November 2014 Archives

A new project from the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library allows listeners to hear world-renowned book artist Richard Minsky discuss selected objects from the Richard Minsky Archive. Each interview sheds light on Minsky’s creative process and situates the artifacts in the Archive into the picture of his career. Recounted with Minsky’s characteristic humor, the interviews are entertaining as well as educational.

The Richard Minsky Archive, held in Arts Library Special Collections, contains materials documenting all aspects of Minsky’s career. Many of these pieces are part of a larger story that is not yet recorded of the rise of book arts as an artistic field. Additionally, the archive holds important documentation about Minsky’s work to create The Center for Book Arts in New York City, a member-driven, non-profit learning and exhibition space that has been modeled around the country. The release of this new resource was timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of The Center and related exhibitions of Minsky’s work.

This project was a collaboration between Jae Rossman and Molly Dotson of Arts Library Special Collections and Francesca Livermore of Arts-Area Digital Collections. The project aimed to develop a lightweight solution for delivering audio content related to archival collections that can be employed by all special collections repositories in the Yale University Library.

Post on November 2, 2014 - 4:47pm |

Tuesday, November 18, 2:00pm
SML International Room

In recent years, library research in France has focused increasingly on participation and, in particular, what institutions can do to generate higher levels of participation in the programs and services they offer to patrons. This talk will be about how participatory projects conducted in French libraries are changing our relation to the public and the services that we are proposing, our definition of the skills of librarians, and perhaps even our role in the development of new forms of democracy.

Raphaëlle Bats is "conservateur de bibliothèques" (head librarian) and has worked at Enssib, the French National School for Library and Information Science, since 2011. She is in charge of Enssib’s International Relations Office and also teaches on such topics as communication in libraries, signage and wayfinding, comparative international librarianship, and participation and new relations to the public. At the Université Paris 7 (philosophy - sociology), she is preparing a PhD, "From Participation to Collective Mobilization: Libraries in Search of Their Democratic Vocation." Raphaëlle Bats is also involved in many international associations, including IFLA, EUCLID, CFIBD, AIFBD, and CIFNAL.

All are welcome to join us for this SCOPA forum.

Post on November 12, 2014 - 10:11am |

“Prospects of Empire: Slavery and Ecology in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain” opens on Monday, November 17 at the Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington, CT and will be on view until May 1, 2015. The exhibit is curated by Heather V. Vermeulen, Doctoral Candidate in African American Studies and American Studies, Yale University and Hazel V. Carby, Charles C. & Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies and Professor of American Studies at Yale. It is part of a larger Yale initiative this fall exploring the visual representations of transatlantic slavery.

The exhibit explores the notion of empire’s “prospects”—its gaze upon bodies and landscapes, its speculations and desires, its endeavors to capitalize upon seized land and labor, as well as its failures to manage enslaved persons and unruly colonial ecologies. It reads latent anxieties in the policing of bodies and borders, both in the colonies and in the metropole, and examines the forces that empire mustered to curtail perceived threats to its regimes of power and knowledge. In addition to the focus on material from the long eighteenth century, the exhibition features a selection of four lithographs from Joscelyn Gardner’s series Creole Portraits III: “bringing down the flowers” (2009-11), a recent joint acquisition by the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. Gardner’s work mines the eighteenth-century Jamaica archive of white English immigrant, overseer, slaveowner, and pen-keeper Thomas Thistlewood, one of whose diaries is on loan from the Beinecke.

There will also be a workshop for graduate students on December 9-10 entitled Representing Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain - more details can be found here.

For more information on the other events around campus, including "Figures of Empire: Slavery and Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain" at the Yale Center for British Art and an international conference at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, click here.

Post on November 13, 2014 - 1:48pm |

We are delighted to announce that the annual report issue of Nota Bene: News from the Yale Library is now available online. Printed copies are also available on request by emailing librarycommunications@yale.edu. Nota Bene is published during the academic year to acquaint the Yale community and others with the rich resources and collections of the Yale Library. This issue also highlights some of the remarkable contributions from our donors from July 2013-June 2014.

Post on November 16, 2014 - 8:47pm |

You are invited to attend a Caribbean Collections Open House on Friday, November 21 from 2:30-4:00 pm in the Beinecke Library, Rooms 38-39, followed by a reception of coffee and cookies from 4:00-5:00 pm at the Beinecke Mezzanine.

This event will feature displays put together by seven librarians, archivists, and curators from around the Yale University Library system. Each person will have a table displaying Caribbean-related collections at Yale and attendees can walk around at their leisure and engage with the library staff member who selected the items.

The presenters are:
Melissa Barton, Curator, Prose & Drama, Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke: Claude McKay Collection from the James Weldon Johnson Collection

David Gary, Kaplanoff Librarian for American History: George F. Usher Papers, Henry Duncan Grant watercolor sketchbooks and scrapbooks, Selden Rodman Papers

Melissa Grafe, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History: Various collections on disease and health in Caribbean in the 18th and early 19th centuries

Kathryn James, Curator, Early Modern & Osborn Collections at the Beinecke: Thomas Thistlewood Papers

Bill Landis, Head of Public Services, Manuscripts and Archives at Sterling Memorial Library: Caribbean Collection

Michael Printy, Librarian for Western European Humanities: Various collections on the European views of the Caribbean

Martha Smalley, Curator of the Day Mission Collection and Special Collections Librarian at the Divinity Library: Various collections on the Protestant Missions and Churches in the Caribbean

There are roughly 60 graduate students and faculty members with a strong interest in the Caribbean at Yale. The diverse group comes from a number of departments, including: history, art history, French, Spanish and Portuguese, anthropology, sociology, African American Studies, American Studies, English, public health, music, forestry, environmental science, and economics.

Click here for more information on Caribbean resources available through the Yale University Library.

All are welcome to join us on Friday afternoon.

Post on November 17, 2014 - 10:16am |