OER Implementation Grants for 2020

The Weinberg Memorial Library is pleased to offer $1,000 OER Implementation Grants to successful full-time faculty applicants. These grants were made possible by University of Scranton Strategic Initiatives Funding.

What is OER?

OER stands for Open Educational Resources. We define OER as any freely accessible or appropriately licensed, rigorous academic material that is a suitable replacement for expensive textbooks, readings, or other types of required course materials. OER Implementation Grants incentivize full-time faculty to consider replacing all, or some, of their for-cost, required course materials with resources that are free for students.

Why is it important?

According to the College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges, undergraduates at private 4-year nonprofit universities spend an average of $1,240 per year on textbooks. Numerous studies suggest that the high cost of textbooks lead many students to forgo purchasing course texts, which can affect students’ participation and success within the course.


The library will award up to two $1,000 OER Implementation Grants for Spring 2020 courses. For more information, visit the OER Research Guide https://guides.library.scranton.edu/OER.

Library Seeks Raffle Donations for the 2020 Ann Moskovitz Leaves of Class Fundraiser

The Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library at the University of Scranton are now collecting donations for the 2020 Ann Moskovitz Leaves of Class Raffle. This fundraising drive benefits the Friends of the Library Endowment Fund. The Endowment created with these funds guarantees a source of funding for Library collections enjoyed by everyone.

Donations can include gift certificates or gift cards to restaurants, salons, shops and museums; gift baskets; tickets to events and concerts; or membership to area fitness centers and yoga studios.

We award these prizes in 2020, so we would appreciate that you not include an expiration date. We are accepting donations until September 9, 2019.

If you would like to contribute this year, please mail your donation to the address below, or call/email Kym Fetsko at 570-941-7816, kym.fetsko@scranton.edu to schedule a convenient time for one of our committee members to pick up your donation.

The Friends of the Weinberg LibraryWeinberg Memorial Library800 Linden St., 4th FloorScranton, PA 18510-4634

To learn more about Leaves of Class visit our website. Thank you for your generous support.

Leaves of Class XXI – July Winner!

JULY ~ Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. James Montenegro of Union Dale, who won the following prizes:


Extravaganza:  Mount Airy Casino Resort (An overnight stay in a luxurious and elegant deluxe king suite, 2 entertainment tickets to any show of choice, a couples massage, and $200 food credit).

Tres Chic:  Pop It! Jackets & Accessories ($25 gift certificate).

And More!:  Rowan Asher Winery (one bottle – courtesy of Charles Kratz).


Didn’t win this yet? That’s ok, because you still have FIVE more chances!


CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR CHANCES ONLINE!  (Services charges will apply.) Or stop in the Library to fill one out.


To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.


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Thank you & good Luck!

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Photograph Signed by Glynn S. Lunney for Rev. Dexter Hanley, S.J.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we are honoring Glynn S. Lunney H’71. Lunney was a flight director for NASA and was on duty during the Apollo 11 moon landing. A native of Old Forge, Lunney graduated from Scranton Prep and studied at the University of Scranton from 1951 to 1953 before receiving his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Detroit.

He autographed this moon landing photograph, probably in 1971, for Rev. Dexter Hanley, S.J., president of the University of Scranton from 1970-1975.

The full citation for his 1971 honorary doctor of laws degree is in our digital collections. If you’re on campus, you can also browse newspaper clippings concerning his honorary degree and undergraduate commencement address.