January 2019 Archives

January 18, 2019

A trial for a Chinese language databaseModern Chinese Books Database 中国近代华文书籍数据库has been set up for Yale University users from now to March 31, 2019. The database has been added to the Library’s Chinese studies research guide. Since the access is controlled by Yale IP ranges, you must login Yale VPN first to get access from off-campus locations. User’s guide is available.

The database includes more than 120,000 books published in Mainland China during the period of 1900-1949. The digital contents will be eventually expanded to more than 150,000 from more than 40 major libraries in China. The subjects covered not only the humanistic and social sciences, but also sciences and technology.

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

 

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January 14, 2019

A mad scientist steals the dreams of children in Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's The City of Lost Children. Described as a "macabre fairy tale" (Steven Rea), a "dark phantasmagoria" (Peter Stack), and "a fable of longing and danger" (Kevin Thomas), The City of Lost Children gave Ron Perlman his first leading film role and features music by Angelo Badalamenti and costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier. 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.

Visit the event page.

Time/Date:
2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17

Location:
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.

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January 14, 2019

Students studying in Bass Library near windows

Faculty, students and staff are invited to a presentation on the upcoming renovation of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Library on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall. Project architects will show designs for the space, and librarians will share a proposal for the content, organization and management of the library’s post-renovation collection.

“The proposed design and collections have been based on extensive research into the habits and preferences of Bass library users,” said Assessment Librarian Sarah Tudesco, chair of the planning committee. “As we approach key decision points, we are excited to share our plans with faculty, students and staff for any additional comments and questions."

The goal of the project is to expand study space in Bass, a popular destination for Yale College students. Since two new colleges opened in August 2017, the number of undergraduates at Yale has grown, for a total increase of 800 students by fall 2019.

On Jan. 23, Providence-based DBVW Architects will show a proposed design that will increase the library’s current 365 seats by at least 20 percent and reconfigure the layout to include more individual study spaces. Shelving will be reduced to make room for seating and to let natural light from the courtyards reach more of the upper level.

The Bass collection currently holds about 150,000 items, including scholarly works related to the undergraduate curriculum, English-language literature, graphic novels, DVDs and audiobooks. The renovation will reduce the collection to about 40 percent of its current size. DVDs and audiobooks—formats with declining use—will be integrated into university library collections as appropriate. Books removed from Bass will be integrated into the collection held in Sterling Memorial Library’s stack tower.

Going forward, the collection in Bass will be developed, arranged and presented with the goal of encouraging students to explore and engage with the materials. The upper level will showcase specialized collections, such as graphic novels, and themed displays of books related to a current topic or issue.  Faculty, students, and librarians will be invited to develop sub-collections related to a specific course, subject area or intellectual concept, with related events and programming. The lower level will house a dynamic, high-use collection of newer books.

“A library collection is essentially a conversation between the library and its users,” Tudesco said. “We are excited about the opportunities to partner with faculty and students to make the Bass collection more dynamic and interactive.”

Last year, before design work began, the library commissioned a study of how the campus community uses and perceives Bass. The study revealed that students choose Bass primarily to work on class assignments rather than to access the collection. While valuing the communal study experience at Bass, students showed a strong preference for carrels and other individual study spaces that limit visual distraction. Faculty responses to the study, on the other hand, focused on the prospect of changing the collection, expressing concern that students’ would have opportunities to make serendipitous discoveries while browsing in the stacks.

“We have worked hard to address the interests and issues raised by the research,” Tudesco said. “We are eager to present the proposals to the campus community on Jan. 23 and receive as much feedback as possible.”

Construction is scheduled to begin after Commencement with a goal of finishing by year end. Planning is now under way for the temporary relocation of course reserves, equipment borrowing, scan-and-deliver and other Bass services during construction. Ongoing project updates will be posted at guides.library.yale.edu/bass2019. Questions about the Jan. 23 meeting may be addressed to sarah.tudesco@yale.edu.

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January 8, 2019

The four-month transition to the powerful new Archives at Yale discovery tool was completed this week as staff disconnected the old Yale Finding Aid Database (YFAD) system.  Archives at Yale is now the primary resource for searching within and across more than 5,000 collections held in ten Yale library and museum repositories.

Archives at Yale, Yale’s version of the open-source Archives Space web application, was introduced in early September. For the first few months, it ran in parallel with the legacy YFAD system, allowing researchers to explore the new tool and giving library staff the opportunity to de-bug and finetune the interface in response to users’ experience and feedback.

The choice of a popular open-source web application means that Yale’s investment in developing the tool will benefit other libraries and museums around the world.   

The library-led Yale project team conducted extensive user testing to make searching more intuitive and accessible. Collection finding aids—written descriptions of collection contents— were enhanced and standardized to address elements like inconsistent date formats and name variations that can trip up search tools and prevent relevant items from surfacing. Another important innovation is the ability to limit searches to a date range, thus screening out irrelevant results. Additionally, when material on a research topic is spread across multiple collections, Archives at Yale can often point users to folders within collections, and sometimes even items within a folder, rather than just to the collections.

“Doing archival research can be a bit of a treasure hunt, when materials are buried in big collections with lengthy finding aids,” said Ève Bourbeau-Allard, processing archivist at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. “This saves a lot of time and makes the results less opaque, like lifting a veil.”

Access the Archives at Yale tool at archives.yale.edu.

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January 4, 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King

 
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 materials from Yale's Manuscripts and Archives. The Nave, Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High Street, from Jan. 9 through March 1.

Bibliomania; or Book Madness: A Bibliographical Romance This exhibit highlights four case studies showcasing the often-unexpected relationships between books and their readers, owners, authors, collectors and creators. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall Street, from Jan. 18 through April 21.

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, 409 Prospect Street, 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, 409 Prospect Street, 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. Memorabilia Room, Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High Street, 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. 24-Hour Space, Center for Science and Social Science Information, Kline Biology Tower, 219 Prospect Street, 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. Exhibition Corridor, Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High Street, through May 4.

In addition, tours of the Cushing Center, home to a unique historical collection of brain specimens and other materials related to the history of neurological medicine, are offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Cushing Center is located in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. The Beinecke Library will host introductory tours to its iconic building and collections at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 5, 19 and 26. Please note that there will be no tour on Jan. 12 due to nearby construction. The library’s Mondays at Beinecke series of tea and gallery talks will resume on Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. with a talk related to the Bibliomania exhibit. All are welcome to these free tours and talks.

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January 3, 2019

head and shoulders of young Chinese woman

Lam Qua, a 19th-century Western-trained artist in Canton (now Guangzhou), China, painted portraits of patients with tumors and other disfiguring medical conditions for Dr. Peter Parker, a Yale-trained physician and Protestant missionary who opened a hospital in Canton in 1834. Parker used the paintings to promote his medical missionary work and raise funds for the hospital.

Eighty four of the oil paintings make up the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library’s Lam Qua Paintings Collection, which is now the subject of an article on the website Atlas Obscura. The medical library also holds Peter Parker’s papers. 

Atlas Obscura writer Veronique Greenwood traces the collection’s history and follows several patient narratives, part of the larger Peter Parker collection.  Greenwood also shows how Lam Qua’s work evokes and responds to European portraiture of the same era. Points of connection include the Grande Odalisque of Jacques Auguste Dominique Ingres, the British society portraits of Sir Thomas Lawrence, and portraits by Lawrence’s contemporary George Chinnery, who arrived in South China in 1825 at the outset of Lam Qua’s career. 

Beyond their artistic and historical interest, the paintings have also served a distinctly modern use. In April, two Yale professors of dermatology used ten of the portraits for Grand Rounds, a teaching exercise in which physicians and medical residents review and discuss clinical cases. Instead of observing and interviewing living patients, the students were asked to diagnose Dr. Parker’s patients based on close visual observation of the portraits. Read the Yale News story, "19th-century portraits provide dermatology residents a lesson in looking."

See the medical library’s collection description with links to digital images

Image: Detail from Portrait No. 6, showing a woman with a large growth on her right hand, by Lam Qua (1801-1860), Peter Parker Collection, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

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