Enter to Win the $500 Library Research Prize

500 Words = $500!

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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 the Weinberg Memorial Library Research Prize is for you!

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 2014 deadline: Friday, December 5, 2014 by 4:00 pm. This deadline is for projects completed in Summer 2014 or Fall 2014. There will be another deadline for Spring 2015 research projects. Winners are announced at the end of the Spring 2015 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.

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 (bonnie.oldham@scranton.edu).

We look forward to hearing about your research!

The Great Learning Gap and Why We Must Do Something About It

Join us on Monday 11/24 for a
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon
with Judith Renyi, Ph.D.

Executive Director, The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, Philadelphia

The Great Learning Gap & Why We Must Do Something About It

In October 2013 an international study of literacy revealed that the US had fallen below average among 23 first world countries. It found that 36 million US adults are functioning too low in reading, writing and mathematics and the ability to solve problems in a technology-rich environment to get or keep jobs. Dr. Renyi will discuss the US Department of Education’s response to workforce development crisis and the innovations piloted In Philadelphia to reskill Americans on a large scale.

Noon to 1:30pm, Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509

RSVP Here or email emily.brees@scranton.edu

An Uncanny Era: The Underpinnings of Democratic Transformation in Eastern Europe

Join the Schemel Forum on Wednesday, November 12th
for a collaborative event with the Polish Cultural Institute of New York &
New School for Social Research in NYC


An Uncanny Era: The Underpinnings of Democratic Transformation in Eastern Europe

bookAdam Michnik in conversation with Elzbieta Matynia, editor and translator of An Uncanny Era: Conversations between Vaclav Havel and Adam Michnik, will address the essential question of post-revolutionary life: How does one preserve the revolution’s ideals in the real world? The discussion will help us to understand how the struggles between democratic aspirations and pragmatic realities are at work even more widely in today’s world.

Adam Michnik is cofounder of the Solidarity Movement in Poland and editor-in-chief of Poland’s largest newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza.

Elzbieta Matynia is a professor of sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Free Event
5:30 to 7pm  – Brennan Hall, Pearn Auditorium, Room 228

Book signing to follow

RSVP Required to emily.brees@scranton.edu or click here.

Nov. 10th – War and Peace: the Challenges of the Islamic State and Ukraine

Joiserwer Blog Imagen us on Monday 11/10 for a
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon
with Daniel Serwer, Ph.D.

Professor of Conflict Management, Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

War and Peace: the Challenges of the Islamic State and Ukraine

While the United States has been trying to disengage from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it now faces new challenges from Russia in the Ukraine and from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. How did this come about? What risks do Ukraine and the Islamic State pose for the United States? Are we going back to a Cold War with Russia and a hot one with the Islamic State? How can we best respond to these challenges?

Noon to 1:30pm, Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509

RSVP Here or email emily.brees@scranton.edu

Job Posting: Seeking Public Services/Reference Librarian (part-time)

The University of Scranton seeks a Public Services/Reference Librarian. This is a part-time, twelve month, professional staff position. The part-time Public Services Librarian participates in Library public service activities including: provides research services virtually and in person, provides instruction in the strategy and techniques of research and information evaluation, oversees Library services and staff in the absence of the full-time librarian, participates on the collection development team, and maintains an atmosphere conducive to study including proper operation of equipment, good order of materials, absence of disruption, and supervision of closing the building.

Qualifications: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program is required. Library experience is required.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities include: research and information evaluation skills, supervisory skills, communication skills, including the ability to instruct students individually and in groups, and the ability to deal well with members of the public.

Hours are Tuesday from 6:00 pm-11:30 p.m. and Saturday from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Flexibility in working additional hours or adjusting hours as required by the academic calendar is preferred.

This position will remain open until filled.

All applications must be submitted electronically:
Click “Search Postings” on the Human Resources page to create an application and then apply for a position. Please note you will not be considered an applicant until you apply for a specific, open position. If you need assistance, please call Human Resources at (570) 941-7767 or e-mail your questions to hr@scranton.edu. Thank you for your interest in working for The University of Scranton!

Posting number and position title are:
Posting Number: 6000756; Title: Public Service/Reference Librarian-Part Time

The University of Scranton is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body embracing an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. The University welcomes Veterans, minority persons, women, and persons with disabilities to apply. The University of Scranton is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer/Educator.

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

logoJoin us for the Scranton Reads finale event, tomorrow night, Wednesday, October 29 at 7pm in Collegiate Hall in Redington Hall.

The Scranton Public Library’s Teen Action Board will be presenting an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, including  poetry readings and a stage adaptation of Poe’s iconic Tell Tale Heart. Light refreshments will be served.

View the flier for more details.

Social Justice in the Information Society Speaker Series

Marywood University and The University of Scranton are jointly hosting a speaker series that will delve into contemporary issues that surround our internet society. Social Justice in the Information Society is a four part speaker series that will give faculty, staff, students, and community members the benefit of participating in a forum with a highly respected scholar doing critical work in the interdisciplinary field of information science.

The speakers will videoconference into the forum and a local scholar will facilitate the event. Following the presentation, the guest lecturer and facilitator will participate in a Q & A period so the audience can interact with the material and the lecturer. These events will be free and open to the public and a dessert reception will follow. Please consider joining us for both sessions.

BritzThe Ethics of Information Access
November 4, 2014
, 7:00 p.m.
Marywood University
Swartz Center, Conference Room B.

Dr. Johannes Britz, Provost & Vice Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will discuss the implications of, and raise awareness to, the social, political, economic, technological, and ethical issues surrounding access to information.

This event will be facilitated by Dr. Aaron Simmons, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Marywood University




Privacy, Security, and Government Surveillance
Wikileaks, Big Data and the “New Accountability”
November 10, 2014
, 7:00 p.m.
The University of Scranton
Moskovitz Theater, The DeNaples Center

Dr. Adam D. Moore, Associate Professor of the Information School & Philosophy Department at the University of Washington argues that accessing and sharing sensitive information is morally suspect and that we simply do not owe each other the level of information access promised by “big data” or Wikileaks. The “Just Trust Us,’ “Nothing to Hide,” and “Consent” arguments will be presented and critiqued.

This event will be facilitated by Dr. Michael Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Scranton.

The last two speakers in the series will be scheduled in the spring semester.

This speaker series has been funded by the Marywood University/ University of Scranton Cooperative Grant. For more information email lchristianson@maryu.marywood.edu or george.aulisio@scranton.edu

Technology On Your Own Terms


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. A light lunch will be provided.

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.


INSIDE THE HOTEL RWANDA: The Surprising True Story and Why It Matters Today

INSIDE THE HOTEL RWANDA: The Surprising True Story and Why It Matters Today

Schemel Logo Fall 2014On NOVEMBER 6th, 2014, the Schemel Forum welcomes Kerry Zukus, Co-author Inside the Hotel Rwanda.

DeNaples Center McIlhenny Ballroom, Room 407, Noon to 1:30pm

The film, Hotel Rwanda, the alleged true story of refugees surviving the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. But was the hotel manager depicted in it, Paul Rusesabagina, credited with single-handedly saving the lives of those who sought safety in the hotel, just a Hollywood creation? Mr. Zukus and his Rwandan co-author, Edouard Kayihura, tell a different story which will be the subject of his talk.

RSVP to emily.brees@scranton.edu or 941-6206

The International Film Series Presents: The Little Girl who Sold the Sun


The Little Girl who Sold the Sun

Photo courtesy of California Newsreel.

The International Film Series presents a free screening of The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (La Petite Vendeuse de Soleil) on Wednesday November 19th at 7 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater in The DeNaples Center. Dr. Annie Hounsokou will lead a discussion following the film.

Set in Dakar, Senegal The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun is director Djibril Diop Mambety’s tribute to street children. It tells the story of Sili Lam, a resilient twelve year old paraplegic who is the lone girl in the competitive world of male newspaper vendors. With the local policeman suspicious of her good fortune when she sells all her newspapers and the newsboys taunting her, can Sili persevere and rise above her difficult circumstances?

The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun is in Wolof with English subtitles.

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.