Celebrating 140 Years of U.S. Government Publishing at Syracuse University Libraries

Syracuse University Libraries will celebrate 140 years of membership in the U.S. Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) with a program and exhibition in February. The FDLP ensures that the public has access to Federal documents in participating libraries across the country.

The 140th anniversary celebration will take place in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library, on February 7, 2018 from 1–2:30 p.m. Jim Bradley, interim director of the GPO, will give the keynote presentation.

“Syracuse University Libraries are proud to serve as a Federal depository library,” said Dean of Libraries and University Librarian David Seaman. “The ability to offer our patrons and the community unfettered access to these vitally important government documents is a responsibility that we take seriously. We are honored to be celebrating 140 years with the FDLP and in partnership with GPO.”

An accompanying exhibit on fourth floor of Bird Library will highlight the wide variety of materials the Libraries have received as a member of the FDLP since the University’s early years. Documents selected for display represent all three branches of government and showcase the variety of formats and subject matter of these documents.

An exhibit in the Learning Commons on the first floor of Bird Library will focus on SU Libraries Depository Property Stamps – 140 years of Federal Depository Participation. The exhibit will highlight how the Libraries have marked and identified federal documents from 1878 to the present day. The variety of styles and markings illustrates the amount of detail and effort required to process these items.

If you need an accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact John Olson at jaolson@syr.edu by February 1.

ProQuest scheduled maintenance on January 27-28, 2018

A number of ProQuest databases will be unavailable beginning at 10 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018 through 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 28 for scheduled maintenance. Impacted databases include, but are not limited to:

  • Ancestry
  • COS Funding Opportunities/Pivot
  • Chadwyck-Healey US databases
  • Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1970
  • ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)
  • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
  • ProQuest Platform (search.proquest.com)
  • RefWorks

We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Resource Spotlight: Academic Video Online

Looking for streaming video?  Academic Video Online,  a recent addition to SU Libraries’ collections, offers over 63,000  streaming videos from  1889-2017 in a wide range of disciplines and subject areas, including  art and design, business, education, fashion, health sciences, history, politics as well as other  humanities, social sciences, and sciences areas.  Some videos are short and some full-length; genres include documentaries, news stories, television programs, interviews, animations, archival footage, instructional resources, and more.  Content is from a number of providers, including the BBC, Bloomberg, Microtraining, PBS, and Universal Pictures, to name a few.

Academic Video Online includes transcripts and options for creating clips and playlists.

This resource is one of several Alexander Street Press products to which SU libraries subscribes. Additional information, and tutorials, are available on the Alexander Street Press Academic Video Online (AVON) guide and the Alexander Street Press product site.

SU Libraries continues to develop video collections, and we welcome feedback regarding video content that will be useful to SU researchers.  Please send suggestions for the collection and comments to Tasha Cooper, Collection Development and Analysis Librarian, Syracuse University Libraries.

Review:

Griffin, D. (2014). Alexander Street Press: Academic video databases. Information Today, 31, 28. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/1535262982?accountid=14214.

Resource Spotlight: Early European Books (EEB)

As Libraries collections grow in both electronic and print formats, much of what we collect represents the most current materials being released. You may not be aware, however, that we also build collections of historical material that have many applications for research and teaching.

In 2016, the Libraries purchased access to Early European Books from ProQuest, a collection of digitized works printed in Europe between 1450-1700. Materials emanate from the collections of the Danish Royal Library, the National Central Library in Florence, the National Library of France, the National Library of the Netherlands, and the Wellcome Library in London, the largest available collection of this nature.

The collection provides electronic, full-text access to thousands of books, including full page images, illustrations, and bindings.  The collection is also growing, as digitization efforts at other European institutions enable them to participate.

“Each item is captured in its entirety, complete with binding, edges, endpapers, blank pages and any loose inserts. The result is a wealth of information about the physical characteristics and histories of the original.”

EEB offers users a variety of advantages, among them:

  • the ability to locate early printed editions of works in their original languages;
  • opportunities to survey illustration, typography, and design practices in early European publishing, and;
  • access to the larger material aspects of the books included.

The collections can be searched broadly using keywords and bibliographic information, as well as by document features (illustrations, maps, printed marginalia, etc.) and by the library collections within which they appear. Individual books can be downloaded as pdfs or linked to in syllabi or course management systems.

Early European Books offers a continental complement to the hundreds of thousands of books available in Early English Books Online, which covers the same time period for books printed in England.

Reviews:

Magedanz, S. (2013). Early European Books. Choice, 51(1), 52. Retrieved from http://libezproxy.syr.edu/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/1442728483?accountid=14214

LaGuardia, C. (2010, April 1). Early European Books: printed sources to 1700, collection 1. Library Journal, 135(6), 96. Retrieved from http://libezproxy.syr.edu/login?url=http://bi.galegroup.com/essentials/article/GALE|A223749280?u=nysl_ce_syr&sid=summon

 

Contributed by: Patrick Williams, Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities

New resources recently added to Libraries’ principal collections

The Libraries’ principal collections have many new additions this fall. They include:

ACS Reagent Chemicals includes specifications and procedures for reagents and standard-grade reference materials.

Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon (Artists of the World) provides access to biographical information about painters, sculptors, designers, photographers, architects, and more from many eras. Information about the artists’ works, and bibliographies of related articles are included.

British Online Archives – African Blue Books, 1821 – 1953 is a database of primary source materials that include statistics on the 13 colonies across Africa from 1821-1953. The statistics are a way of describing how the British government performed in the business of governing colonial Africa.

British Online Archives – Annual Departmental Reports relating to Kenya, 1907-1964 is a database of primary source materials that include government reports of the colonial departments of Kenya when it was an East African Colony until Independence, 1907-1964. The collection offers a study on the structure of the colonial government and its changes over time.

Critical Collective is an initiative by art curator and critic Gayatri Sinha. Critical Collective works towards building knowledge in the arts in India. Since its inception in 2011, it has collaborated closely with institutions in India and abroad to create exhibitions and seminars on art.

New journal titles:

Now available online:

Principal collections have provided financial support for two inter-institutional open access projects:

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 from the Collections page.