Library Services Unavailable During ITS Technology Maintenance Day

On March 29, 2016, Information Technology Services will hold a Technology Maintenance Day.

During this time, the following library services will be unavailable:

Faculty and students are encouraged to plan their library research accordingly so as not to be impacted by this disruption. Please contact Ask a Librarian for questions about access to library resources on March 29.  Read More

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Directing Your Students Toward Strategic Searching

Students may be able to locate resources, but how well can they strategically research? Attend this workshop led by librarians Anne Larrivee and Kristen Gallant to learn ideas and tactics for guiding your students toward developing critical thinking and high-level research skills. Light refreshments will be provided.

10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 23, LS-2504G, Bartle Library, Administrative Conference Room

Register Here

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March Instruction Roundtable: Teaching large-lecture courses

Entrepreneur, motivational speaker, best-selling author and alum

Lecturing to a huge room full of students can be challenging, but also rewarding.

Professor Ann Merriwether joins this month’s Instruction Roundtable discussion to explore large-lecture ideas for keeping students engaged, managing the classroom, working with TAs and more.

Colleagues with and without experience in the large lecture-hall setting are welcome to attend and to share their insights. Bring or purchase your own lunch and join us!

Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, March 16 in the Chenango Room. 

RSVP to Eric Machan Howd at or to Anne Larrivee at

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Open Educational Resources Workshop

In celebration of Open Education Week, the Libraries is hosting an interactive workshop about Open Educational Resources (OER) from 4-5:30p.m., Thursday, March 3, in LN-1305 Bartle Library Instruction Lab.  No registration required.

300x250-oew-web-bannerJoin Director of Assessment and Scholarly Communications Elizabeth Brown, Faculty Engagement Librarian Anne Larrivee and Head of Reader Services and Resource Sharing Nancy Abashian for a detailed overview of what OER are, why they matter and how they can be sustained. Attendees can exchange ideas and share their own perspectives on OER strategies and tools.

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We want to hear from you (and, give you pizza)!

Old Campus - Library, Endicott, NY Binghamton University Libraries c.1947-1948

Old Campus – Library, Endicott, NY Binghamton University Libraries c.1947-1948

Photo by Jonathan Cohen

Photo by Jonathan Cohen
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The Libraries will host its first-ever Student Advisory Meetup from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8.  We want your insights on our initiatives, including services, policies, library space and collections. The meetup is a forum to learn from each other and to cultivate new ideas. Pizza and snacks will be provided.

Register (required) online or call 607-777-6356 (provide name and e-mail). Limited to first 20 registrants. You will receive a confirmation e-mail.

Cannot attend but want your suggestion heard?  Fill out this form.

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Science Library Closed February 16, 2016

Due to the power outage, Science Library has closed for the rest of today – February 16 (effective 11:30 a.m.).  We anticipate that Science Library will reopen tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.  Please check our website for any changes to tomorrow’s hours.

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New exhibit in the Chinese Cultural Experience Center

Chinese opera and painted face_1In 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.

Developing 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

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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

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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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