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January 8, 2013

Color Bound: Book Artists Seek Inspiration From Color Theory

Color Bound: Book Artists Seek Inspiration From Color Theory

On view until April 12, 2013 in the special collections exhibit area on the lower level of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library. Enter through the Loria Center, 190 York St

Drawn from the Faber Birren Collection of Books on Color this exhibition explores how the discipline of color theory has influenced the makers of contemporary artists' books and livre d'artiste. Book artists have engaged color theory in a rigorous, yet not specifically scientific, manner. How has the work of important color theorists been employed by book artists? How have more ephemeral, but equally important, color resources, such as paint chip catalogs, inspired works of art in the book form? How has research into color preference and visual phenomena been interpreted by artists?

The extensive examples in the exhibition will explore three major trends in this surprisingly fertile sub-category of book art. The first section looks at bookworks that embrace systems of color, particularly by well-known figures in the history of color theory. Many of these works are an homage to the theorist's original work. The second section emphasizes conceptual bookworks. The artists' books in the third section reference color nomenclature or identification. As works of art, all of the bookworks on display defy easy categorization; many of the works have characteristics of more than one category.

For more information on the collection: http://www.library.yale.edu/arts/specialcollections/faberbirren/index.htm

IMAGE: Anne Thompson. Positive Wheel: Outside In 1947. 2007. Yale University Art Gallery, The Mary Jane Taft Fund for Emerging Artists.

January 11, 2013

A new resource highlights study spaces in Sterling Memorial & Bass libraries

The Yale University Library is delighted to announce a new webpage to help patrons locate a variety of study spaces throughout Sterling Memorial and Bass Libraries. The web page, which includes an image of each space and its location, is available at: http://www.library.yale.edu/places

The Newspaper and L&B reading rooms will be closed to patrons until late in the spring semester due to the renovation of Sterling Memorial Library’s technical services areas on the York Street side of the Library. Staff members from those spaces have been temporarily relocated to the L&B and Newspaper rooms.

Furniture from the L&B room has been placed in the SML nave alcoves providing additional study space and space for group discussions. The soft seating from the Newspaper Room has been moved to the American Studies Reading Room on the 6th floor. Please direct questions regarding the study spaces to askyale@gmail.com

January 17, 2013

Been billed for lost library books? Want your fees waived?

Bring back lost books by January 31 for a full waiver of lost item replacement fees and overdue fees. For more information, contact the Privileges Office at (203) 432–7189 or smlcirc@yale.edu.

This is for Yale affiliates only. Maximum fine forgiveness is $110 per returned book and it applies to SML, Bass, CSSSI, Divinity, LSF, Music, Geology, Mathematics & Engineering library books only. Does not apply to recall or reserve fines not associated with lost books. Books must be returned between January 14–31, 2013 for a full waiver.

January 23, 2013

Reserve SML & Bass group study spaces online!

The unveiling of the Library’s new home page in early January brought some new functionality to the website – the introduction of software that will enable patrons to book rooms in Sterling Memorial and Bass libraries. During a successful trial by Library staff and Information Technology Services (ITS) staff at the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) in Fall 2013, the software proved easy to use and students adopted it enthusiastically. The software, known as LibCal, lets anyone from the Yale community with a valid Yale email and Net ID reserve group study spaces for two or more people. A variety of rooms are available, with connections that allow a laptop to be connected to a video display mounted on the wall. Simply click on this link and fill out all the information needed: http://schedule.yale.edu

Several focus groups and space studies also revealed the interest in individual, quiet study areas, especially at busy times when large reading rooms tend to be busier. This need is especially pressing now that Sterling is undergoing renovations, requiring the closure of spaces such as the L&B and Newspaper rooms for the remainder of this semester. The library has created a list of study spaces throughout SML and Bass at: http://www.library.yale.edu/places. The next step will be adding filters, where the searches for study spaces may be defined by proximity to coffee or other needs.

The Library continues to look for ways to improve. If you have comments we’d love to hear them. Please send comments or questions to askyale@gmail.com

January 31, 2013

Himalayan Collections at Yale

Yale University is home to exceptional collections from and about the Himalayan region. From art to archives, publications to personal correspondence, manuscripts to religious artefacts, Yale's rich Himalayan holdings are located across the University. Materials may be found in Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Divinity School, the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the University Art Gallery, the Center for British Art and the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Many of these institutions are represented in this exhibit.

By showcasing a fragment of these unique collections, this exhibit highlights the depth and breadth of Yale's historical involvement with the Himalayan region. The curators of the exhibit are Sarah Calhoun (Yale Library), Andrew Quintman (Religious Studies) and Mark Turin (South Asian Studies). The exhibit will be on view from February 4 through March 31 in the Memorabilia Room in Sterling Memorial Library.

To see more, visit an online version of the exhibit hosted on the website of Yale's Himalaya Initiative at: http://himalaya.yale.edu/exhibits

Aviators, Authors, and Environmentalists: Exploring the Lindbergh Papers and Photographs in Manuscripts & Archives

The manuscript materials and photographs in Manuscripts & Archives documenting Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh and their families comprise a rich resource for the study of a wide array of topics relating to the United States and the rest of the world from the 1920s to the 1970s. This exhibit celebrates the formal opening of the Lindbergh collections to researchers and spans a wide array of materials. These include pioneering contributions to aviation and commercial passenger airline service; activities that contributed to the success of the United States' efforts during World War II; far-sighted engagement with and support of early wildlife and land conservation efforts worldwide; and careers as celebrated and widely read authors. The exhibit explores the importance of the Lindberghs' endeavors and highlights the expected and unexpected gems that research in archival collections can uncover.

The exhibit, on view in SML's Memorabilia Room from February 4 – May 20, is curated by Manuscripts & Archives staff members. For more information contact mssa.reference@yale.edu or (203) 432-1744.

The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:45 pm.