De-stress December is Here Again!

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.

Therapy dogs
Chair massage
Virtual Reality Meditation photoSnacks
Miniature HorseCoffee

UDC LIBRARY

Chair Massages
4:30–5:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 3

Free Snacks
4:30–6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 3

Therapy Dog Visit
6–8 p.m. Wednesday, December 4

Button Making
4–5 p.m. Thursday, December 5

Free Snacks
4:30–6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 5

SCIENCE LIBRARY

Try Virtual Reality
1-4 p.m. Thursday, December 5

Craft Table
2-4 p.m. Friday, December 6

Snacks & Beverages
2-4 p.m. Tuesday, December 10

Mini Horse Visit
2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 11

Therapy Dog Visit
6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 12

BARTLE LIBRARY

Therapy Dog Visit
6–8 p.m. Friday, December 6

Snacks & Beverages
12 p.m. Monday, December 9

Yoga Sessions
3:30–4:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 10
12:30–1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 12

Meditation
12:30–1 p.m. Tuesday, December 10
4–4:30 p.m. Thursday, December 12

Craft Table
3–6 p.m. Wednesday, December 11

Therapy Dog Visit
6:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 12

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

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SUNY Town Hall Update on ScienceDirect – Open Discussion Forum on December 6

The Libraries invites all faculty, graduate students and staff to an open forum about the ongoing ScienceDirect contract negotiations with Elsevier. Mark McBride, Library Senior Strategist in the Office of Library and Information Services at SUNY System Administration, will provide an update regarding recent developments in the negotiations process followed by a discussion period. Details regarding SUNY and Binghamton’s local plans to ensure continued access to ScienceDirect content will also be discussed.

The forum will be held in the Zurack Family High-Tech Collaboration Center from 10-11 a.m., Friday, December 6.

Join us to share your thoughts and ideas.

For more information, contact Stephanie Hess at shess@binghamton.edu or 777-2474.

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Bartle Library 3rd Floor Renovation – We want your feedback!

The role of an academic library is continually evolving with changes in pedagogy, research and scholarship, technology, and student study behavior. With the upcoming renovation of Bartle Library’s 3rd floor, the Libraries have the opportunity to transform our space to meet the current and future needs of our faculty, students and staff.

We want your thoughts on the preliminary floor plan by filling out the Bartle Library 3rd Floor Renovation Feedback Form. Your response will be anonymous. 

The Bartle Library 3rd floor renovation project will take 4-5 years. This is the first stage of the design process. Construction is planned to begin in July 2021 with an anticipated completion in 2024. Information will be shared about the project as it proceeds and will include requests for feedback throughout the process.

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Library Renovations – Open Discussion Forums on Nov. 21-22

The Libraries will be hosting three open forums to present information about several upcoming renovation and building projects, including the extensive Bartle Library third floor renovation. We want to hear from faculty, staff and students about these projects.

The forums will be held in the Libraries Administrative Conference Room – LS2504G (second floor) on:

4:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21

9:30-10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22

2:30-3:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22

The third floor renovation project is due to the need for asbestos removal and extensive mechanical updates. It will be a four- to five-year project which will require relocation of collection materials. It will also provide the opportunity for redesigning the floor to meet current needs of faculty and students. Join us to share your thoughts and ideas.

If you cannot attend an open forum, you can fill out the Bartle Library 3rd Floor Renovation Feedback Form. The form includes the existing and preliminary floor plans.

For more information, contact Jill Dixon at jdixon@binghamton.edu or 777-3510.

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Nancy Abashian receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship

At a ceremony held on October 29, Nancy Abashian received the 2018-19 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship.

This award recognizes consistently superior professional achievement in the field of librarianship. To receive this distinction, candidates must demonstrate extraordinary performance in the areas of skill in librarianship, service to the University and to the profession, and scholarship and continuing professional growth. Here is the list of all Chancellor’s Award winners. https://www.binghamton.edu/academics/provost/excellence-awards/faculty-staff-award.html

Join us in congratulating Nancy on her well-deserved achievement and recognition!

Nancy Abashian, assistant librarian/head of library reader services, Libraries, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, June 11, 2018.

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Refworks Transition

Our current Refworks subscription ends on December 31, 2019. If you are currently using Refworks, please read our Transition FAQ for more information and advice on how to handle information you have in your Refworks account.

https://libraryguides.binghamton.edu/citation-managers/refworks

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Upcoming library workshops for Open Access Week to focus on support for publishing and sharing projects

Know Your Rights: Negotiating contracts and retaining rights to your work

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Location: Zurack Family High-Technology Collaboration Center

Learn more about publishing contracts from Donna Dixon and James Peltz, Co-Directors, SUNY Press, including the types of rights to consider, publishing models such as open access, and how to consider digital humanities projects within your contracts. Donna and James will also discuss the royalties process and standard contract language. Refreshments will be served. Register for the event here: https://libcal.binghamton.edu/event/5919664?hs=a

Open is a Destination: Collections, Scholarship and Inclusivity in the Digital Age Panel

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: Zurack Family High-Technology Collaboration Center

Panelists Thai Jones, PhD, Curator, US History, Columbia University, REVEAL Digital Diversity & Dissent Collection; Lisa Theo, Assistant Editor, Alpenglow Binghamton University Undergraduate Journal; and Daimys Garcia, graduate student in the  Department of Comparative Literature and founding member of the Broadcasting World Literature WHRW radio series will discuss their experiences creating scholarly content for a diverse audience, including the challenges of collecting and creating shared models for controversial content and the benefits of using the ORB (Open Repository at Binghamton) for hosting student-focused journals and audio projects. Lunch will be served prior to the panel discussion. Register for the lunch here: https://libcal.binghamton.edu/event/5919907?hs=a

If you have questions please contact Beth Brown (ebrown@binghamton.edu)

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Special Collections Talk: “Singing the Body Electric: Opera, Democracy, and Voice in the Poetry of Walt Whitman”

The University Libraries’ Special Collections will host a talk by Dr. Robert P. Wilson, adjunct lecturer of English, on “Singing the Body Electric: Opera, Democracy, and Voice in the Poetry of Walt Whitman.” at noon Thursday, October 3, LN-2320, Bernard F. Huppé Reading Room. In his later years, Walt Whitman suggested that a “philosopher musician” reading Leaves of Grass could not help but hear the echoes of the poet’s many enraptured encounters with music, especially opera. “Singing the Body Electric” amplifies this influence by identifying Whitman’s notion of “vocalism” — the divine power of a body to sound its speech, its song, and its “barbaric yawp” — as the essence of poetic, musical, and democratic performance. A brief tour of the exhibit “Leaves of Grass: Walt Whitman’s Masterwork” and a viewing of the first edition will follow the talk. All are welcome.

More Info

Contact Blythe Roveland-Brenton

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ScienceDirect Negotiations Update

On September 9, Dean of Libraries Curtis Kendrick sent an update on the progress of the ScienceDirect negotiations to SUNY Library Directors & Deans.

Click on the link to read the latest news – Elsevier ScienceDirect Update Sept 2019

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Distinguished Alumnus Eric Weitz to Give Talk on Human Rights in Age of Nation-States

On September 12, Eric D. Weitz, ’74, distinguished professor of history at City College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, will give a talk based on his recently published book, “A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States” (Princeton University Press).

The talk will be held 4-5 p.m., followed by a reception from 5-6 p.m. and book signing in the Benet Alumni Lounge in Old O’Connor.

The event is co-hosted by University Libraries and the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.


A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States

Over the past two and a half centuries, the world has been utterly transformed. Once dominated by vast empires, the globe is now divided into close to 200 independent countries with laws and constitutions proclaiming human rights—a remarkable change that suggests that nations and human rights inevitably developed together.

Through vivid histories drawn from virtually every continent, A World Divided describes how, since the eighteenth century, nationalists have struggled to establish their own states that grant human rights to some people. At the same time, others suffered exclusion through forced assimilation, ethnic cleansing, or, ultimately, genocide. In short, this is the story of how a world divided into nation-states has led to a world divided between citizens with rights and noncitizens without them.

A World Divided also explains why many of today’s problems—from the more than 65 million migrants and refugees to the growth of right-wing nationalism and national conflicts on many continents—are rooted in the twin histories of nation-states and human rights. In the lecture, Weitz will argue that only the continual advance of human rights protections at the international level will enable us to move beyond the quandary of a world divided between those who have rights and those who don’t.

Speaker Biography

Eric D. Weitz graduated from Binghamton University in 1974. He is Distinguished Professor of History at City College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His books include A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States, Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy, A Century of Genocide, and Creating German Communism (all published by Princeton University Press). He lectures widely in public and academic settings on the histories of genocide and human rights and on Weimar Germany.

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