Meet Megan Benson, Instructional Outreach Librarian!

Megan Benson joined Binghamton University Libraries in August 2018 as the Instructional Outreach Librarian. She teaches UNIV 180A Critical Research Skills and is in charge of the Libraries social media accounts, @bingulibraries. Prior to coming to Binghamton, Megan received her master’s degree in history from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where she studied Medieval and Early Modern British women. After graduating from Nebraska, Megan taught history at Valencia College for six years and worked as a clerk at the Herndon branch of the Orange County Library System in Orlando, Florida.

Having decided that Florida was too hot for her, she returned home to Upstate New York and worked as a Reference Assistant at Mann Library at Cornell University. While there, she completed her master’s degree in library science, with a concentration in cultural heritage and preservation from Syracuse University.

Megan was recently awarded an Early Career Librarian scholarship to attend the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference in Cleveland, Ohio this April.  The conference will provide an her opportunity to collaborate with other academic librarians and strengthen her skills in library instruction, information literacy and outreach.

Megan’s research interests include instruction, mental health, outreach and social media.

Megan is a certified yoga instructor with certificates in yoga nidra and standup paddleboard (SUP) yoga. She loves college football, Harry Potter and sending snail mail to her out-of-state friends.


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Tell Us About Find It! Our Single-Search Box

Venn Diagram labeled "Find It!" explains visually that Find it! contains all of our catalog items, and most of our digital collections and articles that are digitally licensed from databasesLast December, the Libraries replaced the classic library catalog with Find It!, a single-search box that provides a dynamic “one-stop” discovery and delivery service to the Libraries’ collections and an extensive index of millions of scholarly e-resources, including books, e-books, articles, reviews, legal documents and more.

We would like to know what you think of Find It!. We welcome comments using the “Let us know what you think” form from the Find It! homepage. Your feedback is very important to us as we continue developing the Find It! search interface.

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New Library Faculty Research Room Available in Bartle Library

For the convenience of Binghamton University Faculty, we are offering a new Faculty Research Room (Rm. 4642) on the fourth floor of Bartle Library.

The space provides a convenient, quiet, semi-private space for faculty to conduct research.

This room can be accessed by requesting a key at the Bartle Library Reader Services Desk (first floor).

For more information about the Faculty Research Room, visit Services to Support Faculty Research Room Policy.


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Digital Humanities Workshop on Campus, Applications Invited

In May 2019, Binghamton University will hold its first Digital Humanities Research Institute (DHRI), an intensive four-day boot camp style workshop series that is designed for Binghamton faculty and advanced graduate students who are interested in or curious about the digital humanities, but have little or no prior experience with Digital Humanities (DH) methodologies and approaches. The institute will include seminar-type sessions oriented around critical discussion and hands-on workshops that will introduce the software and tools that are key to DH practices. Sessions will treat topics such as data visualization, text analysis, digital mapping and new platforms for the digital presentation of research. The goal is to foster a dynamic, robust and generative community of DH researchers and teachers at Binghamton University.

The DHRI is currently accepting applications from faculty and advanced graduate students in the humanities. Applications are due on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

To learn more about the upcoming DHRI and to hear from a panel of fellow faculty members and graduate students about their current work in digital humanities, attend an information session at the Center for Learning and Teaching at noon, Friday, February 1.

Also, visit the Digital Humanities Research Institute website.

To apply, use the DHRI application submission form.

Questions? Contact Nancy Um, professor and department chair of Art History, or Amy Gay, digital scholarship librarian.


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De-stress December is Here for You!

De-Stress December

Need a break from your studies? Come to our De-stress December events to help you relax and rejuvenate. Good luck with finals!

Here is the full schedule of the Libraries’ events.  For the full campus-wide schedule, see the link at the bottom.



Free Snacks 
4 p.m. Monday, December 3

Chair Massage
5-6 p.m. Tuesday, December 4

Therapy Dog Visit
5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 5


Free Snacks 
5-7 p.m. Monday, December 10

Therapy Dog Visit
6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 11


Make Bookmarks at Bartle
4-6 p.m. Thursday, December 6

Jackbox Games
1-4 p.m. Monday, December 10

Free Snacks 
7 p.m. Monday, December 10

Therapy Dog Visit
6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 11

ZooMobile Visit
2-4 p.m. Wednesday, December 12


The Libraries support De-stress December campus events that provide interesting, fun and stress-reducing activities for you as you prepare for your finals.

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Course Reserves Now Accepting Spring 2019 Requests

We are now accepting course reserve requests for Spring 2019. Submit your request by Monday, Jan. 7 to ensure your materials are available on the first day of classes.

We are happy to circulate both Libraries-owned materials and course materials that you are able to provide. The campus bookstore may be able to assist you with obtaining an extra instructor copy to provide to Course Reserves; contact the bookstore for details.

The Libraries will be switching to a new library service platform for Fall 2019. In anticipation, and to ensure the continuity of our service during this transition, we encourage you to submit any requests for summer 2019 and Fall 2019 as soon as possible.

All requests can be entered online at Course Reserves can assist instructors with questions or concerns.

Email or contact the Libraries’ Course Reserves staff for assistance.

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Tell us what you think!

Recently you may have received an email from the Libraries inviting you to participate in the Ithaka Local Survey. We want to know how you use the Libraries and its services.

Your perspective on the Libraries’ resources is important to me as we look forward to hearing your ideas and concerns. What you share will have an impact for the Libraries in the future.

As an incentive for completing the survey, each week there will be a drawing among completed surveys for two $25 amazon gift cards. This incentive is voluntary. You will need to provide your contact information at the end of the survey in order to be eligible for a gift card. Providing your contact information is voluntary. You will also need to be at least 18 years old to complete the survey. This survey should take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete.

The survey will be conducted in partnership with a national research organization, Ithaka S+R, and will ask you questions about how you find and use information for your courses, how you use library spaces, and your perceptions of how the University and the Libraries contribute to your success.

This survey is completely anonymous and results will be shared in aggregate form with the University community. This survey will run from November 1-December 14, 2018.

Thank you in advance for helping improve and enhance our Libraries.

Curtis Kendrick, Dean of Libraries

Contact Elizabeth Brown ( for more information.


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Final List of Cancellations to Library Resources in FY2018-19

As noted in the letter from the Dean of Libraries in August, the Libraries needed to cut our budget due to the University’s budget shortfall this year. With input and feedback from faculty, the library resources cancellation list has been finalized and posted here:

Final Fall 2018 Cancellation and Retention Lists

Many titles were retained due to feedback and substitution of other resources to cancel (see end of list for those titles).

The following six titles were substituted to retain other titles – thus are “new” cancellations not previously posted during this process:

  • Communications in Statistics Package (Math)
  • Contemporary Physics (Physics)
  • Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics (Economics)
  • International Trade and Commodities Statistics (Economics)
  • Peripherie (Sociology)
  • Synthetic Communications (Chemistry)

We sincerely thank all of those who gave valuable feedback during this process.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Jill Dixon (, associate university librarian for public services & collections, or Jim Galbraith (, head of collection development.


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Libraries’ Find It! to Replace Classic Catalog December 15

Student working on laptop in library.

As the library migrates to a new library system, the classic catalog will be removed from the library website December 15. Find It!, the Libraries’ single-search box, will be the entry point for locating books, journals, DVDs and other materials owned by the Libraries. The Libraries’ classic catalog is over 16 years old. By moving to a new system, the Libraries will be able to offer an enhanced user experience for locating all types of material and materials available at other SUNY institutions. Other features of Find It! include:

  • Clean, uncluttered search screen with a simple keyword search box;
  • Relevance-ranked results, or sort by: year (newest to oldest), author or title;
  • Easier to find Advanced Search and Browse Search options;
  • Improved usability on mobile devices;
  • Easier to save (pin), cite or send results via e-mail; and
  • “Virtual Browse” feature that allows you to see related books.

To learn more about Find It! visit Find It! FAQ or contact Ask a Librarian.

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Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) on the ORB

Binghamton University’s institutional repository, the ORB, is an open platform where faculty, students and university affiliates can share their scholarly works for increased discoverability and access. For students, it is a great place to share the hard work and expertise gained during their time at Binghamton University through dissertations, capstones, theses, presentations and other projects. By sharing their work on the ORB, students have a place they can link to via resumes, websites or curriculum vitaes for prospective employers and to share with their current and future colleagues, family and friends.

For 2018, we had 40 dissertations and theses shared on the ORB, with more being added through fall. Check out the dissertations and theses that have been added by students in 2018 and earlier, and remember to check back for new additions!

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