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.

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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:

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:

If you have questions please contact Beth Brown (

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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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Performance Update on the Libraries’ Search Interface Find It!

The Libraries, in conjunction with all SUNY libraries, recently upgraded our search interface – Find it! – with many new features.

The new features will enhance your overall search experience; however, library staff are aware of some performance issues and are diligently working with SUNY and the vendor, Ex Libris, to improve performance.

Ex Libris has acknowledged the issues and that the product is not as robust as both SUNY and Ex Libris expect it to be for SUNY’s consortial needs and complexity. Both SUNY, including representatives from campuses, and Ex Libris are working towards improved support and communication going forward.

In particular, we are aware the ‘Available Online’ link from databases such as PubMed is experiencing slow load times. This is an issue with all institutions worldwide who are using this product, not just SUNY institutions. ExLibris is working on improving this performance and enhancements are forthcoming.

One area that has already seen improvements is the loading of search results from the main search. ExLibris has also implemented new technologies to monitor all campus’ speed metrics and SUNY will continue to review these issues with Ex Libris on a monthly basis until SUNY is satisfied with speed and performance.

You can report any performance issues on this form – Find It! Feedback Form. We welcome your feedback.

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

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Creating Successful Data Management Plans for Your Grant Proposals

Are you working on a grant application that is asking for a data management plan (DMP) but are unsure what this is or how to write one? If yes, we have a workshop for you!

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, we will be holding a workshop to educate on DMPs, including a demo of the DMPTool, which is a free, open-source, online application that helps with creating DMPs.

To learn more and register for this workshop, click here.

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Libraries’ Find It! Search Engine Enhanced with New Features

This summer the Libraries released a new version of Find It!, our single search box for the library catalog, articles and databases, and digital collections. Find It! provides a clean, uncluttered screen with a simple keyword search box that allows you to easily sort results by relevancy, date, title or author. You can sign-in to pin (save), email, print or export your results to a citation manager.

The new Find It! offers several features and enhancements, including:

Ability to search for books and other physical materials across SUNY via the SUNY Catalog in the drop-down menu; you can easily request items through the options provided under “How to Get It.”
Find It! drop-down

Suggested keywords and search options as you enter text into the search box

suggested keywords and searches

Recommended databases at the top of search results for selected topics and subject areas

suggested databases

Improved search record with more visible links and “action” buttons

Improved request options

A mobile-friendly (re-sizable) design

mobile friendly Find It!

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

Note: We are experiencing some performance issues, particularly with article load times – click here to read more.  You can report any performance issues on this form – Find It! Feedback Form. We welcome your feedback.

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Access to Articles via Google Scholar Not Working (Update: Fixed!)

Update (7/17/19): The issue with Google Scholar has been resolved — you can access articles normally from Google Scholar by clicking “GetIt!”

Due to the recent migration to a new SUNY-wide library management system, the Getit@BU link in Google Scholar to access articles is not currently working. Library staff are diligently working on the issue with Google. It is anticipated that the issue will be resolved next week.

During this time, you can still access Google Scholar articles with the Getit@BU link by removing ‘discovery/’ from the URL – for example:…

We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, contact Director of Library Technology & Special Collections David Schuster at or 777-4866.

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Beth Brown Named ACRL Member of the Week!

Congratulations to Beth Brown, the Director of Assessment and Communications who was named the Associate of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Member of the Week for June 10, 2019!

ACRL is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers and develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. There are over 10,000 ACRL members.

Beth has been a member of ACRL for 7 years. Read more about Beth’s work at ACRL Insider 

For more information about ACRL, see their website

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

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