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Binghamton University Libraries Ahead of The Digital Curve

Binghamton Universities libraries are helping to lead the nation when it comes to using digital preservation.
Binghamton Universities libraries are helping to lead the nation when it comes to using digital preservation.

Its Dean of Libraries, John Meador, spoke at a university forum luncheon this week. Meador says B.U. is in a remarkable spot, especially when you consider that when Triple Cities College in Vestal broke away from Syracuse University and became part of the SUNY system in 1950, Syracuse took away all of the college's books. Meador says B.U. has accumulated more than 2.5 million volumes, including hundreds of thousands in digital form, since then. Meador says the college's digital preservation system continually checks to make sure that data bits are stable in digital media so material isn't lost.

"We're very excited, in terms of digital, we were one of the first academic libraries in the country to obtain a digital preservation system that is being used around the world. We've since been joined by other universities like Nebraska, Utah and BYU," said Meador.

In the fall semester, Binghamton University's three libraries, including the Bartle, Science and Downtown Center had a combined 270,000 visitors. B.U. is actually looking at increasing seating at its libraries because of the number of visits, which have increased compared with one year ago.
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