Announcing the Search for the next Dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library

The Opportunity

The University of Scranton, a Catholic and Jesuit University offering a transformational learning experience, seeks Dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library. The Dean of the Library provides leadership and strategic direction for all aspects of library services to the University, contributing to the Library’s campus-wide focus on transformative teaching and learning in the Ignatian tradition. The Dean oversees the Weinberg Memorial Library (WML), and plays a creative role in fostering a climate conducive to supporting the teaching, learning, and scholarship of students, faculty, and staff. The Dean reports to the Provost and serves as a member of the Deans’ Leadership Council, Provost’s Advisory Council, Provost’s Committee on Academic Policy and Compliance, Faculty Personnel Committee, and Faculty Handbook Committee. The Dean of the Library also has supervisory responsibility for all faculty and staff in the Weinberg Memorial Library.

The Responsibilities of the Dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library

Essential Duties Include:

  • Administers all units of the Weinberg Memorial Library.
  • Serves as chief advocate and spokesperson for the academic support provided by the Library.
  • Leads the design, implementation, marketing, and assessment of Library policies, services and programs.
  • Collaborates and regularly consults with faculty and staff to develop library collections, programs, and services.
  • Has primary responsibility for strategic planning, annual report submission, accreditation and program review, supervision and mentorship of the Library faculty and staff, and professional development.
  • Makes appointment, reappointment, and rank and tenure recommendations on matters of faculty status for the Library faculty.
  • Manages the financial activities of the Library including the development and monitoring of the annual operating budgets and the strategic and effective allocation of resources.
  • Distributes various Library development funds, grants, prizes, etc.
  • Oversees the ongoing maintenance and assessment of the University-wide Information Literacy program.
  • Coordinates the Library’s information technology planning with the University’s Chief Information Officer.
  • Coordinates timely Library communications with the University community.
  • Leads fundraising for the Library, including supporting the Friends of the Library organization and serving as the Library’s liaison to University Advancement.
  • Coordinates the annual Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series with University Advancement, as well as any additional educational events sponsored by the Library.
  • Serves on University committees and as an ex-officio member of the Library Advisory Committee. Receives advice and counsel as appropriate.
  • Participates in professional organizations and networks with national groups and individuals in the fields of libraries and faculty and student enrichment. Represents the University at the annual AJCU Library Deans Conference.

Position Qualifications 

Minimum Education Requirements:

American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master’s degree and a second Master’s or Doctoral degree required.

Minimum Job Experience Requirements:

Minimum of eight years of progressively responsible and administrative/leadership experience in an academic library.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in a collective bargaining/unionized faculty environment.

Additional Skills Required:

  • Respect, support and contribute to the University’s Catholic and Jesuit mission.
  • Ready to lead and support University diversity and inclusion efforts, ensuring that the Library is welcoming, respectful of freedom of expression and dedicated to social justice, equity, and a culture of belonging.
  • Commitment to excellence in libraries and to excellence in academic support.
  • Ability and experience in management, strategic planning, budgeting, and collaborative leadership to guide an accomplished faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in fundraising.
  • Excellent organizational skills and excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to think creatively and to demonstrate creative problem solving.
  • A vision to identify and develop state-of-the-art information technologies and integrate these with traditional library collections and services and with academic support services.
  • Knowledge of current issues in academic libraries, in teaching and learning, and in digital and special collections.
  • Professional commitment to a user-focused service orientation.
  • A record of scholarly or other appropriate professional activity.
  • Ability to create a supportive and nurturing learning environment to ensure student success and retention.
  • Commitment to shared governance, embracing and supporting faculty status for librarians.

About the University of Scranton

University Profile

The University is deeply committed to its compelling mission rooted in the Jesuit tenet of cura personalis, individual attention to the students, and respect for the uniqueness of each member of the University community. The University of Scranton offers students a highly personalized education; is an exceptionally strong and devoted community; and is supported by a generous and motivated Board of Trustees. Founded in 1888 and elevated to university status in 1938, The University of Scranton is a community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends who are animated by the centuries-old tradition of Catholic and Jesuit education. At Scranton, faculty and staff offer students a rich and personalized approach to education in the context of a dynamic university that prepares students to be agents of change in their communities and the world.

The University community includes roughly 5,000 undergraduate, adult, part-time and graduate students; 272 full-time faculty, and 600 full-time staff. The campus is home to three colleges – the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kania School of Management, and the Panuska College of Professional Studies – and awards the bachelor’s degree; the master’s degree; and four doctoral degrees (business administration, nursing practice, occupational therapy and physical therapy).

Mission

The University is a Catholic and Jesuit University animated by the spiritual vision and the tradition of excellence characteristic of the Society of Jesus and those who share in its way of proceeding.  All candidates must indicate how they would help communicate and support the Catholic and Jesuit identity and mission of the University. The University’s mission statement and a description of the history and concepts of the Ignatian teaching philosophy may be found at https://www.scranton.edu/about/jesuit-tradition/index.shtml.

Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Scranton embraces diversity and inclusion through its mission, Jesuit identity, strategic plans, community outreach programs, and numerous diversity programs.  The University of Scranton is an Equal Opportunity employer and actively solicits applications from diverse candidates. Please see our website at https://www.scranton.edu/equity-diversity/index.shtml for our full non-discrimination statement.   

Nondiscrimination Statement

The University is committed to providing an educational, residential, and working environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. Members of the University community, applicants for employment or admissions, guests and visitors have the right to be free from harassment or discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, national origin, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational, extracurricular, athletic, or other programs or in the context of employment.

Anyone who has questions about the University’s Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy, or the University’s Non-Discrimination or Anti-Harassment Policy, or wishes to report a possible violation of one of the policy should contact:

Elizabeth M. Garcia
Title IX Coordinator
The Office of Equity and Diversity
Institute of Molecular Biology & Medicine, Rm 311
elizabeth.garcia2@scranton.edu
(570) 941-6645
https://www.scranton.edu/equity-diversity/

Scranton, PA

Located in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Pocono region, The University of Scranton is a vital part of a city that is considered the geographic and cultural center of northeastern Pennsylvania. The city plays an important role in the life of the University and vice versa. Driving time to New York City, Philadelphia, and Syracuse is just two hours, with Boston and Washington, D.C. less than five hours away. The regional airport, located just eight miles away, offers direct flights to Chicago, Detroit, Charlotte, and other major cities.

How to Apply

The search process is underway and will continue until the position is filled with a negotiable start date between January and July 2022.  Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications including a letter of interest and a full curriculum vita should be submitted electronically by visiting https://universityofscrantonjobs.com and clicking on “Search Jobs.”  A user name and password must be created in order to successfully apply to the position and upload the required applicant documents.

We provide our workforce of more than 1,100 people with competitive salaries and exceptional benefits such as health care, retirement plans, generous paid time off and tuition remission.

Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to The University of Scranton’s Human Resources Office at (570) 941-7767, HR@scranton.edu.

Three Librarians have articles in Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice

Three Weinberg Memorial Librarians have articles in the latest issue of Pennsylvania Libraries: Research and Practice, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal published by the Pennsylvania Library Association.

Assistant Professor Ian O’Hara’s article, Feedback Loops: Algorithmic Authority, Emergent Biases, and Implications for Information Literacy examines how bias has been built into systems we use for information storage and retrieval and how this impacts information literacy instruction.

Assistant Professors Kelly Banyas and Marleen Cloutier’s article, Affording Access: Pathways to Reducing Textbook Costs discusses the Library’s Open Educational Resources (OER) grant, a survey conducted of other universities OER initiatives, and changes made based on the survey results.

Congratulations Prof. O’Hara, Prof. Banyas, and Prof. Cloutier!

Thank You, Leaves of Class Donors and Supporters!

Normally at this time of year we are beginning to advertise and sell our annual raffle tickets to the Ann Moskovitz Leaves of Class Raffle benefiting the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library. However, due to Covid-19, the precautions in place to keep everyone safe, and the financial difficulties facing many local businesses, we felt it was not the time to solicit donations from our community. Instead, we would like to thank our donors, sponsors and supporters! If you normally purchase a Leaves of Class raffle as a gift for for yourself, please consider supporting our donors directly with a gift, gift card, or purchase! If you would like to continue to support the Friends of the Library, consider joining the Friends by visiting our website!

Thank you for your continued support and we hope for a better outlook in 2021!

  • Abbioco
  • Actors Circle
  • Alexander’s Spa & Salon
  • American Candle
  • Anthracite Heritage Museum
  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar
  • Aramark
  • Artists for Art (AFA) Gallery
  • Backyard Ale House
  • Bar Pazzo
  • Barnes & Noble Booksellers – Allentown
  • Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards
  • Bella Faccias
  • Boscov’s
  • Broadway Theatre League of NEPA
  • Burlap and Bourbon
  • Café Classico
  • Café Rinaldi
  • Carroll & Carroll Booksellers
  • Clear Image Optical
  • Comics on the Green
  • Cooper’s Seafood House
  • Crunch Fitness
  • Cuppa Cake Cafe
  • The Dietrich Theater
  • Domino’s
  • Electric City Trolley Station & Museum
  • Elmhurst Country Club
  • Everhart Museum
  • F.M. Kirby Center
  • Fidelity Bank
  • Fire & Ice on Toby Creek
  • Franklin Hill Vineyards
  • Freddy Battaglia’s Sporting Goods
  • Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library
  • Gerrity’s
  • Gertrude Hawk Chocolates
  • Denise Gilroy
  • Glenmaura National Golf Club
  • Great Temptations
  • Greater Scranton YMCA
  • Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar
  • Henry’s on Clay
  • Hilton Scranton & Conference Center
  • Hotel Anthracite
  • Java City
  • Jerry’s For All Seasons
  • Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
  • Kohl’s – Stroudsburg
  • Kratz Auto Supply
  • Krispy Kreme
  • La Cucina Restaurant
  • Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour
  • Lackawanna County Children’s Library
  • Lackawanna Heritage Valley
  • Lakeland Golf Club
  • LAVISH
  • Lease Dry Cleaners
  • Library Express
  • Live With It by Laura Hobbs
  • The Loading Dock Bar & Grill
  • LongHorn Steakhouse
  • Lynn Sandy’s Bakery
  • Macy’s – Allentown
  • Manning Farm Dairy
  • Medicus Express Care
  • Metz Culinary Management
  • Kathy Moran
  • Morgan’z Pub & Eatery
  • Mount Airy Casino Resort
  • Mulberry Bush
  • N.B. Levy’s Jewelers
  • Nada & Co. Scranton
  • The New Cafe at Greystone Gardens
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic
  • P.J. Scanlan’s
  • PNC Bank
  • Pop It! Jackets & Accessories
  • POSH @ The Scranton Club
  • Primavera’s Pizza
  • Pro Fitness Club
  • Ragnacci’s Family Restaurant
  • Reaper’s Revenge
  • Riccardo’s
  • Ritz Company Playhouse
  • Roba Family Farms
  • Russell’s Restaurant
  • Sambuca Italian Grille & Bar
  • Sanderson Place Salon & Spa Scranton
  • The Sanderson St. Tavern
  • Savory Maza
  • The Schemel Forum
  • Scranton Cultural Center
  • Scranton Fringe Festival
  • Scranton Running Co.
  • The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park
  • Sibio’s Restaurant
  • Sidel’s Restaurant
  • The 16th Ward
  • Something Old & Something New Marketplace
  • Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyards
  • State Street Grill
  • Stonewall Garden Center & Country Gift Shop
  • Studio RD & Co. Salon and Spa
  • Tasty Freeze Ice Cream Shop
  • Thai Rak Thai Restaurant
  • Tim Wagner’s Sports Corner, Inc.
  • Tolino Vineyards
  • Total Hair Solutions
  • The Univerisity of Scranton Bookstore
  • The University of Scranton Players
  • The University of Scranton, Division of Information Technology IT Division
  • The University of Scranton, University Advancement
  • Uno Fitness
  • Wegmans
  • The Weinberg Memorial Library
  • Wildflower Music Festival
  • William Edward Florist
  • Woods & Company
  • The Wright Center for Community Health
  • Yoga West

Early Swipe Access Starting Thursday

Starting tomorrow, Thursday, November 19, swipe access to the Library will begin at 7:30am. We hope that this helps students who need extra time to study or who are taking 8am finals and need a place for their exams. Students can swipe in daily, between 7:30am and 1:30am.

Library Hours Update

Starting today, the Library will resume normal business hours, with continued swipe access till 1:30am. Our full hours through the December Holiday are listed below.

Weinberg Memorial Library–2020 End of Term

Tuesday, Oct.27 – Tuesday Nov.24

Circulation Desk Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, Noon – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Noon – 11:30 p.m.

Swipe Hours: Daily, 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Access is limited to the first and second floors when the Circulation Desk is closed.

Please plan to vacate the building by 2 a.m. to facilitate deep cleaning.

Wednesday, Nov.25, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / no swipe access to the building outside these hours

Thursday, Nov.26 – Sunday, Nov.29

Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday / no swipe access to the building

Monday, Nov. 30 – Sunday Dec. 20

Circulation Desk Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday, Closed

Swipe Hours: Daily, 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Access is limited to the first and second floors when the Circulation Desk is closed.

Please plan to vacate the building by midnight to facilitate deep cleaning.

Monday Dec. 21, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / no swipe access to the building outside these hours

Tuesday, December 22 through Sunday, January 3

Closed for the Holidays / no swipe access to the building

Job Opportunity: Evening Circulation Services Clerk (part-time temporary)

We invite applicants for a part-time, temporary, Evening Circulation Services Clerk. To apply and see the full job description visit: https://universityofscrantonjobs.com/postings/4898

Position Title: Evening Circulation Services Clerk (part-time temporary)

Job Purpose:

The Evening Circulation Services Clerk is a part time, temporary, evening position working under the supervision of the Circulation Services Coordinator to perform the duties listed below.

Essential Duties:

  • Provides patron assistance at the Circulation Desk. This includes:
  • Conducting circulation transactions (charging, discharging, reviewing, recalling, placing holds, and collecting fines and fees).
  • Registering new patrons.
  • Assisting with maintaining equipment (i.e. photocopiers, laptop computers, IPads, security gates), replenishing supplies, and reporting equipment malfunctions.
  • Answering telephone calls and assisting with circulation questions. Referring reference questions to Research and Scholarly Services.
  • Assisting with the sending of faxes.
  • Responding to and documenting violations of theft and damage to Library materials.
  • Processing monetary transactions.
  • Assisting patrons with use of the public catalog for finding material, especially reserves.
  • Monitors the Library for disruptive behavior and unauthorized persons; reports any disruptions to the Librarian in charge and/or University Police.
  • Clears the Library building at closing time. Ensures that the 24 hour spaces are clear of Library materials before closing.
  • Secures the library building at closing by locking/unlocking specific doors and gates and adjusting elevator settings.

Minimum Education Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent.

Minimum Job Experience Requirements:

Customer service experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Library work experience.

Additional Skills Required:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of users – students, faculty, administration, and public patrons, and to handle communications with tact, courtesy and discretion.
  2. Must be able to lift and move heavy cartons of books, weighing up to 40 lbs.
  3. Must be able to respect, support and contribute to the University’s Catholic and Jesuit mission.

Schedule/Work Hours: Monday – Thursday 5:30-11:30 p.m. (24 hours per week) with some fluctuations in the summer and at exam times.

Library Hours 9/16 thru 9/29

The Weinberg Memorial Library will have reduced hours for the two-week move to remote learning. Starting today, Wednesday, September 16 thru Tuesday, September 29, the hours are:

Monday-Thursday 8am-7pm

Friday 8am-4:30pm

Saturday & Sunday Noon-7

The Library is only open to current students, faculty, and staff. Everyone must swipe in to enter the building from the Monroe Ave entrance.

You can continue to place holds for contactless pickup in the Library entrance. We will continue to offer virtual research services via ask a librarian. For the most up to date information on Library services, visit the Fall 2020 Research Guide. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Study Rooms on All Floors Now Reserveable

All Library Study Rooms on floors 1, 2, 3, and 4, are now reserve-able with a scranton.edu email address. You can reserve them online by visiting the LibCal Reservation website here. All rooms are available for 2 hours per/day per/student. Most rooms accommodate 2 or 3 students with social distancing. If 2 people both reserve a room, you can get up to 4 hours per/day, 3 people can get up to 6 hours per/day.

Brody Chairs on 2nd and 5th floors are also reserve-able. For more info on the Brody Chairs view the post from Monday.

Brody Chairs Now Reserveable

All 24 Brody Chairs are now reserve-able through the Reserve a Seat feature on our website or you can scan the QR code and reserve in-person, on the spot. You can reserve a Brody Chair for up to four hours per day with your scranton.edu email address. The even number chairs (2,4,6, etc.) face out the windows and the odd numbered chairs (1, 3, 5, etc.) face inside toward the shelves.There are 18 Brody Chairs on the 2nd Floor and 6 on the 5th Floor.

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

In solidarity with our students of color, the Weinberg Memorial Library affirms that Black Lives Matter and we are committed to fighting white supremacy and anti-Black racism on campus, in the Library, and within our community.

Library faculty, staff, and administration will continue to engage in anti-racist practices and show a strong commitment to initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, such as in-depth book discussions, workshops, and trainings. We support Father Pilarz’s message to the University Community to make diversity and inclusion a priority. To that end, we will continue to build our collections in race and ethnic studies and social justice areas.

Anti-racist work is truly lifelong learning, and it is clear that we need to recommit ourselves to the hard work of understanding and dismantling the racism that is etched deeply into our nation’s history.

We will continue to learn, grow, and educate ourselves on the realities of the world for our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students and colleagues.

Please feel free to reach out to Interim Dean of the Library, Jean Lenville, or Assistant Dean, Sheli Pratt-McHugh with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions.

Additional Resources and Statements:

In support of the demands made by students and alumni, and reiterated by faculty, for trainings and workshops on anti-racism, the Library has put together a list of resources available to the University community on Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism. This is not exhaustive and will continue to grow as we add resources to our collections.

American Library Association Statement: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2020/06/ala-statement-condemning-police-violence-against-bipoc-protesters-and

Pennsylvania Library Association Statement: https://www.palibraries.org/blogpost/1652016/349256/Message-from-2020-President-Michele-Legate