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July 10, 2014

Bones in the Archives: Medical and Health Special Collections at Yale.

Wednesday July 16, 2:00pm
Sterling Memorial Library International Room

Interested in knowing more about Yale's collections on medicine, health, sexuality, science, and disease? Join Melissa Grafe, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History, and Bill Landis, Head of Public Services in Manuscripts & Archives, for an interactive session that begins with a discussion of the great medical/health collections at Yale and how these collections can be used in teaching and research.

Yale's medical/health collections come in a variety of languages and formats, and span topics that include war, eugenics and intelligence testing, tobacco and patent medicine advertising, transgender issues, photography, atomic bombs, disease, international public health, and much, much more. Following this discussion, participants will have an opportunity to interact with a selection of materials drawn from the Medical Historical Library and Manuscripts and Archives, providing a taste of the rich resources available to the world.

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

July 3, 2014

High Street entrance of Sterling Memorial Library to close for a month

The High Street entrance of Sterling Memorial Library (SML) will be closed from Wednesday, July 9, to Friday, August 8, to accommodate construction activity related to the restoration of the SML nave. The Wall Street entrance to SML will remain open and will serve as the primary entrance and exit for the Library. The one exception will be for anyone requiring wheelchair access – they can continue to use the High Street entrance, where a security guard will be available to assist.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this closing of the High Street entrance as the nave restoration project enters its final weeks. For any questions about the closing or the nave restoration in general, please contact Kendall Crilly (kendall.crilly@yale.edu)

June 27, 2014

Borrow Direct service expands to include Johns Hopkins Libraries

Beginning Wednesday, July 2, Borrow Direct users will see holdings from the Johns Hopkins Libraries, at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), become the newest member of the Borrow Direct consortium. The libraries at JHU hold more than 3.7 million books and include the Milton S. Eisenhower Library, which is the principal research library for the university. Additional JHU libraries include the Welch Medical Library, the School of Advanced International Studies Library, and the Friedman Music Library.

With the addition of JHU, Borrow Direct now has eleven member libraries, including Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, MIT, University of Chicago, and Yale. For information about Borrow Direct go to: http://guides.library.yale.edu/getit. Any questions can be directed to: kendall.crilly@yale.edu

June 18, 2014

New Librarian and Executive Director of the Lewis Walpole Library

The Yale University Library announced this week the appointment of Nicole Bouché as the new Librarian and Executive Director of the Lewis Walpole Library. She will begin her new position in Farmington, CT on August 18th.

Nicole is currently the Director of the Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia (UVA). In this position she oversees a staff of 17 (plus students and volunteers) who are responsible for curation, outreach and instruction, reference and research services, metadata and collections management, preservation and general administration. Under her leadership the Library expanded its curating and collection development capacities, revitalized its exhibitions program and enhanced faculty and donor outreach. Nicole has also worked with the Rare Book School and UVA’s vibrant digital humanities program.

The Lewis Walpole Library is a research center for the study of the eighteenth century. Part of the Yale University Library system, it is based away from the central Yale campus, in Farmington, CT. Its collections are centered around the life and times of Horace Walpole, with strong collections of books, manuscripts and prints. Reporting to the Director of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Nicole will be responsible for establishing a vision for the Lewis Walpole Library and for setting priorities that support the teaching and research mission of Yale, as well as supporting scholarship about eighteenth-century Great Britain. She will oversee all administrative aspects of the Library, including public services, collection development, digital collections, technical services, academic programs, exhibits, personnel management and facilities management.

Periodical Reading Room moves to a new location

Beginning Thursday, June 19th, all of the periodicals in Sterling Memorial Library’s Franke Family Reading Room will begin being relocated to the room formerly known as the Newspaper Reading Room, just adjacent to the entrance to the Music Library in SML. The move will be completed by Wednesday, July 2nd. At the end of the transition, the former Newspaper Reading Room will become the new “Periodical Reading Room (PRR).”

Periodicals will remain accessible throughout the transition. As materials are relocated from the Franke room to the new PRR, library staff will affix signs indicating the new location status.

The Franke Room will become the Beinecke Library’s temporary reading room, once the Beinecke closes for renovations next spring. Meanwhile, the move is happening now so that the room can be prepared and transformed. The other current services and functions in the Franke Room–such as circulation–will remain there until the nave is returned to full service in late August.

The former Newspaper Reading Room has served a variety of purposes over the years. In fact, this function as the new Periodical Reading Room returns the room to its originally designated purpose.

If you have any questions about the move, please contact Michael.bell@yale.edu or phone: (203) 432-1810.

June 17, 2014

Library adopts a new system to better track and access electronic resources

On Monday, June 23rd, the Yale University Library migrates to a new system for tracking and accessing electronic resources, which will result in a new YaleLinks menu and a new A-Z title list for journals. This migration will move Yale’s electronic access systems onto a single integrated system, with better linking out of Articles+ and more consistent holdings information across access points, including Articles+, the YaleLinks menu, and the Journal title list.

The new YaleLinks menu retains all of the same functionality as before, promoting direct access to full text articles and linking out to Inter Library Loan (ILL) and the Orbis (Yale Library) and Morris (Law Library) catalogs. Search the new Journal list to find coverage information for individual titles including what database they’re in and what date ranges are available as full text.

Link to the Journal Title list at: http://wa4py6yj8t.search.serialssolutions.com/?L=WA4PY6YJ8T&tab=JOURNALS

Link to the Sample YaleLinks menu at: http://wa4py6yj8t.scholar.serialssolutions.com/?sid=google&auinit=L&aulast=Snavely&atitle=The+information+literacy+debate&id=doi:10.1016/S0099-1333(97)90066-5&title=Journal+of+academic+librarianship&volume=23&issue=1&date=1997&spage=9&issn=0099-1333.

If you encounter trouble accessing Yale’s electronic resources, contact AskYale at http://ask.library.yale.edu/. This service provides troubleshooting advice by email, chat, or phone. If you would like to provide specific feedback, please contact Angela Sidman, Electronic Resources Librarian, at: angela.sidman@yale.edu or Jenn Nolte, Applications Manager/Database Administrator for Library IT at: jennifer.nolte@yale.edu

An Ecumenical Community of Students: Archival Documentation of Worldwide Student Christian Movements

This new exhibition at the Yale Divinity Library traces the history of ecumenical student Christian movements. It features archival documentation from the Library's extensive holdings in this area. Over the past 150 years these movements have provided community for Christian students and opportunities to engage with social issues of the time. http://www.library.yale.edu/div/exhibits/StudentChristianMovements.html