August 2015 Archives

August 5, 2015

Henricus Martellus, a German cartographer working in Florence in the late 15th century, produced a highly detailed map of the known world. According to experts, there is strong evidence that Christopher Columbus studied this map and that it influenced his thinking before his fateful voyage.

Martellus’ map arrived at Yale in 1962, the gift of an anonymous donor. Scholars at the time hailed the map’s importance and argued that it could provide a missing link to the cartographic record at the dawn of the Age of Discovery. However, five centuries of fading and scuffing had rendered much of the map’s text and other details illegible or invisible, limiting its research value.

A team of researchers and imaging specialists is recovering the lost information through a multispectral-imaging project. Their work is yielding discoveries about how the world was viewed over 500 years ago. Read more in this YaleNews article.

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August 5, 2015

A USA Today article reported that Sterling Memorial Library (one of the 15 libraries that comprise the Yale Library system) – which has constantly topped the list of best college libraries in America – has done it again with the Princeton Review naming it the "best college library" in the nation for 2015.

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August 21, 2015

Save the date for the 2015 Day of Data conference on September 18! The theme this year will be innovation and research collaboration currently underway among partners across Yale. Presentations will focus on data produced and analyzed in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and medicine. Topics and examples of best practices in data collection, analysis, processing, management, storage and sharing will be discussed.

The speakers include Robert Grossman, Director of the Center for Data Intensive Science at the University of Chicago; and Chaitan Baru, Senior Advisor for Data Science, CISE, NSF.

The event is sponsored by the Yale University Library, Yale Information Technology Services, the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Institution for Social & Policy Studies, the Institute for Network Science, and the Office of the Provost. All are welcome to attend.

To register for the conference, please click here.

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August 21, 2015

Tours of Sterling Memorial (SML) and Bass Libraries, designed especially for new graduate students, are being offered on 3 dates in August – the 25, 26 & 28. Each tour will include the SML stacks and reading rooms, a peek at some unusual collections, and information about important (and useful!) services for students. The tours will begin in the SML nave, just inside the 120 High Street entrance. A Yale ID is required and students are encouraged to register using the link on the date of your choice. See more here for details.

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August 26, 2015

New freshman students will be welcomed to the Library on Wednesday September 16, from 4–5:30pm, at a reception hosted by their personal librarians in the Selin Courtyard, located in Sterling Memorial Library. The Personal Librarian Program pairs every freshman student with their very own librarian and is designed to introduce students entering Yale College to the collections and services of the Yale University Library. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet your personal librarian, enjoy some refreshments, and learn about the exceptional array of resources, collections, expertise and study spaces that the library has to offer.

Personal Librarians contact students occasionally throughout the year to let them know about new databases and tools, upcoming tours of collections or research strategies. They also encourage questions about research or the Library in general. Any questions about the program can be directed to Emily Horning, Director of Undergraduate Research Education and Outreach at: emily.horning@yale.edu or phone 203-432-8211.

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August 26, 2015

The summer/fall issue of Nota Bene: News from the Yale Library is now accessible online. Printed copies are also available on request from librarycommunications@yale.edu. Nota Bene is published three times during the academic year to acquaint the Yale community and others with the resources and collections of the Yale Library, as well as news about projects, exhibitions and events from all around the library system.

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