New in the Libraries: For-credit Research Opportunities

The Libraries are pleased to offer for-credit research opportunities to undergraduate students seeking hands-on experience.  Current topics include “Evaluation of Library Space Use,” “Inventory Management in a Research Library” and “Peer-to-Peer Research Instruction.”

To learn more, and for a complete listing of opportunities, visit the Campus Research Opportunity Postings (CROP) site:


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Your Invitation to Explore the Kurdish Collection

Kurdish Collection - shoes

Join us in the Libraries for a special viewing of the

Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library and Museum Collection

 Thursday, March 26, from 5-7pm

The collection is the largest of its kind in North America and contains artifacts including jewelry, musical instruments, clothing and textiles, maps, photographs and art and other unique Kurdish cultural material from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Event location: LS-2502, second floor of Bartle Library

Contact: Aynur de Rouen at 607-777-3944


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Dedication Ceremony: South Reading Room in Bartle Library

A dedication reception for this expansive new student study space will be hosted by the Libraries on Wednesday, March 25th, from 3-4:30pm.

President Stenger and Provost Nieman will speak briefly at 4:00 p.m.

In addition to light refreshments, there will be information about new research-for-credit opportunities for undergraduates with faculty in the libraries and a demonstration of the Augmented Reality (AR) Magic Book by Library Technology staff.

The South Reading Room is located on the 2nd floor of the Bartle Library

Contact Lisa Havtur:

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Group Study Space in the Science Library: 1 of 20 things in this campus list that would not exist without your support!

SL Group Study Room Yellow Blog Sized

Thanks to donors to the Binghamton Fund for the University Libraries, there are six new study rooms available in the Science Library.  These spaces are perfect for those times when focused quiet is the order of the day!

To access the Online Reservation System:

Be sure to check out the complete list of: “20 Things That Wouldn’t Exist at Binghamton Without Your Support” at:


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Join us in Bartle Library for Tag Day – Thursday, March 19th

Tag Day Buttons

Tags and informational posters will be displayed tomorrow throughout campus in honor of Tag Day, an event underscoring the impact of giving for our University. The Reader Services Desk in Bartle Library is one of many locations offering celebratory buttons for students, faculty and staff – all are welcome!

 For more Tag locations and detail about this event:   Tag Day

Binghamton Fund Director Caitlyn Carlson hanging a tag in the University Art Museum.

Binghamton Fund Director Caitlyn Carlson hanging a tag in the University Art Museum.


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A Miniature Elzevir book is the March Book of the Month

Aminta : favola boscareccia  by  Torquato Tasso.



 Aminta : favola boscareccia diTorquato Tasso.  Amsterdam : Nella Stamperia del s.D. Elsevier; Et in Parigi : Si vende appresso Thomaso Jolly …, 1678.   Illustrated by Sébastien LeClerc.  85 p. : ill. ; 11 cm.   An “Elzevier” book.   Call number:  PQ4639. A2 1678, The Miniature Book Collection.

Elzevir is the name of a celebrated family of Dutch booksellers, publishers, and printers of the 17th and early 18th centuries. The duodecimo series of “Elzevirs” became very famous and very desirable among bibliophiles, who sought to obtain the tallest and freshest copies of these tiny books.

Although it appears the family was involved with the book trade as early as the 16th century, it is only known for its work in some detail beginning with Lodewijk Elzevir (also called Louis). The family ceased printing in 1712, but a contemporary publisher Elsevier takes its name from this early modern business.

The fame of the Elzevir editions rests chiefly on the works issued by the firm of Bonaventure and Abraham.   Their Greek and Hebrew impressions are considered inferior to those of the Aldines and the Estiennes, but their small editions in 12mo, 16mo and 24mo, for elegance of design, neatness, clearness and regularity of type, and beauty of paper, cannot be surpassed.

Special mention ought to be made of the two editions of the New Testament in Greek, published in 1624 and 1633, of which the latter is the more beautiful and the more sought after; the Psalterium Davidis, 1653; Virgilii opera, 1636; Terentii comediae, 1635; but the works that gave their press its chief celebrity are their collection of French authors on history and politics in 24mo, known under the name of the Pelites Republiques, and their series of Latin, French and Italian classics in small 12mo.

Also, they are noted for their publication in 1638 of Galileo‘s last work, the Two New Sciences, at a time when the Inquisition forbade the latter’s writings.

Jean, son of Abraham, born in 1622, had since 1647 been in partnership with his father and uncle at Leiden, and when they died Daniel, son of Bonaventure, born in 1626, joined him. Their partnership did not last more than two years, and after its dissolution Jean carried on the business alone until his death in 1661. In 1654 Daniel joined his cousin Louis (the third of that name and son of the second Louis), who was born in 1604, and had established a printing press at Amsterdam in 1638.

From 1655 to 1666 they published a series of Latin classics in 8vo, cum notis variorum; Cicero in 4to; the Etymologicon linguae Latinae; and in 1663 a magnificent Corpus Juris Civilis in folio in two volumes. Louis died in 1670, and Daniel in 1680.

This month’s book of the month book was published by Daniel Elzevir in 1678.  It has a  mottled full calf binding.  The spine has four raised bands with decorated gilt compartments.  The book has an engraved frontispiece.  The title page is decorated with a printer’s device.   A third illustration was inserted upside down at the beginning of the first scene.

To see this 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 spring semester, the department is open to the public 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Aminta : favola boscareccia by Torquato Tasso.   Call number:  PQ4639. A2 1678, The Miniature Book Collection.

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Libraries’ Presentation – Imperial Vestiges: ‘The Other’ in Soviet Propoganda

All are welcome in Libraries’ Special Collections, as Dr. Heather DeHaan and Michael Kosowski (Junior, majoring in Russian and Art History) explore how Imperial Russian art forms and values are reproduced in Soviet poster propaganda.

Contact: Lisa Havtur,

Imperial Vestiges

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Join us in the Science Library for an Open House Event

Midterms Open House  - Science Library March 2015In addition to snacks, water and other giveaways, information will be available on the new group study spaces and how to reserve them.

While you are there, learn about available technology resources that can help improve academic performance, such as a Skype station that enables students to connect with Librarians in real time and newly refurbished laptops that include access to virtual desktop, GIMP, MS Office professional and more!

Also talk with Library faculty about research-for-credit opportunities to be available for students this coming fall. We hope to see you there!

Contact: Lisa Havtur at


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Libraries Early Closures – March 3, 2015

Due to the weather, library locations will be closing early on Tuesday, March 3 as follows:

  • Bartle Library/Information Commons/Fine Arts    11 p.m.
  • Newcomb Reading Room                                          6 p.m.
  • Research Help Desk                                                   6 p.m.
  • Science Library                                                           6 p.m.
  • UDC Library                                                                 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 4, the library location will plan to open as follows:

  • Bartle Library/Information Commons/Fine Arts       8 a.m.
  • Newcomb Reading Room                                           8 a.m.
  • Research Help Desk                                                   10 a.m.
  • Science Library                                                            8:30 a.m.
  • UDC Library                                                                  8 a.m.

Please note that the library hours may change due to weather conditions – please check our website for updated information.

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Join us for an Opening Reception of our Miniature Book Collection and Exhibit

minibooks All are welcome in the Libraries as Special Collections hosts an opening event in celebration of this unique and delightfully diminutive exhibit.

The miniature book collection consists of 116 books that spans four centuries from 1605 to 1991. 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 to the obscure. Authors represented in miniature include the humanists, the humorous and the politicians such as Petrarch, Charles Dickens and George Washington.

Date: March 11, 2015
Time: 4-5pm
Location: Special Collections, second floor [off of the North Reading Room] of the Glenn G. Bartle Library.
Contact: Lisa Havtur

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