“Becoming International: Musings on Studying Abroad in America” book launch with New City Community Press

New City Community PressThe Syracuse University Libraries, English Language Institute (ELI) at Syracuse University, and the New City Community Press are hosting a book launch event to celebrate the upcoming publication of Becoming International: Musings on Studying Abroad in America. The event will be held on Thursday, September 20 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (room 114) of Bird Library.

Becoming International: Musings on Studying Abroad in America is a joint project of New City Community Press and the ELI at Syracuse University. Featuring personal reflections of past and current Syracuse University international students, the book aims to record their insights and experiences traveling abroad for their education, learning a new language and system of education, and developing their academic research skills in the current turbulent context of the United States.

At the book launch event, international students Joakim Olsen and Yuan (Caelyn) Cheng, and ELI ESL Instructor, Amy Walker will reflect upon their experiences and contributions to this new book. The event will also feature remarks from New City Community Press Director, Steve Parks and ELI Director, David Lind.

Founded by Syracuse University Associate Professor of Writing Steve Parks, the mission of New City Community Press is to provide opportunities for local communities to represent themselves by telling their stories in their own words. Today, New City has sponsored writing groups, after-school programs, and author assistance programs designed to support community writers and community organizations in their efforts to express a true vision of the streets on which they live. Its publications have gained a national and international audience, finding readers across the globe.

Light refreshments will be served. Copies of book will also be made available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information, please contact Tarida Anantachai at tanantac@syr.edu.

Check out the Libraries’ Welcome Fest on August 30!

Welcome Fest 2017The Syracuse University Libraries invite all students, faculty, and staff to a Welcome Fest on Thursday, August 30 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on the first floor of Bird Library. The event will feature resources and services the Libraries provide to support teaching, learning, and research across campus, as well as games, prizes, snacks, a photo booth, therapy dogs, and visits from Otto.

Meet librarians and library staff who will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Improvements to study spaces and room reservations;
  • Research and reference help – connecting to library experts day or night;
  • Library to Go delivery services;
  • Technology and gear for loan from our Check Out desk;
  • Course-related instruction to improve research skills and class outcomes;
  • Data, citation, and reputation management;
  • Scholarly publishing – SU Press and the SURFACE repository;
  • Reserving material and booking video for classes;
  • Interlibrary Loan – obtaining items from other libraries;
  • Sound Beat, the Libraries radio show;
  • Treasures held by Special Collections and University Archives.

A number of partner organizations are also participating this year: the Center for Learning and Student Success, Digital Scholarship Space, Petit Branch of the Onondaga County Public Library, Orange SUccess, Parking and Transit Services, Public Safety, SU Makerspace, Blackstone LaunchPad, and more.

See the pictures from last year’s event at:

For more information, contact us at libref@syr.edu.

Small Press Reading Series, Fear No Lit Writing Workshop

Fear No LitSyracuse University Libraries and Colgate University Libraries have teamed up to present this fall’s installment of the Small Press Reading Series featuring Poet Erin Dorney, author of I Am Not Famous Anymore (Mason Jar Press, 2018), fiction writer Tyler Barton, author of Get Empty (Split Lip Press, forthcoming), and novelist Patrick Parks, author of Tucumcari (Kernpunkt Press, 2018). The event will take place on Monday, September 24 from 5:15–6:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of Bird Library.

Prior to the reading, from 10 a.m.–Noon, Dorney and Barton, co-founders of Fear No Lit, a Minnesota-based community literary organization, will lead a public writing workshop in room 046 in Bird Library Workshop space is limited; RSVP by September 17 to Patrick Williams at jpwill03@syr.edu.

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available. For more information, or if you need an accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Patrick Williams at jpwill03@syr.edu.

This event was made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Syracuse University Libraries, Colgate University Libraries, and the Syracuse University Humanities Center.

We Remember Them opening reception on September 13

We Remember Them - The Legacy of Pan Am Flight 103 sliderAn opening reception for the the Libraries’ fall exhibition We Remember Them: The Legacy of Pan Am Flight 103 will be held on Thursday, September 13 from 4:30–6 p.m. in Special Collections Research Center gallery on the sixth floor of Bird Library.

Curated by Pan Am 103 Archivist and Assistant University Archivist Vanessa St.Oegger-Menn, this exhibition commemorates the 30-year saga of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988 that claimed the lives of all 259 individuals on board Flight 103 and 11 residents on the ground. Among the victims were 35 Syracuse University study abroad students.

Since that day, Syracuse University has been dedicated to preserving and honoring the memory of all 270 who were lost.

Through archival materials donated by the victims’ families, friends, advocates, and affected communities, the exhibition documents not only the terrorist act itself, but the lives of those lost and the ways in which they are remembered.

Whether through scholarship, public advocacy, art, or physical memorials, we ensure their lives and the lessons learned from their deaths are not forgotten.

The exhibition will be on display in Bird Library’s sixth floor gallery through June 2019. For more information, visit library.syr.edu/scrc/programs/exhibitions/exhibit/2018-09-We-Remember-Them.php.

Visit our Patio Cafés during SU Welcome 2018

Stop by the Pages Patio Café at Bird Library for complimentary refreshments, à la carte snacks and beverages, or just a place to sit and relax under the tent or inside our air-conditioned building. Library tours and information will be available.

  • Wednesday, August 22, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

University Place Patio, Bird Library

Carnegie Library, located in the Carnegie Building on the south side of the Quad, will also be serving complimentary refreshments outside on their porch, along with tours of its beautifully renovated Reading Room.

Brought to you by the SU Libraries, the Parents Office, and SU Food Services.