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.

University Archives to Host Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Open Archives

To commemorate Remembrance Week 2019, Syracuse University Libraries Special Collections Research Center will host two Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Open Archives sessions on Thursday, October 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Friday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn, Assistant University Archivist and Pan Am 103 Archivist, will have prepared selections available for viewing in room 608 Bird Library, Spector Room.

The Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives holds over 400-linear feet of material, including correspondence, government reports and legislation, photographs, artwork, audio visual material, and personal items that belonged to the victims of the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. For more information, contact the the Archives at or 315.443.0632.

New Biblio Gallery Exhibit: Master Copy Drawings

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Master Copy Drawing from Biblio Gallery

Syracuse University Libraries’ new Biblio Gallery Exhibit on the 4th Floor of Bird Library, titled “Master Copy Drawings,” is on display from October 1 through November 1, 2019. Master drawings are records of the artist’s creative process. Master copies are considered an essential form of practice for the beginning drawing student, since it facilitates the student’s development of the importance of line quality and mark making. The master copy drawing assignment integrates research, art history, and drawing skill. To prepare for the assignment, students participated in a workshop taught by Ann Skiold, associate librarian, which introduced them to resources available in Syracuse University Libraries.

Pieces in this exhibit were selected from three sections of first year studio students in the two courses Drawing I: Observation and Drawing Nature in the School of Art. The student drawings represent a range of master artists’ approaches in figurative and landscape works from the Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Rococo, and Neo-Classical periods. The pieces on display were selected by studio instructors: Susan D’Amato, Associate Professor, Drawing Coordinator; Holly Greenberg, Associate Professor, Printmaking Coordinator; and Sarah McCoubrey, Professor, Painting Coordinator.

pencil drawing of old bearded man sitting near lion in the middle of the woods with a house in the distant background
Master Copy Drawing from Biblio Gallery

Students whose work is featured in the exhibit are: Nicole Blanchard, Sike Chan, Chloe Crookall, D’Mya Curtis, Emilie DelSignore, Emma Edelin, Abe Frankel, Diana Garcia, Aisling Kenny, Zhanhao (Jim) Liang, Shianne Lindsay, Claudia Lynch, Sophia Medieros, Callen Moore, Celena Mouton, Leito Navarete, Lydia Pleasants, Nikkos Saviolis, Robert Spano, Kayla Tomlin, Jiaqi Yuan, and Anna Zinan.

For more information about the Biblio Gallery, contact S. Ann Skiold, MFA, MLIS, Librarian for Decorative & Applied Arts, Design, Art History, Film, Photography, and Spanish & Italian at Syracuse University Libraries or apply to submit an exhibit via Biblio Gallery website. 


Libraries Welcomes Families October 18-20, 2019

Syracuse University Libraries’ welcomes families to visit the Libraries during Syracuse University’s Family Weekend October 18 through 20, 2019. The following activities are planned:

  • Tours of Bird Library (approximately 1 hour in length): Friday, October 18 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.; Saturday, October 19 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Tours of Carnegie Library (approximately 30 minutes in length): Friday, October 18 at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (families encouraged to stop by before the Tailgate party begins at 4 p.m.); Saturday October 19 at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • “150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University” exhibition will be open Friday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Anyone from the community is welcome to visit on these days as well.)
  • Blackstone LaunchPad Powered by Techstars ‘Cuse Tank competition at Bird Library on Friday, October 18 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Libraries Co-Hosting Understanding Islam Series

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Imam Amir Duric, Muslim Chaplain at Syracuse University, “Understanding Islam” facilitator

Syracuse University Libraries, along with Syracuse University’s Muslim Student Life, Hendricks Chapel, and the Muslim Students Association, are co-hosting a 7-week series of lectures and discussions titled “Understanding Islam.” The series will run on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., beginning on October 2 and ending on November 13. 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 in the fall and spring 2018 semesters and spring 2019. The fall 2019 schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 2: Introduction to the basic terms and concepts
  • Wednesday, October 9: Contemplation and submission
  • Wednesday, October 16: Perfecting moral character
  • Wednesday, October 23: Demystifying Jihad
  • Wednesday, October 30: An insight into the gender Jihad
  • Wednesday, November 6: Muhammad, mercy to the worlds
  • Wednesday, November 13: Visiting a Syracuse mosque

To register for one or more of the sessions and to request special accommodations, please RSVP by October 1 to Amir Duric at

Testimonials from previous series participants:

“I was born Muslim, but I still benefited greatly from the “Understanding Islam” series because it both reinforced Islamic ideas and also opened my mind to information I had not known previously. The environment was very welcoming, individuals of all backgrounds came together to learn about Islam from wonderful Muslim representatives from the community. Now more than ever, with the widespread Anti-Muslim rhetoric, it’s important that the true values and teachings of Islam overshadow the preconceived stereotypes that media portrays. This series offers insight to the true teachings of Islam. I highly recommend this series!” – Shewa Shwani, Fall 2018 Participant

“I was drawn to the series out of a desire to better understand a religion with which I had previously had little contact, and which I considered to be often misunderstood. In following the series, I learned about Islam not only through the weekly meetings with Mr. Duric, but through experience in listening to prayers, reading excerpts from the Qur’an, and visiting a local mosque. I highly recommend this series to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of Islam in a welcoming and friendly environment.” – Katelyn Rochelle Bajorek, Spring 2018 Participant

Graduate Student Next Level Research Workshop and Discussion Forum

photo of Bird Library building with trees and grass in foregroundSyracuse University Libraries, in partnership with the Graduate Student Organization, is hosting “Next Level Research Workshop and Discussion Forum” in Bird Library on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The day-long workshop will support graduate students in the research or planning phase of their dissertation or thesis. Fellow graduate students and librarians will share strategies to enhance graduate research. Participants will learn how to locate new sources and identify places to find sources to expand bibliographies, discover strategies for managing sources, identify potential gaps in current research, and exchange ideas with other graduate students who are also in a similar phase in their research process.

The schedule and presentations will be customized based on the applications received and the needs identified. Potential topics could include, but are not limited to, advanced strategies for conducting literature reviews, citation and research organization strategies, locating the latest research on a topic, and refining research questions.

Space is limited to 30 registrants and application is required. There is no cost to participate. Acceptance to attend will be determined by the description of the applicant’s research project, their current stage of research (those in the research or planning phase of their dissertation or thesis), and identified needs.

The application can be found online at For questions or more information, contact Emily Hart at

The Next Level Research Workshop is the culmination event in a series of graduate student workshops co-sponsored by Syracuse University Libraries and the Syracuse University Graduate Student Organization. Registration is required for each workshop. The workshops are:

  • Library Tips & Tools for Successful Research
    Tuesday, Oct. 8, 5:30-7 p.m. in Bird Library 114
    Registration link
  • Survey, Data & Citation Management Tools
    Tuesday, Oct. 15, 5:30-7 p.m. in Bird Library 114
    Registration link
  • Information Literacy for Teaching Assistants
    Monday, Oct. 28, 5:30-7 p.m. in Bird Library 114
    Registration link


Qualtrics Webinars

Syracuse University Libraries is hosting its annual Qualtrics webinar workshops on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning on October 10 and running through November 21, 2019.  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 Blackboard Collaborate.; however, users do not need to have Blackboard Collaborate installed on their computer to participate. 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 on Syracuse University Libraries’ Research Data Services, visit our Research Data Services Guide page.

Sound Beat Access Audio Chronicles to Release “You Don’t Surrender: Journal and Memoirs from Don Waful, a World War II P.O.W.”

Sitting in radio city around table with microphones are Don Waful, an elderly gentleman, student Tyler Youngman, Libraries' employee Jim O'Connor, and Inclusive U intern Gabby Iannotti
From Left to Right: Recording in WAER’s studios are: Don Waful ’37 and G’39, veteran; Tyler Youngman ’20, Sound Beat intern; James O’Connor, Sound Beat producer; Gabby Iannotti ‘19, Sound Beat intern from InclusiveU.

Syracuse University Libraries will be releasing its first audiobook titled “You Don’t Surrender: Journal and Memoirs from Don Waful, a World War II P.O.W.”  in October 2019.  This original audio content was produced by Sound Beat: Access Audio Chronicles, which creates audio projects that highlight iconic Syracuse University community members. Don Waful, who received his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University’s College of Arts & Sciences in 1937 and his master’s degree in 1939, has been an icon in the community and on campus for decades. A member of the Alumni Glee Club, Waful is one of Syracuse’s oldest-living alumni and longest-tenured football fans. As an American Prisoner of War (POW) from 1942 through 1945 during World War II, Waful maintained a journal of his experiences. “You Don’t Surrender: Journal and Memoirs from Don Waful, a World War II P.O.W.” chronicles both the journal he maintained, along with a memorial perspective from Waful himself in the form of interviews conducted at WAER. The audiobook also includes historical commentary interspersed throughout the chronicles.

Historically, Sound Beat has been a 90-second daily radio program based on recordings from the Belfer Audio Archive, part of Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. Sound Beat is broadcast in over 360 markets nationally and internationally, and each episode focuses on a particular recording and provides a short backstory detailing its place in the landscape of recorded sound. Sound Beat: Access Audio Chronicles is a new longer form program that extends the Sound Beat concept by enabling the creation of new knowledge and cultural exchange and advancing teaching, learning and research through the oral documentation of interviews, journals, experiences and perspectives from primary sources. It also extends Syracuse University Libraries’ commitment to accessibility and inclusion by providing resources to those who may not be able to read or process traditional print books or prefer listening to books.

Sound Beat, both the 90-second interstitials and the longer form Access Audio Chronicles, also provides an opportunity to incorporate applied learning for Syracuse University students who help to research, write and promote the episodes.  Recently students with intellectual and developmental disabilities from The Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education (InclusiveU) have begun working with Sound Beat. Syracuse University alumnus Brett Barry ’97, G’13, is the program host and narrator.  James O’Connor, Sound Beat producer, Bianca Caiella Breed, assistant director for development at Syracuse University Libraries, Tyler Youngman, production assistant, Sound Beat intern and Syracuse University student ‘20, Gabby Iannotti ’19, production assistant and InclusiveU graduate, and Ian Coe, Sound Beat intern and InclusiveU student ’21 have been working on the “You Don’t Surrender: Journal and Memoirs from Don Waful, a World War II P.O.W.”  audio project. In addition to reading and recording the journal entries, they have interviewed Don several times on topics ranging from his time as a student to key events that occurred during the war. Each interview and interaction has provided more depth to Waful’s character and unique story as a student and veteran, his outlook on life, and his loyalty to his alma mater. Through the interviews and his journal writings, Waful has shared his despairs while captured along with his hopes for his future.

As part of Orange Central, Syracuse University’s alumni weekend event, the team will be speaking about the experience of bringing the journal to life, complete with a question and answer session with Waful himself. The presentation will be on September 14, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in Bird Library.

Libraries Hosting International Student Check-In

Syracuse University Libraries is pleased to again welcome Syracuse University international students to campus beginning August 5 through August 21, 2019. International student check-in will be taking place in the Quiet Reading Room on the lower level of Bird Library. While the Quiet Reading Room is being used for check-in, it will not be available for general use and will be locked when not in use.

For those looking for an alternate quiet work area in Bird Library, the following quiet spaces are available:

  • 4th and 5th floors are generally quiet working areas
  • Individual study rooms are available first come first served
  • Small group study rooms can be reserved
  • On the 6th floor, the Plastics Pioneers Reading Room (Room 610) and Safire Room (Room 605) are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
  • After 5 p.m. daily and on weekends during regular hours, the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the 1st floor of Bird Library will be open and available for use as a quiet room

In addition, Carnegie Library’s Reading Room is also available for quiet study Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.