David Maynard Wins Mary Hatch Marshall Essay Award

David Maynard, a graduate student from the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), was selected as the 2020 winner of the prestigious Mary Hatch Marshall Essay Award. On May 7, A&S and the Syracuse University Library Associates will award the sixteenth annual Mary Hatch Marshall Award for the best essay written by a graduate student in the humanities via a Zoom meeting at 2 p.m. At the event, Maynard will present his paper. Anyone interested in attending can register in advance by emailing libevents@syr.edu by May 6 at noon.

Maynard, this year’s recipient, will receive a $1000 prize for his essay titled “The Science Is Not Enough: Evaluating Climate Change Appeals in Light of the Conservative Christian Apocalyptic Frame.” His 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.

A timely topic, Maynard’s paper employs apocalyptic rhetoric as an analytical frame for making sense of the divisiveness that characterizes climate change discourse in the United States. Maynard sketches out tentative opportunities for consensus on this critical issue, especially when it comes to bridging the ideological and rhetorical gaps between secular climate change activists and conservative Christian stakeholders. By evaluating Greta Thunberg’s climate change appeals against the backdrop of the Conservative Christian apocalyptic frame, Maynard suggests that climate change activists must more closely attend to the ideological frames of those individuals and communities whose attitudes and behaviors they seek to change.

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.


Children’s Book Drive to Benefit SUNY Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

UPDATE 3/17/20: BOOK DRIVE POSTPONED

In honor of National Orange Day on March 24 and National Libraries Week beginning April 20, Syracuse University Libraries and the School of Information Studies will be hosting a new children’s book drive to benefit SUNY Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital Family Resource Center. A collection box will be available in Bird Library and Hinds Hall for all employees, faculty, staff, students and community members to donate new books for children, young readers and teens from March 24 through April 22.

In appreciation for donations received, patrons with overdue circulation fines can reduce their fines by $5 for each new children’s book donated. Patrons interested in fine reduction should bring their book donation to the Check Out desk in Bird Library. Fine reductions exclude interlibrary loan and lost book fees.


150th Anniversary Digital Humanities Showcase

UPDATED 3/17/20: EVENT POSTPONED

Syracuse University will present a Digital Humanities Showcase as part of its sesquicentennial celebrations on March 24 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons of Bird Library.  A cross-disciplinary and cross-campus effort, the Showcase will include brief presentations of completed projects and in-process work by students, faculty and staff in the Digital Humanities. It will be followed by discussion, demonstration and question and answer with attendees.  Featured presenters include:

  • Courtney Asztalos, Curator of Plastics and Historical Artifacts, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries, on the topic “Special Collections, 3D Technologies, and Artistic Inspiration”
  • Sarah Bolden, PhD Student, Information Science & Technology, School of Information Studies, on the topic “Platformed Precarity on Reddit”
  • Leopoldo Gonzalez-Barajas, MA in Spanish, Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, on the topic “Mapping the Shape of a Story”
  • Jordan Brady Loewen, PhD Candidate, Religion Department, on the topic of “Religion, Video Gaming, Technology, Pedagogy”
  • Melissa Patton, MLIS student, School of Information Studies, on the topic “Lit Knits: Encoding Text into Knitting Patterns”
  • Stefano Selenu, Assistant Teaching Professor of Italian Language, Literature, and Culture, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, on the topic “Digital Manuscripts and Archival Languages and Literatures”
  • Patrick Williams, Humanities Librarian, Digital & Open Scholarship Lead, Department of Research & Scholarship, Syracuse University Libraries, on the topic “Histories of Digital Humanities at SU”

“The humanities have been central to life at Syracuse University since its founding in 1870, and our sesquicentennial year is a wonderful time to reflect on the value of humanistic endeavors. In the 21st century university, the humanities have embraced digital tools and technologies for entirely new types of discovery, pedagogy, analysis, and publication, and for rich collaborations between students, faculty members, and librarians,” said David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian.


Anne Rauh Promoted to Head of Collections and Research Services

Anne E. Rauh was recently promoted to head of Collections and Research Services at Syracuse University Libraries, after serving in the role in an interim basis since April 2019.  In this position, Rauh reports to the Associate Dean for Research Excellence, Scott Warren.

As head of Collections and Research Services, Anne Rauh leads the Libraries’ department responsible for providing research services, collection development, open scholarship services, and subject liaison librarian services to the University campus. In her tenure at Syracuse University Libraries, Rauh has facilitated several research initiatives, including the data purchase pilot program, the faculty research metrics challenge, and the Scopus data cleanup to support the R1 University research goals. She also has oversight for the Libraries’ $12 million collection budget, in accordance with the Libraries’ collection philosophy and the University’s policies to support research, teaching, and creative endeavors. Prior to joining Syracuse University Libraries in 2011, Rauh acted as liaison librarian at the University of Wisconsin. She obtained her master’s in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


iSchool Librarian Office Hours

UPDATED 3/17/20: IN-PERSON OFFICE HOURS CANCELED

Brenna Helmstutler, librarian for School of Information Studies, will hold office hours spring 2020 semester from February 19 through April 24, 2020 as follows (excluding the week of March 16):

  • Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 11:00 am in Hinds iCafe
  • Thursdays, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in Hinds iCafe

Those interested in research guidance are encouraged to drop by or email. #AskYourLibrarian


Volunteers Needed for SU Libraries’ Living Library Event

UPDATED 3/16/20: EVENT IS POSTPONED

Syracuse University Libraries will host its annual Living Library event on Thursday, April 2 from noon to 5 p.m. in Bird Library. Patrons will have the opportunity to talk to “living books”—volunteers from the broader Syracuse University community representing a variety of cultural backgrounds and life experiences. Living books engage in 20-minute conversations with patrons in one-on-one or small group settings.

Event organizers are currently seeking Syracuse University faculty, staff, and students to volunteer as living books. Applications are being accepted through March 6 via an online application form.

“This is a great opportunity to encourage the tradition of oral-storytelling,” said Dean David Seaman, University Librarian and Dean of the Syracuse University Libraries. “It also encourages learning different perspectives from our peers, promoting empathy and inclusion in a safe and supportive environment. In the past, our volunteers and patrons have described their conversations as rewarding, insightful and important.”

Popular topics from previous years have included Native American, Chinese, Indian, Nigerian, and Middle Eastern cultures; disability, queer, and biracial identities; military life; mental health issues; immigrant experiences; and experiencing homelessness. This is one of several Living Library events offered throughout the region, with support from the Central NY Library Resources Council (CLRC).


Martin Luther King Jr. Book Display Curated by iSchool Student

Gigi (Grace) Swinnerton, a first-year graduate student at the School of Information Studies and a Syracuse University Libraries employee, curated a book display on the first floor of Bird Library inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Swinnerton is the first student employee to curate a book display, which runs from January 20 through early February.

“The Libraries has a long-standing tradition of supporting our student employees, including mentoring and encouragement of student work projects that the further each student’s individual interests and aspirations. This is the newest and an excellent example of applied experience for our professional students,” said David Seaman, Dean of the Syracuse University Libraries and University Librarian.

Swinnerton spent about a month developing the display, incorporating ideology behind the selection of each book. The idea was born out of her passion for history, Civil Rights and Women’s Rights Movements.  “In curating this display, I felt it was important to include issues both of past and present to reflect on the impact of Dr. King’s legacy. It was a great opportunity to bring together my interests and current library school experience to create something for the Syracuse community to interact with,” said Swinnerton.


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


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

SU Libraries’ Fine Forgiveness for Veterans and Military Members

In honor of Veteran’s Month, Syracuse University Libraries will forgive all veteran and active military service member Libraries’ fines up to $25 for the month of November. To participate, veterans and current members of the U.S. military must present their valid military identification to receive a one-time waiver of library fines.

Additional Veteran’s Month activities at the Libraries include:

  • A collection of Service Newspapers of World War II available for campus use, including papers from the British Library. Imperial War Museums, US Army Heritage and Education Center, US Army War College, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, and Berlin State Library Prussian Cultural Heritage.
  • A feature display of military and veteran-related books in the Diana entryway display case of Carnegie Library.
  • Letter/card writing to a United State military service member from November 11 through 15. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by the first floor of Bird Library. The Library will supply materials and collect notes to send to service people and veterans via Operation Gratitude.