Equality, Peace, and Compassion in the Archives: A Showcase of Rare Documents

On August 18, Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center will hold an open viewing of materials from its collections that document the efforts of people who championed equality, peace, kindness and compassion. The viewing will be held noon to 2 p.m. on the sixth floor of Bird Library.

Highlights of materials that will be on view include a signed statement on religious tolerance by Mary Queen of Scots; an original letter from Frederick Douglass about the Jerry Rescue; letters from migrant workers in the papers of Prudence Wayland-Smith who was a social activist dedicated to migrant reform in central New York; posters from the collection of environmental and social justice activist Kath Buffington; Malcolm X’s handwritten letter to Alex Haley expressing his insights about the possibility of interracial harmony; drafts of Albert Schweitzer’s essays about the dangers of nuclear proliferation; original trial notes from Francis Biddle, Attorney General of the United States under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and member of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg; and much more.

All are welcome!

Check out the Libraries’ Welcome Fest on August 31!

The Syracuse University Libraries invite all students, faculty, and staff to a Welcome Fest on Thursday, August 31 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, a photo booth, therapy dogs, a visit from Otto, and more.

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

  • Research and reference help – connecting to library experts day or night;
  • Study spaces – individual, group, or technology-equipped;
  • Course-related instruction to improve research skills;
  • Data, citation, and reputation management;
  • Scholarly publishing – SU Press and the SURFACE repository;
  • Library to Go delivery services;
  • Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurship center;
  • Interlibrary Loan – obtaining items from other libraries;
  • Reserving material and booking video for classes;
  • Technology for loan;
  • Sound Beat, the Libraries radio show;
  • 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, Onondaga County Public Library, Orange SUccess, Parking and Transit Services, Public Safety, SU Makerspace, and many more.

Light refreshments will be served and tours will be available. For more information, contact us at libref@syr.edu.

Visit our Patio Cafés during SU Welcome 2017

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 test or inside our air-conditioned building. Library tours and information will be available.

  • Wednesday, August 23, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

University Place Patio, Bird Library (Rain location: Pages Café, 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 patio, along with tours of its beautifully renovated Reading Room.

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

New resources recently added to Libraries’ collections

June brought many new resources to the libraries’ collection. They included the following:

Digitalia Hispanica is a global academic collection comprised of e-books and ejournals in Spanish, French, Portuguese and Catalan. The comprehensive collection contains titles ranging from arts and literature to science and technology.

Oxford Handbooks Online: Scholarly Research Reviews is a collection of handbooks in fifteen subject areas. The handbook series contain in-depth, high-level articles by scholars in the respective fields. Each handbook offers thorough introductions to topics and a critical survey of the current state of scholarship in a particular field.

Academic Video Online provides access to over 62,000 streaming videos on a wide range of subjects from a variety of providers, for example, CBS, PBS, BBC, Bloomberg, and The Open University. Content includes documentaries, newsreels and programs, interviews, performances and more.

Brand Share Index within Sports Market Analytics contains searchable news and market research from the National Sporting Goods Association and other industry sources on all aspects of sporting goods, sports equipment, participation, broadcasting and marketing. It also includes access to the Brand Share Index (BSI) which matches fan market consumer behavior with their preferences for consumer products brands.

IBIS NAICS State Reports contains industry research reports, industry risk rating reports, and business environment profiles. Includes market share, competitive landscape, industry outlook, key statistics, and more. Search by keyword or NAICS code.

The Syracuse University access to Web of Science Citation Connection now includes Biosis Citation Index, Derwent Innovations Index, and Index Chemicus / Current Chemical Reactions.

New books include the Duke University Press Gender Studies Ebook Collection and the Bela Bartok Complete Critical Edition.

New journals include, the Annals of the International Communication Association, Celebrity studies, Journal of Communication, and the Journal of World Popular Music.

For additional information on accessing these resources, please use the Ask Us! page or contact your subject librarian. To suggest a new resource to the Libraries, use the Suggest a Title form.

Special Collections Research Center to host comic art events

The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries, in conjunction with The Salt City Comic-Con, will host a special viewing of original comic art and a panel discussion on Friday, June 23, 2017 in Bird Library.

The one-day viewing will be held on the sixth floor of Bird Library from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. It will feature selected original works by comic masters including Hal Foster (Prince Valiant), Frank Robbins (Johnny Hazard), Stan Drake (The Heart of Juliet Jones), Irwin Hasen (Dondi), and more. Casual fans, hard core collectors, and art historians are invited to view original comic and cartoon art from industry legends maintained in the Syracuse University collections.

The Friday evening panel discussion at 5:00 p.m. will be held in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of Bird Library. The panel will explore and discuss the many original comic art treasures in the collection. Panelists will include Craig Yoe, comic art historian and publisher, and Dan Herman, publisher of Hermes Press and also a well-regarded comics art historian.  Pop culture and marketing expert Ed Catto, of Bonfire Agency, will moderate the panel. These events will serve as “Salt City Comic-con eve” activities to celebrate the convention.

This event is free and open the public. Syracuse University’s Bird Library is located at 222 Waverly Avenue.  Door prizes will be awarded to random attendees of the panel discussion. Additional information on schedules, guests, tickets and cosplay can be found at www.SyracuseComicCon.com.

Salt City Comic-Con celebrates Geek Culture in Syracuse, the Finger Lakes, and all of Central New York. This growing convention, designed for both hardcore collectors and everyday pop-culture fans, stuffs myriad marvels into two action-packed days. Sponsorship and other inquiries can be directed to: SaltCityComicCon@gmail.com

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