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SU Library News & Events

Patrick Williams receives Libraries’ Distinguished Service Award

December 2nd, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

patrick-1Patrick Williams, Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities, was selected to receive the 2016 Distinguished Service Award by the Syracuse University Libraries Assembly (SULA). This award represents recognition by Patrick’s peers for significant contributions to Syracuse University Libraries and the Syracuse University community.

Throughout his time with Syracuse University Libraries, Patrick’s dedication, hard work, unfailing collegiality, and consistently positive representation of what the Libraries have to offer have enriched intellectual life on campus and beyond. Of special note is his commitment to, and enthusiasm for, sharing the Libraries’ remarkable resources to engage and inspire students, as well as his collaborations within the Libraries, across campus, and in the greater digital humanities community.

In addition to being actively involved in the field of librarianship through his own publications, Patrick works regularly with high school students across New York State in Project Advance, and with undergraduate and graduate students through instructional classes and experiential learning. He is also an indispensable resource for faculty in their teaching and research, with one supporter stating, “His work to help me feel included in the creative and scholarly work happening on campus, and his interest in my teaching and creative work, have stood out among all of my encounters with various other faculty, staff, and administrators at the University. Patrick has a gift for bringing people together around exciting intellectual opportunities.”

Members of the selection panel for 2016 were Nicolette A. Dobrowolski (chair), Suzanne Preate, Lisa Brigandi, Sarah Allis, and Kristin K. Neri. Patrick received a gift and a certificate of appreciation. His name was added to the engraved list of recipients that appears on a plaque on the 1st floor of Bird Library.

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

December 2nd, 2016 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, December 9 through Thursday, December 15.

The extended hours, which will use a combination of library staff and DPS officers, will correspond with Bird Library’s extended hours, which normally operates on a 24-hour schedule.

Carnegie Library will return to normal hours on Friday, December 16.

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.





New resources added to Libraries’ collections

November 30th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

The Libraries have added the following three resources to its collections:

SAGE Research Methods Cases, more than 500 specially commissioned case studies of social research projects that highlight project design and methods application. They demonstrate the obstacles and choices researchers face when their project moves from paper to the often messy real world of test subjects.

Pidgeon Digital provides access to talks (shown as online presentations) by key architects and designers. Notable speakers, both past and present, who continue to have a lasting influence include: Cedric Price, Denys Lasdun, Felix Candela, Frank Newby, James Stirling, Konrad Wachsmann, Maxwell Fry, Norman Foster, Peter Rice, Philip Johnson, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Richard Rogers, Serge Chermayeff, Ted Happold, and Zaha Hadid.

SHELDUS, Special Hazard Events and Losses Database for the United States, is a data set providing county-level information about natural hazard events, such thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, flash floods, heavy rainfall, etc., from 1960 to present. Compiled by the Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute at the University of South Carolina, the database contains the date of an event, affected location (county and state), and the direct losses caused by the event (property and crop losses, injuries, and fatalities). Please note that only aggregate data is part of the subscription. For additional information, see the product FAQ.

For additional information on accessing these resources, please use the Ask Us! page or contact your subject librarian. To suggestion a new resource to the Libraries, use the Suggest a Title form.

Historian Finds Gritty Story of Child’s Life Documented in Special Collections

November 29th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

muckers-coverSyracuse University News Services is fortunate to have engaged Syracuse writer Sean Kirst to create a series of stories unique to Syracuse University. Among his first is this account of newly-published Syracuse University Press book, The Muckers, edited by historian Woody Register. The manuscript was discovered in 2012 in Special Collections by Register when he was a Humanities Corridor-funded visiting scholar.





Focus on Architectural Materials session on November 30

November 18th, 2016 by Julie Sharkey

sky-wallsSyracuse University School of Architecture and SU Libraries welcome Joseph Yenna from Sky Walls–a New York City-based firm that designs, fabricates, and installs interior wall systems–to the Architecture Reading Room Materials Focus Series on Wednesday, November 30 at 11:30 a.m. in Slocum Hall, room 202.

Yenna, an architectural wall specialist, will speak about the significance of materials in design, explain the revolutionary materials Sky Walls implements in its work, and discuss the company’s innovative approaches and solutions to architectural wall systems.

Refreshments will also be provided during the lecture, which will last about an hour.

Please contact Barbara Opar at or at 315.443.3518 for more information.

Materials focus sessions are open to the SU community and the public.