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The Soul of Central New York: book talk and signing on February 24 with author Sean Kirst

February 3rd, 2017 by Pamela McLaughlin

kirst-author-photoLocal author Sean Kirst will discuss his new book, The Soul of Central New York: Syracuse Stories at an event on Friday, February 24 from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Room 114) of Bird Library. Co-hosted by Syracuse University Libraries, Syracuse University Press, and the Blackstone LaunchPad, the event will feature remarks by the author, a reception, and book signing.

In his newest book, published by Syracuse University Press, nationally-celebrated columnist Sean Kirst offers a deeply moving collection of stories about the struggles and triumphs of the everyday men and women who define Syracuse. A group of strangers risk their lives along the New York State Thruway to save a soldier from a burning truck. The true story of how the number 44 rose to prominence at Syracuse University, as told by football legend Jim Brown. The beautiful yet tragic connection between Vice President Joseph Biden and Syracuse. The impossible account of how Eric Carle, one of the world’s great children’s authors, found his way to a childhood friend through a photograph taken in Syracuse more than eighty years ago.

These and other stories can be found in The Soul of Central New York, a collection of Kirst’s columns that spans almost a quarter-century. During his long career as a writer for the Syracuse Post-Standard, Kirst won some of the most prestigious honors in journalism, including the Ernie Pyle Award, given annually to one American writer who best captures the hopes and dreams of everyday Americans.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, contact Linda Dickerson Hartsock at

New resources added to Libraries’ collections

January 31st, 2017 by Julie Sharkey

New resources offered by the Libraries include:

Birkhauser Building Types Database provides access to works on architecture design, including articles, building plans, and photos.

Disability in the Modern World: History of a Social Movement provides a visual and textual history of disability in culture. Features video and pages of primary sources, including letters, documents, news stories, government and institutional documents, oral histories, interviews, documentaries and related archival materials.

Early European Books, from ProQuest, provides the most comprehensive digitized collection of rare books and incunabula available. It includes a wide survey of the print output of Europe from 1450-1700, providing access to more than 45,000 titles. ProQuest is building Early European Books in partnership with major European libraries, including the National Library of France, the National Library of Florence, the National Library of the Netherlands, the Wellcome Library, London, and the Royal Library, Denmark.

NK News Pro is a research platform focusing on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). Includes proprietary and open source information on DPRK companies and trade, a DPRK experts list, economic indicators, import/export data and ship movements, leadership biographies, long form research analysis, and archives of KCNR (“Korean Central News Agency”) television news. Aggregates hundreds of news, think-tank, blog, and academic sources known for reliable DPRK coverage.

PrivCo provides access to business and financial information about private companies. Search for private companies, private market investors, venture capital funding deals, private mergers and acquisitions, and private equity deals. Includes a knowledge bank of terms and concepts related to the private market.

Spatial Hazard Events and Losses Database for the United States (SHELDUS) is a data set providing county-level information about natural hazard events from 1960 to present, compiled by the Hazards & Vulnerability and Research Institute at the University of South Carolina.

For additional information on accessing these resources, please use the Ask Us! page or contact your subject librarian. To suggest a new resource to the Libraries, use the Suggest a Title form.

Special Collections Research Center plays central role in University’s new graphic identity

January 31st, 2017 by Pamela McLaughlin

goudy-sherman_1The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries is pleased to announce that Syracuse University’s new branding utilizes a Goudy-inspired typeface derived from original materials in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC).

William La Moy, curator of rare books and manuscripts in the SCRC, has spent the last several years researching the deep relationship between Syracuse University and revered American printer and designer Frederic Goudy. La Moy’s research revealed an important piece of University history and, ultimately, led to a distinctive new typeface to represent the University.

In 1934, Syracuse University School of Journalism Dean M. Lyle Spencer knew of Goudy’s importance and thought it would be a good idea for the new journalism program to form an association with an important American type designer. Spencer approached Goudy, who lived in the Hudson Valley, and he became interested in the fledgling program. Along with being asked to join the faculty and become a consultant, Goudy was awarded a medal for typographic excellence by the journalism school and given an honorary degree.

Recently, as the University looked to enhance its brand identity, in collaboration with New York City design firm Pentagram, designers exploring the University’s history visited the Special Collections Research Center to view Goudy’s Sherman typeface. The typeface was gifted to the University by Goudy’s niece and is largely unknown, having been used only in a few private press publications in the 1910s. The metal type has been housed in and safeguarded by SU Libraries for decades. “It is not only beautiful, but it has the lightness, the serviceability, and the range to serve a broad spectrum of publishing needs,” explains La Moy.

“Typography plays such a central role in branded communications,” says Rob Rayfield, executive director of digital and creative services in the University’s Office of Marketing and Communications. “Its effect and the impression it carries requires careful consideration when identifying a font to align with an institution’s identity. Sherman seemed to be patiently waiting in our archives to emerge and fill the role it’s so perfectly suited for at Syracuse University.”

“The Special Collections Research Center is delighted to contribute to Syracuse University’s new visual identity,” says senior director Lucy Mulroney. “The use of unique historical collections for the creation of a distinctive new typeface for the University speaks to our mission to support scholarship, creativity, and entrepreneurial endeavors.”

Chief Curator Andrew Saluti is currently developing an exhibition with La Moy that will highlight the University’s history with Goudy, his impact on typography, and his legacy as embodied in the University’s new typeface. The exhibition is planned to open in fall 2017 in the Special Collections Research Center in Bird Library.

Syracuse University, in partnership with Pentagram and production company DressCode, created a brief documentary video on the creation of the new typeface. “Goudy and Syracuse: The Tale of a Typeface Found” features La Moy, Michael Bierut of Pentagram, and type designer Chester Jenkins of Brooklyn, co-founder of Village Type.

Syracuse University has also issued a news story about the discovery, Hidden Treasure in Special Collections Embodies Syracuse University Spirit, written by Kathleen Haley.

East India Company trial

January 30th, 2017 by Pamela McLaughlin

east-india-houseTrial access to East India Company is currently available.

This database contains digitized records from the British Library pertaining to the company’s founding and demise, 1595 – 1947. A full description of the contents is available from the publisher, Adam Matthew.

To access the database, point your browser to:

Faculty, staff, and student feedback is an important part of our evaluation process and we welcome your comments. Please send them to Janet Pease at

Trial access is available through February 23, 2017.

Please note: Limited, on-campus-only access to this resource is provided by the vendor for the purpose of evaluating its usefulness and potential value to the SU community. PDF downloads are not available during this trial. 

Please see the SU Libraries policy on access to licensed resources.

Libraries offer reading list on Refugees

January 30th, 2017 by Pamela McLaughlin

index-aspxSyracuse University Libraries political science librarian, Michael Pasqualoni, has compiled the resource guide, Refugees: a Reading List. The guide highlights 55 recently published book titles on “refugees” from Libraries collections, mostly nonfiction and scholarly, but also a few fictional treatments. Titles have been published from 2015 to the present.

For more information, contact Michael at