May 2018 Archives

May 29, 2018

nkoda app logo

The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library is pleased to announce that it will be taking part in a beta test for a new publisher supported music reading app called nkoda. 

For a quick introduction to nkoda, take a look at this short video overview of the app

According to the app’s developers:

“nkoda is the only publisher-supported app for sheet music. Our library is the largest subscription library of scores, parts and educational materials in the world. We have under license the complete catalogues of our growing list of publisher partners, including: Bärenreiter, Boosey & Hawkes, Faber, Music Sales Classical, Breitkopf & Härtel and the Universal Music Group’s editions. It’s ‘just like paper’; state of the art tools allow you to annotate, save your markings and share within the app one-to-one, in a group, or more widely.”

You can find out more and sign up to be part of the beta test at Remember to input "Yale" in the "organisation name" field of the form when you sign up.

Please send any feedback you have about the app to nkoda

Post on May 29, 2018 - 8:19am |

June 1, 2018

External view of the Sterling Memorial Library on a sunny day.

Visiting Yale University or New Haven this summer? Don’t miss this wide range of exhibitions taking place at different locations within the Yale University Library. All are free and open to the public during regular library opening hours.

The Early Modern Pharmacy: Drugs, Recipes, and Apothecaries, 1500-1800

What did a pharmacy look like in Europe, between 1500 and 1800? This exhibition, organized by students in the undergraduate seminar “Collecting Nature and Art,” shows that collecting recipes and making medicines were common household activities carried out by women, while apothecaries often became targets of satire. Cushing/ Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar St., through July 5.

Black Sound and the Archive

Unusual items from the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library collections, including objects that belonged to J. Rosamond Johnson, the composer of “Lift Every Voice and Sing, are presented together with rare black sound recordings. Music Library, inside Sterling Memorial Library, entrances on 301 York St. and 120 High St., through July 30.

Text and Textile (at the Arts Library)

A companion to the Beinecke Library exhibit (below), this exhibit explores relationships between text and textile using rare materials from the Haas Arts Library special collections. Loria Center for the History of Art, 190 York St., through Aug. 6.

Text and Textile (at the Beinecke)

This exhibit explores the intersections of text and textile in literature and politics using hundreds of unusual and evocative objects and written materials from Yale’s vast library and museum collections. Among the featured objects are medieval manuscripts, Gertrude Stein’s waistcoat, loom cards from French Jacquard mills, a Shakespeare first folio, a Warhol-designed paper dress, an array of children’s books, and poetry by Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Susan Howe, and Walt Whitman. Beinecke Library, 121 Wall St., through Aug. 12.

The Yale University Herbarium: Its People and Specimens

The Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) media wall exhibit presents an exhibit on people influential in the more than 150-year history of the Yale Herbarium along with images from the collection itself. CSSSI, Kline Biology Tower, 219 Prospect St., through Oct. 1.

Taking up the Slingshot: Posters from the First Palestinian Intifada (1987–1993)

Student-curated exhibition presents political posters and photographs from the Palestinian Liberation Movement Collection (MS 1701) in the Manuscripts and Archives of Yale University Library. Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High St., through Oct. 12.

Yale History in Manuscripts and Archives

Immerse yourself in Yale’s more than 300-year history through documents and artifacts. Exhibit themes are student life, places and programs, and Yale events. Memorabilia Room, Sterling Memorial Library, June 25-Oct. 5.


Post on May 24, 2018 - 8:32am |

May 22, 2018

Stephen F. Gates ’68 and Susan Gibbons are pictured in 2015 with one of Yale’s rare 1699 Vincenzo Coronelli globes.

A long-time champion of Yale University Library made provisions through his estate to endow the position of university librarian. Susan Gibbons now serves as the inaugural Stephen F. Gates ‘68 University Librarian and Deputy Provost for Collections and Scholarly Communication. Read the Yale News story.

Post on May 22, 2018 - 11:24am |

March 21, 2017

Two more screenings of 35mm prints from Yale's collection will take place this summer, and you're invited! At 7pm Wednesday, June 27, join us for a 25th anniversary screening of THE FUGITIVE, starring Harrison Ford as a doctor wrongfully convicted of murder and Tommy Lee Jones as the U.S. Marshal out to find him. At 7pm Wednesday, July 18, we'll screen Werner Herzog's Antarctic documentary ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, introduced by Dr. Jennifer Marlon. "Treasures from the Yale Film Archive" screenings are always free and open to everyone, and take place in the Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall Street in New Haven. Learn more.

Post on May 21, 2018 - 11:48am |

May 18, 2018

Logo of Yale

During the upcoming Reunion weekends (May 24-27 and May 31-June 3) Yale University Library will offer special tours:

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Friday, May 25, 9-10 a.m. & Friday, June 1, 9-10 a.m. Constructed of Vermont marble and granite, bronze, and glass, the Beinecke Library is an architectural icon and Yale’s principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. Visit the Text and Textile exhibition as well as the permanent exhibitions, which include the Gutenberg Bible, John James Audubon’s Birds of America, and the books that comprised Yale’s original library. Tour is limited to the first 60 participants. Meet at the library entrance, inside the revolving doors, 121 Wall Street.

Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI)

Friday, May 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m & Friday, June 1, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join librarians and technical staff for a tour of Yale’s newest library and learning space, a technology-rich environment supporting the sciences, social sciences, and interdisciplinary fields with state-of-the-art information services. CSSSI librarians and StatLab consultants offer students and faculty wide-ranging assistance in finding, using and managing data. Don’t miss the new-media wall exhibit highlighting influential figures and specimens from the 150-year history of the Yale Herbarium. Meet at the South Study Room (24-Hour Space) on the concourse level of Kline Biology Tower, 219 Prospect Street.

Yale University Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library

Saturday, May 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. & Saturday, June 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m. See history come alive as you tour this painstakingly renovated space of carved wood and stone, vaulted ceilings, stained glass, and wrought iron. See the new special collections classroom and a selection of original archival materials used by students and faculty. Manuscripts and Archives is home to the University archives and to 1,950 different manuscript collections documenting American political, legal, diplomatic, social, and cultural history from the eighteenth century to the present. It also encompasses the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. Meet in the Cowles Reference Center across from the Memorabilia Room.

Post on May 18, 2018 - 8:48am |

May 17, 2018

Susan Gibbons Yale's university librarian to Speak at Women’s Leadership Event

Join the Asian Network at Yale and Working Women's Network for this month’s women's leadership event featuring Susan Gibbons, Stephen F. Gates '68 University Librarian and Deputy Provost for Collections and Scholarly Communication. The event is Thursday, May 24, 12-1 p.m. in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall. Lunch will be provided. Please register.

Gibbons joined Yale as university librarian in 2011 and was named deputy provost in 2015. A year later she was appointed to a second five-year term as university librarian and her deputy provost portfolio was expanded to include support of all the university’s galleries, museums, and other collections, and the university press, with the goal of supporting interdisciplinary collaboration among these entities.

Gibbons holds an M.L.S. and an M.A. in history from Indiana University, a professional M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Rochester. Prior to Yale, she held library positions at Indiana University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the University of Rochester, where she directed digital library initiatives before being appointed in 2008 as vice provost and the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries.

The event will be a moderated discussion, with Susan Gibbons sharing her personal and professional perspectives and reflecting on the Leadership Series themes of leadership, identity, and service.

The Women’s Leadership Series brings together a diverse mix of Yale's successful women leaders. Through discussion of relevant issues, the series inspires and encourages women to reflect on their own goals and status as they strive to advance in their careers and lives.

Post on May 17, 2018 - 4:47pm |

May 7, 2018

Nota Bene Annual Report Winter 2016-17

This issue of Nota Bene serves as the library’s 2017 Annual Report. It summarizes funding, expenditures, and philanthropy to the library for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, along with articles about some projects and initiatives that began or were substantially completed during that year. 

Post on May 7, 2018 - 11:38am |

May 7, 2018

Xiao Bao, Shi Bao, The China Press

Yale University Library has acquired three new databases from the Shanghai Library: 小报 1897-1949 (Xiao Bao/The Tabloids), 时报 1904-1939 (Shi Bao/The Eastern Times), and The China Press 1911-1949 (大陆报/Ta-lu Pao). The new contents have been added to CNBKSY (全国报刊索引 Quan guo bao kan suo yin) platform. The access to the platform allows 5 concurrent users. You can now find the new resources through Library’s Quicksearch and Chinese Studies research guide. Information of off-campus access to Yale subscribed electronic resources can be found through here.

  1. 小报 1897-1949 (Xiao Bao/The Tabloids): The four series of this database includes more than 400 titles of tabloids published between 1897 to 1949. CNBKSY would feature approximately 400,000 digital pages in total after the completion of the entire project in the end of 2018. Attached is a list of the titles included in the database.
  1. 时报 1904-1939 (Shi Bao/The Eastern Times) was one of the three most important Chinese language newspapers published in Shanghai. It emphasized commentaries on current affairs and carried many novels and sports news as well as pictorial reports during its later stages. CNBKSY has digitized over 141,000 pages of the newspaper and included its complete run.
  1. The China Press 1911-1949 (大陆报/Ta-lu Pao) was the earliest and most important American-style newspaper published in Shanghai. It was also the first known English language newspaper published in modern China by professional journalists instead of businessmen or missionaries. CNBKSY has digitalized over 190,000 pages of the newspaper and included its complete run.

Please feel free to contact Michael Meng, Librarian for Chinese Studies, if you have any questions about the new resources.

Post on May 7, 2018 - 8:12am |

May 4, 2018

tapes from the Fortunoff Video Archive at Yale University

Thanks to a new partnership between the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research and the Fortunoff Video Archive at Yale University, researchers at both institutions can now access each other's extensive Holocaust testimony collections. 

Under the agreement, Yale University is now one of 95 access sites worldwide where the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive is available.  Yale University is the only institution in Connecticut where the interviews of the USC Shoah Foundation's Archive are accessible in their entirety. 

And USC becomes the first location on the West Coast to join 24 other institutions, including universities, museums, and research institutes, to offer access to the Fortunoff Video Archive. 

"A pioneer in the videotaping of Holocaust survivor testimonies, the Fortunoff Video Archive is an invaluable resource for those who study the Holocaust," said Wolf Gruner, Founding Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of History. "Exchanging full access to our archives marks an important and exciting milestone not only for our two institutions but for academic research, as scholars at all levels of inquiry will benefit tremendously. This is an exciting time for us as we embark on this new partnership and expand the reach of the voices of all the survivors who shared their stories in our two archives." 

For more information see the complete press release:

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact Stephen Naron at

Post on May 4, 2018 - 3:16pm |

May 2, 2018

Hartman Fellowship Symposium

Scholars Sarah Garibova, Glenn Dynner, and Gabor Toth will present their recent research with the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at the first Hartman Fellowship Symposium on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Sterling Memorial Library.

Garibova is the inaugural recipient of the Hartman Fellowship, established in 2016 in honor of the late Geoffrey H. Hartman, Yale Sterling Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature and longtime faculty adviser to the archive. Garibova has been working on a new annotated critical edition series for testimonies together with Dynner, a professor of religious studies at Sarah Lawrence and the archive’s first visiting senior scholar. Garibova earned her PhD from the University of Michigan with a dissertation on the mourning and burial practices of Soviet Jews. A second post-doctoral fellow, Gabor Toth, who holds a PhD in history from Oxford University, will present his work with the Digital Humanities Lab to develop a sophisticated new tool for digital analysis of testimony transcripts.


Established at Yale University Library in 1981, the Fortunoff Archive holds more than 4,400 videotaped testimonies of Holocaust survivors and witnesses. The testimonies, comprising more than 10,000 recorded hours in over 12 languages, have been fully digitized for use by scholars, researchers and the general public. The archive is held in the Manuscripts and Archives division of Yale University Library.

The Hartman Fellowship Symposium is free and open to the public.


Post on May 2, 2018 - 8:43am |