Libraries’ study room bookings move online

Syracuse University and ESF-affiliated students can now book study rooms in Bird and Carnegie libraries through an online reservation system, available on the web 24/7 at goo.gl/3h9yN6.

The new self-service system shows real-time room availability and can be used for immediate bookings or for future dates and times. Room bookings are confirmed via email.

Those with confirmed bookings and a current SU or ESF I.D. can sign out room keys from the first floor Check Out Desk in Bird Library and the second floor Information Desk in Carnegie.

For more information on Student Study Rooms in the Libraries, visit library.syr.edu/locations/student-study-rooms.php.

Venture for America is looking for student entrepreneurs

Venture for America (VFA) is accepting applications from students who expect to graduate in May 2018 for its upcoming fellowship program. VFA is a two-year fellowship program for recent grads who want to work at a startup and create jobs in American cities. The deadline to apply for the upcoming program is January 29, 2018.

VFA Fellows learn important startup skills at a five-week summer training camp, apply for jobs within the VFA-vetted company network, and then work for two years as full-time, salaried employees in one of 18 cities. When Fellows are ready to start a company, whether two years after college or ten, VFA has the resources to help make that dream a reality, from connections to seed funding to crowdfunding competitions.

This year, VFA announced their intent to become an onramp to entrepreneurship for historically underrepresented groups, and to grow the equity and inclusion resources provided to Fellows. VFA is partnering with the 20 campuses that are part of the Blackstone LaunchPad global network to help spread the word about this special emphasis on equity and inclusion.

Former SU Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneur Dylan Kim ’16, founder of Brevite, participated in the fellowship program and successfully launched his company, which is now operating out of New York City.

VFA CEO, Amy Nelson, and members of VFA Rise, its identity-based resource group, will discuss VFA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and answer general questions about the Fellowship on January 22 at 7:30 p.m. To register, visit deiatvfa.splashthat.com/.

An overview of the application process, as well as VFA program stats, can be found at VFA by the numbers. Learn more, and apply by January 29, 2018 at ventureforamerica.org/.

Spring business plan competitions announced

business terms written on a chalkboard Building on last year’s successful track record, when Syracuse University teams captured the grand prize and four first place awards in the 2017 New York State Business Plan Competition, a number of 2018 business plan competitions launch this semester. Open to Syracuse University students across all disciplines, the major competitions include:

The campus competitions for the ACC InVenture Prize and Hult Prize are coordinated through the Blackstone LaunchPad at Bird Library. The Panasci Business Plan Competition is coordinated through the Whitman School of Management and the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship. The RvD iPrize is coordinated through the School of Information Studies.

The LaunchPad team, mentors, and professional service providers are available to help develop investment-ready business models, create more competitive pitches, and coach teams on the art of successful pitching.  Whitman and iSchool faculty, along with Falcone Center staff, are also available to help prep teams and provide feedback.

To learn more about the competitions, get details on the schedule, or schedule coaching sessions, please e-mail: LaunchPad@syr.edu .

Celebrating 140 Years of U.S. Government Publishing at Syracuse University Libraries

Syracuse University Libraries will celebrate 140 years of membership in the U.S. Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) with a program and exhibition in February. The FDLP ensures that the public has access to Federal documents in participating libraries across the country.

The 140th anniversary celebration will take place in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library, on February 7, 2018 from 1–2:30 p.m. Jim Bradley, interim director of the GPO, will give the keynote presentation.

“Syracuse University Libraries are proud to serve as a Federal depository library,” said Dean of Libraries and University Librarian David Seaman. “The ability to offer our patrons and the community unfettered access to these vitally important government documents is a responsibility that we take seriously. We are honored to be celebrating 140 years with the FDLP and in partnership with GPO.”

An accompanying exhibit on fourth floor of Bird Library will highlight the wide variety of materials the Libraries have received as a member of the FDLP since the University’s early years. Documents selected for display represent all three branches of government and showcase the variety of formats and subject matter of these documents.

An exhibit in the Learning Commons on the first floor of Bird Library will focus on SU Libraries Depository Property Stamps – 140 years of Federal Depository Participation. The exhibit will highlight how the Libraries have marked and identified federal documents from 1878 to the present day. The variety of styles and markings illustrates the amount of detail and effort required to process these items.

If you need an accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact John Olson at jaolson@syr.edu by February 1.