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Reilly Learning Commons–Technology and Features

The Reilly Learning Commons is now open 24 hours!! HURRAH!! As you enter the space you’ll notice lounge seating and a large digital sign to share news and updates about the Learning Commons.

The first two rooms as you enter the space are for the Writing Center. They’ll be providing tutoring here with both appointments and drop-in hours. To see their full hours for the space visit the new webpage. When tutoring is not scheduled, the rooms will be available for students to reserve.

There are 5 additional group study rooms around the perimeter. They also have large monitors with HDMI wires for students to view their laptops as a group. The group study rooms are reservable by visiting the website. We are encouraging students to always reserve a room so another group does not show up and ask them to leave. In each of the rooms, the blue walls are writeable! Some have chalk and some have dry-erase markers.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There are four booth seating, or collaboration areas with large monitors and HDMI chords. You just have to plug the chord into the HDMI outlet on your laptop, this turns the TV on automatically. Once the TV is on, just push the play button on the wire and it will send the screen to the large monitor. You’ll be able to work on group projects more easily! Four students can have their devices plugged in at a time and switch between them by pushing the play button on each chord. These seating areas also have two stools and a high counter for additional students to work together.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn addition to the group study rooms and the collaborative booth areas, we’ve also added 6 new high end PCs and 6 new iMacs! They each have dual monitors and have brand new software including adobe creative suite, imovie, final cut pro, and more. We’ve ordered additional chairs so students will be able to work in pairs at these stations. We also have our 19 old lab PCs, and several open stations for students to bring their own device.

Along the back wall you’ll find the Tech Support office that will be staffed by student workers throughout the semester to help with technology in the space. The middle room along the back wall is for Lecture Capture. Students will be able to reserve this room and it will be used to practice presentations and record them online using Panopto, the same software used in classrooms for lecture capture.

The funding for the Reilly Learning Commons was done entirely through fundraising by the Library Dean, Charles Kratz and the University’s Development Office. The planning was done by a team of librarians, teaching faculty, members of IT Services, CTLE, campus facilities, and a design from architects Hemmler and Camayd.

Technology on Your Own Terms – Fall 2014 Workshops

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On behalf of the Weinberg Memorial Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, we invite University of Scranton faculty and staff to our FAll 2014 Technology On Your Own Terms (TOYOT) workshops. Here’s what we’ve got planned for this semester:

Vendor Fair
Wednesday, September 17 & Thursday, September 18
10am-12pm and 1-3pm in the Reilly Learning Commons

The Vendor Fair will be held both days in the Reilly Learning Commons, which is on the first floor of the Weinberg Library. Some of the Library’s major information providers, including: ProQuest, Springer, Elsevier, EBSCO, ebrary, etc. will be on campus to show interested faculty, staff, and students how these products can meet their research needs as well as answer any questions they may might have about using these resources for their research.

This event will be kicked off with a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for the Reilly Learning Commons on Wednesday at 10am. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served. No registration is required for this TOYOT event!

Everything You Wanted to Know About Drones, But Were Afraid to Ask!

Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 12:00-1:00PM in WML 305
Presenters: Lee DeAngelis & John Culkin (UofS Senior Systems Administrators)

What are the benefits of unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones, in today’s world? How does drone technology work? Why are drones so controversial? Presenters will display some of their recent video. Weather permitting, they will give a live demonstrate outside, taking some pictures and video.

This session is open to all University faculty and staff, but seats are limited, so please let us know you are coming. You can register at www.scranton.edu/ctleregistration – under Technology on Your Own Terms.

Library Subsidized Prints

The Weinberg Memorial Library subsidizes student printing each semester you are registered. Any unused portion of your library subsidized prints from last year will be replaced with your new allocation of library subsidized prints on Monday, August 25th.  You can expect to see $14.00 in Tender 1 when first using UniPrint this semester.  For additional information about library printing, check out this link:  http://www.scranton.edu/academics/wml/our-building/printing.shtml

Thanks and have a great semester!

The International Film Series Presents: Philomena

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Please join us on Tuesday September 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater in the DeNaples Center for a free presentation of the 2014 Best Picture Nominee Philomena. Dr. Lawrence Kennedy will lead a discussion following the film.

The title character of Philomena is played by Academy Award winning actress Judi Dench. Philomena, an elderly Irish woman, is searching for her son who had been adopted almost 50 years earlier. With the aid of journalist Martin Sixsmith, played by Steve Coogan, she heads to the United States to find her son.

Directed by Stephen Frears’, Philomena is in English.

This event is open to faculty, staff, students and the public. Please email sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for more information.

Film series sponsored by a University of Scranton Diversity Initiative Grant through the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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Save the Date–Ribbon Cutting September 17th

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Save the Date! We will be holding the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for the Reilly Learning Commons on Wednesday, September 17 at 10am. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served.

Immediately following the Grand Opening will be a vendor fair from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm on both the 17th and 18th. We have invited some of our major information providers, including: ProQuest, Springer, Elsevier, EBSCO, ebrary, etc. to our campus to show interested students, faculty, and staff how these products can meet their research needs as well as answer any questions they may might have about using these resources for their research.

Evelyn and Katherine Reilly Plaque

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As construction continues on the Reilly Learning Commons, a plaque honoring two additional donors from the Reilly family has been installed. In addition to the generous donation from Joseph Reilly, two of his sisters, Evelyn and Katherine, have also contributed donations to the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Twentieth Anniversary campaign to bring the Learning Commons to light. Thank you, Reilly Family for your continued support of the Library!

Stay tuned for announcements on the grand opening and other events to celebrate the Learning Commons this fall semester!

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Remembering Apollo 11, Honoring Glynn S. Lunney H’71

Today is the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, so it seems like a good day to honor NASA flight director Glynn S. Lunney H’71. A native of Old Forge, Lunney graduated from Scranton Prep and studied at the University of Scranton before receiving his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Detroit.

Check out the full citation for his 1971 honorary doctor of laws degree in our digital collections! If you’re on campus, you can also browse through some newspaper clippings about his appearance and address at undergraduate commencement that year.