The World through Arab Eyes – Tuesday, 10/7

Blog ImageJoin us on Tuesday 10/7 for a
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon
with Shibley Telhami, Ph.D.

Professor, International Relations and Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace & Development, University of Maryland

“The World through Arab Eyes”

The talk will assess the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East and how the region is being reshaped through analysis of Arab public opinion on issues ranging from how Arabs define themselves to their attitudes on social and political issues and the rest of the world.

Noon to 1:30pm, Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 5th floor

RSVP Here or email emily.brees@scranton.edu

The International Film Series Presents “Beauty and the Beast”

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Photo courtesy of Societe Nouvelle.

Please join us on Tuesday October 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater in the DeNaples Center for a free presentation of Jean Cocteau’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Mr. Peter Tafuri will lead a discussion after the film.

If you’ve only seen the animated version of this fairy tale, come see Jean Cocteau’s 1946 French adaptation for a unique film experience. When Belle’s father is imprisoned by the Beast for picking a rose from the Beast’s garden, Belle bravely takes her father’s place and a magical adventure follows.

Beauty and the Beast is in French 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.

 

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Adapters Now Available

Mini-Display-Port-To-HDMI-Adapter-2913-1We now have 3 different kinds of adapters/dongles at the circulation desk for MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones to plug your device into the HDMI cables at the large monitors in the Reilly Learning Commons. The adapters are Mini DisplayPort to HDMI, 30 pin to HDMI, and Lightning to HDMI. If your device requires a different adapter, please let us know and we will look at getting other options.

Tuesday, 9/30 – Japanese Internment: A Shameful Ghost that Still Haunts Us

Join us on Tuesday 9/30 for a
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon
with Morey M. Myers, Of Counsel
Myers, Brier & Kelly, LLP

“Japanese Internment: A Shameful Ghost that Still Haunts Us”

What caused us to intern 120,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps at the start of World War 2? Did racism and war hysteria inform the disastrous decision to impose this punishment on loyal American citizens? Can it happen again?

Noon to 1:30pm, Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 5th floor

RSVP Here or email emily.brees@scranton.edu

Library Game Night Wednesday!

Game Night September 2014- Smash Bros

The library will be hosting a Game Night in the new Reilly Learning Commons on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 8PM to 11PM.

All students are welcome to join us in the fun. We will be playing Mario Kart, Smash Bros, Rock Band, and Just Dance on the Kinect, and maybe some more games. Free Pizza, Snacks, and Refreshments will be provided!

Reilly Learning Commons Ribbon Cutting and Vendor Fair

CLlogoFINAL-lighttextJoin us for the official grand opening! We will be holding the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for the Reilly Learning Commons in the Weinberg Memorial Library on Wednesday, September 17 at 10am. The Reilly Learning Commons features state of the art computers including Macs and PCs, collaboration spaces, a lecture capture room, as well as space for the Writing Center to provide tutoring. Come to the ribbon cutting and see what this newly renovated space has for our students. Coffee, tea, and cake will be served.

Immediately following the Grand Opening will be a vendor fair from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm on both September 17th and 18th. We have invited some of our major information providers to our campus to show interested students, faculty, and staff how these products can meet their research needs as well as answer any questions they may might have about using these resources for their research. There will also be raffle prizes and give-aways! A full schedule of vendors is listed below.

Our Digital Services Librarian, Kristen Yarmey, will also be demonstrating the Library’s Digital Collections and its rich assortment of resources from the Aquinas to the Yearbook; Basketball and Football collections to Commencement Programs and Newspaper Clippings. Professor Yarmey will also be demoing the Digital Public Library of America. The DPLA is a website that unites digital collections from many different libraries, universities, museums, and historical societies, to one place.

There will also be Writing Center and CTLE staff on hand to discuss the services they provide through the Learning Commons. You will be able to learn about the lecture capture room and how students can practice presentations, record them, and save a digital copy. The Writing Center will be providing evening hours and drop-in times for students to get help where and when they need it.

Please, join us for two full days of information and celebration, snacks and prizes! We are excited for everyone to see our new space and learn about its features and services. We hope that you will stop by and encourage your friends and colleagues to attend as well.

Wednesday, September 17

  • 10am Ribbon Cutting
  • 10am-12pm: JSTOR, Springer, Project Muse
  • 1pm-3pm: ProQuest, Alexander Street Press, IEEE

Thursday, September 18

  • 10am-12pm: EBSCO, OVID
  • 1pm-3pm: Sage, Elsevier

Drone Days of Summer: Flying High at the Library with Access Aerial


One of our goals here at the Weinberg Memorial Library is to encourage thoughtful exploration of new technologies – we see experimentation as an important part of thinking and learning. Also, sometimes we just like to play with cool new toys. For both reasons, we were delighted to receive a visit earlier this summer from local drone photography team Access Aerial, who gave us the Library’s very first drone flyover along with a demonstration of their equipment.

We’ll confess – we had an in! Access Aerial’s two pilots, Lee DeAngelis and John Culkin, are also staff members in the University of Scranton’s Information Resources division. In their day jobs as Senior Systems Administrators, Lee and John help us keep the Library’s infrastructure running smoothly. Off hours, though, they’re out flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) over community events, giving us a new perspective on our local landscape. Back in June, Lee used his drone to capture aerial footage of the Scranton Cooperage fire, demonstrating the potential value of drones in local journalism (and even getting a mention in Fortune). In July, Access Aerial photographed the construction of the brand new library at nearby Marywood University (we’ll admit that a tiny bit of librarian jealousy may have prompted us to set up our own appointment).

At the end of August, Lee and John brought over one of their Phantom drones for a demonstration at the Library. Their Information Resources coworker Ray Frey, also a UAV enthusiast, brought his own homemade drone along for the fun.

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The results were phenomenal: a beautiful video of our Library and campus and gorgeous drone’s-eye-view photographs.

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As an added bonus, Lee and John came back to see us a few days later to do a “fly through” promotional video for our new Reilly Learning Commons!

We may have cheated a *tiny* bit. Shhh!

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Overall, the experience has left us feeling quite majestic. From all of us here at the Weinberg Memorial Library, huge thanks to Access Aerial! We can’t wait to see what you’ll photograph next.

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P.S. Feel like you missed out on the fun? Lee and John will be bringing a drone back to the Library on November 13, 2014 at 12pm for “Everything You Wanted To Know About Drones, But Were Afraid to Ask!” They’ll be giving a presentation and demonstration (weather permitting) as part of the Library’s Technology On Your Own Terms workshop series. Faculty and staff can sign up at www.scranton.edu/ctleregistration.