Syracuse University French Colloquium

Please join us for the 22nd Annual Syracuse University French Colloquium on Friday, April 12 from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library.

The French Colloquium provides the opportunity for graduates and undergraduates to share their recent research.

This event is sponsored and organized by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics with the assistance of the Syracuse University Libraries.


9:15 Breakfast
9:30 Colloquium Begins
9:30 – 10:30 Graduate Presentations

By Lylia Djoudi

Ninon Bartz

Nick Kouame

Amanda Parraguez

10:30 -10:45 Guest Presentation

By Barbara Opar

10:45 -11:00 Break
11:00 -11:30 Undergraduate Presentations
11:30 -12:00 Pi Delta Phi Induction
12:00-1:00 Lunch

Six-Week Series on Understanding Islam Begins January 28

The Libraries are pleased to welcome the return of “Understanding Islam,” a popular, six week series that will present a comprehensive look at Islam through lectures and discussions. This Spring Semester series will begin on Monday, January 28.

The program is facilitated by Muslim Chaplain Amir Duric, and will be held on Mondays from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (room 114) of Bird Library. The series, which is sponsored by Syracuse University Libraries, Muslim Student Life at SU, Muslim Students Association at SU, and Hendricks Chapel, is free and open to the public.  Each session will consist of a lecture and discussion.

This “Understanding Islam” series is a follow-up to similar programs held in Spring and Fall 2018. During previous series, participants shared the following testimonials of their experience:

“I was drawn to the series out of a desire to better understand a religion with which I had previously had little contact, and which I considered to be often misunderstood. In following the series, I learned about Islam not only through the weekly meetings with Mr. Duric, but through experience in listening to prayers, reading excerpts from the Qur’an, and visiting a local mosque. I highly recommend this series to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of Islam in a welcoming and friendly environment.” – Katelyn Rochelle Bajorek, Spring 2018 Participant

“I was born Muslim, but I still benefited greatly from the “Understanding Islam” series because it both reinforced Islamic ideas and also opened my mind to information I had not known previously. The environment was very welcoming, individuals of all backgrounds came together to learn about Islam from wonderful Muslim representatives from the community. Now more than ever, with the widespread Anti-Muslim rhetoric, it’s important that the true values and teachings of Islam overshadow the preconceived stereotypes that media portrays. This series offers insight to the true teachings of Islam. I highly recommend this series!” – Shewa Shwani, Fall 2018 Participant

The schedule for the Spring 2018 series is as follows:

  • Monday, January 28: Introduction
  • Monday, February 4: The Story of Noah
  • Monday, February 11: The Story of Abraham
  • Monday, February 18: The Story of Moses
  • Monday, February 25: The Story of Jesus
  • Monday, March 4: The Story of Muhammad and visiting a Syracuse mosque

To register and to request special accommodations, please RSVP by January 25 to Amir Duric at

New Resources for the New Year!

The Libraries’ have added and expanded many resources to the principal collections to support your research and teaching in the New Year.

AccessEngineering: An engineering reference tool that provides access to engineering reference information published by McGraw Hill, such as Perry’s Handbook for Chemical Engineers and Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers. Includes books, instructional videos, interactive graphs, and an Excel calculator tool to streamline calculations.

AccessScience: Includes dictionary terms and research updates in all areas of science and technology. AccessScience is the electronic version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.

ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts: A social science and health information indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education.

ComDisDome: An indexing and abstracting tool covering the communications disorders literature, with focus on speech-language pathology and audiology.

Diction Police: Diction Police is a resource for lyric diction, containing phonetic transcriptions (IPA) of songs and arias, translations, text readings by native speakers, and in-depth video tutorials.

Music:)Ally: Music Ally provides insight briefings, monthly insight reports, news, marketing reports, trend reports, country profiles, and data on the music industry.

Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database: Offers comprehensive, evidence-based, peer-reviewed content on food, herbs, supplements, general health and wellness topics, sports medicine and natural therapies. It includes information about commercial product manufacturers and the dietary supplements that they develop and a series of tools that help the user account for interactions, nutrient depletion (from prescription and over-the-counter medications), efficacy, adverse effects, and safety during pregnancy and lactation.

RIPM Preservation Series: European & North American Periodicals: Contains the collection titles “European and North American Periodicals,” including over 100 full-text music journals. The periodicals in the collection deal extensively with musical life in the United States as well as Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain and the U.K. Content does not overlap with RILM or with RIPM Full Text.

Select New Journals

Additionally, Syracuse University Libraries has pledged support of Knowledge Unlatched to unlatch STEM ebooks and has become the 51st institutional member of TRAIL, the Technical Report Archive & Image Library.


In the Biblio Gallery: Dorm

The students of Art Photography, Introduction (APH) 261 present their final exhibition, showcasing their interpretation of their own lived-spaces. The semester was spent exploring foundational concepts of image-making and photography through field trips, meetings with prominent contemporary artists, and critical dialogues.

For this group exhibition, the APH 261 students have explored themes of object-hood, identity, and individuality. They were free and encouraged to investigate these themes, while considering the place, space, experience, fantasy and idea of life in a college dorm.

Photographers featured:

  1. Alice Adams
  2. Luke Anaclerio
  3. Catarina Baumgart De Melo
  4. Lauren Bertelson
  5. Samuel Bloom
  6. Eliana Davidoff
  7. Olivia De Chiara
  8. Ruth Furman
  9. Kathryn Flynn
  10. Max Goodin
  11. Coreynne Henry
  12. Raine Joo
  13. Qirui Ma
  14. Paola Manzano
  15. Jillian Mchugh
  16. Victoria Sampson
  17. Marijke Stivers Pieters-Kwiers

Special thanks to our visiting artists: Khalik Allah, Greg Halpern, Patricia Voulgaris and Nydia Blas.

The exhibit will be on display from December 7- Mid January 2019

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at or see the Biblio Gallery website.

Zine-In at the SU Libraries

Make a zine, take a zine! Led by Patrick Williams (Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities) and Stephen Singer (Technology Consultant), the Syracuse University Libraries will be hosting a zine-making event on Wednesday, December 5 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Blackstone LaunchPad (1st floor of Bird Library). Learn about zine culture while also taking a break before finals to cut, draw, fold, and create some of your own.

Zines are independent, self-published works focused on a topic of interest. From their origins as science fiction fanzines of the 1930s, to the rise of punk zines of the 1970s and feminist zines of the 1990s Riot Grrrl movement, zines have developed in popular culture as a form of self-expression. Their topics have ranged widely, allowing zine creators (or “zinesters”) to address a diverse array of personal passions.

No prior experience or creative skills are needed—just an interest in engaging in some do-it-yourself (DIY) fun! Your zines can be about anything that moves you: photography, music, poetry, politics, your love of coffee, recipes, personal stories, or anything you’d like to get on the page.

We’ll bring plenty of zine-making materials—including templates, magazines, comic books, stickers, card stock, a photocopier, and other various crafting supplies—but feel free bring any other materials you want to use or share. We’ll also provide examples of other student-made zines from our newly launched zine collection.

For questions or more information, please contact Tarida Anantachai at We look forward to seeing you there!