Connections - Fall 2020

Dean of Libraries, Curtis Kendrick
A message from the Dean of Libraries

During library hours, all floors are open at each location. Library visitors are able to use our new MeeScan self-checkout machines or mobile app for quick, easy contactless checkout of books, and contactless self-serve hold shelves have been positioned for material pickup. Print course reserves are available and we have deployed a UV sterilizing machine to sanitize course reserve materials between uses. 

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Head of Collection Development, Jim Galbraith
Commentary on library collections

The Binghamton University Libraries’ material collections are dealt with in large part by our resident expert Jim Galbraith, head of collection development. He also leads Collections, a team of faculty librarians with subject specializations, cataloguing and web-based expertise who theorize the financial and scholarly impacts of adding physical books, eBook packages and journal subscriptions prior to purchase. By viewing collections as changeable, the Libraries anticipate fluctuation and can apply formulas to issues such as budget reprioritization, technological innovation or scholarly preference to ensure the best possible long-term outcomes for faculty, staff and students. 

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Special Collections Librarian, Jeremy Dibble
Spotlight on Special Collections: A Q&A with Jeremy Dibbell

For most people, change isn’t synonymous with libraries but those who have the inside track know that change agents make the best librarians. The professional work involved in librarianship today includes identifying trends, learning and teaching new modalities, redefining best practices and maintaining relationships. It becomes clear in conversation with the Libraries’ newest faculty member, Special Collections Librarian Jeremy Dibbell, that he has what it takes. 

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Student workers with a mask
Student to student

When campus temporarily closed at the end of the spring semester, we were unable to wrap up the year with our student workers. This fall, student supervisors at the Glenn G. Bartle, Science and University Downtown Center libraries were especially looking forward to the beginning of the semester because it was a reunion. Library student workers are important to us. They help keep the library running smoothly, but they also serve as ambassadors and their fresh perspective on library services helps keep a spring in our step.

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