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SU Library News & Events

Bird Library to open 24 hours on weekends during mid-terms

February 16th, 2017 by Pamela McLaughlin

Bird Library Interiors Students Working Studying January 2017Through a pilot program in collaboration with the Student Association, Bird Library will be open 24 hours, 7 days a week during mid-terms, including the weekends of February 24-26 and March 3-5. Bird Library normally closes at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

SA is covering the costs of security and custodial services for the additional 56 open hours. The initiative was championed by James Franco, SA Academic Affairs chair, who said, “Student Association is thrilled to see this long-desired initiative become a reality. The administrators for Syracuse University Libraries, led by Dean Seaman, were wonderful partners throughout the process, and Student Association thanks them for their support. We look forward to seeing the positive effects this change has on the campus community and will continue to work with Syracuse University Libraries to create more impactful initiatives down the road.”

Historian Woody Register to present book talk, signing, and seminar on The Muckers

February 13th, 2017 by Pamela McLaughlin

muckersHistorian Woody Register will give a talk and reading from his book, The Muckers: A Narrative of the Crapshooters Club, on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hillyer Room on the 6th floor of Bird Library. Dr. Register will also give a seminar on March 3 from 10 a.m. – noon on working with archives and how he uncovered this historic find.

Published by Syracuse University Press, The Muckers is a first-person account of a young 19th– century gang member in New York City. Dr. Register discovered the manuscript while conducting research in the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries. The original manuscript was written by William Osborne Dapping, who would go on to become a respected Central New York journalist, winning a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of a 1929 prison riot for The Auburn, N.Y., Citizen-Advertiser.

Woody Register is chair of the Department of History and Francis S. Houghteling Professor of American History at the University of the South (Sewanee), where he also directs the American Studies Program. Additional information on The Muckers can be found in this Syracuse University Press blog post, and an excerpt is available in this article in Syracuse University Magazine.‌

The lecture is open to the public, however there is limited space available for the seminar; RSVP to

SU Libraries to host fourth annual Human Library event on April 5, 2017; book volunteers needed

February 10th, 2017 by Pamela McLaughlin

Human Library-sliderThe Syracuse University Libraries will host its fourth annual Human Library event on Wednesday, April 5, from noon to 4 p.m. in Bird Library. Participants will have the opportunity to talk to “human books”:  volunteers from the SU community who represent a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, areas of expertise, and life experiences. Human books will engage in conversation with participants in one-on-one or small group conversations for 20 minutes at a time.

The event is open to campus and community. No preregistration is required; however, there will be an opportunity to reserve a book for a specific time in advance, if desired.

The aim of the program is to promote an appreciation of diversity, to challenge stereotypes, and to foster inclusion and understanding. A human library encourages people from different backgrounds to talk with and learn from each other in a safe and supportive environment.

Previous human book topics have included Native American, Chinese, Indian, Nigerian, and Egyptian cultures; transgender and biracial identity; military life; mental health issues; and living and traveling internationally. Feedback from human books and readers alike has been uniformly positive, with conversations described as rewarding, fun, important, and interesting.

Event organizers are currently seeking Syracuse University faculty, staff, and students to serve as human books; the deadline to apply at is Friday, March 3.

SU’s event is part of a regional Human Library program supported by the Central NY Library Resources Council. Campus partners for the 2017 Human Library currently include the Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) at the School of Information Studies, the Office of Learning Communities, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The first Human Library program was held in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since then, similar events have been organized in libraries, schools and other institutions around the world. For more information see

Geofacets trial

February 8th, 2017 by Julie Sharkey

geofacetsTrial access to Geofacets is currently available.

Geofacets offers over 1.5 million ready-to-use maps, figures and tables sourced from esteemed scientific publications, covering a wide spectrum of geoscience disciplines from general geology to specialized subject areas like organic geochemistry and sequence stratigraphy. Content types include maps, stratigraphic columns, seismic sections, cross-sections, well data and more. Further information about Geofacets will be available during a webinar on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

To access the database, point your browser to:

Faculty, staff, and student feedback is an important part of our evaluation process and we welcome your comments. Please send them to Anne Rauh at

Trial access is available through April 7, 2017.

Please note: Limited, on-campus-only access to this resource is provided by the vendor for the purpose of evaluating its usefulness and potential value to the SU community.

Please see the SU Libraries policy on access to licensed resources.

Listening Party at the Belfer Audio Archive on February 16

February 7th, 2017 by Pamela McLaughlin

cylinder-group-shot-twoEver wondered what goes on behind the doors of the Belfer Audio Archive? Join the audio engineers, media archivists, and curators of the Special Collections Research Center to explore the impressive work being done to preserve the history of recorded sound. The Belfer Listening Party will take place on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 4:30–6:00 p.m. in the Belfer Audio Archive and Preservation Laboratory, located adjacent to Bird Library on the east side of the building.

A selection of recently preserved holdings, including rare and unique interviews, examples of early 20th-century popular music, and recordings of important political and pop culture figures will be played. You are invited to enjoy light fare and refreshments while you learn more about the vast collections maintained at one of the most revered audio preservation laboratories in the country. The playlist will include samples from:

The Mike Wallace Papers: The Mike Wallace Papers consists of transcripts and audio recordings of interviews with a wide variety of personalities, including authors, entertainers, religious leaders, political figures, and more.

Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade: Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade (8 August 1857 – 13 April 1944) was a French composer and pianist. We were recently able to acquire two recordings of Mme Chaminade playing two of her own pieces (Les Sylvains and L’Enjoleuse). These recordings were recorded in 1901 and are exceptional examples of the acoustic era of recording.

Sugar, Alcohol, Meat – The Dial-A-Poem Poets: Recorded between 1975-1980 in New York City, this two album set features poetry and spoken word performances by Patti Smith, William S. Burroughs, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, Andrei Voznesensky, and many others.

Martin Luther King: “The American Dream”:  A 1968 Southeastern Recording Company of America recording, presents Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Speech at Syracuse University. With introduction by Wyatt T. Walker, Executive Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.