Application Deadline for Library Research Prize is Monday, April 29, 2019

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 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize is for you!

The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize recognizes excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge in the methods of research and the information gathering process and use of library resources, tools, and services.

Three prizes of $500.00 each will be awarded to the winning individual student and/or group in the following categories: Undergraduate Foundational (100-level courses), Undergraduate Upper-level (200- to 400-level courses), and Graduate. If won by a group, the award will be split equally among the group members. All you need to do is write a 500- to 700-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- to 700-word essay you can about your research. 

The application deadline for projects completed during Intersession or Spring 2019 is Monday, April 29, 2019 at 4:00 pm. Winners will be announced at the end of the Spring 2019 semester.

A statement of faculty support from the instructor who assigned the research project is also required for each submission.

For additional information on how to apply, what to include in a completed application, and to access the application, visit the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize page:

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2019

You may know that April is National Poetry Month, but did you know that Thursday April 18 is “Poem in Your Pocket” Day? People are encouraged to “celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day”. I am choosing to share here a very short poem by Emily Dickinson.

To Make a Prairie

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, —

One clover, and a bee,

And revery.

The revery alone will do

If bees are few.


Pick a poem to share tomorrow – either in person or at #pocketpoem !

Bike Scranton 2019

Bike Scranton is back! For the 2019 season the library has 10 bikes (our most yet!) of different sizes to lend to anyone age 18 or over. Bikes may be borrowed whenever the library is open, and all bikes must be returned before the library closes that same day. There is no charge for borrowing bikes. Helmets are included as well! Stop by the Library Circulation Desk and borrow a bike today!

Spotlight on Oxford Reference Online Premium Database for Research

Have you ever wondered where the best place to start your research is? If you have sought the answer to this question, I would like to suggest checking out the Oxford Reference Online Premium database. This database provides authoritative answers to research questions across 25 different subject areas. The database contains over 2 million digitized entries across Oxford University Press’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias. The database can be accessed on the Weinberg Memorial Library website by clicking on the Articles & Databases tab, then under Reference Resources within the browse databases by subject or alphabetically under the letter O in the A-Z list of database titles. This database is equivalent to having a reference library at your fingertips.

As a librarian and a researcher, I decided to run some test searches on two different topics – World War II and Pearl Harbor using the Oxford Reference Online Premium database. On the topic of World War II, there are over 12,000 entries ranging from a simple definition on World War II of 624 words from A Dictionary of World History to a detailed article of 6,047 words from The Oxford Companion to United States History. On the topic of Pearl Harbor, there are over 700 entries from titles such as A Dictionary of World History and The Oxford Companion to Military History.

The Oxford Reference Online Premium database did not disappoint in terms of the ease that it provided researchers in running searches to the breadth and depth of information provided in some of the entries. The database also suggests related content and topical overviews that allow researchers to continue their exploration. The database provides four options to record your research, including printing, saving, citing, and emailing the article. Overall, the Oxford Reference Online Premium database is an excellent resource for exploring new topics and getting started on your research. Good luck with your research!

2019 Book and Plant Sale

Saturday, April 27th 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 28th 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Weinberg Memorial Library

Heritage Room

The Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library book sale is almost here. Volunteers, faculty, and staff are preparing for our annual sale, which supports our collections and services. The event is the last weekend of April with a special preview sale for current Friends of the Library & Schemel members and University of Scranton students on Friday, April 26 from 4-8 p.m. Join the organization if you would like to take advantage of the special preview. Click here for membership information.

The library will accept any hardcover or paperback books in good condition, including children’s books, cookbooks, fiction, and non-fiction. In addition, the library is collecting media and tag sale items. Donation boxes are in the main entrance of the library. Ask at the circulation desk if you require assistance or contact Barb at the number below.

For additional information or to volunteer, please contact Barb Evans at 570-941-4078.

Seniors: Vote for Teacher of the Year

2019 University of Scranton Teacher of the Year Award

Each year the Graduating Senior Class selects its “Teacher of the Year.” Beginning Friday, April 12th, please vote for the full-time faculty member who you believe best exhibits the following characteristics:

  • Maintains the highest standards of academic excellence and fairness.
  • Inspires interest in the discipline through personal enthusiasm and dedication.
  • Is consistently effective in communication.
  • Is available outside of the classroom.

The award will be presented during Class Night on Friday, May 24, 2019.

HOW TO VOTE: Cast your electronic ballot here:

WHEN TO VOTE: Voting will be open from Friday, April 12, 9:00 a.m. to Wednesday, April 17, 4:00 p.m.

INFORMATION: For further information please contact Aileen McHale, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence,

Your Vote Counts!
Remember a Faculty Member Whose Teaching Has Inspired You

(Posted on behalf of our CTLE colleagues)

Passionist Exhibit Reception on Monday!

This coming Monday, April 8, from 6-8 p.m., the exhibit reception for “Life, Death and Memory: Art and Artifacts from the Passionist China Collection,” will be held in the library’s Heritage Room. Passionist priest and historian Father Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D., will give a lecture dedicated to remembering the Catholic witness of faith in China and especially honoring the memories of three Passionist priests who were martyred there in April of 1929.

The event, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library and the Schemel Forum, is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact or call 570-941-6341.