Game Night Tonight in the Reilly Learning Commons!!

The Library will be hosting a Game Night in the Reilly Learning Commons tonight, Thursday, October 17th from 6:30-10:00PM. Some of the games available are MarioKart, Super Smash Bros., Rock Band, Just Dance, and a variety of new and exciting board games!

Have games of your own? Students are encouraged to bring their favorite board games and card games to enjoy with friends!

Free Pizza, Soda, and Snacks will be provided! All students are invited to join in the fun!

Sponsored by the Weinberg Memorial Library and the University of Scranton Gaming Club

Game Night This Thursday!!

The Library will be hosting a Game Night in the Reilly Learning Commons on Thursday, March 21st from 6:30-10PM. Some of the games available are MarioKart, Super Smash Bros., Rock Band, Just Dance, and a variety of new and exciting board games!

Have games of your own? Students are encouraged to bring their favorite board games and card games to enjoy with friends!

Free Pizza, Soda, and Snacks will be provided! All students are invited to join in the fun!

Sponsored by the Weinberg Memorial Library and the University of Scranton Gaming Club

New Technology Series for Students

The Reilly Learning Commons will be hosting brand new technology sessions demonstrating the new software available on the high-end PCs and Macs. The sessions will be taught by student technology consultants that work in the Learning Commons Tech Support office. Each session will last 45 minutes with demonstration and time for questions.

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Join us Thursday, March 5th at 4pm in room 124I of the Reilly Learning Commons at the Weinberg Memorial Library for a technology demonstration on one of the library’s new application: Audacity.  Learn how to create, record, import, edit, and mix audio.  Audacity is the perfect tool to edit sound files, record live audio, and add effects to your audio files.  ​

RSVP to ReillyLearningCommons@scranton.edu or just drop in!

Stay tuned for future sessions on iMovie, Photoshop and More! Or if there is a topic you would like covered, please let us know!

Reilly Learning Commons Ribbon Cutting and Vendor Fair

CLlogoFINAL-lighttextJoin us for the official grand opening! We will be holding the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for the Reilly Learning Commons in the Weinberg Memorial Library on Wednesday, September 17 at 10am. The Reilly Learning Commons features state of the art computers including Macs and PCs, collaboration spaces, a lecture capture room, as well as space for the Writing Center to provide tutoring. Come to the ribbon cutting and see what this newly renovated space has for our students. Coffee, tea, and cake will be served.

Immediately following the Grand Opening will be a vendor fair from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm on both September 17th and 18th. We have invited some of our major information providers to our campus to show interested students, faculty, and staff how these products can meet their research needs as well as answer any questions they may might have about using these resources for their research. There will also be raffle prizes and give-aways! A full schedule of vendors is listed below.

Our Digital Services Librarian, Kristen Yarmey, will also be demonstrating the Library’s Digital Collections and its rich assortment of resources from the Aquinas to the Yearbook; Basketball and Football collections to Commencement Programs and Newspaper Clippings. Professor Yarmey will also be demoing the Digital Public Library of America. The DPLA is a website that unites digital collections from many different libraries, universities, museums, and historical societies, to one place.

There will also be Writing Center and CTLE staff on hand to discuss the services they provide through the Learning Commons. You will be able to learn about the lecture capture room and how students can practice presentations, record them, and save a digital copy. The Writing Center will be providing evening hours and drop-in times for students to get help where and when they need it.

Please, join us for two full days of information and celebration, snacks and prizes! We are excited for everyone to see our new space and learn about its features and services. We hope that you will stop by and encourage your friends and colleagues to attend as well.

Wednesday, September 17

  • 10am Ribbon Cutting
  • 10am-12pm: JSTOR, Springer, Project Muse
  • 1pm-3pm: ProQuest, Alexander Street Press, IEEE

Thursday, September 18

  • 10am-12pm: EBSCO, OVID
  • 1pm-3pm: Sage, Elsevier

Reilly Learning Commons–Technology and Features

The Reilly Learning Commons is now open 24 hours!! HURRAH!! As you enter the space you’ll notice lounge seating and a large digital sign to share news and updates about the Learning Commons.

The first two rooms as you enter the space are for the Writing Center. They’ll be providing tutoring here with both appointments and drop-in hours. To see their full hours for the space visit the new webpage. When tutoring is not scheduled, the rooms will be available for students to reserve.

There are 5 additional group study rooms around the perimeter. They also have large monitors with HDMI wires for students to view their laptops as a group. The group study rooms are reservable by visiting the website. We are encouraging students to always reserve a room so another group does not show up and ask them to leave. In each of the rooms, the blue walls are writeable! Some have chalk and some have dry-erase markers.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There are four booth seating, or collaboration areas with large monitors and HDMI chords. You just have to plug the chord into the HDMI outlet on your laptop, this turns the TV on automatically. Once the TV is on, just push the play button on the wire and it will send the screen to the large monitor. You’ll be able to work on group projects more easily! Four students can have their devices plugged in at a time and switch between them by pushing the play button on each chord. These seating areas also have two stools and a high counter for additional students to work together.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn addition to the group study rooms and the collaborative booth areas, we’ve also added 6 new high end PCs and 6 new iMacs! They each have dual monitors and have brand new software including adobe creative suite, imovie, final cut pro, and more. We’ve ordered additional chairs so students will be able to work in pairs at these stations. We also have our 19 old lab PCs, and several open stations for students to bring their own device.

Along the back wall you’ll find the Tech Support office that will be staffed by student workers throughout the semester to help with technology in the space. The middle room along the back wall is for Lecture Capture. Students will be able to reserve this room and it will be used to practice presentations and record them online using Panopto, the same software used in classrooms for lecture capture.

The funding for the Reilly Learning Commons was done entirely through fundraising by the Library Dean, Charles Kratz and the University’s Development Office. The planning was done by a team of librarians, teaching faculty, members of IT Services, CTLE, campus facilities, and a design from architects Hemmler and Camayd.

Technology on Your Own Terms – Fall 2014 Workshops

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On behalf of the Weinberg Memorial Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, we invite University of Scranton faculty and staff to our FAll 2014 Technology On Your Own Terms (TOYOT) workshops. Here’s what we’ve got planned for this semester:

Vendor Fair
Wednesday, September 17 & Thursday, September 18
10am-12pm and 1-3pm in the Reilly Learning Commons

The Vendor Fair will be held both days in the Reilly Learning Commons, which is on the first floor of the Weinberg Library. Some of the Library’s major information providers, including: ProQuest, Springer, Elsevier, EBSCO, ebrary, etc. will be on campus to show interested faculty, staff, and students how these products can meet their research needs as well as answer any questions they may might have about using these resources for their research.

This event will be kicked off with a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for the Reilly Learning Commons on Wednesday at 10am. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served. No registration is required for this TOYOT event!

Everything You Wanted to Know About Drones, But Were Afraid to Ask!

Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 12:00-1:00PM in WML 305
Presenters: Lee DeAngelis & John Culkin (UofS Senior Systems Administrators)

What are the benefits of unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones, in today’s world? How does drone technology work? Why are drones so controversial? Presenters will display some of their recent video. Weather permitting, they will give a live demonstrate outside, taking some pictures and video.

This session is open to all University faculty and staff, but seats are limited, so please let us know you are coming. You can register at www.scranton.edu/ctleregistration – under Technology on Your Own Terms.

Here’s what you said about the new 24 hour space

The Library asked for students’ opinions of the 24 Hour Study Space.  This room was constructed in response to student requests.   For our future planning, we want to know what you would like.

Thank you for your comments!

Environment :

You said: It was too cold, it was too hot, or it was just right.
We say: It should be okay now.  Let us know if it isn’t.

Group Study Rooms:

You said: One person takes the room that is intended for a group.
We say: If this happens when Library staff is available, please let us know and we will ask the person to yield the room.

You said: More group study rooms and larger group study rooms.
We say: The Library is looking for ways and places for more group study rooms that will be constructed as funds and space permit.

Furnishings:

You said: More of the cushioned rocker chairs because the wooden ones are too hard.
We say: We are ordering more.

You said: Several people asked for a vending machine for beverages,other asked for a hot water machine.
We say: A soda/cold water vending machine was installed today! There are two water fountains by the restroom. We are investigating the possibility of getting a water cooler that dispenses hot water.

You said: More and higher tables.
We say: All new tables will be higher and we will look at fixing leg room for our current tables.

You said: Love seats for intimate relations, and several people asked for cup holders.
We say:  New chairs will be lounge chairs with tablet arms and cup holders.

You said: Food
We say: Vending machine is in place.

You said: Staplers, hole punchers
We say: Done!

Services:

You said: Several people asked for two sided printing.
We say: We’re trying.  We appreciate students’ interest in conserving paper and trees.  This is very important to us as well. The printer in the new 24 hour room is set to print two sided.  Wireless jobs go to this printer. If you do not want two sided printing, you need to change the default. One of your subsidized prints (or seven cents) is deducted for each side you print.  The expense of printing is the toner more than the paper.  While the other printers in the Library could print two sided, they are not working well with UniPrint.  We will continue to try to provide this service.

You said: Newspapers
We say: These are available on the second floor when the Library is open.

More access:

You said: Have a gate come down for the counter area and then connect the two after hour sections.
We say: We thought about that, but there is no way to close off the stair case leading to the second floor.

You said: Can we have an entrance open on the side of the Library for more convenient access from DeNaples.
We say: If we could use the time machine someone requested, we would go forward in time and connect the two buildings.

You said: Have “after hours entrance” always open.
We say: This exit does not have a gate like the other entrances/exits do so we need to have people leave through the exits with the security gates.

You said: Any way to keep the 2nd floor open as well—more space, computers, books and good times!!
We say: We need to control access to the second floor collection, desks and offices to times when staff are present.

Wishes:

You said: Color printer
We say: Libraries that have these charge 25 cents a page.  Right now, the Library is opting to subsidize 200 prints per semester (with an additional 50 for those taking Intersession classes)

You said: Kittens; Cuddly cute animal/puppy viewing area (lots of people liked this idea); Swimming pool; Time machine; Headphone station

Compliments (Thanks!):

Best place to study by far after 12:00 am

Love having 24 hour access to group study rooms

I love it in here.   Yay! I heart it so much!  Spacious.  Thanks everyone it’s luxurious.

Excellent.  Gr8 job!!!  Woohoo I like it!  It rocks

Thanks, what a nice way to go!  From the Class of 2010 and all the rest of alumni.

This room is smooth like keystone…you mean Keith Stone

Great for midterm and final study nights

Very convenient now with so many students

Great addition! Quiet place to study!  Congratulations!

You have space to do work and not crammed into the Pro Deo room

Very convenient on weekends being open before noon.

It’s Official! Ribbon Cutting for 24 Hour Room

Rita cuts the ribbon

Our new 24-hour study room has been open since the first week of school… but we wanted to have a ceremony!  Today at 2pm, University of Scranton student government president Rita DiLeo cut the ribbon to officially open our newly renovated study space.  During the ceremony, Library Dean Charles Kratz thanked the student government and the University administration (represented by Provost Hal Baillie) for working so hard to make our renovations happen.  As Rita noted at the end of the ceremony, the space is already popular with students – in fact, many students were studying in cubicles and group study rooms during the ribbon cutting itself.

Thanks again to everyone who made our new room possible!  See more photos of the ceremony on our Flickr page.

Student government president Rita DiLeo, Library Dean Charles Kratz, and Provost Hal Baillie at the ribbon cutting ceremony

Dr. Baillie tests out the Library’s new furniture

New 24 Hour Study Space is Open!

It’s finally done!
Our new 24-hour study space is open,* just in time for fall semester.

We have lots of comfy seating for late night studying…

… a new UniPrint station…

… and group study rooms complete with computers and whiteboards.

Big, big thank yous to all of the Physical Plant staff who worked on the renovations, and thanks also to our patrons for pardoning our dust all summer during the construction.

*By open, we mean you can come check it out during the Library’s hours today (until 4:30pm), Saturday (12pm-6pm), and Sunday (12pm-11:30pm).  The new space won’t be open 24/7 until Monday.

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!