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September 4, 2012

Yale University Library Launches Scan and Deliver Service

Available now online!

A new library service is now available for members of the Yale Community. Scan and Deliver enables digital access to millions of items in the Yale University Library's general print collections by delivering scans to library users' desktops.

The service, which launches on Tuesday September 4th, allows current Yale faculty, students, and staff – as well as alumni with borrowing privileges – to submit requests for book chapters and journal articles from the ORBIS and MORRIS library catalogs. If an item is eligible for Scan and Deliver, a 'request' link will appear. Requests are then received by library staff members who will locate, retrieve, and scan the materials within two business days. When the request is ready for download, patrons will receive an email containing a link to access the PDF.

Susan Gibbons, Yale University Librarian, commented, "The print collections of Yale University Library are among the best in the world. We believe our Scan and Deliver service will help to ensure that even in a digital age, the Yale community will continue to explore the riches of our print collections".

Scan and Deliver is free of charge to the Yale community. Patrons may submit as many requests as they like, but the service only guarantees to scan one request per individual per day, and the scanning must comply with copyright guidelines, so planning ahead for research needs will be key.

For more information about this new service, please consult the http://guides.library.yale.edu/getit

September 6, 2012

RDA Forum for non-catalogers 9/17 2pm

Do you use Orbis? If you haven’t already, you will soon find that records for newly cataloged materials look differently from what you are used to. But why? Because of a new set of cataloging rules called RDA. New cataloging rules don’t just impact catalogers. Public services staff will notice the change as well. RDA stands for Resource Description and Access and is replacing the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd Edition Revised [AACR2]. Anglo-American Cataloging Rules have been used by catalogers since the late 1960s. The switch to RDA represents a big change in the cataloging world. It also means the type of information that was standard in a bibliographic record has changed.

Steven Arakawa, librarian for Training and Documentation in the Catalog and Metadata Department in Sterling Memorial Library, will explain RDA. Why is it important to non-catalogers and in what ways will it impact them? Steven will answer these questions and more at the "RDA for non-catalogers forum".

Please join us Monday, September 17th 2:00 pm
SML Lecture Hall
This talk is sponsored by SCOPA.

September 12, 2012

CSSSI Fall Welcome Reception September 12th

All are welcome to attend the fall welcome reception today from 4:30-6pm at the Center for Science & Social Science Information, 219 Prospect (lower level of the Kline Biology Tower). Tour the CSSSI study spaces, group study rooms, collaborative workstations, presentation practice rooms and more. Meet CSSSI StatLab consultants and subject specialist librarians. Finally enjoy CSSSI by playing video games on the giant media wall! Refreshments provided. All Yale staff and students are welcome. For more information: http://csssi.yale.edu/

The Humanities in a Digital Age. A forum on 9/14 at 10:30am

Friday September 14, 10:30am–12:00pm
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall Refreshments served before the talk.

We now live in a pervasively digital world where as humanists, we have an opportunity to rethink our goals. On the one hand, we can now develop research projects that are broader and deeper in scope than was feasible in a print culture. First, we can trace ideas across dozens of languages and thousands of years. Second, the explosion of high-resolution digital representations of source texts, objects, and archaeological data sets has, in some quarters, transformed the traditional (and out of fashion) task of editing. At the same time, the shift to a digital world does not simply allow professors to produce more specialist publications. Rather, the explosion in source materials available to a global net public requires advanced researchers and library professionals to draw upon student researchers and citizen scholars as essential collaborators. One possible outcome is a new, decentralized and cosmopolitan republic of letters supporting a global dialogue of civilizations. No particular outcomes are guaranteed and our actions and decisions as humanists in the present can have far-reaching consequences.

Gregory Crane is Professor of Classics and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, Winnick Family Chair of Technology and Entrepreneurship at Tufts University. He is also Editor in Chief of the Perseus Project. He has been elected a Humboldt Professor in Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig and hopes to establish the first transatlantic laboratory in the Digital Humanities.

David Mimno is a postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Science department at Princeton University. He received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Before graduate school, he served as Head Programmer at the Perseus Project, a digital library for cultural heritage materials, at Tufts University. He is supported by a CRA Computing Innovation fellowship.

This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Yale University Library, the Office of Digital Assets and Infrastructure and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

September 13, 2012

SCOPA Forum: Librarian's Conference Recap, 9/19 at 3pm

SCOPA Forum: Librarian's Conference Recap, 9/19 at 3pm in the International Room
In the first installment of this two-part forum, sponsored by the Standing Committee on Professional Awareness (SCOPA), Yale librarians will redeliver presentations they have given at recent conferences and other venues for the Yale community. Tom Bruno (Associate Director for Resource Sharing & Resources) will present on the implementation of Harvard's Scan and Deliver service--the model for the service recently introduced at Yale. Mark Matienzo (Digital Archivist, Manuscripts & Archives) will discuss the use of digital forensics on born-digital archival material at MSSA and the Beinecke. Christine McCarthy (Chief Conservator, Conservation Services, Preservation) will provide an overview of the The Traveling Scriptorium Teaching Kit http://travelingscriptorium.library.yale.edu/, and Holly Hatheway (Assistant Director for Collections Research & Access Services, Robert B. Haas Family Library) will recount the IFLA ART Satellite conference in Helsinki and the ARLIS/NA Scandinavian study trip. Stay tuned for part 2 at 3pm, on Wednesday, September 26th.

September 19, 2012

Hail to the Chief: Presidents in the Gilmore Archives – Until 11/6

You might expect that the Gilmore Music Library would provide a quiet refuge from the din of the election campaign, but presidents are surprisingly prominent in their collections, and they are the focus of a new exhibition, Hail to the Chief: Presidents in the Gilmore Archives. The library holds the papers of Vladimir Horowitz, Robert Shaw, Benny Goodman, and other musicians who interacted with presidents in a variety of ways. The exhibition includes letters from Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan, and photographs of John Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Carter, and Reagan. Horowitz performed for Herbert Hoover in 1931, and he received a pair of cufflinks and a tie pin from Reagan in 1986 and a posthumous award from George H.W. Bush in 1989.

Music has often played a role in presidential campaigns. Examples range from a pocket-sized songbook promoting Abraham Lincoln’s campaign in 1860 to Irving Berlin’s song about Dwight Eisenhower,“They Like Ike.” When William McKinley became president in 1897, his inauguration featured a march composed by Yale undergraduate Charles Ives.

The title, Hail to the Chief, is borrowed from the famous presidential march, whose melody comes from James Sanderson’s setting of a passage from Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It will be on display at the Gilmore Music Library through Election Day (Tuesday, November 6).

September 20, 2012

The 19th Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Robert Burns and Scottish Independence
Nineteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

September 20, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall
1080 Chapel Street, New Haven

Robert Crawford, Professor of Modern Scottish Literature, University of St. Andrews

Scotland's greatest poet, Robert Burns, championed the value of the "independent mind." In this public lecture, poet and Burns biographer Robert Crawford asks whether Burns also supported Scottish political independence. All are welcome to attend this event.

September 24, 2012

Library Shelving Facility staff members process one million items in 11 months

At approximately 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, the staff members at Yale's Library Shelving Facility (LSF) accessioned (i.e, recorded the addition of) the one-millionth item to be transferred to the facility at 147 Leeder Hill Drive in Hamden in fiscal year 2012. It was a book entitled “The Wisdom of the Mythtellers” by Sean Kane and it was sent from Sterling Memorial Library. While there was neither a chiming of bells nor a shower of confetti when the milestone was reached, there were congratulations all around for the office of 15 who topped their goal (878,000 items) in less than 12 months. To read more of the story click here (http://working.yale.edu/features/library-shelving-facility-staff-members-process-one-million-items-11-months)

September 25, 2012

Teaching with Mobile Technology, Friday 28 in CSSSI StatLab

Staff from ITS will demonstrate and answer questions about a multitude of Mobile Technologies that can be used in the classroom and beyond. This is a hands on experience and a great opportunity to play with these devices and meet the staff who can help you find ways to utilize mobile technology in the classroom.

Location: CSSSI StatLab
Date: Friday, September 28th
Time: 11:30 – 1pm
Lunch from 11:30 - noon, talk from 12–1pm

This talk is part of the new LuxTalks series (previously Teaching With Technology Tuesdays), to be hosted on Fridays from 11:30am ¬ 1:00pm. LuxTalks will present a variety of topics that cover the intersection of technology, research and teaching, information and libraries.

September 27, 2012

Latvian Publishing between the Wars – New Exhibit in SML

The establishment of the Republic of Latvia (1918-1940) sparked an expansion in the Latvian publishing industry. Multi-lingual publications that flourished in the newly independent nation reflect Latvia’s history and include works printed in German, Russian, and Yiddish as well as Latvian. Aspiring publishers, here as everywhere in post-World War I Europe, operated within fiscal constraints while attempting to improve the literary environment.

This exhibition presents a sampling of works from this important period. The cover designs reflect a developing aesthetic distinctiveness among this country’s 2.5 million people at a cultural crossroads. The forms of print were as diverse as those competing for the public’s attention in any European center. Newspapers, periodicals, posters and broadsides, books and pamphlets suggest diversity while showing this new nation’s effort to establish its identity.

Exhibition materials are drawn from the Yale University Library and the Baltica collection formed by James Howard Fraser, an independent scholar whose work on Latvian book design of the Interwar era is currently in production. Fraser has worked with research and national libraries for forty years locating fugitive and political materials.

The exhibition was developed by James Howard Fraser in collaboration with Jae Jennifer Rossman, Assistant Director for Special Collections, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library. It features items from Fraser’s collection that enable the curators to tell a specific story. It also draws on five different collections in the Yale University Library, showing that collecting the cultural artifacts of Latvia is important across the disciplines. The collections included are: Baltic Collection and Judaica Collection of Sterling Memorial Library, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, and Manuscripts and Archives. The exhibit will be on view until January 24 in the Memorabilia Room in SML.

September 28, 2012

The Comic Art of Joseph Hémard 10/5 at 1pm


An exhibition talk by Farley P. Katz, Guest Curator

Friday, October 5
1:00 – 2:00pm
Room 128, Yale Law School
127 Wall Street, New Haven CT

Joseph Hémard was one of the most prolific book illustrators of the 20th century, and certainly one of the funniest, yet he remains virtually unknown outside of his native France. Farley P. Katz, a San Antonio tax lawyer and a leading collector of Hémard’s works, is working to change this. Katz will speak on “The Comic Art of Joseph Hémard” on October 5 at the Yale Law School.

The talk is in conjunction with an exhibition at Yale’s Lillian Goldman Law Library, curated by Katz and Mike Widener, the library’s Rare Book Librarian. The exhibition features items from Katz’s collection and books that he donated to the Law Library.

What sets Hémard apart from other illustrators are the books that one would not normally associate with illustrations. Chief among these are French law codes. Alongside the dry legalese of French tax law are Hémard’s hilarious visual puns and lampoons of tax collectors and government officials.

Katz will deliver his illustrated talk on Hémard at 1:00 p.m. on October 5, in Room 128 of the Yale Law School (127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT). The talk is free and open to the public.

The exhibit, “‘And then I drew for books’: The Comic Art of Joseph Hémard,” is on display until December 15 in the Rare Book Exhibition Gallery of the Lillian Goldman Law Library (Level L2 in the Yale Law School). It displays two dozen of Hémard’s works. An online version of the exhibit will appear in the Yale Law Library Rare Books Blog, http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/rarebooks/.

For more information, contact Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian, at (203) 432-4494 or mike.widener@yale.edu. Rustin’ for the celebration of the centennial of Bayard Rustin.

Wade in the Water: Musical Life of American Civil Rights Leader

All are welcome to visit a new exhibit in Sterling Memorial Library—Wade in the Water: The Musical Life of American Civil Right Leader Bayard Rustin. This incredible blend of biography, music, and civil rights history come together in a stream of images and information celebrating Rustin’s life and work.

Recent historical accounts have credited Bayard Rustin (Hon. Yale Ph.D. 1984) with crafting the pacifist strategy of the modern civil rights movement (1954-1965). Rustin’s contributions to American politics and philosophy are little known to the American public (largely because Rustin was gay, historians now believe).

Even less well known are Rustin’s life and contribution as a serious musician. In an exhibit case on the Main Floor of Yale University Library you can learn about Bayard Rustin’s early (teen-aged) involvement with classical vocal and instrumental music, as well as his notable participation in African American choir performances in cities across the Midwestern and Northeastern United States. You can also learn about Rustin’s professional performing career in New York City during the late 1930s and his work in collecting repairing and building harpsichords in the 1940s and 1950s.
In addition you can learn how Rustin, starting in 1941, used his singing voice (and occasional self-accompaniment on the lute) to ground his audiences when he spoke nationwide on topics such as civil disobedience and non-violence. (He trained Martin Luther King in Civil Disobedience and Non-violence during the Montgomery Bus Boycotts.) His repertoire was sizable and included spirituals, slave songs, prison songs (he had served on a chain gang) and Elizabethan bal¬lads. A born-Quaker, he also made musical sound recordings as fundraisers for the pacifist organizations for which he worked.

In the exhibit, the stories of Rustin’s musical life are told in photographs, news articles, flyers album covers, documents, and timelines. At this Listening Station you can hear, on one CD, excerpts from five recordings of Bayard Rustin singing. Tracking information can be found on the reverse of this Listening Guide.

To hear the full recordings from which these excerpts are taken, please consult the Circulation Desk of this Library, the Gilmore Music Library of Yale University, where you will also find DVDs related to the life of Bayard Rustin.