Resource Spotlight: Two New Primary Source Collections from Adam Matthew

We are pleased to spotlight two new digital primary source collections that the Libraries recently acquired, Literary Print Culture / The Stationers’ Company Archive and Shakespeare in Performance. Both are from Adam Matthew and join more than a dozen other resources from that vendor in the Libraries’ collections.

Literary Print Culture / The Stationers’ Company Archive covers nearly 400 years of material from the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspapers Makers, an entity that was “instrumental in the development of the printed book in early modern England, exerting enormous power over the publishing industry as it developed.”  Collection highlights include The Entry Book of Copies (1554-1842), Membership Records (1555-1940), Court Records (1602-1982), Treasurers’ vouchers (1734-1800) and a Photograph Collection which includes black and white and color photographs of members and events at Stationers’ Hall, including visits from Queen Elizabeth II. Adam Matthew provides an introduction to the resources within the collection.

Shakespeare in Performance showcases rare and unique prompt books from the Folger Shakespeare Library which “tell the story of Shakespeare’s plays as they were performed in theatres throughout Great Britain, the United States and internationally, between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.”  Prompt books give us insight into the staging of particular productions and provide details of edits, cues, props, lighting, stage direction, and costuming. With its grand scale (over 1,000 prompt books for 34 of Shakespeare’s plays), this particular collection offers tremendous insight into the historical changes represented across the different productions. The interface even allows for side-by-side comparison of prompt books.

Contributed by:  Patrick Williams, Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities, and Lydia Wasylenko, Librarian for Citizenship and Humanities; February 6, 2019

 Quotations and product details from the Adam Matthew site.

New Resources for the New Year!

The Libraries’ have added and expanded many resources to the principal collections to support your research and teaching in the New Year.

AccessEngineering: An engineering reference tool that provides access to engineering reference information published by McGraw Hill, such as Perry’s Handbook for Chemical Engineers and Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers. Includes books, instructional videos, interactive graphs, and an Excel calculator tool to streamline calculations.

AccessScience: Includes dictionary terms and research updates in all areas of science and technology. AccessScience is the electronic version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.

ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts: A social science and health information indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education.

ComDisDome: An indexing and abstracting tool covering the communications disorders literature, with focus on speech-language pathology and audiology.

Diction Police: Diction Police is a resource for lyric diction, containing phonetic transcriptions (IPA) of songs and arias, translations, text readings by native speakers, and in-depth video tutorials.

Music:)Ally: Music Ally provides insight briefings, monthly insight reports, news, marketing reports, trend reports, country profiles, and data on the music industry.

Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database: Offers comprehensive, evidence-based, peer-reviewed content on food, herbs, supplements, general health and wellness topics, sports medicine and natural therapies. It includes information about commercial product manufacturers and the dietary supplements that they develop and a series of tools that help the user account for interactions, nutrient depletion (from prescription and over-the-counter medications), efficacy, adverse effects, and safety during pregnancy and lactation.

RIPM Preservation Series: European & North American Periodicals: Contains the collection titles “European and North American Periodicals,” including over 100 full-text music journals. The periodicals in the collection deal extensively with musical life in the United States as well as Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain and the U.K. Content does not overlap with RILM or with RIPM Full Text.

Select New Journals

Additionally, Syracuse University Libraries has pledged support of Knowledge Unlatched to unlatch STEM ebooks and has become the 51st institutional member of TRAIL, the Technical Report Archive & Image Library.


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.

Upcoming training sessions

You are welcome to join us at two Syracuse University Libraries upcoming training sessions:

 1) Grove Art Online, Oxford (Grove) Music Online and Oxford Online Resources

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

1:00 p.m.

Room 002, Bird Library

Please join us for a training session focused first on Grove Art Online and Oxford (Grove) Music Online, followed by other Oxford online resources, such as Oxford Scholarship Online, Oxford Handbooks Online, and more.


2) Artstor training

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

1:00 p.m.

Room 002, Bird Library

Please join us for an Artstor training session.  The Artstor Digital Library provides access to numerous images of museum works, photographs and more, from a variety of sources and time periods.

All are welcome at both sessions. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. If you cannot attend this session, but would like training for the art-related resources at another time, please contact Ann Skiold. For training related to Oxford Music Online (Grove), please contact Rachel Fox von Swearingen.

If you have questions you would like to make sure are covered in either session, please send them to Tasha Cooper, prior to Oct. 2.

Issues in Digital Scholarship Forum lecture and panel discussion with Jill Rothstein

Jill RothsteinAs a part of the Syracuse University Libraries’ ongoing Issues in Digital Scholarship Forum series, Jill Rothstein, Chief Librarian at New York Public Library’s Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library, will be on campus in September for a lecture and panel discussion on accessibility and inclusion in today’s libraries.

A public lecture entitled, “Seeing the Whole Community: Serving Patrons with Print Disabilities Ages 0–100” will take place on Thursday, September 20 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Bird Library (Room 114). Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided.

A panel discussion on “Serving Patrons with Print Disabilities” will take place on Friday, September 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Bird Library, Room 004. The panel will be moderated by Kate Deibel (Syracuse University Libraries), and participants will include Jill Rothstein (New York Public Library), Nicole Westerdahl (Syracuse University Libraries Special Collections Research Center), and John A. Mangicaro, (Syracuse University MakerSpace).

Jill Rothstein has been chief librarian of the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library for three years, co-led the committee for serving children with special needs, and co-led inclusion and advocacy training for New York Public Library. She has presented at the National Library Service conference, Metro Libraries conference, and Harvard’s World Heritage Strategy Forum. Prior to this role, she sang and did silly dances for toddlers as a children’s librarian and then did not sing as much as a neighborhood branch manager.

The Issues in Digital Scholarship Forum seeks to explore how scholars in different fields engage digital technologies as the subject matter of their research, in their research methods, their collaborative work, and the systems through which their research is disseminated and preserved. It also explores the ways in which the libraries, the university, and our technology infrastructure can support these modes of scholarship and sustain their future.

The events are sponsored by the Syracuse University Libraries, the Library and Information Science (LIS) Program at the Syracuse University iSchool, Syracuse University Humanities Center, and the Disability Cultural Center.

For more information, or if you need an accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Patrick Williams at

Click the link below to view Jill’s presentation slides.