Library launches SUrface repository

orange.jpgSyracuse University Library announces the launch of SUrface, a full-text, multi-media online database that provides open access to the extensive and diverse array of scholarly, professional, scientific, and creative output produced at Syracuse University. At the same time, SUrface increases the visibility of authors’ works; maximizes research impact; facilitates interdisciplinary research; and provides local, regional, and global communities with immediate and permanent access.

A launch party will be held Monday, October 18, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons of Bird Library. Cake and light refreshments will be served. All faculty and graduate students are invited to attend.

Special workshops will take place in room 046 of Bird Library to introduce SUrface to those interested in depositing their work. Hours are:

  • Tuesday, October 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 20 from 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Thursday, October 21 from 3:30 – 5:30

Many SU faculty members have already contributed content, including Physics professor Eric Schiff, who says, “I personally believe in this endeavor, and for the last decade I’ve maintained a publicly accessible archive of the papers I’ve co-authored on a university server. SUrface is the next phase of this activity for Syracuse authors, and I intend to encourage this activity and to participate in it.”

Why join SUrface?

  • Increase your visibility
  • Showcase your work in multiple formats
  • Learn what colleagues are doing
  • Engage with the local and global community
  • Preserve your electronic research

Making accessible the knowledge, creativity, research, and innovation of Syracuse University is the very essence of “scholarship in action” and helps facilitate the crucial mission of the university as a public good.

About SUrface

Beginning in December 2009, a team of librarians, staff, and students from the Syracuse University Library, the H. Douglas Barclay Law Library, the University Archives, Syracuse University Press, and the iSchool, with advice and consultation from University faculty, collaboratively planned and implemented SUrface, the Syracuse University Research Facility And Collaborative Environment. Their efforts are now reaching fruition, with over 1,000 Syracuse University documents now housed in SUrface.

For more information, contact Charlotte Hess, Associate Dean for Research, Collections, and Scholarly Communication at 443-5528 or

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