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

The Libraries is hosting its next Student Advisory Meetup from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. The meetup is a forum to learn from each other and to cultivate new ideas. We want your insights on our initiatives.

Pizza and snacks provided.

To register, go online (you will need to log into BMail). Limited to the first 25 registrants. You will receive a confirmation email.

Bartle Library Group Study Room. Photo by Jonathan Cohen.

Bartle Library Group Study Room. Photo by Jonathan Cohen.

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Sustainability: What can I do?

Blog image Sustainability Poster UDC 2016The term “sustainability” evokes electric cars, solar power and clean water. How can I get involved?

If you want to go deeper into what sustainability really means as a citizen of Planet Earth, visit the University Downtown Center (UDC) Library-Information Commons.

Sustainability: What can I do? features books and materials that can help guide your research or serve as a jumping off point for those interested in living sustainable lives.

The exhibit is located in the UDC Library on the first floor of the UDC in downtown Binghamton. It will be on display until May 19, 2017.

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Animals of Land and Sea Exhibit @ Science Library

Sw2016 sci  blog imageim or hop into a good book about animals.

Animals of the Land and Sea features books and materials from the Science Library collection. From amphibians to zebras, viewers learn about animals that swim, scurry or gallop and the scientists who study them. There is something for everyone.

This exhibit is in the Information Commons on the first floor of the Science Library. It will be on display until May 19, 2017.

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Learning @ Lunch: Strategies to Gauge Student Learning

Come participate in an engaging discussion about strategies to gauge student learning in large classes.

NUPic2015Nancy Um, professor of art history, will share her experiences with teaching large lectures at our next Learning @ Lunch program (formerly known as Instruction Roundtable).

This program will be held from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Chenango Room.

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

RSVP or send questions to Larrivee@binghamton.edu or macargel@binghamton.edu.

 

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Research…you Googled your topic, now what?

Emily and Crew on RiverEver wonder if your heading in the wrong direction? Join us for a two-part workshop series designed to demystify undergrad research and show how you can best use our services to support your scholarly and creative exploration.

Workshop #1 – Research and the Libraries: The Big Picture, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the new Zurack Family Group Study Room* 

The first in a series of workshops, “The Big Picture” is a broad introduction to the different forms of campus research and the role of the University Libraries in each. This session is designed for students unfamiliar with the Libraries, or those who would like to learn more about what they can do to further support their scholarly and creative interests.

Workshop #2 –Research and the Libraries: Beyond Google and Wikipedia, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday,  Oct. 26, in the Zurack Family Group Study Room* 

This session focuses on the Libraries’ electronic resources and the pursuit of research interests beyond the cursory search through Google or Wikipedia. Although those portals have an important place in modern research, there is an essential foundation of resources within libraries and librarians that can help you refine your online research and interact with the work of other scholars.

*The Zurack Family Group Study Room is located in Newcomb Reading Room in Bartle Library

Everyone is welcome! The first workshop is not a prerequisite for the second workshop – feel free to attend either or both. Questions? Contact Julia Glauberman at jglauber@binghamton.edu.

Co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Center and the Binghamton University Libraries.

 

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Medieval and Early Modern Facsimiles Exhibit in Special Collections

Chaucer_ellesmereFrom Aesop to Joachim:  the Medieval and the Early Modern Facsimiles of Special Collections exhibit is on display in the University Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives.

The exhibit highlights the Libraries’ collection of facsimiles of some of the most beautifully illustrated codices, scrolls and printed works from Europe and Asia. Many of these works, such as the Gutenberg Bible or the Book of Kells, are unattainable for most libraries, but facsimiles allow scholars to conduct their research, professors to teach and students to study such exquisite and unique works without having to travel long distances at a great cost of time and expensive.

Read more about the Ellesmere Chaucer, or Ellesmere Manuscript of the Canterbury Tales, facsimile.

From Aesop to Joachim exhibit is curated by Andrew Roache, BU ’15 and MA ’16, who is now a graduate student at Syracuse University in the MLIS program.

The exhibit is located in Special Collections on the second floor of the Glenn G. Bartle Library. It will be on view until December 16, 2016.  Special Collections hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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Banned Books Exhibit at Bartle Library

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

October’s Pop-Up exhibit celebrates the freedom to read by featuring banned and challenged books. Since 1982, the American Library Association holds Banned Books week to draw national attention to the harms of censorship. The event celebrates the value of access to free and open access to information. Our month-long exhibit honors the event.

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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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.

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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 bkilmarx@binghamton.edu 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.

Link Opening ARMB Oct 2015magic-2

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