Check out the Libraries’ Welcome Fest on August 31!

The Syracuse University Libraries invite all students, faculty, and staff to a Welcome Fest on Thursday, August 31 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the first floor of Bird Library. The event will feature resources and services the Libraries provide to support teaching, learning, and research across campus, as well as games, prizes, a photo booth, therapy dogs, a visit from Otto, and more.

Librarians and library staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Research and reference help – connecting to library experts day or night;
  • Study spaces – individual, group, or technology-equipped;
  • Course-related instruction to improve research skills;
  • Data, citation, and reputation management;
  • Scholarly publishing – SU Press and the SURFACE repository;
  • Library to Go delivery services;
  • Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurship center;
  • Interlibrary Loan – obtaining items from other libraries;
  • Reserving material and booking video for classes;
  • Technology for loan;
  • Sound Beat, the Libraries radio show;
  • Special Collections and University Archives.

A number of partner organizations are also participating this year: the Center for Learning and Student Success, Digital Scholarship Space, Onondaga County Public Library, Orange SUccess, Parking and Transit Services, Public Safety, SU Makerspace, and many more.

Light refreshments will be served and tours will be available. For more information, contact us at libref@syr.edu.

Visit our Patio Cafés during SU Welcome 2017

Stop by the Pages Patio Café at Bird Library for complimentary refreshments, à la carte snacks and beverages, or just a place to sit and relax under the test or inside our air-conditioned building. Library tours and information will be available.

  • Wednesday, August 23, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

University Place Patio, Bird Library (Rain location: Pages Café, Bird Library)

Carnegie Library, located in the Carnegie Building on the south side of the Quad, will also be serving complimentary refreshments outside on their patio, along with tours of its beautifully renovated Reading Room.

Brought to you by the SU Libraries, the Parents Office, and SU Food Services.

New resources recently added to Libraries’ collections

June brought many new resources to the libraries’ collection. They included the following:

Digitalia Hispanica is a global academic collection comprised of e-books and ejournals in Spanish, French, Portuguese and Catalan. The comprehensive collection contains titles ranging from arts and literature to science and technology.

Oxford Handbooks Online: Scholarly Research Reviews is a collection of handbooks in fifteen subject areas. The handbook series contain in-depth, high-level articles by scholars in the respective fields. Each handbook offers thorough introductions to topics and a critical survey of the current state of scholarship in a particular field.

Academic Video Online provides access to over 62,000 streaming videos on a wide range of subjects from a variety of providers, for example, CBS, PBS, BBC, Bloomberg, and The Open University. Content includes documentaries, newsreels and programs, interviews, performances and more.

Brand Share Index within Sports Market Analytics contains searchable news and market research from the National Sporting Goods Association and other industry sources on all aspects of sporting goods, sports equipment, participation, broadcasting and marketing. It also includes access to the Brand Share Index (BSI) which matches fan market consumer behavior with their preferences for consumer products brands.

IBIS NAICS State Reports contains industry research reports, industry risk rating reports, and business environment profiles. Includes market share, competitive landscape, industry outlook, key statistics, and more. Search by keyword or NAICS code.

The Syracuse University access to Web of Science Citation Connection now includes Biosis Citation Index, Derwent Innovations Index, and Index Chemicus / Current Chemical Reactions.

New books include the Duke University Press Gender Studies Ebook Collection and the Bela Bartok Complete Critical Edition.

New journals include, the Annals of the International Communication Association, Celebrity studies, Journal of Communication, and the Journal of World Popular Music.

For additional information on accessing these resources, please use the Ask Us! page or contact your subject librarian. To suggest a new resource to the Libraries, use the Suggest a Title form.

Libraries launch redesigned, mobile-friendly website

The Libraries will preview their newly redesigned website to the public beginning on April 12, 2017 . The site, located at library.syr.edu, complies with new University branding guidelines and design elements. It has been in development since late fall 2015.

The project’s primary goals were to create an accessible, responsive design that will automatically resize for any type of device being used. This capability is increasingly important as information access migrates to the mobile environment.

The full launch of the new site is being planned for sometime after mid-May.

Project team members include Daniel Rice, project manager, Cindy Barry, web specialist (now working for the College of Visual and Performing Arts), Pamela Thomas, web and emerging technologies librarian, and Pamela McLaughlin, communications director.

An early and crucial part of the redesign process was to conduct a thorough analysis of the existing site’s usage. Those findings enabled developers to place the most heavily used resources prominently in the new design. This user-centered approach downplays internal organizational silos, which can obscure important informational content.

The project engaged stakeholders from across the Libraries. Web staff reviewed usage data with content owners and affirmed the core content for the new site. To keep staff informed of progress over many months, the project team maintained a blog that highlighted current activities and engaged staff in providing feedback on specific questions and touchpoints. The team also hosted an all–staff open forum and provided periodic updates for the Libraries Management Team.

During the early part of the spring 2017 semester, Learning Commons librarians Tarida Anantachai and John Stawarz conducted hands-on user testing with a group of current students and faculty members. Using a variety of types of devices, individuals were asked to complete a series of tasks on the new site using the “talk aloud” protocol. John and Tarida captured the testers’ actions, as well as their comments about their decision-making process, difficulties they encountered, and general observations about the site. A number of adjustments were made to the design, presentation, and navigation based on their discoveries.

Work on the site will continue until the production launch. Feedback is always welcome at syr.libsurveys.com/web-feedback.

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Libraries’ spring exhibition: You Are Here: Expanding the Concept of Place

Syracuse University Libraries’ spring exhibition, You Are Here: Expanding the Concept of Place, opens with a reception on April 20 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the gallery on the sixth floor of Bird Library.

Through a selection of rare books, pamphlets, maps, manuscripts, photographs, and other artifacts from Special Collections, this exhibition re-frames common notions and accepted definitions of what ‘place’ can be by connecting specifically to the Syracuse community: as in the geographical relevance of the Erie Canal, the conceptual destination of the Underground Railroad, or the student experience specific to Syracuse University.

The exhibit and reception is presented in collaboration with and partially sponsored by the Syracuse University Humanities Center as a part of the 2016 Syracuse Symposium on Place. It will remain on view through mid-August.

Also on view at the Goldstein Faculty Center, the Crouse Hinds Administrative building, and the Joseph I. Lubin House in New York City, is The Lost Spaces of Syracuse University, an exhibition exploring the evolution of Syracuse University’s many buildings and spaces over our 147-year history. From the University’s early years in an office building in downtown Syracuse, to the campus boom of the post-World War II era, and the current development of the Campus Framework, each of these periods of change has added to the list of the University’s “lost buildings.” This exhibition of materials and photographs from the University Archives showcases the legacy of some of these lost spaces.

In conjunction with the Libraries’ exhibit opening, Dr. Brice Nordquist (Writing Program) and Dr. Emily Stokes-Rees (Museum Studies) will present the results of their Delmas-funded Special Collections Research Center Faculty Fellows projects. In its inaugural year, the program provides stipends to selected faculty who incorporate the use of special collections in their classes and enable their students to handle, analyze, and interpret SCRC’s rich primary source materials.

Students in Nordquist’s Rhetorics of Futurity: Utopia, Sci-Fi and City Planning course engaged with materials from SU’s collections of utopian, science fiction, and city planning materials. Students in Stokes-Rees’s Ethnographic Curatorship course had a hands-on curatorial experience with plastics collections and developed a new installation for the Plastics Pioneers Reading Room, located on the sixth floor of Bird Library.