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November 1, 2010

Preservation Lecture - November 11

A Preservation Lecture will be given Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 4:00pm in the Lecture Hall of the Sterling Memorial Library. Helen Shenton, Former Head of Collection Care at the British Library and current Deputy Director, Harvard University Library willl be speaking on "Paradoxes of Preservation," a personal and strategic perspective on crossing the Pond.

A reception will immediately follow the Lecture

Prior to the Lecture
2-3:30p.m.
Preservation Department Open House

Feel free to visit all areas of the Department.
Meet at the Circulation Desk in Sterling Memorial Library

November 4, 2010

Problems with Yale Links (SFX menu) to Wiley Online


The Wiley Online ejournals and ebooks service underwent a server upgrade October 30th. After the upgrade we’ve now noticed that Yale Links, the SFX OpenURL links which allow patrons to link from reference in databases directly to Wiley journal articles, are sometimes not working. Links at the journal title level from the library’s list of ejournals are working (http://sfx.library.yale.edu/sfx_local/azlist), but links from databases such as Pubmed, Web of Science and Scopus are problematic.

If patrons encounter a problem to a Wiley journal from a Yale Links menu, they should still be able to get the article by looking for the journal title at http://sfx.library.yale.edu/sfx_local/azlist and then navigating to the article at the journal site.

E-Collections staff are aware of this problem and are working with Wiley representatives to address it. They will let us know when it is resolved.

November 8, 2010

Logging in? A new look for CAS

Yale ITS will be upgrading the Central Authentication System (CAS) on Wednesday, November 10. Starting on that day, you will see an updated login screen when logging in to CAS to use library services, including Orbis, Find a Database/Article, Borrow Direct, Yufind, and Digital Collections.

Your password will not change and you need not take any action. Just be aware you will see a screen that looks different. If in doubt, you can always click on the "GeoTrust" badge to verify the page is genuine. You should also check that the address displayed in your web browser begins with https://secure.its.yale.edu.

The new login page will look like this.

For more information about secure computing and being safe online, visit http://www.yale.edu/its/secure-computing/.

The official University announcement about this change is linked here for added security. https://light.its.yale.edu/messages/itsmsgs/detail.asp?Msg=59279

Planning a trip?

Yale Library digital resources are available to you anywhere in the world you might travel, but you’ll need to use Virtual Private Network (VPN) software when you are not on the Yale network. If you want to do library research while you are away from Yale over the Thanksgiving break, find out now how to use VPN to access library resources. See http://www.library.yale.edu/about/offcampus.html for more information on how to use Cisco AnyConnect software (available at no charge from the ITS Software Library).

November 10, 2010

Yale makes "Most Beautiful College Libraries" list

The higher education news site, Campus Grotto, recently rated the 25 most beautiful college libraries across the country. The Sterling Memorial Library comes in at #10 and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library appearing at #24. The article can be found at the following link: http://www.campusgrotto.com/most-beautiful-college-libraries.html#sterling

November 11, 2010

Levin: "shock and sadness"

President Richard C. Levin wrote to the Yale community today with very sad news:

"I write with shock and sadness to let you know that Frank M. Turner, John Hay Whitney Professor of History and University Librarian, died suddenly this morning. Frank was a dedicated member of the Yale community. In addition to serving on the faculty, Frank was the University Provost from 1988 to 1992, Director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library for seven years, and interim University Librarian since January. He had just begun his term as University Librarian in September.

Frank will be greatly missed. He was a wise counselor, brilliant scholar, skilled administrator, and a friend and colleague to many. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Ellen Tillotson."

The Library staff and trustees share President Levin's sadness at the loss and add our condolences to his wife.

November 12, 2010

In Memoriam: Frank Turner

Former provost and distinguished intellectual historian Frank M. Turner — who only two months ago embarked on a five-year term as University librarian, overseeing one of the largest academic library systems in the world — died suddenly yesterday morning.


Full story in the Yale Daily Bulletin

November 15, 2010

Memorial Service for Frank Turner

There will be a mass for University Librarian, Professor Frank Turner on Tuesday, Nov 16th, at 11:00am at the Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven. A reception will immediately follow at the Beinecke Library, and the burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Martin de Porres Academy, 208 Columbus Ave., New Haven (http://www.saintmartinacademy.org/academy) or to the charity of one's choice.

November 18, 2010

Haiti: The Impact of the Haitian Earthquake on its Libraries

Professor Patrick Weil
Maurice R. Greenberg Visiting Professor of Law, Yale Law School
President, Libraries without Borders

Thursday, December 2, 2010
3:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library
Lecture Hall
120 High Street
New Haven, Connecticut

It’s been nearly a year since a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti, indiscriminately destroying lives and cultural institutions, including its libraries. Libraries Without Borders was already working to assist in the development of Haitian libraries prior to the earthquake and was among the first responders to this crisis. Most of the public libraries buildings and/or collections have been seriously affected by the earthquake. The cultural and educational structures in the capital have largely been destroyed.
Libraries Without Borders with the support of many partners, is leading an international effort to save and rebuild the collections and to develop new libraries.

Learn more about the state of recovery and what still needs to be done from the President of Libraries Without Borders, Patrick Weil, Visiting Professor of Law, at Yale Law School.

November 22, 2010

Thain Family Cafe Hours for Thanksgiving week

With the University on break, the Thain Family Café in Bass Library will have limited hours and a limited menu this week. The Café will be open on Tuesday, Nov. 22, and Wednesday, Nov. 24, 8am-2pm, with a menu of fresh coffee and grab and go snacks. The Café will be closed Nov. 25-28 and will resume normal hours on Monday, Nov. 29.

Jon Butler named interim University librarian

Jon Butler, former dean of the Graduate School and a leading historian of American religion, has been named acting University librarian, President Richard C. Levin has announced. Butler, who stepped down as dean of the Graduate School June 30, 2010 will begin his new role December 1.

Full story in the Yale Daily Bulletin

November 30, 2010

Exhibition Features Rare Chinese Books

A new exhibit in the East Asian Reading Room (SML 222) highlights Chinese Rare Books in the Yale Collections.

It features some of the highlights of Chinese works in East Asia Library Special Collections and will be on display though the winter.

In addition, we will display a recent chance discovery, one volume of an edition of the Five Classics that entered the Yale College Library in 1849. While not a “rare” book, this volume is one of a group that were purchased for the Library in 1849, well before what has been considered the beginning of the Chinese Collection at Yale (the 1878 donation of Yung Wing’s personal collection).

Samuel Wells Williams, future Yale professor, was involved in organizing this shipment for Yale during the time he resided in the treaty port of Canton. This find allows us to document a much earlier start for the collecting of East Asian books at Yale and in North America in general and is therefore quite an exciting find!

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GLAD Records donated to Yale Library

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders Donates Records to Yale University Library

Over 30 years’ worth of records documenting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender legal history are being donated to Yale University by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). GLAD is the New England litigation organization whose precedent-setting legal victories include bringing marriage equality to Massachusetts in 2004 and Connecticut in 2008.

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Yale Arts Library Exhibition Extended By Popular Demand

Yale University’s Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, 180 York Street, will extend the exhibition “Material Meets Metaphor: A Half Century of Book Art by Richard Minsky” through December 21, 2010.

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