Library Associates present Jan Shipps: Palmyra’s Lengthening Shadow

Historian Jan Shipps will be the Syracuse University Library Associates speaker on Thursday, April 21st at 5:00 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, first floor, Bird Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Shipps will review the history of the Book of Mormon, describing how it came into being and the satires it inspired. She will survey the expanding role of the book in the Mormon religion and explore how its content figures in the history of Western New York tourism. Shipps will conclude her talk with a look at the Book of Mormon as a cultural artifact whose legacy endures as the subject of a current Broadway musical.

Jan Shipps is Professor Emerita of History and Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, and an Andrew W. Mellon Emeritus Faculty Fellow. Although not a Mormon, Shipps is a recognized authority on the Latter-day Saints. She is an editor and the author of several books, including Mormonism: the Story of a New Religious Tradition (1985), which The New York Review of Books called “the best book ever written on Mormonism.” Shipps is currently working on a study of Mormonism since World War II. She holds a doctorate in history from the University of Colorado.

This event is sponsored by Syracuse University Library Associates, a society devoted to the enrichment of the Syracuse University Library and the greater Syracuse community. The society is supported by members who share an interest in books, learning and the preservation of knowledge.

Free event parking is available at Booth Garage, on the corner of Waverly and Comstock Avenues, one block from Bird Library. For more information, visit http://library.syr.edu/libassoc.


Remembering the 1960s: Black Power

Cultural historian Jane Rhodes will be the Syracuse University Library Associates speaker on Thursday, March 31st at 5:00 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, first floor, Bird Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Rhodes will discuss how the press, television, film, and popular music and literature influence our memory of the Black Power era of the 1960s and early 70s. Why do the Black Panthers and other figures of the period, such as Malcolm X persist in popular memory? What relevance does Black Power have in the Obama era? Rhodes examines the efforts of activists to gain visibility through mass media and how their efforts continue to resonate today.

Jane Rhodes is Dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and Professor and Chair of American Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She earned B. S. and M.A. degrees from Syracuse University and was a reporter for the Herald-Journal and New Times, a radio personality for WAER, and a member of the SUNY Cortland faculty. Rhodes holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rhodes will sign copies of her book, Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon (The New Press, 2007).

This event is sponsored by Syracuse University Library Associates, a society devoted to the enrichment of the Syracuse University Library and the greater Syracuse community. The society is supported by members who share an interest in books, learning and the preservation of knowledge.

Free event parking is available at Booth Garage, on the corner of Waverly and Comstock Avenues, one block from Bird Library. For more information, visit http://library.syr.edu/libassoc.


Lecture by David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, on March 28th

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, will give a lecture entitled “Protecting National Security in an Open Government Environment: the Role of the National Archives” on Monday, March 28th at 4 p.m. in the Public Events Room (Room 220) in Eggers Hall. The lecture is co-sponsored by the History Department, the Library, the iSchool, and the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT).

In describing the substance of his lecture, Mr. Ferriero said, “All research institutions have to strike a difficult balance between providing as much access as possible and safeguarding the collections. If the materials are inaccessible, we cannot learn from them. If we do not do our best to make them secure, we run the risk of items disappearing from our cultural and historical legacy.”

Mr. Ferriero, the 10th Archivist of the U.S., was appointed by President Obama and sworn in on November 13, 2009. Prior to his confirmation as Archivist, Mr. Ferriero was the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries, where he was in charge of collection strategy; conservation; digital experience; reference and research services; and education, programming, and exhibitions. Before joining the NYPL in 2004, Mr. Ferriero served in top positions at two of the nation’s major academic libraries, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and Duke University in Durham, NC. In those positions, he led major initiatives including the expansion of facilities, the adoption of digital technologies, and a reengineering of printing and publications.

Mr. Ferriero earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English literature from Northeastern University in Boston and a Master’s degree from the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, also in Boston.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) safeguards and preserves the records of the U.S. government, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. NARA ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government.


Frank Cammuso: Knights of the Lunch Table Lecture, February 17

Author, illustrator, and political cartoonist Frank Cammuso will be the Syracuse University Library Associates speaker on Thursday, February 17th at 5:00 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, first floor, Bird Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Cammuso will discuss his work as a political satirist and children’s author. He will delve into the world of the graphic novel, an exciting and ascendant multimedia print form that traces its roots to the comic book.

A Central New Yorker and Syracuse University graduate, Cammuso is known throughout the region and beyond as an award-winning political cartoonist for The Post-Standard. Cammuso’s graphic novels include Max Hamm, Fairy Tale Detective (single volume edition, 2005) and the Knights of the Lunch Table series, intended for children. He collaborated on Otto’s Orange Day (2008), also intended for children, with comic artist Jay Lynch and New Yorker editor Francoise Mouly. Cammuso is co-author with Hart Seeley of 2007-Eleven and Other American Stories (2000) and he has contributed fiction and satirical writing to The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Slate, and National Public Radio.

This event is sponsored by Syracuse University Library Associates, a society devoted to the enrichment of the Syracuse University Library and the greater Syracuse community. The society is supported by members who share an interest in books, learning and the preservation of knowledge.

Free event parking is available at Booth Garage, on the corner of Waverly and Comstock Avenues, one block from Bird Library. For more information, visit http://library.syr.edu/libassoc.


Library to host Business & Data Information Showcase on January 27th

Find or rediscover some of the most useful business and data tools available to you through the Syracuse University Library subscriptions.

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 1st floor of Bird Library

Drop by and talk to information professionals from vendor companies and learn better ways to find business information and source data for your research, projects and business plans. Demonstrations and handouts will be provided by representatives from:

  • CQ Press – A division of Sage Publications (CQ Political Reference Suite, CQ Researcher, CQ Weekly and more)
  • Gale Cengage Learning (Business & Company Resource Center, RDS Business Suite/Tablebase)
  • Mergent, Inc. (Mergent Online)
  • Geographic Research Inc. (SimplyMap)
  • ProQuest LLC (ABI/Inform, Statistical Datasets, Snapshots and more)
  • Standard Rate & Data Service (SRDS Media Solutions)

We will also have brochures and handouts available for IBISWorld, Plunkett and World Advertising Research Center (WARC), and librarians demonstrating Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and Choices III (from Experian), among other databases.

Prizes, giveaways, and refreshments will be provided thanks to generous donations from all of our attending vendors.


Holly Krueger to give 2010 Brodsky lecture: Featuring Herblock!

The Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation presents Holly Huston Krueger, Senior Paper Conservator at the Library of Congress, on Friday, October 22nd at 4:00 p.m. in the Hillyer Room on the 6th floor of Syracuse University’s Bird Library.
With over thirty thousand original drawings for illustrations, cartoons and comic strips, the Library of Congress is one of the largest repositories in the world. The evening lecture will give an overview of the Swann, Cabinet of American Illustration, Art Wood, and Herb Block collections and the preservation issues particular to these materials. Krueger will discuss past and ongoing conservation actions as well as new directions in scientific preservation research on the Herblock cartoons.
Her workshop the following day will focus on identification of different materials used in the construction of cartoons and illustrations and how to assess the associated preservation issues. Treatment and housing solutions will be presented.
Holly Huston Krueger is a graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Conservation in New York. She has worked at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the Amon Carter Museum, and Perry Huston and Associates in Ft. Worth, Texas. She currently works as Senior Paper Conservator at the Library of Congress, a position she’s held since 1992. During her tenure, she has been Team Leader for large, multi-year projects aimed at preserving vast cartoon collections. She has recently completed a five year project to conserve and house the fourteen thousand original drawings of Herb Block that were donated to the Library upon his death in 2001.
The Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation is endowed through a generous gift by William J. ’65, G’ 68 and Joan Brodsky ’67, G’68 of Chicago, Illinois. Beginning in 2004, the endowment has been used to sponsor programs that promote and advance knowledge of library conservation theory, practice, and application among wide audiences, both on campus and in the region. Programs will typically include lectures and workshops by prominent library conservators.
For more information, contact Peter Verheyen, Head of Preservation and Conservation, at pdverhey@syr.edu or 315.443.9756 or visit the library web site at http://library.syr.edu/find/scrc/conservation/series/index.php


iSchool and SU Library to host Handheld Librarian Online Conference

Syracuse University Library and the iSchool will serve as local hosts for the Handheld Librarian Online Conference, an annual conference about mobile library applications and services.

The program runs from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on February 17 and 18, 2010.

Keynote speakers and topics include:

  • Joan K. Lippincott, Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI): “Mobilizing Libraries for Today’s Students”
  •  Alison Miller, Doctoral student at the iSchool: “Mobile Trends and Social Reference”
  •  Tom Peters, CEO of TAP Information Services: “Morphing with Mobile”
  •  Joe Murphy, libraryfuture on Twitter: “This is Now: The Mobile Library”

Topics for the conference include: Mobile Reference; E-books; Mobile Aps; Websites; and Content.

The schedule of sessions available at SU is available at: http://researchguides.library.syr.edu/hhconference All sessions will be held in Bird Library.

Please rsvp to Donna Sullivan, dlsulliv@syr.edu, indicating which day(s)/session(s) you wish to attend. Space may be limited for some sessions. There is no registration fee for SU students, faculty, and staff; registration fees for the SU site have been covered by of the iSchool.

Full information about the speakers and events is available at http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/schedule2010 (please note that time listed on the conference web site are in CST, requiring a one hour adjustment).

For more information, please contact Jill Hurst-Wahl (jahurst@syr.edu) in the iSchool or Tasha Cooper (nacoop01@syr.edu) in the Library.


MacDonald to present “The Death of History: Natural Causes or Murder?” September 23

Syracuse University Library Associates will present “The Death of History: Natural Causes or Murder?,” a lecture by historian and video archivist Fred MacDonald, on Thursday, September 23 at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, First Floor, Bird Library, 222 Waverly Avenue.

Performing an “autopsy” on the traditional study of history, MacDonald contends that in the digital age primary documents-the raw materials essential to an understanding of the past- are easily, casually, and regularly being relegated to the obscurity of basements around the world through online auctions. Most of these documents will be forever lost to public scholarship. MacDonald will discuss efforts to save the principal evidence of our past from amateur collectors, impulse buyers, and ideological revisionists.

MacDonald is Professor Emeritus of History at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and founder and president of MacDonald & Associates, whose holdings constitute one of the largest private repositories of films and television programs in the world. Clients of his archive include the BBC, NHK (Japan), and every major U.S. motion picture studio and television network. He is the author of six books and numerous articles on the history of American popular culture, available for free online reading at www.jfredmacdonald.com.

The event is free and open to the public. Free event parking is available at Booth Garage, on the corner of Waverly and Comstock avenues, one block from Bird Library. For more information, visit library.syr.edu/libraryassociates.


Publish AND perish?: Exploring scholarly publication practices in a shifting communications landscape.

OA_week_us_120x2401.jpgThe Research, Collections and Scholarly Communications Unit of Syracuse University Library will present a brown bag seminar at noon on Monday, October 19, in support of International Open Access Week. Drop by the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library and be part of a discussion with campus peers on new models for getting your academic work seen and read. The session will include discussion of the risks and costs associated with traditional scholarly publishing. Can open access journals, online publication repositories and the like offer you more flexible publishing opportunities — and provide greater impact at the same time? How does more conventional publishing interact with the rapidly changing online social network technologies embraced by your students? When you license your publications, do you find the licensing agreement to be a solution or a straitjacket? And how do you tell one from the other?

Beverages and snacks will be provided; feel free to bring your own lunch.

For more information about Open Access Week, see http://www.openaccessweek.org/.


Don Etherington to give 2009 Brodsky Lecture: A Sixty-year Odyssey in Bookbinding and Conservation

Don Etherington, President of Etherington Conservation Services, will give the 2009 Brodsky lecture on Friday, October 16th at 4 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Syracuse University’s Bird Library. A Sixty-year Odyssey in Bookbinding and Conservation chronicles Don Etherington’s career and describes how the bookbinding and conservation fields have evolved during this time and how he learned from and contributed to this evolution.
On Saturday, October 17, Don will also instruct a full-day workshop on the restoration and repair of historic cloth bindings using the combination of Japanese paper and linen. If possible, attendees should bring at least two books needing repair. No prerequisite is required for this workshop and tools will be available. Workshop fee (including all materials) is $100 and is free to students at Syracuse University. Enrollment is limited to 12 with priority given to Syracuse University students. The deadline for registration is October 2.
Don Etherington began bookbinding at age thirteen as a student at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and at Harrison’s & Company in London. He studied bookbinding and design with Edgar Mansfield and Ivor Robinson at the London School of Printing and worked as a conservator for the BBC and Roger Powell and Peter Waters. From 1967 to 1969, he was a training consultant at the Biblioteca Nazionale in Florence where he trained individuals in conservation practices as part of the flood response effort. He came to the Library of Congress (LC) in 1970 with Peter Waters, where he served as Training Officer and Assistant Restoration Officer. He served as Assistant Director and Chief Conservation Officer at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1987, he joined Information Conservation, Inc. where he created a new conservation division. In 1982, he co-authored, with Matt Roberts, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, the first comprehensive attempt to compile terminology from all the bookmaking and conservation fields
For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Peter Verheyen, Head of Preservation and Conservation at pdverhey@syr.edu or 315.443.9756 or visit the library web site at http://library.syr.edu/find/scrc/conservation/series/index.php