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September 1, 2010

Personal Librarians Welcome Yale College Class of 2014

Librarians from across Yale University Library are welcoming the Yale College class of 2014 by introducing incoming students to the Personal Librarian program.

Along with a freshman advisor, freshman counselors and college dean, each new student gets a librarian as part of the academic support network. Personal Librarians help students with research that involves using the Yale University Library and its extensive collections.

Although the library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, its size and complexity can be overwhelming, especially for new students. Personal Librarians help new library users navigate this system more smoothly.

For more information, see the Personal Librarian web page: http://www.library.yale.edu/pl/.

September 3, 2010

More Tours for Graduate Students and New Faculty

We've added two additional tours of Sterling Memorial & Bass libraries for incoming graduate students and new faculty:

Thursday, September 9th, 3:30-4:30pm
Friday, September 10th, 11-12 noon

Please meet your guide at the Information Desk in the Sterling nave. There is no need to register for the tour although a valid Yale ID card is required. (The tours will include a brief stacks orientation, and, as always, Yale ID is required for entrance to the Sterling stacks.)

Please note, tours for undergraduates will begin September 15th.

September 8, 2010

Law Library presents “Carrots and Sticks” book talk

The Lillian Goldman Law Library is proudly sponsoring a Book Talk by Yale Law School PROFESSOR IAN AYRES who will be discussing his newest book CARROTS AND STICKS: UNLOCK THE POWER OF INCENTIVES TO GET THINGS DONE. The talk is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, at the Yale Law School, Room 120.

The first 25 audience members to arrive will receive door prizes awarded by the Lillian Goldman Law Library, as “carrots”.


Superheroes in Court! Lawyers, Law and Comic Books

September - December 2010
Rare Book Exhibition Gallery
Level L2, Lillian Goldman Law Library
Yale Law School
127 Wall Street, New Haven CT

Lawyers have played both fictional and real-life roles in the 80-year history of the comic book industry. Their story is told in an exhibition, "Superheroes in Court! Lawyers, Law and Comic Books," now on display in the Yale Law School's Lillian Goldman Law Library.

The guest curator for the exhibition is Mark S. Zaid, Esq., a Washington, D.C. attorney who specializes in national security law. Much like his comic-book heroes, Zaid has an alter-ego as a comic book collector and dealer. He is also an advisor to the Overstreet Comic Book Price & Grading Guides and a co-founder of the Comic Book Collecting Association (www.comiccollecting.org).

Almost all of the items on display come from Zaid's personal collection. The comics covers show Superman on trial for murder, and one of the earliest comic books to feature a lawyer on the cover ("Mr. District Attorney", 1942). Other items document the legal battle over rights to Superman, efforts to censor comic books in the 1950s, and copyright issues.

The exhibition will be on display through Dec. 16, 2010, in the Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, located on Level L2 of the Lillian Goldman Law Library in the Yale Law School (127 Wall St., New Haven CT). The exhibition is open to the public. Highlights of the exhibition will appear on the Yale Law Library Rare Books Blog, at .

In addition, Mark Zaid will give an exhibition talk on Sept. 30 at 1:00pm in the Yale Law School.

For more information, call Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian, at (203) 432-4494 or email to mike.widener@yale.edu.

September 10, 2010

New Computing Resources in the Library

Three of the Library's clusters have been enhanced for the 2010-2011 academic year:


Sterling Memorial Library Nave Workstations have been updated to Windows 7 and now include the full Office 2007 suite of programs: Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word. They also offer improved accessibility tools; new Ease of Access settings include Magnifier, Narrator, High Contrast and On-Screen Keyboard. For users looking to work with our extensive non-English materials, the computers feature improved multi-language tools so you can easily type in languages other than English.

For saving your work, your Pantheon space is mapped at login. H:\ is your personal Pantheon space while I:\ is the Pantheon temporary "scratch space." To protect your security, we've set up an automatic logoff. Should you forget to log off your account will automatically log off after 5 minutes of inactivity.

You can now easily choose to between single-sided and double-sided printing queues so you can save paper and lighten your load when printing. We've also lightened the power load: new power saving settings and Energy Star computers will "sleep" automatically when not in use. Press any key or the power button to wake the computer.

We've made more room for you to work at each computer too - you can use your laptop in addition to a computer or use the space to work with a colleague.

Dedicated Newspaper Reading Stations: Located in the Franke Periodical Reading Room in Sterling Memorial Library there are four new workstations featuring widescreen 24" monitors. Limited to accessing Library Press Display, these workstations provide online access to over 200 of today's newspapers from more than 55 countries, displayed in their original format and accessible by country, language, or title.

Social Science Library: We now have 18 combined StatLab and Social Science Library computers. These include all of the software from the Stat Lab along with access to the unique Social Science Library only software. You can now enjoy ‘one stop’ shopping for any application you need for your social science data crunching!

If you have comments or requests for library computers, please contact us!

September 14, 2010

Competition Opportunities for Students

Yale students – are you analyzing a numeric dataset for a research paper this semester? ICPSR (the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) is offering two research paper competitions for undergraduates and one for master's students in 2011. ICPSR invites undergraduate and master's papers analyzing any dataset(s) in the ICPSR archive or its Thematic Collections. The other competition, sponsored by the Research Center for Minority Data (RCMD), solicits papers addressing issues relevant to minorities in the United States, including immigrants. These papers must draw on data in the RCMD archive.

Three Yale students have won prizes in this competition in the past two years – you could be the fourth! The deadline is January 31, 2011. ICPSR’s site provides all the submission details.

Save the date! Richard Minsky to speak at Yale Library

Pioneering book artist Richard Minsky will speak about his life and work at the Yale University Library, New Haven, CT. Please join us on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, at 1pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 130 Wall Street. Light refreshments will be served after the talk. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Yale University Library Standing Committee on Professional Awareness.

This event is held in conjunction with the current exhibit at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library “Material Meets Metaphor: A Half Century of Book Art by Richard Minsky” on display through November 29, 2010. The entrance to the Haas Family Arts Library is in the lobby of the Loria Center for the History of Art at 190 York Street, a short walk from Sterling Memorial Library. The exhibit is open to the public from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on the day of the lecture.

Richard Minsky, contemporary book artist and founder of the Center for Book Arts in New York City, is known for his conceptual approach to hand bookbinding and commitment to changing the perception of the book arts from craft to fine art. He combines a background in Economics with an innovative use of traditional methods and new materials to create sculptural, often political bookworks. The blending of an eclectic mix of interests, from musical and theatre performance to social issues and virtual worlds, remain a hallmark of Minsky's career. This exhibition showcases his editioned (non-commissioned, made in multiple copies) bookworks alongside selections from the Richard Minsky Archive, which documents the history of his career and his working process.

A PDF catalog of the exhibition is free to view and download at
http://www.library.yale.edu/arts/specialcollections/Material_Meets_Metaphor-Minsky.pdf

The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library opened in August 2008 in the renovated Paul Rudolph Hall and the new Loria Center for the History of Art. The library brings together the collections, staff, and resources from the former Art + Architecture and Drama libraries and the Arts of the Book Collection, as well as staff and services for the Visual Resources Collection. It serves as the library for the Schools of Art, Architecture, and Drama, as well as the Department of the History of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. The library is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, visit http://www.library.yale.edu/arts/

September 28, 2010

Exhibit Opening with Cheese & Wine Reception

The Manuscripts and Archives department in Sterling Memorial is opening its new exhibit, “The South in Manuscripts and Archives” with a wine and cheese reception on Friday, October 1, from 3:15 until 4:30 pm.

The exhibit highlights departmental holdings relating to the American South. It centers on a selection of approximately fifty photographs from the Ulrich Bonnell Phillips Papers, which document the southeastern United States, especially South Carolina and Louisiana, during the first part of the twentieth century. Subjects depicted included African-Americans, both casually and at work; city and rural life; and work activity in cotton and sugar cane fields. Other collections included in the exhibit document slavery, Native Americans in the South, the Civil War, civil rights and school desegregation, architecture, and industry.

During the reception, Patricia Bixel, an associate professor of history at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, will speak briefly about her research in the Phillips Papers for her forthcoming book, Seeing the New South: The Photographic Archive of U. B. Phillips, which is being published by the University of South Carolina Press. With her co-author John David Smith, Charles H. Stone professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she has examined the Phillips Papers in order recover and reconstruct geographic and/or occupational communities.

The exhibit is open to the public weekdays from 8:30 am until 4:45 pm in the Memorabilia Room in Sterling Memorial Library, until the end of November.