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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Welcome to Jennifer Embree, New Subject Librarian for Biology and Psychology

Jennifer Embree joins the University Libraries as our new Subject Librarian for Biology and Psychology. Jen received her bachelor’s degrees in psychology and English from the University of Connecticut, and recently received her master’s degree in library science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC). While attending UNC, her main areas of focus were archives and records management, reference services and digital humanities. She also earned two graduate certificates from UNC: one in international development and the other in diversity advocacy.

Jen’s previous library experiences include working as a graduate assistant for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Library Network. While in this position, she provided specialized research and resource assistance to the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. She also worked as a youth services librarian for the Bucks County Public Library System in Pennsylvania for two years.

Jen’s research interests include the field of digital humanities and the use of digital tools to supplement education, accessibility and data preservation. She is also fascinated by the history of botanical studies, including the historical formation and use of botanical gardens, libraries and herbariums.

In her free time, Jen enjoys hiking, biking and spending time with her adorable cat named Maverick.

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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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