Library Services Unavailable On Technology Maintenance Day – October 4

On October 4, 2016, Information Technology Services will hold their 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 October 4. Read More

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A rare, first edition discovered within book sale donations

An incredible rare book was found during a review of the recent gift book donations. The novella, Under a Glass Bell, was written by Anaïs Nin in 1944. It is a first edition, and is one of 300 unnumbered copies printed at the Gemor Press.  

George Leite and Anaïs Nin at Daliel's Bookstore in Berkeley, CA, 1946.

George Leite and Anaïs Nin at Daliel’s Bookstore in Berkeley, CA, 1946.

Anaïs Nin began writing the stories collected in Under a Glass Bell in Paris during the mid to late 1930s and finished in New York after she fled France because of the war.  When she could not find a publisher for her original collection of eight short stories, she resorted to self-publishing with her Gemor Press in 1944. 

Designed completely at the Gemor Press, the text was handset by Nin in Bernhard Gothic Light Italic, ten point, and printed on Watermarked Zurich Plate Finish paper.  The cover and the seventeen engravings on copper were designed and created by Nin’s husband, Ian Hugo.

The book is in excellent condition with little wear to its spine or edges, considering no dust jacket was issued.  It has an interesting provenance as it is was once owned by Harold Geisse, Jr.– a former librarian in the Bartle Library.

Geisse inscription

This book can be considered an association copy due to this inscription written on the front free endpaper:  Harold L. Geisse, Jr. Camp Ritchie, April 1944.

According to Wikipedia, during World War II, Fort (Camp) Ritchie became the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Training Center, the first time in the history of the U.S. military that it had a facility for this type of centralized intelligence training. Once soldiers arrived, they were told not to identify themselves as “military intelligence” to anyone, not even their families.


Book Board, “Under a Bell Glass”

Thousands lived and worked at Fort Ritchie during World War II. The Army conducted signal intelligence training, instruction regarding interrogation techniques and close-combat training (in a mock German village constructed at the site) throughout the war.  More than 10,000 students graduated from the Army’s intelligence program at Fort Ritchie by the end of the war.

Our thanks to Mr. Geisse for his support of the University Libraries. This book will become part of the rare book collection in our Special Collections Department.
For more information, contact Beth Kilmarx, curator of rare books at or 607-777-3403.
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Magic Book on view at Roberson Museum

Want to experience science and technology as they merge in a fun and creative way?

The Binghamton University Libraries’ Augmented Reality Magic Book, or AR Magic Book, will be on display at the Roberson Museum and Science Center, 30 Front Street, Binghamton, NY. Using funds for equipment provided by the Stephen David Ross Community Fund of the Binghamton University Foundation, this technology allows users to learn and interact with a large book that will display colorful images, sound and video about our solar system and outer space. Learn more about the Magic Book online.

The AR Magic Book will be on display next to The Planetarium at Roberson Museum and Science Center from September 23, 2016 – January 10, 2017.

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Learning @ Lunch Forum: Collaborative Teaching Discussion

Join us for the next Learning @ Lunch Forum (formerly known as Instruction Roundtable) from noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Chenango Room.

Participate in an engaging discussion about collaborative teaching with Siobhan Hart, professor of anthropology, and George Homsy, professor of public administration, who will share their experience about a shared research project seen through the eyes of different disciplines and different courses.

Everyone is welcome! Be sure to note that lunch is on you.

Learning @ Lunch is an open, informal lunchtime forum to discuss instructional topics with campus experts. Upcoming events: noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 and noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, both in the Chenango Room.

RVSP to Anne Larrivee at

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Co-sponsored by the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) and the Binghamton University Libraries


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Family Weekend: Tour of Bartle Library

Tours from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept.17

Join us for a brief, yet helpful tour of the library services and resources available to help students succeed. Students can also discover the best places to study, where to get help with a class assignment, how to beat the printing lines and more!

Meet your guide in Bartle lobby.

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Family Weekend: Three Cultural Exhibits in Bartle Library

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  These exhibits will be available from noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18, on the main level of Bartle Library

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the heritage, culture and contributions made by Hispanic and Latino people. More online.

The Chinese Cultural Experience Center is a cultural showcase, designed to provide visitors the opportunity to experience China’s Beijing Opera through a variety of mediums. Enjoy museum-quality photography, elaborate Beijing Opera costumes and headpieces, and more. Details online

The Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library and Museum 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. A curated portion of the collection is currently on exhibit. More online.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Bartle Library

September’s Pop-Up Exhibit celebrates Hispanic Heritage month. With roots going back to 1968, the exhibit recognizes contributions made by Hispanic and Latino people, as well as celebrate their heritage and culture.

Discover more about Hispanic and Latino September Blog Pop up Imageculture with the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies (LACAS) subject guide or reach out to subject librarian Caryl Ward at

The Pop-Up Exhibit is located at the corner of the Reader Services Desk in the Bartle Library. Free themed bookmarks are available each month.

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Congratulations to Shantanu Patel!

Shantanu won our Welcome Weekend #baxterbooks photo contest for this shot, taken in our Special Collections Department during the recent Welcome Weekend tours here in Bartle Library. Nice work, Shantanu!

Thanks to all who participated – we had a great time meeting you and hope you enjoyed the event. Remember, we are here to support you and look forward to connecting again soon.

We also remind and encourage all students, faculty, staff and the greater community to visit us often as well, not only at Bartle Library, but also at the Science Library and University Downtown Center locations. We can also be reached online  Until then, best wishes for a great semester!


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Celebrate Inventors at Bartle Library

August’s Pop-Up Exhibit celebrates American inventors and their inventions. America is home to great inventors such as Alexander Graham Bell who invented the telephone and Orville and Wilbur Wright who invented the Airplane. Binghamton University and surrounding community are home to many great (and future) inventors, including the local inventor Edwin A. Link.

Discover more about inventions with the Patents & Trademarks subject guide or reach out subject librarian Aleshia Huber at

Learn about AUG Blog popup imageEdwin A. Link and Marion Clayton Link Collections or reach out to Beth Kilmarx at

The Pop-Up Exhibit is located at the corner of the Reader Services Desk in the Bartle Library. Free themed bookmarks are available each month.

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Welcome Week 2016 – New Student Event

Returning students, welcome back!

New students, welcome to campus. Join us for a fun, self-guided tour of the Library. Each stop provides a brief overview of the services and resources you’ll be using throughout the year. Snacks are on us and we’ll have giveaways on hand too!

Post your tour photo with hashtag #baxterbooks to any social media to enter a contest to win a cool prize!

Noon-3 p.m., Wednesday, August 24 in Bartle Library

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