Happy Birthday, Scranton: Kickoff to the 150th Anniversary Celebration

Scranton150Tomorrow morning at 9:15 am, the City of Scranton will kick off its year-long Sesquicentennial Anniversary Celebration. Scranton was incorporated as a city on April 23, 1866, so next spring (April 23, 2016) will be the city’s 150th birthday.

While the University of Scranton itself wasn’t around back at the very beginning (founded in 1888, we just celebrated our 125th anniversary in 2013-2014), we’re proud of the close ‘town and gown’ relationship we’ve had with the city of Scranton throughout our shared history.

Here at the Weinberg Memorial Library, we’re looking forward to joining in the fun throughout the anniversary year. Beginning in May, each month of the City celebration will highlight a decade (or two) in the city’s history, and here on our Library blog we’ll be highlighting how the University grew alongside the city during that time.

Our University Archives and Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections include many rare and unique resources related to the history of the City of Scranton, its residents, and its major institutions.  For example, the Library holds the records of the International Correspondence Schools of Scranton – and in the fall, we’ll be exhibiting materials from this collection in celebration of the 125th anniversary of ICS (now known as Penn Foster), which was founded in 1891.

We’ve been working on digitizing archival and special collections materials and making them publicly available for searching and browsing in our digital collections, but there’s always more to do. We’re currently tossing around new ideas for increasing public, digital access to local history materials with some of our friends on campus (the History and Communication Departments, Royals’ Historical Society, Hope Horn Gallery, and Community Relations) and in the community (the Lackawanna Historical Society, the Everhart Museum, Scranton Public Library/Lackawanna Valley Digital Archives, and Marywood University). More to come on this as our plans develop!

At the state level, we’re collaborating with other academic and public libraries on a broad initiative to establish a Pennsylvania service hub for the Digital Public Library of America, which will make Pennsylvania history and cultural heritage more accessible and discoverable to students, teachers, genealogists, historians, scholars, and others in our communities and around the world.

So happy birthday, Scranton! Let’s get this party started.

Spotlight on Student Worker Erica Brown

Almost four years ago, Erica Brown came from Baltimore, Maryland, to study Psychology at the University of Scranton. Right away, she came to the library and applied for a workstudy position. After talking to her about her work experience as a resident leader in a nursing home, and hearing her speak so passionately about taking care of people, I could see her pleasant personality and level of patience made her a perfect candidate to work in a customer service position.

Erica enjoys the environment of the library as well as the flexibility of her schedule. If she’s not working a shift at the Circulation Desk, you’ll often find her doing schoolwork here. She is a strong advocate for the library, advising fellow students to “Use the services the library has to offer for studying and researching!”

Erica is an active member of the Psychology Club. She also volunteers at St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen and the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. She enjoys photography, games, outdoor activities, and reading.

Some Erica Fun Facts: her deep fondness and fascination for hippopotami; her 15 tattoos (one of which, you guessed it, is a hippopotamus); her favorite class is Abnormal Psychology and her favorite book/movie is Fight Club.

After graduating in May, Erica will continue to care for the elderly by pursuing a career as a social worker with a focus on gerontology and Alzheimer patients.  We wish her all the best!

Thank you Erica!!

Library Book Sale This Weekend

2015 bpA variety of subject materials, tag sale and a variety of flowering potted plants!

Saturday, April 25 9:00a.m. – 8:00p.m.

Sunday, April 26 noon – 4:00p.m.

 Heritage Room (Fifth Floor)

(A special preview sale will be held on Friday, April 24, for Friends’ members and Schemel Forum members.)

Cash, check and credit card payments accepted.

Library Research Prize Deadline Approaches

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Did you work on a research project in either Intersession or Spring 2015? 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 Intersession and Spring 2015 deadline: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by 4:00 pm.

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!


Community Advisory


Date: April 16, 2015

University Police are investigating a series of reported thefts occurring in the Weinberg Memorial library.

Seven University students have reported to University Police that their property was stolen while in the library. Most incidents occurred while property was left unattended, sometimes for an extended period of time. Reported missing is a laptop computer, a tablet computer, a set of headphones and four wallets.

The only suspect description is a college-aged male who was reportedly acting suspicious. The Weinberg Memorial library has a posted policy stating that personal property is not to be left unattended. All students are encouraged to never leave anything of value out or unattended even for a brief period of time.

Remain vigilant and report anything suspicious by immediately calling University Police at 570. 941.7777.

If anyone witnessed this incident or has any further information, contact University Police at 570.941.7888.  Information may also be provided confidentially using the University Police Silent Witness link at: http://forms.scranton.edu/silent-witness-form/

Community Advisories will remain posted for 48 hours.
University Police, 820 Mulberry Street
University Parking and Public Safety Pavilion
Dial 570.941.7777 for emergency assistance or to report an incident in progress.
Dial 570.941.7888 for information or for 24-hour Safety Escort Service.
This advisory is issued by University Police for the information of The University of Scranton community under the provisions of the United States Campus Security Act and shall remain posted until April 18, 2015

Spotlight on Student Workers: Janis Segura

An interest in movies motivated Janis Segura to apply for work in Media Resource/EdLab, and the Library would like to thank her for her hard work and dedication. A senior majoring in Finance, Janis is from Red Bank, New Jersey. She chose The University because the values of social justice and service appealed to her.

Janis is friendly and helpful to all Library patrons. She quickly became proficient in using Sierra and when patrons need assistance, she can quickly point them in the direction of films or books that will best meet their needs. Her favorite things about working in the library are the friendly staff and getting to see the new films that arrive. Her advice for other students is to borrow materials from Media Resources because it offers a variety of feature films in addition to educational material. Her favorite books are the Maze Runner Series and her favorite films are the Dark Knight Trilogy and Whiplash. Her favorite professor is Keith Yurgosky.

In addition to her studies and work in the Library, Janis volunteers with The SMART Program at Scranton High School, and she will begin volunteering with Junior Achievement in a local grade school this month. Her career goals are to work in finance and eventually become a math teacher.

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation Janis! We wish you all the best!


Marvin Ammori to Speak on Net Neutrality

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On Monday, April 13th at 7PM in the Moskovitz Theater (Denaples Center), Marvi Ammori will join us virtually to share his research on Net Neutrality. He will speak about both the substance and the politics of net neutrality from his point of view as one of the key leaders in DC ensuring network neutrality remains the law of the land.

Marvin Ammori is a thought leader in Internet law, best known for his work opposing SOPA and defending network neutrality. Time Magazine calls him “a prominent First Amendment lawyer and Internet policy expert” and the San Jose Mercury News calls him “a well-known advocate for Internet freedom.”

He serves as counsel to the Internet Freedom Business Alliance, a group of companies including reddit, Etsy, Kickstarter, Tumblr, and Vimeo supporting an open Internet. He has also represented Google, Dropbox, eBay, Automattic, Tumblr, Twitter, and others. While serving as the general counsel for the advocacy group Free Press in 2008, he authored the seminal network-neutrality complaint against Comcast for interfering with the use of BitTorrent software and led the case from its inception to conclusion. He served as a 2014 Future TenseFellow at the New America Foundation and is an Affiliate Scholar of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society. He currently serves on the boards of the nonprofit advocacy groups Fight for the Future and Demand Progress, and also on the Board of Engine Advocacy, a national organization that gives startups a voice in DC. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School.

Immediately following the presentation, Joseph Casabona, Adjunct Professor of Computing Sciences, will lead a Question and Answer period with Mr. Ammori. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

This event is made possible through the Marywood University and University of Scranton Cooperative Grant.