Graduate Research Roundtable #3: Career Resources & Funding Opportunities

Join ECS-GSO, SU Libraries, and Graduate Career Services for the third and final event in the Research Roundtable series on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 6–7:30 p.m. in 331 Link Hall.

SU librarians and associate director of Graduate Student Services, Dan Olson-Bang, will discuss a variety of career resources, including industry and company profiles, funding tools, and more to help you launch your career. Free food and one free drink ticket provided!

Registration is limited to 30 participants, register today:

Pop-Up student art show opening March 12 in Bird Library

Sarah Allam works on her installation

For the second year, the SU Libraries and the Syracuse University School of Art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts are collaborating to showcase the works of innovative art students in a pop-up art show.  The students are from the First Year Foundations course, taught by School of Art faculty Tom Hall and Dusty Herbig. Their show “Reference Point” will feature thematic installations throughout Bird Library, opening March 12 and on view through April 12 during all hours that the library is open.

An artist’s reception on Monday, March 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. will give visitors a chance to meet the 27 students who are creating works for the show.  The reception will be in the Blackstone LaunchPad, the glass cube on the main level of Bird Library, and is open to the community.

LaunchPad staff worked with Learning Commons librarians to help students create proposals and vision statements, pitch them to their peers and library staff, receive feedback, and revise their final proposals.  This process was the same as a professional public art call, and intended to teach students the skills required to be a creative entrepreneur.  Artist statements will be on view with the works, explaining the thematic and narrative elements of each piece.

“As the busiest academic building on campus, with more than one million visitors a year, Bird Library will provide students with great visibility for their first public art show,” said David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, “and we are keen to find additional ways to use library spaces to showcase the creative and academic achievements of the Syracuse University community.”

“The idea of the Reference Point puts the library at the heart of the creative process,” said Hall.  “The library is often the first point of contact for researching a thought, and its web of references the creative divergent energy of discovery and discourse.”  Hall is a public artist who works in studio arts, with a particular focus on sculpture. His work has been shown internationally, including Villa Favard, Florence; Stone Quarry Art Park, New York; Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes International Arts Festival, France; and Key Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight.

Herbig teaches lithography, intaglio, serigraphy, and relief, and also serves as the director and master printer of Lake Effect Editions, the press of the printmaking intensive. Herbig exhibits nationally, participating in juried exhibitions in major cities across the country, and internationally, including exhibitions in Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Spain, Pakistan, Taiwan, Brazil, Germany, South Korea, and Poland. His work is in the permanent collections of many institutions.

Check Facebook for photos of the show:  @LaunchPadSYR

Libraries to host Graduate Student Research Roundtable on March 8

Syracuse University librarians will host another Graduate Student Research Roundtable on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 6–7:30 p.m. at the Inn Complete. The program will feature a panel discussion, short demos, Q&A, and free food! Topics will include an introduction to library services for graduate students, library resources, and research tools.

Registration is limited to 30 participants; register today at

This event is part of a series sponsored by ECS-GSO, SU Libraries, and ASEE.


SU Libraries to host Human Library event April 11; book volunteers needed

The Syracuse University Libraries will host its fifth annual Human Library event on Wednesday, April 11 from noon to 5 p.m. in Bird Library. Participants will have the opportunity to talk to “human books”: volunteers from the Syracuse University community who represent a variety of cultural backgrounds and life experiences. Human books will engage in conversation with participants in one-on-one or small group settings for 20 minutes at a time.

The event is open to campus and community. No preregistration is required; however, there will be an opportunity to reserve a book for a specific time in advance, if desired.

A Human Library is an event that encourages people from different backgrounds to talk with and learn from each other in a safe and supportive environment. The purpose is to create a positive space for dialogues on challenging topics, to break down stereotypes, and to celebrate diversity within our community.

Previous human book topics have included Native American, Chinese, Indian, Nigerian, and Middle Eastern cultures; disability, transgender, and biracial identity; military life; mental health issues; and immigrant experiences. Human books and participants of past events have described conversations as rewarding, fun, important, and insightful.

Event organizers are currently seeking Syracuse University faculty, staff, and students, and other community members to serve as human books.  The deadline to complete an application form is Friday, March 9.

Campus event partners currently include the Blackstone LaunchPad, Hendricks Chapel, and the Slutzker Center for International Services. Syracuse University’s event is one of several Human Libraries offered throughout the region, with support from the Central NY Library Resources Council.

The first Human Library program was held in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since then, similar events have been organized in libraries, schools and other institutions around the world. For more information see

Presentation by Jeremy Ring ’92 on 2/21 cancelled

The presentation by Jeremy Ring ’92, who was scheduled to speak at Bird Library on Wednesday, February 21, has been cancelled. Jeremy lives in Parkland, Florida and has been deeply affected by the recent tragedy there. He needs to attend to matters with his family, friends, and community for the near future. We will try to arrange another time for Jeremy to return to campus.  Thank you for your understanding in this difficult time for Jeremy and his neighbors in Parkland.