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November 23, 2008

Haruko Nakamura, Librarian for the Japanese Collection, made a presentation on "Usage & Usability of E-Books at the Yale University Library," at the Library Fair & Forum, in Yokohama, Japan. The presentation was jointly prepared by Haruko and Lisa Thomas, Digital Collections Librarian.

The annual Library Fair and Forum is the only major library fair in Japan and, as such, is attended by thousands of librarians, information professionals and vendors.

November 22-25, 2008

Elizabeth Beaudin (Manager, International Digital Special Projects) and Simon Samoeil (Curator, Near Eastern Collection) attended the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) in Washington, D.C.

On November 24, they participated in a special session on “Arabic & Middle Eastern Electronic Library (AMEEL): Looking Toward the Future.” The session was chaired by Ahmad Dallal (Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Chair of the Arabic Department, Georgetown University) and included Joed Elich (Islamic and Middle East & African Studies Acquistions Editor, Brill Publishers) and Steven Schlosser (Senior Scientist and VERUS Product Manager, NovoDynamics Inc.).

November 3, 2008

A Delegation of Scholars and Clerics from the Philippines visited the Near East Collection at Sterling Memorial Library.

October 21-25, 2008

Tatjana Lorković (Curator, Slavic, East European and Central Asian Collection) attended the conference "Central Asia - 2008: Internet and Library and Information Resources in Science, Education, Culture and Business," in Fergana, Uzbekistan. The conference was organized by the National Library of Uzbekistan in conjunction with the Information-Library Center of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Tashkent University of Information Technology and the Fergana Information-Library center. Participants came from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Germany and the United States. Tatjana made two presentations entitled “Development of the Central Asian Collections in the Unite States libraries” and “Yale’s Library Associate Program for the librarians from abroad.”

October 20, 2008

A Ukrainian TV journalist and cameraman visited Yale to interview Andriy Shevchenko, a World Fellow and member of the Ukrainian parliament. While on campus, they spent about an hour filming in Sterling Memorial Library, where they also interviewed Ann Okerson, Associate University Librarian for Collections & International Programs.

The feature-cast can be viewed on the Ukrainian TV Web site. The journalist's narrative is in Russian, while the interviewees (Andriy and Ann) speak in Ukrainian.

October 20, 2008

Portraits of Painters: Drawings by George Vertue and Horace Walpole's Anecdotes of Painting in England

The exhibition includes drawings by George Vertue (1684-1756) as well as the related prints published in volumes of Horace Walpole’s Anecdotes of Painting, published between 1762 and 1771.

The Lewis Walpole Library is a research library for eighteenth-century studies and the prime source for the study of Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill. Its collections include significant holdings of eighteenth-century British books, manuscripts, prints, drawings and paintings, as well as important examples of the decorative arts. Housed in an historic frame house in Farmington and given to Yale by Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis and Annie Burr Lewis, the Lewis Walpole Library is a department of Yale University Library.

Please call the Library at 860-677-2140 for an appointment | Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. | The Lewis Walpole Library is located at 154 Main Street, Farmington, Connecticut.

October 20, 2008

Long Road to Freedom: A 90th Birthday Tribute to Nelson Mandela

This exhibition traces important events in Mandela's life including his early years and schooling, his increasing militancy, political activities, arrests, and imprisonment, as well as his release and election as the first post-Apartheid president of South Africa. The exhibit also features fascinating Mandela-related ephemera, such as a pillow, a placemat, an apron, tee-shirts, a handbag, and a puzzle. Materials on display are drawn from Sterling Memorial Library, the African Collection in Manuscripts and Archives, and the collection of Dorothy Woodson, African Collection curator.

The exhibit is free and open to the public | Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:45; Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and Sunday 12 noon to 5:45 p.m. | Sterling Memorial Library is located at 120 High Street, New Haven | “Long Road to Freedom” runs until December, 2008.

October 17-18, 2008

Machiavelli: Philosophy, Rhetoric, & History

This conference, sponsored by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, provides a venue for a broad interdisciplinary exploration of Machiavelli as a political philosopher, historian, and literary figure in his own time and beyond. Sessions will explore Machiavelli's thought as it related to the ancient world, to the historical imagination and history writing, and to public opinion in his own day and earlier epochs, as well as consider the critical study and evaluation of Machiavelli in the twentieth century.

Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven

October 16, 2008

Maia Simonishvili, Cultural Program Coordinator at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia, Tbilisi, begins her five-week fellowship at the Yale Library under the auspices of the international arts organization CEC ArtsLink.

October 15, 2008

Medical Miscellany from the Historical Collections

Eight mini-exhibits featuring Anti-VD posters from WWII, Surgery Taught by Stereoscope, Cure by the "Royal Touch," and more. Prepared by curator Susan Wheeler, this exhibition explores the range and riches of the Historical Collections through eight separate displays and includes rare books, antique instruments, early prints and photographs, and other objects.

On view in the Cushing Rotunda October 15—January 15, 2008

Tours of the exhibit are offered on Wednesday, November 12 at 5:00 p.m. and on Thursday, December 4 at 12:00 noon.

For the tour, please RSVP to Flo Gillich (203) 737-1192 or florence.gillich@yale.edu as space is limited.

October 10-12, 2008

Jeffry Larson, Librarian for Romance Languages & Literatures, Linguistics, and Classics, attended the 18th Salon de la Revue in Paris, France. His report is available on WESS WEB, the portal of the Western European Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

October 7, 2008

John Van Oudenaren, Director of the World Digital Library Project, describe this joint venture led by the Library of Congress in partnership with UNESCO and a growing number of national libraries and other cultural heritage institutions. As stated on the project’s Web site, "The World Digital Library will make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials. The objectives of the World Digital Library are to promote international and inter-cultural understanding and awareness, provide resources to educators, expand non-English and non-Western content on the Internet, and to contribute to scholarly research."

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

October 3, 2008

The Flowering of Civil Law: Early Italian City Statutes in the Yale Law Library

An exhibition highlighting the Lillian Goldman Law Library's outstanding collection of early Italian city statutes inaugurates the Law Library's new, state-of-the-art exhibition gallery.

The Law Library's collection of Italian "statuta" is rivaled by few other U.S. libraries and surpassed by none. These municipal codes governed the dozens of Italian city-states that arose in the Middle Ages and persisted until the reunification of Italy in the late 19th century. The collection contains over 900 volumes of printed books and 60 bound manuscripts, dating from the 14th to 20th centuries, and representing over 380 municipalities and jurisdictions. In their mixing of Roman law, local law, and pragmatic innovations, the Italian municipal statutes became the prototype of European civil law.

The new Rare Books Exhibition Gallery is located in the lower level of the Lillian Goldman Law Library (Level L2), directly in front of the Paskus-Danziger Rare Book Reading Room. The exhibit cases are climate-controlled and protect the exhibit items from damage by ultra-violet light.

The exhibition was curated by Benjamin Yousey-Hindes, doctoral candidate in medieval history at Stanford University, and Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian.

For those unable to visit the exhibit in person, the exhibit will appear in installments on the Yale Law Library Rare Books Blog.

Lillian Goldman Law Library, Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, on view until February 2009

October 1, 2008

Yale has now access to ASEP/JDS Databank, which provides online data analysis of the results from surveys conducted in different countries and by different organization, including Afrobarometer, East-Asian Barometer, the Spanish CIRES (Centre for Research on the Social Reality), the Spanish Immigrants Collection, Comparative Studies on Electoral Systems (CSES), Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos, European Values Study (EVS), and World Values Survey (WVS).

For more information on this resource, contact Stefan Kramer, Social Science Data Librarian.

September 23-30, 2008

Danuta Nitecki (Associate University Librarian for Public Services and Library Teaching and Learning) co-taught a course on Evaluating the Digital Library with Toni Olshen (Associate University Librarian at York University, Ontario, Canada) at the University of Parma, Italy. The course was part of the two-year master program International Master in Digital Library Learning (DILL), offered in cooperation between Oslo University College (Norway), Tallinn University (Estonia) and the University of Parma, and administered by the European Union's Erasmus Mundus Programme.

September 18, 2008

2008 Keggi Library Fellow Begins Semester at Yale

Vilma Karvelyte, Information Manager at the Scientific Information Data Center, Vilnius University Library, begins today her three-month fellowship as Baltic Library Intern in the Slavic, East European and Central Asian Collection. Ms. Karvelyte is the ninth visiting librarian to come to Yale under the auspices of the Dr. Kristaps Keggi Baltic Internship Program, and the seventeenth intern hosted by the Slavic Reading Room.

September 15-17, 2008

Charles Riley (Catalog Librarian for African Languages) delivered a paper on “Contributions Toward a Dictionary of Vai” at the 2nd Colloque international sur les langues et la linguistique mandé, held at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 15-17 September 2008.

Charles is an expert of the Vai script (an indigenous syllabary developed in the 1820s or 1830s to write the Vai language of Liberia and Sierra Leone), and one of the authors of the proposals to add this script to the (Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP) of the Universal Character Set (UCS).

September 9, 2008

Joan R. Duffy (Senior Archives Assistant, Divinity Library) gave a talk on "Archiving Your Family Papers" at a reunion of the Shanghai American School (SAS) Alumni Association in Salem, Mass.

The Shanghai American School was established in 1912 for the purpose of educating the children of American missionaries, businessmen, and professionals. The Divinity Library holds the Archives of the School and the papers of some of its alumni.

September 8-9, 2008

Joanne Rudof and Stephen Naron (Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies) attend a conference to mark the opening of a new classroom area of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe's Information Center in Berlin, focusing on video testimonies from the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies.

August 28, 2008

World Fellows Library Orientation

This year's 18 World Fellows, representing 17 countries and a wide range of professional fields and backgrounds, are paired with librarians and area curators who assist them with their research needs at Yale.

The Yale World Fellows Program is one of the initiatives launched by University President Richard C. Levin in 2001, on the occasion of Yale's tercentenary and aimed at enhancing Yale's global footprint.

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


August 1, 2008

The Gutenberg Bible Podcast

A new Library podcast is now available via the Beinecke’s Blogs & Podcasts page and Yale's iTunes U web site under the Yale Library category, under the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library tab.

In “The Gutenberg Bible at the Beinecke,” Dr. William Whobrey, Assistant Dean of Yale College and Lecturer in Germanic Languages and Literature, discusses Johannes Gutenberg, Yale's copy of the Gutenberg Bible, and the significance of the invention of moveable type. To see a folio from the Gutenberg, visit the Beinecke Digital Images Online database.

July 23-26, 2008

Civil and Religious Liberty: Ideas of Rights and Tolerance in England c.1640-1800

Conference brings together scholars from the two sides of the Atlantic to explore questions and issues surrounding the emergence of political rights and religious tolerance, and the evolution and legacy of their varying understanding of the concepts and practices of freedom.

Sponsored by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Lewis Walpole Library, the Whitney Humanities Center, the European Studies Council, and the Royal Holloway College, London.


July 15, 2008

All the currently available survey dataset from LAPOP, the Latin American Public Opinion Project, are now accessible to Yale faculty, affiliated researchers, staff, and students.  The access point is the record for LAPOP in StatCat.

Since the 1970s, LAPOP has systematically surveyed the citizens of Latin America on their political views—specifically on democratic values and their behaviors related to democracy. These surveys and the studies that have emerged from them have sought to determine the extent to which women may be excluded from political participation, the effect of education on tolerance for the rights of minorities, and the effects of government corruption on citizens. The project has regularly published in-depth analyses of the data collected in Spanish-language monographs in countries throughout Latin America. These are all available for free downloading on the LAPOP webpage Studies by Contry & Year.

For more information on this resource, contact Stefan Kramer, Social Science Data Librarian.

July 1, 2008

The Silk Road

This exotic name for the trade routes, or rather the trade networks, connecting China with the Mediterranean and Mongolia with India was only invented in the nineteenth century. However, trade and cultural exchange has flourished along these routes for millennia, in spite of natural barriers, such as the tallest mountains in Asia, vast deserts, frequent earthquakes, not to mention different languages, religions and cultures. Archaeological excavations in China and the Middle East show us the extent to which ideas, designs and forms were exchanged already in the 2nd millennium BC.

On display are photographs and objects from the Babylonian Collection. The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

Sterling Memorial Library Nave, on display until September 30.

June 25, 2008

17th- and 18th-Century Burney Collection Newspapers

Yale now has electronic access to Gale-Cengage's 17th- and 18th-Century Burney Collection Newspapers, one of two major collections of newspapers from the British Library. You can connect to this resource through the Databases and Article Searching section of the Library’s Web site.

For more information on this resource, contact Todd Gilman, Librarian for Literature in English.

June 23-27 , 2008

Charles Riley, Catalog Librarian for African Languages, delivered a paper on “Corpus Development and Emerging Publication Activities in Vai” at the 7th International Conference on Mande Studies, held at the Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa, Lisbon, Portugal, 23-27 June 2008.

Charles is an expert of the Vai script (an indigenous syllabary developed in the 1820s or 1830s to write the Vai language of Liberia and Sierra Leone), and one of the authors of the proposals to add this script to the (Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP) of the Universal Character Set (UCS).

June 16-30, 2008

Charles Greenberg (Coordinator, Curriculum and Research Support, Medical Library) served for two weeks as Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Yerevan State Medical University in Yerevan, Armenia. The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals.

At YSMU, Charles presented small group workshops in a training center equipped with internet-compatible computer workstations. A comprehensive English-language lesson workbook was created for each targeted participant and presented during the program, suitable for future Armenian translation. In addition, there was a course management system to deliver additional online content and links to readings and tools.

A primary goal of the program is to assess and then renew the knowledge, skills, and information competencies of the Armenian medical library community and introduce them to contemporary service and support models for medical education, research, and clinical care. A secondary goal is to provide teaching faculty with interest in knowledge management topics not only a level of skill and facility with information resources, but also launch a new era of collaboration between librarians and medical educators, researchers, and clinicians.

You can read about Charlie's trip on his "Armenian blog."

June 16-26, 2008

Joanne W. Rudof (Librarian, Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies) attended a research workshop in Bad Arolsen, Germany, sponsored by the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), and the International Tracing Service (ITS).

The workshop will focus on use of ITS’s archival materials, which include multi-million page collections of (1) concentration camp, deportation, transport, ghetto, and arrest records; (2) forced and slave labor records; and (3) postwar displaced persons (DP) and resettlement records. Collections relating to the early use of the records to respond to inquiries from Holocaust and forced labor survivors will also be accessible to workshop participants. The objectives of the workshop are to utilize the workshop-group setting to explore the various major sections of the documentation and to identify key portions of the material that offer particularly rich opportunities for new research. Sixteen scholars from North America, Europe, and Israel have been selected for the workshop.

June 16, 2008

Yale now has access to the full-text entries as well as to the index of the World Biographical Information System (WBIS). Based on the digitization of this extensive series of biographical archives, the World Biographical Information System provides access to more than 5.4 million full-text biographies of men and women of all classes and professions, from all the countries and regions of the world, ranging from the 8th millennium BCE to the present. A Biographical Search enables the identification of individuals by year of birth and/or death, by occupation, and by archive (i.e. by country, region, or culture), in addition to name. You can connect to this resource through the Databases and Article Searching section of the Library’s Web site or directly at http://db.saur.de/WBIS/welcome.jsf.

June 12, 2008

As a welcome addition to British Periodicals I, the Yale University Library now has access to ProQuest/Chadwyck-Healey's British Periodicals II database.

British Periodicals traces the development and growth of the periodical press in Britain from its origins in the seventeenth century through to the Victorian 'age of periodicals' and beyond. On completion this unique digital archive will consist of almost 500 periodical runs published from the 1680s to the 1930s, comprising six million keyword-searchable pages and forming an unrivalled record of more than two centuries of British history and culture.

British Periodicals consists of two separate collections, British Periodicals Collection I and British Periodicals Collection II.

British Periodicals Collection I consists of more than 160 journals that comprise the UMI microfilm collection Early British Periodicals, the equivalent of 5,238 printed volumes containing approximately 3.1 million pages. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences.

British Periodicals Collection II consists of more than 300 journals from the UMI microfilm collections English Literary Periodicals and British Periodicals in the Creative Arts together with additional titles, amounting to almost 3 million pages. Topics covered include literature, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.

Both collections can be accessed from the Databases and Article Searching link on the Library Front Door.

For more information on this resource, contact Todd Gilman, Librarian for Literature in English.

June 5, 2008

The Yale University Library now has access to the full text of Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1974-1996.

FBIS Daily Reports provide English-language translations of broadcast transcripts, news agency transmissions, newspaper and periodical articles, and government statements from countries around the world. The database currently includes translations from media in the Middle East, Near East, Africa, China, and South Asia. Additional regions will be released as follows:

  • Asia and Pacific: August/September 2008

  • Latin America: October/November 2008

  • Eastern Europe: January/February 2009

  • Soviet Union / Central Eurasia: June/July 2009 Western Europe: August/September 2009

FBIS Daily Reports can be accessed from the library's A-Z databases list or directly from http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=FBISX.

For more information on this resource, contact Julie Linden, Government Information Librarian.


June 4-7, 2008

Charles Greenberg (Coordinator, Curriculum and Research Support, Medical Library) attended ETD2008: Spreading the Light, the 11th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, for which he also created and maintains a specific blog. The symposium, to be held at The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, is an initiative of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.

May 29, 2008

Senior Essay Prize Winners

For the sixth year, Manuscripts and Archives honored undergraduate achievement by awarding two prizes to graduating seniors.

At commencement on Monday, Scott Chaloff of Morse College received the prize for his outstanding essay on Yale, "Dynamite Tonight: Vietnam On and Off-Stage at the Yale School of Drama, 1966-1969." The second award honors an outstanding essay based on research done in Manuscripts and Archives.  Aaron Wiener of Berkeley College received this prize for "Hiram Bingham's Expedition and the Peruvian Response: A Connecticut Yanqui in the Land of the Incas."

Each student received a $500 cash award, underwritten this year by a generous gift from Attorney Donald F. Melhorn, Jr. of Toledo, OH, a Yale alumnus (BA) of the class of 1957. The essays and some research materials used by the thirteen student entrants will be on display in the Sterling Memorabilia Room until August.

For more information about the Senior Essay Prize, please contact Diane E. Kaplan, Archivist, Manuscripts and Archives

May 26-30, 2008

Laura Tatum (Manuscripts & Archives), attended the 14th biannual conference of the International Confederation of Architecture Museums (ICAM) in Oslo, Norway. For more information about the conference or the organization, click here.

May 22, 2008

New Library Netcast: The Passover Haggadah

In this netcast, Nanette Stahl, Curator of the Judaica Collection and of the exhibition "The Passover Haggadah: Modern Art in Dialogue with an Ancient Text," discusses highlights from the show and the history of this important Jewish text.

The exhibition is on view in Sterling Memorial Library Nave until June 27.

May 16, 2008

Jeffry Larson (Librarian for Romance Languages & Literatures, Linguistics, and Classics) participated in a roundtable on "Les bibliothèques face aux moteurs de recherche" (Libraries and Search Engines) at the Sorbonne University in Paris. The roundtable is part of the conference "L’Economie et le Droit des moteurs de recherche," organized by the Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne (Université Paris1), in collaboration with the Chaire Innovation et régulation des services numériques (Ecole Polytechnique et Télécom ParisTech), and the Institut Français de la Communication.


May 6, 2008

A delegation of religious dignitaries from Syria visited Sterling Memorial Library and the Near Eastern Collection.

April 17-19, 2008

The Great Mirror of Folly

Interdisciplinary symposium sponsored by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the International Center for Finance at the Yale School of Management.

The Great Mirror of Folly (Dutch Het Groote Tafereel der Dwaasheid) is a compilation of texts and images that came out within months of the crashes that affected the financial markets of England, France, and the Dutch Republic in 1720. Digitized versions of the Beinecke copy of the Groote Tafereel, together with a companion volume containing ephemera documenting the events of 1720, can be found in the Beinecke’s Digital Library.

April 1, 2008

Christine Byaruhanga (Assistant Librarian and Archivist, Uganda Christian University, Mukono), who begins today her three-month visit at the Divinity School Library, is the seventh librarian to come to Yale under the auspices of the International Associates Program.

April 1, 2008

THE PASSOVER HAGGADAH: Modern Art in Dialogue with an Ancient Text

The Haggadah is a composite liturgical text made up of biblical and rabbinic passages with ancient folk songs at the end. It was likely assembled sometime during the late Second Temple Period in Palestine and was meant to be read on Passover eve during the seder, a ceremony commemorating the Israelite delivery from Egyptian bondage.

The Haggadah text has been interpreted, embellished and enhanced over the centuries with illustrations that serve both aesthetic and instructional purposes. Some illustrations fill in details that the text does not emphasize, but that are important to Jewish tradition and belief.

This exhibit, curated by the Judaica Collection, features a selection of Haggadahs illustrated by modern artists, some of whom have used the medium and the text to make personal or communal statements. Current artists, for example, have addressed the lack of women in the original text, as well as the devastation of European Jewry during World War II.

Sterling Memorial Library Nave, on display until June 26.

April 2008

Mark Gentry (Clinical Support Librarian, Medical Library) spent three weeks at the Albert Cook Medical Library, Makerere University, Uganda, working with key faculty, residents, library and technology staff, and team teaching classes to students and residents with members of the library’s professional staff.

Funded by the yale School of Medicine, Mark's visit was part of the largest and most established program of international cooperation at the Yale School of Medicine, the “Makerere University-Yale University (MuYu) Collaboration”.

March 31 , 2008

Paiki Muswazi, Deputy Client Services Librarian at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, begins his month-long residence at the Yale Library as part of a professional development program funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Read more...

March 28-29, 2008

Charles Riley, Catalog Librarian for African Languages, delivered a paper on “Web standards development and Liberian languages” at the 40th Annual Conference of the Liberian Studies Association, held at the University of Toledo, Ohio, 28-29 March 2008.

Charles is an expert of the Vai script (an indigenous syllabary developed in the 1820s or 1830s to write the Vai language of Liberia and Sierra Leone), and one of the authors of the proposals to add this script to the (Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP) of the Universal Character Set (UCS).

March 26, 2008

Japanese Materials Workshop

Ellen Hammond (Curator, East Asia Library) and Haruko Nakamura (Librarian for the Japanese Collection) attended the day-long workshop on Japanese materials, where they presented on “The Prewar History of the East Asia Library at Yale” and “Heritage Sources in the Japanese Collections at Yale University,” respectively. Part of the Todai-Yale Initiative, the workshop was held in cooperation with academic staff specializing in the field of Japan Studies from the Yale University Council on East Asian Studies, and the East Asia Library.

Center for Language Study, 370 Temple Street, New Haven, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

March 18, 2008

Ibn Khaldūn

Curated by the Near East Collection, it features modern and contemporary editions of books in a dozen languages (Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish) by and about the North African scholar Ibn Khaldūn (Tunis 1332 – Cairo 1406).

On display until May 31 in the Sterling Memorial Library Cloister, 120 High Street, New Haven.

Free and open to the public.

March 13, 2008

Iraq's Cultural Reconstruction

Panel discussion on projects related to the cultural reconstruction of Iraq. As part of the Library's Exploration and Adventure series, Charles Kolb of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will talk about the goals, challenges, and success of Recovering Iraq's Past, the NEH's recently ended initiative to preserve, protect, and document Iraq's cultural heritage in the face of looting and destruction. Ann Okerson, Simon Samoeil, and Elizabeth Beaudin of the Yale University Library will also describe Iraq ReCollection, the Yale's Library's two-year, grant-funded effort to digitize some 100,000 pages of Iraqi humanities journals. Though a 2005 U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant, the Library is also developing Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library (AMEEL), a Web-based portal for the study of the Middle East, including its history, culture, development, and contemporary face.

Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

March 10-11, 2008

Two librarians from the the American University in Cairo, Hoda El Ridi (Head, Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery) and Amal Khalil (Resource Sharing Coordinator), spent two days at Sterling Memorial Library working with Carol Jones (Head, Document Delivery), Elizabeth Beaudin (Manager, International Digital Special Projects) and Simon Samoeil (Curator, Near East Collection) on aspects and issues related to the AMEEL (Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library) project.

Visitors from the American University in Cairo
Left to right: Carol Jones, Hoda El Ridi, Amal Khalil (Sterling Memorial Library, March 10, 2008),

One of the three components of the AMEEL project is to introduce and foster Document Delivery exchanges among Middle Eastern academic libraries. To do this, the AMEEL team started by holding a Document Delivery workshop in March 2006 in Amman, Jordan.  From the workshop participants, the team chose two universities, the American University in Cairo and the University of Bahrain, to begin a pilot exchange. Hoda and Amal participated in this pilot exchange as members of the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery department at the American University in Cairo. Their visit to Yale was timed so that they could attend the 2008 OCLC ILLiad International Meeting, held on March 13 th and 14 th in Virginia Beach, Virginia. ILLiad is a resource-sharing management software used by many academic libraries to automate their routine interlibrary loan functions.

March 10, 2008

Tatjana Lorković (Curator, Slavic and East European Collection) attended the conference on "Google and Libraries," held at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs as part of the 10th International Workshop "Digital Resources and International Information Exchange: East-West." The International Workshop is organized annually in the United States by the International Library Information and Analytical Center (ILIAC) and the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology.

February 15, 2008

Yan Zhao, of the Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (LCAS) in Beijing, begins today her six-month term as visiting librarian at the Yale University Library, focusing on electronic resource work.

Yan Zhao is the Head Librarian, Acquisitions Section, Resource Development Department at the National Science Library where her duties include acquisition of electronic information resources and management of acquired resources. During her time at Yale, Ms. Zhao wishes to focus on analysis of user needs, evaluation of electronic resources, and integrated management of the acquisition activities of electronic resources.

She will be based at the Medical Library, while working with staff from across the library system.

February 12, 2008

Arabic Music

Curated by the Near East Collection, the exhibition displays a variety of books on the various musical traditions of the Middle East.

On display until March 31 at the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, 120 High Street, New Haven.

Free and open to the public.

February 1, 2008

Arnold Carl Klebs, 1870-1943: Tubercolosis Specialist, Historian, Bibliophile and Founder of the Medical Historical Library

Arnold Carl Klebs was one of the three physician/historians who offered to donate their libraries of rare books to Yale if Yale would build a place to house them. That place was the Yale Medical Library, now the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Son of the famous pathologist and bacteriologist Edwin Klebs, Arnold Klebs followed his father from Switzerland to America in 1896, becoming a noted tuberculosis specialist in Chicago. In 1909, having inherited wealth, Klebs returned to Switzerland where he devoted his career to the history of medicine. Harvey Cushing and Klebs met at Johns Hopkins in the first decade of the twentieth century and became lifelong friends. Thirty years later, Cushing suggested to Klebs that he and John F. Fulton join him in pledging their books to become the nucleus of a new medical historical collection at Yale.

On display until March 15 at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Rotunda, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven.

January 29 , 2008

Missionary Journeys: Stories of Adventure and Peril from the Day Missions Collection

This exhibition contains a sampling of manuscript and published works from the Yale Divinity Library's renowned Day Missions collection that describe missionary journeys from the 17th century through the first half of the 20th century. Letters, journals, photographs, and published works provide a glimpse of  the exotic destinations, perilous adventures, ground breaking exploration, and unique experiences of missionaries who set out to spread the gospel.

On view through July at the Yale Divinity School Library, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven.

January 16, 2008

The Reckoner's Art: Reading and Writing Mathematics in Early Modern England

Mathematics became an essential part of literate culture in England in the early modern period. This exhibition showcases the means, serious and playful, by which readers learned, practiced, and implemented mathematics in England, from the mid-sixteenth through the eighteenth century. Drawing on the Beinecke Library's print and manuscript collections of early modern English material, the exhibition includes student exercise books, almanacs, textbooks, illustrations, account books, poems, literature, and instruments made out of paper.

OPENING RECEPTION, Wednesday, January 16, 5:15 p.m.

For more information please see the news release.

On view until April 16 at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

January 11-12, 2008

Martha Smalley, Curator of the Day Missions Collection, Divinity Library, attended the Third Annual Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Hong Kong, where she made a presentation on China resources at the Yale Divinity School Library.


January 11, 2008

Birds in Babylonia

The abundance and diversity of bird life in ancient Mesopotamia were reflected in art, literature, and administrative records.  People carefully observed birds, raised them for food, made up stories about them, and drew pictures and carved sculptures of them.  The tablets and objects in this exhibition, selected from the Yale Babylonian Collection, illustrate numerous aspects of the relationship between birds and human beings thousands of years ago.

Babylonian Duck

On view until March 31 in the Sterling Memorial Library Nave (between the Circulation Desk and the Cloister).

January 7, 2008

Travels With My Librarian: Professional Exchanges and Gift Culture

The ancient and honorable practice of gift exchange is common to all mankind, though its forms and reasons may differ from country to country. Gifts remain indeed one of the oldest and most enduring social-binding forces, a traditional aspect of archaic societies which remains very much alive today, if often demystified, trivialized or regulated by circumstances and policies. Whether they are exchanged by family members, friends, or business and professional acquaintances, gifts always fill the gap represented by distance and difference—geographic, cultural or otherwise.

In our age of networked information, international cooperation and global issues, librarians increasingly participate in projects and activities that take them farther and farther afield, or conversely that bring colleagues and other professional visitors from overseas to their home institutions. More often than not, international travel and hosting are marked by an exchange of gifts, to express gratitude, openness and friendliness, but also as a first, symbolic step towards a possible collaboration.

This exhibition explores the custom and culture of international gift exchange by presenting a selection of objects received by Yale librarians and administrators, either during their professional travels or while hosting international visitors to New Haven.

On view until February 29 in the Sterling Memorial Library Cloister.