Happy Fourth of July!

Patriotic Alphabet (undated), by Charles Paxton Zaner

Patriotic Alphabet (undated), by Charles Paxton Zaner

Happy Independence Day to our University of Scranton community! The Weinberg Memorial Library will be on reduced hours for the holiday this weekend:

Thursday, July 3: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Friday, July 4: CLOSED
Saturday, July 5: CLOSED
Sunday, July 6: CLOSED

We’ll be back on our regular schedule on Monday. See you then!

Alumni Authors Exhibit

Alumni Authors Exhibit

Throughout the month of June, The University of Scranton Alumni Authors Exhibit is on display in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room. The exhibit showcases books by more than a hundred alumni authors and includes many signed copies.

The range of subjects varies greatly, encompassing alumni who became authors in their academic fields, nonfiction writers, novelists, children’s literature writers, and historians. The earliest former student featured is Clarence Walton, ’37, 10th president of The Catholic University of America and the first layman to hold the position. The youngest graduate featured in the exhibit is Sarah M. Piccini, ’07, G’10, whose local history book, Framing Faith, provides a pictorial history of former churches in the Diocese of Scranton.

Also included in the exhibit is Jason Miller, ’61, H’73, who received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play That Championship Season.  Two of our very own Librarians, Bonnie Strohl, G’90, and Kristen Yarmey, G’12, are also alumnae and have books on display in the exhibit.

We also have numerous books by alumna and children’s literature writer, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, G’82, who has written a Newberry Honor Book and a Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal winner.  She is also the recipient of 2013 Friends of the Weinberg Library Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award.

We encourage you to explore this wonderful exhibit and celebrate our alumni and their important contributions in the publishing world. The exhibit is on display during normal library hours.  For more information, please contact Michael Knies, Special Collections Librarian, (570) 941-6341.


Reilly Learning Commons Construction

Learning Commons Floor Plan FinalThe Reilly Learning Commons (24 hour room on the first floor) will be closed starting today in preparation for construction. Please use the Pro Deo room for access after regular scheduled hours.

We will be relocating old furniture over the next two weeks. Builders will be working in the space starting in June. Let us know if you have any questions as we move forward with this exciting project!

Spotlight on Student Worker Xiomara Rolon

This week the student spotlight is on Xiomara Rolon of Wilkes Barre, PA.  Mara is a Theatre major who will graduate on June 1. She joined the Circulation Services staff in September, 2013 and has been happily assisting patrons at the Circulation Desk since then.

Her hobbies include writing, art and reading. She finds our library’s collection of plays outstanding. Speaking of plays, she has participated in several of the University Players productions this year. When she wasn’t working behind the scenes or on the set, she was on stage playing the part of one character or another. Most recently, she did a fantastic job playing the part of Baloo the bear in Jungalbook.

Off the stage, she has a very pleasant personality. She always expresses herself with such enthusiasm and animation. The one thing she enjoys most about working in the library is making many new friends. She is seriously considering looking for work in a library to support herself while she pursues a theatrical career.

We wish her all the best. Thank you Xiomara!

Write and Cite Comes to the WML

S14 Write and Cite Day 1

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, May 13th and 14th, the CTLE‘s Writing Center set up camp in the Weinberg Memorial Library to offer assistance to students with their final papers.

This collaboration between the Writing Center and the Library was called “Write & Cite,” and included 4-6 Writing Consultants located at two stations (with refreshments!) during the evening on the Tuesday and Wednesday of Dead Week. Consultants were available for drop-in appointments in the 1st floor Reilly Learning Commons and the 2nd floor Reference Desk area from 5 to 8 pm both nights. The premise was for consultants to be available to assist students with their writing where that writing was actually taking place, and the close proximity of the Reference Desk meant students could also be referred to a Reference Librarian for assistance with formatting their citations.

And the event was a success! Thirty-three students received assistance through writing consultations over the course of both nights of the program, with three referrals to a librarian for citation assistance.

Miss your chance to meet with a Writing Consultant during Spring 2014′s “Write & Cite” event? Do not fear: beginning in Fall 2014, the Writing Center will have two satellite locations in the Reilly Learning Commons, making our resourceful Writing Consultants a permanent fixture in the Weinberg Memorial Library.

Many thanks to the Writing Consultants for making this event the success it was, to Amye Archer, Writing Center Coordinator, for planning the event, and to the CTLE for furnishing the refreshments.


Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: Art Exhibit

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Exhibit_001

To celebrate the national Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month of May, Asian Studies in collaboration of Weinberg Memorial Library is hosting an art exhibit in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room. These art posters from Smithsonian Museums are both educational and visual-stunning. They give a historical account of the journeys of Asian immigrants and Asian Americans–their struggles, contribution, and challenges.


About Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month:

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Co-sponsors: Asian Studies Program and Weinberg Memorial Library. Special thanks to Professor Michael Knies, Dr. Linda Ledford-Miller, and Ms. Julee Modzelewski.

May 1-31 Library Art Exhibit. Heritage Room, 5th fl., Weinberg Memorial Library.

Free during library hours. For more information, call 570-941-7643.


Ann Pang-White
Email: ann.pang-white@scranton.edu
Phone: 570-941-7643
Website: Click to Visit

Library Research Prize Winners!

Christine Panzitta, Stephen Gadomski, Natalie Della Posta, Taryn Anthony, Caroline Swift, and Tricia Gelling

Christine Panzitta, Stephen Gadomski, Natalie Della Posta, Taryn Anthony, Caroline Swift, and Tricia Gelling

Caroline Swift, an MBA student with a concentration in Operations Management, and Christine Panzitta, a junior Secondary Education/History major, were selected as the 2014 Library Research Prize winners.

The Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton 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.

Honorable Mention awards in the Graduate Category included Taryn Anthony, a Chemistry major; Patricia Gelling, an Occupational Therapy major; and a group of Physical Therapy majors consisting of Kyle Corrado, Christine Fischer, Michael McGraw and Kristin Ryffel.

Honorable Mentions were also awarded to two undergraduate students—Natalie Della Posta, a Neuroscience major and Stephen Gadomski, an Exercise Science and Sport major.

Prize winners were honored at a reception on Thursday, May 8, 2014 in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

WML-CTLE Award Ceremony

You are cordially invited to attend the Weinberg Library/Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence award ceremony that will be held Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 2:30pm in the Library’s Heritage Room. The winner of the CTLE’s Rhetorical Analysis Competition and the winners of the Library Research Prize will be honored. A reception will follow.