February 2017 Archives

February 3, 2017

All are welcome to join us on February 14 at 4:30 pm in the Sterling Memorial Lecture Hall for the for the latest lecture in the Arts and Humanities Book Talk series, Ten Restaurants that Changed America by Paul Freedman.

Combining a historian’s rigor with a foodie ’s palate, Ten Restaurants That Changed America reveals how the history of our restaurants reflects nothing less than the history of America itself. Whether charting the rise of our love affair with Chinese food through San Francisco’s fabled The Mandarin, evoking the richness of Italian food through Mamma Leone’s, or chronicling the rise and fall of French haute cuisine through Henri Soulé’s Le Pavillon, food historian Paul Freedman uses each restaurant to tell a wider story of race and class, immigration and assimilation. Freedman also treats us to a scintillating history of the then-revolutionary Schrafft’s, a chain of convivial lunch spots that catered to women, and that bygone favorite, Howard Johnson’s, which pioneered midcentury, on-the-road dining, only to be swept aside by McDonald's. From Delmonico’s to Sylvia’s to Chez Panisse, a daring and original history of dining out in America as told through ten legendary restaurants.

Light refreshments will be available at 4:00 pm with the talk starting at 4:30 pm.

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February 3, 2017

Jean Valentine has been named the winner of Yale’s 2017 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. She is the 50th poet to be honored with the award and joins a list of past winners that includes Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, John Crowe Ransom, and Marianne Moore, as well as contemporary poets Susan Howe, Charles Wright, and Nathaniel Mackey. The Bollingen Prize, established by Paul Mellon in 1949, is awarded biennially by the Yale University Library through the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library to an American poet for the best book published during the previous two years or for lifetime achievement in poetry. Read more here.

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February 6, 2017

It’s #ColorOurCollections week @YaleLibrary! The Arts, Bass, CSSSI and Medical Libraries have each pulled images from Yale collections, and are making them available for you to color. Stop by these libraries to collect the images, and tag your completed artwork on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with #ColorYaleCollections.

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February 6, 2017

All are invited to join us for a talk on Ajami Sources of Knowledge: The Case of the Muridiyya Tradition by Fallou Ngom, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the African Language Program at Boston University. It will take place on Thursday, February 23rd, in Bass Library LO1.

Muridiyya is an African Islamic tradition dating to 1883, founded by Cheikh Amadou Bamba, and is widespread in Senegal and the Gambia. Ngom's research interests include the interactions between African languages and non-African languages, the adaptations of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa, and Ajami literatures—records of African languages written in Arabic script. He seeks to understand the knowledge buried in African Ajami literatures and the historical, cultural, and religious heritage that has found expression in this manner. His work has appeared in several leading scholarly journals, including African Studies Review, Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Language Variation and Change, and International Journal of the Sociology of Language. He is the author of Muslims beyond the Arab World: The Odyssey of Ajami and The Muridiyya (Oxford University Press, 2016).

The talk is sponsored by Yale University Library's SCOPA committee, the Yale African Students Association, and the Yale Muslim Students Association.

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February 6, 2017

This semester, the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor highlights the research of four extraordinary Yale students. Maria de las Mercedes Martinez (Trumbull College ‘16), a recent Yale graduate with a degree in  Archaeological Studies, explores how new technology can allow archaeologists to create three-dimensional representations of destroyed historical sites.


Martinez’s display focuses on three monuments destroyed by ISIS in 2015. Located in Palmyra, Syria, these buildings were both historically and culturally significant. Using data and models available in the public domain, Martinez created three-dimensional prints of these structures, revealing details lost in two-dimensional images. Martinez’s project extends beyond archaeological interest, however; rather, she views the new field of digital archaeology as a an opportunity to preserve cultural heritage and provide a path for healing.

Throughout her research process, Martinez has made extensive use of physical artifacts and archaeological books and periodicals available through the Yale Babylonian Collection. She discovered the collection during a search for a specific book. Martinez explained her project to Ulla Kasten, an Associate Curator in the Babylonian Collection, and Kasten offered her a student position in the Collection. Kasten and Agnete Lassen, another Associate Curator, provided significant support and guidance throughout Martinez’s research process.

Martinez’s research is ongoing. Through the Erasmus Mundus program, Martinez will be continuing her studies in digital archaeology and archaeological sciences at the University of Evora in Portugal, the University of Sapienza in Rome, and the University of Aristotle in Thesaloniki. Learn more about Martinez’s research by visiting her display in the SML Exhibition Corridor!

Written by Hilary Purrington

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February 8, 2017

Yale University Library provides access to an extraordinary wealth of online resources, including journals, e-books, and digitized archives.  Most resources are acquired through license agreements that explicitly prohibit systematic downloading of large quantities of content.  When large-scale downloading occurs (intentionally or unintentionally), publishers protect their content by shutting down our access.  Access may be blocked only for the IP address from which the improper traffic originates, but can also extend to the entire Yale network. 

Please help the Library protect its shared access to resources and be mindful of these limits.  Download thresholds vary by publisher, so the best advice is to simply avoid activities that could look like an automated attempt to download significant quantities of materials.  A variety of activities could look suspicious to a publisher including web scraping, high volume manual downloads, or even large retrievals of PDFs via EndNote.

If your research requires download of a large corpus for text or data mining, the Library may be able to help you gain access through alternative means. Yale researchers who need help getting started with a Humanities project, can visit the Digital Humanities Lab during their office hours. The StatLab can help with statistical analysis or projects in the Sciences or Social Sciences.  Staff in both locations can work with you and a subject specialist to identify potential resources. 

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February 14, 2017

This “Know before you go: Researching East Asia in the U.S.” workshop series invites librarians and directors from major East Asian collections in the U.S. to introduce and show off their rare and unique resources, recent acquisitions, digitization projects, travel grants, access policies, etc. Join us on Friday, February 17 at 12 noon in the East Asia Library (SML, room 218), where the speakers will be Dr. Martin Heijdra, Library Director, Acting Chinese & Western Bibliographer, and Head of Public Services at Princeton University; and Ms. Setsuko Noguchi, Japanese Studies Librarian at Princeton. This is a unique opportunity to meet and connect with them before visiting their libraries to conduct your own research during the summer or in the near future.

Light lunches will be provided, thanks to the generous support from the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale.

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February 15, 2017

From February 20-24, Yale University Library will be hosting a series of events to mark Fair Use Week – an annual celebration held the last week of February celebrating the important doctrines of Fair Use in the United States. Members of the Yale community are welcome to join us for any or all of these events.


Fair Use Week Popup Table, Medical Library


Monday, February 20, 1:00-3:00 pm, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library


Drop by to learn about Fair Use (*see below) and how you can analyze the four factors of Fair Use in your own work. Librarians will provide a helpful handout and candy!



Fair Use in the Arts Panel Discussion


Monday, February 20, 5:00 pm, Digital Media Center for the Arts, 149 York


Join us for a discussion on Fair Use in the visual arts centered around communities of artistic practice, by Johannes DeYoung, Justin Berry and Matthew Leifheit. We’ll explore different ways artists, designers, and makers invoke Fair Use in their work, particularly as it applies to the visual arts. Panelists will offer their perspectives and experiences navigating copyright restrictions and how Fair Use helps guide and protect artistic practice.

Fair Use Week Popup Table, Sterling Memorial Library


Tuesday, February 21, 1:00-3:00 pm, Sterling Memorial Library Nave


Drop by to learn about Fair Use (*see below) and how you can analyze the four factors of Fair Use in your own work. Librarians will provide a helpful handout and candy!

Fair Use Week Popup Table, Yale Divinity Library


Thursday, February 23, 1:30-3:30 pm, Yale Divinity Library, 409 Prospect


Drop by to learn about Fair Use (*see below) and how you can analyze the four factors of Fair Use in your own work. Librarians will provide a helpful handout and candy!


Copyright Protection Gave Superman the Ability to Stop Bullets; Fair Use Made Him a God


Friday, February 24, 3:00 pm, Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall


Superman is a Depression-era hero thriving in a post-industrial world. His many iterations began with a short story written by a high school student about a mad scientist who performed experiments on men waiting in bread lines. Superman was the mad scientist, he was bald, and he was not a “good guy.” The two high school students who continued to develop Superman eventually realized that people living through the Great Depression needed a hero who could root out corruption, manhandle machines, and sympathize with human frailty. Without early copyright protection, Superman almost certainly would not have developed into the well-known character he is today. Without the Fair Use exception to copyright infringement, however, Superman would not have developed into an archetype. Through Superman, we will trace the history of Fair Use and highlight its importance. The talk will be given by Anderson Duff, Partner at Revision Legal, New York, NY.

A full listing of library events can be found here.


*Material provided at all events is for information purposes only and should not be considered legal advice


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February 15, 2017

All you need is love…and a data management plan! It’s Love Your Data Week (February 13-17), and Yale University Library, in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Provost for Research, is offering events and workshops throughout the week! Learn more here.

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February 17, 2017

Help preserve federal government data! Join us for a one-day event from 9am-4pm on March 4 in the 17 Hillhouse, TEAL Classroom at as we locate data to archive from the federal government and find ways to archive what web crawlers cannot grab. The best part is that you don’t need programming skills to participate—just the ability to use the Internet.

DataRescue New Haven @ Yale is an effort to identify, download, and preserve federal research data to ensure ongoing access by scholars, policymakers, journalists, and the public. This event is modeled on DataRescues happening around the United States. To learn more, click here.

There are many ways to contribute to a DataRescue event. We are looking for participants who have experience with any of the following: Internet browsing, subject area/disciplinary knowledge, front- or back-end web design, programming language(s), APIs or web scraping, knowledge of data formats, metadata, or social media skills. Everyone is welcome; we will find a role for you!

Please bring your own laptop to the event. Refreshments will be provided.

DataRescue New Haven @ Yale is sponsored by the Yale University Library, the Yale Law School's Lillian Goldman Law Library; the Yale School of Forestry & Environment Studies; and the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies, with support from the Office of the Deputy Provost for Research.

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February 17, 2017

This Know Before You Go: Researching East Asia in U.S. workshop series invites librarians and directors from major East Asian collections in the U.S. to introduce their rare and unique resources, recent acquisitions, digitization projects, travel grants, and access policies. In this session on Friday, February 24 (12:30pm in Room 218 in SML), we will hear from Ms. Luo Zhou, Chinese Studies Librarian at Duke University, and Dr. Kristina Troost, Head of International Area Studies and Japanese Studies Librarian at Duke University. You will have the rare opportunity to meet and connect with them before visiting their libraries to conduct your own research during the summer or in the near future.

A light lunch will be provided, thanks to generous support from the Council on East Asian Studies.

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