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FINAL REPORT OF YALE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
September 7 - December 22, 2001
In the framework of Slavic and East European Collection's Baltic Librarian Fellows Program I visited the Yale University Library as the first intern from Tartu University Library. During the internship I mostly worked in the Slavic Reading room at Sterling Memorial Library and visited other collections and departments at SML as well as several other libraries comprising the Yale University Library system. I also visited Harvard University Libraries, New York Public Library and the Library of Congress in Washington as part of my program at Yale. My one semester internship at Yale became possible thanks to a scholarship generously funded by Yale alumnus Dr. Kristaps J. Keggi and thanks to the Curator of the Slavic and East European Collection, Tatjana Lorkovic, who has created and maintained the Program for Visiting Fellows from various East European countries with the help of her assistants for several years. I would like to mention as well the support given to the program by the Yale University Library.
During my three and a half month Fellowship from September 7th to December 22nd, 2001, I mostly concentrated on the problems of collection development and acquisitions issues. I focused also on learning about the differing aspects of the work of area specialists especially in the fields of history, literature and architectural history. Although there are many basic differences in work organization between American and Estonian libraries in this field, I learned as much as I possibly could about the structure of the relevant departments in the libraries I visited. I paid much attention to the organization of workflow, to the division of different tasks between staff members, and especially to those areas in the work of the collection development that are organized in a different way from our Estonian libraries. I also gathered valuable ideas concerning the assessment and evaluation of already extant collections and to dealing with the new electronic media. Information and ideas concerning electronic resources, electronic journals, CD-ROMS and web pages as well as digitalizing projects are invaluable to us in Estonia as our work has only begun in these fields.
The visit turned out to be a very informative and stimulating experience. I saw several beautiful and technically well equipped library buildings and became familiar with their wonderfully extensive collections. I learned about the wide ranging collection activities and interests of major American research libraries as well as the impressive amount of work done in acquiring and processing materials from all over the world. I also familiarized myself with the work of Acquisitions, Cataloging and Public Services in all the libraries I visited. Touring the different area collections at the Yale University Library gave me a good general overview of the multiple possibilities in acquiring necessary materials from various countries and in building up and maintaining the collections in the vernacular languages. I was deeply interested during my stay here at Yale in finding out all I could about the responsibilities and work of the various subject and area specialists. I also investigated various aspects of the co-operation of my American colleagues and area and subject specialist librarians with the faculty, including how materials concerning different fields of study were collected. I had many valuable discussions with specialists working on this field in the Research Services and Collections Department as well as in the area collections and I highly appreciate the knowledge and expertise they shared with me.
I greatly enjoyed my stay at Yale. I attended many wonderful lectures, saw many interesting exhibitions as well as the wonderfully rich collections of numerous museums and was able to listen to some good performances of music. In addition to many open lectures I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Prof. Paul Freedman's undergraduate class on early medieval history which I enjoyed immensely. I also had, thanks to several good friends, many chances to make short trips out of New Haven on weekends and was able to visit other beautiful and interesting places in New England (Cape Cod, Boston, Newport) and even farther afield (Brigantine and Atlantic City in New Jersey). I am deeply convinced that the personal contacts with so many nice and friendly people comprised the most valuable and essential part of my experience. I am very grateful to everyone I got to know during my visits to different libraries who took the time to talk to me and who made me feel very welcome and at ease during my stay at Yale. I hope that my internship will make for fruitful future contacts. I certainly will do my best to ensure that relations and possible co-operation between the Yale University Library and the Tartu University Library will be mutually rewarding
Below is the schedule of activities in which Ms. Tolli participated while at Yale:
Friday, September 7th Arrived in New Haven, met by William Larsh (Acquisitions Assistant at the Slavic Reading Room) who escorted me to my accommodation at 69 Canner Street.
Saturday-Sunday, September 8th-9th Weekend to adjust to time difference, to unpack and to get acquainted with the new surroundings and people. Brief tour of the campus guided by William Larsh. First visit to Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library and to Slavic Reading Room at Sterling Memorial Library.
Monday, September 10th Meeting with the other members of Slavic Reading Room team Tatjana Lorkovic (curator), Pauline Spitz and Gaukhar Surtayeva and getting acquainted with them. William Larsh accompanied me to various University offices to settle the necessary official paperwork concerning my stay at Yale like temporary social security number, health insurance (valid from the October 1st), opening my bank account. First introduction to ORBIS database given by Pauline searching in ORBIS as well as in the Library of Congress database; studying the acquisition worksheets. Checking books from a vendor's list under the guidance of Pauline.
Tuesday, September 11th Nervous day, beginning with the terrorist attack against the WTC. Followed news broadcast from Internet and constant public transmissions on wide screen in Yale's Law Building. Trying to get my picture ID. Learning how to receive monographs in ORBIS.
Wednesday, September 12th Scheduling the appointment in Tax department of Yale's Human Resources. Getting Yale picture ID. Having lunch with Tatjana Lorkovic and Fred Martz (YUL Systems Office) at Morys'. Attending the lecture "Commonplace Books and the Practice of Learning in Early Modern Europe" given by the Professor of History from Princeton Anthony Grafton and the following reception at Beinecke.
Thursday, September 13th Applying for permanent social security number. Having trouble getting health insurance for September. Receiving new books under Pauline's supervision. Attending the lecture on world's economy at Yale Center for International and Area Studies in Luce Hall.
Friday, September 14th Receiving Estonian books sent by the vendor in Estonia (TEEK). Coffee break and discussion with Danuta Nitecki (Associate University Librarian).
Monday, September 17th Receiving Hungarian books. Visit by the new University Librarian Alice Prochaska to Slavic Reading Room. Attending Prof. Paul Freedman's history class for undergraduates "The Early Middle Ages, 284-1000" for the first time. Receiving Romanian books.
Tuesday, September 18th Receiving Hungarian and Romanian books.
Wednesday, September 19th Attending Prof. Paul Freedman's lecture on Early Middle Age history. Visiting Social Science Library and Seeley G. Mudd Library with Mary Tao who showed me around there. Tour in Government Documents and Information Center led by Sandra Peterson (Interim Director). Receiving Romanian books.
Thursday, September 20th Taking part in "Symposium on Digital Projects in the Yale Libraries". Receiving Hungarian books sent by Kubon & Sagner. Attending the lecture by Strobe Talbot on Russian politics during the last decade - "Putin the Un-Yeltsin: Reflections on Post-Communist Russia" at YCIAS in Luce Hall.
Friday, September 21st Receiving Romanian and Hungarian books sent by Kubon & Sagner. Reception in honor of the famous Russian ballet dancer Maya Plisetskaya who talked about her life and her career on stage in SML Lecture Hall followed by the presentation of her newly published book "I, Maya Plisetskaya". Nanette Stahl (Judaica Curator) took me to the reception of the Whitney Humanities Center.
Saturday, September 22nd Visiting Peabody Museum in New Haven
Sunday, September 23rd Visiting Tatjana Lorkovic at her home in Guilford with Nicole Bouche (Manuscript Unit Head at Beinecke).
Monday, September 24th Attending the University Librarian's Welcome Reception for new Library staff. Receiving Hungarian and Romanian books from Kubon & Sagner. Attending architect James Polshek's lecture "The History of the Future: Connections and Transformations" as part of Devane Lecture Series "Ideals Without Ideologies: Yale's Contribution to Modern Architecture".
Tuesday, September 25th Meeting Jennifer Weintraub (Digital Collections Specialist) who showed me the sophisticated equipment for digitalizing library has and introduced the possibilities for special projects to create online databases consisting of images and text as well as to digitalize old and rare library materials to enable better accessibility of these for patrons. Receiving Hungarian books from Kubon & Sagner. Coffee break and discussion with Patricia Thurston (Principal Catalog Librarian/Team Leader of Slavic & East European Team) and Matthew Beacom (Catalog Librarian for Networked Information) Checking the list of book titles offered by a vendor in Lithuania in online catalog ORBIS.
Wednesday, September 26th Attending Prof. Paul Freedman's lecture on Early Middle Age history. Searching book titles in ORBIS after a Lithuanian vendor's list. Attending University Librarian Alice Prochaska's Question and Answer Session for Library Staff.
Thursday, September 27th Checking the book titles after a vendor's list. Having lunch with Patricia Thurston, Kalee Sprague (Database Librarian in Systems Office), Manon Theroux (Catalog Management Librarian) and Ann Sochi (Map cataloger). Receiving Hungarian books from Kubon & Sagner. Getting social security number over the phone and filling necessary papers in Tax Office.
Friday, September 28th Searching ORBIS after the list of tiles offered by a Lithuanian vendor. Meeting the donator of scholarship Dr. Kristaps Keggi and having lunch with him and Tatjana Lorkovic. Visiting the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, the amazing collection of videotaped testimonies by survivors of the Holocaust all over the world. Talking with Joanne Rudof, the collection's librarian and watching one of the tapes in the reading room of Manuscripts and Archives Department. Taking part in the fundraising exhibition and concert ArtSpot! for the benefit of September 11th Fund with Mary Tao and Gaukhar Surtayeva.
Saturday, September 29th Trip to New York with Mary Tao.
Sunday, September 30 Visiting Yale Center for British Art.
Monday, October 1st Joining Patricia Thurston's Slavic and East European Cataloging Team for next three weeks. Patricia was showing me around in the Catalog Department and introducing me to the members of different cataloging teams. Taking part in the meeting on romanization of the Hebrew alphabet where Daniel Lovins (Catalog Librarian/Team Leader of Hebraica Team) and Steven Bernstein (Catalog Librarian) were explaining the difficulties in transcribing Hebrew texts. Attending Prof. Paul Freedman's lecture on Early Middle Age history. Brief introduction to upcoming Library Management System Voyager's cataloging worksheets by Patricia Thurston. Attending the lecture "Architecture as Heroic Act: Eero Saarinen, Vincent Scully and Paul Rudolph, 1957-1965" presented by Prof. Robert A.M. Stern as part of the Devane Lecture Series "Ideals Without Ideologies: Yale's Contribution to Modern Architecture".
Tuesday, October 2nd Meeting Christine de Vallet (Librarian in Arts Library) in the Arts of the Book Collection. Brief tour in the collection led by Jae Williams (Special Collections Librarian). Visiting Arts Library and the Collection of Visual Resources. Brief tour through different collections and reading rooms in SML with Patricia Thurston. Checking the backlog list of Estonian titles in ORBIS. Searching Estonian books in backlog.
Wednesday, October 3rd Attending Prof. Paul Freedman's lecture on Early Middle Age history. Getting familiar with the working tools used by catalogers. Learning how to search for subject headings in Library of Congress database and how to use Cataloger's Desktop for searching subject headings. Observed how to create the full bibliographical records in ORBIS.
Thursday, October 4th Studying the Library of Congress list of subject headings in Cataloger's Desktop. Visiting Music Library. Meeting Richard Warren, Curator of the Historical Sound Recordings Department who gave me a tour in Music Library. Looking for subject headings for some Estonian books taken from backlog. Visiting Yale Observatory.
Friday, October 5th Learning to search in Library of Congress subject headings' list. Watching the Convocation commemorating the University's founding on Cross Campus. Learning to search in OCLC and RLIN databases, import records and adjust them to ORBIS. Taking part in the Celebration of Yale 300th Birthday Festival at Yale Bowl.
Saturday, October 6th Listening the Closing Address for Yale Tercentennial symposium "Global Perspectives" presented by the former President William Jefferson Clinton.
Sunday, October 7th Exploring the East Rock area.
Monday, October 8th Visiting library's Collection Care Unit and Preservation Department. Attending Prof. Paul Freedman's lecture on Early Middle Age history. Visiting the Department of Manuscripts and Archives. Tour through different working areas and reading rooms of the department led by Christine Weideman (Assistant Head of Manuscripts & Archives). Doing subject analysis for Estonian books from backlog, importing records from OCLC and RLIN and adjusting them to ORBIS. Attending architect Norman Foster's lecture "Exploring the City" as part of Devane Lecture Series "Ideals Without Ideologies: Yale's Contribution to Modern Architecture".
Tuesday, October 9th Searching Estonian books in backlog. Doing subject analysis for Estonian books from backlog, importing records from OCLC and RLIN. Visiting Medical Library with Patricia Thurston. Tour in the wonderful Historical Collection of the library guided by Mona Florea and Paula Ball.
Wednesday, October 10th Searching Estonian books in backlog and doing subject analysis. Taking part in Barbara Rockenbach's (Instructional Services Librarian in Arts Library) session on resources for art history and classics in Arts Library for undergraduate students.
Thursday, October 11th Introduction to the activities of SCOPA the Standing Committee on Professional Awareness for the new librarians. Having lunch with Brandon Pustejovsky (Manager in the Fortunoff Video Archive) discussing his future trip to Baltic countries. Doing subject analysis for Estonian books from backlog.
Friday, October 12th Doing subject analysis for Estonian books from backlog, importing records from OCLC and RLIN and adjusting them to ORBIS.
Saturday, October 13th Visiting Guggenheim Gallery and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Sunday, October 14th Visiting Yale Art Gallery.
Monday, October 15th Attending Prof. Paul Freedman's lecture on Early Middle Ages history. Searching Estonian books in backlog and doing subject analysis to them.
Tuesday, October 16th Searching Estonian books in backlog, doing subject analysis to them, importing records from OCLC and RLIN and adjusting them to ORBIS. Dinner with Dr. Kristaps Keggi.
Wednesday, October 17th Visiting Medical Library. Charles Greenberg showing me the collections and introducing the workflow in various library units. Searching Estonian books in backlog and doing subject analysis on them. Attending lecture given by Barbara Aronson on Health Inter Network.
Thursday, October 18th Searching Estonian books in backlog and doing subject analysis to them.
Friday, October 19th Doing subject analysis for Estonian books from backlog, importing records from OCLC and RLIN and adjusting them to ORBIS. Lunch for Mary Tao with Slavic Reading Room team. Trip to New York.
Saturday, October 20th Visiting friends in Brigantine, New Jersey.
Sunday, October 21st Walking around in Atlantic City.
Monday, October 22nd Taking part in Library New Staff Orientation Program's session Associate University Librarians' Presentation where Ann Okerson and Danuta Nitecki were talking about their responsibilities respectively. Searching ORBIS according to the list of books offered for exchange by National Library in Estonia. Attending lecture "The Struggle Over the City Idea" given by Alexander Tzonis as part of Devane Lecture Series "Ideals Without Ideologies: Yale's Contribution to Modern Architecture".
Tuesday, October 23rd Doing subject analysis for Estonian books from backlog.
Wednesday, October 24th Attending Prof. Paul Freedman's lecture on Early Middle Ages history. Doing subject analysis for Estonian books from backlog. Searching Estonian books in backlog.
Thursday, October 25th Learning how to create order records under Pauline's guidance. Creating order records for the books offered as exchange by National Library of Estonia.
Friday, October 26th Creating order records for the books offered by National Library of Estonia. Taking part in the Curators' farewell lunch for Mary Tao at Graduate Club. Attending the lecture by Robert A. M. Stern (Dean of the School of Architecture) "Some Libraries for the Future" as part of ARLIS/NE Fall Meeting's program. Special Collection's Fair in Beinecke.
Monday, October 29th Visiting Law Library. Bonnie Collier was guiding me through the collections discussing collection development policies and explaining how the library operates. Attending Prof. Paul Freedman's lecture on Early Middle Ages history. Creating order records for the books offered by National Library of Estonia. Attending the lecture "Architecture and Revolution: From Project Argus to Panther Weekend, 1966-1970" presented by Prof. Robert A.M. Stern as part of Devane Lecture Series "Ideals Without Ideologies: Yale's Contribution to Modern Architecture".
Tuesday, October 30th Creating order records for the books offered by the National Library of Estonia. Doing subject analysis for Estonian books from backlog. Searching ORBIS for Estonian books based upon a list from a vendor.
Wednesday, October 31st Historical Walking Tour of the Yale Campus for new staff. Searching ORBIS for Estonian books after the title list sent by an exchange partner. Creating order records for Estonian books offered as exchange.
Thursday, November 1st Visit to Harvard University Libraries Widener Library, Fine Arts Library and Tozzer Library. Meeting and being introduced to colleagues in Slavic Division. Discussion with Grazyna Slanda (Head of Slavic Division) and Sarma Muiznieks (Cataloger for books from Baltic Countries) about acquisitions, collection development and work practices. Tour in Widener library led by Sarma Muiznieks. Visiting Fine Arts Library. Amanda Bowen (Collection Development Librarian) giving me the tour in the library and introduction to the collections and library's activities.
Friday, November 2nd Visiting Tozzer Library (Anthropology Library). Janet L. Steins (Associate Librarian for Technical Services and Collections) introducing me to the library's collection development policy and giving the tour around collections. Walking around in Boston.
Saturday, November 3rd Halloween party got wild but not too crazy!
Sunday, November 4th Trip to the Mystic Seaport with Ann Sochi.
Monday, November 5th Attending Prof. Paul Freedman's lecture on Early Middle Ages history. Receiving Estonian books sent as exchange by Tartu University Library. Searching Estonian books in backlog. Attending architect David Sellers' lecture "Architecture as Culture and Counterculture" as part of Devane Lecture Series "Ideals Without Ideologies: Yale's Contribution to Modern Architecture".
Tuesday, November 6th Attending a SCOPA meeting "Librarians without borders" where Matthew Wilcox (Epidemiology and Public Health Librarian) and Patricia Thurston were sharing their experiences about visiting the libraries respectively in St. Petersburg and various East European countries. Catalog Librarian Matthew Beacom introducing me to Yale's rules and practices in cataloging electronic resources.
Wednesday, November 7th Receiving Moldavian books sent by a vendor. Attending Prof. Paul Freedman's lecture on Early Middle Ages history. Attending William Reese' (Rare Book Dealer) lecture "Iconography of Early Exploration" at Yale Center for British Art.
Thursday, November 8th Receiving Lithuanian books sent by an exchange partner. Discussion with Todd Gilman (Librarian for Literature in English) about his job as subject specialist. Sending out the appointment requests to different departments of SML and to other libraries with Tatjana Lorkovic. The New Haven Symphony Orchestra's Concert in Woolsey Hall.
Friday, November 9th Creating order records for the books offered as exchange by Tartu University Library. Accompanying the library tour for graduate students in history given by Susanne Roberts (Librarian for European History). Alan Solomon (Head of the Research Services and Collections and Librarian for Archaeology) gave me a tour in the areas of SML that are the responsibility of his department (Microfilm Reading Room, Map Collection etc). Discussing with him the workflow in the department and various responsibilities of subject specialists in different fields respectively.
Saturday, November 10th Visiting Mashantucket Pequot Museum.
Sunday, November 11th Traveling along the coastline of Cape Cod up to Provincetown.
Monday, November 12th Having lunch with Maija Jansson (Director of Yale Center for Parliamentary History). Taking part in New Staff Welcome Reception and staff introductions at Beinecke. Attending the lecture "Destruction and Reconstruction: The Post-Modernist Devolution, 1971-1977" presented by Prof. Robert A.M. Stern as part of the Devane Lecture Series "Ideals Without Ideologies: Yale's Contribution to Modern Architecture".
Tuesday, November 13th Meeting with Chris de Vallet, Jae Williams and Laurel Bliss in Arts Library. Discussing collection development problems and different aspects of their work with the faculty. Visiting Judaica Collection. Nanette Stahl (Curator) was talking about the history of the collection and her work. Visiting Acquisitions Department. Talking with Marcia Romanansky (Chief Acquisitions Librarian), Rebecca Hamilton (Team Leader for Monograph and Order Support Team), James D. Shetler (Assistant Head Acquisitions) and Janet Prochownik (Team Leader of Fiscal Support Team) about the workflow in the department. Attending the lecture on culture and politics in Near Eastern countries as part of the Near Eastern Program.
Wednesday, November 14th Attending Prof. Paul Freedman's lecture on Early Middle Ages history. Lunch with Paul Freedman. Attending ORBIS Introduction Session. Doing subject analysis for Estonian books from backlog in Cataloging Department.
Thursday, November 15th Searching Estonian books in backlog. Attending the lecture and slide presentation "Elm and Ivy" on Yale New Haven history by Judith Schiff (Chief Research Archivist of Manuscripts and Archives). Doing subject analysis for Estonian books from backlog. Meeting Susanne Roberts. Discussing her responsibilities and work practices as subject specialist for European history. Attending the final lecture in the Storrs Lecture Series "Liberals and Romantics at War: The Problem of Collective Guilt" presented by George P. Fletcher, the Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia Law School.
Friday, November 16th Visiting East Asian Collection. Wen-kai Kung (Associate Curator) gave me the overview of the collections history and everyday work procedures. Brief tour with him in collections and work areas. Doing subject analysis for Estonian books from backlog.
Saturday, November 17th Trip to Boston with Ann Sochi.
Sunday, November 18th Visiting the Norman Rockwell Exhibit in the Guggenheim Gallery, New York.
Monday, November 19th Lunch with Ann Okerson (Associate University Librarian on Collection Development). Learning about Library's financing, general principles in collection development and involvement in the work in various consortiums. Visiting Art Library at Yale Center for British Art. Meeting Susan Brady (Head Reference Librarian) who was showing me the duplicates they are ready to give to a library in Eastern Europe. Doing subject analysis for Estonian books from backlog.
Tuesday, November 20th Completing the search for Estonian books in Slavic Cataloging Team's backlog. Doing subject analysis for Estonian books from backlog.
Wednesday, November 21st Doing subject analysis for Estonian books from backlog. Thursday-Friday, November 22-23rd Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Monday, November 26th Visiting New York Public Library and especially its Slavic and Baltic Division. Mr. Janis A. Kreslins (Baltic Languages Specialist) was giving me a general tour in Library. The Chief of the Slavic and Baltic Division Edward Kasinec discussing the practices of acquiring materials from East European countries and collection profile. Zenon P. Kurowycky (Technical Services) introducing the cataloging practices. Brief conversation on phone with Mr. Viktor KÃµressaar. Attending the lecture "The Recuperation of the Traditional Town" given by architects Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk as part of Devane Lecture Series "Ideals Without Ideologies: Yale's Contribution to Modern Architecture".
Tuesday, November 27th Visiting Babylonian Collection. William Hallo (Curator) was talking about the history of the Collection and showing me its wonderful holdings of cuneiform inscriptions and other precious artwork. Taking part in the last New Staff Orientation meeting about the various activities and responsibilities of Library's Human Resources Department and Business Office. The departments were introduced by respectively Diane Turner (Director) and Deborah McGraw (Business Manager). Attending SCOPA forum with YUAG (Yale University Art Gallery) Director Jock Reynolds talking on subject "To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities". Taking part in talk and reception with David Blight discussing his book "Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory".
Wednesday, November 28th Attending Prof. Paul Freedman's lecture on Early Middle Ages history. Visiting the Beinecke Library. Having the brief tour in the Library's open spaces and office areas led by Nicole Bouche (Manuscript Unit Head). Nicole was introducing me to the staff of her unit and I was able to get a closer look at their work. Having discussion about different aspects of work with rare books, manuscripts and personal archives.
Thursday, November 29th Visiting the Department of human Resources in SML and talking with the Director of the department Diane Turner about my experiences and impressions gathered at Yale. Attending supervisory Discussion Group Meeting where Caroline Hendel from the University's Legal Counsel's Office was discussing crucial legal issues concerning everyday work like hiring, leaves, compensations, hostile work environment etc. Attending the Second Annual Service Quality Award Presentation and Reception for 2000-2001 recipients. Searching ORBIS after the list of books sent by Estonian vendor Hellar Grabbi.
Friday, November 30th Visiting African Collection. The Curator Dorothy Woodson gave me an overview of the collection and talked about her work with it. Creating order records for Estonian books offered by Hellar Grabbi. Attending the presentation of the keynote addresses on the Conference "Ethnic Cleansing on the Frontiers of Europe and America" held by Norman M. Naimark of Stanford University and John Mack Faragher of Yale.
Saturday, December 1st Meeting Mary Tao in New York and visiting the Morgan Library and the Museum of Natural History with her.
Sunday, December 2nd Having dinner with Dorothy Woodson, Curator of the African Collection .
Monday, December 3rd Attending Prof. Paul Freedman's lecture on Early Middle Ages history. Receiving Estonian books sent by Hellar Grabbi. Attending the lecture by Maria Mavroudi "Greek-Arabic bilingualism in the Middle Ages: The Evidence from Greek-Arabic Manuscripts". Attending the lecture by architect Maya Lin "The Continuity of the Art Idea" as part of Devane Lecture Series "Ideals Without Ideologies: Yale's Contribution to Modern Architecture".
Tuesday, December 4th Attending the SCOPA forum on access to online resources at Yale University Library. Having lunch with the curators Tatjana Lorkovic, Dorothy Woodson and Richard Richie. Talking with Tatjana Lorkovic about Slavic and East European Collections. Tanja was giving me the comprehensive overview of the collection's history, developments and everyday practices.
Wednesday, December 5th Attending the last lecture by Prof. Paul Freedman on Early Middle Ages history for the fall semester. Beginning to work on report of my visit to Yale. Participated in Library's Holiday Party at Beinecke.
Thursday, December 6th Working on my report. Visiting the Southeast Asia Collection. Talking with the Curator Richard Richie about the collection and various ways of acquiring and processing materials from this part of the world. Together with my colleagues from Slavic Reading Room listening to a concert performance by Andy White and Radoslav Lorkovic (Tatjana's son).
Friday, December 7th Writing the report. Meeting Susanne Roberts (Librarian for European History) for coffee and discussion.
Saturday, December 8th Traveling with Ann Sochi and Keiko Suzuki (Catalog Librarian) to Newport in Rhode Island. Visiting two beautiful mansions - the Breakers and the Marble House that once belonged to the Vanderbilt family.
Sunday, December 9th Curators' party for the new Head Librarian Alice Prochaska at Tatjana Lorkovic's home.
Monday through Wednesday, December 10-12th Visiting the Library of Congress.
Monday, December 10th Taking the Acela Express train to Washington. Meeting Eric Solsten the Area Specialist and Reference Librarian from European Reading Room who showed me around in Jefferson building focusing to the reading rooms for area collections. Walking along the Mall and in Dupont Circle district.
Tuesday, December 11th Meeting Eniko Basa for a general tour of the Jefferson Building. Participating in Northern European Acquisitions Section meeting. Having lunch with Eric Solsten. Visiting Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum together with Eric. Visiting Central and East European Acquisitions Section where Nick Thorner was introducing me the principal responsibilities the work procedures and the workflow in the Section. Meeting Pirkko Johnes in Northern European Acquisitions Section and getting overview about exchange relations with Scandinavian Countries. Visiting Renwick Gallery. Walking around in Georgetown.
Wednesday, December 12th Meeting with Estonian Recommending Officer Koit Ojamaa and having a tour of cataloging which gave me some idea of how it functions in the largest library of the World. Meeting for lunch with Taru Spiegel the Area Specialist from European Reading Room and discussing various collection development problems. Visiting the East Building of the National Gallery of Art. Taking the train back to New Haven.
Thursday, December 13th Meeting Marianne Douplier (graduate student) to look through the selection of Estonian words she intends to use as illustrative test material on phonetics. Working on my report.
Friday, December 14th Visiting Cloisters and Museum of Modern Art with Mary Tao in New York
Saturday, December 15th Walking around in Brooklyn and Downtown New York with Mary Tao.
Monday, December 15th Having holiday lunch with Slavic Cataloging and Reading Room Teams at Mory's. Having dinner with Dr. Kristaps Keggi.
Tuesday, December 18th Visiting Near East Collection. Curator Simon Samoeil was introducing me to the Collection's history and interest area as well as work procedures of his team pointing out the differences comparing with other area collections. Visiting Kline Science Library. Talking to David Stern (Director, Science Libraries and Information Services) about the libraries' profiles, collections, working routine and collection development policies. Getting valuable information and ideas about libraries' homepages and the possibilities of making them more easily accessible to the general public.