Celebrating International Women’s Day: “Make it Happen”


Make It Happen
The Glenn G. Bartle Library celebrates International Women’s Day with “Make it Happen,” an exhibit featuring books, posters and Binghamton University campus activities that promote women’s equality. International Women’s Day activities of the Binghamton University Globalistas are highlighted, along with the history of International Women’s Day as an international endeavor.  Posters from China featuring the event, which was made a national holiday, are also included. Numerous books on the topic of women’s studies written by Binghamton University faculty are displayed, along with feminist campus publications such as “Hera.” 
This exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library. 


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Invitation to Explore: “Scientists throughout History”

Scientists throughout history

The Science Library is now featuring “Scientists throughout History,” a collection of biographies and autobiographies that span both time and scientific disciplines. From the early alchemists such as Anna Maria Ziegerlin, to doctors of the 20th century such as Dr. Margaret Chung – these individuals have made a positive impact on society. Scientists have shaped our understanding of the world around us, improved and saved lives and pioneered discovery and success for others. 

Visit the Science Library to explore books documenting the lives of those who’ve made their mark in science.



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Miniature Book Exhibit in Special Collections


By definition, a miniature book is one that measures 10 centimeters or less in height. The Libraries’ Miniature Book Collection consists of 116 books that spans four centuries from 1605 to 1991. Due to their size, age and/or rarity, miniature books are housed in Special Collections.

Often made with the thinnest paper, and printed with the smallest type, this collection consists of elaborately decorated bindings, simple paper wrapped covers, and books with wooden boards. Books on a variety of topics can be found in the collection, a collection that is rich in prose, poetry, philosophy, and religious writings with titles ranging from the classics (La divinia commedia) to the obscure (Napoleon: poeme). Authors represented in miniature include the humanists, the humorous, and the politicians such as Petrarch, Charles Dickens, and George Washington.

The Miniature Book Collection exhibit will be on display throughout the Spring 2015 semester in Special Collections located on the second floor [off of the North Reading Room] of the Glenn G. Bartle Library.

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Over 25,000 early English books released into the public domain

Since January 2015 over 25,000 early English texts from 1473-1700 have been released online to members of the public under the CC0 Public Domain Dedication through the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP). Since 2000, the university libraries of Michigan and Oxford and ProQuest have been working together in this initiative to create electronic text versions of early printed books from ProQuest’s Early English Books Online, Gale Cengage’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online, and Readex’s Evans Early American Imprints.

While these texts were previously only available to users of academic libraries participating in the partnership, at the end of the first phase of EEBO-TCP the current 25,000 texts have now been released into the public domain. They include highlights such as first printed editions of Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Milton, but also a wide variety of lesser known texts on topics ranging from sword fighting to witchcraft and gardening manuals. Users can not only browse and read through the text of these early English books, but also search through the entire corpus (which consists of two million pages and nearly a billion words). Searching for keywords and themes is possible as well because the text has been encoded with Extensible Markup Language (XML). An additional 40,000 texts will be released into the public domain by 2020.

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Odyssey in China: The Impact of Charles Daniel Tenney

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Krokodil Digital Archive now available!


The Binghamton University Libraries are now offering a trial of the Krokodil Digital Archive  (Russian: «Крокодил», «Crocodile») via our Trial Databases page.

Krokodil (Crocodile) was the USSR’s most famous and longest-running satirical journal. It was first published in Moscow as the illustrated Sunday supplement for a newspaper on 4 June 1922. Originally called Rabochii (The Worker), then renamed Rabochaia Gazeta like its parent newspaper, the supplement was humorous from the beginning. Satire, mainly in the form of cartoons and poems, featured heavily in the magazine, with one-colour illustrations in its first seven issues. As circulation increased, the editors became convinced of the need for a regular independently numbered journal, and the magazine appeared as Krokodil (after Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s satirical short story, The Crocodile) No.1 (13) for the first time on 27 August 1922 (Stykalin and Kremenskaia 1963: 176-179). The red crocodile pictured on the first edition’s front cover thereafter symbolized the aims of the magazine itself.

Although political satire was dangerous during much of the Soviet period, Krokodil was given considerable license to lampoon political figures and events. Typical and safe topics for lampooning in the Soviet era were the lack of initiative and imagination promoted by the style of an average Soviet middle-bureaucrat, and the problems produced by drinking on the job by Soviet workers. Krokodil also ridiculed capitalist countries and attacked various political, ethnic and religious groups that allegedly opposed the Soviet system.

The journal represent a collaboration of some of the best artists, writers, and illustrators of the time — including Vladimir Mayakovsky, Kukriniksy, Yuliy Ganf, Vitaly Goryayev, and many others.

This trial will be active until February 26, 2015. For access, go to the Libraries Trial Databases page.


Artist: B. Semyonov
“The Fighting Pencil” 1967
Refers to the fact that very often repairmen worked not for their salary but solicited vodka from the tenants of big housing projects.

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University Libraries: Top 14 Stories of 2014

Subject Librarian 


As the center of our University’s intellectual community, the Libraries offers a welcoming environment along with our commitment to simple, efficient access to research information in support of learning, teaching, and research for faculty, students, and staff.  This is offered through:

Academic assistance   

A variety of options are available, including: a one-stop search tool called Find It! (A “Google-like” search option), in-person assistance, calling the research help desk in Bartle Library, or contacting the virtual reference services by text, e-mail, chat or Skype.  Also available: online subject guides, time management tools, and tutorials.

Dedicated subject librarians

Subject librarians collaborate with faculty and instructors to support learning and teaching. They design and teach course-specific and general library instructional sessions, as well as offer personal research consultations. Subject librarians also create web tutorials to demonstrate specific resources or to teach research skills.

Scholarly communications

This program facilitates discussion of emerging publication and scholarship models. Libraries’ staff can provide assistance with copyright law and issues, data management plans, open-access publishing information, and compliance with the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy requirements.

Digital preservation services

The Libraries utilize a state-of-the-art digital preservation system called Rosetta, which enables faculty, students, and researchers to preserve and provide access to digital collections and research data. Items in Rosetta can be searched via Find It! ■

More at: Binghamton University Libraries


South Reading Room (2nd Floor of Bartle) and Science Library (SL) Group Study, with the latter project made possible thanks to donor support to the Binghamton Fund.

More at: Study Spaces

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There was surprisingly little need to promote this new service, which became popular simply through word of mouth!

More at:   Group Study Reservation System

 Online Group Reservation System

 4.     2014 EXHIBITS

           Showcases included:

  • Inspired by Nature: literary selections and alumni photography
  • King of Slapstick: the comedy of Mark Sennett
  • A View into Residence Hall Life at Binghamton University: a glimpse back in time
  • The Art Within Science: explores the integral role of one subject with the other

More at: Exhibits




          Highlights of events and activities included:

  • The Tilly Losch collection and the exploration of her link to the PBS series “Downton Abbey”
  • Vera Beaudin Saeedpour collection, displaying more than 3,000 Kurdish books, journals, costumes, and other items
  • Prop support from our collections for use in the new public relations TV spot, promoting our University
  • Development of an “Occasional Series,” including discussions and talks in the Huppe Room

More at:  Special Collections



Welcome Weekend: Incoming students enjoyed a fun and informative introduction to the Libraries staff and services.  This 2014 event also marked the first official Libraries’ visit from our beloved mascot, Baxter!

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Scholarly Resources Orientation:  Focusing on the research needs of graduate students, subject librarians provided an overview of library resources and services.

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Halloween Story Time: Librarians infuse campus preschoolers with the joy of reading!

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What is a Picaresque Novel?    A student poster presentation in Bartle Library was offered by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

FYI:  The picaresque genre is a series of novels that narrate the fictional adventures of a roguish hero of low social class in first person.  This style had a great influence on the Miguel de Cervantes masterpiece, Don Quixote.

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De-Stress December:  In support of the agenda organized by the Dean of Students office, the Libraries offered hardworking students some well-deserved respite from, ironically…books!  Aside from snacks, activities included chair massages, yoga, and some welcome therapy dog interaction.

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Three science subject librarians, and a dedicated graduate student, collaborated closely with course instructors to create three new online tutorials for the University’s new Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) program.    The new programs join an existing library of eight tutorials and address the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  The tutorials also serve as an instructional guide for students in the navigation of available library research resources.

Five librarians have begun work on tutorials for the fall 2015 FRI program.  These will focus on biomedical biochemistry, molecular and biomedical anthropology, image and acoustic signal analysis, biogeochemistry and biomedical engineering.



Not only one of our most successful financial endeavors of the year, one of the most enjoyed by members of both the campus and greater community!

Book Sale


Represented by members of the Senior Class Council, the Class of 2014 generously donated a map of the world to the University Libraries.  This gift commemorates the students’ time on campus, as well as their intent of making a mark on the greater world they are about to enter.  The map is also symbolic of the University’s dedication to global learning, teaching, and diversity. The map is displayed on the second floor landing of Bartle Library.

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 Students are sometimes weak in essential research skills and knowledge of library services. To address this, two Faculty librarians organized a new program to provide library outreach to the University residential communities.  The program is conducted in a comfortable, low-pressure setting and has been well-received, with an attendance average of 15 students per 15-20 minute presentation.

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The value of their contributions cannot be overstated, but just how many student employees help keep the Libraries running? That number and the proportion of student workers to other employees may surprise you!  (Thank you to our Student Employees!)

Student Workers


 Julie is the winner of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship, an award recognizing consistently superior professional achievement in the field of librarianship. 

Julie Wang


A decision was made to enhance the focus on Libraries’ events, activities, and accomplishments through the addition of a dedication communications position.  In addition to an increase in communications via Dateline, B-Line, social media, Parent Connects (Dean of Students publication), other highlights from this initiative include:

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  • The publication of an annual News Magazine,“Inside the Libraries.” More at: Inside the Libraries
  • Consistent participation on a variety of committees that are dedicated to the promotion of events and activities. This frequent interaction helps builds awareness, and relationships, with other communications professionals throughout campus.



Interim Dean
Susannah Gal

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald Nieman has convened a committee to lead the search for a new dean of libraries.  Susannah Gal, professor of biological sciences, has been serving as interim dean since June. It is expected that a permanent appointment will be announced in April 2015.

More at:  Inside


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller

Best wishes from the Libraries for a healthy and prosperous 2015!

More at: Binghamton University Libraries

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Ben Franklin’s autobiography is the January Book of the Month for Special Collections

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Mémoires de la vie privée de Benjamin Franklin, écrits par lui-meme et adressés à son fils, suivis d’un précis historique de sa vie politique, et de plusieurs pièces relatives à ce père de la liberté.  Benjamin Franklin. 1791. Paris: Chez Buisson Librarie. 

Call number:  E 302.6. F7 F7 1791.  The C. Moss McLean Collection.

In 1771 Benjamin Franklin began to write his autobiography in the form of letter to his son William Franklin, then Governor of New Jersey.  The work had to be put on hold with the commencement of the War of Independence, and was resumed 13 years later.  Although a copy of the manuscript was sent to ​​M. le Viellard, a friend of Franklin’s from Passy to translate, the autobiography was translated by Dr. Jacques Ghibelline.  Shortly after Franklin’s memoirs were published in France, they were translated back into English and then published in London in 1793, and later in the United States in 1794.  The book is divided into two parts, and according to one book editor, Part II or La Table des Memoires de B. Franklin, published in London in 1790, was not written by Franklin but by one of his countrymen.

The Binghamton University Libraries’ octavo volume is quarter bound in brown leather with brown paper covered boards and leather corners.  The spine has faux banding and originally ruled in gilt.  A leather label with the stamped title once was adhered to the spine.  This rare first edition is recognizable by the pagination errors found at the end of Part II: page 203 is followed by 360, 361, 62, and then 363, the last page.

To see the book, visit Special Collections which is located on the second floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library off of the North Reading Room.  During the Winter Intersession, Special Collections is open only by appointment, but during the spring and fall semesters, the department is open to the public 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

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Library Catalog Authentication Issue

There is an issue with authenticating to the traditional Library Catalog. The vendor, Library Technology, and ITS are working on it. There may be service disruptions to the patron functions such as logging in and renewing books. This interruption may also impact the Find It! library account. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Visit the English Countryside

Season 5 of Downton Abbey premiered Sunday, January 4th – a welcome return for the many devotees of this elegant historical PBS drama series.  Join Binghamton University Libraries’ Special Collections in a delightfully unexpected glimpse into the past, and future, of the filming site, Highclere Castle, while learning more about our campus ties with its former mistress, Tilly Losch, the Countess of Carnarvon.


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