September 2015 Archives

September 8, 2015

Later in 2015, the Center for Library Preservation & Conservation will become the new home for the Yale University Library’s Preservation Department, which, since its inception, has been located in the basement of Sterling Memorial Library. Located at 344 Winchester Avenue (close to the ‘Science Hill’ neighborhood of the campus), the 15,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will house the expert staff, students, and visiting fellows who carry out the vital work of the department.

Thanks to a leadership gift from University Library Council member Steve Gates, the Stephen F. Gates ’68 Library Conservation Lab will be at the heart of the new Center. Gates is special counsel at Mayer Brown and has worked with multinational energy and chemical companies for over 30 years; outside of his legal career, he chairs the boards of the Charleston Library Society and Drayton Hall, a National Trust Historic Site. A serious globe collector himself, Gates understands the profound importance of proactively caring for library materials and has previously helped fund the conservation of the library’s stunning pair of terrestrial and celestial globes, created in 1699 by the Venetian cartographer Vincenzo Coronelli. The Gates Conservation Lab will not only provide the space and equipment needed to care for the broad spectrum of Yale’s extraordinary collections, but will also allow the library to provide essential internship opportunities for the next generation of conservation and preservation professionals.

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September 14, 2015

Historical Illustrations of Skin Disease: Selections from the New Sydenham Society Atlas 1860-1884 will open on Thursday, September 17 in the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven.

The Atlas of Skin Diseases was one of the first publications undertaken by the New Sydenham Society in 1859. Time-consuming and costly to produce, it was issued in seventeen parts over a period of twenty-four years. 

Curated by Drs. Jean Bolognia and Irwin Braverman, Professors of Dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine, and Susan Wheeler, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Yale Medical Library, the exhibition presents these celebrated nineteenth century illustrations to a current, clinical audience, making a relevant teaching point with each plate. Twenty-five of the Atlas’ forty-nine plates are selected for display. They depict cutaneous diseases ranging from the common, e.g. psoriasis and eczema, to the rare, e.g. iododerma and systematized epidermal nevi. Examples of skin signs of systemic disease, including Addison’s disease, neurofibromatosis, and lupus erythematosus, are also shown. The emotional toll which these chronic diseases inflicted upon patients is a striking feature of the many portraits on view. 

The exhibition is on view until January 10, 2016.

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September 28, 2015

The Yale University Library recently announced the appointment of Martin (Marty) Kurth as Associate University Librarian for Technical Services, a role which includes managing a large and dedicated staff who oversee the acquisition and cataloging of all library materials. Marty was previously the Associate Dean for Knowledge Access & Resource Management Services at New York University Libraries. Since 2010, Marty oversaw technical services at NYU, leading them through a significant reorganization and reconceptualization.

Prior to NYU, Marty held several roles at Cornell University Library, including head of cataloging, head of metadata services, director of digital library & discovery services, and director of information technology infrastructure. Prior to Cornell, Marty worked in the libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Eastern Washington University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Marty holds a BA in broadcasting & film, a masters in library & information science – both from the University of Iowa – and a masters in English from Eastern Washington University. He has been active at a national level in a number of initiatives and organizations, including The American Library's Association's (ALA's) Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ACLTS), HathiTrust, and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC).

University Librarian, Susan Gibbons, commented, "The Yale Library is very fortunate that in the appointment of Marty Kurth as AUL for Technical Services, we gain a national voice coupled with a proven, transformative leader."

Marty can be reached at

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September 30, 2015

The Whitney Humanities Center auditorium, Thursday, October 8, 5:00 pm

The reign of Elizabeth I saw the rise of Shakespeare's theater, but what did she have to say herself? Dissecting the persona of Elizabeth I through Joycean deconstruction of her letters, speeches, poems and prayers, "texts&beheadings/ElizabethR" is Elizabethan drama in its most literal sense. This presentation is a Compagnia de'Colombari production, created and directed by Karin Coonrod with music by Gina Leishman. A reception will follow.

Sponsored by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

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September 30, 2015

A new exhibition is now on view at the Haas Family Arts Library, located at 190 York Street, New Haven. The Song of Songs, also known as the Song of Solomon or Canticles, is a book of the Bible that is more lyrical than other parts of the Bible, containing poems about love. For over a century, modern fine printers have been inspired by these expressions of joy and pain, producing beautiful editions that celebrate this classical text through a high level of craft, deluxe materials, illustration, and typography. How right they are to adore you! The Song of Songs through Fine Printing shows examples from Arts Library Special Collections and the Divinity Library that demonstrate a range of approaches in design, printing, and illustration. The exhibition will be on view until February 19.

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September 30, 2015

On view at the Lillian Goldman Law Library (127 Wall Street) and drawing on the Yale Law Library’s Rare Book Collection and the library of the Stephan Kuttner Institute of Medieval Canon Law, this exhibition examines the Pope’s legal responsibilities throughout history. Curated by Anders Winroth, Forst Family Professor of History, Yale University, and Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian, Yale Law Library.

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