Summer 2020 Borrowing Prodedure


We’ve missed you and though we’d love to see you all in person again, it’s just not possible at this time to allow patrons inside the building.  Some Library Faculty and Staff have returned to working part-time in the Library building.  Currently, Circulation Services Staff are working staggered hours and will be here to assist you during these hours:

Monday through Thursday, 8am – 7pm and Friday, 8am – 4:30pm

If you would like to borrow from the Circulating Collection or from Media, simply ‘place a hold’ on the item(s) you would like to borrow from our catalog.  Your items will be selected, packaged and labeled with your name.  They will be placed on a table in the foyer.  You will be notified when your item(s) are available for pickup.  You may pick up your items during the hours listed above.

For further assistance, you can contact us at 570-941-7524 or

Thank you for your patience as we learn to continue providing our services as safely as possible!


Winners of the 2020 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Announced

Katherine R. Burke is the winner of the 2020 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize in the Undergraduate Upper-level category, which is awarded to the winning project completed in a 200- to 400-level course.

Kat is a 26-year-old Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania native currently enrolled part-time in the Philosophy program, who submitted the project “Towards an Ethics of Gendered Difference,” completed in the course PHIL 382: Care Ethics in Japanese Film, taught by Prof. George Aulisio. For her research, Kat’s starting point was two primary works on the ethics of care which she read through the lens of gender-expansivity; this process then led her first to the Library’s Philosophy and humanities databases, and then to the Library’s interlibrary loan request platforms through which she was able to track down the key sources cited in the primary works that served as her project’s focus.

Kat learned valuable lessons about research and writing by immersing herself in sources both adjacent and central to the focus of her project; she shares in her description of research,

“…immersing myself in the works of those who had already parsed texts like those I was focusing on shed light on how one can boil down key concepts from a given work and where one’s focus should lie in philosophical texts.” Commenting on the ease of use of our interlibrary loan services, she notes, “Using these services made me really understand that even though research is rigorous and often challenging, the tools we have at our disposal help to make it a much more efficient – and enjoyable – process.”

Sponsoring faculty Prof. George Aulisio observed that Kat “learned the importance of digesting philosophy slowly, re-reading at length the ideas of philosophers until everything is fully comprehended” as well as “the value of carrying on an academic discussion (i.e., Scholarship as Conversation)” and “how much value that adds to one’s own knowledge and knowledge creation.”

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. In 2017, the prize was named for Professor Emerita Bonnie W. Oldham, who founded the prize at the University in 2011. The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize was fully endowed in 2019 and consists of a prize of $500 awarded to winning projects in each of the three categories: Undergraduate Foundational (100-level projects), Undergraduate Upper-level (200- to 400-level projects), and Graduate.

An Honorable Mention award in the Undergraduate Upper-level category was presented to Sarah White, a sophomore Biology and Philosophy double major, for the project, “Constrained Women, Authoritarian Men, and Gender-Based Medical Treatments: Unequal Gender Roles and a Tragic Descent into Madness in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wall-paper’,” completed in the course ENLT 265J: The American Literary Experience for Dr. Leonard Gougeon.

Liam Mulvaney is the winner of the 2020 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize in the Graduate category.

Liam is a graduate occupational therapy student from Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, who submitted to the competition the project “Historical Analysis: A Century of Progress in Adaptive Equipment,” completed in the course OT 501: Leadership in Occupational Therapy, taught by Dr. Marlene Morgan. For this project, Liam took advantage of the Library’s digital resources, including CINAHL, PubMed, and ProQuest Central, as well as the Library’s physical resources, such as the print books on reserve, microfilm, and various foundational Occupational Therapy journals, in order to research and conduct a historical reflective analysis of adaptive equipment in the field of Occupational Therapy.

He notes that the online library research guide for this course as well as the library staff were especially helpful as he conducted the complex research for this project. In his description of research, he shares that “citation chasing” was the most beneficial advanced research technique he learned and applied in this project, and that he

“became a better student and researcher as a result of the library’s staff and resources.”

Sponsoring faculty Dr. Marlene Morgan commended Liam for his use of patents and illustrations of adaptive equipment in his project, and praised his project by noting that “Systematic reflection of how leadership in OT has successfully created and sustained a meaningful role in the development and use of adaptive equipment in the past will provide us with strategies to face the future.”

Honorable Mention awards in the Graduate category were presented to Melissa Busch, graduate student in the Occupational Therapy program, for the project, “Occupational Therapy in the Hospital,” also completed in the course OT 501: Leadership in Occupational Therapy for Dr. Marlene Morgan; and to group partners Emily Gilinger, Tyler Huggins, Brian Gargiulo, and Joshua Taylor, graduate students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, for their project, “Recreational Activities Impact on Activity and Participation in Persons with Parkinson’s Disease: A Systematic Review,” completed in the course PT 772/773: Scientific Inquiry II/III in Physical Therapy for Dr. Renée Hakim.

Eryn Boken is the winner of the 2020 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize in the Undergraduate Foundational category, which is awarded to the winning project completed in a 100-level course.

Eryn is a sophomore Kinesiology major from Los Angeles, California, who submitted to the competition the project “Coronavirus Concerns for the U.S. Economy,” completed in Prof. Dawn D’Aries Zera’s WRTG 107: Composition course. She primarily used the EBSCOhost database Academic Search Elite and the CREDO Reference search tool to search for information about the 2019 novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and through this process found that studying the economic impact of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that spread in 2002 was a valuable research strategy for better understanding the current impact of the developing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. She also focused her search strategy as she went, taking keywords from initial articles she found and using them to run subsequent searches in the databases for more information about her project’s focus.

Eryn eloquently captures the research process in her description of research when she shares:

“Looking at where my research first began, how it developed, and the bibliography I ended with, I noticed the journey I had to take throughout the process. I was constantly learning something new each time I entered the database portal and therefore had to adjust the information I wanted to use accordingly. Especially with all the tools the library has to offer us, where you begin the research is certainly not where you will end.”

Sponsoring faculty Prof. Dawn D’Aries Zera says of Eryn that “She seemed to get a lot of joy out of the discovery involved with research — following leads and paths to get answers. This student kept turning over rocks to find more information and wasn’t satisfied with just the first thing that turned up. The thing about this particular issue, too, is that the information was true news, and therefore kept changing — sometimes within the same day!”

Honorable Mention awards in the Undergraduate Foundational category were presented to sophomore Psychology major Brayden Druger for the project “Preliminary Military Health Screenings: Are They Worth It?” completed in WRTG 107: Composition for Prof. Dawn D’Aries Zera; and to first-year Biology major Sydney Youngblood for the project “To Heal or To Kill,” also completed in WRTG 107: Composition for Prof. Dawn D’Aries Zera.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the Spring semester, in lieu of an in-person awards reception prize winners were mailed their awards at the end of May.

Information about the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize can be found on the website:

Congratulations to all of our honorees!

Upgrade to RHEL7

On Monday, June 29th we will be down for several hours as there will be three systems undergoing migrations. The process will begin at 11AM EST with the Sierra Production Environment, followed by Encore, and finishing with the Single Sign-On server. Thank you for your patience as we complete these necessary upgrades.

Please email any issues to

Remote Information Literacy Support Available

Faculty in need of information literacy instructional support in their remote courses can send inquiries to the Library by completing the online request form (found here) or by emailing Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator, at

Note that both synchronous and asynchronous options are available for integrating information literacy support into your courses.

Faculty can also reach out directly to their subject liaison librarian to inquire about information literacy support; consult our Librarians by Subject and Specialty list to identify the faculty librarian assigned to your subject area.

The Library’s existing online research guides are another resource that can be integrated into your remote courses to support information literacy teaching and learning.

For additional information about the Library’s remote services visit our Library Remote Services online guide.

Returning Library Materials: Information for Students

We do not want students to be stressed about returning Library materials. We have some general guidelines below. All due-dates have been extended to August 31, 2020. If you have specific questions about your account, please contact

To return Library materials including ILL and PALCI books follow these guidelines.

For students in dorms: There will be bins in each dorm for you to drop your books off when you return to retrieve your belongings.

Off-campus students: Due dates will be extended for all items through August 31, 2020. Items can be returned when you return to campus in the fall.

Graduating students or anyone not returning: If you are not in a dorm or will not be returning to campus for any reason, we will send you a mailing label and you can ship items back to the library. This cannot happen until campus is reopened. We will provide more instructions when we reopen.

Please do not visit the library at this time, the main book drop is not accessible.

We will need to quarantine returned items for a week after staff return to the building. Returned items will remain on your account until we can process the returns safely.

We will continue to waive fines. Please don’t be frightened if you see a fine on your account, as it will take us time to waive fines once items are returned.

There will be no holds placed on accounts at this time. No diplomas will be held.


Help the Library and University Archives Document COVID-19

The University Archives serves The University of Scranton community by collecting records that reflect the life of the institution and document its various functions including teaching, research, cultural activities, student life, administration and athletics. 

Help us document the COVID-19 pandemic by contributing to the University Archives. Our goal is to collect materials that reflect how the University’s activities, teaching and learning have changed as a result of the pandemic. We invite you to contribute your photos, screenshots, social media posts, videos and stories. Years from now, students, faculty, and staff will be able to learn about our daily experiences and how we adapted during this crisis.

Examples of what to submit:

  • screenshots of social media posts
  • videos or recordings of events and performances
  • photos of your home workspace
  • photos from your community 
  • screenshots of virtual meetings 
  • journal entries (written, audio, or video) documenting your experience

To submit to the Archives, please use the The University of Scranton COVID-19 Archive form.  If you have questions about how to contribute, please contact Digital Services Librarian Colleen Farry at

Contribute Non-Digital Materials

If you would like to share your experience of the COVID-19 crisis by submitting physical materials, please print out the submission form and send it with your materials to the University Archives. If you have any questions, please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at

COVID-19 Royal Experience Archive
University Archives 
Weinberg Memorial Library
Linden & Monroe
Scranton, PA 18510

One Week Left! – Application Deadline for Library Research Prize is Monday, May 11, 2020

One week left to apply for the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize! Project submissions for Intersession and Spring 2020 are due Monday, May 11, 2020 by 4:00 pm.

The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize recognizes excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge in the methods of research and the information gathering process and use of library resources, tools, and services.

Three prizes of $500.00 each will be awarded to the winning individual student and/or group in the following categories: Undergraduate Foundational (100-level courses), Undergraduate Upper-level (200- to 400-level courses), and Graduate. If won by a group, the award will be split equally among the group members. All you need to do is write a 500- to 700-word essay describing your research process and how you used the library in completing the project. Click here for some tips on how to craft the best 500- to 700-word essay you can about your research. 

Note: The deadline for Intersession and Spring 2020 project submissions has been extended to Monday, May 11, 2020 at 4:00 pm due to the impact of COVID-19 on the Spring 2020 semester. In addition, there will be no in-person reception and awards ceremony for the 2019-2020 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize, but we look forward to honoring our winners in other ways.

A statement of faculty support from the instructor who assigned the research project is also required for each submission.

For additional information on how to apply, what to include in a completed application, and to access the application, visit the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize page:

Questions can be directed to Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator, at

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2020

You may know that April is National Poetry Month, but did you know that Thursday April 30 is “Poem in Your Pocket” Day? The Academy of American Poets encourages poetry lovers to share a poem virtually this year.

  • Select a poem and share it on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.
  • Simultaneously participate in the Shelter in Poems initiative, and select a poem that brings you solace during this time of distance and solitude. Share what it means to you and use the hashtags #pocketpoem and #ShelterInPoems.

I am choosing to share here the poem “When I Rise Up” by Georgia Douglas Johnson

When I rise up above the earth,

And look down on the things that fetter me,

I beat my wings upon the air,

Or tranquil lie,

Surge after surge of potent strength

Like incense comes to me

When I rise up above the earth

And look down upon the things that fetter me.

Please consider sharing a poem you love or that inspires you with a friend today, either directly or via social media. Today I wish you all “surge after surge of potent strength”.


Update on Library Services and Resources


The library building is currently closed, but the library continues to offer services and resources remotely.

  • 24/7 assistance is available through the Ask a Librarian chat box. The chat is staffed by University of Scranton Librarians during the following hours: Remote Services Schedule. Outside of those hours, coverage is provided by Librarians not affiliated with the University of Scranton. You can also call 570-941-4000 to talk with a University of Scranton Librarian during our Remote Service Hours, or email askalibrarian@scranton.eduat any time.
  • Research consultations are still being offered and can be scheduled by using the Ask a Librarian chat box or by contacting your library liaison directly by email.
  • ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan) service is available for requesting articles, but some requests may not be filled due to our lending partners operating with limited staffing and resources. For Illiad questions/concerns please email
  • The lending of physical materials, including from the library’s collection, remote storage, and PALCI EZ-Borrow is suspended and unavailable until further notice.
  • The library has a large collection of e-books, e-journals, and streaming media. Please see our Guide to Online Library Resources. To access the library’s online content, you must first authenticate through
  • If you need assistance or are encountering any issues, please use the Ask a Librarian chat box for immediate assistance.

For additional information please see Library Services Spring 2020.