Library Subsidized Prints

The Weinberg Memorial Library subsidizes student printing each semester you are registered. Any unused portion of your library subsidized prints from last year will be replaced with your new allocation of library subsidized prints on Monday, August 25th.  You can expect to see $14.00 in Tender 1 when first using UniPrint this semester.  For additional information about library printing, check out this link:

Thanks and have a great semester!

This Week in University History: The Attack on Pearl Harbor and the Effect it had on the University of Scranton.

A series of events leading to the Jesuits taking on both the administration and ownership of the University of Scranton occurred 72 years ago this week.  At the time, the Christian Brothers were running the U, but with the almost daily drop in enrollment after December 7, 1941, at higher education institutions throughout the country due to young men joining the military, plus debt problems, the Brothers felt they needed to devote their time, talents and energies to La Salle College, which the order owned.  According to Homer, Holy Cross Fathers politely declined the offer of running the U; Bishop Hafey then turned to the Society of Jesus which within a few months, agreed to the challenge.  The Provincial, the Very Rev. James P. Sweeney, S.J. noted in his acceptance letter, “…St. Ignatius was never one to run away from a difficult proposition and we are supposed to imitate his example.”  “The Brothers had begun virtually from scratch with a mere eighteen students; forty-five years later they left a University with a growing body of loyal alumni, a strong reservoir of community support, and, not least of all, a singularly dedicated lay faculty already developing a solid reputation for teaching excellence.” Thank you Christian Brothers and Thank you to the Society of Jesus for all your good work in leading the University of Scranton.  Let us carry on in our studies to make U proud. 

Pioneer Jesuit Faculty
Pioneer Jesuit Faculty

Homer, Frank X.J.  “The End of an Era: 1940-1942.”  The Scranton Journal.  Spring 1988: 6-9.  Print.  


Faculty Publications

All are invited to the 2011 Faculty Publications Exhibit, now available at the Weinberg Memorial Library Heritage Room, on the 5th floor of the library, through May 27th.  Come see the wide variety of interests the University of Scranton faculty have studied and written about in the last few years.  These interests have been expressed in scholarly articles, conference presentations, book reviews, essays or chapters in books and sometimes entire books.  For a fun twist, see if you can find the novel in the display.  Let’s celebrate Scholarship Month!  See you in the Heritage Room!

Zaner-Bloser in the media

Zaner-Bloser penmanship has made it into the media!   Check out the Saturday, January 22, 2011 edition of the Scranton Times-Tribune here:  The print version includes a photograph of our Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies poring over the handwriting samples in the exhibit on the 5th floor of Weinberg Library, in the Heritage Room.  CBS Sunday Morning had a segment this Sunday entitled “A Farewell to Handwriting” and listed as “Signing Off”.  See the video here:;featuredPost-PE

The Zaner-Bloser collection is the newest collection at the University of Scranton’s Weinberg Library.  For additional information about the collection, see:

The  Zaner-Bloser exhibit can be seen now on the 5th floor of the Weinberg Memorial Library in the Heritage Room.  The exhibit formally opens on Wednesday, February 2nd.

Edelstein on Shakespeare

One of the reasons why I love working at Weinberg Library is because it gives me the opportunity to hear some of the great speakers the University attracts. On Wednesday, November 17th, Barry Edelstein spoke about his Broadway production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino as Shylock. Edelstein discussed whether or not the play is antisemitic. He claimed that it depends on the context and the interpreter; and he highly recommended two books which are in the Weinberg Library collection: Shakespeare and the Jews by James Shapiro (PR2825 .S44 1996) and John Gross’ Shylock : a legend and its legacy (PR2825 .G76 1992) . His hopeful conclusion was that time passes, and that human society grows, “we know what hatred costs and we can put an end to it”, and “hatred destroys; staging it-heals.”

Come see the Heritage Room Exhibit

While nearly 20 million voters were electing a government which would mark the end of over 46 years of official apartheid in South Africa, genocide was occurring in Rwanda.  Apartheid is institutionalized racial segregation and oppression of non-whites by the white minority. 1 For more information on genocide, see

Books on display in the Heritage Room on the 5th floor of the Weinberg Memorial Library are related to the South African apartheid.  Take a few minutes out of your busy days to look them over.  Also check out the Helen Suzman exhibit (both exhibits are available until October 25th).  Suzman was a white South African anti-apartheid liberal politician who spent 36 years in Parliament, always fighting-often single handedly- government sanctioned apartheid.

  1. “Apartheid.” Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.  11th ed.  2003.  Web.  30 Aug. 2010.  <>

Faculty Scholarship Month

The Faculty Scholarship Exhibit is now open at the Weinberg Memorial Library Heritage Room, on the 5th floor of the library, through the end of May. If you think you had a difficult time with your recent paper, (you did finish that paper, right?!) just think about what the faculty have to go through. After a thorough review of the literature, and months of research, faculty face that blank page the same as you, but their profession is on the line. Faculty submit carefully researched and written papers to a panel of colleagues at selected academic or scholarly journals, or publishing houses. These “readers” carefully scour the articles for any errors, in research, or in grammar. They send articles back for corrections, or in some cases, totally reject the papers. After lots of hard work, it can be a very frustrating experience to have your work rejected. Faculty then make the corrections and resubmit their papers, and hopefully the paper will be published in a forthcoming edition. Sometimes the papers are again corrected and returned for more editing. It can be a time consuming experience. The successes of the past few years are on display! Come take a look and congratulate your favorite faculty author. See you in the Heritage Room!

Enjoy the Lincoln 200th Birthday Celebration!

“Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation,” a national traveling exhibition that focuses on Lincoln’s quest to restore a Union divided by Civil War, opens at the Weinberg Memorial Library on February 9 through March 22. Organized by the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif., and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York City, in cooperation with American Library Association, this free exhibition shows how Lincoln’s beliefs about freeing the slaves were transformed by war-time developments. “Forever Free” is made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress and charged with planning the national celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday.
Weinberg Memorial Library is offering a free one-day conference Saturday, February 14, 2009, 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The conference will feature four speakers discussing topics such as Emerson and Lincoln, the Abolitionist Movement in Pennsylvania, the Underground Railroad in Northeastern Pennsylvania and will include an appearance by Abraham Lincoln, as portrayed by Jim Getty. The conference will conclude with a 1 p.m. reception in the Weinberg Library Heritage Room to view the exhibit. The complete exhibit schedule can be found at Please contact Michael Knies, 570-941-6341 or for more information and to register for the free conference.

Letters to Sala Exhibit

An Update from Michael Knies, Special Collections Librarian:

Letters to Sala: A Young Woman’s Life in Nazi Labor Camps is a striking exhibition reproducing the letters, postcards, photographs, and personal documents that Sala Garncarz managed to save during five brutal years in Nazi work camps during World War II. Curated by Jill Vexler and co-sponsored by the Weinberg Memorial Library and the Holocaust Education Resource Center, this unique exhibition will be on view in the Heritage Room at The University of Scranton from September 1 through October 28, 2008. Charles Kratz, Dean of the Library & Information Fluency noted, “This traveling exhibition continues our commitment to commemorating the Holocaust through special programming in conjunction with the Holocaust Education Resource Center.”

A reception, featuring a talk by Sala’s daughter, Ann Kirschner, will be held on Sunday, September 14 from 1-4 p.m. Kirschner is the author of Sala’s Gift: My Mother’s Holocaust Story, which tells the story of her mother’s World War II experience.

This traveling exhibition was inspired by Letters to Sala: A Young Woman’s Life in Nazi Labor Camps, presented at The New York Public Library from March 7 to June 17, 2006. Support for this exhibition has been provided by the Righteous Persons Foundation, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the Berg Foundation, Trudy and Robert Gottesman, the French Children of the Holocaust Foundation and Nancy Schwartz Sternoff, Dobkin Family Foundation. Unless otherwise indicated, the letters, photographs, and documents in the exhibition are drawn from the Sala Garncarz Kirschner Collection, donated by the Kirschner family in April 2005, to the Dorot Jewish Division of The New York Public Library.
Traveling Exhibition Curator: Jill Vexler, Ph.D.
Traveling Exhibition Design: Monk Design, New York

Alumni Exhibit

Check out the Alumni Exhibit on the 5th floor Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library, available through July 2008.  Students who have graduated from the University of Scranton and published have one or more of their books on display.    


Did you see…

            The book about the election process?

            The book about Toponyms?  What is a toponym?

            The book about the local immigrant’s story?

            The book describing Edith Stein among others as Catholic converts?

            The Kashuba book about Scranton?

            The book that was a Newbery Honor Book?

            Our very own librarian’s book?

            The Pulitzer Prize winning playwright?


Come to the display and see what your alumni have accomplished.  Imagine what you could accomplish!