First-Year Writing Drop-in Research Workshop on 5/7

Date/Time: Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Weinberg Memorial Library, Room WML 306

Are you a Writing 106 or 107 student who is working on your final paper? 

Research & Instruction Librarians Kelly Banyas and Neil Grimes will be hosting a drop-in workshop for Writing 106 and 107 students on Monday, May 7th, from 6:00-8:00 pm.

This workshop will give you more time with librarians during which you can focus on their project needs and have developed conversations with librarians regarding their topics and the research process.

As a result of attending this drop-in workshop, you will be able to properly cite sources, be more comfortable in interactions with librarians, and become aware of the many research services available to students at the Weinberg Memorial Library.

You can bring your own computer or use one of ours. Drop by any time between 6:00 and 8:00 pm to learn more about the library services available to students at the Weinberg Memorial Library!

The Schemel Forum with the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library present Dr. Lawrence W. Kennedy, Bricklayer Bill: The Untold Story of the Workingman’s Boston Marathon

For more information and to RSVP contact Alicen.Morrison@scranton.edu / 570-941-6206

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

Spotlight on Student Worker Karen Zumba

Since she spent so much time in the Library, Karen Zumba, an Accounting major from Manhattan, decided to apply for a job here, and we’re very happy that she did! In the three years Karen has been working in Media Resources/EdLab she has provided excellent customer service, transferred dozens of archival VHS tapes to DVDs and helped keep the stacks in order. Her friendliness and organizational skills have made her a great fit for the department. Karen’s favorite part of the job has been getting to know faculty members she would not otherwise get to see and meeting her fellow work-study students. Karen’s advice to other students is to take advantage of borrowing DVDs because they are very entertaining.

Karen has done some traveling during her years at Scranton. In 2016 she went to Jamaica with Campus Ministries International Service Program, and in 2017 she studied abroad in Uganda where she had the memorable experience of witnessing a baby being born.

In her free time Karen enjoys hiking, biking and painting. Her favorite class was Christianity of Africa and her favorite film is Seven. After graduation her career goal is to become a CPA.

Thank you Karen for your contributions to the Library. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We wish you all the best in the future!

2018 Book and Plant Sale

2018 Book & Plant Sale

Saturday, April 28th 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 29th 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Weinberg Memorial Library

Heritage Room

The Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library book sale is almost here. Volunteers, faculty, and staff are preparing for our annual sale, which supports our collections and services. The event is this weekend with a special preview sale for current Friends of the Library & Schemel members and University of Scranton students on Friday, April 27 from 4-8 p.m.

A donated collection of 40 Harbour Lights Lighthouses will be for sale individually at the tag sale portion of the Book Sale. These lighthouses are collectible replicas of historic lighthouses and were created in limited production each with its own numbered edition and individual serial numbers. All lighthouses are in excellent condition and include the original box and Certificate of Authenticity.

The Book Sale is Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 29, from noon until 8 p.m., in the fifth floor Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Join the organization if you would like to take advantage of the special preview. Click here for membership information.

We are unable to take any more donations at this time. Please contact us in the middle of May to make donation arrangements for next year’s sale. The library will accept any hardcover or paperback books in good condition, including children’s books, cookbooks, fiction, and non-fiction. In addition, the library is collecting media and tag sale items.

For additional information or to volunteer, please contact Barbara Evans at 570-941-4078.

 

 

 

 

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2018

You may know that April is National Poetry Month, but did you know that Thursday April 26 is “Poem in Your Pocket” Day? People are encouraged to “celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day”. I am choosing to share here a poem by Contemporary American Poet Naomi Shihab Nye called “Valentine for Ernest Mann”. I agree that “maybe if we re-invent whatever our lives give us we find poems.” Pick a poem to share tomorrow – either in person or at #pocketpoem.

Poem Valentine for Ernest Mann

 

Spotlight on Student Worker Erica Westlake

We first met Erica Westlake of West Chester, PA during her Summer orientation when she visited the Library with her mom. While Erica inquired about a work study position in Circulation Services, her mom was concerned about a broken window that she discovered outside over the patio exit.  We made two good discoveries that day!  Erica applied and began working with us the following Fall semester.  Like her mom, she has great attention to detail and it’s evident in her work here.  She keeps herself informed of current policies and procedures in order to provide the best possible customer service experience.  Some of the things she enjoys most about working in the library is chatting with patrons and co-workers and helping Barb Evans set up displays.

Erica majors in Biology and Philosophy. Her favorite class was Dr. Sulzinski’s Virology class.  Her goal is to become a medical doctor and she has applied to several medical schools.  Also an athlete, she was a member of the Royals Varsity Swim Team for the past four years.  In her spare time, she keeps busy by contributing to Esprit, participating in Praise & Worship, volunteering at the Leahy Clinic and tutoring.  She also enjoys photography* and of course – reading.  Her favorite book is When breath becomes air / PaulKalanithi. Something interesting about Erica is that although she is left-handed, she plays all sports right-handed.

To date, she’s been accepted at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton and is anxiously waiting to hear from the rest. Though she can’t be certain where she will end up, she’s prepared to stay in Scranton for a few more years.  It certainly would be nice to keep in touch with her.  We wish her all the best!

*Look for Erica’s photography entries on display as part of the Environmental Art Show, WML Heritage Room.

Apply Now for the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize!

Are you working on a research project this semester? Did you use the library’s resources, services, collections, or spaces in order to complete your research? Then the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize is for you!

The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize recognizes excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge in the methods of research and the information gathering process and use of library resources, tools, and services.

New this year:  Three prizes of $500.00 each will be awarded to the winning individual student and/or group in the following categories: Undergraduate Foundational (100-level courses), Undergraduate Upper-level (200- to 400-level courses), and Graduate. If won by a group, the award will be split equally among the group members. All you need to do is write a 500- to 700-word essay describing your research process and how you used the library in completing the project. Click here for some tips on how to craft the best 500- to 700-word essay you can about your research. 

The application deadline for projects completed during Intersession or Spring 2018 is Monday, April 30, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Winners will be announced at the end of the Spring 2018 semester.

A statement of faculty support from the instructor who assigned the research project is also required for each submission.

For additional information on how to apply, what to include in a completed application, and to access the application, visit the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize page:  www.scranton.edu/libraryresearchprize

5th Annual Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture – April 19, 2018, 5 pm

The University of Scranton will host the fifth annual Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series on Thursday, April 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater of the DeNaples Center.

At the event, George Cristian Maior, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to the United States, and Dr. Remus Stefureac will join Dr. Nathan for the panel discussion, “The Rise of Romania: History. Culture. Economy.” The talk will be followed by a performance of traditional Romanian music and dance by the professional dance group “Folcor” and a reception.

The event is free of charge and open to the public, and made possible through the generosity of Dr. Nathan, a former professor in Scranton’s Kania School of Management who is now a tenured professor of management at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.

A recipient of the Fulbright Travel Scholar Grant to Romania, and the Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to Thailand, Poland, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia, Dr. Nathan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association. He serves as editor of the Journal of Global Awareness, and was past president of the Global Awareness Society International. In addition, he is the author of recently published books on Kazakhstan and India.

Ambassador Maior has been in his current position since 2015, and prior to that he held a number of prominent positions within the Romanian government.

Between 1992 and 1997, he was a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2000 and 2004, he was state secretary and head of the Department for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Defense Policy within the Ministry of National Defense. In that role, he was responsible for coordinating the strategic and military dimension of Romania’s NATO accession process. In November 2004, he won a senate seat in the Romanian Parliament.

In October 2006, Ambassador Maior was appointed director of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI). During the eight years he led the SRI, it went through an extensive reform process, allowing it to strengthen bilateral and multilateral partnerships with the most important intelligence services throughout the democratic world.

A university professor and Ph.D. coordinator at the Department of International Relations and European Integration within the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Ambassador Maior has been a keynote speaker at many prestigious universities, organizations and think tanks, including Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, George Washington University, American University, Atlantic Council, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Center for European Policy Analysis. In 2017, the CIA awarded him with the Earl Warren Medallion for his leadership during his tenure as director of the SRI.

Dr. Remus Ioan Stefureac is a political scientist, obtaining his degree in Political Science at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest. In 2003, he graduated from the same university as Master of “Governance and Institutional Development”. In 2013, he obtained the title of Doctor of Military Sciences and Information at the National Academy of Information “Mihai Viteazul”. Between 2008-2011, he was adviser to SRI Director George Cristian Maior. During the last 15 years he has published numerous articles of political analysis in the Romanian press, as well as specialized studies in the country and abroad. Currently he coordinates the activity of INSCOP Research, a specialized structure of sociological research and political analysis

The Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series invites international scholars from emerging democracies and countries in political and economic transition to visit the University to address issues that will enlighten and benefit students, faculty and the community at large. While visiting the campus, scholars deliver presentations on topics of interest to the academic community and meet informally with attendees, students and faculty.

Reservations are suggested for the lecture, and can be made at scranton.edu/JayNathanLecture, or by calling 570-941-7816.

Spotlight on Student Worker Alexandra Mueller

Focused, knowledgeable and gracious are just three words that describe Alexandra Mueller, a Neuroscience major from Stamford, Connecticut who has been working in Media Resources/EdLab for the past three years. As Alexandra’s graduation date approaches, the Library would like to recognize her hard work and dedication.

Over the years Alexandra has been instrumental in helping with the transfer of archival VHS tapes, setting up table displays and assisting patrons. She enjoys working in such a friendly and helpful environment. Her advice to other students is to utilize all the resources the Library has to offer. She’d also like students to know that Media Resources has films for both education and entertainment.

Alexandra is involved in many University organizations. She’s a member of the Equestrian Team, and she’s a Peer Health Educator.  She participates in research in the Language and Memory Lab and took advantage of the Study Abroad program to study in Copenhagen, Denmark for a semester in her sophomore year.

Alexandra’s favorite book is The Kite Runner and her favorite movie is Rushmore. An interesting fact about Alexandra is that she is a direct descendent of the first king of Hawaii!

Alexandra career goal is to become an epidemiologist, and with her strong work ethic and determination, she is sure to achieve that goal.

Thank you Alexandra! Best wishes for a happy and successful future!