Information for Emerald Users

Emerald Group Publishing has alerted Syracuse University Libraries about an upcoming platform change with implications for users who have set up accounts within Emerald. Starting July 25, 2014, and continuing for four weeks, individual user profiles will not be available. Users will not be able to make changes to settings during this time.

If you have questions about this change or encounter problems using Emerald titles, please feel free to contact Tasha Cooper,

We apologize for this inconvenience.

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