April 23-May 4 is “Food for Fines”

Donate food and reduce your library fines!

The libraries of SU and SUNY-ESF will once again be participating in “Food for Fines” from April 23-May 4 by collecting food for the needy and offering patrons the opportunity to reduce their overdue fines.

For each healthy, nonperishable food item donated by an individual during those dates, his/her regular, overdue circulation fines will be reduced by $1–Interlibrary loan fines and lost book fees are not included.

Participating libraries include Bird, Carnegie Library, College Law Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, King + King Architecture Library, and ESF’s Moon Library.

Donations may be brought to the circulation desks of affiliated libraries. Students, faculty, and staff without current fines may also contribute.

All food items will be donated to the Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry, which stocks food and personal care items available at no cost to all students with a valid Syracuse University or SUNY-ESF ID.

For more information about “Food for Fines,” please contact Laura Benjamin at lmnemitz@syr.edu.


In the Biblio Gallery: Abigail Latham

An oil on canvas exhibit entitled Catastrophes in Motion by Abigail Latham is currently on display in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library. Latham is a senior in the Painting program at the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

In describing the exhibition, Latham says:

Within my work I want to fight my fears with recklessness. This reckless abandon is seen through the perspective of the female. Girls are taught to be cautious and avoid danger, adventure, and impulsive behavior. Fear and recklessness are underlying theme seen through this body of work, specifically acrophobia (fear of heights), claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces), and xenophobia (fear of the unknown). I explore these fears and the fear of expanding horizons through the chaotic abstraction. My subject matter focuses on that of transient states and a rising sense of chaos. Physically and emotionally overwhelming, “Forces” specifically evokes the sense of standing in a storm. The rapid movement of the brushstrokes and layered paint quality bring out the intense psychological state of catharsis and disarray.

The exhibit will be on display through March 2, 2018.

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at saskiold@syr.edu or see the Biblio Gallery website.

Bird Library offers extended hours during midterms, October 13-22

In collaboration with the Student Association, Bird Library be open for extended hours during fall semester midterms, including the weekends of October 14-15 and October 21-22.

During this period, Bird Library will be open until midnight on Friday nights, open at 9 a.m.on both Saturdays and Sundays, and stay open until 3 a.m. on Saturday nights.

The initiative is sponsored by the Student Association, which is covering the costs of security and custodial services for the additional 18 open hours.

Libraries of the World exhibit on display in Bird Library

A new display entitled Libraries of the World is currently on display on the 4th floor of Bird Library. Featured institutions include the ancient Library of Alexandria, Michelangelo’s Laurentian Library, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the British Library, and more. The exhibit places special emphasis on global representation, but it also contains a few local examples, such as our own Carnegie Library. Libraries of the World will remain up through the fall semester.


University Archives, Athletics featured in WETM piece on Ernie Davis

Elmira-based WETM television recently aired a feature story on Syracuse University legend Ernie Davis as part of their Black History Month coverage. Davis came to Syracuse University from Elmira, where he moved with his family at the age of twelve. He was known as the “Elmira Express.”

Reporter Ryan Ruff visited University Archives for an interview with university archivist Meg Mason and to view items from the Ernie Davis archive. Ruff also interviewed Herman Frazier, Senior Deputy Director of Athletics at Syracuse University, for perspective on Davis as a student-athlete.

The clip can be viewed at http://www.mytwintiers.com/news/local-news/hidden-history-the-legacy-of-ernie-davis/659076366.