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

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. Based on feedback from faculty, students and staff, the new plan is to relocate the 3rd floor collection to the ground floor of the Science Library.  This is in recognition of the importance of the collection 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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Spring Course Reserves – Submit by January 6

The Binghamton University Libraries are accepting course reserve requests for Spring 2020. Instructors should submit requests by January 6 via the Library Course Reserves tool at reserves.binghamton.edu. You can also access this tool via myCourses.

Note: Reserve requests will continue to be accepted after this date; however, to guarantee your requests are available by the start of classes, they must be submitted by January 6.

Visit Libraries’ Course Reserves for more information.

 

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De-stress December is Here Again!

De-Stress December

Need a break from your studies? Come to our De-stress December events to help you relax and rejuvenate. Good luck with finals!

Here is the full schedule of the Libraries’ events. For the full campus-wide schedule, see the link at the bottom.

Therapy dogs
Chair massage
Virtual Reality Meditation photoSnacks
Miniature HorseCoffee

UDC LIBRARY

Chair Massages
4:30–5:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 3

Free Snacks
4:30–6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 3

Therapy Dog Visit
6–8 p.m. Wednesday, December 4

Button Making
4–5 p.m. Thursday, December 5

Free Snacks
4:30–6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 5

SCIENCE LIBRARY

Try Virtual Reality
1-4 p.m. Thursday, December 5

Craft Table
2-4 p.m. Friday, December 6

Snacks & Beverages
2-4 p.m. Tuesday, December 10

Mini Horse Visit
2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 11

Therapy Dog Visit
6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 12

BARTLE LIBRARY

Therapy Dog Visit
6–8 p.m. Friday, December 6

Snacks & Beverages
12 p.m. Monday, December 9

Yoga Sessions
3:30–4:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 10
12:30–1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 12

Meditation
12:30–1 p.m. Tuesday, December 10
4–4:30 p.m. Thursday, December 12

Craft Table
3–6 p.m. Wednesday, December 11

Therapy Dog Visit
6:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 12

The Libraries support Stress-free Bing campus events that provide interesting, fun and stress-reducing activities for you as you prepare for your finals.

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SUNY Town Hall Update on ScienceDirect – Open Discussion Forum on December 6

The Libraries invites all faculty, graduate students and staff to an open forum about the ongoing ScienceDirect contract negotiations with Elsevier. Mark McBride, Library Senior Strategist in the Office of Library and Information Services at SUNY System Administration, will provide an update regarding recent developments in the negotiations process followed by a discussion period. Details regarding SUNY and Binghamton’s local plans to ensure continued access to ScienceDirect content will also be discussed.

The forum will be held in the Zurack Family High-Tech Collaboration Center from 10-11 a.m., Friday, December 6.

Join us to share your thoughts and ideas.

For more information, contact Stephanie Hess at shess@binghamton.edu or 777-2474.

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Bartle Library 3rd Floor Renovation – We want your feedback!

The role of an academic library is continually evolving with changes in pedagogy, research and scholarship, technology, and student study behavior. With the upcoming renovation of Bartle Library’s 3rd floor, the Libraries have the opportunity to transform our space to meet the current and future needs of our faculty, students and staff.

We want your thoughts on the preliminary floor plan by filling out the Bartle Library 3rd Floor Renovation Feedback Form. Your response will be anonymous. 

The Bartle Library 3rd floor renovation project will take 4-5 years. This is the first stage of the design process. Construction is planned to begin in July 2021 with an anticipated completion in 2024. Information will be shared about the project as it proceeds and will include requests for feedback throughout the process.

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Library Renovations – Open Discussion Forums on Nov. 21-22

The Libraries will be hosting three open forums to present information about several upcoming renovation and building projects, including the extensive Bartle Library third floor renovation. We want to hear from faculty, staff and students about these projects.

The forums will be held in the Libraries Administrative Conference Room – LS2504G (second floor) on:

4:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21

9:30-10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22

2:30-3:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22

The third floor renovation project is due to the need for asbestos removal and extensive mechanical updates. It will be a four- to five-year project which will require relocation of collection materials. It will also provide the opportunity for redesigning the floor to meet current needs of faculty and students. Join us to share your thoughts and ideas.

If you cannot attend an open forum, you can fill out the Bartle Library 3rd Floor Renovation Feedback Form. The form includes the existing and preliminary floor plans.

For more information, contact Jill Dixon at jdixon@binghamton.edu or 777-3510.

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Nancy Abashian receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship

At a ceremony held on October 29, Nancy Abashian received the 2018-19 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship.

This award recognizes consistently superior professional achievement in the field of librarianship. To receive this distinction, candidates must demonstrate extraordinary performance in the areas of skill in librarianship, service to the University and to the profession, and scholarship and continuing professional growth. Here is the list of all Chancellor’s Award winners. https://www.binghamton.edu/academics/provost/excellence-awards/faculty-staff-award.html

Join us in congratulating Nancy on her well-deserved achievement and recognition!

Nancy Abashian, assistant librarian/head of library reader services, Libraries, Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, June 11, 2018.

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