Library Game Night on March 1st

The Library will be hosting a Game Night in the Reilly Learning Commons on Thursday, March 1 from 6:30-10PM. Some of the games available are MarioKart, Super Smash Bros., Just Dance, Rock Band 3, and a variety of board games.

Have games of your own? Students are encouraged to bring their favorite board games and card games to enjoy with friends!

Free Pizza, Soda, and Snacks will be provided! All students are invited to join in the fun!

Sponsored by the Weinberg Memorial Library and the University of Scranton Gaming Club

Job Opportunity: Digital Services Librarian, Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton

We invite applications for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track Digital Services Librarian, commencing by July 16, 2018.  The regularly scheduled hours for this position will be primarily Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  A generous benefits package is offered, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, a retirement plan, and paid vacation, holidays, and research leave.

The Digital Services Librarian is responsible for developing, coordinating, and managing the Library’s digital collections and related digital projects. This position works closely with faculty and staff throughout the Library and University, particularly University Archives and McHugh Special Collections, Information Technology, Enrollment Management and External Affairs, and the Division of University Advancement.


  • Develops, manages, and assesses the Library’s digital collections and web archives in accordance with established standards and best practices.
  • Establishes workflows and provides oversight for the processing, description, publication, and long-term preservation of digital materials.
  • Investigates, evaluates, and selects software, tools, and platforms for the efficient and effective management of digital collections.
  • Works closely with University Archives and McHugh Special Collections faculty and staff to coordinate the digitization of rare and unique materials.
  • Collaborates with departments and divisions across campus to capture, describe, and preserve born digital content relevant to the University Archives, such as masters and honors theses, other forms of student scholarship, the University website, and University publications.
  • Develops policies and procedures that support appropriate and user-friendly access to digital materials, in consultation with relevant stakeholders.
  • Serves as the Library’s liaison to various consortia on collaborative digital initiatives, such as the Pennsylvania Digital partnership and the Digital Public Library of America.
  • Directs, supervises, and evaluates the work of the part-time Digital Services Assistant.
  • Coordinates with University faculty and, when feasible, community partners (such as the Scranton Public Library and Lackawanna Historical Society) on digital projects.
  • Participates in Library and University initiatives, e.g., by serving on committees, etc.
  • Provides research services and information literacy instruction to library users as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Possession of an American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master’s degree at time of appointment
  • Two years of experience working in a library, archives, or museum
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and implement projects
  • Experience with digital collections initiatives, such as digitization, born digital records management, and web archiving
  • Experience with (or coursework related to) current metadata schemas and standards
  • Experience with, or interest in, digital humanities projects
  • Supervisory experience
  • Understanding of current trends and best practices in digital collections management and preservation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, and presentation skills
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively both as a team member and independently
  • Ability to work creatively and collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community-at-large
  • Professional commitment to user-focused library services
  • Professional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Ability to engage in scholarship and service in order to meet qualifications for reappointment and tenure, as defined in the Faculty Handbook
  • Ability to attain a second Master’s degree in a subject field, or the completion of thirty graduate credits in a discipline that improves professional competence, as a requirement for tenure (if not already accomplished at time of hire)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with digital asset management platforms and tools, such as CONTENTdm, Archive-It, and DuraCloud
  • Familiarity with applicable provisions of copyright law

About the Library and University

The Weinberg Memorial Library provides superior resources, services, and programs in support of the dynamic scholarly, cultural and social endeavors of the University and the community at large.  The Library plays an integral role in teaching, learning, and research on campus, fostering a culture of collaboration, interdisciplinarity, innovation, creativity, and sustainability.  Our work environment is forward-looking and participatory, with an emphasis on transparency and faculty/staff development.

The University of Scranton, a broadly regional, Catholic and Jesuit university with more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Northeast, is seeking individuals who can contribute to our mission and success.

Recognized nationally for the quality of its education, Scranton is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. It is committed to providing liberal arts education and strong professional and pre-professional programs in the context of Ignatian educational principles, especially the care and development of the whole person. The University’s aspirations are guided by our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan: “An Engaged, Integrated, Global Student Experience”.

Drawing on the strengths that have made it a recognized leader in the Northeast (ranked among the top 10 master’s universities in the north by U.S. News & World Report), Scranton is committed to a culture of scholarship and excellence and is moving into the front ranks of America’s comprehensive universities.

Official University of Scranton Diversity Statement

The University of Scranton is committed to providing a safe and nondiscriminatory employment and educational environment.  The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other status protected by law.  Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational, extracurricular, athletic, or other programs or in the context of employment.  The University of Scranton is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator.  Veterans, minority persons, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply

Applicants must apply online at and include a cover letter summarizing qualifications and strengths, a curriculum vitae or resume, and contact information for three professional references.  The position will remain open until filled but applications will be reviewed beginning March 12, 2018.  Prof. Narda Tafuri, Coordinator of Technical Services, serves as the Search Committee Chair.

Call for Art! — Environmental Art Show 2018

The library is seeking submissions for the 8th Annual Environmental Art Show. The art show will be held from April 17 to April 24.

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 Friday, 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.

Leaves of Class XX – January Winner!

Congratulations to Yvette Vinson of Dalton, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment:  Actors Circle:  1 set of 2 tickets for 2017-2018 season of shows; Broadway Theatre League of NEPA:  2 tickets to the opening night of A Chorus Line (Feb. 23);  F.M. Kirby Center:  2 orchestra seat tickets to the Howard Gospel Choir (Feb. 17);  Scranton Cultural Center:  1 voucher for up to 4 complimentary tickets to a membership season series of shows presented and produced exclusively by the Scranton Cultural Center;  PNC Bank:  4 club seats at the Mohegan Sun Arena to see the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Mar. 25)

Culinary Delights:  Applebee’s ($25 gift certificate); Aramark (25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates); AV ($50 gift certificate); LongHorn Steakhouse ($25 gift card); P.J. Scanlan’s ($25 gift certificate); Sidel’s Restaurant ($30 gift card).

Memberships:  Everhart Museum:  1 – family membership.

Wellness:  Crunch Fitness:  1 – three month Peak Plus membership with 2 personal training sessions; Montage Mountain Resorts:  4 Extended Lift Tickets; Bella Natura – $50 gift card (courtesy of Sidney Prejean).

And More!:  3-bottle pack of White Birch Vineyard wine (courtesy of William Varady); Amazon ($25 gift certificate).

Didn’t win this month? That’s ok, because you still have ELEVEN more chances to win!

To purchase entries online, visit: To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko –, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!


“Distinguished for Their Talents,” Theatrical Portraits by Scranton Master Penman P. W. Costello, 1905-1930

On display in the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Heritage Room is a collection of pen and ink portraits of late 19th and early 20th century theatrical personalities drawn between 1905 and 1930 by Scranton’s Master Penman Patrick W. Costello. Costello was nationally recognized for his work and operated what we might now consider a graphic arts studio where he created advertising art as well as engrossed congratulatory or testimonial resolutions, diplomas, and other types of work that required a combination of calligraphic lettering and artistic design. As a hobby, Costello drew pen and ink portraits and, because he had a love for the theater, specialized in drawing portraits of stage personalities. These were often drawn from photographs, engravings or illustrations found in theater magazines and books, but he also drew some portraits from life. In addition to his career as a penman, Costello owned restaurants in Scranton where he would display his portraits. In some cases, traveling actors would visit the restaurant and autograph their portraits. The exhibit will include a variety of men and women of the stage, some of whom played Scranton. Some actors, such as John Barrymore, are still famous today. Many of these actors performed Shakespeare and, therefore, a portion of the portraits on display depict Shakespearean characters.

The Heritage Room will host an exhibit reception and program on Tuesday, March 27 at 6 PM. Thomas W. Costello, P. W. Costello’s great-grandson, will speak on Costello’s career. University of Scranton English professor Michael Friedman will give a talk titled “Shakespeare on the Stage in 1900: From Actor’s Theater to Author’s Theater.” Sponsored by the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, the reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run from February 5 through April 23 during normal Library hours. Images of the portraits can also be viewed through our digital collections website. For more information, please email or call 570-941-6341.


Home Page Catalog Search Temporarily Down

This morning on Monday, January 29, the catalog search box on the Library’s home page and on the Library tab in is temporarily down. The problem has been logged and it should be back to normal soon.

The catalog is still available through the Advanced Search catalog link in both places, as well as at this link.

Thank you for your patience as we address this issue.