Boost the ’Cuse (#BoostCuse): Syracuse University’s first-ever Giving Day happens on October 17

Boost the ’Cuse (#BoostCuse) is Syracuse University’s first-ever giving day—a 24-hour giving campaign focused on participation that begins  at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. 

The campaign goal is to to inspire at least 1,870 alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends to make a gift to Syracuse University.  We want our community to come together to support their passions and make a difference on this special day. Gifts of all sizes are welcome and appreciated.

The day will feature a number of special challenges that will release more than $500,000 in additional funds. Challenges will highlight units, regions, social sharing, and more—all to channel additional dollars to our most vital areas, including scholarships, the Annual Fund, and deans’ funds. Here’s an example:

Gifts with “44” Challenge: When the challenge window closes, the school, college, or unit with the most gifts containing the number “44” ($44, $1,000.44, etc.), will receive an additional $1,044 challenge dollars allocated to its specific fund.

Boost the ’Cuse updates can be found at Mission Control: mission.syr.edu, where you can track progress, see who’s donated, learn about the different challenges, and more.  The full list of challenges will be available starting on October 10.

Anyone can participate. We need our entire community to participate to have a successful day.

Go Orange!

Bird Library offers extended hours during midterms, October 13-22

In collaboration with the Student Association, Bird Library be open for extended hours during fall semester midterms, including the weekends of October 14-15 and October 21-22.

During this period, Bird Library will be open until midnight on Friday nights, open at 9 a.m.on both Saturdays and Sundays, and stay open until 3 a.m. on Saturday nights.

The initiative is sponsored by the Student Association, which is covering the costs of security and custodial services for the additional 18 open hours.

Where Have All the Alphabets Gone? Disappearing Traditional Writing Systems and the Worldwide Loss of Cultural identity

Tim Brookes, associate professor in the Division of Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College, will give the talk, Where Have All the Alphabets Gone? on Friday, November 3, 2017, 10:00–11:30 a.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library. His lecture is part of the Syracuse Symposium series on Belonging.

Brookes, founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project, uses art to draw attention to imperiled languages and cultures, creating wood carvings that display the beautiful scripts of languages falling into disuse and on the verge of extinction. He will address questions of how a culture’s writing system reflects its sense of value and belonging, why cultures around the world are losing their traditional scripts, and what else is being lost in the process. An exhibit of his artwork will be on display on the first floor of Bird Library for the week prior to his talk.

More information on the Endangered Alphabets Project can be found at endangeredalphabets.com.

This event is jointly sponsored by the University Libraries, the Humanities Center, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Departments of Languages, Literature & Linguistics, Religion, and Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, the Department of Reading and Language Arts, the School of Education, the Maxwell School and the Indigenous Values Initiative.

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available for this event. If you need an accommodation to be able to fully participate in this event, please contact Lydia Wasylenko at lwwasyle@syr.edu by October 27.

University Archives to host Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Open Archives

To commemorate Remembrance Week 2017, the Libraries will host two Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Open Archives sessions. Join archivist Vanessa St.Oegger-Menn for an open viewing of selected materials from the Archives.

The Archive includes paper-based materials, correspondence, government reports and legislation, photographs, artwork, audio visual material, as well as personal items that belonged to the victims.

Sessions will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2-5 p.m. and Friday, October 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Spector Room, 608 Bird Library. All are welcome.

For more information, contact Vanessa at vlstoegg@syr.edu or 315.443.0632.

Libraries to offer series of events for Open Access Week, October 23-29

Today’s scholarly publishing landscape is broad and inclusive of many publication choices, based upon format, copyright, and more. With evidence showing the citation advantage of Open Access (OA), the Syracuse University Libraries are celebrating Open Access Week International this year. Come join us for lectures throughout the week on a variety of topics related to Open Access. All events will be held at Syracuse University Bird Library. If you need an accommodation to be able to fully participate in these events, please contact Amanda Page at alpage@syr.edu by October 16, 2017.

Introduction to Open Access: Monday, October 23, 2017, 2-3 p.m. in 608 Bird Library
Amanda Page, Open Publishing Librarian, Syracuse University
Introduction to Open Access, author rights, and scholarly publishing today, including copyright, Creative Commons licensing, and re-use rights.

Reputation Management and Open Access: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in 606 Bird Library
Anne Rauh, Collection Development and Analysis Librarian, Syracuse University,
Discussion of the intersection of reputation management and Open Access, including an introduction to scholarly profiles, scholarly impact – both traditional and Altmetrics, and more.

Data Management and U.S. Federal Mandate Requirements: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 3-4 p.m. in 606 Bird Library
Paul Bern, Research Data Services Librarian, Syracuse University
Introduction to Data Management, its relationship to U.S. federal grant funding, and data management planning.

Open Access Repositories: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in 046 Bird Library
Patrick Williams, Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, & Digital Humanities and Amanda Page, Open Publishing Librarian, Syracuse University
Overview of SURFACE, Syracuse University’s open-access institutional repository and discussion of different types of repositories.

Author Carpentry: DOIs and ORCIDs—understanding the full power of digital identifiers: Monday, November 6, 12-1 p.m., 046 Bird Library
Sebastian Karcher, Associate Director, Qualitative Data Repository, Moynihan Institute, Syracuse University
Introduction to digital identifiers like DOIs and  ORCIDs, with hands-on exploration of the features of the identifiers. Learn how to get bibliographic data or a formatted citation from a DOI, to create an ORCID profile and have it update automatically with your new publications. (No previous knowledge required).