March 2017 Archives

March 13, 2017

Based on the National Weather Service forecast for blizzard conditions, the university has announced it will be closed on Tuesday, March 14 from 7:00 am through Wednesday, March 15 at 10:00am for non-critical employees. Consequently, all the Yale libraries will be closed during those times. Check the Yale Emergency Management website for details

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March 13, 2017

All are welcome to join us on Tuesday, March 28 at 4:30 pm in the SML Lecture Hall for the latest talk in the Sterling Memorial Library Humanities Book Talk Series, Life on Ice: A History of New Uses for Cold Blood by Joanna Radin, Assistant Professor of History and Medicine and History at Yale University.

After the atomic bombing at the end of World War II, anxieties about survival in the nuclear age led scientists to begin stockpiling and freezing hundreds of thousands of blood samples from indigenous communities around the world. These samples were believed to embody potentially invaluable biological information about genetic ancestry, evolution, microbes, and much more. Today, they persist in freezers as part of a global tissue-based infrastructure. In Life on Ice, Joanna Radin examines how and why these frozen blood samples shaped the practice known as biobanking.

The Cold War projects Radin tracks were meant to form an enduring total archive of indigenous blood before it was altered by the polluting forces of modernity. Freezing allowed that blood to act as a time-traveling resource. Radin explores the unique cultural and technical circumstances that created and gave momentum to the phenomenon of life on ice and shows how these preserved blood samples served as the building blocks for biomedicine at the dawn of the genomic age. In an era of vigorous ethical, legal, and cultural debates about genetic privacy and identity, Life on Ice reveals the larger picture—how we got here and the promises and problems involved with finding new uses for cold human blood samples

Coffee and cookies will be available before the talk.

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March 13, 2017

On March 29 at 4:00 pm, Sten H. Vermund, M.D., Ph.D., the Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health, Dean of Public Health, and Professor of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine, will present the 69th Annual Lecture of the Associates of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. The talk will take place in the Medical Historical Library at 333 Cedar Street.

Dr. Vermund will present a 37 year history of the HIV epidemic, starting with his experiences in New York City in the early 1980s; the AIDS Division of the National Institutes of Health (1988-1994); 23 years in Alabama and Zambia; and then time in Tennessee, Mozambique, and Nigeria. In Africa, HIV has rivaled the bubonic plague of 15th Century Europe in its societal devastation, until the advent of the U.S.-led response beginning in 2003. With this historic view of the American and African HIV epidemics, he will highlight the specific urgent challenges and threats to effective response to one of the world’s worst pandemics, highlighting policy, prevention, and health care challenges to the present day. All are welcome!

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March 10, 2017

Great Hall, Haas Arts Library

During Spring Break, the Arts Library will be open 8:30 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday, and closed on Saturday and Sunday. Arts Library Special Collections will be open 1-4 pm. Regular hours resume on Sunday, March 26, at 2 pm. We wish you a relaxing break!

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March 8, 2017

Art + Feminism

You're invited to join the Art Library's Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon event on Wednesday, March 8 at 5:00 pm! Please register here.
With millions of articles in English and counting, Wikipedia is the world's largest encyclopedia. It is free and crowd-sourced, but depends on the interests of those who contribute. As a result, some topics are underrepresented or absent – for example, many women and women artists. Content is skewed by a lack of feminist participation. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. This lack of female participation has led to an alarming dearth of content about women and art in the world’s most popular online research tool. Let's change that. Art Plus Feminism’s Edit-a-thons and other initiatives make an impact on the gender gap through crucial improvements to art and feminism related subjects on Wikipedia. 
This event is designed to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia and encourage female editorship. Gain insight into how Wikipedia works and help address gaps in coverage by joining us on March 8th from 5:00-8:00 pm. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and refreshments. A limited number of desktop computers will be available. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate, particularly transgender and cisgender women. Please note the Edit-a-thon is open to the Yale community. Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support.
For more information email or call her at 203-432-6241.
This event is co-sponsored by the Yale University Library, Digital Media Center for the Arts, Yale School of Art, Yale Center for British Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Yale Film Study Center.

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August 28, 2017

Job Opportunities with the DHLab

If you have programming skills and an interest in humanistic data, apply to work in the Digital Humanities Lab! We are looking to hire Yale undergraduate and graduate students to work on a variety of exciting projects that are underway in the lab.

Call for Digital Humanities Lab Assistants

Every semester the Digital Humanities Lab funds projects that require different levels of programming expertise. If you would like to be considered for one of these positions when they open up, please email your resume/CV to

Call for Digital Scholarship Services Graduate Student Consultants

Priority Application Window Closes: Thursday, September 14th
Application Window Closes: Thursday, September 28th
Yale Digital Scholarship Services (part of the Yale University Library) is looking for graduate students to join our team as Digital Scholarship consultants.

Whether you use field surveys to predict the outbreak of civil war, machine learning to find aesthetic patterns in 18th-century paintings, interactive data visualizations to track instances of textual reuse in Classical literature, or big data technologies to identify systemic drivers of gene expression, we want to hear from you. Your data might come from surveys, text, assays, pixels, networks, experiments, simulations, or audio recordings — we are looking for team members who work with any of it.

Digital Scholarship consultants work with the DHLab ( and the StatLab ( to provide support for disciplines across the Yale University community. The DHLab offers consultations, workshops, and grants to support scholars using computational methods to pursue humanistic inquiries. The StatLab provides support for quantitative analysis through instruction, consultation, and collaboration. Digital Scholarship consultants have the option to work with either group or both, depending on their interests and experience.

We are looking for PhD students who:
  •     have completed most of their humanities, statistics, geospatial statistics, or data analysis related coursework
  •     can comfortably operate as one of our experts providing instruction, consultation, and project collaboration
  •     are skilled in appropriate software and have the necessary computing knowledge to help others
  •     can commit to at least four hours each week during the semester (there is ample opportunity to work more)
  •     are interested in developing instructional materials and training workshops for support of digital, data, and methodological literacy in the Yale community
Specific duties can vary, but you should expect:
  •     to meet with Yale community members from the undergraduate level to the faculty level and to provide guidance on research questions in a 1-on-1 setting
  •     to use your proficiency in digital humanities, statistics, geospatial statistics, or data analysis topics
  •     to answer common questions across various disciplines
  •     to use your expertise on specific digital humanities, statistics, geospatial statistics, or data analysis topics, and to act as a point person for related questions
  •     to think on your feet, quickly assess the needs of patrons, and help develop a recommendation for how they should proceed given their subject area, background, and timeline
  •     to hone your teaching skills by developing and leading workshops on specific software applied to digital humanities, statistics, geospatial statistics, and data analysis topics
What do our consultants get?

We pay our graduate students an hourly rate competitive with teaching fellowships and more than other university jobs. In addition to time spent providing 1-on-1 support, we pay our consultants to develop and teach workshops, attend other workshops to sharpen their own skills, and work with faculty and librarians on projects.

Beyond this, our consultants report that answering questions and problem-solving with our clients helps them retain and sharpen their own skills. Working with researchers from other disciplines can lead to interesting and collaborative experiences that may extend beyond the consulting team's work.

Want to apply?

If you are interested in joining one of the teams, please send an email of intent to

This email should include a brief description of your background, the reasons you would be a good addition to the team, and a current CV (PDF format) as an attachment. We'll be in touch and move the process forward from there.

Please send your email of intent by Thursday, September 28th for consideration. To receive priority consideration, we recommend submitting the email of intent prior to Thursday, September 14th. The interview and hiring process is rolling and will start for candidates as materials are received beginning September 14th.

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March 10, 2017

Conference: The Arts in the Black Press During the Age of Jim Crow

March 10 and 11 at Linsly-Chittenden Hall, rooms 317 and 319

Friday, March 10, 2017

9:30 – 10:30 Breakfast and Registration
10:30 – 12:00 Panel Session 1
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Panel Session 2
2:30 – 3:00 Coffee break
3:00 – 4:30 Panel Session 3
4:45 – 5:45 Keynote Address by Professor Kim Gallon
6:00 – 7:30 Reception at Afro-American Cultural Center, 211 Park Street
Saturday, March 11, 2017
8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 Panel Session 4
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 12:00 Panel Session 5
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch and optional visit to the Yale University Art Gallery
1:30 – 3:00 Panel Session 6
3:30 – 5:00 Exhibit visit, “Gather Out of Star-Dust: The Harlem Renaissance & The Beinecke Library”


For more information and to register: ​

Conference Sponsors include

African American Studies 
Afro-American Cultural Center 
American Studies 
Americanist Colloquium 
Beinecke Library 
Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration 
Digital Humanities Lab 
GSAS Dean's Fund 
Institute of Sacred Music 
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 

Yale University Art Gallery

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March 3, 2017

Yale University Library recently resumed access to its map collections, following work over the last six months on a major digitization project that will eventually create digital (or raster) images of the approximately 20,000 rare sheet maps that have been transferred from Sterling Memorial Library to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Maps digitized to date can be viewed here. The government sponsored survey maps, and most maps printed after 1920, have been transferred to the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI).  Overall, the project moved more than 100,000 maps, atlases, globes, and other geographical related collections to new homes on campus.   
Rare maps
Rare maps (defined as non-survey maps printed before 1921) are now available at the Beinecke Library, along with historic globes, manuscript maps, and urban insurance maps (often referred to as Sanborn maps). This material can be requested to view in the Beinecke's Reading Room or for use in classes at the Beinecke Library. For more information about requesting materials, click here. For more information about teaching at the Beinecke Library click here.
Non-rare maps
Government sponsored survey maps (e.g. topographic, geologic, and forest surveys), as well as most sheet maps issued after 1920, were moved to the CSSSI or the Library Shelving Facility (to be used at CSSSI).    
If you have any questions regarding the map collections at Yale, please contact Questions regarding GIS services should be directed to

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April 6, 2017


April 6 from 4:00-6:00pm at 17 Hillhouse Ave, room 101
Many of the places where natural disasters and health crises occur are literally "missing" from the map, and responders lack the information to properly provide relief. Learn how to contribute to responders' efforts with OpenStreetMap. We will introduce the platform, teach web mapping skills, and then work with participants to map infrastructure in high-priority areas for local humanitarian efforts.
This event is open to everyone, from beginners to advanced mappers. Bring a laptop. Food and drinks will be provided!
The Mapathon at Yale is a partnership between The Spatial Collective, Missing Maps, and the Digital Humanities Lab, and supports the work of the Red Cross, Médecins Sin Frontières, and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.

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March 2, 2017

As some of you have been informed via the Facebook announcements a while ago, we have completed processing of a collection of ephemera (brochures, flyers, advertisements, pamphlets) material related to LGBTQ communities in Japan. Below please find a link to the finding aid and a description of the materials.

This collection was prepared in collaboration with Yoshie Yanagihara of Tokyo Denki University and Tetsuyuki Shida of Waseda University, with assistance from Mary Caldera of Yale Manuscripts and Archives, and Caitlin Casiello. We would like to thank each of them for their invaluable help and insight. 

We are also looking to expand and improve the collection in the future so any feedback or directions for further exploration from researchers would be appreciated. 


Japanese lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer collection

Finding Aid:

The collection consists of fliers, newsletters, brochures, and other educational material published and distributed by Japanese lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) organizations, primarily from the Tokyo area. Materials focus on gay and bisexual men's health, sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention and testing, and community activities for HIV positive individuals. The collection includes publications documenting bars and clubs, community spaces and support services, art and cultural events, and political activism, as well as newsletters from over thirty LGBTQ organizations located in Tokyo and other regions of Japan. Materials date from 1993 to 2016.

このコレクションは日本、主に東京首都圏の性的少数派 (LGBTQ: レズビアン、ゲイ、バイセクシュアル、トランスジェンダー、そしてクィア)団体などによって2000年代から現在までに配布されたチラシ、ニュースレター、パンフレットなどで構成される。最初のシリーズにはゲイやバイセクシャル男性の健康、HIVなどの性感染症(STI)の予防とテスト、および生活とコミュニティを取り巻く資料が含まれ、広範な内容となっている。それに加え、彼らに焦点を当てたバーやクラブ、コミュニティスペースと支援、芸術や文化イベント、および政治的活動のための出版物で構成されている。第二シリーズは30以上の東京及び他の地域で活動しているLGBTQ団体のニュースレターが収められる。

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