For the first time, a United States Digital Library is available to the public! DPLA has confronted head on many of the issues surrounding free and open access for all. This exciting new initiative will make a large bulk of American cultural heritage accessible to the world.
From the DPLA Concept Note:
“The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all. The DPLA’s primary focus is on making available materials from the United States. By adhering to the fundamental principle of free and universal access to knowledge, it will promote education in the broadest sense of the term. That is, it will function as an online library for students of all ages, from grades K-12 to postdoctoral researchers and anyone seeking self-instruction; it will be a deep resource for community colleges, vocational schools, colleges, universities, and adult education programs; it will supplement the services of public libraries in every corner of the country; and it will satisfy other needs as well—the need for data related to employment, for practical information of all kinds, and for enrichment in the use of leisure.”
From Robert Darnton, The New York Review of Books:
The Digital Public Library of America, to be launched on April 18, is a project to make the holdings of America’s research libraries, archives, and museums available to all Americans—and eventually to everyone in the world—online and free of charge. How is that possible? In order to answer that question, I would like to describe the first steps and immediate future of the DPLA. But before going into detail, I think it important to stand back and take a broad view of how such an ambitious undertaking fits into the development of what we commonly call an information society.
Yoppy: the Autobiography of a Monkey by Mollie Lee Clifford. Illustrated Animal Autobiographical Series. Boston, New York : H. M. Caldwell Co. . Rare Book Collections, PS3505. L5 Y6.
This book is a typical example of Children’s Literature from the turn of the 20th century. It was recently found in the open stacks in the Glenn G. Bartle Library. Despite being in the circulating collection for over 60 years, the book is still in very good though slightly worn condition. The embossed red cloth cover is decorated with a colorful paper illustration of Yoppy, the monkey. The paper illustration or onlay is inside an ornamental gilt box. The title is in gilt on the front cover and spine. The book’s top edges are gilt. The endpapers are decorated with images of different types of animals from the series.
Yoppy: the Autobiography of a Monkey can be viewed in the Special Collections department in the Glenn G. Bartle Library, Monday – Friday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm or by appointment.
From the Gorgeous Washington Street Association:
Take an art-filled local spring break on First Friday! Among the arty choices … a demolition derby photo exhibit and the held-over “Voices from the Castle” show, to a Binghamton University Flute trio performance at the United Presbyterian Church (42 Chenango St.) and excerpts from West Side Story at the Tabernacle United Methodist Church (83 Main St., corner Arthur St.) to baseball book signing at RiverRead Books (5 Court St.)… all at the next First Friday Art Walk in Binghamton, NY, on April 5.
Begin downtown at “CRASH BURN LOVE, Demolition Derby” Exhibit at the Broome County Arts Council (81 State St., 5th Fl., Suite 501, Stephens Sq. bldg., Binghamton).
This exhibit features black and white images by Pennsylvania photographer Bill Lowenburg that explore crashed cars, stacked junkyards and the people who love demolition derby. Lowenburg describes his show as: “a post Industrial Age ritual of redemption & resurrection” that drives some to ‘crash for money,’ ‘for love,’ or ‘to feel what it’s like to survive’” (Exhibition thru May 17, 2013).
Next, be sure to visit the compelling “Voices from the Castle” exhibit, held over for a 2nd month at PAST/Preservation Association of Southern Tier (89 Court St. at the roundabout, Perry Bldg., 1st Fl.), featuring stories of 10 patients at Binghamton State Hospital, collected from former employees, residents and their descendants. The stories date from 1900 through the 1960s, were compiled by Roger Luther (from PAST), and presented with current interior photographs of the historic asylum.
Science Library by Jonathan Cohen
When are we open during the Spring Recess? The Libraries will have adjusted hours during the Spring Recess from March 22 to April 1. Please visit Library Hours – Spring Recess for information about hours for all library locations.
Enjoy your Spring Break!
UPDATE 2: The interoperability issues between Find It! and the Library Catalog has been resolved. Thank you for your patience.
UPDATE: The Library Catalog is back online after the recent upgrade. The following library resources are now available: Library Catalog, Library Account, Find Items on Course Reserves and requesting items from the Annex and UDC via the Library Catalog.
There is still one outstanding issue with the interoperability between Find It! and the Library Catalog, so you may not be able check real-time location and circulation statuses of books and/or renew or recall books using the Find It! interface. We are working with the vendor to rectify this situation and expect it will be operational soon. These tasks can still be done directly through the Library Catalog.
Library Catalog Unavailable from 5pm, March 22 through March 27
Binghamton University Libraries will be upgrading the Library Catalog starting at 5pm on March 22 through March 27. The following library resources will not be available during the upgrade:
- Library Catalog
- Library Account: You will not be able to renew, recall, view My e-Shelf or update your account preferences. You will also not be able to pay fines or fees in person until the upgrade is complete.
- Find Items on Course Reserves: You will not be able to search for items via our Course Reserves search tool. You can use Find It! to search for print course reserves. Electronic reserves on Blackboard will be available.
- Request Items for Library Annex or UDC Library: Though not available through the Library Catalog, you can use the library request forms to page items from the Annex (Annex Request Form) or the University Downtown Center Library (UDC Library Request Form).
You can use our discovery search tool Find It! from the Libraries homepage to find and access library collections, print course reserves, and other library resources.
If you need assistance during the upgrade, please visit one of our Information Services Desks, our Research Help and Reference Desk, or see our Contact Us. Thank you for your patience.
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s new online collection website features 20,000 high-quality images for public access in a user-friendly database. The practice of opening up a collection this way is a fairly radical one, with museums and other institutions carefully guarding copyrighted works. The concept behind this initiative was to ask “Why would a museum give away images of its art?” and to answer with a public plea in mind: we need good quality images for education, both personal and institutional. And why not? The idea is that the desire for access far outweighs the threat of image misuse (of which none are found so far). As an experiment in open access, it will be interesting to see how other institutions follow suit.
Access the LACMA Collection on the Art & Architecture subject guide “Image Databases” page.
The Binghamton University Libraries are now offering trials to Gateway to North America: People, Places, and Organizations of 19th-Century New York and Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books from the New-York Historical Society. Gateway to North America chronicles the people, businesses, churches, governments and organizations of New York City from the late 18th through the early 20th century with a unique collection of historical directories, member lists, and other name rich sources from the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS). Over 800,000 pages of content from over 1,500 print and manuscript directories, travel guides, yearbooks, government documents, and other sources are available for viewing, tracking individuals and organizations over time and place (Trial ends June 2, 2013). Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books contains handwritten volumes documenting military orders, movements and engagements by brigade, regiment, company and other specific military units between 1748 and 1817 (Trial ends June 2, 2013).
Visit the Libraries’ trial databases page to see other trial databases.
Margaret Maugenest, perhaps known best for her laudable court case legalizing her rent free occupancy in her Gowanus loft, is coming to Binghamton University’s Rosefsky Gallery. Her translucent painting installations live beautifully in her spacious loft, which you can tour here, and will be on exhibit beginning this Friday March 15, when Maugenest will give a presentation at 5pm, through March 22nd. Don’t miss it!
From Inside BU:
Visiting artist Margaret welcomes spring at the Rosefsky Gallery with an art installation of large diaphanous paintings on silk and other smaller works. She will give a presentation on her evolution from large paintings to small and then to painting on silk at 5 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the gallery. The colorful large silk paintings on display are from a series she calls “Painted Light.” The panels are hung from the ceiling. Because of their translucence, they interact with light as well as their surrounding environment. The smaller pieces in the exhibition show some other materials Maugenest likes to work with, such as watercolors on cigarette papers and on Japanese Shikishi Paper Boards.
Maugenest was born in Indonesia of Asian and European descent. One of her Dutch forebears, Abraham Toorop, came to Indonesia in the 1700s. He was an indigo maker. Another relation, also a Toorop, was a batik artist in Central Java. Maugenest dedicates her silk installation to their memory.
The Rosefsky Gallery is open from noon-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The show will run through March 22.
We have a one month trial of MANGO Languages, an online interactive database that offers over 50 foreign language and 15 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Languages included are Arabic, Chinese, Irish ,the Romance Languages—even Ancient Greek and Biblical Hebrew.
Fifteen ESL courses are geared to speakers in their native languages including Chinese, Korean, Russian and Turkish. This trial is available on campus
only via the Libraries home page
(click on DATABASES and then on TRIAL DATABASES at the bottom of the tab).
To celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month and Saint Patrick’s Day, the Special Collections’ Featured Item for March 2013 is sheet music from the Lois Root Collection of music scores: Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral : That’s an Irish Lullaby, with words and music by J.R. Shannon.
The song was popularized in Going My Way, a 1944 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. Based on a story by Leo McCarey, the film is about a new young priest taking over a parish from an established old veteran. Crosby sings five songs in the film, including Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral. Going My Way was the highest-grossing picture of 1944, and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning 7, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, and made Crosby the biggest box-office draw of the year,a record he would hold for the remainder of the 1940s. After World War II, Bing Crosby and Leo McCarey presented a copy of the motion picture to Pope Pius XII at the Vatican.
Listen to Bing Crosby sing Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral
Read more about Going My Way
Bing Crosby in a scene from "Going My Way."