Information Update - Spring 2014

Colum McCann to Receive Distinguished Author Award
The Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award will be presented this year to National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann. > Full story
Library Research Prize: 2 Deadlines, 1 Judging, 2 Prizes
This academic year, the application process for the Weinberg Memorial Library Research Prize has changed. For projects completed for courses taken during Summer/Fall 2013, the application deadline was in December; while projects done for Intersession/Spring 2014 courses have an application deadline of 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014. > Full story
Mutiny on the Bounty Exhibit and Lecture at Library
Although the Mutiny on the Bounty will always stand as a single event in maritime history, the circumstances surrounding the mutiny have been clouded by early attacks on Lieutenant William Bligh and by motion pictures, which portrayed him as a tyrant. > Full story
Reilly Learning Commons Construction Moves Forward
As you may recall from the Fall Information Update, the Library has secured funding to develop the Reilly Learning Commons located on the first floor of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Plans are moving forward for construction within the space to take place in summer 2014, directly after spring semester finals. > Full story
Clippings Collection: 100 Years of University of Scranton News
Much attention has been drawn recently to the emerging discipline of digital humanities and particularly to its exciting applications for scholarship in history. For example, the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab recently released a beautifully interactive web version of Charles O. Paullin’s 1932 Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States that allows viewers not only to look at old maps but to explore and manipulate them. > Full story
Lindisfarne Gospels Facsimile Added to Special Collections
IThe Weinberg Memorial Library Special Collections recently received an extraordinary gift in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Library. Dr. Midori Yamanouchi, Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library Board Member, provided funding for the acquisition of a fine art facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels. > Full Story
Information Literacy Competency Standards Being Revised
The Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education have been the bedrock of information literacy for librarians, educators, and assessment agencies since they were adopted by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) on January 18, 2000. So, why are they being revised? > Full story
Students and Teachers Receive Rose Kelly Awards
Students at The University of Scranton and their high school teachers who they credit for contributing to their success were recognized at the Rose Kelly Awards ceremony held recently on campus. > Full story
From the Library Dean
Happy New Year!  2014 is the Twentieth Anniversary of the founding of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library.   The Friends organization was formed in 1994 to support The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Library and to provide cultural outreach to the Northeastern Pennsylvania community. > Full story
University of Scranton Reference Librarian Participates in NEH Summer Seminar
During January of 2011, I began to fill out an application in the hopes of being one of the sixteen teacher participants selected for the National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar – The Dutch Republic and Britain:  The Making of Modern Society and a European World Economy.  This seminar was to take place over a period of five weeks from June 26 to July 29, 2011, and was to be led by Dr. Gerard Koot of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.  The purpose of the seminar was to study how the economy of the Dutch Republic rose to preeminence in the new European world economy of the seventeenth century, how Britain acquired this supremacy in the eighteenth century, and how it transformed itself to become an industrial nation. > Full story
Introducing Our Staff: Kevin Kocur
Kevin KocurKevin Kocur, who joined our staff in May 2012, works as cataloging clerk at the Weinberg Memorial Library.  Kevin Norris, editor of Information Update, interviewed him via Facebook Messenger. > Full story
Taking the Library Catalog to the Next Level with ERM
In November 2013 the Library took its online catalog to the next level with a soft launch of Innovative Interface's ERM module.  "ERM" is an acronym that stands for:  "Electronic Resources Management."  ERM is a type of library software management system that allows the Library to provide access to and management of the online journals and databases to which the Library subscribes. > Full story
Update on Google Books Legislation: A Win for Libraries and Researchers
Who has not logged onto the Amazon website, looked for a book title, then before hitting the “place it in my cart” option, selected the “look inside” link to scan a few pages or to look at the index or table of contents before parting with hard earned money? > Full story
Staff Changes
The Writing Center at the CTLE is Expanding!
As an instructor of first-year writing and creative writing, I ask my students to ponder one specific question during their first week of classes: Where or what is your writing home? > Full story
Welcome to the Newest Friends of the Library
Looking Back, Looking Forward: From WML20 to WML+10
Throughout the Weinberg Memorial Library’s 20th Anniversary celebration in 2012-2013, Dean Charles Kratz reflected on the idea of looking back while also looking forward, celebrating the history and traditions of the Library while also preparing to sustain and advance the Library’s role as a center for innovation, collaboration, and scholarship on campus. > Full story
Library Has Strong Judaic Studies Collection
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library has the strongest Judaic Studies Collection in Northeastern Pennsylvania. > Full story
Information Literacy Stipend Recipients Announced
Four University of Scranton professors have been awarded Information Literacy Stipends to help them integrate information literacy learning outcomes into their courses. > Full story
Library Celebrates Scholarship Month
Once again, the Weinberg Memorial Library will celebrate Scholarship Month at The University of Scranton during May 2014 with an exhibition of faculty publications in the Scranton Heritage Room. > Full story
Leaves of Class XV Winners
Friends of the Library 20th Anniversary Exhibit
The Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library are celebrating their twentieth anniversary in 2014.  For two decades the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library have been committed to helping the Library excel in meeting the dynamic scholarly, cultural and social endeavors of the University and the community at large. In celebration of the anniversary, the Library will display a small exhibit in the Heritage Room showcasing the years of support from the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, including their various activities, events, and endowment.  The exhibit will be on display until Thursday, April 17.
Students Recognized for Academic Achievement
Students at the Univesity of Scranton Were recently recognized for outstanding academic achievement at an awards ceremony held on campus. > Full story
Weinberg Library 20th Anniversary Campaign