September 2018 Archives

September 28, 2018

Join the Native American Law Students Association, the Office of Students Affairs, Lilian Goldman Law Library, the Yale Native American Cultural Center, the Yale Film Study Center, and CPTV for a special screening of Dawnland, a new documentary by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip. The Indie Lens Pop-Up screening will be followed by a discussion with Mazo, Esther Anne of Maine-Wabanaki REACH, and YLS alumna Jami Johnson.

Dawnland tells the story of the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission in the U.S., investigating the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on Native American communities. With intimate access to this groundbreaking process, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.

Learn more about the film: 

Wednesday, October 17
6:00–6:30: Reception and Welcome
6:30–8:00: Film Screening
8:00–9:00: Panel Discussion

Yale Law School
127 Wall Street, Room 127

What is Indie Lens Pop-Up?
Featuring upcoming documentaries from the Peabody Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Indie Lens Pop-up is presented in Connecticut by the Yale Film Study Center, CPTV, and PBS's Independent Lens.


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September 28, 2018

Yale Day of Data graphic

Yale University undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, and staff are invited to submit posters for the 2018 Yale Day of Data poster session, to be held on November 29. The deadline to submit a poster is November 1.

Whether your research data consists of interviews from field work in South African tuberculosis clinics, to collections of French poems or mass-scale genomic data, we welcome your submission. 

The poster session precedes the Yale Day of Data, a full-day event on Nov. 30 fostering cross-discipline engagement and communication on research data in the Yale University community. This year's theme is "Data on Earth" and encompasses a variety of disciplines and approaches to data-driven research. 

Submissions will be evaluated on the extent to which they communicate research to a general university audience and emphasize the role of research data in your work. 

Why participate?
Quickly communicating your research is hard. Communicating it a general audience outside your specialization is even harder. This event gives you an opportunity to hone those skills. In particular, it's a great opportunity for graduate students before they head to conferences. 

Don't have a poster ready?
Submissions received by November 1 that are accepted will be printed without any charge to the submitters. However, the acceptance process is competitive. 

Is there a prize?
Attendees of the poster session will be able to vote for the presenter and poster that best emphasize communication to a general audience and the role of research data in their work. The winning presenter will receive reimbursement for printing costs to present a poster at an upcoming conference or event. 

How do you submit?
Complete details on the process and event are at Questions about the poster session can be sent to Barbara Esty ( 

 Poster Session November 29, 2018, 4 - 6 p.m., Center for Science and Social Science Information (219 Prospect Street)

Day of Data Conference, Nov. 30, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall (120 High St.)


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September 27, 2018

University Librarian Susan Gibbons named president of the Association of Research Librarians

Susan Gibbons, the Stephen F. Gates ’68 University Librarian and deputy provost for collections and scholarly communication at Yale University, began a one-year term as president of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on Sept. 26, 2018, at the association’s fall meeting in Washington, D.C. 

The ARL is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in Canada and the U.S. whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. 

Gibbons joined Yale as university librarian in 2011 and was named deputy provost in 2015. In 2016 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 has led Yale’s libraries through a series of major facilities improvements and positioned Yale as a leader in digital realms, from digital preservation to the use of digital tools in humanities research. She has also fostered a new emphasis on the use of special collection materials in classes, student research, and student curated exhibits.

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. 

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September 27, 2018

A trial for two Erudition (愛如生) Chinese language databases, Zhongguo jin shi ku《中國金石庫》 and Zhongguo lei shu ku《中國類書庫》, has been set up for Yale University users from now to October 26, 2018. The trial information has been added to the Library’s Chinese studies research guide:

Zhongguo jin shi ku 《中國金石庫》 [Chinese Bronze and Stone Inscriptions Database] includes 1,700 titles from ancient time through modern period.

Zhongguo lei shu ku《中國類書庫》 [Chinese Ancient Encyclopedias Database] includes 300 titles from ancient time through modern period.

Please follow the steps listed below to get access to the databases:

  1. Access link: (a different link from our regular access to already purchased Erudition databases)
  2. Click “Ancient Classics” and then “Login”
  3. Select either 《中國類書庫》初集 or 《中國金石庫》初集
  4. Click the blue “我已閲讀” to enter the main interface

The function of text downloading has been disabled during the trial period. Only ONE user would be allowed access each session. Please click “X” (退出) to sign out after each session. Since the access is controlled by Yale IP ranges, you have to login Yale VPN first to get access from off-campus locations.

Please contact Michael Meng, Librarian for Chinese Studies, if you have any questions about the trial. 


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September 19, 2018

Max von Sydow stars in the next two films in Through Bergman's Lens: Ingmar Bergman Centenary Film Series. Elliott Stein described The Seventh Seal as "Bergman’s visually striking medieval morality play, the work that gained him an international reputation," while John Monaghan admired The Magician's "elements of Gothic horror and philosophy, along with lusty, low comedy rolls." Introduction by Professor Martin Hägglund. 35mm prints from the Yale Film Archive.

Visit the event page and see the series poster!

Thursday, Oct. 11
7 p.m. The Seventh Seal (1957, 96 mins)
9 p.m. The Magician (1958, 99 mins)

Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium
53 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Free and open to the public.

Through Bergman's Lens is presented by the Yale Film Study Center and Films at the Whitney with support from Paul L. Joskow '70 M.Phil., '72 Ph.D.

Sign up for the Yale Film Study Center Mailing List online (in the Libraries category).

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September 15, 2018

Behind the scenes at Yale Library graphic

To celebrate Founders Day, Yale University Library will host an open house in the Sterling Memorial Library Nave and adjacent spaces on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will also be the official opening to the public of the newly renovated Franke Family Digital Humanities Laboratory (DHLab).

Spread out across the Nave, the Bibliographic Press, and the DHLab, twenty library departments and libraries will present displays and answer questions. Visitors are invited to look behind the scenes at the people, collections, and technology that make Yale University Library one of the world's leading research libraries. This event it free and open to the public.

Exhibit tables will be staged throughout the main nave space and alcoves as well as in the immediately adjacent DHLab and Bibliographical Press. (When entering through the library main entrance, turn immediately to the left for the Franke Room or immediately to the right for the Bibliographical Press.) 

In addition, President Salovey will visit the Center for Teaching and Learning on Founders Day from 3 - 3:30 p.m. Founders Day guests are invited to submit questions about Yale history and traditions for President Salovey to answer throughout the day.  Submit your question here:

Here is a list of the  libraries and topics that will be represented at at the library open house:

In the Franke Room:

  • Digital humanities services and research 
  • Digital scholarship 
  • Support for data analysis

In the Bibliographic Press:

  • Printing as pedagogy

In the Nave:

  • Campus Customs (vendor of Yale University Library merchandise)
  • Beinecke Library collections and services
  • Undergraduate programs and personal librarians
  • Manuscripts and Archives
  • Gilmore Music Library collections
  • Yale in Farmington: The Lewis Archives and the Cowles House
  • Preservation and reformatting of audio-visual materials at Yale University Library
  • Representations of disability and assistive technology at Yale University Library
  • Using quantitative and qualitative data to enhance library services
  • Resource discovery services: linked data and metadata management initiatives
  • Area studies librarians: AOS evaluation and branding
  • Services, collections and digital projects of the Divinity Library
  • The Yale Day of Data, 2013-2018
  • OALIG: Support open access at the library!
  • Investigating research and clinical education services in regional health science libraries
  • Providing bioinformatics support for Yale biomedical researchers through the entire research lifecycle
  • Quicksearch updates
  • Recent updates to YaleLinks

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September 14, 2018

medieval law professor addressing students in town square

The 300-year history of Yale. Photography and the American West. Art and music of World War I. Divinity students in the turbulent 1960s. The humble origins of caricature. Pablo Neri's view of the human body. Sol LeWitt's drawing on walls. Rare botanical specimens. At Yale libraries and museums right now, there are exhibits on all these subjects and more. And they're all free and open to the public. Figure out what you'd like to see and click through to the calendar entry for opening times and further details. Or visit anytime to see what's new at Yale.

Eye on the West: Photography and the Contemporary West A display of 158 photography from the Beinecke Library collection, made by 20 photographers since 1960, encourages viewers to consider how photography has shaped contemporary perceptions of the American West and reflect on the continuing relationship between region and medium. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall Street, through Dec. 16.

 The Yale University Herbarium: Its People, Specimens and Contributions Biographical information on people influential in the Herbarium’s 150-plus-year history is presented with stunning images of botanical specimens collected during field research in locales ranging from Connecticut to Ecuador to China. Center for Science & Social Science Information (CSSSI), 219 Prospect Street, through Oct. 31. (This exhibit can also be viewed online.

“To Be Ourselves in Print”: Divinity Student Publications of the 1960’s In a turbulent era, students publications on the campuses of Andover Newton Theological School, Berkeley Divinity School, and Yale Divinity School became off-the-grid literary forums for dialogue and debate on topics ranging from the Vietnam War to Black Power and Hippie Culture. Divinity Library, 409 Prospect Street, through Dec. 21.

Berkeley Divinity School: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective A 19th-century prayer book, a 1970s campus survey on homosexuality, and the contents of a time capsule retrieved in 2017 are among the archival materials telling the story of the Berkeley Divinity School, founded in 1854 and formally affiliated with the Yale Divinity School in 1971. Divinity Library, 409 Prospect Street, through Dec. 21.

On Numbers as System and Symbol Almanacs, maps, musical scores, poems, puzzles, and other works from the Arts Library Special Collections employ both practical and theoretical approaches to numbers, from counting sheep (and even clouds) to exploring such concepts as time, distance, money, and magnitude. Other works examine the relationship between numbers and language or color. William H. Wright Special Collections Exhibition Area, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, 180 York Street, through Dec. 14.

Learning the Law: The Book in Early Legal Education Selections from the Lillian Goldman Law Library's Rare Book Collection show how the content and design of early law books were used by teachers and students alike with examples spanning fifteen centuries of legal education in England, Europe, and North America. The Lillian Goldman Law Library, 127 Wall Street (Level 2), through Dec. 14.

Celebrating Yale History in Manuscripts and Archives Yale’s history comes alive through photos, letters, artifacts, and other original materials from the Manuscripts and Archives department. Exhibit themes are: Yale people, student life, places and programs and Yale events. The Memorabilia Room, Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High Street, through Oct. 19.

Taking Up the Slingshot: Posters from the First Palestinian Intifada (1987-1993) These political posters and photographs are drawn chiefly from the Palestinian Liberation Movement Collection (MS 1701) in the Manuscripts and Archives department of Yale University Library. The exhibit was curated by Christopher Malley ’18, based on his senior essay in history, “Posters, Leaflets, and Stones: A Cultural History of the First Intifada.” Exhibition Corridor, Sterling Memorial Library, through Oct. 12.

“They Sang and Took the Sword” – Music of World War I Materials from the music library’s special collections and Historical Sound Recordings show how music reflected the evolving wartime moods and preoccupations of the American public, from popular songs to large scale choral and orchestral works. Many of the cited works have Yale connections. Gilmore Music Library, 120 High Street, through Dec. 21.

Britain in the World: A Display of the Collections Following the 2016 completion of a conservation project, the center’s collections have been newly reinstalled in restored and reconfigured galleries on the fourth and second floor. Visitors can now experience the renewed masterpiece of modern architecture by Louis I. Kahn and a reimagined installation of nearly four hundred works. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, through Dec. 31.

An Indelible Mark: British Art of the First World War With selected objects from the center’s collections of prints, drawings, rare books, and manuscripts, this exhibit showcases a wide range of visual media by official war artists and amateurs alike. Seen together, the objects reveal the diverse visual strategies artists and designers developed to record, commemorate, and critique the First World War. Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, through Nov. 25.

Manuel Neri: The Human Figure in Plaster and on Paper Drawing on a recent gift from the Manuel Neri Trust of more than 150 sculptures and works on paper, the exhibit explores the artist’s fascination with the human form. Born in 1930, Neri is best known for life-sized plaster, bronze, and marble sculptures that combine classical figuration with the dynamic mark making of Abstract Expressionism. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, through Jan. 27, 2019.

Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings: Expanding a Legacy A range of the artist’s techniques can be seen, including bold geometric patterns executed in colorful ink wash and works composed entirely of fine graphite lines. The exhibit also celebrates the new Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Study Center at Yale West Campus which will house the artist’s archive and be an international center for research on his work. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, through Jan. 27, 2019.

Seriously Funny: Caricature through the Centuries Prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture provides context for several important, recently acquired 19th-century French satirical lithographs within a larger comedic tradition. The witty works trace the development of caricature from its inception as a studio exercise to its pointed use in highlighting human foibles and, finally, to its disruptive role as an instrument of political change. Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, through Jan. 27, 2019.

Image is from the exhibition "Learning the Law: The Book in Legal Education"  at the Lillian Goldman Law Library.

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September 14, 2018

Richard Rose's work Chords: Text (After Gutenberg)

Last year’s top-to-bottom renovation of the Manuscripts and Archives space in Sterling Memorial Library got a vivid finishing touch this summer with the installation in the new Gates Classroom of Chords: Text (After Gutenberg), created by Richard Townsend Rose, a Yale College lecturer, critic in the School of Art, and master printer in the Jonathan Edwards College Press. Rose (pictured with the work) was inspired by the library’s Gothic architecture, the room’s origins as an exhibition space for Yale’s copy of the Gutenberg Bible, and Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the earliest form of movable type.

The Gutenberg Bible, a 1926 gift to Yale from Mrs. Mary Harkness, was displayed in the space, then called the Grand Exhibition Room, from the library’s opening in 1931 until 1963, when the Bible was moved to the newly constructed Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

In last year’s renovation, the Grand Exhibition Room became the Gates Classroom, where faculty teach using original archival materials from the  Manuscripts and Archives collections.

The room features soaring painted ceilings, carved woodwork and a marble fireplace, and lofty wrought iron gates bearing the inscription, “There is no past so long as books shall live.” Read about the origins of the quote and more about the history of the room

Following is Richard Rose’s artist’s statement, describing his project and process:  

“This work was commissioned specifically for the Sterling Memorial Library’s renovated Gates Classroom. My initial research began with study of the interior architecture, and the extensive use of ornament. Sterling’s architect, James Gamble Rogers, created the soaring spaces, inspired by the richness of Gothic structure and detail. Throughout the library one finds mimetic homages to the history of the book, to language, to great works of scholarship, and to the graphic arts. The Gates Classroom, as I learned, originally housed Yale’s copy of the Gutenberg Bible (c. 1455), known also as the forty-two line Bible, now displayed at the Beinecke. This prime masterpiece of print is also a monument of civilization, viewed by scholars as a catalyst of literacy via the printed word. Johannes Gutenberg’s movable type, textura, known more generally as “blackletter,” is the earliest form of European movable type, and was created to mimic the manuscript writing of his time. The deeply imprinted black of his crisp letterforms intrigues bibliophiles, as it still sparkles on the page.

In creating this artwork I wanted to allude to the library’s architecture, the room’s history, and by extension, to Gutenberg’s transcendent achievement. Beginning with digital scans of selected text passages, I experimented with layering, using transparent hues as a means of building color harmonies and pictorial depth. The layers were then woven together within a network of strands to create optical mixtures that change with one’s viewing perspective. As the process continued, I realized that vibrant color and asymmetry could offset the surrounding woodwork to good advantage. The final version was completed only after making numerous printed proofs; a different technology here, but a tradition that Johannes Gutenberg would surely have recognized.

Ars artium omnium conservatrix.

Richard Townsend Rose
Yale College and Yale School of Art

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September 13, 2018

Gilmore Music Library

Monday, September 28, 1998, started out like any other day for most of the Yale community. Sunny and warm, nothing seemed unusual…except for the Music Library, which had closed Sunday evening at nine p.m., as it had for the previous eighty-one years, at 98 Wall Street. Monday, 9/28/98 changed all that forever.

The staff was charged with moving the entire Music Library to its new facility, during the semester. The new Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, built into an old light court in SML that no one knew about, was finished, and the shelving had finally been installed. So, at 7:00 a.m. Kendall Crilly, the Music Librarian, and Eva M. Heater met at 98 Wall street, loaded the reserve books, scores, and recordings on carts, and wheeled them up Wall Street to their new home. By 8:30, when the library opened, the reserves were up on their new shelves and ready to be used, and Eva started setting up the new CD players—there was a line of people waiting to use them. Meanwhile, Ken doubled back to 98 Wall Street, to help coordinate the circulating collection being moved. For several days, users had to request items to be paged, because they could be at any of three places: 98 Wall Street, on the moving truck, or at their new home on the shiny new shelving. However, the Music Library never closed for any of it, and all services continued throughout the move, which took more than a week.

The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library has been open for twenty years this month. Yale University President Richard Levin completely transformed the campus during his tenure; few know that building a new facility for the Music Library into the old light court in SML was his idea. We are forever grateful to him for making this happen. 

-- Eva Heater, Catalog Assistant, Gilmore Music Library.  

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September 13, 2018

Book cover for responsible parties

Please join us on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 4:30 p.m. for a thought-provoking talk by Professors Frances McCall Rosenbluth and Ian Shapiro about their new book "Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself."
This is the opening event of the 2018-19 Arts and Humanities Book Talk Series, presented by Yale University Library’s Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support. The Oct. 2 talk is also co-sponsored by the Yale University Press and by the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.
Co-authors Frances McCall Rosenbluth and Ian Shapiro argue that in recent decades, democracies across the world have adopted measures to increase popular involvement in political decisions. Parties have turned to primaries and local caucuses to select candidates while ballot initiatives and referenda allow citizens to enact laws directly. Many places now use proportional representation, encouraging smaller parties that represent different interests rather than two dominant parties. Yet voters keep getting angrier. There is a steady erosion of trust in politicians, parties, and democratic institutions, culminating most recently in major populist victories in the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Hungary, Poland, and elsewhere.
Rosenbluth and Shapiro maintain that devolving power to the grassroots is part of the problem—not the solution. Efforts to decentralize political decision-making have made governments and especially political parties less effective and less able to address constituents’ abiding concerns. They argue that to revive confidence in governance, we must restore power to political parties, which are the core institutions of representative democracy.
Rosenbluth is the Damon Wells Professor of Political Science. Shapiro is the Sterling Professor of Political Science. William Frucht, Executive Editor of the Yale University Press, will moderate the conversation with the authors.

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