Syracuse University Libraries Signs Preservation Steward Agreement With U.S. Government Publishing Office

Logo of Federal Depository Library ProgramSyracuse University Libraries recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) to become a Preservation Steward. Under this agreement, Syracuse University Libraries has pledged to permanently preserve print collections of the U.S. Statutes at Large, including both preventive maintenance and conservation treatments. Syracuse University Libraries is one of four geographically dispersed libraries across the country to permanently preserve this specific title. They join 60 other institutions across the country that have partnered with GPO to be Preservation Stewards, with the goal of permanently preserving government information.  Syracuse University Libraries has been a member of the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) for 140 years.

The United States Statutes at Large is a chronological arrangement of public and private laws, joint and concurrent resolutions, and some presidential documents bound into volumes dating from 1789 to the present day. Syracuse University Libraries has a complete set. John Olson, librarian for government and geo-information, is Syracuse University Libraries’ federal documents coordinator, responsible for administering and maintaining the preservation steward agreement. By agreeing to be a preservation steward of the federal depository’s tangible resources, Syracuse University Libraries becomes a partner in the Federal Information Preservation Network (FIPNet), a GPO strategic initiative and a national government publications preservation effort. Since GPO does not maintain a tangible collection, it relies on the preservation steward agreements with depository libraries, federal agencies, and other institutions or organizations with government publications.

“GPO welcomes these four new libraries as Preservation Stewards and thanks them for helping GPO in Keeping America Informed,” said Superintendent of Documents Laurie Hall. “GPO is always looking for libraries to become part of the venture of preserving valuable print collections of Government information and encourages others to join the effort.”

GPO is the federal government’s official digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through and partnerships with approximately 1,100 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit

Sound Beat Access Audio Chronicles to Release “You Don’t Surrender: Journal and Memoirs from Don Waful, a World War II P.O.W.”

Sitting in radio city around table with microphones are Don Waful, an elderly gentleman, student Tyler Youngman, Libraries' employee Jim O'Connor, and Inclusive U intern Gabby Iannotti

From Left to Right: Recording in WAER’s studios are: Don Waful ’37 and G’39, veteran; Tyler Youngman ’20, Sound Beat intern; James O’Connor, Sound Beat producer; Gabby Iannotti ‘19, Sound Beat intern from InclusiveU.

Syracuse University Libraries will be releasing its first audiobook titled “You Don’t Surrender: Journal and Memoirs from Don Waful, a World War II P.O.W.”  in October 2019.  This original audio content was produced by Sound Beat: Access Audio Chronicles, which creates audio projects that highlight iconic Syracuse University community members. Don Waful, who received his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University’s College of Arts & Sciences in 1937 and his master’s degree in 1939, has been an icon in the community and on campus for decades. A member of the Alumni Glee Club, Waful is one of Syracuse’s oldest-living alumni and longest-tenured football fans. As an American Prisoner of War (POW) from 1942 through 1945 during World War II, Waful maintained a journal of his experiences. “You Don’t Surrender: Journal and Memoirs from Don Waful, a World War II P.O.W.” chronicles both the journal he maintained, along with a memorial perspective from Waful himself in the form of interviews conducted at WAER. The audiobook also includes historical commentary interspersed throughout the chronicles.

Historically, Sound Beat has been a 90-second daily radio program based on recordings from the Belfer Audio Archive, part of Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. Sound Beat is broadcast in over 360 markets nationally and internationally, and each episode focuses on a particular recording and provides a short backstory detailing its place in the landscape of recorded sound. Sound Beat: Access Audio Chronicles is a new longer form program that extends the Sound Beat concept by enabling the creation of new knowledge and cultural exchange and advancing teaching, learning and research through the oral documentation of interviews, journals, experiences and perspectives from primary sources. It also extends Syracuse University Libraries’ commitment to accessibility and inclusion by providing resources to those who may not be able to read or process traditional print books or prefer listening to books.

Sound Beat, both the 90-second interstitials and the longer form Access Audio Chronicles, also provides an opportunity to incorporate applied learning for Syracuse University students who help to research, write and promote the episodes.  Recently students with intellectual and developmental disabilities from The Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education (InclusiveU) have begun working with Sound Beat. Syracuse University alumnus Brett Barry ’97, G’13, is the program host and narrator.  James O’Connor, Sound Beat producer, Bianca Caiella Breed, assistant director for development at Syracuse University Libraries, Tyler Youngman, production assistant, Sound Beat intern and Syracuse University student ‘20, Gabby Iannotti ’19, production assistant and InclusiveU graduate, and Ian Coe, Sound Beat intern and InclusiveU student ’21 have been working on the “You Don’t Surrender: Journal and Memoirs from Don Waful, a World War II P.O.W.”  audio project. In addition to reading and recording the journal entries, they have interviewed Don several times on topics ranging from his time as a student to key events that occurred during the war. Each interview and interaction has provided more depth to Waful’s character and unique story as a student and veteran, his outlook on life, and his loyalty to his alma mater. Through the interviews and his journal writings, Waful has shared his despairs while captured along with his hopes for his future.

As part of Orange Central, Syracuse University’s alumni weekend event, the team will be speaking about the experience of bringing the journal to life, complete with a question and answer session with Waful himself. The presentation will be on September 14, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in Bird Library.

ParaHuman Book Display in Bird Library

Photo of bent spoon with text that reads: Parahuman, possesion by eveil, pamistry, ghosts, out-of-body travel, telekinesis, esp, clairvoyance, communications with the dead. The second in a three part series exploring the fringe in print.

ParaHuman Display in Bird Library Learning Commons

Check out the Learning Common’s newest exhibit on the 1st Floor of Bird Library: “ParaHuman Books.” The second display in a three-part series, the selection of books illustrates examples of bizarre human conditions, such as clairvoyance, communication with the dead, out-of-body travel, telekinesis, and possession by the devil. Mainstream fascination with extraordinary powers of the mind and body were at their peak from the late 1960s through the 1970s, but by the 1980s public fascination with the fringe had shifted to aliens and abductions. Curated by Stephen Singer, the exhibit is on display from August 1 through August 31.  Stop by the Information Desk at Bird Library to obtain your free ParaHuman commemorative button.

Libraries Hosting International Student Check-In

Syracuse University Libraries is pleased to again welcome Syracuse University international students to campus beginning August 5 through August 21, 2019. International student check-in will be taking place in the Quiet Reading Room on the lower level of Bird Library. While the Quiet Reading Room is being used for check-in, it will not be available for general use and will be locked when not in use.

For those looking for an alternate quiet work area in Bird Library, the following quiet spaces are available:

  • 4th and 5th floors are generally quiet working areas
  • Individual study rooms are available first come first served
  • Small group study rooms can be reserved
  • On the 6th floor, the Plastics Pioneers Reading Room (Room 610) and Safire Room (Room 605) are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
  • After 5 p.m. daily and on weekends during regular hours, the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the 1st floor of Bird Library will be open and available for use as a quiet room

In addition, Carnegie Library’s Reading Room is also available for quiet study Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.