Congratulations to Barb Evans and Sharon Finnerty

Today Barb and Sharon joined an exclusive club at the University. They are now officially members of the 10-year employee contingent at Scranton. The two were among the 37 employees from the faculty and staff, as well as ARAMark and the Bookstore, who were honored at a luncheon in the Rose Room of Brennan Hall. They received a certificate, pin, and long-stemmed white rose to mark the occasion. Later this month, Michael Knies will mark a special milestone at the University as well. On May 20, Michael will be inducted into the Pro Do et Universitate Society, commemorating his twentieth anniversary of service to the Weinberg Library. Please offer your best wishes to Barb, Sharon, and Michael as they celebrate their accomplishments!

Faculty Publication Exhibit in Heritage Room

Visit the 5th floor Heritage Room in the Weinberg Memorial Library to view the latest publications written by University of Scranton faculty members.  Books, journals articles, and conference proceedings from departments across campus are on display.

Hours for Intersession 2013

The Library has reopened for 2013.  During Intersession, the Library has (somewhat) reduced hours beginning January 2 and running until the Spring Semester starts on January 30.

Monday through Thurs.     8 A.M. to 10 P.M.

Friday                                         8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Saturday                                     Noon to 6 P.M.

Sunday                                        Noon to 10 P.M.

Please call 570 941-7524 for hours for Media and Special Collections.

McHugh Named Northeast Woman

The Weinberg Library’s very own Cataloging Librarian, Michelle (Sheli) McHugh,  has been named the Northeast Woman by the Sunday Scranton Times newspaper.  Please offer your congratulations to her and read the full story here.


Extended Hours begin today December 7, 2011

The Weinberg Library is open until midnight Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 7-8.  Friday hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday noon to midnight.  Next Monday  through Thursday, Dec. 12-15, we will be open from  7 a.m. to 2 a.m.  Friday’s  (Dec. 16) hours are 8 a.m.- midnight and on  Saturday, Dec. 17 we are open from  8 a.m.-5 p.m.  We will be closed on Dec. 18th (Sunday).

After 10 P.M. please enter and leave through the Pro Deo Room doors, as the Library will close to the public after 10 p.m.


You can now charge your laptop or other electronic device by using the new outlets on the tables in the Reference Area of the Library. No more tripping over cords or dealing with worn down batteries.  There is also a charging station near the Reference Desk where you can plug-in your iPad, laptop or phone.

Summer Hours Begin

SummerPhoto courtesy of Flickr user Teo via a CC License

The Weinberg Library begins (slightly) abbreviated service hours starting Tuesday, May 31.   Regular weekdays (Monday-Thursday) hours are 8 A.M. until 10 P.M.  We open at 8 A.M. and close  at 4:30 P.M. on Fridays.   Saturday hours are noon to 6 P.M. and Sunday hours are noon to 8 P.M.   The complete holiday, break, and Media Resources hours are posted on the Library’s homepage.

Group Study Room Policies and Etiquette

The Weinberg Library has posted terms for using the group study rooms on the window/door of each room.  As exam time approaches, there is a greater demand than usual on these rooms, found on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of the Library.  We ask that you observe these posted rules at all times.  Most importantly, and for your own safety and security, we ask that you do not leave your valuables in the room when you take a dinner, coffee, or restroom break. Laptop computers, purses, backpacks, and textbooks can disappear very easily when left unattended.  Leaving your personal belongings in the room does not “reserve or hold” the room for you.  And please remember, the group study rooms are not for single studying.  The Library has plenty of carrels on every floor where you can study individually.  If you have any questions, please contact the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the Library.

Wikipedia Facts

According to a study that appeared on the front page of the January 31st edition of the New York Times,  males in their mid-twenties account for 87% of  the articles written for Wikipedia.  Over 3.5 million articles in over 250 languages comprise this evolving decade-old encyclopedia, which rises to the top of almost any Google search one conducts.

Early in 2010, researchers at a joint center of the United Nations University and Maastricht University collaborated with the  Wikipedia Foundation to assess the demographics of  contributors to the website.  Now that the profile has been released, Sue Gardner, the executive director of the foundation, has set a goal of raising the gender equity of contributors to 25% by 2015.

Several industry analysts and organizational behaviorists have tried to suggest theories to explain the gender differences.  Gardner herself believes that “the traditions of the computer world and an obsessive fact-loving realm dominated by men and uncomfortable for women” has created the disparity.

Whatever the explanation, the facts speak for themselves.  So  the next time you consult the online encyclopedia for a quick refresher on a fact, take note of the article’s  authorship.  And better yet, women “know-it-alls” out there,  contribute!

For the complete article, refer to The New York Times from Monday, January 31, 2011.