Construction Outside Bird Library

Syracuse University is doing construction outside of Bird Library’s Waverly Avenue entrance/exit beginning on July 15. Effective immediately, everyone is asked to use the University Place entrance and exit from the Einhorn Family walk. The project should be complete by the beginning of the fall 2021 semester. The Libraries’ Book Drop outside of Bird Library will be moved to the University Place side, between Bird Library and Schine Student Center, while construction is taking place. With the exception of noise and some temperature fluctuations in the building, the construction project will not impact Bird Library operations.


Libraries Announces Several Promotions

Syracuse University Libraries announces several promotions effective July 1, 2021:

  • Courtney Asztalos, Plastics and Historical Artifacts Curator, Special Collections Research Center was promoted from assistant librarian to senior assistant librarian.
  • Laura Benjamin, Access Services Librarian, Access & Resource Sharing, was promoted from assistant librarian to senior assistant librarian.
  • Giovanna Colosi, Lead Librarian for Subject Instruction and Librarian for the School of Education, Research & Scholarship, was promoted from assistant librarian to senior assistant librarian.
  • Natalie LoRusso, Reference and User Experience Librarian, Learning & Academic Engagement, was promoted from assistant librarian to senior assistant librarian. 
  • Kelly Delevan, Information Literacy Librarian, Undergraduate Education, has been granted permanent status.

“The Libraries rigorous promotion process demonstrates our librarians’ commitment to ongoing professional education and scholarly research. Even during a year disrupted by the COVID pandemic, our candidates pressed forward and submitted their portfolios for consideration. The promotions recognize each individual’s long-standing academic and research contributions,” said David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian. 

Courtney Asztalos, Plastics and Historical Artifacts Curator, Special Collections Research Center
Laura Benjamin, Access Services Librarian, Access and Resource Sharing
Giovanna Colosi, Lead Librarian for Subject Instruction and Librarian for School of Education, Research and Scholarship
Natalie LoRusso, Reference and User Experience Librarian, Learning and Academic Engagement
Kelly Delevan, Information Literacy Librarian, Undergraduate Education

Libraries Reopen to Visitors

In alignment with New York State and Syracuse University lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, Syracuse University Libraries has reopened to the public effective immediately. All visitor and capacity restrictions have been lifted in the Libraries. In accordance with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unvaccinated individuals must also continue to maintain 6 feet of distance when gathering in groups and should continue to participate in weekly surveillance testing. The use of masks is optional for vaccinated individuals but required for unvaccinated people.

Libraries’ regular summer hours are:

  • Bird Library Lower Level to 5th Floor:  Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, Noon to 8 p.m.
  • Bird Library 6th Floor:  Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Reading Room available by appointment via email at scrc@syr.edu. It will reopen regularly on July 12.
  • Carnegie Library: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • King+King Architecture Library:  Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • The Libraries will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of the holiday.

Libraries Launches Biblio Gallery Online

Syracuse University Libraries recently launched an online version of its Biblio Gallery.  The Biblio Gallery, set up on the fourth floor of Bird Library, was created in 2007 as a student exhibition and study space. S. Ann Skiold, Art Librarian has been curating the gallery since 2009 and has hosted numerous solo and group exhibits. The Biblio Gallery was created to enrich student artists’ learning experience by providing them with an opportunity to mount a professional exhibit. The online version mirrors that experience. Those interested in exhibiting can contact the curator via an exhibition submission form.

The first Biblio Gallery Online exhibition is titled “Explosions in a Shingle Factory: Trajectories Through a Fractured Landscape” and was prepared by Stephen Singer. Singer is a recent master’s in fine arts graduate from Syracuse University’s Museum Studies program and received his bachelor’s in fine arts from Purchase College.  Singer’s exhibition is a love letter to the Surrealist and Pop movements.

UPDATE: This exhibit is now available to view in person through the Fall 2021 semester in the Biblio Gallery, 4th Floor of Bird Library.


Spring 2021 Issue of Wordgathering, a Digital Open Access Journal of Work from Disabled Writers and Artists, Now Live

Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature Spring 2021 issue is now live via Wordgathering’s website. The 57th issue of this quarterly digital, open access journal is made possible by generous support from Syracuse University’s Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach  at the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI), headquartered in the College of Law, and Syracuse University Libraries. Wordgathering provides an accessible venue for featuring the work of emerging and well-known disabled writers committed to disability poetry, literature, and the arts.

This academic year marked the 30th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The team at the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach, in collaboration with College of Law IT Services AV Media Specialist, Kyle Jaymes Davis, created an accessible video production of “A Crip Reckoning: Reflections on the ADA@30,” along with an accompanying resources guide created by Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri, Administrative Assistant. The video, with American Sign Language interpretation, English captioning, and image descriptions, features a distinguished panel of disabled thought leaders and scholar-activists discussing ableism, cultural change, equity, creativity, and intersectionality in the context of the 30th anniversary of the ADA. The panel was moderated by Stephen Kuusisto, University Professor and Director of the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute. Poetry is a major theme within and happens multiple times during the video. 

Diane R. Wiener, Editor-in-Chief and Research Professor and Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach, said “There is a pragmatic magic for me in having the opportunity to underscore that this issue marks 15 years since Wordgathering opened its accessible, digital doors into the world. This is a world that has become increasingly digital and virtual, but not nearly as accessible as many of us would prefer and, in fact, demand. I am moved by and grateful for the abiding ethics, good humor, vast generosity of spirit, and boundless kindness of our editorial team’s members, as each of us does (and has been doing) our best to live, create, love, and work deeply in the non-idealized ‘new world-in-the-making,’ a year since COVID-19. I remain deeply grateful for ongoing and outstanding collaborative support from my esteemed colleagues at Syracuse University—Kate Deibel, Patrick Williams, and Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri.”

About the Burton Blatt Institute:

The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) headquartered in the College of Law at Syracuse University reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, former dean of SU’s School of Education and a pioneering disability rights scholar, to better the lives of people with disabilities. BBI has offices in Syracuse, NY, New York City, Washington, D.C., Lexington, Kentucky, and Atlanta, GA.

About the BBI Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach:

The Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach creates and advances interdisciplinary, intersectional educational programs, research, and pedagogy focused on disability justice, identities, cultures, and studies. The office also engages with a wide array of University constituents to interface, network, and collaborate with local, regional, national, and global partners, and pursue development and advancement opportunities that underscore, celebrate, and enhance the rich and nuanced experiences of disabled people. Disabled students, faculty, staff, and alumni—including the significant experience and contributions of veterans—is at the heart of this initiative. 

Image by Chanika Svetvilas titled “What I have learned (Psychiatric Nursing)”


Libraries Now Offering Contactless Pickup Via Lockers

Syracuse University Libraries is now offering another option for contactless pickup via newly installed automatic lockers.  Anyone with a valid SU or SUNY-ESF ID can borrow items and indicate whether they want to use the contactless Bird Library Locker pickup option. The new lockers are located immediately inside the Waverly Street entrance.  Other options for retrieval of physical items include:

  • Bird Library Check Out Desk
  • Carnegie Library Check Out Desk
  • King+King Architecture Library Check Out Desk
  • UPS Delivery to off-campus locations

Users borrowing an item will be directed to the Libraries’ ‘Interlibrary Loan, Request & Hold, Scans’ page once they select ‘Request this item.’ From there, users can select ‘Bird Library Lockers’ from the dropdown options. Once the request has been submitted, users will receive an email that indicates the item is being processed. When the item is ready for pickup, users will receive a follow up email indicating that the item is available for contactless pickup at the Bird Library Lockers and will be held for 3 days. To retrieve items from the locker, users will enter the access code in the email, scan the QR code in the email, or download and use an application. If items are not after 3 days but are still needed, contact circhelp@syr.edu or 315-443-5727.


Libraries and American Chemical Society Sign Innovative ‘Read and Publish’ Open Access Agreement

Syracuse University Libraries and the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) recently signed an innovative ‘read and publish’ open access agreement that will expand the reach of Syracuse University researchers’ scientific contributions. Open access provides students, faculty, and researchers with scholarly work that is published, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions for further use. Under this transformative ‘read and publish’ agreement, Syracuse University has negotiated with ACS to publish University-affiliated researchers’ scholarly work as open access.

All of ACS’ more than 75 journals accept open access articles, and twelve of its journals are ‘pure gold’ open access. In 2020, SU authors published 23 articles with ACS. Under this new agreement, SU Libraries’ users will continue to benefit from complete access to ACS journals and Chemical and Engineering News.  In addition, the Libraries will coordinate with SU researchers/authors to confirm the individual would like to make their article open access at no cost to the author.

“Open access publishing is expanding rapidly, and the Syracuse University Libraries are committed to finding ways to facilitate greater access to University authored research to expand its reach and impact. This “read and publish” agreement with ACS is the first of its kind at Syracuse and will be instrumental as the Libraries continue to develop systems that provide greater global access to research while simultaneously investigating ways to make open publishing easier for Syracuse authors.  The Libraries have long subscribed to ACS content so the campus community could read that valuable literature. Now we are enabling SU authors to more readily openly publish their scholarship there too. Furthermore, our University faculty and students have a longstanding history of active, deep, and committed involvement with the ACS, making this a mutually beneficial relationship for all concerned,” said Scott Warren, Associate Dean of Research Excellence at Syracuse University Libraries.

“This agreement is an innovative way for Syracuse University to expand open access while continuing to serve the needs of its researchers and students,” says Steve Hansen, director of sales for the Americas, ACS Publications. “As one of the first US based institutions to embark upon a program like this, Syracuse University has shown impressive leadership.”

“Articles in ACS journals are already being read by researchers at many thousands of institutions around the world. Publishing open access gives an opportunity to expand the reach of a research article and its impact in the scientific community,” says James Milne, Ph.D., president, ACS Publications Division. “I am glad to be taking this step with Syracuse University, for the benefit of their researchers and the global chemistry community.”


Libraries Announce 2021 Student Employee Awards

Syracuse University Libraries recognized their student employees with a virtual celebration on April 22. Annually, the Libraries employs over 150 students, both customer-facing and behind the-scenes, who help keep the Libraries running. Each year supervisors are asked to nominate student employees who have demonstrated dedicated service over time and significant contributions which have made a lasting impact on the Libraries. The Libraries recognize these students through the generous support of Kathy and Stanley Walters, Andrew Strait and friends, and other donors. This year’s award recipients and their respective Libraries departments are:

Kathy and Stanley Walters Student Scholarship Fund

  • Ian Coe 21 (University College), Access & Resource Sharing & Sound Beat
  • Brienna Flewelling ’21 (College of Visual & Performing Arts), Access & Resource Sharing, Carnegie Library
  • Yasmeen Jones ’21 (Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs), Access & Resource Sharing, Preservation
  • Brittney Austin Waters ’21(School of Information Studies), Information Literacy Scholar

Patricia Kutner Strait Student Scholarship

  • Oliver Mack, Jr. ’21 (Whitman School of Management), Access & Resource Sharing, Preservation
  • Maximilian Orgeron ’21 (Newhouse School of Public Communication), Access & Resource Sharing
  • Lucy Wagner ’21 (College of Visual & Performing Arts), Access & Resource Sharing, Preservation
  • Kobi Wiseman ’21 (School of Information Studies), Access & Resource Sharing

SU Libraries Dean’s Fund

  • Omolara Akinfemiwa ’21 (College of Arts & Sciences), Security and Facilities
  • Natalie Edelstein ’21 (College of Engineering & Computer Science), Security and Facilities
  • Gabrielle Frazier ’21 (College of Arts & Sciences), Security and Facilities

Student Honorable Mentions:

  • Justina Agyei-Mensah ’21 (College of Arts & Sciences), Security and Facilities
  • Kwaku Agyemang ’21 (College of Arts & Sciences), Security and Facilities
  • Samson Lin ’21 (College of Arts & Sciences), Security and Facilities

“We value all our library students and benefit from their enthusiasm and expertise every day. As Dean of Libraries and University Librarian I am very clear on how important our student employees are. Many work for us throughout their undergraduate and graduate careers at SU and they all are part of the SU Libraries family. From Bird and Carnegie to the King+King Architecture Libraries, our student employees contribute to the safety of our spaces, the quality and repair of our collections, and to our ability to provide a high level of service at our desks (real and virtual),” said David Seaman, University Librarian and Dean of SU Libraries.

The University also recognizes a Student Employee Supervisor of the Year, and this year Eric Nemier, a Department of Public Safety Officer in Bird Library, has been selected by colleagues and student employees for connecting and mentoring his student employees.


Lorenza D’Angelo Recipient of 2021 Mary Hatch Marshall Essay Award

Lorenza D’Angelo, a graduate student from the Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), was selected as the 2021 winner of the prestigious Mary Hatch Marshall Essay Award for her piece titled “Emotional Experience and the Senses.” A&S and the Syracuse University Library Associates will host a virtual award event and author reading on May 5, 2021 at noon. Anyone interested in attending can register by emailing libevent@syr.edu by May 4 at noon.

D’Angelo, this year’s recipient, will receive a $1000 prize. She is writing her Ph.D. thesis in Philosophy under the supervision of Professor Ben Bradley, and she specializes in ethics and philosophy of mind, but she is also interested in aesthetics, environmental ethics, and action theory. She received her M.A. in French and German Philosophy from the Erasmus Mundus Program based at the University of Toulouse Le Mirail, France, and she received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy.  

Her essay was selected from those submitted by A&S graduate students currently enrolled in African American studies; English; art and music histories; languages, literatures and linguistics; philosophy; religion; writing studies, rhetoric, and composition; and women’s and gender studies.

Professor Mary Hatch Marshall was a founding member of the Library Associates and holds a distinguished place in the College’s history. In 1952, she became the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of English Literature —the first woman to be appointed a full professor in the College— after having joined the faculty four years earlier. Library Associates established the annual Mary Hatch Marshall Award to honor and help perpetuate her scholarly standards and the generous spirit that characterized her inspirational teaching career, which lasted through her retirement in 1993. 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.

Library Associates are a group of SU Libraries supporters who help to raise funds for the Libraries’ special collections, rare books, and manuscripts. Those wishing to make a gift to the Mary Hatch Marshall Award Endowment in remembrance of or in honor of Mary Hatch Marshall, can contact Ron Thiele, assistant dean for advancement for the Libraries, at rlthiele@syr.edu or 315.560.9419.


2021 Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation Lecture to Feature Digital Archivist Monique Lassere

Monique Lassere, Digital Archivist at Houghton Library, Harvard University, will present at Syracuse University Libraries’ annual Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation. Lassere’s virtual lecture, titled Translating Bits: Maintaining (Born-)Digital Heritage, will be held via Zoom on Monday, May 3 from 1:00-2:00 pm EST. The lecture will discuss born-digital preservation, a nascent but growing area of work in academic and cultural heritage institutions. Lassere will interrogate how born-digital materials and the surrogate materials that constitutes born-digital objects require a reframing of physicality to understand and initiate proper methods for long-term stewardship. This includes strategies such as information maintenance, file format migration, and emulation. All are welcome to attend the public lecture with advance registration at https://syracuseuniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UsXpI6HSTKKOy8lxBAY4Aw.

The annual Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation is endowed through a generous gift by William J. ’65, G’ 68 and Joan Brodsky ’67, G’68 of Chicago. Beginning in 2004, the endowment has been used to sponsor programs that promote and advance knowledge of library conservation theory, practice, and application among wide audiences, both on campus and in the region. Programs typically include lectures and workshops by prominent library conservators.

In her role as Digital Archivist at Houghton Library, Harvard University’s rare books, manuscripts, and literary and performing arts archive, Monique Lassere stewards born-digital archival materials within the Manuscript Section. Her research interests include issues in software preservation, born-digital archives, and information maintenance. Prior to joining Harvard, Monique worked for the University Libraries at the University of Arizona, where she oversaw development of the Libraries’ digital preservation strategy and program, and a digital preservation startup company called Digital Bedrock, researching file formats and software obsolescence.

To request accommodations please contact Julia Chambers jschambe@syr.edu by April 26.