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September 12, 2014

Sterling Memorial Library holds an open house in the restored nave

The Yale community is invited to join us for a special open house on Thursday September 18th, 3-5pm, to celebrate the reopening of the restored nave of Sterling Memorial Library. This marks the completion of a major, yearlong restoration project that has returned the nave to its original splendor and brought about improvements that will better serve the needs of library users in the twenty-first century. Staff will be on hand to give informal tours and refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

Beinecke acquires the papers of Mo Willems, renowned children’s author and illustrator

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is acquiring the papers of author and illustrator Mo Willems, the award-winning creator of some of the most beloved characters in contemporary children’s literature, including Elephant and Piggie, Knuffle Bunny, and the irascible Pigeon.

Willems’ original sketches, notebooks, and book drafts will join a growing archive at Yale University documenting the reading and imaginative lives of American children.

“Finding a home for my drawings within a collection that is as deep, diverse, and inspiring as the Beinecke’s is equal parts flattering and daunting,” Willems said. “It is my hope that my work, both preliminary and final, can be of some small use in answering questions about the process of creating children’s books and how it has changed, and not changed, over centuries of publishing.”

Willems, 46, began writing for children as a staff writer for “Sesame Street,” where he spent nine years and earned six Emmy Awards. His first publication for children — “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” — was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 2004. Since then, he has created a cast of memorable characters that have made him one of the most recognized talents in the world of children’s literature. “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale,” another Caldecott Honor Book, has been made into a successful stage musical, and the “Elephant and Piggie” series has been praised by Kirkus Reviews for its “snappy pacing and wry humor.” The New York Times Book Review has placed the Pigeon in “the pantheon of great picture book characters.”

“Mo Willems’ characters and stories will teach children and charm parents for generations to come. His papers provide remarkable insight into his creative process and singular imagination,” says Timothy Young, the library’s curator of modern books and manuscripts. “We are extremely excited to welcome this archive to the Beinecke Library’s collection of children’s literature — but we won’t let the Pigeon touch the Gutenberg Bible!”

The archive thus far consists of a selection of notebooks in which Willems works through book ideas, manuscript “dummy” books for several Elephant and Piggie titles (including the original artwork for “I am Invited to a Party!”), notes, drafts and production material for the premiere production of “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical”; storyboards for animated series; early notebooks (published as “You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons”); and copies of all his published books up to 2012. Future additions will add archival material related to other well-loved books and papers documenting his career at “Sesame Street.”

The Mo Willems papers join a rapidly growing collection of archives, books, and original art related to children’s literature at Beinecke Library. While Yale University has long held an extensive group of primers and educational books for children, the addition of the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of American Children’s Literature (a gift of more than 15,000 books and hundreds of original documents and artworks over the past 25 years) has given the Beinecke Library a new stature among research institutions that gather and catalogue children’s literature. In the past decade alone, the library has acquired the papers of renowned children’s book authors Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire, Lillian Hoban, Karla Kuskin, Miriam Schlein, and Harvey Weiss.

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is one of the world’s largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts, and is Yale's principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. Researchers from around the world use the Beinecke’s collections to create new scholarship.

September 2, 2014

Attend the Yale Day of Data on September 26

Registration for the second annual Yale Day of Data conference is now open. The conference will be held on Friday, September 26 on the Yale University campus. This day-long event will focus on data science and partnerships across industry, academia, and government initiatives. To register, please click here

Featured keynote speakers include:
Ben Polak, Provost, Yale University
Philip Bourne, Associate Director for Data Science, National Institutes of Health
Cathy O’Neil, Director of the Lede Program in Data Practices, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

The day will also include presentations by eight Yale faculty and researchers on issues specific to research data management, preservation, and sharing, and a poster session highlighting additional data-related work and initiatives by Yale students and researchers.

Priority for registration is given to students, faculty, staff, and other Yale affiliates.

The 2014 Day of Data is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Yale University Library, Yale Information Technology Services, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and the Yale Institute for Network Science.

August 27, 2014

Hand Papermaking with the Peace Paper Project

The Bibliographical Press at Yale University Library, and the Yale Program in the History of the Book at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, are delighted to offer a series of events about hand papermaking, which is open to the public.

Join artists Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan of the Peace Paper Project on Wednesday, September 3 and Thursday, September 4, 2014. Drew Matott received his MFA in Book & Paper Arts from Columbia College-Chicago and his BFA in Printmaking from the Buffalo State College. He co-founded the Green Door Studio, People's Republic of Paper, the Combat Paper Project, BluSeed Paper Mill, Free Your Mind Press, Peace Paper Project, and Panty Pulping. Margaret Mahan co-directs Peace Paper Project, with a focus on Panty Pulping. She received her BA in English from Saint Michael's College. She also studied with Antioch University in Bodh Gaya, India, and with the University of Rhode Island in Salamanca, Spain. Her love for poetry and creative writing brought her to be an editor for the Onion River Review, Vice President of Publications for the Friends of Dard Hunter, and a writer for Hand Papermaking, Inc. Matott and Mahan will be on the Yale campus for two days participating in multiple public events.

The morning of Wednesday, September 3 will feature historic papermaking techniques with five demonstrations scheduled on the half hour between 10 am and 12 noon. The two artists will work as a team to pull and couch sheets of paper from a vat of pulp, showing how paper was made in Europe for centuries. In the afternoon starting at 2pm, we invite the campus community to try their hand at pulling a sheet of paper and creating an image with the pulp painting process. With coaching from Matott and Mahan, everyone is welcome to create a unique sheet of paper, which will be available for pick-up from the Arts Library after it is dry. The artists will be creating the pulp from which the paper will be pulled using a bicycle-powered beater. Morning and afternoon papermaking events will be on the Beinecke Plaza.

Thursday, September 4 will present an opportunity for the campus community to see Peace Paper Project’s handmade paper in use at The Bibliographical Press at Sterling Memorial Library. The two artists and several “Bib Press” docents will present five letterpress printing demonstrations on the half hour between 10 am and 12 noon. Keepsakes will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Finally, join the artists in the Sterling Memorial Library International Room at 4pm to learn about the history and goals of the Peace Paper Project through an illustrated talk.

For more details, please contact Jae Rossman at jae.rossman@yale.edu or 203-432-4439

August 25, 2014

Lewis Walpole Library welcomes new executive director

Nicole L. Bouché began her new position as W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director of the Lewis Walpole Library on August 18. Upon her arrival, Ms. Bouché said:

"It is a pleasure to return to Yale University as the W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director of the Lewis Walpole Library. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Farmington and New Haven, with the Library’s Board of Managers, and with the international community of scholars to advance the mission of the Lewis Walpole Library."

She added, "The Lewis Walpole Library’s world-class collections and residential fellowship programs, its Farmington campus, and its outstanding staff are an extraordinary legacy, attesting to the vision of the library’s founder, Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis and his wife, Annie Burr Lewis, and to the leadership and dedication of my predecessor LWL Librarians. It is a privilege, and an honor, to lead this remarkable institution in the next phase of its development, pursuing 'Lefty' Lewis’s vision of a center for 18th-century studies, or as he liked to say, 'Yale in Farmington.'”

Nicole can be reached at 860-677-2140 ext. 222 or by email at nicole.bouche@yale.edu

August 24, 2014

The Sterling Memorial Library nave reopens following a ‘spectacular’ restoration

On Monday, August 25, 2014, the magnificent entrance nave in Sterling Memorial Library (SML) reopens to the public, marking the completion of a major restoration project that has returned the nave to its original splendor and brought about improvements that will better serve the needs of library users in the twenty-first century. The restoration was made possible thanks to a generous gift from Richard Gilder ’54 and Lois Chiles, who made their gift in honor of President Emeritus Richard C. Levin ’74 PH.D. and Jane A. Levin ’75 PH.D.

Susan Gibbons, University Librarian commented, “We are enormously grateful to Richard Gilder and Lois Chiles for realizing this spectacular restoration, which has returned a cherished landmark to its original beauty and made our library more efficient, intuitive and welcoming. This is a historic day for all those who love and use this magnificent place.”

The centrality of SML on the Yale campus was the intent of architect James Gamble Rogers B.A. 1889. In designing the building, Rogers incorporated the Collegiate Gothic style that was prevalent on campuses throughout the United States, announcing that Yale, and its library, were world-class institutions that could rival Oxford and Cambridge, even if Yale was younger by several centuries. The windows of the nave, designed by G. Owen Bonawit, reinforced this message by illustrating important events from the history of Yale and of New Haven. But even though its design was gothic, SML opened in 1930 as a modern library that catered to the needs of Yale’s faculty and students. Banks of card catalogs filled the entire south aisle of the nave. The circulation desk, often mistaken for an altar by generations of visitors, stopped anyone from entering the bookstacks at a time when they were closed to everyone except library staff. Small “confessionals” near the High Street entrance to SML served as telephone booths. In the eighty-four years since SML first opened its doors, however, much has changed. Computer workstations and other technologies are ubiquitous and provide the means not only to look up the location of library materials, but also to access a rapidly expanding universe of electronic content. The book stacks have been open to members of the Yale community for many years now – the circulation desk no longer needs to serve as a barrier.

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August 22, 2014

Data Mining Library Collections for the Humanities

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 2:00 PM
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

Yale humanities subject librarians – Peter Leonard, Librarian for Digital Humanities Research, Lindsay King, Public Services Librarian and David Gary, Kaplanoff Librarian for American History – will show early work on two “data-mining” projects. The Robots Reading Vogue project explores the possibilities of machine learning on a large (400,000 page) fully-digitized serial collection with page-level markup. The Asakawa Epistolary Network project is an experiment in the creation of a mid-sized network dataset by extracting the date, location, and sender/recipient of the letters of early 20th century Yale librarian and faculty member Kan'ichi Asakawa (PhD, 1902), located in Manuscripts and Archives.

All are welcome to this SCOPA forum.

Meet your personal librarian at our Freshman Library Reception

New freshman students will be welcomed to the Library on Wednesday September 10, from 3:30–5pm, at a reception hosted by their personal librarians at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The Personal Librarian Program pairs every freshman student with their very own librarian and is designed to introduce students entering Yale College to the collections and services of the Yale University Library.

Personal Librarians contact students occasionally throughout the year to let them know about new databases and tools, upcoming tours of collections or research strategies. They also encourage questions about research or the Library in general. Any questions about the program can be directed to Emily Horning, Director of Undergraduate Research Education and Outreach at: emily.horning@yale.edu or phone 203-432-8211.

Personal Librarian website: http://web.library.yale.edu/pl

August 20, 2014

The Art Song Compositions of Huang Tzu

The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library and the Yale School of Music are honored to welcome Professor Qian Ren Ping, Professor of Music Theory at Shanghai Conservatory and his colleagues to the Yale campus from 10-12th September, 2014. The highlight of the visit will be a lecture on September 11th at 10:00 am in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, presented by Professor Qian on "The Art Song Compositions of Huang Tzu” and will include performances of some of his art songs. A reception in the adjacent Memorabilia Room will follow. There will also be an exhibition of his rare manuscripts and related materials that will honor his musical contributions as well as his time as a student of composition of western music here at Yale in 1928. He is attributed with being the first Chinese composer to write a large-scale orchestral work, his overture In Memoriam. The exhibit will be on view in the Gilmore Music Library.

More details can be found at: http://calendar.yale.edu/cal/library/month/20140920/All/CAL-2c9cb3cc-47d46f31-0147-d5620e6a-000008eebedework@yale.edu/