Two SU Press authors among finalists for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize

man-booker-sliderFinalists for the Man Booker International Prize were announced recently and two Syracuse University Press authors are under consideration. Ibrahim al-Koni, author of A Sleepless Eye (2014) and Hoda Barakat, author of Disciples of Passion (2005) are among the 10 finalists.

The announcement can be located here:

The Man Booker International Prize recognizes one writer for his or her achievement in fiction. The prize, worth £60,000, is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language. The winner is chosen solely at the discretion of the judging panel and there are no submissions from publishers. The International Prize is significantly different from the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction. In seeking out literary excellence, the judges consider a writer’s body of work rather than a single novel.

For over 70 years, Syracuse University Press has been committed to serving scholars and scholarship, promoting diverse cultural and intellectual expression, and preserving the history, literature, and culture of our region. The Press publishes rigorously edited, beautifully designed, and critically acclaimed books in specialized areas, including Irish studies, Judaica, Middle East studies, Native American studies, New York State, and Peace studies.

Student Philanthropy Council and the Libraries launch the “Bird Plug-In” project

Bird Library 1st First Floor New Interior Furnishings with StudentsThe Student Philanthropy Council and Syracuse University Libraries have joined forces to launch the “Bird Library Plug-In” project on ‘CuseFunder—crowdfunding for great SU causes. The project will address the #1 student complaint about Bird Library—the need for more power outlets.

“Bird Library Plug-In” will began on March 23 as part of the kick-off to Philanthropy Week 2015 and is seeking to raise at least $2,500 between March 23 and April 24. A gift of as little as $20 will fund an additional outlet.

“Students spend an incredible amount of time in Bird Library and while the University has been hard at work making updates to the basement and first floor, we want to be part of the solution now and for the future,” says Ivan Robles ’15, a finance, accounting, and policy studies major and chairperson for the Student Philanthropy Council.

Broad support is needed to make the outlets project a reality. Be part of the “Bird Plug-In,” and help students make Bird even more “plug-in” friendly.

Every gift counts! Visit ‘CuseFunder to make a donation.

SURFACE repository surpasses one million downloads

SURFACE wheelIn December 2014, Syracuse University Libraries’ SURFACE repository surpassed its one-millionth download, just four years after its launch in October 2010. Items downloaded on that historic day spanned the disciplines and represented ten SU schools and colleges, University Archives, Syracuse University Libraries, the Slutzker Center, and Syracuse University Administration.

SURFACE is a full-text, multi-media online database that provides global, open access to the work of Syracuse University faculty and researchers. Among a number of benefits, SURFACE increases the visibility of authors’ works, maximizes the impact of research conducted at Syracuse University, and facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration. SURFACE is one of over 2,700 open access repositories worldwide.

In an average month, researchers from over 150 countries download materials from SURFACE. Almost half of visits to the repository come from outside of the U.S. The 11,000 plus items in SURFACE have been downloaded more than 450,000 times in the past year alone, a testament to the usefulness and impact of this open access repository.

Isidor Wallimann, a visiting professor at the Maxwell School, is co-author of Genocide and the Modern Age, one of the items downloaded on the day of the millionth download. An expert on social policy, Wallimann has embraced the use of SURFACE to disseminate his work to “areas of the world that have little access to physical books.” He says,

“SURFACE is a great program and I am very thankful for it, since it allows the entire world to partake of knowledge irrespective (almost) of income or wealth.  A real contribution to democratization and treating knowledge and education as a public good.”

Senior Professional Writing Instructor Jonna Gilfus’ dissertation, Political Emotions: Toward a Fresh Perspective on Collective Emotion in Composition Work, was also among the one-millionth group. In explaining her decision to use SURFACE, Gilfus says,

“I really wanted to make my work accessible to anyone who might find it interesting. When I am notified about the number of readers who have downloaded my work, I’m glad to know that it is useful to others, not just sitting on a shelf (or in a microfiche drawer) collecting dust.”

SURFACE can accommodate a wide range of print and multimedia content, including articles, journals, newsletters, books and book chapters, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings, working papers, reports, presentations, reviews, audio and video. Eleven of Syracuse University’s schools and colleges are using SURFACE to disseminate their scholarly output. SURFACE is also the official online source for current SU theses and dissertations.

Members of the Syracuse University community are invited to deposit completed scholarly work, work in progress, and university-created materials into SURFACE. In addition to preserving the item and providing a permanent link to it, SURFACE content is searchable and accessible worldwide.

Interested in contributing material to SURFACE? Email the SURFACE team at for more information.

Dobrowolski and Vogel receive Libraries’ Distinguished Service Award

The Syracuse University Libraries Assembly is pleased to announce this year’s Distinguished Service Award recipients: Nicolette A. Dobrowolski, Head of Public Services and Reference Librarian for the Special Collections Research Center, and Bill Vogel, Library Technician in Access and Resource Sharing. This award recognizes service to SU Libraries and the Syracuse University community.

Nicolette’s numerous and excellent contributions to the Special Collections Research Center and her support of teaching and scholarship at Syracuse University were noted in her nomination. Nicolette carries out a wide range of responsibilities and, as one nomination stated, “…she consistently demonstrates the highest quality of service….”

Bill is described in his letters of nomination as an “exemplary employee” with “…unwavering dedication to service…” who consistently exemplifies “…care, patience and good humor.”

Recipients of this award are nominated by Libraries’ employees, and selected by an awards panel. Members of the panel for 2014 were Shannon Pritting (chair), Tasha Cooper, Patrick Midtlyng, Sophie Rondeau, and Stephen Singer.

The awards will be presented at the Syracuse University Libraries Holiday Party & Recognition Event on Friday, December 12. In addition to receiving a gift and a certificate, Nicolette and Bill’s names will be engraved on a plaque that hangs in the first floor of Bird Library.

Carnegie Library Reading Room and Computer Cluster to reopen on August 1

Construction projects this summer have displaced seating on the lower level and first floor of Bird Library. To address this issue, the Libraries are reopening the Reading Room and Computer Cluster in Carnegie Library on Friday, August 1. They will operate on a Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule until August 22. Regular hours for the fall semester begin on Sunday, August 24.