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April 29, 2010

"Hats Off, Gentlemen - A Genius": Chopin at 200

The Gilmore Music Library is celebrating the 200th birthday of Frédéric Chopin with an exhibit entitled "Hats Off, Gentlemen - A Genius": Chopin at 200, featuring the manuscript of a polonaise, a letter Chopin wrote shortly before his death, and a surprising variety of other items. In June, a Schumann bicentenary exhibit will take its place in our display cases, but it will remain online in perpetuity. Earlier online exhibits from the Gilmore Music Library include A Renaissance Man Among the Romantics: Felix Mendelssohn at 200 and Musicians and Their Pets.

April 5, 2010

Great Japanese "Silents:" Film Heritage Materials from the Yale Library Collections

The East Asia Library is pleased to announce the new exhibit in the East Asian Reading Room (SML 222) in conjunction with the Japanese "Silents": Benshi Film Narration by Raiko Sakamoto presented by the Film Studies Program and the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University on February 12th, 2010.

Visual materials on display have been selected from the Japanese Film Ephemera Collection, as well as other library collections. They include The Benshi: Japanese silent film narrators ; Katsudō benshi sekai o kakeru (the autobiography of Sawato Midori, another active silent film narrator in Japan); a handbill for a silent film screening event featuring Sakamoto Raiko; Masterpieces of Japanese Silent Cinema, a DVD-ROM database containing data on 12,000 titles, footage from 45 films, and biographies of key silent movie figures.  The exhibit was prepared with the valuable assistance of Takuya Tsunoda, a Ph.D. student in Film Studies and East Asian Languages and Literature, Yale University.  The East Asia Library at Yale University is committed to acquiring a variety of unique resources on Japanese film studies and visual culture.

On display in the East Asia Reading Room (SML 222) until April 8, 2010.

April 5, 2010

Manuelraj, a Senior Librarian (Digital Resources) a the Christian Medical College  (CMC) in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India, is spending six weeks at Yale, working at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library with a focus on electronic resource management issues.

Manuelraj holds an MLS from Annamalai University in Annamalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu, and is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. Program (Library Science) at the University of Madras in Chennai.

At CMC's Dodd Memorial Library, where he has been working since 1994, Manuelraj is responsible for the acquisition and management and of electronic resources, their promotion among the CMC medical community, and the creation and maintenance of CMC Library's Web pages.

March 16, 2010

On Visigoths and Vikings: The Middle Ages at Yale

A new exhibit in Sterling Memorial Library surveys the study of the Middle Ages at Yale from one of the first books donated to the University and the early history lectures by "Visigoth" Professor George Burton Adamsin in the early 20th century to the Medieval Lunch and Lecture Series and the wildly popular "Vikings!" course offered last year. Along the way the exhibit explores early efforts at interdisciplinary study of the period and the creation in the 1960s of the Medieval Studies Program. It also examines the support given by rich archival holdings and architectural riches of Sterling Memorial Library as well as the superb manuscript collections of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The exhibit is timed to coincide with the annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America (March 18-20, 2010). The conference honors three Yale medievalists with special sessions focusing on their work, and so the lives and work of Robert S. Lopez, Fred C. Robinson, and John E. Boswell are also celebrated. The medievalist community has always had a strong communal spirit, manifested in 2006 by a reunion of graduate medievalists in 2006 entitled "Medieval Spring." The exhibition represents both the scholarly and social sides of this gathering as well as of the usual round of Lectures and Lunch of medievalists on the Yale campus today.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and runs until April 30.

March 10, 2010

Japanese Visitors to This Old Library

A group of approximately 20 undergraduate students and 3 faculty members from Senshu University in Tokyo, Japan, visited Yale and were given a tour of Sterling, Bass and the East Asia libraries.

April 25, 2010

Jews of the Maghreb: The History and Culture of North African Jewry

A symposium organized by the Judaica Collection, the Program in Judaic Studies (Yale University) and The Center for the Study of Jewish Languages and Literatures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Twelve scholars from Israel, the United States, Morocco, and France will come to Yale University to participate in a workshop on the collection of North African Jewish manuscripts in the Yale University Library. The workshop will be held from 21-28 April 2010. April 25 will be dedicated to a symposium on North African Jewry.

Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, Room 208
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

March 1, 2010

New International Associate from Trinidad and Tobago

Lorraine Nero, Special Collections Librarian at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago, begins her four-month internship in the Yale University Library. She will be working primarily with Research Services and Collections librarians and the Latin American Collection curator.

February 1, 2010

New ENSSIB Intern

Florian Forestier, a student at the French national library school (École nationale upérieure des sciences de l'information et des bibliothèques, Enssib) in Lyon, begins his three-month internship in the Yale University Library.

January 28, 2010

A Worldwide Search for Yale's Rare Books

In this article published in today's Yale Daily News, Ann Okerson (Associate University Librarian for Collections and International Programs), Tatjana Lorković (Curator, Slavic and East European Collection), Haruko Nakamura (Japanese Collection Librarian), Nanette Stahl (Curator, Judaica Collection), and Dorothy Woodson (Curator, African Collection) discuss the challenges of acquiring library materials from around the world in a time of shrinking Library budgets.

January 22, 2010

Exhibit in East Asian Reading Room features resources for the study of Korean film

All of the visually exciting books and journals on display are recent donations from the Korean Film Council (Seoul), part of a shipment of 80 volumes of print materials in English and Korean and over 300 feature films on DVD that came to Yale under the terms of a grant. 

Yale's successful application for status as a Korean Film Council "hub" library was organized by the Film Studies Program, Film Study Center, and the East Asia Library. The materials will support the academic study of East Asian film in the program at Yale.

The exhibit was prepared by Visiting Korean Studies Librarian Youngaie Kim (Seoul National University Library), with assistance from Tang Li (Public Services Librarian).

On display in the East Asia Library (Sterling Memorial Library, 2nd floor) until February 15.

January 5, 2010

New International Associate from Pakistan

Hameed Ahmad, a Cataloging Librarian at the Library of Congress Office in Islamabad, Pakistan, begins his four-month internship at the Yale University Library. He is the 11th librarian to come to Yale under the auspices of the International Associates Program, a Library-funded initiative launched in 2005 to nurture professional development and leadership at home and abroad through exchanges with research and educational institutions around the globe.

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