New Library Website

Exciting news for our Library website users (which, considering our online catalog and databases, must be all of you):

The Library’s entire website has undergone a redesign, with an official launch date of Monday, August 23rd.

It has been a busy summer here in the Library, spent revising and redesigning how we offer our services via the Library website. We believe the new website meets all of our goals for functionality and service. All of the functionality you are used to is still available and clearly named, it just may be in a new location. The new website should also be easier to navigate, so we expect this transition to be a helpful one for the entire University community.

In the meantime, it is possible that when you visit our website this weekend, you will begin to see our new web pages as we roll them out.

A sneak peak of what to expect when you visit our Library home page on the first day of Fall classes. Click to enlarge.

For those of you more accustomed to accessing our resources via the Library tab in My.Scranton.edu, the layout of that page remains the same.

If you have any questions, or wish to provide feedback or suggestions about the new Library website (And please do–we welcome it!), please email us at askalibrarian@scranton.edu or leave us a comment here.

Thank you for your cooperation and support during this important transition!

The Weinberg’s on the Map… as in Google Maps

The Weinberg Memorial Library has had a customized Google Places listing for over a year now. But we just recently got our own Places QR code!  If you have a smartphone with a QR code reader app installed, take a picture of our code above to go directly to our Google Places page on Google Maps.

Resources will be unavailable 7/9-7/10

Due to the construction of a new Data Center in Alumni Memorial Hall, substantial modifications to electrical services will require downtime affecting nearly all Information Resources services. The power shutdown will begin at 11 p.m. on Friday, July 9, and end at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 10.

Internet service, e-mail, ResNet and all enterprise services such as Banner will not be available during the power shutdown. Users outside of our campus will not be able to reach online services with the exception of our emergency website. Cisco Voice over IP telephones will be functional during the maintenance window. Please plan accordingly.  Let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you out in any way!

Internet Outage on Campus Early Next Week

Just a quick heads up to our students taking summer classes. Next Monday, June 14th at 11 pm there will be a planned Internet outage on campus while network maintenance occurs. It will last until the following morning, June 15th, at 6 am. From the campus IT Department:

During the service outage, on-campus users will not have access to Internet sites and services and users outside of the campus will be unable to reach University of Scranton sites and services. The University of Scranton maintains an alternate Web site to ensure that external users can continue to get some essential content.

This could affect access to the Library’s databases during that window of time, so please plan accordingly!

Printer Problems?

The computers in the Library are networked using a system called UniPrint. Sometimes UniPrint goes down. The Library now has a backup plan in place for students when this happens which uses a “crash cart” with a stand-alone computer and printer.  The “crash cart” will be located in the alcove adjacent to the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the Library. If this happens, you’ll need to save the document you want to print to a flash/thumb drive or e-mail the document to yourself. If you need any help, you can ask one of the Reference Librarians.

Text UofSLibrary!

Photo courtesy of isla_yelo under a Creative Commons license

Starting today, you can now send text messages to the UofS Library Reference Desk at:

570-687-8787

Send us your library-related questions via text message, and we’ll text you back an answer shortly, if you send the text during normal library hours.

If you text us when we’re closed, we’ll receive your text when we open up the next day, and text you back as soon as we get the question.

Please remember that your cell phone carrier may charge you for each text message sent and received. The library is not responsible for these charges.

More to come on this, but in the meantime, tell your friends! Happy texting!

Wireless Printing for Macs Now Available in the Weinberg Library

Photo courtesy of Ruben Bos under a Creative Commons license

It’s a great day for Mac users at the Weinberg Memorial Library!  You can now wirelessly print from your Mac laptop to one of our UniPrint printing stations.  Just check out our instructions here and print away.  If you run into any trouble, let a library employee know so that we can fix the problem.

Wireless printing is not yet available for 64-bit Vista systems – only Macs and 32-bit PCs. Thanks for your patience, Vista users!

System outage, Jan 7-13

The Technology Support Center has announced that, due to an upgrade of the University’s enterprise resource planning system (called BANNER), several University of Scranton systems will be unavailable from 4:30pm on January 7th through 8:30am on January 13th.  These systems include Self Service (UIS), web registration, course schedules, grades, transcripts, account and financial aid information, and the University Course Schedule. (See a full list at http://www.scranton.edu/myscranton.)

The good news is that University email, Angel, and Library resources *will* all be available during that time.  Just go to my.scranton as usual, and when you log in, you’ll get a set of links for email, Angel, and the Library.

If you have trouble, report problems to the Technology Support Center at 941-4357 or techsupport@scranton.edu.

Systems Down in AM, Saturday 11/14

We were just notified that a number of University systems will be down this Saturday, 11/14, from 7-10 am. This is due to some needed electrical upgrades which will be made to the University’s main data center.

The systems that will be down for the upgrade include Library services that require authentication (i.e. logging into My.Scranton) including the article databases, ANGEL, and university email.

If all goes well, these systems will be back up and running by 10 am that morning. Thank you, library users, for your understanding and patience! Please plan accordingly!

Fall Break Upgrade Postponed!!

The Technology Support Center just announced that the software upgrades intended for this weekend have been postponed.  This means that email, Angel, and my.scranton will be available over Fall Break.  Library online resources (databases, catalog, interlibrary loan, course reserves) will all be accessible as usual, though the building will still be closed over the weekend.

Here’s the official notice from the Support Center:

The hardware and software upgrades scheduled for October 9 – 12 have been postponed. These upgrades will be rescheduled at a later date. University enterprise computer systems will be available as normally scheduled. As always, information technology questions or problems can be directed to the Technology Support Center can be reached at x4357 or techsupport@scranton.edu

Also, the Library building will be closed from 4:30 pm on Friday 10/9, and will reopen at 8:30 am on Tuesday 10/13 for Fall break. The 24 hour Pro Deo room will be open this weekend. Have a great break!