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December 1, 2012

Dancing on a Sunny Plain: The Life of Annie Burr Auchincloss Lewis

Through March 1, 2013
The Lewis Walpole Library
154 Main Street, Farmington, CT

Curated by Susan Odell Walker, Head of Public Services

Celebrating their twentieth anniversary, Annie Burr Auchincloss Lewis (1902–1959) used Horace Walpole’s words to describe her partnership with Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis: “Life seems to me as if we were dancing on a sunny plain.” Annie Burr certainly shared her husband’s informed enthusiasm for Walpole, but her legacy extends beyond her well-known role as W.S. Lewis’s wife and partner. A gifted photographer and cataloger, she dedicated herself to family and friends, philanthropy and service. This exhibition, on view in Farmington through early 2013, explores her remarkable life through material selected from the Library’s rich archives.

For more details and exhibit opening times, go to: http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole/programs/exhibitions.html

December 4, 2012

Study Break at CSSSI 12/10 from 8-10pm

Monday December 10th, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Center for Science & Social Science Information (CSSSI)
Kline Biology Tower (KBT), Lower Level, 219 Prospect St.

Join us for free pizza, beverages and video games on the media wall! All students welcome!

Library Study Break in Branford College

Monday December 10th, 9pm
Branford College Dining Hall

All students are welcome to join us for a study break with free food in Branford College Dining Hall on Monday December 10th at 9pm. Meet your personal librarian and receive free giveaways!

December 5, 2012

Check out December events & exhibits at the Yale Library

For a full view of events and exhibits across the Yale Library system during the month of December, view the calendar at: http://calendar.yale.edu/cal/library

December 10, 2012

Prominent Musicians form OHAM's new Advisory Board

Oral History of American Music (OHAM), a collection of the Yale University Library, just announced the formation of an Advisory Board consisting of the following prominent musicians:

John Adams, Pulitzer-prize winning composer
Martin Bresnick, Charles T. Wilson Professor in the Practice of Composition, Yale School of Music
Jason Moran, MacArthur Fellow, composer, pianist, and musical adviser to Jazz at the Kennedy Center.
Vivian Perlis, Founder and Senior Research Scholar at OHAM.
Willie Ruff, Founding Director of the Duke Elllington Fellowship Program and Adjunct Professor at Yale School of Music.

This august group will serve the OHAM Director by advising on interviewee choices and other aspects of the program.

Oral History of American Music (OHAM) collects and preserves audio and video memoirs directly in the voices of major musical figures of our time. Since its founding in the 1960s, OHAM has been dedicated to preserving the sound of artists’ voices and making this primary source material available to the public. OHAM staff members conduct and record in-depth interviews that are cataloged, transcribed, and kept at the archive. At OHAM, thousands of recordings and transcripts are accessible to a wide range of users including scholars, musicians, students, arts organizations, and the media. For more information about OHAM: http://www.library.yale.edu/about/departments/oham/

December Digital Initiatives & Technology newsletter

The Yale Library Digital Initiatives & Technology Newsletter for December is now available online at:

http://enews.library.yale.edu/digital/dec2012.html

December 12, 2012

New exhibit about Ethiopia now on view in SML

SELLING WAR: The use of propaganda in the Italian conquest and occupation of Ethiopia, 1935-1941

December 17 – April 19
Sterling Memorial Library Exhibit Corridor

Ethiopia is one of only two African countries that managed to escape colonization during Europe’s great scramble for Africa in the 1870s. Italy, a latecomer to the scramble, was able to occupy only Libya, Eritrea and Somalia, attempting to conquer Ethiopia in the late 1890s, but suffering a humiliating defeat by the Ethiopians at Adua (Adwa/Adowa) in 1896.

Determined to avenge this defeat and to also extend their African colonies and influence, the Italians planned years in advance to attempt another war. Emboldened by the victory of Mussolini’s fascist party in Italy’s 1922 elections, plans were renewed to convince the Italian population of the virtue and glory of such an endeavor. Dependent upon propaganda to persuade the population and garner mass support for war, the fascist state used every means possible to manipulate and win over public opinion. Newspapers, radio, mass rallies, use of terror and fear, advertisements, art, music, posters, as well as the effective use of symbols, such as the glories of ancient Rome, built up nationalistic pride. Mussolini himself had an enormous talent for emotionally moving crowds of people with his powerful speeches and the widespread use of his own image, superimposed on nearly everything. This enabled him to move forward with an unconscionable assault on Ethiopia, a country with no army, no air force, no armaments, and virtually no modern infrastructure. In October 1935 Mussolini ordered the invasion of Ethiopia from Italian-held Eritrea and Somaliland, thinking he would easily crush the ill-prepared and badly equipped local army. In the face of widespread condemnation from the League of Nations, the Italians spread terror and destruction through their indiscriminate use of air power and poison gas. Ethiopia, one of just three African countries to be a signatory to the League of Nations thus became the world’s first fascist victim.

This exhibit displays material from the African Collections in the Manuscripts and Archives Department at Yale University Library. For additional information contact Dorothy C. Woodson, Curator of the African Collection, Sterling Memorial Library (dorothy.woodson@yale.edu) or go to: http://www.library.yale.edu/african/

December 17, 2012

Library Services During the Holiday Recess

As the holiday recess approaches, please be advised that several library services will be suspended or operating in a reduced capacity during this period:

Scan and Deliver- Last day for guaranteed 2-day service is Wednesday, 12/19/12. No request processing 12/22/12 - 1/1/13. Normal operations resume 1/2/13.

Borrow Direct- Last day for guaranteed 4-day delivery is Monday, 12/17/12. No request processing 12/22/12 - 1/1/13. Normal operations resume 1/2/13.

Interlibrary Loan- No request processing 12/22/12 - 1/1/13. Normal operations resume 1/2/13.
Eli Express- No service 12/22/12 – 1/1/13. Normal deliveries resume 1/2/13.

LSF Retrievals- No service 12/22/12 – 1/1/13. Normal retrievals resume 1/2/13.

Stacks Paging- SML will be paging library materials during open hours on the following Recess Days: 12/26, 12/27, 12/28.

Please plan your requests accordingly, and allow for additional processing time during the first two weeks of January.

All of us at the Yale University Library wish you a safe and happy holiday season, and we look forward to meeting your research needs in the New Year!

December 18, 2012

Happy Holidays from Yale Library!

Click here http://enews.library.yale.edu/holiday/2012_holiday_card.html to view the Library's holiday card.