Library Services Unavailable During Technology Maintenance Day, Sept. 21

During Technology Maintenance Day on Sept. 21, 2017, the following library services will be unavailable or unreliable (intermittent service) due to the continuous maintenance throughout the day:

You are encouraged to plan your library research accordingly. Contact Ask a Librarian for questions about access to library resources or the Interlibrary Loan Office at 607-777-4985 or concerning Illiad.

In addition, the computers and network printing in the Libraries’ Information Commons will also be unavailable or intermittent until the maintenance is complete.

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Manage Your Citations: Introduction to RefWorks

Tired of wasting time on citation mechanics and tracking down misplaced sources?

Join us for an introduction to RefWorks, a citation management tool that will keep track of your sources, generate citations and bibliographies and facilitate collaborative research.

At this workshop, you’ll learn how to create a RefWorks account, import references from a variety of resources, organize your references, create in-text citations and bibliographies and install the RefWorks add-ons for Microsoft Word and Google Docs.

We are offering two introduction sessions in September:

6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, Bartle Library Instruction Lab, Newcomb Reading Room. Register.

12:30-1:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, UDC 123 (UDC Computer Lab). Register.

Registration is encouraged.

RefWorks Advanced workshops will be offered in October – see Library Events.

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New York Times – It’s in the Library

Looking for a print copy of or online access to the New York Times (NYT)?

We have it in the Libraries!

Print copies are available at Bartle Library on the 3rd floor in the current periodicals room and at the Science Library (see newspaper display on the 1st floor).

The Clock Tower at University Union reflected in sunglasses, March 20, 2012.

We also have access online through several databases. To view current issues:

  • Go to our website and search for ‘New York Times’ in the Find It! search box
  • Click on the “View Online” (first listing in results)
  • Click ‘Open source in a new window’ for a list of different databases with access to NYT
  • Choose the database you like best (we recommend using Global Newsstream)

You can also view historical issues back to 1857 by choosing the New York Times Historical Backfile.

Enjoy reading!

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Focus on Digital Humanities: Johanna Drucker Lecture and Workshop

Renowned scholar and artist Johanna Drucker will give a public lecture and workshop on digital humanities in September. The events are sponsored by the Libraries.

Digital Humanities Status Report: Where are We Now?

Public lecture, 5 p.m., September 18, 2017

AM 189 (Admissions Building)

Digital Humanities is now a mature field, integrated into institutional practices and research methods across disciplines. Early computational engagement with texts (Text Encoding Initiative began three decades ago and automation of text analysis dates to the 1960s) has expanded to images, sound, space, social relations and the built environments of the past and future.

For information professionals, the field is fundamental to the challenges of managing cultural materials. For humanists, digital humanities remains a flashpoint of resistance in some quarters, enthusiasm in others, and business as usual for many more. What principles should educators and administrators use to assess our investment in resources for digital work and projects? How can we make responsible decisions about tools and platforms—from a critical and socially responsible point of view as well as a realistic bottom line perspective?

This talk gives a quick overview of the state of the field, some of the promises and liabilities of new research, and persistent challenges ahead.

Digital Humanities Project Design: Focus on Visualization

9-11 a.m., September 19, 2017

Zurack Family High-Technology Collaboration Center

This workshop outlines the basic frameworks for design of a digital humanities project from intellectual, technical and pragmatic perspectives. After a brief overview, the workshop will focus on the role of data visualization in specific case studies with a discussion about limits and benefits of current conventions. Attendees will work on an in-class project focusing on the way research questions and project goals are integrated into the design, including decisions about data models, tools and platforms, infrastructure, display and analysis.

Registration Required.

Speaker Biographer:

Johanna Drucker is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art and digital humanities. In 2014, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and awarded an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts by the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017.

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Government Documents: Use the Past to Plan Your Future

Have you ever wondered about the local impact of trade tariffs?

Or the social cost of carbon emission?

From local budget analysis to military reports on global warming, government documents offer a wealth of knowledge from local, state and federal levels. They make sense of our world and help us plan for our future. Government Documents: Use the Past to Plan Your Future offers guidance on searching within the SuDocs classification system and highlights some of the fascinating and useful items found within the Libraries’ government documents collection.

The exhibit is located in the University Downtown Center (UDC) Library on the first floor of the UDC in downtown Binghamton. It will be on display August 23-December 16, 2017.

View our online Government Information guide for more information about government documents.

Visit Exhibits to view our exhibit schedule.

Image: Advance Sentinel in a Helicopter.

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Hidden Messages: Steganography, Cryptology and Digital Watermarking

Can you crack the secret code?

Hidden Messages: Steganography, Cryptology and Digital Watermarking gives viewers a glimpse into the science of covert communication. Featured books and materials will allow you to discover the different methods of hiding information, whether it is embedding images within images or an encrypting algorithm.

These topics are primary research areas for the Watson School’s Distinguished Professor Jessica Fridrich and Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director Scott Craver, both faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.

This exhibit is in the Information Commons on the first floor of the Science Library. It will be on display August 23-May 18, 2018.

Visit Exhibits to view our exhibit schedule.

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Graduate Student Scholarly Resources Orientation 2017

Our expert subject librarians are assigned to each academic discipline taught at Binghamton.

Join us for our annual Graduate Student Orientation to meet your subject librarian, learn about the best resources for scholarship and teaching, and check out the new Graduate Study Commons – a study space exclusively for graduate students.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Welcome Week – Bartle Library Tours

Each stop along this fast-paced, informative tour has cool giveaways plus a raffle with an Amazon Echo as the grand prize!

Learn about library resources and services that can help with your classes.

Meet Baxter the Bearcat!

Enjoy snacks on us.

Join us from 1-3 p.m., August 21 in Bartle Library.


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Honoring Professor Sandro Sticca

Sandro Sticca, Professor of French & Comparative Literature at t

Sandro Sticca, professor of French and comparative literature, died Wednesday, May 3, following an illness.

Sticca was a great friend of the Libraries and a scholar who used many of our books for his research. He often brought in classes for instruction using  materials from the 16th and 17th centuries.

The campus and greater community is invited to honor and remember the professor at a special exhibit in the Special Collections Department of Bartle Library.

In addition to highlights of Sticca’s published works, a body that spans six decades, some of his rare book donations are on display, including:

♦Responsa ad cuiuscunque penè generis casuum conscientiae quaesita quadringenta … : Apud Societatem Minimam,” pars secunda, written in 1603 by Giovanni Battista Corradi, O.P. The book Sticca described as essentially “the spiritual meaning of life.  This video highlights the donation event.

Chronicon Casauriense : Liber instrumentorum seu chronicorum Monasterii Casauriensis : codicem Parisinum Latinum 5411 quam simillime expressum edidimus.  Alessandro Pratesi;  Giovanni, di Berardo.  L’Aquila : Amministrazione provinciale : Comitato per il 5. centenario della introduzione della stampa in Abruzzo.1982. This book is a facsimile of a beautifully illustrated 12th century manuscript about the history of the Abruzzo region in present-day Italy.

Michelangelo : artista, pensatore, scrittore / scritti di Charles De Tolnay … [et al.] ; premessa di Mario Salmi.  Novara : Istituto geografico De Agostini. 1965.  A highly illustrated two-volume set commemorating the 400 years since Michaelangelo Buonarroti’s death.

This Inside story underscores Sticca’s understanding of The Value of Growing and Maintaining University Collections.

Sandro Sticca, Professor of French & Comparative Literature in t


Visit Dateline for more about the life and contributions of Sandro Sticca.

Con apprezzamento, professore!
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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk ~ the first president of Turkey

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, c.1923

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, c.1923

Today, May 19, is Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s birthday.  Mustafa Kemal was born in 1881 in Thessaloniki, which was part of the Ottoman Empire and died on November 10th, 1938 in Istanbul.  Atatürk, which means father of the Turks was the first president of Turkey from 1923 to 1938.  He led the National Movement and was the commander during the war of independence against imperialism.  He was a nationalist and he advocated the independence of Turkey from all foreigners.   In 1923, he found the Republic of Turkey out of ashes of the Ottoman Empire and he transformed the country into a secular democratic nation-state and launched many reforms to create a modern Turkey by bringing a new political, legal, and education system and giving equal civil rights to women.

A number of books with information about Mustafa Kemal can be found in Special Collections on the second floor of the Bartle Library. These include Ataturk : a biography of Mustafa Kemal, father of modern Turkey by Lord Kinross, How happy to call oneself a Turk : provincial newspapers and the negotiation of a Muslim national identity by Gavin D. Brockett and Turkey by Arnold J. Toynbee and Kenneth P. Kirkwood. All three of these books are part of the Saeedpour Kurdish Collection.

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