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Learning from Colin Rowe: The Syracuse Connection

November 20th, 2015 by Julie Sharkey

colin roweThe American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and the Architecture Reading Room present its fall book club event, Learning from Colin Rowe: The Syracuse Connection on Thursday, December 3 at 5:15 p.m. in the Slocum Hall Auditorium.

Professors Art McDonald and Bruce Abbey will share their thoughts on the teachings of Colin Rowe, the author of highly-regarded works like The Mathematics of the Ideal Villa and Collage City. Other faculty participants will include Randall Korman, Liz Kamell, and Lawrence Chua.

The event will be moderated by assistant professor and graduate of the Syracuse Architecture program, Joseph Godlewski ’00.

Additional participants are welcome.

A reception, sponsored by the Syracuse University Libraries, will follow.


C-SPAN’s Cities Tour Syracuse Weekend to air November 21-22

November 19th, 2015 by Pamela McLaughlin

The comcities tourmunity of Syracuse, New York will be featured in C-SPAN’s Cities Tour the weekend of November 21-22. C-SPAN Cities Tour staff visited numerous locations in the area to explore the unique history and literary culture of Syracuse, New York.

Individual segments will air throughout the weekend and the full Syracuse programming will be shown on Saturday, November 21 at 8 p.m. on C-SPAN2’s Book TV (Time Warner Cable channels 92 and 226) and on Sunday, November 22 at 2 p.m. on C-SPAN3’s American History TV (Time Warner Cable channel 227). Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s segment kicks off Syracuse Weekend on Friday, November 20, airing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal between 7 a.m.  – 10 a.m.

Among those profiled in the series, the team visited the Special Collections Research Center in Syracuse University Libraries, where Curator William LaMoy highlighted the Gerrit Smith Collection and the anti-slavery movement in Syracuse in mid-1800’s. The team also profiles a number of historic sites in the area, including the home of Matilda Joslyn Gage, Harriet Tubman House, the Jerry Rescue Monument, the Erie Canal Museum, and the Salt Museum.

Also featured were SU Press author Marsha Weissman, who discusses her book Prelude to Prison and the link between school suspension and incarceration in the United States. SU History professor Carol Faulkner, author of Lucretia Mott’s Heresy, reveals the motivations of one of the most controversial women in nineteenth-century America. Tadodaho of the Onondaga Indian Nation, Chief Sidney Hill talks about the history of Haudenosaunee Confederacy of Iroquois nations from its beginnings to today.

For more information, visit, where a special “Syracuse” city web page will be available to view the programming after it airs. In addition, all video segments will be available indefinitely on the C-SPAN Video Library site at .

Artstor expands content to include architectural plans, related materials

November 17th, 2015 by Pamela McLaughlin

ArtstorArtstor, a major provider of images for use in the teaching and study of art, architecture, and archaeology, has added 10,000 architectural images through a partnership with the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) and the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.

Curated by Professors Mary McLeod and Kenneth Frampton from Avery’s extensive holdings, the collection will eventually include 20,000 images. It is based on GSAPP’s history of modern architecture curriculum and covers the history of modern buildings, focusing primarily on 20th-century modernism. The Plans and Sections project comprises 1,000 projects from 44 countries, the majority of them of built works, and also includes documentation of unbuilt projects and competitions. This is the first time this rich body of visual material and related scholarship has been made available online.

Other specialized image collections in Artstor include Asian art, Native American art and culture from the Smithsonian, the MoMA collection for architecture and design, and the Schlesinger photograph collection on the history of women in America.

For more information, contact Architecture Librarian Barbara Opar or see the Artstor blog.

Delmas Foundation awards Syracuse University Libraries grant for Faculty Fellows program

November 10th, 2015 by Pamela McLaughlin

DSC_6597The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation has awarded Syracuse University Libraries an $18,000 grant to support a pilot Faculty Fellows program in the Special Collections Research Center. The goal of the program is to support faculty in developing courses that incorporate the use of the Libraries’ rich special collections and archives. The program will make a significant impact on the undergraduate experience at Syracuse University by engaging faculty who would like to provide students with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to handle, analyze, and interpret SCRC’s primary source materials in their classes.

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) has long been at the forefront of collecting materials that document the history of our global society, including original manuscripts, photographs, architectural plans, industrial design prototypes and graphic artworks, audio and moving image recordings, and many other formats. These collections provide unfiltered access to primary source material, the “authentic voice” of a writer or creator, from which students can develop their own views and create their own narratives.

The grant project will engage a cohort of faculty and librarians to design, pilot, and evaluate a sustainable Faculty Fellows program. Project manager Dr. Lucy Mulroney, Senior Director of the Special Collections Research Center, says, “This program aims to support innovative undergraduate curriculum development and foster new ideas about how to transform the role of special collections in the university’s pedagogical approach.” Dean of Libraries David Seaman adds, “The Fellows program will expand upon SCRC’s existing instructional program, support undergraduate research, and promote experiental learning – all activities that are of growing importance to the SU Libraries.”

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions which transmit our cultural heritage.

A Faculty Fellows Advisory Team will be established to articulate the vision, goals, and assessment criteria to evaluate the pilot and will appoint two pilot Fellows in spring 2016. To express interest in participating in the program, contact Lucy Mulroney, Senior Director of the Special Collections Research Center at

Scott Warren appointed Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship

November 9th, 2015 by Pamela McLaughlin

Scott WarrenIn an announcement on November 5, Libraries’ Dean David Seaman has appointed Scott Warren as Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship. Warren served as interim Associate Dean for more than two years. Seaman noted Warren’s leadership of collection management, scholarly communication, and subject liaison librarian services.

Prior to this position, Warren was Head of Collections at SU Libraries. He came to Syracuse from North Carolina State University Libraries, where he as Associate Director of the Textiles Library and Engineering Services. Warren holds an M.A. in Library and Information Studies from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S.’s in Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy, and a B.A. in History from The Pennsylvania State University.