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.

ProQuest scheduled maintenance on January 27-28, 2018

A number of ProQuest databases will be unavailable beginning at 10 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018 through 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 28 for scheduled maintenance. Impacted databases include, but are not limited to:

  • Ancestry
  • COS Funding Opportunities/Pivot
  • Chadwyck-Healey US databases
  • Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1970
  • ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
  • ProQuest Platform (search.proquest.com)
  • RefWorks

We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Resource Spotlight: Academic Video Online

Looking for streaming video?  Academic Video Online,  a recent addition to SU Libraries’ collections, offers over 63,000  streaming videos from  1889-2017 in a wide range of disciplines and subject areas, including  art and design, business, education, fashion, health sciences, history, politics as well as other  humanities, social sciences, and sciences areas.  Some videos are short and some full-length; genres include documentaries, news stories, television programs, interviews, animations, archival footage, instructional resources, and more.  Content is from a number of providers, including the BBC, Bloomberg, Microtraining, PBS, and Universal Pictures, to name a few.

Academic Video Online includes transcripts and options for creating clips and playlists.

This resource is one of several Alexander Street Press products to which SU libraries subscribes. Additional information, and tutorials, are available on the Alexander Street Press Academic Video Online (AVON) guide and the Alexander Street Press product site.

SU Libraries continues to develop video collections, and we welcome feedback regarding video content that will be useful to SU researchers.  Please send suggestions for the collection and comments to Tasha Cooper, Collection Development and Analysis Librarian, Syracuse University Libraries.

Review:

Griffin, D. (2014). Alexander Street Press: Academic video databases. Information Today, 31, 28. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/1535262982?accountid=14214.

Syracuse University Hult Prize winners announced

Student startups Farm to Flame Energy and Drop Top won first and second place respectively in the Syracuse campus qualifier for the prestigious Hult Prize, hosted by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Bird Library this week. Farm to Flame will now advance to one of 15 regional finals in March 2018, and first alternate, Drop Top, will move on to an open national competition, with another opportunity for a spot at the regionals.

A winning team from each of the 15 regional finals will be selected to participate in an eight-week summer residency at the Hult Castle accelerator in the United Kingdom, and a chance to pitch at the United Nations in September 2018, with the winning team receiving the $1,000,000 grand prize.

Farm to Flame Energy was founded by William Lee Mendes McKnight ’18, Arts and Sciences.  The venture partners with entrepreneurially-minded community members in developing countries to collaboratively design and develop micro-grid solutions, leveraging locally grown crops, to harness the power of energy and build more sustainable rural economies.

Farm to Flame Energy’s patented, smokeless, odorless, efficient bio-mass combustion system can be used for micro-grids and integrated with a cloud-based sensor system and data analysis for real-time monitoring. The team proposed a franchise model to achieve scalability, empowering community entrepreneurs and farmers in developing countries to become business partners. The model includes a strong agricultural education component, teaching local farmers how to plant high yield energy crops that are best suited for their climate and soils, which can be used as local biomass sources.

The model created by Farm to Flame Energy has the power to address Hult’s goal of impacting 10 million people by the year 2025, since it is estimated that 960 million people live in energy poverty in rural areas around the globe. “I am thrilled that our venture is gaining recognition, so that we can start bringing electricity to those who need it,” said McKnight, who is majoring in history and minoring in chemistry.  He is the son of Lee McKnight, associate professor in the iSchool.

Farm to Flame Energy team members include Kwaku Jyamfi ’18, a chemical engineering major in Engineering and Computer Science, and Sayje Lasenberry ’19, who is majoring in sustainable energy management at SUNY ESF.

Second place winner is Drop Top, with a concept to conserve water and enhance drip irrigation using REVLAR, a waterproof, tear-proof, durable, and impervious paper-thin material specifically designed to withstand high/low temperature fluctuations.  Drop Top’s ingenious design, made entirely of REVLAR, increases agricultural output while conserving water.  The venture also utilizes a franchise model to create scalability and help local farmers become entrepreneurs through education and empowerment.

Drop Top team members include Jason Kuperberg ’18, a biotechnology major in Arts and Sciences,  Serena DeSeta ’18, a dual major in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises and advertising and business communication in Whitman, and Matthew Goodman ’19, a design major in Visual and Performing Arts (VPA).

Hult Prize Syracuse campus judges included:  Alejandro S Amezcua, Assistant Professor, Whitman School of Management; Karen Livingston, energy entrepreneur and senior business advisor, New York State Small Business Development Center; Joshua Aviv, founder, SparkCharge, and entrepreneur in residence, Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship; David Eihlers, innovation consultant, and former co-founder of Blue Highway, as well as adjunct faculty, MBA@SU; and Amanda Chou ’18, founding member and chief marketing officer of Thrive Projects. Thrive Projects was last year’s Syracuse campus Hult Prize winner, and went on to the regionals in Boston.

Ten teams pitched in the campus qualifier, receiving consistently high scores from the judges in a very tight competition.  The other eight teams included:  ComEnergy, led by Tyler Vartabedian (Engineering and Computer Science); Flow, led by Michael McCormack (Whitman); Flux, led by Nate Banks (Architecture); GiraTech, led by Teodoro DeLellis (Engineering and Computer Science); Inspire, led by Kayla Simon (Engineering and Computer Science) and Kutokea, led by Aaron Mwewa (Maxwell).

The Hult Prize, known as “The Nobel Prize for student startups,” seeks out game-changing student social enterprises that compete to solve the world’s toughest challenges.  This year’s theme, “Harnessing the Power of Energy,” issued a challenge to conceive a scalable solution to transform the lives of 10 million people by 2025.  Swedish billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Bertil Hult established the competition in 2009. The Hult family donates $1,000,000 in seed capital annually to the winning social enterprise. Rutgers Business School students won last year’s grand prize for their solar-powered rickshaw, Roshni Rides, to reduce energy and encourage sustainable transportation in developing countries with large refugee populations.

Learn more at:  http://www.hultprize.org/

 

“Film Tasting” celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of SU creatives

Celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Syracuse University student filmmakers at a “Film Tasting” event to sample some of this season’s best student films and animations – from shorts to featurettes. The pop-up student film and animation showcase will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13 in Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building, and will feature works by VPA Transmedia students, with help from Newhouse and other program areas.

This fun “food and flicks” event is a stress break from finals, and is also an opportunity to sample work by innovative transmedia students who are on the path to becoming professional filmmakers and entrepreneurs.  Films selected for the screening are the work of advanced film and animation students who raised funds, assembled production crews, put out casting calls, and hired professional actors, managed all aspects of production and post-production, and created professional quality final products worthy of film festival submissions. Admission is free, but RSVPs are requested to launchpad@syr.edu

The “Film Tasting” is being produced by Broad Brothers, a Blackstone LaunchPad student venture. Broad Brothers Productions was founded by twin brothers, Aja and Kaelan Selbach-Broad, who are juniors in the VPA film program.  Broad Brothers launched at Syracuse University as a student venture, and also produced the recent Blackstone LaunchPad promo film.

Broad Brothers was recently profiled in Study Break for their filmmaking, including client corporate videos, concerts and festivals, music videos, and shorts.  They have shot such artists as The Chainsmokers and Marshmello.  Their work has been featured in a number of film events, and they intend to fully launch their production company upon graduation.