In the Biblio Gallery: SER2_BRICK by Joseph Turek

An exhibit by Joseph Turek comprised of works created by painting atop wax that is then melted away is currently on display in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library. Turek is an MFA candidate in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.

In describing the exhibition, Turek says:

Patterns of habit, routine, or schedules form trust. What happens when this breaks down? What does it look like when the cogs are not aligned? The hope for this work is that there is novelty to this experience of breakdown. The technique is unusual, and is deliberately against the original intention for the paint. The result yields conceptual and formal implications for the medium of paint and the image.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of December.

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

Equality, Peace, and Compassion in the Archives: A Showcase of Rare Documents

On August 18, Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center will hold an open viewing of materials from its collections that document the efforts of people who championed equality, peace, kindness and compassion. The viewing will be held noon to 2 p.m. on the sixth floor of Bird Library.

Highlights of materials that will be on view include a signed statement on religious tolerance by Mary Queen of Scots; an original letter from Frederick Douglass about the Jerry Rescue; letters from migrant workers in the papers of Prudence Wayland-Smith who was a social activist dedicated to migrant reform in central New York; posters from the collection of environmental and social justice activist Kath Buffington; Malcolm X’s handwritten letter to Alex Haley expressing his insights about the possibility of interracial harmony; drafts of Albert Schweitzer’s essays about the dangers of nuclear proliferation; original trial notes from Francis Biddle, Attorney General of the United States under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and member of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg; and much more.

All are welcome!

Check out the Libraries’ Welcome Fest on August 31!

The Syracuse University Libraries invite all students, faculty, and staff to a Welcome Fest on Thursday, August 31 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the first floor of Bird Library. The event will feature resources and services the Libraries provide to support teaching, learning, and research across campus, as well as games, prizes, a photo booth, therapy dogs, a visit from Otto, and more.

Librarians and library staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Research and reference help – connecting to library experts day or night;
  • Study spaces – individual, group, or technology-equipped;
  • Course-related instruction to improve research skills;
  • Data, citation, and reputation management;
  • Scholarly publishing – SU Press and the SURFACE repository;
  • Library to Go delivery services;
  • Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurship center;
  • Interlibrary Loan – obtaining items from other libraries;
  • Reserving material and booking video for classes;
  • Technology for loan;
  • Sound Beat, the Libraries radio show;
  • Special Collections and University Archives.

A number of partner organizations are also participating this year: the Center for Learning and Student Success, Digital Scholarship Space, Onondaga County Public Library, Orange SUccess, Parking and Transit Services, Public Safety, SU Makerspace, and many more.

Light refreshments will be served and tours will be available. For more information, contact us at libref@syr.edu.

Visit our Patio Cafés during SU Welcome 2017

Stop by the Pages Patio Café at Bird Library for complimentary refreshments, à la carte snacks and beverages, or just a place to sit and relax under the test or inside our air-conditioned building. Library tours and information will be available.

  • Wednesday, August 23, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

University Place Patio, Bird Library (Rain location: Pages Café, Bird Library)

Carnegie Library, located in the Carnegie Building on the south side of the Quad, will also be serving complimentary refreshments outside on their patio, along with tours of its beautifully renovated Reading Room.

Brought to you by the SU Libraries, the Parents Office, and SU Food Services.

Small Press Reading at Bird Library

Edmund Zagorin/Elizeya Quate and John ColasaccoSyracuse University Libraries and Colgate University Libraries have teamed up to present this summer’s installment of the Small Press Reading Series, featuring Elizeya Quate and John Colasacco. The event will take place on Monday, July 31 from 5–6 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of Bird Library.

Elizeya Quate is the pseudonym of Edmund Zagorin, a writer and performer based in the Bay Area. Raised in Tenleytown DC and educated at the University of Michigan, Quate’s first book The Face of Our Town (KERNPUNKT Press, 2016) is a fun series of interconnected stories about interconnectedness.

John Colasacco’s books include Antigolf (Civil Coping Mechanisms 2015), The Information Crusher (Spuyten Duyvil 2016), TWO TEENAGERS (Horse Less Press 2016), and The Wagners (Transfr Books 2017).

If you need an accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Patrick Willliams at jpwill03@syr.edu by July 27.