Juan Denzer Appointed Engineering and Computer Science Librarian

Juan Denzer joined Syracuse University Libraries as its new engineering and computer science librarian on June 29, 2020. In this role, Juan is a member of the Libraries’ instruction team in the Department of Research and Scholarship. Juan holds a Master of Library and Information Science from State University of New York at Buffalo and a bachelor’s in computer science from Binghamton University. Prior to joining the Libraries, Juan worked as a faculty services mentor and discovery services librarian at SUNY Oswego. He also worked as a systems administrator, senior programmer/analyst, and library systems specialist at Binghamton University. He has published and presented on topics around makerspace, digital humanities, and open source applications, among other topics. His newest book, which was cowritten with S. Ginsberg titled Terrific makerspace projects : a practical guide for librarians, is scheduled for release this month.

Todd B. Rubin ’04 (School of Architecture) Supports Innovation, Diversity, and Inclusion through Gift to LaunchPad

Todd B. Rubin ’04 (School of Architecture), Minister of Evolution and President of The Republic of Tea, is making an impactful gift to Syracuse University to support innovation, diversity, and inclusion through a multi-year commitment to the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries (LaunchPad).  Personal gifts, along with a gift through his family’s Foundation, will support 18 student entrepreneurs this coming academic year.

There are three components to the gifts:

  • A personal gift to support eleven student entrepreneurs (Orange Ambassadors) with special financial needs to help facilitate continued access to a Syracuse education, particularly in light of the economic challenges and hardships many families are facing in the current pandemic;
  • A five-year personal commitment to support two student entrepreneurs annually from diverse backgrounds (Todd B. Rubin Diversity and Inclusion Scholars). They will work with the LaunchPad to broaden diversity and inclusion outreach and programming, expand participation in entrepreneurship by underrepresented groups, and support the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion;
  • A year-two commitment from The Rubin Family Foundation to fund five peer student entrepreneurs (Rubin Family Innovation Mentors) through the 2020-2021 academic year who will provide coaching to other student startups.

Applications are now open for Orange Ambassadors for the 2020-2021 academic year.  These will include student stipends for undergraduate students from any academic major with special financial needs, and they will help with LaunchPad outreach and programming for the coming year.  Students interested in these stipends should apply here on Handshake and submit a resume and cover letter explaining their financial need. 

Applications are also now open for Todd B. Rubin Diversity and Inclusion Scholars for the 2020-2021 academic year.  These will include student stipends for graduate or undergraduate students from any academic major to work with the LaunchPad on initiatives related to diversity, inclusion, and social justice.  Students interested in these positions should apply here on Handshake and submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest and expertise in this topic. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through July, with selections announced before August 1.  Students applying should be members of the LaunchPad and can become a member online

“I am pleased to provide these student opportunities to address equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as to help entrepreneurial students offset financial needs in light of unprecedented national challenges,” said Rubin.  “The recent economic downturn has affected many families.  Some families have seen their jobs disappear or have been furloughed.  Many students have lost summer employment opportunities that they rely on to help pay for their education.  Student debt is an increasing burden.  At the same time, public conversations across the country have raised important issues around equity and access.  As an alumnus, I was very interested in helping address these issues, while supporting Syracuse University and entrepreneurial students engaged in the LaunchPad at SU Libraries. It is my hope that more Syracuse University students, from varied backgrounds and needs, will have access through these opportunities to the incredible resources at the LaunchPad to help them grow as innovators.”

“It has been wonderful to work with Todd and to see his enthusiasm for our students and their success.  The Libraries is so grateful to Todd for his continued support for Syracuse University’s innovation hub and for encouraging diversity and inclusion,” said David Seaman, Dean of Syracuse University Libraries and University Librarian.  “The LaunchPad is an incubation environment for students from 116 countries around the world to grow and flourish. It provides experiential opportunities for students to interact with a variety of people from different backgrounds, with different interests, from all the academic disciplines across campus. This type of learning significantly compliments what they learn in a classroom, helping them understand how to become thoughtful and engaged citizens and change-makers.”

“We are proud that the LaunchPad reflects the rich diversity of the global world,” said Linda Dickerson Hartsock, executive director.  “The LaunchPad promotes perspectives and solutions from our members who represent different national origins, languages, races, colors, disabilities, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and family structures.  Our core values are based on transcending differences, finding common ground, giving voice and power to all, and building a diverse and inclusive community that encourages collaboration, respect, and equity. This generous gift will enable us to expand upon that mission.”

The 2020-2021 gift from The Rubin Family Foundation, facilitated through Todd B. Rubin, will also support five students to serve as Rubin Family Innovation Mentors for the coming year.  This is the second year that The Rubin Family Foundation has supported the peer mentor program through the LaunchPad.  Applications are now open through this link to become a Rubin Family Innovation Mentor.  

Last year’s Rubin Family Innovation Mentors mentored more than 50 student teams, organized and ran Startup Weekend and Mentor Madness, prepared teams for campus, state and national competitions, and helped teams with research and discovery, team building, goal setting and achieving milestones. Along the way, Rubin Family Innovation Mentors also continued to build their own ventures, win national awards, and raise investments to take their own ideas from concept to commercialization. They will be involved in selecting this year’s Rubin Family Innovation Mentors.

Libraries Announce Several Promotions

Syracuse University Libraries announces several promotions effective July 1, 2020:

  • Brett Barrie, Assistant Catalog Librarian, Acquisitions and Cataloging, has been promoted from assistant librarian to senior assistant librarian.
  • John Stawarz, Online Learning Librarian, Learning Commons, has been promoted from assistant librarian to senior assistant librarian.
  • Nicole Westerdahl, Reference and Access Services Librarian, Special Collections Research Center, has been promoted from assistant librarian to senior assistant librarian.
  • Rachel Fox Von Swearingen, Librarian for Music and Performing Arts, Research and Scholarship, has been promoted from associate librarian to librarian, the Libraries’ highest rank.
  • Emily Hart, Science Librarian, Research and Scholarship, has been granted permanent status.
  • Brenna Helmstutler, Librarian for the School of Information Studies, Research and Scholarship, has been granted permanent status.
  • Deirdre Joyce, Head of the Digital Library Program, has been granted permanent status.

“The Libraries rigorous promotion process demonstrates our librarians’ commitment to ongoing professional education and scholarly research. A review of candidates by a group of librarian peers ensures fair and objective consideration. When the promotions are made, participants can be confident that not only does the University recognize the individual’s long-standing academic and research contributions, but their professional librarian colleagues do as well,” said David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian.  “My thanks to this year’s promotion committee for their engagement and many hours of work on this important activity: Courtney Asztalos, Plastics and Historical Artifacts Curator (chair); Robert Cleary, Department Head, Acquisitions and Cataloging; Natasha Cooper, Collection Development and Analysis Librarian; Natalie LoRusso, Reference and User Experience Librarian; and Patrick Williams, Humanities Librarian; Digital and Open Scholarship Lead.”

Deirdre Joyce
Deirdre Joyce
Brenna Helmstutler
Brenna Helmstutler
Emily Hart
Emily Hart
Rachel Fox Von Swearingen
Rachel Fox Von Swearingen
Nicole Westerdahl next to card catalog
Nicole Westerdahl
Brett Barrie
Brett Barrie
John Stawarz
John Stawarz

SU Libraries Resume Limited Access to Physical Collections

Beginning June 22, Syracuse University Libraries will resume limited access to physical collections as part of a gradual, phased reopening for members of the campus community. The Libraries will provide electronic delivery of articles scanned from print journals as well as book chapters to those with valid Syracuse University identification (SU ID). The Libraries will also begin to offer contactless pickup of circulating materials by appointment, as well as UPS delivery of materials to faculty residences.  Alumni with requests should email circhelp@syr.edu. SUNY-ESF students can use their NetID to place requests.  For any further questions, please email circhelp@syr.edu. Please note that there may be delays in processing time for these services, depending on staffing and requests.

Scanning and Electronic Delivery

Anyone with a valid SU ID can request a digital copy of journal articles or book chapters from our physical collections at Bird Library, Carnegie Library, or King+King Architecture Library. To request a digital copy of an item:

  1. Requests for scans of printed materials can be made by logging into SU Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan.
  2. On the left side of the page, select “New Request” then “Article or Book Chapter.”
  3. Complete the form then Submit Request. Note that copyright law limits how much we can copy in some circumstances.
  4. Once the item is scanned, it will be electronically delivered to you.

Contactless Pickup by Appointment; UPS Shipment Service Available to Faculty

Anyone with a valid SU ID can safely borrow items from our physical circulating collections at Bird Library, Carnegie Library, or King+King Architecture Library. Items will be available for contactless pickup by appointment. In addition, SU faculty may also request to have items from SU Libraries’ collections shipped via UPS to their residence.

To request an item:

  1. Find the item in our catalog. Once the item is identified, select “Request this item.”
  2. Complete the form then Submit Request. You will receive a confirmation email that your request is being processed.
  3. Once the item is available, you will receive another email with a link to schedule a pickup time of your choice between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For faculty only, you will also have an option to request UPS delivery of your item(s) to your residence.
  4. To pick up your item(s) at the scheduled time, upon arriving at Bird Library on the Waverly Ave. entrance side, please call 315-443-5727 to notify staff of your arrival.
  5. Library staff will come to the door and ask to see your SU I.D. Please hold it up against the glass.
  6. Your bagged items will be placed on the pickup table in the vestibule. Staff will leave the area and then permit you to enter and take your item(s), which has been checked out to you.
  7. It is very important to arrive during the time you selected as your scheduled pickup time. If the item is not picked up within your 15- minute scheduled time, it will be removed from the pickup location and you will need to reschedule your pickup. This is to ensure social distancing requirements are met.
  8. Note that items will be sanitized prior to being bagged. Please do not clean or disinfect borrowed materials, as it may damage the item. Libraries staff follow University as well as national safety guidelines in preparing items for loan and upon their return.
  9. Items can be returned through book drops outside of Bird or Carnegie Library. For any questions regarding returns, please email circhelp@syr.edu.

The safety of our campus community is our highest priority. Library staff is following public health guidelines from the University, New York State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which includes sanitizing and disinfecting borrowed materials. 

Libraries Acquire Major Collections from Adam Matthew Digital and Bloomsbury

Syracuse University Libraries has acquired access to the entirety of Adam Matthew Digital’s online primary source archives as well as nine collections from Bloomsbury Digital Resources.  These new holdings expand campus support for teaching and research across humanities, social sciences, architecture, visual and performing arts, and food, sport, and exercise studies.

About Adam Matthew Collections:

Adam Matthew Digital Archives comprises seventy-one themed collections of primary sources digitized from libraries and archives in North America, Europe, and Australasia, such as the Amistad Research Center, the British Archives, UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Study of gender, sexuality, Jewish life, civil rights, poverty, and social change is covered through photographs, audio recordings of speeches, diaries, correspondence, historic newspapers, film clips, and periodicals. Study of American consumer culture, food, and popular medicine is supported by catalogues, print advertisements, posters, pamphlets, cookbooks, and client lists. Collections from the “Confidential Print” and “Foreign Office Files” series are dedicated to British government papers from the 18th to 20th centuries, facilitating the detailed study of British foreign affairs, colonization, and trade globally. A full list of Adam Matthew archival collections is available in the Libraries’ database menu.

Both Adam Matthew Publishing and the Libraries provide personalized curriculum support to faculty for teaching with primary source materials. Adam Matthew provides a free course alignment service, and you can contact your SU subject librarian for assistance and recommendations for collections and items that fit your teaching and research needs. For researchers interested in digital humanities, Adam Matthew accepts text and data mining requests.

collage of images including black man on Gay magazine cover, protesters and illustration with words Adam Matthew Celebrating LGBT+ History Month February 2020

About Bloomsbury Digital Resources:

Bloomsbury Digital Resources are themed collections of books, images, video, academic reference works, screenplays, and exhibition archives. Syracuse University Libraries have acquired the collections focused on food studies, sport and exercise, cultural history, architecture, fashion and design, popular music, and screen studies. Content of note includes the major reference works Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, video collections for practitioners in human kinetics, Faber & Faber screenplays, images from the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University and the National Archives at Kew, and video archives of YOOX-NET-A-PORTER fashion shows in London, Milan, Paris, and New York. A full list of Bloomsbury Digital Resource collections is available in the Libraries’ database menu.

actors in costume period dress with words Bloomsbury Digital Resources in center

All authorized Syracuse University users can access these and other licensed resources through the Libraries home page, using a valid NetID and password.

For more information on Library collections or to make suggestions, contact Anne Rauh, Head of Collections and Research Services, and our collection development team at colls@syr.edu

From the Dean and the SU Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Team

I am, like you, once again dealing with feelings of anger and despair brought on by the acts of racist hate and violence that fill the national news.  Systemic racism and disregard for Black lives must be named, even when we do not know what we can do or what words to use that are sufficient in the face of such outrage and grief.  As members of the SU community and the SU Libraries I ask us all to look for additional ways to learn and educate ourselves and our University community. 

We all need to look for ways to become more effective in combating racism and to model the justice and equality we want to see, through our daily behaviors and interactions, business processes, events, and language.  My energy and focus will be directed to helping us do better, be better, and to name and combat racism or bigotry when we see it.  We can make progress, and this work is rooted in the core values we hold as library staff.  Our Libraries’ Diversity and Inclusion Team has prepared the following statement to help move us forward:

On behalf of the Syracuse University Libraries, our Diversity and Inclusion Team unequivocally condemns the systemic oppression, racism, and police brutality being perpetrated against Black people and people of color in Minneapolis and across our nation. The SU Libraries stand in solidarity with other parts of our profession, including the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), and endorse their May 28 statement condemning the historical racism and violence against our Black communities. As our nation mourns the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and David McAtee, we also recognize the many other Black people whose lives were also unjustly ended in violence. We believe that Black lives matter. We share the sorrow and anger of our communities and recognize the pain that these recent incidents have had on our University community. As evidenced by the racist incidents that occurred on our campus this past school year, we know that our institution is not immune from the bigotry, hate speech, and violence that persists in our country. We support our campus and the Syracuse community’s right to protest and to do the hard work to counter the pervasive systems of oppression that have been leveled against Black people and people of color.

Systemic inequities exist within libraries, just as they do throughout our society. Statements such as those from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) express our own shared responsibility to create inclusive and equitable spaces for Black library and archive workers and workers of color. We acknowledge the work we still must do in addressing the whiteness and systems of oppression that also exist within our own field and call upon ourselves and other libraries to take action to interrogate and dismantle them.  We need to think deeply about the collections we build, the programs we create, the design of our spaces and services, the library workers we employ, support, and retain, and ultimately how we put our values of diversity and inclusion into action. It is through confronting the systems that exist in our own professional practices that we can work towards providing the inclusive and equitable spaces we strive to create for both our own workers and our diverse patron communities.

Social justice and advocacy work are an ongoing commitment and we pledge to hold ourselves accountable to practicing anti-racism and anti-oppression through our policies, procedures, and everyday work.

We encourage each other and the broader Syracuse University community to continue to educate ourselves, reflect, and act. The following evolving compilation of readings and resources, including links to local and national advocacy organizations, serves as a starting point and reminder of how to continue this work: https://researchguides.library.syr.edu/racialjustice

David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

Diversity and Inclusion Team

Tarida Anantachai, Lead Librarian, Learning Commons (Co-Chair)

Nicole Westerdahl, Reference and Access Services Librarian, SCRC (Co-Chair)

Kate Deibel, Inclusion and Accessibility Librarian

Sarah Duncan, Access Services Supervisor

Stephanie McReynolds, Librarian for Business, Management, and Entrepreneurship

Jessica Rice, Preservation Lab Supervisor

Daniel Sarmiento, Director of Administration

Libraries Announce 2020 Faculty Fellows

Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) announces two 2020 Faculty Fellows grant recipients: Joan Bryant, associate professor in African American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Kathryn Everly, professor of Language, Literature and Linguistics in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each recipient has committed to a four-week summer residency in 2021 at SCRC that includes a number of workshops and training sessions on handling special collections materials, teaching students how to search for materials, and the logistics of designing successful assignments with rare and fragile materials. The fellows, who applied and were selected by a committee, will teach their new courses the following year and will each receive a $5,000 stipend.

Joan Bryant will focus on developing an upper level course on American freedom that fully integrates archival research with student analysis of sources about the experiences of antebellum free people of color, freed people contending with emancipation, and reformers navigating Reconstruction and the rise of Jim Crow. Kathryn Everly will develop a course that analyzes the Spanish Civil War and its impact on literary, cinematic, political, and artistic works through investigating political and personal papers, as well as the Harold Jones’ collection of works from Salvador Dali.  

Kathryn Everly
Kathryn Everly, professor of Language, Literature and Linguistics in the College of Arts and Sciences
Joan Bryant
Joan Bryant, associate professor in African American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences

Syracuse University Libraries’ SCRC Faculty Fellows program aims to support innovative curriculum development and foster new ideas about how to transform the role of special collections in University instruction. Each fellow receives instruction on how to provide students with a unique opportunity to handle, analyze and interpret SCRC’s primary source materials in their class, as well as ongoing course support. The original funding for the SCRC Faculty Fellows Program was made possible through the generosity of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, which promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions that transmit cultural heritage.

“The Special Collections Research Center Faculty Fellowship creates an ideal situation for faculty to partner with special collections librarians and archivists for an invaluable undergraduate learning experience. Due to on-campus circumstances this year around the Covid-19 pandemic, the work of our two selected fellows will be postponed until next summer. We appreciate Joan’s and Kathryn’s flexibility with their plans,” said Petrina D. Jackson, director of SCRC. “We’ve witnessed with previous faculty fellows the value for undergraduate students to deeply explore primary source research, learn how to critically analyze a document or artifact, and be exposed to spectacular rare and unique materials. Student participation in these courses elevates their work and engages them in impactful ways.”

Libraries’ Coronavirus Update

Like other parts of the campus, Syracuse University Libraries plans to resume onsite work when permitted. Libraries’ leadership anticipates that some limited services tied to physical collections will resume in mid June, although timing is dependent upon University, county, and state guidelines. Initial services will likely include electronic scanning of articles and book chapters for items currently available in the Libraries’ physical collections, as well as curb-side pick-up of books in the Libraries’ physical circulating collections. The Libraries will provide notification to the campus community, via a website update, once these services are available.

The Libraries continues to offer a wide range of online and phone reference services, library staff are working with students and faculty on an array of research and teaching needs, and we continue to provide access to our extensive online collections. For assistance locating relevant content online, liaison librarians can help faculty identify resources including those that may be temporarily available and not discoverable via the Catalog or Summon. Additionally, faculty can request that the Libraries’ purchase electronic copies of needed books and other materials.

Please note that interlibrary loan remains available for anything that can be borrowed electronically. However, because most other libraries are also working remotely with no access to print collections (or scanning), and because not all libraries will resume services simultaneously, it is likely that interlibrary loan for items that are not available digitally will be interrupted for the foreseeable future.

As previously communicated, all overdue items have been automatically renewed to September 4, 2020 and late fines will be suspended.  You may email circhelp@syr.edu with questions about your account.

New Inclusive Entrepreneurship Program Launching through Generous Gift from Intelligence++TM Foundation

Registration now open for the first interdisciplinary course this fall

An innovative, interdisciplinary program focused on inclusive entrepreneurship and design is being offered for the 2020-2021 academic year in partnership with the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars (LaunchPad) at Syracuse University Libraries, the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education (InclusiveU), and the  College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) through the generous donation from Gianfranco Zaccai and the Zaccai Foundation for Augmented Intelligence (Intelligence++TM).  The program will offer new courses open for fall enrollment and will culminate in a design and entrepreneurship competition with $30,000 in prizes.

The inclusive entrepreneurship and design course, DES 400-600, is being taught by VPA School of Design professor Don Carr, with support from School of Education inclusive education assistant professor and executive director of the Taishoff Center, Dr. Beth Myers, and adjunct faculty member at Whitman and executive director of the LaunchPad, Linda Dickerson-Hartsock. The two-semester program, taught in the LaunchPad at Bird Library, is available as an elective to both undergraduate and graduate students from any school or college at Syracuse University, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and collaborative innovation, including students with intellectual disability from InclusiveU.

“The Libraries is a central hub for the campus community, providing the environment to utilize research and create new information. Hosting this program at the LaunchPad will not only infuse innovative thinking but will provide the tools and resources to bring great ideas to fruition and market,” said David Seaman, Dean of Syracuse University Libraries and University Librarian.

This flagship program is made possible through the generous donation of the Zaccai Foundation for Augmented Intelligence, founded by Gianfranco Zaccai. The Zaccai Foundation seeks to develop, stimulate, and leverage technological, educational, and organizational innovation to enable and empower individuals with intellectual disability, their families, and their communities to improve quality of life, enhance independence and productivity, lower cost, and benefit society. 

Renowned global innovator and designer Gianfranco Zaccai ’70 H’09 (VPA) will serve as a mentor for the course. Gianfranco was co-founder of Continuum, now EPAM Continuum, a global innovation by design consultancy with offices in Boston, Milan, Seoul, and Shanghai. He is a champion of holistic and interdisciplinary innovation research, design, and development, and his vision has resulted in highly successful category-defining products including the Reebok Pump, P&G’s Swiffer, and the Omnipod Insulin Delivery System, as well as helping Boston College redefine its Core Curriculum. For over 35 years, Continuum has been recognized for outstanding innovation and design for projects spanning medical devices to consumer products. Gianfranco was Chair of the Design Management Institute and past President of the Aspen Conference. He holds degrees in industrial design from Syracuse University and architecture from the Boston Architectural College. Zaccai also previously served on the VPA Council and was conferred an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts in Industrial and Interaction Design by Syracuse University.

Gianfranco’s wife, Carmencita Bua, was formerly head of operations at Continuum and is now Chief Executive Officer of “Tenuta Donna Gilda a Meleto” Social Farm, an organization that provides neurodivergent college students an abroad experience that enhances their educational opportunities, communications skills, curiosity, and harmony among nature and family members supported by a therapeutic team of experts. In addition, the organization also offers a Gap Year Program for high school students who need extra time before approaching college life. She is a graduate of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Law School of Pisa, Italy.

As parents of a Syracuse University student, Guglielmo Meriggi ’22 (Whitman), as well as parents of a young adult with an intellectual disability, this program is especially important to Gianfranco and Carmencita. “I am confident that this program will be revolutionary in stimulating brilliant students, educators, and researchers to deeply explore and meaningfully innovate a better future,” said Zaccai. “We have an opportunity to blend in-context research, people-centered design, and the strengths and skills of diverse people and disciplines in a way that can change the world for the better for people of all abilities and talents. That’s why we’re so excited to partner with Syracuse University – we see the potential that a cross-disciplinary, multi-dimensional, innovative approach can bring to our society, and we want to propel young people to be at the forefront of developing real-world solutions.”

Concepts developed throughout the course will be presented to a panel of experts in a culminating competition in the spring 2021, with $30,000 in seed funding awarded to the most promising ideas for further development.

“By taking an inclusive design approach, we’re able to consider innovative ways to address a wide-range of challenges and in doing so unlock the potential of numerous individuals. Thanks to ADA (the Americans with Disabilities Act) legislation, there exists an awareness to create public spaces, services, transportation, and telecommunications that are accessible.  However, the exploration of design ideas that address Intellectual Disability (ID) offers a new set of affordances to move beyond compliance and envision ideas that embrace an ever-wider range of opportunities,” said Don Carr.

The program was developed with the support of Quinn King ’20, VPA Industrial and Interaction Design, founder of MedUX and a Rubin Family Innovation Mentor at the LaunchPad. King had a keen interest in working on the project as a student founder with a design company that focuses on user experience and because, like many others, he has a close family member with an intellectual disability.

“To my knowledge, this is the only program that integrates students from various disciplines with students with intellectual disability into collaborative teams to problem solve design solutions,” said Beth Myers. “Incorporating perspectives from all users and participants will most certainly result in an enhanced and sustainable user-focused experience.”

For more information about the program contact Donald Carr at dwcarr@syr.edu, Beth Myers at bemeyers@syr.edu, or Linda Dickerson Hartsock at ldhart01@syr.edu.

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Libraries Celebrates Student Employees

Syracuse University Libraries recognized their student employees with a virtual celebration on May 6. 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

  • Isabel McCullough G’20 (Information Studies), Special Collections Research Center
  • Ashley Downs G’20 (Falk), Access & Resource Sharing
  • Souradeepta Biswas G’20 (Engineering & Computer Science), Access & Resource Sharing
  • Austin Spencer ’20 (Architecture), Interlibrary Loan

Patricia Kutner Strait Student Scholarship

  • Maya Gelsi ’21 (Newhouse), Preservation
  • Mina Gurkan ’21 (Newhouse), Access & Resource Sharing
  • Cameron Vazquez ’20 (Falk), Access & Resource Sharing

SU Libraries Deans Fund

  • Maialie Fitzpatrick ’20 (Newhouse), Access & Resource Sharing
  • Frankie Kennedy ’20 (Arts & Sciences), Security & Facilities
  • Jacqueline Natividad ’20 (VPA), Access & Resource Sharing

Student Honorable Mentions:

  • Fenote Berhane ’20 (Engineering & Computer Science), Security & Facilities
  • Matthew Brodie ’20 (Whitman), Access & Resource Sharing
  • Elena Echarri ’20 (Architecture), Interlibrary Loan
  • Alexa Grant ’20 (Arts & Sciences), Security & Facilities
  • Alisia Laird ’20 (Arts & Sciences), Security & Facilities
  • Breana Ramon ’20 (Arts & Sciences), Access & Resource Sharing
  • Zhiwei Wang G’20 (Information Studies), Research & Scholarship
  • David Ross ’20 (Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education), Sound Beat

“Whether in Innovation and Strategy, Academic Success, Research Excellence, Special Collections, or Operational Excellence, student employees are important to the Libraries’ culture and delivery on our mission to support students, faculty, and staff with teaching, learning, and research. Not only do our student employees bring good work ethic and attitude, but they teach each other, their peers and even the Libraries’ employees,” said David Seaman, University Librarian and Dean of SU Libraries. “We simply could not do what we do without the service and contributions of our student employees.”