New Magazine Display on the 2nd Floor

In addition to the library 2nd floor being open 24 hours a day, we have added a magazine display rack. This new display is located near the end of the periodicals stacks. It holds the most recent issues of 20 popular periodical titles, among them: Rolling Stone, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, and Sports Illustrated. If you are looking for one of these magazines, look in the new display rack instead of the plastic periodical box.

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Like all periodicals, these magazines are for library use only and cannot be checked out. Here is a listing of the twenty titles featured on the magazine display:

Atlantic                                                                         Nation

America                                                                        National Geographic

Bloomberg Businessweek                                         New Yorker

Consumer Reports                                                     Popular Science

Discover                                                                       Prevention

Ebony                                                                           Psychology Today

Essence                                                                        Rolling Stone

Fortune                                                                        Science

Harper’s                                                                       Sports Illustrated

Health                                                                           Time

(A periodical is any publication that comes on a regular interval such as daily, weekly, monthly, annually.  A magazine is not scholarly, not peer reviewed.  It is intended for reading enjoyment.  A journal is scholarly and may be peer reviewed.)

Personal Property Lost and Found in the Library

As the new academic year begins, it’s time for a reminder about the Library’s policy on personal property. The University of Scranton assumes no responsibility or liability for personal property lost or stolen on The Weinberg Memorial Library premises. Library users and guests are urged not to leave personal property unattended in the Library.

Items found by Library staff or Library users should be turned in to Library Lost and Found at the Library’s Circulation Desk on the Library’s first floor. Library Circulation staff will make an effort to contact the owners of Royal Cards to return the cards. At the beginning of each weekday, Royal Cards not picked up and other found items are turned over to University Lost and Found in the Parking Pavilion. The Library will not mail lost items to owners. Personal property not recovered from the Library staff will be located at University Police, Lost and Found, located in the Parking Pavilion.

Library Hours Expanded

In response to student feedback the entire second floor of the library is now open 24/7, allowing for more access to carrels, computers, and space for quiet study. This is in addition to 24/7 access to the Reilly Learning Commons and the Pro Deo Room, both on the first floor. After hours, just swipe your Royal Card outside Reilly on the Commons side, or outside Pro Deo on the Monroe side to enter. Welcome new students, and welcome back to those returning!

New Books Shelves moved to the First Floor

The Library’s latest book acquisitions have been relocated from the second floor to shelves on the first floor of the Weinberg Memorial Library.  The “New Books” can be found directly to the left of the circulation desk behind the Library Gate Attendant desk.  If you are searching for a book in the catalog and you see “NEW BOOKS” in the record for the book, that book will be located on the New Book Shelves and not in the stacks on the 3rd, 4th or 5th floors.  “NEW BOOKS” can also be used to search as a subject, which will locate all of the titles most recently added to our catalog. Please feel free to browse and borrow our recent additions, among them  Is Pluto a Planet?

Bike Scranton at the Weinberg Memorial Library

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As of today the Library has 3 bicycles available for borrowing. The program is called Bike Scranton, which is a cooperative program between the University of Scranton Office of Sustainability, and the Lackawanna Valley Heritage Authority. All University of Scranton students, faculty, and staff as well as Lackawanna County Library System card holders will be permitted to check out a bicycle as long as they are at least 18 years of age. Each bicycle comes with a lock and an adjustable helmet upon checkout. The borrowing period for each bicycle is unlimited, but all bicycles must be returned before the library closes. Soon there will be 3 more bikes available, for a total of 6.

Other participating locations in the bike Scranton program are the office of the Lackawanna Valley Heritage Association (http://www.lhva.org/), the Hilton Scranton hotel, and Cedar Bike Shop (http://www.cedarbikeandpaddle.com/). Bikes checked out from the Weinberg Memorial Library must be returned here, and we will not accept returns from any of the other Bike Scranton locations.

The Lackawanna Valley Heritage Authority owns all of the bicycles. Bike Scranton will be seasonal, and the transportation and storage of the bicycles will be the responsibility of our University Facilities staff.  The bikes will be routinely maintained via Cedar Bike, and the University Office of Sustainability is in the process of developing bike routes throughout the city.

Please ask at the Circulation Desk if you have any questions.

University of Scranton Alumni Authors Exhibit

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Throughout the month of June, The University of Scranton Alumni Authors Exhibit is on display in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room. The exhibit showcases books by more than a hundred alumni authors and includes many signed copies.

The range of subjects varies greatly, encompassing alumni who became authors in their academic fields, 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. The youngest graduate featured in the exhibit is Sarah M. Piccini, ’07, G’10, whose local history book, Framing Faith, provides a pictorial history of former churches in the Diocese of Scranton.

Also included in the exhibit is Jason Miller, ’61, H’73, who received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play That Championship Season.  Two of our very own librarians, Bonnie Strohl, G’90, and Kristen Yarmey, G’12, are also alumnae and have books on display in the exhibit.

We also have numerous books by alumna and children’s literature writer, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, G’82, who has written a Newberry Honor Book and a Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal winner.  She is also the recipient of 2013 Friends of the Weinberg Library Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award.

A recent addition to the collection is a book by retired NASA engineer, Glynn Lunney, ’55, H’71.  Lunney was an employee of NASA from its creation in 1958 until 1985 and was the flight director during the Gemini and Apollo programs. He was on duty during historic events such as the ascent of Apollo 11 and the pivotal hours of the Apollo 13 crisis.

We encourage you to explore this wonderful exhibit and celebrate our alumni and their important contributions in the publishing world. The exhibit is on display during normal library hours.  For a full list of books by alumni authors that are available at the Weinberg Memorial Library visit Scranton.edu/alumniauthors.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact Michael Knies, Special Collections Librarian, (570) 941-6341.

If you an alum with a published book and would like to donate a copy to the library for display in its annual exhibit, please mail a copy to The Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement, 800 Linden Street, Scranton, PA 18510.

A Mind of Its Own: Healing the Mind and Heart of the Parasite of Child Abuse by John J. Lemoncelli, Ed.D. ’71 Avventura Press 2008

Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti G’82, HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition 2005

*Winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal

New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era by Kathleen Sprows Cummings ’93 The University of North Carolina Press 2009

Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels and the Birth of Nascar by Neal Thompson ’87, Broadway Books; Reprint edition 2007

Framing Faith: A Pictorial History of Communities of Faith by Sarah Piccini ’07, G’10 Tribute Books 2011

The President’s Ladies: Jane Wyman and Nancy Davis by Bernard F. Dick ’57 University Press of Mississippi 2014

The Seven Deadly Sins of American Democracy: The Legacy of Slavery by John J. Fendrock ’48 Xlibris, Corp. 2007

The Press and the Suburbs: The Daily Newspapers of New Jersey by David Sachsman and Warren Sloat ’57 CUPR/Transaction 2013

Muzzle Thyself Poems by Lauren Fairbanks ’81 Dalkey Archive Press; First edition 1991

Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night by Barbara J. Taylor ’85, G’87, Kaylie Jones Books 2014

Italians of Northeastern Pennsylvania by Stephanie Longo ’03, G’06 Arcadia Publishing 2004

Pick up the Pennies In Every Season of Life by Michael T. Goskowski ’50 Tate Publishing 2009

Library Research Prize Winners!

029April Francia, a Political Science and Philosophy double major and a History minor, and Paula Annunziato, an Occupational Therapy with a minor in Counseling and Human services were selected as the 2015 Library Research Prize winners.

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.

Honorable Mention awards in the undergraduate category included Christine Panzitta, a Secondary Education/History major; Alannah Caisey, double major in Communication and Women’s Studies with a minor in Political Science; and a group of Exercise Scienc majors consisting of Dennis Cho, Rachel Conniff, Alexandra Crowley, Lauren Krasucki, Erik Meyer, Kaitlin Mulroy, and Christina Nowack.

In the graduate category, an Honorable Mention was also awarded to a group of Physical Therapy students, Antonietta Bruno, Meghan Durney, Carol Mastrosante, and Caitlin Thompson.

Prize winners were honored at a reception on Thursday, May 14, 2015 in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

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All members of the University community are cordially invited to attend a reception in honor of the winners of the Library Research Prize and the winner of the Rhetorical Analysis Essay Competion. The award ceremony and reception will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 2:30pm in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

Spotlight on Student Worker Julianna Sacco

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This week the student spotlight is on Julianna Sacco of Kinderhook, New York.  Julianna, a Health Administration major, began working for Circulation Services in the Fall of 2013.  She understands what it means to work hard.  Before attending The University of Scranton, she assisted her father in the family funeral home business.  She enjoys working in the library because there is always something new to learn and Julianna always learns quickly.

And if being a full-time student and working in the library isn’t enough, Julianna also works for the Catering Department. In fact, students working for catering aren’t allowed to take time off during the last month or so of the semester, so when one of her scheduled catering shifts conflicted with the WML Student Work Study Celebration at the library last week, she volunteered to cater the event just so she could be in attendance!

She is an active member of the Health Administration Society and Dr. Spinelli is her favorite Professor. When she’s not busy with her studies and her work, she enjoys watching movies, reading, snowboarding and traveling.  Her favorite book is The Departed and her favorite movie is Gone With the Wind.

After Graduation in May, Julianna will continue her Graduate studies here at The University of Scranton.  Her advice to other students is to utilize the resources the library has to offer – especially the Reference librarians who are very helpful in locating resources.

Congratulations, Julianna, on your upcoming graduation. We’re all looking forward to you continuing your work and studies here in the Weinberg Memorial Library!