Find It! Single Search Interface Updated

Students and faculty returning from the summer holidays will notice something different when they use the Libraries’ search box Find It!: An updated Find It! search interface will be launched on August 1.

Find It! Logo
Find It! is the Libraries’ single search box for the library catalog, articles and databases, and digital collections. These collections can be searched simultaneously or separately. The enhanced features 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.

For more information, visit Find It! FAQ.

Find It! will be the new library catalog search when the Libraries migrate to a new system in summer 2019, along with other SUNY institutions. More information on this project will be shared in the upcoming months.

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Elizabeth Brown Selected as 2018 SLA Fellow

Associate Librarian and Director of Assessment & Scholarly Communications Elizabeth Brown has been selected as one of the 2018 Special Library Association (SLA) Fellow. As the SLA press release states, the honor is “bestowed on active, mid-level career SLA members in recognition of past, present and future service to the association and the profession.” A biography of her SLA work was provided in the press release:

“Beth joined SLA in 1996 while in graduate school and has been active in the association throughout her professional career. She has been president of the SLA Upstate New York Chapter as well as chair of the chapter’s Awards Committee and co-editor of the chapter’s newsletter; she has also chaired the Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics (PAM) Division and served as the division’s secretary, chair of its Nominating Committee, and leader of its book discussion group. She has a passion for learning and for sharing what she’s learned—she has delivered dozens of presentations at international, national, and regional meetings, written several articles and book chapters, and authored one book, Sudden Selector’s Guide to Chemistry Information Resources (ALA Press 2012).”

We congratulate Beth on this significant career achievement!

Beth with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden at 2018 SLA Conference in Baltimore, Md.


Fellows of SLA

Fellowship in SLA is bestowed on active, mid-career SLA members in recognition of past, present and future service to the association and the profession. Fellows are called upon and expected to advise the association’s Board of Directors, prepare necessary documentation, and alert the membership to issues and trends warranting action. Individuals receiving this honor are able to use the title, Fellow of the Special Libraries Association (FSLA).

Special Library Association (SLA)

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners in business, government, academic, and other “specialized” settings.

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Welcome to Jennifer Embree, New Subject Librarian for Biology and Psychology

Jennifer Embree joins the University Libraries as our new Subject Librarian for Biology and Psychology. Jen received her bachelor’s degrees in psychology and English from the University of Connecticut, and recently received her master’s degree in library science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC). While attending UNC, her main areas of focus were archives and records management, reference services and digital humanities. She also earned two graduate certificates from UNC: one in international development and the other in diversity advocacy.

Jen’s previous library experiences include working as a graduate assistant for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Library Network. While in this position, she provided specialized research and resource assistance to the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. She also worked as a youth services librarian for the Bucks County Public Library System in Pennsylvania for two years.

Jen’s research interests include the field of digital humanities and the use of digital tools to supplement education, accessibility and data preservation. She is also fascinated by the history of botanical studies, including the historical formation and use of botanical gardens, libraries and herbariums.

In her free time, Jen enjoys hiking, biking and spending time with her adorable cat named Maverick.

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Special Collections’ Maurice Leyden Diary Featured on NY Heritage Online Exhibit

A diary from the Maurice Leyden Collection in the Libraries’ Special Collections is featured on a New York (NY) Heritage online exhibit called Recognizing Women’s Right to Vote in New York State. The online exhibit charts the development and evolution of the Women’s Suffrage movement in New York State. “In the long fight for suffrage, women in New York had many motivations and tactics they used to achieve their goal.”

A page from Leyden’s 1873 diary is featured in the Civil Disobedience by Voting, 1868-1873 section of the exhibit. The section provides three examples of women voting illegally as an act of civil disobedience. The exhibit description of the diary page is as follows:

“Diary of Maurice Leyden, 1873, p. 79. In his diary, Maurice Leyden writes about his experiences living in Rochester, NY. His wife, Maggie Leyden, proceeded to vote with Susan B. Anthony and a group of women. This page discusses Anthony’s trial: “Maggie & I went to Canandaigua this morning to attend the trial. Weather very hot. Miss Anthony was convicted, also the Inspectors – by the voting of judge.”

To view the entire 1873 diary, click on the exhibit’s diary page image to view the NY Heritage site or visit Diary of Maurice Leyden, 1873.

Maurice Leyden

Maurice Leyden was a Rochester, NY dentist, businessman, banker and politician. His wife, Maggie Leyden, took part in the women’s suffrage movement. The Maurice Leyden Collection consists of 52 diaries, 37 letters,24 envelopes, 28 financial documents (mostly receipts and ledgers), 13 photographs and assorted other items. There are a total of 190 pieces of archival material.

 

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Libraries Selected for Risk Assessment Program

Binghamton University Library has been selected to participate in Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)’s Risk Assessment and Emergency Preparedness Program. Through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), CCAHA will send staff to the campus for a day to complete a risk assessment on our four library facilities – Bartle, Science and UDC libraries as well as our Annex – to assist with the development of an emergency preparedness and disaster response plan based on the risk assessment.

As part of the process, the CCAHA assessor will review and examine many factors, including environment, history, location, structural issues and needs, weather and geographic risks, fire and pest protection, security procedures, local resources, training, collection documentation and more. CCAHA staff will work with our staff to develop a comprehensive disaster plan which will include essential contacts, emergency and recovery vendors, emergency communication, salvage priorities for the collections, and more. The service is valued at over $5,000.


­­­­The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts is one of the largest nonprofit conservation centers in the country. The CCAHA mission is to provide expertise and leadership in the preservation of the world’s cultural heritage.

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Shannon Miranda Receives Staff Recognition Award

Shannon Miranda, Reader Services Coordinator – Science Library, was recently honored at the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) 2018 Faculty/Student Recognition Reception on April 17. Science Library student employee Aidan Kelly nominated Miranda and attended the reception to honor her. Dean of Libraries Curtis Kendrick also attended the ceremony.

(Left to right) Aidan Kelly, Shannon Miranda and Curtis Kendrick

Faculty/staff are nominated for this recognition by a student registered with the SSD office who have been “inspired, encouraged or supported in their endeavors at Binghamton University” by the honoree.

 

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Proposed Cancellations to Library Resources in FY2018-2019

Colleagues,

Like the rest of the campus community, the University Libraries is making provisions for a potential budget shortfall in the University’s budget in FY2018-2019. Before our summer session, I want to update you on what this means for the Libraries and specifically our collections as this may result in significant cuts to library resources. In addition to this update, the Libraries will host several open meetings where we will provide a more detailed overview of the cuts. I encourage you to attend one of those meetings if you have any questions or would like to voice concerns.

The Libraries’ budget is largely composed of our collections budget and personnel expenses. As a result, any cut would primarily be borne by library collections. To prepare for any budget cuts we have identified approximately $450,000 worth of titles potentially to be canceled. The majority of these cancellations will necessarily be from electronic resources (databases and journals) and print periodicals. Electronic resources and print periodicals comprise 80% of our collections budget and their cost is inflating at 6-8% each year. (The Library Journal’s recently released periodicals price survey for 2018, predicts journal inflation of just over 6% in 2019).

This is our plan for reaching our targeted budget cut:

  • Hold our book budget flat in FY2018-2019. Book prices generally inflate about 3.5% annually: this lowers our purchasing power in books, but also spares books the worst of the cut. This is important because our book budget has been cut disproportionately over the past years.
  • Cut high cost/low use electronic and print periodicals, specifically titles for which our cost per use was over $75.
  • In addition to cutting high cost-per-use titles, apply a cut across subject funds based on each fund’s share of the total print periodical and electronic resources budget.

Our subject librarians have carefully reviewed collections to identify titles to cancel that will be least disruptive to our ability to support research, scholarship, teaching and learning. The result is the preliminary cancellation list for your review – click on this link to view the entire list:

Libraries Resources Proposed for Cancellation May 2018

Most of these titles have renewal dates in late September or later in the fiscal year, so we have time to have a more thorough conversation before finalizing any needed cancellation list. In some cases, however, the renewal period begins July 1, 2018. These titles are shaded in red. Our intention is to proceed with cancelling these titles in July with the understanding that should the budget situation improve, or as the result of further conversations, some of the titles on this “early cut” list may be reinstated in the fall. The risk to this approach is that there may be some discontinuity of access to these titles until such time as they may be reinstated.

We will be holding meetings to discuss these potential collection cuts, but specifically focused on the “early cut” list. You are encouraged to attend one of these dates:

This topic will be revisited at the beginning of the fall semester, but given the timing of the situation we wanted to bring it to your attention now as well. Our goal is to make this process as transparent as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to  contact myself, Jill Dixon (jdixon@binghamton.edu), Associate University Librarian for Public Services & Collections, or Jim Galbraith (jgalbrai@binghamton.edu), Head of Collection Development.

Thank you for your understanding and your continued support of the University Libraries.

Sincerely,

Curtis Kendrick, Dean of Libraries

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OER Text Available on the ORB

In March 2018, Dr. John S. Bay, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and associate dean for research and graduate studies for the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, added a book he authored, Fundamentals of Linear State Space Systems, as an open educational resource (OER) to Binghamton University’s institutional repository, The ORB. In its first month on The ORB, there have been  216 downloads of his book and at least three universities that have officially adopted it.

Dr. Bay’s book addresses two primary deficiencies in the linear systems textbook market: a lack of development of state space methods from the basic principles and a lack of pedagogical focus. The book uses the geometric intuition provided by vector space analysis to develop in a very sequential manner all the essential topics in linear state system theory that a senior or beginning graduate student should know. Because it derives state space methods from linear algebra and vector spaces and ties all the topics together with diverse applications, this book is suitable for students from any engineering discipline, not just those with control systems backgrounds and interests. The book includes both discrete- and continuous-time systems, introducing them in parallel and emphasizing each in appropriate context.

To download Dr. Bay’s book, or chapters from his book, you can do so here.

John S. Bay, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was appointed Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science in June of 2016. Dr. Bay’s experience has spanned academia, large business, small business, entrepreneurship, not-for-profit institutions and federal research laboratories.

Dr. Bay received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1988. His research and teaching foci include cybersecurity, model-based integration of complex systems, control theory, robotics and machine learning, data analytics and command-and-control.


The ORB is an institutional repository and publishing platform which is hosted on bepress’s Digital Commons platform. The platform allows faculty, students and researchers affiliated with Binghamton University to promote, share and archive scholarly and creative works with audiences both locally and around the globe. Authors and editors interested in publishing on The ORB can work with the Libraries and Digital Commons to customize the design and layout of their publications.

For more information about The ORB, visit The Open Repository @ Binghamton or contact orb@binghamton.edu.

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Stress-free Spring is Coming Soon!

Stress Free Spring

Need a break from your studies? Come to our Stress-free Spring 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.



Snacks

UDC LIBRARY

Therapy Dog Visit
4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25

Snacks and Coffee
4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2

Chair Massage
5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 3

SCIENCE LIBRARY

Mindfulness Meditation – Information Commons
2-2:30 p.m. and 2:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 8

IEEE Xplore Database Scavenger Hunt
1-2:15 p.m. Thursday, May 10

Therapy Dog Visit
6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10

Snacks and Coffee
5-7 p.m. Monday, May 14

BARTLE LIBRARY

Therapy Dog Visit
6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10

Binghamton Zoo’s ZooMobile – Outside Bartle Entrance
2-4 p.m. Friday, May 11

Snacks and Coffee
7 p.m. Monday May 14

Beverages at Bartle (Coffee and Tea)
6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15

 

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

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Follow us on Instagram!

Want to see all of the cool things happening in our libraries? Follow our new Instagram page, BingULibraries, to see photos and videos from events, workshops and other happenings around the Libraries.

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