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University to Expand Libraries’ South Campus Facility for University Research Treasures

July 21st, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

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Dean of Libraries David Seaman has announced the creation of a state-of-the-art addition to the Syracuse University Libraries Facility, to provide 15,000 square feet of climate-controlled space in which to preserve the University’s rare and archival research and teaching collections. This much- needed expansion is funded in part by a gift from Bill Brodsky ’65, G’68 and Joan Brodsky ’67, G’68, alumni and generous supporters of the University. The design phase of the project will begin immediately, with construction expected to be completed in 2017.

The first module of the facility opened in 2012 and can hold 1.2 million books and journals in climate-controlled conditions. Circulating materials housed here are delivered speedily to campus upon request, or digitized and sent via email. The impact of the facility to date has been considerable, freeing up space on campus for new library acquisitions, and allowing for dramatic renovations to the lower floors of Bird Library, now open 24 hours during the week all semester and the busiest student space on campus. It is expected that the upcoming expansion to the facility will be equally impactful on research and teaching.

The planned second module will expand what can be stored at the facility to include materials from Special Collections, University Archives, and the Belfer Audio Archive. The facility will include cool and cold storage vaults that will provide optimal environmental conditions to ensure the long-term viability of the unique paper, film, audio, and photographic materials held by the University. The storage facility will significantly increase the Libraries’ ability to provide users with both original materials and digital copies for teaching and research. The University’s institutional history, held in the University Archives, will also be easier to access thanks to this capital investment in the Syracuse University Libraries.

“These expanded and enhanced spaces are part of a broader plan for the curation and digitization of Syracuse University’s pre-eminent research collections, to meet the needs of faculty and students into the future,” said Dean Seaman. “The new module will enable future generations of scholars and students to discover and use the Libraries’ landmark photography and media collections, such as the Margaret Bourke-White and Clara Sipprell collections, the University film archives, and many others.”

“Bill and I are pleased to be able to provide this gift to Syracuse University,” says Joan Brodsky. “This state-of-the-art facility is a critical component of the Libraries’ infrastructure for preserving and providing access to its very fragile treasures.” Fundraising continues for this and other library infrastructures and spaces.

The Brodskys have a long-standing relationship with the University, from which they each hold two degrees. Their three sons are also University graduates, as is Bill’s brother and both of Joan’s brothers. Bill is a Life Trustee of the University and served on the Law School Board of Advisors from 1995-2003. He is chairman of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, after beginning his career as an attorney in the securities industry. Joan is a member of the Syracuse University Libraries Advisory Board and a former member of the iSchool Advisory Board. She also serves on the boards of the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Foundation Board of the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Ill., and the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

 

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Libraries offer Veteran Documentary Corps films through Kanopy

July 18th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

KanopyThe Kanopy streaming video service now includes films from the Veteran Documentary Corps (VDC), a non-profit organization based at San Francisco State University (SFSU) that produces short documentaries about military veterans.

Each documentary features one veteran, and is produced and directed by a professional filmmaker who ensures that veteran’s story is conveyed with honor, artistry, and truth. Stories come from all branches of service, military jobs, campaigns, and nations. Featured veterans participate in the editing process and have final approval before the film is released to the public.

By pairing professional filmmakers with military veterans, the VDC aims to facilitate greater understanding of the diverse personalities, struggles, and successes that define the veteran experience through the art of documentary filmmaking.  Among their goals, the VDC hopes to engage veterans, families, citizens, and policymakers in meaningful discussions about veteran experiences, issues, and interests.

Veteran Documentary Corps was founded in 2011 by Dr. Daniel Bernardi, an Iraq War Veteran (2009-10) and cinema scholar, and is based at SFSU’s Documentary Film Institute. VDC filmmakers are all seasoned professionals, including Daniel Bernardi, Silvia Turchin, Adan Pulido, and David Washburn.

There are 18 VDC films currently available in Kanopy. For the complete list; see http://syr.kanopystreaming.com/catalog/791. VDC has produced 30 films and aims to complete 100 by 2020.

Syracuse University Libraries provide campus access to the Kanopy streaming video service, which offers more than 26,000 films. Kanopy’s unique PDA (patron-driven acquisition) model ensures that institutions only pay for the films their students and faculty actually watch. Kanopy works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer award-winning collections including titles from PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation, and more.

For more information on this project, see veterandocs.org. For more information on using Kanopy, contact Janet Pease at jlpease@syr.edu.

Janet Pease appointed to National Network of Libraries of Medicine Academic Special Advisory Group

July 15th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

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Janet Pease, head of collections and research services at Syracuse University Libraries, has been named to the Academic Special Advisory Group (SAG) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR). One of eight regions in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NN/LM MAR includes Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The Advisory Group was formed to focus on librarians, faculty, students, and staff working in university health centers, community colleges, and other 2- and 4-year colleges and universities supporting health sciences programs, library science, emergency management, and environmental health. The group will:

  • Advise on ways to improve awareness of and access to biomedical and health information resources;
  • Assist in assessing health information needs by monitoring activities in their state, regional area, and profession;
  • Identify partner organizations, training, and funding opportunities to promote NLM resources;
  • Serve as ambassadors in furthering the goals of and encouraging participation in NN/LM and NLM programs;
  • Assist with review of applications for NN/LM MAR awards.

NN/LM’s overarching purpose is to equalize and enhance access to health information throughout the United States. The network is vital in the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM’s) outreach efforts to health professionals and the public to increase awareness of, facilitate access to, and provide training in the use of NLM’s web-based information resources, coordinate basic Network services that support access to biomedical and health information, and work to improve the supporting infrastructure for health sciences libraries. The goal is to provide access to accurate and up-to-date health information to health professionals, patients, families, and the general public, irrespective of their geographic location in an evolving information landscape.

Braden Croy named Program Manager, Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University

July 11th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

Braden_CroyBraden Croy will join the Blackstone LaunchPad team on July 18 as Program Manager, supporting the expansion of the new experiential entrepreneurship program located in Bird Library.

In this new role, Croy will work with Executive Director Linda Dickerson Hartsock on project implementation milestones, particularly in regard to faculty and student outreach, to develop an entrepreneurial pipeline. Among his responsibilities will be to expand the number of ventures enrolled in the Blackstone LaunchPad platform, to assist with student coaching, and to develop events and activities that foster connections and team building across Syracuse University’s innovation ecosystem.

A graduate of Virginia Tech, Croy has been an active member of the campus and community entrepreneurship network. He served as a program manager for the StartFast Venture Accelerator, a facilitator for the New Explorations in Information and Science (NEXIS) program and the Syracuse Student Sandbox, and was part of a Syracuse enterprise startup based at the Tech Garden. He was a student entrepreneur at Virginia Tech, as founder and CEO of Cloud Conservatory. He has been a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops on building entrepreneurial networks, including a number of international workshops. He enjoys telling the story of how he started his path as an entrepreneur at age five, picking vegetables out of his parents’ garden and selling them back at a significant markup.

An as active member of entrepreneur communities at both Virginia Tech and Syracuse University, Croy has participated in Spring Break in Silicon Valley, Entretech, TEDx, and Startup Weekends in Syracuse and in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he won prizes. He was student president of the Virginia Tech Entrepreneurship Club, and also the recipient of the prestigious K50 Award from the Kairos Society, which recognizes the most innovative student startups in the world.

“Entrepreneurship embodies Braden’s leadership style,” said Hartsock. “He’s an innovative thinker with a track record as both a student and community entrepreneur, and has a keen understanding of technologies, products, markets and teams that lead to successful startup companies.”

“Syracuse University has contributed significantly to the growing field of entrepreneurship,” said Croy. “This position represents an opportunity to grow an inclusive, results-driven, cross-campus entrepreneurship ecosystem as a member of Blackstone’s international network. I’ve never come across a more dedicated and energetic group of entrepreneurship educators and community members than here at Syracuse University.”

Croy will be based at the Blackstone LaunchPad in Bird Library and can be reached via Twitter @pbcroy or via e-mail:  pbcroy@syr.edu.

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Blackstone LaunchPad is an experiential, campus-based program open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. It is designed to develop entrepreneurial skills and mindsets through individualized coaching, ideation, and venture creation support. Based on a successful model started at the University of Miami, and further developed by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, the program is available to more than 500,000 students at campuses globally. For more information:  https://www.blackstonelaunchpad.org

The Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University is located on the main level of Bird Library, placing entrepreneurship at the center of academic life and incorporating it into the resource network of Syracuse University Libraries. The Blackstone LaunchPad complements Syracuse University’s rich array of entrepreneurship initiatives, and connects them to a national network providing support for aspiring entrepreneurs.  Follow the LaunchPad at https://www.facebook.com/LaunchPadSYR or learn more by e-mailing: LaunchPad@syr.edu

Blackstone LaunchPad concludes Finance Forum series on July 21

July 11th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

The Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University is collaborating with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Excelsior Growth Fund (EGF) to present a Finance Forum for startups and small business owners on July 21 at Bird Library.  The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the LaunchPad and the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons and features speakers are from EGF.  A not-for-profit Community Development Financial Institution, EGF promotes economic development and job creation in New York State by providing access to alternative sources of capital, small business loans, and business advisory services.

The event concludes a Small Business Financial Seminar Series presented by EGF finance experts in partnership with the LaunchPad. Previous workshops focused on Financial Management and Access to Capital.  Attendees learned how to make informed financial decisions, analyze business financials, and utilize tangible tools for evaluating the financial health of the company.  They also explored how to secure funding at the best terms possible, how lenders evaluate their business, and about personal and business credit, and credit repair.

“Financial management and access to capital are two critical issues facing small businesses, and this series is designed to provide critical tools, resources, and strategies that can be implemented in the business the very next day,” said Steve Cohen, president of Excelsior Growth Fund. “It’s a very practical crash course to help business owners succeed in accessing capital and managing the firm’s finances.” Cohen was previously Executive Vice President and Deputy Commissioner at Empire State Development, where he headed the Department of Small Business Services and Community Economic Development.

The program agenda is:

8:30 a.m.          Networking and light breakfast refreshments in the LaunchPad, Room 120, Bird Library

9:00 a.m.          Program in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114, Bird Library

Exploring The Capital Continuum:  What types of capital are available, and what’s right for you?

Experts will discuss sources of capital for new businesses, capital for growing businesses, alternate sources of capital, and capital comparison sources.  They discuss the “true cost” of capital and other critical considerations when seeking funding.

9:30 a.m.        “The Art of the Pitch”

Applications are being accepted to be one of the “Three Most Promising Pitches” to pitch to a funder’s panel. A panel scorecard will be provided in advance to help refine pitches.  Funders will critique and provide feedback loop that all participants can learn from.  Ideal presenters will have at least one year in business, have positive cash flow or be close to break-even, and have opportunities to grow their business and secure additional capital.

10:30 a.m.       Funder Feedback

Attendees can meet one-on-one with a financing expert who will create a personalized action plan, connect with funders and capital providers on specific product recommendations, and learn how to build the strongest possible application. There will also be an opportunity to visit with the resource panel and meet with representatives from the SBA, SBDC, Tech Garden, WISE Women’s Center and the Blackstone LaunchPad.

The program is free, but pre-registration is required. Register on-line:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/small-business-financial-seminar-series-financing-forum-tickets-26117052808

Events partners include The U.S. Small Business Administration, SBDC, Tech Garden, WISE Women’s Business Center and Whitman School of Management, and the Central New York Technology Development Organization.

About the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University:

An experiential, campus program that is open to students, faculty, staff and alumni, the LaunchPad is designed to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career path, and help develop entrepreneurial skills through individualized coaching, ideation, and venture creation support.  The LaunchPad at Syracuse University is located on the main level of Bird Library, placing entrepreneurship at the center of academic life, and incorporating it into the resource network of Syracuse University Libraries.  The LaunchPad helps connect Syracuse University’s rich array of entrepreneurship initiatives with a national network providing support for aspiring entrepreneurs.

To sign-up and become part of the network, log on to:  https://blackstonelaunchpad.org/