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December 5, 2006


Signe Bachmann (Tartu University Library, Tartu, Estonia)
Dong Feng (Sun Yat-sen University Libraries, Guangzhou, China)
Pascal Mouhouelo (World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo)
Egle Stalnioniene (Vilnius Music and Art Public Library, Vilnius, Lithuania)

Four Library Fellows from three continents will be speaking about their experience at Yale, discussing differences and similarities with library practices in their home countries and institutions, as well as ideas on how this type of exchanges can nurture professional development at the international level.

This talk is part of the "Global Faces of the Yale Library" program 2006-2007.

Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

December 2006


During his three-month visit at Yale as International Associate, Pascal Mouhouelo, Reference Librarian at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, co-authored an article on the Blue Trunk Library Project with three colleagues of the Whitney/Cushing Medical Library: Daniel Dollar (Associate Director, Collection Development and Management), Charles J. Greenberg (Coordinator, Curriculum and Research Support), and R. Kenny Marone (Director). The article was published in the December issue of the Medical Library Association/International Cooperation Section Newsletter and will also appear in the February 2007 issue of MLA News, the newsletter of the Medical Library Association.

December 2006


Article in the monthly magazine Egypt Today based on interviews with Ann Okerson, Associate University Librarian for Collections and International Programs, during her recent visit to Cairo and Alexandria.

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November 25-30, 2006

Cesar Rodriguez, Curator of the Latin American Collection, attended the 20th Guadalajara International Book Fair, in Guadalajara, Mexico, while also visiting three other major publishing centers. In Mexico City, he tried to locate facsimiles of codices that were missing from the Yale collections; in Puebla he acquired many publications that are often difficult to find; and in Aguascalientes, the chief publishing center for government publications, he focused on this type of materials, which is in high demand by the Latin American Collection and the Economic Growth Center Collection.

November 20, 2006


Presentation made by Roberta Pilette, Head of Preservation, at the 8th Annual Japan Library Fair and Forum 2006, held in Yokohama, Japan, on November 20-22. The presentation described how the Yale University Library Preservation Department is structured and the services it offers to Library system. The special focus was how mass deacidification done by a vendor fits into our program and how we work with the vendor.

November 8-10, 2006

Emily Ray, Catalog Librarian, Slavic and East European team, attended the conference Sofia 2006: Globalization, Digitization, Access and Preservation of Cultural Heritage, held in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she delivered the paper "Ideal Responses to Water Damage? Lessons from New Orleans."

November 2, 2006


A talk by Barbara Aronson, Project Manager of HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative) Based in Switzerland, Barbara Aronson overseas the dynamic HINARI project which is transforming lives all over the world. The Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative) is set up by the World Health Organization and partly sponsored by the Yale University Library. It works together with major publishers, enabling developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. Over 3421 journal titles are now available to health institutions in 113 countries, benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improved world health.

This talk is part of the "Global Faces of the Yale Library" program 2006-2007.

Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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October 27-29, 2006

Joanne W. Rudof, Archivist, Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, attended and made a presentation at the international interdisciplinary conference "The State of Holocaust Studies in South Eastern Europe: Problems, Obstacles and Pespectives," organized in Sarajevo by the Goethe Institut in cooperation with the local Jewish community.

Rudof's presentation, produced in collaboration with Yale undergraduate student Ratko Jovic, consisted of testimony excerpts of Holocaust survivors from the former Yugoslavia. Rudof screened the program and discussed the Fortunoff project in Yugoslavia as well as related testimonies recorded in the North and south America, Europe, and Israel.

October 26, 2006


Garentina Kraja (Kosovo) Correspondent, Associated Press
Ezzat Ibrahim Youssef (Egypt) Deputy Head, Political Department, Al-Ahram
Balázs László Szekfu (Hungary) Advisor to the Minister of Economy and Transport, Government of Hungary

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Three Yale World Fellows speak about their own unique perspectives on the dissemination and use of information in their respective countries. A wonderful opportunity to hear from some highly accomplished world leaders who are eager to share their unique experiences and insights with us during their time at Yale.

This talk is part of the "Global Faces of the Yale Library" program 2006-2007.

Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

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October 25, 2006


Taking Possession: Imperial Encounters and Re-encounters with Native Meso-America (Through 21 December)

An exhibition of Yale's resources for the study of 16th-century encounters among Europeans and the indigenous peoples of Meso-America and of the early 19th-century re-emergence among European and North American writers of an interest in understanding the culture and history of Aztec, Olmec, and Mayan communities. The exhibition features the Codex Reese, a mid-16th-century manuscript map of the Valley of Mexico that incorporates Nahuatl and Spanish elements.

Russian Graphic Art and the Revolution of 1905 (Through mid-January 2007)

A brilliant window onto the creative flourish of fin-de-sicle artists, radicals, and the literary avant-garde in Tsarist Russia tenuously opened when censorship collapsed for a brief time in the midst of the revolutionary upheaval of 1905. Drawing on a newly acquired collection of literary and satirical magazines, this exhibition highlights the work of graphic artists who rushed to fill the expressive void with powerful imagery of anguish and defiance, at once dark and colorful.

Making No Compromise: Margaret Anderson and the Little Review (Through 5 January 2007)

Famous for her strong opinions about art as well as for her beauty and wit, radical editor Margaret Anderson was a key figure in American and European Modernism. Between 1914 and 1929, Andersons pioneering art and literature magazine, the Little Review, published poetry, criticism, and artwork by many of the most significant writers and artists of the 20th century, including William Butler Yeats, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Hart Crane, Man Ray, Mina Loy, Wyndham Lewis, T.S. Eliot, Sherwood Anderson, and Francis Picabia. James Joyces Ulysses appeared serially in the Little Review before it was published in its entirety in 1922; the Little Review and its editor became the subjects of a widely publicized obscenity trial when the United States Post Office deemed some segments of the work obscene and refused to distribute copies. Making No Compromise celebrates the life and work of Margaret Anderson and the remarkable influence of the Little Review on twentieth-century arts and letters. The exhibition is drawn largely from the Margaret Anderson-Elizabeth Jenks Clark Collection, housed at the Beinecke Library.

October 16, 2006


Over sixteen hundred books on Roman and Canon law were transferred today from the rare book collection of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York to the Yale Law School's Lillian Goldman Law Library. The collection includes works by medieval authors and volumes printed in Germany and Italy from the year 1500 onward, among which a 30-volume set of the decisions of the Sacred Roman Rota (the appellate tribunal of the Holy See). The newly-acquired books will be available to researchers and scholars after proper restoration, preservation, and cataloging have been undertaken of by the Library staff.

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October 2, 2006

In the course of a full-day visit to Yale, Dr. Xiaolin Zhang, Executive Director of the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing, met with several staff members at the Kline Science Library, the Harvey Cushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Library, and Sterling Memorial Library, where he had the opportunity to discuss and learn about digital library development and related strategies facing the convergence of e-science, e-learning, e-scholarship, and e-library.

Dr. Zhang with Patricia Thurston and Nisa Bakkalbasi
With (l. to r.) Nisa Bakkalbasi, Electronic Collections Librarian, and Patricia Thurston, Catalog Librarian/Team Leader.

Dr. Zhang’s visit to Yale occurred in coincidence with a study tour made by a group of science librarians from China, which included the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, OCLC, John Hopkins, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, and UCLA.

September 28 , 2006


A talk by William Hoffman, Founder and Executive Director of MBBNET (Minnesota Biomedical and Bioscience Network). Using the New York Time’s best seller, The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman, as a springboard, Mr. Hoffman will explore the book's themes of globalization and digitization, and what this new "flatness" or "ease of connection" means for research and education communities.

This talk is sponsored by the Yale University Library's Integrated Library Technology Services Department and is part of the "Global Faces of the Yale Library" program 2006-2007.

Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

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September 27, 2006

Egle Staltioniene, of the Vilnius (Lithuania) Arts Public Library, and Pascal Mouhouelo, Reference Librarian at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) Health Sciences Library and Documentation Centre, in Brazzaville, Congo, are the second and third visiting librarians to come to Yale under the auspices of the International Associates Program, a pilot project made possible by funds assigned by the University Librarian. They both arrived on September 25th and will be at Yale for three months, based in the Music Library (Egle) and the Medical Library (Pascal).

September 15-16, 2006


A symposium sponsored by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, and the Department of the History of Art.

Participants will treat a broad range of topics relevant to studies of the early colonial period in Central Mexico, including the changing politics of land usage, the role of women in society, and the place of religious institutions in the Nahua-Christian world. The symposium will also examine other related manuscripts from sixteenth-century Mexico and their social, cultural, and visual contexts.
For program and registration information please visit: http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/MappingMexico.

September 15, 2006


A new exhibit at Sterling Memorial Library showcases three ethnographic collections in conjunction with The American Museum Of Natural History's Margaret Mead Traveling Film And Video Festival At Yale, the longest-running documentary film festival in the United States. It is named in honor of renowned ethnographer and anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978), whose work and writings are credited with contributing significantly to the understanding of human history. C oordinated and mounted by the Social Science Libraries and Information Services staff, the Sterling exhibit features library collections related to the additional Yale programs included in the festival.

mead Showcasing the best of international documentary cinema, the festival is launched every autumn at New York’s American Museum of Natural History, and each year selected films travel to communities throughout the United States and abroad. This year's film offerings explore a wide range of topics including arranged marriages, illegal immigration, the loss of a sibling, the relations hip between Jews and Rastafarians, and land mine victims in Afghanistan.

In addition to the core Mead traveling films, the Yale festival features additional screenings and presentations associated with Yale library collections and ongoing Yale research. Many of the screenings will include anthropological input in the form of introduction by or discussion with social scientists, filmmakers, or students.

On view in the Sterling Memorabilia Room, September 15 - November 4, 2006.

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August 31 , 2006

Signe Bachmann, Head of the Department of Estonian Acquisitions at the Tartu University Library in Tartu, Estonia, is the seventh visiting librarian to come to Yale under the auspices of the Dr. Kristaps Keggi Baltic Internship Program, and the fifteenth intern hosted by the Slavic Reading Room since 1993.

Under the mentorship of Tatjana Lorković, Curator of the Slavic and East European Collection, Ms. Bachmann will be spending the next three months as Baltic Library Intern in the Slavic and East European Collections. 

A graduate of University of Tartu, in Tartu, Estonia, Ms. Bachmann has worked for over fifteen years at the Tartu University Library, holding a number of positions, and as of January of 2006 she was appointed Head of the Department of Estonian Acquisitions. Ms. Bachmann is continuing her education in information management in Estonia and is currently writing a thesis on electronic publishing of research works at Tartu University Library and The Academic Library of Tallinn University.

Ms. Bachmann  will be based in the Slavic Reading Room and, while assisting with the processing of Baltic and Russian materials, she wishes to learn more about other Library units and departments, in particular Electronic Collections, Integrated Library Technology Services, Cataloging and Acquisitions and Reference Services and Collections.  This will give her the opportunity to familiarize herself with a variety of services, processes, and practices implemented in a large American academic and research library.

August 2006

Tao Yang, Public Services Librarian in the East Asia Library, recently published an article in the journal of the China Society of Indexers: "Xifang zhongguoxue boshi lunwen jiansuo gongju bijiao" (The comparison and analysis between the retrieval tools of doctoral dissertations on China in Western languages). Zhongguo Suoyin (Journal of the China Society of Indexers), 4, no. 2 (2006): 15-18.

August 31, 2006

Sterling Memorial Library hosts an orientation program to the Yale libraries and their resources for the 2006 Yale World Fellows.

The Yale World Fellows Program aims to provide advanced global leadership training to emerging leaders from a diverse set of fields and countries, to link these world leaders to each other and to Yale in a tangible way, and to facilitate the internationalization of the University. Each year, the Program brings 16-19 emerging leaders to Yale, for a concentrated 17-week program which combines academic study, a specially-designed seminar, and extracurricular activities including a weekly speaker series and trips to Washington, DC and New York City.

This year’s World Fellows are from 19 countries (Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, The Netherlands, South Africa, Ukraine, and Vietnam) and include the deputy CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the former minister of finance of Costa Rica, the director general of the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office, the managing partner of Vietnam’s leading law firm and a top correspondent at Egypt’s most widely read newspaper. They were selected from a pool of 1,200 nominees from 136 different countries, 10 of which new to the Program’s network. Based on their professional background, area(s) of expertise, and research interests, the 19 Fellows were paired with 12 librarians and area curators who will assist them with their research needs during their four-month program at Yale.

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August 20-24, 2006


A number of Yale Librarians attended the 72nd General Conference and Council of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) in Seoul, South Korea, including: Alice Prochaska, University Librarian; Ann Okerson, Associate University Librarian for Collections and International Programs; Ellen Hammond, Curator, East Asia Library; Sarah Elman, Associate Curator, East Asia Library; Rich Richie, Curator, Southeast Asia Collections; and Patricia Thurston, Catalog Librarian. Entitled "Libraries: Dynamic Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society," the event included pre-conferences and satellite meetings in Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Tokyo.

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Left: The opening session of the Shanghai Pre-Conference on Library Management and Marketing in a Multicultural World.

Right: Ann Okerson (l.) with Dr. Myung-Jin Park, General Director of the Seoul National University Library and Professor of Communications, and Ellen Hammond.

August 3-4, 2006

Yale University Library hosts the annual two-day Advisory Board Meeting for Project AMEEL (Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library).

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The meeting was attended by board members Noha Adly (ICT and ISIS Director, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt), Sam Bruinsma (Publishing Director, Brill Academic Publishers), Leonard Chiarelli (Assistant Librarian, University of Utah), William Kopyki (Middle East Studies Librarian, University of Pennsylvania), Mary Ellen Lane (Executive Director, Council of American Overseas Research Centers), Heidi McGregor (Director of Strategic Planning, JSTOR), Lutz Wiederhold (Curator of Oriental Books, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany), in addition to the Yale AMEEL Team (Ann Okerson, Principal Investigator; Elizabeth Beaudin, Project Manager and Integration Specialist; Simon Samoeil, Project Outreach Director; Jennifer Weintraub, Digitization Specialist; Carol Jones, Head, Document Delivery; and Kimberly Parker, Head, Electronic Collections).

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August 7-12, 2006

Tobin Nellhaus, Librarian for Drama, Film, and Theatre Studies, attended the annual conference of the Fédération internationale pour la recherche théâtrale/Interational Federation for Theatre Research (FIRT/IFTR) in Helsinki, Finland. During that trip, he also visited theater museums and film institutes in Copenhagen and Prague.

August - November 2006


A new exhibition prepared by Susan Wheeler, Curator of Prints and Drawings, showcases dozens of rare books, photographs, prints, and posters recently acquired by the Medical Historical Library. Highlights include: Hans von Gersdorff’s popular surgical field manual Feldbüch der Wundartzney (1517), represented here by the first edition with hand-colored woodcuts (Augsburg, 1528); Paracelsus’ balneological treatise, Baderbüchlin (1562); birthing manuals by two French midwives, Louise Bourgeois and Marguerite du Tertre de la Marche (1609 and 1677, respectively); Charles Emile Jacques’s Les Malades et les mèdecins (1843), a comic series on doctors and their patients, first appeared in the Parisian newspaper Le Charivari; a 1928 portfolio of Soviet posters on how to fight venereal diseases; two photographic albums documenting the activities of a German orthopedic hospital during the First World War, and a Colony of Mental Patients in Argentina during the same period; and several prints by prominent artists such as Eugène Grasset (The Morphine Addict, 1897), Honoré Daumier, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Max Klinger, Käthe Kollwitz, Georg Grosz, Lea Grundig, René Georges Hermann-Paul, and Henri-Gabriel Ibels.

On view in the Cushing Rotunda (until November 30) and Library Corridor (until August 31), Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven.

August 2006

Susanne Roberts, Librarian for European History and Coordinator of Humanities Collections, has been appointed to the European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. The Council’s object is to formulate and implement new curricular and research programs reflective of current developments in Europe. The Council administers a M.A. program in European and Russian Studies, has been designated a National Resource Center by U.S. Department of Education under its HEA Title VI program, and has affiliations with interuniversity and international organizations that offer specialized training programs and research grants for graduate students, support conferences among European and American scholars, and subsidize European visitors to Yale.

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August 7, 2006


A new exhibit in Sterling Memorial Library documents the rich intellectual and artistic history of the Adriatic republic, from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

On view in the Sterling Cloister and Elevator lobby from August 7 to October 31, 2006.

August 7-10, 2006

Thirty Chinese archivists will visit Yale University as guests of the Manuscripts and Archives department. They will be in the United States to participate in the Joint Seminar on Archival Methods, a formal program established in 1999 between the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library and the State Archives Administration of China (SAAC). The seminar and visit to Yale are intended to introduce young Chinese professionals to the current practice and theory of archival administration in the United States. The thirty delegates come from throughout China and are selected by the SAAC based on their knowledge of archival administration in China and their ability to understand and speak English.

This year the seminar is scheduled to take place from July 23 through August 15. The first portion of the program will take place at the Bentley Historical Library. The second portion of the program is participation in the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists in Washington, DC. The program continues thereafter at Yale University, where the theme will be “Yale and China.” University Secretary Linda Lorimer, along with University Librarian Alice Prochaska and Carrie S. Beinecke Director of Manuscripts and Archives Richard Szary, will welcome the Chinese archivists to Yale. Planned sessions will explore American archival practices by focusing on the preservation and documentation of American-Chinese interaction and history, primarily in Manuscripts and Archives, but also including the Divinity Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. In addition, scholars Beatrice Bartlett, Janet Chen, and Pierre F. Landry will present on their research in Chinese history and culture. The seminar concludes with a visit to New York City by the delegation.

August 1, 2006


Mr. Dong FENG, acquisitions and catalog librarian at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou (China) will be undertaking a number of different projects during his year at Yale. He will be processing an archival collection on the Taiping Rebellion, learning about our work flows and systems, and assisting the East Asia Library staff with vendor contacts in China and some cataloging. The Kwok Library Fellowships are made possible by grant funds from the Kwok Foundation in Hong Kong.

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July 25, 2006

On July 25, the Société Rencesvals, an international scholarly organization devoted to the promotion of the study of medieval epic literature in the various Romance languages, held a session of its 17th triennial congress on the Yale campus. Hosted and organized by the Canadian-American branch of the Société, the bulk of the conference events took place at the University of Connecticut in Storrs; it was the first of the Société’s congresses to be held outside of Europe.

In addition to hearing a presentation on the continuations of the epic themes in a plenary session in the Whitney Humanities Center, conference attendees were given a tour of Sterling Memorial Library. There, in the cloister corridor and elevator cases, was an exhibit on the themes of the conference, curated by the conference organizer, Professor Leslie Zarker Morgan of Loyola College in Maryland, and Jeffry Larson, Yale Librarian for Western European Romance Languages & Literatures, Linguistics, & Classics. The exhibit was in place from July 25 through August 4.

July 14-16, 2006

Simon Samoeil ( Curator, Near East Collection), attended a Symposium on Area Studies Librarianship at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where he delivered a lecture and PowerPoint presentation on "Librarians Utilization of the Comprehensive Union Catalog of Serials from & about the Middle East." A report on the Symposium has been published in Library Hi Tech News (vol. 23, no. 8, 2006, pp. 18-21).

July 2006


An exhibit highlighting the subject of Oil in the Middle East is currently on show in the nave of Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University. A collaboration of the Babylonian and Near East Collections, the exhibit traces the history and current geopolitical impact of oil in the Middle East and the world at large. For millennia the sands of the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf region were considered no more than wastelands traversed by wandering Bedouins. However, with the discovery of oil in the late 19th century, the golden sands of the deserts of the Middle East burst forth with the tremendous wealth hidden beneath them: Black gold is the moving force behind our modern societies, industries and civilization. Today, about 90% of vehicular fuel needs are met by oil, which, as a portable, dense energy source, is one of the world’s most important commodities.

On view in the Sterling Nave until October 28, 2006.

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June 28, 2006

Four librarians from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan—Ms. Beibetgul M. Abilmazhinova, Director, North Kazakhstan Regional Library, Petropavlovsk; Ms. Gulshat G. Daribayeva, Deputy Director, East Kazakhstan Regional Library, Ust-Kamenogorsk; Ms. Zvaida B. Utesheva, Director, Gaidar Regional Children and Youth Library, Uralsk; and Ms. Diloram Shukurova, Director, Fergana Province Public Library, Fergana, Uzbekistan—visited Sterling Memorial Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library as part of a three-week professional tour of the United States which included a stop at the American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans. The tour was organized under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Launched in 1940 and managed since 1979 by the Academy for Educational Development (AED), this program “seeks to build mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through carefully designed professional visits to the United States for current and emerging foreign leaders (…) Each year, IVLP participants from all over the world are selected by U.S. embassies to travel to the United States to meet and confer with their professional counterparts. Through these encounters, they gain a greater understanding of the cultural and political influences in U.S. society and enjoy a firsthand experience of the U.S., its people and its culture.” Two more groups of librarians, from Algeria and Egypt, are scheduled to come to the Yale Library in the fall as part of the same program.

June 25, 2006

While in New Orleans for the annual conference of the American Library Association, Susanne Roberts, Librarian for European History, and Jeffry Larson, Librarian for Romance Languages and Literatures, attended a meeting of the Collaborative Initiative for French and North-American Libraries (CIFNAL)/Initiative de collaboration entre les bibliothèques françaises et nord-américaines (ICBFN), a working group formed under the auspices of the Global Resources Network of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) to promote and facilitate the cooperative exchange of ideas and resources between French and North American libraries. In New Orleans the group voted on by-laws, discussed funding, projects which included access to digital resources (including such aspects as bibliographic records and common licenses), as well as microforms and traditional print materials in local and regional history, goals, partnerships, an official meeting at the 2008 IFLA’s General Conference in Québec, Canada, and developing CIFNAL into a membership organization. Susanne’s and Jeffry’s participation includes working on partnership contacts, bibliographic control, licensing of digital collections, and regional/local materials and dissertations.

June 19-21, 2006

Simon Samoeil, Curator of the Near East Collection, attended the 28th annual meeting of MELCOM International, the European Association of Middle East Librarians, at the Ottoman Bank Archives and Research Centre, Istanbul, Turkey. There he made a presentation on the progress of the OACIS Project and its achievements in establishing an online union catalog of serials from and about the Middle East.

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June 18-21, 2006

David Stern, Director, Science Libraries & Information Services, attended the LISA (Library and Information Services in Astronomy) V conference at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The conference theme was "Common Challenges, Uncommon Solutions." On June 21, Stern moderated a panel discussion on the “Future of Publishing,” whose participants included Heather Joseph, Executive Director, The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC); Ken Heideman, Director of Publications, American Meteorological Society; Karen Hunter, Senior Vice President, Elsevier; Robert Kelly, Director, Journal Information Systems, The American Physical Society (APS); and Lois Bacon, Director of Publisher Services, EBSCO Information Services.

Library and Information Services in Astronomy (LISA) is a series of scientific meetings for librarians and scientists that aims to provide a platform to discuss the state of the art of information maintenance, retrieval, delivery, and preservation and to learn from invited experts the directions in which our profession is moving. LISA conferences cover such diverse topics as organization and management of books, journals, and specialized materials; electronic publishing (note that astronomy is a leader in the field); bibliographic and full text databases of astronomical literature; reports on collaborative projects. Five conferences were held between 1988 and 2006 in such locations as Washington, DC, Munich (Germany), Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), and Prague (Czech Republic).

June 14-15, 2006

A group of nine special collection librarians from Germany and The Netherlands spent two full days at the Yale University Library as part of a study tour which included visits at academic and research libraries in New York City (New York University, New York Public Library, Grolier Club, Morgan) and Harvard University. The tour was organized by the Berlin-based Initiative Fortbildung für wissenschaftliche Spezialbibliotheken und verwandte Einrichtungen e.V. (Initiative for Continuing Education in Academic and Research-Oriented Special Libraries and Related Institutions), and the group included representatives of the following institutions: Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek (Duchess Anna Amalia Library), Weimar; Universitätsbibliothek Bochum (Bochum University Library); Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig (Leipzig University Library); Forschungsbibliothek Gotha (Gotha Research Library); Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg (Hamburg State and University Library); Herzog August Bibliothek (Duke August Library), Wolfenbüttel; Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library); Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands), The Hague.

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Special collection librarians from Germany visiting Manuscripts and Archives Special collection librarians from Germany visiting the Music Library

At Yale the Group visited several libraries and collections (Arts of the Book, Beinecke, Divinity, Medical Historical, Music, Manuscript and Archives) and met with their curators and professional staff. In the course of these visits, as well as during a special session with University Librarian Alice Prochaska and senior staff members, a wide range of topics and issues were discussed, including professional education and training, promotion, preservation, and digitization of special collections, staffing, and organizational structures.

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June 9-July 2, 2006

Tatjana Lorković, Curator of the Slavic and East European Collections, provided an experienced and resourceful librarian support to the Yale Summer Program in Hvar, Croatia. The program was organized around a five-week course on the "History and Culture of the Adriatic Basin," led by three Yale professor who are from Croatia and Bosnia (Ivo Banac, Jasmina Besirevic-Regan, and Slobodan Novak), and included a number of trips to significant regional destinations, such as Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Zadar, Šibenik, and Sarajevo.

While in Croatia, Tatjana was interviewed by the prominent weekly magazine Nacional, which published a long article outlining her library career in the United States and at Yale.

June 7-10, 2006

Charles Greenberg, Coordinator, Curriculum and Research Support, Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, attended the 9th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Unlocking Scholarly Access: ETDs, Institional Repositories and Creators, held at the Université Laval in Québec City, Québec, Canada.

May 31, 2006


During a visit to Uganda Christian University in Mukono, about fifteen miles north-east of Kampala, Paul Stuehrenberg, Divinity Librarian, and Dorothy Woodson, Curator of the African Collection, met with UCU Librarian Frederick Mukungu, UCU Archivist Christine Byaruhanga, UCU Vice Chancellor Stephen Noll, and Frans Havekes of IDC Publishers, to discuss the possibility of establishing a pilot project to microfilm material from the UCU archives. The result was a letter of agreement, signed a few days later by Mr. Noll and Ann Okerson, Yale’s Associate University Librarian for Collections and International Programs, according to which filming is expected to begin in September 2006. IDC, based in Leiden, The Netherlands, will be managing the project.

May 19, 2006

Kimberly Parker, Head of Electronic Collections, was invited speaker at The Patron Centric Library Atlantis Conference in Rome, Italy, where she made two presentations: “Tools for Mature Management of Electronic Resources Lifecycles in Libraries,” and “Here There be Dragons: Complex E-Resources and Implementing an ERM System.”

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May 17-18, 2006

Graziano Krätli, International Program Support Librarian, attended the 2006 International Newspapers Conference, Newspapers and the World Online: U.S. and International Perspectives, organized by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Newspapers Section, in conjunction with the Library of Congress, the Library and Archives Canada, and the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah.

May 10-24, 2006

At the request of Dr. Harvey Weiss, Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at Yale University and Director of the Tell Leilan Project, Stacey D. Maples, GIS Assistant in the Map Collection, will spend two weeks at this archeological site in northeastern Syria, assisting in the development, assessment, archiving, and distribution of an Archeological Information System for which the organizing principle is esplicitly spatial.

March 19-21, 2006

Simon Samoeil, Curator of the Near East Collection, attended the 16th AFLI (Arab Federation of Library and Information Science) Conference in Algiers. More...

March 16-17, 2006


A Joint Workshop of the International Library Information and Analytical Center (ILIAC) and Yale University Library. Co-sponsored by ILIAC, the Yale University Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Yale Center for International and Area Studies. For the proceedings click here.

March 1, 2006

Zhazira Alimkulova, Head of Electronic Resources at the National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan, is the first visiting librarian to come to Yale under the auspices of the International Associates Program, a pilot project made possible by funds assigned by the University Librarian. A graduate of Almaty State University, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Ms. Alimkulova has worked for over ten years at the National Library of Kazakhstan, holding a number of positions and participating in various projects, including electronic document delivery, book digitization, and research in the history of libraries and librarianship in Kazakhstan. She also attended a number of professional training programs and workshops organized by the Open Society Institute as part of its Central Eurasia initiative. Ms. Alimkulova will be based in the Slavic Reading Room and work closely with the staff of the Slavic and East European Collections, under the mentorship of Curator Tatjana Lorković. In addition to assisting with the processing of Central Asian materials, she will work with other Library units and departments, in particular Electronic Collections, Integrated Library Technology Services, and Research Services and Collections.

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February - May, 2006


To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Samuel Beckett’s most famopus play, Waiting For Godot (1956), as well as the 100th anniversary of the playwright’s birth, the Art+Architecture Library hosts an exhibition of Beckett materials from the Drama Library, curated by Pamela Jordan.

February 21-25, 2006

Simon Samoeil, Curator of the Near East Collection, and Elizabeth Beaudin, Manager of International Digital Special Projects, attended the DigiArab (Digitization of Arabic-Language Books) Conference in Alexandria, Egypt, sponsored by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Stanford University Library, and Yale University Library, and supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

February 17, 2006


February 1 - April 30, 2006


February 1, 2006


January 30, 2006


Li Ling, Associate Professor of Collection Development at the Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, and currently a visiting librarian at Seton Hall University, spent a full day at Sterling, the Beinecke, and Kline Science Library. She was accompanied by Howard F. McGinn and Paul C. Chao, respectively Dean and Associate Dean of University Libraries, Seton Hall University.

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January 20, 2006


Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

January 17 - March 31, 2006


This exhibition brings together a remarkable assemblage of materials from the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and Sterling Memorial Library. Highlights include a complete gavotte in Mozart’s hand (from the Frederick R. Koch Collection at the Beinecke) as well as a fragmentary trumpet part and an envelope’s in Mozart’s hand (both from the Opochinsky Collection at the Gilmore Music Library). Also on display are numerous prints of Mozart’s music, biographical materials, items relating to his family and friends, and images of the composer and his operatic characters. On January 31, at 5:15 p.m., the Yale Collegium Musicum will give a concert at the Beinecke featuring selections from music in the exhibit.

January 16, 2006


Weiqing (Lizzy) Qiu and Xuyu (Sharon) Zhou, from ZhongShan (Sun Yat-sen) University in Guangzhou, China, are the first two Kwok Library Fellows to spend a six-month period at Yale University Library. Sharon is the Director of the Medical Library at ZhongShan University and is interested in studying all aspects of medical library operation in U.S. universities. She is also an expert on medical statistics and will be stationed in the Medical Library, working with Kenny Marone and her staff. Lizzy is the head of the new East Campus Library and will use her time at Yale to learn more about all aspects of academic library public services. She will be hosted in the East Asia Library in Sterling. The Kwok Library Fellowships are made possible by grant funds from the Kwok Foundation in Hong Kong.

January 15 - April 28, 2006


January 10, 2006


A few weeks before the 2005 holiday recess, some two hundred boxes containing eleven thousand microfilm reels were delivered to the Slavic Reading Room in Sterling Memorial Library, where they will be processed and prepared over the next few months in order to make them available to users by the beginning of the Fall Semester 2006.

The reels reproduced approximately 25 million sheets of archival documentation representing the records and opisi (finding aids) of the Communist Party of the former Soviet Union, as well as other selected holdings of the State Archives. These include documents produced by Party Congresses and Conferences, Central Committee Plenums, the Politburo, the Secretariat and Apparat of the Central Committee, the Committee for Party Control of the Central Committee, and the Peoples’ Commissariat of Internal Affairs (NKVD).

The monumental project was undertaken, over a period of almost ten years, by Rosarkhiv (the Russian Archives) and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the results published by Chadwyck-Healey. In addition to the Hoover Institution, Harvard and Yale are the only two institutions in North America to own the complete set.