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"The Journey of a Book" Tours
Follow the fascinating journey each Yale Library book goes through from the point that it is selected and acquired by the library to the intricate cataloging process, to the point that it finally reaches the shelf. This truly behind-the-scenes tour will take you through areas of the library otherwise inaccessible to the public. Participants will have the chance to see the various processes each book goes through. The tour will begin in the Acquisitions Department where over 120,000 books, periodicals and microforms are received and processed annually.  Meet the forty staff members who work with nearly 3,000 publishers, vendors, and booksellers to acquire materials published in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Western Europe. Then progress into the Cataloging Department where each book is classified and given a description. Find out how call numbers are designated so that books from all over the world are given their proper places in Yale's collections. The tour also includes a rare tour of the library's Preservation Department where damaged and special collection items are conserved, receiving a new lease on life! The tour will include visits to the Reformatting, Commercial Binding, Collection Care and Conservation units, where you can see examples of items being selected for microfilming, preservation photocopying and deacidification. This absorbing, one-hour tour will open your eyes to a whole new world behind the scenes at the Yale Library.

March 16
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
(Yale Library Staff only)
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Yale Library Staff only)

March 29
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
(open to the public)
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (open to the public)

Location: Sterling Memorial Library

The Treasures of the Benjamin Franklin Collection
2006 marks the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth (1706-2006) and in conjunction with Sterling Memorial Library's 75th anniversary, we are offering a very special tour of the Franklin Collection at Yale. Housed in Sterling Memorial Library, this collection of books, rare books and pamphlets, paintings and prints, busts, and manuscripts is the most extensive collection of materials by, about, and around Benjamin Franklin and his times to be found in a single collection anywhere in the world. It also houses the editorial offices of The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, a comprehensive edition of Franklin's correspondence and writings, which to date has published 37 volumes. Tours last one hour.

March 21
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
(Yale Library Staff only)
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Yale Library Staff only)

March 23
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
(open to the public)
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (open to the public)

Location: Sterling Memorial Library

March 22
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

"Born at Yale: 40 Years of Working in the Yale University Library"
Fred Martz, Former Department Head in both the Circulation Department and in the Systems office of Sterling Memorial Library, will speak about the changes he has seen in the Sterling Stacks, and advances in technology during his years as a staff member. Beginning as a Yale summer student until his last appointment as Director of Integrated Library Technology Services prior to retiring, Fred will show old pictures and photographs to illustrate how life has changed in the library over the last forty years. For the more seasoned staff, this will be a nostalgic trip down memory lane; for the younger employees, a fascinating glimpse into the changes that have occurred in the library system over the years. All are welcome.
Location: Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

Download Fred Martz' presentation "Born at Yale"

PDF Versions: Part 1 Part 2Notes
PowerPoint/Word Versions: Part 1Part 2Notes


Registrations are required for all tours.

All lectures are free and open to the public. No reservations required.

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