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.

C-SPAN’s Cities Tour Syracuse Weekend video available

The comcities tourmunity of Syracuse, New York was featured in C-SPAN’s Cities Tour the weekend of November 21-22. C-SPAN Cities Tour staff visited numerous locations in the area to explore the unique history and literary culture of Syracuse, New York.

Individual segments aired throughout the weekend  on C-SPAN2’s Book TV and C-SPAN3’s American History TV. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s segment kicked off Syracuse Weekend on Friday, November 20, airing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.

Among those profiled in the series, the team visited the Special Collections Research Center in Syracuse University Libraries, where Curator William LaMoy highlighted the Gerrit Smith Collection and the anti-slavery movement in Syracuse in mid-1800’s. The team also profiled a number of historic sites in the area, including the home of Matilda Joslyn Gage, Harriet Tubman House, the Jerry Rescue Monument, the Erie Canal Museum, and the Salt Museum.

Also featured were SU Press author Marsha Weissman, who discussed her book Prelude to Prison and the link between school suspension and incarceration in the United States. SU History professor Carol Faulkner, author of Lucretia Mott’s Heresy, revealed the motivations of one of the most controversial women in nineteenth-century America. Tadodaho of the Onondaga Indian Nation, Chief Sidney Hill talked about the history of Haudenosaunee Confederacy of Iroquois nations from its beginnings to today.

For more information, visit www.c-span.org/citiestour, where a special “Syracuse” city web page is available to view the programming. All video segments will be available indefinitely on the C-SPAN Video Library site at www.c-span.org.

Delmas Foundation awards Syracuse University Libraries grant for Faculty Fellows program

DSC_6597The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation has awarded Syracuse University Libraries an $18,000 grant to support a pilot Faculty Fellows program in the Special Collections Research Center. The goal of the program is to support faculty in developing courses that incorporate the use of the Libraries’ rich special collections and archives. The program will make a significant impact on the undergraduate experience at Syracuse University by engaging faculty who would like to provide students with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to handle, analyze, and interpret SCRC’s primary source materials in their classes.

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) has long been at the forefront of collecting materials that document the history of our global society, including original manuscripts, photographs, architectural plans, industrial design prototypes and graphic artworks, audio and moving image recordings, and many other formats. These collections provide unfiltered access to primary source material, the “authentic voice” of a writer or creator, from which students can develop their own views and create their own narratives.

The grant project will engage a cohort of faculty and librarians to design, pilot, and evaluate a sustainable Faculty Fellows program. Project manager Dr. Lucy Mulroney, Senior Director of the Special Collections Research Center, says, “This program aims to support innovative undergraduate curriculum development and foster new ideas about how to transform the role of special collections in the university’s pedagogical approach.” Dean of Libraries David Seaman adds, “The Fellows program will expand upon SCRC’s existing instructional program, support undergraduate research, and promote experiental learning – all activities that are of growing importance to the SU Libraries.”

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions which transmit our cultural heritage.

A Faculty Fellows Advisory Team will be established to articulate the vision, goals, and assessment criteria to evaluate the pilot and will appoint two pilot Fellows in spring 2016. To express interest in participating in the program, contact Lucy Mulroney, Senior Director of the Special Collections Research Center at ldmulron@syr.edu.