July News Wrap Up

In case you missed it, here is the monthly news wrap up with links to all the latest:

  • June 5th-7th. Nicole Westerdahl, Reference and Access Services Librarian, recently completed her year as New York Archives Conference (NYAC) Co-Chair/Local Arrangements Chair for the 2019 conference. The conference was held at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY from June 5th-7th and celebrated NYAC’s 50th year. Join us in thanking Nicole for her year of hard work contributing to the profession.
  • June and July in the Special Collections Research Center change pace as many of our staff travel for professional development opportunities. SCRC staff have recently represented Syracuse University at the Association for Recorded Sound Conference, the American Library Association’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section conference, and The Society of American Archivists conference.

Newly processed collections:

News and Mentions:

  • July 2019 The team in the Belfer Audio Archives digitized a new selection of moon/lunar related tracks that you can hear in this month’s Sound Beat podcast episodes.
  • The Sesquicentennial Exhibit, “150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University” will have its debut at a reception on September 5, 2019.

150 Years of Tradition Showcased at Syracuse University Exhibition

Highlight from July Social Media:

April/May SCRC News Wrap Up

In case you missed it, here is the monthly news wrap up with links to all the latest:

  • May 22, 2019. Plastics and Historic Artifacts Curator Courtney Asztalos was featured as a “Bright Young Librarian” by Fine Books and Collections Magazine.
  • May 16, 2019. The iSchool, College of Arts & Sciences and SCRC collaborated on “Art of Romanticism” course.
  • May 13-17th, 2019. SCRC hosted a week long iSchool Maymester class featuring a special guest instructor, Alvan Bregman, head of Rare Books and Special Collections at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
  • May 5, 2019. Pan Am 103 Archivist, Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn, was featured in the Spectrum News documentary special “The Legacy of Flight 103, which premiered May 7 and was re-broadcast several times throughout the month. She discussed the We Remember Them: The Legacy of Pan Am Flight 103 exhibition.
  • May 2, 2019. Huntington School’s 5-8th grade after school program stopped by to learn about the history of comics.

Huntington School’s 5th-8th grade after school program holding the comics they drew.

Hello World

Welcome to the new blog from Syracuse University’s Special Collections Research Center! Despite how that sounds it is in fact not 2009, but 2019.

Why start a blog in 2019? Social media sites are perfect for quick updates and exciting photos of collection items, but space and context are not features that social media sites optimize or promote. SCRC staff and researchers are closely working with our collections each day identifying, clarifying, and exploring compelling tales that are recorded in the documents, sound recordings, scrapbooks, and more that make up the collections here at SU.  Those stories end up needing a longer format than fits comfortably in a Facebook post or in a tweet to give them the necessary context.

In a traditional blog-like way we will share weekly posts that will feature a curated version of department news and updates, behind the scenes glimpses of the work we do, and resources that might be of use to our researchers, while also bringing a more considered look at our collections.

Whether you are a first year undergraduate, a faculty member, an alumnus, or a fan of the collections here in SCRC, we hope this blog will bring you the stories you want to hear (whether you read them in this space or find them via your favorite social spaces on the World Wide Web).

With gratitude from the editors,

Colleen Theisen

Grace Wagner