From Belfer’s shelves to the nation’s airwaves

Join producer Jim O’Connor and Newhouse alum Brett Barry, the voice of Sound Beat, for a behind the scenes look at Sound Beat. The presentation will take place in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of Bird Library on Thursday, November 3 at 3:00 p.m.

From selection of recordings, to script writing, recording, and distribution, the event will provide an overview of the creation of an episode – from Belfer’s shelves to the nation’s airwaves.

Sound Beat is a daily, 90 second show highlighting the holdings of the Belfer Audio Archive. The Belfer is part of the Syracuse University Library, and with over half a million recordings, is one of the largest sound archives in the United States. Each Sound Beat episode focuses on one particular recording from the Archive, and provides a back story detailing its place in recording history.

For more information about Sound Beat, visit

Line, Shade & Shadow: Fabrication and Preservation of Architectural Drawings, a lecture and workshop in the Brodsky Series

Friday, October 28th at 4 p.m.

The Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation is pleased to present Lois Olcott Price from the Winterthur Museum of the University of Delaware as its speaker on Friday, October 28th at 4 p.m. Because architectural drawings are not created as an end in themselves, but as graphic documents to construct a building, sell a project or explore a design concept, the materials and techniques chosen by the drafter are particular to the function of the drawing as well as the period in which it was created. The interpretation and preservation of architectural drawings depends upon an understanding of their functions in architectural practice and on a working knowledge of drafting materials and techniques. This lecture will include tracing the use of supports, media and photo-reproductive processes used to create architectural drawings in the 18th to 20th centuries.


SU Library presents Open Access Week 2011

Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access — the principle that all research should be freely accessible online, immediately after publication — and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

The now-annual event has been expanded from a single day to a week to accommodate widespread global interest in the movement toward open, public access to scholarly research results. From Oct. 19 to Oct. 27, Syracuse University Library will host a series of events relevant to Open Access basics, finding open access resources, data curation, management and preservation, copyright and fair use. Please join us at these events for an opportunity to learn more about Open Access!

The Common Cause Is Freedom: The Personal Politics of Solidarity Organizing
Wednesday, October 19
4 to 5:30 p.m., Bird Library, Hillyer Room, 6th Floor
Publication Innovation: Sustaining Digital Repositories for Science
Thursday, October 20
Noon to 1:00 p.m., Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons
Open Access Week Kick-Off
Monday, October 24
10 a.m. to Noon, Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons
Open Access Info Table
Monday, October 24
Noon to 4 p.m., Bird Library, 1st Floor
Wednesday, October 26
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bird Library, 1st Floor
Thursday, October 27
9 to 10 a.m. & 4 to 5 p.m., Bird Library, 1st Floor
ENY-ACRL Open Access Brown Bag
Tuesday, October 25
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., SUNY-ESF, F. Franklin Moon Library, Room 110
E-Science Expo: What You Need to Know About Data
Wednesday, October 26
12:30 to 2 p.m., Life Sciences Complex, Lundgren Room
Will Libraries Survive Copyright?
Thursday, October 27
12:30 to 2 p.m., Hinds Hall, Innovation Studio, Room 011

For more information about Open Access Week at SU Library, visit

Laptop security cables: Now available for loan in the Learning Commons

In an effort to help protect your laptop from theft — and yourself from resulting data loss and identity theft — the SU Library now has laptop security cables available for loan at the Technology Support Desk. The cables, for use with your own laptop or one of ours, circulate for up to six hours at a time.

When using the security cables, be sure to tether your laptop to a strong, unbreakable object that won’t move, such as the anchor bolts found on many tables in Bird.

Make a habit of locking your laptop, even when you’re working on it, regardless of where you are. Do not leave your laptop unattended and use the cables for added security.

Security cables and locks are also available for purchase at the SU Bookstore.

Brought to you by SU Library and SU Department of Public Safety!

Take the Knovel University Challenge

Knovel, one of the key engineering resources brought to you Syracuse University Library, has kicked off its 2011 University Challenge.

Solve three problems using Knovel for a chance to win an iPad 2, cash, and lots of other great prizes.

Last year, Andy Quach, a sophomore in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, won second prize.

How It Works — Play Two Ways

  1. Go to or the Facebook version of the game.
  2. Choose your difficulty level.
  3. Use the search box* to answer three questions correctly.
  4. Share with Friends — schools with 100 correct entries or more are guaranteed entry into a contest-within-the-contest, ensuring one student participant with three correct answers will be the winner of an iPod Nano.

*For entries to be valid, and to qualify for prizes, you must use Knovel to answer the questions.

The contest ends midnight on December 1.

Have a question or need help using Knovel? Contact Anne E. Rauh, Engineering and Computer Science Librarian, at

FORENSICnetBASE now available


SU Library now offers FORENSICnetBASE, a new searchable database of essential forensic science and law enforcement reference texts.

Featuring works by esteemed criminologists and forensic practitioners, this e-library include essential references in crisis management and negotiation methods, arson and homicide investigation, expert witnessing, and forensic pathology.

With more than 300 volumes currently online, FORENSICnetBASE includes e-books on subject areas such as:

  • Arson & Fire Investigation
  • Computer Crime Investigation
  • Criminal Justice & Law
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Forensics
  • Law Enforcement
  • Security Management

To access the database, point your browser to:

For Off-Campus access, please point your browser to:

For more information or to provide feedback, please contact Linda Galloway.

Illuminating Oppression: 9th Annual Human Rights Film Festival

HRFFPinkSaris_Retouched.jpgMembers of the Syracuse University and Central New York communities will have an opportunity to view award-winning documentaries and feature films from around the world during “Illuminating Oppression: 9th Annual Human Rights Film Festival,” Thursday, Sept. 15, through Saturday, Sept. 17.

The three-day festival is part of the 2011 Syracuse Symposium, “Identity,” and is presented by the SU Humanities Center for the College of Arts and Sciences and the Newhouse School.

All of the films will be shown in the Life Sciences Complex Auditorium of Syracuse University and are free and open to the public.

Festival Screenings and Times
Public parking will be available for $4 on Thursday, September 15, at Booth Garage (Comstock Ave); on Friday morning, September 16 at University Avenue Garage; on Friday evening and all day Saturday at Q4 (College Place).

For more information on Illuminating Oppression, visit

Illuminating Oppression is co-sponsored by SU Library; South Asia Center; Imagining America; Office of Multicultural Affairs; Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration; and SASSE.

Research Roundtable session with guest speaker, Matthew Hedstrom

Matthew HedstromMatthew Hedstrom (University of Virginia)
March 4, 2011

Now an assistant professor of religious studies and American studies at the University of Virginia, Hedstrom held postdoctoral positions at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University and in the Lilly Fellows Program at Valparaiso University. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in American studies from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. in history from Haverford College. His main areas of teaching and research are religious liberalism, the cultures and politics of pluralism, religion and race, and print culture. Seeking a Spiritual Center: Books, Book Culture, and Liberal Religion in Modern America (Oxford University Press, 2011), his first book, offers new interpretations of the influence of religious liberalism on American culture in the 20th century, and of the place of consumer culture and print media in shaping spirituality. The book traces the rise of religious middlebrow culture in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s through an examination of key texts, reader reception, transformations in publishing, and a variety of public reading programs, and relates these developments to the production and propagation of liberal religious sensibilities and practices in the 20th century. This work draws on extensive research in archival collections around the country, including the Norman Vincent Peale and Frank Laubach collections at Syracuse.