Job Opportunity: Cataloging Assistant, Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton

We invite applications for the full-time Cataloging Assistant position. 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 and holidays.

The Cataloging Assistant is responsible for all aspects of providing accurate online and physical access to library materials.

Essential Duties:

– Performs original and copy cataloging of purchases and gifts in all formats, subjects, and languages for inclusion in the Library’s catalog, utilizing OCLC and following bibliographic format standards

– Evaluates information in OCLC bibliographic records to select best match with items and supplements records with descriptive and local holding information

– Creates and maintains holdings in local system and OCLC

– Assists in collection maintenance; revises online records to ensure quality control

– Handles “rush” requests for books and other materials as necessary

– Performs physical processing of materials (stamping, tagging, plating) when necessary

– Prepares damaged books for the bindery; processes books on return

– Maintains statistics for additions to and withdrawals from the collection

– Assumes responsibility in prioritization and decision making in the absence of the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

Additional Skills Required:

– Ability to work independently and to prioritize tasks according to the needs of the department

– Ability to think critically and problem solve

– High level of accuracy and close attention to detail

– Ability to multi-task

– Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form

– Excellent interpersonal skills and a willingness to work collaboratively

– Ability to lift heavy cartons of books (up to 40 lbs.), and push heavy book trucks throughout the library

– Must be able to respect, support and contribute to the University’s Catholic and Jesuit mission

Minimum Education and Job Experience Requirements:

Must possess a Bachelor’s degree at time of appointment. One year library work experience. Cataloging coursework or experience. Working knowledge of OCLC and MARC records. Working knowledge of any non-English language.


The University is a Catholic and Jesuit University animated by the spiritual vision and the tradition of excellence characteristic of the Society of Jesus and those who share in its way of proceeding.  The University is a community dedicated to the freedom of inquiry and personal development fundamental to the growth in wisdom and integrity of all who share it its life.  As a Catholic and Jesuit institution of nearly 4,000 undergraduate and more than 1,500 graduate students, The University of Scranton delivers a meaningful education that challenges its students morally, spiritually, and intellectually.

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.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online at https://universityofscrantonjobs.com. Please provide a resume, cover letter, and a list of three (3) references which include contact information. The position will close on August 19, 2019. Review of applications will begin on August 20, 2019.

For questions regarding this position, please contact the search committee chair: Marleen Cloutier, Assistant Professor, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, The University of Scranton, Weinberg Memorial Library, marleen.cloutier@scranton.edu

Leaves of Class XXI – June Winner!

JUNE ~ Congratulations to Donna Rupp of Scranton, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment:  Anthracite Heritage Museum (four museum tickets); Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library (two tickets to the Distinguished Author Award dinner); Kalahari Resorts & Conventions ($100 gift card); Wildflower Music Festival (six flex tics).

Culinary Delights:  Serafina ($25 gift certificate); The Loading Dock Bar & Grill ($15 gift certificate); Wegmans ($100 gift card); Zummo’s ($20 gift card).

Tres Chic:  N.B. Levy’s Jewelers ($50 gift certificate).

Wellness:  Uno Fitness (one 3-month membership); The Naked Angel Co. (summer fragrance gift basket).

And More!:  Something Old & Something New Marketplace (large decorative bowl and small red glass bowl); Sorrenti Family Estate (two bottles of wine, 2 wine glasses, and napkins in a traveling tote bag);  American Express ($50 gift card – courtesy of Letha Reinheimer).

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

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR CHANCES ONLINE!  (Services charges will apply.) Or stop in the Library to fill one out.

To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

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Good Luck!

Leaves of Class XXI – May Winner!

MAY ~ Congratulations to Alan Mazzei, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment:  Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar @Mohegan Sun Pocono (two tickets to the live cooking show “In the Kitchen” with Chef Kim McLendon); Cinemark ($20 gift card).

Culinary Delights:  Electric City Bakehouse  ($25 gift certificate); Manning Farm Dairy ($20 gift certificate); P.J.’s 1910 Pub at Hilton Scranton & Conference Center ($25 gift certificate); POSH @ The Scranton Club ($25 gift card); Ragnacci’s Family Restaurant ($25 gift certificate); Russell’s Restaurant ($40 gift certificate); The Sanderson St. Tavern ($25 gift certificate); Towne & Country Grille ($20 gift certificate.

Tres Chic:  Lenora’s (lovely silk blend scarf); Burlap and Bourbon (HoBo Tie); Sea glass necklace & Sea glass bracelet (courtesy of Charles Kratz).

Wellness:  Sanderson Place Salon & Spa Scranton ($75 gift certificate); William Edward Florist ($50 gift certificate); Lakeland Golf Club ($50 gift certificate for golf & cart); Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (gift basket with golf shoe bag, cedar shoe trees and sweatband); L’Occitane Verbena Voyage 3-piece bath set (courtesy of Charles Kratz).

And More!:  Nimble Hill Vineyard & Winery (3 bottles of red wine); Matted print of the Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May, NJ (courtesy of Charles Kratz).

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

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR CHANCES ONLINE!  (Services charges will apply.) Or stop in the Library to fill one out.

To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

NEW ~ Follow us on Instagram @friends_of_wml

Good Luck!

University of Scranton Alumni Authors Exhibit

Each June, the Weinberg Memorial Library presents the University of Scranton Alumni Authors Exhibit. Covering a range of subjects, the exhibit presents the works of alumni who became 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. Also presented are works by Jason Miller, ’61, H’73, who received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play That Championship Season. The exhibit also includes Highways into Space, by retired NASA engineer, Glynn Lunney, ’55, H’71.  Lunney joined NASA as an engineer in 1958 and went on to become a flight director for the Gemini and Apollo programs, including the Apollo 13 crisis for which he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

For a full list of books by alumni at the Weinberg Memorial Library, please visit Scranton.edu/alumniauthors. The exhibit will be on display in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room through the month of June. It is open to the public and can be viewed during normal library hours. For more information, please email Special Collections Librarian, Michael Knies, at michael.knies@scranton.edu or call 570-941-6341.

Alumni interested in donating their published works to the Library can mail a copy to the Office of University Advancement, 800 Linden Street, Scranton, PA 18510.

Notice of library lab downtime

Notice of VDI upgrade

 

Over the next 24 hours, the VDI units in the library will undergo an upgrade.The process should not take more than one hour; during the upgrade, the VDI units will not be available for use.

Wednesday, May 22, from 4:30pm – 5:30pm,  2nd Floor VDI units will be unavailable.

Thursday, May 23, from 7am – 8am, 1st Floor Pro Deo Lab will be unavailable.

Thursday, May 23, from 8:30am until 9:30am, 1st Floor Reilly Learning Commons VDI units will unavailable.

Winners of the 2019 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Announced

Elizabeth McManus is the winner of the 2019 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.

Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator; Joan Wasilewski, Associate Professor of Chemistry; Elizabeth McManus, Research Prize Winner; Harry Dammer, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Charles Kratz, Dean of the Library

Liz is a senior Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology (BCMB) major with a minor in Computer Science from Brookfield, Connecticut, who submitted her project “Preventative and Therapeutic Cancer Vaccines,” completed in her capstone course BCMB 490, taught by Dr. Joan Wasilewski. For her research, Liz used the library’s curation of disciplinary resources to research and prepare a project culminating in a 35-minute presentation on the topic of vaccines to prevent and therapeutically treat cancer. At first reporting she was “overwhelmed” by the amount of information out there on this topic, Elizabeth realized she needed to adapt her research strategy by using the database MEDLINE/PubMed to seek out review articles; her goal in doing this was to develop “a more substantial understanding of the topic” by filling in “the gaps in [her] knowledge.” In her description of research, Liz eloquently summarizes the research strategies she learned through this project when she says, “By first establishing a wide breadth of knowledge on the topic, I prepared myself for the depth of research that followed.”

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. Winning projects in each of three categories receive a $500 prize.

Honorable Mention awards in the Undergraduate Upper-level category included Anna Maria Giblin, a junior History major with a Philosophy minor and a Legal Studies concentration, as well as group partners Catherine Moloney, Gabriela Lins, and Kailtin Kenyon, senior Occupational Therapy majors.

Kerry Ann Randall and Megan Schane are the winners of the 2019 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize in the Graduate category.

Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator; Rita Fleming-Castaldy, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy; Kerry Ann Randall, Research Prize Winner; Megan Schane, Research Prize Winner; Debra Pellegrino, Dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies; and Charles Kratz, Dean of the Library

Kerry Ann and Megan are graduate occupational therapy students from Farmington, Connecticut and Cresco, Pennsylvania, respectively, who submitted to the competition their project “Adaptive Equipment Through the Ages: A Historical Review of Occupational Therapy,” completed in the course OT 501: Leadership in Occupational Therapy, taught by Dr. Rita Fleming-Castaldy. For this project, Kerry Ann and Megan made heavy use of library resources which they accessed through the online library research guide for this course. Resources used include the library’s databases including ProQuest Health and Medical Complete, CINAHL, and PubMed; books including those that were held on print reserve and at the Research Services desk, books from the circulating collection, and ebooks; journals both in print and online; and periodical literature only available in microfilm. In their description of research, Kerry Ann and Megan conclude, “We could not have completed our paper without the library, the online and physical data, and the space to use its computers, scanners, printers, and quiet spaces. The library is an irreplaceable resource on campus with wonderful staff which has shaped us into better students and researchers as we prepare for our professional careers.”

Honorable Mention awards in the Graduate category included Jenna Gulics and Lisa Crivelli, both graduate students in the Occupational Therapy program, and Lindsey Hayde, a graduate student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Isaiah Livelsberger is the winner of the 2019 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; Isaiah Livelsberger, Research Prize Winner; Harry Dammer, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Charles Kratz, Dean of the Library

Isaiah is a first-year International Studies and Philosophy major from New Oxford, Pennsylvania, who submitted to the competition his paper “Empty Aid,” completed in Prof. Dawn D’Aries Zera’s WRTG 107: Composition course. To complete his research, Isaiah relied on initial instruction in brainstorming topical keywords, database searching, and information evaluation provided by both his professor and a faculty librarian who visited his class, as well as support at the Research Services desk. What sets Isaiah’s research apart, however, is the way his initial position on his topic changed through the research process, developing a more critical stance on the topic of the effects of humanitarian aid on recipient countries as a result of the new information he found. Through researching and writing this paper, Isaiah “learned that research is a dynamic, intense process” and “discovered the seemingly unlimited information [he] can use as a university student through the library to develop educated opinions.”

An Honorable Mention award in the Undergraduate Foundational category was given to Justine Duva, a first-year Biology Major.

Prize winners were honored at a reception on Thursday, May 9, 2019 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

2019 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Winners Kerry Ann Randall, Megan Schane, Elizabeth McManus, and Isaiah Livelsberger

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 XXI – April Winner!

APRIL ~ Congratulations to Eileen Dammer of Clarks Summit, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment:  Actors Circle (two tickets to The Haunting of Hill House – May 30, 31, June 1-9); Electric City Trolley Station & Museum (two admissions to the trolley excursion & museum); Montage Mountain Resorts (four summer passes); The Dietrich Theater (one movie gift bag).

Culinary Delights:  Aramark (25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates); Gold Crown Pizza ($25 gift certificate); Krispy Kreme (gift basket); Metz Culinary Management (TGI Fridays – $25 gift card); The New Café at Greystone Gardens ($20 gift card); Serafina ($25 gift certificate); P.J.’s 1910 Pub at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center ($25 gift certificate); LongHorn Steakhouse ($25 gift card).

Tres Chic:  Nada & Co. ($50 gift certificate).

Wellness:  Uno Fitness (one 3-month membership); Total Hair Solutions ($50 gift certificate towards manicure & pedicure); Studio RD & Co. Salon and Spa ($25 gift certificate).

And More!:  Lackawanna Heritage Valley (basket of gifts – hat, guide, travel mug and more in a beautiful tote bag); Wine (two bottles – courtesy of Debra Pellegrino); Woodstock garden wind chime  (courtesy of Charles Kratz).

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

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR CHANCES ONLINE!  (Services charges will apply.) Or stop in the Library to fill one out.

 To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!