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 ( 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  
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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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Coming to Voice is Special Collections’ Featured Book for September 2014

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Front Cover: Rally on October 18, 1996, to protest the use of pepper spray by public safety officers during a Student Assembly Meeting the week prior. Photo by Evangelos Dousmanis.

As the academic year begins, Binghamton University Special Collections has chosen Coming to Voice: Writing Personal, Civic, and Academic Arguments, edited by Kelly Kinney and Sean Fenty, as its the featured book for September 2014.  This textbook serves as the basis for Binghamton’s most popular first-year writing course, WRIT 111.

Committed to providing highly motivated students an outstanding education grounded in the liberal arts, the First-Year Writing Program is a central component of the Binghamton University Writing Initiative.  Its mission is to foster in students the academic and civic literacies essential for success at the University and beyond, and the program is a recipient of the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s Certificate of Writing Program Excellence, an award developed to honor top writing programs across the country and around the globe.

WRIT 111 and Coming to Voice: Writing Personal, Civic, and Academic Arguments focus on salient social issues important in the civic and academic spheres, and both the course and this textbook reflect Binghamton University’s mission to nurture in students an active engagement in the most pressing matters of our time.

Coming to Voice: Writing Personal, Civic, and Academic Arguments is now a part of the Binghamton University Archives Collection.  To see the book, come to Special Collections, located on the second floor of the Bartle Library off of the North Reading Room.

Back cover: Students protesting investments in South Africa in front of the Administration Building in 1985.

Back cover: Students protesting investments in South Africa in front of the Administration Building in 1985.

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Welcome Back – 10 Things about the Libraries!

Welcome back students!  10 things you should know about the Libraries:

Photo by Jonathan Cohen.

Photo by Jonathan Cohen.

1.  Seek assistance from subject specialists/librarians serving every discipline 2.  Utilize all four libraries:  BartleScienceUniversity Downtown CenterAnnex@Conklin 3. The Information Commons combines cutting-edge technology with a strong research collection 4.  The Bartle Library is open 24/5 during the fall and spring semesters 5.  Laptop/netbook/ipad lending program 6.  Undergraduates may check out up to 100 items; Faculty and Graduates – up to 200 items 7.  Read the library blogsFacebook and Twitter for news about the Libraries 8.  Get items we do not have through Interlibrary Loan 9.  Chat, visit in-person, Skype or text message a librarian for help 10. Renew materials online or at the service desk

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All Library Locations Closed on August 21

Bartle LibThe Libraries will be closed on Thursday, August 21 for a staff retreat.  All online resources will be available via the Libraries’ website. Our regular hours will resume on Friday, August 22.  For more information about our hours, visit Library Hours.

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The Meaning of Art is Special Collections’ Featured Book for August 2014


In honor of August being Art Appreciation Month, The Meaning of Art by Herbert Read is our featured book for this month.

One of the greatest art critics in Britain to specialize in abstract art of the early and mid-20th century, Herbert Read won a number of medals for bravery during World War I. His experiences in this conflict, including the death of his brother, turned him into an anarchist and lifelong pacifist. He held a range of posts within the art world: curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum; professor of fine arts at Edinburgh University, and editor of the scholarly Burlington Magazine. He was a prolific writer on different types of art, including painting sculpture, stained glass and ceramics. His most famous book is probably The Meaning of Art (1931), which was followed by Art Now: an Introduction to the Theory of Modern Painting and Sculpture (1933) and Art and Industry (1934).

Since its first appearance in 1931, Read’s The Meaning of Art and its introduction to the understanding of art has established itself as a classic of its kind. In this volume, he endeavors to provide a basis for the appreciation of pictures and sculptures by defining the elements which go to their making. He persuades the reader to consider such fundamental terms as ‘beauty,’ ‘harmony’ and ‘pattern’ so as to make sure that the reader uses these words with precision in their judgements. Read also examines the complicated mental processes involved in the contemplation of works of art.

Sir Herbert Read (1893-1968)

Sir Herbert Read (1893-1968)

A large part of this book is devoted to a compact survey of the world’s art, from primitive cave drawings to Jackson Pollock, an exposition designed to show the persistence of certain principles and aspirations throughout the history of art, and to summarize the essence of such movements as Gothic, Baroque, Impressionism, Expressionism, Surrealism, and Tachism. Readers who follow this progressive and concise analysis will find it a valuable and stimulating guide to the visual arts.


Jean Renoir Writing. By Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919). Basil Barlow Collecition

The Meaning of Art is part of the The William Klenz Library and Music Collection. To see this book, come to Special Collections, located on the second floor of the Bartle Library off of the North Reading Room.

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New Interim Dean at Binghamton University Libraries

Dr. Susannah Gal
The Libraries are pleased to welcome Susannah Gal, professor of Biological Sciences at Binghamton University, as the new Interim Dean of the Libraries.  As reported in Inside BU, Susannah will serve while a national search for a new dean takes place during the 2014-15 academic year. She succeeds John M. Meador, Jr., who accepted a position as founding Dean of Libraries at the University of Alabama at Birmingham after serving as Binghamton University’s Dean of Libraries for 11 years.
Please take a moment to read Susannah’s welcome message:
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