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SU Library News & Events

Black History Month reception in the Special Collections Research Center

February 4th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

crisis_cover news graphicJoin us for a reception to celebrate Black History Month on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Bird Library’s 6th floor gallery. On view will be the current exhibition Black Utopias exhibition, co-curated by Professor Joan Bryant and SCRC Director Lucy Mulroney. Refreshments will be provided.

About Black Utopias 

Black Utopias”commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the best-selling narrative of one of the most prominent men of the Civil Rights era. This anniversary holds special significance for Syracuse University because the Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center is home to the records of Grove Press, the avant-garde publisher of the Autobiography. Grove hailed the book as one of its “most important” publications. The first printing of 10,000 copies sold out before it was released in October 1965.

“Black Utopias” takes the personal transformations that form the narrative arc of Malcolm X’s Autobiography as the framework for exploring a range of utopian visions that have shaped Black American life. Although utopias are, by definition, the stuff of dreams, the examples presented in this exhibition are firmly rooted in historical experiences of subjugation, inequality, and injustice. They are at once visionary and modest endeavors to craft worlds of freedom, unity, power, equality, and beauty.

The exhibit features the handwritten letter that Malcolm X sent to Alex Haley during his pilgrimage to Mecca, as well as other unique and rare materials from the collections. It includes documents by little-known individuals and such prominent figures as W.E.B. Dubois, Langston Hughes, Madam C. J. Walker, James Ford, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Exhibition dates: October 8, 2015 –  April 15, 2016

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Do-it-yourself checkout now available at Bird Library

February 1st, 2016 by Julie Sharkey

selfcheckLocated in front of the Circulation Desk on the first floor of Bird Library, a new self-checkout machine allows borrowers to check out their own books quickly and easily. This service is available 24 hours a day, even when the service desk is closed.

The new machine is easy to use and offers step-by-step touch screen instructions. Using radio frequency identification system (RFID) technology, users can check out a stack of books all at once. Users can also renew books, review due dates, and view any fines on their account.

Do-it-yourself checkout is available to current students, staff, and faculty members of Syracuse University, and patrons who otherwise have valid borrowing privileges at SU Libraries.

We appreciate your feedback about this service. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Circulation at

Changes to NSF grant proposal guidelines

January 27th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

New guidelines for researchers submitting grant proposals to the National Science Foundation are now in effect. The guidelines, announced in March 2015, apply to all grant proposals submitted after January 25, 2016. Among the most significant changes are that all peer-reviewed articles and conference papers produced with NSF funds must be deposited in an NSF-designated open access repository.

Initially, all materials will be need to be deposited in the Department of Energy’s PAGES ( system, with which NSF is partnering. In the future, the NSF will also allow deposits to be made in approved third-party repositories. Other products such as technical reports, white papers, and instructional materials will be included at a later date. Each manuscript will have a minimum set of eight mandatory metadata fields and must be in the PDF/A format. Awardee institutions will be responsible for ensuring that all requirements are met.

Currently, all data produced with NSF funds must be deposited in an open-access repository, which must be designated in the Data Management Plan (DMP) submitted with the proposal. By FY 2019, NSF expects to complete the development of standards for data repositories and related metadata and an automated system for submission and verification of compliance of DMPs, resulting in better discoverability for data and publications.

The full text of the new guidelines can be found at:

A summary of the significant changes can be found at:

The Libraries’ Research Data Services (RDS) is prepared to assist researchers with requirements set forth by the NSF and other funding agencies. Members of the RDS team are experts in each phase of the data lifecycle and can assist in the preparation of Data Management Plans, selection of an appropriate repository for data, and preparation of data and metadata. Additionally, RDS can assist with finding, collecting, and analyzing numeric and GIS data.

Focus on Architectural Materials session on January 27

January 22nd, 2016 by Julie Sharkey

Syracuse University School of Architecture and SU Libraries welcome Stacey Fox from Marvin Windows of New York, a distributor of Marvin Window and Door products in Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania, to the Architecture Reading Room Materials Focus Series.

Fox, an architectural consultant, will discuss Fenestration Innovations and Environmental Goals in a presentation at noon on Wednesday, January 27 in Slocum Hall, room 202. A demonstration at 11:30 a.m. will precede the presentation.

Pizza will be served to registered attendees. Register by contacting Barbara Opar at or at 315.443.3518.

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


You asked, we listened! Bird Library adds new power outlets

January 15th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

outletsOver semester break, 80 new power outlets were added to carrels and tables throughout the Learning Commons on the first floor of Bird Library, addressing a need that has grown more urgent with the pervasive use of electronic devices in students’ lives.

The project is the culmination of a partnership between Syracuse University Libraries and the Student Philanthropy Council, which joined forces last spring during Philanthropy Week 2015 to create the “Bird Library Plug-In” CuseFunder project. The primary focus of the initiative was to engage new student contributors. It attracted gifts from 39 individual donors and raised over $3,000.

“Students spend an incredible amount of time in Bird Library, and while the University has been hard at work making updates to the basement and first floor, students wanted to be part of the solution now and into the future,” said Ivan Robles ’15, who was the 2015 chairperson of the Student Philanthropy Council.

For more information on opportunities like this, visit the Support the Libraries web page.