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Classic Catalog downtime expected on July 13 – 15

July 1st, 2015 by Pamela McLaughlin

The underlying system that powers the Libraries’ Classic Catalog will be upgraded on July 13 – 16, 2015. During this time, all types of delivery requests and online renewals will be unavailable. In addition, the entire Classic Catalog will be unavailable from 9 a.m. -10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, and for another period of at least four hours sometime later within this timeframe. We will announce the time of the second outage as soon as it has been scheduled with the vendor.

For details, please refer to the “Upgrade Information” tab on the Voyager LibGuide.

Thank you for your patience while we make necessary improvements to this system.

New resource: Data Citation Index

July 1st, 2015 by Pamela McLaughlin

Thomson ReutersThe Data Citation Index is the single source of data discovery for the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Data Citation Index fully indexes a significant number of the world’s leading data repositories, including over two million data studies and datasets. The records for the datasets, which include authors, institutions, keywords, citations, and other metadata, are connected to related peer-reviewed literature indexed in the Web of Science. Through linked content and summary information, this data is displayed within the broader context of scholarly information, enabling users to gain perspective on significant research.

For more information, see this video introduction, review article, or contact your liaison librarian.

Book Citation Index added to Web of Science

July 1st, 2015 by Pamela McLaughlin

Thomson ReutersThe Book Citation Index adds 60,000 authoritative books to Web of Science, bringing together scholarly book, journal, and conference proceedings literature with the powerful features of citation navigation. This expanded content provides researchers with access to the citation network between books and the wider world of scholarly and scientific research and allows them to measure the contribution of books in specific disciplines.

Books are indexed at the chapter level. Initially, 13.5 million cited references were added to Web of Science as a result of the Book Citation Index. Book content is about 60% Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences and 40% Natural Sciences.



Liddy Selects David Seaman as Dean of the University Libraries

June 9th, 2015 by Pamela McLaughlin

SeamanMonday, June 8, 2015

Press contact: Erin Martin Kane | 315-443-9186 | |

Syracuse University Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost Liz Liddy today selected David Seaman as University librarian and dean of the Syracuse University Libraries. Seaman comes to Syracuse from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., where he is currently the associate librarian for information management.

“David is an exceptional librarian who has spent his career advancing and promoting the vital role libraries play in an academic community,” says Liddy. “His knowledge of digital library services and systems will be of great value to us as we move ahead with our Academic Strategic Plan, and I am confident his background will be of significant benefit to our faculty, students and staff. I have recommended David to the Board of Trustees, and I fully expect they will support this selection.”

Chancellor Kent Syverud says the selection of Seaman will move the University into a new era of collaboration on research, scholarship, teaching and learning. “David’s experience, background and expertise will be of great value in creating additional academic and scholarly connections between the University’s libraries and its schools and colleges. A strong and robust library is a critical part of what makes Syracuse a thriving, private international research university. I know David is the right person for this important deanship.”

“I am delighted to be joining Syracuse at this critical time in its history, as the institution reconceives its academic plan, seeks greater operational excellence and evaluates the physical campus environment,” Seaman says. “A great university needs a world-class library to support its broad research endeavors, enhance the student experience and provide innovative spaces and services that respond to a changing academic world. In collaboration with my new colleagues in the University Libraries and across campus, I welcome the opportunity to contribute my experience, enthusiasm and energy to moving Syracuse forward.”

Interim Dean of the School of Information Studies and Professor Jeffrey Stanton, who chaired the search committee, says Seaman garnered acclaim from both the search committee and the wider campus community for his experience, his broad knowledge of academic research libraries and his collaborative approach to work. “Our Syracuse University Libraries and the people who work there are tremendous resources for our campus,” Stanton says. “It was clear to the search committee that David has all of the capabilities needed to lead this wonderful and complex organization.”

Seaman joined Dartmouth College in 2006, where he has contributed to the library’s strategic planning, technology leadership, budget management and some targeted fundraising. He oversees several critical areas for the library, including the Preservation Services, the Book Arts Workshop, the Digital Library Program, the Jones Media Center and the Records Management Division. Before joining Dartmouth, Seaman was the executive director of the Digital Library Federation in Washington, D.C., a consortium of 40 major academic libraries and organizations dedicated to using digital standards and technologies to extend their collections and services. While there, he grew membership in the organization by attracting many libraries from outside the United States for the first time, including the British Library, Oxford University and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

From 1992-2002, Seaman served as the founding director of the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, Va., where he established a digital library enterprise with a strong user-service focus. He worked in close collaboration with many parts of the UVA Library, including Special Collections, Cataloging and the University Press.

Seaman has lectured and published extensively in the fields of humanities computing and digital libraries and has taught digitization courses at UVA’s Rare Book School since 1993. He was an Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellow from 2011-2012 and a member of the 2014 Senior Fellows Program at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information.

Seaman’s academic background is as a medievalist. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and a master of arts degree in medieval and Renaissance studies from the University of Connecticut. His recent research is centered on collaborative leadership in the information professions. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in managerial leadership at Simmons College in Boston.

Seaman will assume his new role on August 3.

Trial access to Le Corbusier Plan digital archive through June 30

April 28th, 2015 by Pamela McLaughlin

Trial access is now available to Le Corbusier Plans, the first high-definition digital archive of all of the built and unbuilt work of the Swiss born architect, Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier Plans was developed through the partnership of Fondation Le Corbusier of France and Echelle-1 of Japan.

One of the most influential architects of the 20th century, Le Corbusier left behind a legacy of designs and plans, spanning 38,000 notes, diagrams, and drawings. Fondation Le Corbusier, established in 1968, painstakingly collected and catalogued these designs and plans so that Le Corbusier’s legacy could be passed along to future generations of architects and scholars. Echelle-1 spent seven years digitizing and cataloging the Foundation’s  collection of Le Corbusier’s architectural works, covering his 325 projects starting from 1905 through to 1964.

Le Corbusier Plans Online (LCPO) service can be accessed from within Syracuse University’s network with a valid SU email address. Individual user registration is done by following these steps:
1) Using a web browser, click on and sign in.
2) Click on the “New User Registration” link.
3) Enter SU email address and preferred nickname.
4) An email will be sent to the user’s email address; follow the instructions detailed in this email to complete the login process.

This trial will be available until June 30, 2015.

Feedback is welcome!  Please send your comments about this product to Barbara Opar, Librarian for Architecture, French Language and Literature, Judaic Studies and Religion.