FOLIO Migration Date Change – Tuesday May 28th – Go Live Wednesday May 29th

There has been a change in date to our FOLIO migration window. Initially the Library catalog access disruption was to occur on May 20th with Go-Live occurring on May 21st. The new date for catalog migration downtime has changed to Tuesday, May 28th with operations resuming online on May 29th.

Cataloging Downtime

  • Hold on processing of new materials until after May 28.
  • This will NOT affect the circulation of existing materials – you can continue to borrow materials from the Library at the Library Services Desk and at Media Resource Center.

On May 28th

Work stops in our current Library Service Platform and final data is migrated to FOLIO.

As the previous catalog is taken offline there will be some disruption in access to our catalog and Royal Search.

Services AFFECTED by the transition:

  • Royal Search may be temporarily unavailable.
  • Holds will not be able to be placed through Royal Search.
  • Access to My Library Accounts will be offline.
  • Search for Print and Media Reserves will be offline.
  • Lib Guides will still be accessible through our website though some links may not be available.

Services NOT affected by the transition:

  • Library Materials and Course Reserves can still be borrowed from the Library Services Desk and Media Resource Center.
  • Databases will still be accessible through our A-Z list.
  • Illiad will be available for interlibrary loan.
  • Advanced eReserves search will still be available.
  • Cloudsource OA will still be online and available for searching.
  • Digital Services will still be online and available for searching.

May 29th

GO-LIVE DAY!

First working day on FOLIO. All operations, with the exception of EZBorrow, should be back online.

Part of this transition will upgrade our patron empowerment tools in Royal Search. If you are University Student, Faculty, or Staff member, when you log in for the first time and go to place a hold or access an article post transition you will be prompted to personalize your My EBSCO account. This will connect you to your Royal Search dashboard where you can view your requests and loans through the library as well as save and organize your research.

As we transition, more information about new services and features will be provided, as well as training opportunities.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we migrate to our new system.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Cataloging and Metadata Librarian Marleen Cloutier at marleen.cloutier@scranton.edu

Weinberg Memorial Library migrating to FOLIO – Important Service Notice

FOLIO logo with beeThe Weinberg Memorial Library (WML) is very excited to announce that on May 20, 2024, the Library will move to a new open-source Library Services Platform (LSP) called FOLIO. FOLIO enables us to acquire and manage our collections, print and digital. WML will be replacing our current Integrated Library System (ILS) Sierra, the system which the Royal Search Discovery Layer interface currently overlays.

As we move into the final stages of the migration, there are dates the Library wants to make the University Community aware of as there will be some disruption to our regular services. The Library asks for your patience and understanding as we make the transition to our new system. We will be putting out messaging on our blog and website as these various outages and changes occur.

Important Dates and Information

May 10th

PALCI EZBorrow Downtime

  • Access to PALCI EZBorrow will be temporarily shut down. All Interlibrary loan services will be provided through Illiad until our EZBorrow catalog is reindexed. This process can take a few weeks.
  • Alerts will be posted when the service comes down and when the service is reinstated.
  • You can access Illiad here : https://illiad.scranton.edu/illiad/illiad.dll
    • You will be asked to sign on with your RNumber, and set up an account if you do not already have one

Cataloging Downtime

  • Hold on processing of new materials until after May 21.
  • This will NOT affect the circulation of existing materials – you can continue to borrow materials from the Library at the Library Services Desk and at Media Resource Center.

May 20th

Work stops in Sierra and final data is migrated to FOLIO.

As Sierra is taken offline there will be some disruption in access to our catalog and Royal Search.

Services AFFECTED by the transition:

  • Royal Search may be temporarily unavailable.
  • Holds will not be able to be placed through Royal Search.
  • Access to My Library Accounts will be offline.
  • Search for Print and Media Reserves will be offline.
  • Lib Guides will still be accessible though our website though some links may not be available.

Services NOT affected by the transition:

  • Library Materials and Course Reserves can still be borrowed from the Library Services Desk and Media Resource Center.
  • Databases will still be accessible through our A-Z list.
  • Illiad will be available for interlibrary loan.
  • Advanced eReserves search will still be available.
  • Cloudsource OA will still be online and available for searching.
  • Digital Services will still be online and available for searching.

May 21st

GO-LIVE DAY!

First working day on FOLIO. All operations, with the exception of EZBorrow, should be back online.

Part of this transition will upgrade our patron empowerment tools in Royal Search. If you are University Student, Faculty, or Staff member, when you log in for the first time and go to place a hold or access an article post transition you will be prompted to personalize your My EBSCO account. This will connect you to your Royal Search dashboard where you can view your requests and loans through the library as well as save and organize your research.

As we transition, more information about new services and features will be provided, as well as training opportunities. Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we migrate to our new system.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Cataloging and Metadata Librarian Marleen Cloutier at marleen.cloutier@scranton.edu

 

Find Library Spaces Now Available to Provide Accessibility and Sensory Information for Library Study Spaces!

The Weinberg Memorial Library’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Accessibility (DEIA) committee in collaboration with the Library Systems department is pleased to announce our sensory and accessibility map of our library spaces. In recognition of the ever increasing diversity of our population of Library users, the committee recognized the need for our users to be able to have a clearer picture of what our Library spaces provide and how our Library spaces may meet their specific needs. In the Spring and Summer of 2023, the DEIA committee membership audited and collected accessibility and sensory data for each study space in the library. The committee then examined what both our peer institutions and Libraries at many larger institutions were doing in order to provide this information in an accessible and understandable format. We settled on a few specific design ideas we wanted to emulate.The committee then turned our findings over to Library Systems Coordinator & Developer Jennifer Galas, whom created an interactive web application which includes photos of our Library spaces, coupled accessibility, and sensory information for each of the study spaces within the Library. This web application is also linked to our study room reservation system, so users can find a space that suits their needs based on the information within the application and then immediately reserve that specific study room if it happens to be one of our reservable spaces. Find Library Spaces can be accessed via the library homepage by clicking on the button labeled “Find a Study Space” on the right-hand side of the page. You can also find links to it on the Library SPaces page, and the Library’s DIversity Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility page.

An image of the Library homepage with the Find Study Spaces button on the right hand side of the screen highlighted with a black rectangle and pointed to with a black arrow

Find Library Spaces was intentionally designed for all users of our library to be able to find the ideal study space that meets their learning needs. The Find Library Spaces application features a number of filters that can help users limit to a preferred lighting type, find a space that has  specific furniture available, or look for a study space that is quiet and distraction free. Each space has associated icons that notate access to power, wheelchair accessibility, and noise level demonstrated by a loudspeaker icon with varying degrees of sound waves to indicate more or less noise typically found in that space. Users should keep in mind that noise level information may change depending on semester dynamics, such as during finals week when the library is quite crowded.

 

It is a priority for Library faculty, staff, and administration to continually provide an environment of inclusivity, accessibility, and belonging and the Find Library Spaces application provides another tool for students to access in order to meet their specific learning needs within the Library environment. The Library DEIA Committee is currently comprised of Prof. Kate Cummings, Research & Instruction Librarian for Business; Prof. Colleen Farry, Digital Services Librarian, Prof. Sheli Pratt-McHugh, Research & Instruction Librarian for Technology & Outreach, and Library Department Chair; Prof. Ian O’Hara, Research & Instruction Librarian for Health Sciences; Sharon Finnerty, Media Resources Coordinator; and Kevin Kocur, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator. The committee would also like to thank Mackenzie Machell, G ’23, who served as a student representative on the committee during the work on this project, and Jennifer Galas for her collaboration and development expertise in implementing the Find Library Spaces application.

Applications due for Affordable Learning Implementation Grants – Deadline Dec. 2nd!

The Weinberg Memorial Library will award up to four $1,000 Affordable Learning Implementation Grants for Spring/Summer 2023 courses to successful full-time faculty applicants.

Application Deadline: Friday, December 2nd, 2022 (This deadline will NOT be extended)

Affordable Learning aims to reduce the financial burden on students by eliminating expensive for-cost textbooks and course materials with no-cost or low-cost educational resources. OER stands for Open Educational Resources, which includes online textbooks, media, and other materials freely available and can be remixed/reused for educational purposes. For the Affordable Learning Implementation Grants, faculty may opt to use existing OER and open-source software or may compile course materials from open access e-books and journals or appropriately licenses Library materials to replace all, or some, of their for-cost course materials.

For a list of links to available OER and appropriately licensed Affordable Learning resources, visit the Library’s OER Research Guide.

For more information and the application form, visit the Affordable Learning Implementation Grants web page.

Introducing the Kanopy Base Collection

The Weinberg Memorial Library is pleased to offer Kanopy Base, a collection of over 10,000 educational and feature films. This greatly expands the films available from Kanopy, and access to the new films is through the already existing Kanopy database.

Benefits of Kanopy Base are unlimited, simultaneous access to the collection, and multidisciplinary coverage including World Cinema, Film Studies, Education, Ethnic Studies, and Sciences. Suppliers include PBS, Kino Lorber, and New Day Films.

To explore the Kanopy Base collection, visit the Library’s A to Z database page or click here.  Chrome is the recommended browser for streaming films.

Affordable Learning Implementation Grants for Spring/Summer 2023

The Weinberg Memorial Library is pleased to offer $1,000 Affordable Learning Implementation Grants to successful full-time faculty applicants.

Affordable Learning aims to reduce the financial burden on students by eliminating expensive for-cost textbooks and course materials with no-cost or low-cost educational resources. OER stands for Open Educational Resources, which includes online textbooks, media, and other materials freely available and can be remixed/reused for educational purposes. For the Affordable Learning Implementation Grants, faculty may opt to use existing OER and open-source software or may compile course materials from open access e-books and journals or appropriately licenses Library materials to replace all, or some, of their for-cost course materials.

For a list of links to available OER and appropriately licensed Affordable Learning resources, visit the Library’s OER Research Guide.

The library will award up to four $1,000 Affordable Learning Implementation Grants for Spring/Summer 2023 courses.

Application Deadline: Friday, December 2nd, 2022

For more information and the application form, visit the Affordable Learning Implementation Grants web page.

New Database for Fall 2022 – Ethnic Diversity Source

The Weinberg Memorial Library is excited to offer a new database for Fall 2022.  EBSCO’s Ethnic Diversity Source is a full-text database dedicated to resources covering the culture, traditions, social treatment and lived experiences of different ethnic groups in America. It provides full text from a growing list of sources including peer-reviewed journals, magazines, ebooks, and biographies.  Additionally, students and faculty can use Ethnic Diversity Source to explore tens of thousands of well curated primary source documents including letters, interviews, and speeches.

You can start exploring Ethnic Diversity Source today by visiting the Library’s A to Z database page or clicking here.

 

Welcome Class of 2026 to the Weinberg Memorial Library!

The Weinberg Memorial Library is pleased to welcome the Class of 2026 to The University of Scranton!

Sign up for the Heritage Hunt, the interactive introduction to the Library and its resources for first-year students!

Watch our welcome video to learn more about the Weinberg Memorial Library.

To consult with a University of Scranton Librarian during our service hours, you can ask for research assistance at the first floor Library Services Desk, call 570-941-4000, or by use the Ask a Librarian chat boxes on our website. Assistance is available 24/7 through the chat box, which is covered by librarians not affiliated with the University of Scranton outside service hours.

The Library’s Research & Scholarly Services department, located on the second floor, can assist you with research, such as finding, evaluating, and citing information. Research consultations can be scheduled by using the Ask a Librarian chat box or by contacting your subject liaison librarian directly by email.

To find resources, such as books, periodicals, and media, search our catalog from the Library’s home page. The Library’s large collection of e-books, e-journals, and streaming media are available 24/7. To access the Library’s online content, you must first authenticate through my.scranton.edu.

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is available for requesting articles not currently accessible at our library. For ILL questions/concerns, please email interlibrary-loan@scranton.edu.

Circulation Services, located at the first floor Library Services Desk, can help you borrow and return print materials, laptops, and iPads. You can also pick up items on reserve, books placed on hold, and Interlibrary loan materials. In the lobby area in front of the Library Services Desk you will find New Books recently added to our collection, our Recreational Reading Collection which offers a variety of new and popular fiction and nonfiction, and our Featured Media Collection that contains recently acquired and popular DVD’s.

The Weinberg Memorial Library has five floors and offers a variety of spaces to support your study and research needs including computer workstations, individual study space, group study rooms, quiet study areas, and the Charles Kratz Scranton Heritage Room.

The Library’s Pro Deo room, Reilly Learning Commons, 2nd floor, and 3rd floor remain accessible to students 24 hours a day when campus is open and include printing stations, group study rooms, and lab computers.

The Reilly Learning Commons (RLC), located on the first floor, is a collaborative space with access to high-powered computers, video and audio recording rooms, and reservable group study rooms equipped with white boards and monitors.

The Media Resources Collection (MRC), located on the third floor, provides media materials for instructional support and student learning. Students can borrow films on DVD or Blu-ray, music on CD’s or LP Records, and Audiobooks. The EdLab collection, found within the Media Resources Collection, consists of children’s literature and K-12 textbooks.

University of Scranton Archives and McHugh Family Special Collections, located on the fourth floor, collects, preserves, and provides access to historical materials including medieval manuscripts, rare books, American penmanship and local and University history. Appointments are strongly recommended.

The Digital Services Department provides access to digital content related to University Archives and Special Collections. You can search our digital collections online at http://digitalservices.scranton.edu/.

 

Affordable Learning Implementation Grants – Application Deadline Extended to April 29th, 2022

The deadline to apply for an Affordable Learning Implementation Grant for Summer/Fall 2022 has been extended to April 29th, 2022.

Affordable Learning aims to reduce the financial burden on students by replacing expensive for-cost textbooks and course materials with no-cost or low-cost educational resources. OER stands for Open Educational Resources, which include online textbooks, media, and other materials that are available freely for use and can be remixed/reused for educational purposes.

For our Affordable Learning Implementation Grants, full-time faculty may opt to use existing OER textbooks and open source software or may compile course materials from appropriately licensed e-books and journals that are open access or available through the Library to replace all, or some, of their for-cost course materials.

Please visit the Affordable Learning Implementation Grants web page for more information and reports from previous recipients.

For a list of links to available OER and appropriately licensed Affordable Learning resources, visit the Library’s OER Research Guide.

Looking for more Affordable Learning resources? You can simply search the catalog by typing in “Scranton Affordable Learning” into the Catalog search box on the library home page. Or select the new Open Access Search tab to search for Open Access and OER material through our new CloudSourceOA database.

For additional information about Affordable Learning and how to find resources that can be used as part of the Affordable Learning Implementation Grants, materials presented at the March 9th discussion on implementing Open Educational Resources (OER) and Affordable Learning materials in the classroom can be viewed on the Library’s OER Research Guide.

If you have any questions, please reach out to affordablelearning@scranton.edu.

Affordable Learning Implementation Grants – Application Deadline Extended to December 3rd, 2021

The deadline to apply for an Affordable Learning Implementation Grant for Spring 2022 has been extended to December 3rd, 2021.

Affordable Learning aims to reduce the financial burden on students by replacing expensive for-cost textbooks and course materials with no-cost or low-cost educational resources. OER stands for Open Educational Resources, which include online textbooks, media, and other materials that are available freely for use and can be remixed/reused for educational purposes. For our Affordable Learning Implementation Grants, formerly OER Implementation Grants, faculty may opt to use existing OER textbooks and open source software that is available online or may compile course materials from appropriately licensed e-books and journals that are open access or available through the Library to replace all, or some, of their for-cost course materials. Please visit the Affordable Learning Implementation Grants web page for more information and reports from previous recipients. 

For a list of links to available OER and appropriately licensed Affordable Learning resources, visit the Library’s OER Research Guide.   

Looking for Affordable Learning resources in our catalog? You can simply search the catalog by typing in “Scranton Affordable Learning” into the Catalog search box on the Library home page. 

For additional information about Affordable Learning and how to find resources that can be used as part of the Affordable Learning Implementation Grants, materials presented at the October 27th discussion on implementing Open Educational Resources (OER) and Affordable Learning materials in the classroom can be viewed on the Library’s OER Research Guide.

Look for the WML Event Materials box on the guide to find links to our latest presentations.