Graduating Student Employee Profile: Craig Babcock

Craig Babcock: Preserving University History

Craig Babcock May 2015

Although such time-consuming, careful work may not be for everyone, it obviously holds great appeal for Craig – as evidenced by his contented smile while working with his favorite “Bookeye” scanner!

Craig credits his first supervisor, former University Metadata Librarian Rachel Jaffe, for his early realization that the Libraries was the place he wanted to be as a student employee at Binghamton- he’s been there ever since.

When contacted about contributing to this article, Rachel responded, from her office across the country, “funny timing . . . I was just telling a colleague here about Craig and how great he is!”

Rachel recalls how impressed she was that “while information science is outside of Craig’s area of study, he was always interested in the bigger picture and understood how his work . . . fit into the larger mission of the library.”

Working in the Digitization Lab, Craig’s efforts ensure the long-term preservation of a number of University records.  He has spent countless hours transferring existing digital campus content, (including Dateline, Inside,  photography and archives, and much more), then moving that information to the Libraries’ digital preservation system, Rosetta, in Portable Document Format (PDF).  This transition to a digitized format provides enhanced access and searchability for all users.

Rachel believes that Craig’s contribution “was essential to our metadata and digital preservation efforts.”   This is an opinion echoed by a recent supervisor, former Director of Library Technology Edward Corrado, who observes, “Craig is a huge asset to the University Libraries. He has developed and documented workflows and we would not be as far along with preserving the institutional memory of Binghamton University if it were not for him.”

Craig will be among those graduating in May, having earned a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Neuroscience.  He intends to enter the field of nursing, possibly as a Nurse Practitioner; with more immediate plans to gain experience through work in a hospital setting, preferably here in the Northeast.

As a student who had at one point wondered if he was perhaps “not built for college,” Craig has achieved impressive success indeed; contributing significantly, not only to the work of the Libraries, but also to Binghamton University through his dedicated efforts to preserve its history.

The faculty and staff of the Libraries offer Craig their sincere thanks, congratulations and best wishes for a future that gives every indication of being very bright!

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The George Balanchine Foundation Video Archives: Honoring Dance Week in the Libraries

Last November, the Libraries became a repository for the George Balanchine Foundation  Video Archives, consisting of two collections: the Archive of Lost Choreography and the Interpreters Archive. 

 Sylvia video shoot w/ Maria Tallchief and Judith Fugate. Credit: Costas Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.

Sylvia video shoot w/ Maria Tallchief and Judith Fugate. Credit: Costas
Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.

According to the foundation website, “The Archive of Lost Choreography is dedicated to the retrieval of Balanchine choreography no longer performed and in danger of permanently disappearing. The Interpreters Archive features the creators of important Balanchine roles as they teach and coach the roles with dancers of today.”

These videos are not sold commercially but are made available to research libraries for non-circulating collections. As a result, they can only be viewed in the library. To date, there are 42 DVDs that are searchable in the library catalog.

Also in the spirit of Dance Week, check out The Art Museum’s elegant offering: The Inner Landscape of Dance: Photographs by Barbara Morgan 1935-44, running through Saturday, June 20th in the Main Gallery.
Barbara Morgan’s “Martha Graham – Letter to the World (Kick)” is among the photographs on display in “The Inner Landscape of Dance: Photographs by Barbara Morgan 1935–1944.”

Barbara Morgan’s “Martha Graham – Letter to the World (Kick)” is among the photographs on display in “The Inner Landscape of Dance: Photographs by Barbara Morgan 1935–1944.”


   Special Thanks . . .

The Libraries wish to thank Music Department member William Lawson for negotiating with the Balanchine Foundation to obtain these rare videos at a discounted price.

We would also like to acknowledge Barbara Wolfe, chair of the Theatre Department, for her efforts in obtaining them.

In addition, the Libraries recently received a gift collection of high-quality commercial ballet videos from the estate of late Theatre Department member Linda Giese, which is currently being processed. Again, thanks go to Barbara Wolfe for arranging this gift.
Symphony in Three Movements,Choreography by George Balanchine(c) The George Balanchine Trust--

Symphony in Three Movements,Choreography by George Balanchine(c) The George Balanchine Trust–

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Friday is National Space Day

National Space Day 2015




Annually celebrated on the first Friday of May, it is National Space Day.   This day is dedicated to the extraordinary achievements, benefits and opportunities in the exploration and use of space.

Teachers, students,  space relate organizations, groups and agencies hold celebrations, demonstrations and educational programs and have been enthusiastically involved in this award-winning program since its inception.  Because of National Space Day’s fast growth in popularity, this day has since grown into an International Space Day which is now celebrated worldwide.


National Space Day was originally created in 1997 by the Lockheed Martin Corporation, as a one day event,  as a day to get America’s youth interested in science and math. Due to it’s extreme popularity, it grew into an annual event.  In 2001, former astronaut and Senator, John Glenn expanded Space Day to International Space Day.

The Libraries offers a number of titles and material on subjects relating to Space Day, some worthwhile links include:

The universe through the eyes of Hubble

The observer’s sky atlas: with 50 star charts covering the entire sky

NASA Images 

For more searching possibilities, visit: The Libraries.

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15 Must-Read Books Written by Binghamton University Faculty

GrendelCheck out Erin Rosenblum’s post:

What better day than #‎WorldBookDay‬  to explore the books written by our own faculty members, many who are published and award winning authors.

A number of links are embedded within the write up about each book, including a link to our University’s annual book award , honoring the late Professor John Gardner. Gardner authored “Grendel,”  a book uniquely written from the perspective of the monster in the famous poem “Beowulf.”

Another intriguing link is to the The New York Times about the late poet and  retired Binghamton Professor Ruth Stone.  It seems Stone, winner of the National Book Award for poetry, sometimes found inspiration from our beloved campus (and our sometimes un-beloved April weather),  such as she did in her poem ‘Visions From My Office Window:”
“Among the students between the buildings, the colors of their clothes is a mirage of tulips. The lash of hot and cold upstate New York mountain weather; April splinters like an ice palace. . .”

 Readers, you will not be disappointed in the list, the links, or the offerings – time well spent!

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April 22nd is Earth Day: Spend some time in the Libraries!

Libraries Earth Day Post

It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.”   
~ Dalai Lama 

Whether you browse in person or browse online,  visit the Libraries to view a broad selection of books on the subjects of the environment, activism and Earth Day, including “The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation.”  For more:

Our campus is perpetually ready for Earth Day, having long been involved in the thoughtful stewardship of resources. For more:

The Libraries support campus green initiatives, and Earth Day, in a number of ways, including “upcycling” of the campus community’s neglected and unwanted books.   Two programs, the free paperback exchange and the ever-popular fall Book Sale, match donated books with new owners!  For more:

And after all that learning, take an Earth Day minute or two to enjoy a few quotes, ponder an eloquent poem and even participate in an online quiz. . .

Libraries Earth Day Post Pic
… do something. Pay your rent for the privilege of living on this beautiful, blue-green, living Earth.  ~ Dave Foreman 
The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard. ~ Gaylord Nelson, former governor of Wisconsin
I’m not an environmentalist. I’m an Earth warrior.  ~Darryl Cherney
There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.  ~ Marshall McLuhan, 1964    
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.  ~Native American proverb 


Fun Links from the “Holiday Spot” . . .

      History of Earth Day      Take an Earth Day Quiz     Some Celebration Ideas

Libraries Earth Day Post Bridge

 Earth Day

by Jane Yolen

I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone.

And just as I
Need every bit
Of me to make
My body fit,
So Earth needs
Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here

That’s why we
Celebrate this day.
That’s why across
The world we say:
As long as life,
As dear, as free,
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.

 Best wishes for Earth Day – thank you for visiting the  Libraries!

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“Abruzzo” Donation Complements Libraries’ Italian Collection

Italian Books Post

Sandro Sticca, Professor of French and Comparative Literature; Caryl Ward, Head of Acquisitions and Subject Librarian for Comparative Literature, LACAS and Romance Languages; and Susannah Gal, Interim Dean of the Libraries (seated).

Professor of French and Comparative Literature Sandro Sticcca  has continued a custom of many decades through his recent donation of two books to the Libraries’ Special Collections. “Gabriele D’Annunzio,” a richly illustrated book highlighting places in the Abruzzo region of Italy, rendered famous by its most famous modern poet; and “Pescara,” a lush pictorial description of the poet’s own native city.

The books were generously sent to Sticca following his receipt of  a complimentary issue of Abruzzo’s leading magazine “Tesori d’Abruzzo” — (Abruzzo’s Treasures), which was sent in recognition of his long dedication to the region. In a subsequent gesture of appreciation, a subscription to the magazine was gifted by the publishing house to Binghamton University Libraries.

Sticca has written widely on the Abruzzo region, with his most recent book entitled “From Prehistory to History. Abruzzo’s Cultural Heritage.” In addition to having been born in Abruzzo, the Professor has also taught at the University of L’Aquila, located in Abruzzo’s capital.

Currently, Sticca and Stefano de Pamphilis, another native of Abruzzo and one of the magazine’s most prominent writers, are collaborating on a book about instructor in painting, Torquato Di Felice.

The University Libraries appreciates these donations, which nicely augment the collection on Italy.

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It’s Library Assistants’ Day!

Lib Assist Day - Group 1

Today, the Libraries pays tribute to each valued member its support staff in honor of Library Assistants’ Day!

Visit the Libraries’ Facebook  page and add your own positive service experiences, thoughts and wishes as we celebrate our library assistants and all they do to keep operations moving forward for the faculty, staff and students at Binghamton.

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The impact of gender on Civil War suicides/everyday life of a Civil War soldier

Visit the Libraries from noon-1 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 15, for the latest installment of Special Collections’ Occasional Lecture Series. Diane Miller Sommerville, associate professor of history, and Yvonne Deligato, University archivist, will present the “Civil War Experience and Artifact: North and South and the Aftermath of April 15, 1861.”

Sommerville will focus on her current project, a study of suicide among Southerners during and after the Civil War that explores how gender shaped decisions about suicide in the wake of the physical and emotional devastation wrought by war. Using the personal diaries and letters from the University Libraries’ Civil War Collections, Deligato will share details from the everyday life of the soldiers who were there.

The event takes place in Special Collections, on the second floor of Bartle Library.

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New Dean of the Libraries Named

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald Nieman announces that Curtis Kendrick, University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources at the City University of New York (CUNY), will become dean of libraries at Binghamton University, effective July 15, 2015.

Curtis brings a wealth of experience in outstanding research libraries to Binghamton,” Nieman said. “He is creative and collaborative and will work well with faculty, staff and students in the Libraries and across campus. I know that members of our community will enjoy getting to know him just as much as I have during the interview process.”

Curtis Kendrick“I am delighted for this opportunity to join Binghamton University as dean of libraries,” said Kendrick. “The libraries have a critical leadership role to play as Binghamton becomes the premier public university of the 21st century, and it is an exciting time to be joining the University.

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Expanded Libraries’ Resources


As reflected in the President’s Quarterly Report, a new five-year licensing agreement, recently negotiated between SUNY and Elsevier, has expanded the resources available to Binghamton University users.  This new availability offers access to the complete Cell Press selection of top-flight journals in the sciences, nursing and bio anthropology fields.

Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, is also included in this new licensing agreement. Scopus allows for access to scientific journals, books and conference proceedings and encompasses 55 million records from over 21,000 titles and 5,000 publishers.

Departmental library liaisons are available to help with training for those interested in making the best use of these expanded resources.

Faculty members have responded with enthusiasm to the benefits of this new agreement . . .

 Laura Palanker Musselman – Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences
 “The Cell Press journals have some of the highest impact factors in their fields, and not only benefit researchers. They will be found in the classroom and used in recruitment of new faculty.
 Many but not all of the available titles cover biomedical research, which will benefit the Health Sciences TAE as well as the new School of Pharmacy.”
  Susan Seibold-Simpson – Assistant Professor, Decker School of Nursing
“Students in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing program begin using the library resources the first semester they begin their nursing coursework, with Erin Rushton (University Libraries) providing specialized instruction on how to access online resources and use Refworks. 
Elsevier is a key publisher of nursing journals and we value having the expanded access.  The addition of Scopus is extremely exciting, from both a teaching and research standpoint.”



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