Classic Catalog will be down on afternoon of July 23

Voyager outages have been scheduled July 22-23 to support a server hardware upgrade. The upgrade will begin at 10 p.m. Tuesday evening, July 22, and is expected to be completed Wednesday afternoon, July 23. During this time, requests and renewals from the Classic Catalog will be disabled. The Classic Catalog will be unavailable for up to two hours the afternoon of July 23. The timing of this outage will be dependent on issues encountered during the upgrade.

Thank you for your patience during this process.

Changes to Library E-Reserves service

The Libraries have discontinued the service of posting digitized copies of articles and book chapters in Blackboard, allowing faculty the freedom to manage their own curricular content. The Libraries will continue offering reserves for print books and videos, as well as e-reserves for audio materials.

This decision is based on changing patterns in the use of Library course reserves. In recent years, use of the e-reserves service has dropped dramatically. Total requests have decreased by 54 percent and the number of faculty using e-reserves has decreased by 35 percent. The Library’s research shows there are numerous reasons for the decline, including faculty’s widespread adoption and use of the Blackboard course management system for posting course readings, linking to library-licensed academic content, and other materials.

Detailed instructions for posting articles and other such items in Blackboard are available at Library subject specialists and the AskUs service are also available to assist faculty in making this transition. Most copyright questions are answered in the Copyright Guide. In addition, Online Learning Services offers support for faculty in their use of Blackboard and other technology tools.

For more information, contact Melinda Dermody at

Library offers campus-wide access to the Chronicle of Higher Education

Syracuse University Library has secured a campus-wide site license for online access to the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Premium content is available to anyone accessing either website [ and] from an on-campus location. No subscription or account is necessary.

To be recognized as an authorized user from off-campus, users have two options: access from the e-journals section of the Library website or via one of the following direct URLs:

Chronicle of Higher Education:

Chronicle of Philanthropy:

The Chronicle of Higher Education offers news, information, and employment opportunities for college and university faculty and administrators, along with a variety of newsletters. Its digital publications are updated every weekday; back issues are available from 1995.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy offers content for nonprofit organizations, grant makers, and other philanthropic enterprises. Digital copies of the publication are updated every other Monday and back issues are available from October 1997. The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s free e-newsletter, Philanthropy Today, is available daily.

For more information about this subscription, contact Robert Cleary at 443-2989 or email For assistance accessing these titles, contact Kelley Lasher at 443-6179 or email

Chicano Database switches providers

Access to the Chicano Database has changed to a new provider, switching from FirstSearch to EBSCO.

This bibliographic index covers a wide range of materials focused on the Mexican-American and Chicano experience, as well as the broader Latino experience of Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and Central American immigrants since 1992. The Chicano Database also includes the Spanish Speaking Mental Health Database, covering psychological, sociological and educational literature.

If you have questions about this interface change, please contact Bonnie Ryan at

Introducing Virtual Shelf Browse

Library users now have the opportunity to browse library shelves right from their desktops using the “Browse This Shelf” feature of the Classic Catalog.

“Browse This Shelf” was designed by Polk Library at the University of Wisconsin to be a “visually engaging presence to mimic the real-world effect of browsing.” It gives library users the opportunity to easily browse back and forth among other similar items on the library’s shelves, in addition to items that are part of our digital collections. It is especially useful in the case of subjects that may be housed in multiple libraries on campus.

To use “Browse This Shelf,” from the Library’s home page, click the Classic Catalog link under the Find menu. Conduct your search as you normally would, and choose a relevant item from the results. Scroll to the bottom of the item’s record and look for the “Browse This Shelf” box. This box displays materials in call number order, just as if you were standing in front of the shelves. This is an excellent way to find additional resources on your subject without having to do a lot of extra work!

  • Scroll forward and backward by clicking the left and right arrow buttons to see more books on the shelf. When the books become less relevant, try moving in the opposite direction.
  • Mouse over a cover to view summary information or to look up reviews of the book on Google Books.
  • Click a cover to view full information about that title.

For an overview of this function see this video:

browse this shelf