Libraries add Oxford Scholarship Online

Access an online library of over 14,000 outstanding academic books from Oxford University Press.

Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) is a vast and rapidly-expanding online library, providing access to thousands of books across the world-renowned scholarly list of Oxford University Press (OUP). Spanning subjects across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law, OSO is an essential research resource for student, scholar, and academic alike, no matter what their subject specialty. Launched in 2003 with four subject modules, OSO is now available in the below 20 subject areas:

New books are added to OSO every month, bringing works from up-and-coming academics online, alongside the classic scholarship of established and award-winning names, including Nobel Laureates. Download a full list of available titles.

OSO is part of University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO), a platform formed by OUP in partnership with other leading presses across the globe. With UPSO, users can easily search across tens of thousands of books published by partner presses from across the world, meaning they no longer have to sort through different resources to find the works they need.

For more information, contact collection development and analysis librarian Anne Rauh at aerauh@syr.edu.

JoVE Training Session

On Tuesday, July 31 the Syracuse University Libraries will welcome Dave Price from JoVE, Journal of Visualized Experiments, to discuss integrating JoVE content into your courses.

Dave will cover:

  • What is JoVE?
  • The effectiveness of JOVE in the classroom / labs
  • How to use JoVE (Best Practices).
  • Integration into Blackboard.
  • JoVE Test Assessment Platform.

The session will take place on Tuesday, July 31 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Bird Library, Room 002.

RSVP and let us know that you’ll be attending.

Syracuse University Libraries statement on commitment to diversity and inclusion

In light of recent events regarding the egregious Theta Tau fraternity videos, the Syracuse University Libraries stand in solidarity with students, faculty, and staff in the face of the hatred displayed in those videos.  The Libraries must serve as welcoming havens of safety, respect, openness, and accessibility to all members of our University community. Our doors are open to all who wish to pursue their creativity, research, and learning, no matter their skin color, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, or disability.

The Libraries will continue to strengthen its ongoing actions to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity. Examples of recent and current efforts include:

  • The hiring and appointments of an Inclusion & Accessibility Librarian (one of the first of its kind in the country) and an Outreach Librarian to serve as leaders and contacts for inclusive efforts within the Libraries.
  • The 2017 establishment of a Diversity & Inclusion Team to promote the value of diversity and inclusion and to help foster a supportive and inclusive environment among Libraries staff.  Activities include providing training such as the Cultural Proficiency for Library Leaders workshop led by DeEtta Jones in 2017, surveying the climate within the Libraries, and advising Libraries administration on actions and best practices.
  • The creation of programming and open forums on diverse topics, including our annual Human Library event and a February 2018 discussion on “Graffiti or Good-Luck Charm?:  A Presentation on Symbols and Their Interpretations in Public Spaces.”
  • SU Libraries was one of the earliest adopters of a Resident Librarian program, for new professionals in traditionally underrepresented groups.  Our program began in 2009 and has led to six successful placements in academic libraries so far.
  • Librarians have official liaisons to campus units such as the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Slutzker Center for International Services, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, and the English Language Institute.
  • Every year we collaborate on important celebratory months and events, such as the Black and Banned Community Read-Out and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
  • The Libraries are inaugural members of the Association of College and Research Libraries Diversity Alliance.

These and other similar activities are important and have been well received. Going forward, the Libraries will further promote openness and equity by:

  • Requiring training for all library administrators, managers, and supervisors on implicit bias and best practices for creating inclusive and supportive environments.
  • Conducting training on topics such as cultural competency, cultural humility, implicit bias, and bystander intervention so that staff can be proactive in addressing incidents. Administrators and managers will also take part in these trainings to emphasize that these skills are core to the Libraries’ key operations.
  • Creating, revising, and making more visible our policies in areas such as free speech, collection development, and accessibility. These policies will put into action the ideals and goals of our One Library: Inclusion & Diversity strategic directions statement.
  • Enhancing recruitment, hiring, and onboarding procedures that directly support diversity, equity, and inclusion, including working with search committees and with our forthcoming Library Operations Manager.
  • Improving channels for feedback from patrons on diversity and equity issues.
  • Working on ADA compliant physical spaces in our buildings, including adding new height-adjustable furniture this summer in the SCRC Reading Room.
  • Coordinating with campus partners to offer and promote diversity and equity programming within the Libraries, and to offer safe spaces in which to have these difficult conversations.

In short, we aspire to foster an inclusive community of discovery and personal growth for the campus community, and to display in our daily work our shared values of collaboration, community, empowerment, inclusion, innovation, openness, respectfulness, service, and stewardship. 

My thanks to the Diversity and Inclusion Team (Kate Deibel, Bonnie Ryan, Laura Benjamin, Nicole Westerdahl, Niki Perkins, and Tarida Anantachai) and the members of Libraries Management Team for helping to craft this statement.  I look forward to working with Libraries’ staff and with campus leadership on these critical issues in the weeks and months ahead.

 

David Seaman, Ph.D
Dean of Libraries and University Librarian
Syracuse University Libraries

 

Syracuse University teams capture awards at NY Business Plan Competition

From left, Scott Pecoriello, Elizabeth Tarangelo, Kayla Simon, Julia Haber, Kate Beckman, Serena Omo-Lamai, Charles Keppler

Once again, Syracuse University student entrepreneurship teams took home awards at the ninth annual New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC), which took place on Friday, April 27 in Albany.

The event, co-sponsored by Upstate Capital Association of New York, the New York State Economic Development Council, and FUSEHUB, brought together top teams from across the state to pitch to distinguished judges drawn from industry and the investment community.

Syracuse teams captured a first-place honor, and won a total of five awards in the five categories in which teams competed.  This follows last year’s success, when SU teams captured four top wins in six categories. No institution in the competition’s history has achieved this level of success at the competition. Each year, more than 400 student-led teams apply for the statewide competition, and approximately 100 teams compete in the finals.

The Syracuse prize winners included:

  • First Place, Service category: Kate Beckman ’17, ‘G18, Newhouse, founder of Fresh U;
  • Undergraduate Excellence Award in Entrepreneurship, Software and Information Technology category: Scott Pecoriello ’20, Arts and Sciences, founder of WeatherOptics;
  • Undergraduate Excellence Award in Entrepreneurship, Clean Energy and Sustainability category: Serena Omo-Lamai ’19 and Charles Keppler ’18, both College of Engineering a Computer Science, co-founders of FibreFree;
  • Female Founder (MWBE) Award in Advanced Technology category: Kayla Simon ’19 and Elizabeth Tarangelo ’19, both College of Engineering and Computer Science, co-founders of In-Spire;
  • Female Founder (MWBE) Award in Products category: Julia Haber ’18, Newhouse, founder of WAYV.

The NYBPC regional qualifier was organized by the Syracuse University Libraries’ Blackstone LaunchPad, whose staff also accompanied the teams to Albany last week.

“The Blackstone LaunchPad provided business planning expertise, mentorship, collaboration space, and pitch guidance to teams,” says Dean of Libraries David Seaman.  “Strong showings over two years demonstrates the impact this library service has had since it cut the ribbon two years ago in April 2016.”

Many of these students also participated in the RvD iPrize and the Panasci Business Plan competitions held this spring at Syracuse University.

Resource Spotlight: Oxford Handbooks Online

Handbooks are essential resources in the humanities, social sciences, and other academic areas. Oxford Handbooks Online, a new addition to SU Libraries’ collections, offers nearly 900 handbook titles published by Oxford University Press from 2004 to the present.

Each handbook offers a thorough introduction to research topics as well as a critical survey of the current state of scholarship in that field. Coverage spans sixteen disciplines, from music, history, and law to archaeology, political science, and religion. Content is browsable by discipline, title, and chapter, and all chapters are full-text searchable. External links to sources cited in the bibliographies of each chapter are included, facilitating easy access to the full text of other related sources.

Access is for an unlimited number of simultaneous users, so these titles are suitable for use as textbooks as well as for individual research. Each chapter is viewable in HTML or is downloadable as a PDF, and static URLs are available for posting in Blackboard reading lists.

Review:

Fisher, J. (2013). Oxford Handbooks Online. Choice, 50(11), 1980. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/1400461290?accountid=14214