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Library Spotlight: Binghamton University Libraries

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1. What is the name of your institution, and where is it located?

Binghamton University Libraries, Broome County NY

2. What size is your collection?

Collections Volumes (including print volumes, government documents, and electronic books) 2,409, 043 Microforms 1,869, 980 Journal Holdings 93,414 CD-ROMs 2,951 Sound Recordings 118,948 Maps 120,959 Videocassettes/DVDs 3,751 Electronic Databases 234 Archives & Manuscripts 2,000 linear feet

3. What types of special or unusual collections do you have? Please describe.

Special Collections contains over 100,000 volumes, ranging from fifteenth through present-day editions, and including early European, English, and American imprints, local and regional imprints, facsimiles, limited editions and examples of fine printing, bindings, and illustrations. The Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library and Museum Collection contains more than 3,000 books, journals and newspapers in Kurdish and other languages. The collection also holds artifacts, costumes, maps, photographs, artwork and other unique materials. The Civil War Collections consist of sixteen individual collections of materials. Together the collections contain over 1700 letters, diaries, photographs, account books, postcards, and other ephemera which date from the early 1800s to the early 1900s, but are centered on the Civil War years 1861-1865. Letters are by far the largest component of the collections and many of the letters were written by soldiers at the front, or in Army hospitals, to their family and friends back home. At its core the Civil War Collections are a local history resource with emphasis on collections pertaining to the counties in the immediate Binghamton, New York area- Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties. The Wang Collection consists of over 4,000 volumes on Chinese history, religion, education, economics, politics, philosophy and literature. The East Asian Collection contains monographs written in Chinese, Japanese and Korean in the areas of history, literature and religion in addition to a Japanese woodblock print collection.

4. What types of special services to you offer to users?

Binghamton University Libraries offers a next generation, single-search discovery tool called Find It! (Primo developed by Ex Libris). Find It! makes it easier to discover and locate scholarly resources from the Libraries' catalog, its digitized collections, and a “mega-aggregated” index of millions of scholarly resources. Our personalized reference services are available to help patrons with their informational and research needs. Along with our convenient walk-up desk service, we provide reference service via phone, email, chat, texting, and SKYPE. We also offer a variety of online research tools, including video tutorials and subject guides. Our Bartle Library Information Desk “greeter” helps students, faculty, and visitors instantly feel comfortable upon entering our main library. Our greeter has become the recognized “go-to” resource person for many people on campus, especially our international students, concerning library and University information. Our interlibrary loan and document delivery service is one of the most popular among faculty and students — they send frequent accolades and note how integral it is to their research. We’re able to fulfill patrons’ requests quickly and efficiently – often within 24 hours. We also offer a state-of-the-art digital preservation system that preserves both born-digital and digitally reformatted materials. Our digital collections are accessible via Find It!

5. What else would you like to tell us about your library?

Our three campus libraries feature an Information Commons, which provides collaborative learning spaces with 287 computer stations, high-speed book scanners, and software applications. During the fall and spring semester, our main library – Bartle Library – offers 24/5 service from noon on Sunday until 8 p.m. on Friday, as well as noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday