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ARR/AIAS/ASO Fall Book Club event

October 18th, 2016 by Julie Sharkey

James CornerThe American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Architecture Student Association (ASO) and the Architecture Reading Room present its fall book club event on Monday, November 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 202, Slocum Hall. The group, hosted by Julia Czerniak, associate dean at the School of Architecture, will discuss the writings of James Corner, designer of the Manhattan High Line who will be delivering a University-wide lecture on November 10.

Corner is founder/director of Field Operations in New York City and an internationally recognized landscape architect noted for his innovative approaches toward landscape architectural design and urbanism. His work is renowned for strong contemporary design across a variety of project types and scales, from large urban districts and complex post-industrial sites to small, well-crafted design projects. Among his notable works are the widely acclaimed High Line in Manhattan, Freshkills Park on State Island, Seattle’s Central Waterfront, Tongva Park in Santa Monica, Calif., London’s South Park at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Chicago’s Navy Pier. He has been honored with the National Design Award and the Daimler-Chrysler Award for Design Innovation. In addition to his practice, Corner is a professor of landscape architecture and urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design He is author of “The Landscape Imagination” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014) and “Taking Measures Across the American Landscape” (Yale, 1996). Sponsored in cooperation with the School of Architecture.

Light refreshments will be served.

Interested in Pursuing Humanities Funding and Fellowships?

October 6th, 2016 by Julie Sharkey

humanities-center-profile-pic-sliderFaculty and graduate students are invited to learn more about a range of University resources for pursuing Humanities grants, fellowships, and awards.

Friday, October 21
9:30 to 11 a.m.
Tolley Humanities Building, Room 304 (Sainsbury Library)

In this workshop we will cover:

  • Using “Pivot” for tailored / curated searches
  • Using “Grants Advisor” to identify humanities funding
  • Other guides to funding in the humanities and interpretive social sciences
  • Research support from SU Librarian specialists in the Humanities

Specialized staff from the Office of Sponsored Projects and the Libraries will introduce these tools and engage in Q&A with participants. Coffee and light breakfast available. Download the flier to post or share with interested colleagues.

Hosted by the Humanities Center, this event is supported by the Office for Research, OSP and the Syracuse University Libraries.

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.