“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 jlpease@syr.edu or 443-9768.

Scott Warren selected for Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellows program

Scott Warren InformalsScott Warren has been selected to participate in the 2016-2017 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellows Program. Warren, associate dean for research and scholarship at Syracuse University Libraries, will join 27 other professionals in this executive leadership program that fosters the development of senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives.

Warren expressed enthusiasm for the program, saying, “I am honored to represent Syracuse University Libraries in the 2016-17 ARL Leadership Fellows Program. Because many issues confronting 21st century research libraries will require institutional collaboration to solve, developing strong relationships with an outstanding group of librarians engaged in similar efforts nationwide is a wonderful opportunity. I particularly want to thank Dean Seaman, whose steadfast support has made my participation possible.”

During the course of the program, each fellow will construct a learning plan; engage in a customized, immersive experience to shadow a library director; participate in three weeklong institutes hosted by sponsoring ARL institutions; participate in online synchronous sessions; and attend semiannual Association meetings.

This is the sixth offering of the program, designed by ARL staff in collaboration with the Leadership Fellows Advisory Group and the directors of the three sponsor libraries: University of Alberta, Colorado State University, and Duke University. The program begins in January 2016 and runs through April 2017.

The 2016–2017 ARL Leadership Fellows applicant pool was highly competitive. The selection committee, composed of the directors of the sponsoring libraries, chose 28 fellows from multiple ARL and non-ARL institutions representing a broad array of backgrounds and experience.

“I’m delighted that Scott has been selected for this prestigious and high-profile leadership program, and I have no doubt that he will take full advantage of the learning opportunities and collaborations it will give him,” said Dean of Libraries David Seaman, who was himself an ARL Fellow in 2011-12.

For more information, visit the ARL Leadership Fellows program website.

Established in 1932, the ARL is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries at comprehensive, research institutions in the US and Canada that share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements.

Bevan Angier receives SU Libraries’ 2015 Distinguished Service Award

2015 DSA

The Syracuse University Libraries Assembly (SULA) Distinguished Service Award Selection Panel has awarded the Libraries’ 2015 Distinguished Service Award to Bevan Angier, a supervisor in Access and Resource Sharing. This peer-selected award recognizes Bevan for her contributions to Syracuse University Libraries and to the broader Syracuse University community.

Bevan has served in a variety of roles in both Carnegie and Bird libraries over her twenty years at Syracuse University. She is held in high regard by co-workers and colleagues, as evidenced by letters of nomination that commented on her collegiality, professionalism, and effectiveness. One letter of nomination noted, “Her directions are clear, her attitude is positive, and she is very willing to help as needed.”

Also mentioned was her dedication to service to SU faculty and students, as well as to the community. Bevan played a pivotal role in establishing the Libraries’ “Food for Fines” and Holiday Sharing programs.

Members of the 2015 selection panel were Tasha Cooper (chair), Nicolette A. Dobrowolski, Patrick Midtlyng, Stephen Singer, and William Vogel.

Bevan will be retiring at the end of December and will be sorely missed. Her name will be added to the engraved list of Distinguished Service Award recipients on a plaque in Bird Library.