Anti-Racism Research & Resource Guide Now Available

We have created the Anti-Racism Research & Resource Guide that provides a curated selection of resources and materials on topics related to anti-racism, racial justice and systemic racism. It is a tool to support those interested in learning more about these topics and is a launching point for those interested in conducting research on these subjects. The guide also serves as a resource for instructors who are interested in diversifying or decolonizing their course readings and resources. 

Resources include: 

  • Books from the library collection 
  • podcasts and videos
  • databases for research 
  • reading lists are just some of the many resources included. 

We welcome feedback, suggestions and recommendations to help develop and strengthen this resource. The guide is part of the Libraries’ ongoing efforts to address systemic racism.

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Libraries launches online chat service

The Libraries have launched a new online chat service as a way to provide more contactless service options.

The ‘Chat with Us’ button allows you to connect with our Reader Services staff. It is currently available in our Find It! tool during library open hours and will soon be available anywhere on the Libraries website.

Need more information about?

  • Your library account
  • How to submit an Interlibrary Loan request
  • How to renew my books online
  • Library hours
  • Referral to a librarian for research help

We welcome any question about library services and resources. The chat box is available during library open hours.

 

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Research Skills in the Digital Environment Workshop Series Offered Virtually October 1

Binghamton University Libraries is hosting two virtual workshops via Zoom on Thursday, October 1st, 2020. Attendees are invited to register for one or both of the workshops, as their schedule allows. Please register to each workshop individually below.

Understanding Your Research Impact: An Overview of Traditional & Alternative Metric Assessment Tools

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., October 1, 2020. Register for this workshop here

Have you ever wondered how to determine the impact of your research? There are a variety of formulas and tools available to measure research impact and it can be confusing trying to figure out what metrics to use. Whether you are just curious about how these metrics work or you are looking to add data to your tenure packet or grant application, this workshop can help! Both traditional bibliometrics and altmetrics will be covered, providing you with an understanding of what they are, how they work, and how best to use them to showcase your own research impact.

Creating an Online Research Profile: How to Promote & Manage Your Research for Improved Academic Communication

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m., October 1, 2020. Register for this workshop here

Creating and maintaining online research profiles can be incredibly beneficial in broadening the reach of your research, increasing your impact, connecting you with fellow researchers, and providing you with tools to track your body of work. Join us as we discuss the broad range of research profile services available. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, resources such as ORCID, Research Gate, the Binghamton ORB, and social media accounts. We’ll cover the uses, benefits, drawbacks, and best practices of these various tools, as well as how to get started in creating and managing your own online research profiles.

For more information about these workshops please contact Jen Embree (jembree@binghamton.edu) or Neyda Gilman (ngilman@binghaton.edu)

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Collections budget cut and journal weeding project

Two important collections updates from the Libraries

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Collections Cuts

In July, Dean Kendrick shared the news that the University Libraries, like the rest of campus, is receiving a significant base budget cut in FY20-21. Overall, the cut to the Libraries’ budget exceeded $1.4M. Our Collection Development Budget took a large hit, a considerable amount of which was absorbed by our cancellation of Science Direct and other measures. Nevertheless, we need to cut approximately $280,000 in existing journal and database subscriptions.

Cutting collections is never easy, particularly when budget cuts hit in rapid succession as they did with the cut in 2018 and now another. We will have to make deep cuts to meet our goal. We also have less time to decide what to cancel due to time constraints. Our Subject Librarians in coordination with Libraries Administration determined the resources to be cancelled.[1]

In order to meet our targeted cut, we are cutting the following resources:

  • Access World News
  • APA Video Intro to Psychotherapy
  • ArtBibliographies Modern
  • Checkpoint: WGL Full
  • Center for Research Libraries (membership)
  • INSPEC
  • Gale Literary Criticism
  • Global Financial Data
  • Grove Art
  • Periodicals Index Online
  • Policy Map
  • Reaxys
  • Statistical Insights

Coming up with this list was difficult. We had to cut valued resources. The cancellations will be made over the fiscal year as renewal dates arrive: some have already happened and others will occur in late spring. As a result, some resources will be accessible for several months.

Journal weeding in preparation for move to high-density storage

As mentioned in our renovation updates, the University is building the Libraries a new climate-controlled, high-density storage facility to provide for the long-term storage of our valuable collections. In preparation for the future transfer of materials into high-density storage, we have to re-catalog items, transfer them to storage trays and move them to the new facility. This process is time-consuming and labor-intensive, but is necessary to ensure the items are in a stable environment and can be easily retrieved. We do not want to spend resources processing or consume valuable space storing items we do not need. In the months ahead, we will weed print journals that we also permanently own in digital format and for which there are provisions in place such as JSTOR and PORTICO to ensure digital access in perpetuity. This will not be a mechanistic process, we will investigate titles to ensure we are not discarding unique, rare or otherwise valuable print journals. Weeding projects will include completing the JSTOR weeding we began in 2017 and deaccessioning print SAGE journal titles we purchased digitally in 2019. In the future, we will continue to weed print copies of journals that meet these criteria.

The Libraries will host zoom meetings on the following dates where we will be happy to answer questions about the budget cuts and weeding:

  • 1-2 p.m., Monday, September 21

Registration link: https://binghamton.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqd-qurTguHtFcwz8RUFey9rBhyA2MQ2A1

  • 10-11 a.m., Thursday, September 24

Registration link: https://binghamton.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApdeiorT8pHdz4To0oxgcaE54Sx3IA9lFL

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

If you have any questions, contact Jim Galbraith, Head of Collection Development at jgalbrai@binghamton.edu.


[1] Considerations included: how often the resource is used, whether there are alternative ways to get the information, whether the resource provides access to full-text content or is only an index (our emphasis was on retaining content); and the price of the resource compared relative to their use.
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Libraries Launch New Website

We are pleased to launch our redesigned website. Highlights of the new, user-centered website include:

  • Updated look and feel
  • New and improved site navigation
  • Improved mobile browser compatibility
  • Integration with the University’s web design
  • Newly redesigned search box on the homepage that provides easy access to Find It!, the Library Catalog, databases, and more
  • Easy access to Subject Guides, room reservations, tutorials, course reserves, and more
  • Enhanced library news features highlighting our events, unique collections, resources, and innovative services

If you have any suggestions for improving the site, please respond to our survey.

Thank you for your continued support for the Libraries.

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Course Reserves are available in print and electronically this fall

Course reserves are textbooks and other course materials that instructors have asked the Libraries to make easily accessible to students. There are two types of course reserves.

Must wear a mask

Electronic reserves are materials that Reserves staff scan and upload or provide links to ebooks and other content owned by the Libraries. These electronic materials are available by logging directly onto Library Course Reserves or your course in myCourses.

Physical reserves such as books or audiovisual materials will be available at Bartle and University Downtown Center (UDC) libraries at the Reader Services desk. These materials circulate for short loan periods (usually two hours).

UV sterilizer machine

For your safety, we purchased a UV sterilizing machine to sanitize books between uses at Bartle and UDC libraries.

Note: Course Reserves have moved to the Bartle Library from the former Newcomb Reading Room.

Have questions? Contact us at: mainresv@binghamton.edu or udcresv@binghamton.edu.

 

WEAR A MASK AND STAY SIX FEET APART WHEN VISITING THE LIBRARIES.

Keep 6 feet apart

 

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We are opening! Libraries are ready for the new fall semester

Must wear a mask

For the fall semester, the Libraries reimagined our spaces and services to provide a high quality learning experience for students. We understand the importance of having access to our unique research print collection as well as comfortable study space to do your coursework and conduct your research.

During library hours, all floors will be open at each location. You will be able to browse our vast print collection and use our new MeeScan self-checkout machines or mobile App for quick, easy contactless check out of the books. You can also request print material be placed on the contactless self-serve hold shelf to pick up at your convenience. Print course reserves will be available and the books will be sanitized between use for your protection.

For your safety, we have rearranged our furniture to promote physical distancing as well as removed some seating so there is less density overall. Due to COVID-19, only one person is allowed in our ‘group’ study rooms at one time. The Information Commons will be available with a reduced number of computers and reconfigured printing.

We haveFind It Logo a vast array of online services and collections. Use our online Find It! discovery search tool to locate online (and print) library materials for your class. Check out our subject guides for resources by topic or Finding and Using Ebooks guide. Get research help via our online Ask A Librarian service 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Visit our How to Do Library Research guide for advice on finding relevant materials for your assignments.

Special Collections will be open by appointment only, Monday-Friday. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours (one business day) prior to requesting the specific item(s) needed during the visit. For all inquiries and to schedule appointments, send an email to speccoll@binghamton.edu.

Keep 6 feet apart

When visiting the Libraries, you must adhere to the health and safety policies of the University, including wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth as well as social distancing at least six feet apart.

For more information about the plans for library services this fall, visit Restarting University Libraries. Our restart plan may change in accordance with University policy.

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Libraries offers contactless checkout services this Fall

With health and safety in mind, the Libraries is offering contactless checkout services to patrons this fall. Download the meeScan app to check out library books with your phone or stop by one of our self-checkout kiosks.

At Bartle Library, you can pick up Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan materials easily from our new, contactless hold shelves near the entrance doors.

meeScan APP

DOWNLOAD MEESCAN TO CHECK OUT BOOKS ON YOUR DEVICE

  • Search for “meeScan” in your app store and download to your device.
  • Open the app – allow meeScan to access your camera and send notifications to you.
  • The first time, you will need to scan or enter your Binghamton ID.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions – scan each item’s barcode with your device’s camera.

 

 

DEACTIVATE ITEMS

  • Before leaving the library, deactivate your items at our meeScan kiosk near the library entrance.
  • Your app will show items that need to be deactivated.
  • Scan your ID at the kiosk. Follow the on-screen instructions.

meeScan kiosk at Bartle Library

REMEMBER: WEAR A MASK AND KEEP SIX FEET APART WHEN VISITING THE LIBRARIES.

Must wear a mask

Keep 6 feet apart

 

 

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Libraries open for the fall 2020 semester

We will be open for the fall semester to serve you!

Must wear a mask

We will offer 8 a.m.-5 p.m, Monday-Friday, hours only for the move-in week at Bartle Library. Bartle will begin hours until 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday, on the first day of class (August 26). Once we hire and train our student assistants, Bartle will offer extended hours in the evening and open on Sunday starting September 14.

The Science and University Downtown (UDC) libraries will be open Monday-Friday from August 19 through September 27. The extended hours at our branch libraries will begin September 28.

Our hours for the semester will be:

August 19-25

  • Bartle and UDC Libraries: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.., Monday-Friday; Closed weekends
  • Science Library: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; Closed weekends

August 26-September 13 [Extended Hours at Bartle Begins]

  • Bartle Library: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday, Closed weekends
  • UDC Library: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; Closed weekends
  • Science Library: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; Closed weekends

September 14-27 [Bartle open until 11 p.m.]

  • Bartle Library: 8 a.m.- 11 p.m., Monday-Friday; Noon-7p.m. Sunday; Closed Saturday
  • UDC Library: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; Closed weekends
  • Science Library: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; Closed weekends

September 28-November 24 [General Semester]

  • Bartle Library: 8 a.m.- 11 p.m., Monday-Friday; Noon-7p.m. Sunday; Closed Saturday
  • UDC Library: 8 a.m.- 10 p.m., Monday-Friday; Noon-7p.m. Sunday; Closed Saturday
  • Science Library: 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Friday; Noon-7p.m. Sunday; Closed Saturday

November 30-December 10 [Classes Online]

  • Bartle and UDC Libraries: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.., Monday-Friday; Closed weekends
  • Science Library: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; Closed weekends

Keep 6 feet apart

Visit Library Hours for complete listing of our hours. Hours are subject to change.

From August 19-December 10, our Ask a Librarian service will be offered virtually 10 a..m-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

From August 26-December 10, Special Collections will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday by appointment only. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours (one business day) prior to requesting the specific item(s) needed during the visit. We will continue to assist all researchers virtually as much as possible. For all inquiries and to schedule appointments, send an email to speccoll@binghamton.edu.

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Submit Course Reserves requests to the Libraries by August 1

We understand the course building process for fall 2020 involves change and uncertainty. Course Reserves will continue to provide both physical and electronic materials to students as allowed by law. We cannot guarantee that all course materials can be made available electronically. If an e-equivalent is not found, Reserves staff will reach out to discuss available options.

Course Reserves plans to circulate a physical collection in the Fall with the use of a UV light sanitizer to ensure the health and safety of our patrons. Items will be available to check-out from either the Bartle or UDC Reader Services desks, per your request.

Submit your Fall requests as soon as possible directly through our Course Reserves tool. Items submitted after the August 1 deadline will be processed in the order in which they are received. Due to an expected increase in demand, scan requests may take longer to process.

Course Reserves Tool: https://ares.binghamton.edu/ares/ares.dll

Email: mainresv@binghamton.edu or udcresv@binghamton.edu

 

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