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SPRING 2012 • Vol.1 Issue 1

A Newsletter from The Weinberg Memorial Library FALL 2021

Jesuit Center Collaborates with Special Collections to Expand Jesuit Rare Book Collection In collaboration with The University of Scranton’s Jesuit Center, the Weinberg Memorial Library has obtained eight rare Jesuitrelated volumes for Special Collections as part of an ongoing collaboration to strengthen the Hill-Davis Jesuit rare book collection. The Hill-Davis Collection, named in honor of Revs. William B. Hill, S.J. and Royden B. Davis, S.J., provides a representative selection of the types of books produced by Jesuits documenting their wide variety of intellectual, political, and missionary activities. The new acquisitions cover a variety of topics. There is an English translation of a Jesuit history of the church in Japan,

Drexel, Jeremias. Deliciae gentis humanae Christus Iesus, nascens, moriens, resurgens, Antverpiae: Apud Viduam Ioannis Cnobbari, 1639.

an English Jesuit’s attack on the mistaken theology of the English reformation, as well as a commentary and prayers on the life of Jesus, a collection of Jesuit sermons, and the announcement of the death of papal legate sent to China to deal with the Chinese Rites controversy. The recent acquisition also contains the Mexican printing and first translation of the Jesuit Rev. Ignacio de Paredes’s translation of Jesuit Geronimo Ripalda’s Spanish-language catechism into the Mexican language of Nahuatl. There were also publications acquired that contributed to the suppression of the Jesuits. (continued on page 2)

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The purchase includes a pamphlet produced under the influence of the Marquis of Pombal, chief minister of Portugal, a staunch opponent of the Jesuits. Pombal spread many conspiracy theories about the Jesuits. This item deals with the Jesuit attempt to protect Guarani natives in missions around the Uruguay River from Spanish and Portuguese attacks. Another anti-Jesuit volume contains a collection of six French anti-Jesuit pamphlets bound together for one Mademoiselle de Valanglart.

Ripalda, Gerónimo.; Ignacio de Paredes (trans.). Catecismo mexicano. Mexico: Imprenta de la Bibliotheca Mexicana, 1758.

Special Collections and the Weinberg Memorial Library express their thanks to the Jesuit Center for collaborating with the Library by supporting the growth of the Hill-Davis Jesuit Collection. The books are available for research and will be used in exhibits. —Professor Michael Knies, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist

It is with great sadness that I share news of the death of Mr. Brian E. McHugh ‘59. A native of Kingston, Pennsylvania, Brian was an alumnus of The University of Scranton, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Brian also served in the United States Air Force during the Korean war. Following his honorable discharge from military service, he also studied at the University of Havana, Cuba. Brian graduated from The University of Scranton in 1959, but he continued to love and serve the university until


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Brian E. McHugh ‘59, In Memoriam he passed away on August 9, 2021. In fact, on August 6, 2021, library personnel received a gift basket from Brian, thanking everyone for our service to the community. Notably, Brian was an active and engaged member of the Advisory Board of The Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library. During the Library’s 20th Anniversary Campaign, Brian gifted an antique Grand­ mother clock to the Library, currently displayed in the 4th-floor reading room. He also bequeathed a gift of $500,000 for an endowment to ensure sustained funding for the Library’s Special Collections and Digital Collections. In recognition of his gift, the collection became the Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections in honor of his mother. Brian also bequeathed an antique Grandfather clock, which will be displayed in the Library when received. Brian will be greatly missed, but he will live on in our memory and through his lasting legacy to the Weinberg Memorial Library. —George J. Aulisio, Interim Dean of the Library 2

Library Partners with Jesuit Center for Standing Order of Jesuit Sources S.J., afterword by Jon Sobrino, S.J., and translated by Joseph V. Owens, S.J. • The Way to Learn and the Way to Teach, by Joseph de Jouvancy, and edited by Cristiano Casalini and Claude Pavur, S.J. All titles added to the collection through funding from the Jesuit Center can be found by searching the phrase “Gift of the Jesuit Center” in the Library’s catalog at The Weinberg Memorial Library thanks Father Patrick Rogers, S.J. and the Jesuit Center for the generous financial commitment that has made this standing order possible. —Professor Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator

Affordable Learning Implementation Grants The Weinberg Memorial Library had another successful year awarding

Affordable Learning Implementation Grants. Five faculty members received $1,000 stipends to replace for-cost course materials with no-cost materials in

their courses. These materials included Open Educational Resources (OER), which are openly licensed and freely available, and certain licensed Library

resources. In the 2020-2021 academic year, faculty from the Biology, History, Mathematics, and Philosophy departments received grants. The Student Government of the University wrote and passed a resolution of support to expand the program in Spring 2021.

In Spring 2021, an interdisciplinary judging panel drawn from volunteers

from the Library Advisory Committee selected three recipients who will teach

in the Fall 2021 semester: Dr. Maureen Carroll, Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Jason Graham, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Dr. Anne Royer, Assistant Professor of Biology.

For the three Fall 2021 grants, we project a maximum estimated average

savings of $203 per student, for a maximum total of $14,622 saved by the students in the three classes.

We are happy to announce that the Library will offer Affordable Learning

Implementation Grants for courses taught in the Spring 2022 semester to reduce costs for our students.


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— Assistant Professor Kelly Banyas, Research & Instruction Librarian for Student Success

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The Weinberg Memorial Library is excited to announce a partnership with the Jesuit Center that will support the continuing development of the Library’s collection in the areas of Jesuit history, spirituality, and pedagogy. The Institute of Jesuit Sources “publishes Jesuit primary sources, monographs on the Jesuits, and auxiliary literature in Jesuit Studies.”1 This publisher, part of Boston College’s Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, has a standing order program that allows libraries to automatically purchase new monograph titles as they are published. This program requires a standing financial commitment. With the generous support of the Jesuit Center, the Library was able to take advantage of this opportunity to keep our Jesuit studies collection fresh and up-to-date on an ongoing basis. Titles that have been added to the collection thanks to this funding from the Jesuit Center include: • A Pilgrim’s Testament: The Memoirs of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, as transcribed by Luís Gonçalves da Câmara, translated by Parmananda R. Divarkar, and edited by Barton T. Geger • Ignatian Insights in Times of Crises and Councils, edited by Thomas Hughson, S.J. and Robert J. Daly, S.J. • In the School of Ignatius: Studious Zeal and Devoted Learning, by Claude Pavur, S.J. • Jesuit Logic and Late Ming China: Lectures on the Cursus Conimbricensis, edited by Cristiano Casalini • Pedro Arrupe: Witness of the Twentieth Century, Prophet of the Twenty-First, by Pedro Miguel Lamet, with prologue by Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, and translated by Joseph V. Owens, S.J. • Scars of Faith: Jesuit Letters from the Mariana Islands (1668-1684), edited by Alexandre Coello de la Rosa and David Atienza • The Life, Passion, and Death of the Jesuit Rutilio Grande, by Rodolfo Cardenal,

The Seventh Annual Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series

to Feature Bergdís Ellertsdóttir, Ambassador of Iceland

Throughout the insight trip, the group came

to understand

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about literature and education.

The Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series invites scholars from emerging democracies and countries in political and economic transition to visit The University of Scranton to address issues that enlighten and benefit students, faculty and the communityat-large. Its purpose is to enrich the intellectual life or share a cultural exposition in the arts or music for both The University of Scranton and our Northeastern Pennsylvania community. This annual lecture initiative highlights the research and contributions of guest scholars of international repute who visit the University to discuss timely and timeless topics. While visiting campus, scholars deliver presentations on topics of interest to the academic community and meet informally with attendees, students and faculty. The series has featured distinguished representatives from the countries of Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Thailand, India, Romania and Lithuania. The Seventh Annual Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture, featuring Iceland and titled “Iceland: History. Culture. Environment,” will feature a keynote address from Her Excellency Bergdís Ellertsdóttir, Ambassador of Iceland. A concert from a native Icelandic classical violinist and a reception will follow the lecture event. In July 2019, Dr. Jay Nathan was part of a Fulbright Association Insight Trip to Iceland. The participants included native Icelanders, former ambassadors, professors and former deans from the United States. This trip was unlike other tourist-sponsored trips. After arriving in Reykjavik, the group went to the Settlements Centre, dating back to 870 A.D. 4

The group was introduced to and learned a great deal about Eigil, an early settler in the farming area and the subject of the most famous of the Viking Sagas written down from the oral tradition between 1240 and 1260 A.D. Throughout the insight trip, the group came to understand how passionate Icelanders are about literature and education. The experience traveling north and west and staying in hotels near the Arctic Circle in the cities of Husavik, Siglufjordur and Akureyri, the third largest city in Iceland, was spectacular, especially seeing sunlight throughout the nights and early mornings. This year’s lecture is by Bergdís Ellertsdóttir, the current ambassador of Iceland to the United States and permanent representative of Iceland to the United Nations from 2018-2019. On Sept. 16, 2019, Ellertsdóttir became the 17th Ambassador of Iceland accredited to the U.S. and the first woman to serve in this position. She was born in Iceland in 1962 and attended the University of Freiburg in Germany from 1982-1985, where she studied German, political science, English and history before going on to graduate from the University of Iceland in 1987, having studied political science and English. She also attended the University of Essex in Britain and graduated with an M.A. in European studies in 1989. She is married with four children. In 1991, Ellertsdóttir joined Iceland’s Trade Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as first secretary before becoming deputy head of mission at the Icelandic

Embassy in Bonn with accreditation to Switzerland, Austria and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 1995. From 1998-2000, she served as a political officer at NATO headquarters in Brussels. In 2000, she began serving as the deputy director of the Political Department, where she dealt with security issues, NATO and bilateral relations with the U.S., Canada and Russia. She returned to the Trade Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2003 as head of European affairs and deputy director general. She then served as the foreign affairs advisor to the prime minister of Iceland from 2005-2006, the director general for international security and development cooperation affairs at the

Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2007, and the deputy secretary-general with the European Free Trade Association in Brussels from 20072012. In 2012, she served as the Directorate for Trade and Economic Affairs’ director of international trade negotiations and chief negotiator for the Iceland-China Free Trade Agreement in 2012. From 2014-2018, she served as head of the Icelandic Mission to the European Union and also as ambassador to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and San Marino before being appointed Iceland’s permanent representative to the United Nations in August 2018. Please plan to join us for the celebration of Iceland, a land of fire and ice, at The University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania. —Jay Nathan, Ph.D.

News from Special Collections and the University Archives Gene Gibbons H’96 Collection

Special Collections recently received a journalism-related collection from alumnus Gene Gibbons ‘64, H’96. Gibbons spent much of his career as a White House Correspondent for United Press International and Reuters. The collection consists of items documenting his career and includes some photographs, press briefing books for presidential summit meetings, and books autographed by politicians and journalist colleagues. Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies and Professor Emeritus of History Frank Homer also conducted an oral history with Gibbons.

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The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments Translated Out of the Original Tongues and With the Former Translations. Trenton: Printed and sold by Isaac Collins, 1791

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Lee M. Penyak, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History, has donated the first Bible printed in New Jersey to the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Special Collections. The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments Translated Out of the Original Tongues and With the Former Translations was printed and sold by Isaac Collins in Trenton in 1791. The volume also contains John Downname’s A Brief Concordance of Table to the Bible of the Last Translation, 1790. Along with being the first Bible printed in New Jersey, it was also one of the earliest versions of the King James Bible printed in America. Isaac Collins (1746-1817) was a prominent 18th century printer, publisher, and bookseller. This Bible has been called his greatest achievement as a printer.

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Gene Gibbons with Hillary Clinton, 1996

Professor Emeritus Donates 18th Century Bible

From the Interim Dean of the Library The Fall 2021 semester is upon us, and the Weinberg

be remodeled thanks to a gift from the Friends of the Weinberg

cally welcomes the class of 2025 and our returning

furniture and resources, so other subtle changes will be notice-

Memorial Library’s faculty and staff enthusiasti-

Memorial Library. The partial remodel allowed us to reorganize

students to campus. The University has developed

able as well. Though plexiglass barriers will remain, we are plan-

a plan for the campus to return to a new normal.

ning for seating, resources, and services to be much the same as

The University’s plan marks the start of new begin-

they once were with reasonable changes. One change will be the

nings at the Weinberg Memorial Library as well.

consolidation of the Research Services and Circulation desks in

I have stepped into the role of Interim Dean of the Library after

the evening hours to ensure staffing and coverage of our services

Jean Lenville has ably handled leading the Library for eighteen

throughout the Library’s business hours.

months. Jean has returned to be Associate Dean of the Library.

Like many others, I am excited to participate in face-to-face

With my move from the faculty to administration, Prof. Kelly Banyas

events again, including a Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar

Prof. Sheli Pratt-McHugh will serve as Acting Chairperson of the

of Iceland. We are currently working with the Ambassador’s office

will serve as Acting Research & Scholarly Services Coordinator.

Lecture featuring Her Excellency Bergdís Ellertsdóttir, Ambassador

Faculty Librarians. Prof. Frank Conserette has decided to change

to find a suitable date, hopefully, for the Fall semester. The Friends

career paths and left the University in August. I am also pleased

will be hosting a Fall Book Sale during Parents Weekend on

to report that the University has recommenced the search for the

Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Also,

permanent Dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

the Schemel Forum, featuring distinguished faculty, scholars, and

My goals as Interim Dean are lofty but achievable. I hope

fellows internal and external to Scranton, will resume in-person

to maintain the health and safety of our community, lead the

events while offering remote viewing options for many of the

outstanding faculty and staff of the Library to succeed in this new

events as well. This issue also shares many of the worthwhile

environment, welcome our community back into the building,

initiatives and collaborations that the faculty and staff have under-

ensure the continuation of resources and services at a high level,

taken. I hope you will enjoy reading about them as much as I have.

and safely resume the events and gatherings that help to make

The Library is always looking to improve the quality of the

the Library such a special part of the Scranton community.

student experience, enrich our community, and advance learning

planned for the Fall. The Library expects to reopen to the public

everyone a happy, healthy, and enriching Fall semester.

As this issue of Information Update reveals, we have a lot

and scholarship. On behalf of the Library faculty and staff, I wish

once the University grants permission. Being open to the public

will allow us to resume most of our in-person events, operations,


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and services. Visitors will see that part of the second floor will


George J. Aulisio, Interim Dean of the Library

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The book also contains genealogical information on loose sheets from the Watson family, who lived in Bucks County during the 19th century, as well as promotional material for the Tennent School of Hartsville, PA, from the late 1850s. Dr. Penyak specialized in Mexican history while at the University between 2000 and 2016. John Willard Raught painting a landscape, 1927.

Alum Donates Scranton Artist Collection

Richard Stanislaus G’98, donated a collection of material containing photographs, articles, and other material related to the 6

life of painter John Willard Raught (18571931). Stanislaus served as a curator at the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum and spent many years studying the life and

Newly inaugurated President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S. J. with former presidents Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J. and Rev. J.A. Panuska, S.J., September 26, 2003. Photo by Terry Connors.

work of Raught, curating exhibits of Raught’s work, as well as writing and lecturing about the artist. Raught was born in Scranton but studied art in New York and Paris before settling in his hometown and painting the local landscape, including the coal breakers of the anthracite industry. The material collected by Stanislaus concerning Raught and his career will be of value to students and researchers of local history and art history.

Autumn Heritage Room Exhibit on Past Presidents of The University

In honor of Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., becoming the University’s 29th president, the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Heritage Room will feature an autumn exhibit on the past presidents of The University of Scranton and St. Thomas College. The exhibition,

based on research by Professor Emeritus of History Frank Homer and utilizing photographs and documents from the University Archives, will focus on the accomplishments of the past presidents and their impact on the development of the school. ­—Professor Michael Knies, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist

Announcing the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Winners Interim Dean of the Library, Jean Lenville, awarded the 2021 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize in the Undergraduate Foundational category to Jonathan R. Wells, a first-year Biology major from Long Valley, New Jersey; the 2021 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize in the Undergraduate Upper-level category to Sophia N. Visaggio,


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a sophomore Occupational Therapy major with a minor in Psychology from Wantagh, New York; and the 2021 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize in the Graduate category to Doctor of Physical Therapy students Amanda Trumpore, Elizabeth DiGiovine, Kayla Brown, and Emily Harvan, from Warren, New Jersey, Shavertown, Pennsylvania, Stockholm, New Jersey, and Cranford, New Jersey, respectively.

Currently celebrating its 10th year, 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. In 2017, the prize was named for Professor Emerita Bonnie W. Oldham, who founded the prize at the University in 2011. The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize was fully endowed in 2019 and consists of a prize of $500 awarded to winning projects in each of the three categories: Undergraduate Foundational (100-level projects), Undergraduate Upper-level (200to 400-level projects), and Graduate. Jonathan R. Wells, winner in the Undergraduate Foundational category, submitted the project, “The Surprising Reality of Middle Eastern Tourism,” completed in Professor Charles Kratz’s WRTG 107:

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Undergraduate Upper-level category winner Sophia N. Visaggio

Composition course. He investigated his topic in both the Library’s resources, primarily in the EBSCOhost database Academic Search Elite and the ProQuest Central database, and in credible web sources such as the Jordan Investment Commission ( He also developed the structure of his paper in response to the information he found in the databases about his topic, shaping his subsequent searches based on the new things he learned about his topic along the way. In his description of research, Wells offers a metaphor for the research process that illustrates his developed understanding of research: “Through an evolving research process, I developed a greater understanding of the process of gathering information. An analogy I like to use is that research is synonymous to mining. You have a target ore that you would like to find; however, in the process of trying to find that ore, you will come across other valuable types of rocks. My research process relates to this idea, because when I was researching my topic, I started out with target ideas, and ended up with other valuable information that helped me create a strong informative essay. This allowed me to understand the importance of starting with broad searches, and narrowing down on more specific subtopics.” Sponsoring faculty Professor Charles Kratz comments, “Jonathan did excellent work in defining a clear research process using Weinberg Library resources. The strength of his work came in how he revised his research process along the way. His topic and the information gathering process became very important to him. He especially enjoyed the new sense of discovery the research process provided him.” An Honorable Mention award in the Undergraduate Foundational category was presented to Charles C. Sylvester, a firstyear Environmental Science major with a minor in Classical Languages, for the project, “The Age of the Electric Vehicle has Come,” completed in WRTG 107: Composition for Professor Dawn D’Aries Zera. Sophia N. Visaggio, winner in the Under­ graduate Upper-level category, submitted the 8

project, “Interventions for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” completed in the course OT 250: Scientific Writing and Information Literacy, taught by Dr. Julie Nastasi. Visaggio began her research process after information literacy instruction to her class by a librarian, through which she learned techniques for searching within the EBSCOhost database CINAHL with Full Text, including how to adjust search criteria to meet her research and topical needs. She maintained an electronic file with a chart in which she logged her progress so she could recreate her searches later in the research process and as an aid in her organization and analysis of sources. She also notes how her increased understanding of her topic will help her in different parts of her life, both professional and personal. But perhaps most important in Visaggio’s work on this project was the change in her disposition toward research: “When researching my topic of interventions for ADHD, I felt accomplished when I found an article that was perfect for my paper. I was surprised how a task I once feared now brought me a sense of enjoyment from successfully scouring the database and finding exactly what I needed. … Now being able to retrospectively look back on this once terrifying task, I am proud of my growth in both accessing the library’s databases as well as my analysis and writing skills. What began as a task I dreaded and could not wait to be done with became a journey of researching and writing that I found enjoyable, so much so that I did not mind the amount of work I put into perfecting my paper.” Sponsoring faculty Dr. Julie Nastasi comments on the quality of Visaggio’s work, “Sophia conducted a literature review and synthesized the types of interventions used in occupational therapy practice for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Her research is extremely impressive because she has not had clinical practice courses at this point in the curriculum. She identified appropriate interventions and was able to report the findings in literature to use in clinical practice.” Honorable Mention awards in the Undergraduate Upper-level category were

presented to Sydney L. Gero, a sophomore Criminal Justice major and Counseling and Human Services minor, for the project, “An Empirical Study on Cybercrime and COVID-19,” completed in CJ 386H: Cybercrime and COVID-19 for Dr. Sinchul Back; and to Jessica Goldschlager, a junior with majors in Neuroscience and Hispanic Studies, for the project, “El trauma histórico y la comunidad latinx,” completed in SPAN 335: Service and the Hispanic Community for Dr. Roxana Curiel. Graduate category winners Amanda Trumpore, Elizabeth DiGiovine, Kayla Brown, and Emily Harvan submitted the group project, “Effects of Music on HR and BP on Patients in the ICU: A Meta-Analysis,” completed in the course sequence PT 771/772/773: Scientific Inquiry in Physical Therapy, taught by Dr. Renée Hakim. This project was a systematic review conducted according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) format. Group members relied on expert instruction by a librarian in search, e.g., how to use MeSH terms in PubMed, and bibliographic management, e.g., collaborative citation organization and analysis using Zotero. They also used the Library’s efficient Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services to successfully conduct their review of 182 studies which were culled down to 18 from which they extracted data “to determine the impact of music on the vital signs of patients in the ICU.” The group comments on the iterative and collaborative nature of the research process in their description of research: “Our group learned many lessons throughout this project with the help of both the Library and our

department faculty. Although we anticipated that the process of conducting a systematic review would be straightforward, we discovered that implementing the procedure involves considerable trial and error and team cooperation. We had to change our search terms many times to obtain an appropriate search yield ….” Sponsoring faculty Dr. Renée Hakim commended this project for being accepted for presentation at a national scientific meeting (American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting, February 2021) and notes, “At the start of the project, the students knew very little about the design methodology and Library resources. By the end of the project, they completed a quality study which is considered the highest level of evidence (OCEBM [Oxford Centre for EvidenceBased Medicine]),” and, “This application of information literacy will be applied by these students as life-long learners to maintain best practice as future health care professionals.” Due to the impact of COVID-19 on-campus operations, in lieu of an in-person awards reception, prize winners received their awards in May. Information about the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize can be found on the website: For more information about the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize, contact Professor Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator at The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library, at donna.witek@

Graduate category winners (top to bottom): Kayla Brown, Elizabeth DiGiovine, Emily Harvan, and Amanda Trumpore

—Professor Donna Witek, Information Literacy Coordinator

Welcome to the Newest Friends of the Library Carly Dugan Marita A. Fagan Jessica Fanelli Danette Fuentes Christopher Gonzalez Melissa Gross Elizabeth Honan

Eric Ildelfonso Joyce J. Lomma Monica Michalczyk Maria Ramos Sophie Semel Vetsal Shah Rabbi Mirian T. Spitzer


Joseph Strubeck Emily Turano Joseph Ulichny Casey Welby James Wimsatt & Rebecca Beal

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Hussain Alshakhori Dr. Susan & Joseph Bartoletti John Barry Beemer, Esq. Geri Botyrius Martin Boylan, Ph.D. Jake Creagh Julia Decker

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We would like to thank the newest members of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library for their contributions.

Introducing Our Staff: Mary Fran Galat Mary Fran Galat works as the Cataloging Clerk in the Weinberg Memorial Library. 2021 marks Mary Fran’s 30th year of service working at The University of Scranton.

Question: Please tell us a little about  Mary Fran Galat

the work you do as the Cataloging Clerk at the Library.

Mary Fran: As the Cataloging Clerk, I am

responsible for bringing information on the books we order and receive at the Library into the catalog. I look up information for the books in OCLC, a national shared library database, and export that information to our online catalog. Then the books are itemed, barcoded, and have call numbers applied to the book before they leave the department for shelving by the Circulation Department. I also help to maintain monthly statistics, repair books, and help with projects.

Question: What other roles have you had in the Library?

Mary Fran: I started as a student assis-


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tant and worked on updating catalog cards, stamping, tagging, labeling books, and helped with shelving when the Library was located in Alumni Memorial Hall.

Question: This past year has brought some

new changes and challenges to how we work due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Tell us a little about your experience and working remotely?

Staff Changes George Aulisio became Interim Dean of the Library on July 1, 2021. Jean Lenville has returned to the Associate Dean of the Library position after serving as Interim Dean of the Library since January of 2020. Frank Conserette resigned from the Library faculty as Research & Instruction Librarian for Business as of August 27, 2021.


Mary Fran: I was very glad that we were able to work remotely and that we were not laid off. We were used to working a certain way, but we were glad we found ways to be able to work on cataloging projects from home. The hardest part was not having the materials we catalog in front of us but having someone come to campus and take photographs of books that needed to be cataloged and then sending the photos to us at home so we could do the searching and catalog work remotely. That was great because it was the closest to my regular cataloging work.

Question: Now that we are returning to

working on campus, how does it feel to be back in the Technical Services office?

Mary Fran: I was so happy when we were

able to come back two days a week earlier this year, and now that we are fully back on campus this summer, it is beginning to feel more like it used to. I feel like I can get so much more done. Though I do miss rolling out of bed and being able to work without needing to commute. I also miss working outside at our house in an area referred to as “The Annex.”

Question: Thirty years is a long time and you have witnessed a lot of change on campus. You worked in the old Library—Alumni Memorial Hall and now the Weinberg Memorial Library is almost 30 years old. What is your favorite part of the Library building, past and present?

Mary Fran: At Alumni Memorial Hall,

we worked in an area that was wide open in the back. Everyone worked in the same space. It was less isolated. I remember the tiny elevator and there only being one way in and out for the building. In the Weinberg Memorial Library, the Technical Services office has moved around a lot. I started on the third floor, then moved down to the first floor. It was nice to see service spaces expand

A Letter from Marian Farrell, Ph.D., President of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library Hello Everyone,

supporting the raffle and our local businesses this year. The chair of the 2021-22 Leaves of Class committee is Rosemary Shaver.

I hope summer is providing an opportunity for rest and rejuvenation!

A book sale will be held during Family Weekend on September 25

Members of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library are

and 26. All proceeds from the book sale will also benefit the Weinberg

have created various fund-raising activities to support the

and services to students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding commu-

busy planning for the upcoming year. Since 1994, the “Friends”

Memorial Library Endowment, which supports the Library collections

Weinberg Memorial Library Endowment Fund.

nities. Michael Knies is serving as chair of the book sale committee.

The 23rd Annual Ann Moskovitz Leaves of Class Raffle will return

I appreciate your support of the fundraising activities and hope

this year with a seasonal twist. Each raffle ticket will cost $25 and

you get a winning ticket and a good book!

provide multiple chances to win a prize, one chance each season during the upcoming year! The 2019 Leaves of Class raffle raised

nesses contribute to the raffle and will be listed in our social media

President, Friends of the

over $4,000 for the Library’s Endowment Fund. Many local busi-

accounts, newsletters, and brochures as a thank you. Please consider

with the construction of the Reilly Learning Commons and ProDeo Room. Having Java City added was wonderful too. I didn’t need to leave the building to grab lunch on days when there was bad weather.

Question: Do you have a favorite campus memory?

Mary Fran: I have liked being able to see

Marian Farrell, Ph.D.

Weinberg Memorial Library

Mary Fran: Traveling. Definitely looking

forward to being able to travel again. Getting back out to see movies in the theater again would be great as well.

Question: Do you have any favorite books?

Mary Fran: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.

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all the changes on campus. I enjoyed seeing all the green spaces created on campus, like when the Gunster Student Center was removed to create Dionne Green. Watching the webcam for the building of DeNaples was interesting as well. I also remember when Loyola Hall and Hyland Hall used to be parking lots. Wellness Days are always fun. I like that we get to spend this time with everyone on campus. It feels like a day off, even if it is not. Receiving the ProDeo award for 20 years in 2012 was also a good memory. My co-workers encouraged me to go to the event. It was nice to be able to attend with my co-workers and my family.

Take care,

Mary Fran in photos with Library Faculty and Staff through the years.

during the pandemic that you are looking forward to being able to do again?


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Question: What have you missed doing

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library Scranton, Pennsylvania 18510-4634

Meet the Co-Editors With the departure of Information Update Editor Frank Conserette,

joined the University in 2010 and is currently serving as interim

Associate Professor Sheli Pratt-McHugh and Assistant Professor

Department Chair for the Library.

Marleen Cloutier will be jointly taking on the role of editor for

Assistant Professor Marleen Cloutier is the Cata­

Information Update. Associate Professor Sheli Pratt-McHugh is the Learning Commons Coordinator and Research & Instruction Librarian for Technology and Outreach for The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library. Sheli has a Master of Library Science from Clarion University and a Master of Liberal Arts from Lock Haven University. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies Film and Television from the Pennsylvania State University. She

loging and Metadata Librarian for The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library. She has a Master of Science in Library and Information

Science from Drexel University with a concentration in Digital Libraries and a Bachelor of Architecture

from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Marleen is in the process of

attaining a Master of Science in Human Resources Management at

The University of Scranton. She joined the University as a Cataloging Assistant in 2016 and was appointed to her current position in 2019.


A Newsletter from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Memorial Library Scranton, Pa 18510-4634

Co-Editors: Sheli Pratt-McHugh and Marleen Cloutier Interim Dean of the Library: George J. Aulisio Phone: 570.941.7816

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