February 2016 Archives

February 1, 2016

The new Quicksearch tool – now permanently located on the library's home page – unites several Yale Library resources under one search interface, including Orbis, the main Library catalog, and Morris, the Law Library catalog. The catalogs contain over 11.5 million books, pamphlets, scores, microforms, printed journals and other materials, and are united in the Books+ search in Quicksearch. The Articles+ search in Quicksearch will help you find online journal articles, online newspaper articles, online dissertations, as well as other electronic resources licensed by the library. A single keyword search in Quicksearch will return results from both Books+ and Articles+; more sources will be added in the future.

With Quicksearch, you can also:

  • Build and share lists of print and online resources from Books+ and Articles+ using the Saved Lists feature.
  • Request an item to be delivered to a library near you.
  • Request a scan of the item.
  • Build an RSS feed out of your search.
  • Exclude records from your search.
  • Search newly acquired material (up to 1 year).
  • Export citations.

See the Quicksearch documentation site for more information on searching- plus a few introductory videos!

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Join us on Thursday, February 11 from 2-3pm in the SML Lecture Hall for Preserving History and Privacy: Creating a Digital Archive of Record from the Earliest African American Psychiatric Hospital, by Dr. King Davis, Professor at the University of Texas at Austin (UT).

Dr. King Davis has served as Director of the UT Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis and as the Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy in the UT School of Social Work. Dr. Davis will discuss his work as project lead to digitize and create a digital archive for thousands of records from the earliest African American psychiatric hospital, originally called the “Central Lunatic Asylum for the Colored Insane”. The hospital, located in Petersburg, VA, opened in 1870 and contains records including admissions records, photographs, financial documents and other materials that give insight into previously untold stories.
Dr. Davis will also address developing solutions to the privacy challenges of this work. In addition to Dr. Davis, the project team includes Unmil Karadkar, PhD, Patricia Galloway, PhD, Lorraine Dong, PhD and Victor Obaseki, JD. This talk is sponsored by SCOPA.

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February 12, 2016

All are welcome to join us for a forum on February 18 at 10:00 am (and for an informal coffee time at 9:30 am) in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall on February 18 with Judith Schiff, Chief Research Archivist in Manuscripts & Archives, and Stephen Young, Catalog Librarian at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Schiff will talk on “Bringing Its Treasures to Light: Three Centuries of Yale Library Cataloging and Classification,” highlighting the history of classification practices at Yale from the 18th century to the first half of the 20th century. Young will be on hand to answer questions about current classification and cataloging practices. This talk is sponsored by the library's Standing Committee on Professional Awareness (SCOPA).

Image: Stone carving of the 1701 "Meeting of the Ministers", Sterling Memorial Library nave. Photo credit: Brian Kiss.

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February 12, 2016

Join us on Monday 15th at 3:00 pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall for "Loyal Citizens, Prisoners of War": America's Concentration Camps – an illustrated talk given in conjunction with the Out of the Desert exhibit, currently on view in the SML Memorabilia Room. A coffee reception will be held just before the talk. This talk is part of the week long series of "Remembrance Day" events.

Vi Takahashi was a young teenager living in Seattle, Washington, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Her father was arrested the night of Pearl Harbor and imprisoned in Ft. Missoula, Montana. Her husband lived in El Centro, California. This talk recounts their experiences during that stressful time when 120,000 Japanese, 70% of whom were American citizens, were classified as the "enemy", the fear being they were a military danger. They were forced into concentration camps built in the desert and on swamp lands. In total there were ten camps and each member of the family was allowed to take one duffle bag of belongings.



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February 17, 2016

Join us for a curatorial tour of the new Medical Library exhibit "Deaf: Cultures and Communication, 1600-Present" on Friday, February 19 at 12 noon. Student curators are Katherrine Healey and Caroline Lieffers, Doctoral Students in the History of Science and Medicine.

What is deafness? From a medical perspective, deafness is an audiological condition that might be resolved through hearing aids or cochlear implants. But from another perspective, to be Deaf (often spelled with a capital “D”) is to belong to a culture, with a shared language and identity. This exhibit explores how people have understood deaf communication and Deaf culture since the seventeenth century, with displays on the history of education, medical interventions, sign languages, and popular culture. ALS interpretation will be provided.

This exhibit runs through Friday, April 1, 2016.

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February 17, 2016

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, which takes place February 22-28, is an annual celebration of the important doctrines of fair use and fair dealing. It is designed to highlight and promote the opportunities presented by fair use and fair dealing, celebrate successful stories, and explain these doctrines. The Yale University Library will be offering the following events to which all are welcome:

2/24 at 12 noon: Fair use for Image Resources

2/26 at 12 noon: Transformative Collage Buttons: a hands-on activity for Fair Use Week

Post on February 17, 2016 - 2:27pm |

February 22, 2016

In the summer of 2015, the Yale University Library and the Yale Law Library began a pilot program offering free Inter Library Loan (ILL) lending to all non-profit Connecticut libraries to assist during the transition from the reQuest ILL system to the new state union catalog and consortial borrowing/lending platform.

The libraries are pleased to announce that this free ILL Lending program will now become permanent. 

Connecticut libraries who use the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) WorldShare ILL will make their requests using OCLC, where any loan requests for Sterling Memorial Library (OCLC symbol YUS), the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library (OCLC symbol YUM) will be filled for free. ILL Lending loan requests to The Lillian Goldman Law Library (OCLC symbol GXR) will be filled for free for Connecticut public libraries, and Connecticut public college/university libraries.

For materials held in the Yale University Library, Connecticut libraries who do not use OCLC/WorldShare ILL should use this web form to submit their loan requests.

First-time requesters should email yaleill@yale.edu in order to obtain a username and password for the system. For materials held at the Lillian Goldman Law Library, please contact them directly at ill.law@yale.edu. ILL requests will be shipped from Yale via UPS, and can be returned via the Ccar service.  Please use Ccar Route A-124 (New Haven Free Public Library) for all returns.

For more information, please contact tom.bruno@yale.edu

Post on February 22, 2016 - 2:28pm |

February 26, 2016

All are welcome to join us for this talk on Monday, February 29 in the SML Lecture Hall about "Linked Data in the Archives". The speakers are Aaron Rubinstein, University and Digital Archivist at UMASS, Amherst, and Adjunct Professor at Simmons College School of Library and Information Science; and Katherine Wisser, Assistant Professor, Simmons School of Library and Information Science.

Linked Data is a developing area within libraries and archives that is rife with possibility, but how might it be used in practice? The discussion will focus around the on-the-ground perspectives of the ways initiatives and tools relating to linked data are being used and explored in inter-institutional initiatives. Particular highlight will be on EAC-CPF (Encoded Archival Context for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families - EAC-CPF), a tool to coordinate the description of records creators among institutions. In addition to the two speakers, Maureen Callahan (Manuscripts and Archives, Yale Library) will moderate the discussion.

The talk is sponsored by SCOPA and all are welcome to attend.

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February 26, 2016

All are warmly invited to a talk on "Retirement: Planning for the Rest of the Story" on Wednesday, March 2 in the SML Lecture Hall, by Doctor Leo Cooney, the Humana Foundation Professor of Medicine at Yale University.

Retirement is a good time to “take stock” of your life and plan for the rest of the story. For most people the story includes two phases of the retirement years – an active phase filled with sports, hobbies, travel, and volunteer activities; and a later “reflective” period during which relationships and family contacts become paramount. Decisions made at retirement should take into account both of these phases. Most people who migrate to retirement communities return to their home settings in later life, where factors important to life-satisfaction include close contact with family and friends, roles in the family and community, good self-esteem, and leaving a legacy. Strengthening these relationships, roles, and personal satisfaction should be an important part of retirement planning.

Leo M. Cooney, Jr., MD, joined the Yale faculty in 1976 to direct the Continuing Care Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital. This unit was designed to help elderly individuals, who had lost function during their hospitalization, to regain their independence and ability to return home. This unit was the initial component of the Program in Geriatrics at Yale. Dr. Cooney received a Geriatric Medicine Academic Award from the National Institute of Aging in 1982. In 1987, he was named the first Humana Foundation Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Yale. He was President of the American Geriatrics Society in 1990. He has won a number of teaching awards at Yale. He stepped down as Chief of the Section of Geriatrics in 2012, but continues to have an active clinical, educational and program development role in the Section.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Yale Library and Yale Heath.

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February 26, 2016

Please join us for a talk on "Processing Geographic BigData at the Yale Center for Research Computing" on March 3 by Giuseppe Amatulli. It will be held at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) at 77 Prospect Street, New Haven. This is one of the talks in the Day of Data Spring Discussion Series sponsored by Yale University Library, Yale Institution for Social & Policy Studies, & Yale Center for Research Computing.

Giuseppe Amatulli is a forest scientist and spatial modeler with expertise in computer science. His research activity is mainly dedicated to spatial modeling with special emphasis in species distribution model; areal distribution and potential shift under climate change condition; wildland fire occurrence and pattern recognition; and wildfire risk assessment based on human and bio-physical parameters. He deals daily with high resolution data in the context of complex and modern modeling techniques, using a stand-alone implementation process under the Linux environment. He uses open source programming language and software (GRASS, R, PYTHON, GNUPLOT, AWK, BASH, QGIS, OPENEV, CDO) to accomplish large data processing, always keeping in mind the ecological aspect of research. He supports the use of open source for ecological modeling giving dedicated courses using (and maintaining) the www.spatial-ecology.net web page.

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February 26, 2016

The Arts Library will be hosting a Yale/Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Friday, March 4, from 5-8:00 pm.

With 5,077,437 articles in English and counting, Wikipedia is the world's largest encyclopedia. It is free and crowd-sourced, but depends on the interests of those who contribute. As a result, some topics are underrepresented or absent,for example, many women and women artists. Content is skewed by a lack of feminist participation. Let's change that.

Gain insight into how Wikipedia works and help address gaps in coverage by joining us after-hours at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library on March 4th from 5-8:00 pm. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and refreshments. A limited number of desktop computers will be available. Please note that this year's
Edit-a-thon is open to the Yale community. Bring your Yale ID, laptop,power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support.

Refreshments generously provided by the Digital Media Center for the Arts.

Post on February 26, 2016 - 12:20pm |