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SU Library News & Events

Architecture Reading Room Open House

August 31st, 2016 by Julie Sharkey

Architecture Reading RoomThe Libraries’ Architecture Reading Room is hosting an open house on Wednesday and Thursday, September 7 and 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 3rd floor of Slocum Hall. Stop by at your leisure to:

  • Learn about new books and resources
  • View the new Materials website
  • Participate in demonstrations of online resources
  • Enter raffles to win prizes

Representatives will also be in attendance from the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University, a campus-based experiential entrepreneurship program open to students, alumni, staff and faculty, offering coaching, ideation and venture creation support.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Barbara Opar at or at 315.443.3518.

Experts@Syracuse Training Sessions

August 23rd, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

The Office of Research and the Syracuse University Libraries will host four training sessions for Experts@Syracuse. This tool is designed to create, manage, and make public Syracuse University researcher profiles, enabling research networking and expertise discovery, all while reducing administrative burden for researchers, faculty, and staff. More information can be found on the Experts@Syracuse FAQ page.

Training Sessions:

  • Thursday, September 15th at 2 p.m., Bird Library 608
  • Friday, September 16th at 10 a.m., Bird Library 114

The key benefits of Experts@Syracuse:

  • Creates Expert profiles that are continuously updated using Scopus data, without the delays and personnel demands associate with manual input.
  • Identifies funding opportunity recommendations (e.g., federal, state, and private funding sources) that are matched and distributed to individuals in the system. Notification options are easily customizable.
  • Provides expertise identification that allows anyone at the University, or anyone in the world, to browse or search for a researcher’s distinctive expertise, based on publication history and designated interests.
  • Provides sponsored award information that allows anyone to see which experts are working on what sponsored projects.
  • Creates CVs and NIH Biosketches at the click of a button which can be exported as a Word or PDF file or published online. Researchers have the ability to easily customize the CV format and specify which publications are displayed.

For more information, contact Stuart Taub, Office of Sponsored Programs at or 315.443.9356 or Anne Rauh, Syracuse University Libraries at or 315.443.9770.

Blackstone LaunchPad hosts Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs program on September 8

August 23rd, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

Tameka-Montgomery-sba - 400 pixelsWomen entering the workplace have been the driving force behind economic growth, according to recent Kauffman Foundation research. Yet, they are still half as likely as men to become entrepreneurs. How can more women become entrepreneurial, and unleash their creativity and ingenuity?

The campus community is invited to join the conversation at “Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs,” set for September 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Bird Library. The event features “Living Legend” Tameka Montgomery as keynote speaker, along with a dynamic panel of student, faculty, alumni, and community entrepreneurs. Syracuse University Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly will offer welcoming remarks.

“I am delighted that Syracuse University is able to host this conference dedicated to promoting and supporting female entrepreneurship,” says Wheatly. “In today’s marketplace, business start-ups are one of the most powerful drivers of economic growth and professional success, and yet women still lag significantly behind men in launching new business ventures. This conference is an opportunity for them to learn from one another and to build and nurture those critical connections that have been found to be so important to women’s success as aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners.”

The event kicks off with a 4 p.m. networking session at the new Blackstone LaunchPad in Bird Library, followed by a 4:30 p.m. program in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons with the keynote speaker and entrepreneur panel. It concludes with a resource fair featuring campus and community connectors. The event is free and open to the campus community. Registration is requested by e-mail to

Presidential appointee Tameka Montgomery leads the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), spearheading programs that serve more than 1.5 million entrepreneurs and small businesses nationwide. She oversees the SBA’s Office of Small Business Development Centers, the Office of Women’s Business Ownership, and the Office of Entrepreneurship Education. The winner of numerous innovation awards, she was recognized as a Living Legend by the National Council of Negro Women. She was former executive director of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, where she won national accolades for building an entrepreneurship ecosystem there. Montgomery was previously a Presidential Management Fellow, and launched her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving two years in West Africa.

Following her remarks, an entrepreneur panel will be moderated by Linda Dickerson Hartsock, executive director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University. Panelists include:

  • Student venture – Melux, LLC, Co-founders Kristina Taylor ’17 and Kyla Brown ‘16
  • Alumni venture – EB Active, Founder and SSIC Entrepreneur in Residence Gabriela Escalante ’16
  • Faculty venture – Brainview Technologies, Founder Dr. Leanne Hirshfield
  • Community venture – The Sweet Praxis, Co-founders Natalie Hansen and Jennifer Walls
  • SBIR-backed venture – TextWise Founder Liz Liddy, Dean of the iSchool
  • SBA-backed venture – Sky Armory/the Events Company, CSEP, President and Creative Director Nicole T. Samolis

Following the program, participants can explore resource tables in the Bird Library Learning Commons, and meet invited providers, which include:

  • The WISE Women’s Business Center
  • The South Side Innovation Center
  • Falcone Center and Couri Hatchery
  • Whitman EClub and Whitman Women in Business
  • Blackstone LaunchPad
  • VISION Entrepreneurship Club
  • It Girls Alumnae, SWEEP (Society for Women’s Empowerment and Engagement Partners), WIT-G (Women in Technology-Graduate) and WIT-U (Women in Technology-Undergraduate)
  • Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Newhouse
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • New York State Small Business Development Center
  • New York Business Development Corporation
  • The Excelsior Growth Fund
  • LaunchNY Venture Development Organization
  • Upstate Venture Connect and Start Fast Accelerator
  • The Syracuse Technology Garden and Syracuse Student Sandbox

The event is designed to provide a framework for aspiring women entrepreneurs who want to explore how to launch an idea. It is being coordinated by the Blackstone LaunchPad in Bird Library, a new cross-campus entrepreneurship resource center funded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. Open to students, faculty, staff and alumni, the program provides support for ideation and venture development, connects entrepreneurs to Syracuse University’s robust innovation ecosystem, and offers access to national and global resources through the Blackstone network.

Co-sponsors include the New York Business Development Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration, WISE Women’s Business Center, and The Syracuse Technology Garden. WISE (Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship) was launched in 2003 by the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship, a program of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. It is also supported through the U.S. SBA as part of a national network of Women’s Business Centers that help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses and compete in the global marketplace.






Libraries’ fall exhibition: Our Doors Opened Wide: Syracuse University and the GI Bill, 1945-1950

August 19th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

10-0861Syracuse University Libraries’ fall exhibition, Our Doors Opened Wide: Syracuse University and the GI Bill, 1945-1950, will open on September 15, 2016 in Bird Library. Curated by University Archivist Meg Mason, the exhibition explores the dramatic impact of the GI Bill and the subsequent influx of veterans on the Syracuse University campus following World War II (1945-1950).

Between 1945 and 1950, the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the GI Bill, supported some 2.3 million students nationwide. Few universities in the country were more closely identified with the GI Bill than Syracuse University. Chancellor William Tolley promised servicemen and women that there would be places waiting for them at the University when they returned, and enrollment more than tripled in the years immediately after the war. Although still a small university by national standards, Syracuse ranked first in New York State and 17th in the country in veteran enrollment.

The exhibition features an array of materials from University Archives that document this critical period in the University’s history and the associated changes to the campus landscape, social and cultural life, and academic programs. Materials on view include:

  • photographs of temporary classrooms and housing for veterans, including old barracks and trailers, which filled the campus and surrounding areas;
  • cartoons of veteran student life on campus;
  • aerial shots of the main and south campuses showing changes in the landscape;
  • personal items from veterans who attended Syracuse University, including a cheerleading megaphone, a postcard about arriving at Syracuse, and photographs of the inside of one of the trailers used as married student housing;
  • Daily Orange articles about the impact of veterans on campus.

An opening reception will be held in conjunction with Orange Central on Thursday, September 15 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. on in the gallery on the sixth floor of Bird Library.

For more information, contact Syracuse University Archives at


Check out the Libraries’ Welcome Fest on September 1!

August 18th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin

Bird Library Open House 2014The Syracuse University Libraries invite all students, faculty, and staff to a Welcome Fest on Thursday, September 1 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the first floor of Bird Library. The event will feature resources and services the Libraries provide to support teaching, learning, and research across campus, as well as a photo booth, games, food, prizes, and more. Librarians and library staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on a wide range of topics, including:

  • AskUs! service – connecting to library experts day or night;
  • Finding the perfect study space – individual, group, or technology-equipped;
  • Improving student research skills – course-related instruction;
  • Research Services – data, citation, and reputation management;
  • Scholarly publishing – SU Press and the SURFACE repository;
  • Library to Go delivery services;
  • Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurship center;
  • Interlibrary loan – obtaining items from other libraries;
  • Reserving material and booking video for classes;
  • Tools for finding books, articles, and other materials;
  • Technology for loan;
  • Special Collections, University Archives, and SU Press resources.

A number of partner organizations are also participating this year, including SU Makerspace, Public Safety, Academic Integrity Office, Tutoring and Study Center, Onondaga County Public Library, SU Transit, and more.

Light refreshments will be served and tours will be available. For more information, contact us at