Do-it-yourself checkout now available at Bird Library

selfcheckLocated in front of the Circulation Desk on the first floor of Bird Library, a new self-checkout machine allows borrowers to check out their own books quickly and easily. This service is available 24 hours a day, even when the service desk is closed.

The new machine is easy to use and offers step-by-step touch screen instructions. Using radio frequency identification system (RFID) technology, users can check out a stack of books all at once. Users can also renew books, review due dates, and view any fines on their account.

Do-it-yourself checkout is available to current students, staff, and faculty members of Syracuse University, and patrons who otherwise have valid borrowing privileges at SU Libraries.

We appreciate your feedback about this service. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Circulation at

Changes to NSF grant proposal guidelines

New guidelines for researchers submitting grant proposals to the National Science Foundation are now in effect. The guidelines, announced in March 2015, apply to all grant proposals submitted after January 25, 2016. Among the most significant changes are that all peer-reviewed articles and conference papers produced with NSF funds must be deposited in an NSF-designated open access repository.

Initially, all materials will be need to be deposited in the Department of Energy’s PAGES ( system, with which NSF is partnering. In the future, the NSF will also allow deposits to be made in approved third-party repositories. Other products such as technical reports, white papers, and instructional materials will be included at a later date. Each manuscript will have a minimum set of eight mandatory metadata fields and must be in the PDF/A format. Awardee institutions will be responsible for ensuring that all requirements are met.

Currently, all data produced with NSF funds must be deposited in an open-access repository, which must be designated in the Data Management Plan (DMP) submitted with the proposal. By FY 2019, NSF expects to complete the development of standards for data repositories and related metadata and an automated system for submission and verification of compliance of DMPs, resulting in better discoverability for data and publications.

The full text of the new guidelines can be found at:

A summary of the significant changes can be found at:

The Libraries’ Research Data Services (RDS) is prepared to assist researchers with requirements set forth by the NSF and other funding agencies. Members of the RDS team are experts in each phase of the data lifecycle and can assist in the preparation of Data Management Plans, selection of an appropriate repository for data, and preparation of data and metadata. Additionally, RDS can assist with finding, collecting, and analyzing numeric and GIS data.

“Beautiful Minds” honors class visit Special Collections

Inspecting Guttenberg Bible leaf. Photo by Amy Manley
Inspecting Guttenberg Bible leaf. Photo by Amy Manley

Samuel Gorovitz, professor of philosophy and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, brought members of his “Beautiful Minds” (HNR 340) class to the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), on the sixth floor of Bird Library for an introduction to the distinguished collections and their research possibilities. His description and photos of the remarkable seminar conducted by SCRC Senior Director Lucy Mulroney has been posted on the College of Arts and Sciences News and Events page.

Brodsky gift establishes the Joan and Bill Brodsky Image Preservation Initiative

BrodskysDean of Libraries David Seaman has announced the creation of The Joan and Bill Brodsky Image Preservation Initiative, funded by a generous gift from Syracuse University alumni Joan (Breier) and Bill Brodsky. This initiative will contribute substantively to preserving and providing access to the large and diverse holdings of rare materials in the Syracuse University Libraries.

The Joan and Bill Brodsky Image Preservation Initiative will enable the Libraries to create a specialized cold storage environment for its film and photographic materials. These fragile materials require cold storage and controlled humidity to slow deterioration and prevent catastrophic loss. The Joan and Bill Brodsky Image Preservation Initiative will help ensure the availability of landmark photography collections, such as the Margaret Bourke-White and Clara Sipprell archives, for future generations of scholars and students.

“Joan and Bill’s gift recognizes the world-class importance of our research collections in the Syracuse University Libraries,” said Chancellor Kent Syverud, “and the critical need to act now to safeguard these important cultural heritage items.” Dean Seaman added, “I’m delighted to have this investment in our preservation infrastructure, as we develop a robust curatorial plan for our special collections and archives that both preserves them and makes them more accessible.”

“Bill and I are pleased to be able to provide this gift to Syracuse University,” said Joan Brodsky. “This ‘state of the art’ facility will ensure the long term preservation the Libraries’ very fragile treasures.” Trained as a library media specialist in graduate school, Joan’s passion for the preservation and conservation of books and special collections is well documented. The Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation, now in its eleventh year at SU Libraries and the brainchild of Joan, has grown to be a valued and respected resource for preservation professionals and students alike.

The Brodsky’s have a long-standing relationship with Syracuse University. Joan and Bill Brodsky each hold two Syracuse University degrees. Their three sons are also SU graduates, as is Bill’s brother and both of Joan’s brothers. Bill is a Life Trustee of the University and served on the Law School Board of Advisors from 1995-2003. He is chairman of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, after beginning his career as an attorney in the securities industry. Joan is a member of the SU Libraries Advisory Board and a former member of the iSchool Advisory Board. She also serves on the boards of the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Foundation Board of the Lincoln Library in Springfield, IL, and the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) offers scholars and students a vibrant research and learning environment. SCRC collects, preserves, and provides access to materials that document the history of our global society, including original manuscripts, photographs, architectural renderings, industrial design prototypes, graphic artworks, audio and moving image recordings, and much more. Today, SCRC’s collections total approximately 150,000 printed items and over 30,000 linear feet of archival material in 2,400 separate collections, as well as the holdings of the renowned Belfer Audio Archive and the University Archives. Together, these collections offer unfiltered access to primary source material, the “authentic voice” of a writer or creator, from which scholars and students can develop their own views and create their own narratives.

Janet Pease appointed Head of Collections at Syracuse University Libraries

20151208 Janet Pease Librarian Janet Pease has been appointed Head of Collections in Syracuse University Libraries, a position she has held in an interim capacity for more than two years. Her prior positions include Unit Manager within the Department of Research and Scholarship at Syracuse University Libraries and head of the Science and Technology Library. She began her career at the University in the High Energy Theory Group in the Physics Department; her duties there included managing the preprint library.

Scott Warren, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, noted that Pease’s wealth of experience made her the clear choice. “I’m very pleased that Janet will continue the key role she has played recently, ensuring the Libraries meet the needs of our campus community. The widespread trust and respect she enjoys are strong evidence of her effectiveness at navigating the rapidly changing world of academic librarianship.”

Janet holds a Master of Library Science from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University and Bachelor of Arts in both Anthropology and History from Syracuse University. She can be reached at or 443-9768.