Libraries Adds New Resources Spring 2020

Syracuse University Libraries has added the following new databases to its collections, which can be accessed using your net ID and password via library.syr.edu. These resources are part of the Libraries’ normal acquisitions process and are not related to the free temporary resources offered by some publishers this semester due to COVID-19.

Databases:

  • Geobase – A new module of Engineering Village; GEOBASE includes the latest information on earth sciences, ecology, geology, human and physical geography, and environmental sciences.
  • Statista — Data from both public and private sources related to a wide range of subjects, including consumers, digital markets, and companies; also includes forecasts, analysis, reports, and more.

Periodicals/Journals: Current Subscriptions

  • New York Times Digital Edition, 1851 to present — Sign up instructions are available on our New York Times guide.
  • Wall Street Journal Digital Edition, Past four years to present — Sign up instructions are available on our Wall Street Journal guide
  • Sound Studies v. 1, 2015 to present – Interdisciplinary academic journal

Periodicals/Journals: Backfiles/Past Issues

Ebook Packages:  

For more information on collection development or to make suggestions, contact Anne Rauh, head of Collections and Research Services, at aerauh@syr.edu.


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.


Documenting COVID-19

The University Archives in the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries is actively working to document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Syracuse University. They are seeking to collect and preserve the personal responses of University students, faculty, and staff and are reaching out to the University community for contributions.

To learn more about the project and donate digital materials, the campus community is invited to visit the University Archives’ COVID-19 project page. The University Archives is accepting journal and diary entries, emails, photographs, videos, audio recordings, social media posts, and other digital documentation. Materials should document remote learning and work, displacement from student housing, social distancing, self-quarantine, and/or the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on donors.

Wondering how to document your own experience? Students could write or record themselves talking about their experiences with remote learning, including reflections from seniors sharing their feelings about finishing their studies during a pandemic. University staff could take photos of their workspaces at home and document how they transitioned to remote work. Faculty members could share their own challenges and triumphs in pivoting to teaching online. The University Archives is interested in collecting materials that document a variety of perspectives about the pandemic.

Digital content can be submitted via the University Archives’ COVID-19 project page. Members of the University community interested in donating physical materials should contact Meg Mason, University Archivist, mamaso02@syr.edu.


Libraries’ Chief Curator Participating in Shakespeare’s Virtual Birthday Event

Colleen Theisen, Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center’s Chief Curator of Exhibitions, Programs, and Education, is participating in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s virtual birth/death day event for Shakespeare on April 23, 2020. 

The event is being shared on Facebook and YouTube and will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Theisen is participating in the session titled In the Collection: Staxpeditions from 2 to 3 p.m. Along with Folger librarians Greg Prickman and Rachel Dankert and Adam Hooks from the University of Iowa, the panel will explore digital libraries to discover the fascinating and surprising materials they contain. A full listing of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s events are available at https://www.folger.edu/shakespeare-birthday-2020-virtual-events.

Folger Shakespeare Library is the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, welcoming millions of visitors online and in person in Washington, DC. The Folger is also home to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art.


A Legacy of Leadership: The Chancellors and Presidents of Syracuse University Digital Exhibition

As part of our continuing commemorations of Syracuse University’s sesquicentennial, Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center has released “A Legacy of Leadership: The Chancellors and Presidents of Syracuse University” digital exhibition. This online exhibition mirrors and expands upon the physical exhibition that has been on display on the first floor of Bird Library since September 2019. It is a companion to our marquee sesquicentennial digital exhibition “150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University.”

Curated by Pan Am 103 Archivist and Assistant University Archivist Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn, “A Legacy of Leadership” includes documents and photographs from the Syracuse University Archives. From Alexander Winchell to Kent Syverud, this digital exhibition examines how each of the 12 individuals who have held the University’s highest office have helped to shape the institution over the past 150 years.

Photo Image: Photograph of Chancellor James Roscoe Day speaking at Commencement in Archbold Gymnasium, 1916. Syracuse University Photograph Collection, University Archives


Libraries Celebrates National Libraries Week

Syracuse University Libraries will virtually celebrate National Libraries Week from April 19 – 25, 2020. The American Library Association has designated “Find Your Place at the Library” as this year’s national theme. “As the academic virtual hub of the University, it’s important for the Libraries to celebrate our unique role in the lives of our students, faculty, employees and community members,” said David Seaman, University Librarian and Dean of the Syracuse University Libraries. 

The Libraries will resume its “Love your SU Libraries”-themed sticker contest. Originally planned for March, the contest was postponed as the campus adjusted to a remote environment. Now resumed, the Libraries is seeking original design entries from students, faculty and staff. Sticker designs should be no larger than 4” x 4” and submitted as PDF file to libcom@syr.edu by May 1. Designs can be full-color and various shapes or sizes. Creativity is encouraged. The Libraries will select one winning design to print and distribute when on-campus classes resume. In addition to online recognition, the winner will receive a prize of Bluetooth-enabled earbuds.

In addition to the sticker contest, the Libraries will feature social media posts highlighting the value of the Libraries throughout the week. The campus community is encouraged to share the impact of the Libraries through use of the hashtag #LoveSULibraries.


Libraries Licenses New York Times and Wall Street Journal

Syracuse University Libraries has recently added two important online subscriptions: the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Access is available to all Syracuse University students, faculty and staff with a valid Syracuse University NetID and @syr.edu email address from which they can establish an online account. Instructions and additional information are provided on the New York Times guide and the Wall Street Journal guide.  

The New York Times logo

More about the New York Times:

Access to the New York Times includes all content posted on the website, including breaking news, multimedia, opinion, blogs, videos, podcasts, and more. With Syracuse University Libraries’ group subscription, members of the campus community can enjoy unlimited access to industry-leading journalism (excluding crossword puzzles). Patrons can also subscribe to one or more of the New York Times fifty newsletters, such as “The Best of The Times”, “Morning Briefing”, or “Smarter Living”. Patrons can explore the Times’ award-winning documentaries and podcasts, including “The Daily”, the most downloaded podcast of 2018. There are also virtual and augmented reality features and access to searchable Historical Archives dating back to 1851. As part of the iOS app, patrons can choose from 42 channels to follow. Closed captioning, increased font sizes, and other features for vision, hearing, and mobility impairments are available. Users can save an article to read later, read it again, or share with a friend. Multilingual NYTimes.com is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

There is also a New York Times in Education site designed for educators that provides information about resources available to account holders by area of study, including: government, arts and visual culture, biology, business, campaigns and elections, criminal justice, environmental science, international relations, leadership, macro and micro economics, nursing and health, psychology, religion, sociology, and writing and English.

Wall Street Journal logo

More about the Wall Street Journal:

The Wall Street Journal Digital Edition provides access to digital content from the past four years to present, and print content for 90 days, with digital e-reader access for 7 days. It includes access to exclusive events, offers and complimentary e-books, curated newsletters including “The 10 Point”, and podcasts and discussions with editors and influencers.

There is also an Education.wsj.com site designed for educators about resources available including access to articles and other materials for online use by content topic, lesson plans, critical thinking resources, and a seminar series.


2020 SCRC Faculty Fellows Program Deadline Extended

The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries (SCRC) has extended the proposal deadline to April 17, 2020 at 5 p.m. for two faculty fellows who would like to provide students with an opportunity to handle, analyze, and interpret SCRC’s primary source materials in their classes.

The SCRC Faculty Fellows Program supports innovative curriculum development and fosters new ideas about how to transform the role of special collections in university instruction. Each fellow selected will receive a $5,000 payment, hands-on introduction to the collections, and ongoing classroom support throughout the semester. Proposal applications for the development or revision of a 3-credit course to be taught in the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semester from any discipline on campus are currently being accepted.


Temporary Access to ProQuest E-Books and Other E-Resources

Syracuse University Libraries continue to be dedicated to supporting the research, teaching, and creative activities of our SU user community as we transition to online learning. In addition to the services outlined on our website, we are acquiring temporary access to several new and/or expanded licensed e-resources.

We have acquired temporary access to more than 150,000 e-book titles in ProQuest Academic Complete, hosted on the ProQuest E-book Central platform. Titles are discoverable by searching in the ProQuest platform, and are set up for unlimited user access. Books can be read within your web browser or downloaded to Adobe Digital Editions using the link within the ProQuest E-book Central platform.

Effective March 19, new or expanded temporary access to e-resource collections includes:

Additional temporary resources will continue to be added and will be listed on the research guide for Free or Expanded Online Resources.

For more information about how the Libraries develop collections, please contact Anne Rauh, Head of Collections and Research Services, at aerauh@syr.edu.


Coronavirus Update from Libraries

UPDATED MARCH 20, 2020

Effective today, Libraries staff will have restricted access to the Libraries’ buildings and physical collections.  This means:

  • All overdue items will be automatically renewed, and late fines will be suspended.  Items will be due in the Fall 2020.
  • Any requests for scans of printed materials must be made by Saturday, March 21 at noon, with every effort made to accommodate those requests.  Complete the form on ILLiad.syr.ed.
  • Any requests to borrow items from the physical collections must be made by Saturday, March 21 at noon, with every effort made to accommodate those requests. Email circhelp@syr.edu with the call number of the item and your SU ID number. You must be available to pick the item up from the Waverly entrance of Bird Library between 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 or Sunday, March 22.

The Libraries continues to work to obtain access to electronic materials. We are also available remotely for reference and research questions. Visit
https://library.syr.edu/coronavirus.php for more information.