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September 22, 2014

Curatorial tour of three new Medical Library exhibits

Wednesday, September 24, 12:00 pm
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT

Join us for a tour of 3 fascinating and diverse Medical Library exhibits – "The Body as a Machine", "Vesalius at 500", and "Dangers of Underage Drinking and other Historical Posters." The tour will be led by Melissa Grafe, Librarian for Medical History, and Susan Wheeler, Curator at the Medical Library. As part of the tour, the cases will be opened to view the objects. Please meet at the circulation desk. You may RSVP to historical.library@yale.edu or at 203 785-4354.

Revising Encoded Archival Description: Bringing EAD from 2002 to EAD3

Thursday, September 25, 2:00 pm
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

Since 2010, as co-chair of the Society of American Archivists’ Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Description, Mike Rush has been leading the effort to revise Encoded Archival Description. Last revised in 2002, EAD was overdue for an update. Due to be released this winter, EAD3 is an attempt to balance respect for existing practice with changes intended to achieve greater conceptual and semantic consistency, to support better multilingual description, and to facilitate easier interaction with other metadata standards, especially Encoded Archival Context – Corporate bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF). Mike will briefly review the history of EAD and discuss the most significant changes in EAD3 and the justifications thereof.

This talk is sponsored by SCOPA and is free and open to the public.

Seeing Voices: Imaging Applied to Early Recorded Sound Preservation

Tuesday, October 7th, 4:00 pm
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

The Yale Library is delighted to offer a lecture and reception featuring Professor Carl Haber, Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. The event is sponsored by the Richard Warren Jr. (B.A. 1959) Fund for the Preservation and Promotion of Music.

Sound was first recorded and reproduced by Thomas Edison in 1877. Until about 1950, when magnetic tape use became common, most recordings were made on mechanical media such as wax, foil, shellac, lacquer, and plastic. Some of these older recordings contain material of great historical interest, sometimes in obsolete formats, and are damaged, decaying, or are now considered too delicate to play.

Unlike print and latent imagescanning, the playback of mechanical sound carriers has been an inherently invasive process. Recently, a series of techniques, based upon non-contact optical metrology and image processing, have been applied to create and analyze high resolution digital surface profiles of these materials. Numerical methods may be used to emulate the stylus motion through such a profile in order to reconstruct the recorded sound. This approach, and current results, including studies of some of the earliest known sound recordings, are the focus of this talk and will be illustrated with sounds and images.

Carl Haber is an experimental physicist who received his Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University and is a Senior Scientist in the Physics Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His career has focused on the development of instrumentation and methods for detecting and measuring particles created at high energy colliders, including Fermilab in the United States and at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. Since 2002 he, and his colleagues, have also been involved in aspects of preservation science, applying methods of precision optical metrology and data analysis to early recorded sound restoration. He is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

All are welcome to the lecture.

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 If you missed registration, the event will be live streamed via Yale's YouTube channel. Go directly to the stream here http://tinyurl.com/o9kr87r

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