Leaves of Class XIX – May Winner!

Congratulations to Kate Leahy from Waverly, PA who won a spectacular overnight getaway package at Mt. Airy Casino Resort, which includes: an overnight stay in a deluxe king suite; golf for two including cart and green fees; a couple’s massage and a $200 food credit.  Kate also won gift certificates from N. B. Levy’s and The Bog.

There are still SEVEN chances to win! Our next drawing for Leaves of Class XIX is this Friday – June 30, 2017.

To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

University of Scranton Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Scholarly Projects Collection

This year at commencement, the University of Scranton awarded diplomas to the first three graduates of our new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, which opened in Fall 2015.

The DNP program requires students to complete an evidence-based scholarly project. As described in the current DNP Student Handbook, “A Scholarly Project is the hallmark of the practice doctorate demonstrating an outcome of the student’s educational experience. The scholarly project embraces the synthesis of both coursework and practice application… Projects are related to advanced practice generally in each student’s nursing specialty, and the project must demonstrate significant potential to positively change health care delivery or improve outcomes for vulnerable groups, families, communities, or populations, rather than an individual patient.” Deliverables for the Scholarly Project include the final scholarly paper and a scholarly presentation, involving a professional poster and an oral presentation.

In partnership with the Department of Nursing and DNP Program coordinator Mary Jane Hanson, the Weinberg Memorial Library now hosts the University of Scranton Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Scholarly Projects Collection. We will store and maintain our DNP graduates’ scholarship in our digital preservation repository, and by publishing their papers and posters in our digital collections, we’ll help make the results of their work freely available to a global audience.

Congratulations to our 2017 DNP graduates – we are proud to include your scholarship in our Library collections!

 

Scranton Family Papers Collection

“It was unanimously voted to call it Scranton” – Excerpt from an August 28, 1850 letter written by George W. Scranton, discussing the naming of “our place”

Following our recent Scranton Family Papers Scanathon, held in partnership with the Lackawanna Historical Society, the Scranton Public Library, the State Library of Pennsylvania, and our own University of Scranton Department of History and Royals Historical Society, the Weinberg Memorial Library is proud to announce that over 570 letters and documents (dated 1840-1875) digitized from the Lackawanna Historical Society’s Scranton Family Papers Collection are now publicly available online in the Library’s digital collections at www.scranton.edu/library/scrantonfamily.

The majority of the digital collection is made up of 423 letters (dated 1850-1854) digitized from 2 volumes of George W. Scranton’s outgoing office correspondence. The letters document Scranton’s management of his many business concerns, including Scrantons, Platt and Co., the Ligett’s Gap Railroad, the Cayuga & Susquehanna Railroad, the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and the Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company. The correspondence also provides insight into the development (and naming!) of the city of Scranton, including the construction of the city’s first hotel, the Wyoming House. Thanks to transcriptions prepared by LHS volunteers Dennis, Sharleen, and Scott Martin, the digitized letters are full-text searchable.

The remainder of the digital collection holds loose correspondence, ledger books, and other documents (dated 1840-1874) belonging to Joseph H. Scranton, Selden T. Scranton, George W. Scranton, and William W. Scranton. Transcriptions for most of these handwritten documents have been completed by Weinberg Memorial Library staff; additional transcriptions will be added into the collection as they are completed.

We thank all of our partners and volunteers for their time, effort, and moral support in this project, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration in the future!

University of Scranton Alumni Authors Exhibit

Each June, the Weinberg Memorial Library presents the University of Scranton Alumni Authors Exhibit. Covering a range of subjects, the exhibit presents the works of alumni who became nonfiction writers, novelists, children’s literature writers, and historians. The earliest alumnus featured is Clarence Walton, ’37, 10th president of The Catholic University of America and the first layman to hold the position. Also presented are works by Jason Miller, ’61, H’73, who received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play That Championship Season. The exhibit also includes a recent acquisition, Highways into Space, by retired NASA engineer, Glynn Lunney, ’55, H’71.  Lunney joined NASA as an engineer in 1958 and went on to become a flight director for the Gemini and Apollo programs, including the Apollo 13 crisis for which he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

For a full list of books by alumni at the Weinberg Memorial Library, please visit Scranton.edu/alumniauthors. The exhibit will be on display in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room through the month of June. It is open to the public and can be viewed during normal library hours. For more information, please email Special Collections Librarian, Michael Knies, at michael.knies@scranton.edu or call 570-941-6341.

Alumni interested in donating their published works to the Library can mail a copy to the Office of University Advancement, 800 Linden Street, Scranton, PA 18510.

Leaves of Class XIX – April Winner!

Congratulations to Donna Simpson from Olyphant, PA who won a wellness visit to The Wright Center for Primary Care Mid Valley, a three month membership to The Michael J. Aronica, M.D. Wellness Center from Allied Services, an eye exam and gift certificate from Clear Image Optical, and a basket of healthcare gifts from Medicus Express Care. In addition, Donna also won gift cards/certificates to Scranton Running Co., Carl von Luger Steak & Seafood, Russell’s Restaurant, Sibio’s Restaurant, POSH @ The Scranton Club, TGI Friday’s from Metz Culinary Management and Nana’s Pasta House. Donna will also enjoy a 6” green plant courtesy of McCarthy Florist, 25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates from Aramark and a gift certificate from Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

There are still EIGHT chances to win! Our next drawing for Leaves of Class XIX is May 31, 2017.

To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

Spotlight on Student Worker Kelly Kuzminski

One year ago Kelly Kuzminski heard about an opening in Media Resources/Edlab from a friend, and she brought exceptional service skills, a professional attitude and strong work ethic to the department. Kelly, a native of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, will graduate with a doctorate in Physical Therapy this month.

Kelly most enjoys helping students and faculty locate educational resources to supplement classroom information. Having access to materials has helped Kelly enhance her own knowledge. She feels that the Library has something to offer everyone on campus-whether it is study rooms, books, films, research materials or food. Kelly believes that while many students utilize the Internet for research purposes, there’s nothing like good, old-fashioned books and ledgers to help make an exceptional paper or project.

Within the Physical Therapy Department Kelly is a Graduate Assistant and a student liaison. She is also involved in Seniorcise, Kidsercise and Challenger Soccer.  Kelly enjoys working with the PA Physical Therapy Association’s Political Action Committee. Her hobbies include learning about military history and the American Civil War, touring historical sites, horseback riding, reading, arts and crafts and restoring old furniture. Her favorite book is Tuesdays with Morrie and her favorite movie is Forrest Gump. A surprising fact about Kelly is that she’s a Civil War buff who knows an unreasonable amount of information about the four-year conflict.

Currently Kelly is completing her clinical internships. Her career goal is to work with active duty military personnel and veterans with a focus on the rehabilitation of amputees. She also plans to become an orthopedic clinical specialist.

Thank you, Kelly. We wish you all the best!

Library Research Prize Winners!

Brian P. Conniff, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Kathleen Reilly, Research Prize winner, Susan Poulson, Professor of History

Kathleen Reilly is the winner of the 2017 Library Research Prize for undergraduate students. To complete her Honors Thesis, Girls at the “U”: A History of Coeducation at the University of Scranton, she spent “countless hours” gathering information from primary documents located in the Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections and University Archives and on the Library’s Digital Collections website.

The Weinberg Memorial Library inaugurated the prize in 2011 to recognize excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge of the methods of research and the information gathering process, and use of library resources, tools, and services.

Carol Coté, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Marjorie Toron and Christina Gavalas, Research Prize winners, and Debra Pellagrino, Dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies

Honorable Mention awards in the undergraduate category included Mariah Ruther, a senior Nursing major; Kerry Ann Randall, a junior Occupational Therapy major; and Michael Ramsthaler, a sophomore Exercise Science major.

Christina Gavalas and Marjorie Toron are the winners of the 2017 Library Research Prize for graduate students. They completed a group project for OT 501: Leadership in Occupational Therapy. Their research gathering included items on microfilm, items in the basement, and items in databases far removed from occupational therapy. In their application essay, they said how invaluable library staff members were to them.

An Honorable Mention in the graduate category was given to a group of Physical Therapy students–Katelyn Moyer, Daniel Dolphin, Robert Roncek, and Steven Roughton.

Prize winners were honored at a reception on Thursday, May 11, 2017 in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

Information about the Library Research Prize can be found on the website: http://www.scranton.edu/libraryresearchprize

 

Very Short Introductions

In April the Weinberg Memorial Library acquired over 500 titles in the Very Short Introductions series. Written by authors who are subject experts in their field, these small books (most not over 150 pages) offer easy introductions to large and sometimes complicated subjects like the Bible or Astrophysics and influential individuals like Gandhi or Freud.

Each volume offers bibliographic references to allow for more in-depth study. They are an excellent option if you want to learn a little something about a large or complicated subject and a great resource to help you to find or narrow a topic for your next paper.

Throughout the month for May cataloging will be adding new titles in the series to the catalog.

So where can I find these you ask:

Type “Very Short Introductions” into the Catalog search box on the Library’s home page at http://www.scranton.edu/academics/wml/index.shtml and hit search.

The catalog will retrieve a list of all of the copies we have in the current collection both book and ebook which can be sorted by title or refined using the facet menu on the left to narrow your search.

Do you have a subject you are particularly interested in and want to know if Very Short Introductions has something on your subject?

Let’s use Astrophysics as an example:

Try an Advanced Search using keyword: “Astrophysics” and title: “Very Short Introductions”

Your results screen will give you anything we have with the title Astrophysics in the Very Short Introductions series as well as any editions that may have notes or subjects related to the topic of Astrophysics.

Spotlight on Student Worker Cathy Dolisca

Cathy Dolisca is an Exercise Science major with a concentration in Nutrition. She also minored in Educational Studies. Before coming to The University of Scranton, Cathy went to the Academy of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ. She is originally from Maplewood, NJ but she currently resides in East Hanover, NJ. Over the summer, she will volunteer with EPOCH, an afterschool and summer program that helps special needs children.

Cathy has worked as Reference Department Student Worker for two years. As one of the first students to work at the Reference Desk for many years, Cathy helps students with their library-related questions and assists the reference librarians with their projects. While on the job, Cathy has learned a lot about the library and doing library research through the databases and other resources that the library provides. The skills that Cathy has learned on the job have enabled her to help her peers, and she enjoys interacting with her fellow students. Cathy takes her work very seriously, and she knows her job is very important because she gets to help her classmates on their way to success. We agree, Cathy! And you do an excellent job of helping the students that come to the desk!

Cathy is currently applying to go to nursing school with the goal of earning a BSN degree. Her career goal is to become a travel nurse, which is a nurse who temporarily relocates to hospitals all across the country. Becoming a travel nurse would allow her to explore and spend time in various places around the country.

In addition to her studies and job in the library, Cathy is a member of the Sustainability Club and the Exercise Science Club. She is also a huge fan of movies and enjoys discussing movies with friends and some of her library colleagues. She especially loves horror movies, but she also enjoys comedies, dramas, and movies that make you think. For example, she recently saw Ex Machina, and she loved the twist ending. She liked that the movie made her think a lot about the future and where technology and society might be heading. Cathy is also an avid reader, and she really enjoys poetry books. Currently, she is reading Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. Next on her reading list is So Sad Today by Melissa Broder and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Cathy also has a creative side, she likes to write as a way to get all of her thoughts out, and she enjoys drawing as well.

Cathy is a dedicated worker who is always very reliable. The librarians could always count on Cathy to ably handle staffing the reference desk and appropriately answering student questions. Cathy is well liked by her fellow student workers and all of the librarians. She will be greatly missed!

Thank you, Cathy! Best wishes on your way to success!

 

Library Computer Lab (WML 306)

The Library’s computer lab will be open for student use during the hours that the Library is open beginning Monday, May 8 through Friday, May 19 for the 2017 Spring Semester. Please take note of the student use policy that is posted in the room.