Spotlight on Student Worker Nathan Ratchford

Nathan Ratchford, an English major from Dalton, PA, began working at the library Circulation Desk in 2016. Nathan knows his way around a library and that showed as he quickly learned to execute the tasks of the department, but perhaps his best talent as a library worker is customer service.  Whether he’s serving a fellow student or a member of the faculty, Nathan’s skills as a conversationalist and his broad interests provide him the ability to happily, sincerely, and courteously engage any patron.

“I really enjoy the people I work with more than anything,” Nathan said when asked what he enjoys most about working in the library. “I’d like to think that we all share some common ground — one way or another. I’ve built some great relationships in my time here,” he added.

He advises other students to take advantage of the library’s many resources; books, academic journals, films, and the PALCI E-ZBorrow system.

Nathan vigorously enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking, which contribute nicely to another favorite hobby, photography.

Nathan’s favorite class was Parables in Pop Culture, with Dr. Olsen; his favorite book is On the Road; and his favorite movie is Big Fish.

Nathan Fun Fact: he is the second youngest of seven children!

After graduation, Nathan will pursue digital content management and production, while independently producing writing and photographs for publication.

Happy trails, Nathan!  Best wishes and success as you explore the peaks, valleys, and streams of your future.

Give to the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Endowment Fund on 5.06

Professor Emerita Bonnie Oldham stands in front of the Weinberg Memorial Library

The Weinberg Memorial Library has teamed up with University Advancement to raise funds for the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Endowment Fund this 5.06 weekend for the University’s Day of Giving.

Make your donation directly to the fund here.

The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize is designed to attract outstanding research projects from courses taught in departments across The University of Scranton campus. It 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.

Named for Professor Emerita Bonnie Oldham, who founded the prize at the University in 2011, this Endowment Fund was started by Bonnie at her untimely passing four months after her retirement in 2017. Our goal is to raise funds for this Endowment Fund to ensure that the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize will be awarded in perpetuity. Your donation will help us do this.

Annually, three prizes of $500.00 each are awarded to the winning individual student and/or group projects in the following categories: Undergraduate Foundational (100-level courses), Undergraduate Upper-level (200- to 400-level courses), and Graduate.

Help us ensure the future of the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize by directly supporting student learning at the University with your gift to this Endowment Fund!

Faculty Scholarship Exhibit

During the month of May, the Weinberg Memorial Library hosts its annual Faculty Scholarship Exhibit in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room. The exhibit features books and articles produced by University of Scranton faculty members since 2015. The exhibit, organized by academic department, provides an overview of the diversity and quality of scholarly accomplishments by the University’s faculty. For more information, please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at michael.knies@scranton.edu or call 570-941-6341.

First-Year Writing Drop-in Research Workshop on 5/7

Date/Time: Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Weinberg Memorial Library, Room WML 306

Are you a Writing 106 or 107 student who is working on your final paper? 

Research & Instruction Librarians Kelly Banyas and Neil Grimes will be hosting a drop-in workshop for Writing 106 and 107 students on Monday, May 7th, from 6:00-8:00 pm.

This workshop will give you more time with librarians during which you can focus on their project needs and have developed conversations with librarians regarding their topics and the research process.

As a result of attending this drop-in workshop, you will be able to properly cite sources, be more comfortable in interactions with librarians, and become aware of the many research services available to students at the Weinberg Memorial Library.

You can bring your own computer or use one of ours. Drop by any time between 6:00 and 8:00 pm to learn more about the library services available to students at the Weinberg Memorial Library!

The Schemel Forum with the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library present Dr. Lawrence W. Kennedy, Bricklayer Bill: The Untold Story of the Workingman’s Boston Marathon

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

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

Spotlight on Student Worker Karen Zumba

Since she spent so much time in the Library, Karen Zumba, an Accounting major from Manhattan, decided to apply for a job here, and we’re very happy that she did! In the three years Karen has been working in Media Resources/EdLab she has provided excellent customer service, transferred dozens of archival VHS tapes to DVDs and helped keep the stacks in order. Her friendliness and organizational skills have made her a great fit for the department. Karen’s favorite part of the job has been getting to know faculty members she would not otherwise get to see and meeting her fellow work-study students. Karen’s advice to other students is to take advantage of borrowing DVDs because they are very entertaining.

Karen has done some traveling during her years at Scranton. In 2016 she went to Jamaica with Campus Ministries International Service Program, and in 2017 she studied abroad in Uganda where she had the memorable experience of witnessing a baby being born.

In her free time Karen enjoys hiking, biking and painting. Her favorite class was Christianity of Africa and her favorite film is Seven. After graduation her career goal is to become a CPA.

Thank you Karen for your contributions to the Library. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We wish you all the best in the future!

2018 Book and Plant Sale

2018 Book & Plant Sale

Saturday, April 28th 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 29th 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 this weekend with a special preview sale for current Friends of the Library & Schemel members and University of Scranton students on Friday, April 27 from 4-8 p.m.

A donated collection of 40 Harbour Lights Lighthouses will be for sale individually at the tag sale portion of the Book Sale. These lighthouses are collectible replicas of historic lighthouses and were created in limited production each with its own numbered edition and individual serial numbers. All lighthouses are in excellent condition and include the original box and Certificate of Authenticity.

The Book Sale is Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 29, from noon until 8 p.m., in the fifth floor Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Join the organization if you would like to take advantage of the special preview. Click here for membership information.

We are unable to take any more donations at this time. Please contact us in the middle of May to make donation arrangements for next year’s sale. 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.

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

 

 

 

 

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2018

You may know that April is National Poetry Month, but did you know that Thursday April 26 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 poem by Contemporary American Poet Naomi Shihab Nye called “Valentine for Ernest Mann”. I agree that “maybe if we re-invent whatever our lives give us we find poems.” Pick a poem to share tomorrow – either in person or at #pocketpoem.

Poem Valentine for Ernest Mann