December 2015 Archives

December 21, 2015

Pieter Bruegel, I. Hunters in the Snow: Detail of ice skating and curling. 1565

Although the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library will close at 5 pm this Wednesday, December 23rd and reopen at 8:30 am on Monday, January 4, 2016 (for more details, see the building hours page), Yale affiliates still have access to all of our electronic resources during winter recess. You can find Arts-specific databases on the Arts Databases page and many others in the A-Z databases list. Don't forget that you can also search for eJournals by title. Many E-books can be accessed through Quicksearch, our new online search that combines Orbis and Morris records.

If you are traveling off-campus for the break, you'll need to connect to the Yale network via VPN to access these resources. There have been a few changes to this process since Multifactor Authentication (MFA) was implemented this semester. For help, see this guide to logging in to CAS from off-campus and the Yale ITS page about Multifactor Authentication.

Image: Pieter Bruegel, I. Hunters in the Snow: Detail of ice skating and curling. 1565, oil painting. Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria. Retrieved December 14, 2015:

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December 11, 2015

Medieval Manuscript Roll, Beinecke and DHLab

With support from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Digital Humanities Lab, graduate students launched a two-day workshop series on digital editions. The lead instructors included Anya Adair (English), Katherine Hindley (Medieval Studies), and Joseph Stadolnik (English and Medieval Studies). The workshop was organized around a digitized manuscript roll from the Beinecke's collection. Over the course of the two days, fourteen workshops participants from seven departments learned how to catalog, transcribe, and encode the manuscript according to standards established by the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). Their work will culminate in an online scholarly edition of the text that will be linked to a high-quality digital facsimile. A second iteration of the course will take place in March. 

For more information about the series, please visit here.

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December 17, 2015

Happy Holidays and best wishes for the new year from Yale University Library! Click here to read more about the library's recently-conserved 1699 terrestrial globe pictured on the card.

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December 9, 2015

The library's Nota Bene: Annual Report issue for 2014-15 has just been published and is available online, highlighting some of the fascinating and diverse work of the Yale Library over the last year.

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December 9, 2015

The Bass Library is offering students several fun and therapeutic events during reading week, December 11-16, including a visit from Pippa the therapy dog, yoga, zumba, free coffee and Orangeside donuts! Check the library calendar for details.

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December 8, 2015

Student Curator Eugene Lim '18 will talk about his exhibition on Monday, February 15, at 4:00pm in the Music Library, on the first floor of Sterling Memorial Library (map).  The event is open to the public.  

During the Cold War, the U.S. State Department sponsored international concert tours by many prominent jazz musicians in the hopes of presenting an attractive image of American culture and values. Preaching to the Choir: American Jazz and Cold War Diplomacy in Southeast Asia focuses on Benny Goodman’s Asian concert tour in 1956-57. It uses photographs, correspondence, clippings, and other archival materials to show the interaction between music and diplomacy. This exhibit developed from a term paper that Eugene Lim ’18 wrote last year for Prof. Rebekah Ahrendt’s freshman seminar on Music and Diplomacy. Eugene did archival research in the Benny Goodman Papers at the Gilmore Music Library, and also in the national archives of Singapore and the United Kingdom.  This exhibit will be available in December 2015 through mid-February.  Visit exhibit website.

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December 8, 2015

Contextual data map

During Office Hours, DHLab Postdoctoral Associate Carol Chiodo presented on a contextual data mapping workshop offered by the University of Oxford. In her talk, Carol spoke to the research potential of web content that is easily and effectively processed by machines. Carol also considered how semantic frameworks could help scholars represent cultural heritage information. Questions and conversation over coffee will followed.

Digital Humanities Office Hours occur every Tuesday from 2:00-3:30pm in the Lab (Sterling Memorial Library, 316). They are an informal chance for people to share ideas, get input on projects, and form connections with colleagues from different programs and departments. All are welcome!

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December 7, 2015

Nota Bene:  Annual Report Issue 2014-2015

Nota Bene

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December 7, 2015

All are welcome to join us on Wednesday, December 9th at 10:00 am for a preview presentation of the upcoming exhibit “Student Research at Yale University Library” in the Beinecke’s temporary classroom in Sterling Memorial Library. The Yale University Library is delighted to provide an opportunity to showcase exceptional undergraduate and graduate student research. Our students have access to some of the most remarkable collections in the world, and our talented and diverse staff is dedicated to supporting research and teaching at Yale through access to these exemplary resources.

The four exhibitions previewed will be "Dotonbori and Osaka’s Urban History" (John D'Amico '16, East Asia Studies), "Shocking Calumnies: The Angry Reader and the Early Modern Book" (Eve Houghton '17, English), "Just for the Record: Letters of a Columbia Executive" (Mary Jones GRD '18, Music), and "Othniel Charles Marsh and the Yale College Fossil Hunting Expeditions of 1870-1873" (David McCullough '17, American Studies). The student curators will be present to discuss their research topics, and visitors will have the opportunity to to examine materials from East Asia Studies Special Collections, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and more! A coffee and tea reception will follow at 11:00 a.m.

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December 4, 2015

Humanities Data in R

To celebrate the launch of Humanities Data in R, the DHLab hosted a book talk and reception on Friday, December 4, starting at 3:30pm in Sterling Memorial Library, room 315. Co-authors Taylor Arnold (Statistics) and Lauren Tilton (American Studies) described the genesis of the book and overviewed its chapters. Pioneering in its design, the book covers four major types of data structures (networks, text corpora, geospatial data, and images) using humanities examples. Humanities Data in R is intended for a 1-2 semester introductory course on digital methods in the humanities and social sciences, or as an intermediate level self-study guide. While focused on humanities applications, the material is also a useful reference for anyone looking to apply exploratory data analysis methods to network, geospatial, image, and text data. A bulk download of the supplementary code and data can be found on the book's website.

A physical copy of Humanities Data in R is available through retailers such as Amazon or directly through the publisher, Springer. The Springer site also offers digital editions and free digital access to participating institutions through SpringLink. The book collection in the DHLab also includes a printed copy for use in the lab.

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About the authors:

Taylor Arnold is currently a lecturer in the Department of Statistics at Yale and senior scientist at AT&T Labs. His research focuses on the analysis of large, complex datasets and the resulting computational challenges. A particular area of focus is the sparse representation of highly structured objects such as text corpora and digital images. He is the technical co-director of the NEH-funded project Photogrammar.

Lauren Tilton is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University. Her interests include participatory media, twentieth-century history, and visual culture. She is the co-director of the NEH-funded project Photogrammar.

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