Faculty Scholarship Month

The Faculty Scholarship Exhibit is now open at the Weinberg Memorial Library Heritage Room, on the 5th floor of the library, through the end of May. If you think you had a difficult time with your recent paper, (you did finish that paper, right?!) just think about what the faculty have to go through. After a thorough review of the literature, and months of research, faculty face that blank page the same as you, but their profession is on the line. Faculty submit carefully researched and written papers to a panel of colleagues at selected academic or scholarly journals, or publishing houses. These “readers” carefully scour the articles for any errors, in research, or in grammar. They send articles back for corrections, or in some cases, totally reject the papers. After lots of hard work, it can be a very frustrating experience to have your work rejected. Faculty then make the corrections and resubmit their papers, and hopefully the paper will be published in a forthcoming edition. Sometimes the papers are again corrected and returned for more editing. It can be a time consuming experience. The successes of the past few years are on display! Come take a look and congratulate your favorite faculty author. See you in the Heritage Room!

Congratulations, graduating seniors!

Today at the Library we’re celebrating the graduation of our senior Library student workers.  Many of them have been with us for all four years of their Scranton career.  All of them have worked hard and will be dearly missed.

Students at today's luncheon

The students were honored today with a luncheon, where they received a certificate of appreciation.  Each student also will have a book in their major added to our collection in their honor (ask them which book is theirs!).

Student worker Allen Z. with his certificate and book

Extended Hours Leading up to Finals

It’s that time of the semester again. The Library has been filled to the brim these past few days, which means finals are almost here.

To help make your job of studying and paper-writing easier, here are the Library’s extended hours over the next 2 weeks:

Monday-Thursday, May 11-May 14: 8:00 a.m. – Midnight

Friday, May 15: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 16: 9:00 a.m. –  9:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 17: Noon – 2:00 a.m.

Monday-Wednesday, May 18-20: 7:00 a.m. –  2:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 21: 8:00 a.m. – Midnight

Friday, May 22: 8:00 a.m. –  4:30 p.m.

Then, on Memorial Day Weekend and the week following, our hours will be:

Saturday-Monday, May 23 – 25: Closed

Tuesday-Thursday, May 26 – 28: 8:00 a.m. –  4:30 p.m.

Also, just a reminder that the Pro Deo room will be open 24 hours, like usual, leading up to and including finals week.

And finally, a reminder that if you need help on your final papers and projects at any hour of the day or evening, you can Chat 24/7 with a Librarian who will help you navigate our databases and resources, right from your computer at home/in your dorm! Just click here to get started!

Book sale success!

The University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library’s annual Book and Plant Sale, held over the weekend, was a big success!  The sale raised over $6,500 for the Friends of the Library, more than last year’s sale.  We enjoyed great weather and a constant stream of shoppers all weekend long.

Thanks so much to the Friends of the Library, all of our staff and faculty who helped out at the sale, and, of course, all of our book buyers for your support.

P.S. Check out more photos from the book sale on our Flickr page!

Good Reads for Earth Day


The University of Scranton and the City of Scranton are celebrating Earth Day with a week full of events, from a sustainable tour of downtown Scranton to an Earth Day Fair to hikes and mountain bike rides.  If you have a quiet moment in the midst of all the green activity, be sure to check out some of the Weinberg Memorial Library’s newest books on sustainability and environmental issues:

And don’t forget about today’s Earth Day Fair, which will be held from 10am – 1pm right outside the DeNaples Center. We’ll see you there!

Book Sale Promotional Rap

Hey, HEY! What’d you get your Mother for Mother’s Day?

Great question and one that is probably on a lot of our minds. Two University of Scranton students have come up with the perfect answer…

Emily and Erica
Emily and Erica

Emily Jaworski and Erica Matus, two of the Weinberg Memorial Library’s very dedicated work study students, have got a couple ideas for you.

How about a book or a plant from the Friends of the Library Book Sale being held on Saturday, April 25th (9am-9pm) and Sunday, April 26th (12pm-4pm)?

That sounds like a great idea!

Still not convinced? Listen to this streaming podcast of our two lovely ladies performing a duet…


Friends of the library book sale transcript

PALCI Outage

We’ve received notification from the University of Pittsburgh that, due to a system failure, the PALCI EZ-Borrow system did not accept requests for a few hours on Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10.  For that reason —

Any PALCI EZ-Borrow requests placed between 7:15pm on Thursday, April 9 and 9:15am on Friday, April 10, will need to be placed again.

If you have questions or need help re-placing an EZ-Borrow request, feel free to ask a librarian.

Robert Kuttner on “Obama’s Challenge”

Robert Kuttner, founding co-editor of The American Prospect and Senior Fellow at DEMOS, a New York-based think tank, came to campus today to speak at the Schemel Forum luncheon.

Robert Kuttner speaking at the DeNaples Center

Kuttner, author of Obama’s Challenge: America’s Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformational Presidency, criticized President Obama’s approach to economic stimulus, saying that current policy was equivalent to “reinflating the bubble.”   He advocated that Obama listen to dissenting voices, including FDIC chair Sheila Bair and Economic Recovery Advisory Board chairman Paul Volker.  Kuttner’s talk was well attended, and there were excellent discussion questions from the audience.

Sondra Myers, Senior Fellow of the University, with Robert Kuttner at the book signing

After the luncheon, Kuttner stayed to sign copies of his book.  If you’re interested in Kuttner’s perspective (or his signature!), you can find a signed copy of Obama’s Challenge in our University Archives.  Also check out two of Kuttner’s other books, The Squandering of America: How the Failure of our Politics Undermines our Prosperity and The Life of the Party : the Democratic Prospects in 1988 and Beyond – both are available in the Library.

Many thanks to Schemel Forum director Sondra Myers for hosting another excellent event!

Seniors: Vote for Teacher of the Year!

Our partners in crime over at the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) asked us to remind graduating seniors put in their votes for this year’s Teacher of the Year award.

CTLE says…

Each year the Graduating Senior Class selects its “Teacher of the Year”. Beginning Monday, April 20th, please vote for the faculty member who you believe best exhibits the following characteristics:
•    Maintains the highest standards of academic excellence and fairness.
•    Inspires interest in the discipline through personal enthusiasm and dedication.
•    Is consistently effective in communication.
•    Is available outside of the classroom.

To vote, make sure to cast your electronic ballot between 9am on Monday, April 20th and 5pm on Friday, April 24th. The award will be presented during Class Night on May 29.

Class of 2009, your vote counts – so be sure to remember and recognize a faculty member whose teaching has inspired you!

E-Z Borrow down on Friday

This Friday, April 10th, the PALCI E-ZBorrow service will be down from 9am until 12pm noon.  The University of Pittsburgh University Library System, which hosts E-ZBorrow, will be conducting some required maintenance during that time period.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.