Exhibit on Haitian writer and artist, Frankétienne in Bird Library, March 25-31

Syracuse University Libraries is pleased to help welcome the Haitian writer and artist,
Frankétienne, to campus. An exhibition of manuscripts and typewriting, first editions, pictures, and posters by or on this important artist and writer will be on display near the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (PGSC) on the first floor of Bird Library from Monday, March 25th through Sunday, March 31st. This display is part of a larger set of campus events, including a talk by the artist on Monday, March 25th beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the PGSC. There will also be an exhibit of his paintings in the Community Folk Art Gallery. See: http://communityfolkartcenter.org/upcoming-events.html.

Before coming to Syracuse, Frankétienne will be in New York City on March 22nd and 23rd, to launch the English translation of his iconic Haitian Creole novel, Dézafi (1975), just published by the University of Virginia Press (https://www.upress.virginia.edu/title/5164). His visit to Syracuse is from March 24th to 27th along with his translator, Dr. Asselin Charles, a retired professor of Comparative literature and writing.  Charles is best known for his English translation of De l’égalité des races humaines (The Equality of the Human Races).

To learn more about Frankétienne, please see the 2011 New York Times article at https://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/30/world/americas/30haiti.html.


SU Libraries and Partners to Host Living Library Event April 2

The Syracuse University Libraries will host a Living Library event on Tuesday, April 2 from noon to 5 p.m. in Bird Library. During this event, “living books” representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds and life experience will share their stories in conversation with individual “readers.” Based on previous popular Human Library events, the Living Library is an event that encourages people from different backgrounds to talk with and learn from each other in a safe and supportive environment. This event is typically held in April, the same month in which National Library Week occurs.

Living books—SU faculty, staff, and students from a variety of campus departments and programs as well as others from the local community—will engage in one-on-one conversations for 20 minutes at a time. Living books will share their experience on a variety of topics, including immigration, Zen practice, surviving abuse, cancer, and therapy dogs.

The event is offered in partnership with the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University, the Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS), Disability Cultural Center, Hendricks Chapel, LGBT Resource Center, the Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) at the School of Information Studies, the Office of Learning Communities, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, and the Slutzker Center for International Services.

The Living Library is open to the campus community and no preregistration is required. However, participants can reserve some of our living books in advance for a specific time, if desired, by completing the form on this page by April 1: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c4da8ad2eab9-syracuse. If you have difficulties using this form or wish to sign up via e-mail, please contact askasowi@syr.edu or tanantac@syr.edu.

This event is one of several Living Library events being planned throughout the region, with support from the Central NY Library Resources Council (CLRC).

For more information, visit http://researchguides.library.syr.edu/livinglibrary.

Wiki-a-thon: Women in Design

As part of a global campaign to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of women in design and to increase female contributors to Wikipedia, School of Architecture Professor Lori Brown, Architecture Librarian Barbara Opar, and Fine Arts Librarian Ann Skiold will hold a Women in Design Wiki-a-thon on Tuesday, March 26, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the King + King Architecture Library in Slocum Hall.

Participants will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles covering the lives and works of women in design.

Students of all gender identities are welcome to participate; editorial experience is not required. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Lori Brown, Barbara Opar, or Ann Skiold.

Classic Catalog systems upgrade, March 12-14, 2019

Starting on Tuesday, March 12, the Voyager system that powers our Classic Catalog and circulation operations will be upgraded. This upgrade is anticipated to take approximately 2-3 days, concluding on Thursday, March 14. During the upgrade process, some features within our Classic Catalog and Summon may experience some temporary issues, including:

  • Links within the Classic Catalog and Summon may be temporarily inoperable.
  • Item availability listings in the Classic Catalog and Summon may be temporarily inaccurate.
  • Functions within Library Accounts (including online renewals and requests) may be temporarily unavailable.

An alert notice will appear on our Classic Catalog page (https://catalog.syr.edu), indicating that this upgrade process is underway. It will be removed once the upgrade process has completed and all functionality has been restored.

Thank you for your patience during this upgrade process. If you have any questions or need any assistance, library reference staff will be available to help. Please contact us at https://library.syr.edu/help/askus.php. With any questions related to your accounts during this time, you can also contact our Circulation Desk at 315-443-5727.

Textile conservator Deborah Lee Trupin to give annual Brodsky Lecture on April 11 in Bird Library

Deborah Lee Trupin, textile and upholstery conservator, will give the lecture A Tale of Two Flags: How History of Treatment and Ownership Affected Conservation Treatment of Two Early Nineteenth-Century American Flags on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 2:00–3:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library. The lecture will be preceded by an interactive workshop, Textile Identification, Inspection, and Recommendations for Proper Housing and Treatment, from 9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. in the Lemke Seminar Room, Special Collections Research Center, 6th floor, Bird Library.

The lecture and workshop are open to the public, however there is limited space available for the workshop; please RSVP to jschambe@syr.edu if you are interested in attending the workshop.

The event is the 2019 offering of the annual Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation. The series is endowed through a generous gift by William J. ’65, G’ 68 and Joan Brodsky ’67, G’68 of Chicago. Beginning in 2004, the endowment has been used to sponsor programs that promote and advance knowledge of library conservation theory, practice, and application among wide audiences, both on campus and in the region. Programs typically include lectures and workshops by prominent library conservators.

Between 1995 and 2006, Deborah Trupin led a team of textile conservators at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) in the conservation treatment of two rare, early 19th-century flags: the 1809 Fort Niagara Garrison flag and the 1813 ‘Don’t give up the ship’ flag from the United States Naval Academy. Trupin’s lecture will address the treatment of these two historic flags, including cleaning, removal of past treatments, and preparation of these large textile objects for long-term exhibition. The interactive workshop will cover the basics of textile identification, agents of deterioration, care and storage, preventive conservation and collection management issues.

Deborah Trupin, principal of Trupin Conservation Services, has over 35 years of experience in textile conservation. From 1986 to 2015, she was Textile and Upholstery Conservator for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s Bureau of Historic Sites (Peebles Island) in Waterford, NY, where she was responsible for the conservation of the textile and upholstery collections of the 35 state‑run historic sites, and supervised the New York State Battle Flag Preservation Project. She is an assistant adjunct professor in FIT’s Fashion and Textiles Studies MA program. Her main interests in conservation include preventive conservation, tapestries, upholstered furniture, flags, historic house museum issues, and the history of conservation/restoration. Trupin is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and serves on their Board.

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available for this event. For more information, or if you need an accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Julia Chambers at jschambe@syr.edu by March 27.