Enhancing Student Research Abilities: Intersession/Spring 2021 Information Literacy Stipends

Do you want to enhance your students’ research abilities? Then consider applying for an Information Literacy Stipend for your course.

The Weinberg Memorial Library will be awarding up to two (2) $1,000.00 stipends for courses taught during Intersession 2021 or Spring 2021. Recipients will collaborate with a faculty librarian to develop assignments and assessments that focus on information literacy. The stipend will be awarded upon submission of a final report. Both full- and part-time faculty are eligible.

What is information literacy?

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. (ACRL, 2016)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2016) provides ideas to help faculty integrate information literacy into their courses.

TO APPLY: Submit a proposal, not to exceed two pages, that includes the following:

  • Course name and number
  • Student learning outcomes related to information literacy
  • Assessment plan to determine how student learning outcomes will be evaluated
  • Projected Timeline (Intersession 2021 or Spring 2021)
  • Name of the faculty librarian who has agreed to collaborate with you

Application Deadline: Friday, October 23, 2020 

Submit proposals via email attachment to: Kym Balthazar Fetsko, Assistant to the Dean of the Library, kym.fetsko@scranton.edu

Proposals will be reviewed by the Library Advisory Committee’s Information Literacy Subcommittee for evidence of the following components:

  • Student learning outcomes related to information literacy
  • Assessment plan to determine how student learning outcomes will be evaluated
  • Collaboration and consultation with a librarian before submission

Stipends are subject to taxes. At the completion of the course, a final report documenting the impact of the information literacy component on student learning outcomes must be submitted to the Interim Dean of the Library. This report will be posted on the Library’s website.

If you are interested, consult with the subject liaison librarian for your department as you prepare your proposal; find your liaison librarian at www.scranton.edu/library/liaisons. Examples of previous successful stipend projects can be accessed at www.scranton.edu/informationliteracystipends.

Questions? Contact Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator, at donna.witek@scranton.edu.

Affordable Learning Implementation Grants for Spring 2021

The Weinberg Memorial Library is pleased to offer $1,000 Affordable Learning Implementation Grants to successful full-time faculty applicants.

Affordable Learning aims to reduce the financial burden on students by eliminating expensive for-cost textbooks and course materials with no-cost or low-cost educational resources. OER stands for Open Educational Resources, which include online textbooks, media, and other materials that are available freely for use and can be remixed/reused for educational purposes. For our Affordable Learning Implementation Grants, formerly OER Implementation Grants, faculty may opt to use existing OER textbooks and open source software that is available online or may compile course materials from appropriately licensed e-books and journals that are open access or available through the Library to replace all, or some, of their for-cost course materials.

For a list of available OER and appropriately licensed Affordable Learning resources, visit the OER Research Guide. The Library’s OER Committee will be hosting an informational session over Zoom about the grants and available resources on October 28th from 11 am – noon if you are interested in learning more. Please email kelly.banyas@scranton.edu if you would like the Zoom meeting link.

The library will award up to two $1,000 Affordable Learning Implementation Grants for Spring 2021 courses. These grants are also made possible with additional funding from The University of Scranton’s Strategic Initiatives Funding.

For more information and the application form, visit the Affordable Learning Implementation Grants web page.

Enhancing Student Research Abilities: Summer/Fall 2020 Information Literacy Stipends

Do you want to enhance your students’ research abilities? Then consider applying for an Information Literacy Stipend for your course.

The Weinberg Memorial Library will be awarding up to two (2) $1,000.00 stipends for courses taught during Summer 2020 or Fall 2020. Recipients will collaborate with a faculty librarian to develop assignments and assessments that focus on information literacy. The stipend will be awarded upon submission of a final report.

What is information literacy?

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. (ACRL, 2016)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2016) provides ideas to help faculty integrate information literacy into their courses.

TO APPLY: Submit a proposal, not to exceed two pages, that includes the following:

  • Course name and number
  • Student learning outcomes related to information literacy
  • Assessment plan to determine how student learning outcomes will be evaluated
  • Projected Timeline (Summer 2020 or Fall 2020)
  • Name of the faculty librarian who has agreed to collaborate with you

Proposals will be reviewed by the Library Advisory Committee’s Information Literacy Subcommittee for evidence of the following components:

  • Student learning outcomes related to information literacy
  • Assessment plan to determine how student learning outcomes will be evaluated
  • Collaboration and consultation with a librarian before submission

Stipends are subject to taxes. At the completion of the course, a final report documenting the impact of the information literacy component on student learning outcomes must be submitted to the Interim Dean of the Library. This report will be posted on the Library’s website.

If you are interested, consult with the subject liaison librarian for your department as you prepare your proposal; find your liaison librarian here. Examples of previous successful stipend projects and links to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy can be accessed here.

Application deadline: Friday, March 27, 2020

Please submit proposals via campus mail or email to:

Kym Balthazar Fetsko, Assistant to the Dean of the Library
Weinberg Memorial Library – Room 406
570-941-7816
kym.fetsko@scranton.edu

Questions? Contact Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator, at donna.witek@scranton.edu or 570-941-4000.

Celebrate Open Education Week! Join us for Coffee and OER Discussion

Coffee cupThe Library invites University of Scranton Faculty to join us Thursday, March 5th, at 10:00 am during Open Education Week (March 2-6) for coffee and a light breakfast in the Weinberg Memorial Library room 305 to discuss implementing Open Educational Resources (OER) in the classroom. The Library defines OER as any freely accessible or appropriately licensed, rigorous academic material that is a suitable replacement for expensive textbooks, readings, and other types of required course materials.

Discussion will include an introduction to OER, how to locate OER resources within the Library’s collection and online, and suggestions for how you can replace costly textbooks and other resources with OER. Librarians will also answer questions about OER and the Open Educational Resources Grant, available to full-time faculty and accepting applications until April 17th.

Click here to register by Friday, February 28th.

Faculty Workshop on Open Educational Resources (OER)

The library invites University of Scranton Faculty to join us for an Open Educational Resources (OER) Workshop on Wednesday, January 22nd, in the DeNaples Center room 405 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. The Library’s OER Committee will introduce OER and its impacts, followed by guest speakers.

Kate Cummings, an Affordable Learning PA OER Specialist and the Library Director at Luzerne County Community College, will be speaking about her experience with OER, copyright, licensing, and her work with Affordable Learning PA.

Dr. Amy Simolo, Faculty Development Specialist, will discuss integrating OER as part of the course-design process and engaging students through using OER.

The presentations will be followed by an afternoon hands-on work session where the speakers and the Library’s OER Committee will be available to answer any questions and introduce participants to locating a variety of OER resources. Bring any ideas for current or future courses as well as any resources you may want to replace with OER.

Lunch will be provided. Click here to register by January 17th.

Open Educational Resources (OER) Coffee Break

Coffee cupThe Library invites University of Scranton Faculty to join us Friday, October 25th, at 2:00 pm during Open Access Week (Oct 21-25) for a coffee break in the Weinberg Memorial Library room 305 to discuss implementing Open Educational Resources (OER) in the classroom.

Discussion will include an introduction to OER, available resources located in and collected by the Library, and steps to support replacing costly textbooks and other resources with OER. Librarians will also answer questions about OER and the Open Educational Resources Grant, accepting applications until November 15th.

Click here to register by Wednesday, October 23rd.

Enhancing Student Research Abilities: Information Literacy Stipends for 2020

Do you want to enhance your students’ research abilities? Then consider applying for an Information Literacy Stipend for your course.

The Weinberg Memorial Library will be awarding up to two (2) $1,000.00 stipends to full- or part-time faculty for courses taught during Intersession 2020 or Spring 2020. There will be another call for proposals in the spring for courses taught during Summer 2020 or Fall 2020. Recipients will collaborate with a faculty librarian to develop assignments and assessments that focus on information literacy. The stipend will be awarded upon submission of a final report.

What is information literacy?

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. (ACRL, 2016)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2016) provides ideas to help faculty integrate information literacy into their courses.

TO APPLY: Submit a proposal, not to exceed two pages, that includes the following:

  • Course name and number
  • Student learning outcomes related to information literacy
  • Assessment plan to determine how student learning outcomes will be evaluated
  • Projected Timeline (Intersession 2020 or Spring 2020)
  • Name of the faculty librarian who has agreed to collaborate with you

Proposals will be reviewed by the Library Advisory Committee’s Information Literacy Subcommittee for evidence of the following components:

  • Student learning outcomes related to information literacy
  • Assessment plan to determine how student learning outcomes will be evaluated
  • Collaboration and consultation with a librarian before submission

Stipends are subject to taxes. At the completion of the course, a final report documenting the impact of the information literacy component on student learning outcomes must be submitted to the Dean of the Library and Information Fluency. This report will be posted on the Library’s website.

If you are interested, consult with the subject liaison librarian for your department as you prepare your proposal; find your liaison librarian here. Examples of previous successful stipend projects and links to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy can be accessed here.

Application deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019

Please submit proposals via campus mail or email to:

Charles Kratz, Dean of Library and Information Fluency
Weinberg Memorial Library
570-941-4008
charles.kratz@scranton.edu

Questions? Contact Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator, at donna.witek@scranton.edu or 570-941-4000.

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.

Awards

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.

University of Scranton Faculty Scholarship Exhibit

 

Faculty Scholarship Exhibit

This month the Weinberg Memorial Library is hosting its annual Faculty Scholarship Exhibit in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room. The exhibit features books, journal articles, and presentations 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.

Please take a few minutes to explore the exhibit and learn about the variety of interests that University of Scranton faculty have studied and written about over the past year.  Congratulations to the University faculty members on all of their recent scholarly successes!

For further information please contact Michael Knies, Special Collections Librarian, michael.knies@scranton.edu, (570) 941-6341

The International Film Series Presents: The Black Balloon

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Image courtesy of Neoclassics Films Ltd.

When Thomas and his family move to a new home and he has to start at a new school, he just wants to fit in. That becomes more difficult when his pregnant mother is hospitalized and his father puts him in charge of his autistic older brother Charlie. Thomas struggles with the responsibility since he both loves and is sometimes embarrassed by his older brother. Will the support of his family and new girlfriend be enough to help Thomas fit in and accept his often chaotic family life?

Director Elissa Down drew on her experiences growing up with two autistic brothers, and she offers a realistic and sympathetic look at a family with an autistic teenager.  The Black Balloon is in English and stars Rhys Wakefield, Gemma Ward and Toni Collette.

Please join us on Wednesday May 4th at 7 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library for this free event. Professor Allison Lai will lead a discussion following the film.

This event is open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. Please email sharon.finnerty@scranton.edu for more information.