Weinberg Memorial Library Trials CloudSource OA

Just in time for Open Access Week, the Library has started a trial for CloudSource OA.  We invite all students and faculty to take a look at this exciting new resource which makes searching for open access books, journals, and open educational resources a breeze.  This new search platform curates and aggregates open access content from leading publishers and scholars around the world in one convenient and easy to use location.

The trial period will last until October 31st, 2021 so please take some time to explore.  You can link to the resource here or visit our A to Z Database list and click on “Trial Databases”.  If you have any questions or feedback about this database, please contact Sylvia Orner (sylvia.orner@scranton.edu).

Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library Gift Funds Phase 1 of the 2nd-floor Renovation Plan

Thanks to a generous gift from the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, the Library recently completed phase 1 of its second-floor renovation plan. The $100,000 gift from the Friends Endowment allowed us to redesign the student area at the top of the grand staircase, refresh and update the open computer lab, and create a Collaborative Teaching Space for Information Literacy Instruction and research consultations. The gift went toward improving the carpeting, lighting, and color palettes as well as a variety of new seating options, writing surfaces, and technology layouts.

Students enjoy the new counter height laptop tables as well as the dining room height tables, with power outlets built-in.


The computer lab area is refreshed with new built-in tables and fewer desktops to provide students with more table space for their course materials and research. The printers and book scanner are conveniently located on the left side of the room, and students have the option of utilizing dual monitors or plugging their personal computer into a library-provided screen.


The new Collaborative Teaching Room provides librarians with another classroom for small group Information Literacy Instruction as well as a new space for librarian-hosted research consultations and meetings.

On behalf of the Library faculty and staff, we wish to express our sincere gratitude for the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library. The gift from the Friends’ Endowment is a spectacular start toward our overall plan to renovate the second floor.

In Search of New Books?

New Books Book Shelf Check out the New Book Shelf

A selection of the Library’s newest additions to our collection can be browsed on the New Book Shelf located on the 1st floor across from the Circulation Desk.

Want to see what is new but can’t make it to the Library?

There is a quick and easy way to search the Catalog to see the new books we have received within the last month.

In the catalog search box, type “New Books” in quotes.

WML catalog search box

Then use the facets along the left-hand side to refine your results by “Subject” and “Book”.

Selecting facets
Faceting will allow you to see a list of everything that the Library has recently added to our print collection.

If you want to see what new books have come in for a specific subject or keyword, you can use the Advanced Search.

WML Catalog Advanced Search Box


You can visit the Library’s Research Guides at https://guides.library.scranton.edu/

New Books link in research guides

You would then pick a subject, for example, “History.” On the History Research Guides page you will see a link to “New Library Books.” Clicking the “New Library Books” link will take you to the Library’s Catalog and a display of all of the new books that the library has acquired for that specific Academic Department in the last month. You can also find additional useful links on the Research Guide page which can direct you to helpful Databases, Reference Books, Websites, and contact information for the Librarian Subject Specialist.

Group Study Rooms in the Library

Video Recording Group Study Room "J" with seating, a computer, and podium.Did you know that if you if you need somewhere to do group work, have a virtual meeting, or record a podcast that the Weinberg Memorial Library offers spaces for that and more! There are group study rooms on floors 1-4 of the library that are available for Scranton students. They can be booked up to a week in advance for up to two hours in one day. 

If you know that you are going to need a space and want to make sure a room is available, you can book one of the rooms on the first or second floors! There are additional rooms on our quiet study floors, floors three and four, where the rooms can be used on a first-come-first-service basis.  

Some of the rooms even come with technology like large wall mounted monitors, which you can connect your devices to make group work more streamlined. There are even special rooms for audio or video recording! You’ll also find low-tech tools like white boards—if you need a dry erase marker just stop by the Research Services desk or Circulation desk and ask.  

Finding articles on your topic

One of our most frequently asked questions (FAQs) at the Research Services desk is how to find articles on a specific topic. While the details of your research (e.g. topic and assignment requirements) will make a difference in the approach you should take, there are some general recommendations you can apply to your research. 

First, you need to find a database that will have the information you need. To locate databases that cover your topic start at your MyScranton account, select the Library tab, and then under the list of “Library Links” click on Databases. Once you are on the Databases page, you will be able to “Browse databases by subject” using the drop-down menu there. If your subject is not listed select General Topics 

Now, you can look through the list of databases suggested for your subject area. Read their descriptions to see what type of content they cover so you can select the right database(s) to search in. For example, if you need articles covering bridal ceremonies in ancient Rome, you will not use databases like Current Affairs in Video or Statista because they contain videos on hot topics and business statical reports, respectively. Instead, you should reference databases such as JSTOR or America: History & Life, both of which cover history.  

Once you have selected a database, you can put together a search strategy. Do not type complete questions into a database! Instead, break your topic down into keywords and input those into the database’s search boxes. A search strategy for bridal ceremonies in ancient Rome might look like:
(((bridal or marriage or wedding) AND (ceremon*)) AND (Rome))
JSTOR search strategy with bridal or marriage or wedding in the first search box, ceremon* in the second search box, and Rome in the third search box.

If you need help crafting a search strategy, please contact a Research and Instruction Librarian 

After you run your search, look through the list of results to find articles you can use. This is a great point in the search process to learn new keywords to incorporate into your search strategy or add additional limiters such as publication date (these filters/limiters will often be located to the left of your search results).  

If you locate an article of interest but are having trouble finding the full text, you can review the Library’s set of FAQs on how to find the full text of an article. 

Job Opportunity: Media Resources Clerk – Part Time, Evenings/Weekends

We invite applicants to apply for the part-time Media Resources Clerk. To apply and see the full job description visit: https://universityofscrantonjobs.com/postings/5462

Position Title: Media Resources Clerk – Part Time, Evenings/Weekends

Job Purpose

The Media Resources Evening/Weekend Clerk is a part time position which works under the supervision of the Media Resources Coordinator to provide services for the Media and Ed Lab Collections during the weekend and evening hours of the Center’s operation.

Essential Duties

– Supervises work-study students in the absence of the Media Resources Coordinator.

– Conducts circulation transactions (check in, check out, search, renew, change due date, course reserves) for Media and Ed Lab materials.

– Processes faculty requests for classroom and non-classroom use of media.

– Participates in the evaluation of and recommendation for purchase of equipment and media.

– Assists in the preparation of monthly and annual statistical reports. Also assists with analysis of statistics, and makes policy and procedure recommendations as warranted.

– Maintains the security and copyright integrity of the Media Resources Center equipment and collections.

– Sends overdue notices.

-Previews media for quality and informs Media Resources Coordinator of any problems.

– Compiles monthly list of new materials by title, department and format.

– Notifies faculty members that media they have requested have been received.

– Transfers media to more current formats as needed.

– Advises patrons of the availability of streaming media and can advise them of the existing features. Provides faculty and students with share link.

– Places material on Course Reserve and removes them as needed.

– Re-shelves materials, and maintains good order in the stacks.

Additional Skills Required:

– 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.

Ability to instruct/direct student work.

– Excellent organizational/record-keeping skills.

– Must be able to respect, support and contribute to the University’s Catholic and Jesuit mission. 

Minimum Education Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent

Preferred Education:

Bachelor’s degree

Minimum Job Experience Requirements:

One year customer service experience, including policy interpretation and enforcement. Experience with Microsoft Office.

Preferred Qualifications:

– Library work experience with training in Library circulation systems, on-line catalog searching, Internet searching.

– Experience working with/supervising college age students.

– Familiarity with online meeting platforms.

Schedule/Work Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 4:30-10 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 7 p.m. (17.5 hours per week), with some fluctuations in the summer and at exam times.


In Memoriam: The 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Twenty years ago, The University of Scranton joined the world in shock and heartache as we witnessed the tragedies of September 11th transpire across New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

On that day, the University community lost Michael Costello ’96, Timothy Finnerty ’90, Charles Heeran ’00, Timothy Hughes ’80 and William Kelly ’93, in addition to 32 relatives of students and graduates, all of whose names are preserved within the Madonna della Strada Chapel.

In the subsequent days and weeks, the University community showed its indomitable Ignatian spirit: students, staff, and faculty donated blood, raised money for numerous organizations such as the United Way 9/11 Fund, and procured supplies for the ongoing rescue effort.

Now, two decades later, we pause in remembrance of those lost and to reflect upon our shared experience.