Library Research Prize Winners!

Chrissy and Marjorie3Christina Gavalas and Marjorie Toron, seniors in the Occupational Therapy program, are the winners of the 2016 Library Research Prize for Undergraduate students. They completed a group project for OT 494: Evidence-Based Research.

The Weinberg Memorial Library inaugurated the prize in 2011 to recognize excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge of the methods of research and the information gathering process, and use of library resources, tools, and services.

Honorable Mention awards in the undergraduate category included Alyssa Rodemann, a senior Psychology major; Emily Pocius, a junior English major; and Tim Zinna, a sophomore Finance major.



The winner of the 2016 Library Research Prize for Graduate students is Allison Ferullo. She is a student in the Nurse Anesthesia Graduate Program and is certified as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) as well as in Trauma Nursing Critical Care. Her individual project for NURS 593: Research Methodology was a literature review on distractions in the operating room.

Prize winners were honored at a reception on Thursday, May 12, 2016 in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

Information about the Library Research Prize can be found on the website:

Enter to Be Honored (and Rewarded) for Your Research

Announcing the Library Research Prize application window for projects or papers completed in Intersession and Spring 2016!

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Are you going to complete a project or paper this semester that requires you to conduct research using information resources or services offered by the Library? Did you complete such a project or paper in Intersession 2016? Then you should consider applying to win the Library Research Prize.

Two prizes–one to an Undergraduate student or group, and one to a Graduate student or group–will be awarded this May to the projects or papers from this academic year that show evidence of significant knowledge in the methods of research and the information gathering process, and use of library resources, tools and services.

The prize itself is $500, but perhaps even more enticing is the honor of being judged by faculty in all three colleges, librarians, and CTLE staff, to have excelled at conducting research and information gathering to accomplish a specific purpose or aim. (It also makes a great addition to your list of honors while pursuing your studies!)

In addition to submitting the project itself, complete applications also require a 500-word essay describing your research process (tips for writing this essay can be found here), as well as a statement of faculty support by the course instructor who assigned the project.

Visit the Library Research Prize page for details about applying and to see applications from past winners of the prize.

The deadline for applications featuring projects from Intersession or Spring 2016 is Friday, April 29, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. 

SpringerLink Ebook Collections

Springer has been in the publishing business since the early 1840’s and has been an industry leader in innovative publishing methods. The Weinberg Memorial Library provides access to the Springer Complete ebook collections from 2005 through 2014. We have also just added the Springer 2015 ebook collection into which new titles will be added throughout the entirety of 2015. Springer is actually home to the world’s largest Scientific, Technical and Medical ebook collection currently published. The library has access to over 42,000 ebooks via Springer. The titles included in the 2015 ebook collection will be gradually implemented throughout the year until eventually all 6,750 new titles within the collection are available.

There are no limits on page downloads or printing, so it is possible to download every page of all 42,000 plus titles if that is what you need. Also, SpringerLink is now available in the form of a mobile app, for both Android and IOS, allowing a University of Scranton student to utilize the Springer ebook collection for research from virtually anywhere.

It is a simple process to access the ebook collection from the library’s home page (  Choose the articles and databases tab, click the link to the databases page. From there, choose the letter S and click on SpringerLink (  SpringerLink allows the user to browse by discipline, see book or articles that were recently accessed by other users within the University of Scranton, or use a keyword searching function for your research subject area or specific topic. You can refine by content type (book, article, chapter etc.), discipline, subdiscipline, primary language.   You can also further refine searches by date of publication and relevance (whether the keyword is in the title, subject or in the fulltext make the results a better match).

Although best known for sciences, medical research, and also computer science and mathematics there is a wealth of information in all disciplines including philosophy, theology and psychology. Any member of the University community studying these fields in any capacity should utilize Springer as a truly invaluable research tool.

Open Access Week is October 21 – 27

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Today marks the beginning of International Open Access Week, a celebration of access to scholarship. Open Access is a movement in scholarly publishing which endeavors to sidestep or bypass the traditional barriers that block people from accessing scholarship. The most common barrier is the cost of subscription journals which are usually too expensive for individuals to own and have increasingly become a burden on academic libraries as well. Generally speaking, academic libraries and librarians consider open access to be a worthwhile or virtuous endeavor, because librarians are the people most aware of the ever increasing costs of scholarly journals. Librarians have long realized that under the current scholarly publishing model, libraries will not be able to sustain the journal collections that scholars need.

Open Access comes in a few different forms, but the common characteristic that unites all types of Open Access is that scholarship is accessible. That is to say, scholarship is not written in laymen’s terms or overly simplified, but rather articles that are made to be Open Access or articles published in Open Access journals are freely available to anyone with an internet connection. Open Access is more equitable, allowing all individuals to have the same access to the scholarship traditionally only accessible by those with the financial means to purchase multiple expensive subscriptions.

Since its inception, Open Access publishing has continuously been under attack. Some individuals do not recognize the value of Open Access publishing and tend to discriminate against publications in open access journals. Though this seemed to have been on a decline with Universities such as Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Stanford, and UPenn signing open access mandates supporting scholars who publish in open access venues ( However, the debate seems to be on the rise again with the rise of predatory open access journals. These journals seek out scholars encouraging them to submit materials to their “peer reviewed” journal, accept the articles without undergoing peer review, and then charge the author a publication fee (the-scientist). These journals are simply exploitative of the open access movement and do not truly represent the vast, high quality scholarship that is being published in legitimate open access journals.

Recently, a sting on “open access” journals published in SCIENCE has given the anti-open access cause some ammunition (sciencemag). However, the study is not without considerable backlash from open access proponents who have noted, among other things, that the sting was selective about which journals the author chose to submit and the tone of the article was misleading about open access in general (; Peter Suber’s  It is also worth noting that the source of the “open access sting” article (SCIENCE), is the same subscription based peer reviewed publication that published a fake article in the past. This is of course a similar peer review indiscretion that the sting article sought to illuminate (michaeleisen).

Predatory Open Access journals are a real concern to the advancement of open access publishing, but there are resources for determining which journals are legitimate peer review and which are predatory. The Directory of Open Access Journals is an index of Open Access Journals. Currently, the Directory is undergoing a reevaluation to assure open access journals found in the directory are all legitimate peer reviewed journals (doaj). In addition, Beall’s list of predatory Open Access Journals lists journals and publishers that the blog’s author, a scholarly initiatives librarian at the University of Colorado Denver, deems to be predatory in nature (scholarlyoa). However, it is important to note that the Directory of Open Access Journals was found to have a few predatory open access journals in its index, this is primarily the reason it is currently undergoing internal evaluation, and Beall’s list was found to list journals that deny publication to articles based on recommendations from peer reviewers.   The best safety measure is to ask colleagues their thoughts about specific journals, research the journal and the articles that it has published, and consult a librarian for their recommendation.

It is true, there are open access journals which do not have high peer review standards and seek to exploit the movement. However, the same can be said for subscription journals as well. In and of itself, Open Access does not make a journal low quality. Though Open Access has a long road ahead of it, it is only going to grow from here. The ideals of Open Access are important to scholarship and will continue to rise as more scholars become aware of the goals of Open Access and become attuned to picking out predatory open access journals. This will take a considerable amount of time to fight the misconceptions that surround Open Access publishing (theguardian).

In closing, there is a reason libraries support the Open Access movement, it is because it is for the advancement of knowledge and it is for equality. For example, there have been position statements by the Canadian Library Association (cla), the Association of Research Libraries (arl), the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, a coalition of more than 800 libraries (sparc), and the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association (ala).

For more information on the specifics of Open Access please see the University’s research guide on Open Access (

2012 Library Research Prize Winners

The Library is pleased to announce our two winners of the 2nd Annual Library Research Prize competition, one in the Undergraduate category and one in the Graduate category.

Congratulations to Stephanie A. Pisko, a senior double major in History and Women’s Studies, whose submission, “Murder and Turmoil: Honor and Crimes of Passion in Two Nineteenth-Century Murder Trials,” was selected as this year’s winner of the prize in the Undergraduate category. Stephanie’s supporting faculty member was Dr. Susan L. Poulson in the History Department.

Stephanie wrote in her essay describing her research process:

Throughout the entire process, the library and the librarians helped me with all my questions, and there were many. […] As an undergraduate I had never taken on extensive research like this before and their guidance was invaluable. From learning to use the microfilm machine to locating articles in a bound journal, the library was there every step of the way. The research skills I gained are as sophisticated and as numerous as those of a graduate student. I feel confident of how to research, how to evaluate scholarly sources, and how to integrate the sources. This research project would not have been of the same quality without the librarians’ extensive knowledge and constant assistance.

Congratulations as well to Colleen Achatz, a student in our Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy, whose submission, Part I: “Evolution of Sensory Integration with Children” and Part II: “Jean Ayres’ Impact on the Past, Present, and Future of Sensory Integration,” was selected as this year’s  winner of the prize in the Graduate category. Colleen’s supporting faculty member was Dr. Rita Fleming-Castaldy in the Occupational Therapy Department.

Colleen wrote in her essay describing her research process:

The resource in the library that most surprised me was the microfilm; I had no idea about it until I learned about it for this assignment. I did not know what the microfilm section of the library even was and I wound up using microfilm for a key portion of my research. The journals in the library were also very helpful. In the past I had only used the databases on the library website to retrieve articles from the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and other journals but it only goes so many years back. I was surprised to see how many years’ worth of journals were physically in the library. I never realized how extensive the resources, tools, and services the library had to offer until this assignment. […] Through this assignment and the research process with the use of Weinberg Library’s resources and services, I learned a significant amount of knowledge in the methods and process of research as well as the importance of research in the profession of occupational therapy. This experience also helped me with my ability to more competently participate in my faculty mentored research course.

The Weinberg Memorial Library inaugurated the prize to recognize 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. The prize is in the amount of $500 for the winning submission in each category: Undergraduate and Graduate.

In addition to our winners, two students were selected to receive Honorable Mentions in the Undergraduate category: Allison Carey for her submission, “Dynamics of Recent Trade Relationships with China,” and Ryan P. Pipan for his submission, “Much Ado about the Archer-Shee’s: Shakespearean Signatures in Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy.”

Winners will be honored at a reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, May 10, 2012 in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room.

Dr. Zych’s “Kick you out of school program”

Chrysler 300 team

Dr. Zych’s Capstone Marketing class forces students to learn beyond the classroom (hence the clever name for the program). For their final project the “Chrysler 300 team” does work in the library late into the night.

Library Research Prize

The deadline is fast approaching to submit your application for the first annual Library Research Prize which will be awarded by the Weinberg Memorial Library! Completed application packages must be submitted by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

This prize is designed to attract the outstanding research projects from courses taught in departments across The University of Scranton campus. It 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.

$500.00 will be awarded to the winning student or group. (If won by a group, then the award will be split equally among the group members.)

Only undergraduate students are eligible. For more information, go to the Library Research Prize web page. If you still have questions, contact Bonnie Oldham, Information Literacy Coordinator, by phone (570-941-4000) or e-mail (

Finding New Books Made Easy

WML Research GuidesThanks to the Library’s Cataloging Department, finding new books has never been easier.

Now, if you want to see what new books have come in for a specific subject, then all you have to do is visit the Library’s Research Guides at

You would then pick a subject, for example “History.” In the History Research Guides page you will see useful links which direct you to helpful Databases, Reference Books, Websites, and contact information for the Librarian Subject Specialist; but now there is also a link to “New Library Books.” Clicking New Library Books will take you to the library’s Catalog and a display of all of the new books that the library has acquired for that specific Academic Department!

Academic Integrity… Still an Issue

Academic Integrity is the main ethical question when doing research, having a class assignment, and publishing. This issue, which is certainly not a new one, has recently gone through a resurgence in the media with articles and editorials in the New York Times and discussions occurring in many scholarly circles, as well.

It’s been assumed that the resurgence of this issue is likely due to the internet, the ease at which information is acquired, and the way people process information today.

Those who do infringe could probably fit into a few different categories, ranging from those that know they are cheating and do it anyway to those who don’t know they are doing something wrong because they don’t know the rules to those who use other’s ideas by accident.

There are lots of ways to combat wrongful practices in scholarship, traditionally this has included harsh penalties for those caught cheating.

It is probably true that these penalties are still needed as a deterrent to those individuals who will cheat even though they know it is unethical. However, another way to combat these ethical issues are to educate students of the issues.

Personally, I like the latter solution the best because it is proactive. Educating students of the issues of Academic Integrity, what is considered a violation, and what is allowed is an excellent way of curbing cheating and an excellent way to put these issues in the forefront of a student’s mind when they are doing their assignments.

A good education on Scholarly Ethics and Academic Integrity would involve more than a paragraph on a syllabus or an explanation of the penalties that are given for each violation. Rather, the better approach is the integrate the ethics of research and the issues into the classroom.

For example when discussing a term paper, explain the importance of original ideas, explain why you would use in order to check a paper for accidental plagiarism, and why using correct citations helps to facilitate scholarly communication.

There are an unlimited number of ways Academic Integrity could be integrated into the classroom. With each new creative way to teach Academic Integrity we will see more and more  students who are conscious of the issues; until eventually Academic Integrity will hardly be an issue at all.

Student TechCon Position Open

Interested in working at the library? At the Weinberg Memorial Library you can earn valuable work experience and enhance your skills in a variety of different ways.

Weinberg Memorial Library

Currently, the Weinberg Memorial Library currently has an open Student TechCon position:

Library Outreach TechCon

This TechCon supports the Library’s Public Services initiatives and reports to the Library’s Evening Public Services Librarian, George Aulisio.

Afternoon, evening, and some weekend hours available.

Job responsibilities for this position include:

  • Publicizing Library events and services using the Library’s social media presence (with regular postings to the Library’s blog, Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter accounts).
  • Researching the usage of social media tools at other libraries.
  • Preparing informational slides, images, and video for the Library’s new television displays.
  • Photographing Library events and activities.
  • Assisting the Public Services Librarians in planning outreach activities.
    • Potential projects include gaming events and Earth Week.
    • Assisting the Digital Services Librarian and Digitization TechCon in promoting digital collections.
    • Assisting with other special projects as needed.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, and Powerpoint
  • Familiarity with Mac operating system and software
  • Experience with audio/video editing and graphic design
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Familiarity with social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter, and with current social media trends and culture

Students interested should send an email to with information on their interest in this position. Please address any qualifications or interests you have that match-up with the description. Also, if you feel that you skills that you believe would be relevant to this position, but are not addressed in the description please elaborate on them.