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March 2, 2012

Summer fellowships for Graduate Students at Yale

Summer fellowships for Graduate Students at Yale

The Lewis Walpole Library offers one- and two-month summer fellowships to students enrolled in a doctoral program at Yale University who are engaged in or preparing for dissertation research and whose topic of study is supported by the Lewis Walpole Library collections.

The program affords students the opportunity to spend four or eight weeks during the months of June, July, and August in residence at the Library to delve into its collections of eighteenth-century British books, manuscripts, and graphic materials. Fellowship awards include accommodations on-site in Farmington and a stipend of either $1,950 or $3,900, depending upon the duration of the fellowship. Students are expected to be in residence and focus their research on the Library collections.

There is no application form. Applicants should submit the following materials to the Librarian of the Lewis Walpole Library:

A résumé
A brief research proposal (not to exceed three double-spaced pages), explaining the relationship between the Lewis Walpole Library's collections and the applicant's dissertation research An approved dissertation prospectus or equivalent statement outlining the scope of the doctoral thesis The applicant must also arrange to have two confidential letters of recommendation sent to the Librarian, one of which should come from the applicant's dissertation advisor.

Application for the 2012 Summer Fellowships will be accepted beginning in March, and the deadline is April 30, 2012.

For more information, please contact Margaret Powell, W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director, 860-677-2140, or margaret.powell@yale.edu

March 6, 2012

On View at CSSSI: Women in Science and Engineering at Yale

On display using the new media wall at the Center for Science and Social Science Information in Kline Biology Tower is the exhibit Women in Science and Engineering at Yale: the Evolution. This exhibit features over 70 women scientists currently or historically engaged at Yale. Entries include portraits, research images, and citations to notable publications. To start, a timeline is presented with significant events. This is followed by historical tables illustrating the growth of women scientists at Yale as seen by enrollments, faculty appointments, and Ph.D.s awarded. Many “first” achievements are shown.

Highlights of research contain a variety of images ranging from deep sea bivalves to arctic landscapes, a moon crater, butterfly wing eyespots, nesting fish, nanotubes, gibbons, black holes, a lead-lead collision, a dwarf galaxy, scanning electron micrographs and human facial muscles.

Come and explore the research of yesterday and today! The exhibit will be on display in the 24-hour space (or former Kline Science Library lobby) until mid-September. For questions about the exhibit contact Lori Bronars (lori.bronars@yale.edu 203 432 6213) or Gwyneth Crowley (gwyneth.crowley@yale.edu 203 432 3213). For more information on CSSSI: www.csssi.yale.edu

Yale’s Shakespeareans: New Exhibit in the Memorabilia Room

Yale’s Shakespeareans celebrates a romance that shows no signs of withering. Yale—its students, faculty, staff – has long been smitten by Shakespeare. His works have inspired great teaching, important research and writing, provocative adaptations, and theatre of every kind. The exhibition in the Memorabilia Room in Sterling Memorial Library points to the extravagant results of Yale’s long-term engagement with the Bard: shelves of books and articles written by Yale Shakespeareans; a distinguished line of theatrical productions that have entertained and provoked; and generations of scholars sent into the world to share their learning and their passion. Books, manuscripts, ephemera, and other items from the Department of Manuscripts and Archives, the general collection, the Lewis Walpole Library, and the private collections of faculty members—all have been gathered to suggest the depth and breadth of Yale’s contribution to Shakespearean study, scholarship, and performance. The exhibit will be on view through May 18th.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For Library opening hours: http://resources.library.yale.edu/libraryhours/

On View Now: Monuments of Imperial Russian Law

Mar. 1 - May 25, 2012
Rare Book Exhibition Gallery
Level L2, Lillian Goldman Law Library
Yale Law School
127 Wall Street, New Haven CT

"Monuments of Imperial Russian Law," the latest exhibit from the Yale Law Library's Rare Book Collection, is perhaps the first rare book exhibit in the U.S. to focus on the history of Russian law.

The exhibition features principal landmarks in Russia's pre-1917 legal literature. Among these are the first printed collection of Russian laws, the 1649 "Sobornoe ulozhenie", and three versions of the "Nakaz", the law code that earned Empress Catherine the Great her reputation.

In addition to items from the Law Lbrary's Rare Book Collection, the exhibit also includes items loaned by the Haas Arts Library Special Collections at Yale, the Harvard Law School Library, and a private collection.

"The post-Soviet era of Russian history has made the legacy of the pre-1917 era newly relevant in ways unimaginable," writes William E. Butler, one of the exhibit curators. "It is not merely a country recovering historical experience suppressed or distorted for ideological reasons during the Soviet regime, but a country seeking to modernize partly on the basis of its earlier legal legacy."

Butler is the John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law and International Affairs at the Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University. The exhibit's co-curator is Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School.

Butler is the pre-eminent U.S. authority on the law of the former Soviet Union. He is the author, co-author, editor, or translator of more than 120 books on Soviet, Russian, Ukrainian, and post-Soviet legal systems. He is a member of the Grolier Club, the leading U.S. society for book collectors, and the Organization of Russian Bibliophiles. He is also a leading bookplate collector who has authored several reference works on bookplates.

Widener has been Rare Book Librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library since 2006. He is a member of the Grolier Club and a faculty member of the Rare Book School, University of Virginia.

The exhibit is on display through May 25, 2012 in the Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, located on Level L2 of the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street. The exhibit is open to the public, 9am-10pm daily.

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

March 9, 2012

Responding to 3-11: Preserving History in the Wake of Disaster


Responding to 3-11: Preserving History in the Wake of Disaster

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 2:15–6:00 pm
Location: SML International Room

The Standing Committee on Professional Awareness (SCOPA), in collaboration with the East Asia Library, and with the support of the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale (CEAS), is pleased to present a symposium commemorating the first anniversary of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The symposium will explore the conservation of archives impacted by the disasters, efforts to protect archives from future disasters, and projects documenting present conditions. Speakers will also discuss born-digital archives relating to Japan’s 2011 disasters, namely Harvard University’s Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters Project, an important effort to preserve multi-lingual records relating to the disasters. Please feel free to attend any portion of the program that is of interest.

Speakers are: Professor Okumura Hiroshi (Kobe National University), Professor Helen Hardacre (Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University), and Mr. Konrad Lawson (Project Manager of the Digital Archive, Harvard University).

Please note that the first presentation will be in Japanese followed by a summary in English. Participants are welcome to attend any portion of
the forum.

For more information, please visit the event’s website.

Yale University Library’s Standing Committee on Professional Awareness, SCOPA, strives to encourage professional growth and the development of librarianship as a dynamic profession. SCOPA organizes a regular series of forums devoted to a wide range of topics concerning initiatives in Yale libraries and academic libraries in general. SCOPA welcomes suggestions concerning possible future forums.

More information on SCOPA

Upcoming . . .

Jonathan Manton:
The Britten Thematic Catalog Project
April 2, 2:00 pm, SML International Room

The forum will provide an overview of the Britten Thematic Catalogue, highlighting the project’s research and technical achievements to date and the project’s aspirations for future versions of the tool after 2013.

Belinda McKeon, Reading
April 5, 2:00 pm, Beinecke Library, Room 38

Author Belinda McKeon will give a reading from her novel Solace(2011) and will discuss literary archives. Some of the manuscripts of late-18th-century/early-19th-century author Maria Edgeworth, referred to in Solace, will be on display.

“The God of Our Idolatry”: Garrick and Shakespeare

The Lewis Walpole Library 54 Main Street, Farmington
See: http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole/ for details

Curated by Margaret K. Powell, W. S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director
and Joseph R. Roach, Sterling Professor of Theater and English

March 12, 2012 – July 31, 2012

“The God of Our Idolatry”: Garrick and Shakespeare, shows off the extraordinary contribution the actor David Garrick, arguably the eighteenth century’s greatest man of the theatre, made to the age’s understanding of Shakespeare. Displaying printed texts, manuscript letters, drawings, prints, and portraits, the exhibition illustrates how, on stage and off, Garrick influenced the public’s view of Shakespeare, inspiring what Bernard Shaw later called “bardolatry.”

This exhibition is presented in connection with Shakespeare at Yale, a semester of events celebrating the Bard. For more information click here.

March 20, 2012

Archives in action: Yale papers breathe life into theatric role

Hovered around a table in the Manuscripts and Archives Room of Sterling Memorial Library, alumni Julian Fleisher and Stephanie Hayes and their cast mates listened intently as fellow actor Kristen Sieh read aloud an original, handwritten letter penned by Carson McCullers — the tormented character Sieh portrayed in “February House,” which recently premiered at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre.

Fleisher ’88 and Hayes ’11 DRA never imagined they would encounter the “ghosts” of the characters they were portraying in the new musical. According to Fleisher, “It’s just the thing that many actors dream of.”

Fleisher played editor George Davis and Hayes starred as Erica Mann in “February House,” a musical depicting the lives and loves of a commune of iconic writers in a Brooklyn brownstone during the 1940s.

To read more of the story and to see the slideshow, click here http://news.yale.edu/2012/03/19/archives-action-yale-papers-breathe-life-theatric-roles

The Aging Male: Library and Yale Health talk

Do you know what you should know
to stay healthy as you get older?

Join us for The Aging Male: Detection and Prevention of the Most Relevant Health Problems to learn about screening and prevention of the most critical medical issues that men face as they age.

When & Where
Thursday, March 29, 2–3 pm
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

Presented by
Slawomir Mejnartowicz, MD
Internal Medicine, Yale Health

Sponsored by 
Yale University Library and Yale Health

March 22, 2012

EndNote X5 and EndNote Web Now Available to Yale Community

The Yale University Library is proud to offer EndNote X5 and EndNote Web to the Yale Community. The software is now available to everyone with a Net Id through the Yale ITS Software Library. You will be asked to login to CAS, then you will be able to download the software directly to your office computer, laptop, home computers, or collaborate through the use of EndNote Web.
EndNote is a bibliographic management and publishing solution used by millions of researchers, librarians, and students worldwide.
Use EndNote to:
Search bibliographic databases on the Internet
- Organize references, images, PDFs and other files
- Watch the bibliographic and figure list appear as you write!
- Collaborate using EndNote Web, the Web-based research and writing component of EndNote
Look for future announcements about training from the library for EndNote and Refworks or contact your department’s library liaison for more information.
For further information please contact Caitlyn Lam, Electronic Resources Librarian at caitlyn.lam@yale.edu

March 23, 2012

The Britten Thematic Catalog Project with Jonathan Manton

Monday, April 2, 2:00 pm
Location: SML International Room

Jonathan Manton will discuss the Benjamin Britten Thematic Catalog Project, for which he serves as the Technical Support Officer. Created under the auspices of the Britten-Pears Foundation, the Benjamin Britten Thematic Catalog Project seeks to create a musicological database detailing all of the composer Benjamin Britten’s works online. Jonathan’s work for the project has notably included the documentation and analysis of approximately 1,150 original manuscript sources, which constitute the 735 works Britten wrote between the ages of 5 and 18, most of which have never received any form of scholarly assessment. The principle objective of Jonathan’s current work, carried out remotely from Boston, is the technical realization of the resource, overseeing the continued development of the catalog’s infrastructure and custom database solutions, and preparation of much of its digital content.

This presentation will provide an overview of the Britten Thematic Catalog, highlighting the project’s research and technical achievements to date. It will also discuss the various usability updates that have recently been incorporated into the resource following a 2010 survey of potential users. Finally, the forum will outline the work that remains to be done leading up to publication, and the project’s aspirations for future versions of the tool after 2013.

Yale University Library’s Standing Committee on Professional Awareness, SCOPA, strives to encourage professional growth and the development of librarianship as a dynamic profession. SCOPA organizes a regular series of forums devoted to a wide range of topics concerning initiatives in Yale libraries and academic libraries in general. SCOPA welcomes suggestions concerning possible future forums.

More information on SCOPA

Belinda McKeon Reading

Thursday, April 5, 2:00pm
Location: Beinecke Library, Room 38

Author Belinda McKeon will give a reading from her novel Solace(2011). McKeon will also discuss the theme of literary research in her writing and her own literary archives. The forum will conclude with viewing some of the manuscripts of the late-18th-century/early-19th-century author Maria Edgeworth, who figures in Solace (one of the central characters of the novel, Mark, is a graduate student writing a dissertation on Maria Edgeworth).

Belinda McKeon was born in Ireland in 1979. Her debut novel, Solacewas published by Scribner in 2011. It was voted Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year 2011, as well as being named a Kirkus Outstanding Debut and winning the Sunday Independent Best Newcomer award at the Irish Book Awards. McKeon lives between Brooklyn and Ireland and has written on the arts for The Irish Timessince 2000. As a playwright, she has had work produced in New York and Dublin, and is currently under commission to the Abbey Theatre.

Yale University Library’s Standing Committee on Professional Awareness, SCOPA, strives to encourage professional growth and the development of librarianship as a dynamic profession. SCOPA organizes a regular series of forums devoted to a wide range of topics concerning initiatives in Yale libraries and academic libraries in general. SCOPA welcomes suggestions concerning possible future forums.

Annual Medical Library Associates Lecture, April 11th 4pm

The Medical School's Close Call:
A Crisis in the Middle of
the Twentieth Century

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Gaddis Smith, Larned Professor Emeritus of History, will present the 64th Annual Associates Lecture at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
Author and Yale historian Gaddis Smith, '54 GRD '61 will present the keynote address for the Annual Lecture sponsored by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Associates.

After the tercentennial, Smith took on the task of updating Yale's history, exploring the external influences that shaped the University in the last century, and studying its evolution to its current place in the modern world. His research resulted in the publication of the bookYale and the External World: The Shaping of the University in the Twentieth Century. Smith's keynote address details the seriousness of a growing large deficit immediately after World War II.

Smith graduated from Yale College in 1954 and received his doctorate in history from Yale in 1961. He taught at Duke for three years but returned to Yale as an assistant professor in history specializing in American diplomatic history. In addition to his many years teaching, Smith also served as Master of Pierson College, chair of the History Department, and director of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.

Reception follows in the Beaumont Room

Columbus House and CT Food Bank Give Presentation in SML

During the last two years, the Yale Library Staff Association (LiSA) has donated over one thousand pounds of food to the Connecticut Food Bank from an autumn pre-holiday food drive, and over $3,500 to Columbus House from the annual holiday party raffle.

Columbus House, Inc. (which provides aid to the homeless) and the Connecticut Food Bank, wish to personally thank the Yale community for their partnership and to share more about the work they are doing. The Yale Library Staff Association is honored to be hosting representatives of these two non-profit organizations at a presentation in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall next Tuesday afternoon, March 27th, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.

The speakers will be Ann Carr, the Director of Program Development of Columbus House, and Mary Ingarra, the Communications Director of the Connecticut Food Bank.

All members of the Yale community are welcome to attend this LiSA-sponsored event. Since it will take place during the lunch period, you may bring your own brown bag lunches. In addition, cookies and water will be available in the adjoining Sterling Memorial Library Memorabilia Room.

Woodcarver Tim Brookes speaks on Endangered Alphabets, April 3rd 11 am

Tim Brookes, woodcarver
Author of Endangered Alphabets

Tuesday, April 3, 11 am
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

The world has between 6,000 and 7,000 languages, but as many as half of them will be extinct by the end of this century. Another and even more dramatic way in which this cultural diversity is shrinking concerns the alphabets in which those languages are written.

Writing has become so dominated by a small number of global cultures that those 6,000-7,000 languages are written in fewer than 100 alphabets. Moreover, at least a third of the world’s remaining alphabets are endangered–-no longer taught in schools, no longer used for commerce or government, understood only by a
few elders, restricted to a few monasteries or used only in ceremonial documents, magic spells, or secret love letters.

The Endangered Alphabets Project, which consists of an exhibition of fourteen carvings and a book, is the first-ever attempt to bring attention to this issue.

“….my two worst subjects in high school were art and woodworking. I originally chose wood because of its permanence, but also because it is so beautiful. Only after I got going did I start seeing wood as a kind of ancestor material: paper was originally made out of crushed mulberry bark, papyrus is a reed, many of the scripts in southeast Asia and Indonesia used palm leaves—it seems as though wood is there in the background all the time, and carving in wood has a kind of primeval feel, almost mythic.” (Tim Brookes)

All are welcome to this talk, where Tim will show examples of his endangered alphabet woodcarvings.