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SU Library News & Events

Bird Library CD, Video, and Film location change

July 29th, 2015 by Pamela McLaughlin

Services related to the Libraries’ CD, video, and film collections have been relocated from the fourth floor in Bird Library to the third floor service desk. Music LPs and media playback equipment remain in the fourth floor location. For additional information, please contact

Mango Languages – new language learning tool now available

July 27th, 2015 by Pamela McLaughlin

Syracuse University Libraries now offer Mango Languages, mangoan innovative online language learning system. Mango offers 60 foreign languages and 17 English courses for non-native speakers (ESL), as well as a number of unique, culturally-themed specialty courses, such as Medical Spanish, Endangered Languages, Arabic Etiquette, and more. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also includes Mango Premiere, which uses foreign feature films to reinforce key concepts.

Mango courses combine real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

Mango can be accessed at the Libraries or with apps for iPhone, Android, Kindle, and Nook.

Mango Languages is useful for students planning to study abroad, international students who are learning English, faculty looking to provide complementary coursework or extra credit, or any travel enthusiast.

Elsevier downtime scheduled for August 1

July 27th, 2015 by Pamela McLaughlin

Elsevier resources will be unavailable on Saturday, August 1 for scheduled maintenance. Downtime will begin at 6 p.m. and last for 4-5 hours. The resources affected are:

  • Elsevier Research Platforms: ScienceDirect, Scopus (including Author Feedback Wizard), Engineering Village, Mendeley
  • Research Intelligence: SciVal Funding
  • R&D Solutions: Reaxys, Embase, Geofacets

Each platform will display a warning about the scheduled downtime, and during the downtime, there will be a message informing users of the temporary unavailability of service.

To stay up to date with any developments, follow the individual Twitter accounts for the products.


ProQuest downtime scheduled for August 8-9

July 16th, 2015 by Pamela McLaughlin

ProQuest databases will be unavailable from 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 8 until 6 a.m. on August 9 due to a system upgrade. During this time, the following ProQuest products will not be available:

  • Research databases
    • ProQuest platform (
    • ProQuest Congressional (
    • ProQuest Dialog (
    • Chadwyck-Healey databases (full list available here)
    • CultureGrams
    • eLibrary (all editions)
    • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
    • ProQuest Obituaries
    • ProQuest Research Companion
    • SIRS (all editions)
  • Dissertation publishing
    • ProQuest/UMI ETD Administrator
  • Reference management/Research support tools
    • RefWorks
    • COS Funding Opportunities
    • COS Scholar Universe
  • Bibliographic and catalog enrichment resources
    • Books in Print®
    • LibraryThing for Libraries™
    • ProQuest Syndetic Solutions™
    • Resources for College Libraries
  • Bowker
    • TitlePage
    • SAN (Standard Address Number)

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Susan Hildreth to rejoin Syracuse University Libraries Advisory Board

July 14th, 2015 by Pamela McLaughlin

Susan HildrethSyracuse University Libraries is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Susan Hildreth to its Advisory Board. Ms. Hildreth was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington DC. She completed her four-year term in January 2015. While at IMLS, Ms. Hildreth administered a $250 million budget, including $100 million in competitive grants for libraries and museums. She was a member of the Syracuse University Libraries Advisory Board at the time of her IMLS appointment, a position from which she had to withdraw.

Ms. Hildreth is former State Librarian of California, City Librarian at the Seattle Public Library, and City Librarian of San Francisco. She is currently executive director of three associated organizations in California: the Peninsula Library System that supports public libraries in San Mateo County, CA; the Pacific Library Partnership, a consortium of public libraries in the greater San Francisco bay area; and the Califa Group, a non-profit that provides aggregated procurement services and other statewide programs for California libraries.

“I am grateful to Ms. Hildreth for her willingness to work with us,” said Interim Dean of Libraries K. Matthew Dames. “With her professional expertise and national standing, she brings a unique perspective and adds to the Board’s considerable expertise and strategic connections.”

In commenting on her appointment, Ms. Hildreth said, “I am honored to be rejoining the Libraries Advisory Board. We are embarking on an exciting journey and I hope that I can assist in ensuring that the Syracuse University Libraries meet the digital information needs of our 21st century students and faculty while continuing to preserve and showcase the Libraries’ special and historical print collections.”

Active in professional associations throughout her career, Hildreth is past president of the Public Library Association (PLA) and member of the governing Council of the American Library Association. She is also a long-time member of the California Library Association, for which she served as president and treasurer. Hildreth graduated cum laude from Syracuse University and holds a Master’s degree in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University