Library Focus Groups Being Hosted

The library is planning on redesigning the second floor, and we are interested in getting student perspectives on the proposed plan! To garner feedback on the plan, the library is collaborating with the University’s Counselor Training Center to host six student focus groups that will be conducted by graduate students in the counseling department.

Response to the call for student focus group participants was overwhelming with the six sessions filling to capacity within three hours of sending out the call to all students. Thank you to every student interested in participating in a focus group session!

Leaves of Class XXI – February Winner!

FEBRUARY ~ Congratulations to Tim & Aggie Holland of Moosic, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment:  Actors Circle (two tickets to The Clean House – Mar 21 – 31);  Broadway Theatre League of NEPA (two tickets to the opening night of Finding Neverland – May 31);  Scranton Cultural Center (one voucher for up to 4 complimentary tickets to a membership season of shows presented and produced exclusively by the Scranton Cultural Center);  Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic (two orchestra seats to the Masterworks Performance : Inspired by Nature at the Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College – Fri., April 5 at 8 p.m.); F.M. Kirby Center (4 movie passes).

Culinary Delights:  Aramark (25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates); Cuppa Cake Café ($20 gift card for one dozen mini cupcakes); Abbiocco ($25 gift certificate); Angelo’s ($25 gift certificate); Domino’s (1 gift certificate for a 1-topping pizza);  Olive Garden ($25 gift card – courtesy of Charles Kratz).

Tres Chic: Handmade necklace and bracelet in a keepsake glass box (courtesy of Patti Davis).

Wellness:  LAVISH (special beauty basket); Pro Fitness Club (gift basket with 3-month membership (New Adult); 1-month unlimited AR Fitness Training; water bottle, key clip, planner, ear buds, and more).

Memberships:  Everhart Museum (one family membership).

And More!:  Franklin Hill Vineyards (2 bottles of wine).

Didn’t win this yet? That’s ok, because you still have TEN more chances!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR CHANCES ONLINE!  (Services charges will apply.) Or stop in the Library to fill one out.

 To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko –, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

Fr. Rob Carbonneau Promotes Passionist Exhibit on WYOU

WYOU recently interviewed Father Rob Carbonneau, Passionist Historian and Adjunct Professor of History, concerning the new Passionist exhibit currently on display in the Heritage Room. Watch the interview here! The exhibit, titled “Life, Death, and Memory: Art and Artifacts from the Passionist China Collection,” will be on display during normal library hours until April 24. On Monday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room, Father Carbonneau will give a lecture focused on the Chinese Catholic witness of faith and honoring three priests who were martyred in China. The reception is free and open to the public – don’t miss it! For further information, contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.

Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon Seminar- Ambassador Rabbi David Saperstein

Free for University students, faculty, and staff

For more information and to RSVP contact / 570-941-6206

For more information on upcoming Schemel Forum events, click here.

Updated Video and Audio Recording Rooms

The Reilly Learning Commons’ Lecture Capture room was recently renovated to create two rooms. One for audio recording and the other for video recording.

124i is now an Audio Recording room with an iMac that includes Audacity, Adobe Audition, and Garage Band to create podcasts or other audio projects. We have a Yeti USB Microphone available at the circulation desk for students, faculty, and staff to check out for 3 hours at a time. You can read more about podcasting and audio recording on our research guide. You can reserve the Audio Recording room by selecting 124i in the room reservation system. 

124j is now a Video Recording room with a One Button Studio. The One Button Studio is a streamlined space for recording videos at the touch of a button. To use the system, you simply plug in a USB flash drive, and the camera and microphone turn on. When you are ready to begin recording, press the space bar (the button), and a countdown timer will display on the monitor. When you are finished recording, press the button again. Your recording will save on your flash drive. To learn more about the One Button Studio, visit the research guide.  To reserve the One Button Studio, email

Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon Seminar- Dr. Hussein Ibish and Dr. David N. Myers

Free for University students, faculty, and staff

For more information and to RSVP contact / 570-941-6206

For more information on upcoming Schemel Forum events, click here.

Job Opportunity: Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton

We invite applications for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track Cataloging and Metadata Librarian. The regularly scheduled hours for this position will be primarily Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. A generous benefits package is offered, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, a retirement plan, and paid vacation, holidays, and research leave.

The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian facilitates access to Library resources by supervising the Library’s Cataloging Department and maintaining the accuracy of the Library’s online catalog.

Essential Duties:

– Directs and oversees the day-to-day operations of the Cataloging Department

– Supervises and evaluates the work of one Cataloging Assistant

– Catalogs materials in all subjects, formats and languages

– Maintains the accuracy of the catalog’s records

– Manages authority control and the bulk loading of bibliographic records into the library catalog

– Provides cataloging statistics for library reports and accreditation reports for various University departments

– Consults with Special Collections and Digital Services as needed

– Explores and integrates appropriate emerging technologies into cataloging practices

– Maintains close relationships with all library functions (circulation, research services, acquisitions, special collections and systems)

– Participates in planning, implementing, and configuration of the integrated library system (ILS) as it pertains to cataloging functions and public display

– Participates in information literacy instruction

Additional Skills Required:

-Familiarity with cataloging tools and standards including: RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LCCN, and MARC21 format for bibliographic holdings and authority control

– Ability to implement new cataloging standards and procedures

– Knowledge of XML and linked data technologies (e.g., XSLT, RDF, OWL, SPARQL, BIBFRAME)

– Familiarity with emerging trends in library systems and services.

– Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, and presentation skills

– Strong analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills

– Ability to work effectively both as a team member and independently

– Ability to work creatively and collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and community-at-large

– Professional commitment to user-focused library services

– Professional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

– Ability to engage in scholarship and service in order to meet qualifications for reappointment and tenure, as defined in the Faculty Handbook

– Ability to attain a second Master’s degree in a subject field, or the completion of thirty graduate credits in a discipline that improves professional competence, as a requirement for tenure (if not already accomplished at time of hire)

Minimum Education and Job Experience Requirements:

Must possess an American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master’s degree at time of appointment.   Two years of cataloging experience (including non-book cataloging) working in a library, archives, or museum.  Experience with an integrated library system (ILS) preferably Innovative Interfaces, Inc.’s Sierra. Working knowledge of OCLC Connexion or Worldshare Management Services.  Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and implement projects. Supervisory experience.

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.

The University is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal and professional development, and institutional success.  In keeping with this commitment, the University encourages applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.  We recruit, employ, train and promote regardless of race, gender, sex, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, color, national origin, disability, age, veterans status and other underrepresented groups. 

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online at Please provide a CV, cover letter, and a list of three (3) references which include contact information. Review of applications will begin on March 29, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.

For questions regarding this position, please contact the search committee chair: Narda Tafuri, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Technical Services/Acquisitions Librarian, The University of Scranton, Weinberg Memorial Library,

Passionist China Collection Exhibit Now Open!


This April marks the 90th anniversary of the deaths of three Passionist Catholic priests at the hands of bandits in China. The priests had come as missionaries to Hunan province, and their murders shocked American Catholics, U.S. diplomats, and the Holy See. A new exhibit in the Heritage Room, titled “Life, Death, and Memory: Art and Artifacts from the Passionist China Collection,” honors the martyred men as well as the service of the many other Passionist priests and Sisters of Charity who worked in the region from 1921 to 1955, when the last missionary was expelled from Communist China. They served through famine, flood, and war, and witnessed both incredible suffering and hope. Ultimately, they left a legacy that continues to the present day, inspiring a new generation of Chinese Passionist priests.

The exhibit will be on display until April 24 during normal library business hours. There will be a reception and lecture, by Father Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D, and Passionist Historian, on Monday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room. The lecture will focus on remembering the witness of faith of the martyred priests, and the larger story of the Chinese Catholic witness of faith. The reception is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.