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

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 or 315.443.9756 or visit the library web site at

RefWorks training sessions scheduled

The Library will offer a number of RefWorks training sessions in September and October.

RefWorks is an online citation management tool available to all SU students and faculty. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend a session and learn how RefWorks can simplify and enhance the process of organizing research materials.

These are hands-on sessions and will include demonstrations of how to import and save citations, generate bibliographies, insert in-text references, and more. Sessions will be held in Room 046 on the lower level of E.S. Bird Library. No registration is required – drop-ins are welcome!

Sessions will be held on:

  • Tuesday, September 16, 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
  • Monday, September 22, 12:45 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 2, 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
  • Wednesday. October 8, 12:45 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 14, 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 21, 2:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
  • Monday, October 27, 2:15 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

For more details about RefWorks and a copy of the class schedule, please visit the library’s RefWorks webpage:

French Graduate Student Colloquium April 27

Come enjoy an afternoon of French culture and literature at the 10th annual French Graduation Student Colloquium on Friday, April 27th from noon – 3 p.m. in the Hillyer Room on the 6th floor of E.S. Bird Library. The program will consist of presentations by the graduate students, faculty members Philippa Kim and Jean François Bedard, and librarian Barbara Opar. A reception will follow.

Jill Hurst-Wahl to Discuss Libraries and Second Life at April 10 lecture

Information consultant and IST adjunct instructor Jill Hurst-Wahl, will give a talk on Libraries & Librarians in Second Life, on Tuesday, April 10 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of E.S.Bird Library. Second Life is a 3-D online digital world that is created by its residents. Currently inhabited by more than 4 million residents, Second Life has become home to a growing number of libraries and librarians. Jill will talk about the work that librarians are doing in Second Life, the spaces they are creating, and why we should pay attention to this activity.

Known as “Jillianna Suisei” in Second Life, Jill is a member of two active library groups and often gives tours of Info Island, an area that offers a variety of library and information services to Second Life residents. In real life, Hurst-Wahl has become a Second Life advocate by giving interviews, writing articles, and speaking formally and informally about Second Life.

Sept. 12 and 13 workshop: Introduction to GIS Using ArcGIS, to be held in E.S. Bird Library’s Electronic Training Center

The Library will sponsor a two-day workshop, Introduction to GIS Using
ArcGIS 9.1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 13, 2005. The workshop will be held in the Elecronic Training Center on the lower level of E.S. Bird Library.
The workshop was originally scheduled for July 7 and 8, 2005.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology has applications in
practically every field, and people who know how to work with it are in
demand in today’s highly competitive job market. Learn how to take
advantage of this powerful technology with Introduction to ArcGIS using
ArcView 9.1. This two-day workshop will provide you with a hands-on
opportunity to begin using the world’s most popular GIS software.
Description of the Workshop: The workshop will give you the
instruction you need to put ArcView to work for you right away. Through
a series of instructor-led demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you
will learn how to use ArcView to display, edit, query, and analyze
geographic data, as well as display and edit maps and charts.
Who should attend: ArcView is designed for and used by engineers,
planners, public utility managers, marketing professionals, public
safety personnel, natural resource managers, academic professionals, and
others who work with maps and other forms of geographic data.
Hands-on exercises: Each participant will have their own computer to
use in exploring the software and completing the exercises included in
the workshop.
Materials: You will also receive a 572-page introductory text “Getting
to Know ArcGIS Desktop” 2nd edition, and a CD-ROM with exercise data and
a FREE 180-day trial copy of ArcGIS 9.0 software. You will also learn
what’s new in ArcGIS 9.1
Instructor: Nicholas Colas, who has more than twenty years of
experience in the use of geographic information systems. Over the last
12 years he has successfully taught hundreds of students how to
utilize GIS tools and techniques. Since 1995 his teaching has focused
primarily on ArcView, which he uses extensively in his work as an
employee of the Cayuga County Planning Department.
For more information and an application for this workshop go to the URL
below, or contact John Olson for more information.
John A. Olson
Maps/GIS Librarian
358 Bird Library
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244
P 315-443-4818
F 315-443-9510

March 4 and 5: Book artist Richard Minsky to give lecture and workshop

Prominent book artist Richard Minsky will deliver a lecture in the Syracuse Seminar in the History of the Book series titled “Material as Metaphor” at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2005, in the Hillyer Room on the sixth floor of E.S. Bird Library.

The following day Minsky will offer a workshop for book artists, also on the sixth floor of E.S. Bird Library.

For further information, go to

2004 Reunion Discussion: Peter I. Rose ’54 to present “Postmonitions of a Peripatetic Professor” on Saturday, June 5

For Syracuse University’s 2004 Reunion, the Library is hosting a book discussion at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, in the 1916 Room of E.S. Bird Library. Peter I. Rose ’54 will present “Postmonitions of a Peripatetic Professor.”
Peter Rose has spent a lifetime exploring patterns of culture, examining issues of race and ethnicity, working with refugees, teaching sociology, and roaming the world. In his latest book, Guest Appearances and Other Travels in Time and Space, he reflects on his adventures and the formative experiences that led him to a fascination with lives that seem quite unlike our own. In his talk, he will read from “Once an Orangeman . . . ,” a chapter about his days at Syracuse University (1950-1954), and describe a few of his field trips and guest appearances.

Introduction to ArcGIS Using ArcView 8.3: A Two-Day Workshop

When: June 3-4, 2004
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm each day
Where: Syracuse University, Bird Library, Room 46 (ETC)

Click Here for Registration Form and Payment Information

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology has applications in practically every field, and people who know how to work with it are in demand in today’s highly competitive job market. Learn how to take advantage of this powerful technology with Introduction to ArcGIS using ArcView 8.3. This two-day workshop will provide you with a hands-on opportunity to begin using the world’s most popular GIS software.

This two-day workshop, sponsored by the Syracuse University Library, will be held at the E.S. Bird Library on the campus of Syracuse University

Open Access Journals: The Answer to High Publisher Costs? A Peer to Peer Library Dialog, 4/7/04

Peer to Peer Library Dialog
Wednesday April 7
Noon – 1pm
1916A Room – E.S. Bird Library

Join Susan Berteaux, Head of Syracuse University Science & Technology Libraries, and Betsy Elkins, Library Director at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Moon Library, for a Peer to Peer discussion entitled Open Access Journals: The Answer to High Publisher Costs?
Stop by for a discussion touching on questions such as:

  • What are the benefits and challenges in developing open access models for scholarly communication?
  • Will titles from PLoS (Public Library of Science) and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) help lower subscription costs for libraries and increase access for patrons?
  • Will faculty publish in these journals?
  • What other issues surround this new landscape in scholarly communication?

Those interested in reading more about this topic are also welcome to review the following articles (all available via SUMMIT Catalog–online course reserve-“LBR 100”):
Graham, Peter S. Open Access to Scholarship–New Opportunities for the University. The Library Connection (Winter 2003-4): 1-3
Doyle, Helen J. The Public Library of Science: Open Access from the Ground Up. C&RL News, 65(3), 2004
Guterman, Lila. The Promise and Peril of Open Access. The Chronicle of Higher Education (January 30, 2004): A10-14
Reed, Christopher. Just Say No to Exploitative Publishers of Science Journals. The Chronicle of Higher Education (February 20, 2004): B16
Open Access News blog:
The “”Public Library of Science” Web Site:
SPARC Open Access Newsletter:

Hope to see you there.

Peer to Peer Library Dialog is a staff initiated program of monthly discussion about trends and current topics of interest in librarianship. Send comments or questions to Michael Pasqualoni
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Michael Pasqualoni
Reference Librarian – Political Science,
Public Administration, International Relations & Economics
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
315) 443-3715