Information Update - Spring 2013
From the Library Dean
- We were very blessed during the fall 2012 semester to have several wonderful opportunities to celebrate the Weinberg Library's 20th anniversary, to reflect on the past, and to set goals for the future. We kicked off our official celebration on Sept. 29 honoring our Distinguished Author Award recipient Jay Parini, Ph.D., Axinn Professor of English & Creative Writing at Middlebury College. In October, Carolyn Brown, director of the Office of Scholarly Programs at the Library of Congress, spoke eloquently about libraries and the moral life, especially how libraries prepare themselves and others for the future. Later that month, Martin Palous, Ph.D., former Czech ambassador to the United States and the United Nation and now director of the Václav Havel Presidential Library in Prague, spoke about Václav Havel's impact as artist and intellectual and ultimately as president of the Czech Republic in the democratization of Eastern and Central Europe. We closed the fall semester with a festive winetasting event supporting both the library and the Panuska College of Professional Studies' Leahy Clinic for the Uninsured, as well as an evening of conversation with noted playwright Stephen Karam and Paul Holdengraber, director of public programs at the New York Public Library. The final event for the 20th anniversary took place during the spring 2013 Schemel Forum Luncheon series. On March 5, Daniel Serwer, Scholar of the Middle East Institute and Professor of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, discussed current war and peace issues for the United States. Issues for the U.S. included Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iran and China. My personal thanks to our partners, the Schemel Forum which co-sponsored the 20th anniversary events.
- As I mentioned in my fall newsletter column, the Weinberg Library also kicked off a small capital campaign to commemorate its 20th anniversary. Gifts during Weinberg's 20th anniversary year will fund three priorities: expansion of the library's collections; growth of the library's collaborative spaces for bringing our students, faculty and community together; and the continued adoption of technology that has made us an example of excellence in library innovation. I am pleased to report we are close to meeting our goal. Please consider supporting our campaign as we plan for the library's next 20 years. You can donate by accessing https://web2.scranton.edu/annualfund/weinberg.asp.
- Thank you for your support.
Charles E. Kratz