Information Update Fall 2017

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SPRING 2012 • Vol.1 Issue 1

A newsletter from The Weinberg Memorial Library FALL 2017

“Worthy of Very Careful Study”: The Presidential Engrossings of P. W. Costello Note: This article is the second in a series highlighting the P. W. Costello and Family Art Collection, an online repository for digitized images of original and published artwork by master penman P. W. Costello (18661935) and his descendants. This digital collection is available to the public online at Engrossing, the calligraphic embellishment of documents, was an area of expertise for P. W. Costello (1866-1935), a talented and highly skilled master penman and artist from Scranton. In 2015 and 2016, The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library acquired the digital P. W. Costello and Family Art Collection, of which these engrossings are a highlight, through the generosity of Thomas W. Costello, great-grandson of the artist, who also contributed important descriptive information to the Collection. The numerous engrossings Costello created in his remarkable 45-year art career encompass topics ranging from business, politics, sports

Learn more about Scranton’s own master penman (pictured here in 1906) in “The Life and Art of P.W. Costello,” a biographical essay by Thomas W. Costello, available online at library/costello.

and the arts to important figures including heads of state, baseball players and four U.S. presidents. The presidential engrossings, in particular, emphasize the importance attributed to Costello’s work not just by the local Scranton community but by national figures and groups as well. The earliest of the presidential-themed engrossings found in the collection depicts resolutions adopted on Aug. 10, 1905, at the 35th annual convention of the Catholic Total Abstinence Union, held in WilkesBarre, Pa. The resolutions honor United

(left to right) This 1924 P. W. Costello engrossing honors Woodrow Wilson. This 1911 album of engrossings by P. W. Costello honors William H. Taft.


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States President Theodore Roosevelt, who had visited the convention and addressed the crowd that day. In January 1906, a delegation traveled to Washington, D.C., to present the framed engrossing to Roosevelt as a token of appreciation. The work features elaborate filigree on the ‘C’ of ‘Catholic,’ which then drapes down to encompass the entire left side of the work. According to the Scranton Republican, Roosevelt’s response was, “It’s the best I’ve ever seen; compliment Mr. Costello with my thanks and give him this photo for me.” This resolution was published in the April 1906 Business Educator magazine and again in the 1918 Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing. In 1908, following the June death of President Grover Cleveland, memorial resolutions were adopted on July 7, 1908, in Denver, Col., by the Democratic National Committee, which then commissioned three 2

engrossings from Costello, each with a unique design. This prestigious commission is a fine example of just how highly Costello’s work was thought of at this time. The engrossing featured in the collection is lettered and illuminated in the style of medieval monastic manuscripts. Birds and various animals in the borders are similar to those found in the 9th-century Book of Kells. Intricate filigree, weaving vines, acanthus leaves and other foliage are featured as well. The lettering is a combination of Ornate Medial, Old English and Engrosser’s Text, and the work uses the colors of burnished gold, Chinese white, green, red, vermillion and French blue. As the new century progressed, engrossed albums (in contrast to the traditional framed resolutions) began to gain popularity. In December 1911, a committee from the IrishAmerican Society of Lackawanna County presented an album of engrossings by P. W.

Costello to President William H. Taft at the White House to invite him to attend the Society’s annual banquet in March 1912. (According to reports, the president was unable to attend the dinner.) The album was a bound volume of 10 pages and included a portrait of Taft drawn by Costello in pencil and brushed with Payne’s Gray watercolor. One of the album’s engrossings featured in the collection depicts an ancient Irish king seated next to a harp and an Irish wolfhound as a round tower looms in the background. (This drawing also was used in engrossings created for the Ancient Order of Hibernians). The pages of the album were about 10½ inches by 12½ inches, were encased in a genuine seal cover lined with watered silk, and the total cost of the book was $200. In Washington, according to the December 4, 1911, Scranton Truth, “…when news of the magnificence of the engrossed invitation became general there came a rush of admirers. Mr. Costello’s work never came in for more enthusiastic comments than those aroused among Washington people in this instance. The president, too, referred to

the beauty of the invitation in his remarks.” The final presidential engrossing in the Costello Collection was created in 1924 and dedicated to President Woodrow Wilson after his death in February of that year. The color work features a large, illuminated initial letter ‘W’, bright borders, and gold-leafed ornate medial lettering reminiscent of both medieval monastic manuscripts and the work of British calligrapher and illuminator Alberto Sangorski. Editors of the January 1925 Business Educator commented: “We consider this to be one of the finest pieces of engrossing by Mr. P. W. Costello of Scranton, PA. It is worthy of very careful study.” The work was also published in the March 1924 Elks Magazine. The Weinberg Memorial Library is fortunate to provide access to these images – as well as many others – in the P. W. Costello and Family Art Collection, and to be able to provide patrons with a better understanding of one Scranton native’s contributions to national and world events. —David Hunisch, Digital Services Assistant

Do you want to enhance your students’ research skills? Then an INFORMATION LITERACY STIPEND may be just what you need!

You can receive a $1,000.00 stipend for collaborating with a faculty librarian to develop assignments that focus on information literacy skills. Up to two stipends will be awarded. TO APPLY:


Interested faculty members should submit a proposal, not to exceed two pages, that includes the following: • Course name and number

• Student learning outcomes related to Information Literacy

• S tudent learning outcomes related to Information Literacy

• A ssessment plan to determine how student learning outcomes will be evaluated

• Projected Timeline (Intersession/Spring 2018)

• Collaboration with a librarian

• N ame of the faculty librarian who has agreed to collaborate with you

Application Deadline for Intersession/Spring 2018 courses: Friday, November 3, 2017 3

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For more information, contact Donna Witek, information literacy coordinator, by phone (570-941-4000) or e-mail (

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• A ssessment plan to determine how student learning outcomes will be evaluated

Proposals will be reviewed by the Library Advisory Committee’s Information Literacy subcommittee for the following components:

Bonnie Oldham, Information Literacy Coordinator, Retires

Bonnie Oldham



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Oldham was


in the creation of the Library

Research Prize, established in 2011.

Bonnie Oldham, information literacy coordinator and associate professor, retired in May 2017. She came to the University in 2004 as one of the evening reference librarians in the position of coordinator of Distance Learning Services and transitioned to a daytime schedule in 2009 when she became information literacy coordinator. In that capacity, her main responsibility was to oversee the Information Literacy Program in support of the learning needs of students as well as the teaching and research needs of faculty and staff. This involved collaborating with faculty to integrate information literacy into their courses, particularly through the Information Literacy stipend program. She was the librarian liaison to the Biology, Chemistry, Community Health Education, Exercise Science and Sport, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physics/EE and Physical Therapy Departments. In collaboration with other library faculty, she developed an assessment plan to measure the quality and effectiveness of the library’s Information Literacy Program and the contributions this program makes to enhance student learning. The plan, which can be found on the library’s website, identifies student learning outcomes for information literacy that are mapped to the University’s institutional learning outcomes and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Professor Oldham was instrumental in the creation of the Library Research Prize, established in 2011. That year only undergraduate students were eligible to apply, but beginning the following year two prizes were awarded, one to a graduate student (or group of students) and one to an undergraduate student (or group of students). This prize recognizes excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge in the methods of research and the information-gathering 4

process, and use of library resources, tools and services. In honor of Professor Oldham, we have re-christened this award the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize. More information about the prize can be found at In collaboration with the CTLE, the library created an academic-integrity tutorial for undergraduate students in 2007 and added a tutorial designed for graduate students the following year. Professor Oldham was instrumental in revising these tutorials. Along with faculty in the graduate programs, she developed customized academic integrity tutorials that address integrity issues relevant to and reflecting the language of each discipline. Currently, in addition to a generic graduate tutorial there are six customized tutorials with three more in the works. When the University of Success program was in danger of dissolving because it had lost its program director, Professor Oldham stepped in until a new permanent director and home could be found for the program. The University of Success is a pre-college program for high school students founded in 1996. It was designed to provide academic, social, and cultural enrichment to young people who are often underserved or underrepresented in the higher-education process. The program is now housed in the Leahy Community Health and Family Center. Before coming to the University, Professor Oldham held a variety of library positions, including automated services coordinator at the Luzerne County Library System, public services librarian at the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library at Misericordia University, part-time reference librarian at the Osterhout Library, and part-time library assistant at the Centenary College Library. She earned an A.B. in History from Chestnut Hill College, an MLS from Kutztown University, and an M.S. in Organizational Management from Misericordia University.

Library Announces Research Prize Winners


(top) Brian P. Conniff, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Kathleen Reilly, Undergraduate Research Prize winner, Susan Poulson, professor of history. (below) Carol Coté, associate professor of occupational therapy, Marjorie Toron and Christina Gavalas, Graduate Research Prize winners, and Debra Pellegrino, dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies.

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Movement Therapy; and Michael Ramsthaler, a sophomore exercise science major, who submitted an informative essay titled, Hazing: Breaking Laws and Breaking Teams. Gavalas and Toron submitted a Historical Analysis of Low Vision in Occupational Therapy, which they completed for OT 501: Leadership in Occupational Therapy. The assignment required them to find primary sources beginning with the founding of their profession in 1917. Both the reference librarians and the circulation staff proved invaluable to their research gathering, locating items on microfilm, items in the basement, and items on databases far removed from occupational therapy. In their application essay, they said, “We can truly attest to the ‘golden gem’ of a library that we have access to, both on campus and online.” Coincidentally, the duo was the winner of the Library Research Prize for Undergraduates last year. An Honorable Mention in the graduate category was given to physical therapy students Katelyn Moyer, Daniel Dolphin, Robert Roncek and Steven Roughton. Their submission was a systematic review on The Effect of Depression on Functional Mobility in Older Adults Following Hip Fracture Surgery, which they presented as a poster at the Combined Sections Meeting for the American Physical Therapy Association in San Antonio, Texas, in February. Prize winners were honored at a reception on Thursday, May 11, 2017, in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library. For more information about the Library Research Prize, contact Donna Witek, information literacy coordinator at The University of Scranton’s library, by phone (570941-4000) or e-mail donna.witek@ —Bonnie Oldham

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Charles E. Kratz, dean of the library and information fluency, awarded the 2017 Library Research Prize for undergraduate students to Kathleen Reilly, a senior history and philosophy major with a women’s studies concentration, and the 2017 Library Research Prize for graduate students to Christina Gavalas and Marjorie Toron, graduate students in the Occupational Therapy department. The Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton 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 as well as use of library resources, tools and services. Reilly, a student in the Honors Program and the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program, submitted her Honors Thesis, Girls at the “U”: A History of Coeducation at The University of Scranton. The idea for this project came from her duties as a work-study student in the library’s Digital Services Department, where she spent time scanning old newspaper clippings about the University. To complete her thesis, she spent “countless hours” researching primary documents in the Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections & University Archives and on the computer gathering information from publications available via the Library’s Digital Collections website. In her application essay, she stated, “Because of the abundance of resources offered by the Weinberg Memorial Library and the support of the librarians, I was able to turn my idea sophomore year into a detailed, comprehensive history of an important part of the University’s past.” Honorable Mention awardees in the undergraduate category included Mariah Ruther, a senior nursing major who submitted her nursing honors thesis, Metabolic Syndrome in Women Who Take Second-Generation Antipsychotic Medications; Kerry Ann Randall, a junior occupational therapy major, who submitted a literature review on Constraint-Induced

New Research and Instruction Librarians Join Library Faculty

Two new

research and instruction

librarians, Frank

Conserette and Kelly Banyas,

have joined

the faculty of

the Weinberg


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Two new research and instruction librarians, Frank Conserette and Kelly Banyas, have joined the faculty of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Conserette moved from his position as library metadata specialist to the position of research and instruction librarian for business on Aug. 14. Conserette is a graduate of Gettysburg College, where he completed his B.A. in history and minor in Civil War Era Studies, concentrating on American history from the colonial period through the American Civil War and Reconstruction. In addition, Conserette also pursued a minor in East Asian Studies with a primary focus on Chinese language, history, and culture. After graduation, he decided to enroll in Drexel University’s online Master of Library and Information Science. After graduation, he found a job as a digitization specialist in the oil and gas industry. His experience digitizing courthouse documents sparked an interest in archives and led him to pursue a master of library and information science. In June 2011, Frank graduated with his MLIS and archives concentration from Drexel University. While attending Drexel’s iSchool, Frank started a career as title analyst in the oil and gas Industry. His six-year career as an analyst began with conducting extensive research on surface and mineral ownership and advanced to leading multiple teams of researchers and managing all land-title work for numerous drilling units throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania. In summer 2016 while contemplating a career change, Conserette stumbled upon the job posting for a library metadata specialist at The University of Scranton’s Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections and 6

University Archives. This was a prime opportunity to transition into librarianship and move back to Northeastern Pennsylvania, where he had grown up. In September 2016, Conserette joined the Weinberg Memorial Library as the library metadata specialist and

Kelly Banyas

Frank Conserette

adjunct reference librarian. Conserette is extremely excited about his appointment to research and instruction librarian and having the opportunity to apply his considerable experience in business as the business liaison to the Kania School of Management. While remaining in his part-time positions over the summer, Conserette also began to pursue an MBA degree from The University of Scranton. Kelly Banyas is originally from Mountain Top, Pa. She graduated from Boston University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and classical civilization. She had spent her time as a student at the university working in the law library on campus, and when she graduated she took a full-time position there. After a few years as the evening library supervisor and earning a certificate in computer science from Boston University, she decided to pursue a Master of Library and Information Science degree. Kelly attended the University of Maryland and served as the Graduate Assistant at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Library at

the university. She also interned at the Federal Judicial Center Library in Washington, D.C., and was a research and teaching fellow for the University of Maryland Libraries. Her fellowship involved teaching information literacy sessions for undergraduates, and the experience inspired her to look for an instruction librarian position upon graduation. Banyas started at The University of Scranton in June as a research and instruction librarian.

She is the liaison to the Nursing, Counseling and Human Services, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Exercise Science, and Computing Sciences departments. In mid-June, Banyas presented a poster and a paper with her former colleagues from the University of Maryland about new spaces and technologies in libraries at the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) in Bolzano, Italy.

Librarian Retreat Focused on Tactical Planning completed during the remainder of the 20172018 academic year and marked as immediate action items. Throughout the meeting, the librarians will also discuss adding new objectives to the tactical plan.

The retreat will be facilitated by Terry Welford, training and development expert and president of The Welford Group. Terry previously facilitated a library retreat during the initial drafting of the library’s mission, vision and goals. —George Aulisio

Exhibit Highlights Scranton and World War I The Heritage Room will host an exhibit organized by Special Collections and the Lackawanna Historical Society about Scranton during World will be a public reception on Thursday, Oct.12.


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War I. The exhibit will be on display during the fall semester, and there

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During the week of fall break, the library faculty and administration will gather for a daylong on-campus retreat. The retreat will be a productive workday that will help the librarians plan for the next three years. The first order of business will be to review our Mission, Vision, and Goals. The library’s Mission, Vision, and Goals attempt to capture the library’s ideals in written form. These documents serve as the library’s focal point for our ongoing striving for excellence. Next, we will review the 2015-2020 tactical plan, which was initially drafted in 2014. The library’s tactical plan mirrors the University’s 2015 Strategic Initiatives plan, and its purpose is to turn the library’s ideological theory into actionable items. The library’s tactical plan contains a list of major objectives that the library planned to accomplish over a five-year period. After the initial review of the tactical plan, the librarians will categorize the various initiatives as completed, ongoing, needs to be completed, and needs revision. After we have taken stock of the tactical plan, recognizing our accomplishments and addressing any objectives yet to be completed, the librarians will then begin working on revising objectives. Revised items will take into consideration current trends in higher education and libraries. After that, the group will decide which of the remaining objectives need to be

Introducing Our Staff: Molly Abdalla Molly Abdalla, who joined our staff in July 2015, works as a part-time research and instruction librarian, usually on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays at the Weinberg Memorial Library. Kevin Norris (KN), editor of Information Update, recently interviewed Molly (MA).

Scranton School District. I provide administrative support to the superintendent and use my librarian organizational skills to maintain a professional office. In addition, I work on special projects, such as district publications and event planning.

: Tell us about the work you do at

: Could you tell us something about


the library.


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Molly Abdalla

At the research services desk, I assist students with research and citation questions both in person and via the “Ask a Librarian” chat service. In addition, I write two blog posts each semester for the Weinberg Memorial Library blog. I am responsible for maintaining a data spreadsheet with research services desk statistics each semester. Another ongoing project is to gather and maintain the suggestions for book purchases with the Friends of Weinberg Library fund. I recently had some fun collaborating with the Multicultural Center to support an evening of discussion regarding culturally diverse authors. I pulled titles for the Multicultural Center to use during their event, which took place on the Monday of National Library Week (April 9-15). The theme of National Library Week this year was “Libraries Transform.” I really feel that celebrating diversity and multiculturalism can be transformative. In this spirit, I created a display of multicultural books from the circulating collection that have been adapted into films available in the media resources collection. I wanted to draw attention to the topic of diversity, while showing off the breadth of movies available here at the library. Honestly, what I do here is varied and enjoyable.

KN: : MA

You have another job as well, don’t you? I do. I am the confidential secretary to the superintendent of the 8


your background and how you got into library work?


: My background is in educa-

tion. I’ve always had a passion for history and the social sciences. During high school, I knew that I wanted to share that passion with young people, to help them understand American culture and how they fit into the global society. I studied history and secondary education as an undergraduate at SUNY Geneseo, but after graduation, I became a library clerk at my hometown public library. At the library, I started a “mom and me” book club for teenagers and designed the summer reading club events and presenters. That’s where I learned about being a school librarian. I graduated from Mansfield University’s School of Library and Information Technologies with a Master of Education in 2006. Since then, I have been teaching as an English teacher or school library media specialist until I moved to Northeast Pennsylvania in 2014.


How is working in an academic library different from teaching or working in a school library?


There is a lot of crossover in both roles. The topics of research, citation and intellectual property, using technology, and reading for pleasure are the same. The manner of delivery is distinct. In a school library the pace is much faster. This fluctuates by district and grade level, but at the elementary level a librarian typically teaches structured classes throughout the day


When I’m not working, I spend as much time as I can with my family. My husband and I have three young children (ages 5, 3, and 8 months). This year they kept us busy with tee-ball, violin lessons, and ballet class. I enjoy reading, especially books that take place in Britain. I like crocheting and have just started learning to use my sewing machine. I love musical theater, and for the past few months, I’ve had Hamilton playing in my car, home, and head non-stop. My kids know all the words!


: Well, good luck with your two

jobs and your very full life away from work!


: Thank you. And I just want

The University

of Scranton has a plethora of

excellent databases on varying topics.

It is my job to guide them to the right

databases for their area of study.

to add how much I appreciate working with my library department colleagues and the students.


: Thank you! We appreciate having

you on our staff.

Special Collections Receives Vatican City Stamp Donation Special Collections received a donation of Vatican City

stamps from Carlson Chambliss, a retired Kutztown University astronomy professor. The library had a partial Vatican City stamp collection, and Professor Chambliss’s

donation includes most of the missing stamps. Many of the Vatican City stamps memorialize the succession of popes from St. Peter, while others portray saints, martyrs, artists, and teachers. Ranging in date from 1929 to 2005, highlights from the collection include issues from the

reigns of Pope Pius XI, Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II. One stamp, honoring the 25th anniversary of the reign of Pope John Paul II, is etched on pure silver for his Silver Jubilee.


: What do you do when you are not working?


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A selection of the Vatican City stamps recently donated to Special Collections.

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with one break for lunch and one break for lesson preparation. You are always on your feet and can be pulled in 30 different directions when students are engaged in a project. Depending on the lesson, the noise level can be higher, and students need a lot more in-depth assistance. I also have to spend time at home creating lesson plans or grading work. One of the best aspects of the job is getting to know the students. I really care for “my kids.” As a school librarian, I traveled between schools and taught all grades, which means you can have almost 1,000 students altogether. I love introducing students to an author and getting them excited about reading. Because you typically teach students for more than one school year, I get to see their academic growth. My favorite moments are when I say “Wow, who taught you that?” and a student says, “You did, Mrs. Abdalla.” That’s when you feel like you’ve made it. At an academic library, there are fewer questions all at once. I have more time to answer questions one on one, and college students have a base knowledge of the research process. They have a good frame of reference to start a project. It can be more surprising to work at an academic library as well. The Weinberg Memorial Library serves community members that are not students or faculty of the university. I have had patrons ask about genealogy research, song lyrics, national politics, and using the microfilm for local history research. You never know what will happen. Many of the questions I hear at the research services desk center around online databases. The University of Scranton has a plethora of excellent databases on varying topics. It is my job to guide them to the right databases for their area of study. In my role as an elementary-school librarian, I utilize Pennsylvania’s Power Library list of databases. There is a “kid-friendly” version of EBSCO and ProQuest geared toward younger students. It is very useful for introducing them to citation and evaluating sources. They provide students with an accessible alternative to Google or Wikipedia.

From the Library Dean With the beginning of a new academic year

Program and advocates for the library’s role in

Weinberg Memorial Library. Professor Bonnie

ment across the curriculum.

come retirements and reorganization within the Oldham retired in May 2017. Since her first day in

research and instruction librarians, Professor Kelly

Most noteworthy was her outstanding leadership

started in early June 2017, and Conserette will start

of the library’s Information Literacy program. She helped guide the program and its assessment to

new heights. Additionally, she created the annual

Banyas and Professor Frank Conserette. Banyas his new position on Aug. 14. Their schedules will be 1-9 p.m. Monday – Friday.

During the week of fall break, the library faculty

undergraduate and graduate Library Research

and administration will gather for an on-campus

of Scranton’s Academic Integrity Tutorials, which

opportunity for the library faculty and administra-

Prizes and created and maintained The University

are now required of all incoming freshmen, transfer students and graduate students. Through her lead-

ership and hard work, the library and the CTLE have made outstanding progress in communicating the critical importance of library research and academic integrity to the University community. To

recognize Professor Oldham’s many accomplish-

planning retreat. The retreat will be an excellent tion to review and revise the library’s Mission, Vision,

and Goals as well as the 2015-2020 tactical plan, which was initially drafted in 2014. The Library’s

tactical plan, which mirrors the University’s strategic

plan, focuses on the major objectives the library plans to accomplish over a five-year period.

The library will conduct the national survey,

ments, especially in the areas of research and infor-

MISO, during the spring 2018 semester. The

the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize at the

designed to measure how faculty, students, and

mation literacy, the library named its Research Prize Research Prize Ceremony this past May. Please join me in expressing our thanks to Professor Oldham for her many contributions to the library, to the University and to the professional community.

With the library’s recent retirements an excellent

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I am also pleased to announce our two new

2004, Professor Oldham never stopped helping the

library advance its resources, services and programs.


student learning and information literacy develop-

opportunity arrives to rethink and reimagine the library’s reference and information literacy services.

MISO Survey is a Web-based quantitative survey staff view library and computing services in higher

education. We administered the survey in spring

2015 and used the results to further strengthen library resources and services. With the University’s Middle States study under way, we thought this would be an excellent time to do the survey again.

Coming off a most successful year, the Schemel

I am pleased to announce that Professor George

Forum has planned a new academic year complete

services coordinator on Feb. 1, 2017. His position

and collaborative programs. Please join us for the

Aulisio began in the role of research & scholarly title was formerly reference coordinator. Moving forward, the reference department will be the

Research & Scholarly Services department. Professor

Aulisio’s new job title and department name reflect

the changing nature of higher education and what was once reference services in academic libraries. In

addition, Professor Donna Witek began in the role of information literacy coordinator on June 1, 2017.

As the information literacy coordinator, Professor Witek leads the library’s Information Literacy


with quality seminars, luncheon speakers, bus trips, kickoff of the Schemel Forum’s academic year at University for a Day on Saturday, Sept.16, in the

Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, Room 228. Also,

please watch for upcoming news about the library’s annual Jay Nathan Visiting Scholar’s Lecture Series, which will take place in the spring of 2018.

Charles E. Kratz

Dean of the Library

Scranton Family Papers Collection Now Online to transcriptions prepared by LHS volunteers Dennis, Sharleen, and Scott Martin, the digitized letters are full-text searchable. The remainder of the digital collection holds loose correspondence, ledger books, and other documents (dated 1840-1874) belonging to Joseph H. Scranton, Selden T. Scranton, George W. Scranton, and William W. Scranton. Transcriptions for most of these handwritten documents have been completed by Weinberg Memorial Library staff; additional transcriptions will be added into the collection as they are completed. We thank all our partners and volunteers for their time, effort, and moral support in this project, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration in the future. ­—Kristen Yarmey

Student and faculty volunteers from the History Department scanned two bound volumes of George W. Scranton’s letters (from the Lackawanna Historical Society’s collections), using an Internet Archive Scribe Station borrowed from the State Library of Pennsylvania.

“It was unanimously voted to call it Scranton” – Excerpt from an August 28, 1850, letter written by George W. Scranton, discussing the naming of “our place.”

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After our recent Scranton Family Papers Scanathon, held in partnership with the Lackawanna Historical Society, the Scranton Public Library, the State Library of Pennsylvania, and our own University of Scranton Department of History and Royals Historical Society, the Weinberg Memorial Library is proud to announce that more than 570 letters and documents (dated 1840-1875) digitized from the Lackawanna Historical Society’s Scranton Family Papers Collection are now publicly available online in the library’s digital collections at www.scranton. edu/library/scrantonfamily. The majority of the digital collection is made up of 423 letters (dated 1850-1854) digitized from two volumes of George W. Scranton’s outgoing office correspondence. The letters document Scranton’s management of his many business concerns, including Scrantons, Platt and Co., the Ligett’s Gap Railroad, the Cayuga & Susquehanna Railroad, the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and the Lackawanna Iron & Coal Company. The correspondence also provides insight into the development (and naming!) of the city of Scranton, including the construction of the city’s first hotel, the Wyoming House. Thanks


Donna Witek and George Aulisio

The Weinberg Memorial Library welcomes Professor George Aulisio as the new research & scholarly services coordinator, and Prof. Donna Witek as the new information literacy coordinator. Professor Aulisio began in the role of research & scholarly services coordinator on Feb. 1, 2017. His position was formerly titled reference coordinator. Moving forward, the reference department will be the Research & Scholarly Services department. The revised job title and department name reflect the changing nature of higher education and what was once reference services in academic libraries. The librarians believe that the meaning and purpose of Research Services will be more apparent to students than Reference Services and will better suit the academic needs of today’s students. Professor Aulisio will focus on coordinating the staffing of research services and will help facilitate the department’s strategic initiatives as we begin focusing more on in-depth, one-on-one research assistance and scholarly assistance such as academic integrity, intellectual property and scholarly communications. About his new role, George says: “I appreciate the opportunity to lead the department as we redefine what was traditionally reference services into something new and exciting. I am also fortunate to be surrounded with a


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Weinberg Memorial Library Appoints Two New Coordinators


great team of research and instruction librarians, all of which bring a great wealth of ideas and expertise to the University community.” Professor Donna Witek began in the role of information literacy coordinator on June 1, 2017. In that role, Witek leads the library’s Information Literacy Program and advocates for the library’s role in student learning and information literacy development across the curriculum. Information literacy encompasses not only research-related skills and abilities but also the dispositions and habits of mind that support effective engagement with and use of information both in and out of the academic environment. Professor Witek’s role includes developing collaborative partnerships with course instructors, administrators and students in support of information literacy student learning, and leading the library’s assessment of student learning. About her new role, Witek says, “I am very excited to lead the library’s work in support of information literacy at The University of Scranton. The University’s liberal-arts focus offers rich opportunities to develop information literacy in our students in both core general education as well as upper-level courses within the disciplines represented in our diverse curriculum. I see my role as facilitating opportunities for students to gain learning experiences in which information literacy is intentionally integrated and developed, and I look forward to working with the library’s strong team of research and instruction librarians to do so.” Professor Aulisio was first appointed as a part-time reference librarian in 2008 before he was appointed to the library faculty as an assistant professor and public services librarian in 2009. He received promotion to associate professor in 2014 and was awarded tenure in 2015. Professor Witek was first appointed to the library faculty as an assistant professor and public services librarian in 2008 was promoted to associate professor in 2014, and was awarded tenure in 2015.

Passionist China Collection Finds Home in McHugh Special Collections The collection consists of approximately 300 archival boxes (roughly 91,000 images) of reports, correspondence, diaries, administrative records, financial reports, baptismal records, deeds, and some audio materials. Most important, approximately 10,000 photographs from China show missionaries’ interactions with the local people, which were widely used in the publication of The Sign magazine (19211982). The Sign has been completely digitized


Group of ten Passionists sitting at a rice bin, 1930s. From left to right: Frs. Basil Bauer, C.P.; Dustan Thomas; Leo Berard; Cormac Shanahan, C.P.; Timothy McDermott; Cuthbert O’Gara; Jeremiah McNamara; Antoine de Groeve; Denis Fogarty, C.P.; Miles McCarthy.

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and is a significant resource for scholars and students because the magazine was the primary means of promoting evangelization in China and communicating with benefactors to show how donations were used. In addition, more than 100 hand-colored glass lantern slides in the collection depict missionary interactions with the Chinese community. Scholars and students actively use the Passionist Collection, and it is expected that the Passionist China Collection will serve as a significant resource to understanding Chinese Catholicism during the Passionists’ residence in China in the early 20th century. —Frank Conserette

Fr. Reginald Arliss, C.P., with seminarians in Rosary Procession. Location: Believed to be Hunan, Circa, 1930s.

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In July 2012 the Weinberg Memorial Library became the permanent home for the Passionist Historical Archives of the St. Paul of the Cross Province. The collection had previously been held at the East Coast headquarters in Union City, N.J. Most of the archives arrived in the McHugh Special Collections and University Archives in 2012 with the exception of the Passionist China Collection portion. The China Collection was sent to the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco to be digitized. Passionist historian Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D., collaborated with the Ricci Institute to oversee the successful digitization of the collection. The Passionist China Collection finally arrived in McHugh Special Collections in late August 2016 to join the rest of the Passionist Historical Archives. The Passionists are a Roman Catholic religious congregation of priests and brothers. Eighty Passionist missionary priests, among whom was one religious brother, were sent to West Hunan, China, and remained there until they were expelled in 1955. Efforts began with a singular mission of St. Paul of the Cross Province, but in 1923 Passionists from Holy Cross Province from Chicago joined by contributing personnel and resources. In addition, several orders of religious sisters worked in conjunction with the Passionists, most notably the Sisters of Charity of Convent Station, N.J., and the Sisters of St. Joseph, Baden, Pa. The significance of the Passionist China Collection is that it is a record of the relationship between American missionaries and local Chinese communities from the 1920s to 1950s. The collection documents social aspects and cultural life in China during this period and describes the missionaries’ comments on daily life, social and political experiences, interpersonal relations, and evangelization efforts.

Leaves of Class XIX Winners January

CATHERINE A. BOLTON of Lake Ariel won event and performance tickets courtesy of The Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania, The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, The Ballet Theatre of Scranton, the Actors Circle, Community Concerts at Lackawanna College and The University of Scranton Players. Bolton also won four club seats to a Penguins home game courtesy of PNC Bank, gift cards/certificates from Alexander’s Spa & Salon and Aramark, a calendar and two large jar candles from American Candle, a one-year family membership to the Everhart Museum, and a diamond bracelet courtesy of Midori Yamanouchi, Ph.D.


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ELIZABETH BARKACK of Dalton won a gift certificate for two for an Endless Mountains Hot Air Balloons, Inc. ride courtesy of Rich and Jeanne Yarmey. Event and performance tickets to the following: The Piano Men: The Music of Billy Joel and Elton John at the Keystone Grand Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Arena courtesy of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, two opening-night tickets to the Broadway Theatre League of NEPA production

of Pippin, two orchestra seat tickets to the production of her choice in the Community Concerts at Lackawanna College 2016-17 concert season, two tickets to the Actors Circle production of Clare Booth Luce’s play “The Women,” and two excursion tickets from the Steamtown National Historic Site. Elizabeth also won gift cards/certificates from Zummo’s Café and Aramark, a TGI Friday’s gift card from Metz Culinary Management, and a gift certificate for four complimentary greens fees at the Country Club at Woodloch Springs.


RICK & NANCY DAVIS of Taylor won event and performance tickets to the Masterworks IV – Season’s Grand Finale, courtesy of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic; two tickets to the Actors Circle production of The Uninvited, 12 tickets for the 2017 summer season from The Ritz Company Playhouse, and two tickets to the next Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Distinguished Author event. In addition, they also won gift cards/certificates to La Trattoria, Aramark, and The Olive Garden. The Davises will also enjoy a foursome round of golf including carts at the Elmhurst Country Club, and gift baskets courtesy of Glenmaura National Golf Club, Krispy Kreme, and the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority.

Welcome to the Newest Friends of the Library We would like to thank the newest members of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library for their contributions. Mariusz Beczek Lynn Marie Busch Marybeth Farrell Richard Fitzsimmons Gloria Jablonski Kevin Kocur


John & Maggie Mariotti Virginia McGregor Chris McLaughlin Nancy Menapace Cindy Pearl Kristen Yarmey


DONNA SIMPSON of Olyphant won a wellness visit to The Wright Center for Primary Care Mid Valley, a three-month membership to The Michael J. Aronica, M.D. Wellness Center from Allied Services, an eye exam and gift certificate from Clear Image Optical, and a basket of healthcare gifts from Medicus Express Care. In addition, Simpson also won gift cards/certificates to Scranton Running Co., Carl von Luger Steak & Seafood, Russell’s Restaurant, Sibio’s Restaurant, POSH @ The Scranton Club, TGI Friday’s from Metz Culinary Management and Nana’s Pasta House. Simpson will also enjoy a 6-inch green plant courtesy of McCarthy Florist, 25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates from Aramark and a gift certificate from Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

University of Scranton Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Scholarly Projects Collection This year at commencement, The University of Scranton awarded diplomas to the first three graduates of our new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, which opened in fall 2015.

The DNP program requires students to complete

an evidence-based scholarly project. As described

in the current DNP Student Handbook, “A Scholarly Project is the hallmark of the practice doctorate

demonstrating an outcome of the student’s educa-


tional experience. The scholarly project embraces the synthesis of both coursework and practice

KATE LEAHY of Waverly won a spectacular overnight getaway package at Mount Airy Casino Resort, which includes an overnight stay in a deluxe king suite; golf for two including cart and greens fees; a couples massage and a $200 food credit. Leahy also won gift certificates from N. B. Levy’s and The Bog.

application. … Projects are related to advanced

practice generally in each student’s nursing specialty, and the project must demonstrate significant potential to positively change health-

care delivery or improve outcomes for vulnerable groups, families, communities, or populations,

rather than an individual patient.” Deliverables for the Scholarly Project include the final scholarly

paper and a scholarly presentation, involving a professional poster and an oral presentation.


In partnership with the Department of Nursing

and DNP Program coordinator Mary Jane Hanson,

IRENE FOTTA and MARY BETH HENNIGAN of Clarks Summit won a fiveclass card from Jaya Yoga Studio, a one-year couple membership to The Schemel Forum, a PRO Fitness Club basket, including one three-month membership and two personal training sessions gift certificates. Fotta and Hennigan also won a $75 gift certificate from Sanderson Place Salon & Spa, Scranton, Montage Mountain Resorts waterpark admission tickets, six flex tickets to the Wildflower Music Festival and tickets to the Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival.

the Weinberg Memorial Library now hosts The University of Scranton Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Scholarly Projects Collection (available at We will store and maintain our DNP graduates’ scholarship in our

their papers and posters in our digital collections, we’ll help make the results of their work freely available to a global audience.

Congratulations to our 2017 DNP graduates.

We are proud to include your scholarship in our


—Kristen Yarmey

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