February 2015 Archives

The Lewis Walpole Library is delighted to announce the recipients of this year’s Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grants.

Yale seniors Tiraana Bains, History, and Mikko Salovaara, East Asian Studies and Economics, have each been awarded a Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant to support research at the Lewis Walpole Library in connection with their senior essays. Ms. Bains's project is entitled "Inter-racial Intimacies: The Evolution of British Attitudes towards Mixed Relationships in the Bengal Presidency, 1764-1793." She expects to focus on why inter-racial relationships in India were increasingly regarded as problematic by British authorities, as demonstrated by the restrictions imposed on the offspring of such relationships in the last decade of the eighteenth century, and through this she will shed light on the origins and development of racial stratification within the British Empire. Mr. Salovaara's research focuses on the unintended effects of the deliberate adoption of garden design styles in England and China, and he will seek to explain how well each culture's styles succeeded in their adopted societies.

The grant funds travel for the students between New Haven and Farmington, occasional accommodation at the Timothy Root House, an eighteenth-century residence on the Farmington campus, and Library staff are available to provide research consultation guidance throughout the period of study.

Charles A. Ryskamp, director of the Pierpont Morgan Library (1969-1986) and of the Frick Collection (1987-1997), was a long-time member of the Lewis Walpole Library Board of Managers from 1980 until his death in 2010. Mr. Ryskamp was a keen supporter of young scholars in the humanities, and the Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant was established to carry on his legacy by providing support to Yale undergraduates for work on their senior essays.

Applications are accepted during the period prior to or during the research phase of the senior essay project. All students whose senior essay projects would benefit from research conducted in the Lewis Walpole Library’s rich collections of materials from the British world of the long eighteenth-century are encouraged to apply.

For more information about the Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant, click here.

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February 16, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015 1:30-3:30pm
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

In the latest Day of Data series of events, Dr. Harlan Krumholz will discuss Big Data @ Yale and other initiatives of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. Big Data @ Yale aims to develop and deliver methodological approaches and tools that will advance the ability to generate meaningful knowledge from large, complex health care data collections. There will be time for audience Q&A.

Harlan Krumholz is a cardiologist, health care scientist and health care improvement expert at Yale University where he is the Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine. He is Director of the Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) and of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at Yale.

Ronald R. Coifman is Phillips professor of mathematics at Yale University. Professor Coifman is leading a research program to develop new mathematical tools for efficient transcription and organization of data, with applications to feature extraction, learning classification and denoising. In particular over the last few years he is focusing on the integration of heterogeneous medical and economic data streams, into networks for risk assessment and regime definition.

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Join the community of research libraries in celebrating Fair Use Week from February 23-27! Fair use is a limitation on a copyright holder’s exclusive rights providing that others may use the creator’s work without seeking permission. Determining fair use is guided by a 4-factor test. Yale Library has created a guide for information about fair use and Yale’s Office of General Counsel, a fair use analysis tool and copyright web site. Read about fair use now and find out how this doctrine can help you with your research and studies!

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February 24, 2015

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has announced the winners of the 2015 Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale. The writers, who hail from the United States, United Kingdom, Nigeria, and South Africa, were chosen confidentially in three categories — fiction, non-fiction, and drama. Honored for their literary achievements as well as their potential, the winners will each receive $150,000 to support their work.

The 2015 winners are: in fiction, Teju Cole, Helon Habila, and Ivan Vladislavić; in non-fiction, Edmund de Waal, Geoff Dyer, and John Jeremiah Sullivan; and in drama, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Helen Edmundson, and Debbie Tucker Green.

The Windham-Campbell Prizes were established in 2013 by novelist Donald Windham and Sandy M. Campbell to call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns. There is no submission process, and winners are determined by a global group of invited nominators, a jury in each category, and a selection committee.

“The Windham-Campbell Prizes were created by a writer to support other writers,” said Michael Kelleher, director of the program. “Donald Windham recognized that the most significant gift he could give to another writer was time to write. In addition to the prestige it confers, the prize gives them just that — with no strings attached."

De Waal, a British artist and author, said that winning the prize was an “extraordinary and life-changing experience.”

“I still cannot believe the news,” he said. “Writing is slow and solitary, a passage through places and ideas, that can and has taken me years. I am moved that this award was created out a love of books and to be associated with this alone, is a tremendous honor.”

South African writer Vladislavić has been “in a bit of a daze” since receiving the news that he was a recipient of prize. “It is astonishingly generous and will make a decisive difference to my writing life. Thank you for recognizing the work I’ve already done and for supporting the work I still want to do.”

“I'm shocked. And grateful. And shocked,” said U.S. playwright Drury upon hearing the news of the award. “To say this prize is life changing is an understatement. It reorders the basic realities of my personal and professional existence. It’s alchemical. It’s radically generous. I am simultaneously honored, humbled, and dumbfounded.”

In September, the winners will gather from around the world at Yale to receive their awards. The ceremony will be followed by an international literary festival celebrating their work.

For biographies and photos of the nine prizewinners, visit the Windham Campbell website.

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February 27, 2015

Join over 50 library staff in the SML nave on March 10, 1-4pm, for a showcase of some of the fascinating work going on behind the scenes at the Library. 

Over the last few years, the staff of the Yale University Library has been showcasing their work at an annual event sponsored by the Library Staff Appreciation and Recognition Committee (L-SARC). Because of the growing enthusiasm and positive feedback, the event is now being opened to the full Yale community and to the wider public.

Just a few examples of the work that will be on display include the cataloging of Ajami texts from West Africa; reducing stress and promoting mental health through the use of therapy dogs in the library; treasures from the South Asian and Southeast Asian collections; a variety of digital collections available through the Divinity Library; and several projects showing how technology, research and data are impacting the work of the library. All in all, there will be about 50 presenters from all across the Yale Library system.

The event will take place in the beautifully renovated nave of Sterling Memorial Library. Staff will be on hand to give demonstrations and to talk about their work – this is something you don’t want to miss!

Feel free to stop by and help us spread the word about this wonderful opportunity to see some of the behind-the-scenes work going on in the Yale Library.

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