September 2016 Archives

September 8, 2016

Join us at 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 15 in the Medical Historical Library (333 Cedar Street) for a Conversation with Sue Coe and colleague Eric Avery, M.D., presented as the Barwick Lecture, Program for the Humanities in Medicine, co-sponsored by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.

The Conversation opens an exhibit introducing seven large drawings by Sue Coe based upon the patients and medical practice of pioneering art activist Dr. Eric Avery at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Acquired in 2015, the new drawings are exhibited with works from this and other series by Coe acquired over the past decade by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library's Collection of Prints and Drawings.

Sue Coe is considered one of the foremost political artists working today. A firm believer in the power of media to affect change, she has seen her graphic work published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and in the permanent collections of major museums such as Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art.

The exhibit "The AIDS Suite,” HIV Positive Women in Prison and Other Works by Artist/Activist Sue Coe invites discussion and is designed for teaching. To schedule a class session or tour of the exhibit, contact Susan Wheeler, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, at, or at 203 737-1063.

The exhibit is on view from September 15, 2016 - January 10, 2107.

Image: "Doctor Pollard Leads Ethics Rounds." Copyright 1993 Sue Coe.

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September 8, 2016

The first phase of the Gilmore Music Library's renovation project is now complete! The result of this phase is a beautifully designed new space on the first floor of the music library that contains:

  • A new circulation desk
  • Shelving for current editions of the print periodicals we subscribe too
  • A new office for Suzanne Lovejoy (Music Librarian for Reference and Instruction), located to the left of the circulation desk
  • New areas for our self-service scanners, printer/copier, and public computer workstations
  • Comfortable reading areas
  • A new space behind the circulation desk to house the Music Library's Recordings Collection as well as new offices for Kathy Mansi (Circulation Supervisor) and Karl Schrom (Recordings Collection Cataloger).  

Images of our new space can be found on our Twitter feed. Better yet, stop by the Music Library and one of the staff will be happy to show you around! 

Phase II of the renovation project is already underway, and will run through December 21st. The most important thing to note about this phase is that the regular entrance to the Music Library is now closed. Between now and December, when the renovation is complete and a new entrance to the Music Library is created off of a new corridor that will lead from the York Street side of Sterling Memorial Library through to the Nave; a temporary entrance will be available via the corridor behind the Wall Street entrance/exit to Sterling Memorial Library (behind the security guard's station). If you have any problems accessing the library, please contact Jonathan Manton (Music Librarian for Access Services).

More detail about our renovation project can be found on our renovation guide.  

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September 8, 2016

In 1841 the Yale Corporation appointed alumnus Edward Elbridge Salisbury (class of 1832) as professor of Arabic and Sanskrit languages and literature, the first such position in the Americas. This exhibit marks the 175th anniversary of his appointment and explores his scholarly development, his career at Yale and after, his benefactions (including two endowed chairs), and the growth of Yale collections of Islamic manuscripts after Salisbury’s death in 1901. A discerning collector, Salisbury built up his library of Arabic and Sanskrit materials from auctions of the libraries of prominent European Orientalists and through personal contacts with American missionaries in Middle Eastern countries. He donated this “Oriental library”—one hundred manuscripts and hundreds of rare early printed European books in Arabic, Persian, and Sanskrit—to Yale in 1870, making it the largest American library for the study of these languages in its day.

In succeeding decades Yale librarians have continued to build the manuscript and printed book collection related to these areas of study, with the purchase of the Hartford Seminary’s Arabic manuscript collection in 2005 making Yale’s the third-largest collection of Islamic manuscripts in the United States. Salisbury was among the earliest members of the American Oriental Society (founded 1842), and energetically supported both the organization and its journal. His most famous student, William Dwight Whitney, became a prominent linguist and would succeed Salisbury as professor of Sanskrit. After resigning his professorship in 1856, Salisbury continued to contribute to Yale through his involvement in both the Library Committee and the advisory board of the School of Fine Art. Materials on view come principally from Yale libraries (Manuscripts and Archives, the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, and the general collections). Additional items come from the Yale University Art Gallery and the Near East School of Theology (Beirut). Many objects are on display for the first time.

All are welcome to join us for an opening talk and reception marking the opening of the new exhibit on Wednesday, September 21 at 2:00 pm in the SML Memorabilia Room. The talk will be given by Roberta L. Dougherty, Librarian for Middle East Studies at Yale University Library. All are welcome!

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September 7, 2016 logo

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We currently have a trial in place for! Take a look and let us know what you think. You will need to be on campus or connected via VPN to access the trial, which is active through October 17th

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September 1, 2016

The summer/fall 2016 issue of Nota Bene: News from the Yale Library, is now available online. Nota Bene is published 3 times a year to highlight the innovative work being undertaken all across the Yale University Library system. Printed copies can be requested by emailing:

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