SUNY to cancel ScienceDirect big deal and subscribe to nearly 250 titles instead

Following more than a year of negotiations, SUNY and Elsevier could not reach mutually acceptable terms on renewing our license to all Elsevier ScienceDirect journals “known as the big deal” – to learn more read SUNY Plans to Cancel ScienceDirect Big Deal. Instead, in consultation with SUNY librarians across the system, the SUNY team negotiated a plan to subscribe to approximately 250 core titles for the entire system – click here to view SUNY Core Title List for 2020. We will also continue to have access to our ScienceDirect big deal title list for issues covering the period 2010-2019. Access to the ScienceDirect big deal terminates April 1, 2020.

Binghamton University may supplement SUNY’s core title subscription with additional ScienceDirect titles. To this end, we invite academic departments or programs to forward recommendations for additional titles. To assist in selection, prioritize your departmental recommendations, providing a justification for each title requested. Why is a subscription critical? Is it of high importance to its field? Do several faculty members recommend the title? Are faculty members on the journal’s editorial board? In particular, indicate why access through Interlibrary Loan, typically a one-two day turnaround (sometimes within a few hours), would not suffice for this title.

Departmental recommendations should be forwarded to Jim Galbraith, Head of Collection Development, at jgalbrai@binghamton.edu by April 30. Once your recommendations are received, selection of supplemental titles will be done in consultation with the subject librarians. Due to our budget, there is a limit to the number of titles to which we can subscribe. In addition to departmental justifications, criteria for selecting titles will include:

  • How well the title fits in our collection: Does it address a need or round out an area of collection strength?
  • Past usage of the title as shown by usage data
  • Accessibility of articles from the journal: How quickly can we obtain copies of the articles? Is open access content available from the title?
  • Cost

We cannot substitute titles on the SUNY core title list at this time but there may be an opportunity to swap titles on future lists.

From year to year, we will monitor the usage and cost of the supplemental titles. In particular, we will compare the cost of the subscription versus the cost to Interlibrary Loan the same number of articles accessed. We may cancel or substitute the supplemental journals in the future if the subscription is not cost-effective.

For titles that we will no longer have a subscription, faculty, students and staff may use the following alternative options to access articles:

For more information, contact Jim Galbraith at jgalbrai@binghamton.edu or your subject librarian.

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Coronavirus – Library Services FAQ

[as of 3/24/20 – subject to change]

What online library services are available?

Visit our Library Services for Spring Semester 2020 blog post for a list of online services and contacts.

What library collections are available?

Our online collections, including e-books, databases, online journals, video and other online resources, are available on- and off-campus. Visit our subject guides to learn about resources by topic.  If you have access issues, visit our Technical Help webpage.

Many publishers are providing free access to additional academic resources to assist with online courses and research. Visit our guide Additional Resources Available during COVID-19.

Unfortunately, the Libraries are closed. We are unable to supply physical items or allow access to our stacks at this time.

I need a book in the stacks, how do I get it?

Unfortunately, the Libraries are closed. We are unable to supply physical items or allow access to our stacks at this time.

You do have the option of requesting a portion of a book (e.g., chapter(s) or series of pages) for electronic delivery – subject to copyright rules. You may request your item, with chapter(s) or needed pages specified, via ILLiad or FindIt! We will do our best to produce a copy for you.  Processing times for digital items may be delayed.

We have an extensive ebook collection – see our Finding and using ebooks guide.

I have a book or Interlibrary Loan on hold, can I still pick it up?

Unfortunately, the Libraries are closed. We are unable to supply physical items on hold at this time.

How can I return my book or Interlibrary Loan material? 

Currently, all due dates are extended and books will be automatically renewed. Interlibrary Loan material will be auto renewed and will not accrue fines.

If you need to return books, Interlibrary Loan items or other library material, you can return them to a library drop box located outside of the Bartle and Science libraries. You may also return any item borrowed from Binghamton University Libraries, including Interlibrary Loan items, to other SUNY Libraries and the item will be returned by that library on your behalf.

We will communicate when final due dates are reinstated.

I can’t return my book, will I be fined? 

No. At this time, we are extending due dates and suspending library fines.

Can I still make Interlibrary Loan requests?

Yes, we are able to process requests for electronic articles and book chapters via ILLiad and can deliver your requests to your ILLiad account. Be advised that delivery for electronic requests may be delayed. We are unable to process requests for physical books or other physical materials.

Will you be processing pending Interlibrary Loan requests?

We are processing any pending Interlibrary Loan for electronic articles, book chapters and other online materials. We are unable to process any pending requests for physical books or other physical materials.

Can I come to the library to print?

The Libraries, including the Information Commons, are closed. Contact the ITS Help Desk for the locations that have printing available on campus.

I am having a problem accessing an electronic resource.  Who can I contact? 

Please use this form to report problems with accessing library resources or services. You may also wish to consult the Libraries’ Technical Help page to review common issues and fixes.

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Graduate Study Carrels Occupants Can Retrieve Materials on March 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. or 4-6 p.m.

Due to the shutdown of the Libraries and closure to further notice, graduate student carrel occupants can come to Bartle Library on March 18 from either 11 a.m.-2 p.m. or 4-6 p.m. to access their carrels to retrieve their materials and belonging. Bring your student identification. If you cannot come during this time frame, email library staff at libnotic@binghamton.edu to arrange a separate time if possible.

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Library Services for Spring Semester 2020

[as of 3/24/20 – subject to change]

The Libraries are dedicated to providing library resources and services to faculty, students and staff for the remainder of the spring semester.

For your convenience, below is a list of links to our online services, online forms and contact information. We will be monitoring online services and will respond within 24 hours, Monday-Friday (we will periodically monitor over weekends).

For research assistance, our virtual Research Help service hours, Sunday-Friday, are posted on the Ask A Librarian webpage.

Our online collections, including e-books, databases, online journals, video and other online resources, are available off-campus. Visit our subject guides to learn about resources by topic. If you have access issues, visit our Technical Help webpage.

Many publishers are providing free access to additional academic resources to assist with online courses and research. Visit our guide Additional Resources Available during COVID-19.

Visit our Coronavirus – Library Services FAQ webpage for questions about Interlibrary Loans and book returns.

As a courtesy, the Libraries have extended all loan periods until the end of the semester.  You have the option to return items at any SUNY Library and they will be returned on your behalf.

If you have questions or are experiencing a problem with your patron account regarding fines, fees or holds please email libnotic@binghamton.edu.

Course Reserves will continue to provide support for digitizing of course materials. There may be delays in processing due to current work situation.

All library locations are closed until further notice.

SERVICES

Interlibrary Loanmainill@binghamton.edu ● 607-777-4985

Course Reservesmainresv@binghamton.edu ● 607-777-3940

Reader Services

Library Accounts Information

Ask A Librarianrefquest@binghamton.edu ● 607-777-2345

Library Research HelpLibrary Research Tutorials ● Subject Guides

DEPARTMENT CONTACT INFORMATION

Library Administrationlibadmin@binghamton.edu ● 607-777-4841

Bartle Librarylibnotic@binghamton.edu  ● 607-777-2194

Science Librarysciencelibrary@binghamton.edu  ● 607-777-2166

UDC Libraryudclib@binghamton.edu ● 607-777-9225

Library Annex ●  annex@binghamton.edu ● 607-775-8364

Special Collectionsspeccoll@binghamton.edu ● 607-777-4844

Subject Librarians

ONLINE FORMS

Comments and Feedback

Library Instruction Request

Recommendation for Purchase

Submit a Reserves Request

Technical Help Reporting Form

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Libraries’ Course Reserves Requests for Online Courses

As you transition your class for an online environment, the Libraries’ Course Reserves may be able to help.

Submit your requests for required reading and other course materials as soon as possible via ares.binghamton.edu/

Many materials are already accessible online. We may be able to digitize portions of physical books and media (audio/video) to post to MyCourses.

When submitting your request for print materials, indicate the assigned pages for any work. Digitized items, including media, may be subject to the limits of copyright.

Please do not submit requests in person or via email.  Our online ares.binghamton.edu site ensures efficient processing of these requests.

If you have questions about this process, call 777-3940 or email mainres@binghamton.edu.

 

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Research Skills in the Digital Environment Workshop Series – March 12

The Libraries will be hosting two workshops as part of our “Research Skills in the Digital Environment” series on Thursday, March 12 from 10:30-2pm (see below for workshop descriptions). All that are interested are welcome to attend one or both of the workshops, as their schedule allows. Lunch will also be served in between workshops from 11:30-12:30pm. To register for one or both workshops, please go to https://libcal.binghamton.edu/event/6363909?hs=a

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

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., March 12, 2020, Zurack Family High-Technology Collaboration Center

Have you ever wondered about 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 where to go. Whether you are just curious about how it works or you’re 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 an understanding of the differences and showing you how to go about finding 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., March 12, 2020, Zurack Family High-Technology Collaboration Center

Research profiles can broaden the reach of your work, increase your research impact, help you connect with those doing related work, and provide a place to organize all of your work. Join us as we discuss the broad range of research profile services. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, services such as ORCID, Research Gate, Binghamton ORB, and social media. We’ll cover their uses, benefits, drawbacks, and how to make your own accounts.

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

 

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Library Renovation Update: 3rd Floor Collection Relocated to Science Library During Renovation

The Libraries would like to provide recent updated information regarding the Bartle Library renovation project. The Bartle Library will be undergoing a renovation of the 3rd floor beginning in summer 2021 until its anticipated completion in 2024. As previously reported, the 3rd floor collection will need to be relocated for the duration of the construction phases.

The original plan was to relocate the collection to a new Collection Management Facility off-campus. The relocation would have precluded faculty and students from browsing the material, but it would, nevertheless, have allowed readers to request material and have it delivered within 24 hours. However, based on feedback from faculty, students, and staff we have decided to relocate the third floor collection to the basement of the Science Library  This is in recognition of the importance of the collection particularly to faculty and students in the humanities and social sciences.  It is fully supported by the Libraries and University Administration.

Visit Bartle Library Third Floor Renovation website for general information and to provide feedback at  https://www.binghamton.edu/libraries/locations/renovation/.

Visit Library Renovation Updates blog for the latest news at https://libnews.binghamton.edu/news/category/renovation/.

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Library Staff Honored at Service and Retiree Recognition Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to our library staff who celebrating milestones for their years of dedicated service. Several honorees attended the breakfast celebration held this morning (as pictured).

Left to right: Yvonne Deligato, Donna Cameron, Kay Glasgow and Erin Rusthon

15 Years:  Erin Rushton and Mien Wong

20 Years: Yvonne Deligato and Robin Hazen

35 Years:  Donna Cameron

50 Years: Kay Glasgow

We also wish to honor our staff who retired last year:  Sandy Card, Becky Diserio, Robin Kermidas, Holly Patterson and Ed Shephard.

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What is happening to the collections during and post Bartle Library 3rd floor renovation?

The University Libraries support our faculty, staff and students’ teaching, scholarship and research by building rich and diverse collections of print and online resources. During the renovation, we hope to continue making collections accessible in a timely manner, mitigating the impact of the project.

During the renovation, the 3rd floor collection will need to be relocated for the duration of the construction phases. The original plan was to relocate the collection to a new Collection Management Facility off-campus. The relocation would have precluded faculty and students from browsing the material, but it would, nevertheless, have allowed readers to request material and have it delivered within 24 hours. However, based on feedback from faculty, students, and staff we have decided to relocate the third floor collection to the basement of the Science Library  This is in recognition of the importance of the collection particularly to faculty and students in the humanities and social sciences.  It is fully supported by the Libraries and University Administration.

Discussions are underway concerning our post-renovation collections. Based on feedback about the preliminary floor plan for the renovated space, we significantly increased the space allocated for the 3rd floor collection from the initial post-renovation allocation. The current plan for the redesign includes installing new compact shelving, but still envisions a reduction of the overall collection capacity by approximately 30 percent. The plan also includes distributing the overall impact of the material relocation across all disciplines in Bartle Library by relocating a smaller portion of the 4th floor collection to the Collection Management Facility in order to move a portion of the 3rd floor collection to the 4th floor.

This spring, we will work directly with academic departments to determine the criteria for the optimal on-site curated collections in Bartle Library.

We will be sharing an updated floor plan next week. We welcome and encourage feedback from faculty and students to assist with the decision process. We will host open forums in the spring to provide an opportunity to share your thoughts, concerns and ideas. You can also provide feedback by filling out our Library Renovation Feedback.  We will continue to reach out to our patrons throughout the renovation process.

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ScienceDirect Update: Access Extended through March 2020 as Negotiations Continue

Although the ScienceDirect license expired on December 31, 2019, the SUNY ScienceDirect Working Group continues to negotiate with Elsevier on a new license agreement. SUNY signed a three-month extension to keep access to ScienceDirect until March 31, 2020 while negotiations continue.

Two possible outcomes from the negotiation are:

  • Renew three-year subscription to access all content at reduced cost for all participating campuses
  • Do not renew subscription and use alternative methods such as interlibrary loan and article purchasing to access content

The working group is open to other options and will continue to explore through the negotiations. We will provide updates as it develops. If you have any questions or thoughts to share, contact Stephanie Hess at shess@binghamton.edu or 777-2474.

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