Job Posting: Special Collections Assistant

The University of Scranton is currently accepting applications for a full-time Special Collections Assistant.

The Special Collections Assistant aids the Special Collections Librarian in the management of Special Collections and University Archives. The Special Collections Assistant performs cataloging and descriptive work with rare book, manuscript and archival collections; responds to research questions; and supervises student workers. The Special Collections Assistant participates in project planning and undertakes digitization and collection management projects and the creation and installation of exhibits in collaboration with the Special Collections Librarian and/or other library personnel. The Special Collections Assistant participates in relevant library committees and projects and helps manage the Special Collections social media presence in collaboration with the Special Collections Librarian.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree is required. A graduate degree in archives, public history, digital humanities or an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science is preferred. One year of library, cataloging, or special collections/archival experience is required. Supervisory experience is preferred.

For a complete job description, please visit https://universityofscrantonjobs.com.
Posting Number: S0199P
Title: Special Collections Assistant

Applicants must apply online at https://universityofscrantonjobs.com and include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references. The position will remain open until filled, but applications will be reviewed beginning July 10, 2018.

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.

Spotlight on Student Worker Christie Serzan

For the past two years Christie Serzan, a Physical Therapy major from Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, has worked in Media Resources and has provided friendly, knowledgeable service to the students, faculty and staff of The University of Scranton. Christie has an outgoing personality and a strong work ethic.  She’s always happy to learn new technologies and work an extra shift. Her favorite part of the job is getting to experience new films she wouldn’t normally watch. Her advice to other students is to talk to a librarian to learn about the Library’s great resources.

Christie has been involved in many University activities. She was a member of the Dance Team, the Physical Therapy Club, and she volunteered at the Leahy Clinic. She enjoys dancing, baking and cooking.

Currently Christie is completing a clinical internship. She’s is a huge football fan and would love to work with professional athletes in the future.

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation, Christie!  We wish you all the best!

Spotlight on Student Worker George Ebeid

When I first met George Ebeid of Tobyhanna, PA, he was a freshman and a little shy and nervous about working in Circulation Services.  I knew that if he was at all like his brothers who worked here before him, John and Peter, he would work out just fine.  That he did.  George loves to learn “new stuff” and he learns well.  He is very deliberate in his work and always accurate.  Working in customer service, he began to enjoy meeting and interacting with new people.  He learned to be himself and that helped him personally as well as in his job performance.  A most faithful worker, his attendance record is almost perfect!  You can always count on George to show up bright and early in the morning, ready to get to work.

George has studied hard and will receive his degree in Electrical Engineering.  He is a member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Club.  Some of his hobbies include drawing, bird watching and programming.  He has spent the past two years working on programming a game in C++.  Of course he likes to read and his favorite book is George Orwell’s 1984.

George is in the process of job searching in the Philadelphia area.  After graduation, he plans to move there with his brother John.  After a few years of work experience, his plan is to go on to Grad school.  I see a bright future for him.  We wish him all the best!

Winners of the 2018 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Announced

Maura C. Burns is the winner of the 2018 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.

David Dzurec, Associate Professor of History; Brian Conniff, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Maura C. Burns, Research Prize Winner; Charles Kratz, Dean of the Library; and Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator

Maura is a senior History major with minors in Biology and Biochemistry from Jessup, Pennsylvania, who submitted to the competition her paper “Medicine in the American Revolution,” completed in the course HIST 490: Senior Seminar on the American Revolution, taught by Dr. David Dzurec. In her description of research she explains, “I learned that the University of Scranton website connects to a network of libraries and resources that helped me form the backbone of my paper.” Maura goes on to rightly note that “just like history, research is unpredictable,” and that “research is a learning experience in and of itself,” things she learned through conducting the research for this project.

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.

Honorable Mention awards in the Undergraduate Upper-level category included Catherine McManus, a junior Biology major with a minor in Political Science, as well as group partners Luis Melgar, a senior Exercise Science major with minors in Spanish and Theology, and Julianne Burrill, a junior Exercise Science major.

Emily Dineen is the winner of the 2018 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize in the Graduate category.

Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator; Emily Dineen, Research Prize Winner; Charles Kratz, Dean of the Library; Marlene Joy Morgan, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy; and Victoria Castellanos, Associate Dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies

Emily is a graduate occupational therapy student from Bethel, Connecticut, who submitted to the competition her project “Historical Analysis,” completed in the course OT 501: Leadership in Occupational Therapy, taught by Dr. Marlene Joy Morgan. For this project Emily researched sensory integration intervention in pediatric occupational therapy, and of her research process she said, “I was able to literally see the progression of the sensory integration approach and of the profession itself,” calling it a “historical immersive experience.”

New in 2018, the Library has created a third category to recognize research excellence and learning in the first year. Nicole Cavanaugh is the winner of the 2018 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize in the Undergraduate Foundational category, which is awarded to the winning project completed in a 100-level course.

Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator; Brian Conniff, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Nicole Cavanaugh, Research Prize Winner; and Charles Kratz, Dean of the Library

Nicole is a first-year Accounting major from Dallas, Pennsylvania, who submitted to the competition her paper “There’s No Gain in the Globalization Game,” completed in Prof. Dawn D’Aries Zera’s WRTG 107: Composition course. To complete her research, Nicole took advantage of the Library’s Research Services, made available to students at the Research Services desk on the second floor of the Library. It was there that she learned of the vast amount of information available through the Library. As she puts it in her description of research, “A few clicks from the university homepage and I was connected to thousands of media sources, books, magazines, articles, journals, and more.”

Honorable Mention awards in the Undergraduate Foundational category included group partners James P. McKane Jr., a first-year History major, and Alana Siock, a first-year French major, as well as Sydney Vanvourellis, a first-year Physiology major.

Prize winners were honored at a reception on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

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

Congratulations to all of our honorees!

Please consider giving to the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Endowment Fund, ensuring that the prize will be awarded in perpetuity. Make your gift directly to the fund here.

Leaves of Class XX – March & April Winners!

MARCH ~ Congratulations to Walter Wujcik of West Chester, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment: Actors Circle: 2 tickets for 2017-2018 season of shows; Ritz Company Playhouse: 12 tickets for 2018 season of Ritz Company Players productions.

Culinary Delights: Aramark (25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates); Domino’s: 1 gift certificate for 1 large pizza with 1 topping; Downtown Victoria’s Gourmet Cuisine ($25 gift certificate).

Wellness: Clear Image Optical: one free eye exam & one $50 off regular or sunglasses gift certificate; Greater Scranton YMCA: 3-month family membership; Medicus Express Care: 351 piece first aid kit; Mission Yoga: 5 class pass card; The Wright Center for Primary Care Mid-Valley: one wellness/preventative health exam and one dental hygiene exam and teeth cleaning.

And More!: Spring Wreath (courtesy of Jerry’s For All Seasons); $50 Amazon gift card (courtesy of Charlene Reese); bottle of wine and Perilogics cell phone holder (courtesy of Charles Kratz).

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APRIL ~ Congratulations to Faye Bishop of Scranton, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment: The Dietrich Theater: 1 movie gift bag; Electric City Trolley Station & Museum: 4 admissions to the trolley excursion & museum; Montage Mountain Resorts: 4 waterpark admission tickets.

Culinary Delights: Aramark (25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates); Gold Crown Pizza ($25 gift certificate); Krispy Kreme Gift Bucket (dozen donuts gift certificate, mugs, treats, etc.); The New Café at Greystone Gardens ($20 gift card); POSH@The Scranton Club ($25 gift card); TGI Fridays ($25 gift card) courtesy of Metz Culinary Management.

Tres Chic: Nada & Co. Scranton ($50 gift certificate); handmade crocheted bag (courtesy of Patti Davis).

Wellness: Spunk Fitness: one 3-month membership, 1-free bring a friend week card, one $10 Synergy cash for use at Salon or Spa; Total Hair Solutions: $50 gift certificate towards manicure & pedicure.

And More!: Lackawanna Heritage Valley basket of gifts: DVD, trail guide, cap, mug and more; 3-bottle pack of White Birch Vineyard wine (courtesy of William Varady); GoPro Hero3+ Silver 10mp camera with rechargeable batteries & dual battery charger.

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

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 Nathan Ratchford

Nathan Ratchford, an English major from Dalton, PA, began working at the library Circulation Desk in 2016. Nathan knows his way around a library and that showed as he quickly learned to execute the tasks of the department, but perhaps his best talent as a library worker is customer service.  Whether he’s serving a fellow student or a member of the faculty, Nathan’s skills as a conversationalist and his broad interests provide him the ability to happily, sincerely, and courteously engage any patron.

“I really enjoy the people I work with more than anything,” Nathan said when asked what he enjoys most about working in the library. “I’d like to think that we all share some common ground — one way or another. I’ve built some great relationships in my time here,” he added.

He advises other students to take advantage of the library’s many resources; books, academic journals, films, and the PALCI E-ZBorrow system.

Nathan vigorously enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking, which contribute nicely to another favorite hobby, photography.

Nathan’s favorite class was Parables in Pop Culture, with Dr. Olsen; his favorite book is On the Road; and his favorite movie is Big Fish.

Nathan Fun Fact: he is the second youngest of seven children!

After graduation, Nathan will pursue digital content management and production, while independently producing writing and photographs for publication.

Happy trails, Nathan!  Best wishes and success as you explore the peaks, valleys, and streams of your future.

Give to the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Endowment Fund on 5.06

Professor Emerita Bonnie Oldham stands in front of the Weinberg Memorial Library

The Weinberg Memorial Library has teamed up with University Advancement to raise funds for the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Endowment Fund this 5.06 weekend for the University’s Day of Giving.

Make your donation directly to the fund here.

The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize is designed to attract outstanding research projects from courses taught in departments across The University of Scranton campus. It 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.

Named for Professor Emerita Bonnie Oldham, who founded the prize at the University in 2011, this Endowment Fund was started by Bonnie at her untimely passing four months after her retirement in 2017. Our goal is to raise funds for this Endowment Fund to ensure that the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize will be awarded in perpetuity. Your donation will help us do this.

Annually, three prizes of $500.00 each are awarded to the winning individual student and/or group projects in the following categories: Undergraduate Foundational (100-level courses), Undergraduate Upper-level (200- to 400-level courses), and Graduate.

Help us ensure the future of the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize by directly supporting student learning at the University with your gift to this Endowment Fund!

Faculty Scholarship Exhibit

During the month of May, the Weinberg Memorial Library hosts its annual Faculty Scholarship Exhibit in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room. The exhibit features books and articles produced by University of Scranton faculty members since 2015. The exhibit, organized by academic department, provides an overview of the diversity and quality of scholarly accomplishments by the University’s faculty. For more information, please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at michael.knies@scranton.edu or call 570-941-6341.

First-Year Writing Drop-in Research Workshop on 5/7

Date/Time: Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Weinberg Memorial Library, Room WML 306

Are you a Writing 106 or 107 student who is working on your final paper? 

Research & Instruction Librarians Kelly Banyas and Neil Grimes will be hosting a drop-in workshop for Writing 106 and 107 students on Monday, May 7th, from 6:00-8:00 pm.

This workshop will give you more time with librarians during which you can focus on their project needs and have developed conversations with librarians regarding their topics and the research process.

As a result of attending this drop-in workshop, you will be able to properly cite sources, be more comfortable in interactions with librarians, and become aware of the many research services available to students at the Weinberg Memorial Library.

You can bring your own computer or use one of ours. Drop by any time between 6:00 and 8:00 pm to learn more about the library services available to students at the Weinberg Memorial Library!