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).

Looking for creators for ‘Cuse Market, October 20 at Bird Library

The Blackstone LaunchPad is looking for innovators, makers, and creatives for ‘Cuse Market. The annual “pop-up shop” and product showcase will be held Friday, October 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Commons, first floor of Bird Library.

Each semester the LaunchPad invites faculty, staff, students and alumni to display their creative work, whether it is a product, service, or technology.  Part “demo alley” and part “market bazaar,” it is an opportunity to browse ideas being invented at Syracuse University. From health and wellness products, to artisan goods, packaged foods, fashion and apparel, jewelry, furniture, 3D printed items, industrial designs, and gadgets, ‘Cuse Market is a chance to “show” and “sell” to new audiences.

This year, ‘Cuse Market is expanding with an emphasis on creative services. Are you a musician, photographer, artist, filmmaker, graphic designer, sound or lighting engineer? Are you a web developer, creator of a new mobile app, software platform, or unique on-line product or service?  The hunt is on for the next big thing. This is your chance to shine the spotlight on what you’re creating.

In addition to showcasing and selling goods and services, there will be “best in show” prizes in various categories, based on real-time audience voting.

‘Cuse Market also provides an opportunity to test your product and get customer feedback, as well as launch ideas. The event will also feature campus and community resource providers, and Maker Spaces to help connect with the local “maker movement.”

The event is presented by the Blackstone LaunchPad, which is part of Syracuse University Libraries. The community is invited to meet campus creators and innovators who are showcasing their new products, services, technologies in Bird Library, the busiest building on campus, with more than 8,000 visitors a day.

This is always a popular annual event, so reserve your free display table early. If interested, please e-mail: LaunchPad@syr.edu.