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Times-Tribune and Citizens’ Voice now available online

The Weinberg Memorial Library provides electronic access to the Times-Tribune (Scranton) and to the Citizens’ Voice (Wilkes-Barre) via the ProQuest Central and ProQuest Newsstand databases. The Times-Tribune is available from August 7th of 2005 to the present. Coverage for the Citizens’ Voice is from January 23, 2006 to the present. Articles are text only (no images), since access is currently only in HTML format.

To view the Times-Tribune or Citizens’ Voice articles electronically, either enter the title in the catalog search, the periodical search, or select ProQuest Central or ProQuest Newspapers from the A-Z list of databases (http://www.scranton.edu/academics/wml/databases.shtml). These links can be found either on the library tab of my.scranton or accessed from the Library’s home page http://www.scranton.edu/library. Searching the library catalog for the Times-Tribune gives two results, one labeled “Times Tribune-Blogs ” and the other labeled “Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa. 2005). “Times-Tribune Scranton, Pa 2005” is the article content with links listed to both ProQuest Central and ProQuest Newsstand. Clicking on either of these links provides the same level of access to the Times- Tribune content.

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On the ProQuest page, there is a link to “view current issue” for articles published in the current issue of the newspaper. “Search within this publication” provides keyword searching in all of the electronically available issues of the Times-Tribune (Aug. 7, 2005-present). Search results can be sorted by relevance (the search term is in the title or in the subject descriptors) or by the date of publication, from oldest to newest or newest to oldest. Another search option is “browse specific issues,” click on the year and then month of  the issue. The month expands to a list of specific dates of the issues published that month. Clicking on a specific date, results in a listing of all of the available articles from that issue, sortable by page number order. These search strategies work in the same way for the Citizens’ Voice.
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Select ProQuest from the A-Z list of databases to browse the entire list of newspapers in:
(http://www.scranton.edu/academics/wml/databases.shtml)
Select the letter “P,” scroll down, and select ProQuest Newspapers. Click on the “publications” heading listed at the top of the page for an alphabetical listing of 1,107 newspapers sortable by language, publisher, or publication subject. ProQuest Newsstand provides access to everything from the Washington Post to Estonian Business News, including our own Scranton Times-Tribune. It is a welcome alternative to sifting through reels and reels of microfilm.

The International Film Series Presents “East/West”

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The International Film Series is proud to present the French drama “East/West” (Est/Ouest) on Tuesday April 21, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater in the DeNaples Center. A discussion led by Dr. Sean Brennan will follow the film. “East/West” follows a young couple invited back to the Soviet Union after the end of World War II. Alexei Golovine (Oleg Menchikov), his French bride Marie (Sandrine Bonnaire), and their son are forced to cope with the grim reality of the post-war Soviet Union after their arrival. The film details the internal and external pressures put on the family, especially Marie, who is viewed with much suspicion. Marie tries to survive in the harsh circumstances and finds a hope of freedom when she meets a touring French actress (Catherine Deneuve). However, she is forced to make a difficult choice: leave her husband and child behind, or stay in the Soviet Union and face a dark future.

Directed by Regis Wargnier, East/West is in French and Russian with English subtitles.

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

The International Film Series is sponsored by a University of Scranton Diversity Initiative Grant through the Office of Equity and Diversity.

New Seating on Second Floor

Student Joe Boino tests out one of the new computer stools on the Library's second floor.

Student Joe Boino tests out one of the new computer stools on the Library’s second floor.

The Library is testing out new stools at the round computer tables at the top of the stairs on the second floor.

Please share your feedback with us and let us know what you think of the new seating!

Send feedback to the Associate Dean of the Library, Bonnie Strohl, at (570) 941-4006 or bonnie.strohl@scranton.edu.

Spotlight on Student Workers: April Francia

If you’ve walked into the Weinberg Memorial Library even once in the past three years, you’ve undoubtedly come across the work of this week’s spotlighted student worker, April Francia ’15.

IMG_6530smSince joining the Library in January 2012 as a Digital Services Technology Consultant, April has made significant contributions to all sorts of different Library projects. Here’s a just a small sampling of her work:

  • Digital Collections. You’ve heard about the gigantic newspaper clipping collection we’re working on, right? April processed about 14,000 of those images on her own and trained fellow students to help out with the others. She’s also digitized, cropped, processed, described, and edited thousands of other digital collections resources over the past 3.5 years.
  • Graphic Design. As the Digital Services Department’s resident Creative Suite expert, April has created hundreds of graphic designs for Library collections and services. You’ll spot her designs on our digital signage, web pages, presentation slides, and posters and flyers throughout the building and across campus. She’s especially talented with logos – we have her to thank for our new Reilly Learning Commons logo.
  • Social Media. In addition to designing many of our Facebook cover images, April has experimented with using social media to promote the Library’s digital collections – from Flickr sets to Pinterest boards to HistoryPin tours of campus. Several of her Flickr sets were featured as photo galleries during the University’s 125th Anniversary celebration last year.
  • Marketing and Promotion. You’ll find April’s graphic designs on many of the Library’s promotional items – buttons, water bottles, mouse pads, etc – but she has also contributed her creativity and talent to other innovative projects, like customized thank you notes and Moleskine notebooks, our #wmlenvart Instagram exhibit, 3D printed Christmas ornaments, and the extremely popular Unofficial University of Scranton Coloring Book.

While April jokes that the Library is her second home, she’s made her mark in many areas outside of our building. She is a double major in Philosophy and Political Science and a member of both the Honors and Special Jesuit Liberal Arts (SJLA) programs. (We once heard Dr. Parente compliment her coursework – and as many University community members know, praise from Dr. Parente is high praise indeed!) She is assistant editor of the Windhover, vice-president of the Pre-Law Society, a Royal Ambassador, and a student facilitator for Scranton Emerging Leaders. She’s completed internships with the Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development and the offices of U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. and Pennsylvania State Representative Doyle Heffley.  When she takes some time off to relax, you might find her hiking, reading, baking, or watching House of Cards on Netflix.

What’s next for April? She’s currently weighing multiple law school acceptances and plans to work towards a career in law or policy analysis. Whatever direction her path may take, we know it will lead to success. While we don’t know what the heck we’ll do without her when she graduates this May, we’ll be proud to see April go and set the world on fire, and we’ll be cheering her on all the way.

Technology on Your Own Terms — Net Neutrality, the Basics

TOYOT_logo4a-smallOn behalf of the Weinberg Memorial Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, we invite University of Scranton faculty and staff to the second of our Spring 2015 Technology On Your Own Terms (TOYOT) workshops.

Net Neutrality: The Basics

Monday, April 20, 2015, 12pm-1pm in Weinberg Memorial Library room 305. Presenter: George Aulisio, Public Services Librarian

Net Neutrality is a vital principle that affects all internet users, but it has often gone overlooked by everyone except the most passionate advocates and special interests. This session will discuss the basics of Net Neutrality, why it’s important, what the sides are, and what the recent FCC ruling means for the future of the internet.

A light lunch will be provided. This session is open to all University faculty and staff, but seats are limited, so please let us know you are coming. You can register at www.scranton.edu/ctleregistration – under Technology on Your Own Terms.

Second Call for Art!

call for art_2015The library is seeking submissions for the 5th annual Environmental Art Show. The art show will be held from April 13th until the 20th.

The purpose of the Environmental Art Show is to promote 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 show is comprised entirely of University of Scranton student, staff, and faculty submissions, so please consider contributing!

The deadline for submissions is set for Friday, April 10, 2015. All works of art can be dropped off at either the circulation or reference desks of the library. All artwork is returned after the exhibit has closed.

For photos from the past Environmental Art Shows see the following links:

EAS 2011 — EAS 2012 — EAS 2013 — EAS 2014

Spotlight on Student Workers: Vincent Castellani

For the past two years Vincent Castellani has been providing friendly, knowledgeable service to patrons of Media Resources and EdLab and the Library would like to recognize his dedication and hard work.

Starting every shift with a positive attitude and the question ”What are we working on today?” Vincent is always up to the task, whether it’s taking inventory, making book or video displays or creating Excel spreadsheets. Vincent enjoys the flexible hours available at the University and since he lives locally, he has worked during summer and Intersession as well as during the academic year.

Vincent is enrolled as an undergraduate studying Chemistry-Business and is also currently working on his MBA here as well. His favorite class has been Organic Chemistry with Dr. Michael Fennie. His favorite books are “A Song of Fire and Ice” and his favorite movie is “The Dark Knight”.

Thank you for your hard work, Vincent and congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

Measuring Information Service Outcomes Survey (MISO)–Tell Us What You Think

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Until March 10, students and faculty have the opportunity via an email message to provide feedback to the Weinberg Memorial Library and to the Information Resources Division by completing the Measuring Information Service Outcomes Survey. This important assessment web-based survey lets us know what is important to users, how frequently various services are used and how well user needs are satisfied. Respondents will also be able to indicate their perceptions of the service orientation and knowledge level of the staff who provide these services. Twenty-eight colleges and Universities are participating in MISO this spring. Among them are Bucknell, Gettysburg, Harvard, Creighton, Loyola Maryland, Spring Hill and Xavier.

Please complete the MISO survey so we can continue to improve our services. Thank you.