Orange Central 2019: What’s Happening at the Libraries?

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Registration is now open for Orange Central 2019, Syracuse University’s annual homecoming and reunion weekend, September 12-15. Throughout the weekend, Syracuse University Libraries will be hosting a multitude of unique events for the Orange community to enjoy:

Friday, September 13

  • 9:30-10:00am or 4:30-5:00pm – 150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University Exhibition Tour*
    • Bird Library, Special Collections Research Center, 6th Floor
    • Featuring a wide selection of photographs, printed materials, textiles and other memorabilia from the University archives, this exhibition showcases the traditions that unite the University, including the number 44 and the color orange. Join University archivist and exhibition curator Meg Mason for a guided tour. (*Note that as of 6/7/19, the 9:30am time slot is full. Please see other tour time slot options on Friday and Saturday.)
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 10:00am-noon – Innovation Breakfast of Champions
    • Bird Library, Blackstone LaunchPad, 1st Floor, Suite 120
    • Did you ever pitch a product or an idea in an entrepreneurship competition while an SU student? Work on an innovation or student venture? Have you launched something since graduating? Join us in SU’s Innovation Hub in Bird Library to catch up and to get a sneak preview of the next crop of SU innovators.
    • Program cost: No charge; includes buffet breakfast
  • 2:30-3:15 or 3:30-4:15pm  – Preserving Your Orange Memories: A Preservation Fair
    • Bird Library, Special Collections Research Center, 6th Floor
    • Wondering how to preserve your freshman beanie, old photos, videotapes or yearbooks for years to come? Learn how to care for and preserve personal collections, especially your Syracuse University-related memorabilia. Please note: Libraries staff cannot provide preservation treatment or appraisals for items brought to the fair.
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 2:30-3:15 or 3:30-4:15pm  – Funding the Future
    • Bird Library, Blackstone LaunchPad, 1st Floor, Suite 120
    • Josh Aviv ’15, G’17, founder of SparkCharge, hosts an interactive fireside chat focused on emerging sustainable startup trends and creative funding opportunities for entrepreneurs. Co-hosted by the Blackstone LaunchPad, the School of Information Studies and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 4:00-5:30pm  – Forever Orange: The Story of Syracuse University
    • Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 1st Floor, Room 114
    • Join Rick Burton ’80 and Scott Pitoniak ’77, authors of Forever Orange, a book commemorating Syracuse University’s 150th anniversary, for a fascinating look at the diverse people, places and events that have helped Syracuse become an internationally renowned research university. Hear from the authors and take the opportunity to purchase the book (with a special 25% discount) and have them sign it. Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) will be provided.
    • Program cost: No charge

Saturday, September 14

  • 9:00-10:30am – 150th Campus Past and Present Walking Tour
    • Bird Library, Special Collections Research Center, 6th Floor
    • Learn about our past at the Special Collections Research Center exhibition, 150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University; meet the University archivist; and then explore campus during a walking tour led by student guides from the Office of Admissions’ U100 group. The weather in Syracuse can be fickle, so check the forecast, dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes—the tour will go on, rain or shine! Please follow the directions in the registration form if you require golf cart transportation.
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 10:00-10:30, 10:45-11:15, or 11:30-12:00 – 150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University Exhibition Tour
    • Bird Library, Special Collections Research Center, 6th Floor
    • Featuring a wide selection of photographs, printed materials, textiles and other memorabilia from the University archives, this exhibition showcases the traditions that unite the University, including the number 44 and the color orange. Join University archivist and exhibition curator Meg Mason for a guided tour. (*Note that as of 6/7/19, the 9:30am time slot is full. Please see other tour time slot options on Friday and Saturday.)
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 10:30-11:30am – Bringing Don Waful’s POW Journal to Life
    • Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 1st Floor, Room 114
    • A look behind the scenes of a unique audio project from Sound Beat, the popular public radio program from the Syracuse University Libraries. Host Brett Barry ’98, G’13 narrates selections from the World War II POW journal of Don Waful ’37, G’39 interspersed with present-day commentary from Mr. Waful himself, nearly 80 years later! Q&A to follow.
    • Program cost: No charge
  • 12:30-2:00pm – Libraries Former Employees Lunch*
    • Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 1st Floor, Room 114
    • Have you ever worked in the SU Libraries system, either professionally or while an SU student? We welcome you back to the Libraries for a celebratory lunch for an afternoon of networking and conversation!
    • Program cost: No charge; includes refreshments

Please note that registration is required for all Orange Central events. For a full list of campus-wide events or to register, please visit: cusecommunity.syr.edu.

New Biblio Gallery Exhibit at Bird Library: “Everyone Wears Clothes”

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Details Book The Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection

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Students in the Genet Costume Collection For Threads Magazine

Syracuse University Libraries’ new Biblio Gallery Exhibit on the 4th Floor of Bird Library is running from May 30, 2019 through the end of August 2019. The exhibit titled “Everyone wears clothes” was curated by Fashion faculty Professor Jeffrey Mayer and Professor Kirsten Schoonmaker from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts School of Design.

About the Exhibit:

Everyone wears clothes. We choose them casually from our closet, browse the latest trends online, and gossip about what influencers post on Instagram. In a moment when images of the most recent runway shows are instantly available, why should we look at dresses from the 1930s or jackets from the 1970s? Drawn from the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection, housed in the university’s Fashion Design Program in the Nancy Cantor Warehouse, this selection of photographs highlights details from these historic clothes, inviting us to look closer.  In his 2015 publication Vintage Details; A Fashion Sourcebook, Professor Jeffrey Mayer worked with university photographer Stephen Sartori to document design details found within these historic garments.

The Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection is a significant resource for faculty, students, and community. Comprised of some 3,500 women’s garments and accessories, from 1820 to the present, this collection can serve as a primary source for research into our material heritage, a treasure trove of inspiration for new design, and a library for students curious about how to create a certain type of pocket or for five different techniques for creating a pleated detail.

Hanging in the window are selections from a course project that asked students to replicate designs from the collection. Rather than working from flat two-dimensional images, students were able to measure yardage, observe placement of technical construction details, and investigate the proportion of design in a meaningful way.  Historic garments can offer information about their period of manufacture, but by continuing to look closely at this collection of women’s high fashion, we realize that these clothes are still contributing to ongoing stories.

For more information about the Biblio Gallery Exhibit, contact S. Ann Skiold, MFA, MLIS, Subject Librarian for Decorative & Applied Arts, Design, Art History, Film, Photography, and Spanish & Italian at Syracuse University Libraries or apply via Biblio Gallery website. 

Mid-Century in Stereo 5.0 Exhibit

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Mid-Century in Stereo 5.0 Exhibit

Check out the Learning Common’s newest exhibit on the 1st Floor of Bird Library: Mid-Century in Stereo 5.0, a selection of unusual vinyl records from a private collection culled from thrift stores and forgotten places. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the exhibit and consists of a handpicked selection of some of the best (of the worst) from previous years. Stop by the Learning Commons Information Desk to receive your free event-exclusive button. The exhibit begins May 16 and will run through June 30.

Syracuse University Libraries and Department of Chemistry Collaborate to Identify Chemical Composition of Plastics Artifacts Collection

Syracuse University Libraries has collaborated on a first-of-its-kind project between the Special Collection Research Center (SCRC) and the Department of

Syracuse Chemistry of Artifacts Project (SCOAP) team in front of Plastics Artifacts Collection on 6th Floor of Syracuse University Libraries’ Bird Library. From left to right: Chemistry PhD candidate Elyse Kleist, Dr. Mary Boyden from Syracuse University Chemistry Department, and Dr. Timothy Korter, Chemistry Professor.

Chemistry. Courtney Asztalos, the Libraries’ Plastics Pioneers Curator of Plastics and Historical Artifacts, partnered with Syracuse University Chemistry Professor Dr. Timothy Korter to investigate the chemical composition of objects from the Plastics Artifacts Collection, located on the 6th Floor of Bird Library. Along with Professor Korter, Dr. Mary Boyden and Chemistry PhD candidate Elyse Kleist created the Syracuse Chemistry of Artifacts Project (SCOAP) to use Raman spectroscopy to analyze plastic items from the Plastics Artifacts Collection. Raman spectroscopy is a non-destructive technique using a laser beam to enhance knowledge of the chemical composition of plastics. This information is critical to the Plastics Artifacts Collection’s conservation, preservation, and curation.

In addition to the benefit to the Libraries, the collaboration is also providing a research opportunity for the Chemistry Department. With a solid foundation now in place through the creation of a comprehensive reference database of known plastics and formation of research protocols, the SCOAP team has set the stage for undergraduate students to engage in undergraduate research beginning in the fall of 2019. “It is magnificent to see the plastics artifacts being utilized in new and exciting ways, especially in contributing to SCOAP’s chemical research,” said Courtney Asztalos, Plastics Pioneers Curator. In the fall 2019, students enrolled in CHE450 (Introduction to Chemical Research) will work alongside Prof. Korter and Dr. Boyden on the project as part of their American Chemical Society certified degrees. They will use Raman spectroscopy to identify the chemical composition of items in the Plastics Collection and will also work with Libraries staff to understand the historical and cultural value of important plastics artifacts. “From a chemistry perspective, this is an outstanding example of applying rigorous analytical chemistry techniques in a real-world scenario where the students can immediately see the positive impact of their investigative work,” said Dr. Korter.

“We are delighted to partner on this innovative research project,” added David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, “which combines skills and materials from the Special Collections Research Center with faculty and student expertise, and which adds to our knowledge of important items in our collections to benefit future research. This is exemplary of the kind of work an R1 research university is engaged in.”

This initiative was made possible through financial support from Invest Syracuse and the Department of Chemistry for the purchase of a portable Raman spectrometer, microscope, computer, and supplies, as well as SU Libraries for project space and the purchase of modern polymer reference samples that were used to create a plastics reference library. Members of the Plastics Pioneers Association also donated reference samples to SCOAP’s plastics reference library.

For additional information, visit SCOAP website at https://tmkorter.expressions.syr.edu, Plastics Artifacts Collection at www.plastics.syr.edu, or SCRC website at https://library.syr.edu/scrc.

Archie Collectibles, selections from Nancy Silberkleit’s private Archie Comics memorabilia collection on display at Bird Library

The SU Libraries Learning Commons is is thrilled to be able to showcase an amazing variety of Archie comic memorabilia from the private collection of the Co-CEO of Archie Comics, Nancy Silberkleit.

Thanks for this collaborative effort go to Stephen Singer, Kate Deibel, Natalie LoRusso, and Diane Wiener. Additional thanks to Colleen Theisen of SCRC.

This exhibit is in partnership with the Center on Human Policy, the Burton Blatt Institute’s Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach, the Disability Cultural Center, and the Disability Student Union.

For those interested in comics, Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) <https://library.syr.edu/scrc/> holds over 200 collections of comic art, including the Bob Montana Cartoons from the newspaper comic strip version of Archie.

The collection will be on display from April 5 – May 15 on the first floor of Bird Library.