September 2016 Archives

September 21, 2016

In the course of the long eighteenth century—the Age of Caricature, and of The Rise of the Novel—the British reading public perfected the pastime of savoring characters. In a flourishing print culture, buying and selling likenesses of people and types became a business—and arguably an art. Real and imaginary characters—actual and fictional people—were put on paper by writers and graphic artists, and performed onstage and off. The exigencies of narrative, performance, and indeed of community conspired to inform views of other people—friend and foe, fat and thin—as tellingly, characters. “For what do we live,” Jane Austen’s Mr. Bennet would ask rhetorically in 1813, “but to make sport for our neighbours and laugh at them in our turn?”

This new exhibit opening on October 10 at the Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington, CT, will feature images by William Hogarth, James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson, Thomas Patch, Edward Francis Burney, Francis Grose, and G.M. Woodward, excerpts from novels by Jane Austen, Frances Burney, Henry Fielding, and Laurence Sterne, and examples of graphic collections published by Matthew and Mary Darly and Thomas Tegg that marketed caricature as entertainment.

Post on September 21, 2016 - 1:04pm |

September 19, 2016

Quicksearch became the featured search box on the Music Library’s website this summer. Quicksearch is a search interface that allows researchers to search across a variety of library resources, presenting results from three groups:  Books+, which searches across the two library catalogs (Orbis and Morris); Articles+, which searches across ejournals and other electronic resources; and Digital Collections, which searches across digitized rare materials in several of the library’s collections.  

Useful for browsing our collections, Quicksearch has facets within each of the three groups that allow you to narrow down results by format (books, scores, audio, etc.), library, date, personal and corporate names, and subject headings.  Can’t remember when to use the singular and when to use the plural of form and genre terms as you have to do in Orbis? Have no fear – Quicksearch searches across both.  For those more comfortable with the standard Orbis interface, it is not going away, and a link is available on the Music Library’s home page.  Library staff have created several guides to Quicksearch: the Help link in the upper right of the screen when using Quicksearch; and the Music Library’s guide Music Research @ Yale.  If you have questions about Quicksearch or need help searching, contact Suzanne Lovejoy or Jonathan Manton.  Quicksearch is a work in progress!  Suzanne is Co-Chair of a recently formed Quicksearch Advisory Group, with representation from across the library, that seeks to identify and prioritize improvements to the service.

Post on September 19, 2016 - 4:04pm |

September 19, 2016

Tora Bora by Art Hazelwood. Image used with permission.

The Book As Stage: Performance and Theater in the Book Arts

September 26 – December 18, 2016

The book format has long been used as a vehicle for artistic expression. This exhibition focuses on the presentation of theatrical texts and documentation of performance in the book arts. The objects on display showcase the space of the page in fine printing and modern typographical renditions of dramatic works. Examples from the British and American fine press movements are representative of a traditional approach to the presentation of theatrical texts. In contrast, graphic designers use the visual space of the page and a variety of letterforms to express the dynamism of the performance. The book may seem static; however, like a performance, the story unfolds over time through the action of turning the pages.

Additionally, this exhibition explores the space of the book itself as a place for performance. Examples of puppetry, portable stage sets, tunnel books and other sculptural formats reveal how artists use the book in surprising ways. These interactive works invite audience participation—by setting up a miniature stage set or creating their own story with puppets, for example. Other works draw readers into another time or place through performances captured and transformed by innovative physical formats.

Image: Tora Bora by Art Hazelwood. Image used with permission.

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September 23, 2016

Intro to XML and XPath

September 23 from 1:00-3:00pm in Bass Library, L06

Led by Mark Custer, this workshop will provide an overview of XML (Extensible Markup Language) basics, with a special emphasis on TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) markup and hands-on exercises. Mark will also introduce the basics of XPath, illustrating its importance as a query language that can be utilized during the encoding process. XML is foundational for many forms of textual representation and metadata in the digital humanities.

The agenda is divided into the following sections:

  1. A brief overview of markup languages
  2. Fundamentals of XML
  3. Basics of XPath
  4. Time for discussion and/or a demonstration of more advanced topics

No prior encoding experience is required. Participants will be required, however, to use the oXygen XML editor during the workshop.  You will either need to bring a laptop with the latest version of oXygen pre-installed, or you will need to install oXygen on your desktop in the computer lab at the beginning of the workshop (if you go this route, please arrive early to the workshop). A 30-day free trial is available on the oXygen website:

Space is limited; to register, please go to the YUL Instruction Calendar.

This workshop is offered in conjunction with the Classics Library and the YUL Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support (DAHSRS).


Mark Custer is an Archivist / Metadata Coordinator at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. From 2011-2012, he worked as the Encoding Archival Description Manager at the Smithsonian Institution. Before that, he worked at East Carolina University (ECU), where he helped manage the TEI records and encoding workflows of ECU’s digital library. He earned a BA in English Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington, and an MLIS from Syracuse University.

Post on September 19, 2016 - 12:21pm |

September 16, 2016

Join us for this Arts and Humanities Book Talk on Tuesday, September 20, at 4:30pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall.

From one election cycle to the next, a defining question continues to divide the country's political parties: Should the government play a major or a minor role in the lives of American citizens? The Declaration of Independence has long been invoked as a philosophical treatise in favor of limited government. Yet the bulk of the document is a discussion of policy, in which the Founders outlined the failures of the British imperial government. Above all, they declared, the British state since 1760 had done too little to promote the prosperity of its American subjects. Looking beyond the Declaration's frequently cited opening paragraphs, Steve Pincus reveals how the document is actually a blueprint for a government with extensive powers to promote and protect the people's welfare. By examining the Declaration in the context of British imperial debates, Pincus offers a nuanced portrait of the Founders' intentions with profound political implications for today.

Light refreshments will be served before the talk. All are welcome!

Post on September 16, 2016 - 4:20pm |

September 14, 2016

Avalon Logo

During the Fall 2016 semester, the Gilmore Music Library will be piloting a new audio and video streaming service, a replacement for the Variations Digital Music System, called Avalon. Initially Avalon will be used to provide e-reserve content for classes, offering mediated streaming access (requiring a Yale Net ID and password) to sound recordings on compact disc or older formats in the Gilmore Music Library that are not currently available via one of the many audio databases that Yale University Libraries subscribes to, such as Naxos Music Library or Music Online. Any faculty or teaching assistants interested in using Avalon should contact Jonathan Manton, Music Librarian for Access Services, for more information. Avalon is already in use for a class in the Yale Department of Music entitled The Role of the Performer in the Musical Experience (MUSI 002)taught by Professor Michael Friedmann. 

During the pilot phase, the Music Library and Yale University Library IT will work to identify and fix any issues that might occur, that did not surface during the testing phase for Avalon over the summer, as more users start to work with the tool. During the pilot, users should be aware of the following known issues that will be rectified as soon as possible:  

  • While a Yale Net ID and password are needed to access all recordings on e-reserve, use of the Yale VPN is also required at this time for off-campus access. It is hoped in time that off-campus users will not need to use the VPN. 
  • The mobile interface for Avalon is currently not functioning correctly. Users working with Avalon should therefore access content via a desktop or laptop machine. 

Post on September 14, 2016 - 10:19am |

September 13, 2016

Atrium of Haas Arts Library

Arts librarians have already met many new students in orientation sessions, and we hope your fall term is off to a good start.

Changes in effect this fall:

  • You can now choose Haas as a pickup point for Interlibrary Loan materials as well as Borrow Direct and Eli Express books.
  • Arts Library Special Collections is open 12-4:45 Monday-Friday during the regular term (schedules vary during breaks).
  • Last but not least, we have greatly expanded circulation of Arts materials! See the Borrowing and Circulation page for more details.

As always, Arts librarians are available to help you with research and/or teaching—just contact us or drop in to say hello! 

Post on September 13, 2016 - 6:17pm |

September 27, 2016

Coffee and Code: Introduction to the Command Line

September 27 from 2:00pm-4:00pm in Bass Library, L06

Get familiar with the command line at the DHLab's next Coffee and Code! During the workshop, participants will learn the basics of the command line, including how to:

  • create, edit, and move files and directories
  • ssh (secure shell) to remote servers
  • navigate a computer's file system and more!

Windows computers will be available for use, though participants are welcome to bring their own computer (Windows or Mac). If you plan to use one of the available Windows machines, please arrive 5 minutes early to the workshop as they take awhile to boot up.

Space is limited; to register, please go to the YUL Instruction Calendar. Registration is open to Yale students, faculty, and staff; no prior programming experience is required.

This workshop will be lead-in to our Intro to Git Coffee and Code on October 25 - keep an eye on our website for more information.

Post on September 12, 2016 - 4:49pm |

September 12, 2016

EAL classrooms

Hope you all had a great start of the new semester.

We are very delighted to announce that a NEW online booking system for our classrooms, SML 207 and SML 218 is now available for you to easily reserve a room with us. You can access it from here:

The new booking system allows you to view the availability of both rooms and pick your desirable days and time slots to make a reservation. You will receive a confirmation shortly once you submit a request.  

Please note that the new system is used only for one-time events at a maximum length of 3 hours per request on weekdays during the academic year. If you want to reserve the room for classes/recurring meetings, or use it on weekends, please send your request to

We welcome any comments, suggestions, etc. from you regarding the new booking system. Please feel free to send an email to us at

Post on September 12, 2016 - 11:06am |

September 9, 2016

Out of the Sky by Werner Pfeiffer

Pfeiffer published "Out of the Sky: Remembering 9/11" in commemoration of the fifth anniversary and “in memory of the victims of 9-11.”  As presented, the work is in its completed state.  However, the intention of the artist is for the reader to “read” the piece during assembly.  He writes in the introduction: “Like most of my books OUT OF THE SKY is an interactive piece, which requires a ‘hands-on’ attitude to read.  It is a three dimensional book consisting of a group of large woodcuts in the shape of two towers, each over five feet tall.  Instead of following a horizontal direction, here the movement is vertical.”  Each of the seven segments includes four “pages” that become the sides of one tower when stacked.  Pfeiffer printed the names of victims vertically to imitate the texture of the exterior of the World Trade Center towers.  The abstracted imagery on the lower portions of the tower sculptures evokes the chaos of the attacks and their aftermath. To learn about other artists who have responded to 9-11 in book form consult our guide:

Post on September 9, 2016 - 11:33am |