October is New York State Archives Month!

Edwin A. Link and his Link Trainer

Edwin A. Link and his Link Trainer

October is New York State Archives month—and American Archives Month.  It is a time to celebrate and promote the rich and diverse documentary heritage of the state by increasing public awareness of archival materials and repositories and by acknowledging the importance of our records keepers.

During the month, archives, historical societies, libraries, local governments, and museums in New York State celebrate with exhibits, presentations, banquets, and award ceremonies.

Would you like to know more about Special Collections and Archives at Binghamton University? If so, come and visit us on the second floor of the Bartle Library (off of the North Reading Room). Our hours are M-F 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Text a Call Number

Tired of writing down book titles and call numbers on scraps of paper?  Did you know you can now text this information directly to your mobile device from the Library Catalog?  Just click on the mobile phone icon next to a call number and enter your phone number.  The title and location of the book will be sent to your mobile device.  Please note that carrier charges may apply.

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Library Staff Welcome New Students

As part of Binghamton University New Student Programs’ Welcome Weekend events, library staff organized a fun, informative self-guided tour for incoming students at Bartle Library.  Watch the video below.

Welcome Weekend Video

Students visited six service “stations” throughout Bartle Library to learn about our services and resources. The stations were:

  • Reader Services:  learned about our generous borrowing privileges and how to renew books online.
  • Research Help and Information Commons: discovered about the many ways to get research help – in-person, by phone or virtually – and about the computing services within the library.
  • Library Stacks & Group Study Rooms: watched a demonstration on how to locate a book in the stacks and how to reserve a group study room online.
  • Special Collections: learned about our unique, historical documents and rare books, including Civil War letters, late medieval manuscripts, University history, and the oldest book in Broome County, New York.
  • Library Instruction Trivia Game: taught students about library resources and services by combining pop-culture and library trivia.
  • Course Reserves: viewed a demonstration on how to look up materials assigned by faculty and instructors for their courses.

While all of the stations received positive feedback from students, the most popular were Special Collections and Research Help.  A student commented,  I’m really happy I went on this tour because I learned so much about the library.”

Along the tour, students were given free giveaways such as pens, notebooks, earphones, water bottles, USB drives, and more.  To add to the enjoyable atmosphere, Baxter the Bearcat interacted with students and library staff throughout the event.

The library offered a raffle to win one of three prizes for students who completed the self-guided tour.  The grand prize was a book bag full of cool stuff such as a t-shirt, umbrella, mug, headphones, and more.

The Libraries’ Welcome Weekend event was very successful.  As one participant stated, “Fun, informative and a great time overall!”

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Library Hours for Rosh Hashanah – September 24-28

The Libraries will have different hours for the Rosh Hashanah break – September 24-28.

Bartle, Science and UDC Libraries will close at 5 p.m. on September 24-26. Newcomb Reading Room and Fine Arts Collections will close at 4 p.m. Special Collections is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bartle Library will be open on Saturday, September 27 from 12 – 7 p.m. (Fine Arts closes at 6 p.m. and Newcomb Reading Room at 5 p.m.). Science Library, UDC Library and Special Collections are closed on September 27-28.

The regular September hours will resume on Sunday, September 28. For more information about the Fall 2014 library hours, visit Library Hours.


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New exhibit: King of Slapstick: Mack Sennett and His Work


Producer and director Mack Sennett presided over a motley crew of comedic talent that included Harry Langdon, Ben Turpin, Billy Bevan, Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Mabel Normand and the Keystone Kops, who slid, slipped and slapped their way across American movie screens. He was known as the innovator of slapstick comedy and film and was once dubbed “The King of Comedy.” Sennett’s brand of crude slapstick humor proved to be highly popular with audiences and helped him become one of the most powerful men of early Hollywood. Sennett set up his famed Keystone Studios in 1912 and began cranking out one- and two-reel shorts by the hundreds. Among the pratfalls, chases, character stereotypes and pantomime, Sennett set the tone in Hollywood’s early days and created the ground rules for American screen comedy that were to follow.

This exhibit features information about Mack Sennett’s work as well as stills from his movies taken from the John K. McLaughlin Collection of Popular Culture. The exhibit is located just outside of Special Collections in the North Reading Room (second floor) of the Glenn Bartle Library.

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Meet our New Librarians

Nancy Abashian, Head of Reader Services, Binghamton University LNancy Abashian
Nancy Abashian has served the Libraries in a number of capacities since she first began in 2006. Her library career began at the Science Library as the Information Services Coordinator. Her primary duties included student worker and staff supervision with oversight for circulation, reserves and facilities. In 2008, Nancy joined the administrative staff in the Bartle Library and assumed the role Physical Facilities Coordinator. She was charged with ensuring that the building was properly maintained and equipment was serviced. Following that, she moved to the Acquisitions Department where she took responsibility for handling Gifts, and supervising staff responsible for Mail and Copy Cataloging. Since 2010, Nancy has been the Head of Reader Services in the Bartle Library. After completing her MLS at University of Buffalo in 2013, her professional position expanded into a faculty position and now includes the oversight of Resource Sharing.

New Faculty/Staff Headshots Melissa Perez

Melissa Perez
Melissa joined the Libraries as the new Resource Sharing Coordinator in August. Melissa has a BA in History and Psychology from the University of Miami. She completed her Master’s of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University in 2012. Melissa worked for the Georgia State University ILL Unit for the past 8 years. The Resource Sharing Coordinator is Melissa’s first librarian position and she is excited about finding new ways to help patrons. In her free time, Melissa enjoys going to concerts, crafting, and volunteering at conventions.

New Faculty/Staff Headshots Laura Evans

Laura Evans 
Laura Evans joined the Libraries in March 2014 as the Metadata and Cataloging Librarian, which means she describes information resources so that library users can locate them. She works with digital resources that are accessible through Rosetta, our digital preservation system, as well as with physical items that are housed in the Libraries’ stacks. Her favorite part of the job is getting to interact with interesting materials from across the Libraries’ collections, and she’s passionate about making those materials discoverable and accessible to users. Prior to arriving in Binghamton, Laura earned her BA in Classics from Smith College and MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She then worked as a cataloger in a public library in Texas and as an English teacher with the Peace Corps in Ukraine. Outside of work, Laura enjoys traveling and learning new languages.

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Libraries Launch STEM Tutorials

The Libraries created three online tutorials tailored for the University’s new Research Stream Program for undergraduate students.  These STEM tutorials focus on the disciplines of neuroscience, biofilms, and smart energy.  The tutorials teach students how to navigate the library research resources in these fields.  The STEM tutorials join the Libraries eight existing tutorials about library research and critically thinking about research sources.  They are all available on the library web page (http://binghamton.edu/libraries/research/tutorials/webtutorials/index.html) and in Blackboard under the “Library” tab.

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Scholarly Resources Orientation


The Libraries’ will be hosting their annual Scholarly Resources Orientation session  Tuesday, August 26, at 3:45pm in the North Reading Room on the second floor of Bartle Library.  The North Reading Room will be closed at 1:30 pm to allow for set up.

This event focuses on the research needs of graduate students and is open to all new graduate students.  Subject librarians will provide an overview of library resources and services.  For further information, contact Anne Larrivee at larrivee@binghamton.edu.  
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Welcome Weekend – Libraries Open House & Self-Guided Tour, Aug. 29, 11am-1pm

Join us at the Libraries Open House – Friday, August 29 from 11am to 1pm in Bartle Library - to learn about how the Libraries can help you with your course work and research.

  • Take our self-guided tour
  • Visit with Baxter the Bearcat & take your photo
  • Participate in our trivia game to win prizes
  • Get fun giveaways throughout the tour
  • Complete our tour to be eligible for a raffle gift – backpack full of cool stuff!14667263291_a2143ea754_z







During the tour, you will learn about:

Collections & Library Resources

  • Learn how to find and check-out books and other library resources
  • Discover where to access Course Reserves materials for your classes

Research Help

  • Learn how to get help from librarians on finding the best resources for your papers
  • Find out about online research tools and subject guides

Special Collections

  • Unique, historical documents and rare books are housed in this department
  • Home of the oldest book in Broome County, New York
  • Late Medieval manuscripts, Civil War letters, and University history can be found here

Information Commons

  • Learn about computing, scanning and printing resources available at the Libraries


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Library Hours – Labor Day Weekend 2014

Bartle LibBartle Library will be open from Noon to 7 p.m. during the Labor Day Weekend: Saturday, August 30 -Monday, September 1.  The Fine Arts Collections / 2nd Floor North in Bartle Library will close one hour earlier.

The Bartle Library’s Newcomb Reading Room, Science Library, UDC Library and the Annex will be closed for the Labor Day Weekend.  All online resources will remain available via the Libraries’ website.

The Libraries’ regular hours will resume Tuesday, September 2 with Bartle and UDC Libraries opening at 8 a.m. and Science Library opening at 8:30 a.m.  For more information about the 2014 Fall Semester library hours, visit Library Hours.

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