November 2016 Archives

November 1, 2016

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Digital Preservation Coalition have announced the formation of a Task Force on Technical Approaches for Email Archives. The Yale Library will be represented by Digital Preservation Manager, Euan Cochrane. The task force is charged with assessing current frameworks, tools, and approaches being taken toward these critical historical sources. Christopher Prom, assistant university archivist/Andrew S. G. Turyn Endowed Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Kate Murray, IT specialist in the Technology Policy Directorate at the Library of Congress, will serve as cochairs of the task force. Read more here.

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November 3, 2016

Between November 16-December 14, the Library Staff Association (LiSA) is holding a food drive, with drop-off locations in several Yale libraries. We invite everyone to donate non-perishable food items and personal care items to benefit IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services), a New Haven-based agency that helps resettle refugees in CT and provide lifesaving support to assist in their transition to life in the United States. Your donations will go toward stocking the apartments of resettled refugees and the IRIS food pantry.

Donation boxes will be located throughout the following libraries on campus (see map):

Sterling Memorial Library; Bass Library; Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library; Center for Science and Social Science Information; Divinity Library; Cushing/Whitney Medical Library; Lilian Goldman Law Library; and at 344 Winchester Avenue (where the library's technical services and preservation departments are located.

Items that IRIS is always looking for include:

White and Brown Rice (bagged/boxed); Chickpeas (canned/dry); Cannellini Beans (canned/dry); Canned Tomatoes; Pasta; Sugar; Salt & Pepper; Cooking Oil; Flour; Coffee; Tea; Coffee Filters; Canned Fruit in 100% Fruit Juice; Canned Vegetables; Shampoo & Conditioner; Deodorant; Soap; Toilet Paper; Tissues; $10 Grocery Store Gift Card

We CANNOT accept any food products containing meat or pork.

We will also be hosting a Virtual Food Drive to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank, where a few clicks will let you quickly and easily donate “food” and funds.

Please give during this festive time of year! Thank you in advance!

If you have any comments or questions about the food drive, please feel free to email

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November 3, 2016

This semester, the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor highlights the research of four extraordinary Yale students. Maria Martinez (Trumbull College ‘16), a recent Yale graduate with a degree in Archaeological Studies, explores how new technology can allow archaeologists to create three-dimensional representations of destroyed historical sites.

Martinez’s display focuses on three monuments destroyed by ISIS in 2015. Located in Palmyra, Syria, these buildings were both historically and culturally significant. Using data and models available in the public domain, Martinez created three-dimensional prints of these structures, revealing details lost in two-dimensional images. Martinez’s project extends beyond archaeological interest, however; rather, she views the new field of digital archaeology as a an opportunity to preserve cultural heritage and provide a path for healing. 

Throughout her research process, Martinez has made extensive use of physical artifacts and archaeological books and periodicals available through the Yale Babylonian Collection. She discovered the collection during a search for a specific book. Martinez explained her project to Ulla Kasten, an Associate Curator in the Babylonian Collection, and Kasten offered her a student position in the Collection. Kasten and Agnete Lassen, another Associate Curator, provided significant support and guidance throughout Martinez’s research process.

Martinez’s research is ongoing. Through the Erasmus Mundus program, Martinez will be continuing her studies in digital archaeology and archaeological sciences at the University of Evora in Portugal, the University of Sapienza in Rome, and the University of Aristotle in Thesaloniki. Learn more about Martinez’s research by visiting her display in the SML Exhibition Corridor!

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November 3, 2016

A new exhibit at the Yale Divinity Library features religious tracts over the last two hundred years.

Religious tracts dating from the early 1800s to the present document theological and societal issues of their times. The exhibit begins with 19th century tracts published in Connecticut and China and concludes with the controversial tracts written and illustrated in comic book format by Jack T. Chick since the early 1960s. Tracts were produced in many languages and addressed issues ranging from personal salvation to temperance, anti-Catholicism, and evolution.

The exhibit is on view until May 31, 2017. The Yale Divinity Library is located at 409 Prospect Street.

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November 9, 2016

On November 17, celebrate mapping innovations with the Yale GIS community from 8:30am-6:00pm in Kroon Hall and at the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI). The full-day celebration — part of the international GIS Day — will include a GIS Colloquium, a Map Exhibition, training and networking opportunities, and a GIS Day Cake Celebration. Learn what is happening and how you can get involved in the geospatial world at Yale. This day includes a luncheon and MapChat Social.

Speakers include: Theodore R. Holford, Ph.D; Susan Dwight Bliss, Professor of Biostatistics and Professor of Statistics; William Rankin Ph.D, Assistant Professor of the History of Science; Meredith Reba, Lab Manager, Seto Lab; Larry Bonneau, Manager, Yale Center for Earth Observation and Research Associate, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics; and C. Dana Tomlin, Ph.D., Professor (Adjunct) of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Please register in advance here, where more details about each event are also available.

Yale GIS Day 2016 is sponsored by the Center for Science and Social Science Information, the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Digital Humanities Lab and the Spatial Collective. All members of the Yale community are welcome. 

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November 22, 2016

Same-sex marriage has evolved from a far-fetched notion to established law in the United States over the past four decades. At the forefront of this modern civil rights movement has been a Yale alumnus, Evan Wolfson ’78. Wolfson wrote his Harvard Law School thesis on same-sex marriage long before it became a topic of national & local activism. He founded Freedom to Marry in 2001, serving as its president until the Supreme Court’s historic 2015 decision guaranteeing marriage equality. Along with his many other awards, Wolfson was honored with a Yale-Jefferson Public Service Award earlier this month. He donated Freedom to Marry’s archives to Yale in 2015, explaining why in this YaleNews story.

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November 22, 2016

Favorite Recipes of the Movie Stars, a magazine published in 1931 featuring dishes favored by famous actors, is among a number of intriguing materials from the Middle Ages through the 20th-century housed in the Beinecke’s collection. A small portion of the cookbooks feature recipes from the rich and famous, so anyone on the hunt for offbeat dishes for Thanksgiving dinner could do worse than to page through these quirky culinary artifacts. “Please don’t thank me, thank Alice B. Toklas,” one could explain to guests who have just enjoyed “Potatoes Crainquebille” from The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book — several editions of which are held at the library. Read more in this YaleNews article.

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November 28, 2016

All are welcome to join us on December 7 in the Sterling Memorial Library lecture hall for the latest talk in the Arts and Humanities Book Talk series by Howard Bloch, Sterling Professor of French at Yale University. The talk will begin at 4:30 pm, but please join us from 4:00 pm for refreshments.  

It was, improbably, the forerunner of our digital age: a French poem about a shipwreck published in 1897 that, with its mind-bending possibilities of being read up and down, backward and forward, even sideways, launched modernism. Stéphane Mallarmé’s One Toss of the Dice, a daring, twenty-page epic of ruin and recovery, provided an epochal “tipping point,” defining the spirit of the age and anticipating radical thinkers of the twentieth century, from Albert Einstein to T. S. Eliot. Celebrating its intrinsic influence on our culture, R. Howard Bloch decodes the poem still considered among the most enigmatic ever written.

In Bloch’s portrait of Belle Époque Paris, Mallarmé stands as the spiritual giant of the era, gathering around him every Tuesday a luminous cast of characters including Émile Zola, Victor Hugo, Claude Monet, André Gide, Claude Debussy, Oscar Wilde, and even the future French prime minister Georges Clemenceau. A simple schoolteacher whose salons and prodigious literary talent won him the adoration of Paris’s elite, Mallarmé achieved the reputation of France’s greatest living poet. Over a century later, the allure of Mallarmé’s linguistic feat continues to ignite the imaginations of the world’s greatest thinkers. Featuring a new, authoritative translation of the French poem by J. D. McClatchy, One Toss of the Dice reveals how a literary masterpiece launched the modernist movement, contributed to the rise of pop art, influenced modern Web design, and shaped the perceptual world we now inhabit.

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November 28, 2016

Register now for the annual Day of Data December 1-2 in the auditorium of the Yale Center for Research Computing. This Yale-wide event will focus on research transparency & reproducibility across disciplines, including presentations on open data, open software, reproducibility initiatives, & replication. Speakers on December 2 will include Harlan Krumholz, Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine & Director of the Yale Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation; Erin McKiernan, Professor of Physics, Biomedical Physics Program, National Autonomous University of Mexico; & Brian Nosek, co-founder & director, Center for Open Science. To register, click here.

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November 30, 2016

December 9, 6:30 pm in the Yale University Art Gallery Auditorium (1111 Chapel St., New Haven. Please enter via York or High Streets as main 1111 Chapel St. entrance will not be open)


In celebration of the current exhibition at the Haas Family Arts Library and in collaboration with the "Odds and Ends Art Book Fair" at the Yale University Art Gallery, designer/author Warren Lehrer (MFA ’80) will present a multimedia performance/reading of his award-winning illuminated novel, "A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley". In the funny and thought provoking performance, Lehrer presents an overview of his author-protagonist's life in books via many of Mobley's cover designs and other biographical materials including animations and video performances of book excerpts. The performance will take place in the Yale University Art Gallery lecture hall.

Please join us for a pre-performance reception at the Robert B Haas Family Library from 4:30-6:00pm where visitors can view Lehrer’s work in the exhibition. Enter via The Loria Center, 190 York Street. (Directly across York Street from the Yale University Art Gallery lecture hall entrance.)

This program is sponsored by the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, the Yale University Art Gallery, and The Yale University Library Bibliographical Press.

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November 30, 2016

IT Accessibility strives to make online resources available to the widest group of users. Please join us for this SCOPA forum on December 7 at 9:00 am in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall where presenters will discuss how Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA will be, and are, being implemented throughout the University and in the Library.

Speakers include: Michael Harris, Information Architect & Accessibility Lead, ITS; David Hirsch, Director of Academic IT Strategy, Center for Teaching & Learning; Tracy MacMath, User Interface Programmer, Library IT; Lisa Sawin, Director of User Experience & Digital Strategy, ITS;  & Steven Wieda, Senior Web Developer, Library IT.

All members of the Yale community are welcome and refreshments will be served.


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