Libraries Commemorates Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month


Copy reads: Selections from Juan Cruz: A Retrospective. September 16 to October 15, 2019. An exhibition of Works by local artist and Syracuse University alumnus '95. Syracuse University Libraries. #CuseLHHM. Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month. Photo of wooden 3-dimensions art piece from Juan Cruz.

Selections from Juan Cruz: A Retrospective

In commemoration of Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), the Syracuse University Libraries, in collaboration with La Casita Cultural Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, is proud to share a display titled “Selections from Juan Cruz: A Retrospective.” The exhibit features works on loan by Juan Cruz ’95, Syracuse-based artist and Syracuse University alumnus, on display on the first floor of Bird Library through October 15. A similar exhibition, showcasing the expansive body of Cruz’s works, was recently hosted at the Everson Museum during the summer of 2019.

Photo of display case in Bird Library and sign next to display.

Selections from Juan Cruz: A Retrospective

For more information about the pieces in this exhibit, including inquiries to the artist, please contact La Casita Cultural Center at

There is also a Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month book display in the New Books section on the 1st floor of Bird. It highlights approximately 70 books by Latinx and Hispanic authors published within the past decade and aims to showcase some newer works and newer voices from the Latinx and Hispanic community. The books are available for patrons to check out.

For more information on the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, follow #CuseLHHM or visit

Bird Library Hosting Homo-Symbiosis Architectural Installation

Parinda Pin Sangkaeo, female student, standing next to Benson Joseph, male student. To their left is their homo-symbiosis architectural display,

Parinda Pin Sangkaeo and Benson Joseph next to their display in Bird Library

Two students from the School of Architecture, Benson Joseph ’20 and Parinda Pin Sangkaeo (Pin) ‘22, have created and installed an original display titled “Homo-Symbiosis” on the first floor of Bird Library.  It will be on display in the Learning Commons near the computer cluster through November 2.

The students have independently collaborated on several works outside of any coursework or assignments. This piece is made from paperboard, lightweight wood, and plastic. They describe their piece as follows:

Too often we are easily influenced by the latest buzz feed, political pundit, and our president’s most recent tweet. In the process, we tend to forget our common humanity. The virtual realm of free speech has been turned into isolated cocoons constructed from a series of algorithms designed to categorize the individual into a nest of their own mind. We are neither for the individual or the collective consciousness. We believe in the example provided by the natural world that everything exists within a symbiotic relationship. Therefore, both parties are of equal necessity. The installation aims to

illustrate the idea into a tangible construction. Where the whole is the sum of its parts. Each individual hold within

Close up of shapes made from paperboard, lightweight wood and plastic intricately connected to each other. In background are students working in Bird Library and sign saying "Homo-Symbiosis" with description.

Homo-Symbiosis Display in Bird Library

unique characteristics, perfectly suitable for the machine of our collective civilization. The irregular arrangement of the whole aims to render an idea of flexibility offered and limited by one’s imagination, implying many possible configurations. Next, the slight variation of every single diamond within a module of nine cater to the unique characteristics of an individual. Finally, the mirror surfaces act as a reminder that you, as an individual within the collective, are the spectator. Your role as a crucial participant through the use of the reflected surfaces reiterate the equal necessity of both complementary bodies.

“We wanted to include this piece in Bird Library because so many people pass through this space,” said Benson. “It makes us happy to share our work with others. It’s an opportunity to bring work from the School of Architecture to the broader University campus,” added Pin.

close-up of symmetrical sculpture made of paperboard, lightweight wood and plastic interwoven together.

Homo-Symbiosis Display

“We’re delighted to share the artistic work of these students at the Libraries,” said David Seaman, dean of Syracuse University Libraries, University Librarian and interim dean of the School of Information Studies. “Our Learning Commons regularly supports the display of both student and faculty art and

design, and we encourage those interested to contact us. We also have an Arts Programming Team that is charged with developing visual and performing arts events and providing support for programs in our Learning Commons. Initiatives like these foster an inclusive library environment, provide partnership opportunities, and support learning by providing a forum.”

Libraries to Host The Humanities and Technology (THAT) Camp

Group of people in classroom, person whiting on white board, white board covered in text and drawings in various colors.

Participants from THATCamp CNY at Bird Library in 2017.

Syracuse University Libraries is hosting The Humanities and Technology (THAT) Camp Central New York (CNY) on October 25, 2019 in Bird Library. Camps are free to attend, user-generated, informal conference programs for anyone interested in the humanities or technology at any skill level. The program and agenda is not set in advance, but rather is created by all participants the morning of the conference based on the interest and feedback of attendees. The emphasis is on productive, collegial work and free-form discussion. THATCamp is a great opportunity for established digital humanists to share methodologies or for beginners to learn the ropes.

THATCamp CNY welcomes students, faculty, scholars, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, developers and programmers, teachers, community members, and others to participate. It is designed to be a spontaneous, timely, non-hierarchical, inter-disciplinary, intellectual event. There are no lengthy proposals, papers, presentations, or product demonstrations. Anyone interested can register to attend. All attendees are welcome to propose a session or topic on THATCamp CNY 2019 website on any subject relevant to the humanities and technology. THATCamp CNY is being facilitated by Patrick Williams, Ph.D., librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities at Syracuse University Libraries.

“As the academic hub of Syracuse University, the Libraries is delighted to host THATCamp again. The energy and intellectual conversations that flow from participants contributes to the University’s inclusive environment and development of engaged citizens and scholars in a changing global society,” said David Seaman, Dean of Syracuse University Libraries, University Librarian and interim Dean of School of Information Studies.

Table with laptop, keyboard, play dough, scissors, cords, and other random supplies.

Working Table and Tools from THATCamp CNY 2017 in Bird Library.

For more information, see THATCamp CNY’s website, or email questions to

Syracuse University Press Participates in Upstate Publishing Summit

logo is orange background with reversed out grahic of tree and letters S and U on either side of the tree trunkSeveral employees from Syracuse University Press participated in the Upstate Publishing Summit held on August 28, 2019 at the University of Rochester. Participation included:

 ·         Deborah Manion, acquisitions editor at Syracuse University Press, co-moderated the session “Upstate spaces: presses, universities, local communities”

·         Mona Hamlin, marketing research analyst at Syracuse University Press, was a panelist in the session “Upstate spaces: presses, universities, local communities”

·         Alice Pfeiffer, director of Syracuse University Press, shared her experience at a session titled “The challenges and opportunities of open access initiatives”

·         Peggy Solic, acquisitions editor at Syracuse University Press, participated in a roundtable on acquisitions

·         Lisa Kuerbis, marketing coordinator at Syracuse University Press, facilitated a sales and marketing roundtable

 Syracuse University Press has been publishing academic, state and University stories for over 75 years. Last year, Syracuse University Press published 41 new publications and made 19 new titles available via open access.

Special Collections Research Center Acquires Several Notable Collections

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Teaching using the Special Collections Research Center materials.

Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) acquired several notable collections over the past fiscal year (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019). With these new acquisitions, the SCRC now has 77,956 linear feet in its total collections.  New acquisitions include:

  • Josef Albers, Interaction of Color, New Haven, 1963.

The Interaction of Color by Josef Albers (1888-1976), published by Yale University Press in 1963, consists of a set of silk-screened prints that demonstrate how the eye perceives color differently when set next to other colors. The set was originally a limited run of 2000 sets of prints with an accompanying book. This work allows students and scholars to study the effects of color on the original prints on paper instead of reprints or digital surrogates, which is crucial for this kind of exploration. Albers was an influential teacher, writer, painter, and color theorist and taught industrial design at Syracuse University in the 1950s.

  • Bernhard of Clairvaux, [Works], Paris, 1508.

This volume, recently purchased with funds from the Library Associates, contains the works of Bernard of Clairvaux, a French abbot and major leader in the establishment of the Cistercian monastic order. This unique item, printed in 1508 by Jehan Petit, one of the official publishers at the University of Paris, documents the slow evolution of the book from the medieval codex to the Renaissance print. The book is decorated both with an illuminated initial and printed woodcut initials. The beveled wooden boards bound in blind-stamped pigskin still show the hole for the chain which would have secured it to a medieval bookshelf.

  • Alexander von Humboldt, Geognostische und physikalische Erinnerungen, Stuttgart/Tübingen, 1853.

Intended to be the first part of a whole series of geological, volcanological and physical publications, this first edition of the great German polymath’s description of Mexican and Andean volcanoes and the accompanying atlas are a milestone of 19th century scholarship. The tinted views of the atlas offer stunning examples of scientific pre-photography documentation practices.

  • John Fleming Gould Papers

SCRC received 12 linear feet of personal papers of the American painter, illustrator, and art instructor John Fleming Gould (1906-1996). Gould’s illustrations appeared in national publications such as the Saturday Evening Post as well as pulp publications such as Adventure Trails, Dime Detective Magazine, and War Birds, while his fine art pieces often portray historical subjects and the Hudson River Valley area. As an art consultant for General Electric Company’s Locomotive Division, Gould produced hundreds of illustrations for their corporate publications and advertising. Highlights of the collection include original artwork, illustrations created for General Electric, and more than 3,000 tear sheets of Gould’s illustrations for pulp magazines from the 1920s through the 1940s.

  • Jantzen Swimwear Photographs

This album of 111 silver gelatin prints highlights the Jantzen Knitting Mills swimwear line from 1937-1943. In the early 20th century, the company was on the forefront of tighter-fitting, elastic, and less-cumbersome designs that allowed their wearers to swim more comfortably than earlier fashions of bathing dress and were similar to ones glamorized by starlets in Hollywood. The later styles in the portfolio incorporate “Lastex” (a yarn that had an extruded rubber core encased with wool), “Rayon”, and cotton and silk threads. By 1932, Jantzen was reportedly the seventh most known trademark in the world.

  • WPATranscription Discs

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) Phonodisc Collection (351 discs) was acquired from the Newberry Library in Chicago with the assistance of SU Libraries’ benefactors William and Joan Brodsky. From the mid-1930s to the early 1940s, the WPA Federal Music Project routinely sent these transcription discs with original programming to radio stations around the country. Commissioned expressly for the WPA, programming includes standards from the classical and operatic repertoires, jazz ensemble works, choral music, and traditional American folk music and spirituals. All phonodiscs in the collection will be digitized in the Belfer Audio Archive and made available online for public access.

  • Antje Lemke Papers

Professor Emerita Antje Bultmann Lemke (1918-2017) received her master’s degree in library science from Syracuse University and served the University as a librarian and professor for 34 years. SCRC added 27 boxes of archival material comprising Lemke’s teaching and research files to the University Archives existing collection of her papers.

  • Patricia Mary Coyle Family Papers

Patricia Mary Coyle (1968-1988) was among the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. Patricia was a junior at Boston College majoring in Education. She had gone to Vienna, Austria to study for a semester through Webster College. The collection donated by her parents, Matt and Jan, includes family photographs, documentation of memorials, and two Dark Elegy artist’s models presented to Mrs. Coyle by sculptor Suse Lowenstein.

For more information about SCRC’s collections, contact