Over 18,000 University of Scranton Records Now Available in JSTOR’s Open Community Collections

JSTOR’s Open Community Collections feature open access primary source materials in a wide variety of subjects contributed by libraries, museums, and archives. The Weinberg Memorial Library recently agreed to be a Charter Participant in this pilot initiative and contribute materials from our digital collections. The University of Scranton now has its own portal on JSTOR with 19 collections and over 18,000 items. The portal facilitates browsing, sub-collection groupings, and searching within our publicly-available collections. To browse our institutional portal, visit jstor.org/site/scranton/.

Charter Participants will help JSTOR identify and develop new community services for primary source research and scholarship. Our participation in this initiative is made possible through our partnership with PA Digital and PALCI.

By sharing on JSTOR, our collections will reach millions of researchers around the world and be discovered alongside journal articles, ebooks, primary sources, and images from Artstor. The University of Scranton’s collections will also benefit from the features of the JSTOR platform and interface, including full-text search, citation management tools, content download and sharing, as well as innovative research tools such as Text Analyzer and Workspace.

Throughout the pilot period, ending in December 2021, we will share feedback with JSTOR to help them develop new tools and features to enhance usage and aid discovery of primary source materials. If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to Digital Services Librarian Colleen Farry at colleen.farry@scranton.edu.

Help the Library and University Archives Document COVID-19

The University Archives serves The University of Scranton community by collecting records that reflect the life of the institution and document its various functions including teaching, research, cultural activities, student life, administration and athletics. 

Help us document the COVID-19 pandemic by contributing to the University Archives. Our goal is to collect materials that reflect how the University’s activities, teaching and learning have changed as a result of the pandemic. We invite you to contribute your photos, screenshots, social media posts, videos and stories. Years from now, students, faculty, and staff will be able to learn about our daily experiences and how we adapted during this crisis.

Examples of what to submit:

  • screenshots of social media posts
  • videos or recordings of events and performances
  • photos of your home workspace
  • photos from your community 
  • screenshots of virtual meetings 
  • journal entries (written, audio, or video) documenting your experience

To submit to the Archives, please use the The University of Scranton COVID-19 Archive form.  If you have questions about how to contribute, please contact Digital Services Librarian Colleen Farry at colleen.farry@scranton.edu.

Contribute Non-Digital Materials

If you would like to share your experience of the COVID-19 crisis by submitting physical materials, please print out the submission form and send it with your materials to the University Archives. If you have any questions, please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at archives@scranton.edu

COVID-19 Royal Experience Archive
University Archives 
Weinberg Memorial Library
Linden & Monroe
Scranton, PA 18510

Job Opportunity: Library Metadata Specialist, Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton

We invite applications for a part-time Library Metadata Specialist. This position supports the work of the Special Collections Librarian, the Digital Services Librarian, and the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, in the coordinated cataloging, description, and record-keeping necessary to the preservation, accessibility, and findability of University Archives and Special Collections materials. Working across varied Library information systems, this position creates, maintains, and enhances descriptive, administrative, structural, and preservation metadata of various types for materials of diverse formats.

Essential Duties:
– Creates, maintains, and enhances descriptive, administrative, structural, rights, and preservation metadata for digital objects, following Digital Services, Special Collections, and Cataloging procedures and standards
– Manages implementation of local controlled vocabularies and authority records, following existing standards and schemas where available
– Ensures consistency and integration of descriptive information and records across Library systems, including the catalog, digital asset management system, digital preservation repository, web archiving platform, and local databases
– Assists Digital Services Librarian with ongoing evaluation and implementation of emerging metadata practices, such as linked data
– Collaborates with Special Collections Librarian, Digital Services Librarian, and Cataloging and Metadata Librarian to develop, implement, and maintain project management practices, including workflow, documentation, project tracking, and assessment
– Sorts, arranges, and classifies materials such as correspondence, clippings, and other personal papers in accordance with archival procedures and arrangements for permanent storage. Weeds unprocessed documents for duplicates and unnecessary materials. Boxes and shelves Special Collections materials
– Works with others to create and maintain accession records, inventories and finding aids for born digital and physical materials present in University Archives and Special Collections accessions
– Provides Reference Services and responds to patron inquiries, including digitization of material, regarding University Archives, Special Collections, and Digital Collections materials, working in collaboration with the Special Collections Assistant and Digital Services Assistant
– Curates, prepares, and mounts exhibits in coordination with the Special Collections Librarian

Additional Skills Required:
– Knowledge of library and archival procedures
– Ability to manage multiple projects with different deadlines
– Excellent oral and written communication, record-keeping, and instructional skills
– Ability to perform repetitive, detail-oriented tasks and work independently in an isolated environment
– Must be able to lift at least 30 lbs., climb a step-stool, and be tolerant of different environmental conditions
– Must be able to respect, support and contribute to the University’s Catholic and Jesuit mission

Education and Job Experience Requirements:
Must possess a Bachelor’s degree. A graduate degree in archives, public history, digital humanities or an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science is preferred. Four (4) months cataloging or archival experience and/or classwork is required. Preferred experience: Management/supervisory experience; Familiarity with software and tools related to digital asset management; Familiarity with standards and best practices for cataloging and metadata.

This position will be 17.5 hours per week scheduled Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from September through May (9 months per year).

Interested applicants must apply online at https://universityofscrantonjobs.com. Please provide a resume, cover letter, and a list of three (3) references which include contact information. Review of applications will begin on January 6, 2020. The position will remain open until filled.


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. The University is a community dedicated to the freedom of inquiry and personal development fundamental to the growth in wisdom and integrity of all who share it its life. As a Catholic and Jesuit institution of nearly 4,000 undergraduate and more than 1,500 graduate students, The University of Scranton delivers a meaningful education that challenges its students morally, spiritually, and intellectually.

The University of Scranton is committed to providing a safe and nondiscriminatory employment and educational environment. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other status protected by 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. The University of Scranton is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator. Veterans, minority persons, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Seniors: Vote for Teacher of the Year

2019 University of Scranton Teacher of the Year Award

Each year the Graduating Senior Class selects its “Teacher of the Year.” Beginning Friday, April 12th, please vote for the full-time faculty member who you believe best exhibits the following characteristics:

  • Maintains the highest standards of academic excellence and fairness.
  • Inspires interest in the discipline through personal enthusiasm and dedication.
  • Is consistently effective in communication.
  • Is available outside of the classroom.

The award will be presented during Class Night on Friday, May 24, 2019.

HOW TO VOTE: Cast your electronic ballot here: www.scranton.edu/toy

WHEN TO VOTE: Voting will be open from Friday, April 12, 9:00 a.m. to Wednesday, April 17, 4:00 p.m.

INFORMATION: For further information please contact Aileen McHale, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence, aileen.mchale@scranton.edu.

Your Vote Counts!
Remember a Faculty Member Whose Teaching Has Inspired You

(Posted on behalf of our CTLE colleagues)

Job Posting: Special Collections Assistant

The University of Scranton is currently accepting applications for a full-time Special Collections Assistant.

The Special Collections Assistant aids the Special Collections Librarian in the management of Special Collections and University Archives. The Special Collections Assistant performs cataloging and descriptive work with rare book, manuscript and archival collections; responds to research questions; and supervises student workers. The Special Collections Assistant participates in project planning and undertakes digitization and collection management projects and the creation and installation of exhibits in collaboration with the Special Collections Librarian and/or other library personnel. The Special Collections Assistant participates in relevant library committees and projects and helps manage the Special Collections social media presence in collaboration with the Special Collections Librarian.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree is required. A graduate degree in archives, public history, digital humanities or an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science is preferred. One year of library, cataloging, or special collections/archival experience is required. Supervisory experience is preferred.

For a complete job description, please visit https://universityofscrantonjobs.com.
Posting Number: S0199P
Title: Special Collections Assistant

Applicants must apply online at https://universityofscrantonjobs.com and include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references. The position will remain open until filled, but applications will be reviewed beginning July 10, 2018.

The University of Scranton is committed to providing a safe and nondiscriminatory employment and educational environment. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other status protected by 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. The University of Scranton is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator. Veterans, minority persons, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Spotlight on Student Worker Maria Revueltas

Maria Revueltas, from Brooklyn, NY, is a senior Business Administration major with a minor in English. Maria has worked in the University Archives and McHugh Special Collections since the spring semester of her freshman year in 2015. Over the past three years, Maria has helped preserve thousands of photographic negatives from the Terry and Paula Connors Collection that document the history of The University of Scranton and the larger Scranton community. While working with these archival photos, Maria loved learning something new about the University’s history every day.

Born in Colombia, Maria moved to the United States when she was nine years old. Maria is an active member of the campus community and serves on the stage crew in the Liva Arts Company. This student-run drama club produces two musicals annually, and they are currently working on a production of “Legally Blonde” the musical. Maria’s involvement with the Liva Arts Company came out of her love of Broadway. Some of her favorite shows include “Hamilton,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” and “Wicked.” Maria also has a great interest in the film industry, and would love to apply her business education to a position at a film production company in the future.

Thank you, Maria! Best wishes with all of your future endeavors!

Pennsylvania Historical Association Reception Tonight

The Pennsylvania Historical Association’s annual conference begins tonight with a plenary session in the Heritage Room that will discuss the World War I exhibit currently on display. WBRE/WYOU-TV featured the exhibit in today’s broadcast, which can be viewed here: http://www.pahomepage.com/news/exploring-the-history-of-scranton/833696618.

The plenary session will take place in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room from 7:30-9:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain on display during normal library hours through Friday, December 8th. For more information, please email Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies, michael.knies@scranton.edu or call 570- 941-6341.

Scranton and World War I: Exhibit on Display


Currently on display in the Library’s 5th Floor Heritage Room is the exhibit “Scranton and World War I.” The exhibit is a cooperative effort with the Lackawanna Historical Society in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Historical Association‘s annual conference which will be held at the Radisson Hotel from October 12 through October 14. The conference’s opening reception will take place on Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit is composed of World War I era materials that relate to Scranton from the Lackawanna Historical Society and The University of Scranton Archives, as well as materials from the Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Collection, the International Correspondence Schools of Scranton Collection, and the Visiting Nurse Association Collection.

The exhibit is on display during normal library hours through Friday, December 8th. For more information, please email Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies, michael.knies@scranton.edu or call 570- 941-6341.

 

University of Scranton Alumni Authors Exhibit

Each June, the Weinberg Memorial Library presents the University of Scranton Alumni Authors Exhibit. Covering a range of subjects, the exhibit presents the works of alumni who became nonfiction writers, novelists, children’s literature writers, and historians. The earliest alumnus featured is Clarence Walton, ’37, 10th president of The Catholic University of America and the first layman to hold the position. Also presented are works by Jason Miller, ’61, H’73, who received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play That Championship Season. The exhibit also includes a recent acquisition, Highways into Space, by retired NASA engineer, Glynn Lunney, ’55, H’71.  Lunney joined NASA as an engineer in 1958 and went on to become a flight director for the Gemini and Apollo programs, including the Apollo 13 crisis for which he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

For a full list of books by alumni at the Weinberg Memorial Library, please visit Scranton.edu/alumniauthors. The exhibit will be on display in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room through the month of June. It is open to the public and can be viewed during normal library hours. For more information, please email Special Collections Librarian, Michael Knies, at michael.knies@scranton.edu or call 570-941-6341.

Alumni interested in donating their published works to the Library can mail a copy to the Office of University Advancement, 800 Linden Street, Scranton, PA 18510.