Libraries Licenses New York Times and Wall Street Journal

Syracuse University Libraries has recently added two important online subscriptions: the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Access is available to all Syracuse University students, faculty and staff with a valid Syracuse University NetID and @syr.edu email address from which they can establish an online account. Instructions and additional information are provided on the New York Times guide and the Wall Street Journal guide.  

The New York Times logo

More about the New York Times:

Access to the New York Times includes all content posted on the website, including breaking news, multimedia, opinion, blogs, videos, podcasts, and more. With Syracuse University Libraries’ group subscription, members of the campus community can enjoy unlimited access to industry-leading journalism (excluding crossword puzzles). Patrons can also subscribe to one or more of the New York Times fifty newsletters, such as “The Best of The Times”, “Morning Briefing”, or “Smarter Living”. Patrons can explore the Times’ award-winning documentaries and podcasts, including “The Daily”, the most downloaded podcast of 2018. There are also virtual and augmented reality features and access to searchable Historical Archives dating back to 1851. As part of the iOS app, patrons can choose from 42 channels to follow. Closed captioning, increased font sizes, and other features for vision, hearing, and mobility impairments are available. Users can save an article to read later, read it again, or share with a friend. Multilingual NYTimes.com is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

There is also a New York Times in Education site designed for educators that provides information about resources available to account holders by area of study, including: government, arts and visual culture, biology, business, campaigns and elections, criminal justice, environmental science, international relations, leadership, macro and micro economics, nursing and health, psychology, religion, sociology, and writing and English.

Wall Street Journal logo

More about the Wall Street Journal:

The Wall Street Journal Digital Edition provides access to digital content from the past four years to present, and print content for 90 days, with digital e-reader access for 7 days. It includes access to exclusive events, offers and complimentary e-books, curated newsletters including “The 10 Point”, and podcasts and discussions with editors and influencers.

There is also an Education.wsj.com site designed for educators about resources available including access to articles and other materials for online use by content topic, lesson plans, critical thinking resources, and a seminar series.


2020 SCRC Faculty Fellows Program Deadline Extended

The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries (SCRC) has extended the proposal deadline to April 17, 2020 at 5 p.m. for two faculty fellows who would like to provide students with an opportunity to handle, analyze, and interpret SCRC’s primary source materials in their classes.

The SCRC Faculty Fellows Program supports innovative curriculum development and fosters new ideas about how to transform the role of special collections in university instruction. Each fellow selected will receive a $5,000 payment, hands-on introduction to the collections, and ongoing classroom support throughout the semester. Proposal applications for the development or revision of a 3-credit course to be taught in the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semester from any discipline on campus are currently being accepted.


Temporary Access to ProQuest E-Books and Other E-Resources

Syracuse University Libraries continue to be dedicated to supporting the research, teaching, and creative activities of our SU user community as we transition to online learning. In addition to the services outlined on our website, we are acquiring temporary access to several new and/or expanded licensed e-resources.

We have acquired temporary access to more than 150,000 e-book titles in ProQuest Academic Complete, hosted on the ProQuest E-book Central platform. Titles are discoverable by searching in the ProQuest platform, and are set up for unlimited user access. Books can be read within your web browser or downloaded to Adobe Digital Editions using the link within the ProQuest E-book Central platform.

Effective March 19, new or expanded temporary access to e-resource collections includes:

Additional temporary resources will continue to be added and will be listed on the research guide for Free or Expanded Online Resources.

For more information about how the Libraries develop collections, please contact Anne Rauh, Head of Collections and Research Services, at aerauh@syr.edu.


Coronavirus Update from Libraries

UPDATED MARCH 20, 2020

Effective today, Libraries staff will have restricted access to the Libraries’ buildings and physical collections.  This means:

  • All overdue items will be automatically renewed, and late fines will be suspended.  Items will be due in the Fall 2020.
  • Any requests for scans of printed materials must be made by Saturday, March 21 at noon, with every effort made to accommodate those requests.  Complete the form on ILLiad.syr.ed.
  • Any requests to borrow items from the physical collections must be made by Saturday, March 21 at noon, with every effort made to accommodate those requests. Email circhelp@syr.edu with the call number of the item and your SU ID number. You must be available to pick the item up from the Waverly entrance of Bird Library between 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 or Sunday, March 22.

The Libraries continues to work to obtain access to electronic materials. We are also available remotely for reference and research questions. Visit
https://library.syr.edu/coronavirus.php for more information.


Children’s Book Drive to Benefit SUNY Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

UPDATE 3/17/20: BOOK DRIVE POSTPONED

In honor of National Orange Day on March 24 and National Libraries Week beginning April 20, Syracuse University Libraries and the School of Information Studies will be hosting a new children’s book drive to benefit SUNY Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Family Resource Center. A collection box will be available in Bird Library and Hinds Hall for all employees, faculty, staff, students and community members to donate new books for children, young readers and teens from March 24 through April 22.

In appreciation for donations received, patrons with overdue circulation fines can reduce their fines by $5 for each new children’s book donated. Patrons interested in fine reduction should bring their book donation to the Check Out desk in Bird Library. Fine reductions exclude interlibrary loan and lost book fees.


Two New Librarians Join SU

Syracuse University Libraries recently appointed two new librarians: Winn Wasson joined as social science librarian, reporting to Anne Rauh, and Chelsea Hoover joined the Libraries as catalog librarian reporting to Robert Cleary.

Winn Wasson joined the Department of Research and Scholarship as a liaison librarian for the Maxwell School of Public Citizenship, as well as some social science departments in the College of Arts & Sciences. As a member of the instruction team, he will work closely with the Information Literacy Program to provide instruction to undergraduate students. Winn was most recently social science librarian at New College of Florida and University of South Florida- Sarasota-Manatee. Winn obtained his master’s in Library and Information Sciences from theUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also has a master’s in International Relations from University of Chicago and a bachelor’s in Government and Citation in German from Harvard University.

As a catalog librarian for primarily music materials, Chelsea Hoover will be responsible for preparing bibliographic records to represent items acquired by the Libraries and to provide efficient access and retrieval for catalog users.  Prior to joining SU, Chelsea was a music and media cataloging assistant at the University of Arkansas. She obtained her master’s in Music Librarianship from Indiana University. She also holds a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in horn performance from University of Georgia.

Winn Wasson, social sciences librarian
Chelsea Hoover, catalog librarian
Chelsea Hoover, catalog librarian

Jeff Rich ’67 Contributes to LaunchPad Innovation Fund

Jeffrey Rich ’67, partner at Rich Michaelson Magaliff, LLP and SU Libraries Advisory Board Member, has made a multi-year pledge of $25,000 per year for five years to the Syracuse University Libraries’. The total pledge of $125,000, beginning in spring 2020, will go toward student grants to pursue business startup ventures via the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars, helping students move ideas from concept through research and discovery to proof and commercialization.

“I wanted to contribute in a way that directly supports student new ventures and removes any obstacles to startup development,” said Jeffrey Rich. Students interested in applying for grant funding to progress their business ventures can email e-mail LaunchPad@syr.edu.Grants up to $5,000 will be reviewed monthly after students complete a Request for Funding application. Grants can be used for prototypes, research, patent applications, incorporation, marketing or legal counsel, or other tangible out-of-pocket expenses.

“This is a significant funding opportunity to grow entrepreneurship and innovation broadly across campus,” said David Seaman, University Librarian and Dean of the Syracuse University Libraries. “In fact, I believe this is the first campus-wide, non-equity, funding opportunity available to all students at Syracuse. These grants remove the barriers to growth for student ventures, while allowing students to maintain complete ownership of their business.”

Jeffrey Rich ’67 graduated from the Maxwell School and obtained his JD from New York University School of Law in 1970. He specializes in commercial law and financial restructuring at the firm Rich Michaelson Magaliff LLP. In addition to being active in various legal and charitable organizations, he is an active mentor with the LaunchPad and was recently appointed to represent the Libraries on the University’s National Campaign Council.

The LaunchPad will coordinate the program on behalf of SU Libraries.  An online application will include requirements for students to specify a detailed project over a clear timeframe with identified outcomes that will help move their idea closer to proof of concept. All Syracuse University students in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Awards are limited to one per team per semester.

There are several opportunities to support innovation at Syracuse University through SU Libraries. To learn more, please contact:  Ronald Thiele, Assistant Dean for Advancement, SU Libraries, T 315.443.2537   M 315.560.9419. rlthiele@syr.edu.


Libraries Celebrate Women’s History Month in March

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, Syracuse University Libraries has curated a poster display in Carnegie Library’s Diana entryway from March 2 through 31. The exhibit features eight women innovators in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. All eight posters are illustrated by women artists and were provided courtesy of Nevertheless.

The Libraries has also curated a book display in Bird Library featuring “feminist women of color”, including books both written by or about them. From Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist to Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior, these books make up just some of the powerful literary works and voices in the Libraries’ collections. All items in the book display are available to borrow.


150th Anniversary Digital Humanities Showcase

UPDATED 3/17/20: EVENT POSTPONED

Syracuse University will present a Digital Humanities Showcase as part of its sesquicentennial celebrations on March 24 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons of Bird Library.  A cross-disciplinary and cross-campus effort, the Showcase will include brief presentations of completed projects and in-process work by students, faculty and staff in the Digital Humanities. It will be followed by discussion, demonstration and question and answer with attendees.  Featured presenters include:

  • Courtney Asztalos, Curator of Plastics and Historical Artifacts, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries, on the topic “Special Collections, 3D Technologies, and Artistic Inspiration”
  • Sarah Bolden, PhD Student, Information Science & Technology, School of Information Studies, on the topic “Platformed Precarity on Reddit”
  • Leopoldo Gonzalez-Barajas, MA in Spanish, Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, on the topic “Mapping the Shape of a Story”
  • Jordan Brady Loewen, PhD Candidate, Religion Department, on the topic of “Religion, Video Gaming, Technology, Pedagogy”
  • Melissa Patton, MLIS student, School of Information Studies, on the topic “Lit Knits: Encoding Text into Knitting Patterns”
  • Stefano Selenu, Assistant Teaching Professor of Italian Language, Literature, and Culture, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, on the topic “Digital Manuscripts and Archival Languages and Literatures”
  • Patrick Williams, Humanities Librarian, Digital & Open Scholarship Lead, Department of Research & Scholarship, Syracuse University Libraries, on the topic “Histories of Digital Humanities at SU”

“The humanities have been central to life at Syracuse University since its founding in 1870, and our sesquicentennial year is a wonderful time to reflect on the value of humanistic endeavors. In the 21st century university, the humanities have embraced digital tools and technologies for entirely new types of discovery, pedagogy, analysis, and publication, and for rich collaborations between students, faculty members, and librarians,” said David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian.


Special Collections Research Center Reflects on Sesquicentennial

UPDATED 3/17/20: EVENT POSTPONED

Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) will honor Syracuse University’s founding 150 years ago on March 24, also known as National Orange Day, with special exhibition tours and a pop-up exhibit.  Visitors of Bird Library on March 24 can experience five different University history exhibitions:

  1. 150 Years of Syracuse University in Maps on the 3rd floor,
  2. 150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University on the 6th floor,
  3. A Legacy of Leadership: The Chancellors and Presidents of Syracuse University on the 1st floor,
  4. Milestone of the Syracuse University Libraries on the 1st floor, and
  5. Student Life at Syracuse University pop-up exhibit on the 6th floor.

University Archivist and curator Meg Mason will offer tours of the exhibition 150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University on the morning of March 24. Featuring a wide selection of photographs, printed materials, textiles, and other memorabilia, this exhibition presents the numerous traditions of Syracuse University and shows the University’s roots in the past and how some of the heritage has been passed forward. Tours are scheduled for 10:00 am and 11:00 am in the SCRC gallery space on the 6th floor of Bird Library. Reserve your place in a tour by contacting Julia Chambers (jschambe@syr.edu) by March 18.

SCRC staff will also present a pop-up exhibition, Student Life at Syracuse University over 150 Years, in Room 606 (Hillyer Room) Bird Library from 1 to 4 pm on March 24. Visitors will have an opportunity to see additional historical materials from the University Archives, including photographs, maps, memorabilia, and the papers of past SU students. Those interested in old photos and maps of campus, curious about where students lived when the campus did not yet have dorms, or the classwork and student extracurricular activities from the past should attend this pop-up exhibition for glimpses into student life over Syracuse University’s history. 

In addition to the five exhibits at Bird Library, the Libraries will also provide:

  • A display of the Milestones of the Syracuse University Libraries in Carnegie Library’s Diana entryway display case from March 16 through commencement weekend.
  • Five episodes highlighting Syracuse University’s 150th anniversary in Sound Beat, the Libraries’ 90-second daily radio program based on recordings from SCRC’s Belfer Audio Archive.  The episodes, scheduled to air in March, will focus on the school colors, the block S logo, campus songs and singing, the number 44, and student traditions. Sound Beat is carried by commercial stations in major markets, community-supported stations in small communities, and reader services that provide news and entertainment to the elderly and visually impaired.