Open Educational Resources (OER) Grant – Apply by May 31

Binghamton University Libraries and the Center for Learning and Teaching invite faculty and instructors to apply for grant funding to help support the conversion of their course textbooks and materials to free Open Educational Resources (OER). “Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost. Unlike fixed, copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights” (OER Commons, CC BY-SA).

This grant supports the adoption of open textbooks and OER during the 2018-19 academic year. Applicants from all areas are encouraged.

Grant awardees must commit to using the OER content selected/developed using this grant money for at least two semesters starting in the Fall of 2018 and to be available to discuss experiences with OER adoption to a wider campus audience.

Recipients will be chosen based upon greatest financial impact and savings to students. High enrollment and high cost classes will be given priority. Awards are anticipated to be in the amount of $2,000 per course converted.

The grant application can be found here. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2018 with recipients being notified by June 1, 2018.

NOTE: Often times, faculty use resources that are free to students (articles in course reserves, scans of textbook chapters uploaded into Blackboard, websites, etc.). Although we encourage the use of free materials, these materials are not OER. The key difference is that OER may be modified, adapted or redistributed without obtaining the express permission of the copyright holder. This grant specifically applies to OER only.

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New Look: Get It!

Our Get It! button has a fresh, new look. The new design aligns with Binghamton University visual brand to clearly identify resources providing by the Libraries to the campus.Get It! is a convenient tool that connects you to content from hundreds of databases provided by the Libraries and the library catalog for the books and other materials. For more information, visit Get It! FAQ.

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Welcome Amy Gay, Our New Digital Scholarship Librarian

Amy Gay joins the library team as our first Digital Scholarship Librarian. Locally born and raised, Amy attended Chenango Valley where she spent most of her time on the track and in the library. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Oneonta, a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching for English Language Arts from SUNY Cortland, and her second master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University.

While attending Syracuse University, Amy focused her studies on cultural heritage and special collections, which led to her also receiving a Certificate of Advanced Study in Cultural Heritage Preservation. She gained experience at the Erie Canal Museum where she assessed a nineteenth century book collection and built phase boxes for the collection. At the Onondaga County Public Library’s History and Genealogy Department, she processed the World War I and II Propaganda Poster Collection, assisted with the encapsulation and repairing of posters, and created a searchable finding aid for the collection.

After graduating in May 2016, Amy spent her summer working at the Central New York Library Resource Council (CLRC) as a Cultural Heritage Preservation Assistant, where she worked on metadata and wrote descriptions for collections within the New York Heritage Digital Collections. This position inspired Amy to discover her passion for working with digital collections and creating access for a larger community.

Amy joined the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) D.C. cohort in Fall 2016, which is administered by the Library of Congress and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. During this time, she managed projects at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration that focused on enabling open science, including the creation of a publicly searchable science data catalog for the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Although she enjoyed her time in Washington, D.C. (especially meeting Carla Hayden), she is happy to be back in her hometown and looks forward to another Binghamton fall and eating lots of spiedies.

Her research interests include primary source literacy, open access, war history and cultural heritage preservation.

Amy will be working on enhancing and expanding our Digital Scholarship Services.

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900,000 and counting: Interlibrary Loan Service Reaches Milestone

Our popular Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services has hit the milestone of 900,000 requests submitted and processed!

Our Interlibrary Loan Service expands the range of research materials available for instruction and scholarship. Materials which are not owned by the Libraries, may be obtained from other libraries through ILLiad, our Interlibrary Loan software. We borrow items from all 50 states and six continents!

Through our Document Delivery Service, materials held by the Libraries may be requested to be delivered to your preferred branch library. We also will scan and provide electronically book chapters and journal articles from our collection.

Thank you to all who have used Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services over the years.

Want to find out more about these services? Visit our Interlibrary Loan webpage to learn more. Or, dive right in and submit a request today!

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Joseph H. Treyze Collection Featured on NY Heritage Website

Our Joseph  H. Treyze Collection of Civil War Patriotic Envelopes is one of New York (NY) Heritage’s featured online collections for January 2018.

The Joseph H. Treyz Collection contains 149 patriotic envelopes printed during the Civil War. They represent the Union cause and contain patriotic images such as the Union flag, state seals, soldiers, goddesses, depictions of Northern cities, prominent leaders and military officers, and cartoons and caricatures depicting Southern life. The majority of the envelopes include a slogan or poetry supporting the Union cause. Most of the envelopes are beige in color, with a few that are yellow, blue or pink. The images are printed in black and white or with colors of blue, red or a combination of red, white and blue.

The collection is featured on the NY Heritage homepage under Featured Collection – South Central. To learn more: Joseph  H. Treyze Collection of Civil War Patriotic Envelopes.

New York Heritage is a research portal for learning more about the people, places and events that contributed to the making of New York State. The collections in NY Heritage represent a broad range of historical, scholarly and cultural materials held in libraries, museums, and archives throughout the state.

Related links:

Finding Aid for Joseph  H. Treyze Collection

Binghamton University Libraries Civil War Collections

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Libraries Awarded CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant

This fall, the Libraries were awarded a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk grant for our Learning from Legends: Reflections on the 1960s Collection project. The grant award is for $16,552.50 and was one of only 16 selected from the total of 51 applications.

The year-long pilot project entails preserving, digitizing and publishing a gift collection of original recorded interviews with 278 civil rights leaders, activists, women’s rights leaders, politicians and Vietnam War veterans from the 1960s. The digitization of the recordings will make these historic materials broadly available to researchers and the public.

Once the audio interviews are converted from microcassettes to digital files, we will hire five students from the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) on campus to participate in an internship. The students will prepare metadata for the files and make minor edits as needed. In the future, another cohort of students will select excerpts from the digital files and combine them with photographs, short biographies of the individuals interviewed, and other educational content and bring the files to publication as Open Educational Resources (OERs).

The Learning from Legends: Reflections on the 1960s Collection is part of the Libraries’ Center for the Study of the 1960s which is the nation’s first virtual center promoting excellence in research, scholarship, teaching and programs in the social, cultural and political history of the United States during the 1960s. The center is made possible through the generosity of alumni Stephen R. McKiernan.

The Learning from Legends: Reflections on the 1960s Collection is supported by a Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions and communities of higher learning. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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Puppies, coffee and massages: De-stress events at the Libraries

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

Snacks and Coffee
4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4

Chair Massages
4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5

Therapy Dog Visit Canceled
5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6

Snacks and Coffee

4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7

Chairs Massages – Room 111
2-4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11

Therapy Dog Visit – Science Lobby
6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12

Animal Adventure – Bartle Library Entrance

3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8

Snacks and Coffee – Bartle Library Entrance
7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11


Chair Massages – 2nd Floor Mezzanine
3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12

Therapy Dog Visit
6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12


Visit De-Stress December to view all campus activities aimed at providing interesting, fun, and stress-reducing activities for students as they prepare for and make their way through finals.

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Our Inaugural Issue of Gobernar Published in The ORB

We are pleased to announce that Gobernar: The Journal of Latin American Public Policy and Governance has published its inaugural issue on The Open Repository @ Binghamton (The ORB), the Libraries’ open publishing and scholarly works platform.

The inaugural issue features an invited essay by one of the leading scholars of public policy and public administration in the region, Oscar Oszlak, three articles that apply a bird’s eye view to public policy, and three articles focused on specific policy issues in specific contexts. In the latter category, the issue includes articles that examine Hugo Chavez’s transition towards socialism in Venezuela between 1999 and 2008, the influence of cycling advocacy groups on the political agenda of the city of Medellin, Colombia, and the challenges of implementing gender mainstreaming policies in Medellin, Colombia. The issue also includes a book review by Binghamton University faculty member Susan Appe on a book by Lentfer and Cothran about the big role that small grants can play in addressing global problems. Authors are scholars from Argentina, Columbia, the United States and Venezuela.

Gobernar is a biannual, open access and peer-reviewed journal that is published jointly by the University’s Department of Public Administration and the Department of Government and Political Science at EAFIT University in Medellin-Colombia. The journal primarily publishes public policy and governance papers that have Latin-American relevance or significance for Latin Americanists around the world.

Nadia Rubaii

Nadia Rubaii, co-editor from Binghamton’s Department of Public Administration, worked with the Libraries and bepress to design and customize the journal. “It was a challenging process and we learned a lot along the way,” Nadia Rubaii said. “We are proud of our accomplishment.”

“Binghamton University Libraries is delighted to be involved with this innovative collaboration to push the boundaries of what is possible in building an international scholarly community” stated Curtis Kendrick, dean of Libraries.

The ORB is the Libraries’ 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 Gobernar: visit About the Journal.

For more information about The Orb, visit The Open Repository @ Binghamton or contact

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Vote for Woman Suffrage! Exhibit Opens Nov. 15

Vote for Woman Suffrage! Commemorating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in New York State, 1917-2017 exhibit explores the suffrage movement from the Seneca Falls Convention to the fight by suffrage organizations in the Triple Cities for the woman’s right to vote. Items from the re-enactment of the 1913 Binghamton suffrage parade and the 2017 Women’s March will be on display as well.

Vote for Woman Suffrage! exhibit is located in the Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives Department in Bartle Library. The exhibit will be on display from November 15, 2017 through January 31, 2018. Special Collections is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For additional information about the exhibit, contact the University Archivist Yvonne Deligato at 777-6459 or

Visit Exhibits for information about all of our current exhibits.

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Behind the Curtain: The Art of Theatre Design and Research Exhibit Opening, Nov. 16

The Binghamton University Libraries and Theatre Department are pleased to host an exhibit opening for Behind the Curtain: The Art of Theatre Design and Research.

4-6 p.m., Thursday, November 16
Bartle Library

Refreshments will be served.

Learn about the inspiration for current and upcoming performances by the Theatre Department and view drawings, a set model and other materials such as set designs from the Libraries’ Special Collection’s Max Reinhardt Archives & Library and Wexler collections. Behind the Curtain features contributions from:

David Bisaha, PhD

Tommy lafrate, MFA

Andrea Lenci-Cerchiara, MA

Elizabeth Mozer, MFA

Barbara Wolfe, MFA

The exhibit will be on display in Bartle Library on the second floor mezzanine and will be on view November 7, 2017-May 31, 2018.

.For more information about our exhibits, visit Libraries’ Exhibits.

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