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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

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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Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors were women. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of representation from women. 

Let’s change that.

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 21
Zurack Collaboration Center, Bartle Library

Join us for an afternoon of communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to gender, art and feminism. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials and refreshments.

Bring your laptop and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support.

We invite people of all gender identities and expressions to participate.

Tag all Wikipedia edits and social media posts with #ArtAndFeminism #Noweditingaf #AF5 #bingulibraries

We encourage you to create your Wikipedia account before the event – learn how at create your account.

Training videos are also available to learn more about editing on Wikipedia.

Looking for ideas on what to edit? A good selection of open-access sources are listed in Art and Feminism Research Resources. Our website is a great source of information  (includes subscription-based resources available to Binghamton faculty, students and staff; for community users access is on-site only).

Art+Feminism’s Edit-a-thons and other initiatives make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to gender, feminism and art related subjects on Wikipedia. Since 2014, Art+Feminism edit-a-thons have taken place across the world, creating and improving over 11,000 articles.  

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Two Library Student Employees Selected for the Wanda Bartle/Barnes & Noble Book Award

Library Student Employees Princess Diawuo and Shandi Ezraseneh are this year’s Wanda Bartle/Barnes & Noble Book Award recipients. Diawuo and Ezraseneh will receive a semester’s worth of textbooks ($300 value).

Recipients are given to female undergraduate students and selected based on good academic standing, demonstrated financial need, and involvement in community service or intent on entering a profession oriented towards helping others.

Princess Diawuo currently works at the Bartle Library Reader Services Desk and provides excellent customer services to the faculty, students, staff and the community. In the nomination letter, her supervisor noted that Diawuo is “one of the most hardworking and kind students” and has a “passion for helping others.” She is interested in education and global affairs, aspiring to become a school administrator.



As one of the Libraries’ digital preservation assistant, Shandi Ezraseneh has digitized several unique and rare research collections – contributing to their preservation and enhancing their accessibility through online access. Her supervisor nominated her based on her strong academic record, “purposeful and substantial” community service, and demonstrated “commitment and interest in helping others.” Ezraseneh is an industrial systems engineering student.


The Wanda Bartle/Barnes & Noble Book Awards were established in 1996 to honor Wanda M. Bartle, the wife of the University’s first president. Binghamton University Women, in partnership with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, provides the award of a semester’s worth of textbooks ($300 value) to two qualified applicants annually. Recipients are selected by the Binghamton University Women – one spring 2018 and one fall 2018 award.


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Guatemalan Forced Migration Photo Collection Added to The ORB

In February 2018, Óscar Gil-García added an insightful photo collection called the “Guatemalan Forced Migration” to the Libraries’ Open Repository at Binghamton, The ORB, with descriptions written in both English and Spanish. The photographic exhibition Guatemalan forced migration: the politics of care in representing refugees explores the mechanisms of representation used for forced migrants that stage appropriate refugee identities to justify the need for humanitarian care and includes images of indigenous Guatemalan forced migrants living in the former refugee camp of La Gloria in the state of Chiapas in Mexico.

Through the use of an innovative participant photovoice ethnographic method, a series of portrait photographs have been taken, whereby participants determine how they would like to be photographed for the first frame, while a second picture reflects the dominant frame reflected in the humanitarian and mainstream media. These portrait photographs provide an opportunity to examine how an indigenous forced migrant community shapes its identity. At the same time, it deconstructs their stereotyped, gendered representation that portrays forced migrants — women in particular — as apolitical domestic nurturers; while males are viewed as mobile wage-earners or perpetrators of violent conflict. This collection contains nineteen photographs, a flyer and a bibliography for further research.

Óscar Gil-García, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development, College of Community and Public Affairs at Binghamton University. His research lies at the intersection of forced migration, humanitarianism, gender and development. He has over ten years of experience in conducting ethnographic research with indigenous Mayan refugees from Guatemala. His work examines their incorporation in Mexico’s southernmost border state of Chiapas and the United States.

Click here to view the Guatemalan Forced Migration collection.

All photos by Manuel Gil.

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 The Orb, visit The Open Repository @ Binghamton or contact

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Abracadabra: Magic in Special Collections Exhibit On View Until May 31

Abracadabra: Magic in Special Collections highlights materials relating to magic, sorcery and trickery from around the world. Prepare to be amazed as you view materials held in the Libraries’ Special Collections, from an early 20th century advertising board for Kaylo the Magician to Maurice Perchron’s Magie, rites et mystéres d’Asie to radio scripts for Chandu the Magician. 

Abracadabra: Magic in Special Collections exhibit is located in the Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives Department in Bartle Library.

The exhibit will be on display until May 31, 2018.

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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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