Library Game Night Wednesday!

Game Night September 2014- Smash Bros

The library will be hosting a Game Night in the new Reilly Learning Commons on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 8PM to 11PM.

All students are welcome to join us in the fun. We will be playing Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Rock Band, and Just Dance on the Kinect, and maybe some more games. Free Pizza, Snacks, and Refreshments will be provided!

Reilly Learning Commons Ribbon Cutting and Vendor Fair

CLlogoFINAL-lighttextJoin us for the official grand opening! We will be holding the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for the Reilly Learning Commons in the Weinberg Memorial Library on Wednesday, September 17 at 10am. The Reilly Learning Commons features state of the art computers including Macs and PCs, collaboration spaces, a lecture capture room, as well as space for the Writing Center to provide tutoring. Come to the ribbon cutting and see what this newly renovated space has for our students. Coffee, tea, and cake will be served.

Immediately following the Grand Opening will be a vendor fair from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm on both September 17th and 18th. We have invited some of our major information providers to our campus to show interested students, faculty, and staff how these products can meet their research needs as well as answer any questions they may might have about using these resources for their research. There will also be raffle prizes and give-aways! A full schedule of vendors is listed below.

Our Digital Services Librarian, Kristen Yarmey, will also be demonstrating the Library’s Digital Collections and its rich assortment of resources from the Aquinas to the Yearbook; Basketball and Football collections to Commencement Programs and Newspaper Clippings. Professor Yarmey will also be demoing the Digital Public Library of America. The DPLA is a website that unites digital collections from many different libraries, universities, museums, and historical societies, to one place.

There will also be Writing Center and CTLE staff on hand to discuss the services they provide through the Learning Commons. You will be able to learn about the lecture capture room and how students can practice presentations, record them, and save a digital copy. The Writing Center will be providing evening hours and drop-in times for students to get help where and when they need it.

Please, join us for two full days of information and celebration, snacks and prizes! We are excited for everyone to see our new space and learn about its features and services. We hope that you will stop by and encourage your friends and colleagues to attend as well.

Wednesday, September 17

  • 10am Ribbon Cutting
  • 10am-12pm: JSTOR, Springer, Project Muse
  • 1pm-3pm: ProQuest, Alexander Street Press, IEEE

Thursday, September 18

  • 10am-12pm: EBSCO, OVID
  • 1pm-3pm: Sage, Elsevier

Drone Days of Summer: Flying High at the Library with Access Aerial

One of our goals here at the Weinberg Memorial Library is to encourage thoughtful exploration of new technologies – we see experimentation as an important part of thinking and learning. Also, sometimes we just like to play with cool new toys. For both reasons, we were delighted to receive a visit earlier this summer from local drone photography team Access Aerial, who gave us the Library’s very first drone flyover along with a demonstration of their equipment.

We’ll confess – we had an in! Access Aerial’s two pilots, Lee DeAngelis and John Culkin, are also staff members in the University of Scranton’s Information Resources division. In their day jobs as Senior Systems Administrators, Lee and John help us keep the Library’s infrastructure running smoothly. Off hours, though, they’re out flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) over community events, giving us a new perspective on our local landscape. Back in June, Lee used his drone to capture aerial footage of the Scranton Cooperage fire, demonstrating the potential value of drones in local journalism (and even getting a mention in Fortune). In July, Access Aerial photographed the construction of the brand new library at nearby Marywood University (we’ll admit that a tiny bit of librarian jealousy may have prompted us to set up our own appointment).

At the end of August, Lee and John brought over one of their Phantom drones for a demonstration at the Library. Their Information Resources coworker Ray Frey, also a UAV enthusiast, brought his own homemade drone along for the fun.

The PhantomDrone Flyover with Access AerialIMG_4291RayFlying down the Commons IMG_4282

The results were phenomenal: a beautiful video of our Library and campus and gorgeous drone’s-eye-view photographs.

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As an added bonus, Lee and John came back to see us a few days later to do a “fly through” promotional video for our new Reilly Learning Commons!

We may have cheated a *tiny* bit. Shhh!

Reilly Learning Commons fly-in    Reilly Learning Commons fly-in

Overall, the experience has left us feeling quite majestic. From all of us here at the Weinberg Memorial Library, huge thanks to Access Aerial! We can’t wait to see what you’ll photograph next.


P.S. Feel like you missed out on the fun? Lee and John will be bringing a drone back to the Library on November 13, 2014 at 12pm for “Everything You Wanted To Know About Drones, But Were Afraid to Ask!” They’ll be giving a presentation and demonstration (weather permitting) as part of the Library’s Technology On Your Own Terms workshop series. Faculty and staff can sign up at


Dedication of the Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections

Unveiling the Plaque

Brian McHugh ’59 and Librarian Michael Knies unveil the plaque


On Tuesday, September 2nd, the Weinberg Memorial Library hosted the dedication of the Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections. The dedication ceremony included comments by Dean Charles Kratz, an invocation by Rev. Ronald McKinney, S.J., and remarks by Vice-President for University Advancement Gary Olsen, followed by the unveiling of the dedicatory plaque by donor Brian McHugh ’59 and Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies.



Dedication Plaque

Dedication Plaque

Mr. McHugh provided remarks about his mother, for whom the department has been named. Mrs. McHugh was born in Kingston and resided in Plymouth.






Brian McHugh '59 providing remarks

Brian McHugh ’59 providing remarks

Mr. McHugh is a graduate of Kingston High School. He attended the University of Havana, Cuba, and earned a master’s degree in psychology from The University of Scranton in 1959. A resident of Kingston, Mr. McHugh is a Korean War Veteran who served in U.S.A.F. as a member of an aircrew. His background includes positions in instruction, banking, construction and development. Mr. McHugh is a field consultant for business development at present. He is a member of the the Schemel Forum, serves on the Advisory Board of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, and is an active member of the Luzerne County Historical Society.



Fr. Ron McKinney, S.J., Charles Kratz, Brian McHugh, Don Boomgaarden, Ph.D., and Gary Olsen

Fr. Ron McKinney, S.J., Charles Kratz, Brian McHugh, Don Boomgaarden, Ph.D., and Gary Olsen

The ceremony concluded with remarks by Provost Donald Boomgaarden, Ph.D., which included a brief musical interlude when he sang from the Library’s 14th century illuminated Italian choral book.







Reception and Exhibit

Reception and Exhibit

Following the dedication, there was a reception in the Heritage Room, where there is an exhibit on display of  “Highlights from the Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections.” The exhibit runs through September 25th.


Library Exhibit: Highlights from the Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections

Highlights Exhibit

Brian E. McHugh ’59 recently announced a planned estate gift to the Weinberg Memorial Library in memory of his mother, Helen Gallagher McHugh. In memory of Mr. McHugh’s mother, the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Special Collections were named the Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections. Mrs. McHugh was born in Kingston and resided in Plymouth.

In honor of the naming and dedication, the Library is currently hosting an exhibit with a small and selective sample of the Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections. Most of this material has been assembled since 1996, starting with the acquisition of the Joseph Polakoff Papers followed by the Joseph McDade Congressional Papers Collection. Although the Library had a small rare book collection, including four mostly complete medieval manuscripts and a handful of books printed prior to 1500, the collection has been significantly expanded through the creation of the Hill-Davis Jesuit Collection with initial funding from the Rousseau Memorial Fund and subsequent funding from the Jesuit Community. Other items have been acquired through the generosity of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, as well as through donations and purchases.

This exhibit is concentrating on the Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections. The department also contains the University Archives, which are not featured in this exhibit. Material from the University Archives was featured last year in an exhibit celebrating the 125th anniversary of the University. Archival material is regularly featured in Heritage Room exhibits and a significant amount is available online in the Library’s Digital Collections.

The exhibit is on display in the Library’s fifth floor Heritage Room until September 25. For more information about the exhibit, please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies.    (570) 941-6341