Stephanie McReynolds, Associate Librarian, Selected for Association of Research Libraries’ Visiting Program Officer Project

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Stephanie McReynolds

Stephanie McReynolds, associate librarian for business, management and entrepreneurship at Syracuse University Libraries, has been selected as one of five Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL) Visiting Program Officers to advance the Research Library Impact Framework initiative, beginning July 1, 2019. The Research Library Impact Framework initiative explores library services, operations, impact, and alignment with institutional mission and goals across four areas: Research & Scholarly Life Cycle; Teaching, Learning & Student Success; Collections; and Physical Space. The framework provides the scaffolding for deeper exploration across multiple library service areas and serves as the foundation for the ARL’s research agenda.

The ARL Visiting Program Officer program provides opportunities for staff in member libraries and archives to contribute to special projects and programs, either in whole or in part, in order to advance the ARL’s agenda. It provides highly visible professional development opportunities for outstanding staff members and serves membership as a whole by extending the capacity of ARL to undertake additional activities. There are a range of issues where a visiting program officer could make a contribution. McReynolds was selected to participate in the Research Library Impact Framework.

The Visiting Program Officers will work with Sue Baughman, ARL interim program director for Research and Analytics. They were selected based on their expertise in assessment, project management, and subject matter. Stephanie McReynolds will provide overall project management facilitation and leadership for the project teams. She will work with Baughman to advance the project timeline and assist with the development of agendas for meetings of all project teams that will occur two times over the course of the next year. McReynolds will also work with Baughman to engage with the team exploring the question “(how) do library collections play a role in attracting and retaining top researchers and faculty to the institution?”

“This is an excellent professional opportunity for Stephanie to participate in scholarly research around the impact of research libraries, and it greatly benefits the Libraries collectively to contribute to the body of work,” said David Seaman, dean of Libraries and University Librarian and interim dean of School of Information Studies.

Other Visiting Program Officers include:

  • Ava Brillat, librarian for English, theater, and classical studies at the University of Miami
  • Gordon Daines, department chair for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University
  • Greg Davis, assistant director for assessment and planning at Iowa State University
  • Glenn McGuigan, library director at Penn State Harrisburg

Libraries Awarded Collaborative Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant

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Syracuse University librarians Deirdre Joyce, head of the Digital Library Program, and Patrick Williams, librarian for literature, rhetoric and digital humanities

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded an $82,688 grant to the University of Rochester, Colgate University, Cornell University, and Syracuse University to plan and pilot a skill-sharing program. The grant is part of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program, which supports developing a diverse workforce of library and archives professionals to better serve the changing learning and information needs of the American public by enhancing the training and professional development of librarians, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting and educating the next generation of librarians. The program will use the Library Carpentries train-the-trainer model to promote continuing education and cross-institutional collaboration throughout New York State.

Syracuse University librarians Patrick Williams, librarian for literature, rhetoric and digital humanities, and Deirdre Joyce, head of the Digital Library Program, collaborated with colleagues from other academic research libraries to submit a proposal for the planning grant. This grant will be used to analyze two intertwined needs within the library community. The first is how to train and support librarians in the digital fluencies that are increasingly relevant to research and teaching efforts. The second is how to meet those demands by working regionally across libraries and institutions and drawing on a range of expertise. This work will serve as a template for structuring a community of practice that supports public and academic partnerships that meet the evolving needs of libraries across the country.

“Academic research libraries have a long history of developing innovative services that promote scholarship and enable further collaboration,” said Scott Warren, associate dean for research and scholarship, at Syracuse University Libraries. “Patrick and Deirdre’s work with other librarians across the state will improve the student and faculty experience for all our institutions.”

Libraries Announces Several Promotions

Syracuse University Libraries announces several promotions effective July 1, 2019:

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Anita Kuiken

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James Meade

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Sebastian Modrow

  • Anita Kuiken, associate librarian for Falk College, has been granted permanent status.
  • Sebastian Modrow, curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts in the Special Collections Research Center, has been promoted from senior assistant librarian to associate librarian with permanent status.
  • James Meade, audio preservation engineer with the Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive, has been promoted from senior assistant librarian to associate librarian with permanent status.
  • Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn, assistant University archivist and Pan Am 103 archivist with University Archives, has been promoted from senior assistant librarian to associate librarian with permanent status.
  • Anne Rauh, collection development and analysis librarian and interim Head of Collections, has been promoted from associate librarian to librarian, the Libraries’ highest rank.
  • Scott Warren, associate dean for Research and Scholarship, has been promoted from associate librarian to librarian, the Libraries’ highest rank.
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Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn

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Scott Warren

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Anne Rauh

“These promotions provide an opportunity for the University to recognize the long-standing academic and research contributions of our librarian professionals,” said David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian. 

Recommendations for promotion are brought forward to the Dean of the Libraries by the Libraries’ Promotion Committee. They are then reviewed and approved by the Provost. 

New Biblio Gallery Exhibit at Bird Library: “Everyone Wears Clothes”

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Details Book The Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection

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Syracuse University Libraries’ new Biblio Gallery Exhibit on the 4th Floor of Bird Library is running from May 30, 2019 through the end of August 2019. The exhibit titled “Everyone wears clothes” was curated by Fashion faculty Professor Jeffrey Mayer and Professor Kirsten Schoonmaker from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts School of Design.

About the Exhibit:

Everyone wears clothes. We choose them casually from our closet, browse the latest trends online, and gossip about what influencers post on Instagram. In a moment when images of the most recent runway shows are instantly available, why should we look at dresses from the 1930s or jackets from the 1970s? Drawn from the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection, housed in the university’s Fashion Design Program in the Nancy Cantor Warehouse, this selection of photographs highlights details from these historic clothes, inviting us to look closer.  In his 2015 publication Vintage Details; A Fashion Sourcebook, Professor Jeffrey Mayer worked with university photographer Stephen Sartori to document design details found within these historic garments.

The Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection is a significant resource for faculty, students, and community. Comprised of some 3,500 women’s garments and accessories, from 1820 to the present, this collection can serve as a primary source for research into our material heritage, a treasure trove of inspiration for new design, and a library for students curious about how to create a certain type of pocket or for five different techniques for creating a pleated detail.

Hanging in the window are selections from a course project that asked students to replicate designs from the collection. Rather than working from flat two-dimensional images, students were able to measure yardage, observe placement of technical construction details, and investigate the proportion of design in a meaningful way.  Historic garments can offer information about their period of manufacture, but by continuing to look closely at this collection of women’s high fashion, we realize that these clothes are still contributing to ongoing stories.

For more information about the Biblio Gallery Exhibit, contact S. Ann Skiold, MFA, MLIS, Subject Librarian for Decorative & Applied Arts, Design, Art History, Film, Photography, and Spanish & Italian at Syracuse University Libraries or apply via Biblio Gallery website. 

Syracuse University Libraries and Department of Chemistry Collaborate to Identify Chemical Composition of Plastics Artifacts Collection

Syracuse University Libraries has collaborated on a first-of-its-kind project between the Special Collection Research Center (SCRC) and the Department of

Syracuse Chemistry of Artifacts Project (SCOAP) team in front of Plastics Artifacts Collection on 6th Floor of Syracuse University Libraries’ Bird Library. From left to right: Chemistry PhD candidate Elyse Kleist, Dr. Mary Boyden from Syracuse University Chemistry Department, and Dr. Timothy Korter, Chemistry Professor.

Chemistry. Courtney Asztalos, the Libraries’ Plastics Pioneers Curator of Plastics and Historical Artifacts, partnered with Syracuse University Chemistry Professor Dr. Timothy Korter to investigate the chemical composition of objects from the Plastics Artifacts Collection, located on the 6th Floor of Bird Library. Along with Professor Korter, Dr. Mary Boyden and Chemistry PhD candidate Elyse Kleist created the Syracuse Chemistry of Artifacts Project (SCOAP) to use Raman spectroscopy to analyze plastic items from the Plastics Artifacts Collection. Raman spectroscopy is a non-destructive technique using a laser beam to enhance knowledge of the chemical composition of plastics. This information is critical to the Plastics Artifacts Collection’s conservation, preservation, and curation.

In addition to the benefit to the Libraries, the collaboration is also providing a research opportunity for the Chemistry Department. With a solid foundation now in place through the creation of a comprehensive reference database of known plastics and formation of research protocols, the SCOAP team has set the stage for undergraduate students to engage in undergraduate research beginning in the fall of 2019. “It is magnificent to see the plastics artifacts being utilized in new and exciting ways, especially in contributing to SCOAP’s chemical research,” said Courtney Asztalos, Plastics Pioneers Curator. In the fall 2019, students enrolled in CHE450 (Introduction to Chemical Research) will work alongside Prof. Korter and Dr. Boyden on the project as part of their American Chemical Society certified degrees. They will use Raman spectroscopy to identify the chemical composition of items in the Plastics Collection and will also work with Libraries staff to understand the historical and cultural value of important plastics artifacts. “From a chemistry perspective, this is an outstanding example of applying rigorous analytical chemistry techniques in a real-world scenario where the students can immediately see the positive impact of their investigative work,” said Dr. Korter.

“We are delighted to partner on this innovative research project,” added David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, “which combines skills and materials from the Special Collections Research Center with faculty and student expertise, and which adds to our knowledge of important items in our collections to benefit future research. This is exemplary of the kind of work an R1 research university is engaged in.”

This initiative was made possible through financial support from Invest Syracuse and the Department of Chemistry for the purchase of a portable Raman spectrometer, microscope, computer, and supplies, as well as SU Libraries for project space and the purchase of modern polymer reference samples that were used to create a plastics reference library. Members of the Plastics Pioneers Association also donated reference samples to SCOAP’s plastics reference library.

For additional information, visit SCOAP website at https://tmkorter.expressions.syr.edu, Plastics Artifacts Collection at www.plastics.syr.edu, or SCRC website at https://library.syr.edu/scrc.