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SU Library News & Events

Carnegie Library to open 24/7 during reading days and finals

April 1st, 2015 by Julie Sharkey

Carnegie Library Reading Room Interior Students StudyingTo meet student needs for silent study space, the SU Libraries will open the Carnegie Library Reading Room 24/7 during reading days and the final exam period — Friday, April 24 through Wednesday, May 6.

The extended hours, which will use a combination of library staff and DPS officers, will correspond with Bird Library’s extended hours. Carnegie Library will return to normal hours on Thursday, May 7.

Note: the Libraries permits beverages in secure travel mugs in the Reading Room. No other form of drinks or food will be allowed in any Carnegie Library space.



Carnegie Library and Reading Room closed summer 2015 due to construction

April 1st, 2015 by Julie Sharkey

Carnegie Library exteriorThe Carnegie Library will be closed this summer, from Monday, May 11 through August 29, 2015.

Additional renovation work in the building, including the construction of new restrooms, may pose safety hazards, as well as create noise, dust, and general disruption for users of the Library.

Items needed from the library may be requested through an online request form, by calling 315-443-5727, or by stopping at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of Bird Library. Material will be retrieved and available for pickup at the Bird circulation desk or delivered to faculty offices. All summer Reserve items, including those normally held at the Carnegie Library service desk, will be available at Bird Library.

Librarians with offices in Carnegie Library will be available by appointment and can be contacted by phone or email. See the Staff Directory for contact information.

For additional information, please contact Melinda Dermody, Head of Access and Resource Sharing, at 443-5332 or

Two SU Press authors among finalists for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize

March 26th, 2015 by Pamela McLaughlin

man-booker-sliderFinalists for the Man Booker International Prize were announced recently and two Syracuse University Press authors are under consideration. Ibrahim al-Koni, author of A Sleepless Eye (2014) and Hoda Barakat, author of Disciples of Passion (2005) are among the 10 finalists.

The announcement can be located here:

The Man Booker International Prize recognizes one writer for his or her achievement in fiction. The prize, worth £60,000, is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language. The winner is chosen solely at the discretion of the judging panel and there are no submissions from publishers. The International Prize is significantly different from the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction. In seeking out literary excellence, the judges consider a writer’s body of work rather than a single novel.

For over 70 years, Syracuse University Press has been committed to serving scholars and scholarship, promoting diverse cultural and intellectual expression, and preserving the history, literature, and culture of our region. The Press publishes rigorously edited, beautifully designed, and critically acclaimed books in specialized areas, including Irish studies, Judaica, Middle East studies, Native American studies, New York State, and Peace studies.

U.S. Political Stats and SAGE Stats trials

March 26th, 2015 by Julie Sharkey

SAGE CQ PressTrial access to U.S. Political Stats and SAGE Stats is currently available.

U.S. Political Stats make it easy to see and analyze data and statistics about the U.S. government and political process.

To access U.S. Political Stats, point your browser to:

SAGE Stats provides extensive social science data covering geographies within the United States and spans topics such as healthcare, crime, education, employment, religion, and government finances.

To access SAGE Stats, point your browser to:

Feedback about both trials is welcome. Comments may be sent to Tasha Cooper at

Trial access is available until April 18, 2015.

Please note: Limited access to this resource is provided courtesy of the publisher/vendor for the purpose of evaluating the product and its potential value to the SU community.

For more information please refer to our Policy on Access to Licensed Resources.


SU Libraries to host second Human Library event

March 25th, 2015 by Pamela McLaughlin

Human Library-sliderThe Syracuse University Libraries will host its second annual Human Library event on Wednesday, April 1, from 2-5 p.m. in Bird Library, in partnership with the Disability Cultural Center, the Office of Learning Communities, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the School of Information Studies and the Slutzker Center for International Services.

During this event, human books from the SU community representing a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, areas of expertise, and life experiences will share their stories in conversation with individual “readers”. The event is intended to encourage diversity and challenge stereotypes and prejudices.

Human books—SU faculty, staff and students from a variety of campus departments—will engage in one-on-one or small group conversations for 20 minutes at a time. They will discuss different cultures, including Native American, Egyptian and Indian, as well as topics such as mental health, bullying, poetry and autism. Many of the human books will share stories of empowerment, self-discovery and overcoming obstacles to find success and happiness.

The event is open to the campus community and no preregistration is required, although participants can reserve a book in advance for a specific time, if desired, by completing the form on this page:

SU’s Human Library event is part of a regional Human Library program taking place during April, the month in which National Library Week is celebrated, with support from the Central NY Library Resources Council. The first Human Library program was held in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark (see Since then, similar events have been organized in libraries, schools and other institutions around the world.

For more information, see