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Library to launch new database of SU research and scholarship

December 18, 2009

Pamela Whiteley McLaughlin
(315) 443-9788

In the spring semester, Syracuse University Library will unveil a dynamic new research and scholarly communication tool for faculty and SU researchers. SURFACE, or Syracuse University Research Facility and Collaborative Environment, is an online database that provides open access to the extensive and diverse array of scholarly output produced at SU.

SURFACE will gather, organize, disseminate and preserve the cultural and scholarly record of the University and is designed to increase the accessibility and visibility of individual authors’ works, maximize research impact, facilitate interdisciplinary research, and provide access to local, regional and global communities. Making the richness of SU knowledge available to the world through free and open access is the very essence of fulfilling the mission of education as a public good.

The library is in the process of identifying SU colleges, schools, departments and University centers that have articles, working paper series, conference papers and proceedings, grant reports, technical reports, documents on collaborative projects, exhibitions, concerts, recitals and other high-quality materials that document SU cultural and scientific scholarship. The library will also provide assistance in the curation of these materials.

To participate, or for more information, contact Charlotte Hess, associate dean for research, collections & scholarly communication, at (315) 443-5528 or hess@syr.edu.

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