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Green Roofs: Lessons Learned presentation on October 22

October 20th, 2014 by Julie Sharkey

green roofsSU Libraries and the School of Architecture are pleased to present a second event this fall in their materials awareness program. The Architecture Reading Room staff have organized a series to highlight both the physical samples collection, as well as provide an education component to a unique collection.

A presentation by Building Envelope Technologies (BET) will take place on Wednesday, October 22 from 11:00 to noon in Slocum Hall, Room 402.

BET also offers CES credits to graduates and working professionals.

The presentation is open to students, faculty, alumni, and guests. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact Barbara Opar at or at 315-443-3518.

SU Libraries to award adult education research grants

October 13th, 2014 by Pamela McLaughlin

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University Libraries invites applicants for its Alexander N. and Margaret Charters Adult Education Grants-in-Aid Program, now in its seventh year. Up to $4,000 of grants-in-aid will be awarded in 2014 to researchers, scholars, and practitioners. The actual amount of each award will depend upon the scope of the research outlined in the applicant’s proposal. Winners will be encouraged to submit copies of any scholarly output resulting from their work for inclusion in SUrface, Syracuse University’s institutional repository.

The application deadline is January 15, 2015; winners will be announced by March 1, 2015. Grant funds must be used between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. For information on how to apply, visit the Charters Grants-in-Aid Program website.

The Charters Library of Resources for Educators of Adults is the world’s most comprehensive collection of English-language materials in the field of adult and continuing education. The collection includes more than 90 manuscript collections, 2,100 books, 50 professional journals, 220 newsletters, 400 sound recordings, 100 video recordings, 10,000 photographs, and 2,800 master’s theses and dissertations. Also included are the papers of individuals such as William Langner, Beverly Cassara, and its namesake, Alexander Charters, as well as the records of such pivotal organizations as Laubach Literacy International, the National University Continuing Education Association, and the Adult Education Association/American Association for Adult and Continuing Education. More information is available on the SCRC website.

The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries, home of the Charters Library, has more than 150,000 printed works and over 2,000 manuscript and archival collections. Its holdings are particularly strong in the 20th century, and include the personal papers and manuscripts of such luminaries as artist Grace Hartigan, inspirational preacher Norman Vincent Peale, author Joyce Carol Oates, photojournalist Margaret Bourke White, and industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague, as well as the records of organizations such as avant-garde publisher Grove Press. A full list of all SCRC collections is available from our website at

A dozen news databases every SU student should know!

October 9th, 2014 by Pamela McLaughlin

In salt-pressupport of the Newhouse School’s recent participation in the first ever National News Engagement Day on October 7, this SU Libraries Subject Guide highlights 12 examples of leading online news & newspaper databases worth a look.  All are available to Syracuse University affiliated students, staff, and faculty, 24/7 & 365 days per year:

For more information about news databases at SU Libraries, contact public communications librarian, Michael Pasqualoni, at



Lecture by visiting scholar Mary Freeman

October 7th, 2014 by Julie Sharkey

Mary FreemanMary Freeman will present Letter Writing and Politics in the Campaign against Slavery on October 29 at noon in the Special Collections Research Center on the sixth floor of Bird Library. Her presentation is part of the CNY Humanities Corridor Visiting Scholars Brownbag series.

Freeman’s doctoral research focuses on letter writing as a form of political action in the decades leading up to the Civil War. For people in the mid-nineteenth century United States, letter writing was more than simply a means of transmitting information from point A to point B. Letters were crucial venues for intimate discussion, self-reflection, and, in certain instances, political action. During this period, Americans of many different backgrounds joined a national collective in opposition to slavery. Letter writing provided a space for abolitionists to trade information, articulate their organizational vision, and, most importantly, to stake claims as participants in this national political collective.

The correspondence of prominent abolitionists like Gerrit Smith and Samuel May as well as the letters of lesser-known activists including members of the Post and Porter families of Rochester, New York equally shed light on the question of what opponents of slavery thought their letter writing could accomplish.

Mary Freeman is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University studying nineteenth-century U. S. history. She received her BA from Williams College. Her research interests include letter writing, the history of slavery and abolition, women’s history, and the American Civil War. She also works as a research assistant and processing intern at the Columbia Rare Book and Manuscript Library and as a tour guide at the Brooklyn Historical Society. trial

October 6th, 2014 by Julie Sharkey

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