Enhancing Student Research Abilities: Summer/Fall 2020 Information Literacy Stipends

Do you want to enhance your students’ research abilities? Then consider applying for an Information Literacy Stipend for your course.

The Weinberg Memorial Library will be awarding up to two (2) $1,000.00 stipends for courses taught during Summer 2020 or Fall 2020. Recipients will collaborate with a faculty librarian to develop assignments and assessments that focus on information literacy. The stipend will be awarded upon submission of a final report.

What is information literacy?

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. (ACRL, 2016)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2016) provides ideas to help faculty integrate information literacy into their courses.

TO APPLY: Submit a proposal, not to exceed two pages, that includes the following:

  • Course name and number
  • Student learning outcomes related to information literacy
  • Assessment plan to determine how student learning outcomes will be evaluated
  • Projected Timeline (Summer 2020 or Fall 2020)
  • Name of the faculty librarian who has agreed to collaborate with you

Proposals will be reviewed by the Library Advisory Committee’s Information Literacy Subcommittee for evidence of the following components:

  • Student learning outcomes related to information literacy
  • Assessment plan to determine how student learning outcomes will be evaluated
  • Collaboration and consultation with a librarian before submission

Stipends are subject to taxes. At the completion of the course, a final report documenting the impact of the information literacy component on student learning outcomes must be submitted to the Interim Dean of the Library. This report will be posted on the Library’s website.

If you are interested, consult with the subject liaison librarian for your department as you prepare your proposal; find your liaison librarian here. Examples of previous successful stipend projects and links to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy can be accessed here.

Application deadline: Friday, March 27, 2020

Please submit proposals via campus mail or email to:

Kym Balthazar Fetsko, Assistant to the Dean of the Library
Weinberg Memorial Library – Room 406

Questions? Contact Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator, at donna.witek@scranton.edu or 570-941-4000.

Celebrate Open Education Week! Join us for Coffee and OER Discussion

Coffee cupThe Library invites University of Scranton Faculty to join us Thursday, March 5th, at 10:00 am during Open Education Week (March 2-6) for coffee and a light breakfast in the Weinberg Memorial Library room 305 to discuss implementing Open Educational Resources (OER) in the classroom. The Library defines OER as any freely accessible or appropriately licensed, rigorous academic material that is a suitable replacement for expensive textbooks, readings, and other types of required course materials.

Discussion will include an introduction to OER, how to locate OER resources within the Library’s collection and online, and suggestions for how you can replace costly textbooks and other resources with OER. Librarians will also answer questions about OER and the Open Educational Resources Grant, available to full-time faculty and accepting applications until April 17th.

Click here to register by Friday, February 28th.

Environmental Art Show — Call For Art — 2020

The library is seeking submissions for the 10th Annual Environmental Art Show. The art show will be held from April 15 to April 22.

The Environmental Art Show promotes the natural beauty of our environment and the ideal practice of sustainable living through artworks of all types, including painting, photography, repurposed goods, sculpture, and more. The art show relies on submissions by University of Scranton student, staff, and faculty, so please consider contributing!

The deadline for submissions is set for Monday, April 13. All works of art can be dropped off at either the Circulation or Research Services desks of the library. All artwork is returned after the art show ends.

Adobe Creative Cloud in the Reilly Learning Commons

We recently updated from Adobe Creative Suite to the Adobe Creative Cloud on the iMacs and Double Screen Dells in the Reilly Learning Commons. To use this software, you will be prompted to log in. Simply enter your scranton.edu email address. You will be redirected to the portal log in screen and will then be able to use the Adobe Creative Cloud! If you have any problems email reillylearningcommons@scranton.edu.

New in the Library for Spring Semester 2020

Over Intersession the Library made some new improvements in response to student feedback:

  • 100 of the hardwood chairs on the 2nd floor were upgraded to have cushioned seats.
  • The large group study room on the third floor was split into two, adding an additional “non-reserve” study room.
  • The third floor will be open 24/7 for quiet study all semester starting Friday Feb.7.

We always appreciate student feedback, and hope these changes improve your study experience!

Using the Library from the dorm, home, or wherever else you need it!

Can’t make it to the Library? No worries—there are a multitude of library resources available to you from wherever you can connect to the internet! The Weinberg Memorial Library provides access to eBooks, articles, videos, and more that you can connect with instantly from your computer or mobile device. You can even connect with a librarian virtually via chat, email, or the phone!

Screen shot of the Library's Databases page with the "Subject" drop-down menu expanded.To find resources online that you can access right away, check out the complete list of databases available to current University of Scranton students, staff, and faculty. If you aren’t sure what database to start with, choose your research area from the “Browse Databases by Subject” drop down box. Then, you can browse through the list of suggested databases. The databases contain scholarly articles, newspapers, videos, dictionaries, and more! Tip: Read the brief description corresponding to each databases to learn what type of content it covers.

If you’d like to browse for an answer, you can review the Research Guides, which provide assistance for certain courses, help with citations, information about 3D printing, and other helpful tips & topics.

Finally, if you need more personalized help from a distance, you can contact a librarian using a few different methods. One of the most popular ways to reach us is the chat box that you see all over the Library’s website. You can also get in touch by email or phone via: askalibrarian@scranton.edu or 570-941-4000. The librarians are more than happy to help, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have!