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June 8, 2009

Yale University Library on Twitter

Yale University Library is now on Twitter! To quote from Wikipedia,

"Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users' updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them (known as followers)."

Like Facebook status updates, tweets are often responses to the question: "what are you doing?" Institutions on campus utilizing Twitter include the Yale Science and Divinity Libraries, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale University Press, the Yale Law School Library, and the Schools of Music and Management. By following the Library you can keep up with news about services, resources, events, classes, and other learning opportunities across the Yale Library system.

For more information on Twitter visit:
http://twitter.com/ or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter.

June 10, 2009

New Literature Databases from Adam Matthew Digital

The University Library has purchased two new literature databases:

Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700 and Victorian Literary Manuscripts from the Berg Collection of NYPL

They will soon be in Orbis ,both the collection level record and individual titles contained in each, and the list of databases from the Library's home page.

June 12, 2009

Thain Family Cafe Summer Hours and Offerings

The Thain Family Café is open for the summer Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Café is offering freshly made sandwiches and salads, along with daily baked goods and pastries from Milanis Bakery and Judies European Bakery. The Café also has a great selection of all natural and organic snacks, yogurts, and beverages, as well as organic, fair trade, shade grown coffee. Smoothies are now also on the menu.

Access to STRATFOR (Update 8/26/13: This resource has been cancelled)

The Library is providing campus-wide access to STRATFOR, a resource for geopolitical intelligence on worldwide political, economic, and military developments. STRATFOR provides exclusively published breaking news and an ongoing series of monographs and assessments that offer rigorous forecasts from its experts throughout the world.

Questions and comments can be directed to Julie Linden, Librarian for Political Science, International Affairs, and Government Information.

Yale University Librarian Appointed Principal of Somerville College, Oxford

Yale President Richard C. Levin today announced that University Librarian Alice Prochaska has been appointed Principal of Somerville College, Oxford effective September 2010.

"This is a tremendous honor for Alice, and although we will miss her at Yale, her new position provides her with a remarkable opportunity for leadership at her alma mater," said Levin. "During her eight years as our University Librarian, Alice has provided conspicuous leadership in advancing Yale’s library system—although she would be the first to say that it is not her work, but that of the Library staff that should be credited."

Among a number of achievements during her tenure at Yale, Prochaska has overseen improvements in the physical fabric of the library system, from the renovated Lewis Walpole Library to the expanded Library Shelving Facility, the Haas Family Arts Library, and the Bass Library. She has provided leadership in local outreach programs, building up a network of relationships with schools, colleges and public libraries in Connecticut and the New Haven area. She has also demonstrated a commitment to improving diversity and collaboration in the workplace and it has given her particular pride to see the Yale University Library develop as the leading international research library of North America, with its growing strengths in nearly all parts of the world, and its extraordinary collections of special, rare and unique materials.

“I am honored and delighted to have been chosen as the next Principal of Somerville College,” Prochaska said. “I am sad about leaving Yale University Library, where I will have worked for nine years with a wonderfully talented and dedicated group of staff, but I know my colleagues will understand the tug of affection and loyalty that I feel in returning to Oxford.”

Prochaska studied at Somerville and received her undergraduate degree and doctorate in Modern History from Oxford University. Prior to her appointment at Yale in 2001 she was Director of Special Collections at the British Library and has previously held positions at the Institute for Historical Research at London University and the National Archives in the United Kingdom. She has served as Chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Standing Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), chair of the National Council on Archives, a university governor and a Commissioner of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research and of Royal Holloway, University of London. Prochaska has just completed a term as Chair of the Board of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and she currently chairs the Special Collections Task Force of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

Prochaska will embark on research leave beginning in January 2010, during which she will develop research on the restitution of cultural materials and related questions concerning international cultural heritage, a topic that she has dealt with over the course of her professional career.

June 18, 2009

June and July Events at the Library

Grove Street Cemetery: City of the Dead, City of the Living
Wednesday, June 24, 2:45 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
(Part of the 2009 Festival of Arts & Ideas)

Karyl Evans, director and producer, will talk at a screening of her documentary Grove Street Cemetery: City of the Dead, City of the Living, on June 24 at 2:45 p.m. in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, following a walking tour of the Grove Street Cemetery. The recipient of five Emmy Awards, Ms. Evans will be introduced by Judith Schiff, Chief Research Archivist, Yale University Library, the project historian and a commentator in the documentary. Metadata and Emerging Technologies Librarian Daniel Lovins, Grove Street Cemetery Docent and commentator in the documentary, will also participate in the program. The thirty minute film that captures the history and beauty of this National Historical Landmark in all four seasons recently received two Emmy nominations.

The Grove Street Cemetery walking tour will start at 1:30 p.m. at the cemetery’s main gate. It will last approximately one hour.

Day Associates Lecture
Friday, July 3, 5:00 p.m.
Niebuhr Hall, Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street

Brian Stanley, Director, Centre for the Study of World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh, will deliver "From the ’Poor Heathen’ to ‘the Glory and Honour of all Nations’: Vocabularies of Race and Custom in Protestant Missions, 1844-1928."

“The Utopian Impulse”: Exhibition Lecture and Gallery Talk
Wednesday, July 22, 3:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
(Part of the 2009 Festival of Arts & Ideas)

The “utopian impulse” is the desire to imagine or create a perfect society. Focusing on examples from the 15th through 18th centuries, this exhibition in the Sterling Memorial Library's Memorabilia Room examines the many ways that Early Modern Europeans at home and abroad expressed the utopian impulse, seeking to fashion and explore new or "discovered" ideal societies, paradises lost and found, and perfect, harmonious built environments. Objects on view include architectural treatises and plans, utopian tracts, travel narratives, and maps of real and imagined places.

"The Utopian Impulse" is a collaboration across the collections of the Yale University Library, featuring works from the Anne T. & Robert M. Bass Library, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Manuscripts and Archives, the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, the Sterling Memorial Library general collections, and the Yale Map Department . The exhibition was generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and curated by Mia Reinoso Genoni, Mellon Special Collections Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow. It will run until August 21, 2009.

After the lecture on July 22 there will be an opportunity to visit the exhibition with the curator.

There is also a short tour being offered as part of the Festival of Arts & Ideas on June 23. Space is limited; please contact the festival at (203) 498-1212 to make a reservation. The tour will meet at the Yale Visitors Center, 149 Elm Street, at 1:30 p.m., and then proceed to the exhibition.

All events are free and open to the public.
For more information, e-mail: atYUL@yale.edu.

June 22, 2009

FrancoAngeli Riviste Online

FrancoAngeli Riviste Online is a full-text database offering access to seventy-three journals published by this scholarly Italian publisher specializing academic publications in the social sciences, history, and philosophy. The largest number of the journals have issues going back eight years; the range is one to nine years.

Titles include: Archivio di studi urbani e regionali; Memoria e ricerca: rivista di storia contemporanea; Mondo contemporaneo: rivista di storia; Passato e presente: rivista di storia contemporanea; QA: rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria (economic history); Rivista di storia della filosofia; Società e storia; Storia in Lombardia; and Storia urbana: rivista di studi sulle trasformazioni della città e del territorio in età moderna.

The resource is available at http://francoangelirivisteonline.casalini.it. The main search page is available at:
http://francoangelirivisteonline.casalini.it/default.asp.

Lewis Walpole Library Renovation Honored for Sustainability

The Lewis Walpole Library and Centerbrook Architects have been recognized by Environmental Design + Construction magazine's 2009 Excellence in Design Awards. The awards honor "commercial, government, institutional and educational projects as well as single-family residences that demonstrate a clear commitment to green building and sustainable design."

The library was a finalist in the education category and will be featured in the magainze's September issue.

More information on Environmental Design + Construction and their awards program is available here.

June 23, 2009

New podcasts: Poetry readings at the Beinecke

Four new podcasts from the Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series are now available. These readings, by poets Jennifer Moxley, Evie Shockley, Douglas Kearney, and Amaud Jamaul Johnson are available at the Beinecke Library's website or through Yale University on iTunes U. Visit Poetry at the Beinecke for more information and for a schedule of future readings.

The Utopian Impulse

An Exhibition in the Memorabilia Room, Sterling Memorial Library
Until August 21, 2009

The “utopian impulse” is the desire to imagine or create a perfect society. Focusing on examples from the 15th through 18th centuries, this exhibition examines the many ways that Early Modern Europeans at home and abroad expressed the utopian impulse, seeking to fashion and explore new or "discovered" ideal societies, paradises lost and found, and perfect, harmonious built environments. Objects on view include architectural treatises and plans, utopian tracts, travel narratives, and maps of real and imagined places.

"The Utopian Impulse" is a collaboration across the collections of the Yale University Libraries, featuring works from the Anne T. & Robert M. Bass Library, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Manuscripts and Archives, the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, the Sterling Memorial Library general collections, and the Yale Map Department of Sterling Memorial Library. The exhibition was generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and curated by Mia Reinoso Genoni, Mellon Special Collections Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow. Warm thanks to all who helped make this exhibition possible.

June 24, 2009

New podcast: Alexis de Tocqueville and the Challenge of Democracy

Frank Turner, John Hay Whitney Professor of History and the director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library describes the life and writings of Alexis de Tocqueville, the nineteenth century French political philosopher best known for his work Democracy in America, published in 1835.

This podcast is available here or on Yale University on iTunes U.

June 25, 2009

Charles and Joy Sheffey: Medical Missionaries to the Belgian Congo

Divinity School Library, 409 Prospect Street

This exhibit at the Divinity Library provides a glimpse into the life and work of Charles and Joy Sheffey, American Methodist medical missionaries who served in Wembo Nyama, Belgian Congo between 1922 and 1946. Letters and writings of the Sheffeys record their reactions to the African culture and environment they encountered in the Congo. The collection is notable for a large number of artifacts including a messenger drum, musical instruments, woven textiles and handicrafts, jewelry, and a “witch doctor’s magical gourd.”

The exhibit runs until September. For directions and hours, visit the Divinity Library's web site.

June 29, 2009

Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship and Travel Grant Recipients

The Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship and Travel Grant Recipients for 2009-2010 are:

Post-doctoral Fellows

Roger W. Eddy Fellow
Timothy P. Campbell
University of Chicago
Historical Fashion: Commercial Temporality and Modern Historicism in Britain, 1745-1819

Nancy W. Collins
Columbia University
W.S. Lewis and the Anglo-American Relationship: A Study in the Rise of European Studies in Postwar America

Jonathan Gross
DePaul University
Anne Damer's "Belmour"

Charles J. Cole Fellow

R. A. Houston
University of St. Andrews
Relationships between Landlords and Tenants on Estates in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, 1600-1850

Matthew M. Reeve
Queen’s University, Ontario
Walpole’s Two Gothic Narratives: "The Castle of Otranto" and Strawberry Hill

Fiona Ritchie
McGill University
Women’s Responses to Shakespeare in the Eighteenth-Century Theatre: The Cases of Frances and Charlotte Hanbury Williams

Pre-doctoral Fellows

Gail Aw
University of Virginia
Empire and Empiricism: Enlarging Mental Space in the Long Eighteenth Century

George B. Cooper Fellow

Emrys Daniel Jones
Peterhouse, University of Cambridge
Friendship and Politics in Sir Robert Walpole’s England

LWL-ASECS Fellow

Amanda Lahikainen
Brown University
Anglicizing the French Revolution: The Politics of Humor in Late Eighteenth-Century English Political Graphic Satire

Colleen M. Terry
University of Delaware
Presence in Print: William Hogarth in British North America

Jonathan Alexander Yarker
Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Copies and Copying: Attitudes towards Reproduction in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Travel Grant

Lisa L. Moore
University of Texas at Austin
Sister Arts: Lesbian Genres and Eighteenth-Century Landscapes

Fellow Deferred from 2007-2008
LWL-ASECS Fellow

Mark Phillips
Carleton University, Ottawa
Then and Now: Historical Distance and Visualization, 1740-1850

For more information about the Library's Fellowship and Travel Grant program, see http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole/html/information/fellowships.html.

SML Information Desk Hours to Change on June 29

Starting Monday, June 29, the Sterling Memorial Library Information Desk will be changing its service hours to 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday during the summer. Readers needing research assistance can contact staff through multiple avenues such as chat, text, e-mail, telephone or in person. Please visit www.library.yale.edu/reference/asklive/ for more information.