Libraries’ SU Press Exhibit Featuring Association of University Press’ Book, Jacket and Journal Show Winners

Syracuse University Libraries’ SU Press is featuring an exhibit on the first floor of Bird Library from January 21 – 30, 2020 with Association of University Press’ Book, Jacket and Journal 2019 award winners. The annual Association of University Press’ Book, Jacket, and Journal Show recognizes achievement in design, production, and manufacture of books and journals by the university press community. It also serves as a focus of discussion and a source of ideas for intelligent, creative, and resourceful bookmaking. The show is a juried design competition, open only to Association of University Presses member publishers, of which SU Press is a member. Award-winning books are displayed in a traveling exhibit at member presses around the country.

SU Press has received several design awards in the past, most recently for the books Women in Korean Zen: Lives and Practices by Martine Batchelor and Son’gyong Sunim in 2007 and The Adirondack Atlas: A Geographic Portrait of the Adirondack Park by Jerry Jenkins in 2005.

Close up of display case with shelves lined with books and description of display titled "2019 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show"
2019 Book, Jacket and Journal Show

About SU Press:

SU Press is the academic publishing unit of Syracuse University Libraries and is committed to serving New York State—as well as the region, nation, and globe—by publishing vital scholarship, sharing ideas, and giving voice to important stories that may not have otherwise been told. The Press has been serving the community for 75 years.


Libraries Adds New Resources

Syracuse University Libraries has added the following new databases to its collections, which can be accessed using your net ID and password via library.syr.edu.

  • ForeignAffairs.com Articles and current news covering the political, historical, and economic impacts of American foreign policy and global affairs. Includes the full archive of Foreign Affairs Magazine 1922-present plus additional online-only content.
  • Psychotherapy.net Streaming video related to social work, psychotherapy, and counseling. Content created by Psychotherapy.net. Videos include counseling sessions and demonstrations, interviews, and other content for training mental health professionals. Browsable by therapeutic approach, issue, expert, and population.
  • SciFindern Articles, patents, and white papers describing chemicals. Includes information on structures, reactions, compounds, drug development, and manufacturing. Also includes PatentPak, MethodsNow Synthesis, and Retrosynthesis. Search by substances by name, CAS Registry Number, or use the editor to draw chemical structures, substructures, or reactions. Requires separate login. See SciFinder Research Guide for more help.
  • Tectonica Architectural design and construction information, including details about specific architectural projects. Note this resource is only accessible on-campus.
  • Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers  Newspapers from over twenty cities in China published between 1912 and 1949. This resource is the first of six open access global newspaper collections in the East View Global Press Archive. The Syracuse University Libraries provided monetary support for the open access series through a collaborative alliance of the Center for Research Libraries and East View.

New eBook & Journal Packages

Online Reference

Journals

For more information on collection development or to make suggestions, contact Anne Rauh, interim head of Collections and Research Services, at aerauh@syr.edu.



Libraries Co-Hosting Spring 2020 “Understanding Islam” Series

Syracuse University Libraries, along with Syracuse University’s Muslim Student Life, Hendricks Chapel, and the Muslim Students Association, are co-hosting a 6-week series of lectures and discussions titled “Understanding Islam.” The series will run on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning on February 4 and ending on March 10. They will be held in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Room 114) of Bird Library.

The program is facilitated by Imam Amir Duric, Muslim Chaplain at Syracuse University and is free and open to the public. Similar programs were held and well-attended throughout 2018 and 2019. The spring 2020 schedule is:

  • Tuesday, February 4: Introduction
  • Tuesday, February 11: Tawheed: The Central Concept of Islam
  • Tuesday, February 18: Equality
  • Tuesday, February 25: Justice
  • Tuesday, March 3: Eschatology
  • Tuesday, March 10: Visiting a Syracuse Mosque

To register for one or more of the sessions and to request special accommodations, please RSVP by February 3 to Amir Duric at aduric@syr.edu.

Syracuse University Libraries, along with Syracuse University’s Muslim Student Life, Hendricks Chapel, and the Muslim Students Association, are co-hosting a 6-week series of lectures and discussions titled “Understanding Islam.” The series will run on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning on February 4 and ending on March 10. They will be held in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Room 114) of Bird Library.

The program is facilitated by Imam Amir Duric, Muslim Chaplain at Syracuse University and is free and open to the public. Similar programs were held and well-attended throughout 2018 and 2019. The spring 2020 schedule is:

  • Wednesday, February 5: Introduction
  • Wednesday, February 12: Tawheed: The Central Concept of Islam
  • Wednesday, February 19: Equality
  • Wednesday, February 26: Justice
  • Wednesday, March 4: Eschatology
  • Wednesday, March 11: Visiting a Syracuse Mosque

To register for one or more of the sessions and to request special accommodations, please RSVP by February 3 to Amir Duric at aduric@syr.edu.

Testimonials from previous series participants:

“I have attended the Islamic Lecture Series for three semesters now at Syracuse. In the beginning, I was excited by the opportunity to learn more about Islam. However, this is not simply an ‘introductory course, Imam Amir does a fantastic job of arranging an array of topics from semester to semester that brings together Muslims and non-Muslims alike.  An additional aspect of this program is the diversity of both participants and guest speakers. From SU and the surrounding community, each semester brings participants from different walks of life and faith backgrounds that further enhance the experience. For as long as the series continues, I will keep returning.” – Ivy Raines, Syracuse University PhD student, Political Science

“In the fall of 2019, I had the privilege of participating in the Understanding Islam series led by Imam Amir Duric. It was fascinating and enlightening as well as thought-provoking as we learned about different tenets of the Islam religion and had multiple opportunities for discussion and questions within our diverse group of Muslims and non-Muslims. I discovered the multitude of shared beliefs and values Islam has with many other religions and had many of my misconceptions corrected. I would highly recommend this series to anyone interested in learning more about Islam in general and as an exploration of faith on an intellectual and personal level. The Imam is exceptionally knowledgeable and personable; a wonderful teacher who makes this a not to be missed opportunity.” – Theresa Holtsbery Neddo, Syracuse University doctoral candidate and retired Syracuse City School District teacher

“Glad that I took the class. As a non-Muslim, I wanted to learn about Islam, and after taking the 7-week series, I’m glad I did. The Imam is a wonderful person and is very knowledgeable and is eager to share with the class. I highly recommend the series.” – Mark Allen, small business owner and Auburn community member


LaunchPad Hosting International Startup Workshop

The Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries is hosting a free “International Startup Workshop” for the international and innovation community on January 22, 2020 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library. The workshop is being led by Anna V. Putintseva, Esq., and Rebecca Cohen, Esq., attorneys at Bousquet Holstein PLLC. Participants will learn how to:

  • Help international students, as well as faculty and staff who work with them, understand the landscape and regulations around starting a venture in the United States.
  • Help startup ventures understand guidelines around how to build teams with international students, and campus resources available to support.
  • Help startups and local companies recruit top talent among Syracuse University students from around the world.
  • Help students on visas and new graduates on visas navigate a future path to starting a venture or working in the United States.

One out of every five students at Syracuse University is international, and students from 112 countries are among the nearly 4,000 members of the LaunchPad.  Many are interested in pursuing venture development and charting a path to launch a life or business in the United States.  In fact, 51% of America’s billion dollar startups were founded by immigrants. And diverse cultural perspectives and insights make for better informed and more engaged global citizens, one of Syracuse University’s core values.

Unfortunately, the process of pursuing a venture in the U.S. is complicated, particularly for international students and new Americans. This workshop will help SU international students better understand venture planning, and assist mentors, faculty members, and service providers in offering better guidance to international students.  It will help all startups and established ventures understand how to build a team with international talent and how to work with international students, particularly those here on F-1 or J-1 status. The workshop will feature experts who can help participants understand both the guidelines and options available.

For more information or to RSVP, email LaunchPad@syr.edu.

About the Presenters:

Anna Putintseva focuses on Business Transactions, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Immigration Law. Anna’s international business experience provides support and guidance for clients with international presence and those seeking to expand their business overseas. In addition to transactional work, Anna also advises clients on a large spectrum of immigration law issues, including navigating investors and developers through various aspects of the EB-5 program, helping employers and foreign nationals with preparation of employment-based petitions, advising faculty members, researchers, medical and other professionals on applying for immigrant and non-immigrant work status in the U.S., and dealing with other immigration law issues.

Rebecca Cohen practices in the Employment, Labor & Discrimination and Immigration Practice Groups. With expertise in labor and employment law and employment based immigration, she is able to provide representation to both employers and employees on issues that span a broad range of workplace concerns. As a certified mediator, she brings a collaborative, solution-focused approach to her law practice. Rebecca works with clients to help minimize potential liabilities by anticipating and addressing employment issues and helping to set policies that ensure compliance with relevant federal and state laws and regulations. She provides assistance with employment contracts, employee handbook and policy development, unemployment claims and severance and release procedures and agreements. Rebecca focuses her immigration practice on employment based visas. With a lifelong appreciation for the unique talents that foreign citizens contribute to American culture and to our economy, she is passionate about helping her clients successfully navigate the visa process. She also assists clients with dual citizenship matters.

About the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries:

The Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars in Bird Library is Syracuse University’s innovation hub, connecting the entire University’s resource-rich ecosystem with a global network that provides support for aspiring entrepreneurs, inventors and creators. The program serves faculty, staff, students, and alumni across disciplines who are interested in innovation, invention, entrepreneurship, venture creation, and taking ideas from concept to commercialization. The program supports a key pillar of Syracuse University’s Academic Strategic Plan to create an innovation ecosystem across the institution that prepares participants to be trailblazers in an entrepreneurial world.

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Lydia Wasylenko to Receive Syracuse University Libraries Assembly 2019 Distinguished Service Award

Lydia Wasylenko, librarian for Humanities and Citizenship, has been selected by the Syracuse University Libraries Assembly to receive the 2019 Distinguished Service Award. The award will be presented to Lydia at the Libraries’ annual holiday party on December 17, 2019 at 2 p.m. in Bird Library. Lydia was selected based on her contributions to the Libraries and the broader community, her service to the profession, and her excellence in professional skills.

The Distinguished Service Award has been presented to a deserving Libraries employee since 1990. It was started as a way for Libraries staff to recognize one of their peers. Nominations are open to all Libraries employees and include a recommendation from the person’s supervisor as well as at least two members of the University community.

As a subject librarian, Lydia’s service has been in various academic disciplines.  From economics to history to Slavic studies, Lydia has excelled in providing “superior reference and research consultation assistance to countless Syracuse University students and faculty.” Lydia has also provided her expertise behind the scenes in technical services, cataloging, and database management.

An important reason for Lydia’s receipt of this award is her ongoing connection with faculty members. One professor credited Lydia with helping her to “effectively create and teach new courses in my field,” noting that she has met with Lydia multiple times every semester for many years. Lydia’s dedication to meeting the needs of faculty are reflected in her outstanding work in collections development and her “ability to interact effectively and tactfully with a variety of different faculty personalities.”

Fellow librarians point to Lydia as “one of our more critically engaged colleagues,” having worked on the development and oversight of two different professional groups.  She has ably “represented the Libraries on the University Senate, engaging in the development of a number of key initiatives.” Outside of Syracuse University, Lydia has worked with organizations such as the DeWitt Community Library as a long-time board member “deeply involved in their selection of an architect and move to their Jamesville location.”  

Lydia is highly deserving of the Distinguished Service Award, “as a role model for any academic librarian, consistently contributing to organizational excellence.” As someone summarized, “there is something special about colleagues like Lydia, who do not bear the recognition of leadership … but forge ahead leading gently from within.”


LaunchPad Student Teams Sweep Award Competitions, Winning Nearly $80,000 in Fall 2019

Numerous student startup teams from the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars in Bird Library (LaunchPad) have won business competitions and prizes totaling $79,500 this past fall 2019. The LaunchPad is Syracuse University’s innovation hub, connecting the entire University’s resource-rich ecosystem with a global net­work that provides support for aspiring innovators, entrepreneurs, inventors, and creators. “The LaunchPad remains a library service supporting all aspects of entrepreneurship, innovation, and invention, but it has also evolved into a community of innovators who have found their campus home in the SU Libraries,” said David Seaman, Dean of Libraries, University Librarian, and interim Dean of the School of Information Studies (iSchool).  “It has been a delight to watch teams of students learn a range of skills as they develop business ideas and support each other in their endeavors, even when they are competing.”

A recap of the fall 2019 competitions and top winners included:

  • Techstars LaunchPad Startup Weekend (sponsored by the LaunchPad and SU Libraries in September):
    • Qingkun Zhu G’20 (iSchool) and Gokul Beed ’21 (VPA) from HAUS won 1st place ($750) for their Internet of Things smart humidifier de­vice;
    • Justin Diaz ’23 (Engineering and Computer Science) from EcoBamboo Living won 2nd place ($250) for their energy-efficient, sustainable bamboo buildings.
  • ’Cuse Tank (sponsored by the LaunchPad and SU Libraries in October):
    • Brianna Howard ’20 (Falk College) and Nikita Chatterjee ’20 (Arts & Sciences) from PAANI won 1st place ($7,000), for their clean water filtration system;
    • Justin Diaz ’23 (Engineering and Computer Science) from EcoBamboo Living won 2nd place ($3,000) for their energy-efficient, sustainable bamboo buildings;
    • Patrick Prioletti ’21 (iSchool) of Thinc-Hub, a platform to connect startup ventures with innovations ecosystems, and Clinton Garrahan ’21 (Engineering and Computer Science)  and Davis Mutware (Engineering and Computer Science – Science and Technology Entrance Program STEP) from FreeSwing Power Source, a portable device to produce electricity, each won $500 in a wild card round.
  • Orange Tank (sponsored by Whitman School of Manage­ment in November):
    • Kelsey Davis ’19 (Newhouse) G’20 (Whitman) and Brendan O’Keeffe ’21 (iSchool) from CLLCTVE won the grand prize ($25,000) for their digital platform connect­ing college creatives and brands;
    • Other top cash prizes went to Matt Shumer ’22 (Whitman) from Visos, 1st place ($4,000) for their enterprise virtual reality system;
    • Nicholas Barba ’20 (Whitman) and David Fox ’22 (College of Law) from Modern Systems won 2nd place ($2,500) for their smart home network. 
    • Top alumni cash prizes went to LaunchPad alumni Jose Javier Garcia Rovira ’19 (Whitman) and Quentin Rosso ’18 (Whitman), who won 1st prize ($4,000) for Gamercraft, their performance training ecosystem for collegiate and professional eSports;
    • Alumni Daniel Fridliand ’18 (Whitman) and Dylan Sen from Awning won 2nd place ($2,500) for their app that uses biometric data to administer stress relief through the form of guided meditation and breathing exercises.
  • Regional Qualifier for Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (held in Buffalo, NY in November):
    • Quinn King ’20 (VPA) from MedUX won 1st place ($7,500) with their innovative medical products through user-centered design. Quinn King will be advancing to the national competition for Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in the Silicon Valley February 10-12, 2020.
    • Nikita Chatterjee ’20 (Arts & Sciences) from PAANI won 2nd place ($2,000) for their clean water filtration systems.
  • Impact Prize Pitch Competition (sponsored by Syracuse University Libraries in November):
    • Brianna Howard ’20 (Falk College) and Nikita Chatterjee ’20 (Arts & Sciences), co-founders of PAANI, won 1st place ($5,000) for their clean water filtration system;
    • Caleb Obiagwu ’20 (Engineering and Computer Science) and Zachariah Reid ’21 (Engineering and Computer Science) from AttendPro, a device that improves maintenance work-flow, won 2nd place ($2,500);
    • Daniel Green ’21(Information Studies) from DreamConnect, a platform that optimizes the college experience for underrepresented students of color by facilitating culture, collaboration, and connectivity for student organizations across campuses; and Clinton Garrahan ’21 (Engineering and Computer Science)   and Davis Mutware (Engineering and Computer Science – Science and Technology Entrance Program STEP) from FreeSwing Power Source, a portable device to produce electricity, tied for 3rd place, each winning $1,250.
  • Hult Prize (sponsored by the LaunchPad and Syracuse University Libraries in November): 
    • Justin Diaz ’23 (Engineering and Computer Science) from EcoBamboo Living won 1st place and a trip to the global regionals for their energy-efficient, sustainable bamboo buildings;
    • Clinton Garrahan ’21 (Engineering and Computer Science) and Davis Mutware (Engineering and Computer Science – Science and Technology Entrance Program STEP) from FreeSwing Power Source won 2nd place and an alternate trip to the global regionals for their portable device to produce electricity.
  • Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars PROPEL (global competition held in New York City in November):
    • Kelsey Davis ’19 (Newhouse) G’20 (Whitman) and Brendan O’Keeffe ’21 (iSchool) from CLLCTVE won 2nd place ($10,000) for their digital platform connect­ing college creatives and brands.
Caucasian male in shirt and jacket and African male in embroidered shirt next to sign that reads "Hult Prize"
Clinton Garrahan and Davis Mutware of FreeSwing Power Source, 2nd place winners
Latinx male student in shirt and jacket next to sign that reads "Hult Prize"
Justin Diaz of EcoBamboo Living, 1st place winner
three students wearing white t-shirts with word PAANI next to Dean Seaman, standing in front of sandwich board sign that says "The Impact Prize"
PAANI team members Nikita Chatterjee, Jacob Sardino (SUNY ESF), and Brianna Howard with David Seaman, Dean of the SU Libraries
Caucasian male and Indian female students both holding giant checks
Quinn King of MedUX and Nikita Chatterjee of PAANI, winners of the Regional Qualifier for Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards held in Buffalo, NY
African American female and Caucasian male students both wearing navy blue t-shirts with word CLLCTVE in orange letter. Students are holding giant check for $10,000
Kelsey Davis and Brendan O’Keefe of CLLCTVE at Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars PROPEL global competition in New York City

Graduate Student Event Series Spring 2020

Syracuse University Libraries, with funding from the Graduate Student Organization, is hosting a series of events for graduate students in the spring 2020 semester at Bird Library. Registration is required for each workshop.

  • Speed Dating the Research Experts: Monday, February 17, 2020, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Room 114

Meet with SU librarians and campus research experts who can help you navigate your graduate program, while mingling with fellow graduate students over free food and drinks. Come chat and network with a variety of research experts within the libraries and on campus, who specialize in library resources, research funding, copyright and author’s rights, data services, and more. Limited to the first 60 registrants. Register at: https://syr.libwizard.com/f/speeddate.

  • Finding Funding & Grant Opportunities: Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Room 004

Need money for your research? Grab dinner and join Christina Leigh Docteur (Director of Proposal Support Services in SU’s Office of Research), Simona Rosu (Associate Director, STEM Graduate Careers), and Emily Hart (Librarian for Science and Technology) to learn about SU’s resources for identifying funding opportunities. Bring your laptops and keywords in mind to describe your project needs (the who, what, why and how), and leave with navigation tips and potential opportunities. Limited to the first 40 registrants. Free food will be provided. Register at: https://syr.libwizard.com/f/graduateroundtable4.

  • Ready, Set, Publish!: Monday, April 6, 2020, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Room 114

Thinking about publishing your research? Join SU Librarians for a workshop to discuss topics including selecting high quality journals and identifying predatory journals, author rights, and copyright. Learn tips for responsible research conduct and maximizing your research impact. Limited to the first 40 registrants. Free food will be provided. Register at: https://syr.libwizard.com/f/readysetpublish


Donate Food to Reduce Your Libraries Fines

In the spirit of the holidays, Syracuse University Libraries will participate in “Food for Fines” between Monday, December 2 and Friday, December 13. Patrons with overdue circulation fines can reduce their fines by $1 for each healthy, nonperishable food item donated. Donations will be accepted at the circulation desks of participating libraries: Bird, Carnegie, Law, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and King + King Architecture. Contributions from people without current fines will also be accepted. All food items will be donated to the Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry. Fine reductions exclude Inter Library Loan and lost book fees. For more information about “Food for Fines,” please contact Laura Benjamin at lmnemitz@syr.edu.


Libraries to Host BREATHE De-stress Event December 3 and 4

Syracuse University Libraries is again hosting an end-of-semester BREATHE De-Stress event on Tuesday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 4 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in Peter Graham Scholarly Commons Room 114 in Bird Library. Sponsored in partnership with the Barnes Center at The Arch Health Promotion, BREATHE activities help students relax and unwind as they prepare for finals week. Activities will include:

  • Build puzzles and Lego creations
  • Recharge with free snacks and refreshments
  • Ease your mind and body with kits from The Barnes Center
  • Art making with coloring books and crafts
  • Therapy dog petting
  • Healthy connections and giveaways from The Barnes Center
  • Exhale with guided meditation on December 4 from 2:30 to 3 p.m. in Room 004, led by JoAnn Cooke, Buddhist Chaplain from Hendricks Chapel