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Engineering Case Studies Online

December 12th, 2016 by Anne Rauh

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Engineering Case Studies Online is now available from Syracuse University Libraries. This collection of videos and text resources on the analysis of engineering failures is an essential part of many engineering curricula today. This focus enables modern engineers and scholars to learn what not to do and how to create designs with a greater chance of success. Key to learning is establishing the nature of each failure—structural, corrosive, electrical, etc.—and understanding that element.



December 5th, 2016 by Anne Rauh

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ATLASerials is now included in the ATLA Religion Database. Compiled by the American Theological Library Association, this resource covers Biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religious perspectives on social issues. ATLASerials provides full-text of major religion and theology journals used by libraries, librarians, scholars, students, and religious leaders.

Searching for Streaming Media, Part 2: Films and Documentaries

November 30th, 2016 by Rachel Fox Von Swearingen

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Demand for access to streaming media has been increasing on campus for both classroom and research needs. In response, SU Libraries has been working to add more streaming services, and better content, to our streaming collections.

Together with Searching for Streaming Media, Part 1: Music, this is the second in a short series of blog posts dedicated to addressing what types of streaming media are available, what is unique about different collections, and some tips on the best way to access them. For this post, the focus is on films and documentaries.


Kanopy is the newest and largest streaming video provider for SU Libraries, featuring films from all disciplines, including classic feature films, foreign language films, documentaries, and technical training videos. Content providers include Criterion, New Day Films, First Run Features, Media Education Foundation, PBS, BBC, California Newsreel, and Documentary Educational Resources. New titles are added daily, and all titles are fully ADA compliant with most providing both closed captioning and transcripts.


The platform is very user-friendly, combining a Netflix-like visual browsing interface and a video playback window with features and tools similar to YouTube. Browsing categories include both traditional subject and topical areas like performing arts, anthropology, or physics, but there are additional general-interest categories that rotate out monthly, such as black history month or presidential elections. The video playback window has tools for creating clips and playlists, embedding and sharing options, a citation generator, and a side panel suggesting related videos.

One of the best access features in Kanopy is its compatibility with Apple TV and Chromecast for Android/Google devices, enabling users to stream videos to their television. All users (television or computer) can create a personal account to save clips and playlists, save their viewing history, create watch lists, and receive video suggestions tailored to their searching and viewing history.

Alexander Street Press

Alexander Street Press has been a substantial provider of streaming video as well as primary source and reference texts, focused on curating both subject-specific collections as well as larger interdisciplinary collections. Some packages contain video only, like the documentary collection Filmakers Library Online, but others incorporate text documents or images, like Disability in the Modern World: History of a Social Movement. In all, SU Libraries subscribes to twenty-two different collections, containing video, text, music, and image content. Other highlights for video content include American History in Video with newsreels and primary-source news footage and Counseling and Therapy in Video with counseling sessions and lectures.


All Alexander Street Press collections feature substantial metadata for enhanced browsing either on the home page for each collection or in the unified search interface. Users can browse or search by people, organizations, cultural groups, places, historical events, subject terms, and several other facets across the full platform of video content. These browsing options are the most granular when accessed through one of the disciplinary community portals, such as environmental studies, history, or performing arts, which enable browsing of videos from disparate collections all in one place. Alexander Street Press video content is also searchable in SU Libraries’ homepage search box, Summon. Just limit the content type on the search results to “streaming video.”

Most Alexander Street Press video collections have full-text searchable transcripts, improving both discoverability and access within each video. Users can also create clips and playlists to curate their own collection of relevant documents, share the links in Blackboard or for watching later on a mobile device, and generate citations.

Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences

November 30th, 2016 by Anne Rauh

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Now available from Syracuse University Libraries, Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences is an information service for the research, development, and educational community in the biomedical and life sciences. Each PDF e-book in the Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences is an accessible overview of a research area (literature review), authored by an expert in the field. New series and lectures are added continuously and revised as needed.

Additional Publishers to Require ORCID

November 29th, 2016 by Anne Rauh

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Wiley, the American Chemical Society, and the Royal Society of Chemistry have all recently announced that they will require authors to use Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) when submitting manuscripts. These publishers have joined twenty other publishes in signing an open letter requiring ORCID in publication workflows.


ORCIDs are unique identifies for authors that ensure you are recognized for your work. You can register for an ORCID on their website for free or contact your subject librarian with additional questions.

What Do Librarians Do All Day?

November 29th, 2016 by Stephanie McReynolds

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One of the books that my daughter (who is not quite three years old) likes quite a lot is Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day? After reading the title, before my daughter and I begin to look at the pictures and the descriptions of the many and varied types of work, I often pause for a moment and think, What do people do all day? What did I do today? What does anyone really do all day?

It’s easy to get caught up in the many small, yet essential tasks (answering that panicked email from a freshman who is having trouble finding resources for his final project, participating in yet another committee, team, or department meeting, doing a quick run-through of an upcoming instruction session, writing and editing a blog post, deciphering an Adobe Accessibility Checker report to make changes that ensure the document will be accessible to all library users) without a sense of the shape that these small actions form over time.

The highlights below of the work of several of the librarians in the department of research and scholarship serve as examples of how many small daily tasks build upon one another to produce notable accomplishments. Take a look at those accomplishments, along with the context provided by the annual report published by the Syracuse University Libraries, and the shape of the work that librarians do will begin to emerge.

So, what do librarians do all day? Librarians present, publish, serve on University committees, and participate in professional associations, while also providing guidance on resources and search strategies to students and faculty, developing the Libraries’ collections, and answering lots and lots of emails, along with a myriad of small tasks that will never be highlighted as accomplishments or noted in an annual report.

Librarians Present:

  • On November 3, 2016, Anne Rauh, Scott Warren and Jennifer Hill (customer consultant, Elsevier) presented at the 2016 Charleston Conference. Their presentation, From One to Many: Creating a Culture of Research Reputation Management, outlined ways that libraries and vendor partners assist individual research and institutions with their research reputation.
  • On November 3, 2016, Scott Warren and Darby Orcutt and Mira Waller (both from North Carolina State University Libraries) presented at the 2016 Charleston Conference. Their presentation, “What are subject liaisons when “collections” and “subjects” don’t matter?,” focused on the intertwined and still ongoing evolution of the role of subject librarians, how libraries practice collection management, and emerging trends in supporting the full research lifecycle.
  • On October 20, 2016 Patrick Williams presented a short talk entitled “Libraries: Lab & Labyrinth in the Digital Humanities,” at a dinner for the Syracuse University College of Arts & Sciences Board of Visitors. Also speaking at the event were the Dean of the Libraries and Amanda Eubanks-Winkler (Art & Music Histories).
  • On October 4, 2016, Patrick Williams presented a lightning talk at the Central New York Library Resources Council Annual Meeting entitled “The Machine Stops: #critlib & First Year Student Experience” about his experience teaching a first year orientation seminar through the lens of Critical Library Pedagogy.
  • On September 16, 2016, Patrick Williams presented a short talk entitled “Libraries: Lab & Labyrinth in the Digital Humanities,” at a joint College of Arts & Sciences and SU Libraries Orange Central event for alumni. Also speaking at the event were the Deans of the Libraries and of Arts & Sciences, Chris Hanson and Chris Forster (English), Jane Read (Geography), Amanda Eubanks-Winkler (Art & Music Histories) and Brett Keegan (Composition & Cultural Rhetoric).
  • On August 21, 2016, Anne Rauh presented an invited talk entitled, “Altmetrics in the Library” at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. This talk was part of the symposium, “Beyond Citations: Challenges & Opportunities in Altmetrics” organized by the Division of Chemical Information Division. Other speakers in the symposium included Todd Carpenter, executive director, NISO; William Gunn, director of scholarly communications, Mendeley; Stuart Cantrill, chief editor, Nature Chemistry; Matthew Hartings, associate professor of Chemistry, American University; Antony Williams, National Center of Computational Toxicology at EPA; and Jeff Lang, assistant director of Platform Development, American Chemical Society.
  • Patrick Williams attended the Digital Humanities 2016 conference in Krakow, Poland in July. With colleagues from dh+lib and the ADHO Special Interest Group Global Outlooks: Digital Humanities, he led a workshop entitled “Translation Hack-a-thon!: Applying the Translation Toolkit to a Global dh+lib,” in which participants designed workflows for lightweight translation and engaged in collaborative translation activities intended to encourage broader linguistic diversity among DH communities.
  • Patrick Williams returned to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC on May 16 and 17, 2016 to participate in a joint session of both NEH Office of Digital Humanities Early Modern Digital Agendas program cohorts.
  • Mary DeCarlo and Paul Bern participated in the Graduate Research Skills Seminar for graduate students from all disciplines.  The event was hosted by the Graduate School on March 25, 2016.  Mary gave a presentation entitled, “Choosing and Using Citation Management Tools” and Paul gave a talk on “Managing Your Data.”
  • Rachel Fox Von Swearingen co-presented “Can Your Students Get Jobs? Library Help for Music Students’ Career Preparation” at the annual meeting of the Music Library Association (March 2-5, 2016) in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She also provided leadership for the association’s Music Industry and Arts Management Round Table, serving as the coordinator for 2014-2017 and chairing the annual round table meeting at the conference.
  • Patrick Williams presented on a panel entitled “Gaming the Archive: The Challenges of Games Collections in Libraries, Archives, and Institutions,” at the Society for Screen and Media Studies conference in Atlanta on Thursday, March 31, 2016. The panel included Chris Hanson from the SU English Department, Jennifer deWinter (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Ken S. McAllister (University of Arizona, Co-Director of the Learning Games Initiative Research Archive),and Judd Ruggill (Arizona State University, Co-Director of the Learning Games Initiative Research Archive). Patrick received a professional development grant from the Central New York Library Resources Council to support his attendance at the conference.

Librarians Publish:

  • Patrick Williams’s poetry chapbook Hygiene in Reading was awarded the 2015 Chris Toll Memorial Prize and was released by Publishing Genius Press in February 2016.
  • Stephanie McReynolds’ book review of the Fundamentals of Enterprise Risk Management: How Top Companies Assess Risk, Manage Exposure, and Seize Opportunity was published in Volume 20, Issue 4 of the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship.

Librarians Serve on University Committees:

  • Michael Pasqualoni and Tasha Cooper represented the Libraries at a September 22, 2016 meeting at Bird Library with an external review team evaluating Newhouse School Public Relations Department’s Certification for Education in Public Relations (CEPR).
  • Two department of research and scholarship librarians are serving on Syracuse University’s Middle States accreditation self-study teams. Lydia Wasylenko is serving on the Team 2: Ethics and Integrity. Rachel Fox is serving on Team 3:Design & Delivery of the Student Learning Experience
  • Patrick Williams was invited to join the Humanities Center Faculty Advisory Board for the 2016-17 academic year.
  • In February 2016, Paul Bern, Marianne Hanley and Angela Williams were elected to serve on the Syracuse University Senate as the new library senators. Stephanie McReynolds will continue to serve the second year of her two-year term during the 2016-2017 academic year. Library senators Sophie Dong, Lesley Pease, and Bonnie Ryan completed their two-year terms in spring 2016.
  • John Olson was invited to serve as a member of the Tigris-Euphrates project, a joint working group of researchers and faculty from SU and RIT using GIS and geospatial data to analyze the current social and political situation in the Middle East, in 2016.

Librarians Participate in Professional Organizations:

  • Janet Pease was invited to join the EBSCO STEM Advisory Council in 2016.
  • Anne Rauh has been invited to join an OCLC Research Library Partnership working group on Research Information Management Systems. The project will include a survey of research information management in North America and vendor-agnostic resources to support institutions as they begin planning for such a service.

Librarians Organize and Attend Conferences and Events:

  • Lydia Wasylenko organized a very successful Syracuse Symposium event, a Visual History Archive workshop, on October 10, 2016.  This was co-sponsored by the University Libraries and the Humanities Center, as well as by several other entities (i.e., the School of Education and its Holocaust & Genocide Education Program; the College of Arts & Sciences and its Department of Languages, Literature, & Linguistics; the Maxwell School and its Department of History; and the Newhouse School-Maxwell School Documentary Film & History Program).
  • Anne Rauh attended the 123rd Annual Conference & Exposition of the American Society for Engineering Education in New Orleans, LA from June 26 through June 30, 2016. At the conference, Anne concluded her term as the chair of the Engineering Libraries Division (ELD) and assumed the role of chair of the Nomination Committee of ELD. In Anne’s year as leader, the organization underwent a strategic visioning process and developed a set of recommendations to address the shortage of STEM librarians. At the conference, Anne also moderated a panel entitled “The Move from Subject to Functional Roles: What Does It Mean for the Engineering Librarian?” This panel was made up of members ELD who serve in leadership roles at their institutions and discussed strategic reasons for changes to the liaison librarian role at four different institutions.
  • On May 18 and 19, 2016, Patrick Williams attended the Library Publishing Coalition’s third annual Library Publishing Forum in Denton, Texas.
  • On May 23, 2016, Patrick Williams attended the ENY/ACRL Annual Conference, where he began his second term as the organization’s membership chair.
  • With Amanda Winkler (Art & Music Histories and chair of the Digital Humanities Faculty Working Group), Patrick Williams hosted Syracuse Symposium Networks speaker Lori Emerson’s (University of Colorado Boulder) visit to campus February 25, 2016 to deliver a lecture entitled “Other Networks.” Patrick also participated in Dr. Emerson’s “Internet, Darknet, Alternet // The Past, Present, and Future of Cooperatively Run Networks” workshop the following morning.
  • With Patrick Berry (Writing Program), Patrick Williams hosted Syracuse Symposium Networks speaker Clay Spinuzzi’s (The University of Texas at Austin) visit to campus February 10 and 11, 2016. Patrick gave introductory remarks at Dr. Spinuzzi’s “Three Networks Walk Into A Bar…” on Wednesday and participated in the Qualitative Data Modeling workshop the following morning.

Birkhauser Building Types Database

November 28th, 2016 by Anne Rauh

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The Birkhauser Building Types Database is now available from the Syracuse University Libraries. Building Types Online provides access to works on architecture design, including building plans and photos, and articles, covering 2002-2016.


Librarians Influencing Publishing

November 23rd, 2016 by Anne Rauh

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Patrick Williams,  Librarian for Literature, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities, and Bonnie Ryan, Librarian for Social Sciences were both recently quoted in “Increasing the Value of Scholarly Books: A Case for Chapter-Level Metadata in Humanities and Social Science Publishing.” This white paper, published by Publishers Communication Group (PCG), argues that chapter level metadata will increase discoverability and use of monographs and assist authors in demonstrating the impact of their work.

DRS Blog Editor Promoted

November 23rd, 2016 by Anne Rauh


In May 2016, it was announced that Stephanie JH McReynolds, librarian for business, management, and entrepreneurship, and co-editor of this blog, was promoted to Associate Librarian with permanent status. Congratulations Stephanie!

Journal of World Popular Music

November 23rd, 2016 by Anne Rauh

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Journal of World Popular Music is now available through Syracuse University Libraries! This peer-reviewed journal publishes research and scholarship on recent issues and debates surrounding international popular musics, also known as World Music, Global Pop, World Beat or, more recently, World Music 2.0. The journal provides a forum to explore the manifestations and impacts of post-globalizing trends, processes, and dynamics surrounding these musics today. It adopts an open-minded perspective, including in its scope any local popularized musics of the world, commercially available music of non-Western origin, musics of ethnic minorities, and contemporary fusions or collaborations with local traditional or roots musics with Western pop and rock musics.