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FINAL REPORT OF YALE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
FOR PARTICIPANT:

Maira Kreislere
September 1, 2010 - December 15, 2010 

photo of Maira Kreislere

As an intern in the Slavic and Eastern European Collection’s Baltic Librarian Fellows Program I gained invaluable experience, which is relevant to my job as a librarian and cataloging specialist in the Latvian National Library. I would like to express my special thanks for my one semester internship at the Yale Sterling Library Slavic and Eastern European Collection Reading Room to Yale alumnus, Dr. Kristaps J. Keggi, who funded this wonderful program. I would also like to express my gratitude to the Curator of the Slavic and East European Collection, Tanja Lorkovic, who has maintained the Program, and to William Larsh, Tanja’s assistant in the Slavic and East European Collection, for all their care in helping me during this interesting time in Yale. The internship provides a marvelous opportunity for librarians from the Baltic States to come to America and to learn about academic research libraries in the United States. It is a very valuable program which has facilitated personal contacts and professional connections between American and Baltic libraries and librarians.

This program was very important because it gave me an opportunity to expand my knowledge and will be very helpful in my work to create a training program for Latvian librarians for the new conceptual cataloging model of RDA (Resource Description & Access). My work in the National Library of Latvia is closely connected with cataloging, authority control and quality control for the electronic catalog of the National Library of Latvia. Understandably, my special interest was the cataloging process of some of the major academic libraries in the U.S.

My internship program included many interesting visits and important meetings in various departments and libraries within the Yale University library system. I attended several cataloging-related working group meetings at Yale University. I got to meet and develop good contacts with cataloging experts at the Yale University Library, the Library of Congress and Columbia University Library. I enjoyed my very interesting visits and worthwhile meetings with experts of some of the greatest libraries in the U.S. – the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Columbia University Libraries in New York City and the Harvard University Libraries in Boston.

Work at the Slavic and Eastern European Reading Room

Most of the time during my internship program at Yale I worked in the Slavic and Eastern European Reading Room, or what is called, in short, the Slavic Reading Room. My job duties included searching and checking for books in the Yale University library electronic catalog (ORBIS), the LC electronic catalog and the OCLC database. I created preliminary bibliographic records for incoming new items, checked authority records for individual and corporate authors, and downloaded relevant bibliographic records from the LC electronic catalog and OCLC database. I mostly worked with books in Russian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Serbian, Czech, Slovak and Bulgarian languages from several vendors: Kozmenko, Kubon & Sagner and East View. Furthermore, I processed many exchange books from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. I learned to create purchase orders for these incoming books and became quite conversant and knowledgeable about the Library of Congress system of transliteration from various Cyrillic alphabets to the Latin alphabet. It was a very interesting experience to me, because cataloguers at my library, the National Library of Latvia, do not transliterate Cyrillic alphabets to Latin.

My work with the Yale Rare Book and Manuscript Library Cataloging Team

Part of my time here I worked with the Yale Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library cataloging team. It was a very interesting job because I worked with rare and old books in Polish (the collection from Yale Professor Tomas Venclova, given to the Beinecke as a gift), Russian and German books. Stephen Young, who was head of the team, introduced me to the Beinecke library classification and call number systems. I created full bibliographic records, checked authority control for individual and corporate authors and downloaded bibliographic records from the LC electronic catalog and OCLC databases. I also created local notes for the rare books collection, in which I noted information regarding various aspects of each title – if the book contained authors' autographs, dedications etc. as well as information regarding the physical condition of these books. For me this was a new experience, because in the National Library of Latvia I always worked with newly published books and not with rare and old books.

My work with general German backlog books

For two weeks during my internship I worked with the general German backlog books at the Yale Sterling library cataloging department. I created full bibliographic records, checked the authority provisions, down loaded full bibliographic records from the LC electronic catalog and OCLC. I also created summary notes for German books in English and applied the Library of Congress classification system to these titles. It was an opportunity for me to refresh my German language skills and to further explore the LC classification system.

Visits to different libraries and collections of the Yale University Library

During my stay at Yale, I had a unique opportunity to learn about a variety of university libraries and their wonderful collections. As I found out, Yale’s multiple libraries have very interesting histories and diverse and intriguing collections. My meetings with Yale library specialists and librarians were engaging and illuminating opportunities for me to expand my knowledge of important American and global library developments and allowed me to look at a variety of library collection development issues and topics related to library patrons and reference services. These multiple libraries and collections have very interesting websites that furnished access to some very important digital collections. Especially impressive is the Rare Books and Artifacts Collection in the Yale Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. I also had a fascinating meeting with specialists from the Preservation Department of the Sterling Memorial Library. My participation in the Cataloging Council meetings in the Yale Sterling library, led by Patricia Thurston and Steven Arakawa, was important because I picked up important information about cataloging practices at Yale University Library. This information will help me in my work at my library in Riga, I believe.

Cultural life

Personally, a very important and useful part of my internship, in my estimation, was furnished by the various opportunities for me to become acquainted with the cultural life of Yale University. I visited different museums and art galleries, and enjoyed listening to concerts at several different venues at Yale University. I attended some very interesting lectures by famous scholars and was able to view fascinating historical films at the Yale Whitney Humanities center. My favorite places at Yale were the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center of British Art and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. I also went to the Yale “Whale” to see a hockey game and toured the Yale Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium, which was quite fascinating. I really enjoyed visiting the beautiful museums in Washington D.C. (the American Indian Museum and the Asian Art gallery), in New York City (the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Rockfeller Center), and the Peabody Museum of Anthropology in Boston. I was able to see two opera concerts at the New York Metropolitan opera, and these performances were thrilling. I saw Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” and Bizet’s “Carmen”. I was especially proud to witness the performance in Carmen's role of the famous Latvian singer Elina Garancha!

Conclusion

My participation in this internship was very important for my professional growth as it really did allow me to acquire more knowledge and information pertaining to my career as a librarian. I gained important new experience in acquisitions work, as well as learning new skills in working with rare books. But most important of all, to me, was the opportunity to obtain new insights into the new conceptual model of cataloging in RDA. I am very grateful to all the people who helped me and who treated me like I was “family” during my internship. My many meetings with experts and the concurrent opportunities to initiate professional and personal contacts with so many American and international colleagues during the internship will no doubt  help me to advance my work and develop my career at the Latvian National Library. For me personally, this program has greatly helped me to understand that I really am capable of doing much more than I had previously thought possible!

This program was the biggest challenge of my life. I will never forget my impressions and experiences of this internship and all the people with whom I worked together and who made it possible for me to enjoy my time here at Yale.

Below is the schedule of activities in which Ms. Kreislere participated while at Yale:

1st Week, September 1-5.
September 1st, Wednesday
Arrived in New York J.F. Kennedy airport at 4. P.m.., and arrived in New Haven at 10 p.m.. William Larsh from the Slavic and Eastern Europe Collection Reading Room met me at my apartment in 111 Linden Street.

September 2nd, Thursday
My first day in New Haven. I had my first experience in Sterling Memorial Library and got acquainted with Tanja Lorkovic, head of the Slavic and Eastern European Reading room. William Larsh accompanied me to various University offices to settle the necessary official paperwork, helped me to open up bank account in the Bank of America and arranged for me to get my Yale ID. I had a little walking tour around the Yale University Campus and New Haven led by William Larsh. Visited and registered at the Office of International Students & Scholars, Yale University.

September 3rd, Friday
My first basic introduction to the library and my internship activities in the Slavic and Eastern Europe Reading Room. I checked Polish books in the Yale ORBIS catalogue. Later William Larsh assisted me with enrolling at the Yale Health insurance plan. Afternoon I had nice tea break in Yale Elizabethan Club with Tanja Lorkovic. I saw the Elizabethan Club's books and artifacts, include the Shakespearean collection folios and quartos, first editions of Milton’s Paradise Lost, Spenser’s Faerie Queene, and Francis Bacon’s Essayes of 16th and 17th, all locked in the Club's famous vault.
After work I walked to my apartment and looked at New Haven’s beautiful gothic and Victorian style architecture.

September 4th, Saturday
In the morning I went together with William Larsh to the Peabody museum of Natural History. I've looked at a very interesting collection of ancient dinosaur fossils, minerals and samples of flora and fauna in the U.S.
Then we went around the center of New Haven and had the very nice lunch in the Thai restaurant and after lunch we bought some books in the little used bookstore on Chapel Street.
In the evening I read a book about nature in North America.

September 5th, Sunday
I attended the First American Baptist church at 205 Edwards Street. After the worship I visited the Peabody museum again, because I had not seen the special collection of Native American Indian art, social life, culture. I saw again the wonderful mineral collection. Afterwards I walked around New Haven, because I wanted to know this city better.
In the evening I read my book and studied English.

2nd week September 6-12
September 6th, Monday (Labor Day)
In the morning William Larsh showed me East Rock. On the top of the cliff is a civil war memorial monument (the American Civil War (1861–1865). On the cliff top I could see all of New Haven and the New Haven coastline as well. The rest of the day I spent studying English and reading a book.

September 7th, Tuesday
I started entering new books in ORBIS, Yale library’s electronic catalogue. I entered in ORBIS system books in Estonian language. William Larsh trained me to do this process. I created preliminary bibliographic records for Estonian books.At 1 pm. I had a nice lunch with Tanja Lorkovic and Dr. Keggi in the lovely French Union League Café on Chapel Street. We talked about Latvian culture, history and the future, about the Latvian parliamentary elections, which will be on the 2nd of October. Mr. Keggi gave some gifts for the Slavic and Eastern European Collection – books about Latvia, its history and culture. After lunch I continued processing Estonian books in ORBIS. After work I had a walk to my apartment, read a book and watched the evening news on TV.

September 8th, Wednesday
In the morning I worked with books in English and started working with books from Russia (vendor Natasha Kozmenko). William Larsh trained me on the American LC transliteration of Russian letters, how to download bibliographic records from the Library of Congress electronic catalogue and OCLC. After lunch I worked with books from Kozmenko lists, entered these books in ORBIS catalogue. In the evening I learned some more English and read a novel by Gabriel Marquis, the Spanish writer.

September 9th, Thursday
In the morning I worked with books from the Kozmenko lists. I created for some of the titles, which are not in the Yale library catalogue, preliminary original bibliographic records. At 2 pm. I visited Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The excursion was led by Moira Fitzgerald from the Beinecke library reference service. I looked at the library collection and we talked about rare manuscripts and books preservation and digital projects in the Beinecke Library. I showed Moira the web-page of the National Library of Latvia and introduced her to our digital projects. After this visit I turned back to my work in the Slavic Reading Room and worked with Kozmenko lists. In the evening I had a nice walk to my house, the weather was nice and warm and I saw many squirrels. It was very nice.

September 10th, Friday
I worked with Kozmenko lists.
After work I had a walk from the Sterling Library to my apartment in Linden Street.

September 11th , Saturday
It was a sunny and nice day, but for the American people a day full of painful memories about the tragedy of September 11th. William Larsh accompanied me to West Haven. I saw the ocean and beach. We had nice walk on the beach promenade and looked at the beautiful cottages and houses. We had lunch in a fisherman’s restaurant. It was nice. After lunch we walked to the Memorial for the Americans who were killed in different wars. I saw shells and seagulls and the water was so warm.

September 12th, Sunday
In the morning I went to the Baptist church for worship. After the worship I cleaned my apartment and washed my clothes. In the afternoon I walked down the Whitney Avenue until I reached the Hamden border. I wanted to go to the Whitney museum, but it was closed.

3rd week, September 13-19
September 13th, Monday
I participated in the New Employee Orientation program in Yale’s Social Life Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. I learned a lot of information about social assistance, health insurance, opportunities for school children, trade union activities. I had an interesting bus tour to New Haven and the Yale Campus. After the bus tour we had a very good lunch. In the evening I had a nice walk in New Haven and the Yale University Campus.

September 14th, Tuesday
In the morning and after lunch I worked with Kozmenko lists. At 15:30 I had a visit to the Yale Divinity Library. My tour was led by Mr. Paul Stuehrenberg. The Divinity Library is located in a beautiful quiet place down Prospect Street in New Haven, on low hills. I met colleagues from the cataloging department in Divinity library. I saw the wonderful collection of old books and the "core" collection of reference books for research. I spent the evening at home, read a book and watched TV.

September 15th, Wednesday
In the morning I worked with Kozmenko lists books. At 10 a.m. William Larsh accompanied me to the Federal Government Building downtown to apply for a social security number. After lunch I worked with Kozmenko lists. At 2 p.m. I paid a visit to the Yale University Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, which is located within the Sterling Memorial Library. My visit was led by Mr. Remy Castonguay. I visited the circulation desk, Sound Recordings Collection and the reference office on the first floor. I saw seminar rooms on the main level and the Historical Sound Recordings Seminar Room in the basement and the Harold E. Samuel Recordings Listening Area with 40 listening stations (with various combinations of CD players, cassette tape players, and turntables), two video stations, and a Clavinova on the main level. I found it very interesting to listen to Mr. Castonguay’s presentation about the Music Library. After my visit I continued my work with the Kozmenko lists.

September 16th, Thursday
I worked with Kozmenko lists and with books from the Russian State library. After work I rested at home and read a book.

September 17th, Friday
Received and processed books from the Russian vendor Kozmenko and exchange books from the Russian State library.  

September 18th, Saturday
Shopping in Hamden. In the late evening I had nice dinner with William Larsh in the local restaurant in the East Rock neighborhood, Archie Moore’s.

September 19th, Sunday
Morning worship in the First American Baptist church. After church I visited the Yale Center of British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. The Yale Center of British Art contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The collection of paintings‚ sculpture‚ drawings‚ prints‚ rare books‚ and manuscripts reflects the development of British art‚ life‚ and thought from the Elizabethan period onward. Very interesting for me was the exhibition The Independent Eye: Contemporary British Art from the Collection of Samuel and Gabrielle Lurie which featured thirty paintings and fourteen works on paper by Patrick Caulfield, John Walker, R.B. Kitaj, Howard Hodgkin, and Ian Stephenson, in addition to paintings by John Hoyland, England's foremost abstract painter, all drawn from the New York collection of Samuel and Gabrielle Lurie.

In the Yale University Art Gallery I saw very interesting art collections from Asia, Africa and the native American Indian art collection. Very interesting were the ancient sculptures, furniture and crockery collection from China and Japan.

4th week, September 20-26
September 20th, Monday
In the morning I worked with Kozmenko lists and books. After lunchtime at 16:30 p.m. I listened to the lecture by Guntis Smidchens on the nonviolent character of Baltic nations in the European Studies Council & the Baltic Studies program. In the evening I walked to my apartment and enjoyed a beautifully sunny and warm evening.

September 21st, Tuesday
First part of the day I worked with Kozmenko books. After lunch I worked with books in Uzbekh, Tajikh, Kazakh languages (transliteration in Latin), (vendor Eastwiev). After work I walked to my house, read a book and rested.

September 22nd, Wednesday
I worked with books from the Kozmenko lists. After lunch I entered books in the Yale Orbis catalog in Ukrainian, Serbian and Russian languages and books from the Russian State library in ORBIS catalogue. Bill trained me to use the ransliteration table for Serbian language items. After work I had a nice walk to my house.

September 23rd, Thursday
In the morning I worked with books in Ukrainian and Russian language. After lunch I had very nice visit to the Harvey Cushing/Whitney Medical library led by Charles Greenberg. He introduced me to the library staff and told me what everyone was doing. I showed him the website of the National Library of Latvia, told him about our digital collections and about our cataloging work in Latvia. I saw the wonderful Medical Historical Library and the Cushing Center, located two floors below the ground within the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library with a unique collection of more than 400 jars of former patients’ brains and tumors. I saw the modern reading and training rooms with great computing/media & technology support. Later I participated in the opening of the new exhibit in the Medical Historical Library honoring Dr. Kristaps J. Keggi. Dr. Keggi was named the inaugural Elihu Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation earlier this year. The professorship was created to honor Dr. Keggi’s lifelong contributions to the field of joint replacement. On display are some of the materials, donated by Dr. Keggi to the Historical Library, related to his experience as a surgeon in the Vietnam War. 

September 24th, Friday
I worked with books in Czech language from Regula Pragensis. After lunch I attended the Farmers’ Market next to Woolsey Hall in the Beinecke Plaza. It was very pleasant to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables. The Farmers’ Market is a very good choice for vegetarians and people who care about their health. In the afternoon I continued my work with Czech language books. In the evening I went with William Larsh to the Yale Woolsey Hall where we listened to the Yale Philharmonia orchestra concert. Orchestra conductor was Shinik Hahm, piano played by Peter Frankl. We listened to music by Rossini, Beethoven, Berlioz.

September 25th, Saturday
In the afternoon at 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. William Larsh and I took part in the annual Slavic  Fall reception at the Pearson College Master’s house, hosted by Prof. Harvey Goldblatt. It was a very nice party. I met some very interesting personalities – Mrs. Emilia Hramov (a retired Russian language and literature teacher from Yale) and Paul Bushkovitch, Professor of History of Yale University.

September 26th, Sunday
I attended the First American Baptist church worship at 10:30 am. After church I went shopping in Hamden.

5th week, September 27th - October 1st
September 27th, Monday
First part of day I worked with Kozmenko books.  In the evening I had a very interesting and nice visit with Prof. Bushkovitch in his house in Hamden. He gave a seminar at his house and there were many Slavic department students and professors. The talk was about the big Russian oil company “Lukoil” and the impact of this company on cultural and economic life in Perm.

September 28th, Tuesday
In the morning I entered into the Orbis catalog books from Bosnia and Herzegovina. At noon I had lunch with William Larsh in the nice Indian restaurant, Zaroka. We enjoyed the Indian food and it was very tasty. After lunch I continued my work with books from Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the evening I walked around the Yale Campus and New Haven.

September 29th, Wednesday
Continued working with books from Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the evening I walked around the Yale Campus and bought some greeting cards for my son and sister for their birthdays.

September 30th, Thursday
In the morning worked with books in Bulgarian (from the vendor Kubon & Sagner) and entered book catalog records in the ORBIS system. At 1 pm. visited the Lewis Walpole Library. This is such a wonderful research library for eighteenth-century studies. Its collections include significant holdings of eighteenth-century British books, manuscripts, prints, drawings, and paintings, as well as important examples of the decorative arts. I saw this very old historic frame house in Farmington, in which the Walpole library is located, given to Yale by Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis and Annie Burr Lewis. The Lewis Walpole Library is a department of Yale University Library, open to researchers by appointment. I saw the beautiful exhibition “Collection Highlights: Prints, Drawings, and Illustrated Books” and an amazing old American Indian house in the garden of the library.

October 1st, Friday
Continued my work with the Bulgarian language books (Kubon). After lunch I started working with books from the Russian vendor Kozmenko. In the evening I enjoyed a beautiful Jazz concert in Yale Sprague Hall. In concert participated members of the New Haven’s Performing Art School and the Cooperative Arts and Humanities high school band and gospel chorus.

October 2nd, Saturday
I visited New York with William Larsh and Dr. K. Keggi. I voted in the Latvian Parliamentary elections by going to the Latvian Consulate in New York and handing them my ballot. Then Mr. Larsh and I had a nice lunch with Dr. Keggi in a lovely French restaurant. We talked about history and politics in the U.S. and Latvia. After lunch I had a walk with William Larsh around New York City. We went to the Rockefeller Center and were able to ascend the eighty story building and had a great view of New York from “above”. The sky was so clear and it was a wonderful day. We visited also the site of the former World Trade Center where the 11th September tragedy happened. It was very nice to take a tour of the Guggenheim Museum's art collection and in the late evening we looked at all the neon lights of Times Square. I very much liked New York’s old architecture and the New York Public library was so beautiful. I wondered about the big skyscrapers, I have never seen such big buildings. We returned to New Haven by the Metro-North train later that night.

October 3rd, Sunday
I went to the First American Baptist church to worship and afterwards I went shopping in Hamden.

6th week, October 4-10
October 4th, Monday
Worked with Kozmenko books. William Larsh started training me to work within the acquisitions module, in order to know how to create purchase orders for books from several vendors. I started creating purchase orders for Kozmenko books.

October 5th, Tuesday
I continued my work within the acquisitions module, created purchase orders for Polish books. At 2 p.m. I paid a visit to the Sterling Library Preservation Department led by Christine E. McCarthy (chief conservator Preservation Department). I had a very interesting talk about documents preservation and the restoration of old books, rebinding and saving old books and other formats. After the visit, I worked on my diary and report.

October 6th, Wednesday
I continued working with my diary report.

October 7th, Thursday
I participated in the Yale University Cataloguing Committee Council meeting at 1:30. I introduced myself and told about my work in National Library of Latvia and about cataloguing work in Latvia also. I met cataloging professionals who are working in the Yale University library. I got lots of new information about cataloging work at the Yale University library.

October 8th, Friday
I continued work with my diary report. After lunch I worked with books from Latvian vendor Janis Roze. Entered these books into the ORBIS catalog. In the evening I did some exercise in the Yale Gymnasium swimming pool.

October 9th, Saturday
William Larsh accompanied me to the East Haven Light House Park. We had a nice walk around the park and on the beach. In the afternoon I went to Hamden for shopping.

October 10th, Sunday
I cleaned my apartment, washed clothes, read a book and talked with my son and mother by telephone.

7th week, October 11-17
October 11th, Monday
I attended a meeting of the catalogers and told them about my work experience in the Latvian National Library Cataloging Department. I was told about the Yale University Library catalogers’ practical experience working with the new cataloging rules of RDA (Resource Description and Access) which will eventually supersede the Anglo American Catologing Rules, and got examples of RDA for bibliographic records.

At 12 am.-1 pm. I visited the Grove Street cemetery in which are buried many famous Yale University professors and New Haven inhabitants. Visit was very interesting and I gained insight into the history of New Haven and Yale University.

At 4 pm. I had visit to the Yale University Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies which is located on the third floor of the Sterling Memorial Library, led by Joanne Rudoff. The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies is a collection of over 4,400 videotaped interviews with witnesses and survivors of the Holocaust.

October 12th , Tuesday.
I worked on my diary report and searched for information about Jewish Holocaust history and testimonies in Latvia for Joanne Rudoff. Read about the information regarding RDA in the RDA Toolkit home page.

October 13th, Wednesday.
I worked on my diary report, read some more information about RDA in the RDA Toolkit home page and sent information about RDA to my Latvian colleagues.

October 14th, Thursday.
I entered into the ORBIS Catalog books from the Russian vendor N. Kozmenko. Searched for information about RDA in the Library of Congress web page and sent this information to colleagues in National Library of Latvia. After work I went to the gym.

October 15th, Friday.
I entered in ORBIS Catalogue books from Russian vendor N. Kozmenko. Searched  information about RDA in the Library of Congress web page and sent this information to colleagues in National Library of Latvia. I also continued to write my diary report.

October 16th, Saturday.
I went shopping in Hamden. In the evening I had a nice dinner with William Larsh in local restaurant “Archie Moore’s”.

October 17th, Sunday.
Worshiped in the First American Baptist church. After church I attended the Yale Musical Instruments Museum on the Yale Campus. Read my e-mails in the Sterling Bass Library.

8th week, October 18-24
October 18th, Monday.
I started my work with Stephen Young from the Yale Beinecke Library Rare Book Team, entering into the ORBIS catalog rare books in both Polish and Russian languages. I created full bibliographic records and made special local notes for these rare books. After lunch I visited the Yale University Marsh Botanical Gardens, as part of the Yale Nooks and Crannies tour.

October 19th, Tuesday.
I continued my work with Stephen Young. He trained me on how to create holding and item records and how to apply call numbers for the rare books collection. I continued entering into the ORBIS catalog module books in the Lithuanian language from Professor Venclova’s collection. After lunch I worked in the Slavic Reading Room with books from the Kozmenko lists. In the late afternoon William Larsh accompanied me to Yale University Leitner family observatory. We watched the diorama show “Astronaut” and listened to a lecture about planets and stars. After the show we looked at the Moon, the Jupiter and stars in the Leitner Observatory telescopes.

October 20th, Wednesday.
I continued working with rare books in the Lithuanian language from the Venclova collection. After lunch I worked with books from the Kozmenko lists.

October 21st, Thursday.
Continued my work with rare books in Lithuanian from the Venclova collection. After lunch I worked with books from the Kozmenko lists. In the afternoon I toured the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library led by E.C. Schroeder ( head of the Beinecke Library Technical Services unit), looked at the library’s collections. The collection of playing cards at the Beinecke was very interesting!

October 22nd, Friday.
Continued work with rare books in Lithuanian from the Venclova collection, worked on these items the entire working day. After work I went to the swimming pool at the Yale gym.

October 23rd, Saturday.
I had a nice walk in the Yale Campus, enjoyed the nice weather and the “Indian summer”. It was also Parents’ Day at Yale. In the afternoon I went to the Yale Payne Whitney Gimnasium gym. In the evening William Larsh and I watched the Dennis Hopper film, “Easy rider,” in the Yale Whitney Humanities Center.

October 24th, Sunday.
I attended worship in the Baptist church. In the evening I rested at home and read a book, watched some TV.

9th week October 25-31
October 25th, Monday.
Continued my work with the books from the Venclova collection. I had very nice lunch with Julia Muravnik in a lovely Asian restaurant. I did a gym workout in the evening.

October 26th, Tuesday.
Continued working with books from the Venclova collection. After lunch I worked with books from the Kozmenko lists in the Slavic Reading Room. In the evening I rested at home and read a book, watched TV.

October 27th, Wednesday.
Continued work with books from T. Venclova collection all day. Started working with Russian and German books from the Beinecke Library’s rare books collection.

October 28th, Thursday.
Still working with books from the Venclova collection. After lunch I processed books from Kozmenko in the Slavic Reading Room. In the evening I had a gym workout.

October 29th, Friday.
I processed some Polish books for the Beinecke Library rare book collection. After lunch William Larsh accompanied me to Whitney Humanities Center and we watched several Polish films being shown at the conference, “New Polish cinema: Communism Reconsidered.” In the evening I went to the Yale gymnasium’s swimming pool.

October 30th, Saturday.
Shopping in Hamden. In the evening I had very lovely dinner with William Larsh in the local East Rock restaurant Archie Moore’s.

October 31st, Sunday.
Cleaned my apartment, read a book.

10th week,  November 1-7
November 1st, Monday.
I created bibliographic records for German items for the Rare Books collection (Beinecke team). Stephen Young trained me to create holding and item records for German books and introduced me to the special Call number system for German collection books (Cutter classification system). In the evening I participated at a discussion in Professor Bushkovitch’s house. Topic – “The End of the Affair: the Intelligentsia, “the People” and Human Rights in the (Historical) Block” by Rossen Djagalov.

November 2nd, Tuesday.
I continued my work with the Beinecke German books collection. Second part of the day, I processed books from the Russian vendor Kozmenko in the Slavic Reading Room.

November 3rd,  Wednesday.
I continued the work of inputting Beinecke’s German books for the rare book collection. Second part of the day I worked with books from the Russian vendor Kozmenko in the Slavic Reading Room.

November 4th, Thursday.
I continued my work with the Beinecke German books collection and additional books in Russian.

November 5th, Friday.
I processed some more of the German books for the Beinecke collection. At 2 p.m. I had a nice visit to the Yale Art and Architecture library, and was shown around by Allen Townsend. I saw very interesting collections of art and architecture books and a beautiful renovated building with a very interesting interior design in the library reading rooms.

November 6th, Saturday.
Gym workout with William Larsh and in the evening we watched videos on several   music concerts in the 1960’s and early 1970’s by “The Doors” and Janis Joplin and her band, “Big Brother and the Holding Company”.

November 7th, Sunday.
I attended a very nice lunch in Tanja Lorkovic’s  house in Guilford. The lunch was in honor of the impending retirement of Tanja’s colleague, Cesar Rodriguez, Curator of the Yale Library Latin American Collection. Cesar’s last day at work will be on November 30.    

11th week, November 8-14
November 8th, Monday.
I continued my work with the Beinecke German books collection. I started working with the German backlog. I edited and created full bibliographic records and summary notes in English, authority control and used the LC classification for these items.

November 9th, Tuesday.
More work on the Beinecke rare book library German books collection and with German backlog books.

November 10th, Wednesday.
I continued my work with Beinecke rare book library German books collection and with German backlog books.

November 11th, Thursday.
I continued working with the German backlog. After lunch I worked in the Slavic Reading Room with Lithuanian exchange books.

November 12th, Friday.
I continued processing the German backlog. After lunch I worked in the Slavic Reading Room with East View books in Ukrainian.

November 13th, Saturday.
William Larsh accompanied me to the Train station to pick up my train tickets to Washington, DC. Then we went to the Yale gym. In the evening we watched a funny comedy: The Pink Panther.

November 14th, Sunday.
Trip to Washington, D.C.. Upon arrival at the hotel I went walking around the city and attended the American Indian museum, which was quite amazing. I saw in the museum  the everyday life of the American Indians, applied arts and traditions of the various tribal peoples.

12th week, November 15-21
November 15th, Monday.
At 9 am. I visited the Library of Congress Jefferson building and was met by Regina Frackowiack. I was introduced to the Slavic and Eastern Europe reference reading room specialists. Had a very nice lunch in a Mexican restaurant with the reference and cataloging specialists. After lunch I had some free time and visited the Smithsonian African Art and Asian Art galleries and had a little time to see the Natural Science Museum. I had a very nice walk around the Capitol area.

November 16th, Tuesday.
At 9 a.m. I met the Baltic and Eastern Europe cataloging team specialist, Lucy Barron, in the LC Madison library building. We discussed bibliographic records usability in data exchange between my library, the National Library of Latvia, and the Library of Congress. That evening I returned to my place in New Haven.

November 17th, Wednesday.
I worked with Estonian books in the Slavic Reading Room. I wrote a short report to the National Library of Latvia about my visit to Washington, D.C. and the Library of Congress.

November 18th, Thursday.
Received and processed books from the Russian vendor Kozmenko in the Slavic Reading Room. In the afternoon I worked with German backlog books downstairs.

November 19th, Friday.
I worked some more with  the German backlog books. In the evening I went to the Yale gym swimming pool.

November 20th, Saturday.
I went to New York to watch the opera “Cosi fan tutte” in the New York Metropolitan Opera House.

November 21st, Sunday.
Spent my free day in my apartment and read a book, watched some TV.

13th week, November 22-28
November 22nd, Monday.
Continued working with the Russian vendor Kozmenko lists and books.

November 23rd, Tuesday.
Processed books received from the Russian vendor Kozmenko and downloading bibliographic records from OCLC.

November 24th, Wednesday.
Continued work with the German backlog books, and created full bibliographic records with summary notes.

November 25th, Thursday.
Thanksgiving holidays, so I didn’t have to work Thursday or Friday! I celebrated Thanksgiving Day together with William Larsh.We watched a charming DVD of Charlie Brown’s Thanskgiving cartoon. It is a very nice cartoon movie about Thanksgiving traditions in the U.S.

November 26th, Friday.
I walked around the Yale Campus area and bought some Christmas gifts in several New Haven fancy little shops.

November 27th, Saturday.
I went to New York to see the opera “Carmen” with the famous Latvian singer Elina Garanca in the role of Carmen at the New York Metropolitan Opera. I enjoyed walking around Times Square and the 5th Avenue area in the evening with the beautiful Christmas decorations.

November 28th, Sunday.
Walked around the Yale Campus area and went to the Yale Bass Library to check and read my e-mails.

14th week, November 29th - December 5th.
November 29th, Monday.
I visited the Columbia University Library in New York. I participated in a library specialists’ meeting about technology updates and discussion about a cooperation project between the Columbia University Library and New York Public library. I had a very nice lunch and saw the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. In the evening I had a very nice walk around the Broadway and 5th Avenue area. Returned by train to New Haven.

November 30th, Tuesday.
I continued working with the Beinecke rare book collection and German language items. After lunch I worked with Kozmenko lists in the Slavic Reading Room.

December 1st, Wednesday.
I continued my work with the Beinecke rare book collection and German language books.

December 2nd, Thursday.
Received and processed exchange books from my library, the National Library of Latvia, inputting these books into Yale’s Orbis catalogue. I had a very nice lunch with Stephen Young in the Saybrook College dining hall.

December 3rd, Friday.
Continued working with the Kozmenko lists. In the evening I went with William Larsh to watch a hockey game between the Yale Bulldogs and Rensselaer Polytechnic. Yale won the game 4-2.

December 4th, Saturday.
Shopping in Hamden. In the evening I and William Larsh watched two movies based on the Tony Hillerman Indian detective stories, Dark Wind and Thief of Time.

December 5th, Sunday.
My trip to Boston to see the Harvard University library system. First day I walked around Harvard Campus area, enjoyed its spectacular parks and yards in Campus. I toured the Peabody museum anthropological collection, saw an exposition about American Indian and Pacific Islanders’ daily life and traditions. Enjoyed the beautiful Christmas decorations and markets in the Harvard Campus area in the evening.

15th week, December 6-12
December 6th, Monday.
Still in Boston: at 9 am. meeting with Brad Schaffner (head of the Slavic team in the Harvard Widener library). He showed me the library and told me about its history and collections. He showed me also the stack area and reading rooms and the reference service area. I showed him the web-page of the National Library of Latvia and told him about our library digital collections. I also had a very nice talk with Anna Rakitianskaia about cataloging in the Widener library. I then had a pleasant lunch with Brad Schaffner and Anna Rakitianskaia in a nice restaurant. After lunch Brad showed me some other libraries on the Harvard Campus and I visited the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian studies and talked with Hugh K. Truslow (librarian for the Davis Center Collection). Hugh gave me some good information about what else I could look in Boston. Then Brad accompanied me to the subway station and I went to Park Street in Boston and looked at the beautiful parks and the Boston Public library and also saw the Trinity church which was very nice.

December 7th, Tuesday.
Wrote some more of my diary report. At 10 a.m. I participated in a catalogers’ and acquisition specialists’ meeting about RDA (Resource description and access). I continued working with some more Kozmenko lists.

December 8th, Wednesday.
Continued working on my diary report. Received and processed books from Kozmenko, I also worked with processing some exchange books from the Czech Republic. In the evening I went with Tanja Lorkovic to the Christmas party in the Pearson College Master’s House, Professor Harvey Goldblatt and I met some more cataloging specialists from Sterling Memorial Library.

December 9th, Thursday
Wrote some more of my diary report and started working on my final report.

December 10th, Friday
I shed writing my diary report and continued working on my final report.

16th week, December 13-15
December 13th, Monday
I finished writing my final report. Tanja invited me and William to a celebratory farewell luncheon at Mory’s. We had an excellent meal and a good talk about my experiences here at Yale and in America.

December 14th, Tuesday
My last day at the Yale library and in the Slavic Reading Room. It was a bittersweet experience for me, as I will miss my new colleagues but I look forward to seeing my son and family and friends back in Riga!

December 15th, Wednesday
I will fly from JFK at 5:40 in the afternoon to Helsinki and then onto Riga. I hope my flight goes smoothly!