Leaves of Class XIX – September!

Congratulations to Neil Donahue of Scranton who won two tickets to the “Christmas Spectacular” at Radio City including transportation courtesy of AAA Travel Agency, 2 copies of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow from Carroll & Carroll Booksellers and a CD of the Hamilton original Broadway Cast Recording courtesy of Charles Kratz. In addition, Neil won $150 cash courtesy of Charles Kratz, a wine gift basket (8 bottles) courtesy of Debra Pellegrino, Gretchen Welby, William Varady, and Mary Ellen Pichiarello, a Movie Gift basket from The Dietrich Theater, and a gift basket from The University of Scranton, Division of University Advancement. Neil also won gift certificates/cards from Total Hair Solutions (2-$50), Starbucks ($40 value courtesy of William Varady), Café Classico ($25), Sanderson Street Tavern ($25), Applebee’s ($25), City Market & Café ($25), Gertrude Hawk ($25), Comics on the Green ($20), and The Bog ($15).

There are still THREE chances to win! Our next drawing for Leaves of Class XIX is October 31, 2017.

To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

Pennsylvania Historical Association Reception Tonight

The Pennsylvania Historical Association’s annual conference begins tonight with a plenary session in the Heritage Room that will discuss the World War I exhibit currently on display. WBRE/WYOU-TV featured the exhibit in today’s broadcast, which can be viewed here: http://www.pahomepage.com/news/exploring-the-history-of-scranton/833696618.

The plenary session will take place in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room from 7:30-9:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain on display during normal library hours through Friday, December 8th. For more information, please email Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies, michael.knies@scranton.edu or call 570- 941-6341.

Cataloging Summer Project 2017: Assessment of the Oversized and Folio Book Collections

Have you ever seen or taken out a book with one of these labels in the photo on the left from the Weinberg Memorial Library? Or maybe you have seen a record in the catalog that says Oversize Stacks or Folio Stacks. This year the cataloging staff spent the summer assessing the current contents and condition of the Oversized and Folio collections located on the fifth floor of the Weinberg Memorial Library in the Heritage Room. This project involves a two-part process and is part of an effort to upgrade and improve the accuracy and accessibility of our records for items held in our existing collections.

The first part of the project required the physical accounting and inspection of the books currently held in the collection. Each book was checked against the record in the catalog. Books that did not match their record were brought down to cataloging for revisions. Each book was also measured to ensure that it met the criteria for being in the Oversize/Folio collection and condition examined for damage. Damaged books were removed for review and/or repair.

So what is the criteria for an Oversized book?

The sizing of what is considered an oversized book differs from library to library because it is dependent on the shelving heights available within the library.

An Oversized book at the Weinberg Memorial Library is a book that is typically taller than 11” (28 cm) within call number ranges A-M & P-Z. Books in the N-NX section, which have taller shelf heights, need to be taller than 13” (33 cm). Books taller than these measurements would be unable to fit properly onto the shelves in the regular circulating stack areas of the Library.

What makes a Folio book different from an Oversized book?

The Folio stacks house the widest and tallest books in the circulating collection.  For a book to receive a Folio tag that book must be wider than 12” (30 cm) and/or taller than 16” (38 cm). Books wider that 12”, typically books printed in a landscape format, would protrude too far off the end of the standard shelves in the circulating stack area. Books taller or wider than 17” (39 cm) are laid flat instead of housed on their ends.

How many books did we review?

Over a four month period the two-member staff accounted for 2294 books and 1987 records in the Oversized Stacks and 192 books and 187 records in the Folio Stacks with the exception of 14 items which are marked missing in the catalog and 10 items which were checked out at the time of review.

Next steps?

The second part of the process will be upgrading the records for the books we accounted for that match their current records in the catalog. This includes ensuring that all records have subject headings, name headings, descriptions and/or indexed table of contents information if available. These record enhancements will allow for improved searching and retrieval from our catalog.

As of this post, 597 records have already been updated in the Oversize collection and 149 records in the Folio collection. The work on this collection will continue as time allows with a hopeful completion before Summer 2018.

3D Printing in the Library

The Library has a Makerbot Replicator 2 and The Reilly Learning Commons is now offering 3D printing! Printing is done in the technology support room (124J) during their office hours or by visiting the Learning Commons Coordinator, Sheli Pratt-McHugh, in room 124H. Prints costs $0.10 per gram. To request a print job you must first sign the Acceptable Use Policy and fill out a 3D printing request form, which can also be found in the technology support room.

Visit the 3D Printing LibGuide with additional resources to create 3D models, pictures of printed objects, and articles about 3D printing. Email ReillyLearningCommons@scranton.edu for questions or assistance with 3D printing and we will do our best to assist you in this new service!


Borrowing Library Laptops

Starting today students may borrow library laptops overnight and take them out of the library if desired. There was student interest in borrowing laptops to use in class or take back to their dorms, so the library worked with IT over the summer to make this possible. So students, stop by the Circulation Desk on the first floor to get more information or to borrow a laptop!


Jazz and Democracy in 2017 Does it Mean a Thing if It Aint Got that Swing?

Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon Lecture
Monday, 25 September, 2017
12:00 PM – 01:30 PM

Jazz & Democracy in 2017: Does it Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got that Swing?

Wayne Winborne, Executive Director, Institute for Jazz Studies, Rutgers University Newark

This talk will provide a brief history of jazz and its connections to and parallels with the socio-political landscape of the 20th Century, today and into the future. Issues to be addressed include the role of the academy, the status of African-Americans and the competition between art and commerce in our society.

Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 509; Noon to 1:30 p.m.
$20pp/$30 per couple, FREE to University of Scranton Staff, Faculty and Students
Includes Buffet lunch
RSVP requested

For more information and to RSVP contact Alicen.Morrison@scranton.edu / 570-941-6206

For more information on upcoming Schemel Forum events, click here.

The Weinberg Memorial Library is now hiring for an Associate Dean

The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library at the University of Scranton invites applications for a full-time, Associate Dean commencing January 2018.  The Weinberg Memorial Library provides superior resources, services and programs in support of the dynamic scholarly, cultural and social endeavors of the University and the community at large. The Library plays an integral role in teaching, learning, and research on campus, fostering a culture of collaboration, interdisciplinarity, innovation, creativity, and sustainability. Our work environment is forward-looking and participatory, with an emphasis on transparency and faculty/staff development.

The successful candidate will bring strong communicative and interpersonal abilities in order to provide strategic/operational leadership for the Library; supervise the day-to-day management of the Library facilities, collections, and staff; collaborate with University faculty, administration, and staff; cultivate student learning and formation; work with academic departments to achieve and maintain accreditation; assess library services, programs, and evolving user needs; encourage integration of technology into the delivery of library services; and advocate in support of library services and programs that promote transformational education that is engaged, integrated, and global.

Qualified applicants should have an American Library Association-accredited Master’s Degree and six years of library/archives experience at a managerial or administrative level, including at least four years in an academic library.

Dr. Brian P. Conniff, Academic Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of The University of Scranton, serves as the Search Committee Chair. Applicants must apply online at https://universityofscrantonjobs.com and include a letter of application summarizing qualifications, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. Position is open until filled but applications received by October 16, 2017 will be given full consideration.

The University of Scranton is a regional institution of more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students located in northeast Pennsylvania near the Pocono Mountains. Recognized nationally for the quality of its education, Scranton is one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. It is committed to providing liberal arts education and strong professional and pre-professional programs in the context of Ignatian educational principles, especially the care and development of the whole person. Drawing on the strengths that have made it a recognized leader in the Northeast (ranked 8th among the master’s level universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report), Scranton is committed to a culture of scholarship and excellence in teaching and is moving into the front ranks of American’s comprehensive universities.

The University of Scranton is committed to providing a safe and nondiscriminatory employment and educational environment. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other status protected by law. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational, extracurricular, athletic, or other programs or in the context of employment.

Passing of Professor Emeritus Bonnie Oldham

From Charles E. Kratz, Dean of the Library:

It is with the greatest sadness that I share with you that Professor Emeritus Bonnie Oldham passed away this past Friday. Bonnie just retired in late May. She will greatly missed by all of us here at the University of Scranton and beyond our campus. Please keep Bonnie’s husband, children and family in your thoughts and prayers.

The obituary for Bonnie is in today’s Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre) and Times-Tribune (Scranton).

Bonnie expressed her wishes that, in lieu of flowers, you please consider a gift to the “Bonnie W. Oldham Weinberg Memorial Library Research Endowment Fund,” in care of: The University of Scranton, Office of University Advancement, 800 Linden St., Scranton, PA 18510.

The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize, which Bonnie helped develop, was inaugurated by the Weinberg Memorial Library in 2011, and is designed to recognize student excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge of the methods of research and the information gathering process, and the use of library resources, tools, and services.


Scranton and World War I: Exhibit on Display

Currently on display in the Library’s 5th Floor Heritage Room is the exhibit “Scranton and World War I.” The exhibit is a cooperative effort with the Lackawanna Historical Society in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Historical Association‘s annual conference which will be held at the Radisson Hotel from October 12 through October 14. The conference’s opening reception will take place on Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit is composed of World War I era materials that relate to Scranton from the Lackawanna Historical Society and The University of Scranton Archives, as well as materials from the Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Collection, the International Correspondence Schools of Scranton Collection, and the Visiting Nurse Association Collection.

The exhibit is on display during normal library hours through Friday, December 8th. For more information, please email Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies, michael.knies@scranton.edu or call 570- 941-6341.