New eBook resources available – Introducing Elsevier ScienceDirect

In an effort to provide additional eBook access as the University shifts to online learning, the Weinberg Memorial Library has subscribed to Elsevier ScienceDirect eBook Collection for a limited time.

University of Scranton Students, Faculty, and Staff will now have full-text access to Elsevier monographs from 2020 back through 2016. Subject areas covered by this eBook collection include physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, and social sciences.

The eBooks in this collection are:

  1. DRM-Free – no limits on pdf downloads or printing.
  2. Allow for unlimited simultaneous users – multiple students, faculty, and staff can access the eBooks at the same time.

The ScienceDirect eBook Collection is searchable two ways within the Library catalog.

ScienceDirect eBooks are included within the existing ScienceDirect platform and can be accessed via the ScienceDirect database. The ScienceDirect database includes the full text of 175 Academic Press journals.

Go to the Library’s Database page and use the A-Z Database Menu to find ScienceDirect under “S”.




Clicking on ScienceDirect will take you to the ScienceDirect Platform where you can search all of their content.



You can search the catalog for (ScienceDirect eBook Collection) in the catalog search box.

The “Click here to access” link will take you to the eBook where you can read full-text online, download the entire book, or download only the chapter you need.



If you want to narrow by subject – use the Advanced Search.

An interesting and useful feature ScienceDirect eBooks have is Cross-Referenced Linking Capabilities. If reading full-text online, this feature allows the user to click on an in-text citation to be provided with the full citation as well as a link to the article or a pdf download if the item cited is available on ScienceDirect.


As of March 31st the library currently has over 4,600 eBook titles available for use. Access to these eBooks will expire on March 22, 2021. Faculty, please contact your library liaison if permanent acquisition is desired.

As always, if you have any questions regarding accessing materials via the Library Catalog, please feel free to contact us.

Library Support and Hours Update

Starting Tuesday, March 18, the Library will be closed. Students, faculty and staff can still swipe in to the first and second floor.

Although the library will not be staffed during the University campus closure, assistance will be available from our Library Faculty remotely Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. All other times, questions will be answered by librarians at other Universities in our consortia.

On the library webpage ( there is an icon for library services spring 2020, which goes into more depth, but here is how to reach us:


Use the Ask a Librarian chatbox on this page to talk to a librarian 24 hours a day.

  • PHONE:

Please call 570-941-4000 to talk to one of the librarians during regular library hours. If no one answers, please leave a voicemail and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

  • EMAIL:

Please use the other options first, but you can also email


The librarians will still offer consultations through various communication platforms (e.g., Zoom), but please reach out through virtual chat, phone, or email first to schedule a consultation time and determine which platform will work best for your individual needs.

For problems with accessing any resources please e-mail

Change in Library Hours

Due to the University’s decision to extend Spring break to two weeks, the library will be following the following schedule:

Friday (March 13), 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday (March 14-15), closed

Monday-Friday (March 16-March 20), 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday (March 21), closed

Sunday (March 22), Noon – 10:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday (March 23-26), 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday (March 27), 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday (March 28), Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Hours after March 28 will be posted at a later date.

Please be advised that the Library will move to card swipe access only (24/7) on Sunday March 15. Please check your ID now to make sure it has not expired, and plan to bring your ID whenever you visit the building.


Over 16,000 Titles Added in February

In one fell swoop, the Library’s eBook collection grew by over 16,000 titles this month. This is thanks to the addition of the entire collection of eBooks published by Oxford University Press on the Oxford Scholarship Online platform, including the complete backlist and all frontlist titles through 2022. If you’d like to browse these titles individually, you can do so by checking out Oxford Scholarship Online, but these titles can also be found when searching in the Library’s catalog.

When searching the Oxford Scholarship Online platform, users should select the Oxford Scholarship Online radio button to search the eBook collection.


These eBooks come with a few additional perks:

  1. They allow for unlimited simultaneous users, which means that every student, faculty, and staff member here at Scranton could be reading the same book at the same time.
  2. They are DRM-free, which provides a major bonus from a user standpoint: no limit on the number of pages you can print or save as a PDF!
  3. These materials can also be used for in-classroom use so that Professors can include readings from Oxford eBooks with no concerns about copyright violations and at no cost to students!

These titles are interdisciplinary, covering topics such as law, medicine, music, business, and more! Additionally, we expect this already extensive collection to grow by about 1,000 titles a year.

The purchase of the Oxford Scholarship Online eBooks was made possible through the Library’s membership in PALCI, the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc., who secured ownership of the titles for all of its members.

Here is an example of a record for an eBook within this collection. You’ll notice features that allow you to jump to a specific page, search within the book, open to a specific section, and more!

If you’d like to learn more about this or any other resource in the Library, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Passionist “Lift High the Cross” Exhibit Now Open!

Aware that so many of us carry everyday crosses in life, Italian St. Paul of Cross (1694-1775) founded the Passionist Congregation in 1720. This exhibit shows how Passionist priests, brothers, sisters, nuns and the peoples of the world have found compassion through the wisdom of Jesus on the Cross. See how sacred Passionist relics and inspirational art invites us to meditate on contemporary faith and healings and how artifacts and photos offer an understanding of Passionist monastic traditions and Scranton’s devotion to Good St. Ann.  The diversity of Passionist ministry is represented by scholars, various media and a commitment to peace and justice.   

On April 1, Fr. Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Scranton and Passionist historian will offer a free public lecture entitled “Our Modern Quest for Compassion of the Mind and Heart: Reflection on the Passionist Tradition, 1720 to 2020.”   

The Heritage Room exhibit will run through April 19. For more information please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.

Enhancing Student Research Abilities: Summer/Fall 2020 Information Literacy Stipends

Do you want to enhance your students’ research abilities? Then consider applying for an Information Literacy Stipend for your course.

The Weinberg Memorial Library will be awarding up to two (2) $1,000.00 stipends for courses taught during Summer 2020 or Fall 2020. Recipients will collaborate with a faculty librarian to develop assignments and assessments that focus on information literacy. The stipend will be awarded upon submission of a final report.

What is information literacy?

Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. (ACRL, 2016)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (2016) provides ideas to help faculty integrate information literacy into their courses.

TO APPLY: Submit a proposal, not to exceed two pages, that includes the following:

  • Course name and number
  • Student learning outcomes related to information literacy
  • Assessment plan to determine how student learning outcomes will be evaluated
  • Projected Timeline (Summer 2020 or Fall 2020)
  • Name of the faculty librarian who has agreed to collaborate with you

Proposals will be reviewed by the Library Advisory Committee’s Information Literacy Subcommittee for evidence of the following components:

  • Student learning outcomes related to information literacy
  • Assessment plan to determine how student learning outcomes will be evaluated
  • Collaboration and consultation with a librarian before submission

Stipends are subject to taxes. At the completion of the course, a final report documenting the impact of the information literacy component on student learning outcomes must be submitted to the Interim Dean of the Library. This report will be posted on the Library’s website.

If you are interested, consult with the subject liaison librarian for your department as you prepare your proposal; find your liaison librarian here. Examples of previous successful stipend projects and links to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy can be accessed here.

Application deadline: Friday, March 27, 2020

Please submit proposals via campus mail or email to:

Kym Balthazar Fetsko, Assistant to the Dean of the Library
Weinberg Memorial Library – Room 406

Questions? Contact Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator, at or 570-941-4000.

Celebrate Open Education Week! Join us for Coffee and OER Discussion

Coffee cupThe Library invites University of Scranton Faculty to join us Thursday, March 5th, at 10:00 am during Open Education Week (March 2-6) for coffee and a light breakfast in the Weinberg Memorial Library room 305 to discuss implementing Open Educational Resources (OER) in the classroom. The Library defines OER as any freely accessible or appropriately licensed, rigorous academic material that is a suitable replacement for expensive textbooks, readings, and other types of required course materials.

Discussion will include an introduction to OER, how to locate OER resources within the Library’s collection and online, and suggestions for how you can replace costly textbooks and other resources with OER. Librarians will also answer questions about OER and the Open Educational Resources Grant, available to full-time faculty and accepting applications until April 17th.

Click here to register by Friday, February 28th.