Need a Little Christmas?

treeWalk into the Pro Deo room of the library and smell mint and coffee.  
Java City is offering festive drinks, including a Gingerbread Latte and “Merrimint:” a white mocha Javalanche with peppermint pops. Perfect
partners for a good book or movie.

Check out these holiday materials:



 Children’s Books

Movies (Media Resources, 3rd Floor)


Modern Classics

  •  Love Actually starring a conglomeration of British actors whose stories intertwine and culminate in a rendition of “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
  • Elf Zooey Deschanel sings “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
  • The Nativity Story A film depiction of the journey Mary and Joseph take to Bethlehem.


Thanksgiving Holiday and Remainder of Fall 2015 Hours

The library will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday from Thursday (11/26) to Saturday (11/28). The library will reopen on Sunday (11/29) at Noon.

The library’s Pro Deo Room, Reilly Learning Commons, and 2nd Floor will remain accessible to students during this time. 

Starting Monday (11/30) the library will enter Extended Hours:

Monday (11/30) through Thursday (12/3), 8:00 a.m. to Midnight
Friday (12/4), 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday (12/5), 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday (12/6), Noon to Midnight
Monday (12/7) — Thursday (12/10), 7:00 a.m. to Midnight
Friday (12/11), 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday (12/12), 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday (12/6), Closed

On Monday (12/14) the library will enter End of Semester and Christmas Holiday Hours:

Monday (12/14) through Friday (12/18), 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday (12/19) & Sunday (12/20), Closed

Monday (12/21) through Wednesday (12/23), 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday (12/24) through Sunday (1/4), Closed

The library will reopen on Monday (1/5), 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Win $500 for Describing Your Research Process in 500 Words

1863 united states 500 dollar demand note

Image by Flickr user ocean_of_stars via CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license (a human-readable summary of this license may be found here)

Are you working on a research project this semester? Did you use the library’s resources, services, collections, or spaces in order to complete your research? Then you should consider submitting your project for a chance to win the Weinberg Memorial Library Research Prize.

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded every year to the winning Undergraduate and the winning Graduate submission. All you need to do is write a 500-word essay describing your research process and how you used the library in completing the project. Click here for some tips on how to craft the best 500-word essay you can about your research.

Then, submit the application materials for your project through the Library Research Prize website by the Fall 2015 deadline: Friday, December 4, 2015 by 4:00 pm. This deadline is for projects completed in Summer 2015 or Fall 2015. There will be another deadline for Spring 2016 research projects. Winners are announced at the end of the Spring 2016 semester.

Research projects can be individual or group projects, though winning group projects will receive one $500 prize for the group.

A statement of faculty support from the instructor who assigned the research project is also required for each submission, so be sure to let your course instructor know you will be submitting your project for consideration for the prize.

Details on how to apply, what to include in a completed application, and what the selection criteria are, can be found at the Library Research Prize website. Any additional questions can be sent to Prof. Bonnie Oldham, Information Literacy Coordinator (

We look forward to hearing about your research!

Bike Scranton Season Wraps Up

The University’s 2015 participation in this bike share program was very successful. In 5 months we loaned bikes 312 times, with 188 of those loans being to undergraduates. Special thanks to the Lackawanna Heritage Valley for inviting the University to partner on this new program. Bike Scranton will be back in April of 2016. Thanks to everyone for your positive response to this green initiative!

Spotlight on Student Worker Kerry Callahan

Kerry Callahan is in the student worker spotlight this week. A native of Garden City, New York Kerry graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science in May 2013 and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Physical Therapy. Kerry has been at The University for seven years and has worked in Media Resources/EdLab for the last three. During those three years Kerry has demonstrated a professional attitude, willingness to take on new projects and exceptional organizational skills. She has assisted patrons, and taken inventory of materials, but she most enjoys choosing films for the display table and previewing new films.

The set hours at the Library help Kerry organize her busy schedule, which includes being a full-time student and also working for the Catering Department. She enjoys reading and her favorite books are the Harry Potter series. Her favorite movie is Lord of the Rings. Always active, Kerry participates in several Intramural sports including Kickball, Ultimate Frisbee and Flag Football. She is a member of the Physical Therapy Club and the Journal Club where members go over a primary research or review paper. The goal of the club is to help students with reading, writing and presenting scientific literature.

Kerry has learned a great deal about the Library’s resources over the years and her advice to other students is that they should ask for assistance and not make assumptions about what is or is not available.

In the spring semester Kerry will be traveling. In February she’ll go to California to present research about cardiac surgery and depression and after that she’s off to Albuquerque, New Mexico and Washington, D.C. to complete her clinical internships.

Thank you, Kerry, for all you hard work for the Library. We wish you all the best!

Films for Veterans Day

Celebrate Veterans Day by picking up a patriotic film displayed in Media Resources. Our military men and women have been portrayed in many films over the years. Watch the story of an African-American sailor who dreamed of becoming a U.S. Navy Master Diver in Men of Honor. The movie Flags of Our Fathers boldly explores the complex nature of heroism, bravery and patriotism in the harrowing true story of four Marines during WWII and how a single photo emerged as one of the most enduring icons of the 20th century. If you’d like a local story of courage, try the extraordinary docudrama Gino Merli: the Healing Hero. These movies along with American Sniper, The Best Years of Our Lives, Legends of the Fall and many others remind us of all our Veterans have done for us. Stop in to check one out.

Technology on your own Terms: Music Streaming

Next week will be the first Technology on your own Terms series of the fall!

Music Streaming: Tuesday, November 17, 12pm-1pm in Weinberg Memorial Library 305. Presenter, Sam Davis, Library Systems Specialist.

Do any Google search for ‘music streaming’ or ‘online radio’, and you’re presented with a myriad of options for listening to music. When it comes to listening to music online, how do you know which one to pick? If it worth the possible subscription?  Much like Goldilocks looking for the perfect bed, it’s difficult to find the best one in a sea of options. In this session, we’re going to discuss popular streaming services like Pandora and Spotify, examine some offbeat choices such as Amazon Music or Google Play, plus examine the results of the music streaming survey.

Fill out a brief survey on your music streaming preferences in preparation for the session here.

A light lunch will be provided. TOYOTs are open to all University faculty and staff, but seats are limited, so please let us know if you plan to attend. You can register at under Technology on Your Own Terms.