on the third floor of the Library. > Full story
The iPad 2 Now Available for Borrowing
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
Library Celebrates Scholarship Month
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.
Staff Changes
We would like to welcome Gloria Zekoski who joined the Circulation Access Services Department of the Library in November 2011 as a circulation clerk. We would also like to welcome Jean Lenville, our new assistant dean of the library. She joined us in January 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. > Full story
Zaner-Bloser Alphabet Exhibit
The Heritage Room will feature an eye-catching exhibit of Alphabets from the Zaner-Bloser Collection. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Zaner-Bloser was a leader in penmanship and calligraphy instruction. > Full story
Academic Integrity Tutorial for Undergraduate Students
Academic integrity is a crucial issue for educational institutions, particularly in an ever- increasing online environment. Colleges and universities struggle with how to convince their students of the importance of ethical standards when taking examinations, writing papers or reports, and collaborating with others, and The University of Scranton is no exception. > Full story
Information Literacy and Facebook in the Classroom
Since as far back as Spring 2008, Rhetoric & Composition instructor Teresa Grettano knew she wanted to someday teach a course that analyzed social media rhetorically. When she was hired in fall 2009 by The University of Scranton's English & Theatre Department, she knew her opportunity to teach this course was finally available to her. > Full story
Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence News
The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence had a very busy fall semester. We offered services to students in the areas of peer tutoring, supplemental instruction, reading services, writing services, accommodations for students with disabilities and learning technology support services. > Full story
The Newest Friends of the Library
Leaves of Class Winners
Recognizing Rose Kelly Award Recipients
The Rose I. Kelly Award was established by University of Scranton Alumnus Joseph Wineburgh, Ph.D., to link the efforts of educators to the achievements of college students. > Full story
Frank O'Hara Awards Presented
Frank O'Hara Awards are presented to first-, second- and third-year undergraduate students with the highest grade point average in each of the four undergraduate colleges of the University; and to graduate students with the highest grade point average who are approximately halfway through their program of study in the areas of business, counseling, education, humanities, health administration/human resources administration, Scranton education online, science, and physical therapy. > Full story
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