The Schemel Forum presents Democracy in Crisis: Elections in 2020

The Schemel Forum has been invited to present this non-partisan program featuring distinguished national leaders at this important moment in our nation’s history.

Join us for Democracy in Crisis: Elections in 2020 Wednesday, October 14 at 6:30 pm ET.

The 2020 election presents unprecedented challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, threats of foreign interference and civil unrest. Due to a large volume of absentee ballots, experts predict that the full election results may not be available for several days after November 3rd. Pennsylvania is a pivotal state that must put in place measures to ensure a safe, fair, and valid election.

Please join Former Congressman and Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, Former Congressman Charles Dent, Committee of Seventy President and CEO David Thornburgh, and veteran constitutional lawyer Mary McCord of Georgetown Law School for an open discussion of the election challenges and solutions, moderated by Dr. Jean Harris, The University of Scranton, with further support from Sondra Myers, Director of The Schemel Forum at The University of Scranton.

Learn more and sign up for the event here:

(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.)

Extended Library Hours

To satisfy student need for additional late night and early morning study space, the first and second floors of the library building will be open by swipe 8 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily starting Sunday 10/11, and will run until the end of the semester. We ask that students move to the first and second floors whenever closing is announced, and also ask that students vacate the first and second floors by 2 a.m. to facilitate deep cleaning. Hours of staffing the library building are currently in flux, but virtual assistance is available 24/7 via Ask a Librarian chat.

Enhancing Student Research Abilities: Intersession/Spring 2021 Information Literacy Stipends

Do you want to enhance your students’ research abilities? Then consider applying for an Information Literacy Stipend for your course.

The Weinberg Memorial Library will be awarding up to two (2) $1,000.00 stipends for courses taught during Intersession 2021 or Spring 2021. Recipients will collaborate with a faculty librarian to develop assignments and assessments that focus on information literacy. The stipend will be awarded upon submission of a final report. Both full- and part-time faculty are eligible.

What is information literacy?

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. (ACRL, 2016)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2016) provides ideas to help faculty integrate information literacy into their courses.

TO APPLY: Submit a proposal, not to exceed two pages, that includes the following:

  • Course name and number
  • Student learning outcomes related to information literacy
  • Assessment plan to determine how student learning outcomes will be evaluated
  • Projected Timeline (Intersession 2021 or Spring 2021)
  • Name of the faculty librarian who has agreed to collaborate with you

Application Deadline: Friday, October 23, 2020 

Submit proposals via email attachment to: Kym Balthazar Fetsko, Assistant to the Dean of the Library,

Proposals will be reviewed by the Library Advisory Committee’s Information Literacy Subcommittee for evidence of the following components:

  • Student learning outcomes related to information literacy
  • Assessment plan to determine how student learning outcomes will be evaluated
  • Collaboration and consultation with a librarian before submission

Stipends are subject to taxes. At the completion of the course, a final report documenting the impact of the information literacy component on student learning outcomes must be submitted to the Interim Dean of the Library. This report will be posted on the Library’s website.

If you are interested, consult with the subject liaison librarian for your department as you prepare your proposal; find your liaison librarian at Examples of previous successful stipend projects can be accessed at

Questions? Contact Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator, at

Affordable Learning Implementation Grants for Spring 2021

The Weinberg Memorial Library is pleased to offer $1,000 Affordable Learning Implementation Grants to successful full-time faculty applicants.

Affordable Learning aims to reduce the financial burden on students by eliminating expensive for-cost textbooks and course materials with no-cost or low-cost educational resources. OER stands for Open Educational Resources, which include online textbooks, media, and other materials that are available freely for use and can be remixed/reused for educational purposes. For our Affordable Learning Implementation Grants, formerly OER Implementation Grants, faculty may opt to use existing OER textbooks and open source software that is available online or may compile course materials from appropriately licensed e-books and journals that are open access or available through the Library to replace all, or some, of their for-cost course materials.

For a list of available OER and appropriately licensed Affordable Learning resources, visit the OER Research Guide. The Library’s OER Committee will be hosting an informational session over Zoom about the grants and available resources on October 28th from 11 am – noon if you are interested in learning more. Please email if you would like the Zoom meeting link.

The library will award up to two $1,000 Affordable Learning Implementation Grants for Spring 2021 courses. These grants are also made possible with additional funding from The University of Scranton’s Strategic Initiatives Funding.

For more information and the application form, visit the Affordable Learning Implementation Grants web page.

Over 18,000 University of Scranton Records Now Available in JSTOR’s Open Community Collections

JSTOR’s Open Community Collections feature open access primary source materials in a wide variety of subjects contributed by libraries, museums, and archives. The Weinberg Memorial Library recently agreed to be a Charter Participant in this pilot initiative and contribute materials from our digital collections. The University of Scranton now has its own portal on JSTOR with 19 collections and over 18,000 items. The portal facilitates browsing, sub-collection groupings, and searching within our publicly-available collections. To browse our institutional portal, visit

Charter Participants will help JSTOR identify and develop new community services for primary source research and scholarship. Our participation in this initiative is made possible through our partnership with PA Digital and PALCI.

By sharing on JSTOR, our collections will reach millions of researchers around the world and be discovered alongside journal articles, ebooks, primary sources, and images from Artstor. The University of Scranton’s collections will also benefit from the features of the JSTOR platform and interface, including full-text search, citation management tools, content download and sharing, as well as innovative research tools such as Text Analyzer and Workspace.

Throughout the pilot period, ending in December 2021, we will share feedback with JSTOR to help them develop new tools and features to enhance usage and aid discovery of primary source materials. If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to Digital Services Librarian Colleen Farry at

Job Opportunity: Evening Circulation Services Clerk (part-time temporary)

We invite applicants for a part-time, temporary, Evening Circulation Services Clerk. To apply and see the full job description visit:

Position Title: Evening Circulation Services Clerk (part-time temporary)

Job Purpose:

The Evening Circulation Services Clerk is a part time, temporary, evening position working under the supervision of the Circulation Services Coordinator to perform the duties listed below.

Essential Duties:

  • Provides patron assistance at the Circulation Desk. This includes:
  • Conducting circulation transactions (charging, discharging, reviewing, recalling, placing holds, and collecting fines and fees).
  • Registering new patrons.
  • Assisting with maintaining equipment (i.e. photocopiers, laptop computers, IPads, security gates), replenishing supplies, and reporting equipment malfunctions.
  • Answering telephone calls and assisting with circulation questions. Referring reference questions to Research and Scholarly Services.
  • Assisting with the sending of faxes.
  • Responding to and documenting violations of theft and damage to Library materials.
  • Processing monetary transactions.
  • Assisting patrons with use of the public catalog for finding material, especially reserves.
  • Monitors the Library for disruptive behavior and unauthorized persons; reports any disruptions to the Librarian in charge and/or University Police.
  • Clears the Library building at closing time. Ensures that the 24 hour spaces are clear of Library materials before closing.
  • Secures the library building at closing by locking/unlocking specific doors and gates and adjusting elevator settings.

Minimum Education Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent.

Minimum Job Experience Requirements:

Customer service experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Library work experience.

Additional Skills Required:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of users – students, faculty, administration, and public patrons, and to handle communications with tact, courtesy and discretion.
  2. Must be able to lift and move heavy cartons of books, weighing up to 40 lbs.
  3. Must be able to respect, support and contribute to the University’s Catholic and Jesuit mission.

Schedule/Work Hours: Monday – Thursday 5:30-11:30 p.m. (24 hours per week) with some fluctuations in the summer and at exam times.

Library Hours 9/16 thru 9/29

The Weinberg Memorial Library will have reduced hours for the two-week move to remote learning. Starting today, Wednesday, September 16 thru Tuesday, September 29, the hours are:

Monday-Thursday 8am-7pm

Friday 8am-4:30pm

Saturday & Sunday Noon-7

The Library is only open to current students, faculty, and staff. Everyone must swipe in to enter the building from the Monroe Ave entrance.

You can continue to place holds for contactless pickup in the Library entrance. We will continue to offer virtual research services via ask a librarian. For the most up to date information on Library services, visit the Fall 2020 Research Guide. Please let us know if you have any questions.

PALCI E-ZBorrow is up and running!

Members of the University of Scranton Community can once again requests books through the PALCI EZ-Borrow Lending System.

You can Log in to the PALCI EZ-Borrow page by clicking here.

Please note that books will be quarantined for 7 days upon arrival to the Weinberg Library; so there will be a delay between delivery and when your books are ready for pick-up.

You will receive an email from the Weinberg Library informing you when your items are ready for pick-up