October 2015 Archives

October 12, 2015

Josef Albers' Interaction of Color in Arts Library Special Collections

Friday, October 16, 2015

‘Search Versus Re-Search: Josef Albers, Artist and Educator’: A symposium exploring the impact of Albers’ art and teaching

Yale School of Art, 36 Edgewood Ave, New Haven, CT

Symposium is from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

The symposium and related exhibition (through Nov. 28) are funded by the Yale School of Art, The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale. 

Post on October 12, 2015 - 8:24pm |

October 8, 2015

Two Brill Reference Tools

Yale University Library has recently acquired two Brill online reference tools related to Chinese studies: Chinese-English Dictionary Online and Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. The resources have been added to the Library’s Orbis online catalog and Chinese Studies subject guide-Reference.

Chinese-English Dictionary Online is a part of Brill Online Chinese Reference Shelf. This is a practical lexicon of more than 8,330 characters arranged alphabetically by Pinyin romanization, designed to facilitate reading historical, literary, and religious texts from the Warring State period through the Tang dynasty (500-1000 CE). Based on Paul Kroll's A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese, with additional materials to be added.

Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics is a part of Brill Online Reference Works. In more than 450 articles written by major specialists in the field, the database provides an authoritative and systematic treatment of the languages of China today and in the past, and the different linguistic traditions in which they have been studied. In addition to a synthesis of the most important research in Chinese linguistics, the Encyclopedia offers up-to-date bibliographical coverage. It covers the history of Chinese linguistics (both indigenous and Western traditions), the history of languages in China and their status today, the lexicon, syntax and sound structure of the Sinitic and non-Sinitic languages of China (including sign languages), psycho- and neurolinguistics studies, and more. This is an early release version: content being added, expected completion early 2016.

Please feel free to contact Michael Meng (michael.meng@yale.edu) if you have any questions about the resources.

Post on October 8, 2015 - 9:48am |

October 6, 2015


We are pleased to announce that a NEW Korean statistical database, KSDC DB is available for trial now through November 30.


Developed by Korean Social Science Data Center, KSDC DB consists of all kinds of statistical yearbooks published by the government, public institutions and overseas institutions. These data are classified and processed through a new data-input system developed by the KSDC, and ready to be used as variables for researches. Users can easily access this advanced variable-oriented DB, and analyze them statistically on the website.  

Access Information

To access the trial database, please go to the following URL: http://www.ksdcdb.kr.

Please note that access to the trial KSDC DB is only available from computers on the Yale campus or with off-campus access (http://web.library.yale.edu/help/off-campus-access-vpn).

We would like to hear any feedback or comments on this new trial database from you. Please feel free to contact me at tang.li@yale.edu.

Post on October 6, 2015 - 10:36am |

October 5, 2015

Maisaku (Mainichi Newspaper)

We are pleased to announce that the database for Mainichi Newspaper is available for trial now through October 30, 2015. We had this trial 4 years ago, but the search function has improved a bit.   

Maisaku 毎索 (https://dbs.g-search.or.jp/WMAI/WMAI_ipcu_login.html)

The Maisaku database lets you search all the Mainichi Shinbun 毎日新聞 (formally Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun 東京日日新聞, Osaka Nippo 大阪日報, etc) from 1872 (Meiji 5) to present. 

Please note that there are two functions, 記事検索 (article search) and 紙面検索 (page search), available.  While 記事検索 is still not so robust with keyword searching, the search results will be very limited.  I suggest you use 紙面検索 for full searching.  

The database also includes other functions like ヨミロンサーチ which provides newspaper research from October 1945 to June 2011 on public opinions, such as cabinet and political party approval ratings.  The data can be searched by keyword and date with sorting functions for categories like gender and age.

If you find this database useful, please make sure to give us feedback.

Post on October 5, 2015 - 9:32am |

October 2, 2015

The Research Data Consultation Group is a collaborative, university-wide group created to provide consultation on data management best practices, implement data management services, and help link users to resources. The RDCG’s membership includes experts in data management, metadata, information technology, and preservation as well as domain expertise in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

RDCG can, for example:

  • Assist in the creation and implementation of federally mandated data management plans as well as data management plans created outside of federal mandate requirements
  • Assist researchers in finding, acquiring, and using research data for research and teaching purposes
  • Consult on best practices and implementation services for: metadata, data collection, study design, information security, data analysis, research computing, and long term preservation and access

Visit the Research Data Consultation Group website to learn more and to request a consultation.

Post on October 2, 2015 - 4:51pm |

October 1, 2015

The Library recently welcomed a new Director of Development. Basie Bales Gitlin ’10 B.A. brings to the position a remarkable combination of Yale knowledge, fundraising experience, and a deep and abiding love for libraries.   

During his college years, Basie worked as a curatorial assistant at the Beinecke Library and catalogued books for two rare book firms while forging an academic specialty in the history of the book. His dissertation at the University of Cambridge, from which he received an M.Phil. in 2011, examined how British donors were solicited for gifts to the Harvard and Yale libraries in the colonial period. In 2012, he joined the Yale Office of Development as a staff writer in the stewardship department. For the last two and a half years, as a front-line fundraiser for the Yale School of Management, he helped to establish the school’s reunion and leadership giving programs and built strong relationships with countless donors, many of them new to philanthropy.

In his spare time, he serves on the boards of the Mory’s Association and the Yale Alumni Fund, interviews prospective students as an Alumni Schools Committee member, and is a Fellow of Davenport College. He also co-chaired his 5th Reunion Gift Committee. With his father, Jay Gitlin, he co-authored a book, Mory’s: A Brief History (2014), and an essay on Elihu Yale for the Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 2012. A serious book collector, Basie has focused his efforts on the history of Yale and the history of books, libraries, and printing; he is an active member of the Grolier Club in New York City, the oldest society of bibliophiles in North America. His other hobbies include practicing and competing with the Yale Graduate Crew, haunting the Payne Whitney squash courts, and playing the drums.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Basie with any questions relating to library fundraising. You can reach him at basie.gitlin@yale.edu or at 203 432-9851.

Post on October 1, 2015 - 11:31am |