December 2016 Archives

December 1, 2016

As part of this semester's Student Research at Yale University Library exhibit, Rebecca Straub, a graduate student in the Department of the History of Art, presents her research on Medical Library founder, Harvey Cushing. Cushing, a Yale alumnus and professor, was also a groundbreaking neurosurgeon and a driving force behind the establishment of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale. Straub’s research focuses on Cushing’s lifelong hobby of scrapbooking.


In her exhibit, Straub presents excerpts from Cushing’s scrapbooks that span a period of approximately thirty years. We observe moments from Cushing’s time at Yale, histories of notable patients, and documentation of wartime efforts. Straub also explores how Cushing used scrapbooking as a means of organizing information. She examines his scrapbooks and analyzes how his personal archives influenced his published materials.


Throughout Straub’s research process, Melissa Grafe, the John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History and head of the Medical Historical Library, was an invaluable resource. Straub describes Grafe’s guidance as both “indispensable” and “inspirational.” You can learn more about Straub’s research on Harvey Cushing by visiting her display in the SML Exhibition Corridor!

By Hilary Purrington

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December 1, 2016

The Yale University Library was delighted to learn that the Middle East Librarians Association (MELA) awarded the Annual David H. Partington Award to Yale Middle East librarian, Roberta (Robin) Dougherty, as well as to David G. Hirsch, of the University of California, Los Angeles.

MELA established the Annual David H. Partington Award in 2004 to grant public and tangible recognition to its members who have displayed a high standard of excellence and accomplishments in, and contributions to, the field of Middle East librarianship, librarianship in general, and the world of scholarship. Traditionally, nominations are solicited from library administrators of libraries where MELA members work.

The 2016 David H. Partington Award Committee (Jonathan Rodgers (Yale '77 and head of the Yale Library's Near East Collection from 1983-1987), University of Michigan, Chair; Evyn Kropf, Librarian for Near Eastern and Religious Studies & Curator, Islamic Manuscripts Collection, University of Michigan Library; and Lior Sternfeld, Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies, Penn State) commented that Robin and David’s activities as librarians, scholars, and their generous long-term commitment to MELA and the wider library profession, has been devoted and is to be admired.

Roberta L. Dougherty  has been the Librarian for Middle East Studies at Yale University since 2012. In her long and distinguished career, she has worked at the University of Texas Libraries, the American University in Cairo, the University of Oxford, the Library of Congress, the University of Pennsylvania, the United Arab Emirates University Library, and the University of Michigan Library.

She studied at the University of Michigan, where she received the degree of Master of Information and Library Studies (M.I.L.S.) in 1993, and was inducted into Beta Phi Mu (the international library & information studies honor society); at Georgetown University, where she obtained the Master of Arts in Arab Studies (M.A.A.S.) degree from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, concentrating in Arabic language and literature in1988; and at the University of Pennsylvania for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), cum laude, in Oriental Studies, with a concentration in Egyptology in 1982.

Robin has been praised as the consummate librarian, with deep background in collection development, public services, and technical services. She commands  a breadth of knowledge about librarianship that is increasingly rare. She is also comfortable dealing with manuscript, print, and digital cultures; again, a range in which not all are competent. This versatility is what makes her an outstanding Middle East studies librarian, since the almost impossible expectation is that librarians in the field can “do it all,” even when the nations and cultures represented range so greatly historically and linguistically, and the students and scholars served have such varied interests and needs.

Robin’s service to MELA is unmatched and to be admired. She was two times its President (1999-2001 and 2014-2015). She has also taken an active role in the affairs of the Middle East Materials/Microfilm Project (MEMP). She is the model of the scholar-librarian, believing that librarians must work closely with the scholarly community they serve. She has frequently organized or chaired panels, presented papers, and participated in other scholarly conferences, both domestic and international.  Robin’s research focus has been popular arts and culture in the Middle East, particularly Egypt, and she has compiled an impressive record of presentation and publication in this area.

More recently, Robin has become engaged in the history of Oriental studies, as she focused on the scholarly career of Edward E. Salisbury, professor at Yale, library benefactor, and founder of the American Oriental Society.

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December 5, 2016

Bradley Warren, Director of Access Services for Sterling Memorial and Bass Libraries, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Achievement in Access Services Award. The award is given annually by the Access Services Conference, which meets each year in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the third year that the award has been presented. The two previous recipients were Julian Aiken (Yale Law Library, 2014) and Ann Snowman (Penn State University, 2015).

In presenting this year’s award, the Awards Committee recognized Brad’s achievements throughout his seventeen-year career in libraries, and in particular his leadership and innovation since joining Yale University Library in March of 2009.

The many accomplishments of Brad’s tenure have included his comprehensive reorganization of circulation, privileges, iDesks, resource sharing, Scan on Demand, and collection maintenance into a single, highly functional department that has embraced new technologies and reduced duplication of efforts. Brad also played a leadership role in the renovation of the Sterling Memorial Library nave (2013-2014), which resulted in new approaches to how library services are provided in Sterling.

On the national stage, Brad led the petition drive earlier this year that created the new Access Services Special Interest Group within the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). He will serve as the group’s first Chair during the coming year.

Congratulations to Brad!

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December 7, 2016

The 2015-16 Annual Report issue of Nota Bene:News from the Yale Library is now available online, featuring news from the last fiscal year. Nota Bene is published during the academic year to acquaint the Yale community and others with the resources of the Yale Library.

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December 7, 2016

Manuscripts and Archives (MSSA) will undergo a major renovation to its public spaces during 2017. While the renovation is in progress all public services will be temporarily relocated to the Franke Room in Sterling Memorial Library (SML). The Franke Room is immediately to your left as you enter the SML Nave through the main (High Street) entrance.

While MSSA relocates their public service operations to the Franke Room, the department will be completely closed to in-person researchers and remote reference requests from Monday, December 12, 2016, through Monday, January 16, 2017. The services affected by this brief closure include: reading room use and access to collection materials, in-person and remote reference work, records requests from Yale offices, ILL lending and return, and Special Collections Transit Hub services through MSSA.

Public services will reopen in the Franke Room at 8:30am on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, and will remain open in that location during our normal hours of operation until the completion of the renovation work, currently anticipated to be November, 2017. If you have questions relating to this closure please contact, or call 203-432-1735.

The renovation of Manuscripts and Archives will revitalize a beautiful space within Sterling Memorial Library, provide for better stewardship of materials through environmental control and security upgrades, and enhance the researcher experience with improved lighting, reduced noise, and improved consultation space. The project will also transform the former Gutenberg Chapel, originally the purpose-built home in Sterling Memorial Library for Yale’s Gutenberg Bible, into a secure classroom to meet increasing faculty demand for teaching with Manuscripts and Archives collections. The non-functional stone fireplace in the future classroom will be lifted to create a door into the Linonia & Brothers Reading Room (L&B)

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December 7, 2016

RECHARGE during Reading Week with a series of events for students at the Yale University Library. From December 9-15, students are invited to join us for drop in meditation sessions, Zumba, chair massages, therapy dog visits, pizza, games, donuts, healthy snacks, puzzles, coloring and more!

There is also a "Long Night Against Procrastination" event! Study for your final exams, write your papers and work on your presentations in this one night event designed for maximum productivity. Bring yourselves and your to-do list. We'll provide a quiet space, snacks, coffee, short planned breaks for stress relief and other library treats.

Check the library calendar for the full list of reading week events and for all the details.  We look forward to seeing you there and spread the word!

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December 14, 2016

Happy Holidays from the Yale University Library! Safe travels over the break! Check opening times for all of Yale's libraries here.

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