Marketing & Communications Team Joins Libraries

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Cristina Hatem, Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications

Cristina Hatem, Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications, and Meara Mosny, Communications Coordinator, recently joined Syracuse University Libraries’ Marketing & Communications team. Hatem and Mosny will focus on marketing and communications activities that advance the Libraries’ mission and vision, tell the Libraries’ stories, promote services, and share how the Libraries’ people, places, collections, and services support the needs of key constituents, including students, faculty/staff, and alumni.

Hatem is an experienced marketing communications leader who previously worked at WCNY, JADAK, Preferred Mutual Insurance Company, and Mower, among others. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of OnPoint for College and is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications (BS ’92) and Le Moyne College (MST, ’06).­

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Meara Mosny, Communications Coordinator

Mosny was most recently employed as Marketing Manager for the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival and Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. She is a graduate of Le Moyne College’s Madden School of Business (BS ’17).

“Libraries have undergone a metamorphosis over the years,” said David Seaman, Syracuse University Libraries Dean and Librarian and Interim Dean of the School of Information Studies. “Syracuse University Libraries is a vibrant hub of the University’s physical, academic, and innovation community. Therefore, it’s critical to have professionals on staff who can share that message.”

Forever Orange: The Story of Syracuse University

To coincide with the celebration of Syracuse University’s sesquicentennial in 2020, Syracuse University Press is publishing Forever Orange: The Story of Syracuse University. This monumental, 10” x 12” book, lavishly illustrated with 300 photographs, provides a unique look at the diverse

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Syracuse University Press is publishing “Forever Orange” to coincide with the University’s 150th Anniversary.

people, places, and events that have helped SU become an internationally renowned research university and will be available in the fall of 2019. The foreword is written by astronaut, U.S. Air Force colonel, and SU alumna Eileen Collins and the afterword by Pro Football Hall of Famer and SU alumnus Floyd Little.

Forever Orange illuminates Syracuse University’s chronological history, with special focus on how Syracuse led the way in numerous important matters—gender, race, military veterans, and science, going far beyond the parameters of a traditional institutional history. Through narrative and hundreds of photos, Forever Orange presents SU’s glorious 150-year history in a lively, distinctive, informative manner, appealing to alumni and university friends, young and old.

Authors Scott Pitoniak, a nationally honored columnist and best-selling author, and Rick Burton, a coauthor of numerous books, and David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management at Syracuse University, have utilized exhaustive research, scores of interviews, and their own SU experiences to craft a book that explores what it has meant to be Orange since the school’s founding as a small liberal arts college in 1870.

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Inclusion & Accessibility Librarian Featured Speaker at Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians


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Katherine Deibel, PhD, Syracuse University Libraries’ Inclusion & Accessibility Librarian was a featured speaker at the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians (OVGTSL) Annual Conference on May 14, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. Deibel’s closing keynote presentation was titled “When You’re the Bridled Horse.”

OVGTSL’s Annual Conference was geared for Technical Service Librarians facing resource challenges, choosing tools, and identifying ways to make those tools discoverable to users. Deibel’s presentation topic was focused on how to do more with less and pushing the use of available resources, while acknowledging hidden labors that impact effort and are based on individual diversity and life experiences. Using various perspectives and multiple examples, Deibel’s talk highlighted what actions, both technical and social, inclusion and accessibility librarians can do to support patrons and colleagues to promote greater inclusion and equity throughout libraries.

Katherine “Kate” Deibel was invited to present to Conference attendees based on her expertise and varied career in academia, working within and across many disciplines, including library technology, computer science, education, disability, design engineering, technology adoption, and digital literacies. She has presented multiple times on a gamut of topics ranging across disciplines, teaching methods, accessibility, comics, and library technologies. Kate earned her PhD in computer science and engineering at the University of Washington in 2011 with a multidisciplinary study of the social and technological factors that hinder adoption of reading technologies among adults with dyslexia. Currently, Kate is the Inclusion & Accessibility librarian at Syracuse University Libraries, where she spearheads multiple efforts to raise disability access throughout libraries and the library community.

“It’s an honor to have one of our librarians present at the OVGTSL Annual Conference,” said David Seaman, Librarian and Dean of Syracuse University Libraries and interim Dean of the School of Information Studies. “Kate is a tremendous resource to the Libraries and the entire University community. She is an outstanding advocate for inclusion and accessibility and has raised the bar for the services we provide.”

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.

iSchool, Arts & Sciences and Libraries Collaborate on “Art of Romanticism” Course

As part of Professor Romita Ray’s “Art of Romanticism” course this past spring 2019 semester, Ray, her students, School of Information Studies (iSchool) Professor Daniel Acuna, and Elizabeth Novoa, President of Unika Analytics, designed a website titled Romanticism at Syracuse University. The site features four items from Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections and pieces from the SUArt Galleries.

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Screen shot of Romanticism at Syracuse University website.

As part of the coursework, Ray and her students regularly met in the Lemke Seminar Room on the 6th Floor of Bird Library to study objects in the Libraries’ Special Collections, and the Libraries supported both high resolution scanning and permissions assistance for the website.  They also met with Acuna and Novoa over the course of the semester to discuss the website and its evolution. The site features fourteen opinion/editorial length essays written by students in the class, each centered on a specific object in the collection. The website incorporates zoom features to help viewers scrutinize the featured objects. It is optimized for mobile use, so it can be viewed on tablets and smart phones.

“What’s equally wonderful is that a signed watercolor by JMW Turner showed up in the collections. It was transferred from the library to the SUArt Galleries a few decades ago. Students were also excited to learn about William Blake’s famous Songs of Innocence and John James Audubon’s acclaimed Birds of America, original hand-colored prints of which are housed in Special Collections. Studying these objects first-hand raised questions about print-making techniques, social issues of the time, the politics of art-making, and in the case of Audubon’s prints, questions about ornithology and our understanding of the animal world today ,” said Ray, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art & Music Histories in the School of Arts & Sciences. “We have some treasures hiding in our art collections here at SU. Collaborating with Novoa and Acuna meant leveraging technology in the best possible way to make visible the stories behind these treasures. ”

“This is another outstanding example of collaboration across the Syracuse University campus and community,” said David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian and Interim Dean of the iSchool. “Providing students with the opportunity to work with our Special Collections is an important service of the Libraries.”