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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.

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!

October 1, 2012

Collaboration in the Classroom

Location: CSSSI Statlab
Date: Friday, October 5
Time: Lunch at 11:30am. Fair begins at 12:00pm.
Presenter: Casey Watts, Assistant Manager ITS Student Technology Collaborative and recent Yale graduate

Lectures, seminars, and lab classes can all benefit from collaborative learning given the right technology. That technology has arrived! This hands-on event will cover the use of many free technologies available for use in classes, including CrocoDoc, Google Drive (and Google Groups), and Slidee.

For more information on this and forthcoming Lux Talks: http://luxtalks.commons.yale.edu/

September 25, 2012

Teaching with Mobile Technology, Friday 28 in CSSSI StatLab

Staff from ITS will demonstrate and answer questions about a multitude of Mobile Technologies that can be used in the classroom and beyond. This is a hands on experience and a great opportunity to play with these devices and meet the staff who can help you find ways to utilize mobile technology in the classroom.

Location: CSSSI StatLab
Date: Friday, September 28th
Time: 11:30 – 1pm
Lunch from 11:30 - noon, talk from 12–1pm

This talk is part of the new LuxTalks series (previously Teaching With Technology Tuesdays), to be hosted on Fridays from 11:30am ¬ 1:00pm. LuxTalks will present a variety of topics that cover the intersection of technology, research and teaching, information and libraries.

September 24, 2012

Library Shelving Facility staff members process one million items in 11 months

At approximately 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, the staff members at Yale's Library Shelving Facility (LSF) accessioned (i.e, recorded the addition of) the one-millionth item to be transferred to the facility at 147 Leeder Hill Drive in Hamden in fiscal year 2012. It was a book entitled “The Wisdom of the Mythtellers” by Sean Kane and it was sent from Sterling Memorial Library. While there was neither a chiming of bells nor a shower of confetti when the milestone was reached, there were congratulations all around for the office of 15 who topped their goal (878,000 items) in less than 12 months. To read more of the story click here (http://working.yale.edu/features/library-shelving-facility-staff-members-process-one-million-items-11-months)

September 20, 2012

The 19th Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

Robert Burns and Scottish Independence
Nineteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture

September 20, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall
1080 Chapel Street, New Haven

Robert Crawford, Professor of Modern Scottish Literature, University of St. Andrews

Scotland's greatest poet, Robert Burns, championed the value of the "independent mind." In this public lecture, poet and Burns biographer Robert Crawford asks whether Burns also supported Scottish political independence. All are welcome to attend this event.

September 19, 2012

Hail to the Chief: Presidents in the Gilmore Archives – Until 11/6

You might expect that the Gilmore Music Library would provide a quiet refuge from the din of the election campaign, but presidents are surprisingly prominent in their collections, and they are the focus of a new exhibition, Hail to the Chief: Presidents in the Gilmore Archives. The library holds the papers of Vladimir Horowitz, Robert Shaw, Benny Goodman, and other musicians who interacted with presidents in a variety of ways. The exhibition includes letters from Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan, and photographs of John Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Carter, and Reagan. Horowitz performed for Herbert Hoover in 1931, and he received a pair of cufflinks and a tie pin from Reagan in 1986 and a posthumous award from George H.W. Bush in 1989.

Music has often played a role in presidential campaigns. Examples range from a pocket-sized songbook promoting Abraham Lincoln’s campaign in 1860 to Irving Berlin’s song about Dwight Eisenhower,“They Like Ike.” When William McKinley became president in 1897, his inauguration featured a march composed by Yale undergraduate Charles Ives.

The title, Hail to the Chief, is borrowed from the famous presidential march, whose melody comes from James Sanderson’s setting of a passage from Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It will be on display at the Gilmore Music Library through Election Day (Tuesday, November 6).

September 13, 2012

SCOPA Forum: Librarian's Conference Recap, 9/19 at 3pm

SCOPA Forum: Librarian's Conference Recap, 9/19 at 3pm in the International Room
In the first installment of this two-part forum, sponsored by the Standing Committee on Professional Awareness (SCOPA), Yale librarians will redeliver presentations they have given at recent conferences and other venues for the Yale community. Tom Bruno (Associate Director for Resource Sharing & Resources) will present on the implementation of Harvard's Scan and Deliver service--the model for the service recently introduced at Yale. Mark Matienzo (Digital Archivist, Manuscripts & Archives) will discuss the use of digital forensics on born-digital archival material at MSSA and the Beinecke. Christine McCarthy (Chief Conservator, Conservation Services, Preservation) will provide an overview of the The Traveling Scriptorium Teaching Kit http://travelingscriptorium.library.yale.edu/, and Holly Hatheway (Assistant Director for Collections Research & Access Services, Robert B. Haas Family Library) will recount the IFLA ART Satellite conference in Helsinki and the ARLIS/NA Scandinavian study trip. Stay tuned for part 2 at 3pm, on Wednesday, September 26th.

September 12, 2012

The Humanities in a Digital Age. A forum on 9/14 at 10:30am

Friday September 14, 10:30am–12:00pm
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall Refreshments served before the talk.

We now live in a pervasively digital world where as humanists, we have an opportunity to rethink our goals. On the one hand, we can now develop research projects that are broader and deeper in scope than was feasible in a print culture. First, we can trace ideas across dozens of languages and thousands of years. Second, the explosion of high-resolution digital representations of source texts, objects, and archaeological data sets has, in some quarters, transformed the traditional (and out of fashion) task of editing. At the same time, the shift to a digital world does not simply allow professors to produce more specialist publications. Rather, the explosion in source materials available to a global net public requires advanced researchers and library professionals to draw upon student researchers and citizen scholars as essential collaborators. One possible outcome is a new, decentralized and cosmopolitan republic of letters supporting a global dialogue of civilizations. No particular outcomes are guaranteed and our actions and decisions as humanists in the present can have far-reaching consequences.

Gregory Crane is Professor of Classics and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, Winnick Family Chair of Technology and Entrepreneurship at Tufts University. He is also Editor in Chief of the Perseus Project. He has been elected a Humboldt Professor in Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig and hopes to establish the first transatlantic laboratory in the Digital Humanities.

David Mimno is a postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Science department at Princeton University. He received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Before graduate school, he served as Head Programmer at the Perseus Project, a digital library for cultural heritage materials, at Tufts University. He is supported by a CRA Computing Innovation fellowship.

This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Yale University Library, the Office of Digital Assets and Infrastructure and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

September 4, 2012

Yale University Library Launches Scan and Deliver Service

Available now online!

A new library service is now available for members of the Yale Community. Scan and Deliver enables digital access to millions of items in the Yale University Library's general print collections by delivering scans to library users' desktops.

The service, which launches on Tuesday September 4th, allows current Yale faculty, students, and staff – as well as alumni with borrowing privileges – to submit requests for book chapters and journal articles from the ORBIS and MORRIS library catalogs. If an item is eligible for Scan and Deliver, a 'request' link will appear. Requests are then received by library staff members who will locate, retrieve, and scan the materials within two business days. When the request is ready for download, patrons will receive an email containing a link to access the PDF.

Susan Gibbons, Yale University Librarian, commented, "The print collections of Yale University Library are among the best in the world. We believe our Scan and Deliver service will help to ensure that even in a digital age, the Yale community will continue to explore the riches of our print collections".

Scan and Deliver is free of charge to the Yale community. Patrons may submit as many requests as they like, but the service only guarantees to scan one request per individual per day, and the scanning must comply with copyright guidelines, so planning ahead for research needs will be key.

For more information about this new service, please consult the http://guides.library.yale.edu/getit

August 21, 2012

Michael Dula speaks with YaleNews about library technology

Michael Dula recently began his appointment as chief technology officer for the Yale University Library, one of the largest university libraries in North America. In this newly created role, he will develop a technology strategy for the University’s 18 different libraries, which house over 12.5 million volumes. Read more of the YaleNews interview with Michael at: http://news.yale.edu/2012/08/20/qa-libraries-turn-new-page-digital-age

Mike will also be giving a talk at the Library on September 10th at 3pm. It will be entitled "Future Yale University Library Technology Initiatives" and will take place in the SML Lecture Hall. All are welcome. For more information: http://enews.library.yale.edu/scopa/dula.html

July 24, 2012

Divinity Librarian talks with Working@Yale

Paul Stuehrenberg talks with Working@Yale about his work as Divinity Librarian


July 19, 2012

Access to Starr Reading Room in SML

Beginning on July 19, library patrons will need to show a Yale ID or current privileges card to access the Starr Reading Room in Sterling Memorial Library between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. This requirement will be in place until August 18, in order to minimize the disruption to readers in Starr during the peak period of tours in Sterling. Alumni and non-Yale researchers who require access to Starr should first register with the Privileges Office behind the Information Desk in the Sterling nave. For any questions about the new policy, please contact Ken Crilly, Associate University Librarian for Program Development and Research (Kendall.crilly@yale.edu).

July 2, 2012

Bass Library will be open on July 4th!

Bass Library will be open 8:30am - 4:45pm on July 4th.

May 24, 2012

Divinity Library receives grants to digitize materials

The Yale Divinity Library has received three grants to digitize materials related to the history of missionary activity and world Christianity.

A $200,000 Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Program grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will be used to digitize annual reports and periodicals of mission agencies from the library’s Day Missions Collection (http://www.library.yale.edu/div/DayMissions.html).

The Divinity Library has also received $25,500 from the NEH’s Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Program to fund the library’s participation in the International Missionary Photography Archive (IMPA) project hosted by the University of Southern California (http://www.usc.edu/impa).

A $5,000 grant from the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA) (http://unitedboard.org ) will support the continuation of the library’s project to digitize selections from the United Board archives, which include documentation of the 13 colleges and universities started by Protestant mission agencies in China beginning in the late 1800s.

In recent years, historians and religious studies scholars have shown renewed interest in analyzing what missionary sources can reveal about indigenous cultures, the impact of political movements, and the rise of nationalism in developing countries. Missionaries tended to live in developing countries for longer periods than diplomats or business agents, and many became fluent in indigenous languages and literatures. Historians have begun to use mission records to learn about social, economic, and cultural changes among the populations with whom the missionaries worked. The digitization of 19th- and 20th- century mission periodicals and reports will preserve important documents for future generations, and extend access to a much broader constituency.

The Day Missions Collection at the Yale Divinity School Library is considered the preeminent North American collection for documentation of the history of missions and the development of Christianity throughout the world. The collection was established in 1892 by George Edward Day, a professor of Hebrew language and literature. The NEH grant will enable the Divinity Library to continue work begun under a recent grant from the Arcadia Foundation to Yale University Library (see related story http://www.library.yale.edu/development/grants-arcadia.html) to support the digitization of 110,000 pages of annual reports, many of which are now available online athttp://divdl.library.yale.edu/dl/Browse.aspx?qc=AdHoc&qs=1158. The NEH grant will also facilitate making all digital surrogates available through an integrated delivery system that provides full text searching.

The NEH grant for the International Mission Photography project will fund the digitization and description of nearly 3,000 images. Previously, the Divinity Library contributed more than 7,000 photographs to the IMPA database during two earlier phases of the project, funded by the Getty and Mellon foundations. Work is now underway to make the Yale IMPA photographs available through the University’s Library’s Digital Collection search, in addition to the IMPA database hosted by the University of Southern California.

The United Board grant will be used to digitize publications of several colleges and universities supported by mission agencies in China, including Fukien Christian University, Ginling College, the University of Nanjing, and St. John’s University. In 2010, the Yale Divinity School Library received a $5,000 grant from UBCHEA to digitize archived materials, primarily relating to medical education in China. The digital copies from this earlier project are available at: http://digital.library.yale.edu/u?/1031_2,0 and will be linked to the finding aid for the UBCHEA archives (http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/divinity.011).

For more information, contact Martha Smalley, curator of the Day Missions Collection at martha.smalley@yale.edu.

May 17, 2012

"Writ between the Lines" A SCOPA FORUM

A Discussion with Historian Hugh Howard

Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 pm
Location: SML International Room

Hugh Howard, author of the newly published Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War (2012), approaches archives and primary sources a bit differently than many researchers. As a narrative historian, he is forever on the lookout for the telling detail, the key explanatory fact, for the insight into the people of whom he writes and of their eras. In his talk he will explode a couple of passages from his books in order to demonstrate the importance of his research, and the hours spent at university archives, the Library of Congress, historical societies, and museums, looking at both antique and more recent materials. As he put it, "research is at the essence of the way I tell stories." His books include one on George Washington (The Painter's Chair), two on Thomas Jefferson (including Dr. Kimball and Mr. Jefferson), and Houses of the Founding Fathers.

Yale University Library’s Standing Committee on Professional Awareness, SCOPA, strives to encourage professional growth and the development of librarianship as a dynamic profession. SCOPA organizes a regular series of forums devoted to a wide range of topics concerning initiatives in Yale libraries and academic libraries in general. SCOPA welcomes suggestions concerning possible future forums.

May 16, 2012

Upgrade to Orbis on Memorial Day Weekend

During the Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 25th – Monday, May 28th, the Library will be upgrading its Orbis Library Catalog.

Services Available during the upgrade

While the upgrade is in progress, you will be able to:
- Charge and return books
- Access a read-only version of Orbis (You will not be able to renew items, request materials, or access ‘My Account’)
- Place ILL requests

Unavailable Services during the upgrade

Some services will be limited or unavailable:
- Limited privileges (i.e. no desk passes)
- No retrieval or searching services
- No delivery of items from the LSF (Library Shelving Facility) or other campus libraries
- No fine payments
- No email notices (i.e. no courtesy reminders, recall notices, overdue notices, etc)
- No Borrow Direct requests

Classic Orbis Retirement & New Features

As part of the upgrade, the ‘Classic’ version of Orbis will be retired and replaced with the new Orbis interface. The retirement of Classic Orbis is made possible by several new features that will be introduced as part of the upgrade, including:

- Enhanced requesting functionality
- Additional Quick Limits for Maps and Microform
- Ability to browse subjects from a specific title
- Search term highlighting
- Enhanced My Account functionality
- Improved performance for Call Number browsing

For more information, contact us at AskYale at: http://ask.library.yale.edu/

May 10, 2012

Old Blue No More: A History of Latinos at Yale exhibit & reception

Old Blue No More: A History of Latinos at Yale – exhibit reception
Tuesday June 5, 12 noon
Memorabilia Room, Sterling Memorial Library

Join us for a special reception to celebrate the exhibit Old Blue No More: A History of Latinos at Yale, now on display in Sterling Memorial Library's exhibit corridor. Enjoy refreshments and then view the exhibit, which showcases the presence of Latinos at Yale since the 1960s.

Latinos have been at Yale for close to 50 years. This exhibit tells a story of their history, inspired by the documents left behind. While incomplete, it is nevertheless a story worth telling. Most of the archives, found at the Latino Cultural Center and the Yale Library – the main collaborators on this project – are from the 1970s, and reveal the central themes driving the community over the years. Those themes – securing a cultural center, recruiting more Latinos, demanding representation, student group activism and alumni – are all explored in this exhibit.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact rosalinda.garcia@yale.edu

May 9, 2012

Summer Hours in Bass and SML

Sterling Memorial Library and Bass Library will commence Summer hours on Wednesday, May 9th. The hours are generally:

Sterling Memorial Library
Monday – Wednesday 8:30am – 4:45pm
Thursday 8:30am – 9:45pm
Friday 8:30am – 4:45pm
Saturday 10:00am – 4:45pm

Bass Library
Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 9:45pm
Friday 8:30am – 4:45pm
Saturday 10:00am – 4:45pm

Please keep in mind that there are exceptions to these hours for holidays and special events. Please click here http://resources.library.yale.edu/libraryhours to consult these hours along with all of the Yale University Library locations.

May 3, 2012

Monuments of Imperial Russian Law

All are welcome to an exhibition talk by

John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law and International Affairs
Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
1:00 – 2:00pm
Room 121, Yale Law School
127 Wall Street, New Haven CT

"Monuments of Imperial Russian Law," now on display in the Yale Law Library, is perhaps the first rare book exhibit in the U.S. to focus on the history of Russian law. The lead curator of the exhibit, Professor William E. Butler of Penn State, will give a talk on the exhibit May 9 in the Yale Law School

The exhibition was co-curated by Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian in the Lillian Goldman Law Library. It features principal landmarks in Russia's pre-1917 legal literature. Among these are the first printed collection of Russian laws, the 1649 "Sobornoe ulozhenie", and three versions of the "Nakaz", the law code that earned Empress Catherine the Great her reputation.

Butler is the pre-eminent U.S. authority on the law of the former Soviet Union. He is the author, co-author, editor, or translator of more than 120 books on Soviet, Russian, Ukrainian, and post-Soviet legal systems. He is a member of the Grolier Club, the leading U.S. society for book collectors, and the Organization of Russian Bibliophiles. He is also a leading bookplate collector who has authored several reference works on bookplates.

The exhibit is on display through May 25, 2012 in the Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, located on Level L2 of the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street. The exhibit is open to the public, 9am-10pm daily. The exhibit is also online in the Yale Law Library Rare Books Blog, at http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/rarebooks.

May 1, 2012

Billed for lost Library books? Want fees waived? Read on..

Have you been billed for lost Yale Library books?
Give us your most creative excuse and have your unreturned book fees waived!

Bring lost books and your excuse (in 500 ‘clean’ words, or less), to the Privileges Office by May 15th 2012 for a full waiver of lost item replacement fees & overdue fines* – up to $110.00 per book!

The “fine” print:

Maximum fine forgiveness is $110.00 per returned book.
Yale Affiliates only
SML, BASS, CSSSI, Divinity, LSF, Music, Geology, Mathematics & Engineering Libraries books only
Does not apply to recall or reserve fines or fines not associated with lost books.
Books must be returned between May 1st and May 15th, 2012 for full waiver.
Get creative, but keep it clean, please.

Contact the Privileges Office for more information:(203) 432-7189 or smlcirc@yale.edu

April 24, 2012

National Trust Libraries with Mark Purcell

Thursday, May 3, 5:00 pm
Location: SML International Room

The libraries of the British National Trust (in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland) together form one of the greatest repositories of early printed books in Europe, and they are almost certainly the largest collection of historic libraries in the hands of a single institution anywhere in the world. For decades these libraries were almost entirely invisible and inaccessible, but over the last ten years the Trust has been engaged in a huge program to get their catalogues online, to open up the collection for research, and to investigate the cultural significance of books which have often remained for hundreds of years in the places where they were once collected and read. This illustrated presentation will give an overview of the libraries—many but not all in country houses, a summary of current projects, and some thoughts on the research value of 300,000 books divided among more than 150 separate locations.

Mark Purcell has been Libraries Curator to the National Trust since 1999. He originally read History at Oriel College, Oxford, trained at University College, London, and has published extensively on the history of books and libraries in early modern Britain and Ireland.

Yale University Library’s Standing Committee on Professional Awareness, SCOPA, strives to encourage professional growth and the development of librarianship as a dynamic profession. SCOPA organizes a regular series of forums devoted to a wide range of topics concerning initiatives in Yale libraries and academic libraries in general. SCOPA welcomes suggestions concerning possible future forums.

More information on SCOPA

April 5, 2012

Cassandra Calling: Conservation pasts, present and futures

Cassandra Calling:
Conservation pasts,
present and futures

by Mary M. Brooks, textile conservator, consultant and lecturer

Thursday, April 19, 3:30 pm

Sterling Memorial Library lecture hall

Mary M. Brooks, PhD, FIIC, ACR, is a private conservator and consultant on the conservation of textiles. She has worked in museums in the United States, Europe and England. Her exhibition, Stop the Rot, at York Castle Museum aimed to raise public awareness of heritage conservation. Besides her consulting and conservation work she teaches conservation and museology in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Mary has a particular interest in the contribution that object-based research and conservation approaches can make to the wider interpretation and presentation of cultural artifacts. Her talk will explore the changing relationships between conservators, conservation and the public and scholars in our post-modern digital world of replicas and multiples.

There will be an informal reception following the talk.

Digital Laboratories and Collaboratories in the Humanities (SCOPA Forum)

Digital Laboratories
and Collaboratories
in the Humanities

Monday, April 16, 2:00 pm
Location: SML International Room

In this forum Dean Irvine, Yale University’s Bicentennial Canadian Studies Visiting Professor, will discuss digital laboratories and collaboratories in the humanities. Bruno Latour and Steve Woogar’s landmark 1979 study Laboratory Life records their ethnography of a neuroendocrinology lab in which they document the observations of a fictional character who posits, after a period of initial observation, that the laboratory began to take on the appearance of a "system of literary inscription.” This hypothesis did not sit well with the laboratory’s researchers; in fact, they hotly resented their representation as part of some "literary activity.” The corollary of Latour and Woogar’s hypothesis is obvious enough: if the lab is a literary institution, then the institutional formation of the lab is not the exclusive property of the sciences. Or, more troubling, the sciences are themselves a literary institution. What if we were to reverse their hypothesis and examine the system of literary inscription in the humanities as one of laboratory experiments? This talk will address that same vexed hypothesis by way of sampling from the emergent field of the digital humanities. In particular, it will speak to the digital initiatives of the Editing Modernism in Canada project and its development of research infrastructure in partnership with a network of laboratories and collaboratories in the humanities. And, finally, it will include demos of some of the tools currently under development by these partners.

Dean Irvine is Director of the Editing Modernism in Canada project and Associate Professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University. He is the author of Editing Modernity: Women and Little-Magazine Cultures in Canada (2008), and editor of The Canadian Modernists Meet (2005), Heresies: The Complete Poems of Anne Wilkinson (2003), and Archive for Our Times: Previously Uncollected and Unpublished Poems of Dorothy Livesay (1998). His latest book, Variant Readings: Editing Canadian Literatures, is forthcoming from McGill-Queen's University Press.

More information on SCOPA

Upcoming . . .

Mentoring at Yale University Library
Tuesday, April 17, 3:00 pm
SML International Room

Alexandre Asanovic on the Bibliothèque Universitaire des Langues et Civilisations Wednesday, April 25, 2:00 pm SML International Room

March 23, 2012

Woodcarver Tim Brookes speaks on Endangered Alphabets, April 3rd 11 am

Tim Brookes, woodcarver
Author of Endangered Alphabets

Tuesday, April 3, 11 am
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

The world has between 6,000 and 7,000 languages, but as many as half of them will be extinct by the end of this century. Another and even more dramatic way in which this cultural diversity is shrinking concerns the alphabets in which those languages are written.

Writing has become so dominated by a small number of global cultures that those 6,000-7,000 languages are written in fewer than 100 alphabets. Moreover, at least a third of the world’s remaining alphabets are endangered–-no longer taught in schools, no longer used for commerce or government, understood only by a
few elders, restricted to a few monasteries or used only in ceremonial documents, magic spells, or secret love letters.

The Endangered Alphabets Project, which consists of an exhibition of fourteen carvings and a book, is the first-ever attempt to bring attention to this issue.

“….my two worst subjects in high school were art and woodworking. I originally chose wood because of its permanence, but also because it is so beautiful. Only after I got going did I start seeing wood as a kind of ancestor material: paper was originally made out of crushed mulberry bark, papyrus is a reed, many of the scripts in southeast Asia and Indonesia used palm leaves—it seems as though wood is there in the background all the time, and carving in wood has a kind of primeval feel, almost mythic.” (Tim Brookes)

All are welcome to this talk, where Tim will show examples of his endangered alphabet woodcarvings.

Columbus House and CT Food Bank Give Presentation in SML

During the last two years, the Yale Library Staff Association (LiSA) has donated over one thousand pounds of food to the Connecticut Food Bank from an autumn pre-holiday food drive, and over $3,500 to Columbus House from the annual holiday party raffle.

Columbus House, Inc. (which provides aid to the homeless) and the Connecticut Food Bank, wish to personally thank the Yale community for their partnership and to share more about the work they are doing. The Yale Library Staff Association is honored to be hosting representatives of these two non-profit organizations at a presentation in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall next Tuesday afternoon, March 27th, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.

The speakers will be Ann Carr, the Director of Program Development of Columbus House, and Mary Ingarra, the Communications Director of the Connecticut Food Bank.

All members of the Yale community are welcome to attend this LiSA-sponsored event. Since it will take place during the lunch period, you may bring your own brown bag lunches. In addition, cookies and water will be available in the adjoining Sterling Memorial Library Memorabilia Room.

Annual Medical Library Associates Lecture, April 11th 4pm

The Medical School's Close Call:
A Crisis in the Middle of
the Twentieth Century

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Gaddis Smith, Larned Professor Emeritus of History, will present the 64th Annual Associates Lecture at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
Author and Yale historian Gaddis Smith, '54 GRD '61 will present the keynote address for the Annual Lecture sponsored by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Associates.

After the tercentennial, Smith took on the task of updating Yale's history, exploring the external influences that shaped the University in the last century, and studying its evolution to its current place in the modern world. His research resulted in the publication of the bookYale and the External World: The Shaping of the University in the Twentieth Century. Smith's keynote address details the seriousness of a growing large deficit immediately after World War II.

Smith graduated from Yale College in 1954 and received his doctorate in history from Yale in 1961. He taught at Duke for three years but returned to Yale as an assistant professor in history specializing in American diplomatic history. In addition to his many years teaching, Smith also served as Master of Pierson College, chair of the History Department, and director of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.

Reception follows in the Beaumont Room

Belinda McKeon Reading

Thursday, April 5, 2:00pm
Location: Beinecke Library, Room 38

Author Belinda McKeon will give a reading from her novel Solace(2011). McKeon will also discuss the theme of literary research in her writing and her own literary archives. The forum will conclude with viewing some of the manuscripts of the late-18th-century/early-19th-century author Maria Edgeworth, who figures in Solace (one of the central characters of the novel, Mark, is a graduate student writing a dissertation on Maria Edgeworth).

Belinda McKeon was born in Ireland in 1979. Her debut novel, Solacewas published by Scribner in 2011. It was voted Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year 2011, as well as being named a Kirkus Outstanding Debut and winning the Sunday Independent Best Newcomer award at the Irish Book Awards. McKeon lives between Brooklyn and Ireland and has written on the arts for The Irish Timessince 2000. As a playwright, she has had work produced in New York and Dublin, and is currently under commission to the Abbey Theatre.

Yale University Library’s Standing Committee on Professional Awareness, SCOPA, strives to encourage professional growth and the development of librarianship as a dynamic profession. SCOPA organizes a regular series of forums devoted to a wide range of topics concerning initiatives in Yale libraries and academic libraries in general. SCOPA welcomes suggestions concerning possible future forums.

The Britten Thematic Catalog Project with Jonathan Manton

Monday, April 2, 2:00 pm
Location: SML International Room

Jonathan Manton will discuss the Benjamin Britten Thematic Catalog Project, for which he serves as the Technical Support Officer. Created under the auspices of the Britten-Pears Foundation, the Benjamin Britten Thematic Catalog Project seeks to create a musicological database detailing all of the composer Benjamin Britten’s works online. Jonathan’s work for the project has notably included the documentation and analysis of approximately 1,150 original manuscript sources, which constitute the 735 works Britten wrote between the ages of 5 and 18, most of which have never received any form of scholarly assessment. The principle objective of Jonathan’s current work, carried out remotely from Boston, is the technical realization of the resource, overseeing the continued development of the catalog’s infrastructure and custom database solutions, and preparation of much of its digital content.

This presentation will provide an overview of the Britten Thematic Catalog, highlighting the project’s research and technical achievements to date. It will also discuss the various usability updates that have recently been incorporated into the resource following a 2010 survey of potential users. Finally, the forum will outline the work that remains to be done leading up to publication, and the project’s aspirations for future versions of the tool after 2013.

Yale University Library’s Standing Committee on Professional Awareness, SCOPA, strives to encourage professional growth and the development of librarianship as a dynamic profession. SCOPA organizes a regular series of forums devoted to a wide range of topics concerning initiatives in Yale libraries and academic libraries in general. SCOPA welcomes suggestions concerning possible future forums.

More information on SCOPA

March 22, 2012

EndNote X5 and EndNote Web Now Available to Yale Community

The Yale University Library is proud to offer EndNote X5 and EndNote Web to the Yale Community. The software is now available to everyone with a Net Id through the Yale ITS Software Library. You will be asked to login to CAS, then you will be able to download the software directly to your office computer, laptop, home computers, or collaborate through the use of EndNote Web.
EndNote is a bibliographic management and publishing solution used by millions of researchers, librarians, and students worldwide.
Use EndNote to:
Search bibliographic databases on the Internet
- Organize references, images, PDFs and other files
- Watch the bibliographic and figure list appear as you write!
- Collaborate using EndNote Web, the Web-based research and writing component of EndNote
Look for future announcements about training from the library for EndNote and Refworks or contact your department’s library liaison for more information.
For further information please contact Caitlyn Lam, Electronic Resources Librarian at caitlyn.lam@yale.edu

March 20, 2012

The Aging Male: Library and Yale Health talk

Do you know what you should know
to stay healthy as you get older?

Join us for The Aging Male: Detection and Prevention of the Most Relevant Health Problems to learn about screening and prevention of the most critical medical issues that men face as they age.

When & Where
Thursday, March 29, 2–3 pm
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

Presented by
Slawomir Mejnartowicz, MD
Internal Medicine, Yale Health

Sponsored by 
Yale University Library and Yale Health

Archives in action: Yale papers breathe life into theatric role

Hovered around a table in the Manuscripts and Archives Room of Sterling Memorial Library, alumni Julian Fleisher and Stephanie Hayes and their cast mates listened intently as fellow actor Kristen Sieh read aloud an original, handwritten letter penned by Carson McCullers — the tormented character Sieh portrayed in “February House,” which recently premiered at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre.

Fleisher ’88 and Hayes ’11 DRA never imagined they would encounter the “ghosts” of the characters they were portraying in the new musical. According to Fleisher, “It’s just the thing that many actors dream of.”

Fleisher played editor George Davis and Hayes starred as Erica Mann in “February House,” a musical depicting the lives and loves of a commune of iconic writers in a Brooklyn brownstone during the 1940s.

To read more of the story and to see the slideshow, click here http://news.yale.edu/2012/03/19/archives-action-yale-papers-breathe-life-theatric-roles

March 9, 2012

“The God of Our Idolatry”: Garrick and Shakespeare

The Lewis Walpole Library 54 Main Street, Farmington
See: http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole/ for details

Curated by Margaret K. Powell, W. S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director
and Joseph R. Roach, Sterling Professor of Theater and English

March 12, 2012 – July 31, 2012

“The God of Our Idolatry”: Garrick and Shakespeare, shows off the extraordinary contribution the actor David Garrick, arguably the eighteenth century’s greatest man of the theatre, made to the age’s understanding of Shakespeare. Displaying printed texts, manuscript letters, drawings, prints, and portraits, the exhibition illustrates how, on stage and off, Garrick influenced the public’s view of Shakespeare, inspiring what Bernard Shaw later called “bardolatry.”

This exhibition is presented in connection with Shakespeare at Yale, a semester of events celebrating the Bard. For more information click here.

Responding to 3-11: Preserving History in the Wake of Disaster


Responding to 3-11: Preserving History in the Wake of Disaster

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 2:15–6:00 pm
Location: SML International Room

The Standing Committee on Professional Awareness (SCOPA), in collaboration with the East Asia Library, and with the support of the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale (CEAS), is pleased to present a symposium commemorating the first anniversary of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The symposium will explore the conservation of archives impacted by the disasters, efforts to protect archives from future disasters, and projects documenting present conditions. Speakers will also discuss born-digital archives relating to Japan’s 2011 disasters, namely Harvard University’s Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters Project, an important effort to preserve multi-lingual records relating to the disasters. Please feel free to attend any portion of the program that is of interest.

Speakers are: Professor Okumura Hiroshi (Kobe National University), Professor Helen Hardacre (Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University), and Mr. Konrad Lawson (Project Manager of the Digital Archive, Harvard University).

Please note that the first presentation will be in Japanese followed by a summary in English. Participants are welcome to attend any portion of
the forum.

For more information, please visit the event’s website.

Yale University Library’s Standing Committee on Professional Awareness, SCOPA, strives to encourage professional growth and the development of librarianship as a dynamic profession. SCOPA organizes a regular series of forums devoted to a wide range of topics concerning initiatives in Yale libraries and academic libraries in general. SCOPA welcomes suggestions concerning possible future forums.

More information on SCOPA

Upcoming . . .

Jonathan Manton:
The Britten Thematic Catalog Project
April 2, 2:00 pm, SML International Room

The forum will provide an overview of the Britten Thematic Catalogue, highlighting the project’s research and technical achievements to date and the project’s aspirations for future versions of the tool after 2013.

Belinda McKeon, Reading
April 5, 2:00 pm, Beinecke Library, Room 38

Author Belinda McKeon will give a reading from her novel Solace(2011) and will discuss literary archives. Some of the manuscripts of late-18th-century/early-19th-century author Maria Edgeworth, referred to in Solace, will be on display.

March 2, 2012

Summer fellowships for Graduate Students at Yale

Summer fellowships for Graduate Students at Yale

The Lewis Walpole Library offers one- and two-month summer fellowships to students enrolled in a doctoral program at Yale University who are engaged in or preparing for dissertation research and whose topic of study is supported by the Lewis Walpole Library collections.

The program affords students the opportunity to spend four or eight weeks during the months of June, July, and August in residence at the Library to delve into its collections of eighteenth-century British books, manuscripts, and graphic materials. Fellowship awards include accommodations on-site in Farmington and a stipend of either $1,950 or $3,900, depending upon the duration of the fellowship. Students are expected to be in residence and focus their research on the Library collections.

There is no application form. Applicants should submit the following materials to the Librarian of the Lewis Walpole Library:

A résumé
A brief research proposal (not to exceed three double-spaced pages), explaining the relationship between the Lewis Walpole Library's collections and the applicant's dissertation research An approved dissertation prospectus or equivalent statement outlining the scope of the doctoral thesis The applicant must also arrange to have two confidential letters of recommendation sent to the Librarian, one of which should come from the applicant's dissertation advisor.

Application for the 2012 Summer Fellowships will be accepted beginning in March, and the deadline is April 30, 2012.

For more information, please contact Margaret Powell, W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director, 860-677-2140, or margaret.powell@yale.edu

February 29, 2012

Library staff get to the heart of the matter

Check out this article in the Yale publication "Working@Yale", featuring the Valentine's heart formed on February 14th by Yale Library staff:


The heart signifies that the library staff are indeed at the heart of all the Library does, while echoing the engraving on the wall outside the front entrance of Sterling Memorial Library that states "The Library is the Heart of the University".

February 24, 2012

Research4Life: Developing World Access to Leading Research 3/1

Research4Life: Developing World Access to Leading Research
Thursday March 1st
Sterling Memorial Library lecture Hall, 2pm

Research4Life (R4L) is the collective name for four programs that provide developing countries with free or low cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content online. HINARI, launched in 2002, is coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and focuses on biomedical and related social sciences; AGORA (Access to Global Online Research on Agriculture), launched in 2003 and managed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), concentrates on literature on agricultural sciences; OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment), launched in 2006 and managed by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), provides access to literature on environmental and related social sciences; and ARDI (Access to Research for Development and Innovation), added in 2011 and coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), aims at increasing the availability of scientific and technical information.

Focusing primarily on HINARI and OARE, Elizabeth Beaudin (Manager, International Digital Programs), Daniel Dollar (Director of Collection Development), and Graziano Krätli (International Digital Programs Librarian), who have been variously involved with both programs since their inception, will provide an overview of the R4L initiative, its main programmatic goals, objectives, and outcomes, and the Library’s unique contribution to the implementation, growth and success of this important partnership.

About SCOPA:
Yale University Library’s Standing Committee on Professional Awareness, SCOPA, strives to encourage professional growth and the development of librarianship as a dynamic profession. SCOPA organizes a regular series of forums devoted to a wide range of topics concerning initiatives in Yale libraries and academic libraries in general. SCOPA welcomes suggestions concerning possible future forums.

February 23, 2012

The Yale Stock Market Game: Feb 28th 1pm (TwTT)

The Yale Stock Market Game
Presented by Professor Roger Ibbotson

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (or come at 12:30 for a free light lunch and coffee)
SML International Room
Part of the Yale Library's "Teaching With Technology Tuesdays" series
All are welcome

February 22, 2012

Library sponsored Spring Blood Drive – March 7th

The American Red Cross Spring Blood Drive
March 7th from 11:30am-5pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

To schedule a donation, log on to: www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: Sterling

For more information, contact: dominique.bourassa@yale.edu or call her at: 203-432-3943
All are welcome.

"The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood."

Sponsored by the Yale Library Staff Association (LiSA).

February 17, 2012

EliApps For Education: Feb 21st 1pm (TwTT)

EliApps For Education
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
SML International Room

Part of the Yale Library's "Teaching With Technology Tuesdays" series

The session will provide an overview of some of the features and instructional possibilities of the new EliApps – Yale’s Google Apps for Education.
All are welcome

February 16, 2012

Inviting applications: Librarian for Chinese Studies

Librarian for Chinese Studies
East Asia Library
Yale University
New Haven, CT
Rank: Librarian II – IV
Schedule: Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty school and departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees, and are involved in other areas of staff development. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at http://www.library.yale.edu/.

Position Description
As the subject specialist responsible for library support of research and teaching about China-related topics at Yale, the Librarian for Chinese Studies develops strong working relationships with faculty, students, and affiliated researchers in Chinese studies across departments and programs, taking initiative to identify and meet their expectations for collections and services.

Reporting to the Director for International Collections & Research Support, the Librarian for Chinese Studies provides reference, research education, research guides and web pages, and consultation on the effective application of new technologies. He/she partners with departments and programs on projects that further teaching and scholarship, such as digitization, web publishing, workshops, and other initiatives that enhance the academic mission. The Librarian also provides public services for the Chinese rare book collection, develops exhibits, seeks ways to enhance support for Chinese language special collections in the Yale libraries, and may teach a credit course in an appropriate academic department on research methods and sources for sinology.

The Librarian for Chinese Studies is responsible for selection of materials for the Chinese collection, including fund management, reporting, and management. The Librarian collaborates with the East Asia Library Public Services Librarian on collection development and public service. Collection development focuses on Chinese imprints and may include Chinese studies materials published world-wide. The Librarian also works closely with the Chinese technical services unit to ensure effective acquisition and processing of materials in all formats and with staff in the Preservation Department in support of the collections. Cooperation with subject librarians in Yale’s school and departmental libraries to further the use and understanding of China-related sources is also required. In addition, he/she will collaborate with Chinese collection colleagues at other institutions to leverage resources.

The Librarian contributes to goal-setting and strategic planning in the East Asia Library and the Department and manages projects, as assigned. He/she seeks opportunities to contribute to the Yale University Library through participation in committees, task forces, working groups, and programs. The Librarian is active professionally in organizations such as the Council on East Asian Libraries and other relevant venues.


•Master’s degree in library or information science from an accredited program and an advanced degree in a field of Chinese studies and two years of relevant experience OR an advanced degree in a Chinese studies field and two years of relevant library experience. Appointment at the LIII level requires five years of relevant professional library experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments. Appointment at the LIV level requires a minimum of eight years of relevant professional library experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments.
•Familiarity with the history of, and current trends in, scholarly research and teaching related to Chinese studies, especially in American universities.
•Familiarity with the major bibliographic tools and research methods for sinology.
•Experience teaching in a library or academic setting.
•Excellent communication skills (reading, writing, speaking) in Chinese (Putonghua/Mandarin).
•Ability to read classical Chinese at a high level of proficiency.
•Excellent communication skills in English.
•Demonstrated ability to succeed in a collaborative, team-based environment.
•Ability to set priorities and adhere to deadlines in a fast-paced work environment
•Able to work in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment

•Familiarity with the sources and approaches in teaching sinology-related bibliography courses.
•Advanced degree in a field of Chinese studies in the humanities
•Familiarity with models for collection development collaboration between institutions
•Experience with the creation and use of digitized content for research and teaching.
•Familiarity with the use of archives and practices for archival description.
•Experience creating content for web pages.
•Knowledge of trends in networked access to information, social networking, citation management, course management systems, digitization, and other technologies used by readers and libraries to facilitate information access and management.
Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at http://www.yale.edu/jobs for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is 15542BR. Please be sure to reference #15542BR in your cover letter.

Background Check Requirements
All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check.

Please visit http://www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

February 10, 2012

Teaching with Technology Tuesday 2/14: Digital Comics: Age of Bronze “Seen”

Tuesday February 14th 1PM-2PM (lunch will be served from 12:30PM-1PM)

Teaching with Technology Tuesday: Digital Comics: Age of Bronze “Seen” – Thomas Beasley
International Room at Sterling Memorial Library
Tom's talk will discuss the use of digital comics as pedagogical tools with a focus on the iPad edition of Age of Bronze, a comic book retelling of the Trojan War for which he is writing a reader's guide.

Christianity in Nepal: Documentation from the Day Missions Collection

Christianity in Nepal: Documentation from the Day Missions Collection

February 1 – July 31 Yale Divinity Library, 409 Prospect Street

A new exhibition at the Yale Divinity Library features materials from the archives of the United Mission to Nepal, the International Nepal Fellowship, and the Nepal Church History Project. These collections, received by the Divinity Library in 2008, document the opening of Nepal to Christianorganizations in the early 1950s, their programs in the areas of health services, education, rural development, and industrial development, and thedevelopment of the Nepali church. Until the early 1950s Nepal was a closed country where foreigners and Christian missionaries were not permitted. Until 1990, changing religion was illegal by government policy and the law authorized severe penalties for attempting toconvert another person.

The United Mission to Nepal (UMN) was formed in response to an unexpected invitation from the government of Nepal to establish a hospital in the chief western town of Tansen and to begin clinics in the Kathmandu Valley. Eight mission agencies working in India came together to form the United Mission to Nepal as an international, interdenominational mission on March 5, 1954. The International Nepal Fellowship (INF) developed from the Nepal Evangelistic Band, which was established in 1936. As Nepal began to open its borders, medical personnel trekked to Pokhara in November 1952, establishing a general hospital, the Shining Hospital, in April 1953.

The archives of the UMN and INF at the Yale Divinity Library document the groups’ efforts to spread the Christian message via health and education services, rural development, and industrial development. The Nepal Church History Project was an initiative begun in 1985 by local church leaders in Nepal to research and collect materials relevant to the history of Christianity among the Nepali peoples. It archives include Christian literature, photographs, and other documentation of Christianity in Nepal.

For more information about the Yale Divinity Library: http://www.library.yale.edu/div/

Recent Acquisitions on view at the Medical Library

On view in the Cushing Rotunda
The first photographic atlas of the peripheral nervous system
Nicolas Rüdinger, Atlas des peripherischen Nervensystems des menschlichen Körpers, 1861-67

On view in the Library Corridor
Le Leçon de Dr. Velpeau with Anatomy Prints Selected from the Gift of Lilly Hollander 2010

The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library is located at 33 Cedar Street
For more information: http://library.medicine.yale.edu/featured/nicolas

February 3, 2012

New Resources: Vault's Career Insider and Going Global

New Resources: Vault's Career Insider and Going Global

The Yale University Library has subscribed to two new resources – Vault's Career Insider and Going Global – both of enormous benefit to campus career service centers, but access is also available to the entire Yale community. These tools are both extremely useful across many subject areas and levels of study.

See below for a brief description:

Vault’s Career Insider
Vault’s “Career Insider is a digital resource for universities, libraries, and institutions…with comprehensive career information and management tools.” This resource contains career e-books, an internship database, discussion boards, articles about companies, careers, and industries, and more. NOTE: Requires registering an individual account with an email address.

Going Global
Going Global career and employment resources include more than 10,000 pages of constantly-updated content on topics such as: job search sources, work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines and examples, employment trends, salary ranges, networking groups, cultural/interviewing advice… and much more!”

There are also additional tutorial materials available for both of these products. For more information, please contact:

Christie Silkotch
School of Management Librarian
Yale University
ph: (203) 432-3306

February 1, 2012

Online video training FREE to the Yale community

Online video training FREE to the Yale community

Have you ever wanted to dig a little deeper into Adobe Creative Suite? Need to know how to make a pivot table or create a mail merge in Microsoft Office? Perhaps you wanted to sharpen your photography or photo restoration skills? You can do all of this and much, much more with Lynda.com. Thanks to the University Library, ITS, School of Management, Law School, School of Music, School of Drama, Center for British Art, and the Digital Media Center for the Arts, who all got together to fund Lynda Campus. The Lynda Campus program provides a broad range of self-paced video courses on a broad range of technical, business, and other topics. The full range of this content is now available to all faculty, staff, and students of the University.

Visit http://www.lynda.com/portal/yale to access Lynda.com to access the site. You will be asked to login to CAS, and then you will be able to create your own profile, which will let you set site preferences, maintain training history, and much more.

If you have questions about Yale’s agreement please contact ann.brainard-dougan@yale.edu.

Bass Library Media Fair this Saturday

All are welcome to attend the Bass Media Fair in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall this Saturday February 4th, 1-4pm.

At the fair, students can get down and dirty with the ever-popular Bass Media Equipment Checkout program's equipment! There'll be an unveiling of new equipment, a new consulting aspect of the program, and there'll be 3 media demonstrations during the event. Students can play with equipment, see how the program works and ask questions about hardware and software. Light refreshments will be available. There will also be door prizes, such as 32GB SD cards, iTunes gift cards, and a Canon Powershot S95.

For more information, please call Erin Scott at (203) 432-4327.

January 27, 2012

Yale acquires oral history of choral conductor Sir David Willcocks

Yale University Library has acquired a substantial collection of interviews on the prominent choral conductor and composer, Sir David Willcocks. Perhaps best known as the director of music at King’s College, Cambridge University, Willcocks also held the directorship of London’s Royal College of Music, and published the popular anthologies “Carols for Choirs.” To see more, read the YaleNews story here.

Yale Library Map Department announces GIS Workshops for Spring 2012

The Yale Library's Map Department is pleased to announce the continuation of their schedule of GIS Workshops for the Spring 2012 Semester. Most workshops are held in the Bass Library Electronic Classroom L06A, in the lower level of the library (directly beneath the Thain Café). These workshops are drop-ins, so no registration is required, but seating is limited, so participants should arrive a few minutes early to ensure a workstation is available.

Below is a preliminary schedule (we are planning added offerings at the Yale Statlab at CSSSI and EPH Computer Labs, dates TBA), as well as a brief description of the individual workshops.

As always, you can find the most recent schedule of workshops, as well as downloadable tutorials and datasets from the workshops and additional Yale GIS Support information at the GIS LibGuide Website (guides.library.yale.edu/gis) and for timely updates on GIS at Yale, sign up for the Gis-l mailing list (http://mailman.yale.edu/mailman/listinfo/gis-l).

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January 25, 2012

Join us for "Teaching With Technology Tuesdays"

The Collaborative Learning Center invites you attend the Spring 2012 series of Teaching with Technology Tuesdays. Entering its fourth year, the series will feature presentations by Yale faculty, students, librarians and technologists on a variety of scholarly applications of technology. For those who attend regularly, please note the new time and location.
For more information on the series or to access accounts and recordings of past sessions, please visit http://clc.yale.edu/twtt/.

Spring 2012 Schedule
Time: Tuesdays from 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: International Room of Sterling Memorial Library

New for 2012 – coffee and light food will be served!

31 – Preparing for Student Media Projects – Erin Scott and Matt Regan

07 – Collaborative Services & Spaces: The CSSSI – Kelly Barrick and Themba Flowers *Please note that this presentation will occur at the Center for Science and Social Science Information, 219 Prospect
14 – Digital Comics: Age of Bronze “Seen” – Thomas Beasley
21 – eBooks in Overdrive – Todd Gilman, Brad Warren, Caitlyn Lam
28 – Yale Stock Market Game – Prof. Roger Ibbotson and David Hirsch

20 - Google Apps for Education – Student Technology Collaborative and the Instructional Technology Group
27 – Summer Session Online Classes - William Whobrey and Lucas Swineford

03 – Yale School of Medicine iPad Program – Gary Leydon and Mark Gentry
10 – Is a Paperless Course Possible Yet – iPads and the Study of Sustainability - Julie Newman
17 - Wires Crossed: Five Students’ Experience with Mobile Technologies – The Wires Crossed team
24 – Student Project Poster Session

The Collaborative Learning Center brings together the services of the Library, ITS, the Graduate Teaching Center, and the Center for Language Study in support of teaching and learning.

The Future of the Book: "Staging the Imaginative Act of Reading"

The Future of the Book: "Staging the Imaginative Act of Reading"
Monday January 30th, 5pm
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar Street

Please join us for a conversation with John Collins, Founder & Artistic Director of the Elevator Repair service Theater Ensemble, New York and Marc Robinson, Professor of English & Theater Studies at Yale University.
Sponsored by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library & The Program for Humanities in Medicine.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Melissa Grafe at (203) 785-4354

January 19, 2012

View the Virtual Tour of CSSSI

The Center for Science and Social Science (CSSSI) Information opened on January 3rd and hosted an opening reception for the Yale community on January 11th. A virtual tour of the center and the opening event can be viewed at:

For more information on the resources and services offered: http://csssi.yale.edu

Yale librarian makes interesting discovery in new digital resources

When Gregory Eow, Kaplanoff Librarian for American History and Librarian for British and Commonwealth History, arranged for Yale University Library to subscribe to three new digital history resources (Illustrated London News Historical Archive, Rotunda: America's Founding Era, and American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection), he expected that these databases would be of great value to Yale scholars and students. He didn't expect that there would be immediate important historical discoveries derived from Yale's new subscriptions. Yet this is what happened, as Fred Shapiro, Associate Law Librarian for Collections and Access and Lecturer in Legal Research at Yale Law School, found by searching the Illustrated London News a usage of the word "feminist" in 1894, earlier than the oldest citation in the Oxford English Dictionary. Within ten minutes of beginning his searching, he e-mailed this antedating to the OED. Shapiro has been described by the OED's Chief Editor as their major contemporary contributor, and is also the editor of The Yale Book of Quotations, published by Yale University Press. He uses the University Library's wonderful array of searchable historical text collections, one of the best available at any university, frequently in improving upon the historical record of words and phrases in the OED, and also used the same online tools in compiling The Yale Book of Quotations and the forthcoming Dictionary of Modern Proverbs, revolutionizing our knowledge of quotation and proverb origins in the process.

January 18, 2012

Q&A with University Librarian Susan Gibbons

Susan Gibbons began a five-year term as University Librarian in July 2011. In that role, she oversees one of the largest university libraries in North America, which includes over 12.5 million volumes housed in 18 different libraries.

Before coming to Yale, Gibbons worked at the University of Rochester, where she began as digital initiatives librarian in 2000. In 2008, she was appointed vice provost and dean of the River Campus Libraries.

She took time out of her hectic schedule to meet with YaleNews and you can read the edited transcript of that conversation here:

Three new U.S. and British history digital resources now available

The Yale University Library is now offering access to three new and important digital resources related to U.S. and British history.

Gale/Cengage’s digital archive of the Illustrated London News (1842-2003):

Rotunda: America’s Founding Era product from the University of Virginia Press. Rotunda contains a searchable collection of the papers of several important Founding Fathers – including Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Madison (both James & Dolley) – in one database.

Series one of the American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection, which was produced through a partnership between EBSCO & the American Antiquarian Society. This resource contains nearly 500 fully searchable periodicals from 1691-1820.

More information about the AAS/EBSCO product can be found here:

All of these resources can be found in Metalib (the ‘find databases’ section of the library homepage).

For more information on any of these resources, please contact Gregory Eow, Kaplanoff Librarian for American History and American Studies & Librarian for British and Commonwealth History at: gregory.eow@yale.edu

January 13, 2012

New exhibit at Haas Family Arts Library showcases graphic design by Tom Morin

The graphic design of Yale alumnus Tom Morin is the focus of a new exhibition at The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library. “Tom Morin's Threads of Influence: The Visual History of a Life in Graphic Design” will be on display from Jan. 13 to April 13 in the William H. Wright Special Collections Exhibition Area.

Morin's recently published book, “Threads of Influence: The Visual History of a Life in Graphic Design” (Fall 2011), traces his development as a designer — from his childhood drawings in the mid-20th century through his professional work during the 21st century. The exhibit presents a survey of Morin’s career as a graphic designer, with a particular focus on his student projects and influences while enrolled in the graphic design graduate program at the Yale School of Art from 1966 to 1968.

Founded by Josef Albers and Alvin Eisenman, the graduate program in graphic design at the Yale School of Art aims to attract outstanding professionals as faculty, and to inspire its students to develop a cohesive body of visually engaging work over the course of the two-year program. During the late 1960s, when Morin was a student, faculty included Alvin Eisenman, Paul Rand, Bradbury Thompson, Norman Ives, Herbert Matter, and Walker Evans. The exhibit shows the strong influence of each of these important artists on the program and the larger world of graphic design.

Morin was a student of both Rand and Thompson, and his papers provide a glimpse into another generation of designers. Following Alvin Eisenman, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville (MFA ’64) became the chair of the graphic design graduate program at Yale in 1990.
Morin says of his experience: “Alvin [Eisenman], who still resides with his wife, Hope, in Bethany, is single-handedly responsible for plucking hundreds of students like me from the obscurity of upstate New York and from all over this country, to the far reaches of the world; and giving them an incredible opportunity to sit at the feet of some of the best designers this world has ever seen. The field of graphic design has been forever changed and redirected by this program.”

The exhibit features layouts from Morin’s book, paired with his original documents and projects, from childhood drawings to his most recent work as a principal for Context Design. Morin has donated all the original materials showcased in the book to the special collections of the Haas Family Arts Library. This archive will be available for students and scholars to study as the Tom Morin Papers. The exhibition is also a celebration of Morin’s gift, which augments the Yale University Library’s other collections of papers by noted graphic designers, such as the Paul Rand Papers and Bradbury Thompson Papers. The acquisition of this archive furthers the Haas Family Arts Library’s goals to provide access to primary source materials about the history of graphic design, and to preserve the legacy of graphic design and make it available to scholars worldwide.

The Haas Family Arts Library is located at 180 York Street, New Haven. Library opening hours and other information about the exhibit can be found at: http://www.library.yale.edu/arts/

January 3, 2012

Center for Science & Social Science Information open house Wed 11th 4-6pm!

Congratulations to the new Center for Science & Social Science Information (CSSSI) now open in its new home on the concourse level of the Kline Biology Tower at 219 Prospect Street. Please join us for an open house celebration on Wednesday 11th from 4-6pm with refreshments, giveaways and a chance to tour the new center - all are welcome. For more information: http://csssi.yale.edu

December 20, 2011

Engineering & Applied Science Library Closing Dec 20th

The Engineering & Applied Science Library will be closing onTuesday, December 20 at 5:00pm. The library will open on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at its interim location at the Mann Engineering Student Center on the first floor of Dunham Lab, Room 105, 10 Hillhouse Ave. The book drop will be relocated to the hallway outside of the Mann Center on December 21.

For more information, please contact Andy Shimp, the Engineering & Applied Science Librarian, at: andy.shimp@yale.edu or (203) 432-7460

December 15, 2011

Lewis Walpole Library Fellowships and Travel Grants for Eighteenth-Century Studies

The Lewis Walpole Library, a department of Yale University Library, invites applications to its 2012 - 2013 fellowship and travel grant program.

Located in Farmington, Connecticut, the Library offers short-term residential fellowships and travel grants to support research in the Library’s rich collections of eighteenth century—mainly British—materials, including important holdings of prints, drawings, manuscripts, rare books, and paintings, as well as a growing collection of sources for the study of New England Native Americans.

Scholars undertaking post-doctoral or equivalent research, and doctoral candidates at work on a dissertation, are encouraged to apply. Recipients are expected to be in residence at the Library, to be free of other significant professional obligations during their stay, and to focus their research on the Lewis Walpole Library’s collections. Fellows also have access to additional resources at Yale, including those in the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Yale Center for British Art.

Lewis Walpole Library fellowships, usually for one month, include the cost of travel to and from Farmington, accommodation in an eighteenth-century house on the Library's campus, and a $2,100 living allowance stipend. The Library's travel grants typically cover transportation costs for research trips of shorter duration and also include on-site accommodation.

To apply for a fellowship or travel grant, candidates should send a curriculum vitae, including educational background, professional experience and publications, and a brief outline of the research proposal (not to exceed three pages) to:

Margaret K. Powell
W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director
The Lewis Walpole Library
P.O. Box 1408
Farmington, CT 06034

Fax: 860-677-6369

Application materials may also be submitted electronically to margaret.powell@yale.edu.

Two confidential letters of recommendation are also required by the application deadline. Letters should specifically address the merits of the candidate's project and application for the Lewis Walpole Library fellowship or travel grant. General letters of recommendation or dossier letters are not appropriate.

The application deadline is January 23, 2012. Awards will be announced in March and are expected to be taken up between July 2012 and June 2013.

Additional information about the Library may be found at http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole.

December 14, 2011

Science & Social Science Libraries Closing December 16th

The last day of operation for the Science Library, Social Science Library and StatLab will be Friday, December 16th. They will re-open as the Center for Science & Social Science Information (CSSSI) on Monday, January 3rd at 219 Prospect Street.

After December 21st, the book drop at 140 Prospect Street will not be available. Books will need to be returned at other libraries. Patrons with books to be picked up can do so after January 3rd at the CSSSI. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, contact: kelly.barrick@yale.edu

December 1, 2011

Extended Hours in Bass Library, December 2 - 16

Starting on Friday, December 2nd, the Bass Library will have extended hours during reading week and finals. This will involve later closings all days of the week and opening at 10am on Sundays.

For a complete listing, please consult Bass Library hours.

November 29, 2011

Sacred Satire: Lampooning Religious Belief in Eighteenth-Century Britain

The following exhibit is now on view at Yale's Lewis Walpole Library at 154 Main Street, Farmington, CT

Sacred Satire: Lampooning Religious Belief in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Curated by Misty Anderson, Associate Professor of English, University of Tennessee
and Cynthia Roman, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings, the Lewis Walpole Library
September 22, 2011 - March 2, 2012

Religious beliefs and practices provided ample subject matter for the irreverent printmakers producing graphic satire in eighteenth-century Britain. While clerical satire is an ancient mode, eighteenth-century British artists seized on it with fresh vigor. Satirists appropriated centuries-old themes like corruption, hypocrisy, and greed, but updated them with contemporary concerns about the role of religion in the age of enlightenments. The visual rhetoric of these prints illustrates some of the ways in which eighteenth-century Britons were renegotiating their relationship to religious practice and belief.

The prints in this exhibition reflect a tension between a vision of religion as part of traditional life and the emergence of modern Christianity as a collection of new movements, practices, and ideas about belief. The eighteenth-century images on display preserve for us a moment in an ongoing conversation about the relationship of religion, representation, and modernity.
The Lewis Walpole Library draws from its own collection of prints, drawings, and paintings along with manuscripts, books, and other printed texts, to mount several rotating exhibitions in Farmington each year. The exhibitions are free and open to the public during gallery hours: Wednesdays, 2 - 4:30 p.m. These exhibitions may also be viewed during tours of the Library by appointment. Please call 860-677-2140 for more information.

November 28, 2011

Center for Science & Social Science Information to Open in January

When students and faculty return to campus in January after winter break, they will discover a new place atop Science Hill where they can do research, study, and hang out. The new Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) is scheduled to open on January 3rd. A collaboration between the Yale University Library and ITS, the center will incorporate the services and facilities of the Science Library, the Social Science Library, and the ITS StatLab. To read more:


Fall 2011 Issue of Nota Bene now available online

Nota Bene is published during the academic year to acquaint the Yale community and others interested with the resources of the Yale Library.

Read the latest Fall 2011 issue here

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

Film Screening followed by discussion with Sandra Schulberg, Restoration Producer

Wednesday, November 30, 6:10 p.m.
Yale Law School, room 127

One of the greatest courtroom dramas in history, Nuremberg shows how the international prosecutors built their case against the top Nazi war criminals using the Nazis’ own films and records. The trial established the “Nuremberg principles” – the foundation for all subsequent trials for crimes against the peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Though shown in Germany as part of the Allies’ de-Nazification campaign, US officials decided not to release Nuremberg in America for political reasons, nor was it shown in any other country. Over the years, the picture negative and sound elements were lost or destroyed. Sandra Schulberg & Josh Waletzky’s restoration faithfully reproduced the original film in its entirety; and original audio from the trial allows audiences to hear the defendants’ and prosecutors’ voices for the first time. The film ends with Justice Robert H. Jackson’s stirring words – “Let Nuremberg stand as a warning to all who plan and wage aggressive war” – words that leap the decades and make Nuremberg startlingly contemporary.

Sponsored by the European Studies Council, Film Studies Program, Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Genocide Studies Program, Lillian Goldman Law Library and Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

November 17, 2011

On view in the Music Library "Franz Liszt : Transcending the Virtuosic"

This fall the Gilmore Music Library marks Liszt’s 200th birthday with an exhibit entitled Franz Liszt: Transcending the Virtuosic. The most dazzling pianist of the 19th century, a strikingly innovative composer, an important conductor, teacher, and author, and a charismatic personality, Liszt was as one of the most talented, colorful, and influential figures in the history of music. Our exhibit features five musical manuscripts wholly or partly in Liszt’s hand, four of his letters (including ones to to his daughter Cosima and his friend Robert Schumann), three early printed editions of his music, two books about Liszt (a biography published during his lifetime and a novel by an alumna of Yale’s Ph.D. program in musicology), three images (depicting Liszt in boyhood, middle age, and old age), a medallion that was owned at various times by Liszt, Toscanini, and Horowitz, and even a rose that he is said to have kissed.

November 16, 2011

Artspace Library Science Exhibit comes to the Yale Library

Two locations in the Yale Library – Sterling Memorial Library and the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library - are hosting art installations from November to January as part of Artspace’s Library Science, an exhibition curated by Rachel Gugelberger, Senior Curator at Exit Art, New York. Bringing together a selection of work by 17 international artists, Library Science contemplates the personal, intellectual and physical relationship to the library as a venerable institution - and the information it contains - and how it is being radically transformed by the digital era. Through drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, painting and web-based projects, the artists in Library Science explore the library through its unique forms, attributes and systems: from public stacks to private collections, from unique architectural spaces to the people who populate them, from traditional card catalogues to that ever-growing “cyber-library,” the World Wide Web.

Artspace is New Haven’s largest independent visual arts venue, showcasing a mix of local and national artists in a downtown corner storefront in the historic Ninth Square district. While the bulk of the exhibit is on view at Artspace, several institutions around town are hosting installations. Sterling Memorial Library features Augmented/Obstructed by artists Carol Padberg and Andy Deck. Using barcode patterns installed in the old card catalog drawers, that are incomprehensible to the human gaze, but perceptible with the assistance of software, their work invites viewers to consider the consequences of the cultural journey from Sumerian tablets and the printing press, to digital tablets and the Internet. The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library is hosting an installation by Tyler Starr called “Burning Wants”. Other locations hosting installations include the New Haven Free Public Library, The Institute Library and The Whitney Library of the New Haven Museum. The exhibit will be on view from November 12-January 28. For more information: www.artspacenh.org

November 8, 2011

Yale archivist receives inaugural Bouchet Award

Judith Schiff, chief research archivist, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Edward Bouchet Legacy Award, named after the first African-American graduate of Yale College. The Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society established the award to recognize stalwart contributors to the growth and expansion of the Bouchet Society, which has co-founding chapters at Yale and Howard. Read more at: http://news.yale.edu/2011/11/08/yale-archivist-receives-inaugural-bouchet-award

October 24, 2011

Engineering & Applied Science Library to Relocate in January

As preparations are made for the new Engineering & Applied Science Information Commons at 17 Hillhouse Avenue, the services and staff of the Engineering & Applied Science Library will relocate to interim space within the J. Robert Mann Jr. Engineering Student Center on the first floor of Dunham Laboratory starting in January 2012. Relocation of collection materials has begun and the present location in Becton Center will be vacated at the end of the fall term in December 2011. It is expected that the library will remain in the interim location until January 2013.

The renovated space in the Mann Student Center will provide a convenient access point to information services and library collections. In addition, it will be more fully utilized as a student center configured for research and study. The space will include workstations that provide access to a variety of information and research software resources. It will contain flexible seating and tables that can be arranged to accommodate seminars, presentations and gatherings, as well as group and individual study.

The information services that will be available in the interim space include:
• Information assistance from the engineering librarian and staff;
• Reference collection;
• Pickup and return location for library materials and document delivery services.

Services moving to other locations during the interim period:
• Materials placed on course reserve will be available at the Bass Library.
• High use books from the Engineering & Applied Science Library collection will be available for browsing and borrowing in a distinct location in Sterling Memorial Library;
• Lower use materials will be delivered upon request and will be made available at the interim location, or any other Eli Express library location on campus;

The Library staff will continue to provide the same high level of service patrons currently receive. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Andy Shimp, Engineering Librarian, at andy.shimp@yale.edu or (203) 432 7460 or Jill Parchuck, Director of the Center for Science and Social Science Information, at jill.parchuck@yale.edu or (203) 432-3304.

October 21, 2011

First Ever Library Study Break Coming Soon!

Susan Gibbons, University Librarian, warmly welcomes all Yale students to the first ever library study break!

Wednesday November 2nd, 3:30-5pm
L&B Room in Sterling Memorial Library
Free food, drinks and giveaways
An opportunity to meet the new University Librarian

Spread the word and come join us!

October 19, 2011

Yale’s Beinecke Library acquires Eugene O’Neill’s “lost” play

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University has acquired Eugene O’Neill’s “lost” one-act play, “Exorcism” (1919). The play, along with a facsimile of the typescript, will be published in a cloth edition by Yale University Press in February 2012, and will feature an introduction by the noted American playwright Edward Albee. The New Yorker has acquired first serial rights and published the play in its entirety, with an introduction by theater critic John Lahr, in the magazine’s Fall Books issue on Oct.17, 2011. A short video of the actor Tommy Schrider reading from “Exorcism” was featured on The New Yorker’s website and iPad application.

“Exorcism,” set in 1912, is based on O’Neill’s suicide attempt from an overdose of veronal in a squalid Manhattan rooming house. The play premiered at the Provincetown Playhouse in New York City on March 26, 1920. Following a few performances, however, O’Neill abruptly chose to cancel the production and to retract and destroy all known copies of the script. O’Neill biographers have speculated that the play, produced as the playwright’s father was dying, was perhaps too revealing of O’Neill’s own demons and potentially distressing for his parents.
Despite long-held presumptions that the play was irrevocably lost, O’Neill’s second wife, Agnes Boulton, apparently retained a copy of the play, which she gave as a Christmas gift to the writer Philip Yordan after her divorce from O’Neill. Yordan is perhaps best known for his O’Neill-inspired play, and later film, “Anna Lucasta,” starring an all-black cast.
The typescript, with edits and emendations in O’Neill’s own hand, was discovered by a researcher working in Yordan’s papers, together with the original envelope; the label is inscribed: “Something you said you’d like to have / Agnes & Mac” (Morris “Mac” Kaufman was Boulton’s third husband).

O’Neill, a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner and the only American playwright to receive the Nobel Prize for literature (1936), returned to many of the issues that surface in “Exorcism” in his heavily autobiographical play “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” published posthumously in 1956 and considered to be his masterpiece.

The discovery of “Exorcism” after 90 years adds significantly to O’Neill’s biography, intimating the overwhelming role that suicide would take in his personal life, along with the issue’s influence and impact on his work, noted Louise Bernard, curator of the Yale Collection of American Literature for Prose and Drama. The play also marks a pivotal moment in O’Neill’s prolific career, providing further insight into the later works for which he is now revered, she adds.
"The rediscovery of O'Neill's famously 'lost' play ‘Exorcism’ is quite remarkable and a wonderful supplement to the large and substantive collection of Eugene O'Neill Papers housed at the Beinecke Library,” said Bernard. “The revelation of this highly autobiographical play is a valuable addition to our knowledge of O'Neill, whom many consider to be the father of modern American drama."

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is the principal repository for the Eugene O’Neill Papers.
For inquiries about the play or the Eugene O’Neill Papers, contact Louise Bernard (louise.bernard@yale.edu).
For inquiries about the play’s publication in book form this February, please contact Brenda King (brenda.king@yale.edu), publicity director, Yale University Press.

October 12, 2011

Yale alumni gain free access to JSTOR

Yale alumni gain free access to JSTOR’s extensive online scholarly resources
New Haven, Conn.— Yale’s more than 130,000 alumni worldwide now have access to a treasure trove of online resources thanks to collaboration between the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), JSTOR and the Yale University Library. Alumni can freely use all JSTOR collections licensed by Yale. JSTOR (short for “journal storage”), a nonprofit service founded in 1995, is a trusted digital archive of over 1,000 academic journals and one million primary sources. To see more of the story click here.

October 10, 2011

Online Requesting Comes to the Beinecke

On Monday, October 3, The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library discontinued use of all paper call slips in favor of online requesting using Aeon, the online registration, requesting, and transaction tracking system designed specifically for special collections and archives. Patrons will be able to place and track requests through their online account and Yale faculty, students and staff will be able to access their account using their NetID. Returning visiting researchers will be assigned a username and password at the service desk and new visitors may create an account. The Aeon login page is available at http://aeon-brbl.library.yale.edu/. Manuscripts and Archives has been using Aeon for patron registration since July 2010 and plans to go live with requesting later this year.

In addition to providing a convenient method of requesting material for patrons, Aeon allows library staff to process requests more efficiently and to gather more detailed usage statistics than ever before. Questions about the Beinecke implementation may be directed to Moira Fitzgerald at moira.fitzgerald@yale.edu.

October 4, 2011

The Eighteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture, Friday 21 October

You are warmly invited to join us for the Eighteenth Lewis Walpole Library Lecture on Friday, 21 October 2011 at 5:30 p.m.

Amanda Vickery, Professor of Early Modern History, Queen Mary College, University of London will present “Family Life Makes Tories of Us All: Love and Power at Home in Georgian England”

Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven
To see the state in miniature one need only go home. Husbands were to govern wives, masters and mistresses to rule servants, and parents to discipline children. The years after 1688 saw the acceptance of new ideas about political authority and social manners, but the household hierarchy endured regardless. Notoriously Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau did not include every adult individual in their democracy of consent, but rather every male head of household, who was seen to represent the interests of his patriarchal entourage. The British considered themselves enemies to tyranny, disparaging and caricaturing ‘oriental despotism’ in foreign families as confirmation of barbarity, but local servitude passed almost unnoticed by political ideas. I have yet to encounter a single gentleman musing on whether it might be possible to reconsider his domestic rule in the light of the new political ideas. ‘Family life’, it was observed in 1779, ‘makes Tories of us all… see if any Whig wishes to see the beautiful Utopian expansion of power within his own walls’.
The new political ideas which advocated government by consent did nothing to revolutionize the structures of domestic authority, but the content and meaning of domestic life was transformed over the eighteenth century.
New ideals of politeness revolutionized domestic manners and interactions amongst the modestly propertied, while the vogue for sensibility in novels and paintings inflated expectations about affection and happiness at home. What then was the balance of love and power in eighteenth-century marriage and family life? And how did dependents live with the contradictions? 'Do you not admire these lovers of liberty!’ snapped Elizabeth Montagu in 1765 ‘I am not sure that Cato did not kick his wife.'
Amanda Vickery is Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary College, University of London. She is the author of Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England (Yale, 2009) and The Gentleman’s Daughter: Women’s Lives in Georgian England (Yale, 1998) which won the Wolfson, the Whitfield and the Longman/History Today prize. She is the editor of Women, Privilege and Power: British Politics 1750 to the Present (Stanford, 1991) and Gender, Taste and Material Culture in Britain and North America (Yale, 2006). She writes and presents documentaries for BBC2 and BBC radio 4. In 2011, she judged the Samuel Johnson prize.

The Lecture is Free and Open to the Public.

For more information: http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole/programs/annual_lecture.html

September 28, 2011

Book Discussion with Law Professor Jack Balkin

Sponsored by the Lillian Goldman Law Library and The American Constitution Society

Book Discussion with Jack Balkin Wednesday, October 5, 2011
6:10 p.m.
Room 122
Yale Law School

Please join Jack Balkin and Visiting Professor Sanford Levinson as they discuss Professor Balkin's newest work: Constitutional Redemption: Political Faith in an Unjust World.

During this book talk, Balkin will argue that the American constitutional project is based in faith, hope, and a narrative of shared redemption. Our belief that the Constitution will deliver us from evil shows in the stories we tell one another about where our country came from and where it is headed, and in the way we use these historical touchstones to justify our fervent (and opposed) political creeds. What will such a Constitution become? We cannot know. But Balkin believes that our belief in the legitimacy of the Constitution requires a leap of faith—a gamble on the ultimate vindication of a political project that has already survived many follies and near-catastrophes, and whose destiny is still over the horizon.

September 27, 2011

Harvard begins lending in Borrow Direct

Three libraries at Harvard University - Widener Library, Countway Library of Medicine, and Andover-Harvard Theological Library - began lending materials in the Borrow Direct program on September 26, 2011. In addition, the Harvard Depository will also be lending materials that were placed there by these three libraries. Harvard joined Borrow Direct as a borrower in the summer of 2011, but adjustments to their library IT systems and related testing delayed their ability to lend until the fall. Borrow Direct now includes all eight of the libraries in the Ivy League; the first non-Ivy member of Borrow Direct, MIT, anticipates joining the program before the end of October. For more information about Borrow Direct, please see: http://www.library.yale.edu/ill/borrowdirect.html

September 22, 2011

New Exhibit on view at the Yale Law Library

The Remarkable Run of a Political Icon: Justice as a Sign of the Law

Sept. 19 - Dec. 16, 2011
Rare Book Exhibition Gallery
Level L2, Lillian Goldman Law Library
Yale Law School
127 Wall Street, New Haven CT

How is it that the figure of a woman, draped, holding scales and sword, has been so widely recognized as a symbol of the law for more than 500 years?

This question is at the heart of the latest exhibit from the Yale Law Library's Rare Book Collection: "The Remarkable Run of a Political Icon: Justice as a Sign of the Law." Using images from books printed between 1497 and 1788, the exhibit traces the roots of the iconography of Justice, a remnant of the Renaissance, that remains legible today. The exhibit features eleven volumes from the Law Library's Rare Book Collection, along with four emblem books on loan from Yale's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

The shifting attributes of Justice, displayed in the exhibit, reflect the complex relationships between judgment, sight, knowledge, and wisdom. In the 1400s and 1500s, a blindfold on Justice signified her disability; today the blindfold is commonly understood as a sign of justice's impartiality.

The exhibit is curated by Judith Resnik (Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School), Dennis Curtis (Clinical Professor of Law Emeritus, Yale Law School), Allison Tait (Gender Equity & Policy Postdoctoral Associate, Yale Women Faculty Forum), and Mike Widener (Rare Book Librarian, Yale Law Library). The exhibit draws heavily on Resnik's & Curtis' new book, “Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms” (Yale University Press, 2011).

The exhibit is on display through December 16, 2011 in the Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, located on Level L2 of the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street. The exhibit is open to the public, 9am-10pm daily. The exhibit will also go online via the Yale Law Library Rare Books Blog, at http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/rarebooks/

For more information, contact Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian, at (203) 432-4494 or mike.widener@yale.edu

September 13, 2011

Yale Digitizes Historic Correspondence of Author Horace Walpole

Yale’s Lewis Walpole Library has digitized the complete 48 volumes of “The Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence” (Yale University Press, 1937-1983). This new digital resource provides free online access to the complete correspondence of Horace Walpole (1717-1797). An author and collector, Walpole is well known for his Gothic villa called Strawberry Hill, which was built along the Thames River and attracted so much attention that it was considered a "treasure house." Walpole was the youngest son of Sir Robert Walpole, England's first prime minister. The digitization of this scholarly work coincides with the 294th anniversary of Walpole’s birthday in September.

Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis ’18 B.A. dedicated nearly half a century to producing the “Yale Edition,” which set a new standard for scholarly editing by providing an authoritative text, extensive and informative annotations as well as a comprehensive index. The appendices include a wealth of supplementary texts, including writings by Walpole and several of his correspondents.

The “Edition” is considered a major contribution to the political and cultural history of Britain and remains an important resource for 18th-century studies. At the time of its publication, The New York Times praised the project for “transport[ing] us in time and space to Walpole’s England, with its politics, its literature, its society, and its gossip.” According to Lewis’ preface of the first volume, the “primary intention” of the “Edition” is “to facilitate the studies of scholars in the 18th century. Sooner or later, the 18th-century scholar, be his subject what it may, must consult Walpole's correspondence.”

To create the digital version of “The Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence,” each page of the printed volumes was scanned and run through optical character recognition (OCR) processing to allow scholars to browse pages as well as search the text for keywords. In addition, users can browse indexes created from the OCR text, including indexes by date of correspondence and by name of correspondent as well as indexes to the illustrations and appendices.

The Lewis Walpole Library, a department of the Yale University Library since 1980, is an internationally recognized research collection in the field of British 18th-century studies. Located in Farmington, Connecticut, the library runs an active fellowship program and sponsors conferences, lectures, classes and exhibitions in cooperation with other Yale libraries and departments.


The Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence: http://images.library.yale.edu/hwcorrespondence/

The Lewis Walpole Library: http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole

Yale University Library: http://www.library.yale.edu/

The Yale Library’s 2009-2010 annual report now available on line

The Yale Library’s annual report from 2009-2010 is now available online at: http://www.library.yale.edu/notabene/

September 2, 2011

The Book as Memorial:Book Artists Respond to & Remember 9/11

Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library

Ten years have passed since the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001, in several locations on the East Coast of the United States. People in all parts of the country were affected and many of them looked for ways to respond. This exhibition shows art work created by book artists in response to the events of that fateful day. Specifically, this exhibition focuses on works that memorialize the people lost and the indescribable sense that we, as a people, also lost something more intangible. Some might call it a sense of innocence, others might call it a sense of safety, but few Americans would deny that the world felt changed after that day. Using the book format, these artists have given form to these difficult thoughts and emotions to share with a wider audience and to help us remember.

The exhibition includes work by: Art of the Book program (Art School, Pratt Institute), Maureen Cummins, Mimi Gross & Charles Bernstein (Granary Books), Kate Ferrucci (People to People Press), Emily Martin (Naughty Dog Press), Mac McGill (Booklyn Artists Alliance), Sara Parkel (Filter Press), Werner Pfeiffer (Pear Whistle Press), Maria G. Pisano (Memory Press), Otis Rubottom, Sibyl Rubottom & Jim Machacek (Bay Park Press), Rocco Scary, Gaylord Schanilec & Richard Goodman (Midnight Paper Sales), Robbin Ami Silverberg (Dobbin Books), Patricia M. Smith (P.S. Press), Gail Watson (Zuni Press), Marshall Weber (Booklyn Artists Alliance), Pamela S. Wood (Rarehare Creations), J. Meejin Yoon (Printed Matter & Whitney Museum of American Art).

This exhibit is free and open to the public. Non-Yale community members must check in with the security guard in the lobby of the Loria Center, 190 York Street, to gain access to the Haas Family Arts Library. Photo ID required to enter library.

For more information please contact the Curator at jae.rossman@yale.edu.

August 31, 2011

Nature's Own Shape - exhibit opening & reception

You are warmly invited to an opening talk and reception for the upcoming exhibit, Nature’s Own Shape.

Talk given by exhibit curator, Bea Koch ’12, in Sterling Memorial Library’s International Room on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM

The opening event includes a 20 minute talk by Bea Koch in Sterling Memorial Library’s International Room followed by a reception and an opportunity to view the exhibit. The exhibit is a study of embroidery in early modern England. Embroidery was very popular in the time of the Tudors, when so many things, from nightcaps to bed-hangings, were covered with embroidered flowers, creatures, and whimsical patterns. The 16th century was a time of change for embroidery as it shifted away from religious to domestic use.

Embroidery today is thought of as a woman’s pastime, but in early modern England most of the professional embroiderers were men. The most famous female embroiderers of the period were noblewomen Bess of Hardwick and Mary, Queen of Scots. Many studies have been done about these two women, their unique skills, and their friendship. Ms. Koch’s exhibit draws from the Yale Library collections housed in the Yale Center for British Art, the Lewis Walpole Library, Sterling Memorial Library, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Bea Koch is a senior in Branford College at Yale. She is majoring in Renaissance studies with a focus on women’s history and textiles in early modern England. She has been interested in the Tudors and their history since the 5th grade. “Nature’s Own shape” is her senior project, which was prepared with the guidance of her advisor Dean Mia Genoni.

The exhibit will be on view from September 9, 2011 – December 16, 2011 in Sterling Memorial Library’s exhibit corridor and is open to the public.

August 19, 2011

Yale Partners with the National Library of Korea to Digitize Rare Books and Manuscripts

Yale University’s East Asia and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript libraries have undertaken a collaborative project with The National Library of Korea to digitize Yale’s holdings of rare Korean works, totaling 140 volumes. This unique group of books and manuscripts includes religious, secular, and official publications from the Joseon period (1392 – 1910) and dates primarily from the late 18th and 19th centuries.

The National Library of Korea will provide funds for the digitization and plans to include the bibliographic information and page images of the Yale works in the Korean Old & Rare Collection Information System (KORCIS), an online full-text repository for Korean rare books. KORCIS currently contains the electronic versions of over 430,000 works from 85 collections worldwide. The bibliographic data and images will also be made available online through the Yale University Library’s website.

“We welcome the National Library of Korea’s interest in our Korean rare books and look forward to making these little-studied works more accessible to scholars,” said Ellen H. Hammond, curator of Yale’s East Asia Library.

“The Yale University Library believes that collaborating with peer institutions from around the world is essential in making their collections known to as wide an audience as possible,” said E.C. Schroeder, director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Yale’s Korean rare books offer a glimpse into the artistic and publishing world of the late Joseon period, ranging from woodblock print and manuscript maps, royal editions in moveable type, a manuscript novel written in hangul (Korean script), Buddhist sutras, Confucian texts and commentaries, paintings, rubbings and pictorial albums. The works in the Beinecke were donated by the Yale Association of Japan alumni group in 1934. The items in the East Asia Library are later additions to the collection.

For more information:

East Asia Library: http://www.library.yale.edu/eastasian

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library: http://library.yale.edu/beinecke

Korean Old & Rare Collection information System (KORCIS): http://www.nl.go.kr/korcis

Curator of the East Asia Library: Ellen Hammond – ellen.hammond@yale.edu

August 9, 2011

Yale's Walpole Library Invites Public to Contribute to Oral History Project

To access the following article in the Yale Daily Bulletin: http://dailybulletin.yale.edu/article.aspx?id=8779

Farmington, Conn. – The Lewis Walpole Library has announced that it will seek to record recollections by contemporaries of the Library’s founders, Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis (1895-1979) and Annie Burr Lewis (1902-1959), to round out the portrait of an extraordinary couple whose legacy is largely known through their remarkable collections of 18th-century English artwork and literature.

The W.S. and Annie Burr Lewis Oral History Project will elicit memories and reflections from people who were the couple’s friends, family, neighbors, colleagues and collaborators. These narratives will be added to the Library’s archives and will offer a valuable resource for understanding their rich and dynamic lives.

Those interested in participating in this project are invited to provide the Library with written or recorded memories in person, by mail, or by email. In addition, there will be opportunities for participants to audio- or video-record their stories at the Library. For information on participating in the project, please contact Margaret K. Powell at 860-677-2140 or margaret.powell@yale.edu.

Born in Alameda, California, Lewis graduated from Yale University in 1918. He acquired books, manuscripts, and prints as well as graphic and decorative arts, all in an extraordinary effort to gather information about Horace Walpole and his times, his house at Strawberry Hill in Twickenham, his interests, his friends and contemporaries. Lewis spent nearly half a century, until his death in 1979, editing Walpole's correspondence. Fully indexed and annotated, The Yale Edition of Horace Walpole's Correspondence extends to 48 volumes and remains a noteworthy accomplishment.

In 1928, Lewis married Annie Burr Auchincloss, who was born in New York and graduated in 1920 from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut. As an essential participant in her husband’s collecting, Mrs. Lewis served as their collection’s first curator of prints and was also active in support of historic preservation, most notably as Vice-Regent for Connecticut for the Mount Vernon Ladies Association.

The Lewis Walpole Library, a department of the Yale University Library, is located at 154 Main St. in Farmington, CT. A research library for 18th-century studies and the prime source for the study of Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill, its collections include significant holdings of 18th-century British books, manuscripts, prints, drawings and paintings, as well as examples of the decorative arts. It is housed in a historic frame house that was given to Yale by Lewis and Annie Burr Lewis.

August 8, 2011

SAGE Research Methods Online now available for trial period

SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO)
Alternative Name: SRMO
Type: Trial

Description: SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SRMO links over 100,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SRMO focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.

With SRMO, researchers can explore their chosen method across the depth and breadth of content, expanding or refining their search as needed; read online, print, or email full-text content; utilize suggested related methods and links to related authors from SRMO's robust library and unique features; and even share their own collections of content through SRMO Lists. SRMO contains content from 600 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks, the entire “Little Green Book,” and Little Blue Book” series, two Major Works collating a selection of journal articles, and newly commissioned videos.

The SRMO trial ends on September 9, 2011.

Selector or Contact: mailto:julie.linden@yale.edu

August 4, 2011

Improved Yale Links Menu Now Available

The Yale University Library is pleased to offer a streamlined and simplified design for the Yale Links menu. The new menu results from user studies and makes important features like Interlibrary Loan and citation management integration more obvious and easier to use.

The way that Yale Links connects patrons from citations to online (and print) full text will not change, but the updated design should make this important tool easier to use.


July 20, 2011

Now available: Oxford Political Science Handbooks Online

The Yale University Library is pleased to announce that several new Oxford Political Science Handbooks Online are now available to the Yale community.

They can all be accessed from: http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/oso/public/oho_politics/subject_home.htmlEach title will be cataloged in Orbis.

The range of topics is broad and of potential interest to researchers in history, international relations, political science, law, sociology, economics, religion, and more, as the title list indicates:

Oxford Handbook of….
• American Bureaucracy
• American Elections and Political Behavior
• American Political Parties and Interest Groups
• American Presidency
• British Politics
• Canadian Politics
• Church and State in the United States
• Comparative Politics
• Contextual Political Analysis
• International Relations
• Law and Politics
• Local and Regional Democracy in Europe
• National Security Intelligence
• Political Behavior
• Political Economy
• Political Institutions
• Political Methodology
• Political Theory
• Public Policy
• The American Congress
• The Welfare State
• United Nations

For more information, please contact:

Julie Linden
Librarian for Political Science, International Affairs, and Government Information
Social Science Library
Yale University
140 Prospect St.
P.O. Box 208263
New Haven, CT 06520-8263
e-mail: julie.linden@yale.edu
phone: +1 (203) 432-3310

July 19, 2011

Blood Drive - Wednesday, July 27th 11:30am-4:45pm

Red Cross Blood Drive

Sponsored by The Sterling Memorial Library & Yale Law School
130 Wall Street, New Haven, CT

Wednesday, July 27th
11:30am - 4:45pm
Held in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

To sign up, please contact:
Elysa Bryant at (203) 436-8407 or Michael Wagner (203) 432-1857
or log onto http://www.redcrossblood.org/ (Sponsor Code: STERLING)

July 7, 2011

Yale Library Brings 18th Century England To Town

Yale Library Brings 18th Century England To Town. To read more, see the article in this week’s Hartford Courant:


June 23, 2011

Kline Science Library moves to 140 Prospect Street with the Social Science Library on Monday, June 27

Effective, Monday, June 27, 2011, in preparation for the renovation project that will create the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI), the staff and services of Kline Science Library will be moving to 140 Prospect Street, Urban Hall, with the Social Science Library.

Kline Science Library will close for the duration of the CSSSI construction project at the end of business (5pm) Friday, June 24, 2011.

We thank you for your patience as we make this transition. We will do our best to provide the same high level of service we have always provided.

CSSSI will open in January 2012.

June 15, 2011

Yale Library to Receive Kissinger Papers

Yale to Receive Kissinger Papers and Establish the Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy

New Haven, Conn.—President Richard C. Levin today announced that Dr. Henry A. Kissinger will donate his papers to Yale University. The collection, which consists of approximately one million documents and objects covering Dr. Kissinger’s extraordinary life as a diplomat, scholar, teacher, and private citizen, will enhance Yale’s existing strengths as an archival repository for major 20th century American leaders. Yale already holds the papers of renowned former diplomats and alumni Henry Stimson (Class of 1888), Dean Acheson (Class of 1915), and Cyrus Vance (Class of 1939, LAW ’42), as well as those of President Woodrow Wilson’s most influential adviser, “Colonel” Edward House.

To read more: http://opac.yale.edu/news/article.aspx?id=8656

June 14, 2011

Yale and New Haven, Yale and the World: Postcards from the Yale University Library

Yale and New Haven, Yale and the World: Postcards from the Yale University Library Collections.
June 1 – September 5

This exhibit, currently in the nave of Sterling Memorial Library (diagonally opposite the circulation desk), presents a history focusing on Yale's changing role in the New Haven community over the past two centuries, incorporating the local history of Yale into a broader narrative of the University’s involvement in international affairs over the same time period. Drawing on the Library’s numerous collections of historic postcards, the exhibit represents over 30 countries and 310 years of Yale history—from a postcard of Yale’s first cornerstone in Old Saybrook, CT, to a gift of commemorative postcards for President Levin. At once visual and textual, private and public, mass-produced and deeply personal, the postcard offers fascinating inroads to understanding how notions of Yale and the world have changed over time, and what responsibilities lie ahead for Yale in the years to come.

June 13, 2011

Two Hundred Years of Medical Education at Yale: New Exhibit at the Medical Library

From a single rented building with five faculty members and no hospital, the Yale University School of Medicine has grown to become a world-famous center for teaching, research, and clinical practice. This Bicentennial exhibit focuses on the history of the Medical School and its teaching mission over the past 200 years.

View the exhibit on your own or come and join us for a tour on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12 noon with Toby Appel

Curated by Toby A. Appel, former John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History
On View until September 11, 2011

June 7, 2011

Landmark Gift Establishes Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Yale

Yale University President Richard C. Levin today announced the creation of the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, funded by a gift of $25 million from Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin ’78. The Institute, to be housed on Yale’s West Campus, will unite the vast resources of the University’s museum and library collections with the scientific and technological expertise of Yale’s academic departments to advance conservation science and its practice around the world.

“This extraordinary gift enables a breakthrough in the global practice of conservation and preservation,” Levin said. “Through their philanthropy, Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin have already established themselves among the world’s foremost custodians of cultural resources. I am deeply grateful that their support will allow Yale to combine the resources of its three museums and its library to develop new approaches to conservation and to engage in new international collaborations in research and education.”

The Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage will draw on the personnel and material resources of the University Library, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art and the Office of Digital Assets and Infrastructure. Curators and staff from these institutions will collaborate with faculty from chemistry, engineering, computer science and other departments to work on solving the most pressing conservation challenges.

The Institute will be located on Yale’s West Campus, a 136-acre complex acquired from Bayer Pharmaceuticals in 2007 and a short seven miles west of downtown New Haven. Scott Strobel, Vice President for West Campus Planning and Program Development, noted that the creation of the Institute represents another milestone in the development of the campus. “We already have an extraordinary community of faculty members and staff using the West Campus facilities to address shared conservation needs and to conduct original research within Yale’s collections of books, artifacts and natural specimens,” Strobel said. “The new Institute will build on this community to accelerate dramatically Yale’s mission of conservation, teaching, research and publication.” When fully built out, the West Campus will be home to six interdisciplinary research institutes related to the life sciences in addition to the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage.

The Institute’s physical home will be a sustainable, 212,000-square-foot building, architecturally optimized for the preservation of objects. It will provide scholars and students with access to laboratories, offices and world-class facilities for meetings, seminars, training programs and conferences.

The work of the Institute will be supported by two core facilities in conservation and digitization: The conservation core will provide specialized research tools and focus on new technologies and methods to reduce threats common to many objects. The digitization core will apply new technological tools to capture, store, curate and share material in digital form. As it works to meet these basic goals, the Institute will pioneer areas of research and analytical techniques that are at present unknown to the world of conservation.

“We felt that Yale was particularly well-equipped to host this institute,” Peter Baldwin said. “The University shares our deep conviction that new technology will not only help us protect our most valuable cultural assets, but also expand access to those assets for people around the world. We are confident that the work that Yale’s scholars and scientists are already doing within their own collections and at cultural sites across the globe will be quickly applicable for conservationists worldwide.”

Among other projects, the Institute will extend initiatives already under way at Yale to explore the use of nanotechnology to slow the decay of artworks; apply computer technology to create specialized tools to care for ancient mosaics; and use 3-D technology to digitize and study collections. The Institute also aims to build its faculty and staff resources so that it may increasingly offer services of assessment and technical analysis in the field, addressing site conditions and unique preservation issues that threaten the longevity of vital cultural resources in remote environments.

The Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage will be well positioned to disseminate its findings quickly and broadly. The Institute will convene scholars for conferences and meetings to discuss best practices and new findings. Its global outreach will go far beyond local work with visiting scholars. The Institute expects to develop a program of online courses based on its cultural heritage collections. And the University has adopted policies that make digital copies of its collections available to the widest global audience, without limitations.

Yale News Releases are available at http://www.opa.yale.edu

New Access Policy for Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library

A current Yale ID (with a prox chip) is required to enter the Haas Family Arts Library during all regular business hours. Non-Yale visitors are also welcome and can gain access to the library through the security guard in the Loria Center entrance hall. Visitors must present a photo ID and sign the library’s guestbook, located at the main service desk inside the library.

May 25, 2011

New Middle Eastern Resources available for Yale

The Yale University Library has been able to gain licensed access for several key and much-desired e-resources related to study of the Middle East. These can be found in both Metalib and Orbis. The resources are:

* Bibliography of Arabic Books Online (BABO) - The Bibliography of Arabic Books Online (BABO) aims to become a comprehensive bibliographic database containing information about virtually all books published in Arabic before 1960, and then continuing up to the present. BABO contains over 60,000 bibliographical records from the National Library in Egypt, the British Library and the Library of Congress. Also data from catalogs of other participating national and research libraries of Europe, America and the Arab world, will be included in this unique bibliographical database. BABO will include Name Authority Files (NAFs) which list all the spellings variants of authors’ names found in the database. This will be an invaluable finding aid for end-users of BABO, and a practical reference for librarians cataloguing Arabic titles. In the future the spellings found in The Encyclopaedia of Islam will also be added. BABO will ultimately contain over 80,000 records and almost 35,000 unique name records. The resource is searchable in English, transliterated Arabic, and in Arabic script.

* Encyclopaedia Islamica Online - The Encyclopaedia Islamica is a projected 16-volume publication, consisting of an abridged and edited translation of the Persian Dā’irat al-Ma’ārif-i Buzurg-i Islāmī, one of the most comprehensive sources on Islam and the Muslim world. In addition to providing entries on important themes, subjects and personages in Islam generally, it offers the western reader an opportunity to appreciate the various dimensions of Shi’i Islam, the Persian contribution to Islamic civilization, and the spiritual dimensions of the Islamic tradition. New content will be added every year in alphabetical order. In 2008 the work started with the "A" and is expected to finish in 2023.

* Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics - The EALL Online comprehensively covers all aspects of Arabic languages and linguistics. It is interdisciplinary in scope and represents different schools and approaches to be as objective and versatile as possible. The online edition contains all content of the print edition and new content will be added on a regular basis as of 2010. New articles will be elaborations or updates of themes already discussed in the EALL, or will be new entries that are relevant to the field. The editorship of the dynamic online edition will be in the hands of two new general editors and a largely renewed editorial board.


In addition, we've been granted, by the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, a year of free access to 24 Iranian movies based around the theme "Understanding Persian Culture Through Film." In fact, the grant is also sponsored by NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) and AsiaPacificFilms.com. Each film includes a video introduction by a scholar who will discuss the film's cultural and historical significance. There are also essays, guides, interviews, and a bibliography. This can be a unique opportunity to learn more about the culture of this important country.

May 13, 2011

Spring 2011 issue of Nota Bene now available online

Nota Bene is published during the academic year to acquaint the Yale community and beyond, with the resources of the Yale libraries. Each issue features articles on new collections and acquisitions, public programs, services to students and scholars, and special events and exhibits. Nota Bene transitioned to an electronic publication in Spring 2010. For the Spring 2011 Issue, please click here:

May 11, 2011

Digital Images of Yale’s Vast Cultural Collections Now Available for Free

New Haven, Conn.— Scholars, artists and other individuals around the world will enjoy free access to online images of millions of objects housed in Yale’s museums, archives, and libraries thanks to a new “Open Access” policy that the University announced today. Yale is the first Ivy League university to make its collections accessible in this fashion, and already more than 250,000 images are available through a newly developed collective catalog: http://TinyURL.com/4x2x2f3

To read the rest of the story: http://opac.yale.edu/news/article.aspx?id=8544

May 4, 2011

150 Years of Whitney Family History Donated to Yale

The department of Manuscripts and Archives in the Yale University Library is pleased to announce that it has received the papers of the John Hay Whitney and Betsey Cushing Whitney family, the records of the John Hay Whitney Foundation, and the records of Greentree Stud & Stable. Donated to Yale by the Greentree Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by the Whitney family in 1982 and dedicated to peace, human rights and international cooperation, the papers document the personal, family, and professional lives of a prominent American family with significant ties to Yale University.

Among his many accomplishments, John Hay Whitney (1904-1982, Yale Class of 1926, Fellow of the Yale Corporation 1955-1973) was one of the country’s first venture capitalists, an ambassador to the United Kingdom in the Eisenhower administration, and publisher of the New York Herald Tribune. Betsey Cushing Whitney (1908-1998) was a noted philanthropist in the fields of medicine, education, and the arts; a member of the Defense Advisory Committee advocating policies for American servicewomen in the 1950s; and the primary force behind the establishment of the Greentree Foundation. Together, they created one of the most significant fine art collections in American history and subsequently donated many works to the Yale University Art Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Art. The Whitney family papers also include materials about John Hay Whitney’s ancestors including his mother, Helen Hay Whitney (1876-1944), a distinguished poet and writer, and his grandfather, John M. Hay (1838-1905), author, statesman and assistant secretary to President Abraham Lincoln. Materials from Betsey Cushing Whitney’s family, including her father Dr. Harvey Cushing (1869-1939), pioneer neurosurgeon, and her mother Kate Crowell Cushing are also included.

The family papers consist of extensive correspondence, diaries, writings, photographs, scrapbooks, financial files, business and art collection management records. The John Hay Whitney Foundation records include financial and program files that document the Foundation’s innovative educational programs in the humanities and social sciences. The Greentree Stud & Stable records include legal and financial files and photographs that chronicle the Stable’s success in horse breeding and racing. Taken together, these collections provide researchers with a robust picture of the Whitney family’s many important contributions.

“We have long been interested in preserving the significant history that is documented in the papers of the Whitney Family,” said Christine Weideman, Director of Manuscripts and Archives. “We are delighted and grateful that the Foundation has made it possible for us to do so.”

The donation is the latest example of the Whitney family’s generous support of Yale. The family funded the building of the Payne Whitney Gymnasium in memory of Payne Whitney. The Yale Medical Library’s historical collection began with a donation by Dr. Harvey Cushing (Yale Class of 1891). A donation by John Hay Whitney helped Yale to establish the Whitney Humanities Center. A gift from Betsey Cushing Whitney made possible the renovation and expansion of the Medical Library which was then renamed the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library.

Given the Whitney family’s longstanding relationship with Yale, both the Greentree Foundation and the department of Manuscripts and Archives are pleased that the papers will be preserved by the University and made available to the research community.

For more information about the records, contact Caro Pinto, Project Archivist, in Manuscripts and Archives at 203-436-8405 or caro.pinto@yale.edu.

March 21, 2011

New Yale Librarian named: Susan Gibbons of Rochester

Susan Gibbons, vice provost and the Andrew H. & Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of the River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester, has been appointed as University Librarian at Yale, President Richard C. Levin has announced. Full story.

March 16, 2011

Unique Niane Audiotapes Collection made Available through Arcadia Support

A unique project at the Yale University Library is making 63 reel-to-reel tapes, comprising the pioneering research of noted Guinean scholar, Professor Djibril Tamsir Niane, available online to students and scholars. Made in the 1970s, the tapes include field recordings, interviews, ceremonies and practices of several groups, in particular the Baga and Maninka.

The research expeditions conducted in Guinea by Professor Niane and his students were historical events in themselves. In Guinea-Conakry during 1969-71, Professor Niane conducted research while the Sekou Touré regime’s "demystification program" focused on the destruction of all traditional cultural elements, actively discouraging academic interest in such subjects. At considerable personal risk, Niane and a team of his university students broke new ground by investigating Baga culture in their coastal villages, as well as collecting oral history and tradition elsewhere in Guinea. Niane was later imprisoned and eventually escaped into exile.

The resulting material is the only significant body of audio historical data on indigenous history and culture collected between 1958 and Sekou Touré’s death in 1984. It was not possible for other outside researchers to work in Guinea until after Touré’s death, so the Niane collection represents virtually the only research on Guinean history and culture between the period of French administration and the end of the 1980s. The preservation of and online access to this unique collection makes a valuable primary source available to scholars of Guinea worldwide for the first time.

The collection was catalogued by distinguished Africa scholar David Conrad

This project was generously sponsored by the Arcadia Fund. Arcadia is the charitable foundation of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. Since its inception in 2001 Arcadia has awarded grants in excess of $190 million. Arcadia works to protect endangered treasures of culture and nature. For more information please see: http://www.arcadiafund.org.uk/about/about-arcadia

"The world of African studies at Yale and far beyond owes an immense debt to Professor Niane for his singular and heroic efforts on behalf of these African peoples, to David Conrad for his unstinting efforts to provide access to these materials, and to the Arcadia Fund for making access available," said Dorothy Woodson, Africana Curator at the Yale Library.

To access the collection, please see:
For more information, contact:

Ann Okerson, Associate University Librarian
Collections & International Programs

Dorothy Woodson, Curator
African Collection

March 14, 2011

Join us for the opening talk of the George Washington Map Exhibit

You are warmly invited to “America Transformed: From George Washington’s American Atlas to the 21st Century”, a special talk to mark the opening of the George Washington map exhibit next week.

The George Washington Atlas, one of the jewels of the Yale Map Department, recently underwent some much-needed conservation treatment. This subsequently inspired Yale alum, Barnet Schecter, to write his book “George Washington’s America: A Biography Through His Maps”. He will be speaking about his research using the maps at the opening talk next week. The following link is a sample animation that will be part of the exhibit and well worth a few minutes of your time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdIE1MvxvVU

The talk will be at 3pm on Wednesday 23rd in the SML Lecture Hall, followed by an opportunity to view the exhibit in the Memorabilia Room.

The event is free and open to the public.

March 10, 2011

Presentation by Tony Hey, Microsoft: "The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery"

Wednesday, March 23rd, 4:00-5:00pm
Presentation by Tony Hey
Sudler Auditorium, 100 Wall St. , Wine & Cheese reception to follow

The Fourth Paradigm:Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery
There is a sea change happening in academic research -- a transformation caused by a data deluge that is affecting all disciplines. Modern science increasingly relies on integrated information technologies and computation to collect, process, and analyze complex data. It was Ken Wilson, Nobel Prize winner in physics, who coined the phrase “Third Paradigm” to refer to computational science and the need for computational researchers to know about algorithms, numerical methods, and parallel architectures. However, the skills needed for manipulating, visualizing, managing, and, finally, conserving and archiving scientific data are very different. “The Fourth Paradigm” is as about data and the computational systems needed to manipulate, visualize, and manage large amounts of scientific data. A wide variety of scientists—biologists, chemists, physicists, astronomers, engineers – require tools, technologies, and platforms that seamlessly integrate into standard scientific methodologies and processes. This talk will illustrate the far-reaching changes that this new paradigm will have on scientific discovery.

Tony Hey Short Biography:
As corporate vice president in Microsoft Research, Tony Hey is responsible for worldwide university research collaborations with Microsoft researchers. Hey is also responsible the multidisciplinary eScience Research Group within Microsoft Research. Before joining Microsoft, Hey served as director of the U.K.'s e-Science Initiative, managing the government's efforts to build a new scientific infrastructure for collaborative, multidisciplinary, data-intensive research projects. Before leading this initiative, Hey led a research group in the area of parallel computing and was Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science, and Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Southampton. Hey is a fellow of the U.K.'s Royal Academy of Engineering and was awarded a CBE for services to science in 2005. He is also a fellow of the British Computer Society, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics, and the U.S. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Tony Hey has written books on particle physics and computing and has a passionate interest in communicating the excitement of science and technology to young people. He has co-authored popular books on quantum mechanics and on relativity.


March 9, 2011

The Great Might-Have-Been: a Chinese Visitor to Robert Boyle

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street

Yale historian Jonathan Spence will present the keynote address for the 63rd annual lecture sponsored by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Associates.

Spence, one of the world’s leading experts on Chinese history and culture, is the author of more than a dozen books. His most famous book The Search for Modern China charts the history of China from the fall of the Ming dynasty through the Tiananmen Square uprising. It became a New York Times bestseller and continues to be a standard text on Chinese history from the 17th century. Notable other titles include The Gate of Heavenly Peace: the Chinese and Their Revolution, Return to Dragon Mountain: Memories of a Late Ming Man, Treason by the Book, and Mao Zedong.

Spence was born in England and graduated from Clare College at the University of Cambridge. He received his Ph.D. from Yale and joined the Yale faculty as an assistant professor in 1966. He became the George Burton professor of history in 1976 and Sterling professor of history in 1993.

March 3, 2011

Changes to Privileges Policies for Alumni and non-Yale researchers

Yale University Library will be making changes to its Privileges Policies for Yale Alumni and non-Yale researchers on April 4, 2011. These policies will change the usage, costs and borrowing limits for Desk Passes, Stacks Passes and Borrowing Privileges. Current Yale faculty, staff, students, affiliated researchers, spouses and affiliates with Yale IDs will not be affected by these policies. For more information and a summary of the changes, please click here.

March 2, 2011

The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White

Daniel J. Sharfstein ’00
The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White
Monday, March 7, 2011, at 6 p.m.

Yale Law School (Room 129)
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT

The Lillian Goldman Law Library together with the Yale Law School Legal History Forum and the Yale Black Law Students Association invite you to a discussion featuring an important new book by Professor Daniel J. Sharfstein, with critical commentary by Professor Claire Priest.
The Invisible Line unravels the stories of three families who represent the complexity of race in America and force us to rethink our basic assumptions about who we are. For example, one of the families that started out black produced a Yale-educated Confederate general! This book has been called a “must read” by major scholars spanning the fields of legal history and African American Studies. It is written with the sensitivity of a novelist from the perspective of a legal scholar and provides a fascinating account of how laws and court decisions help shape racial attitudes.

Daniel J. Sharfstein is Associate Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University.

Claire Priest is Professor of Law at Yale University.

February 7, 2011

Law library exhibit marks centenary of Elizabethan Club


February - May 2011
Rare Book Exhibition Gallery
Level L2, Lillian Goldman Law Library
Yale Law School
127 Wall Street, New Haven CT

English law not only underwent deep changes in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, but also played a leading role in politics and culture. "Life and Law in Early Modern England," a new exhibit from the Lillian Goldman Law Library and Yale's Elizabethan Club, illustrates this period with works drawn from the rare book collections of both institutions.

The exhibit is on display February-May 2011 in the Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, located on Level L2 of the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street. The exhibit is open to the public, 9am-10pm daily.

The exhibit was curated by Justin Zaremby, a 2010 graduate of the Yale Law School, assisted by Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian at the Yale Law School's Lillian Goldman Law Library.

"Life and Law in Early Modern England" is part of the year-long Centenary celebration of the Elizabethan Club, founded in 1911 as a meeting place for conversation and discussion of literature and the arts. For a complete calendar of Centenary events, visit <http://www.yale.edu/elizabethanclub/centenary.html>.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Law Library and Elizabethan Club are sponsoring a public lecture by Professor Josh Chafetz (Law '07) of Cornell Law School, entitled "'In the Time of a Woman, Which Sex Was Not Capable of Mature Deliberation': Late-Tudor Parliamentary Relations and Their Early-Stuart Discontents." The lecture will take place February 24 at 6:15pm in Room 127 of the Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street.

In his introduction to the exhibit, Zaremby writes, "The occasion of the Club's Centenary provides the opportunity to bring together two impressive collections of early modern texts at Yale to illustrate a rich moment in English legal history." The books and manuscripts on display date from 1570 to the 1670s. They include guides to legal practice, textbooks, a play performed at an Inn of Court, and works dealing with church-state relations, legal philosophy, court jurisdiction, and the claim of Mary Queen of Scots to the English throne. Among the authors included are several of the era's leading figures, such as Francis Bacon, Francis Beaumont, Lord Burghley, Edward Coke, and John Selden.

For more information, contact Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian, at (203) 432-4494 or <mike.widener@yale.edu>.

Roberta Pilette receives 2011 Banks Harris Preservation Award

It was recently announced that Roberta Pilette is the 2011 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award recipient. Ms. Pilette is currently the Director of the Preservation Department and Chief Preservation Officer for the Yale University Library. Her on-going impact on the preservation field as an active leader, educator, and mentor has spanned over twenty-five years, and she continues to be intimately involved in some of the most important explorations and discussions going on in the field today. She has influenced the development of our current preservation practices as well as shaped a generation of library and archives preservation administrators and conservators.

The Banks-Harris Award includes a $1,500 cash grant donated by Preservation Technologies, L.P., and a citation. The Award was presented during a ceremony at the American Library Association Annual Conference.

February 3, 2011

Orbis Has A New Look

On February 7th, 2011, the Yale Library will introduce an upgrade to the Orbis catalog.

New features include:
• Cover images from books
• Links to tables of contents, limited previews and full text, when available, from Google Books
• The ability to filter results by format, date of publication and other criteria
• Easier export to tools such as EndNote and RefWorks
• Icons indicating format and availability
• The ability to include a subject field and notes when emailing records
• Stable URLs for each record in Orbis, for inclusion in ClassesV2 web pages and course syllabi

Classic Orbis will remain available through July at its current address: http://orbis.library.yale.edu.

You can begin using the new Orbis now at: http://neworbis.library.yale.edu/vwebv. We welcome your comments and feedback about this upgrade. Please use the Feedback links in the catalog, or send email directly to neworbis@collaborate.library.yale.edu.

February 2, 2011

Library Service Update: February 2

Due to the weather conditions, the libraries will open on a delayed schedule at NOON TODAY*. This delay is for both patrons and staff.

Eli Express deliveries are CANCELED for the remainder of the day. Special collections researchers should call an archivist or librarian before heading to the library this afternoon.

These libraries are closing early today, please consult the library hours page for updated closing times, including:

  • Haas Family Arts Library, 5:00 pm

  • Engineering and Applied Science Library, 6:00 pm

  • Kline Science Library, 5:00 pm

  • Social Science Library, 5:00 pm

  • Yale Center for British Art Reference Library, 5:00 pm

*Additional closures:

Geology Library is closed.
Lewis Walpole Library is closed.

Updates will be posted here as needed.

February 1, 2011

Library Service Update: February 1

Due to weather and staff shortages, the Haas Family Arts Library will close early tonight at 9:00 pm.

January 27, 2011

Library Service Update: January 27 Snow Storm

Libraries will be opening at 10:30 this morning to both staff and patrons. Patrons should be aware that some services will not be fully available until staff have had time to prepare after their arrival.

Eli Express deliveries, including special collections, will NOT be made today. If you plan to conduct research in a special collection reading room today, please contact the reference archivist or librarian for details on delivery schedule.

The Geology Library is closed today.

The Chemistry Library is closed today.

Thain Family Cafe in the Bass Library is closed today.

Wall Street entrance to Sterling Memorial Library is closed - please use the High Street entrance.

Arts Library Special Collections are closed today. Normal hours will resume next week.

Kline Science Library - The entrance from the Prospect Street side of KBT is inaccessible due to the snow, which has not yet been cleared. Please use alternate entrances from the KBT lobby or the southern entrance to KBT.

Early closures this evening:

Kline Science Library will close at 5 pm.

Engineering and Applied Science Library will close at 5 pm.

Other service adjustments for Thursday, January 27, 2011 will be posted here.

January 26, 2011

Library Service Update: January 26 Snow Storm

Due to the inclement weather and staff shortages, the following libraries will be closing early today Wednesday January 26.

  • Kline Science Library and Engineering & Applied Science Library will close at 5:00 pm.
  • The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library will close at 9:00 pm
  • Manuscripts and Archives will close at 4:45 pm
  • Haas Arts Library will close at 9:00 pm

Eli Express will NOT operate this afternoon because roads are unsafe. Deliveries between campus libraries and the Library Shelving Facility (LSF) will not be made. This includes regular requests made through Orbis and special collection materials like Manuscripts and Archives boxes and Beinecke off-site materials. We apologize for the inconvenience.

January 25, 2011

Borrow Direct Expands, Will Include All the Ivies

The Harvard Library announced on Monday that it would join the Borrow Direct partnership, making its circulating materials available to Yale University Library patrons. Borrow Direct, pioneered a decade ago by Yale, Columbia and Penn, now includes all of the Ivies and MIT. Yale patrons can search across all available items and request delivery to a Yale library. Borrow Direct loans are fast - your books will arrive in less than a week.

While not everything is available through Borrow Direct, more than 50 million volumes are. And interlibrary loan can still be used for individual articles and special materials like microfilm.

The Harvard and MIT libraries will begin adding their records to the Borrow Direct catalog this summer. More information and the link to search Borrow Direct are available on the Library's web site.

January 21, 2011

International Room Opens in Sterling Memorial Library

Vice President Linda Lorimer, Associate University Librarian Ann Okerson, and Interim University Librarian Jon Butler joined in opening the new International Room in Sterling Memorial Library on Thursday, Jan. 20. The room brings together highlights of the Library's vast international resources and provides a gathering space at the heart of campus for programs and events with an international focus.

Please visit the room, located next to the Franke Periodical Room in the south-east corner of the first floor of Sterling Memorial Library.

Yale's Office of Public Affairs and Communications has more in the Yale Daily Bulletin.

January 11, 2011

Vivian Perlis named Educator of the Year by Musical America

Vivian Perlis has been named Musical America’s Educator of the Year, and her contribution to American music and musicians is immeasurable. The founding director of Yale University's Oral History of American Music 40 years ago, she has logged some 2,000 interviews with or about such major musicians as Ives, Copland, Bernstein, Cage, Ellington, Schuman, Carter, Adams and Eubie Blake, among many others. The co-author of Copland’s autobiography and an award-winning book on the music of Ives, she authored “Composers' Voices from Ives to Ellington: An Oral History of American Music” (Yale, 2005), with Libby Van Cleve. The Oral History project, states Musical America in its citation, “was nothing less than a revolution in the preservation of music history--all due to the foresight of this visionary woman.” For the full story, click here: http://www.musicalamerica.com/news/newsstory.cfm?archived=0&storyID=23906&categoryID=3

December 2, 2010

Distinguished Achievement Award to Founder of Yale’s Fortunoff Video Archive for holocaust Testimonies

Geoffrey Hartman, Sterling Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus, and Faculty Advisor to the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at the Yale Library, received the distinguished achievement award for Holocaust studies and research on November 5, 2010 at the Lessons and Legacies Conference in Boca Raton, Florida. Professor Hartman was recognized for his foundational role in establishing the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library in 1981, bringing this material to the forefront of Holocaust studies, as well as to many other areas of academic research. In presenting the award, Professor Lawrence Langer of Simmons College noted Hartman has established “the theoretical and practical legitimacy of using eye-witness survivor accounts in the study of the catastrophe of European Jewry we call the Holocaust,” which has largely led the most distinguished historians of the Holocaust to rely on testimonies, such as those at the Fortunoff Archive, as one of their most important primary resources. Langer further noted:
...without the Fortunoff Archives at Yale and other similar collections, the story of what individual human beings endured during the Holocaust would remain entombed in a mausoleum of silence, locked in the vault of memory that loomed over the subject in the decades following their liberation. And it is now clear, or should be, that this silence was not the result of a reluctance or inability to speak about the unspeakable, but the absence of a sympathetic audience to hear what survivors had to tell…. But equally important is Hartman’s notion that telling is a form of facing. If Holocaust consciousness is ever to become more than a number (six million), a name (Mengele), and a place (Auschwitz), then audiences must develop the will to acknowledge and confront both the victimage and the human voice that has survived it.

Hartman is presently raising funds to migrate the video testimonies from obsolete analog formats to digital files for preservation, as well as for increased access. The three-year migration project began this fall and has received major support from the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, Michael Vlock and Karen Pritzker, Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing, and Michael L. Friedman.

Professors Omer Bartov of Brown University and Yehuda Bauer of Hebrew University (Jerusalem) also received this award. Past recipients have been Professors Christopher Browning (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and Saul Friedlander (University of California, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv University). Lessons and Legacies has been held biannually since 1989 and is sponsored by the Holocaust Education Foundation in partnership with the host universities, this year Florida Atlantic University. Past conferences have been at Northwestern, Dartmouth, Notre Dame, University of Minnesota, Brown, and Claremont McKenna College.

THE FORTUNOFF VIDEO ARCHIVE FOR HOLOCAUST TESTIMONIES: The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies is a collection of over 4,400 videotaped interviews with witnesses and survivors of the Holocaust. Part of Yale University's department
of Manuscripts and Archives, the archive is located at Sterling Memorial Library. For more information about the archive: http://www.library.yale.edu/testimonies/about/index.html

November 30, 2010

GLAD Records donated to Yale Library

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders Donates Records to Yale University Library

Over 30 years’ worth of records documenting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender legal history are being donated to Yale University by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). GLAD is the New England litigation organization whose precedent-setting legal victories include bringing marriage equality to Massachusetts in 2004 and Connecticut in 2008.

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November 22, 2010

Jon Butler named interim University librarian

Jon Butler, former dean of the Graduate School and a leading historian of American religion, has been named acting University librarian, President Richard C. Levin has announced. Butler, who stepped down as dean of the Graduate School June 30, 2010 will begin his new role December 1.

Full story in the Yale Daily Bulletin

Thain Family Cafe Hours for Thanksgiving week

With the University on break, the Thain Family Café in Bass Library will have limited hours and a limited menu this week. The Café will be open on Tuesday, Nov. 22, and Wednesday, Nov. 24, 8am-2pm, with a menu of fresh coffee and grab and go snacks. The Café will be closed Nov. 25-28 and will resume normal hours on Monday, Nov. 29.

November 15, 2010

Memorial Service for Frank Turner

There will be a mass for University Librarian, Professor Frank Turner on Tuesday, Nov 16th, at 11:00am at the Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven. A reception will immediately follow at the Beinecke Library, and the burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Martin de Porres Academy, 208 Columbus Ave., New Haven (http://www.saintmartinacademy.org/academy) or to the charity of one's choice.

November 12, 2010

In Memoriam: Frank Turner

Former provost and distinguished intellectual historian Frank M. Turner — who only two months ago embarked on a five-year term as University librarian, overseeing one of the largest academic library systems in the world — died suddenly yesterday morning.

Full story in the Yale Daily Bulletin

November 11, 2010

Levin: "shock and sadness"

President Richard C. Levin wrote to the Yale community today with very sad news:

"I write with shock and sadness to let you know that Frank M. Turner, John Hay Whitney Professor of History and University Librarian, died suddenly this morning. Frank was a dedicated member of the Yale community. In addition to serving on the faculty, Frank was the University Provost from 1988 to 1992, Director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library for seven years, and interim University Librarian since January. He had just begun his term as University Librarian in September.

Frank will be greatly missed. He was a wise counselor, brilliant scholar, skilled administrator, and a friend and colleague to many. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Ellen Tillotson."

The Library staff and trustees share President Levin's sadness at the loss and add our condolences to his wife.

November 10, 2010

Yale makes "Most Beautiful College Libraries" list

The higher education news site, Campus Grotto, recently rated the 25 most beautiful college libraries across the country. The Sterling Memorial Library comes in at #10 and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library appearing at #24. The article can be found at the following link: http://www.campusgrotto.com/most-beautiful-college-libraries.html#sterling

November 8, 2010

Planning a trip?

Yale Library digital resources are available to you anywhere in the world you might travel, but you’ll need to use Virtual Private Network (VPN) software when you are not on the Yale network. If you want to do library research while you are away from Yale over the Thanksgiving break, find out now how to use VPN to access library resources. See http://www.library.yale.edu/about/offcampus.html for more information on how to use Cisco AnyConnect software (available at no charge from the ITS Software Library).

Logging in? A new look for CAS

Yale ITS will be upgrading the Central Authentication System (CAS) on Wednesday, November 10. Starting on that day, you will see an updated login screen when logging in to CAS to use library services, including Orbis, Find a Database/Article, Borrow Direct, Yufind, and Digital Collections.

Your password will not change and you need not take any action. Just be aware you will see a screen that looks different. If in doubt, you can always click on the "GeoTrust" badge to verify the page is genuine. You should also check that the address displayed in your web browser begins with https://secure.its.yale.edu.

The new login page will look like this.

For more information about secure computing and being safe online, visit http://www.yale.edu/its/secure-computing/.

The official University announcement about this change is linked here for added security. https://light.its.yale.edu/messages/itsmsgs/detail.asp?Msg=59279

November 4, 2010

Problems with Yale Links (SFX menu) to Wiley Online

The Wiley Online ejournals and ebooks service underwent a server upgrade October 30th. After the upgrade we’ve now noticed that Yale Links, the SFX OpenURL links which allow patrons to link from reference in databases directly to Wiley journal articles, are sometimes not working. Links at the journal title level from the library’s list of ejournals are working (http://sfx.library.yale.edu/sfx_local/azlist), but links from databases such as Pubmed, Web of Science and Scopus are problematic.

If patrons encounter a problem to a Wiley journal from a Yale Links menu, they should still be able to get the article by looking for the journal title at http://sfx.library.yale.edu/sfx_local/azlist and then navigating to the article at the journal site.

E-Collections staff are aware of this problem and are working with Wiley representatives to address it. They will let us know when it is resolved.

November 1, 2010

Preservation Lecture - November 11

A Preservation Lecture will be given Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 4:00pm in the Lecture Hall of the Sterling Memorial Library. Helen Shenton, Former Head of Collection Care at the British Library and current Deputy Director, Harvard University Library willl be speaking on "Paradoxes of Preservation," a personal and strategic perspective on crossing the Pond.

A reception will immediately follow the Lecture

Prior to the Lecture
Preservation Department Open House

Feel free to visit all areas of the Department.
Meet at the Circulation Desk in Sterling Memorial Library

October 29, 2010

ScienceDirect & Scopus scheduled outage for November 7th and 13th

The following products and services are expected to be unavailable for approximately 4 hours on
Sunday, November 7th at 2:00am (eastern time) and Saturday, November 13th at 8;00am (eastern time).

•Journals Consult

October 28, 2010

Wiley Online Service Interruption October 30

Wiley Online resources, including ebooks and ejournals, may be unavailable for up to 2 hours Saturday, October 30, starting at 5 AM (Eastern time).

October 1, 2010

Oxford University Press and Yale Library Need Your Help to Evaluate Oxford Bibliographies Online

Yale Library is engaged in year-long collaboration with Oxford University Press to evaluate a new family of scholarly databases: Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO). Your feedback will be instrumental in improving and tailoring OBO so that it best meets your needs. OBO is designed to help scholars and students find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly resources in whatever form or format they appear--from books, chapters in books, and journal articles to online archives, data sets, and blogs. OBO is arranged in portals: Atlantic History, Classics, Criminology, Islamic Studies, Philosophy, Renaissance and Reformation, and Social Work.

What does your participation involve? OUP asks that you complete 4 online surveys and 2 focus groups over the next 12 months. You may drop out at any time for any reason.

Incentives: In return for your time, you will receive some gifts during the assessments from Oxford University Press. To start, you will receive a gift bag, mug, and USB drive (quantities limited and available while supplies last). After you complete the first survey, you will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle (one name will be drawn at random, only Yale faculty and students are eligible to enter).

Eligibility for Participation: Open to Yale faculty and students.

If you are willing to participate, please send an email to kathleen.bauer@yale.edu with the following information: your name, academic department/school, and status (faculty, graduate student, or undergraduate student).

September 28, 2010

Exhibit Opening with Cheese & Wine Reception

The Manuscripts and Archives department in Sterling Memorial is opening its new exhibit, “The South in Manuscripts and Archives” with a wine and cheese reception on Friday, October 1, from 3:15 until 4:30 pm.

The exhibit highlights departmental holdings relating to the American South. It centers on a selection of approximately fifty photographs from the Ulrich Bonnell Phillips Papers, which document the southeastern United States, especially South Carolina and Louisiana, during the first part of the twentieth century. Subjects depicted included African-Americans, both casually and at work; city and rural life; and work activity in cotton and sugar cane fields. Other collections included in the exhibit document slavery, Native Americans in the South, the Civil War, civil rights and school desegregation, architecture, and industry.

During the reception, Patricia Bixel, an associate professor of history at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, will speak briefly about her research in the Phillips Papers for her forthcoming book, Seeing the New South: The Photographic Archive of U. B. Phillips, which is being published by the University of South Carolina Press. With her co-author John David Smith, Charles H. Stone professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she has examined the Phillips Papers in order recover and reconstruct geographic and/or occupational communities.

The exhibit is open to the public weekdays from 8:30 am until 4:45 pm in the Memorabilia Room in Sterling Memorial Library, until the end of November.

September 14, 2010

Save the date! Richard Minsky to speak at Yale Library

Pioneering book artist Richard Minsky will speak about his life and work at the Yale University Library, New Haven, CT. Please join us on Tuesday, October 5, 2010, at 1pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 130 Wall Street. Light refreshments will be served after the talk. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Yale University Library Standing Committee on Professional Awareness.

This event is held in conjunction with the current exhibit at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library “Material Meets Metaphor: A Half Century of Book Art by Richard Minsky” on display through November 29, 2010. The entrance to the Haas Family Arts Library is in the lobby of the Loria Center for the History of Art at 190 York Street, a short walk from Sterling Memorial Library. The exhibit is open to the public from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on the day of the lecture.

Richard Minsky, contemporary book artist and founder of the Center for Book Arts in New York City, is known for his conceptual approach to hand bookbinding and commitment to changing the perception of the book arts from craft to fine art. He combines a background in Economics with an innovative use of traditional methods and new materials to create sculptural, often political bookworks. The blending of an eclectic mix of interests, from musical and theatre performance to social issues and virtual worlds, remain a hallmark of Minsky's career. This exhibition showcases his editioned (non-commissioned, made in multiple copies) bookworks alongside selections from the Richard Minsky Archive, which documents the history of his career and his working process.

A PDF catalog of the exhibition is free to view and download at

The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library opened in August 2008 in the renovated Paul Rudolph Hall and the new Loria Center for the History of Art. The library brings together the collections, staff, and resources from the former Art + Architecture and Drama libraries and the Arts of the Book Collection, as well as staff and services for the Visual Resources Collection. It serves as the library for the Schools of Art, Architecture, and Drama, as well as the Department of the History of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. The library is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, visit http://www.library.yale.edu/arts/

Competition Opportunities for Students

Yale students – are you analyzing a numeric dataset for a research paper this semester? ICPSR (the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) is offering two research paper competitions for undergraduates and one for master's students in 2011. ICPSR invites undergraduate and master's papers analyzing any dataset(s) in the ICPSR archive or its Thematic Collections. The other competition, sponsored by the Research Center for Minority Data (RCMD), solicits papers addressing issues relevant to minorities in the United States, including immigrants. These papers must draw on data in the RCMD archive.

Three Yale students have won prizes in this competition in the past two years – you could be the fourth! The deadline is January 31, 2011. ICPSR’s site provides all the submission details.

September 8, 2010

Law Library presents “Carrots and Sticks” book talk

The Lillian Goldman Law Library is proudly sponsoring a Book Talk by Yale Law School PROFESSOR IAN AYRES who will be discussing his newest book CARROTS AND STICKS: UNLOCK THE POWER OF INCENTIVES TO GET THINGS DONE. The talk is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, at the Yale Law School, Room 120.

The first 25 audience members to arrive will receive door prizes awarded by the Lillian Goldman Law Library, as “carrots”.

September 3, 2010

More Tours for Graduate Students and New Faculty

We've added two additional tours of Sterling Memorial & Bass libraries for incoming graduate students and new faculty:

Thursday, September 9th, 3:30-4:30pm
Friday, September 10th, 11-12 noon

Please meet your guide at the Information Desk in the Sterling nave. There is no need to register for the tour although a valid Yale ID card is required. (The tours will include a brief stacks orientation, and, as always, Yale ID is required for entrance to the Sterling stacks.)

Please note, tours for undergraduates will begin September 15th.

September 1, 2010

Personal Librarians Welcome Yale College Class of 2014

Librarians from across Yale University Library are welcoming the Yale College class of 2014 by introducing incoming students to the Personal Librarian program.

Along with a freshman advisor, freshman counselors and college dean, each new student gets a librarian as part of the academic support network. Personal Librarians help students with research that involves using the Yale University Library and its extensive collections.

Although the library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, its size and complexity can be overwhelming, especially for new students. Personal Librarians help new library users navigate this system more smoothly.

For more information, see the Personal Librarian web page: http://www.library.yale.edu/pl/.

August 30, 2010

Changes in Sterling Memorial Library: Newspapers

Patrons of Sterling Memorial Library will notice a change in newspaper services for the upcoming academic year. Over the summer the library reduced print newspaper subscriptions from 138 to 51 core titles. Because of the smaller space requirements of the reduced collection, newspapers in SML are now displayed with current print journals in the Franke Periodical Reading Room on the first floor.

The library will offer access to more newspapers through PressDisplay’s nearly 1000 digital international newspapers. These newspapers are available on the web (use VPN when not on the Yale network) or stop by the Franke Periodical Reading Room in SML to use PressDisplay on one of four dedicated terminals with large screen monitors.

Note that the library's major holdings of older newspapers on microform and in digital format remain unchanged.

August 27, 2010

Access the Homeland Security Digital Library

We are pleased to announce that Yale has access to the Homeland Security Digital Library at https://www.hsdl.org/, a collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. Documents are collected from a wide variety of sources, including federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies; professional organizations; think tanks; academic institutions; and international governing bodies.

Yale’s access to this database is by virtue of our participation in the Federal Depository Library Program at: http://www.fdlp.gov/, and is restricted to Yale IP addresses.

If you have any further questions, please contact Julie Linden, Librarian for Political Science, International Affairs and Government Information, at: Julie.linden@yale.edu

August 23, 2010

Borrow Direct Changes for Fall 2010

We've made updates to our popular Borrow Direct service, which brings you books from the collections of Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Borrow Direct logo
Starting today, you'll notice a new search/request interface that should make it easier to find the books you'd like to request. The other key change is that once your Borrow Direct books are checked out, they're treated just like Yale's books - they'll show up in your Orbis account, you'll need a receipt to exit Sterling or Bass libraries and you can RENEW the books once in Orbis to keep them an additional 6 weeks. Of course, like Yale's books, you'll be subject to fines and replacement charges for overdue or lost books.

Complete information, including login for the new service are on the Borrow Direct service page.

July 14, 2010

Yale University Library Press Release: Announcement from the Oral History of American Music collection

Vivian Perlis, the founder and Director of Oral History of American Music (OHAM) at Yale University, has announced that she will step down as Director on June 30, 2010. Perlis, a historian in American music, specializes in twentieth-century composers and is known for her publications, lectures, recording and film productions. On the faculty of the Yale School of Music for many years, Perlis founded OHAM and developed it into a unique archive of recorded interviews with leading figures in American music. In April of this year, in recognition of Perlis’s accomplishments, Dean Robert Blocker presented her with the prestigious Sanford Medal from the Yale School of Music.

Among Perlis’s publications are: Charles Ives Remembered, An Oral History, which was awarded the Kinkeldey Prize of the American Musicological Society in 1975; and two volumes co-authored with Aaron Copland: Copland: 1900 Through 1942, which garnered a Deems Taylor/ASCAP award, and Copland: Since 1943. Perlis is co-author with Libby Van Cleve of the award winning book and CD publication, Composers’ Voice from Ives to Ellington, published by Yale University Press (2005). Among her productions are recordings of the music of Leo Ornstein and Charles Ives, and television documentaries on Ives, Eubie Blake, Aaron Copland, and John Cage.

Vivian Perlis received the Charles Ives Award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1972); a Grammy nomination for “Charles Ives 100th Anniversary” (1974); the Harvey Kantor Award for excellence in the field of oral history (1984); a Guggenheim Fellowship (1987), the Irving Lowens Award for distinguished scholarship in American Music from the Society for American Music (1991). With recognition of her leadership, the American Music Center awarded OHAM a Letter of Distinction (2004). Perlis received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for American Music (2007) and was named an honorary member of the American Musicological Society (2008).

As Senior Research Scholar at Yale, Vivian Perlis will continue her work in the field of American Music. Among her many activities as consultant and lecturer, she continues as Vice President of the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Charles Ives Society.

Libby Van Cleve will succeed Perlis as Director of OHAM. A graduate of the Yale School of Music, Van Cleve is the co-author of Composers’ Voices from Ives to Ellington and the author of Oboe Unbound, a book on contemporary oboe techniques. She is an adjunct professor at Wesleyan University and Connecticut College, and has served as Associate Director of OHAM since 2000.

Now celebrating its fortieth anniversary, in 2008 OHAM became a component of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library at Yale, with transitional support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information: http://www.yale.edu/oham/

Oral History of American Music
Oral History of American Music (OHAM) is the preeminent project in the field of music dedicated to the collection and preservation of oral and video memoirs in the voices of the creative musicians of our time. The project’s origins can be traced back to 1968 when Vivian Perlis, then a reference librarian at Yale’s Music Library, began to conduct interviews with individuals who had known and worked with the composer Charles Ives. Her award-winning book, Charles Ives Remembered, was published in 1974 by Yale University Press, and was quickly hailed as a model of how oral history could illuminate the activities of musicians and their place in society.

Following the Ives project, it was evident that there was no systematic scholarly research in place to document the work of musical figures by means of tape-recorded interviews. Several composers had spoken about Ives and themselves, including Arthur Berger, Elliott Carter, Lou Harrison, Bernard Herrmann, Nicolas Slonimsky, and Dane Rudhyar. These formed the nucleus for a broader-based project, Oral History of American Music. Since the founding of OHAM, composers have continued to be the project's primary focus and OHAM currently holds over 2,000 interviews with over 900 subjects. Project staff continue to interview major figures in American music.

In addition to the ongoing efforts to document contemporary American music, OHAM is an important archive and provides primary source materials to scholars, arts presenters, students, and radio and television producers. Several highly esteemed musicological publications have been derived directly from OHAM interviews, including Copland: 1900-1942, co-authored by Aaron Copland and Vivian Perlis; Copland Since 1943, by Copland and Perlis; and the book and CD publication, Composers’ Voices from Ives to Ellington, co-authored by Perlis and OHAM Associate Director Libby Van Cleve. OHAM has recently produced two netcasts on the composers Aaron Copland and Charles Ives. To learn more about OHAM and to listen to the netcasts visit: www.yale.edu/oham/.

Futurist Paul Saffo to give a talk at YUL on Monday, 19 July

We are fortunate that Paul Saffo will be on campus at the beginning of next week and has offered to give a talk to Library Staff and Friends at 3 p.m. on Monday, 19 July, in the Sterling Library Lecture Hall.

Paul is coming to Yale to be one of the featured innovator-speakers in the University Press's brand new, week-long "Yale Publishing Course," which will focus on publishing as a global enterprise, with a strong emphasis on understanding and utilizing the latest advances in technology. (For more information about the course, see: http://publishing-course.yale.edu/). He will give us a variant on his Pub Course lecture: "From Gutenberg to Galaxy: Publishing's bright future in a personal media age."

His description of the talk:
"The internet bubble marked the end of the information revolution -- and the beginning of something much bigger, an age of personal media. It is a revolution we have been anticipating ever since McLuhan turned Media into a household word in the 1960s, but as typically happens, even this most anticipated of revolutions is arriving late, and in utterly unexpected ways. “Media” is information that has gone deep into the structure of society, and the changes it is triggering present publishing innovators with both unnerving uncertainty -- and vast new opportunities. For example, the way we read will change, what we read will change -- and we will discover that the newest and most popular authors aren't even humans..."

Brief Bio of Paul Saffo, Managing Director, Foresight, Discern Analytics
Paul is a forecaster with over two decades' experience helping corporate and governmental clients understand and respond to the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. Paul is Managing Director of foresight at Discern, and he teaches at Stanford where he is a Consulting Associate Professor in the Engineering School and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Media-X Program. Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and is a member of the US National Academies Committee on Forecasting Disruptive Technologies. His essays have appeared in a wide range of publications including The Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, Fortune, Wired, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The New York Times and the Washington Post. Paul holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Stanford University.

See also his most interesting Web site: http://www.saffo.com/aboutps/index.php

July 6, 2010

Yale Silk Road Database

The Visual Resources Collection is pleased to announce the launch of a new digital image collection, the Yale Silk Road Database. http://library.yale.edu/digitalcollections/yalesilkroad/index.html
The Yale Silk Road Database presents over 6,000 images of major sites in the Silk Road region taken during faculty site seminars led by Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (Professor, History of Art) under the auspices of the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University in the summers of 2006-2009. The collection serves as a multi-disciplinary resource with relevance to students and faculty working in the fields of art and archaeology, religious studies, history, East Asian languages and literatures, Central Asian and Islamic studies.

The collection currently features original photographs taken by Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan, Koichi Shinohara (Senior Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, Yale University), and Abbey Newman (Executive Director, Council on East Asian Studies). Photographs included in this collection were taken during faculty site seminars in Gansu, Ningxia, and Xinjiang Provinces in 2006, seminars in Sichuan and Yunnan during the summer of 2007, visits to Liao Dynasty sites in Shanxi, Liaoning, Hebei, and Inner Mongolia during the summer of 2008, and a program along the Tarim Basin and in northern Xinjiang during the summer of 2009. The coordinators and contributors to the Yale Silk Road Database hope that the resource will encourage new ways of exploring and learning about the visual and material cultures of the Silk Road regions.

Access to the Yale Silk Road Database collection has been made possible through the courtesy of the Council on East Asian Studies’ Silk Road Studies Project, activities of which have been supported by the Council's National Resource Center Title VI Grant from the United States Department of Education. The Yale Silk Road Database was conceived and developed by Professor Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (History of Art, Yale University) and Pam Patterson (Senior Instructional Technologist, Instructional Technology Group), in conjunction with the Visual Resources Collection.

June 30, 2010

The United States and the Two Koreas: 1969-2000 - New Collection of Digital Documents Now Available

The Yale Library has purchased a new collection of digitized declassified documents, The United States and the Two Koreas: 1969-2000.

The National Security Archive's collection on U.S.-Korean relations covers both diplomatic, security, and economic relations between the United States and its ally, South Korea; and the challenges to the U.S. posed by an adversarial North Korea. It spans events dating from the Nixon administration's response to the April 15, 1969 downing, by North Korean MiG-17s, of a U.S. EC-121 reconnaissance plane over the Sea of Japan, to efforts during the Clinton years to deter Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. The collection contains approximately 1,800 records documents released by the State Department, the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency, and other agencies, as well as historical material compiled through research at the National Archives and the presidential libraries.

Read more and access the materials through the Digital National Security Archive (a major source of declassified government documents) at: http://nsarchive.chadwyck.com/collections/content/KO/intro.jsp

June 25, 2010

Yale Library Gets NEH Grant to Digitize Original Documents on New England¹s Native Americans

New Haven, Conn..-Yale University Library has received a grant of $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support "The New England Indian Papers Series: The Connecticut Colony Collection, 1603-1783," an online compendium of important and rare historical documents relating to the Native American peoples of Connecticut during the colonial period from First Contact to 1783. The grant is part of the NEH's "We the People" program, which encourages and strengthens the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture.

For years, scholars and tribal members interested in New England Native Americans have been hampered by a lack of published primary source materials, despite the existence of thousands of relevant documents. Equally problematic for researchers is the dispersion of original materials across a number of repositories, mostly throughout the Northeast. Archaic or poor handwriting or restrictions placed on worn and fragile papers also make research time-consuming and costly.

"In today's technology-driven age, students, teachers and scholars need a varied but reliable source of information when researching topics such as New England Indian communities," said Paul Grant-Costa, the project director and the Executive Editor of the Yale Indian Papers Project. "By gathering related primary resources from various institutions together in one place and making them readily accessible, both visually and intellectually, 'The New England Indian Papers Series' brings research about New England Native Americans into the 21st century."

Several institutions with significant New England Indian collections - including Yale, the Connecticut State Library, the Connecticut Historical Society, the Massachusetts Archives and the National Archives of the United Kingdom - have formed a collaborative archival and educational initiative called the Yale Indian Papers Project (YIPP). Based at Yale's Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington, Connecticut, the project will address the restoration of lost history by publishing an electronic database, "The New England Indian Papers Series." As the first in the series, "The Connecticut Colony Collection" will comprise over 1,400 primary source materials written by, about or for Connecticut Indians. Taken together, the documents reveal a continued Native American presence in the region, as well as the Native American experience in a colonial world. The database will allow researchers and the general public to explore nearly 400 years of New England Native American history, community, culture, sovereignty, land, migration, law and politics, as well as issues of gender, race, and identity.

"The Yale Indian Papers Project builds on the rich tradition of scholarly editing based at Yale that began with W.S. Lewis's magisterial 'Yale Edition of the Correspondence of Horace Walpole,' " said Margaret K. Powell, the W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director of the Lewis Walpole Library, "The project also establishes connections between 18th-century British history and culture and the Native Americans in New England, allowing us to think broadly of a Native Atlantic world."

For more information on "The New England Indian Papers" or the Yale Indian Papers Project, visit http://www.library.yale.edu/yipp/ or contact walpole@yale.edu.

June 21, 2010

Help Us With A Quick Web Study And Receive a $10 Gift Card

Yale, in partnership with the University of Michigan, and the University of California, Irvine, is conducting a study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to evaluate the use of topics to facilitate image and full-text search, in the context of teaching, learning, and research. Look for signs by public workstations in Sterling Memorial Library and Bass Library.

Contact topicmodel@mailman.yale.edu if you have any questions or want to learn more about the study.

June 18, 2010

Annual Report of the Librarian Now Available

Connecting the Dots: Annual Report of the Yale University Librarian for 2008-2009 is now available here (PDF).

Annual reports from previous years, along with the current and previous issues of Nota Bene: News from the Yale Library, are available at: http://www.library.yale.edu/notabene/. An RSS feed allows visitors to register for automatic updates when new materials are published to the Nota Bene site.

May 24, 2010

Nota Bene Spring/Summer 2010 Issue Now Online

Just in time for Commencement, the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of Nota Bene: News from the Yale Library is now available here: http://www.library.yale.edu/notabene/.

This issue also marks Nota Bene's transition from print and online versions to online-only. Previous volumes to 1997 are also available on the newly-designed Nota Bene web site.

To receive automatic updates when new issues are published, visit the web site and sign-up for the RSS feed.

May 18, 2010

Sterling Memorial Library Hours on May 23 and 24

Sterling Memorial Library will be open on a modified schedule over the Yale Commencement period (May 23 and 24). The library will be open for study hours only on Sunday, May 23 (Baccalaureate Day) from 12 noon until 2:45 p.m. On May 24 (Commencement Day) the library will be closed to the public until 3:00 p.m., opening only between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Bass Library will be open its usual hours on May 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Readers who wish to return Library materials on May 24 are welcome to do so at Bass Library.

Yale University Library congratulates all graduating seniors, professional and graduate students, and their families.

May 10, 2010

Yale University Library Celebrates 150 Years as a Government Documents Depository

Yale University Library is celebrating its 150th anniversary as a depository for United States federal government documents. John Woodruff (1826-1868), U.S. Representative from Connecticut, designated Yale College a repository for public documents in 1859 and the records of the second session of the 35th Congress of the United States were sent to New Haven in July, 1860.

Over the succeeding fifteen decades, Yale has continued to build its collection of federal government documents by participating in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), administered by the U.S. Government Printing Office. The FDLP provides government documents at no cost to designated depository libraries across the country and in American territories, as well as to selected libraries overseas. In turn, these libraries provide free public access to their depository collections.

The Library is marking this anniversary year with a major accomplishment: the cataloging of the entire federal depository collection in Orbis, the Library’s online catalog. Until now, only documents from 1976 onwards were cataloged, meaning that much of the collection was accessible only through complicated print indexes.

“Yale’s U.S. federal depository collection is used by students and faculty studying a wide range of subjects including history, political science, art and architecture, science, and medicine,” said Frank M. Turner, the John Hay Whitney Professor of History and Interim University Librarian. “The completion of an ambitious project to catalog the entire collection has made many thousands of items available to researchers and will greatly enhance access and benefit scholarship.”

All items in the depository collection, which number nearly a half-million volumes, can now be found in the online catalog and requested for delivery to libraries across the campus. Yale will also share these online records with other libraries so that they can identify and catalog items in their own collections. Senior essays based on research done in the federal depository collection are also eligible for consideration for the Harvey M. Applebaum '59 Award, which has been given since 2008.

For more information about the U.S. federal documents depository collection at Yale, contact Julie Linden, Government Information Librarian, at julie.linden@yale.edu or (203) 432-3310.


Link: Government Documents and Information Center:

April 13, 2010

Yale Arts Library Receives Hand Bookbinding Collection

Yale University’s Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library has received a significant and generous gift of hand bookbindings from Sarah Valentine Nerber, daughter of bookbinder Mary Ellet Kendall Valentine and James A. Valentine. Ms. Nerber donated the collection in honor of her father, a member of the Yale Class of 1902.

Mary Ellet Kendall Valentine and her sister, Sarah Ellet Kendall, traveled to England in the early years of the twentieth century to study bookbinding with T. J. Cobden-Sanderson, proprietor of the Doves Press and Doves Bindery. Cobden-Sanderson founded the Doves Bindery in 1893 and it produced over one thousand bindings before closing in 1922. The bindings were mainly designed by Cobden-Sanderson and executed by professional binders. An early supporter of women’s rights, Cobden-Sanderson took a young American woman as his first pupil in 1895 at a time when it was unusual to find a woman working in the bookbinding trade. His political sympathies led him to train a series of female students and his only requirement was that they dedicate a year to learning the art and skill of bookbinding. The Kendall sisters trained with Cobden-Sanderson from 1907 to 1909 and on returning to America they opened the Golden Bindery in the Fine Arts Building in Chicago. Sadly, Sarah Kendall died a few years later. Her sister Mary Ellet Kendall married James A. Valentine in 1910 and continued to produce bindings into the 1920s.

The Valentine Collection consists of full leather bindings with gold stamped decorations that showcase both the technical and design skills of Mary Valentine and Sarah Kendall. The intricate patterns are influenced by their Arts and Crafts training, yet also show a tendency toward Art Deco and other modern influences. The collection includes bindings executed jointly by the sisters, as well as solo work by Mary Valentine. Many of the bound books were gifts to the sisters from Cobden-Sanderson and are inscribed. The 23 bindings in the collection are in exquisite condition and are the best examples of fine binding by a single artist in the Arts of the Book Collection, part of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections.

For more information on the Valentine Collection or the Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections, contact Jae Rossman or visit www.library.yale.edu/arts/specialcollections/

Yale University Acquires Photographer Lee Friedlander’s Archive and Master Prints

The Yale University Art Gallery and Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library together have acquired the Lee Friedlander Archive, which includes 2,000 of the photographer’s master prints as well as negatives, working prints, letters, books and other articles cataloging his creative process and output.

With this acquisition, Yale University becomes home to the largest archive of material produced by one of America’s most celebrated and prolific photographers.

“We have been particularly pleased to work so closely with the Beinecke Library to secure this monumental acquisition,” notes Jock Reynolds, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery. “Together, the Friedlander Archive and master prints form an unmatched resource for those interested in the life and work of one of photography’s most ambitious masters.”

Selected from Friedlander’s past two decades of work, the master prints—1,800 of which will reside at the Yale Art Gallery—include examples of every image published in Friedlander’s monographs of new work since 1996. The archive, housed at the Beinecke along with a smaller group of master prints of Western landscapes, includes all of the photographer’s negatives, contact sheets, journals, monographs, correspondence, books featuring his images and preliminary work prints corresponding to Yale’s master prints.

Born in 1934 in Aberdeen, Washington, Friedlander began his deep engagement with photography as a teenager. He studied photography at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and moved to New York in the mid-1950s to begin his career taking portraits of jazz musicians for record covers. In the 1960s, he emerged as one of the leading “street” photographers of his time, influenced by such pioneers of the genre as Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Eugène Atget and Garry Winogrand. His signature black-and-white images from this period often explore social and cultural subjects through their reflection on shiny surfaces—storefront windows, rear-view car mirrors and TV screens, among them— and helped to broaden public appreciation of the compelling power of photography as an art form.

Since 1970, Friedlander has also directed his creative energies to the printed page, conceiving and supervising the production of over 30 distinct monographs to date.

Among other honors, he has been the recipient of multiple Guggenheim Fellowships, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. Friedlander received an honorary doctorate from Yale in 2004, and his work was the subject of a major traveling retrospective organized by the Museum of Modern Art in 2005.

“Friedlander’s pictures from the past two decades playfully exploit the medium’s still-thrilling ability to create fresh and unexpected relationships out of the things we see every day,” observes Joshua Chuang, the Yale Art Gallery’s assistant curator of photographs. “Even if you think you’ve seen it all, they make it easy to become ecstatic about the possibilities of photography all over again.”

At the core of the Beinecke’s Friedlander Archive are more than 40,000 rolls of film and associated contact sheets representing the artist’s creative output since the mid-1950s, including his wide-ranging portrait, landscape and still-life work. Also included are a vast array of the photographer’s preliminary explorations in the darkroom, materials that demonstrate the artist’s rigorous editing and proofing process from negative to finished print.

“We are excited that Friedlander’s work will join the library’s extensive collections of works by American photographers, including Carleton Watkins, Timothy O’Sullivan, Alfred Stieglitz, Carl Van Vechten, David Plowden, Carl Mydans, and Eve Arnold, and pleased that we could collaborate with the gallery to create an unprecedented resource for scholarship about one of America’s foremost visual artists,” notes George Miles, the William Robertson Coe Curator of the Collection of Western Americana at the Beinecke Library.

Founded in 1832, the Yale University Art Gallery has more than 185,000 objects in its collections, spanning the globe and ranging in date from ancient times to the present. In addition to its celebrated collections of American paintings and decorative arts, the gallery is noted for its important holdings of Greek and Roman art, early Italian paintings, later European art, Asian art, African art, art of the ancient Americas, and Impressionist, modern and contemporary works.

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is Yale University's principal repository for literary papers and for early manuscripts and rare books in the fields of literature, theology, history and the natural sciences. In addition to its general collection of rare books and manuscripts, the library houses the Yale Collection of American Literature, the Yale Collection of German Literature, the Yale Collection of Western Americana, and the Osborn Collection.

April 7, 2010

Today: Sustainable Stewardship Lecture

James M. Reilly, Director of the Image Permanence Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will deliver the Yale University Library’s inaugural preservation lecture on Wednesday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall (128 Wall Street). The title of Reilly’s talk is “Sustainable Stewardship: The New Thinking, Preservation Environments and Building Operations.” A reception will follow.

Reilly is an expert on the effects of temperature and humidity on library, archival, and museum collections; the deterioration of 19th-century photographic prints; environmental monitoring and control; the management of film archives; and the major causes of image deterioration. He is the co-director of the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at George Eastman House and in 1998 he received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The lecture series is being organized by the Yale University Library’s Preservation Department, which is responsible for the long-term care of the rich and unique record of human thought and creativity held by the Yale Library. The Department’s activities include education, outreach, research, repair, conservation, and reformatting of collections in all media.

A gift from Paul Schott Stevens, Class of 1974 and a member of the University Librarian’s Development Council, helped establish the series.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the lecture, contact Roberta Pilette at (203) 432-1714 or roberta.pilette@yale.edu.

March 25, 2010

David Blight to Deliver Medical Library Associates Lecture

Yale historian David W. Blight will present the keynote address “Slaves No More: Two Recently Discovered Slave Narratives and the Story of Emancipation” for the 62nd annual lecture sponsored by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Associates on Wednesday, April 14.

The lecture in the Medical Historical Library of the Yale School of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street will begin at 4:00 p.m. A reception will follow in the Beaumont Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Blight is the Class of 1954 Professor of American History and author of A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including their Narratives of Emancipation published in 2007. This book combines two newly discovered narratives in a volume that explores the lives of the authors, John Washington and Wallace Turnage. Blight is also the author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory which received eight book awards. In addition to his other published works, Blight is a frequent book reviewer and has written many articles on abolitionism, American historical memory, and African American intellectual and cultural history. He also teaches summer institutes for secondary school teachers and park rangers and historians in the National Park Service.

Blight joined Yale's Department of History in January 2003. He previously taught at Amherst College for 13 years. In June 2004 he became the Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale. As director of the Center, he organizes conferences, working groups, lectures, the administering of the annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize, and many public outreach programs regarding the history of slavery and its abolition. He is currently writing a book in anticipation of the Civil War sesquicentennial (2011-15), rooted in the work of Robert Penn Warren and comparing the 100th anniversary of America’s most pivotal event to its 150th, and has begun work on a new, full biography of Frederick Douglass.

He has been a consultant for many documentary films, including the 1998 PBS series, "Africans in America," and "The Reconstruction Era" (2004). Blight has a PhD. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and did his undergraduate degree at Michigan State University. He has also taught at Harvard University, at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, and for seven years was a public high school teacher in his hometown, Flint, Michigan. He was also senior Fulbright Professor in American Studies at the University of Munich in Germany in 1992-93.

March 24, 2010

Upcoming E-Reader Events

In a world of e-books, e-readers, and changes in reader behaviors and expectations, Yale University Library is pleased to present two lectures and one workshop that will explore the changing landscape of digital reading and literature. All events are free and open to the public.

"A Scholar Gets a Kindle and Starts to Read"

James J. O'Donnell
Provost & Professor of Classics, Georgetown University
Thursday, April 1, 4:30 p.m. (not 4:15 p.m. as previously advertised)
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street

E-books promise a lot: what do they deliver for the serious scholarly reader? This talk will include no kvetching about funny keyboards, no technophobia, and no vague generalizations. Professor O'Donnell will explore the ways an e-book device can support scholarly reading, can challenge it to change for the better, and sometimes can thwart it outright. He thinks he's discovered something about Jeff Bezos.

James J. O’Donnell has been Provost of Georgetown University since 2002. He is a distinguished scholar of Classics, recognized innovator in the application of networked information technology in higher education, and the author of seven books.

Teaching w/Technology Tuesday: Kindles

Jessica Brantley & Jessica Pressman
Department of English, Yale University
Tuesday, April 6, 12:00 noon
Bass Library L01

A new Yale College seminar being taught this semester, “Medieval Manuscripts to New Media: Studies in the History of the Book,” invites undergraduate students to explore how contemporary digital literary culture intersects with medieval manuscript culture—and can challenge preconceptions about print culture both past and present. Co-taught by Professors Jessica Brantley and Jessica Pressman, the course calls on a variety of technologies to help students find new ways of reading and interpreting medieval and contemporary texts and to inform their own creative and critical processes.

Using manuscripts, Kindles, archives, and digital software, students are asked to conduct close readings and innovative analyses of medieval and digital texts. This session will focus on the use of Kindles to support this innovative course and how this new technology has affected student engagement and learning.

“Bookishness and Digital Literature”

Jessica Pressman
Assistant Professor of English, Yale University
Thursday, April 29, 4:00 p.m.
Beinecke Lectures in the History of the Book
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall Street

Jessica Pressman’s work pursues connections across literary experiments from the 20th and 21st centuries and across media forms. She is interested in how technologies affect our understanding of literature, both in terms of aesthetics and reading practices. Her first book project, Digital Modernism: Making it New in New Media, reads contemporary works of digital literature in relation to literary modernism. Her current research focuses on how 21st-century literature—both in print and online— responds to the threat of an increasingly paperless and multimodal society.

March 22, 2010

Records of the Bloodroot Collective Donated to Yale University Library

The records of the Bloodroot Collective, an important feminist work collective formed in Connecticut in 1977, have been donated to the Yale University Library's Department of Manuscripts and Archives by collective members Selma Miriam and Noel Furie. Miriam and Furie have also donated their personal papers to the Library.

The Bloodroot Collective grew out of a women's cooperative exchange hosted by Miriam in her Westport, Connecticut, home in the mid-1970s. The collective opened Bloodroot, a vegetarian restaurant and feminist bookstore, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in March 1977. In the 1970s and 1980s the restaurant was a hub for feminists and lesbians and hosted many performers and writers including Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Mary Daly, Kay Gardner, Chrystos, and Dorothy Allison. In 1980 the Collective organized a feminist press, Sanguinaria, to publish The Political Palate, one of the first cookbooks to advocate seasonal recipes and cuisine. Today, Bloodroot is an iconic bookstore, vegetarian restaurant, and feminist space.

The records include correspondence, writings, and creative works by collective members and other feminist thinkers; oral histories of Selma and Noel; photographs by Noel documenting Bloodroot activities; and legal, financial, and promotional records and ephemera of the bookstore and restaurant.

The Bloodroot Collective records are part of a growing collection of primary source material in Manuscripts and Archives documenting gender and sexuality at the local, national, and international levels. For more information about the records, contact Mary Caldera at (203) 432-8019 or mary.caldera@yale.edu. A description of the records is also available at http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1955. For more information on Manuscripts and Archives at the Yale University Library, visit http://www.library.yale.edu/mssa/.

March 16, 2010

April 1: "A Scholar Gets a Kindle and Starts to Read"

James J. O'Donnell
Provost & Professor of Classics, Georgetown University

Thursday, April 1, 4:30 p.m. [not 4:15 p.m. as earlier advertised]
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall St. | Free and open to the public

E-books promise a lot: what do they deliver for the serious scholarly reader? This talk will include no kvetching about funny keyboards, no technophobia, and no vague generalizations. Professor O'Donnell will explore the ways an e-book device can support scholarly reading, can challenge it to change for the better, and sometimes can thwart it outright. He thinks he's discovered something about Jeff Bezos.

James J. O’Donnell has been Provost of Georgetown University since 2002. He is a distinguished scholar and recognized innovator in the application of networked information technology in higher education and the author of seven books. His latest, The Ruin of the Roman Empire, was published by HarperCollins in 2008. In 1990, he co-founded the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, the second online scholarly journal created in the humanities. In addition to his duties as Provost, Professor O'Donnell is a member of the faculty of Georgetown’s Classics department. He is a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America and has served as president of the American Philological Association, the primary professional association for classicists in the United States and Canada. He earned his doctorate from Yale in 1975.

March 12, 2010

West Campus Delivery Service

Kline Science Library has initiated a service for delivering library materials to Yale readers located on the West Campus. West Campus readers can request materials by completing the online form located at http://www.library.yale.edu/science/services/westcampus.html. Library staff will mail books and scan book chapters and articles. Books will be checked out to readers and shipped via UPS through the Sterling Memorial Library shipping room. Please note that this service is only available for readers with West Campus addresses. Readers are responsible for an item from the time it is shipped to the time that it is returned. Items can be returned to any Yale library with circulating collections.

The link for this service is on the Science Library's web site under Quick Links For Services:

The library has established a four working days turnaround goal, based on Borrow Direct’s example.

For more information, contact Marybeth Bean at the Kline Science Library.

March 8, 2010

Summer Fellowships for Yale Graduate Students at the Lewis Walpole Library

The Lewis Walpole Library offers one- and two-month summer fellowships to students enrolled in a doctoral program at Yale University who are engaged in or preparing for dissertation research and whose topic of study is supported by the Lewis Walpole Library collections.

The program affords students the opportunity to spend four or eight weeks during the months of June, July, and August in residence at the Library to delve into its collections of eighteenth-century British books, manuscripts, and graphic materials. Fellowship awards include accommodations on-site in Farmington and a stipend of either $3,900 or $1,950, depending upon the duration of the fellowship. Students are expected to be in residence and focus their research on the Library collections.

There is no application form. Applicants should submit the following materials to the Librarian of the Lewis Walpole Library:

-A résumé
-A brief research proposal (not to exceed three pages), explaining the relationship between
the Lewis Walpole Library’s collections and the applicant’s dissertation research
-An approved dissertation prospectus or equivalent statement outlining the scope of the doctoral thesis

The applicant must also arrange to have two confidential letters of recommendation sent to the Librarian, one of which should come from the applicant’s dissertation advisor.

Applications are due by April 30, 2010. Awards will be announced in May.

For more information, please contact Margaret Powell, W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director, (860) 677-2140, or margaret.powell@yale.edu.

Mailing address for application materials:

Margaret Powell
W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director
The Lewis Walpole Library
P.O. Box 1408
Farmington, CT 06034
Fax: (860) 677-6369

More information about the scope of the collections may be obtained by phone: 860-677-2140, or by e-mail: walpole@yale.edu.

February 10, 2010

Eli Express Deliveries on Feb. 10

Due to increasingly inclement weather, the Library will not be running the regular Eli Express delivery service this afternoon. Eli Express special collections deliveries, however, will take place as usual.

Please send any questions about today's changes in Eli Express service to Mike DiMassa.

January 25, 2010

Public Lectures at the Library, Spring 2010

A lecture by Pericles Lewis, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Yale, titled "The Burial of the Dead in Modern Fiction" will be the first in a series of public lectures at Sterling Memorial Library during the spring 2010 term. Talks by Hazel V. Carby and Graeme Reid will help mark Black History Month and Yale Pride, and James J. O'Donnell, Provost of Georgetown University, will deliver a meditation titled "The Scholar Reads His Kindle." Author Marlene Wagman-Geller will conclude the series with a talk on the history of literary dedications.

The lectures are free and open to the public and will be held in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street.

Wednesday, February 3, 4:00 p.m.
Pericles Lewis, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Yale University
"The Burial of the Dead in Modern Fiction"

Thursday, February 18, 4:15 p.m.
Hazel V. Carby, Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies and Professor of American Studies, Yale University
"Bristol, England"

Thursday, April 1, 4:30 p.m.
James J. O'Donnell, Provost and Professor of Classics, Georgetown University
"The Scholar Reads His Kindle"

Thursday, April 29, 4:00 p.m.
Graeme Reid, Lecturer in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology, Yale University
"Elusive Records and Hidden Histories: Compiling the Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa"

Thursday, May 13, 4:00 p.m.
Marlene Wagman-Geller
"Once Again to Zelda"

With regret, previously advertised lectures by Christopher Buckley and Molly Haskell have been postponed indefinitely.

January 19, 2010

Yale Library Studies

Yale Library Studies: Library Architecture at Yale
Published by Yale University Library; distributed by Yale University Press
December 2009; 160 pp.
ISBN 9780300164770
$50.00 plus tax

Yale University Library is pleased to announce the publication of the first volume of Yale Library Studies, a new annual series that succeeds the Yale University Library Gazette, which was published from 1926 to 2008. Taking Library Architecture at Yale as its theme and subtitle, the first volume features drawings, designs, and photographs of Yale libraries by James Gamble Rogers, Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, Paul Rudolph, Gordon Bunshaft, and many other distinguished architects.

Essays by Robert A.M. Stern, Charles Gwathmey, Marjorie Wynne, Mark Simon, Margaret K. Powell, Danuta A. Nitecki, Aric Lasher, and Laura Tatum explore a of range of topics including library architectural history, space and renovation planning, sustainable design, and Yale’s architectural archives. Library Architecture at Yale presents a unique record of the buildings that have housed the Yale Library and its collections over the past three hundred years. It was edited by Geoffrey Little, with an introduction by Alice Prochaska.

Copies are available for $50 plus tax and shipping-and-handling from the Yale University Press web site.

Future volumes of Yale Library Studies are being planned on the themes of collections and collectors who built them and teaching and learning with collections.

January 13, 2010

January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

December 16, 2009

Fortunoff Video Archive Streaming Content

Streaming video content from the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies is now available on the Archive's web site and the Yale YouTube channel.

You can view these programs under the heading View Edited Programs, or you can go directly to the Thematic Programs and the Single-Witness Programs.

The programs are also accessible via the Yale YouTube channel.

November 30, 2009

Nota Bene Fall 2009 Issue Now Available

The fall 2009 issue of Nota Bene: News from the Yale Library is now available here: http://www.library.yale.edu/NotaBene/nbhome.html.

November 18, 2009

Map Department Hours

The Map Department's new hours are: Monday to Friday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Abraham Parrish.

November 12, 2009

Beinecke Library on Facebook and Twitter

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the largest building in the world devoted exclusively to the preservation of rare books and literary manuscripts, is on Facebook and Twitter. Who knew?

Become our Facebook fan. And then subscribe to our Twitter feed.

Learn more about Beinecke collections, events, & exhibitions on our website.

November 6, 2009

Love Makes a Family Donates Records to Yale

Connecticut’s Marriage Equality Story to be Preserved at Yale University

Love Makes a Family, a coalition of individuals and organizations that has been the leading voice in the campaign for marriage equality in Connecticut since 2000, has donated its records to the Yale University Library. Having accomplished its core mission of winning the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Connecticut, the group is ceasing operations on November 13, 2009.

The Love Makes a Family records include correspondence, planning and legal documents, photographs, minutes of meetings, reports, website content, publications, financial documents, press releases, and research and subject files. The materials will be available in Manuscripts and Archives in Sterling Memorial Library in New Haven, where they will be part of a growing collection of primary source material documenting gender and sexuality at the local, national, and international levels.

Carol Buckheit, Executive Director of Love Makes a Family, said, “Yale’s world class library system will allow generations of people to access and learn from Love Make’s a Family’s work to win marriage equality in Connecticut. We are extremely gratified that our civil rights legacy will be preserved for all time.”

“Love Makes a Family has been a key agent of change in local and national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights,” noted Christine Weideman, Director of Manuscripts and Archives. “Their records will provide valuable insight into the same-sex marriage movement and will be of essential value to scholars, students, and activists. We are honored to be entrusted with their preservation.”

Manuscripts and Archives, a department of Yale University Library, is a major center for historical inquiry and also serves as the documentary memory of Yale University. The Yale University Library supports all areas of current and historical lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender scholarship at Yale.

Records designated by Love Makes a Family as open to research will be available by spring, 2010.

For more information about the records, contact Mary Caldera in Manuscripts and Archives at (203) 432-8019 or mary.caldera@yale.edu.

October 28, 2009

Lewis Walpole Library Fellowships and Travel Grants

Applications Invited for Lewis Walpole Library Fellowships and Travel Grants for Eighteenth-Century Studies

The Lewis Walpole Library, a department of Yale University Library, invites applications to its 2010 - 2011 fellowship program. Located in Farmington, Connecticut, the Library offers short-term residential fellowships and travel grants to support research in the Library’s rich collections of eighteenth century—mainly British—materials, including important holdings of prints, drawings, manuscripts, rare books, and paintings, as well as a growing collection of sources for the study of New England Native Americans. Scholars undertaking postdoctoral or equivalent research, and doctoral candidates at work on a dissertation, are encouraged to apply. Recipients are expected to be in residence at the Library, to be free of other significant professional obligations during their stay, and to focus their research on the Lewis Walpole Library’s collections. Fellows also have access to additional resources at Yale, including those in the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Yale Center for British Art. Lewis Walpole Library fellowships, usually for one month, include the cost of travel to and from Farmington, accommodation in an eighteenth-century house on the Library's campus, and a living allowance stipend (now $2,000). The Library's travel grants typically cover transportation costs for research trips of shorter duration and also include accommodation on site.

To apply for a fellowship or travel grant, candidates should send a curriculum vitae, including educational background, professional experience and publications, and a brief outline of the research proposal (not to exceed three pages) to:

Margaret K. Powell
W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director
The Lewis Walpole Library
P.O. Box 1408
Farmington, CT 06034

Fax: 860-677-6369

While application materials may initially be submitted electronically to walpole@yale.edu, a hard copy is required for the application to be considered complete.

Two confidential letters of recommendation are also required by the application deadline. Letters of recommendation should specifically address the merits of the candidate's project and application for the Lewis Walpole Library fellowship. General letters of recommendation or dossier letters are not appropriate.

The application deadline is January 18, 2010. Awards will be announced in March and are expected to be taken up between July 2010 and June 2011.

Additional information about the Library, its collections, facilities, and programs, may be found at http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole.

September 14, 2009

Handheld Librarian Conference and Brown Bag Lunches

The Handheld Librarian 2009: An Online Conference About Mobile Library Services

More people than ever are using mobile devices for a wide variety of purposes including communication, internet access, text messaging, research, and entertainment. It is important that libraries provide services on these devices as use increases.

Yale University Library hosted a local broadcast of the first ever Handheld Librarian Online Conference, on July 30, 2009. The program sponsored by the Alliance Library System, LearningTimes and Infoquest, featured a talk by Yale Science Librarian Joe Murphy, who along with other experts in the field, provided information on topics relating to the use of wireless and handheld devices in libraries. Due to the success of this initial broadcast, a second Handheld Librarian Online Conference is being planned for the February 2010 timeframe.

In anticipation of the handheld technology becoming part of business as usual in libraries, the Library will be hosting a series of lunch time re-broadcasts from the conference, featuring what we’ve determined to be the best and most applicable presentations. All sessions will be held in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall (128 Wall St) as brown-bag lunch presentations, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Moderators will be available to tee-up each session and conduct a facilitated discussion after each presentation. The dates of the lunch time series are as follows:

9/14: Keynote: Mobility and Singularity: People, Communication, Information, Information Objects, and Information Services in Motion

9/28: Sending out an SMS

10/12: Mobile Medical Information: View from the Medical Library

10/26: Everything We Know About Implementing a Kindle Loan Program

11/9: Altarama Infoquest, a Collaborative Text Messaging Reference Project

12/7: Twittering in Libraries

The sessions are free and open to the public. No advance registration is required. More information can be obtained at www.handheldlibrarian.org/ or www.facebook.com/yalehhlib.

September 11, 2009

Yale University Library Public Programs for 2009-10

A lecture on September 24 by Brad Gooch, Professor of English at William Paterson University and author of the best-selling Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor, will be the first in a series of public lectures and programs sponsored by Yale University Library during the 2009-10 academic year. Exhibits are also being held across the Library system and additional events will be announced over the course of the year.

The schedule of lectures and exhibits in Sterling Memorial Library follows below. Updates to the schedule will be posted at www.library.yale.edu/librarynews/.

All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held
in the Sterling Memorial Library lecture hall, 128 Wall Street.

Brad Gooch, William Paterson University, author of Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor (Little Brown, 2009)
September 24, 4:00 p.m.

Vivian Perlis & Libby Van Cleve, Oral History American Music, Yale University,
authors of Composers' Voices from Ives to Ellington (Yale, 2005)
Wednesday, October 28, 4:00 p.m.

Beverly Gage, Department of History, Yale University, author of
The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in its First Age of Terror (Oxford, 2009)
Date and time TBA

Christopher T. Buckley, author of Losing Mum and Pup (Twelve, 2009)
Date and time TBA

Molly Haskell, author of Frankly, My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited (Yale, 2009)
Date and time TBA

February (Black History Month)
Hazel V. Carby, African American & American Studies, Yale University,
author of Cultures in Babylon: Black Britain and African America (Verso, 1999)
Date and time TBA

James J. O'Donnell, Provost & Professor of Classics, Georgetown University,
author of The Ruin of the Roman Empire (Ecco, 2008)
Date and time TBA

April (Yale Pride)
Graeme Reid, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies, Yale University,
author of Above the Skyline (forthcoming)
Date and time TBA

Marlene Wagman-Geller, author of Once Again to Zelda (Perigee, 2008)
Date and time TBA

Information on exhibits across the Library system can be found on
individual library and department web sites.

July-September: Islamic Art and Architecture

July-October: Whiffenpoof Centennial Exhibits

September-November: Benny Goodman: A Century of Swing (Gilmore Music Library)

November-January: From Nineveh to New Haven

November-December: Treasures of the Babylonian Collection

December-February: Centennial of Tel Aviv

December-February: Stover at Yale

March-May: Architecture, Utopia, and Empire

March-May: Medieval Studies at Yale

September 8, 2009

Tours of Sterling and Bass Libraries

Tours of Sterling Memorial and Bass Libraries will begin on Tuesday, September 8 and continue to Friday, September 18. The dates and times are:

Tuesday, September 8, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 9, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Friday, September 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m
Friday, September 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

These tours are open to anyone in the Yale community. No sign-up is necessary, but a valid Yale ID is required. Tours will begin at the Information Desk in the Sterling Memorial Library nave.

Please note that tours for freshmen will begin the week of September 14; freshmen should contact their Personal Librarian for a schedule.

For more information, contact Emily Horning.

September 4, 2009

Labor Day Hours

Individual library hours vary on Labor Day (Monday, September 7). To see which libraries will be open, visit www.library.yale.edu/hours/.

September 2, 2009

Benny Goodman: A Century of Swing

Benny Goodman: A Century of Swing
Gilmore Music Library
Fall 2009

This fall the Gilmore Music Library marks the centenary of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman (1909-1986), with an exhibit featuring big band arrangements, clarinet concertos by Paul Hindemith and Aaron Copland, photographs, and a wide variety of other materials, such as Goodman's honorary doctorate from Yale, a program and ticket from his famous Carnegie Hall concert in 1938, and a letter from fellow clarinetist Woody Allen.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information and opening hours, visit the Music Library's web site.

August 25, 2009

Social Science Library Book Drop Move

The Social Science Library after hours book drop has been moved from the porch of 124 Prospect Street (Brewster Hall) to the front of the Social Science Library at 140 Prospect Street. It is now located along the sidewalk towards the handicap ramp, a few yards from the street.

July 30, 2009

Yale University Library Strategic Plan Updated: Focuses on Three Goal Areas

The Yale University Library has updated its Strategic Plan, first completed in 2003. The July 2009 Update to the Strategic and Operational Plans, just released, reflects the progress made since 2003. It also focuses on how the Library should invest its valuable resources in meeting its mission in the future. The Update features three new goal areas that identify where the Library will direct its energy in the next five years in addition to existing priorities: Library Engagement with Teaching and Learning, Enhanced Emphasis on Special Collections and Unique Materials, and Environments to Inspire Research and Learning. The update also reaffirms the importance of the original strategic priorities. For a copy of the July 2009 Update, please see http://www.library.yale.edu/strategicplanning/

July 28, 2009

Databases & Article Searching Upgrade Week of August 3

A read-only version of the Library’s Databases & Article Searching page will be available for a short period during the week of August 3 due to a software upgrade. Once upgraded with the latest release, Databases & Article Searching will feature Full-Text and Peer Reviewed indicators, as well as the ability to limit search results by a number of criteria listed in a new left-hand menu. This represents a significant improvement in the ability to search and access electronic information. The Library apologizes for any inconvenience.

For more information, contact Kalee Sprague in the Library's Information Technology Office.

June 29, 2009

SML Information Desk Hours to Change on June 29

Starting Monday, June 29, the Sterling Memorial Library Information Desk will be changing its service hours to 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday during the summer. Readers needing research assistance can contact staff through multiple avenues such as chat, text, e-mail, telephone or in person. Please visit www.library.yale.edu/reference/asklive/ for more information.

Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship and Travel Grant Recipients

The Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship and Travel Grant Recipients for 2009-2010 are:

Post-doctoral Fellows

Roger W. Eddy Fellow
Timothy P. Campbell
University of Chicago
Historical Fashion: Commercial Temporality and Modern Historicism in Britain, 1745-1819

Nancy W. Collins
Columbia University
W.S. Lewis and the Anglo-American Relationship: A Study in the Rise of European Studies in Postwar America

Jonathan Gross
DePaul University
Anne Damer's "Belmour"

Charles J. Cole Fellow

R. A. Houston
University of St. Andrews
Relationships between Landlords and Tenants on Estates in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, 1600-1850

Matthew M. Reeve
Queen’s University, Ontario
Walpole’s Two Gothic Narratives: "The Castle of Otranto" and Strawberry Hill

Fiona Ritchie
McGill University
Women’s Responses to Shakespeare in the Eighteenth-Century Theatre: The Cases of Frances and Charlotte Hanbury Williams

Pre-doctoral Fellows

Gail Aw
University of Virginia
Empire and Empiricism: Enlarging Mental Space in the Long Eighteenth Century

George B. Cooper Fellow

Emrys Daniel Jones
Peterhouse, University of Cambridge
Friendship and Politics in Sir Robert Walpole’s England


Amanda Lahikainen
Brown University
Anglicizing the French Revolution: The Politics of Humor in Late Eighteenth-Century English Political Graphic Satire

Colleen M. Terry
University of Delaware
Presence in Print: William Hogarth in British North America

Jonathan Alexander Yarker
Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Copies and Copying: Attitudes towards Reproduction in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Travel Grant

Lisa L. Moore
University of Texas at Austin
Sister Arts: Lesbian Genres and Eighteenth-Century Landscapes

Fellow Deferred from 2007-2008

Mark Phillips
Carleton University, Ottawa
Then and Now: Historical Distance and Visualization, 1740-1850

For more information about the Library's Fellowship and Travel Grant program, see http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole/html/information/fellowships.html.

June 22, 2009

Lewis Walpole Library Renovation Honored for Sustainability

The Lewis Walpole Library and Centerbrook Architects have been recognized by Environmental Design + Construction magazine's 2009 Excellence in Design Awards. The awards honor "commercial, government, institutional and educational projects as well as single-family residences that demonstrate a clear commitment to green building and sustainable design."

The library was a finalist in the education category and will be featured in the magainze's September issue.

More information on Environmental Design + Construction and their awards program is available here.

June 12, 2009

Yale University Librarian Appointed Principal of Somerville College, Oxford

Yale President Richard C. Levin today announced that University Librarian Alice Prochaska has been appointed Principal of Somerville College, Oxford effective September 2010.

"This is a tremendous honor for Alice, and although we will miss her at Yale, her new position provides her with a remarkable opportunity for leadership at her alma mater," said Levin. "During her eight years as our University Librarian, Alice has provided conspicuous leadership in advancing Yale’s library system—although she would be the first to say that it is not her work, but that of the Library staff that should be credited."

Among a number of achievements during her tenure at Yale, Prochaska has overseen improvements in the physical fabric of the library system, from the renovated Lewis Walpole Library to the expanded Library Shelving Facility, the Haas Family Arts Library, and the Bass Library. She has provided leadership in local outreach programs, building up a network of relationships with schools, colleges and public libraries in Connecticut and the New Haven area. She has also demonstrated a commitment to improving diversity and collaboration in the workplace and it has given her particular pride to see the Yale University Library develop as the leading international research library of North America, with its growing strengths in nearly all parts of the world, and its extraordinary collections of special, rare and unique materials.

“I am honored and delighted to have been chosen as the next Principal of Somerville College,” Prochaska said. “I am sad about leaving Yale University Library, where I will have worked for nine years with a wonderfully talented and dedicated group of staff, but I know my colleagues will understand the tug of affection and loyalty that I feel in returning to Oxford.”

Prochaska studied at Somerville and received her undergraduate degree and doctorate in Modern History from Oxford University. Prior to her appointment at Yale in 2001 she was Director of Special Collections at the British Library and has previously held positions at the Institute for Historical Research at London University and the National Archives in the United Kingdom. She has served as Chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Standing Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), chair of the National Council on Archives, a university governor and a Commissioner of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research and of Royal Holloway, University of London. Prochaska has just completed a term as Chair of the Board of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and she currently chairs the Special Collections Task Force of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

Prochaska will embark on research leave beginning in January 2010, during which she will develop research on the restitution of cultural materials and related questions concerning international cultural heritage, a topic that she has dealt with over the course of her professional career.

Access to STRATFOR (Update 8/26/13: This resource has been cancelled)

The Library is providing campus-wide access to STRATFOR, a resource for geopolitical intelligence on worldwide political, economic, and military developments. STRATFOR provides exclusively published breaking news and an ongoing series of monographs and assessments that offer rigorous forecasts from its experts throughout the world.

Questions and comments can be directed to Julie Linden, Librarian for Political Science, International Affairs, and Government Information.

Thain Family Cafe Summer Hours and Offerings

The Thain Family Café is open for the summer Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Café is offering freshly made sandwiches and salads, along with daily baked goods and pastries from Milanis Bakery and Judies European Bakery. The Café also has a great selection of all natural and organic snacks, yogurts, and beverages, as well as organic, fair trade, shade grown coffee. Smoothies are now also on the menu.

June 10, 2009

New Literature Databases from Adam Matthew Digital

The University Library has purchased two new literature databases:

Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers, 1500-1700 and Victorian Literary Manuscripts from the Berg Collection of NYPL

They will soon be in Orbis ,both the collection level record and individual titles contained in each, and the list of databases from the Library's home page.

June 8, 2009

Yale University Library on Twitter

Yale University Library is now on Twitter! To quote from Wikipedia,

"Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users' updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them (known as followers)."

Like Facebook status updates, tweets are often responses to the question: "what are you doing?" Institutions on campus utilizing Twitter include the Yale Science and Divinity Libraries, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale University Press, the Yale Law School Library, and the Schools of Music and Management. By following the Library you can keep up with news about services, resources, events, classes, and other learning opportunities across the Yale Library system.

For more information on Twitter visit:
http://twitter.com/ or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter.

May 28, 2009

Model of the New Residential Colleges on Display in Memorabilia Room

The architectural model of Yale's two new residential colleges will be on display in the Sterling Memorial Library Memorabilia Room (128 Wall Street) for portions of this week and next. The impressive scale model is approximately 12 x 8 feet and places the new colleges in the context of the entire central Yale campus.

The model will be installed on May 28 and will be on view until Friday, May 29, when it will be moved to the rotunda of Woolsey Hall for the course of the upcoming reunion weekend. It will come back to Sterling on Monday, June 1 and will remain there until Friday, June 5, when it will again find itself in Woolsey Hall for the second reunion weekend.

Dean Robert A.M. Stern, the architect of the two colleges, will give a presentation to members of the Yale community on May 28 at 1:00 p.m. in the Sterling Memorial Library lecture hall. Dean Stern's presentation will also be recorded and will be made available via the University's channel on YouTube.

May 27, 2009

Yale University Library Open House

Saturday May 30, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High Street
Free and open to the public | Fun for the whole family

Events in the Nave

Welcome and Information Table: Library brochures, information, and publications

History and Treasures of the East Asia Library: Meet library staff as they display highlights from Yale's East Asian studies collections. Materials on display will include some older and unusual books in Chinese and Japanese, some of them donations from distinguished Yale alumni, as well as some illustrated books from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in European languages.

Documents to the People: The Government Documents & Information Center at Yale: The Government Documents & Information Center is a depository for documents from the U.S. federal government, Canadian federal government, United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization, and the European Union. Its 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. Depository collections – whether print volumes in Yale’s stacks or digital information online -- are available for use by both Yale affiliates and the public.

The Ministry Resource Center, Yale Divinity Library: Explore resources (print, DVD, CD, etc.) for leading congregations and agencies on social justice, worship, all age groups, learning and carrying out projects on "everything congregations/agencies care about."

Historical Sound Recordings Collection: The purpose of the Yale Collection of Historical Sound Recordings (HSR) is to collect, preserve, and make available for study historical recordings of performers important in the fields of Western classical music, jazz, American musical theater, drama, literature, and history (including oratory). A member of the library staff will have examples of several formats of sound recordings from the collection for viewing, as well as some audio for listening.

Lillian Goldman Law Library: Learn about the Law Library's resources, including one of the world's finest collections of print and online legal materials, and the various services offered to the Yale community. Take part in a library tour and discover the treasures hidden in this magnificent library, located within the heart of the Yale Law School complex.

In the Exhibits Corridor

Children’s Treasure Hunt (with prizes!): Introduce your children to the gargoyles, stained-glass windows and other wonders of Sterling Memorial Library. This activity is available from 11am-1 pm. The treasure hunt table will be in the exhibition corridor of SML.

Library Merchandise & Gift Table: Stop by and pick up some terrific Yale University Library merchandise, including tote bags, T-shirts, gift cards, and travel mugs. The merchandise table will be in the exhibition corridor of SML.

Exhibit: The Art of the Ketubah: A Study in Jewish Diversity: Celebrating the ketubah (plural ketubot), the marriage contract that Jewish law requires a groom to provide for his bride on their wedding day. The ketubot on display in the exhibit are from the Yale University Library’s Sholem Asch Collection and span from four centuries and many countries. This exhibit is in the display cases along the exhibition corridor.


Glass, Stone, Iron and Wood: The Architectural Decorations of Sterling Memorial Library led by International Program Support Librarian, Graziano Krätli. This tour focuses on the glass windows, stone carvings, ironwork and woodwork of one of the most remarkable and artistically relevant buildings on the Yale campus. The physical library as an encyclopedic compendium of signs, symbols, stories and legends. This tour will meet at 12 noon at the Circulation Desk.

Treasures of the Yale Library: Led by Geoffrey Little, YUL Communications Coordinator. This is a wonderful opportunity to see remarkable treasures that make up one of the world’s leading research libraries. The tour will begin at 11:15 a.m. at the Circulation Desk of the Sterling Memorial Library. Space is limited and participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library: The Library contains the principal rare books and literary manuscripts of Yale University and serves as a center for research by students, faculty, and other scholars, whether affiliated with Yale or not. Beinecke is one of the largest buildings in the world devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts. Please come for a tour and hear about the myths and legends of a great research library. Oh, and the Gutenberg Bible and Audubon’s, Birds of America, are always on display. Meet on the Beinecke plaza at 1:00 PM.

Self-Guided tours of the architecture, stained glass, and reading rooms are also available at the Library’s High Street entrance.

Additional guided tours of the Sterling Memorial Library may be offered according to demand.

Events in the Memorabilia Room & Lecture Hall

Revisiting Old Yale: Judith Schiff, Chief Research Archivist and author of the Yale Alumni Magazine column, “Old Yale,” will draw from the vast archives for a look into Yale’s past. Presentations begin at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in the Lecture Hall

Events in Manuscripts and Archives

Manuscripts & Archives Open House: A rare chance to view close-up some of the treasures of this rich and diverse collection.

May 26, 2009

University Library Awards Senior Essay Prizes

University Library Awards Prizes for Senior Essays

Yale University Library has awarded several prizes to exceptional senior essays that were written based on research in its collections.

Lauren Sonderegger, a History and Biology major, won this year's Beinecke Library Prize in Early Modern European Studies for her essay, "War and Bureaucracy in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean: Evidence from the Correspondence of a Papal Official." Sonderegger’s research drew on the Beinecke’s Spinelli Family Papers and in particular on the correspondence of the seventeenth-century Florentine official Giovanni Baldocci.

Manuscripts and Archives awarded prizes to Jennifer K. Lin and Kevin Michel. Lin was honored for her essay on Yale history, "From Chemical Terror to Clinical Trial: The Development of Chemotherapy at Yale in World War II." Michel’s essay “A Struggle Between Brothers: A Reexamination of the Idea of a Cohesive Conservative Movement Through the Intellectual Life and Personal Conflict Surrounding L. Brent Bozell," was based on research in the department’s manuscript collections. Prizes were generously underwritten by Donald F. Melhorn, Jr., class of 1957.

The Harvey M. Applebaum ’59 Award went to Lauren Harrison for her International Studies senior essay “Of Rice and Riots: The Effect of Food Price Increases on Political Stability in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Data from the Government Documents and Information Center’s Food and Agriculture Organization collection were critical to Harrison’s analysis. The Applebaum Award was established by the family of Harvey M. Applebaum, class of 1959, and first awarded in 2008.

This year’s Map Prize was awarded to Christopher Lewine for “Parental Valuation of School Quality in Connecticut.” Levine made extensive use of the resources of the Map Department and Geographic Information Systems Support Services to analyze the relationship between school quality and housing prices. The prize was established in 1949 with an endowment from Mrs. Arthur W. Butler.

May 22, 2009

Memorial Day Hours

For information on opening and closing hours across the Library system over the Memorial Day weekend, visit www.library.yale.edu/hours.

Sterling Memorial Library will be open on Saturday, May 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Sunday, May 24 from 12 noon to 2:45 p.m. (Baccalaureate Day). The Library will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

May 6, 2009

A new blog at the Beinecke Library

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library recently published a new blog, General Modern at Beinecke. This new blog highlights the Beinecke Library's European collections with particular attention to avant-garde movements of the twentieth century.

Explore this new blog and others at the Beinecke's Blogs & Podcasts page.

May 1, 2009

Annual Report of the Librarian Now Available

The Yale University Librarian's annual report for 2007-2008 is now available and can be accessed here.

April 30, 2009

Add Your Tags to Digital Collections at Yale University Library

In support of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library's Web, Workstation and Digital Consulting Services department has developed a tagging application for the Library's digital collections. To add tags or annotations, visit: http://images.library.yale.edu/digitalcollectionsajax/StartTagging.aspx.

Feature list:
* Tag or annotate an object. (You can remove your tags or annotations later if you want.)
* View all tags in a tag cloud.
* View just your own tags.
* Search using tags or terms in annotations.
* View the number of times a tag occurs with another tag.
* View objects by tag(s).

If you are new to tagging, you may find the following resources useful:

The tagging application is intended for use by the Yale community and requires CAS authentication. Tags and annotations are stored separately from metadata created by library staff.

This is very much a work in progress and the Library welcomes feedback. Please send comments, questions, and suggestions regarding the tagging application to Mike Friscia.

April 29, 2009

Extended Bass Library Hours

In response to requests for extended study hours, Bass Library will be open from 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 through 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5.

Valid Yale ID will be required to enter the building between 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. Food is only permitted in the Thain Family Cafe and non-alcoholic beverages may only be brought into the Library in sealed travel mugs.

For more information on Library hours across the system, visit: www.library.yale.edu/hours/.

April 27, 2009

200 Reformatted Books Available Online

Approximately 200 reformatted books from the University Library's collections are now available online. These books were originally scanned as part of the Preservation Department’s reformatting process. The process created print facsimiles (available in the stacks) and the scans are now available online. Sixty-five books are restricted to the Yale community because of copyright dates or other intellectual property issues.

The books are in a variety of languages and subjects. Some have images and others are simply black and white text. Each book is full text searchable within the system, so readers can search across all the reformatted books or within a specific book.

Links to these books will be available in Orbis once permanent links become available for them. They will also soon be available when searching the digital collections cross search from the Digital Collections page on the Library's homepage, www.library.yale.edu.

Reformatted books that have no access restrictions are available here.

Reformatted books available to the Yale community only are available here.

For more information, contact the Library's Digital Production and Integration Program (DPIP).

April 21, 2009

Yale University a Partner in Newly Launched World Digital Library


April 9, 2009

Yale University Library joined with UNESCO, the Library of Congress and 30 international institutions in Paris today to launch the World Digital Library, a website that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives around the world.

The site, located at www.wdl.org, provides free, unrestricted public access to manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, prints and photographs.

Yale has contributed a number of important works in the pilot phase, including 22 pencil drawings of the Amistad slave ship prisoners, ca. 1839-40; William Clark's 1810 map of North America; an Arabic calligraphy primer, ca. 1852-53; and one of three manuscript copies of Ferdinand Magellan's journal from his voyage around the world in 1522. As the project expands, more content will be added from digital collections across the University, reflecting the international strength of Yale's holdings.

Yale University Librarian Alice Prochaska said, “The Library is proud to be part of this robust digital partnership and looks forward to making many of our rich and unusual collections available to researchers and students around the world. The World Digital Library also supports the Library’s and Yale’s mission to promote education, research and the dissemination of knowledge while preserving our cultural heritage for future generations.”

The launch took place during an event at UNESCO headquarters co-hosted by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. Leaders from the partner institutions were on hand to present the project to ambassadors, ministers, delegates and special guests attending the semi-annual meeting of UNESCO’s Executive Board.

Associate University Librarian Ann Okerson represented Yale at the launch and said, "One of the Library’s highest priorities is to support and promote Yale as a truly global university. The World Digital Library will not only open many of our collections to the world, but will also support teaching and scholarship at Yale in area studies, languages and world cultures.”

The World Digital Library functions in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, and includes content in more than 40 languages. Browse and search features facilitate cross-cultural and cross-temporal exploration on the site. Descriptions and videos, some with expert curators speaking about selected items, provide context intended to spark curiosity and encourage both students and the general public to learn more about the cultural heritage of all countries.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), founded in 1945, functions as a laboratory of ideas to forge universal agreements on emerging ethical issues. UNESCO serves as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of information while helping member states to build their human and institutional capacities in diverse fields.

Image: page from an Arabic calligraphy primer, ca. 1852-53.

April 1, 2009

Senior Essay Forums

Each year Yale seniors embark on a research process in preparing to write their senior essays. Over the course of many weeks and months they work closely with faculty, librarians, writing tutors, and others on campus. This year the Library is sponsoring two forums, structured as panel discussions, that will feature several senior essay writers who will talk about their research methods and processes.

Wednesday, April 22
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
(Students in History, Political Science, Women's Studies and Physics)

Thursday, April 23
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
(Students in History and Political Science)

The discussions will be in held in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street.

More Information:

The goal of these forums is to give juniors, faculty, and others on campus who support student research and writing a chance to hear how senior essay writers do the following: 1) formulate their research interest and questions; 2) seek help from the library, museums and special collections, faculty and other support units on campus; 3) find resources to support their argument; and 4) carry out the research process to complete the senior essay. These forums will offer insights for improving services and support for student research. Additionally, they will give seniors their first opportunity to enter the scholarly communication cycle through sharing their research and engaging in dialog about their projects.

Each year, the Library gives out several prizes to senior essay writers. The Applebaum Award is conferred on a Yale College senior for an outstanding essay based on research done in the collections of the University Library's Government Documents & Information Center. Manuscripts and Archives offers two student prizes each year: one is awarded for an outstanding senior essay on Yale; and the second is awarded for an outstanding senior essay based on research done in Manuscripts and Archives. To learn more about these prizes please visit, www.library.yale.edu/prizes/.

March 27, 2009

Panel on Digital Humanities

The University's Collaborative Learning Center is hosting a panel on digital humanities moderated by Joe Gordon, Dean of Undergraduate Education in Yale College. While not new, digital humanities are an emerging practice involving the use of information technology-based resources and methods in the scholarly activities of the humanist. The panel will explore the implications of digital humanities at Yale.

Tuesday, April 7
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library lecture hall

Panel participants are Pericles Lewis, Professor of English and Comparative Literature; Matthew Jacobson, Chair and Professor of American Studies; George Miles, Curator, Western Americana Collection; and Edward Kairiss, Director of ITS Educational Technologies.

The event is free and open to the public.

March 26, 2009

Yale Librarians Honored for Contributions to the Profession

Two Yale librarians have recently been honored by their peers by election to office in an international professional organization and inclusion in a list of innovative librarians.

Ann Okerson, Associate University Librarian for Collections and International Programs, has been elected Chair of Division II (Library Collections) of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. Division II focuses on specific types of information and materials such as rare books, serials, newspapers, and government publications, as well as services such as reference and interlibrary loan. IFLA'S five division chairs also serve as members of the Governing Board, the elected body responsible for the Association’s managerial and professional direction. Founded in 1927, IFLA is the global voice of the library and information profession. Okerson came to Yale in 1996 following a career in academic library management, the commercial sector, and as Senior Program Officer at the Association of Research Libraries.

Joe Murphy, Science Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction & Technology at the Kline Science Library has been named one of Library Journal’s 2009 Movers and Shakers. Movers and Shakers is an annual Library Journal feature that identifies “librarians, vendors, and others who are shaping the future of libraries.” A self-identifying “Millennial and digital native who lives in online social networks,” Murphy was identified as a trend spotter who has developed and promoted Web 2.0 services and technologies in Yale’s Science Libraries, including an iPhone-based text messaging reference service. This is the first time that a Yale librarian has been included in the Movers and Shakers feature. Murphy has been at the University since 2007 and completed his master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

March 25, 2009

Manuscripts and Archives Senior Essay Prizes

Manuscripts and Archives offers two student prizes each year. One is awarded for an outstanding senior essay on Yale. The second is awarded for an outstanding senior essay based on research done in Manuscripts and Archives. Each student will receive a $500 cash prize, which will be presented at commencement. As in years past, prizes in 2008-09 are funded through a generous gift from Donald F. Melhorn, Jr., Yale class of 1957. Mr. Melhorn is Counsel at Marshall & Melhorn, LLC in Toledo, Ohio, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toledo College of Law.

Essays from any department are eligible for consideration and students are invited nominate themselves for these prizes. Entry forms are available in Manuscripts and Archives or by contacting Diane E. Kaplan, Head of Public Services, Manuscripts and Archives. The entry form indicates a student's intention to submit an essay for consideration. These should be returned by March 30. Students must deliver a copy of their completed essay to Manuscripts and Archives no later than two days after the actual departmental submission date.

March 23, 2009

Seniors: Apply for the Applebaum Award

The Harvey M. Applebaum '59 Award will be conferred on a Yale College senior for an outstanding essay based on research done in the collections of the Yale University Library's Government Documents & Information Center.

The prize is an award of $500. Nominations will be accepted from faculty advisors. Students may also nominate themselves.

Each academic department or program's senior essay deadline will serve as the Applebaum Award submission deadline for essays from that department or program.

See the Applebaum Award web site for application instructions and additional information.

What sorts of research materials qualify an essay for this award? Any documents, records, statistics, or other information that are in the scope of the Center's 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).

Examples of eligible material include but are not limited to: digitized Congressional hearings on LexisNexis, Foreign Relations of the United States (online or in print), census data, State Department records on microfilm in Sterling Memorial Library.

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. He is also a sitting member of the Alumni Magazine board.

The Government Documents & Information Center is a depository library for materials from the United States and Canadian federal governments, the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the European Union. Its 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 Julie Linden, Librarian for Political Science, International Affairs, and Government Information, at julie.linden@yale.edu or (203) 432-3310.

March 16, 2009

Eli Express for Law Library Materials

The Law Library is happy to announce that Library readers may now request to have Law Library books delivered to Eli Express libraries.

Requests for delivery should be made through Morris, the Law Library's online catalog.

Visit the Eli Express web site for more information.

March 13, 2009

The Library on YouTube

Yale University recently launched its own channel on YouTube and two Library videos are now available through the site.

The Librarians' Parade is a engaging black-and-white silent film from July 1930 showing Yale's librarians ceremonially moving the 1742 Collection from the old library (Dwight Chapel and Linsley-Chittenden Hall) to the recently completed Sterling Memorial Library. Additional footage reveals fascinating glimpses of Sterling as it appeared when it first opened.

Reading History and Writing Fiction, a lecture by David McCullough and Penelope Lively, was recorded in May 2008 and is also available as a netcast via iTunes U.

We look forward to adding more Library content soon.

March 5, 2009

2009 Van Sinderen Book Collecting Prize Winners

Winners of the Adrian Van Sinderen Book Collecting Prizes in the 2009 competition have been announced.

The late Adrian Van Sinderen, class of 1910, established these prizes in 1957 in order to encourage undergraduates to collect books, build their own libraries, and read for pleasure and education.

For her collections on Kara Walker and typography and graphic design, Jessica Svendsen of Morse College won the Senior prize. A Senior second prize was awarded to Rebecca Dinerstein of Berkeley College for her collection titled “Irish Poetry: Rare, Local, and Autographed.” Jongwook “Wookie” Kim of Ezra Stiles College won a Senior Honorable Mention for his collection of books on tea and coffee.

George Bogden of Silliman College won the Sophomore prize for his collection titled “Visions of Statehood: The Poetry of Modern Kurdistan.” A Sophomore Honorable Mention prize was awarded to Elizabeth Palazzolo of Saybrook College for her collection on classical history, civilization, and literature.

Judges for this year's competition were Stephen Parks (Chairman), Sylvia Van Sinderen Abbate, Joseph Agostini, Elisabeth Fairman, Spencer Gray ’09, Rebecca Martz, William Reese, and E.C. Schroeder.

February 19, 2009

Allen Grossman Wins Bollingen Prize in American Poetry

A three-judge panel has named Allen Grossman the 2009 winner of Yale University’s Bollingen Prize in American Poetry.

The Bollingen Prize in American Poetry, established by Paul Mellon in 1949, is awarded biennially by the Yale University Library to an American poet for the best book published during the previous two years or for lifetime achievement in poetry. Previous winners include Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, W. H. Auden, E. E. Cummings, Louise Glűck, Adrienne Rich and Jay Wright. The prize includes a cash award of $100,000.

The judges described Grossman as “a profoundly original American poet whose work embraces the co-existence of comedy and tragedy, exploring the intersection of high poetic style and an often startling vernacular. His most recent book, ‘Descartes’ Loneliness,’ is a bold and haunting late meditation, comparable to Thomas Hardy’s masterpiece, ‘Winter Words.’”

Grossman was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1932, and educated at Harvard University, where he received an MA, and at Brandeis University, where he earned a PhD in 1960. Grossman remained at Brandeis as a professor until 1991, when he was named the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. He retired from teaching in 2005. His many collections of poetry include: “A Harlot's Hire” (1959), “The Woman on the Bridge over the Chicago River” (1979), “The Bright Nails Scattered on the Ground” (1986), “The Ether Dome and Other Poems, New and Selected 1979-1991” (1991), “How to Do Things with Tears” (2001), “Sweet Youth” (2002) and “Descartes’ Loneliness” (2007).

“A distinguished teacher of poetics and literature, Grossman has influenced three generations of American writers,” the judges said. “He has characterized the lyric poet as an individual who, ‘by means of this art, seeks to speak with the utmost seriousness about the totality of what he experiences,’ and Grossman himself has been refreshingly restless in that pursuit. In ‘Descartes’ Loneliness,’ he achieves a precarious balance between an aspirational vision and close attention to the world at hand. The poems progress with comic flair, dramatic inquiry and, at times, rage, through remembrance toward understanding. The figure they make is large and difficult, and the results are wholly singular. Carrying a weight that is rare in contemporary poetry, their music provides a deep-seated solace to their stark sentence.”

This year’s judges were Frank Bidart, poet and winner of the 2007 Bollingen Prize in American Poetry, Peter Cole, poet and visiting professor at Yale University, and Susan Stewart, poet and professor of English at Princeton University.

For further information, please contact Nancy Kuhl, Curator of Poetry, Yale Collection of American Literature: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu.

Three poems by Allen Grossman, from “Descartes’ Loneliness,” reprinted with permission of New Directions, 2007.


Now the sun sets and all the ways grow dark.
Persistent warble of a bird at my window,
in the dark. March 18, 2001—
my conviction of my own death. (“Get Ready!”)

Beginning with someone else’s death, a word,
and ending with the other death, my own,
the first word of the next life is “death,”
and the last word of this one is not yet

thought upon. But elegy is the song.
Teacher, do not set enigmatic tasks.


Upstairs, one floor below the Opera House
(top floor of the building), is the Caedmon
room—a library of sorts. The Caedmon room
was empty of readers most of the time.
When the last reader left and closed the door,
I locked it and moved in for life. Right now,
I am writing this in the Caedmon room.
Caedmon was an illiterate, seventh-century
British peasant to whom one night a lady
appeared in a dream. She said to him, speaking
in her own language, “Caedmon! Sing me something!”
And he did just that. What he sang, in his
own language, was consequential—because
he did not learn the art of poetry
from men, but from God. For that reason,
he could not compose a trivial poem,
but what is right and fitting for a lady
who wants a song. These are the words he sang:
“Now praise the empty sky where no words are.”
This was Caedmon’s song. Caedmon’s voice is sweet.
In the Caedmon room shelves groan under the
weight of eloquent blank pages, histories
of a sweet world in which we are not found.
Caedmon turned each page, page after page
until the last page—on which was written:
“To the one who conquers, I give the morning star.”


A gust of wind has blown the window open.
Where in the world is the scene of instruction?
Is it a mountain top? Is it a bed?
Or this long road down which we walk together,
the two of us—well acquainted. But also

strange to one another who, nonetheless,
are going the same way for a few miles
with the expectation of parting soon
without disappointment at a place we both
know of. (You! Look there!” “And you also! There!”

We two?”—More than two? Perhaps. But not fewer.
Two at Least. Each one correcting the direction
of attention of the other: “Look there.”
“There?” “Yes! Yes! Yes!—Nothing is known to one.
That mountain not. That bed not. This long road not.”

A gust of wind has blown the window open.
Look! Out there the apple tree is barren now.
The season has changed. Soon something will happen.
But where are you? Missing. Oh. When last seen?
—Now, cold rain. After that, silent in darkness, snow:

Where in the world is the scene of instruction?
In the Roman army, a soldier who has served
his time becomes a veteran, exempt,
and goes to fight afar. Before, there was
little time. And now there’s no time at all.

February 18, 2009

Yale University Library Receives Major Gift from Arcadia

New Haven, Conn. — Yale University Library has received a $5 million dollar gift from Arcadia, a United Kingdom-based grant-making fund established in 2001, to make the library’s important collections of international materials more available through cataloguing and digitization.

Yale University Librarian Alice Prochaska said “This important gift will allow us to make our rare non-English-language materials better known and available through cataloguing, description, and digitization. It will also allow us to continue other important work building and disseminating access to international collections. We are proud of our achievements in supporting the growth of knowledge on international affairs, and deeply grateful for the support and recognition that Arcadia has given us.”

The Yale Library supports teaching and learning in all academic disciplines, with a strong emphasis on area studies including Africa; East Asia; Judaica; Latin America; the Near East; Russia and Eastern Europe; and South and Southeast Asia. It actively collects material from around the world and has one of the largest collections of unique non-English-language materials available anywhere. The Library also supports the work of a number of projects documenting human rights tragedies, most notably the Fortunoff Video Archives for Holocaust Testimonies and the Cambodian genocide collection.

About Arcadia
Arcadia is a charitable foundation established in 2001. Since its inception, Arcadia has committed more than $181 million in funding to works that protect endangered treasures of culture and nature. These include international projects to digitize endangered languages, archives and artifacts, as well as the protection of ecosystems and environments threatened with extinction. Arcadia seeks to ensure that the scholarly resources created are widely available, both to researchers and more generally. For more information, visit www.arcadiafund.org.uk.

About Yale University Library
One of the world’s leading research libraries, Yale University Library is a full partner in teaching, research, and learning at Yale and is visited by scholars from around the world. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including approximately 13 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections and employs a dynamic staff of nearly 600 who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. To learn more about Yale University Library and its collections and services, visit www.library.yale.edu.

Geoffrey Little
Yale University Library

February 6, 2009

February 18: One Hour to a Better Research Paper

One Hour to a Better Research Paper
Wednesday, February 18, 4:00 p.m.
LC 101

Worried about an upcoming spring research paper? Overwhelmed by “the stacks?” Wondering how to find the sources to back up your argument?

Yale Librarian Emily Horning’s presentation will introduce students to library services and highlight some valuable research strategies. Her talk will touch on:

• Navigating the Yale Library homepage
• Understanding library research tools and databases
• Using the collections effectively
• Getting to know your personal librarian and other resources

This talk is co-sponsored by the Yale College Dean’s Office and the Old Campus Fellows program.

February 4, 2009

Celebrating Charles Darwin

The University Library is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin on February 12, 1809, and the 150th anniversary year of his publication of On the Origin of Species with a series of exhibits.

Darwin presented a masterful argument for evolution, synthesizing a wealth of information in a variety of scientific fields including animal husbandry, horticulture, taxonomy, biogeography, geology, paleontology, comparative anatomy and morphology, and embryology. His mechanism for evolutionary change challenged a worldview in Britain and America dominated by natural theology -- the belief that adaptation in the natural world manifested the wisdom and providence of the Creator.

The exhibits, which are free and open to the public, are on display across the library system and examine Darwin's influence on a variety of subjects including music and theology.

Books Written by Charles Darwin and Their Recent Impact
Kline Science Library Lobby, Kline Biology Tower Lower Level
February 1 – April 30

Charles Robert Darwin: February 12, 1809 – April 19, 1882
Kline Science Library Reading Room, Kline Biology Tower Lower Level
February 1 – April 30

Christian Responses to Darwin
Divinity Library Rotunda
February 1 – April 30

From Natural Theology to Natural Selection: Celebrating the Darwin Bicentenary
Medical Library Rotunda
February 1 – April 17

The Nightingale and the Crow: Darwin and Music
Gilmore Music Library
March – April

“Your sincere and heteredox friend” :Charles Darwin’s Letters to James Dwight Dana
Sterling Memorial Library Nave
January 19 – March 27

Fore more information, visit the Library's Darwin website: http://www.med.yale.edu/library/exhibits/darwin/other.html.

January 22, 2009

Music Library Launches New Web Site

The Gilmore Music Library has launched a new web site. You can access it here or at www.library.yale.edu/musiclib/muslib.htm.

January 16, 2009

Live Coverage of the Presidential Inauguration

Live internet coverage of the inauguration of Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States will be broadcast from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Sterling Memorial Library lecture hall (128 Wall Street). All are welcome. The official swearing-in ceremony will take place at 12 noon.

Coverage may also be seen at the following Library locations:

Beinecke Library Mezzanine
Haas Family Arts Library (no food or drink allowed)
Kline Science Library (no food or drink allowed)
Social Science Library Reading Room

Library Closed on January 19

The Library will be closed on January 19 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

December 19, 2008

Access to Orbis, Borrow Direct, and InterLibrary Loan over the Holiday Recess

Due to a system upgrade, a search-only version of Orbis, the Library’s online catalog, will be in temporary use from December 28, 2008 through January 2, 2009. Readers will not be able to access saved searches, place requests, or view account information during this short period.

Access to Borrow Direct (BD) for searching and requesting will also be limited because of several system upgrades. BD will be unavailable on: Tuesday, December 23 from 2:00 p.m. until later that evening; the morning of Friday, December 26 until the morning of Sunday, December 28; and Monday, December 29 through Thursday, January 1, 2009.

BD will be available on Wednesday, December 24, Thursday, December 25, and Friday, January 2, 2009.

Borrow Direct books on the Bass Library hold shelf by Tuesday, December 23, can be picked up on recess days when Bass is open. Pickup at the other Borrow Direct locations will be available only if the location is open during the holiday recess.

InterLibrary Loan (ILL) services will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 through Thursday, January 1, 2009. During that time, readers may continue to submit requests, but they will not be processed until staff return to work on January 2. Incoming shipments of previously requested book also will resume on January 2.

ILL books on the Bass Library hold shelf by Tuesday, December 23, can be picked up on recess days when Bass is open. Pickup at other ILL locations will be available only if the location is open during the holiday break. Please consult location-specific web pages for detailed schedule information.

The Library apologies for any inconvenience.

Holiday and Recess Hours

For information about Library hours over the Holiday and Recess period, visit www.library.yale.edu/hours/.

Best wishes from the University Library for a happy and relaxing Holiday.

December 9, 2008

Gilmore Music Library Displaying Two New Messiaen Manuscripts

The Gilmore Music Library is celebrating the centennial of Olivier Messiaen's brith with a display of two recently acquired items in the composer’s own hand (on exhibit in the Reference Room, Music Library ML 101M). In 1960 Messiaen completed Chronochromie, a large orchestral work based on bird songs, and it was first performed that year at the Donaueschingen festival under the direction of Hans Rosbaud.

In September 1961, shortly after the initial French performance in Besançon, Messiaen sent some corrections to a Monsieur Brück, along with a letter discussing the matter. Chronochromie proved to be one of Messiaen’s most controversial works, and it met with a stormy reception at each of its early performances. The two manuscripts were purchased with income from the Margaret Deakers Waith Fund.

The Yale School of Music is also marking the Messiaen anniversary with a series of concerts and a symposium from December 8 to 14. For more information, see http://www.yale.edu/music/Messiaen.

Extended Hours in Bass Library

The Bass Library will be open for study continuously from 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 10 through 11:45 p.m. on Friday, December 12.

Valid Yale ID is required to enter the Library between 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m., and readers are asked to restrict consumption of food to the Thain Family Cafe.

See www.library.yale.edu/hours/ for a full schedule of all library openings during Reading Period.

November 26, 2008

December 2: James Neal on Why "Copyright Still Matters"

James Neal
Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University
"Copyright Still Matters: Preparing the Academy for the Attack on Balance and Fair Use"
Tuesday, December 2, 3:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
Free and open to the public

This presentation will highlight key legislative and legal developments related to copyright of concern to the research university community, and will call for understanding, commitment and action for the advancement of academic interests. Mr. Neal will also speak about the Section 108 study, which focused on updating proposals for the new digital environment. The talk will be a fascinating insight into the workings of such a group and the various positions and tensions experienced therein. In turn, these lead to inconclusive and sometimes vexed outcomes.

James Neal has been involved over the past twenty years in a variety of initiatives at the national and global levels in the areas of copyright and scholarly communication. He participated in the recently concluded Section 108 (of the US Copyright Act) expert study. Section 108 addresses exceptions to copyright law, in particular how libraries and archives deal with copyrighted materials in fulfilling their scholarly missions.

December 3: Historical Sound Recordings Collection Staff Concert

Yale Collection of Historical Sound Recordings Staff Concert
Wednesday, December 3, 12:00 noon
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
Free and open to the public

Staff from the Yale Collection of Historical Sound Recordings and the Gilmore Music Library, along with a guest performer from the Neighborhood Music School, will present a lunchtime concert in the Sterling Memorial Library lecture hall at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 3. The performance is free and open to all and will feature works by Debussy, Vaughan Williams, Schubert, Charles Ives, and Cole Porter.

The Yale Collection of Historical Sound Recordings collects, preserves, and makes available recordings of performers important in the fields of Western classical music, jazz, American musical theater, drama, literature, and history, including oratory.

December 4: Dale Martin, Author of Sex and the Single Savior

Dale Martin
Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University
Thursday, December 4, 4:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
Free and open to the public

Dale Martin specializes in New Testament and Christian origins, including attention to social and cultural history of the Greco-Roman world. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1999, he taught at Rhodes College and Duke University. His books include: Slavery as Salvation: The Metaphor of Slavery in Pauline Christianity; The Corinthian Body; Inventing Superstition: from the Hippocratics to the Christians; Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation; and Pedagogy of the Bible: an Analysis and Proposal.

Professor Martin will speak about his recent book Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation, including explaining his own movement from a childhood in fundamentalist Christianity to his current position as a spokesperson for something approaching a "postmodern Christianity."

Yufind Upgrade

On Tuesday, November 25, the Library made a significant upgrade to Yufind. Readers will notice much faster system response times and much more accurate faceting by subject, author, language, and more. Readers will also notice more options for redirecting searches from Yufind to other indexes and search engines. The Library hopes to have a tagging and annotation tool in place within the next week. We hope you enjoy the improvements and we look forward to receiving your questions or comments.

Recent feedback has revealed that some readers do not like the name "Yufind" (Yale University Find), based on software originally developed at Villanova University (i.e., VU-FIND). The Library is considering alternate names, but feel free to submit your own suggestions to the Yufind Project Team.

November 20, 2008

Teaching w/ Technology Tuesdays: RSS and Alerts

This session will focus on the use of RSS feeds for pedagogical purposes. RSS stands for “Real Simple Syndication.” RSS is a protocol that lets users subscribe to online content using an RSS “reader” or “aggregator”. Rather than checking 20 or 50 or 100 blogs every day, subscribing to RSS feeds using an aggregator allows you to receive regular updates from your favorite information sources on the web. Aggregating and culling information from the web in this manner is pedagogically relevant for a wide range of courses and disciplines. RSS provides an efficient way for students to keep in touch with faculty, stay informed about coursework and other academic activities, and follow developments in their fields of study.

Robin Ladouceur will introduce RSS feeds and give an overview of RSS feed readers and aggregators. Barbara Stuart will present her use of RSS Feeds in her English 114 course this fall on the Election.

Tuesday from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Bass Library room L01 (lower level of the Bass Library)

Barbara Stuart, English Lecturer
Robin Ladouceur, Instructional Design Specialist, Instructional Technology Group

November 19, 2008

Library Green Team Blog Now Live

The University Library has launched a blog to document the actions and activities of the Library Green Team, a group of staff from across the Library system working to make Yale University Library a greener and more sustainable workplace. Visit the blog to find out what we're doing to reduce energy consumption, increase recycling, and promote environmentally sustainable work practices to support of Yale's wider goal of reducing its carbon footprint.

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library also has a blog, 'The Greening of the Beinecke', that describes their green goals and actions.

November 12, 2008

New Look for the Visual Resources Collection

New features and a bold new design are now available for Yale University Library's Visual Resources Collection (VRC). The VRC contains over 250,000 images of art, architecture, and art objects used by students and faculty in teaching and learning.

The new design, released now in its initial beta phase, is called Metagallery and allows users to login and create groups, browse groups created by others, and even add their own items to groups. Metagallery is available to anyone on the Yale campus at http://images.library.yale.edu/metagallery.

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October 28, 2008

Future Social Science Library and StatLab Focus Groups

Graduate students in the social sciences are invited to attend focus groups to discuss future plans for the Social Science Library and StatLab in light of Yale's plans to build two new residential colleges in the Prospect-Sachem triangle. For more information and to register, click here.

October 26, 2008

Blood and Soil: Genocide in World History, October 29

Ben Kiernan
A. Whitney Griswold Professor of History & Director, Genocide Studies Program
Yale University

Wednesday, October 29, 4:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
Reception to follow | Free and open to the public

For thirty years Ben Kiernan has been deeply involved in the study of genocide and crimes against humanity. He has played a key role in unearthing confidential documentation of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge and his writings have transformed our understanding not only of twentieth-century Cambodia, but also of the historical phenomenon of genocide.

Kiernan examines outbreaks of mass violence from the classical era to the present, focusing on worldwide colonial exterminations and twentieth-century case studies including the Armenian genocide, the Nazi Holocaust, Stalin’s mass murders, and the Cambodian and Rwandan genocides. He identifies connections, patterns, and features that in nearly every case gave early warning of the catastrophe to come: racism or religious prejudice, territorial expansionism, and cults of antiquity and agrarianism.

October 16, 2008

Bass Library Birthday Party and Open House

Please stop by an Open House in the Thain Family Café on Friday, October 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. to celebrate the Bass Library's first birthday. Just one year ago, the Library opened at midnight to an estimated crowd of 1,500 who gathered on the Cross Campus. To mark the success of the Bass Library and the way in which it has become a center for collaboration between students, faculty, and library staff, coffee, cookies, and cider will be served in the Thain Family Café. Take a break from studying (or Facebook) and stop by this Friday afternoon.

A gentle reminder that beyond the Café in the Bass Library, food cannot be consumed and liquids are only allowed in approved spill-proof containers.

October 14, 2008

Noah Webster at 250

Yale University will mark the 250th birthday of alumnus Noah Webster with a series of events on October 16-17 that range from special exhibits, lectures, and tour to birthday cupcakes inscribed with words that first appeared in Webster’s landmark 1828 dictionary. The Library's department of Manuscripts and Archives is a major sponsor of Noah Webster 250 and many of the lectures and events will take place in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall (128 Wall Street). A detailed schedule of events can found here.

October 9, 2008

Fill Out a Survey, Win an iPod Touch

Spend twenty minutes filling out an online survey on the Library's beta Yufind catalog interface and you could win an iPod Touch. A valid Yale University e-mail account is required and Library staff are not eligible to participate. The lucky winner's name will be drawn on October 17, 2008 and readers can access the survey here.

Yufind has been available since August 22 as an alternate interface for Orbis, the Library's current catalog. In order to improve and enchance Yufind and to measure reader satisfaction, the Library welcomes feedback and comments.

October 7, 2008

Twofortyfive: A Web Usability and Assessment Blog

Twofortyfive is a new blog brought to you by the Library's Usability and Assessment department.

Traditionally, librarians have been dedicated to making their collections easier to discover, access, and use. Readers once had to physically come into the library and it was easy to get to know them and understand how they worked and what they needed. In the digital world, however, there is less opportunity for patron and librarian to talk to each other, because it is less common for them to interact in real time or in the same physical space. More and more collections are online, scholars are online, librarians are online too, but meaningful interactions are less frequent.

The Usability and Assessment team spend alot of time examining and evaluating the reader experience on the web and this blog is designed to improve two way communication between library staff and its users.

September 30, 2008

Extended Hours in Manuscripts and Archives

Beginning on September 29 and for the remainder of the fall term, Manuscripts and Archives will remain open for research until 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. Hours of operation are also extended to Sunday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Readers may use previously paged collection material, but there is no additional reference or paging service available during these times.

September 19, 2008

Map Department GIS Workshops

The Yale Map Department is offering a number of GIS workshops throughout the term. All workshops will be held in the Bass Library Electronic Classroom L06 (Lower Level) from 1:00-4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Stacey Maples.

Register for the workshops here.
(Please note that the registration page currently only works with Internet Explorer with pop-ups enabled.)

Introduction to GIS Mapping and ESRI’s ArcGIS Software

An introduction to the basic concepts of creating, managing and analyzing explicitly spatial data within a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) framework. Included is a step-by-step, "hands on" introduction to using spatial data within ESRI's ArcGIS software. Topics will include: Spatial Data Models, Spatial Relationships, The ArcMap User Interface, Thematic Mapping Using Symbology, and Simple Analysis Using Complex Selection Methods.


Wednesday, September 24
Friday, October 17
Wednesday, November
Thursday, December 3

Finding GIS and Census Data & Preparing It for Use

Geographic data can come from a variety of sources, including your own database files and spreadsheets, federal, state and local governmental agencies and commercial vendors. This workshop will focus upon dependable sources of commonly used GIS data, common data file formats, projections & coordinate systems, scale, aggregation, metadata, and issues of sources and citation. Special Attention will be given to downloading and preparing Census data for use in GIS software.


Wednesday, October 1

From Non-Spatial Data to Spatial Data: Geocoding & Georeferencing in ArcGIS

This workshop provides the skills necessary for turning non-spatial data, such as street addresses and scanned maps, into explicitly spatial data for use in GIS analysis. Topics include: The TIGER Data Model, Collecting Useable Address Data, The Geocoding Process, Troubleshooting Problem Addresses, Using Offsets, Scanning and Georeferencing of Paper Maps, and Display of XY Data.


Wednesday, October 8

Raster: The ‘Other’ GIS Data

The Raster Data Model provided an effective means of characterizing spatially continuous phenomena, such as elevation, temperature, precipitation and other environmental and climatic characteristics. This workshop provides a targeted introduction to the tools available in ArcGIS for creating, managing and analyzing data in raster form. Topics include: Introduction to Spatial Analyst, Map Algebra and the Raster Calculator, Surface Analysis, and Combining Vector & Raster Data in Analysis.


Wednesday, October 15

GPS & GIS: Collecting Spatial Coordinates and Using them in ArcGIS

A workshop designed to introduce the participant to the use of consumer-grade GPS equipment for the collection of explicitly spatial data for analysis within a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) framework. Topics include: The Global Positioning Satellite System, Coordinate Systems, Minimizing Measurement Error, and Converting Tabular Data to ESRI Shapefiles.


Wednesday, October 22

Editing in ArcGIS: Creating and Altering Spatial Data

The objective of this workshop is to provide participants with hands on experience with editing in ArcGIS (or doing "heads-up" digitizing), to provide an appreciation of the issues involved in editing to maintain topological consistency and to demonstrate the steps which may be involved in creating a new, spatially accurate coverage.


Wednesday, October 29

Creating Map Layouts in ArcGIS

This workshop will introduce the ArcGIS tools available for creating effective map layouts that are capable of clearly conveying the results of GIS analysis to an audience. Topics include: Symbolization, Advanced Labeling, Annotation, Using Graphics in Layouts, Cartographic Elements, and Grids & Graticules.


Wednesday, November 5

Classic Cartographic Techniques in ArcGIS

One of the drawbacks of the computer revolution in mapping is the decline in attention to cartography as a graphic art. Working in the Yale Map Collection exposes one to the most beautiful cartography ever produced. This workshop is intended to provide the participant with an appreciation of the graphic and cartographic techniques used in classic cartography and the tools to reproduce some of these elements in their own cartographic work. Topics will include: Coastal & Lacustrine Vignettes, Depiction of Topography and Use of Color in Thematic Mapping, Decorative Typography and Creating Custom Cartographic Elements. This workshop is being presented as part of the activities celebrating GIS Day 2008.


Wednesday, November 19

September 3, 2008

Library Launches Yufind Catalog Interface

The University Library has launched a beta version of Yufind, an experimental alternative interface to its catalog. Yufind is not a replacement for Orbis, the Library’s current catalog, but it provides a new kind of discovery experience for users, one that better fits current search expectations and incorporates a variety of Web 2.0 tools.

Orbis transaction logs show that searches often fail because of misspelled words, use of natural language (versus controlled vocabularies like Library of Congress Subject Headings), or information entered into the wrong search fields. Users also expect a Google-like interface that suggests alternate spellings and employs sophisticated relevancy ranking and faceted navigation to help display and narrow search results.

Yufind offers a powerful keyword relevancy ranking algorithm, RSS feeds, formatted export of bibliographic citations, integration of cover art, book reviews, sample book chapters, tables of contents, and real-time circulation status. Future enhancements will include the ability to bookmark and annotate records and send them to an e-mail address, cell phone, or PDA, while longer-term goals aim to integrate archival finding aids, visual image records, and new facets that will allow results to be narrowed by item availability and location.

The Library invites user feedback to help improve Yufind, and questions and comments can be sent to Daniel Lovins. For detailed information about Yufind and to contact members of the project team visit About Yufind.

September 2, 2008

Tours of Sterling Memorial and Bass Libraries

Tours of Sterling Memorial and Bass Libraries begin today, September 2nd. Additional tours are scheduled for Thursday, September 4th, Friday, September 5th, Thursday, September 11th, Friday, September 12th, Friday, September 19th, Friday September 26th, Thursday, October 2nd, and Friday October 3rd. Tours begin in the Sterling Memorial Library nave at 3:30 p.m. and are open to any member of the Yale community. No sign-up or advance registration is required. Please bring your Yale ID.

August 22, 2008

Mudd Library Closure and Reconfiguration

The University Library is in the process of designing a new and reconceived social science library which will include classrooms, an information commons with full suites of digital services, social and study spaces, collections, and a café. As part of the University’s overall plans for the Sachem-Prospect triangle and the construction of two new residential colleges, the Seeley G. Mudd and Social Science Libraries will be reconfigured to support learning and research in the social sciences campus-wide as well as the community of students who will be housed in the new colleges.

To create this new library, the Mudd Library and Government Documents and Information Center (GDIC) will be closed to readers as of September 15, 2008. To keep disruption to a minimum, services and collections will continue to be available during the closure in the following ways:

Mudd Library Collections

•Items in the Mudd Library can be requested for delivery through Orbis and delivered to any library on campus
•Yale faculty and graduate students can request articles from Mudd Library journals or selections from other Mudd Library holdings; material will be delivered electronically
David McCaslin can be contacted with special requests

Government Documents and Information Center (GDIC) Collections

•A non-circulating GDIC reference collection will be relocated to the Social Science Library
•Government documents will circulate during the closure and can be requested for delivery via Orbis to any library on campus
•Readers who cannot find items in Orbis can use an online form or an e-mail to request a search of the collections. If an item is found but not catalogued, it will be processed first before it is allowed to circulate
•GDIC microform materials can be requested for delivery via Orbis. Microform reading, printing, and scanning services will be available in the Social Science Library, Sterling Memorial Library, and Divinity School Library
•GDIC research assistance will be available in the Social Science Library
Julie Linden can be contacted with special requests

Members of the Yale community are invited to contact Jill Parchuck, Director of Social Science Libraries and Information Services, or Kendall Crilly, Associate University Librarian for Program Development and Research, with questions or concerns.

August 21, 2008

Information Services in Sterling Memorial Library

Beginning Tuesday, September 2, Information Services, located in the Sterling Memorial Library nave, will provide information about the University Library’s collections and services, directional assistance, referrals to subject specialists, and reference assistance, as well as information about reader access to the libraries including privileges cards for visiting researchers, study carrels, fines, and circulation. This new service will integrate Privileges Office operations and reference desk services.

The service also represents increased hours in which staff will be available to assist readers in the Sterling nave, as well as enhanced support for readers who have questions about accessing the Library and its resources.

Information Services will be available Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00- 5:00 p.m.

Questions and comments about this new service can be sent to Danuta Nitecki, Associate University Librarian for Public Services and Library Teaching and Learning.

August 20, 2008

Arts Library Now Open

The new Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library in the Rudolph Building and Loria Center at 180 York Street is now open! Fall semester hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:00-11:00 p.m.

The opening of the Arts Library Special Collections, located on the lower level of the Haas Family Arts Library, will be delayed until September 8. For more information, visit the Arts Library's web site.

August 8, 2008

Yale University Library on Facebook

The Yale University Library now has a profile on Facebook, the popular social networking web site. The Library's profile includes news and information, research tools, images, and blog posts from across the Library system. You can access the Library's profile here or by searching for 'Yale University Library' in the Facebook search box. Show your support by becoming a fan and use the site to access the Library's resources, services, and collections.

August 4, 2008

Access to Arts Library Collections

Beginning July 30, the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library collections began moving into the Rudolph Building and the Jeffrey Loria Center for the History of Art at 180 Crown Street. Arts of the Book, located in Sterling Memorial Library, was the first collection to move. Beginning August 4, the Drama collections will be moved into these spaces. The move of the Art & Architecture collections have now been postponed to an as yet unknown date. Library personnel from all Arts units (including Drama, Arts Special Collections, VRC) will continue to work from their current office locations. Access to Drama and Arts Special Collections will be limited until further notice. Please continue to check the Arts Library web site for updates.

Questions and concerns regarding the Arts Library closure can be directed to Allen Townsend. We look forward to serving the Yale Community in the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library.

July 11, 2008

Library Staff Association Food Drive

Each year, the Library Staff Association (LiSA) holds a food drive to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank, a local organization that works with corporations, community organizations, and individuals to solicit, transport, warehouse and distribute donated food. This year's drive will begin Monday, July 14th and end on Friday, August 1st. The "Virtual Food Drive" website created for the Yale University Library makes it even easier to donate "food" or funds to the Connecticut Food Bank. Last year, Library staff donated a total of 1,060 pounds of food, the equivalent of 815 meals.

July 9, 2008

Annual Report of the University Librarian 2006-2007

The Annual Report of the University Librarian 2006-2007 has been released and is available online in pdf format.

June 26, 2008

Library Announces Grant from Mellon Foundation

For Immediate Release
June 26, 2008

Yale University Library Announces Grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Support Oral History American Music Project

New Haven, Conn.—Yale University Library today announced that it is has received a grant of $294,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support Yale’s Oral History American Music project (OHAM). The grant will help OHAM transition into a sustained program within the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library.

OHAM is the only ongoing project in the field of music dedicated to the collection and preservation of oral and video memoirs in the voices of musicians and composers. The project’s origins can be traced back to 1968 when Vivian Perlis, then a reference librarian at Yale’s Music Library, began to conduct interviews with individuals who had known and worked with the composer Charles Ives. Her award-winning book, Charles Ives Remembered, was published in 1974 by Yale University Press, and was quickly hailed as a model of how oral history could illuminate the activities of musicians and their place in society.

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The New Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library

Over a decade in the planning, the new Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library in the Paul Rudolph Building reflects and meets the changing needs of teaching, research, and learning in the arts at Yale. Arts Library collections and staff, currently housed in a number of buildings across campus including the swing space at 270 Crown Street, will move into the Haas Family Arts Library later this summer in time for the fall semester. The Library will house the collections of the Art + Architecture Library, the Drama Library, and the Arts of the Book Collection, as well as staff and services for the Visual Resources Collection, and will become the physical and intellectual center for the pursuit of research, teaching, learning, and practice of the arts at Yale.

The Haas Family Arts Library will feature a variety of spaces for individual study, group study spaces, a large teaching space, and secure reading and teaching spaces for Arts Library special collections. The Special Collections Reading Room, a dramatic feature of the central two-story atrium, enhances interdisciplinary studies by realizing the long-planned consolidation of the many important special collections of the Arts Library, including the Arts of the Book Collection, one of the largest special collections at Yale and one of the most important book arts collections in North America. The Special Collections Exhibit area, which will continuously showcase exhibitions of the Library’s treasures, will feature a plaque recognizing a significant gift from William H. Wright, ’82.

More information on Arts Library services during the planned move period will be made available over the coming weeks on the Library's web site: www.library.yale.edu/art/.

Blackwell Synergy Merging into Wiley Interscience

As of Monday, June 30, 2008, all Blackwell Synergy journal content, including all full-text HTML and PDF versions of articles from current issues, backfiles, and issues published online before print, will be incorporated into Wiley InterScience.

On Friday, June 27 at 9:00 pm Blackwell Synergy will close down. On Saturday, June 28 at 5:00 am Wiley InterScience will go offline temporarily due to the migration of the content. On Sunday, June 29 at 9:00 pm Wiley InterScience will come back online with the Blackwell Synergy journals incorporated. Over the weekend there will be a period when both Blackwell Synergy and Wiley InterScience will be unavailable while they transition and re-index data.

For more information, visit Wiley-Blackwell's Online Content Transition News.

June 6, 2008

Thain Family Café Summer Hours

During the summer months, the Thain Family Café at the Bass Library is open Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is closed on weekends and holidays.

June 5, 2008

Reunion Weekend Events at the Library

Yale alumni, spouses, friends, family, and guests are warmly invited to Reunion Weekend events at Sterling Memorial Library on June 6 and 7. June 7 coincides with the Library's Open House Day and all are welcome. Detailed information and a schedule of tours and events can be found in the "read more" section of this entry.

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May 27, 2008

Lewis Walpole Library Fellowships

The Lewis Walpole Library is delighted to announce the recipients of Fellowships for the 2008-2009 academic year. A complete list of Fellows follows in the extended entry.

The Library offers visiting fellowships, normally for four weeks, as well as travel grants of lesser duration, to scholars engaged in post-doctoral or equivalent research and to doctoral candidates at the dissertation stage. Fellows in residence also have access to additional materials at Yale. Summer fellowships for graduate students at Yale are also offered.

The Lewis Walpole Library is a research library for eighteenth-century studies and the prime source for the study of Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill. Its collections include significant holdings of eighteenth-century British books, manuscripts, prints, drawings and paintings, as well as important examples of the decorative arts.

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May 23, 2008

Students and Archivists to Celebrate Collaborative Project

Students from New Haven’s Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School and archivists from Yale University Library will celebrate their collaboration on the Family and Community Archives Project (FCAP) with an event on Wednesday, May 28 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Sterling Memorial Library’s lecture hall (128 Wall Street). The media is welcome to attend.

In response to the Society of American Archivists call for action in developing a more diverse archival workforce, twenty-one Yale University Library archivists conceived the Family and Community Archives Project to introduce New Haven high school students to the archival profession and the work of professional archivists. Over nine weeks, 113 juniors and their teachers in “United States History II” learned how to find and care for photographs, documents, and artifacts and learned how to do research using primary sources.

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May 21, 2008

Library Summer Hours

The University Library moved to its summer schedule on May 13, 2008. For detailed information on opening and closing times for all libraries, visit: www.library.yale.edu/hours.

May 20, 2008

Library Launches Yale Daily News Historical Archive

For release May 6, 2008

New Haven, Conn.--Important periods in the history of Yale will now be more accessible to scholars and students through the Yale University Library’s Yale Daily News Historical Archive.

The Yale Daily News (YDN) is the oldest college daily newspaper in the United States, and has been covering student life at Yale and in New Haven for 130 years. The Library has now digitized key periods from the YDN including January 1878 to June 1879, the first year of the YDN’s publication; the period covering the two World Wars; the era of civil unrest, coeducation, and the Black Panther trials from 1967 to 1970; and the early years of President A. Bartlett Giamatti’s administration from 1978 to 1981. The Library is working with a number of partners to digitize the entire run of the YDN from 1878 to 2000, and content from January 2001 to the present is already available online at the YDN web site.

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