Spotlight on Student Worker Thanaporn Sermsuwan

A professor suggested Thanaporn Sermsuwan apply for a work study position at the Library in the spring of 2014 and since then she has been a reliable, creative force in Media Resources/Edlab. Thana has worked at a table sit promoting the use of our streaming media collections. She demonstrated how to use the Films on Demand and Alexander Street Press resources and handed out informational flyers. Last year before each International Film Series screening, Thana set up snacks, welcomed viewers, and passed out schedules of future screenings. This is in addition to the everyday responsibilities of working in Media Resources/Edlab.

Thana is a Health Administration major from Raritan, New Jersey who is active in intramural sports and is a member of Colleges Against Cancer. In 2014 she completed the inaugural Scranton Half Marathon. A fun fact about Thana is that she was born in Thailand, and English is her second language! The thing she enjoys most about the Library is learning about Media Resources. Before she began working in Media Resources, she didn’t know it existed. Her advice to other students about the Library is to ask for help because the staff and faculty are always willing to assist you.

We wish Thana all the best as she graduates in May and pursues her goal of working as a hospital administrator. Thank you, Thana, for your hard work and support of the Library!

New Streaming Video Trial from Swank Digital Campus

The Weinberg Memorial Library is pleased to announce a trial of Swank Digital Campus streaming service. This pilot is made available through our membership in PALCI, the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc., and offers streaming access to 300 feature films for academic use.  List of titles

Swank Digital Campus allows students, faculty and staff to view licensed content on an individual basis using personal computers and mobile devices (iOS and Android). Browsers may require a plugin installation. For mobile devices, download the Swank Media Player App. Students, faculty and staff may access the films by searching under “S” in the library’s A-Z database.  

Faculty and staff can show content in a secured classroom setting to registered students for specific course support or clearly defined academic purpose. Any cross-campus promotion for classroom viewings, large screen event showings or availability of individual titles is strictly prohibited.

The trial runs through June 30, 2016.

For more information about this trial, please contact sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu.

The International Film Series Presents: Illegal

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Photo courtesy of Film Movement.

 

Please join us on Friday March 11, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library for a free presentation of the Belgian drama “Illegal.”

Film Movement describes the film as the story of Tania a former teacher from Russia, living illegally in Belgium with her son, Ivan. One day she is stopped for a routine check by the police and is arrested. Separated from Ivan, who manages to escape, she is placed in an immigration detention center for women and children. While utterly refusing to face expulsion, Tania begins a fight to preserve her dignity, identity and humanity, as well as find her son.

Directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse, “Illegal” is in French and Russian with English subtitles. Dr. Marzia Caporale will lead a discussion following the film.

This event is open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. Please email sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for more information.

Exhibit on Display: Don Rash, Bookbinder and Printer

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Visit the fifth floor Heritage Room of University of Scranton’s Weinberg Library to view a collection of bookbindings created by local bookbinder and printer, Don Rash.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. It can be viewed during normal library hours. For more information, please contact Special Collections Librarian, Michael Knies. Michael.Knies@scranton.edu, (570) 941-6341.

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Color Our Collections: Penmanship

The library, archives, and museum world is abuzz this week with #ColorOurCollections, a weeklong cultural heritage coloring fest dreamed up by the New York Academy of Medicine and the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

As coloring fans ourselves, we couldn’t help but toss our hat into the ring. Earlier this week, we shared a University Archives coloring book and a Local History coloring book, but we’ve saved the best for last. Today’s coloring book features some gorgeous penmanship from the Zaner-Bloser, Inc. / Sonya Bloser Monroe Collection and the Horace G. Healey Collection, both preserved in our Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections. Featured at the end are works by Scranton’s own master penman P. W. Costello.

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Penmanship Coloring Book (PDF)

The pages in the book were created using images from the Library’s digital collections, which were digitized from original artwork, publications, and albums.

Please note: We’ve edited the images to increase their “colorability.” In many cases, this process obscured some of the incredible detail and shading in the original work. We encourage you to explore the master scans (and the many, many other items in our collections!) at www.scranton.edu/library/zanerbloser.

We hope you enjoy our book, and we can’t wait to see what colors you bring to our collections!

Color Our Collections: Local History

The library, archives, and museum world is abuzz this week with #ColorOurCollections, a weeklong cultural heritage coloring fest dreamed up by the New York Academy of Medicine and the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

As coloring fans ourselves, we couldn’t help but toss our hat into the ring. We’ve already shared a University Archives coloring book this week, but today we turn our gaze outward to our beloved city of Scranton.

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Local History Coloring Book (PDF)

All of the pages in the book were created using images from the Library’s digital collections, most of which were digitized from original drawings, photographs, and publications from our University Archives and Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections.

We hope you enjoy our book, and we can’t wait to see what colors you bring to our collections!

PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries

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PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association, has identified five types of literacy that are essential to the greater success of people in all roles of life. The five essential literacies are:

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Libraries have moved far beyond just being book repositories. They’re agile institutions serving real-life needs. Libraries can be key to powering progress and elevating the quality of life in PA by fueling the types of knowledge essential to success: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy. Future posts will address each of the literacies individually.

Color Our Collections: University of Scranton Archives

The library, archives, and museum world is abuzz this week with #ColorOurCollections, a weeklong cultural heritage coloring fest dreamed up by the New York Academy of Medicine and the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

As coloring fans ourselves, we couldn’t help but toss our hat into the ring. We have a few small coloring books headed your way this week, and here’s the first!

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University of Scranton University Archives Coloring Book (PDF)

All of the pages in the book were created using images from the Library’s digital collections, most of which were digitized from original drawings, photographs, and publications from our University Archives.

We hope you enjoy our book, and we can’t wait to see what colors you bring to our collections!

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Library

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In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors are female. As a result, many entries on notable women in history are absent from this repository of shared knowledge. In honor of Women’s History Month and the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Project, the Weinberg Memorial Library is hosting a Wikipedia workshop and edit-a-thon on Saturday, March 5th from 12PM-4PM. Please join us for a day of communal editing to create and improve Wikipedia articles on women!

PJ Tabit (Class of ’10), a member of the Board of Directors of the Wiki Education Foundation, will be stopping by the edit-a-thon to share some of the innovative uses of and content creation for Wikipedia that are supported by the foundation.

This event is aimed at addressing Wikipedia’s gender gap and encouraging female editorship. New editors will learn how Wikipedia articles are created, shared and audited. The event will include Wikipedia training for new editors.  No previous experience or advanced technical skills required!  To RSVP, email archives@scranton.edu

If you have suggestions of local women absent from Wikipedia, please share your ideas! And, check out our meet-up page for more event details and updates: Wikipedia:Meetup/Scranton/ArtAndFeminism 2016/University of Scranton

Last year, over 1,500 participants at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, along with more than 75 node events around the world, created nearly 400 new pages and improved 500 articles on Wikipedia. To learn more about the outcomes of previous edit-a-thons, visit: Wikipedia:Meetup/ArtAndFeminism/Outcomes

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