Black Arts Movement Pop-Up Exhibit

Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is hosting a special pop-up exhibit on the 6th floor of Bird Library on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm on the Black Arts Movement. It was designed to complement the Humanities Center’s Syracuse Symposium-sponsored lecture, “Black Music and Black Power in the Era of #BlackLivesMatter” by Dr. Mark Lomax, also being held in Bird Library on February 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Peter Graham Room.

SCRC staff will have rare and archival materials related to the Black Arts Movement (BAM) available for viewing and listening during the pop-up exhibition in the Spector Room (Room 608) and Hillyer Room (Room 606).

The Special Collections Research Center is home to rare materials on Activism, Social Reform, and Radicalism in the Arts. The Black Arts Movement (BAM), an African American led arts movement, occurred approximately between 1965 and 1975. This renaissance of Black Pride illuminated Black Life amidst and in reaction to the vast cultural, political, and social upheaval of the times through poetry and small press publications, plays, illustrations, artwork, and more. Works related to a vibrant nucleus of poets, thinkers, dramatists, and artists—such as Imamu Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Emory Douglas, Ntozake Shange, Dudley Randall, Nikki Giovanni, Askia M. Touré, Haki R. Madhubuti—are held in the collections of SCRC.

If you need an accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please contact by Feb. 12.

Winter Issue of Wordgathering, a Digital Open Access Journal of Work from Disabled Writers and Artists, Now Live

The winter issue of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature is now live via Wordgathering’s new website. This is the quarterly journal’s 52nd issue and the first under publication of the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach in Syracuse University’s Burton Blatt Institute (BBI), headquartered in the College of Law, and Syracuse University Libraries. Under the new Editor-in-Chief, Diane R. Wiener, Research Professor and Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach, the journal is now available via digital open access. This makes the journal free, available, and searchable for any interested readers. “Assuming responsibility for the open access publication of Wordgathering aligns with the University’s goal of providing shared competency opportunities for students and other constituents around ethics, integrity, and a commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion,” said Wiener.

Wordgathering provides an accessible venue for featuring the work of emerging and well-known disabled writers committed to disability poetry, literature, and the arts. “As the United States prepares to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 2020, offering Wordgathering via open access is especially important as a demonstrable example of the progress we’ve made,” said Wiener. Syracuse University is planning several events in the Fall of 2020 to celebrate the ADA’s history and the extensive work across disciplines and in the context of the University’s 150th anniversary

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iSchool Librarian Office Hours


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


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).

Anna Laganà, Plastics Conservator, Presenting at Annual Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation


Anna Laganà, research specialist in the conservation of plastics at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), will present at Syracuse University Libraries’ annual Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation. Laganà’s lecture, titled “The Conservation of Plastics in Museum Collections: a challenging path,” will be held on Wednesday, March 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library. The hands-on workshop, titled “Which Plastics are in my collection? The Identification of Plastics without the use of analytical techniques,” will be held the following day, Thursday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Antje Bultmann Lemke Seminar Room, Special Collections Research Center, 6th floor of Bird Library. To coincide with the Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation, the Special Collections Research Center Conservation Lab will be dedicated to Joan Breier Brodsky ’67 G’68 on Wednesday, March 25 at 4 p.m. in the Robert Ortwine Gallery, 6th Floor of Bird Library.

All events are open to the public. However, due to limited space available for the workshop, please RSVP to

The annual Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation is endowed through a generous gift by William J. ’65, G’ 68 and Joan’67, G’68 Brodsky of Chicago. Beginning in 2004, the endowment has been used to sponsor programs featuring prominent library conservators that promote and advance knowledge of library conservation theory, practice, and application among wide audiences, both on campus and in the region.

Anna Laganà leads projects at GCI, including the investigation of treatment options for plastic works of art, and develops workshops on their conservation. Before joining the GCI, Laganà worked as Coordinator of the Contemporary Art Conservation Laboratory at the Centro Conservazione Restauro la Venaria Reale in Turin, as a researcher of modern materials at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands,  and most recently as a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, coordinating the Postgraduate program 1 in Conservation of Modern and Contemporary.

Laganà was part of the POPART project (Preservation of Plastics ARTefacts in museum collections) work team, the first research project on the preservation of plastics in cultural heritage, founded by the European Commission. She is currently founding member and coordinator of the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (INCCA) Italian group and assistant coordinator of the International Council of Museum-Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC) Working group Modern Materials and Contemporary Art.

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available for the dedication and lecture on March 25. For more information, or if you need an accommodation in order to fully participate in these events, please contact Julia Chambers at by March 18.

2020 SCRC Faculty Fellows Program Now Accepting Proposals

The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries (SCRC) is now accepting proposals 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 now through March 20, 2020.

The original funding for the SCRC Faculty Fellows Program was made possible through the generosity of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, which promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions that transmit our cultural heritage.

Mini-Seminar with Professor and Associate Dean Carol Faulkner

Carol Faulkner, Professor of History and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, will lead a mini seminar in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), 6th Floor, Bird Library, on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Faulkner will be discussing her recent book Unfaithful: Love, Adultery, and Marriage Reform in Nineteenth-Century America, which examines how an interconnected group of feminists, spiritualists, communitarians, and free lovers used the act and concept of adultery to challenge the legal institution of marriage. The mini seminar will include a hands-on exploration of select nineteenth-century archival resources from SCRC’s Oneida Community and rare book collections.

The mini seminar is open to the public; however, there is limited space available. Please RSVP to by February 28, 2020. If you require accommodations to fully participate in this event, please let us know in your RSVP.

Faulkner received her BA from Yale University, and her PhD from SUNY Binghamton. She is the author of Women’s Radical Reconstruction: The Freedmen’s Aid Movement (2004), Lucretia Mott’s Heresy: Abolition and Women’s Rights in Nineteenth-Century America (2011), and Unfaithful: Love, Adultery, and Marriage Reform in Nineteenth-Century America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019). She is the co-editor of The Selected Letters of Lucretia Coffin Mott, Interconnections: Gender and Race in American History, and Lucretia Mott Speaks: The Essential Speeches and Sermons (University of Illinois Press, 2017).

Libraries Seeks Feedback on E-Resource Trials

As part of its assessment-based and proactive approach to building collections, Syracuse University Libraries seeks feedback on new electronic resources through February 2020 for possible inclusion in its collections. On-campus users are asked to visit the resource trials guide, explore the resources under consideration, and provide feedback via the embedded form on that guide page. Any insight on how well the proposed resource works, information contained within the resource, and how it might be useful is helpful in the Libraries’ evaluation. Note that access is limited to members of the Syracuse University community. Please see the SU Libraries policy on access to licensed resources.

Syracuse University Libraries develops collections in a broad, interdisciplinary, and systematic way to maximize the Libraries’ holdings. The three-pronged approach in developing collections is: 1) transformative to support a “One University” and provide faculty and students with competitive and comparable resources available at other Doctoral Universities with Very High Research Activity (R1); 2) responsive based on specific and direct requests from faculty and students to support teaching and learning; and 3) anticipatory through the liaison librarian relationships and professional acumen, where librarians anticipate the teaching and research needs of the university and select resources to match. This approach allows the Libraries to build and prioritize collections that meet individual needs while improving the overall collection.

For more information on collection development or to make suggestions, contact Anne Rauh, interim head of Collections and Research Services, at

New 150th Anniversary Exhibit: Milestones of SU Libraries

Syracuse University Libraries’ is featuring a new sesquicentennial exhibit of milestones of SU Libraries titled “Let the reader emerge!” on the first floor of Bird Library from February 3 until mid-May. A smaller collection of materials is also on display in the lobby of Carnegie Library. It was curated by Sebastian Modrow, curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Special Collections Research Center.

The exhibit focuses on the SU Libraries as an evolving and expanding learning space and highlighting the history of the most important buildings on campus, including the von Ranke Library, Carnegie Library, and Bird Library. The sesquicentennial provides the University with an opportunity to reflect on both the origins and growth of the Libraries as a core stakeholder of the academic learning process.

“Academic libraries around the world are a critical cornerstone of universities, providing the history, context, and resources from which to build new ideas and scholarship. We are especially fortunate at Syracuse University to have a robust library system that has supported the campus community for 150 years. This exhibit contributes to the University by honoring our past, embracing the present, and impacting the future,” said David Seaman, University Librarian and Dean of Syracuse University Libraries.

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.