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April 2, 2013

Library closing at 3pm on Friday, April 5th

Sterling Memorial Library (SML) will close to readers at 3:00 p.m. this Friday, April 5, to accommodate a major event on Friday evening. SML will re-open to readers at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 6.

In advance of this closing, many of the furnishings and services in SML will be temporarily unavailable. Self-serve scanning will be unavailable from Tuesday afternoon, April 2, through Monday, April 8. During this period, self-service scanning stations are available in Bass Library, which will remain open usual hours. Most furniture will be removed from the SML nave during the morning of Wednesday, April 3 and will return on Monday, April 8. Circulation and privileges services in the nave, along with most public workstations, will continue to be available without interruption until 3:00 p.m. on Friday. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these closures and moves.

April 5, 2013

Richard C. Levin, President of Yale, 1993-2013: An Exhibit of Documents Highlighting His Accomplishments

April 5 – October 4, 2013
Memorabilia Room
Sterling Memorial Library

This exhibit celebrates accomplishments during the presidency of Richard C. Levin on the occasion of his stepping down from office. Photographs, memorabilia, correspondence, speeches, and printed ephemera from Richard C. Levin Presidential Records in Manuscripts and Archives and photographs from the Office of Public Affairs and Communications document selected noteworthy milestones during his twenty years of service as president of the University. The exhibit highlights the inauguration of President Levin in 1993, the Yale Tercentennial in 2001, Yale's international programs and distinguished visitors, the purchase of the Yale University West Campus, and examples of Yale-New Haven initiatives such as the creation of the Yale Homebuyer's program and the New Haven Promise scholarship program. President Levin has stated that his greatest accomplishments are transforming Yale from "what used to be an aloof ivory tower into the leading corporate citizen of New Haven" and promoting the university's new focus on global issues.

The exhibit 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.

April 9, 2013

65th Annual Lecture of the Medical Library Associates

Writing George Kennan's Biography by John L. Gaddis, Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History, Yale University.

Wednesday April 17, 4:00 pm
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar Street

Yale historian John Gaddis will present the keynote address for the 65th Annual Lecture sponsored by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Associates.

A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, Gaddis came to Yale in 1997 after teaching for many years at Ohio University. He has also held visiting professorships at the Naval War College, the University of Helsinki, Princeton University, and Oxford University. At Yale he teaches courses in Cold War history, grand strategy, biography, and historical methods, and is also the Director of the Brady Johnson Program in Grand Strategy.

Gaddis is the official biographer of the seminal 20th century statesman George F. Kennan. After extensive interviews with Kennan and exclusive access to his archives, this eminent scholar of the Cold War completed “George F. Kennan: An American Life” in 2011. Kennan was one of the most influential American diplomats of the Cold War era; he wrote two significant documents that defined the strategy of containment for the U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union for four decades. Kennan was also the architect of the Marshall Plan and became one of the most outspoken critics of American diplomacy.

A reception will follow the lecture at 5:15 pm in the Beaumont Room. Both talk and reception are free and open to the public.

April 16, 2013

Natan Sharansky Visits the Library

The Library was honored to receive a visit from Natan Sharansky last week. Sharansky was one of the founders of the Refusenik movement in Moscow. He spent some time looking at materials in the Judaica and Slavic & East European collections, accompanied by Judaica Curator, Nanette Stahl, and Slavic & East European Curator Tatjana Lorkovic. View some of the photos from the visit on the Library's Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151769527117454.1073741833.20272332453&type=1

Betsy Jolas and Vivian Perlis: A Conversation


Wednesday April 17, 4:00 pm
Sudler Recital Hall, 100 Wall St., New Haven
Reception to Follow

The program will feature an interview with eminent French/American composer Betsy Jolas by Vivian Perlis, Founder and Director Emeritus of the Oral History of American Music (OHAM) collection. Amidst the conversation, excerpts from several Jolas works will be presented by Yale musicians including Anne Rhodes, Soprano; Ginevra Petrucci, Flute; and Brian Parks, Piano. The Gilmore Music Library recently acquired the gift of Ms. Jolas' archive and OHAM also holds recordings of previous interviews with her. The Beinecke Library holds the archives of Ms. Jolas's father, Eugene Jolas, a prominent literary figure of the 20th century. The program is co-sponsored by OHAM, the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The talk and the reception are free and open to the public.


Yale Library Spring Preservation Newsletter now online

The spring 2013 issue of the Yale University Library Preservation newsletter is now available online at: http://enews.library.yale.edu/preservation/april.html.

Featuring articles on the 'Traveling Scriptorium', preservation efforts in response to Hurricane Sandy, and an upcoming talk on preserving family collections, the newsletter describes some of the recent preservation work of the Yale University Library.

April Digital Initiatives & Technology Newsletter now online

The Yale University Library Digital Initiatives & Technology Newsletter for April is now available online at: http://enews.library.yale.edu/digital/april2013.html

A Brief History of News (at Yale)

April 29 – July 5, 2013
Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor
Curated by Tyler James Griffith, MA '11 (Public Humanities), MPhil '12, PhD Candidate, History/History of Science and Medicine

Like Elihu Yale himself, Yale College was born amidst an historical "news boom" during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Yale's culture of student journalism is one of the oldest and most long-standing in North America. Moreover, Yale's Library system has an abundant collection of historic newspapers from all time periods: spread over its many collections are examples spanning more than four centuries and five distinct types of media. The library also tells a physical history of news, because Newspaper and Periodical Rooms have been a part of Yale as far back as its first purpose-built library structure. This exhibition investigates different facets of news history through the use of newspapers available in Yale’s Library system. It begins with the earliest examples of English-language newspapers in the seventeenth century, moves through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and concludes with an exploration of how the physical space of news-reading and news-production has evolved at Yale over time.

Withal the Craft: The Life and Work of Carl Purington Rollins

April 22 - August 23, 2013

Opening Reception Friday 19 April from 5 to 6.15 pm - all welcome!
Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library (Lower Level)
180 York Street, New Haven, CT

Guest curator: Chika Ota, Rollins Fellow in Design Communications, Office of the Yale University Printer

Carl Purington Rollins was Yale's first University Printer. In the course of four decades, he designed more than two thousand books for Yale University Press as well as most of the University's ephemeral materials, and he introduced the craft letterpress tradition to students with his Bibliographical Press (now -- as originally -- housed in Sterling Memorial Library). Upon his death in 1960 at age 80, Rollins left a rich intellectual legacy of printing and design scholarship and an enormous archive of printed works that feature his distinctive typographic style.

Despite having received the highest distinction in his field -- the American Institute of Graphic Arts medal -- and the accolades of his peers, Rollins is virtually unknown today. This exhibition explores his life and works from his early days as printer for a utopian community in Massachusetts to his later work for Yale and numerous academic and graphic societies. It also traces the influence of William Morris on Rollins's early work and explores how Rollins's approach to design continues to influence both the University's visual "brand" and the teaching of design at Yale today.

April 18, 2013

Integrating Pixels and People to Examine Urban Patterns and Processes

Dr. Karen Seto will discuss how satellite data can be combined with statistical data and
field interviews to monitor and characterize urbanization.

Wednesday, April 24th at 4pm
24/7 Study Room
Center for Science and Social Science Information
Kline Biology Tower
Refreshments will be served. All welcome.

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Wednesday May 1, 1:00 pm
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Room 38/39

In this forum Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will discuss his work. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics, and received his doctorate in American history from Rutgers University. Dr. Muhammad was formerly a history professor at Indiana University. His book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, Harvard University Press, 2010, won the John Hope Franklin Publication Prize for 2011. Dr. Muhammad has participated in a PBS documentary, "Slavery by Another Name," based on Douglas Blackmon's book of the same name, and has appeared with Tavis Smiley and Bill Moyers.

This event is co-sponsored by the Beinecke Library and the Department of African American Studies' Endeavors Colloquium Series. Visit: African American Studies at the Beinecke Library. This event is free and open to the public.

SENIORS: Apply for the Applebaum Award for outstanding senior essay based on research in government documents

The Harvey M. Applebaum '59 Award will be conferred on a Yale College senior for an outstanding essay based on research that incorporates Yale University Library’s government documents collections.

The prize is an award of $500. Students may nominate themselves, or faculty advisors may nominate students' work.

The deadline is 5 p.m., April 19, 2013. See the Applebaum Award website for application instructions and additional information.

What sorts of research materials qualify an essay for this award? Any documents, records, statistics, or other items that are in the scope of Yale’s government information collections:

--U.S. federal government
--United Nations
--Food & Agriculture Organization
--Canadian federal government
--European Union (note: this does not include government documents or information from individual member countries of the European Union)

These materials may be held within Yale’s government information collections or may be available in digital format. Examples of eligible material include but are not limited to: digitized Congressional hearings on ProQuest Congressional, Foreign Relations of the United States (online or in print), State Department records on microfilm in the Sterling Memorial Library, data or statistics from UNdata or EU's Eurostat database.

The prize was established by the daughters of Harvey M. Applebaum, class of 1959, in honor of his 70th birthday. Mr. Applebaum is a senior counsel, specializing in international trade and antitrust law, with the Washington firm of Covington & Burling LLP and a lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a past Chairman of the Association of Yale Alumni and the Yale Alumni Magazine board.

The Yale University Library is a depository for materials from the United States and Canadian federal governments, the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the European Union. These rich collections support research in a wide range of subjects, including international relations, public policy, economics, trade, agriculture, environmental studies, public health, and much more.

Questions may be directed to Melanie Maksin, Librarian for Political Science, International Affairs, Public Policy, and Government Information, at melanie.maksin@yale.edu or (203) 432-3310.

April 19, 2013

Spring issue of Nota Bene: News from the Yale Library - now online

The spring 2013 issue of Nota Bene is now available online at: http://www.library.yale.edu/notabene/nb_v28_no1.pdf?utm_source=lib_home_news&utm_medium=newsfeed&utm_campaign=nota+bene

Nota Bene is published during the academic year to acquaint the Yale community and others with the news and resources of the Yale Library. If you would like a printed copy, please send an email to: librarycommunications@yale.edu.

April 30, 2013

Flash Mob in Sterling Memorial Library!

A flash mob of dancers took over the nave of Sterling Memorial Library (a.k.a. “The Heart of the University”) at 10 a.m. on April 29 to the tune of Macklemore's hit "Thrift Shop."

The library-organized event drew 40 performers from across the University. Undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, staff, and alumni rehearsed a piece choreographed by Christina Dancy, an area dancer and educator, for two rigorous weeks. The flash mob was co-organized by Laura Sider of the Yale University Library and Robin Ladouceur of the Graduate School.

The performance was timed to coincide with Macklemore's Spring Fling appearance and to celebrate the library's interior before it undergoes renovations, commencing this June.

Check it out at: http://news.yale.edu/2013/04/30/flash-heart-university-beats-strong?utm_source=YNemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=yn-04-30-13