Changes to Kanopy Platform

Starting September 21, access to some of the streaming video titles on the Kanopy platform is changing. Users may be asked to submit a request for access to some of the titles.  If you need a title and are not finding it on the platform, please use SU Libraries’ Request a title form.

Note that SU Libraries provides access to a number of streaming video collections, many of which are listed on the databases A-Z list. Information about identifying, locating, and viewing video is also available on SU Libraries’ Film and Video guide.  We welcome feedback on collections.  If you have questions, please contact a subject librarian or email

Libraries Hosting Qualtrics Webinar Workshops

Syracuse University Libraries is hosting its annual Qualtrics webinar workshops on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning October 6 and running through November 17, 2020.  The seven webinar workshops will provide participants with information on using the University’s online survey software. Available to Syracuse University faculty, staff, and students, the software enables users to create and distribute complex surveys and analyze responses from a single online platform.

The workshops will be held online using Zoom. Participants must register in advance for any one or more of the free workshops via Qualtrics Workshops.  To request an accommodation, such as closed captioning, or for more information, please contact as soon as possible.

For additional information, visit our Research Data Services page.

LaunchPad Accepting Applications for Fall 2020 Competitions

Syracuse University Libraries’ Blackstone LaunchPad and Techstars is now accepting online applications for Fall 2020 competitions. The universal application for the three competitions, with more than $25,000 in prizes, are for innovative or creative solutions to address problems or opportunities. Competitions are open to all undergraduate and graduate students from any academic program. In addition to the online application, registrants must provide a one-page business statement. The three LaunchPad competitions this Fall are:

  • ‘Cuse Tank:  Applications close October 4 for this shark-tank style competition with $10,000 in prizes, scheduled to take place on October 16.
  • Impact Prize: Applications close November 1 for this social impact entrepreneurship competition to be held on November 13, with $15,000 in prizes.
  • Hult Prize: Applications close November 22 for this year’s social entrepreneurship competition themed “Food for Good.” Syracuse University’s competition to be held on December 4, with winner progressing to global regionals.

Over the past four years, Syracuse University students have won $3.4 million in campus, state, and national competitions and raised more than $25 million in equity funding for their ventures. Out of upwards of 800 ideas, SU students have incorporated more than 95 businesses and have used their experience to build skills and their resumes and find their dream jobs at top innovation companies around the world.

Virtual Event on Digital Library Program and Special Collections Research Center: Building the Latin American 45s Collection

Syracuse University Libraries’ Digital Library Program will host a virtual event on Wednesday, September 23 at 4 p.m. EST to discuss how it is partnering with the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) to build the Latin American 45s digital collection. Through cross-department partnerships, the Digital Library Program is providing campus access to the University’s unique digital offerings while promoting their innovative reuse and exploration through teaching and learning.

This virtual event will highlight the challenges around the digital stewardship of rare and unique materials and share examples of current projects, including a multi-year effort to digitize, describe, and preserve the Bell Brothers Collection of Latin American and Caribbean Recordings, due to be released for the campus community as a stand-alone digital collection through a newly designed portal in Fall 2020. The virtual event will include a behind-the-scenes look at SCRC’s Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive, home to the first studio ever designed solely for audio preservation.

The Digital Library Program comprises an interdisciplinary team of professionals from across the Libraries who come together to commit their time and talent in spearheading a variety of digital initiatives that spotlight the richness of the Libraries’ myriad collections and enhance the Libraries’ campus partnerships.

This program is the first in a series about the Digital Library Program and how it engages with partners and colleagues to bring the University’s hidden, unique content into the digital light. The program is open to the public. Advance registration is required by emailing with your name and email. The Zoom link will be sent to registered attendees the day prior.

Libraries Providing “Learn@SUL” Virtual Workshop Series

Syracuse University Libraries is providing a series of online workshops for the Fall 2020 semester. Learn@SUL workshops are open to students, faculty, and researchers across campus. Upcoming workshops include:

  • Sept. 14, 1:00 – 2:00 PM: “Technical Writing”

Introduction to three main types of technical writing: traditional, end-user, and technical marketing content. Attendees will learn some of the key attributes that can be applied to all styles of technical writing. The session will also cover useful writing tools along with examples. Registration Link

  • Sept. 15, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Oct. 1, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, and Oct. 7, 1:00 – 2:00 PM: “Research Starting Points”

The Libraries is a rich gateway to information resources for academic research needs. Attendees will learn how to access many articles, e-books, and other resources that are not freely available online. This session introduces key research tools, including Summon, databases, and research guides. It also provides some basic searching tips to get started. Registration Link

  • Sept. 16, 10:00 – 11:00 AM and Oct. 15, 10:00 – 11:00 AM: “The Painted Word”

Workshop focuses on scholarly text, images with provenance, and context. Registration Link

  • Sept. 17, 1:00 – 2:00 PM and Oct. 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: “How Do I Know if an Article is Scholarly?”

Workshop will explore different types of periodicals and which sources might be suitable. Attendees will learn what a scholarly or peer-reviewed publication means and how to tell the difference between scholarly and popular sources. Registration Link

  • Sept. 21, 4:00 – 5:00 PM and Sept. 24, 12:00 – 1:00 PM: “Where do I Start?”

Research workshop for beginners that will include how to narrow a topic, find reputable sources, and other tips. Registration Link

  • Sept. 22, 10:00 – 11:00 AM and Oct. 19, 2:00 – 3:00 PM: “Not in English Please”

Attendees will get research tips and scholarly sources for non-English literature and film. Registration Link

  • Sept. 23, 1:00-2:30 PM: “Jumpstart Your Journalism Research”

Workshop will sharpen information retrieval skills working with news and newspaper databases. Registration Link

  • Sept. 28, 1:00 – 2:00 PM:Tertiary Tide: Surfing into Specialized Reference Sources”

Attendees will learn how to expand options for in-depth background literature on a research topic by employing scholarly encyclopedias, academic handbooks, and other reference sources available on the academic web. Registration Link

  • Sept. 29, 12:00 – 1:00 PM and Oct. 28, 6:30 – 7:30 PM: “Saving and Citing Your Sources: An Introduction to Zotero”

An overview of this free platform that allows students and researchers to save and annotate sources, collaborate with classmates and colleagues, generate citations and bibliographies in papers, and access references from anywhere. Registration Link

  • Sept. 30, 10:00 – 11:30 AM, Oct. 8, 1:00 – 2:30 PM, and Oct. 26, 1:00 – 2:30 PM:Rhetorical Source Analysis”

A workshop for undergraduate students in WRT courses, attendees will use the BEAM method to identify Background, Evidence, Argument and Method sources to support and inform research questions. Registration Link

  • Oct. 1,  1 – 2:30 PM:Beyond the One Line Query: Advanced Database Searching”

Workshop aims to improve manageable sets of relevant scholarly database search results through the use of fielded searching, subject descriptor searching, and related advanced techniques. Registration Link 

  • Oct. 6, 5:30 – 6:30 PM:Educational Resources, K-12 and Higher Ed”

Workshop for education majors on specific databases and research strategies. Registration Link

  • Nov. 10, 12:00 – 1:00 PM: The Public and Your Publications: Strategies for Handling the Misappropriation or Misrepresentation of Your Research”

Attendees will learn how to handle when others misappropriate or misrepresent your research to push an alternate agenda. Geared to faculty and graduate students. Registration Link

Libraries Piloting Data Purchase Program

Syracuse University Libraries’ department of Research & Scholarship is piloting a data purchase program to support Syracuse University faculty in acquiring data for their research. Applications for data requests, including numeric, text, or graphic data are being accepted now through October 16, 2020 via completion of an online form.

The goal of the data purchase program is to support research initiatives. Datasets must cost less than $7,500 and be unrestricted, with preference given to requests that appeal to a broader University community or that can be used by more than one person.

“As an R1 research institution, the Libraries is committed to supporting academic research. In some instances, cost, licensing, technical or other issues inhibit a new researcher’s ability to move forward. This pilot is designed to remove barriers to generating new knowledge,” said David Seaman, Dean of Syracuse University Libraries, University Librarian.

For more information or to apply for a data request, visit

Special Collections Research Center Reading Room Closure and Available Services for Fall 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 health emergency, the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University Libraries has suspended Reading Room operations for all users during the Fall 2020 semester. The SCRC Reading Room is the onsite access point for collection material within Special Collections, Belfer Audio Archive, Pan Am 103 Archives, and University Archives.

In lieu of our temporary Reading Room closure, SCRC is pleased to offer expanded remote services for current Syracuse University students, faculty, and staff. These services will entail more in-depth research, expanding the amount of time dedicated to each inquiry and providing more direct assistance in identifying relevant materials in our collections. SCRC will also make virtual research consultations available for those interested in pursuing their own in-depth research in our collections when our Reading Room reopens. Expanded complimentary duplication services for current University students, faculty, and staff to support instruction, coursework, and research will be offered during this time.

SCRC will be offering virtual only instruction sessions, in line with the general SU Libraries instruction program, and will prioritize the use of online collections. For further information about current instruction options, please contact us at

Please note that SCRC has implemented new staffing and materials handling procedures for the health and safety of our staff as a result of the COVID-19 health emergency, which have necessarily extended processing times for most reference, duplication, and instruction requests.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

For more information about the Special Collections Research Center, our collections, or current services please contact

Libraries Acknowledges Gift for Robert Ortwine Gallery

Robert (Bob) Ortwine ’72 loved intellectual pursuits, and libraries in particular, and felt most comfortable reading and learning about politics, economics, and sociology. When the time came to honor his beloved brother’s memory, it seemed like the perfect fit for Syracuse University Libraries to receive a gift from Bruce A. Ortwine ’75 to create the Robert Ortwine Gallery Endowed Support Fund. The Robert Ortwine Gallery is currently located on the 6th floor of Bird Library and is used as Special Collections Research Center’s exhibition gallery.

The gift has contributed to Special Collections Research Center’s curation of several exhibitions in the space, most recently the “150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University,”  reflecting on the University’s history and “We Remember Them: The Legacy of Pan Am Flight 103”  commemorating on the 30th anniversary of the tragedy. “These exhibitions that draw from Special Collections’ University Archives are more than an opportunity for reflection for our campus; they represent new learning for our students through the study of artifacts on display,” said Petrina Jackson, Director of Special Collections Research Center.

Bob Ortwine graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. During his time at SU, Bob spent two summers taking courses in England and Russia (then the Soviet Union). After working for a year at SU,  Bob relocated to Alabama where he earned a master’s in public administration at the University of Alabama and became a devoted, life-long follower of college football. Bob then pursued a career in the insurance industry, where he held positions with several companies, including the Chubb and Continental Insurance Companies, moving from Atlanta to Upstate New York (Rochester) to New Jersey and, finally, to San Antonio, Texas. In 1990, Bob joined the Peace Corps, which took him to Poland, where for more than four years  he lived and worked to aid in that country’s post-Soviet Union economic development. After returning to the U.S., Bob lived in Miami and New Jersey, and then moved to Washington, D.C., where he earned a second master’s degree in international affairs at Georgetown University. Ever the traveler and scholar, Bob eventually moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he lived in semi-retirement while also teaching classes at a local elementary school. He died prematurely in June 2010, and his family sought a way to honor his legacy.

“We are extremely grateful to Bruce Ortwine for memorializing his brother with the creation of the Robert Ortwine Gallery Endowed Support Fund,” said David Seaman, Dean of Syracuse University Libraries and University Librarian. “The gift toward the Gallery sounds perfectly suited to Bob’s love of travels and learning. To paraphrase the author Catherynne M. Valente, ‘He sounds like someone who spent a lot of time in libraries, which are the best sorts of people.’”

“Bob would have loved the Gallery space because of its promotion of intellectual curiosity and discussion,” said his brother Bruce Ortwine. “I am happy that his interests in life continue in the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries.”

Russell Silverstein ’01 Appointed Interim Director of Libraries’ Information Systems

Russell Silverstein ’01 has been appointed Interim Director of Syracuse University Libraries’ Information Systems effective August 16, 2020. Russell succeeds DeAnn Buss, former Director of Libraries’ Information Systems, who recently retired. Libraries’ Information Systems is responsible for the technological systems, software, and infrastructure required for teaching, learning, research, and behind the scenes management of the Libraries’ print assets and digital resources.

Russell has been with SU Libraries since 2003 as a Data Systems Administrator and Information Technology Manager. He received a bachelor’s in Information Management and Technology from Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. His prior work experience includes the position of Network Coordinator at Hospice of Central New York.

“Russell Silverstein is widely respected for his focus on providing convenient and effective services to staff and users alike,” said David Seaman, Dean of Syracuse University Libraries and University Librarian. “During this challenging time when our technology resources are needed more than ever, we’re fortunate that Russ has the experience  to take on this expanded role.”

RefWorks Subscription

The Syracuse University Libraries will be canceling our subscription to RefWorks effective February 28, 2021. The decision was made based on a team review on the use of RefWorks and other newer citation managers, due to low use, a rising subscription cost, and the number of freely available citation and reference management tools with more functionality. 

Previous RefWorks users are encouraged to transfer any data to another citation manager before the subscription ends. The Libraries recommend the following tools: EndNote, Mendeley, or Zotero.

Librarians are available to assist users in transferring your data. The Libraries will also be providing a how-to guide on data migration at the end of September.

Any questions can be directed to Giovanna Colosi, librarian for the School of Education, at