December 2018 Archives

December 14, 2018

Sterling Memorial Libray in the snow

Finals end, and winter recess begins at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19.  Yale University Library departments, libraries and locations will be closed beginning Saturday, Dec. 22, reopening Wednesday, Jan. 2—with a few exceptions:

  • The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library will be closed only Dec. 24 - 25 and Dec. 31 – Jan. 1. There will be no guided tours of the Cushing Center during the break, but it will be open during library hours to members of the Yale community with ID. See Medical Library hours here.
  • Sterling Memorial Library and Bass Library will be open with limited hours on Dec. 26 – 28, 11 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Program and administrative offices will be closed.
  • The Lillian Goldman Law Library will also be open Dec. 26 - 28, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and on Dec. 29, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

See a full list of Yale library locations and hours here.

Check out the following library exhibits If you are on campus in January:

"The Kings at Yale" : A Martin Luther King Exhibition: This exhibit highlights Dr. King and Coretta King’s visits to Yale, using images, documents and other archival material from Yale's Manuscripts and Archives. Sterling Memorial Library, The Nave, from Jan. 9 through March 1.

Berkeley Divinity School: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective: This exhibit provides visitors with different views and information about the school’s origin, controversies, and historical memorabilia. Divinity School Library, through Jan. 25

"To Be Ourselves in Print”: Divinity Student Publications of the 1960’s: This exhibit spotlights twelve publications written, edited and produced by students of Andover Newton Theological School, Berkeley Divinity School and Yale Divinity School, between 1965 and 1971. Divinity School Library, through Jan. 25

Selling Smoke: Tobacco Advertising and Anti-Smoking Campaigns:  This exhibit features archival materials on the history of tobacco advertising and anti-smoking campaigns. Sterling Memorial Library Memorabilia Room, through Feb. 22.

Navigating the World: Geospatial Approaches at Yale: This exhibit highlights current geospatial projects including the works of scholars from four different schools at Yale University. Center for Science and Social Science Information, 24-Hour Space, Kline Biology Tower, through April 1.

Student Research at Yale University Library: This exhibit highlights research done in Yale University Library collections by four students, each of whom has curated one section of the exhibit. Sterling Memorial Library, Exhibition Corridor, through May 4.

In addition, guided tours for Cushing Center in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library will resume on Thursday, Jan. 3. For more information, check out the Cushing Center website.

Photo by: Amanda Patrick

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December 5, 2018

Classes end for the semester on Friday, Dec. 7, and the university’s librarians are once again pulling out all the stops to make Reading Week fun for students – or at least, a little less stressful. This year’s Recharge During Reading Week program unfolds at multiple locations with visits from therapy dogs, mindfulness workshops, music, dance, puzzles, and more. Caffeine and comfort food are are among the mainstays of the program.

The Long Night Against Procrastination will take place Tuesday, Dec. 11, providing a distraction-free work environment (no phones allowed), snacks, stretching, and drop-in consulations with writing partners, academic strategy partners, and librarians.  The Long Night will be hosted at the Haas Family Arts Library, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Library, Sterling Memorial Library, the Cushing-Whitney Medical Library, and the Vincent Library at the Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center. Registration required.

Here’s the full schedule of the library’s reading week programs:

All Week

Coffee, Bass Library, 8:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday

Coloring Books & Puzzles, Haas Arts Library

Monday, Dec. 10

Pizza and Puzzles, 24-hour Space, Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI), 7 p.m. – until the pizza runs out

Zumba, Sterling Memorial Lecture Hall, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Library Jam, featuring Mixed Company and Shades of Yale, Sterling Memorial Library Nave, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Mindfulness and Stress management workshop, Bass Library, L01 A-B, 4 – 5 p.m.

Long Night Against Procrastination: 

  • Arts Library, Room 119, 7 -11:30 p.m. Register here: 
  • Bass Library and Sterling Memorial Lecture Hall, 7 – midnight. Register here:
  • Medical Library, Hope 110, 7 – midnight. Register here:
  • Vincent Library, Saint Thomas More Center, 7 – midnight, Register here:

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Emergency Caffeine, CSSSI 24-hour Space, 8 p.m. – until the coffee/tea run out

Emergency Donuts, Bass Library, Circulation Desk, 9 p.m. – until the donuts run out

Thursday, Dec. 13

Therapy Dog Gideon, CSSSI 24-hour Space, 2 – 4 p.m.

Therapy Dog Kelsey, Bass Library, 2 -4 p.m.

(Almost) Midnight Breakfast, Bass Library circulation desk, 10 p.m. – until the food runs out

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December 3, 2018

Join us for a 20th anniversary screening of Terrence Malick's World War II epic The Thin Red Line. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, the film stars Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Nick Nolte, John C. Reilly, and John Travolta. Michael Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune called it "one of the most curious and perversely brilliant films ever made," while Jack Matthews of the Los Angeles Times decribed it as "a haunting, scattered reminiscence piece, where the mind is allowed to drift through its memories, and retrieve impressions of the beautiful and the hideous, the serene and the hysterical, the banal and the profound." 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.

Visit the event page.

7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12

Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium
53 Wall Street
New Haven, CT

What is Treasures from the Yale Film Archive?
Treasures from the Yale Film Archive is an ongoing series of classic and contemporary films in 35mm curated by the Yale Film Study Center and screened at the Whitney Humanities Center.

Treasures screenings are always free and open to the public.

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December 2, 2018

red tank Mexico 68

Five exhibits closing this month draw on Yale’s extraordinary library collections to explore a range of different subjects: political protest in 1968, artistic representations of numbers, early law books, photography of the contemporary West, and the music of World War I. All are free and open to the public. See below for more details, including exhibit end dates. Check library hours here.

Political Protest 1968: Paris and Berkeley This exhibit draws on vibrant protest posters from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library to show how the political and social unrest, protest, and transformation of 1968 unfolded in two very different cities on opposite sides of the globe.  On view at the Gallery at the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St., on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 -5 p.m. through Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Learning the Law: The Book in Early Legal Education Throughout its history, legal education has shaped, and been shaped by, legal literature. This rare book exhibit shows how the content and design of early law books were employed by both teachers and students. The examples span fifteen centuries of legal education in England, Europe, and North America. Lillian Goldman Law Library Annex, 127 Wall St., Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, Level L2, through Friday, Dec. 14.

On Numbers as System and Symbol Almanacs, maps, musical scores, poems, puzzles and other selected works show 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. Whether system or symbol, concrete or abstract, numbers = meaning. Haas Family Arts Library, 180 York St. through Friday, Dec. 14.

Eye on the West: Photography and the Contemporary West The exhibit showcases photographs of the North American West made since 1960 and encourages viewers to consider the continuing relationship between the region and the medium. The works are grouped by broad themes: the land, marks on the land, working, ceremony, family, development, infrastructure, activism, conflict, recreation, destruction, remnants, regrowth, faces of the West, and children of the West. Photobooks as well as seventeen large-format photographs are among the objects and work displayed. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall St., through Sunday, Dec. 16.

“They Sang and Took the Sword” – Music of World War I This exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of World War with selected materials from the music library’s special collections and collection of Historical Sound Recordings. Several of these feature the work  of Yale students, alumni, and faculty. One focus of the exhibition is popular songs, illustrated by sheet music covers and recordings. Gilmore Music Library, through Friday, Dec. 21.

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