Bird Library to open 24 hours on weekends during mid-terms

Through a pilot program in collaboration with the Student Association, Bird Library will be open 24 hours, 7 days a week during mid-terms, including the weekends of February 24-26 and March 3-5. Bird Library normally closes at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

SA is covering the costs of security and custodial services for the additional 56 open hours. The initiative was championed by James Franco, SA Academic Affairs chair, who said, “Student Association is thrilled to see this long-desired initiative become a reality. The administrators for Syracuse University Libraries, led by Dean Seaman, were wonderful partners throughout the process, and Student Association thanks them for their support. We look forward to seeing the positive effects this change has on the campus community and will continue to work with Syracuse University Libraries to create more impactful initiatives down the road.”

Carnegie Library to open 24/7 during reading days and finals

Carnegie Library Reading Room Interior Students StudyingTo meet student needs for silent study space, the SU Libraries will open the Carnegie Library Reading Room 24/7 during reading days and the final exam period — Friday, December 9 through Thursday, December 15.

The extended hours, which will use a combination of library staff and DPS officers, will correspond with Bird Library’s extended hours, which normally operates on a 24-hour schedule.

Carnegie Library will return to normal hours on Friday, December 16.

Note: the Libraries permits beverages in secure travel mugs in the Reading Room. No other form of drinks or food will be allowed in any Carnegie Library space.






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.