Spotlight on Student Worker Mollie Medrano

Mollie Medrano, of Long Beach, New York, has been working in the Circulation Services department for the past 4 years.  She loves interacting with people at the Circulation Desk and being able to socialize while working.  Helping students realize all that the library has to offer is something she enjoys about her job.  She advises students to borrow a laptop or a tablet and to use the Interlibrary loan and Palci EZBorrow systems.  Sharing her knowledge of library resources is rewarding.

Mollie is a Community Health Education Major.  Of all her classes she especially enjoyed Dr. Andrew Lazella’s Ethics class.  She is an active member of the CHED club on campus.  She volunteers her time and services by participating in programs that beautify and benefit the local community such as ‘Street Sweep’, Relay for Life and Safe Trick or Treat.

Mollie enjoys traveling or just hanging out at the beach with her friends.  Her favorite book is Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and her favorite movie is Finding Nemo.  You might be surprised to learn that Mollie spent 12 years participating competitively in Irish step dancing!

After graduation, Mollie plans to seek a career in Nursing.  We thank her for the work she’s done here and wish her all the best!  Good luck Mollie!

Spotlight on Student Worker Donovan Sarango

Donovan Sarango, an Exercise Science major from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, has only been working in Media Resources for a few months, and our single regret is that he didn’t start sooner.  His friendliness and enthusiasm are appreciated by our patrons and staff.

Donovan has a variety of activities and hobbies. He’s a member of Ultimate Frisbee (aka Electric City Scranton Ultimate), which is a competitive club that participates in tournaments in and around Pennsylvania. He also plays Intramural Soccer on the Flying Tunas team and volunteers at the Jewish Community Center as a personal trainer. Creative writing and listening to “real” hip-hop are some of Donovan’s other hobbies.

His favorite professor is Dr. Michael Landram and his favorite class is “Essentials to Exercise Strength and Conditioning”. His favorite book is The Great Gatsby and his favorite movie is Deadpool. People may be surprised to learn that Donovan can talk about movies, hip-hop or comic books for hours!

The things Donovan most likes about the library are the friendly environment, the variety of available resources and the quiet atmosphere. His advice about the library to other students is to take advantage of all the resources, especially the films in Media Resources.

After graduation in May, Donovan would like to work as a strength and conditioning coach for aspiring athletes.

Thank you Donovan. We appreciate your good work and wish you the best in the future!

Spotlight on Student Worker Christine Jerome

Shortly after her arrival at The University of Scranton in late summer 2013, Christine Jerome of Union, New Jersey made her way to the Weinberg Memorial Library seeking a Work Study position.  After spending all four years of high school volunteering as the librarian’s assistant, she was anxious to work in a setting where she felt at home and familiar with the job.  It’s hard to believe that now she’s been with us for almost four years.

Chris is a Biology major who minors in French.  In addition to speaking French, she can speak some Creole too.  She is an active member of the United Color Organization (UCO), the Asia Club, the Fencing Club and the Liva Arts Company.  Of course she enjoys reading – her favorite genres are history, fantasy and mysteries.  A few other pastimes she enjoys are art, music, fitness & health and baking.

At the Circulation Desk, Chris enjoys interacting with the patrons and has gained great customer service skills.  She is a pleasant co-worker who is always willing to learn something new and help out wherever needed.  She often advises other students to take advantage of the Palci EZBorrow  & Interlibrary Loan services.  Note:  her green thumb is responsible for the thriving plants all over the library.  They will miss her too!

After graduation, Chris’s career goal is to work in the healthcare field.  She would particularly like to provide healthcare to medically underserved areas, domestic or international.  We wish her all the best.

Thank you Chris!

Student Spotlight on Kate Reilly

Kate Reilly, a senior from Wayne, Pennsylvania, has been an asset to the Weinberg Library’s Digital Services department for the past three years.  She has always been dependable, and has accomplished many projects with eagerness and skill.

She will graduate in May with a double major in History and Philosophy, with the hope of using this knowledge towards doing advocacy work for women in the future.  On campus, Kate has served as secretary for the Philosophy Society and has also been a volunteer at the Leahy Clinic.  Her hobbies include reading, painting and baking.

Through her work in Digital Services, she has enjoyed learning about the University’s history, and would urge her fellow students to take advantage of all the incredible resources that are offered on campus – especially the library’s online collections and databases.

As an interesting side note, Kate has a twin sister who also goes to the University of Scranton.

We are grateful to Kate for all the time and valuable, hard work she has given to the Weinberg Library, and we congratulate her on her upcoming graduation!

Student Spotlight on Nazia Nowshin

Nazia Nowshin of Moosic, Pennsylvania began working in Media Resources/EdLab in June of 2014. The Library would like to recognize her dedication and hard work as her graduation approaches.

Nazia is resourceful, friendly and has a positive attitude. Since she lives locally, she has been able to work year-round and has helped with numerous projects. She’s also witnessed the expansion of the streaming media databases. Nazia enjoys working in the library because it’s a peaceful place and a great environment for a work-study student. Her advice to other students is to use all the resources available. The library has countless books and DVDs as well as streaming media and print databases that can help students with their classes or research.

Nazia is a Biochemistry major whose favorite class is Microbiology taught by Dr. Sulzinski. Her favorite books and movies are the Harry Potter series and her hobbies include hiking and reading. Along with taking classes and working in Media, Nazia is a Microbiology Teaching Assistant, a member of the Health Professions Organization and a volunteer at the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured. A fun fact about Nazia is that she’s quadrilingual! She speaks Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and English. Her plans for the future include earning a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences or Microbiology and attending medical school.

Thank you Nazia for your hard work and enthusiasm.  Your future is bright and we wish you all the best!

Student Spotlight On Meghan Miller

With the spring 2017 semester moving along swiftly, Digital Services would like to recognize one of its graduating seniors, Meghan Miller.

Meghan began working in our department in 2016, and since that time has been always reliable, friendly and very diligent in her responsibilities – especially in the detail-oriented work of image processing and description.

She is a History major from East Brunswick, New Jersey with aspirations to become a professor of U.S. History.  On campus, she has been active with the University Singers and also enjoys art and dancing.  She would include the entire Harry Potter series as her favorite book, and her favorite movie is Monuments Men.  One surprising and fun fact about Meghan is that she is a black belt in mixed martial arts.

She has enjoyed her time working in the library, and has been especially impressed with how nice and helpful everyone is.  For this reason, she would encourage other students to never be afraid to ask staff members for assistance finding whatever they need.

The Weinberg Library thanks Meghan for her good work, and wishes her the best in all her future endeavors!

Student Spotlight on Nathan Cardona

Nathan Cardona of Dickson City, PA came to work in the Circulation Department in the Fall of 2013.  Prior to that he worked for a year in the Library Dean’s office.  He enjoys working in the Library.  He’s learned a great deal from Library employees who he finds to be kind individuals who take every opportunity they get to help another person.  His advice to fellow students is to take advantage of everything the library has to offer – especially the study rooms and the enormous supply of resources we have to offer.

Nathan is an Occupational Therapy Major.  He also enjoys studying European History (1815-present).  When he’s not studying or working in the library, he enjoys writing and music.  Some of his favorite activities are exercising, playing soccer, and drumming.  Of course, he likes to read and his favorite book is City of Thieves.  His favorite movie is Inglourious Bastards.

An interesting fact about Nathan is that he has a twin brother Seth who is also a student here at The University of Scranton and looks very much like him.  So, if you ever see him in the cafeteria after just passing him at the Circulation Desk that could explain it!

After graduation in May, Nathan will continue at The University of Scranton as a Grad student to complete his studies.  His plan is to become a Certified Hand Therapist.  Let’s wish him well as he prepares to graduate and continue to reach for his goal!

Library Research Prizes Available for 2016-2017

libraryresearchprize_banner_finalAre 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 Weinberg Memorial Library Research Prize is for you!

Two prizes of $500 each are awarded every year to the winning Undergraduate and the winning Graduate submissions. All you need to do is write a 500-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-word essay you can about your research.

Then, submit the application materials for your project through the Library Research Prize website by the Fall 2016 deadline: Monday, December 5, 2016 by 4:00 pm. This deadline is for projects completed in the Summer 2016 or Fall 2016 semesters. There will be another deadline for Spring 2017 research projects. Winners are announced at the end of the Spring 2017 semester.

Research projects can be individual or group projects, though winning group projects will receive one $500 prize for the group.

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

Details on how to apply, what to include in a completed application, and what the selection criteria are, can be found at the Library Research Prize website. Any additional questions can be sent to Prof. Bonnie Oldham, Information Literacy Coordinator (

We look forward to hearing about your research!

The Last Hurrah!

IanAs the academic year comes to a close, I’d like to recognize one more outstanding student worker who will graduate next week. Ian Taylor of Delran, New Jersey has been working in Circulation Services for the past two years. Ian is a lively presence at the Circulation Desk, eager to assist patrons with whatever they need.  He does an excellent job of sorting and shelving books.  His work is always very accurate.  We certainly will miss his pleasant personality and his sense of humor.

Ian’s studies have been in Theology/Religious studies. He especially enjoyed Dr. Clark’s Virtue & Christian Ethics class.  His minor field of study is Media Information Technology.  He is an active member of The Aquinas, Students for Life, Catholic Relief Services, Liturgical Ministries, Campus Ministry, Praise & Worship groups.  He could always be seen assisting in Mass as a Eucharistic Minister.  He plans to eventually become a priest.

Ian loves to read and made good use of our library during his time here. His favorite book is The Confession by John Grisham and his favorite movie is The Grace Card.  He advises other students to utilize this library and its vast amount of resources.  He always made good use of Palci EZBorrow and Illiad and encourages other students to do the same.

Congratulations Ian! All the best to you as you continue your religious life.