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What’s in It for Me? Faculty and Staff Resources Available at the Libraries
Syracuse University Libraries is an invaluable resource not only for students, but for faculty and staff as well. For more information on the Libraries services, collections, spaces and resources, visit library.syr.edu, text 315.464.0744, call 315.443.4083, email or Live Chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (now that’s service!).
Every school or college has a subject librarian dedicated to helping faculty and staff navigate the available collections and services. They can help faculty develop a Research Guide of curated content to support students in a specific course, provide synchronous and asynchronous library and information literacy instruction, and help with questions around a faculty or staff member’s own research, including direction on how to demonstrate scholarly impact or publish work.
The Libraries provides multiple services and resources to support the needs of anyone in the University community with disabilities. This includes alternate format service for qualifying individuals of any materials we own, license or can procure via interlibrary loan. Computer workstations in all library buildings that offer multiple assistive technologies, including JAWS, Read & Write Gold and other tools. And the Joel and Barbara Zelnick Assistive Technology Room 123 in Bird Library, with furniture and tools, such as Kurzweill readers, a DaVinci Pro camera and software to meet additional needs.
The Libraries’ 4.9 million volumes of resources are accessed by 1.2 million online visits annually. In addition to books and journals, the Libraries’ has an extensive maps collection, streaming video, streaming audio, data and other formats for use in person and online. Syracuse University Libraries is also home to a number of unique collections, including the Kenya National Archives, bringing visiting researchers from around the world to the campus.
Course reserves provide access to ebooks and electronic scans of book chapters from our collections that faculty may place in Blackboard. This is an important way to ensure that all students have equitable access to course materials. When assigning textbooks, consider the expense and financial burden purchasing books places on students, and reach out to the Libraries to explore alternatives.
SU Libraries’ provides open access to the extensive and diverse array of scholarly, professional, scientific, and creative output produced across the University through SURFACE, the institutional repository. This includes dissertations and theses, books, journals, magazines, newsletters, hosted conferences, colloquia and symposia, and a number of open access journals. For information on open access publishing, authors’ rights, digital scholarship methods, or assistance with publication agreements, contact email@example.com.
Located on the sixth floor of Bird Library, the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is home to rare books, manuscripts and other primary source materials. These unique collections span time and format, from cuneiform tablets that are thousands of years old to born digital media.
Collection areas included activism and social reform, architecture and design, broadcasting history, popular culture, cartoons and cartoonists, Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster, photography, plastics, religious and utopian communities, the history of recorded sound, and others. SCRC offers unique exhibitions (check out the “Survival Kit: Provisions for your Research Journey” on exhibit now), special events (attend “Sandy and Emma: Tough Talks Made Easier through Storytelling”), and access to one-of-a-kind collections (explore the Latin American 45 records Digital Collection).
SU Press publishes vital scholarship and gives voice to important stories that might not otherwise be told. Subject specialty areas include Middle East and Arab American studies, disability issues, Irish studies, Native American and Indigenous studies, Jewish studies and Yiddish literature, New York State and regional information, African American studies, religion and politics, sports and entertainment, television and popular culture, LGBTQ studies, poetry, women’s and gender studies, and veterans writing. Whether you’re looking to buy a book, publish a book or attend a book talk, SU Press is your local resource.
The hub for innovation, entrepreneurialism and creativity is on the first floor of Bird Library. Faculty, staff, students and alumni have launched more than 800 venture ideas. Services available to all members of the campus community include mentoring, specialized tools for startups, team building, content and subject matter expertise, and training.
Other Services for You:
- Electronic Delivery and UPS Mailing: The Libraries provide electronic delivery of articles and book chapters scanned from the our print periodical, microfilm/fiche, and book collections. Faculty and staff may also request to have physical items from the Libraries’ collections mailed directly to their residence.
- Reserve a Room: If you need an individual room for a virtual meeting or quiet space to get work done, you can reserve a study room.
- Borrow Laptops from both Bird and Carnegie Library.
- Print Posters at Bird Library.
- Virtual Workshops: Attend one of our regular workshops, including the Learn@SUL series.