Six-Week Series on Understanding Islam Begins January 28

The Libraries are pleased to welcome the return of “Understanding Islam,” a popular, six week series that will present a comprehensive look at Islam through lectures and discussions. This Spring Semester series will begin on Monday, January 28.

The program is facilitated by Muslim Chaplain Amir Duric, and will be held on Mondays from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (room 114) of Bird Library. The series, which is sponsored by Syracuse University Libraries, Muslim Student Life at SU, Muslim Students Association at SU, and Hendricks Chapel, is free and open to the public.  Each session will consist of a lecture and discussion.

This “Understanding Islam” series is a follow-up to similar programs held in Spring and Fall 2018. During previous series, participants shared the following testimonials of their experience:

“I was drawn to the series out of a desire to better understand a religion with which I had previously had little contact, and which I considered to be often misunderstood. In following the series, I learned about Islam not only through the weekly meetings with Mr. Duric, but through experience in listening to prayers, reading excerpts from the Qur’an, and visiting a local mosque. I highly recommend this series to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of Islam in a welcoming and friendly environment.” – Katelyn Rochelle Bajorek, Spring 2018 Participant

“I was born Muslim, but I still benefited greatly from the “Understanding Islam” series because it both reinforced Islamic ideas and also opened my mind to information I had not known previously. The environment was very welcoming, individuals of all backgrounds came together to learn about Islam from wonderful Muslim representatives from the community. Now more than ever, with the widespread Anti-Muslim rhetoric, it’s important that the true values and teachings of Islam overshadow the preconceived stereotypes that media portrays. This series offers insight to the true teachings of Islam. I highly recommend this series!” – Shewa Shwani, Fall 2018 Participant

The schedule for the Spring 2018 series is as follows:

  • Monday, January 28: Introduction
  • Monday, February 4: The Story of Noah
  • Monday, February 11: The Story of Abraham
  • Monday, February 18: The Story of Moses
  • Monday, February 25: The Story of Jesus
  • Monday, March 4: The Story of Muhammad and visiting a Syracuse mosque

To register and to request special accommodations, please RSVP by January 25 to Amir Duric at

ProQuest scheduled maintenance on January 19-20, 2019

Numerous ProQuest resources will likely be affected by a planned ProQuest maintenance outage scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2019 starting at 10:00 p.m. and ending by 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 20. Resources that may be affected include (but are not limited to):

  • ProQuest database platform
  • ProQuest ebooks
  • ProQuest Congressional
  • Chadwyck-Healey databases
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • Digital Sanborn Maps
  • Dissertation Express
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Open
  • Refworks
  • Pivot

If you have questions about this maintenance period, please contact

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Applications are now open for the new Information Literacy Scholars Program

The Information Literacy Scholars program is a partnership with the Syracuse University School of Information. Scholars receive a 50% tuition scholarship and 20 hours of paid employment at the Syracuse University Libraries, where they will provide reference support and information literacy instruction to the SU community. They will be mentored by professional librarians and will have a work experience that makes them desirable candidates for academic library careers. To learn more about the program visit

In the Biblio Gallery: Dorm

The students of Art Photography, Introduction (APH) 261 present their final exhibition, showcasing their interpretation of their own lived-spaces. The semester was spent exploring foundational concepts of image-making and photography through field trips, meetings with prominent contemporary artists, and critical dialogues.

For this group exhibition, the APH 261 students have explored themes of object-hood, identity, and individuality. They were free and encouraged to investigate these themes, while considering the place, space, experience, fantasy and idea of life in a college dorm.

Photographers featured:

  1. Alice Adams
  2. Luke Anaclerio
  3. Catarina Baumgart De Melo
  4. Lauren Bertelson
  5. Samuel Bloom
  6. Eliana Davidoff
  7. Olivia De Chiara
  8. Ruth Furman
  9. Kathryn Flynn
  10. Max Goodin
  11. Coreynne Henry
  12. Raine Joo
  13. Qirui Ma
  14. Paola Manzano
  15. Jillian Mchugh
  16. Victoria Sampson
  17. Marijke Stivers Pieters-Kwiers

Special thanks to our visiting artists: Khalik Allah, Greg Halpern, Patricia Voulgaris and Nydia Blas.

The exhibit will be on display from December 7- Mid January 2019

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at or see the Biblio Gallery website.

SU Libraries’ United Way Auction Extravaganza, December 14

The Syracuse University Libraries’ United Way Auction Extravaganza will be Friday, December 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons.

Items are currently being accepted and contributors may bring their items to Pat Hunt on the 3rd floor of Bird Library between now and December 13. Both Brown Bag and Silent Auction items are welcomed.

Tickets for the “Day Off Donation Giveaway” are available in the Business Office for just $5.00 each

Thank you for supporting our community through your participation in the Library United Way activities, and by completing your on-line pledge card.