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, (cward@binghamton.edu / 607 777-4926) and/or Jim Galbraith, Head of Collection Development, (jgalbrai@binghamton.edu / 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 (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


  • 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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Three New Library Exhibits Debut

Treasures from the EarthTreasures from the Earth: Archaeology Through a Feminist Lens – Glenn G. Bartle Library, Second Floor Mezzanine 

Ready to dig in and unearth some great resources on archaeology? This exhibit will give you a glimpse into the distant, and not so distant past, by way of our diverse library resources. Explore history as discovered by women, women’s experience in the field of archaeology and how feminist archaeology seeks to uncover the full spectrum of the human experience. Treasures from the Earth features: contributions from the Binghamton University Anthropology Department.

The exhibit is located on the second floor mezzanine in the Glenn G. Bartle Library. It will be on display August 2018-May 2019.

The History of PharmaceuticalsFrom Leeches to CRISPR: A History of Pharmaceuticals – Science Library

Visit the Science Library as we celebrate the opening of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences building on the Health Sciences Campus in Johnson City. From Leeches to CRISPR: A History of Pharmaceuticals showcases a timeline detailing pharmaceutical advances spanning history from 3000 BCE to present day alongside books and library materials. Pharmaceutical tools and artifacts, provided by Dr. Leon E. Cosler from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, are also featured.

This exhibit is located in the Information Commons on the first floor of the Science Library. It will be on display August 2018-May 2019.

Data VisualizationData Visualization: Contributions and Insights from the “Museum of Cognitive Art” – Guest Exhibit by Zoraya Cruz-Bonilla and Kirsten Pagan, Glenn G. Bartle Lobby

Beginning with the use of symbols and the first bar chart, there has been a long history of presenting data that would otherwise be incomprehensible. At the crossroads of science and art, the creative transformation of data has spurred visual story-telling with a tremendous return on investment. However, in the age of big data what are the ethical responsibilities of presenting data in a manner that is unbiased, accurate, accessible and honors the factual? This Data Visualization exhibit aims to explain.

This guest exhibit was curated by Zoraya Cruz-Bonilla and Kirsten Pagan from Student Affairs Assessment and Strategic Initiatives and can be viewed in the Glenn G. Bartle Lobby. It will be on display August 2018-May 2019.

What is Data Visualization?

At the crossroads of science and art, the creative transformation of data has spurred visual story-telling with a tremendous return on investment. However, in the age of big data what are the ethical responsibilities of presenting data in a manner that is unbiased, accurate, accessible, and honors the factual?

Join us Monday, September 17, from 10 a.m.-Noon (please register here) at the Zurack Center (LN-1302) and come view the Data Visualization exhibit at the Glenn G. Bartle Library lobby, across from the Reader Services Desk.

For more information about all of Binghamton University Libraries’ exhibits, visit https://libraryguides.binghamton.edu/exhibits.

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New Exhibit: Here, There and Everywhere – Traveling Through Special Collections

Here, There and Everywhere: Travel through Special CollectionsHere, There and Everywhere: Traveling Through Special Collections presents a wide variety of travel-related materials from several collections spanning four decades, from travel guides, pamphlets and postcards to passports, travel documents and more. Envision yourself on the Grand Tour of Europe in the 1700s, peruse a 19th century guidebook to a local lake, discover the difficulties of traveling during and after WWII, and see what was happening on the Brooklyn jazz scene in 2001. This exhibition illustrates what travel was like in the Southern Tier, around the U.S., and across the world from the 18th century to today. Take a tour of the different materials that Special Collections has to offer!

The exhibit will be on display until October 12, 2018.

For more information about our exhibits, visit https://libraryguides.binghamton.edu/exhibits/

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Graduate Study Carrel Application Deadline October 1 for ABD/PhD Students to Receive First Consideration

Study carrels are assigned locked spaces within Bartle Library for use by graduate students. The carrels offer quiet space for graduate students to study and advance their research. To apply for a study carrel, fill out this Application For Locked Study Carrel.

Applications from ABD (all-but-dissertation) and PhD students will be considered first until October 1. After this date, the remaining applications from all enrolled graduate students will be reviewed. Given the high demand for these spaces, there is no assurance that all applicants will receive a carrel assignment. All selected graduate students can expect to share their study carrel with a randomly selected carrel mate. Special accommodations will be considered for all carrel occupants given the resources available to the Libraries.

Visit Locked Study Carrel for more information.

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Video Recording Studio Opens at Bartle Library

Need to record a professional video for your course or class project?

We have created a new Video Recording Studio (VRS) for use by faculty, students and staff.

Located in the Bartle Library Information Commons (LS-1544), the VRS provides you with the space and equipment to create videos for class projects, course introductions, presentation practice, interview practice and more. The studio features Panopto, a platform which makes it easy to record, edit, manage and share your videos. It is open to all Binghamton faculty, students and staff.

The equipment in the studio is set up and ready to use — it all turns on with the flip of a switch!

To reserve the VRS, visit the VSR online reservation webpage.  For more information, visit the Libraries’ Video Recording Studio.

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Find It! Single Search Interface Updated

Students and faculty returning from the summer holidays will notice something different when they use the Libraries’ search box Find It!: An updated Find It! search interface will be launched on August 1.

Find It! Logo
Find It! is the Libraries’ single search box for the library catalog, articles and databases, and digital collections. These collections can be searched simultaneously or separately. The enhanced features 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.

For more information, visit Find It! FAQ.

Find It! will be the new library catalog search when the Libraries migrate to a new system in summer 2019, along with other SUNY institutions. More information on this project will be shared in the upcoming months.

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Elizabeth Brown Selected as 2018 SLA Fellow

Associate Librarian and Director of Assessment & Scholarly Communications Elizabeth Brown has been selected as one of the 2018 Special Library Association (SLA) Fellow. As the SLA press release states, the honor is “bestowed on active, mid-level career SLA members in recognition of past, present and future service to the association and the profession.” A biography of her SLA work was provided in the press release:

“Beth joined SLA in 1996 while in graduate school and has been active in the association throughout her professional career. She has been president of the SLA Upstate New York Chapter as well as chair of the chapter’s Awards Committee and co-editor of the chapter’s newsletter; she has also chaired the Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics (PAM) Division and served as the division’s secretary, chair of its Nominating Committee, and leader of its book discussion group. She has a passion for learning and for sharing what she’s learned—she has delivered dozens of presentations at international, national, and regional meetings, written several articles and book chapters, and authored one book, Sudden Selector’s Guide to Chemistry Information Resources (ALA Press 2012).”

We congratulate Beth on this significant career achievement!

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

Fellows of SLA

Fellowship in SLA is bestowed on active, mid-career SLA members in recognition of past, present and future service to the association and the profession. Fellows are called upon and expected to advise the association’s Board of Directors, prepare necessary documentation, and alert the membership to issues and trends warranting action. Individuals receiving this honor are able to use the title, Fellow of the Special Libraries Association (FSLA).

Special Library Association (SLA)

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners in business, government, academic, and other “specialized” settings.

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