Libraries and GSO Co-Hosting Spring 2024 Events

Jan. 12, 2024, 2 p.m.

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Syracuse University Libraries and the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) are co-hosting a series of events for graduate students in the Spring 2024 semester in Bird Library and online. The Graduate Research Roundtable Series provides academic and professional development for graduate students of all disciplines and actively engages them with specialized resources and services to help support their graduate careers. Although geared toward graduate students, the events are open to anyone. Registration is required and seating may be limited.

Information Literacy for Teaching Assistants

Monday, January 29, 5-6:30pm

Bird Library, Peter Graham Room 114

How can you build critical thinking skills within the students that you work with? What skills can help you in your own research? Join Librarian Kelly Delevan and her team of Information Literacy Scholars to learn about how information literacy concepts and skills can be applied when working with students in a variety of contexts. Refreshments will be provided.

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Old Books, New Books, Care and Preservation

Thursday, March 7, 5pm-7pm
Bird Library, Peter Graham Room 114

Are you a bibliophile? A student in Library Science or Museum Studies? A lover of history or ancient artifacts? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then join us for a fascinating discussion on book preservation and conservation presented by Librarians David Stokoe and Marianne Swanberry Hanley. The Syracuse University Libraries have a vast array of collections, both that circulate and those that do not. From handwritten manuscripts on velum to the earliest printed book during the Tang Dynasty in China 618-906 AD to Gutenberg printing press books in 1455, come learn more about these special collections, why they are important and how our SU Librarians preserve them. Refreshments will be provided.

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Data Justice: Authenticity, Agency, and Advocacy

Wednesday, March 27, 5pm-7pm
Bird Library, Peter Graham, Room 114

Against the backdrop of rising global inequalities, misinformation, and right-wing authoritarianism, this presentation takes a critical decolonial lens to discuss the role of data as a tool for social justice. We consider 3A's - Authenticity, Agency, and Advocacy - in how data are conceptualized, accessed, evaluated, and shared. We apply these principles to our own project and positionality to brainstorm more ethical ways of approaching data. Presented by Srivi Ramasubramanian, PhD, Newhouse Professor & Endowed Chair. Refreshments will be provided.

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Using Generative AI for Literature Reviews and Enhancing your Dissertation/ Thesis

Tuesday, April 16th, 6-7 pm

Held via Zoom.

This workshop will introduce you to Generative AI tools such as ChatGPT, Bard, and Claude as well as others. Presented by Engineering and Computer Science Librarian Juan Denzer and Online Learning Librarian John Stawarz, they will demonstrate how to use these tools effectively and ethically in an academic setting through examples. They will include how to use AI to help you summarize an article, choose a research topic, and enhance parts of your thesis/dissertation. In addition to demonstrations, they will answer any questions you might have.

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A Zoom Link will be provided after registration.

Researching Material Histories with SCRC’s Plastics Collection

Wednesday, April 17, 4:30-6:30pm

Bird Library, Lemke Room 6th floor and Bird Library, Spector Room, sixth floor

Did you know that Syracuse University Libraries' Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) is home to the largest collection on the history of plastics in the U.S.? This resource, known as the Plastics Collection, consists of archival collections, rare books, printed materials, and over 3,000 historical plastic artifacts spanning the rise of plastics in 19th and 20th century American culture. Students can research these primary sources onsite at the SCRC as well as online. Join SCRC Lead Curator and Curator of Plastics and Historical Artifacts Courtney Hicks and SCRC Instruction and Education Librarian Jana Rosinski for a hands-on research session exploring, analyzing, and contextualizing primary sources within the Plastics Collection. Refreshments will be provided.

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For questions or further information about any of the workshops, contact Giovanna Colosi at

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