April 2016 Archives

April 7, 2016

What does computer-generated poetry look like? How can EEG experiments inform our understandings of musical compositions? To answer these questions and more, join the Digital Humanities Lab and Yale STEAM for a spring symposium on Friday, April 8, to showcase hybrid scholarship at Yale University. Undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty will present projects that highlight the questions that can be asked and explored via digital methods and collaborations between the sciences and humanities. The symposium will be from 9:30 am until 1:00 pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall.

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April 7, 2016

Join us for an opening talk & reception for Moving Earth: Capability Brown, Humphry Repton and the Creation of the English Landscape on Friday, April 8 at 3:00 pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall.

As one of England’s greatest aesthetic achievements, the English landscape garden has become a well-known and defining characteristic of the country. With large sweeping expanses of lush green fields, groupings of trees, winding paths, and serpentine-shaped rivers and lakes, the English landscape appears as an ideal form of nature; it is, however, an expertly crafted construct. Countless hours of moving and reconstructing vast volumes of earth, water, trees and shrubbery demonstrate what can be achieved when combined with careful planning, design and an eye towards nature. Moving Earth explores the creation of the English Landscape through the advent of landscape gardening and the pioneering work of Capability Brown and Humphry Repton.

Curator, Elizabeth Morris, will showcase the abundance of both primary and secondary resources available at the Yale Center for British Art that provides the foundational basis for this exhibit and research into British art, culture and society.

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April 7, 2016

As part of the United Nations Global Colloquium series of events, visit the new home for library preservation & conservation at 344 Winchester Avenue, New Haven on on Thursday, April 14 from 10:00 am -12:00 noon. The Yale University Library’s Preservation Department supports the library's mission by ensuring continued access to its collections through a program of specialized expertise, proactive stewardship, and collaboration. All are welcome! Please pre-register for the event here.

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April 7, 2016

This semester, the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor features the research of four exceptional Yale students. Eve Houghton, a junior at Davenport College, is displaying excerpts of her research on manuscript reader commentary in early printed books.

As a curatorial assistant for early modern books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Library, Houghton has spent a considerable amount of time exploring the stacks. Recently, she has become increasingly fascinated by the annotations scrawled in the margins of early printed books. The authors of these commentaries often span generations. “For me,” says Houghton,  “annotations provide a reminder that readership communities aren’t necessarily fixed in time and place.” Her research primarily focuses on angry readers who leave behind unfriendly or disrespectful annotations, as these comments provide significant insight into readers’ emotions and reactions to the texts.

Throughout her research, librarian Elizabeth Frengel and early modern curator Kathryn James provided Houghton with mentoring and support. The two guided Houghton as she developed her ideas and explored the Beinecke’s extensive collections. Find out more about Houghton’s research by visiting her display in the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor, on view through April 30.

Story by Hilary Purrington

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April 7, 2016

An exhibit in Sterling Memorial Library this semester is highlighting the research of four exceptional Yale students, including that of John D’Amico (Pierson College ‘16), who explores how the construction of canals in Japan impacted the development of towns. His project incorporates information from a variety of resources available through the Yale Library, including the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the East Asia Library, and various newspaper databases. 

Haruko Nakamura, the Librarian for Japanese Studies, guided D’Amico as he navigated Yale’s extensive resources and collections. As an East Asian Studies major, D’Amico had interacted with Nakamura on several occasions throughout his time at Yale. When brainstorming ideas for his senior project, he approached Nakamura for suggestions. He was interested in researching the Dotonbori canal and its impact on Osaka, and Nakamura suggested that he study historic maps of the region to better understand how the region transformed from the 17th century to the present. D’Amico’s research project eventually came to focus on one major merchant family, and he used their documents, maps, and other visual resources to trace the development of the Osaka region’s social and political life. 

Coincidentally, one of the books important to D’Amico’s research was actually donated by Othniel Charles Marsh, the focus of another student project highlighted in the Exhibits Corridor. Marsh, a professor of paleontology, had an interest in East Asian culture, and donated a number of resources to the Yale Library. Research at Yale can often provide fascinating, unexpected links to the university’s unique and diverse history. Visit the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor to view the Student Research Exhibit, on display through April 30.

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April 19, 2016

Join us for this talk on Thursday, April 21 at 1:30 pm by Eitan Hersh on Challenges in Using Public Records to Study Political Participation - part of the Day of Data Spring Discussion Series sponsored by Yale University Library, Yale Institution for Social & Policy Studies, & the Yale Center for Research Computing. The talk will take place at the ISPS at 77 Prospect Street.

Eitan Hersh received his PhD from Harvard in 2011. His teaching and research focus on elections in the United States. Hersh studies campaign strategy, voting behavior, and election administration. His current work examines the effects of information and technology on candidate behavior. In June 2015, he published “Hacking the Electorate: How Campaigns Perceive Voters” (Cambridge University Press). All are welcome to attend.

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April 21, 2016

All are welcome to join us for the annual Yale University Library preservation lecture at 3:30 pm on Thursday, May 5 at the new Center for Preservation and Conservation at 344 Winchester Ave, New Haven, CT. The lecture is sponsored by a gift from Jack O’Neill ’47 and Betsy O’Neill.

A panel of four conservators will discuss "Before and After: Experiences from Newly Built and Renovated Conservation Laboratories". The discussion will focus on issues that are taken into consideration when designing a conservation laboratory. In addition to the materials that are to be treated in the lab, how do geographic locations and external adjacencies affect the work? And how does the space help or hinder outreach and working relationships with colleagues across the library? Answers to these and other related issues will be of interest to collection managers and curators, and the occasion will also provide the opportunity to network with conservators from other institutions.

The panel includes:

  • Beth Doyle, Head of Conservation Services Department, Leona B. Carpenter Senior Conservator at Duke University Libraries.
  • Eliza Gilligan, Book Conservator for University Library Collections at the University of Virginia Library.
  • Jennifer Hain Teper, Bud Velde Preservation Librarian and Head of Preservation at the University of Illinois Libraries.
  • Christine McCarthy, Chief Conservator, Conservation & Exhibition Services in the Preservation Department at Yale University Library.

There will be an open house in the preservation facility prior to the lecture, from 1:30-3:30pm. A reception immediately following the lecture will be held in the lounge at 344 Winchester Avenue, New Haven. All are welcome.

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April 21, 2016

From May 6-7, the Yale University Library will be hosting a symposium on the history of horror on video tape. It will investigate connections between the emergence of the prerecorded video industry and the development of the horror and exploitation genres and will offer a space to discuss the kinds of work that the newly acquired Yale VHS Horror and Exploitation Collection might facilitate. There are various events over the course of the symposium, as follows:

Friday, May 6, 7:30 pm in the Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium.
A keynote address, reception, and VHS screening of "Tales from the Quadead Zone". The keynote speaker will be Caetlin Benson-Allott, University of Oklahoma.

Saturday, May 7, 10:00 am-5:00 pm in Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall.
A discussion with a wide range of panelists: Harry Benshoff, University of North Texas; Kinitra Brooks, University of Texas, San Antonio; David Church, independent scholar; Kirsty Dootson, Yale University; Nicholas Forster, Yale University; David Gary, Yale University Library; Daniel Herbert, University of Michigan; Aaron Pratt, Trinity University; and Frederick Wasser, CUNY-Brooklyn College.

Saturday, May 7, 9:00 pm, Lyric Hall Auditorium, 827 Whalley Avenue.
A VHS screening of "Truth or Dare: A Critical Madness".

Details and locations of all the events can be found on the Yale Library calendar here. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact david.gary@yale.edu.

The symposium is sponsored by the following organizations: Department of African American Studies; Department of the History of Art; Film & Media Studies; Films at Whitney, supported by the Barbakow Fund for Innovate Film Programs at Yale; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies at Yale; Lyric Hall; Massacre Video; Tim Ritter; Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Yale; Yale College; Yale Film Study Center; Yale Graduate School Dean’s Fund; Yale Program in the History of the Book; and Yale University Library.

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