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Research & Scholarship

What Are Your Librarians Reading?

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

From a previous post, we hope you got a better sense of what librarians do all day. To those of you who missed that post: Spoiler alert— we do not sit in the library and read books. However, many of us do find the time for leisure reading when we are not “on duty.” Below […]

Librarians Influencing Publishing

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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 […]

Historical artifacts that can be seen at (and borrowed from) the SU Libraries

Friday, January 29th, 2016

The 1802 edition of The History of Scotland During the Reigns of Queen Mary and of King James VI till His Accession to the Crown of England (1802) Non-circulating copies of an earlier 1762 edition and of a later 1828 edition are held, respectively, in Special Collections at the SU Law Library and in the Leopold von […]

Ordinary (Yet Special) Collections

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Librarians know full well that significant age alone does not make a book “rare” and suitable for housing in library special collections.  That said, within the circulating collections of the Syracuse University Libraries (SUL), established not long after the founding of the University in 1870, there are lots of extremely interesting historical artifacts.  While these […]

Hardcopy vs Internet

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

I was recently browsing the open stacks of our library which led me to recall a rare find a few years ago, when I came across a book that had been printed in Germany during the late 1690s with only a few copies left in the world (the book has since been transferred to special […]

Web of Science Enhancements

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

The Libraries have recently upgraded our Web of Science subscription to include two important new resources: the Data Citation and Book Citation indices. Remember that­ the Web of Science includes citations to more than STEM disciplines. The publisher reports that over 60% of the 60,000 books in the Book Citation Index are Arts & Humanities […]