Syracuse University Ph.D. student Sara Swenson wins Mary Hatch Marshall Essay Award

Sara Ann Swenson-sliderSara Swenson, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Religion in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been selected to receive this year’s Mary Hatch Marshall Essay Award, an annual award for the best essay written by a graduate student in the humanities at Syracuse University. Swenson’s essay is entitled “Subject to God: Ecumenical Monasticism and the Making of the Shared Self.” She is a native of Brainerd, Minn.

Full- and part-time students from the following departments are eligible for the award: African American Studies; English; Fine Arts; Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; Latino-Latin American Studies; Religion; Philosophy; the Writing Program; and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Faculty members who served on the Marshall Award Selection Committee were Gerry Greenberg (chair), Ben Bradley, M. Gail Hamner, Janis Mayes, and Stephen Meyer.

Library Associates established the annual award to honor and help perpetuate Mary Hatch Marshall’s scholarly standards and generous spirit. Members of Library Associates, Marshall’s friends and family, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Central New York Community Foundation all contributed to the endowment established in 2004 that funds the award.

Born in 1903, Marshall graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College, received a Ph.D. from Yale University, and was later named a Guggenheim Fellow. She joined the SU faculty in 1948 and became the first woman to achieve the rank of full professor in The College of Liberal Arts. During her tenure, Marshall held the Jesse Truesdell Peck Chair in English literature; helped to establish the Honors Program, serving as its first director; and was among the founding members of Library Associates. After retiring from full-time teaching with emeritus status, Marshall continued to offer courses through the Humanistic Studies Center at University College until 1993. Among the awards and honors she received were the Post-Standard Award for Distinguished Service to the Syracuse University Library, a Chancellor’s Citation, and an Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.

Bird Library entrance adjustment during Mayfest

In order to maintain an environment conducive to study pages-patio-cafe-sliderand to diminish the potential for disruption during and immediately following Mayfest 2015, the Syracuse University Libraries will extend implementation of its evening security protocol beginning on Friday, April 24.

Monitored access to Bird Library will occur exclusively through the Waverly Avenue entrance beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 24 until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. Additionally, both Bird Library and Carnegie Library (including the Carnegie Library Reading Room) will be open to library users only during these times.

Libraries staff and officers from the Department of Public Safety will actively monitor the interior and exterior of Bird Library and Carnegie Library throughout Mayfest activities to ensure order and peace during this period, which coincides with the beginning of the University’s spring exam study period.

Bird Library and the Carnegie Library Reading Room will be open to members of the University community 24 hours a day from Friday, April 24 through Wednesday, May 6. Both facilities will be open amended hours during Graduation Weekend.

Syracuse University honored as Outstanding Toastmasters Sponsor

ToastmastersToastmasters International has recognized Syracuse University as an exceptional institution of higher education sponsor of Toastmasters clubs and their members. Toastmasters International President Mohammed Murad, of Dubai, UAE, will present the award on Monday, April 27, 2015 at noon in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons of Bird Library.

There are currently two Toastmasters clubs on campus with a third in the process of forming. The Orange Orators chartered in 2007 and has earned the designation of President’s Distinguished Club for the past 6 years. It is comprised of staff and graduate students as well as community members. Master Toast, sponsored by the Whitman School of Management, began in 2013 with a group of graduate students and members of the Whitman staff. The newest club on campus is the Devil’s Advocate Toastmasters at the SU School of Law, which plans to charter later this year.

Over the past eight years, Syracuse University has generously provided startup support and helped spread awareness of the value of Toastmasters. SU continues to provide space for weekly meetings, as well as facilities and parking for speech contests, the Toastmaster Leadership Institute, and other special events.

Toastmasters International was established in 1924 as a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization has more than 313,000 members in over 14,650 clubs in 126 countries.

Libraries’ white paper reports nearly $2 million savings from journals migration project

Syracuse University Libraries has issued the white paper Collections and Space: An Update on Syracuse University Libraries’ Journals Migration Project. Written by K. Matthew Dames, Roberta Gwilt, Scott Warren, and TC Carrier, the report documents the progress on the relocation of print journals to the Syracuse University Libraries Facility (“The Facility”) on South Campus.

To date, the Libraries have transferred more than 100,000 journal volumes from 7,000 titles to The Facility, realizing $1,935,000 in savings over five years. In addition, Libraries staff maintain access to stored, lightly-used scholarship stored at The Facility by operating the “Library to Go” and “Articles to Go” services, which provide scanned copies of online articles and six-day-per-week delivery of physical materials to campus libraries and offices.

“One of the most crucial issues academic research libraries face today is how to allocate our space portfolio between the often competing demands of personal or group study and shelving of scholarly resources,” said Dames, interim Dean of the Libraries. “As the Libraries continue to collaborate with various campus stakeholders to determine the proper mix between seating and scholarship, we continue to leverage The Facility as a critical asset that helps the Libraries become more efficient while affecting access as little as possible.”

Other benefits of the project, which continues through summer 2015, include providing space for new books the Libraries have purchased to meet curricular and research needs, improving researchers’ ability to browse print collections, and providing planning flexibility to develop new spaces that meet contemporary demands.

The Libraries began a multi-year project to transfer bound, print journals from Bird Library to The Facility in May 2014. The Facility, the Libraries’ 20,000 square foot, high-density, climate controlled scholarship storage vault and processing space on Jamesville Avenue, opened in 2012.

The white paper is available at For more information on the project, contact Scott Warren, interim Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, at or (315) 443-8339.

Carnegie Library and Reading Room closed summer 2015 due to construction

Carnegie Library exteriorThe Carnegie Library will be closed this summer, from Monday, May 11 through August 29, 2015.

Additional renovation work in the building, including the construction of new restrooms, may pose safety hazards, as well as create noise, dust, and general disruption for users of the Library.

Items needed from the library may be requested through an online request form, by calling 315-443-5727, or by stopping at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of Bird Library. Material will be retrieved and available for pickup at the Bird circulation desk or delivered to faculty offices. All summer Reserve items, including those normally held at the Carnegie Library service desk, will be available at Bird Library.

Librarians with offices in Carnegie Library will be available by appointment and can be contacted by phone or email. See the Staff Directory for contact information.

For additional information, please contact Melinda Dermody, Head of Access and Resource Sharing, at 443-5332 or