Get in the Game!

Xbox KinectAnyone can play! Especially with Xbox Kinect, the new gaming system that doesn’t require a controller. Your physical gestures are the remote control so if you are playing volleyball, you would reach up and hit the ball!  Join us on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 any time between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm to try it out. Event will be held in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library. We will also have Wii and Playstation with various games. Feel free to ask questions about the different consoles, and experience the games firsthand. Stop up, learn some new tools, and play some games!

Pizza, soda, and snacks will be provided just like at the Game Nights we hold every semester for students.

Any University faculty or staff member can drop-in, but please let us know you are coming so that we order enough pizza. You can register at – under Technology on Your Own Terms.

Get in the Game! (a Technology On Your Own Terms workshop)

Join us on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 for a drop-in game day style TOYOT! Event will be held in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library. We will have Wii, Playstation, and Xbox with various games like Rock Band 3, Just Dance 4, and Mario Kart. Feel free to stop by at any time from 11:30AM-2:00PM to test out our new gaming systems, ask questions on the various consoles, and experience the games firsthand. We will also feature the Kinect which is a motion sensor gaming system that uses physical gestures as the remote control. Gesture based computing is huge in the gaming industry and growing with televisions and home entertainment, but may also have implications in education for students to engage in virtual exercises.

Pizza, soda, and snacks will be provided just like at the Game Nights we hold every semester for students. Stop up, learn some new tools, and play some games!

Sessions are open to all University faculty and staff, but seats are limited, so please let us know you are coming. You can register at – under Technology on Your Own Terms.

Need a break from Studying? Join the Fun at Library Game Night!

The Library will be hosting a Game Night November 7, 2011 8PM-11PM. There will be plenty of fun games to play including Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, Rockband, Wii Fit and more! Refreshments and snacks will be served. There will also be a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card! So come take a break from studying and join the fun!

Gamers know best…

The Library plans to host another Gaming night during the Spring Semester and this time we would like to know what works best for you.

By taking the following extremely short survey, the Library can plan what Month and Day of the week would best suit our Student’s schedules.

We are also looking for feedback and suggestions, so if you have any ideas please add it to the comment boxes.

The survey will probably take you less than a minute to complete and here it is:

Game Night!

When you return from Fall Break come join us for a fun game night!  Next Wednesday from 8-11PM we’ll be hosting the game night in the New 24 Hour Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library!  We’ll be playing Rock Band, MarioKart, Wii Fit & more!  We’ll also have traditional board games, puzzles & SNACKS!

You can just stop on by Wednesday the 13th at 8PM!  You can also RSVP on our Facebook Event and share it with your friends. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend! We’ll see you then!

Shiny and New for Fall 2010

Our new study space is… almost done.

If you’ve been off campus since May, you might notice that there have been quite a few changes happening at the Weinberg Memorial Library.  Our Library faculty and staff were working hard over the summer to bring you a laundry list of new services and improved facilities.  Take a look!

  1. New Library website – librarian Donna Mazziotti led a team in redesigning our Library home page to match the rest of the University’s web presence.  We’ll be unveiling the new site on Monday, August 23rd in time for the start of classes.  This is a big transition for us, so please be patient as we make the switch, and let us know if you find any broken links!
  2. New 24-Hour Study Space – our Physical Plant staff renovated our 1st floor periodical room to create a new 24-hour study space for students.  You’ll be able to swipe in using your Royal Card, even after the rest of the Library has closed.  And just like the Pro Deo room, we’ll have a small set of computers for students to use – along with a brand new, high capacity printer.  The room will be open as of Monday!
  3. Rock Band and Wii – our game nights were so popular last Spring that we decided to buy our own gaming equipment.  The Library staff has already tested it out, so it’s ready to go for our first game night of Fall 2010 – August 26 at 10pm!
  4. Digital Signs – We always have a lot of news to share about Library events and services. Now you’ll be able to catch up while waiting in line at Java City or the circulation desk, just by glancing at our shiny new digital signage.
  5. Text Messaging Reference – Okay, so technically we started offering text messaging reference last spring.  But we’re so excited about it that we’ll be promoting it like crazy this semester.  Text us at 570-687-8787 to get help from a librarian, anytime the Library’s open.
  6. Recycling Bins – our new Library green team is off and running, and our first major initiative is to reduce the amount of trash the Library puts out.  Make sure you keep an eye out for our new recycling bins and sort your bottles, cans, and paper recycling appropriately.
  7. New Staff – Last but certainly not least, we’re proud to welcome Sheli McHugh as our new cataloging librarian!  You might also notice that former cataloging clerk Sharon Finnerty has moved upstairs to serve as our new Media Resources Coordinator.  We’ll be posting introductions to Sheli and Sharon here on Infospot in the next week.

As usual, your feedback is important to us – so let us know what you think about everything that’s new!

Game Night 2.0 Was Pretty Awesome

Game Night 2.0 was as successful as version 1.0 back in February!  From 8-11 pm, the 5th floor Heritage Room was filled with students.

We had everything.


Trivial Pursuit:

And of course, video games:

Digital Services Librarian Kristen Yarmey-Tylutki and Part Time Reference Librarian Neil Grimes also stopped by to enjoy the fun:

Overall, the night was a success.

This time, we were equipped with a Wii Fit, two Wiis (would the plural of “Wii” be “Woo”?) — one hooked up to Rock Band and the other to Mario Kart.  We even had a Sega and an original Nintendo!

Like last time, we had a raffle with fabulous prizes and while the counts aren’t in yet, there were a lot of people that texted us their names and email addresses in order to enter -– the winners will be emailed soon with information on how to claim their $10 Amazon gift cards.

In the end, after all the food was gone, and everyone had cleared out, Public Services Librarians George Aulisio and Donna Mazziotti rocked out to Alanis Morissette on Rock Band:

(No Alanis, it's not ironic)

We asked students if they would want to have another Game Night…

The responses were fairly consistent:

Something tells me there will be a Game Night 3.0. Keep your eyes out for it.

National Library Week to be Celebrated at the University

This year, the Weinberg Library will join libraries through the nation in celebrating the importance and value of libraries to their communities, whether they serve  a public, academic, or school population. To begin our celebration, we’d like to invite you to participate in our second Gaming Night, which will kick off the week. Following a very successful maiden run in February, library patrons responded to a survey which asked if it the event should be repeated. The positive response was overwhelming, so on Monday evening April 12 from 8-11 P.M. you may try your hand (and foot) at a variety of Wii games, including Wii Fit, Wii Sport, and Mario Kart. Free refreshments – pizza, wings, and more will be offered, and if Wii isn’t your forte, traditional board games will also be available. Come and take a break from your studies for a while — you may even win one of our great prizes! While you are in the library, stop at 4th floor Quiet Study Room to view the display of favorite books by library staffers. A wide range of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books will be featured, each with the staff member’s name. Finally, the Library is rolling out our newest reference service — Text a UofS Librarian.  If your phone is equipped with a basic texting service, you may text a message to our reference desk at 570-687-8787 any time the Library is open. Questions about book locations, library hours, and library holdings can be quickly answered through our texting service.

And although our annual Book Sale starts next weekend (April 23-25), it is still not too late to donate books to the sale. Boxes are positioned in the  Monroe Avenue side lobby of the Weinberg Library. All donations are welcome!

Come and celebrate National Library Week at the Weinberg Library.

Wii Want you @ the Library

In Celebration of National Library Week…

The Weinberg Memorial Library will be hosting its second ever Library Gaming Night on Monday, April 12th.

Due to the success of the first gaming night held on Mardi Gras, we have decided to expand. This time there will be more gaming systems and more food.

All students are welcome to join us in the Heritage Room (5th floor) to Play Games, Eat Food, Enter our Raffle for Gift Cards, and/or just come to hang out with your friends.

The event starts at 8pm and will go on til 11pm.

See you Monday!