Pennsylvania academic librarians gather in Scranton

Yesterday, the University of Scranton campus welcomed the Pennsylvania Library Association‘s College & Research Division for its annual conference.  Academic librarians from all over the state (even as far away as Pittsburgh) came to the DeNaples Center to learn from their peers and discuss new ideas.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Information Commons in the Wild: Lessons from the Field.”  Dr. Scott Bennett, Yale Librarian Emeritus and a Library Space Planning consultant, served as the keynote speaker and led conference participants in discussing the philosophy and purpose behind the information commons design model.

In the afternoon, a panel of librarians (Don Smith, Katherine Furlong, Sally Kalin, and Anu Vedantham) shared experiences with creating information commons at their respective institutions (the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Lafayette College, Penn State, and the University of Pennsylvania).  We’ve posted a few photos of Scott and the panel on our Flickr page.

Many thanks to our speakers and all of the librarians who survived I-81 traffic jams to participate! And special thanks to our own Bonnie Oldham, PALA-CRD’s chair elect, for all of her work coordinating the event.

Distinguished Author William Bernhardt


William Bernhardt, “master of the courtroom drama,” came to campus this Saturday to receive the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author award.  Bernhardt gave a reading and several comments on his latest publication, Capitol Offense, and also made time to sign books for attendees.  The event benefitted the Friends of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library Endowment Fund, so many thanks to all who participated!

We’ll be adding photos as we get them to our Flickr page.

Commencement 2009

Commencement festivities on campus
Commencement Weekend - photo by Pat Savitts, WML Access Services Coordinator

This weekend, the University of Scranton conferred 856 undergraduate degrees, 642 master’s degrees, and 35 doctorates.  Congratulations to all of our 2009 graduates!

You can read the Scranton Times-Tribune’s coverage of commencement here and here.

Robert Kuttner on “Obama’s Challenge”

Robert Kuttner, founding co-editor of The American Prospect and Senior Fellow at DEMOS, a New York-based think tank, came to campus today to speak at the Schemel Forum luncheon.

Robert Kuttner speaking at the DeNaples Center

Kuttner, author of Obama’s Challenge: America’s Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformational Presidency, criticized President Obama’s approach to economic stimulus, saying that current policy was equivalent to “reinflating the bubble.”   He advocated that Obama listen to dissenting voices, including FDIC chair Sheila Bair and Economic Recovery Advisory Board chairman Paul Volker.  Kuttner’s talk was well attended, and there were excellent discussion questions from the audience.

Sondra Myers, Senior Fellow of the University, with Robert Kuttner at the book signing

After the luncheon, Kuttner stayed to sign copies of his book.  If you’re interested in Kuttner’s perspective (or his signature!), you can find a signed copy of Obama’s Challenge in our University Archives.  Also check out two of Kuttner’s other books, The Squandering of America: How the Failure of our Politics Undermines our Prosperity and The Life of the Party : the Democratic Prospects in 1988 and Beyond – both are available in the Library.

Many thanks to Schemel Forum director Sondra Myers for hosting another excellent event!