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SU Library News & Events

Jenny Doctor headed to University of Cincinnati Libraries

September 27th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

Doctor_JennyDr. Jenny Doctor, director of the Belfer Audio Archive at Syracuse University Libraries and associate professor in the Newhouse School, has accepted a new position as head of the Albino Gorno Memorial Music Library at the University of Cincinnati and associate professor of musicology at the College-Conservatory of Music. She begins her new position on November 1, 2016.

Jenny arrived at Syracuse University in early 2012 from the University of York (UK) and has worked diligently to elevate Belfer’s profile, both locally and nationally, through significant events, successful grant programs, connections to the curriculum, and more. The Libraries will build on her legacy for years to come.



“Meet and Greet” with Courtney Young, former President of the American Library Association

September 22nd, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

courtney-young-sliderThe Syracuse University Libraries and the School of Information Studies (iSchool) will host a “meet and greet” with Courtney Young, former president of the American Library Association, on Monday, October 3, 2016 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in Bird Library’s Peter Graham Scholarly Commons. Brief remarks will be given by iSchool Dean Liz Liddy, Libraries’ Associate Dean Lisa Moeckel, and Ms. Young.

Courtney Young served as president of the American Library Association for 2014–2015, ending her term as past president in June 2016. During her presidency, Ms. Young focused on diversity, career development, and community engagement and outreach. She was named a 2011 Library Journal Mover & Shaker – Change Agent for her work in highlighting issues of diversity in libraries and academia.

Ms. Young is currently Head Librarian and Professor of Women’s Studies at the Greater Allegheny campus of Pennsylvania State University. Among her many roles, she has served as an academic advisor to students, coordinated an honors program, worked to improve university-wide virtual reference services, and evaluated and tracked diversity of the library’s acquisitions. She previously worked at other campuses of Penn State, as well as at Michigan State University and The Ohio State University. She holds a B.A. in English from The College of Wooster (1996) and an M.L.S. from Simmons College (1997).

Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week is Sept. 25 to October 1, 2016

September 21st, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

BBW2016_heroes_0The Syracuse University Libraries will celebrate Banned Books Week from September 25-October 1, 2016. Throughout the week, books that have been banned or challenged over the years will be on display on the 1st floor of Bird Library. Readers will be encouraged to check out these books as well as post their own photos on social media in front of the Banned Books Week “mugshot” poster to celebrate their freedom to read.

In addition, the Libraries will host a “Black & Banned” campus read-in event on Tuesday, September 27, from 4-6pm, just outside of the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of Bird Library. The event will feature readings by and about African-Americans that have been banned and challenged. Sponsors include the African American Studies Department, the English Department, Syracuse University Libraries, Anthropology Graduate Student Organization, Alpha Phi Alpha/Delta Zeta Chapter, Black Graduate Student Association, and Onondaga Community College Library.  Participants will receive free Banned Books Week buttons, bookmarks, and can enter for a chance to win a banned book.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information, while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings and challenges of books across the United States [American Library Association. (2016). Banned Books Week. Retrieved from]

For more information on Banned Books Week, see or contact Tarida Anantachai at or at 315.443.9780.

Introduction to the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive: Conducting Research with Audiovisual Testimonies of Genocide Survivors

September 19th, 2016 by Julie Sharkey

Emilie Garrigou-KemptonOn Monday October 10, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Bird Library, Emilie Garrigou-Kempton (Center for Advanced Genocide Research, University of Southern California), will present an introduction for researchers and teachers to the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive (VHA) database, a repository of over 50,000 video testimonies from survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides.

The VHA workshop will familiarize attendees with the database interface and search engine; showcase examples of testimony use in innovative research and teaching by scholars from a wide range of disciplines; and allow attendees to start exploring material relevant to their own research and/or teaching.

Initially a repository of Holocaust testimony, the VHA has expanded to include testimonies from the Armenian Genocide of World War I, the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China, the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, and the Guatemalan Genocide of 1978-1996. Collected interviews span 63 countries and 41 languages. In a vast majority of VHA survivor testimonies, interviewees speak of matters related to “place,” e.g., beloved family homes from which they had to flee or from which they were forcibly removed because of persecution; places of incomprehensible suffering; and places of refuge.

The USC Shoah Foundation is “dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides a compelling voice for education and action.”

This event is sponsored by the Humanities Center and the Syracuse University Libraries. Co-sponsors include the School of Education – Holocaust & Genocide Education Program; Maxwell School – Department of History, with the Newhouse School, Documentary Film & History; and the College of Arts & Sciences – Department of Languages, Literature, & Linguistics.


“Suspicious Suspension”: new Biblio Gallery show by visual artist Hesam Fetrati opens September 9

September 7th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

Hesam_Fetrati-Stationary-Train-sliderA series of pen and ink drawings by Hesam Fetrati will open in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library on September 9.  Born in Tehran, Iran in 1981, Fetrati is currently a doctor of visual art candidate at Griffith University in Australia.

Artist statement:

 “The collective series of artwork “Suspicious Suspension” is my interpretation of the distress caused through the common, harmful, and global activity of displacement. This exhibit contains three series: Severed Roots, Blindness, and Suspension. This body of work addresses contemporary issues of diaspora, hope, despair, and the hopelessness associated with the act of displacement. The severed trees, decomposing fish, and abandoned suitcases are my repeated stereotypes. They highlight the harmful acts of separation, distress, dilution, and loss of people who have been cut off and forced from their cultural heritage, their motherland, and their geographic place. I use satire in these drawings to comment on issues of forced migration. The three series start with a narrative form into which I weave my understanding of the mental states of mind and physical hardships endured on the journey from one state of mind/place to another. My drawings seek to give voice to the ‘speechless’ members of society – the refugee, the displaced, and those who, like myself, are transitioning from one culture/place into another. I see myself as part of this situation and at the same time I try to position myself outside of it in order to look at it more objectively. In an effort to avoid repetitive imagery, which would just show the Dickensian life of displaced people and victimise them, I have pursued a balance of subliminal narratives and hidden text. I have tried to avoid making a series of work to reflect the anger and compassion of the victim and the viewer. Instead, I reflect more on the context surrounding the situation and allow the viewer to pass their own judgment on the activity. I have chosen to use black ink on paper and limited edition print for this series in reference to an ancient mode of communication and broadcasting.”

The exhibit will be up until mid-spring 2017.

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at or see the Biblio Gallery website.