December 2008 Archives

DECEMBER 3, 2008

Benjamin Franklin and the Politics of Improvement

Alan Houston
Department of Political Science, University of California, San Diego

Monday, December 8, 4:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 130 Wall Street
Free and open to the public - Reception to follow

Benjamin Franklin and the Politics of Improvement

Benjamin Franklin and the Politics of Improvement

Alan Houston is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. A graduate of Oberlin College and Harvard University, his research focuses on early-modern political thought in Europe and America. He is the author ofAlgernon Sidney and the Republican Heritage in England and AmericaA Nation Transformed: England After the Restoration

Posted by Yale University Library on December 3, 2008 2:38 PM

DECEMBER 5, 2008

A new Netcast from the Beinecke Library

Steal Not This Book: Collecting and Cataloging the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection

The Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of Children's Literature, formed over the course of more than three decades, is one of the largest and most diverse collections of its kind. In this podcast, librarian Ellen Ellickson speaks with Tim Young, Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts, about the collection.

You can listen to and download the podcast free via the Beinecke’sBlogs & Podcasts page and through Yale'siTunesU web site.

Posted by Rebekah Irwin on December 5, 2008 8:56 AM

DECEMBER 9, 2008

Extended Hours in Bass Library

The Bass Library will be open for study continuously from 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 10 through 11:45 p.m. on Friday, December 12.

Valid Yale ID is required to enter the Library between 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m., and readers are asked to restrict consumption of food to the Thain Family Cafe.

Seewww.library.yale.edu/hours/ for a full schedule of all library openings during Reading Period.

Posted by Yale University Library on December 9, 2008 11:12 AM

Gilmore Music Library Displaying Two New Messiaen Manuscripts

TheGilmore Music LibraryChronochromie, a large orchestral work based on bird songs, and it was first performed that year at the Donaueschingen festival under the direction of Hans Rosbaud.

In September 1961, shortly after the initial French performance in Besançon, Messiaen sent some corrections to a Monsieur Brück, along with a letter discussing the matter.Chronochromie

The Yale School of Music is also marking the Messiaen anniversary with a series of concerts and a symposium from December 8 to 14. For more information, seehttp://www.yale.edu/music/Messiaen.

Posted by Yale University Library on December 9, 2008 4:52 PM

DECEMBER 10, 2008

Arabic Cinema Posters

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Memorabilia Room, Sterling Memorial Library
128 Wall Street
Free & open to the public

Arab Cinema Posters, on view in the Memorabilia Room, displays a selection of some of the 1,200 movie posters recently acquired by the Near Eastern Collection and housed within Manuscripts and Archives. The first Arabic film was produced in Egypt in 1923 and the Arab world boasts an active and prodigious film industry. Advertising films produced in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, the colorful and engaging posters offer unique insight on both cinematic and social history in the Arab world.

Posted by Yale University Library on December 10, 2008 10:47 AM

Word and Image: An Exhibition in Sterling Memorial Library

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Word and Image
Sterling Memorial Library Nave
120 High Street
Until March 8, 2009
Free & open to the public

Word and Image has been curated by students in the Yale College seminar Word and Image led by Catherine Labio of the French and Comparative Literature departments. The exhibition examines the relationship between text and image in European, American, and Japanese art and literature. Students have drawn on the many resources of Yale University's libraries and art galleries and designed works of their own to create a theoretical space filled with tension, experimentation and exciting dynamism, where artists and writers from ancient times to the contemporary era interrogate the distinction between drawing and writing, narrative and illustration, reading and seeing.

Posted by Yale University Library on December 10, 2008 10:57 AM

DECEMBER 15, 2008

New Netcast: Treasures from the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections

Jae Rossman discusses theRobert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections, which are composed of materials from the former Art+Architecture and Drama Libraries, as well as the Arts of the Book Collection. These previously separate special collections are now united in the Special Collections Reading Room. Rare and unique, modern and contemporary, published and manuscript materials are gathered together to create a resource that includes both research materials about and examples of the arts.

The netcast is availablehereYale University on Itunes U.

Posted by Yale University Library on December 15, 2008 11:11 AM

New Netcast: The Founding Fathers and the American Monarchy

Frank Prochaska, Lecturer in History at Yale University and author ofThe Eagle and the Crown: Americans and the British Monarchy

The netcast is availablehere or on Yale University on iTunes U.

Posted by Yale University Library on December 15, 2008 11:18 AM

New Netcast: Library Architecture at Yale

Robert A.M. Stern, J.M. Hoppin Professor and Dean of theYale School of Architecture, Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli, and Thomas H. Beeby of Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge, discuss the architecture and design of the Yale Libraries during a symposium on November 30, 2007. Both Pelli and Beeby are former Deans of the Yale School of Architecture. Beeby was also the lead architect of theBass Library

The netcast is availablehere or on Yale University on iTunes U.

Posted by Yale University Library on December 15, 2008 11:20 AM

DECEMBER 18, 2008

New Netcast: Portraits of Painters

Portraits of Painters: Drawings by George Vertue and Horace Walpole's Anecdotes of Painting in England

Curator Cynthia Roman discusses an exhibition now on view at theLewis Walpole Library, as well as a selection of images featured in the show. The thirty-four portrait drawings by George Vertue (1684-1756) depicting English painters now in the collection of the Lewis Walpole Library were purchased by Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis in 1949. These drawings once formed part of a collection of 470 prints and drawings in two folio volumes from the library of Horace Walpole (1717-1797). In addition to the portraits, Walpole also acquired Vertue’s manuscripts or “Notebooks,” numbering nearly forty volumes, which recorded accounts of the lives of English painters and constituted a major resource for Walpole’s own history of art, Anecdotes of Painting in England. Both Vertue’s “Notebooks” and Walpole’s Anecdotes of Painting remain important resources for the study of the arts in Britain.

The netcast is available free fromYale University on iTunes U

Posted by Yale University Library on December 18, 2008 4:33 PM

DECEMBER 19, 2008

Holiday and Recess Hours

For information about Library hours over the Holiday and Recess period, visitwww.library.yale.edu/hours/.

Best wishes from the University Library for a happy and relaxing Holiday.

Posted by Yale University Library on December 19, 2008 11:09 AM

Access to Orbis, Borrow Direct, and InterLibrary Loan over the Holiday Recess

Due to a system upgrade, a search-only version of Orbis, the Library’s online catalog, will be in temporary use from December 28, 2008 through January 2, 2009. Readers will not be able to access saved searches, place requests, or view account information during this short period.

Access to Borrow Direct (BD) for searching and requesting will also be limited because of several system upgrades. BD will be

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Borrow Direct books on the Bass Library hold shelf by Tuesday, December 23, can be picked up on recess days when Bass is open. Pickup at the other Borrow Direct locations will be available only if the location is open during the holiday recess.

InterLibrary Loan (ILL) services will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 through Thursday, January 1, 2009. During that time, readers may continue to submit requests, but they will not be processed until staff return to work on January 2. Incoming shipments of previously requested book also will resume on January 2.

ILL books on the Bass Library hold shelf by Tuesday, December 23, can be picked up on recess days when Bass is open. Pickup at other ILL locations will be available only if the location is open during the holiday break. Please consult location-specific web pages for detailed schedule information.

The Library apologies for any inconvenience.

Posted by Yale University Library on December 19, 2008 11:09 AM

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