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


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.


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.



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


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


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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Two Special Collections and University Archives Installations at Art Museum

The Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives have two small installations currently on view at the Binghamton University Art Museum to complement their current exhibition – The Binghamton Nuvolone: Restoring an Object in Six Parts.


Drawn from the rich holdings of the Max Reinhardt Archives and Library, one of the complementary installations presents a selection of materials celebrating Austrian-born theater director and producer Max Reinhardt (1873-1943).  On view will be photographs of Max Reinhardt, programs, and one of his famous promptbooks, all illustrating his life and work.


The second installation features a gathering of objects, photographs and papers relating to the work at the close of WWII of “Monuments Man” Kenneth C. Lindsay (1919-2009). The founder of the Harpur College Art Department and the Art Gallery Lindsay spent two years working for the U.S. Army finding, researching and restoring to their proper owners artwork that had been looted by the Nazis during the war. His papers will soon be deposited at the University Archives.

The installations will be on view until May 19, 2018 at the University Art Museum.


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Library Services Unavailable During Technology Maintenance Day, April 3

During Technology Maintenance Day on Tuesday, April 3, there will be no IT services at the University from 6-8 a.m so all online library services will not be available during this time.

After 8 a.m., the following library services will be unavailable:

Throughout the day, there will be intermittent access to databases, e-journals and e-books.

Find It! and Ask a Librarian are expected to be available but may have intermittent service.

You are encouraged to plan your library research accordingly.

Prior to April 3, if you have questions, contact Reader Services, Ask a Librarian or the Interlibrary Loan Office at 607-777-4985 or mainill@binghamton.edu.

On April 3, visit our website homepage for updates on online library services.

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Libraries Awarded Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant

The Binghamton University Libraries has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to digitize important scholarship from our Max Reinhardt Archives & Library (Max Reinhardt Collection).

Max Reinhardt (c.1905)


The Max Reinhardt Collection covers major aspects of the life and career of Austrian-born theatrical director and producer Max Reinhardt (1873-1943). Reinhardt was widely recognized as a major creative artist and played a leading role in the transformation of the director as the key figure in theatrical production and the innovative use of new theater technology and experimentation with theater spaces and locales.



The grant provides funding to preserve, digitize and publish online a collection of 132 promptbooks from the collection, which are annotated by the celebrated director himself. The project will make this historical record available to researchers and the public, giving them new perspectives on his work and theater history.

Promptbook page: Annotated printed scripts through which Reinhardt conceived and from which he directed his productions

The Libraries will hire interns to convert the promptbooks into digital files that will be discoverable online via search engines and can be widely shared. The co-principle investigators are Jean Green, Special Collections librarian and David Schuster, director of library technology and Special Collections. The project will be last from May 2018 through April 2019.

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions which transmit our cultural heritage.

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