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SU Library News & Events

Dobrowolski and Vogel receive Libraries’ Distinguished Service Award

November 19th, 2014 by Julie Sharkey

The Syracuse University Libraries Assembly is pleased to announce this year’s Distinguished Service Award recipients: Nicolette A. Dobrowolski, Head of Public Services and Reference Librarian for the Special Collections Research Center, and Bill Vogel, Library Technician in Access and Resource Sharing. This award recognizes service to SU Libraries and the Syracuse University community.

Nicolette’s numerous and excellent contributions to the Special Collections Research Center and her support of teaching and scholarship at Syracuse University were noted in her nomination. Nicolette carries out a wide range of responsibilities and, as one nomination stated, “…she consistently demonstrates the highest quality of service….”

Bill is described in his letters of nomination as an “exemplary employee” with “…unwavering dedication to service…” who consistently exemplifies “…care, patience and good humor.”

Recipients of this award are nominated by Libraries’ employees, and selected by an awards panel. Members of the panel for 2014 were Shannon Pritting (chair), Tasha Cooper, Patrick Midtlyng, Sophie Rondeau, and Stephen Singer.

The awards will be presented at the Syracuse University Libraries Holiday Party & Recognition Event on Friday, December 12. In addition to receiving a gift and a certificate, Nicolette and Bill’s names will be engraved on a plaque that hangs in the first floor of Bird Library.

Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus Online trial

November 12th, 2014 by Pamela McLaughlin

niermeyercoverTrial access to Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus Online (Niermeyer Online) is currently available.

This online lexicon recreates the second print edition (2002) of J. F. Niermeyer’s Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus, and provides French, English and German translations for every entry of a Medieval Latin concept. All entries are contextualized with relevant text passages and can be refined by century of use.

To access the lexicon, point your browser to:

Feedback is welcome. Comments may be sent to Lydia Wasylenko at

Trial access is available through December 16.

Please note: Limited access to this resource is provided courtesy of the publisher/vendor for the purpose of evaluating the product and its potential value to the SU community.

For more information please refer to our Policy on Access to Licensed Resources.

Passport Database trial

November 6th, 2014 by Julie Sharkey

passport-databaseTrial access to Passport Database is currently available from Euromonitor International.

Passport Database is an online market research database used by the world’s top universities, graduate schools and Fortune 500 companies to understand the global business environment in a time of rapid change and increased globalization. The database features millions of statistics and in-depth reports on 28 industries across 80 markets worldwide, with demographic, macro- and socio-economic data and analysis on consumers and economies in 210 countries. Passport offers integrated access to internationally comparable statistics, full-text market reports, insightful analysis from expert industry and country experts, as well as thousands of sources of further information.

To access the database, point your browser to:

Feedback is welcome. Comments may be sent to Stephanie McReynolds at

Trial access is available through December 1.

Please note: Limited access to this resource is provided courtesy of the publisher/vendor for the purpose of evaluating the product and its potential value to the SU community.

For more information please refer to our Policy on Access to Licensed Resources.

SULA Family Caregivers Committee presentation

November 4th, 2014 by Julie Sharkey

SULA Family CaregiversOn Tuesday, November 18 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., the SULA Family Caregivers Committee is hosting a presentation on long-term caregiving for the aged by Cynthia D. Stevenson, director of the Caregiver Support Services unit of the Onondaga County Office for Aging.

Cynthia’s program provides information, training, support, planning and respite services to family caregivers of persons age 60 and older in Onondaga County. She has served Aging Services community and family caregivers since 1980 as past executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association of CNY and care manager for CNY Elderplanning.

All are welcome and refreshments with be served.

For questions about the presentation, contact

Specialists in media preservation visit Syracuse University for three-day event

October 22nd, 2014 by Julie Sharkey

There are tens of thousands of audio and videotape recordings in storage all over the Syracuse University campus–speeches and lectures, performances, athletic events, WAER and Orange TV programs, original faculty and student research, and archival recordings in the SU Libraries’ Belfer Audio Archive and Special Collections Research Center. Many of these tape recordings are rare or unique, and they document sounds and images of significance to the University and to our greater cultural heritage. Professional media specialists predict that such fragile formats have, on average, only about 15 years of playtime left.

Please join us in a series of events focused on media preservation and scholarship. A Syracuse Symposium panel discussion on November 5 from 2–4 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library will center on the challenges and looming crisis of media preservation, with perspectives from Mike Casey, Chris Lacinak, and Grace Lile, three leading experts in the field. A Critical Connections Lecture and Mini-Seminar features Tim Brooks G’69 (Newhouse) examining African American artists at the birth of the sound recording industry. His work highlights the impact of media preservation on 21st-century scholarship.

Syracuse Symposium Panel Discussion
Witnessing Archival Preservation: Perspectives on Preserving Tape-based Media Recordings

November 5, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library, First Floor
Reception to follow

Mike Casey, Director of Media Preservation Services, Media Preservation Initiative, Indiana University
Chris Lacinak, Founder and President, AVPreserve
Grace Lile, Director of Operations and Archives, WITNESS

This event is co-sponsored by Syracuse Symposium™ in the SU Humanities Center

Critical Connections Lecture and Mini-Seminar
African Americans and the Birth of the Recording Industry

Public Lecture: November 6, 5:00 p.m.
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library, First Floor

Mini-Seminar: November 7, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Lemke Seminar Room SCRC, Bird Library, Sixth Floor

Both events are free and open to the public, however advance registration is required for the mini-seminar. To register, contact Barbara Brooker at or at 315‐443‐9763.

About the speakers

Tim Brooks G’69 (Newhouse) is a former television executive and a researcher of early recording artists and phonograph history. His multi award-winning book, Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890-1919, was the first to document this subject, and the companion CD, Lost Sounds, won a 2007 Grammy award for “Best Historical Release.”

Mike Casey is the Director of Media Preservation Services for Indiana University’s Media Preservation Initiative. He has authored or co-authored a number of vital documents outlining best practices for audio preservation. He authored the “Indiana University Media Preservation Survey” report and was principal author of the follow-up report.

Chris Lacinak founded AVPreserve in 2006 to enable organizations to maximize the usability of their content. He is a former Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of VidiPax, a moving image and sound preservation reformatting facility. For six years, he taught at NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation graduate program.

Grace Lile is an archivist with over 20 years’ experience working with film and video collections. Prior to joining WITNESS in 2003, Grace spent nine years at CNN and two years at the Worldwide Television News Archive. Grace is actively engaged in efforts to support human rights archiving and documentation.