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January 2, 2014

Welcome back & Happy New Year!

Welcome back and Happy New Year from the Yale University Library! Ask Yale Library http://ask.library.yale.edu/ connects you with librarians who can help you throughout the year! Chat services will resume on January 6th.

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January 3, 2014

The University (including central campus libraries) will operate under a normal schedule today, Friday January 3rd

Following the latest snow storm, the Yale Alert system announced that the University (including the central campus libraries) will be operating under a normal schedule today, Friday January 3rd.

However, due to staffing shortages and hazardous road conditions as a result of the storm, some library services will be affected as follows:

The Lewis Walpole Library, located in Farmington, Connecticut, will remain closed today.

The Math and Geology libraries will be closed today, though the Center for Science & Social Science Information (CSSSI) is open as normal (8:30-5:00).

The Microtext Reading Room in Sterling Memorial Library will be closed (though SML is open as normal).

All library delivery services (Eli Express, Special Collections, and West Campus) are cancelled today.

Snow is forecast to end around 9:00 a.m. although blowing and drifting may complicate clean up. The weather will continue to be extremely cold throughout the day, and those who must be outside are urged to dress warmly and take appropriate precautions.

Staff who are not performing critical functions may want to consult with a supervisor to determine if they can delay reporting to work or otherwise modify their schedule; supervisors are encouraged to be as accommodating as possible. Staff members who do not work their regular schedule today must use their paid time off.

Those staff engaged in providing critical functions -- those areas responsible for protecting the life, health and safety of the university – must report to work as usual.

Please check http://emergency.yale.edu for any changes in the Yale shuttle schedule and any other snow-related information.

January 7, 2014

The 3D Reconstruction Pipeline: from Acquisition to Printing

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:00 PM
Kline Biology Tower (KBT), CSSSI 24/7 Study Room
219 Prospect St., New Haven, CT 06511

Modern 3D acquisition systems are able to rapidly digitize an object geometry with high accuracy and resolution, producing massive digital models with billions of samples. Geometry and color measure and reconstruction are extremely important in many applications, such as engineering, architecture, digital simulation, or renovation planning, research and dissemination in cultural heritage field.
In this talk Professor Pintus will give an overview of the standard 3D reconstruction pipeline, from data capture to data processing,visualization and printing, and show some state-of-the-art works in the field.

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Research Impact: Supporting Scholars, Departments, and Collaborators in their Quest for Better Metrics

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 2:00 PM
Sterling Memorial Library (SML), International Room
120 High St., New Haven, CT 06511

Speakers: Jan Glover, Lei Wang, and Kayleigh Bohémier

During the summer, Jan Glover, Lei Wang and Kayleigh Bohémier attended a two-day workshop on the Becker Model, a methodology for examining scholarly impact and creating research stories. During this hour-long SCOPA forum, they will share takeaways from this workshop and describe how the Becker Model and other ways of assessing scholarly impact can be applied at Yale to support our research communities.

Blue: Color and Concept

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - Saturday, April 19, 2014
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
121 Wall St., New Haven, CT 06511

Libraries conventionally organize and classify collections according to author, title, and subjects as diverse as children’s literature, amateur photography, Harlem Renaissance poetry, and experimental film. This exhibition reveals what can occur if alternative methods for navigating an archive are employed. “Blue: Color and Concept” tracks a single idea across the Beinecke’s holdings and over numerous fields in order to reveal a rich network of associations. The result is a unique cultural history of the color blue in nineteenth- and twentieth-century arts and letters.

The exhibition brings together literary and historical artifacts—such as the poet Langston Hughes’s blue enamel-decorated cigarette case and a hand-colored nineteenth-century family photograph, writer Edith Wharton’s 1915 Paris driver’s permit and an American driver’s guidebook from the same era—alongside great works in fields as varied as entomology, poetry, human psychology, and American popular music.

Under the Covers: A Visual History of Decorated Endpapers

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
121 Wall St., New Haven, CT 06511

Endpapers, slipped discreetly between a book’s binding and text block, are easy to overlook. They developed from a practical need: to protect illuminations from the wear of the hardwood boards that were the covers of medieval books. Over time, binders and publishers began to experiment, using marbled and decorated papers for artistic effect and later putting advertisements, elaborate designs, genealogies, and landscapes on endpapers.

“Under the Covers” traces the development of endpapers from their utilitarian beginnings through the twenty-first century and showcases a striking variety of styles, from silken and marbled endpapers to Dutch gilt and “Images Populaires” designs.

Stephen Tennant: Work in Progress

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
121 Wall St., New Haven, CT 06511

Stephen Tennant (1906 - 1987) is mainly remembered for his striking appearance and position as one of the “Bright Young People,” a group of upper-class British artists, writers, and bon vivants. This exhibition highlights the literary and artistic potential found in his personal archives.

Tennant spent decades writing a novel, Lascar, which he never finished. Still, he left a legacy of archival documents, including drafts of his novel, hundreds of poems, detailed drawings, and a rich correspondence with his friends and family, including Willa Cather, Daphne Du Maurier, and Stephen Spender. The Beinecke Library acquired several groups of material to partially reconstruct his archives. The exhibition draws upon this rich documentary legacy to provide a well-rounded portrait of this gifted and complex individual.

Library Staff Association Sponsors Red Cross Blood Drive, January 29th

The Library Staff Association (LiSA), invites you to consider donating blood at the LiSA sponsored Red Cross Blood Drive, to be held on Wednesday, January 29th from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm in the chapel of the Slifka Center (80 Wall St.). All donors will receive a voucher for a free pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

To schedule your appointment, go to the American Red Cross website at http://www.redcrossblood.org/ and enter the sponsor code: Sterling. You can also contact David Gary at 203-432-5165 or david.gary@yale.edu. Walk-ins are also welcome on the day of blood drive.

If you are considering donating blood, the Red Cross suggests you make an appointment even if you cannot commit to a specific time. This way, whenever you show up during the drive, you will be considered an “appointment” and be processed faster than walk-ins.

In addition, please consider volunteering for an hour during the blood drive. Contact david.gary@yale.edu if you are interested.

Did you know that:

1 in every 2 people will need a blood product in their lifetime?
Every 2 seconds, a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion?
Approximately 650 units of blood are needed daily for the hospitals in CT, yet the Red Cross only collects 400?
The number one reason donors say they give blood is because they want to help others?

Basic requirements:
Be at least 17 years old
Have a valid ID
Weigh at least 110 lbs

January 10, 2014

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

Starting on Monday 13, 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.

* Yale affiliates only. Maximum fine forgiveness is $110 per returned book. 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 13-31 for full waiver.

The Music Library's services to be fully restored on Monday 1/13

The Music Library is delighted to announce that it will resume normal operations on Monday, January 13 with all services being provided once again in the Music Library space. As a result of water damage from a broken pipe on the second floor of Sterling Memorial Library in December, circulation staff and operations were temporarily moved to the Lecture Hall. All services will be fully restored, including access to sound and video recordings. Visitors to the library should be aware that there will still be some painting and clean-up underway for a few more days, in case there are any sensitivities to odors from paint or cleaning materials.

Restoration of the windows in the L&B Reading Room

Recent visitors to Sterling Memorial Library may have noticed construction activity in the L&B Reading Room, whose entrance is adjacent to the High Street entrance of the nave. The project aims to fully restore the windows along the west side of the reading room and includes complete re-leading, restoration of the bronze casement frames, reutilization of the original lead overlay artwork and replacement of the glass panes with hand blown glass. This will ensure that the windows appear as original, yet the underlying structure will have been completely restored to a new condition. This will also serve to preserve the original exterior and interior lead overlays for reutilization in the future.

Currently, the windows have been replaced with plexiglass and the room is open again as a study space. The restoration is expected to be completed during Spring Break.

The Newspaper Reading Room reopens as study space

Sterling Memorial Library's Newspaper Reading Room–the room that formerly housed the library's newspaper collections and which is now a general study space–will reopen for use on Monday January 13, following a complete re-carpeting of the room. The entrance to the room is located just adjacent to the entrance to the Music Library.

January 13, 2014

Medical Historical Library invites applications for the Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award

The Historical Library of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University is pleased to announce its seventh annual Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award for use of the Historical Library.

The Medical Historical Library, located in New Haven, Connecticut, holds one of the country’s largest collections of rare medical books, journals, prints, photographs, and pamphlets. Special strengths are the works of Hippocrates, Galen, Vesalius, Boyle, Harvey, Culpeper, Priestley, and S. Weir Mitchell, and works on anesthesia, and smallpox inoculation and vaccination. The Library owns over fifty medieval and renaissance manuscripts, Arabic and Persian manuscripts, and over 300 medical incunabula. The notable Clements C. Fry Collection of Prints and Drawings has over 2,500 fine prints, drawings, and posters from the 15th century to the present on medical subjects. The library also holds a great collection of tobacco advertisements, patent medicine ephemera, and a large group of materials from Harvey Cushing, one of the founding fathers of neurosurgery.

The 2014-2015 travel grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers who wish to use the collections of the Medical Historical Library: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu/. There is a single award of up to $1,500 for one week of research during the academic fiscal year July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015. Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a description of the project including the relevance of the collections of the Historical Library to the project, and two references attesting to the particular project. Preference will be given to applicants beyond commuting distance to the Historical Library. This award is for use of Medical Historical special collections and is not intended for primary use of special collections in other libraries at Yale. Applications are due by Sunday, APRIL 27th, 2014. They will be considered by a committee and the candidates will be informed by JUNE 6th, 2014. An application form can be found on our website: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu/us/grant

Applications and requests for further information should be sent to:

Melissa Grafe, Ph.D
John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University
P.O. Box 208014
New Haven, CT 06520-8014
Telephone: 203- 785-4354
Fax: 203-785-5636
E-mail: melissa.grafe@yale.edu

Additional information about the Library and its collections may be found at: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu/

January 16, 2014

A Cure for What Ails You: Songs from the Medical Library’s Sheet Music Collection

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - Friday, May 2, 2014
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library foyer
333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06511

This exhibit celebrates a new collection of medically themed sheet music recently donated to the Medical Historical Library by William Helfand, retired pharmaceutical company executive, historian of medicine, and collector extraordinaire. There are over a thousand items in the collection on medical providers, purveyors of remedies, ailments both real and imagined, cures for all purposes (especially for lovesickness), health songs for children, and music advertising patent medicines. Most of the music was written for public entertainment, whether in London music halls, Parisian theaters, or American vaudeville and early musicals. Later songs in the collection were aired on the radio, featured in movies, recorded on record labels, or served as themes for TV shows on doctors and hospitals. Songs range from “The Cork Leg,” a traditional Irish song about a self-propelling prosthetic cork leg, to Loretta Lynn singing about the advantages of “The Pill.” The engraved and lithographed covers of the music provide striking images of medicine and popular culture. Discover the entire collection through the finding aid: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/med.pam.0005

January 17, 2014

Sterling Memorial Library nave restoration reaches half-way point

Last week marked the half-way point of the nave restoration project in Sterling Memorial Library. The sixteen-month project began on June 3, 2013 and is scheduled for completion before the beginning of the fall semester this year. Much has been accomplished on the project so far. Cleaning of all the stone walls and tracery around the windows is now finished; more than half of the decorative windows have been repaired and have been received new exterior protective coverings; and both plaster and wooden ceilings have been fully cleaned and restored. In the coming weeks, work will begin to restore the mural of Alma Mater behind the circulation desk and new heating and cooling units will arrive and be installed. The restoration of the Sterling Memorial Library nave is being funded by a generous gift from Richard Gilder (’54) and his wife, Lois Chiles.

The restoration progress can be seen in a series of photographs on the Library's restoration Flickr site at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sml-naverestoration/sets/

January 23, 2014

The Library closes in on its United Way campaign goal

United Way's Give Every Child A Chance campaign is scheduled to wrap up on January 31. Thus far, the Library staff has contributed $29,172. We are at 97% of the $30,000 goal!

In the Greater New Haven region, nearly 14,000 children under age 18 live below the poverty level; nearly 10,000 live in the city of New Haven. These children face unbelievable odds against their future success: poor nutrition, poor quality or no child care, and little stimulation or educational preparation that help to build readiness for education. Typically, when they start school, they are already years behind their peers, and most never catch up. Read more about this campaign: http://www.yale.edu/hronline/unitedway/

To those who have already given, we are deeply grateful for your support. Donating is simple. You can go online at www.yale.edu/unitedway to donate via payroll deduction, credit card, or stock. Every gift, no matter the amount, improves lives and reduces the educational disparities that challenge our region.

All invited to an opening reception on Monday for SML's two newest reading rooms.

All are invited to the opening of Sterling Memorial Library’s two newest reading rooms–the Southeast Asia Collection in SML 214 and Middle East & Islamic Studies in SML 333.

The new reading rooms will open on Monday, January 27. Light refreshments will be available in each location between 2-4 pm, thanks to the generous support of the Council on Middle East Studies and the Council on Southeast Asian Studies.

With input from faculty and students, Robin Dougherty, Librarian for Middle East Studies and Rich Richie, Librarian for Southeast Asian Studies, spent much of the fall semester reviewing the existing reference collections and assisting with preparations to renovate and repurpose SML rooms 215 and 333, previously staff work spaces.

In addition to the core reference collections for these subjects, the new reading rooms are better equipped to serve the needs of readers with tables, chairs, and workstations—the new Southeast Asia Collection room has also been fitted out with a beautiful flat-screen monitor.

Rich and Robin hope you will take a few moments on Monday afternoon to stop by and say hello, and familiarize yourselves with these new reading rooms! All are welcome!

January 24, 2014

The Library spaces at the School of Management's Evans Hall are now open

The Ross Library, Kenney Reading Room and McNay Technology Center at the School of Management's newly-opened Evans Hall are now open. Yale University Library–specifically the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI)–will be providing the services, but the library spaces at Evans Hall are overseen by the Yale School of Management (SOM).

Services include consultations with a subject specialist librarian (a member of the staff of the Center for Science & Social Science Information), a data librarian and a StatLab consultant. A subject specialist librarian is available for consultation at the Ross Library from 1-3 pm Monday through Thursday. This schedule will change later in the semester. Data librarians and StatLab consultants will also be scheduled later in the semester. Access to Evans Hall is limited to the SOM community after 5:30 p.m.

There are no print collections at the Ross Library. Reserves and Eli Express delivered materials are available at the CSSSI. A book drop will be installed at this location soon.

For more information about library spaces at Evans Hall please see:
http://som.yale.edu/edward-p-evans-hall-libraries-and-study-spaces

January 28, 2014

The Beinecke Library acquires papers of key figure in European counterculture

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University has announced its acquisition of the papers of Italian writer and activist Gianfranco Sanguinetti, a key figure in the Situationist International avant-garde protest movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

The archive features more than 650 letters between Sanguinetti and Guy Debord, the French theorist, writer, and filmmaker who founded the Situationist International [SI], a group of intellectuals and artists that blended Marxist theory and 20th century avant-garde art into a comprehensive critique of capitalist society. The majority of these letters have never been published.

“It would be extremely difficult to write a complete history of the Situationist International without this archive,” says Kevin Repp, curator of modern European books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Library. “Sanguinetti was a driving force in the movement and his papers, including his rich correspondence with Debord, provides extraordinary insight into crucial moments of the European post-war counterculture.”

The archive consists of 48 boxes of correspondence, writings, documents, ephemera, and photographs. The manuscript material is remarkably dense and substantive, documenting not only the relationship between Debord and Sanguinetti, but also the far more extensive network of friends and members of the SI as well as their concrete links to social and cultural-political activism in this period.

The SI’s theories and tactics influenced the May 1968 uprisings in France – a period of general unrest marked by general strikes and occupations of factories and universities.

Sanguinetti wrote to Debord in the uprisings’ aftermath. A close friendship quickly ensued, with Sanguinetti playing a leading role in the formation of the Italian section of the SI. Sanguinetti became Debord’s primary source of news about Italian social and political unrest, which seemed a perfect proving ground for SI tactics, and the two continued to collaborate long after the movement was dissolved in 1972.

The archive includes an autograph manuscript and multiple corrected typescripts, bearing annotations in Debord’s hand, of Sanguinetti’s most influential work: “Rapporto Veredico sulle ultime Opportunità di salvare il Capitalismo in Italia” (“The Real Report on the Last Chance to Save Capitalism in Italy”). Published in 1975, the “Rapporto” is pseudonymous pamphlet written from the aristocratic perspective of “the Censor,” a well-informed Italian Conservative. It accuses the Italian state of orchestrating the Milan bombings of 1969 in order to rally public opinion against protest movements.

The archive includes preparatory notes and outlines of conversations documenting Debord’s role in conceiving and composing the pamphlet.

Other highlights include drafts of the statutes of the Italian section of the Situationist International; original manuscripts, typescripts, and proofs of Internazionale Situazionista, no. 1 (sole issue published, 1969), the Italian section’s journal.

The archive also features the original manuscript of "Rimedio a Tutto" ("Remedy for Everything"), Sanguinetti’s book about the Movimento ‘77; a wave of protest that swept across Italy in 1977. Most of the 466-page manuscript is unpublished, though two chapters were published in 1978 as “Del Terrorismo e dello Stato” (“Terrorism and the State”).

The archive is part of the Beinecke Library’s major collection development initiative to document the postwar avant-garde and counterculture in Europe, including movements such as the Situationists, Lettrism, Sound and Concrete Poetry, Provos, and student and autonomist movements in France, Germany, and Italy, particularly relating to the Movimento del 77. Major archival acquisitions include the Bismuth-Lemaître papers, Gil J. Wolman papers, Jacqueline de Jong papers, Henri Chopin papers, and Gianni Bertini papers.

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January 30, 2014

Swimming & Diving at Yale: Manuscripts & Archives Open House, Friday 31st

Hosted by the Manuscripts and Archives department in Sterling Memorial Library, this open house on Friday January 31st from 3:30-5:00pm will feature highlights and treasures from the Yale Library’s rich collection of materials relating to swimming and diving at Yale.

With an announcement in the January 24, 1899 issue of the Yale Daily News, the swimming program at Yale was born. In the subsequent 115 years, Yale Swimming and Diving has defined excellence and achievement in amateur athletics.

During the 20th century, the Men’s Swimming and Diving Team was a powerhouse in the collegiate swimming world, winning four NCAA championships, thirty Eastern Intercollegiate Swim League (EISL) championships, and several Amateur Athletic Union championships under legendary coaches Robert J. H. Kiphuth and Phil Moriarty. Many notable Yale coaches and swimmers—including Stephen Clark ’65, James McLane ’53, and Donald Schollander ’68—represented the United States in the summer Olympics, winning a total of seventeen gold, seven silver, and five bronze medals.

In March of 1974, the Women’s Swimming and Diving Team attained varsity status led by team captain Bonnie Jackson Kestner ’74, ’78 MAR. The April 1, 1974 edition of the Yale Daily News hailed the achievement as, “a signal that the Yale athletic administration is willing and able to give the women the support they need to compete with the top teams in the country.” In 40 years of competition, the women’s swim team has captured five Women’s Ivy Championships. Yale swimmer Emily deRiel ’96 won the silver medal in the modern pentathlon in the 2000 summer Olympic games in Sydney, and swimmer Deborah Gruen ’10 took bronze in the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games.

The open house is free and open to the public.

January 31, 2014

Google Glass available for faculty and student groups during spring semester

In cooperation with the Instructional Technology Group (ITG) and the Student Technology Collaborative (STC), the Yale University Library has added the futuristic eyewear, Google Glass—unofficially dubbed “Yale Bass Glass” – to its collection of media devices at the Bass Library. As the group plans for general use of the technology in the fall semester, faculty and student groups are encouraged to contact the collaborative during the spring semester with their ideas to explore the potential of Google Glass in enhancing classroom instruction and the research experience.

Google Glass is a wearable computer with an augmented reality visual display that is being developed by Google[x], Google’s experimental lab. Early last year, Google launched a search for early adopters to test Google Glass, asking the public to post a short message on Twitter or Google+ detailing what they’d do if they had access to the device. Tom Bruno, Associate Director for Resource Sharing and Reserves, along with Director of Access Services, Brad Warren, reached out to colleagues in the ITG and STC asking them if they’d be interested in a joint program to develop and use Glass in a library and classroom setting. In determining who to partner with, Warren stated, “with previous successes such as the class set iPad program, Bass Media Lab, and other initiatives, this partnership to explore the potential of Google Glass with ITG and STC is a good fit.”

Bruno and other Access Services staff will also be working with Library IT to help develop library-specific uses for the new technology, such as a “first-person scanner” Scan and Deliver application which would allow library staff to fulfill patron scanning requests directly from the library stacks, as well as using Google Glass to assist library patrons with disabilities.

For further information about the Google Glass project at the Library, please contact bassmedia@yale.edu