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April 15, 2014

A Collection's Progress: The Lewis Walpole Library, 2000-2014

When Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis left his library to Yale in 1979 Lewis thought of his gift not as a finished monument but as a living thing that required growth and change lest it become, in his words, “static and moldy.” This new exhibition, now on view at the Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington, CT, presents materials selected from the Library's collecting successes of the last fourteen years. Together the objects on display argue forcefully for the Library’s conquest of stasis and mold, and each speaks eloquently of another time, its politics and conflicts, its arts, fashions, and pastimes.

Library's most recent Annual Report now online

The FY 2012-13 issue of the Annual Report of the University Librarian, is now available online at: http://elischolar.library.yale.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1006&context=yul_annual-reports#page=2

April 14, 2014

Visit the Divinity Library's Nouwen Chapel

The Yale Divinity Library is one of the few libraries in the world that contains a prayer chapel. When the Divinity School was renovated in 2001, the former Byzantine chapel was included within the the library. Since it was impractical to make this space into a seminar room, the chapel was refurbished from donations from the students of Henri Nouwen, who was a professor at Yale Divinity School in the 1970s. The triptych showing Nouwen and those who influenced him (on the outside panels) reverencing the risen Christ (in the center panel), were specially commissioned for the Nouwen Chapel and painted by John Giuliani, a Jesuit priest living in Connecticut who paints icons featuring Native American spirituality. The Nouwen Chapel was rededicated on March 2, 2007. It is now used for some homiletics sections, for regularly scheduled worship services (such as evening prayer), and for private devotion. Feel free to visit when you're next at the Divinity Library, located at 409 Prospect Street, New Haven.

Bass Library expands hours for Reading Period and Finals

From Saturday, April 26, through Monday, May 5, Bass Library will remain open until 2:45 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, and until 11:45 pm on Friday and Saturday. Circulation Desk and Thain Family Café hours will remain unchanged. To access information about Bass Library hours, and as well as hours for other libraries and collections throughout the Yale University Library, visit http://web.library.yale.edu/buildings

Yale University Library Celebrates Preservation Week, April 27-May 3

In support of American Library Association’s Preservation Week, Yale Library's Chief Conservator, Christine McCarthy, will present “Preserving Your Personal Treasures” at the Howland Public Library on April 29th and at the Ferguson Library on May 1st. These lectures are free and open to the general public. The lecture content and more can also be found in a new YUL Preservation Department Library Subject Guide, “Preserving Your Personal Collections.” The guide links to online resources, materials available in the YUL collections, and offers strategies for scrapbooks, photographs, books, and documents typically found in personal, family, and community-based collections. http://guides.library.yale.edu/preservepersonalcollections

Memories and treasures should last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations. Preservation Week is designed to highlight this need. Sponsored by the ALA’s Association of Library Collections and Services and partner organizations, Preservation Week inspires actions to preserve personal, family and community collections of all kinds, as well as library, museum and archive collections. It raises awareness of the role libraries and other cultural institutions can play in providing ongoing preservation information. Local libraries, museums, and archives are asked to do one thing in their communities to celebrate Preservation Week, even if the action or activity is small. For more information, visit www.ala.org/preservationweek

April 11, 2014

Yale seniors invited to apply for the Applebaum Award for outstanding senior essay based on research in government documents

The Harvey M. Applebaum '59 Award will be conferred on a Yale College senior for an outstanding essay based on research that incorporates Yale University Library’s government documents collections.

The prize is an award of $500. Students may nominate themselves, or faculty advisors may nominate students' work.

The deadline to submit an essay for consideration is April 21, 2014 at 5 p.m. See the Applebaum Award website for application instructions and additional information.

What sorts of research materials qualify an essay for this award? Any documents, records, statistics, or other items that are in the scope of Yale’s government information 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)

These materials may be held within Yale’s government information collections or may be available in digital format. Examples of eligible material include but are not limited to: digitized Congressional hearings on ProQuest Congressional, Foreign Relations of the United States (online or in print), State Department records on microfilm in the Sterling Memorial Library, data or statistics from UNdata or EU's Eurostat database.

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.

The Yale University Library is a depository for materials from the United States and Canadian federal governments, the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the European Union. These 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 Melanie Maksin, Librarian for Political Science, International Affairs, Public Policy, and Government Information, at melanie.maksin@yale.edu or (203) 432-3310.

April 9, 2014

Bubbles in Living Cells: The 66th Annual Lecture of the Medical Library Associates

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

Dr. James E. Rothman is the Fergus F. Wallace Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, Chairman and Professor of Cell Biology, and Professor of Chemistry at Yale University. He is one of the world’s most distinguished biochemists and cell biologists, awarded the Nobel Prize last year in Physiology and Medicine for his work on how molecular messages are transmitted inside and outside of our cells. He provided the conceptual framework for understanding such diverse and important processes as the release of insulin into the blood, communication between nerve cells in the brain, and the entry of viruses to infect cells.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place in the Historical Library. A reception will follow in the Morse Reading Room.

April 3, 2014

Spring issue of Nota Bene now online

The spring issue of Nota Bene: News from the Yale Library is now online, featuring news and resources from around the Yale Library system: http://web.library.yale.edu/yul-publications

April 2, 2014

Sterling Memorial Library expands carrel program to all Yale graduate students

Sterling Memorial Library is pleased to announce that it will expand its carrel program to include all Yale graduate students. This is in response to requests made to the Graduate School Dean and the Library. Students interested in securing a study carrel for the next academic year can contact: askyale@gmail.com or stop by the SML Service Desk, located in the Franke Periodical Reading Room. For more details: http://guides.library.yale.edu/studycarrels

"Streams of Sustainability at Yale" exhibit opening reception

Please join us for a reception to celebrate the new media wall exhibit “Streams of Sustainability at Yale.”

The exhibit emphasizes sustainability as it relates to energy, environment, food, education and materials management. Included are images of the online Yale Energy Usage Explorer tool, the West Campus Urban Farm, student volunteers from the service corps, the Yale Sustainable Food Project, LEED buildings on campus, alternative transportation options, a landscaped urban meadow and a rain garden. Yale’s Sustainability Strategic Plan, 2013-2016, is highlighted.

The exhibit was designed by Mark Saba, curated by Lori Bronars and Gwyneth Crowley, and is on view through October 2014.

April 1, 2014

A 45 day trial access to Routledge’s South Asia Archive is now available to the Yale community

For the next 45 days (April 1, 2014 – May 15, 2014), all faculty, staff, and students on campus have free trial access to Routledge’s South Asia Archive. According to Routledge, content highlights include:

4.5 million pages of unique and rare primary and secondary source material; material dates ranging from 1700 through to 1953; 15% of documents are in vernacular languages (Bengali and Sanskrit only), the other 85% being in English; and there are over 1500 rare books. The digital collection contains 16 document types; government acts, books, calendars, catalogs, censuses, directories, gazette, journals, film pamphlets, legal documents, magazines, manuals, maps, proceedings, reports, and statistics.

Please note that document download is not possible on the free trial product, so you will need to use the Image Viewer to view the documents. Also you either need to be on campus or logged into the VPN to access this database.

Any questions or feedback about the resource can be directed to Sarah Calhoun, Librarian for South Asian Studies at: sarah.calhoun@yale.edu or (203) 432-7795.

March 25, 2014

Archives, Satellite Imagery & Everything in Between: Reflections on Data Management in Political Science

Thursday, April 3, 9:30-11:00am
Center for Science & Social Science Stat Lab, 219 Prospect St., New Haven, CT 06511

Jason Lyall, Associate Professor, Dept. of Political ScienceDescription: Archives, Satellite Imagery, and Everything in Between: Reflections on Data Management in Political Science Jason Lyall, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Yale University Jason Lyall will discuss the collection, processing, analysis, and security of data used in his projects exploring violence and conflict in Afghanistan and Chechnya, and how, as an individual researcher, he uses archives and partnerships with others to advance research in his field.

This talk is part of the Day of Data Spring Discussion Series. Hosted by the Data & eScience Group, the series offers talks on tools and workflows for effectively carrying out research projects. The projects discussed in this Spring series range from the experience of a single researcher to a system intended to facilitate sharing across multiple institutions, and will focus on data collection, security, data standards, partnerships, and more, with plenty of time for discussion of specific problems, issues, and areas of interest.

Sam Chauncey and John Wilkinson: A Conversation on Yale and May Day 1970

April 8th, 4pm Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

Moderated by Judith Schiff, Chief Research Archivist at Yale University Library, this panel will reflect on the university’s role in the era of student activism and the Black Panthers. It coincides with the exhibition currently on view in Sterling Memorial Library's Memorabilia Room, “Bulldog and Panther: The 1970 May Day Rally and Yale", on display until May 16. The event is being sponsored by the Yale Library Associates.

Henry "Sam" Chauncey, Jr. BA '57, was President Kingman Brewster’s assistant, in charge of Yale’s relationship with the New Haven Police and other government entities in the period of the Panther trial and May Day. In 1972 he was made Secretary of the University. Later he left Yale to start Science Park and then became President of Gaylord Hospital outside New Haven, but returned in 1995 to revitalize the Health Management Program at the School of Public Health.

John Wilkinson BA '60, '63 MAT is the former Dean of Students at Yale University. He left in 1974 as Associate Dean of Yale College and Dean of Undergraduate Affairs to head the Hopkins School. President Bart Giamatti brought him back in 1979 as Vice President for Development and then Secretary of the University in 1981.

All are welcome!

March 21, 2014

A Lewis Walpole Library exhibition brochure wins a design award

The Lewis Walpole Library's recent exhibit, Dancing on a Sunny Plain: The Life of Annie Burr Auchincloss Lewis exhibition catalog has won the 2014 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Award for Best exhibition catalog, division three. It was designed by Rebecca Martz and edited by Lesley K. Baier in the Office of the University Printer at Yale and written by Susan Walker, librarian at the Lewis Walpole Library.

According to the chair of the award committee, “the charming design and look of this catalog is a lovely example of a donor tribute catalog – Anne Burr Lewis was the wife of a major Yale figure and donor to the Walpole Library, Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis. Perfectly appropriate to the subject, the small, rectangular booklet format holds nicely in the hand with an intimate feel to it while reflecting the gentle personality of its subject. The excellent choice of typefaces makes the catalog very readable and attractive, with a good use of white space. Evocative of the 1920’s when Anne Burr Lewis was a young woman, the reproductions of watercolors are visually beautiful while the use of color and design sense is evident on every page.”

Other winners and commentary can be seen at: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/03/2014-rbms-leab-exhibition-award-winners

March 19, 2014

Hard Chairs, Bad Coffee, Top Secret Documents: Why I Love Working in Post-Communist Archives

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 3:30 pm
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate, and a historian of Central and Eastern Europe. She is the author of several books including Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, as well as Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956 which won the Cundill Prize for Historical Literature.

The Harvey M. Applebaum '59 Award is conferred annually upon a Yale College senior for an outstanding essay based on research in the Yale University Library's government documents collections. The deadline for 2014 Applebaum Award submissions is April 21, 2014; for more information, please see http://guides.library.yale.edu/Applebaum.

A reception will follow the talk. All are welcome.

March 18, 2014

Hot Spots: Highlights from the Jazz Collections in the Gilmore Music Library

A new exhibit is now on view in the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, located in Sterling Memorial Library.

Most of the Music Library’s holdings come from the classical tradition, but it is also a world-renowned center of jazz research. The Library is the home of the papers of the “King of Swing,” Benny Goodman, as well as numerous other jazz figures, such as Mel Powell, Eddie Sauter, Slam Stewart, Red Norvo, and John Hammond. It also holds individual manuscripts by Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Fats Waller, and Glenn Miller. Hot Spots features a selection of these treasures, along with photographs of jazz luminaries from the papers of Stanley Dance and Helen Oakley Dance and Fred Plaut.

The exhibit will be on view until August 15th. It is free and open to the public.

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

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 12:00–1:00pm
The Medical Historical Library in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Come to the Medical Historical Library for a live musical revue of selections from our exhibit “A Cure for What Ails You.” Bring your lunches into the Medical Historical Library and enjoy wonderful vocals with instrumental accompaniment. Songs range from rag time and art song to rock and country music and will be performed by Medical and Music Library staff and doctors from the Medical School. Selections include Loretta Lynn's "The Pill" and Irving Berlin’s “They’ve Got Me Doing It Now.”