Farewell Susannah Gal: Interim Dean of the Libraries, Colleague and Friend

SusannahSomething about the term “interim” in the context of “Interim Dean of Libraries Susannah Gal,”  just seems wrong. Especially to those who have experienced the sense of ownership and wholehearted dedication she applies to whatever she undertakes.

Indeed, throughout her tenure in the Libraries, Susannah has focused her formidable leadership and people skills on the University Libraries with such intensity of purpose, that not only would most unquestioningly assume that the role of library dean was her chosen profession, but that the future generations of her own family were entirely dependent on the Libraries’ success!

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President Stenger’s somewhat unorthodox selection of a research scientist to fill the interim dean role for the Libraries was innovative, gutsy and right on.

Susannah, in a short time you made a real difference to the Libraries and to our campus – thank you for your contribution and for your friendship, you will be missed.

 

Wishing you all the best!

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Libraries Employees Recognized with 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Jill Dixon, 2015 Chancellor’s Award Winner for
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The Libraries is proud to announce that Jill Dixon, faculty librarian and director of Public Services; and Laurie Kolosky, senior circulation assistant/library cashier; were each 2015 winners of the

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence!

The official portraits of all award winners will be displayed in the lobby of the Couper Administration building later in the summer and more individual detail about this prestigious recognition will be published in the fall, around the time of the Chancellor’s Award dinner.  However, Jill and Laurie’s many Libraries friends and colleagues couldn’t wait and secured special permission to display the two portraits and to extend their warmest congratulations and gratitude now!

Thank you, Jill and Laurie, for all you do and for representing the Libraries so well and with such professionalism.

 

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The Libraries Honored with Public Relations Award

The 2015 selection committee of the PR Xchange Awards Competition recently shared the announcement of our win in the category “Materials Promoting Collections” for the Miniature Books Exhibit and Reception.

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The PR Xchange competition is sponsored by the Public Relations and Marketing Section (PRMS) of the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLMA).
 

The annual contest is designed to recognize “the very best public relations materials by produced by libraries” throughout the year.  Contest submissions were evaluated by experts in public relations, communications, graphic design and marketing and were judged on content, design and originality.

Our Power Point entry summarizes information about the collection and includes fun photography from the opening reception:  2015 PR Xchange Award Winner.   Our entry, along with the other winners, will be displayed at the PR Xchange program during this year’s American Library Association Conference, to be held June 25-30th in San Francisco.

Beth Kilmarx, Curator of Rare Books and one of the primary organizers of the Miniature Books Exhibit and Reception, will be in attendance at the conference and will accept the award on behalf of the Libraries. The Libraries is deeply grateful for the support and interest of the campus community and extends special thanks to friends and colleagues who enriched the miniature book experience for all through the generous loan of their own editions!

The award-winning Miniature Books Exhibit will remain on display through the end of July in the Libraries’ Special Collections,  located on the second floor of Bartle Library.

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Updated homepage

As a result a recent usability study on the Libraries’ website, we’ve redesigned the tabular search box on our homepage so that key resources and services are more visible.

New tabular search box

New tabular search box

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have also changed the way databases are accessed from the website. The subject browse now directs to the Subject Guides page. You can still search databases by name, browse alphabetically or by subject from the Database A-Z listing.

New databases gateway

New databases gateway

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Benjamin Andrus, not your typical librarian!

Ben SM PostSee why by viewing his recent video, produced as part of the campus series Beyond the Classroom.  

Ben talks about the job, addresses a major myth about Binghamton and encourages students to “get out and explore!”

 Ben’s Beyond the Classroom video

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Ben’s role as co-creator of the Library-to-Residence Hall outreach program is just one example of his work as a subject Librarian at Binghamton (specializing in Education & Student Affairs and Sociology -see Subject Guides below).

Recognizing that students are often weak in essential research skills and knowledge of library services, Ben and fellow Librarian Anne Larrivee, collaborated with Residential Life staff to help provide library outreach to the residential communities – thus beginning the Library-to-Residence Hall outreach program at Binghamton.

Surrounded by friends and munching on snacks provided by the RAs, the program encourages student discuss their research assignments and to ask questions about the library and the research process. The open environment offers a comfortable atmosphere without any pressure. Program presentations usually last 15–20 minutes and include a slideshow highlighting Libraries’ services and a live demonstration of some of the core library resources.

    

Ben’s Subject Guides :Ben

Education & Student Affairs

Library Resources for NYS Residents

Sociology

 

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Graduating Student Employee Profile: Emily Eng

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Meet Emily Eng:  Student Employee, Binghamton University Libraries;  Graduating Binghamton Student (Double Majoring in History and Philosophy, Politics, and Law and Minoring in Business Management, School of Management Adjunct); President of the Binghamton Crew and former Political Intern in the New Jersey Governor’s Office.

Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections Supervisor Beth Kilmarx first met Emily in an undergraduate Latin class in the fall of 2013 and over time,  supervised some of her friends. So last semester, when the opportunity arose, Beth was happy to add Emily to the Libraries’ Special Collections team as a student employee.

The fit seems to have been a good one with supervisor Beth noting that Emily is “an excellent student worker…who pays close attention to detail” and Emily reporting that “…the overall environment truly made me feel comfortable.”

EmilyEmily shares the nature of her work in the Libraries, which has “…mostly been cataloging and for lack of a better word rehousing the Double Oversized books and sorting through a collection that was donated by the [late] Professor Al Dekin.”

For more about former Binghamton Anthropology Chair and Professor Al Dekin, his love of books and the challenges of academic research:
 LibraryLinks (Page 7) and Anthropology Newsletter (Page 3)
 

In addition to its value to the University, Emily’s work offered her guidance in an important life decision; helping her recognize that “…history is still an area where I might want to start a career in.”  This is significant, she explains because “…coming into senior year, I was faced with two primary career paths… one was in law and the other was as a curator of a museum.”  Her Special Collections experience provided her a realistic “…insight into what it would be like to pursue a career in history” and now she knows that this is “what I would definitely like to try to do…”

When asked for her view as a Libraries insider as to the most important service for students, Emily responds, “as cheesy as it sounds, the most important Libraries’ service for students lies within Special Collections.”  Adding with some surprise that “many students don’t know the collections that lie within the department and how interesting they are!”

Visit the Libraries’ Special Collections soon and see the treasures within for yourself!

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Emily’s post-graduation world remains open she is happy with that.  One can understand why, as her plan is to “… backpack through Europe for a month and then return and hopefully find a job!”  Considering supervisor Beth’s wistful observation “… if I could, I would hire her full time,” finding employment is not likely to be a post-European obstacle for Emily.

Congratulations, Emily!  The faculty and staff of the Libraries thank you for your hard work this semester and wish you all the best as you move into your future life.

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Librarian Anne Larrivee: Focus of this week’s “Beyond The Classroom” video series

Whether working in the Peace Corps. . .

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or working in the library at Binghamton . . .

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Anne Larrivee loves to help people.

Hear about this Librarian’s passion in this week’s Beyond the Classroom:  http://bit.ly/btcbing

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Congratulations 2015 Graduates!

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             From all of us in the Libraries: 
 
 It has been an honor and a pleasure to have supported you in your educational goals throughout these important years in your lives. 
  Wishing you all the best as you move forward into your futures, which are sure to be as bright, inspiring and individual as each of you!
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          To the proud parents, family and friends of this year’s graduates: 
 

We invite you to consider a donation to Binghamton University Libraries in recognition of this milestone accomplishment. 

Click here to learn how you can demonstrate a continued love for learning through your meaningful gift.   

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Graduating Student Employee Profile: Corey Futterman

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Many have recommended “dressing for the job you aspire to have” as one road to success.  And although no stranger to strategic dressing, Corey Futterman takes this to the next level by not only dressing the part, but performing it through his work as a student employee in the University Libraries

Corey graduates from Binghamton this spring with a degree in Graphic Design, however; in addition to his student responsibilities and his work in the Libraries, Corey is already working in the field, and in more than one role.

Freelancing as the Art Director for Research Connection, a Binghamton University based start-up; Corey is responsible for creating and overseeing art and design-related projects. He also works full time as the Assistant Design Manager for the popular student publication, Pipe Dream.

David Vose, Associate Librarian and Corey’s supervisor, shares his observation that not only is Corey “a very talented graphic artist…” but that, “from the start, he demonstrated professionalism, excellent listening skills, and great project management abilities.”

News Magazine CoverCompleted projects include the development of  detailed print maps of all three Libraries locations, published work in the Libraries’ annual news publication,  the development of the new “Ask a Librarian” logo As a Librarian and the list continues.

Corey points to the creation of the Libraries’ print maps, a project he spent considerable time working on, as one of his most gratifying accomplishments.  To access: INDEX PAGE OF ALL MAPS  or BARTLE MAPS

Working in the Libraries offered Corey an opportunity to learn Adobe Illustrator and to add graphic design pieces to his portfolio. He appreciates both, recognizing “the assistance this may provide for graduate school applications, as well as in his professional future.”

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Tip of the Libraries’ Iceberg by Corey Futterman

When asked what he will miss most about his time in the Libraries, Corey reflects that he will miss “seeing my work published and on display.”  (Considering what he know of his talent, we suspect it will not be long until his work is displayed elsewhere!)

Not surprisingly, Corey has already been offered, and has accepted, a position as a Graphic Designer near his home town in New Jersey.  Congratulations, Corey!  From all of us, but especially from Dave who called it early with his observation that even, “…in the competitive field of graphic art, I am confident the he will find success.”

The faculty and staff of the Libraries offer Corey sincere thanks for all he has accomplished, in addition to their warmest congratulations and best wishes for the future!

 

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Hit PAWS: Relax with Therapy Dogs

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Students, take a few minutes  for yourselves to De-Stress in the Libraries with the always-popular visiting Therapy Dogs!  Appearances include:

UNIVERSITY DOWNTOWN CENTER (Lobby)
Friday, May 8th from 4-5:30PM

BARTLE LIBRARY (Vending Machine Area) & SCIENCE LIBRARY (Lobby)
Tuesday, May 12th from 7-8:30PM

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