Syracuse University Libraries Signs Preservation Steward Agreement With U.S. Government Publishing Office

Logo of Federal Depository Library ProgramSyracuse University Libraries recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) to become a Preservation Steward. Under this agreement, Syracuse University Libraries has pledged to permanently preserve print collections of the U.S. Statutes at Large, including both preventive maintenance and conservation treatments. Syracuse University Libraries is one of four geographically dispersed libraries across the country to permanently preserve this specific title. They join 60 other institutions across the country that have partnered with GPO to be Preservation Stewards, with the goal of permanently preserving government information.  Syracuse University Libraries has been a member of the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) for 140 years.

The United States Statutes at Large is a chronological arrangement of public and private laws, joint and concurrent resolutions, and some presidential documents bound into volumes dating from 1789 to the present day. Syracuse University Libraries has a complete set. John Olson, librarian for government and geo-information, is Syracuse University Libraries’ federal documents coordinator, responsible for administering and maintaining the preservation steward agreement. By agreeing to be a preservation steward of the federal depository’s tangible resources, Syracuse University Libraries becomes a partner in the Federal Information Preservation Network (FIPNet), a GPO strategic initiative and a national government publications preservation effort. Since GPO does not maintain a tangible collection, it relies on the preservation steward agreements with depository libraries, federal agencies, and other institutions or organizations with government publications.

“GPO welcomes these four new libraries as Preservation Stewards and thanks them for helping GPO in Keeping America Informed,” said Superintendent of Documents Laurie Hall. “GPO is always looking for libraries to become part of the venture of preserving valuable print collections of Government information and encourages others to join the effort.”

GPO is the federal government’s official digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through and partnerships with approximately 1,100 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit

Sound Beat Access Audio Chronicles to Release “You Don’t Surrender: Journal and Memoirs from Don Waful, a World War II P.O.W.”

Sitting in radio city around table with microphones are Don Waful, an elderly gentleman, student Tyler Youngman, Libraries' employee Jim O'Connor, and Inclusive U intern Gabby Iannotti

From Left to Right: Recording in WAER’s studios are: Don Waful ’37 and G’39, veteran; Tyler Youngman ’20, Sound Beat intern; James O’Connor, Sound Beat producer; Gabby Iannotti ‘19, Sound Beat intern from InclusiveU.

Syracuse University Libraries will be releasing its first audiobook titled “You Don’t Surrender: Journal and Memoirs from Don Waful, a World War II P.O.W.”  in October 2019.  This original audio content was produced by Sound Beat: Access Audio Chronicles, which creates audio projects that highlight iconic Syracuse University community members. Don Waful, who received his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University’s College of Arts & Sciences in 1937 and his master’s degree in 1939, has been an icon in the community and on campus for decades. A member of the Alumni Glee Club, Waful is one of Syracuse’s oldest-living alumni and longest-tenured football fans. As an American Prisoner of War (POW) from 1942 through 1945 during World War II, Waful maintained a journal of his experiences. “You Don’t Surrender: Journal and Memoirs from Don Waful, a World War II P.O.W.” chronicles both the journal he maintained, along with a memorial perspective from Waful himself in the form of interviews conducted at WAER. The audiobook also includes historical commentary interspersed throughout the chronicles.

Historically, Sound Beat has been a 90-second daily radio program based on recordings from the Belfer Audio Archive, part of Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. Sound Beat is broadcast in over 360 markets nationally and internationally, and each episode focuses on a particular recording and provides a short backstory detailing its place in the landscape of recorded sound. Sound Beat: Access Audio Chronicles is a new longer form program that extends the Sound Beat concept by enabling the creation of new knowledge and cultural exchange and advancing teaching, learning and research through the oral documentation of interviews, journals, experiences and perspectives from primary sources. It also extends Syracuse University Libraries’ commitment to accessibility and inclusion by providing resources to those who may not be able to read or process traditional print books or prefer listening to books.

Sound Beat, both the 90-second interstitials and the longer form Access Audio Chronicles, also provides an opportunity to incorporate applied learning for Syracuse University students who help to research, write and promote the episodes.  Recently students with intellectual and developmental disabilities from The Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education (InclusiveU) have begun working with Sound Beat. Syracuse University alumnus Brett Barry ’97, G’13, is the program host and narrator.  James O’Connor, Sound Beat producer, Bianca Caiella Breed, assistant director for development at Syracuse University Libraries, Tyler Youngman, production assistant, Sound Beat intern and Syracuse University student ‘20, Gabby Iannotti ’19, production assistant and InclusiveU graduate, and Ian Coe, Sound Beat intern and InclusiveU student ’21 have been working on the “You Don’t Surrender: Journal and Memoirs from Don Waful, a World War II P.O.W.”  audio project. In addition to reading and recording the journal entries, they have interviewed Don several times on topics ranging from his time as a student to key events that occurred during the war. Each interview and interaction has provided more depth to Waful’s character and unique story as a student and veteran, his outlook on life, and his loyalty to his alma mater. Through the interviews and his journal writings, Waful has shared his despairs while captured along with his hopes for his future.

As part of Orange Central, Syracuse University’s alumni weekend event, the team will be speaking about the experience of bringing the journal to life, complete with a question and answer session with Waful himself. The presentation will be on September 14, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in Bird Library.

ParaHuman Book Display in Bird Library

Photo of bent spoon with text that reads: Parahuman, possesion by eveil, pamistry, ghosts, out-of-body travel, telekinesis, esp, clairvoyance, communications with the dead. The second in a three part series exploring the fringe in print.

ParaHuman Display in Bird Library Learning Commons

Check out the Learning Common’s newest exhibit on the 1st Floor of Bird Library: “ParaHuman Books.” The second display in a three-part series, the selection of books illustrates examples of bizarre human conditions, such as clairvoyance, communication with the dead, out-of-body travel, telekinesis, and possession by the devil. Mainstream fascination with extraordinary powers of the mind and body were at their peak from the late 1960s through the 1970s, but by the 1980s public fascination with the fringe had shifted to aliens and abductions. Curated by Stephen Singer, the exhibit is on display from August 1 through August 31.  Stop by the Information Desk at Bird Library to obtain your free ParaHuman commemorative button.

150 Years of Tradition Showcased at Syracuse University Exhibition

black and white photo of male and female students sitting closely on concrete bench in winter in front of Hendricks Chapel

Students on the Kissing Bench from the 1963 Onondagan. Courtesy of Syracuse University Archives.

In celebration of Syracuse University’s sesquicentennial, Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) will open an exhibition on the sixth floor of Bird Library from Sept. 5 through spring 2020 titled “150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University.” Curated by University Archivist Meg Mason, the exhibition commemorates the University’s founding through a selection of traditions, customs and ideas that unite the University community and connect the past with the present. The exhibition will be open for public viewing Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This exhibition is an opportunity for our campus, community and visitors to view interesting artifacts, memorabilia and other items that have been carefully curated by Syracuse University’s outstanding special collections team. It provides a fascinating look into the origins of many of our traditions and an engaging way to learn from our history,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud.

black and white photo of crowd of students in graduation caps and gowns cheering in the Dome

Graduates cheering at the 1983 Commencement. Courtesy of Syracuse University Archives.

On display will be items from the University Archives—including photographs, printed materials, textiles and other memorabilia—that exemplify a variety of old and new traditions. Visitors will learn about the origins of the University’s official color, orange; the Block “S” logo; and the mascot Otto the Orange. Other traditions represented include alumni reunions, Commencement and other events such as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Winter Carnival. Beanies and other items related to first-year student traditions will be on display, as well as cheerleading and marching band memorabilia, illustrating traditions that inspire spirit. For limited times (September to October 2019 and March through Commencement 2020),visitors will be able to view two especially rare items from the University Archives: Ernie Davis’ No. 44 jersey and the Alma Mater handwritten in author Junius Stevens’ hand.

Many special events and tours are planned throughout the run of the exhibition. Mason will provide tours of the exhibition during Orange Central weekend, Sept. 13-14; alumni can register for tours at The exhibition will be also be open for viewing during Family Weekend, Oct. 18-19.

In addition to the primary exhibition in Bird Library, the Syracuse University Libraries will draw from University Archives materials to present additional exhibitions in celebration of the University’s sesquicentennial, both on and off campus. These include:

black and white photo of two male students standing outside holding beanie caps in their hands directly above their heads

First-year students tipping their beanies, circa 1960s. Courtesy of Syracuse University Archives.

  • Reproductions from the “150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University” exhibition on display at Joseph I. Lubin House, home
    base for the University’s New York City operations.
  • “A Legacy of Leadership: The Chancellors and Presidents of Syracuse University” on the lower level of Crouse-Hinds Hall. This exhibition will provide a glimpse into the administrations of the 12 individuals who have guided the University through its 150-year history. Curated by Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn, assistant University archivist and Pan Am 103 archivist, these documents and photographs from the University Archives chart the ways in which the University has grown and changed, from the institution’s first leader, Chancellor Alexander Winchell, to current Chancellor Kent Syverud. It will be available for viewing September 2019 through spring 2020.
color photo of 7 male chearleaders holding 7 female chearleaders on their shoulders. Each female is holding a letter to ame the word "Orange" with the last female holding a photo of an orange. Otto the Syracuse mascot is standing in front of the cheerleaders while they are in cheer. In background Dome is packed with fans.

Cheerleaders and Otto on the basketball court in 2000. Courtesy of Syracuse University Archives.

The “150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University” opening reception will be held at the Robert Ortwine Gallery on the sixth floor of Bird Library on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tours may also be provided upon request by contacting the SCRC at or 315.443.2697.


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

Head shot photo of Stephanie McReynolds

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