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May 2, 2013

Chief Research Archivist Judith Schiff online @YaleLive!

Judith Schiff, New Haven City Historian and Chief Research Archivist at Yale Library's Manuscripts and Archives will be streaming live on @YaleLive on May 7 at noon. Join her conversation, "Centuries of Elm and Ivy", in advance by submitting questions through Yale Facebook, Yale on Twitter, or Yale on Livestream. Visit the Yale YouTube page to see her upcoming livestream as well as other great Yale videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/YaleUniversity

May 10, 2013

Digitization of Hán Nôm Handwritten and Woodblock Manuscripts

The May issue of the Digital Initiatives & Technology Newsletter focuses on this year's third and final digitization project using Arcadia funding – that is the digitization of Hán Nôm Handwritten and Woodblock Manuscripts held in the Maurice Durand Collection.

Within this fascinating collection, a scholar can find handwritten and woodblock texts in Hán Nôm, a writing method for the Vietnamese language adapted from and incorporating modified Chinese characters in use from the 13th until the 20th century. The Maurice Durand collection contains Hán Nôm texts, which are divided into two groups: Series 1 contains 35 hand sewn woodblock or handwritten brush ink volumes; and Series 2 is made up of 169 bi-lingual parallel-script notebooks handwritten in fountain pen. These cover classical Vietnamese literature and historical texts in Hán Nôm and Quốc Ngữ, the modern Romanized Vietnamese script. Support from the Arcadia grant to the Southeast Asia Collection will provide for the digitization of both series and give patrons open access to the series' distinctive content. Read more...

Unveiling Medicine's Past: Medical Historical Collections Online

The Medical Historical Library’s digital collection includes Yale School of Medicine photographs, portraits of 16th Century anatomist Andreas Vesalius, Harvey Cushing and others, as well as rare books, medical and surgical instruments, prints, posters, and drawings, and much more! This exhibit demystifies the process of digitization and showcases Yale’s rich medical historical collections.

The Historical Library is constantly working to bring collections to researchers and scholars here and worldwide. Part of the Medical Heritage Library (http://www.medicalheritage.org/), a collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries that are bringing thousands of books and journals online, the Historical Library has digitized and contributed over 1,725,000 pages.

The Medical Heritage Library includes books, pamphlets, journals, and video and audio recordings in the history of medicine, including the health sciences (nursing, dentistry, audiology, physiology, psychology, psychiatry, biological science) and titles on spas, weather, veterinary medicine, gardening, physical culture, and alternative medicine. Titles have been chosen for their scholarly, educational, and research value.

As of January 2013 the collection consisted of more than 40,000 books, journals, and videos on topics including surgery, public health, infectious diseases, gynecology, psychology, anatomy, neuroscience, tobacco, and homeopathy. Visit our collections online http://digital.medicine.yale.edu/

May 15, 2013

Circulation, Privileges and Information Service desks now located in the Franke Periodical Reading Room

The first of several important changes associated with the Sterling Memorial Library (SML) nave restoration project occured this week with the move of the SML circulation, privileges and information desks to the Franke Periodical Reading Room. The entrance to the Periodical Reading Room is located to the left of the High Street entrance of SML, as you come into the Library. All frontline services will continue to function in the new space until the fall of 2014, when the restoration will be completed and services will return to the nave. For more details, please contact Ken Crilly at kendall.crilly@yale.edu.

May 16, 2013

Trial of Self-Checkout Machines in SML and Bass

The Yale Library is embarking on a trial of two different self-checkout machines and is asking library users for their help in determining which machine to purchase. The new machines will allow library users to scan their Yale University or Library-issued ID Card, in order to check out library materials. The trial machines are located in the Franke Periodical Reading Room and at the circulation desk in the Bass Library from May 20 for approximately 6 weeks.

We invite you to tell us what you think about the Self-Checkout machines by completing an online survey (links below), or a paper survey which will be located next to each machine, making sure to note which machine is used - Bibliotheca or 3M. Each machine has its company logo clearly on it, a sign identifying which one it is, and customized print-out slips.

Link to Bibliotheca Self-Checkout survey:
https://yalesurvey.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_a5kvLxKl72sbimh

Link to 3M Self-Checkout survey:
https://yalesurvey.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eSaRcR9Klu465XD

Thank you for helping us make the right decision!

May 17, 2013

Berg Fashion Library now available online through the Yale Library

The Berg Fashion Library features 7,000 easy-to-search images as well as full-text searching across e-journals, e-books, and reference works such as the ‘Encyclopedia of World Dress.’ This interdisciplinary content is great not only for scholars of fashion but also for those interested in history, anthropology, dramaturgy, and more! Connect through Yale Library to visit the database online: www.bergfashionlibrary.com

Tour the Stone Carvings in Sterling Memorial Library's Selin Courtyard

Have you ever looked closely at the stone carvings that decorate the Selin Courtyard in Sterling Memorial Library? If you've never done so, it's worth the time. A new blog by Chika Ota, Rollins Fellow at Yale's Office of the University Printer, guides visitors through the fascinating courtyard carvings, many of which feature the names of famous printers, including Nicholas Jenson, William Caslon, John Baskerville, and Giambattista Bodoni, all of whom happen to have typefaces named by or for them. http://printer.yale.edu/blog/2013/05/16/sml-selin-courtyard

Be sure to visit before June 3, when the courtyard will close for the duration of the nave restoration project.

Staying IN SHAPE: Preventing Heart Disease for Women of All Ages

Learn research-based tips on simple diet and exercise interventions that women can include in their daily lives to reduce the risk for heart disease. The acronym IN SHAPE, developed by Dr. Alexander, will be used to more easily recall the steps to a healthier, heart disease-free life.

Ivy M. Alexander, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, FAAN, is Professor of Nursing at Yale University School of Nursing and Midlife Women’s Health Consultant and Nurse Practitioner at Yale Health. Her clinical, scholarly, and research interests are in Midlife Women's Health Care. She has worked extensively with menopause and osteoporosis management, and she has published and presented widely regarding these subject areas, including two books, which have been translated into Spanish, Greek, and Italian. She has been principle investigator on studies evaluating women's relationships with their primary care providers; black women’s perceptions of menopause, midlife health risks, and self-management techniques used to manage menopause symptoms and reduce health risks; and osteoporosis risks and management. She has consulted for national and international companies such as Athena Medical Products, Medscape, Wyeth-Ayerst, Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Roche, Venus Medical Communications, Amgen, and Datamonitor.

May issue of the Digital Initiatives & Technology newsletter now online


The May issue of the Digital Initiatives & Technology newsletter is now available online at: http://enews.library.yale.edu/digital/may2013.html

May 30, 2013

Class of 1963 Authors

Memorabilia Room, Sterling Memorial Library
On View until June 28

This exhibit celebrates the prolific publishing output of the members of the Yale College Class of 1963, which is celebrating its 50th reunion this year. The works of the seventy-six members of the Class of 1963 span many genres: scholarly monograph, travelogue, journalism, "how to" text, spirituality, memoir, poetry, biography, music, and fiction. The exhibit represents a collaboration between the Association of Yale Alumni and the Manuscripts and Archives Department in the Yale University Library. Content for the exhibit was solicited and assembled by Class of 1963 coordinators Guy Miller Struve, Laton McCartney, and Michael Koenig. The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 8:30 am–4:45 pm.

The exhibit is curated by Manuscripts & Archives staff members. For more information contact mssa.reference@yale.edu or (203) 432-1744. To see other exhibits and events at the Yale University Library click here: http://calendar.yale.edu/cal/library/

Sterling Memorial Library Nave to undergo a 15 month restoration beginning June 3

Beginning June 3, the grand nave of Sterling Memorial Library — a destination for thousands of students, scholars, and campus visitors each year — will be renewed and restored, thanks to a $20 million gift from Richard Gilder ’54 and his wife, Lois Chiles.

The restoration honors outgoing Yale University President Richard C. Levin and his wife, Jane A. Levin, lecturer and director of undergraduate studies for the Directed Studies Program.

Gilder, founder of the brokerage firm now known as Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co. LLC, has for many years worked closely with the Levins to advance the University’s mission.

“I have the deepest respect and appreciation for the way Rick has steered his beloved alma mater through many difficult times,” Gilder said. “Today, Yale is firmly on the path to continued excellence, thanks to Rick’s consistent vision and leadership.”

Designed by Helpern Architects, the restoration will encompass the full interior of the nave, including the card catalog areas to the south, the north space adjacent to the Selin Courtyard, and the area behind the circulation desk.

Read more about this extraordinary undertaking on YaleNews at: http://news.yale.edu/2013/05/30/renewing-architectural-temple-mind-new-generation