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Syracuse University Press awarded NEH/Mellon Humanities Open Book grant

March 29th, 2017 by Pamela McLaughlin

Syracuse University Press, a division of Syracuse University Libraries, is one of eight institutions to be awarded a grant in the Humanities Open Book Program, jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant program will make outstanding out-of-print humanities books available to a wide audience by recreating them as open access ebooks.

“NEH provides support for projects across America that preserve our heritage, promote scholarly discoveries, and make the best of America’s humanities ideas available to all Americans,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “We are proud to announce this latest group of grantees who, through their projects and research, will bring valuable lessons of history and culture to Americans.”

“We are delighted that Syracuse University has received this grant, which supports core library values such as open access to scholarship and quality academic publishing,” said Dean of Libraries David Seaman.  SU Press will digitize 23 titles from its Irish Studies and New York State series. The new ebooks will be available through multiple platforms, including Project MUSE Open and Syracuse University’s SURFACE repository.

“Syracuse University Press welcomes this opportunity to make available digital editions of widely-reviewed and cited early histories of New York State, along with noteworthy books from our Irish Studies series that remain relevant to today’s scholars and students,” said Alice Randel Pfeiffer, director of Syracuse University Press.

“We are honored and grateful to the NEH for this chance to bring important books of humanistic interest back into conversation with current scholarship, and to make them openly available to a global community of readers,” said Suzanne E. Guiod, editor-in-chief of the Press. “Significantly, this grant will allow us to further our collaboration with Syracuse University Libraries in developing Syracuse Unbound, our joint open access publishing initiative.”

“This award presents an outstanding opportunity for SU Press to resurface and vivify important works from its prestigious backlist, said Terry Ehling, associate director of Project MUSE. “Project MUSE looks forward to working with the Press to ensure that these books are discoverable, usable, and potentially transformative to scholars now and in the future.”


Syracuse University Press was founded in 1943 by Chancellor William Pearson Tolley as a means to publish and disseminate scholarly research and to extend Syracuse University’s reach and academic reputation. The Press has gained national and international acclaim by publishing award-winning and ground-breaking books. With more than 1,700 titles in print, the Press supports the central mission of the University to teach, to support research initiatives, and to disseminate scholarship. The Press also prides itself on publishing carefully edited and beautifully designed books that enhance the intellectual life of general readers.


Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at

This project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this resource do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Libraries to offer workshops on Qualtrics online survey software

March 29th, 2017 by Pamela McLaughlin

Research Data Services of Syracuse University Libraries will offer a series of workshops on using the Qualtrics online survey software, which is available to Syracuse University faculty, staff, and students. Qualtrics enables users to create and distribute complex surveys and analyze responses from a single online platform.

Workshops are open to all SU faculty, staff, and students and there is no charge for attending.

The next session is:

April 4, 2017, 2-3 p.m.
550 Bird Library

Survey Flow – randomizing respondents and treatments.

Please register for the session and information for joining will be emailed to you. If you have already registered to participate in person, you do not need to register again unless you want to participate via the web instead.

For more information, contact

Libraries and Partners to Host Annual Human Library Event

March 28th, 2017 by Pamela McLaughlin

The Syracuse University Libraries will host the fourth annual Human Library event on Wednesday, April 5, from noon to 4 p.m. in Bird Library, in partnership with the Library and Information Science Student Association at the School of Information Studies, the Office of Learning Communities and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

During this event, human books from the SU community representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds, areas of expertise and life experiences will share their stories in conversation with individual “readers.” The event is intended to encourage diversity and challenge stereotypes and prejudices.

Human books—SU faculty, staff and students from a variety of campus departments and programs—will engage in one-on-one or small group conversations for 20 minutes at a time. Examples of human books include individuals from Iran, Kazakhstan, Italy and China; a member of the Onondaga Nation; and a first generation Portuguese-American. Other books will discuss topics such mental illness, physical disabilities and navigating one’s personal identity in light of socio-political events.

The event is open to the campus community and no preregistration is required. However, participants can reserve a book in advance for a specific time, if desired, by completing the form on this page:

SU’s event is part of a regional Human Library program taking place during April, the month in which National Library Week is celebrated, supported by the Central NY Library Resources Council. The first Human Library program was held in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark (see Since then, similar events have been organized in libraries, schools and other institutions around the world.

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2017 Compete CNY – iPrize winners announced

March 28th, 2017 by Julie Sharkey

Winners have been announced for the 2017 Compete CNY – iPrize competition, held March 24 at Syracuse University. The event was coordinated by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University and hosted by Syracuse University Libraries.

Open to all Central New York colleges and universities, Compete CNY was the regional qualifier for the 2017 New York State Business Plan Competition. Winners will advance to the statewide competition in Albany on April 28, and compete for a $100,000 statewide grand prize.

Syracuse University students also competed for the iPrize and the opportunity to win $40,000 provided by the iSchool through funding from the Raymond von Dran (RvD) Endowment Fund. The RvD Fund was established to honor the memory of the former iSchool dean, who helped students bring their ideas to life through the spirit of entrepreneurship. Gisela von Dran, his widow, helped award the prizes at this year’s event. She was joined by serial entrepreneur Wiley Cerilli, a former iSchool student who is co-founder of Good Uncle.

Compete CNY winners advancing to the NYS Business Plan Competition are:

Social entrepreneurship/non-profit

  • Thrive Project, SU, First place
  • Shine the Magazine, SU, Second place

Clean Technology

  • Spark Charge, SU, First place
  • VFFA, SU, Second place


  • IIID, SU, First place
  • Origin Story, SU, Second place


  • Invergo, SU, First place
  • Schwab’s Cider Port, Wells College, Second place

Advanced Technology

  • ModoScript, SU, First place
  • SkyWorks, SU, Second place


  • PowerSpike, SU, First Place
  • Busie, SU, Second place

Syracuse University iPrize winners receiving cash prizes are:

Social entrepreneurship/non-profit

  • Thrive Project, $3,000
  • Shine the Magazine,$1,500
  • North Country Meeting House, $750
  • Your World Apparel, $750

Clean Technology

  • Spark Charge, $4,500
  • VFFA, $500


  • IIID, SU, $6,000
  • Origin Story, $1,000
  • Presently, $500


  • Invergo, $3,500
  • CeeRide, $1,500
  • Miruku, $1,500

Advanced Technology

  • ModoScript, $3,500
  • SkyWorks, $1,500


  • PowerSpike, $5,000
  • Busie, $3,000
  • PairCampus $1,000
  • FreshU, $500
  • Ravel, $500

The New York Business Plan Competition is a statewide collegiate business plan competition, with participants from 70 public and private colleges and universities. Since 2010, more than 2,100 teams have pitched their ideas and ventures to venture capitalists, angel investors, investment bankers, other public and private investors and entrepreneurs. More than $2,300,000 in cash and in-kind prizes have been awarded throughout New York State, making it an important source of seed capital for student startups. Learn more about the New York State Business Plan Competition.

Grammy-nominated Afropean duo Les Nubians concert

March 28th, 2017 by Julie Sharkey

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the French Colloquium, Les Nubians–an Afropean, Urban, R&B Grammy-nominated duo–will perform a concert on Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Milton Atrium Life Sciences Complex. The event is free and open to the public.

Les Nubians is composed of sisters Helene and Celia Faussart from Paris, France. They have become one of the most successful French-language musical groups in the U.S., best known for their Billboard R&B Single “Makeda” from their Grammy nominated album Princesses Nubiennes. Les Nubians were the 1999 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards winners for Best New Artist, Group or Duo and received two NAACP Image Awards nominations in 2000.

To date, Les Nubians have made their home base Brooklyn, New York. They continue to tour the U.S. and around the world performing at festivals, art centers, theaters and clubs.

For more info on the Nubians visit or

The 20th anniversary of the French Colloquium is sponsored by the Albert George Memorial Lecture Fund (French Program), Syracuse University Libraries, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, and the Offices of the Provost and the Chancellor.