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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Ask a Scientist/Subject Librarian: THIS IS HOW WE ROLL

How do roller coasters make loops and corkscrews? How does the chain work on a roller coaster? 

The following article appeared in the December 28, 2014 edition of the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin:

Ask a Scientist

Asked by:  Nicholas Catarella

School: Glenwood Elementary School, Vestal
Grade: 1
Teacher: Miss Brigham
Hobbies/Interests: Riding roller coasters and water slides, playing hockey
Career Interest: Engineer that designs roller coasters

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 Answered by:  Lee A. Cummings

Subject Librarian for Engineering, Binghamton University
Research area: Information literacy, library collections and Reference Services 
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Pop Culture, Martial Arts 

If you’ve been to Disneyland, Busch Gardens or a Six Flags theme park (or even if you’ve just seen their commercials on TV), then you know how impressive roller coasters can be. They can be hundreds of feet tall, taller even than the tallest building in downtown Binghamton. And they can reach speeds well over 100 miles per hour. They may seem scary, but they are very safe and can be lots of fun.

Roller coasters make a lot of different motions. They drop, and turn, and lift, and loop. The motions of most roller coasters is dependent almost entirely on gravity, the force that gives us weight and allows things to stay firmly planted on the ground and not float off into space. In order to take advantage of gravitational forces, a train of roller coaster cars must first reach an appropriate height to build up the right amount of potential energy, or “stored-up” energy. This is accomplished by using a chain mechanism to lift the train to the top of the first hill. A motor drives a rolling chain called a “chain lift”, which looks like a lot like a giant bicycle chain, with many links and connections. The chain runs beneath the first hill in a roller coaster, and under each car in the train is a piece of metal called a “chain dog.” The chain dog catches onto the chain lift, and the mechanical motion pulls the train up to the top of the hill, where the chain dogs finally let go, allowing the train to rush down the first hill.

Once the train makes it down the first hill, its momentum – the energy built up from speeding down the first hill – keeps it moving forward. The train is able to make loops and corkscrews thanks to this momentum. Loops and corkscrews on a roller coaster are designed by engineers as part of the entire construction of the track. Roller coaster tracks are built in sections (straight and curved), and then welded and bolted into one long track at the amusement park. Safety wheels attached to each of the cars keep them on the track as they make loops. The train’s momentum carries it through the entire loop, or series of loops and corkscrews. And centripetal force, the force that keeps objects moving in a circular path, keeps the riders pressed safely into their seats during the loop. Of course, safety restraints, like belts and over-shoulder bars, are there to provide extra support for every rider.

After all of the drops and loops in a roller coaster are made, a section of track much lower than the first drop helps the train of cars to slow down. The roller coaster operators then use brakes to bring the ride to a stop.


Ask a Scientist runs on Sundays. Questions are answered by faculty at Binghamton University. Teachers in the Greater Binghamton area who wish to participate in the program are asked to write to Ask a Scientist, c/o Binghamton University, Office of Communications and Marketing, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, N.Y. 13902-6000, or e-mail To submit a question, download the submission form (.pdf, 442kb).


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Library Catalog Downtime

Starting the morning of Sunday, December 21, the Libraries’ Catalog will be unavailable due to a systems upgrade and migration until Saturday, December 27. Continue reading

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De-Stress December in the Libraries


Student with booksIn support of De-Stress December, the Libraries offer hardworking students some well-deserved respite from, ironically…books!  Stop by and reenergize.

Monday, December 15th  

  • Chair Massages (3-4pm), Bartle Library, 2nd Floor Mezzanine
  • Snacks & Coffee (8-10pm), Tombs Area outside of Bartle Library

Tuesday, December 16th

  • Chair Massages (6-7pm), Bartle Library, 2nd Floor Mazzanine
  • Snacks & Coffee (8-10pm), Tombs area outside of Bartle Library

Wednesday, December 17th

  • 10-minute Yoga (3-5pm), Tombs Area, LN 1404
  • Therapy Dogs (7-9pm), Vending Area, under Tombs area outside of Bartle Library
  • Snacks & Coffee, (8-10-pm), Tombs area outside of Bartle Library

Event Contact:  Lisa Havtur at

 Be sure to visit the Dean-of-Students site for a full schedule of fun and rejuvenating activities:

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The Tilly Losch Collection: Downton Abbey as Seen Through the Archives

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Tilly Losch

Another installment of “An Occasional Series in Special Collections” will take place on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:00 noon in the Huppe Room in Special Collections located in the Glenn Bartle Library.

In anticipation of the premier of Season 5 of the hit international series, Downton Abbey on January 4, 2015, Beth Kilmarx, Curator of Rare Books, will speak about the Tilly Losch Collection located in Special Collections. The title of her talk will be “The Tilly Losch Collection: Downton Abbey as See Through the Archives.”

This event is free and open to the public. Special Collections is located on the second floor of the Bartle Library. For more information, call (607) 777-4841.

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Phishing scam

There have been multiple reports about people receiving an e-mail similar to the one below that informs library users that their Illiad (Interlibrary Loan) account is expiring soon. This is not a legitimate e-mail from the Libraries or anyone else from the University. It is what is known as a Phishing scam. If you receive a similar message, please do not click on the link. If you already did, please change all of your Binghamton University passwords immediately. For more information about Phishing scams, see the web page ITS created that explains “What is Phishing?

From: []
On Behalf Of Jean Davis
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 2:00 PM
Subject: ILLiad Access

Dear User,

Your access to the ILLiad is expiring soon and it won’t be accessible
for you. You must reactivate your account in order to continue to have
access to this service. For this purpose, click the web address below
or copy and paste it into your web browser. After logging in, your
access is reactivated and you will be redirected to your ILLiad

If you are not able to login, please contact Jean Davis at for immediate assistance.


Jean Davis
Access Services Manager
Access & Delivery Services
Binghamton University Libraries

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