Join us on Monday 3/3
for a Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon
with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Fredrik Logevall
“Obama and the World in Historical Perspective”
How should we judge Barack Obama’s foreign policy as he approaches the midpoint of his second term? And how does he compare to his predecessors in his approach to the world? In this lecture Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Fredrik Logevall places Obama’s foreign policy in historical context, with particular attention to Wilsonianism.
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The Library would like to recognize Ashleigh Bennett, a Psychology major with a minor in Philosophy, for her hard work and commitment to the Weinberg Memorial Library. Ashleigh is from Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania and has worked in Media Resources/EDLAB since August 2012. Ashleigh is friendly, self-motivated and organized which helps keep the department running smoothly, and she uses her creativity to design posters for the International Film Series. Her favorite perk of the job is previewing new films.
In addition to her work responsibilities, Ashleigh is a member of Circle K, a community service organization on campus, where she has volunteered at a local daycare center and for Safe Trick or Treat. Ashleigh’s favorite hobby is photography and her photos have been published in the University’s literary magazine Esprit for several years. Her recent photo submission “No Quarters” is on the cover of the Fall 2013 edition.
After graduation Ashleigh plans to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology and then begin working in that field.
Thank you Ashleigh! We appreciate all you do.
Congratulations to the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, who mark their twentieth anniversary in 2014! For two decades the Friends group has been committed to helping the Library excel in meeting the dynamic scholarly, cultural, and social endeavors of the University and the community at large.
In celebration of the anniversary, a small exhibit is on display in the 5th floor Heritage Room showcasing the years of support from the Friends group, including their various activities, events, and Endowment. The exhibit will be on display until Thursday, April 17th.
Visit our Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library webpage to learn more about the Friends group and how you can become a member.
For more information about the exhibit, please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies Michael.Knies@Scranton.edu 570-941-6341.
The library is currently seeking submissions for the 4th annual Environmental Art Show that will be held from April 14th until 3:30PM on the 24th. There will be a reception held on Wednesday April 23rd—more details to follow in the coming months.
The purpose of the Environmental Art Show is to promote the natural beauty of our environment and the concept of sustainability through artworks of all types, including painting, photography, repurposed goods, sculpture, and more. The show is comprised entirely of University of Scranton student, staff, and faculty submissions, so please consider contributing!
The deadline for submissions is set for Friday, April 11, 2014. All works of art are returned after the exhibit is closed on April 24.
For photos from the past Environmental Art Shows see the following links:
EAS 2011 — EAS 2012 — EAS 2013
On behalf of the Circulation Services staff, we would like to recognize our student worker Laura Urbanovich, a 2013 U of S Cum Laude Graduate who is now in the process of earning her Masters in Occupational Therapy. Laura comes from Nutley, New Jersey and she began her studies in the Fall of 2009. Majoring in Health Sciences with a Minor in Psychology, she has been employed with us since Spring 2010. At the Circulation Desk her popularity is evident as you can hear the exchange of greetings from many passersby whenever she is working there. Always smiling, she has the perfect personality for and really enjoys the customer service aspects of her job. She recognizes the library’s many great resources and encourages other students to ask for help when they need it.
Laura is a member of the Student Occupational Therapy Association and has participated in Divinely Designed Retreat and Intramural Sports. She enjoys skiing, music and reading. Her favorite book is The Great Gatsby and her favorite movie is Mean Girls. Two of her favorite professors are Dr. Charles Pinches of the Theology Department and Dr. Marlene Morgan of the Occupational Therapy Department. One fun fact about Laura is that she loves to travel! She’s been to Jamaica with ISP, Ireland, Dubai and took a travel course in Uganda. When she’s not studying or working on campus, she works at a local day care center.
When her studies here are completed, she hopes to continue traveling and find a job that she loves!
Thank you Laura!
Due to the heavy snow that is forecast to continue throughout the day, the library will be closing at 4PM today.
The Reilly Learning Commons and Pro Deo rooms will continue to be open to all students with a current Royal Card. Please swipe your Royal Card to gain entrance into either room.
The library will continue to support virtual reference services throughout the night (24 hours). Simply click the Ask A Librarian chat box on any of the library’s main pages or the image below.
Hi everyone. It may be snowing, but the library is open.
Drop by and catch up on some of that work you’ve been putting off!
Portrait of Abraham Lincoln by a pupil of penman G. H. Lockwood, as published in the February 1908 issue of The American Penman. (from our Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Collection)
Today, as part of The Day We Fight Back, a national demonstration against mass surveillance, the American Library Association is urging library supporters to ask their representatives in Congress to support the USA FREEDOM Act (S.1599 and H.R.3361).
ALA’s Washington Office explains why:
ALA is making this effort because of the library community’s long standing commitment to privacy, starting with the protection of patron library records. Grassroots support from ALA has meant a lot to the reform attempts since passage of the USA PATRIOT Act in 2001. Now with public knowledge about the extensive surveillance of telephone records and other revelations, there is an opportunity get some real reforms to the surveillance system. That is why we need our library voices to express the need for ending mass surveillance, bring due process to the FISA court process and rationality to the collection and retention of data about millions of people.
The FREEDOM Act, introduced by Senator Pat Leahy (D-Vermont) and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin), seeks to end bulk collection of Americans’ communications information and introduce transparency and oversight for National Security Agency investigations. As ALA explains:
This bicameral piece of legislation is intended to end bulk collection of telephone metadata, prevent bulk collection of Internet metadata, and permit companies to report publicly on the number of FISA orders and National Security Letters they have received and complied with, and the number of users (or accounts) whose information was sought under those orders and letters.
The bill would also require the government itself to make additional disclosures about the intelligence surveillance it conducts. It would also establish a process for declassifying significant opinions issued by the FISA court and create an Office of the Special Advocate charged with arguing for privacy at the FISA Court.
Please ask both your U.S. representative and senators to co-sponsor this important legislation. If your any of your legislators have already co-sponsored, please thank them for bringing more transparency and oversight to these spying programs.
Photo courtesy of Film Movement
Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Friday February 21, 2014 in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library for a free presentation of the American coming-of-age film Foreign Letters. A brief discussion will follow the film.
Set in the 1980’s, Film Movement describes Foreign Letters as the story of Ellie, a 12-year-old immigrant from Israel who is lonely and homesick. Life brightens when she meets Thuy, a Vietnamese refugee her age. Trust slowly builds as the two teach each other about life in America. As Ellie and Thuy become inseparable, they eventually hurt and betray each other. Ellie must give up her most prized possession, in order to save their friendship. Based on filmmaker Ela Their’s experiences, Foreign Letters is a story about prejudice, poverty, shame, and the power of friendship to heal us.
Foreign Letters is in English, Hebrew and Vietnamese with English subtitles.
This event is open to faculty, staff, students and the public. Please email Sharon.email@example.com for reservations.