Blackstone LaunchPad wins Fast Pitch Competition at Charleston Conference

fast-pitch-winnerThe Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University Libraries won the Fast Pitch Competition at the Charleston Conference on November 4. The innovation competition looks for compelling new ideas in academic library and information management. A committee of professional judges selected the winners from a national field of applicants.

Scott Warren, associate dean for research and scholarship at Syracuse University Libraries, pitched the Libraries’ idea. Warren oversees collections and subject librarian services, and recently participated in the 2016-2017 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellows Program.

The winning concept is a new entrepreneurial resource collection developed by librarians and staff, working with the Blackstone LaunchPad. The LaunchPad provides support for faculty, staff, students and alumni in areas related to startups, innovation, and entrepreneurship and is one of the first in the country located in a library. Supported by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, it is part of a network of 20 LaunchPads at major universities across the United States and the United Kingdom.

Warren developed the Fast Pitch proposal working with Linda Dickerson Hartsock, Blackstone LaunchPad executive director, Stephanie McReynolds, Syracuse University’s business, management and entrepreneurship librarian, and other library staff. The LaunchPad worked with Syracuse University faculty across many academic program areas to crowdsource the book collection that encompasses multi-disciplinary topics related to ideation, creativity, entrepreneurship, design thinking, and more. It is a unique collection, beyond volumes typically found in a business school collection. Making it more unique is that faculty across so many academic program areas participated in the curation process, providing stewardship and engagement with the project.

The collection will be installed in “book nodes” adjacent to the LaunchPad in Bird Library. Library staff worked on the acquisition, cataloging, and other service aspects of the project. Usage metrics will be tracked and tied to LaunchPad metrics, providing data analysis of how the new service is augmenting LaunchPad services. The collection has already been adopted as a suggested reading list by faculty teaching entrepreneurship and related subjects. LaunchPad students are planning to start a book club around the collection, to continue the interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Charleston Conference is an annual international gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC each November. The 2016 Theme is “Roll with the Times, or the Times Roll Over You.” The conference, which focuses on serial and book acquisition, began in 1980, and has grown from to more than 1,600 attendees annually.







Interested in pursuing Humanities funding and fellowships?

humanities-center-profile-pic-sliderFaculty and graduate students are invited to learn more about a range of University resources for pursuing Humanities grants, fellowships, and awards.

Friday, October 21
9:30 to 11 a.m.
Tolley Humanities Building, Room 304 (Sainsbury Library)

In this workshop we will cover:

  • Using “Pivot” for tailored / curated searches
  • Using “Grants Advisor” to identify humanities funding
  • Other guides to funding in the humanities and interpretive social sciences
  • Research support from SU Librarian specialists in the Humanities

Specialized staff from the Office of Sponsored Projects and the Libraries will introduce these tools and engage in Q&A with participants. Coffee and light breakfast available. Download the flier to post or share with interested colleagues.

Hosted by the Humanities Center, this event is supported by the Office for Research, OSP and the Syracuse University Libraries.

Issues in Digital Scholarship Forum lecture and workshop with Emily Drabinski

Emily DrabinskiAs a part of the Syracuse University Libraries’ ongoing Issues in Digital Scholarship Forum series, Emily Drabinski, Coordinator of Library Instruction at Long Island University, Brooklyn will be on campus at the end of September for a lecture and workshop.

Co-sponsored by the Graduate School, a public lecture entitled, “We Are What We Do: Labor and Knowledge in Open Access” will take place on Thursday, September 29 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Bird Library.

While librarians and scholars in other disciplines often share commitments to open access publishing, the shape those commitments take is determined in part by our relative positions in the knowledge economy. Librarians buy information and are thus intimately familiar with the commodification of knowledge. Faculty outside the library have vested interests in sharing their ideas, but rarely understand the political economy that makes their texts circulate. Drawing on her experience flipping the journal Radical Teacher to an open access model, Drabinski will discuss the implications of these different standpoints for sustainable open access publishing.

Co-sponsored by Women in Science and Engineering at Syracuse University, a workshop with Drabinski, “Teaching the Critical Catalog: Using Metadata to Trouble the World,” will take place on Friday, September 30 from 9:30 a.m.–noon in Bird Library, Room 004. Space is limited to the first 40 registrants. Register at

In their attempts to confine and control the world’s knowledge, library classification and cataloging schemes inevitably describe ideologically constructed worlds. From Melvil Dewey’s deeply Christian universe to the ordering of perversions in the Library of Congress, libraries inevitably reflect the biases of the people who create them. In this workshop, participants will begin to read classification texts critically to see what and how certain ideas—and not others—are produced and reproduced in our catalogs and on our shelves. As teachers, we will also explore how to deploy these critical perspectives as useful tools for students who use library collections to make knowledge of their own.

Emily Drabinski is Coordinator of Library Instruction at Long Island University, Brooklyn. She sits on the board of Radical Teacher, a journal of socialist, feminist, and anti-racist teaching practice, and edits Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, a book series from Library Juice Press/Litwin Books.

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.











Experts@Syracuse Training Sessions

The Office of Research and the Syracuse University Libraries will host four training sessions for Experts@Syracuse. This tool is designed to create, manage, and make public Syracuse University researcher profiles, enabling research networking and expertise discovery, all while reducing administrative burden for researchers, faculty, and staff. More information can be found on the Experts@Syracuse FAQ page.

Training Sessions:

    • Thursday, September 15th at 2 p.m., Bird Library 608
    • Friday, September 16th at 10 a.m., Bird Library 114
    • Thursday, September 22nd at 2 p.m., Bird Library 608
    • Friday, September 23rd at 10 a.m., Bird Library 114

The key benefits of Experts@Syracuse:

  • Creates Expert profiles that are continuously updated using Scopus data, without the delays and personnel demands associate with manual input.
  • Identifies funding opportunity recommendations (e.g., federal, state, and private funding sources) that are matched and distributed to individuals in the system. Notification options are easily customizable.
  • Provides expertise identification that allows anyone at the University, or anyone in the world, to browse or search for a researcher’s distinctive expertise, based on publication history and designated interests.
  • Provides sponsored award information that allows anyone to see which experts are working on what sponsored projects.
  • Creates CVs and NIH Biosketches at the click of a button which can be exported as a Word or PDF file or published online. Researchers have the ability to easily customize the CV format and specify which publications are displayed.

For more information, contact Stuart Taub, Office of Sponsored Programs at or 315.443.9356 or Anne Rauh, Syracuse University Libraries at or 315.443.9770.

Libraries offer Veteran Documentary Corps films through Kanopy

KanopyThe Kanopy streaming video service now includes films from the Veteran Documentary Corps (VDC), a non-profit organization based at San Francisco State University (SFSU) that produces short documentaries about military veterans.

Each documentary features one veteran, and is produced and directed by a professional filmmaker who ensures that veteran’s story is conveyed with honor, artistry, and truth. Stories come from all branches of service, military jobs, campaigns, and nations. Featured veterans participate in the editing process and have final approval before the film is released to the public.

By pairing professional filmmakers with military veterans, the VDC aims to facilitate greater understanding of the diverse personalities, struggles, and successes that define the veteran experience through the art of documentary filmmaking.  Among their goals, the VDC hopes to engage veterans, families, citizens, and policymakers in meaningful discussions about veteran experiences, issues, and interests.

Veteran Documentary Corps was founded in 2011 by Dr. Daniel Bernardi, an Iraq War Veteran (2009-10) and cinema scholar, and is based at SFSU’s Documentary Film Institute. VDC filmmakers are all seasoned professionals, including Daniel Bernardi, Silvia Turchin, Adan Pulido, and David Washburn.

There are 18 VDC films currently available in Kanopy. For the complete list; see VDC has produced 30 films and aims to complete 100 by 2020.

Syracuse University Libraries provide campus access to the Kanopy streaming video service, which offers more than 26,000 films. Kanopy’s unique PDA (patron-driven acquisition) model ensures that institutions only pay for the films their students and faculty actually watch. Kanopy works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer award-winning collections including titles from PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation, and more.

For more information on this project, see For more information on using Kanopy, contact Janet Pease at