How would you like to see Bartle Library renovated?

Bartle Library is looking into future renovations on the third floor. We would like to get an idea of what you as students, staff and faculty would like to see.

If you could re-imagine anything you wanted from that space, what would it be?

Take the quick survey here and let us know your thoughts.

Thank you for any suggestions.

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De-stress December is Here for You!

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.



Free Snacks 
4 p.m. Monday, December 3

Chair Massage
5-6 p.m. Tuesday, December 4

Therapy Dog Visit
5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 5


Free Snacks 
5-7 p.m. Monday, December 10

Therapy Dog Visit
6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 11


Make Bookmarks at Bartle
4-6 p.m. Thursday, December 6

Jackbox Games
1-4 p.m. Monday, December 10

Free Snacks 
7 p.m. Monday, December 10

Therapy Dog Visit
6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 11

ZooMobile Visit
2-4 p.m. Wednesday, December 12


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

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Course Reserves Now Accepting Spring 2019 Requests

We are now accepting course reserve requests for Spring 2019. Submit your request by Monday, Jan. 7 to ensure your materials are available on the first day of classes.

We are happy to circulate both Libraries-owned materials and course materials that you are able to provide. The campus bookstore may be able to assist you with obtaining an extra instructor copy to provide to Course Reserves; contact the bookstore for details.

The Libraries will be switching to a new library service platform for Fall 2019. In anticipation, and to ensure the continuity of our service during this transition, we encourage you to submit any requests for summer 2019 and Fall 2019 as soon as possible.

All requests can be entered online at Course Reserves can assist instructors with questions or concerns.

Email or contact the Libraries’ Course Reserves staff for assistance.

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Tell us what you think!

Recently you may have received an email from the Libraries inviting you to participate in the Ithaka Local Survey. We want to know how you use the Libraries and its services.

Your perspective on the Libraries’ resources is important to me as we look forward to hearing your ideas and concerns. What you share will have an impact for the Libraries in the future.

As an incentive for completing the survey, each week there will be a drawing among completed surveys for two $25 amazon gift cards. This incentive is voluntary. You will need to provide your contact information at the end of the survey in order to be eligible for a gift card. Providing your contact information is voluntary. You will also need to be at least 18 years old to complete the survey. This survey should take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete.

The survey will be conducted in partnership with a national research organization, Ithaka S+R, and will ask you questions about how you find and use information for your courses, how you use library spaces, and your perceptions of how the University and the Libraries contribute to your success.

This survey is completely anonymous and results will be shared in aggregate form with the University community. This survey will run from November 1-December 14, 2018.

Thank you in advance for helping improve and enhance our Libraries.

Curtis Kendrick, Dean of Libraries

Contact Elizabeth Brown ( for more information.


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Final List of Cancellations to Library Resources in FY2018-19

As noted in the letter from the Dean of Libraries in August, the Libraries needed to cut our budget due to the University’s budget shortfall this year. With input and feedback from faculty, the library resources cancellation list has been finalized and posted here:

Final Fall 2018 Cancellation and Retention Lists

Many titles were retained due to feedback and substitution of other resources to cancel (see end of list for those titles).

The following six titles were substituted to retain other titles – thus are “new” cancellations not previously posted during this process:

  • Communications in Statistics Package (Math)
  • Contemporary Physics (Physics)
  • Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics (Economics)
  • International Trade and Commodities Statistics (Economics)
  • Peripherie (Sociology)
  • Synthetic Communications (Chemistry)

We sincerely thank all of those who gave valuable feedback during this process.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Jill Dixon (, associate university librarian for public services & collections, or Jim Galbraith (, head of collection development.


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Libraries’ Find It! to Replace Classic Catalog December 15

Student working on laptop in library.

As the library migrates to a new library system, the classic catalog will be removed from the library website December 15. Find It!, the Libraries’ single-search box, will be the entry point for locating books, journals, DVDs and other materials owned by the Libraries. The Libraries’ classic catalog is over 16 years old. By moving to a new system, the Libraries will be able to offer an enhanced user experience for locating all types of material and materials available at other SUNY institutions. Other features of Find It! include:

  • Clean, uncluttered search screen with a simple keyword search box;
  • Relevance-ranked results, or sort by: year (newest to oldest), author or title;
  • Easier to find Advanced Search and Browse Search options;
  • Improved usability on mobile devices;
  • Easier to save (pin), cite or send results via e-mail; and
  • “Virtual Browse” feature that allows you to see related books.

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

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Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) on the ORB

Binghamton University’s institutional repository, the ORB, is an open platform where faculty, students and university affiliates can share their scholarly works for increased discoverability and access. For students, it is a great place to share the hard work and expertise gained during their time at Binghamton University through dissertations, capstones, theses, presentations and other projects. By sharing their work on the ORB, students have a place they can link to via resumes, websites or curriculum vitaes for prospective employers and to share with their current and future colleagues, family and friends.

For 2018, we had 40 dissertations and theses shared on the ORB, with more being added through fall. Check out the dissertations and theses that have been added by students in 2018 and earlier, and remember to check back for new additions!

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Update on the Kanopy Platform

Recently, the University Libraries made some significant changes to Kanopy, our streaming video service. We wanted to inform everyone about these changes as they impact access to films via Kanopy. We also ask all faculty using Kanopy for classes this semester check to make sure your films are active. If Kanopy asks you to fill out a form, please fill out the form and contact Caryl Ward, Head of Acquisitions, ( / 607 777-4926) and/or Jim Galbraith, Head of Collection Development, ( / 607-777-4912), so we can make sure the film is licensed for your class. Thank you.

Kanopy is a streaming video platform that enables users to access a wide variety of videos. Unlike Netflix and similar services, Kanopy provides access not to an individual, but the entire Binghamton campus. Until recently, the Libraries have been using a Patron-Driven Acquisition (PDA) model to license videos through Kanopy. With the PDA model, Kanopy’s film catalog is made available for viewing. When a video is viewed 4 times for more than 30 seconds, a one-year license for campus-wide use is automatically purchased; these licenses cost between $120 and $150 per film.

Recently, we became aware that Kanopy has not been providing us with clear and timely billing information critical to managing our subscription. Unfortunately, this has led to problems managing the resource, and necessitating that we take action.

We are working with Kanopy to resolve these issues, but until we are confident in Kanopy’s accounting and invoicing practices, we can no longer offer access to Kanopy through the unrestricted PDA model. So, we are moving to a “moderated” model. With the moderated model, while we will continue to have access to films that we have already licensed, when you attempt to watch an unlicensed film, you will be prompted to submit a request to purchase the video. We will no longer have automatic licensing after 4 views.

Obviously, this situation is not ideal. During the fall semester, we will work with faculty who are using Kanopy as part of their curriculum to ensure that films are available for classes and minimize the impact of this necessary change. We will also be exploring alternative licensing/streaming services for films.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Caryl Ward or Jim Galbraith if you have any concerns or questions.

Thank you,

Jim Galbraith
Head of Collection Development

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Welcome Jim Galbraith, new Head of Collection Development

Jim Galbraith joins the library team as the new Head of Collection Development. Jim also serves as the subject librarian for the Departments of Art and Art History. He received his bachelor’s degree in History and an MA in Library Science from the University at Buffalo; he also has a master’s degree in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with concentrations in early modern European and colonial American history.

Before coming to Binghamton, Jim was Chief Librarian of the Rakow Library of the Corning Museum of Glass, the world’s foremost library on the art, history and science of glass. Prior to that, he was associate university librarian for collections and acting university librarian at DePaul University. Jim has worked in collections for most of his career and has been collection development librarian at Columbia University, Wake Forest and UC Irvine.

Jim’s research interests include library collection assessment and library history.

He is also interested in eBooks, video games and graphic novels. Jim is originally from Elmira, N.Y. and currently resides in the West Elmira neighborhood he grew up in, having returned there after 25 years. He enjoys biking, bridge, driving and working on cars, and dabbling in photography. He also loves hockey and looks forward to seeing many Binghamton Devils games!

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Update: Proposed Cancellations to Library Resources in FY2018-2019


Welcome back and to the start of a new academic year. As you may recall from my note in May, like the rest of the campus community, the University Libraries is making provisions for a potential budget shortfall in the University’s budget this year. At that time, we had identified a list of titles for consideration for cancellation during the summer. Accompanying this letter is an updated list of those “early cancellation decision” titles – those that were cancelled and those that were spared. The larger list, what we are calling the fall cancellation list, comprises titles that we are still holding for cancellation depending on the severity of any reduction.

As I had indicated in May, this is our plan for reaching any necessary budget cuts:

  • Hold our book budget flat in FY2018-2019. Book prices general 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 fall cancellation list I have posted here for your review:

Library Potential Cancellation List, Fall 2018

Once we know the magnitude of any cuts, we plan to hold open meetings (SEE UPDATE BELOW) to discuss so look for more information, likely towards the end of September. In the meanwhile, we encourage you to review the fall cancellation list and if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact myself, Jill Dixon (, associate university librarian for public services & collections, or Jim Galbraith (, head of collection development.

Thank you for your understanding and your continued support of the University Libraries.


Curtis Kendrick, Dean of Libraries


  • 4:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11
  • 9-10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12
  • 3-4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17

All of the meetings will be held in the Zurack Collaboration Center, Newcomb Reading Room – Bartle Library.



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