New exhibit in the Chinese Cultural Experience Center

In celebration of Chinese New Year, the Chinese Cultural Experience Center opens a new book exhibit titled, Experiencing the Facial Makeup of the Beijing (Peking) Opera.

CCEC female opera roleDeveloping over the centuries from masks, and gradually forming its own symbolic meanings, facial makeup is one of the most distinctive features of the Peking Opera. Through an exhibit of books from the Libraries’ own collection, visitors are provided a closer look at the facial makeup used to portray different opera characters.

The new exhibit opens on the first day of the Year of the Monkey, which is Monday, Feb. 8, in the lobby of Bartle Library. The exhibit is available to faculty, staff and students will run through spring 2016.

The Libraries wishes all a very prosperous New Year!

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Library Catalog Unavailable this Weekend

Starting Friday, January 15 at 5 p.m., the Library Catalog  will be unavailable due to necessary maintenance work.  It is expected that the Catalog will be available again on Monday, January 18. During the downtime, it will not be possible to renew books or view your library account information. The Libraries’ Find It! service will be available to search for books and other library material.  For more information, please contact Reader Services at 607-777-2194.  Please check the Libraries’ website  for updates.

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Visit the Chinese Cultural Experience Center (CCEC) in Bartle Library

 CCEC female opera roleCCEC exhibit

The campus and greater community is invited to enjoy this vivid cultural showcase, which has been designed to provide visitors with the opportunity to intimately experience China’s Beijing Opera through a variety of mediums, including . . .

-Interact directly with people and events of the era via a giant touch-screen television

 -Take a keepsake photo outfitted in an authentic Beijing Opera costume
 -Admire the museum-quality wall of Confucius Institute photography

Cultural Displays
-Enjoy elaborate Beijing Opera costumes and headpieces
-View a curated exhibit, featuring books and photographs from Binghamton’s own collection
-“Meet” the colorful opera actor/promotor, Mei Lanfang

More about the exhibit . . .

In addition to the beautifully ornate display of opera costumes and interactive software, the exhibit introduces visitors to the rich history of the Beijing Opera (also commonly referred to as the “Peking Opera”) through a presentation of books from the Libraries’ own collection. The book exhibit was carefully curated and prepared by the University’s Asian Studies librarian and the Libraries Exhibit Committee.

CCEC Dr Mei Lanfang

The book exhibit provides a wealth of information about Beijing Opera and it is also where visitors are introduced to the young and charismatic actor, Mei Lanfang.

The visionary Mei was one of the first to recognize the importance of ensuring culture was exchanged on a global scale. He worked with great focus to raise funds and to build an extensive network of global relationships in support of his belief for the need to entertain and educate across cultures, in his case, through the medium of opera.

Although promotion of this kind was unusual back in the thirties,  Mei was responsible for organizing and presenting the Beijing Opera troupe to the people of Russia and Japan. He was also responsible for bringing Beijing Opera to America and there is a program within the exhibit from that historic visit, in addition to some engaging photographs of Mei.

CCEC Multi-view

The Chinese Cultural Experience Center is an excellent introduction of world culture and the Libraries is proud of its role in providing this innovative experience for our students, for our campus and for the greater community. Visitors should be sure to check back regularly, as components of the exhibit will continue to be updated.

 Exhibit contact: Asian Studies’ Librarian Julie Wang at: 

This exhibit was made possible thanks to a two-year effort and the dedicated support of many people and organizations, working with the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera.

Confucius Institute

To learn more:  What is the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera?  

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De-Stress in the Libraries

Therapy Dog GroupChair Massage

Chair Massages . . . Therapy Dogs . . . ZooMobile. . . FREE Food and Coffee

In support of De-Stress December, the Libraries is pleased to offer hardworking students a well-deserved respite from, ironically, books!  Stop by and reenergize.

             Thursday, December 10   

Chair Massages . . .  4:30 – 5:30 pm . .  University Downtown Center, lobby
Therapy Dogs  . . . .  7 – 8:30 pm . . . . .  Bartle Library, vending area
Therapy Dogs  . . . .  7 – 8:30 pm . . . . .  Science Library, lobby

Monday, December 14

ZooMobile . . .  .  . .  2 – 4 pm . . . . . . . . Bartle Library, tombs area
Food/Coffee . . . . . . 4:30 pm –  ? . . . . . University Downtown Center, lobby

Wednesday, December 16

Chair Massages . . . 3 – 5 pm . . . . . . . . Bartle Library, Confucius area
Food/Coffee . . . .  .  8 pm – ? . . . . . . . . Bartle Library, tombs
Food/Coffee . . . . . . 8 pm – ?  . . . . . . .  Science Library, lobby

Friday, December 18

Chair Massages . . .  3 – 5 pm  . . . . . . . Science Library,  Yellow Room

  Also, be sure to visit the Dean-of-Students site for a full schedule of fun and rejuvenating activities.

Therapy Dog Selfie

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5 Things Faculty and Instructors Should Know About “Course Reserves”


“Course Reserves” are the course-related materials that we put on reserve at your request for the purpose of efficient and broad student access in the Libraries.  Reserve materials can be physical (like textbooks or DVDS) or they can be electronic (like scanned chapters or journal articles).


  • Your students now have easy, convenient access to assigned readings during expansive library hours.
  • Library lending alleviates the need for students to carry heavy books to and from their residence halls.
  • It also often circumvents the need for students to purchase/resell expensive materials.

NOTE:   This service also works well with personally-owned books, lent by instructors to the library for student circulation, which are returned at semester’s end.


  • The time-consuming task of chapter and article scanning moves from you to us.
  • We ensure your assigned material is student accessible through compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Electronic links to assigned reading material are uploaded to Blackboard for you.

NOTE:  We are experienced and available to assist with the navigation of copyright  law.


However, receipt of your “Course Reserves” request by the dates below ensures students have access to assigned readings by the first day of class.

December 10 for Winter/Spring 
May 5 for Summer l, ll & lll
August 5 for Fall



We are always interested in learning how we might serve you better. Suggestions, comments or questions about this, or any Libraries service, are welcome at:
Bartle Library. Photo by Jonathan Cohen

Bartle Library. Photo by Jonathan Cohen

Course Reserves: or 777-3940

General Libraries: or 777-2194

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Seeking Student Input

Binghamton students, the Libraries invites you to participate in a brief survey about your individual research practices.  Your input will help us refine our instructional services and resources, which means that we can do an even better job of supporting you on future research projects.

Responses are anonymous and participants are free to exit the survey at any point.

To participate, go to: Binghamton Libraries Research

The survey is available now through December 14, 2015
Bartle Library Group Study Room. Photo by Jonathan Cohen.
Bartle Library Group Study Room. Photo by Jonathan Cohen.

  Survey contact:  Anne Larrivee at 607-777-2181 or


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Happy Thanksgiving!


“Autumn Centerpiece” by Craig Shillam

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.

Henry David Thoreau

Best wishes to all for a peaceful and happy holiday.

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Interim Dean Cindy Olbrys Honored with PEC’s Distinguished Service Award

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Interim Dean Cindy Olbrys, 2015 Recipient of the Professional Employee Council’s “Distinguished Service Award”

Cindy Olbrys was honored today with the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) at the annual Professional Employees Council (PEC) luncheon.

The purpose of the award is to highlight professionals who have made invaluable contributions to the campus community, and to their profession, through exemplary service.  Eligible applicants include all PEC-represented employees from the Research Foundation, M/C and UUP.

There was enthusiastic support of Cindy’s nomination from Provost Donald Nieman,  Dean Curtis Kendrick, Assistant Nicola Chanecka and her nominator, Communications Coordinator Lisa Havtur, who wrote . . .

DSA Award Cindy and Harvey“Without missing a beat, and in spite of having very limited “dean” experience, Cindy stepped up with her usual quiet effectiveness to perform the duties of the role and she has done so successfully and with unfailing poise and professionalism.”
Adding that, “Even with the additional workload, Cindy remains ever approachable, responsive and available for anyone seeking her assistance.  I believe that it is largely thanks to Cindy’s calm and confident influence, combined with her exemplary leadership abilities and invaluable experience, that the Libraries continues to operate at its finest and why it will continue so going forward.”

Cindy was one of three campus professionals in receipt of this award.  More about the Professional Employees Council and the Distinguished Service Award can be found on the PEC site.

Please join us in congratulating Cindy!

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Visit our new exhibit: “Windows in the Sea: The Life and Work of Marion C. Link”

Link Opening 2 Oct 2015

The exhibit will remain on the second floor mezzanine of Bartle Library throughout the academic year – all are welcome.

Many are already familiar with the name Edwin A. Link and his impressive contributions to aeronautics, education, philanthropy, science, the community and the greater world.

However, Marion Link, his partner and wife, was an equally impressive individual.  This exhibit represents her life interests and accomplishments, highlighting the many years the couple dedicated to the study and exploration of the sea.

This thoughtfully curated exhibit displays a number of Marion’s writings, postcards and other travel mementos, in addition to books, articles and publicity about her and her interests and accomplishments.

In addition to her family, community and business roles, Marion was a successful author who remained dedicated to the craft of writing throughout her life time.

The detailed journals she kept throughout the years provided critical reference for a number of her and her husband’s books, articles and essays. Marion herself published two books: Sea Diver and Windows in the Sea.

As a fitting tribute and legacy, the Link family established the Marion Clayton Link Marion Link_MrsLOvalx200Endowment in Creative Writing at Binghamton University.

In recognition of her dedication to education,   Marion was appointed by the Governor of New York as one of the first members of the Harpur College Council (which later became the Binghamton University Council). This is merely one her many appointments, awards and honors.

Since its establishment by Edwin and Marion Link in 1953, the Link Foundation has awarded more than $14 million to universities, colleges and other non-profit organizations – generosity that continues to have a profound and far-reaching impact on education.

More about Marion and Edwin Link, and their extensive collections, can be accessed through the University Libraries Special Collections Department  or by contacting us directly.

Link Opening ARMB Oct 2015

And to learn more about the Augmented Reality (AR) Magic Book, the Libraries-developed technology that is now permanently installed in Bartle Library, and which is currently being used to display the delicate works of Marion Link without harm – visit the site.

This exhibit was made possible through generous support from the Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund of the Binghamton University Foundation.  


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Introducing Aleshia Huber, engineering librarian

The Libraries is pleased to announce that Aleshia Huber has joined us as our engineering librarian.

AleishaThis is Aleshia’s first librarian position and she is excited to support engineering students and faculty, as well as the University’s Smart Energy TAE (Transdiciplinary Area of Exellence).

She plans further outreach to the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science through research assistance and collaboration with faculty.

Aleshia’s graduate work in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) focused on science librarianship including reference, instruction, and data curation.

In addition, she has a BS in Chemistry from the same, focusing on Green Chemistry. She previously worked as a graduate assistant for Grainger Engineering Library at UIUC.

Outside of work Aleshia enjoys baking, tennis, and of course, reading.

Aleshia can be contacted through her Libraries’ profile page.   


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