December 11-15 is “Food for Fines”

Donate food and reduce your library fines!

The libraries of SU and SUNY-ESF will once again be participating in “Food for Fines” from December 11-15 by collecting food for the needy and offering patrons the opportunity to reduce their overdue fines.

For each healthy, nonperishable food item donated by an individual during those dates, his/her regular, overdue circulation fines will be reduced by $1–Interlibrary loan fines and lost book fees are not included.

Participating libraries include Bird, the Carnegie Library, the SUCOL Library, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the Architecture Reading Room, and ESF’s Moon Library.

Donations may be brought to the circulation desks of affiliated libraries. Students, faculty, and staff without current fines may also contribute.

All food items will be donated to the Food Bank of CNY.

For more information about “Food for Fines,” please contact Laura Benjamin at lmnemitz@syr.edu.

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Consequences of Classification: Systemic Violence Against Marginalized Communities

Melissa Adler, assistant professor of information and media studies at the University of Western Ontario, will give the talk, Consequences of Classification: Systemic Violence Against Marginalized Communities on Monday, December 4, 2017, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library. Her lecture is part of the Syracuse Symposium series on Belonging.

Systems of classification exist across every field, from biological taxonomies to library shelves. These systems reflect the values of their creators and exert power in defining relationships of belonging. Using classifications as primary historical texts and conceptualizing them as systems that organize state and cultural discourses, Adler will discuss some of the processes by which the marginalization of queer and racialized subjects becomes systemic, and ways that critical analysis reveals possibilities for organizing otherwise. Interdisciplinary fields, such as critical animal studies, disability studies, queer studies, and critical race studies are deeply invested in the critique and production of taxonomies and language, and while they share similar histories of oppression, their subjects push the limits of classifications in unique and compelling ways.

On Tuesday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to noon in 304 Tolley, Adler follows her public lecture with a focused workshop on how classification systems—from biological taxonomies to library organization systems—reflect the values of their creators and exert power, especially over marginalized subjects. This small-group discussion will focus on deconstructing social norms and taxonomies, as they pertain to LGBTQ communities. If you’d like to attend, please contact Rachel Clarke at rclark01@syr.edu by November 28, including any requests for accessibility accommodations.

These events are jointly sponsored by the Syracuse University Libraries and the School of Information Studies.

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available for the lecture. If you need an accommodation to be able to fully participate in this event, please contact Patrick Williams at jpwill03@syr.edu by November 28.

In the Biblio Gallery: Tong Zhang

An exhibit by Tong Zhang comprised of watercolor paintings is currently on display in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library. Zhang is an MFA candidate in the Painting program at the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

In describing the exhibition, Zhang says:

I am defined by moments. They are like mysterious energies flowing around me, which makes my ordinary life full of potential of being sublime, and opens a new way of looking that triggers a sense of curiosity and wonderment to real life. The daily world to me is saturated with effects. Sometimes it might be sufficient to isolate motifs in the everyday that are so basic that they capture basic emotions. I am curious what has happened and what I was missing at the moments, because I believe there is always a space to realize the emotional potential.

The exhibit will be on display through mid-February 2018.

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

New resources recently added to Libraries’ principal collections

The Libraries’ principal collections have many new additions this fall. They include:

ACS Reagent Chemicals includes specifications and procedures for reagents and standard-grade reference materials.

Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon (Artists of the World) provides access to biographical information about painters, sculptors, designers, photographers, architects, and more from many eras. Information about the artists’ works, and bibliographies of related articles are included.

British Online Archives – African Blue Books, 1821 – 1953 is a database of primary source materials that include statistics on the 13 colonies across Africa from 1821-1953. The statistics are a way of describing how the British government performed in the business of governing colonial Africa.

British Online Archives – Annual Departmental Reports relating to Kenya, 1907-1964 is a database of primary source materials that include government reports of the colonial departments of Kenya when it was an East African Colony until Independence, 1907-1964. The collection offers a study on the structure of the colonial government and its changes over time.

Critical Collective is an initiative by art curator and critic Gayatri Sinha. Critical Collective works towards building knowledge in the arts in India. Since its inception in 2011, it has collaborated closely with institutions in India and abroad to create exhibitions and seminars on art.

New journal titles:

Now available online:

Principal collections have provided financial support for two inter-institutional open access projects:

For additional information on accessing these resources, please use the Ask Us! page or contact your subject librarian. To suggest a new resource to the Libraries, use the Suggest a Title form from the Collections page.

Syracuse University student venture captures top prize in international innovation competition

Josh Aviv, co-founder and CEO of SparkCharge, won grand prize at the Blackstone/Techstars global venture pitch competition in New York City on October 18.

The competition came at the conclusion of a two-day Blackstone/Techstars Training Camp, an innovative new program for collegiate entrepreneurs that featured a keynote on October 16 by Stephen A. Schwarzman, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Blackstone. Schwarzman is an active philanthropist with a history of supporting education and entrepreneurship. This intensive boot camp brought together program staff and the 40 top performing teams from the 20 Blackstone LaunchPads across the U.S. and Ireland for workshops with experts and mentors from Techstars and the Blackstone Group.

Josh Aviv, co-founder and CEO of SparkCharge, and Angelo “AJ” Damiano, founder of PowerSpike, were the two Syracuse University student entrepreneurs selected to attend the two days of workshops and mentoring. David Seaman, dean of libraries, Linda Hartsock (executive director) and Braden Croy (program manager) of the Syracuse University Blackstone LaunchPad were actively involved in the event and were joined by SU alumni based in New York City for the final pitch competition.

Seven finalist companies were selected by Blackstone and Techstars experts to participate in the culminating pitchfest, where each presenter had three minutes to describe their services and business plans, followed by two minutes of questions from the judges.  The winners were selected by audience vote, which included Blackstone LaunchPad teams and staff, Techstar founders and program managers, Blackstone Group mentors and investors, and invited guests from the 20 Blackstone LaunchPad campuses.

Syracuse University’s Aviv won the $15,000 grand prize for SparkCharge’s ultrafast, portable charging stations for electric vehicles that fit in the trunk of a car. He also won an expenses paid trip to Techstars Foundercon in Oakland, CA in October.  Second prize went to ApisProtect of University College Cork, Ireland, and third prize to Zorin OS of Trinity College, Dublin.

“The student entrepreneurs who participated in the Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars Training Camp are inspiring,” said David Cohen, founder and co-CEO of Techstars. “It’s great to see the incredible learning that took place during the two days. These young adults are pursuing entrepreneurship as a life choice – an opportunity that wasn’t available when I was their age. We at Techstars are proud to join forces with Blackstone LaunchPad to support student entrepreneurs from across the globe.”

“Over the course of the Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars Training Camp, I had the opportunity to meet with ventures from over twenty Universities, hear their pitches, and get to know the entrepreneurs.  I was incredibly impressed by these student ventures – the diversity of ideas, the commitment to entrepreneurship, and the potential for scalable impact, was exceptional,” said Amy Stursberg, Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. “A special congratulations to our demo day winner, Spark Charge from Syracuse University. Through the work of Blackstone LaunchPad on campuses, we are proud to be a part of these ventures’ development and continued growth.”

“SparkCharge’s success is testament to the power of the Syracuse University entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem, and it was a delight to watch the professionalism with which Josh presented his company and represented our university, and the enthusiastic reception he received from an audience of peers and experts,” said David Seaman, dean of the Syracuse University Libraries and PI for the Blackstone LaunchPad program.

Josh received early and continued support from the faculty in the iSchool’s minor in Information Technology, Design, and Startups (IDS), and from the professional mentors in the Syracuse Student Sandbox.  He has made full use of the services of the Blackstone LaunchPad in Bird Library since it opened last year, and now serves as Entrepreneur in Residence for the Couri Hatchery in the Falcone Center, Whitman School of Management.  His research and development offices are located at the Syracuse CoE, where he is creating two Syracuse CoE Fellows positions for students who are interested in exploring renewable technologies and energy systems.  Aviv holds two degrees from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in information management from the iSchool (2017), and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Maxwell School (2015).

“The opportunity to interact with Techstars founders and program managers was priceless, as was connecting with experts who are part of Blackstone’s unparalleled global network,” said Aviv.  “This opened doors that will accelerate our growth trajectory, and winning this competition will help us more rapidly scale.  It builds on the solid startup foundation we received through Syracuse University’s amazing innovation ecosystem.”

SparkCharge will use the funds toward testing and certification of its EV battery-pack charging unit, to move from prototype to first-run manufacturing.  The company employs five, three of whom are Syracuse University alumni, and one is a Syracuse University student.  Aviv has now raised $135,000 for his venture, and was the recent grand prizewinner of the New York State Business Plan Competition, also winning first place in the clean technology division.  He is also a winner of the Panasci Plan Competition and the RvD iPrize, as well as the Syracuse CoE Innovation Fund.

The Blackstone LaunchPad is a campus-based entrepreneurship program founded by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.  The program leverages the resources and intellectual capital of Blackstone, empowering entrepreneurs, generating job growth, and supporting local communities.  The Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University is part of SU Libraries, and helps faculty, staff, students and alumni develop entrepreneurial skills to achieve success in whatever venture or career path they pursue.

 Techstars is a worldwide network that inspires, educates and connects entrepreneurs, accelerating innovation and startup activity.  The Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,000 companies with a market cap of $10.2 billion.