February 2019 Archives

February 25, 2019

Join the Yale Film Study Center and CPTV for a free screening and discussion of Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the latest acclaimed documentary from Oscar-winner Morgan Neville.

For over thirty years, the unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer, and producer Fred Rogers was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends taught the country enduring lessons about how we should best talk to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society.

* Carla Horwitz, Lecturer, Yale Child Study Center, Education Studies Program, and Department of Psychology
* Paul Pfeffer, Director of Education, Connecticut Public Broadcasting

7 p.m. Thursday, March 28

Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 102
63 High Street

What is Indie Lens Pop-Up?
Featuring upcoming documentaries from the Peabody Award-winning PBS series Independent LensIndie 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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February 18, 2019

Fair use graphic section 107 in red, white, and blue

Can a student put a photo of an artwork in a conference presentation? Can a politician play a song at his rallies—even if the songwriter objects? Can a professor scan an article and share it with her class? Can a social media user turn an internet image into a meme?

During Fair Use Week ( Feb. 25 – March 1, 2019),  Yale University Library staff and other experts will shed light on issues like these with panels, presentations, and pop-up tables to explore and explain the “fair use” of copyrighted materials permitted under Section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976.

There are no hard and fast rules for determining fair use. Instead, users must consider and weigh four factors: the purpose of the use, the nature of the copyrighted work, the amount of the original work used, and the likely impact the use of the copyrighted work will have on marketability for the copyright holder.  Read more about the four factors and how to apply them to specific uses.

Please join us for these library events, all free and open to the public.  

Fair Use Panel, Monday, Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

Lawyers, academics, and creators will discuss fair use and how it is applied in practice, and answer audience questions.

  • Pamela Chambers, Yale Senior Associate General Counsel
  • Anderson Duff, Partner, Revision Legal
  • Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Anonymous 4
  • Laura Quilter, Copyright & Information Policy Librarian, UMass-Amherst
  • Moderated by Joan Emmet, Licensing & Copyright Librarian, Yale University Library

Using Images Presentation, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 1 – 2 p.m., Bass Library, Rm. L01

Wondering if the image you grabbed off the Internet is available for your use in your paper/presentation/website?  What to watch out for and when fair use is an option.

  • Lindsay Barnett, Collection Development Librarian, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
  • Tess Colwell, Arts Librarian for Research Services, Haas Family Arts Library

Interactive Presentation: Fair Use and Recordings, Thursday, Feb. 28,  4 -5 p.m., Gilmore Music Library

Concerned about how to use existing sound recordings in your new works, compositions, arrangements, or presentations?  Wondering about rights holders and whether fair use is an option? This event is limited to 12 participants, pre-registration required.

  • Jonathan Manton, Music Librarian for Digital and Access Services, Gilmore Music Library
  • Mark Bailey, Head of Historic Sound Recordings, Gilmore Music Library

Data & Fair Use Presentation, Friday, March 1, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Franke Family Digital Humanities Laboratory, Sterling Memorial Library

Confused about whether you can use data, articles, and other information for your research project?  Come to this talk to learn about best practices for text and numeric research questions.

  • Catherine DeRose, Manager, Digital Humanities Lab
  • Joshua Dull, Digital Scholarship Specialist, Yale University Library
  • Barbara Esty, Data Librarian, Center for Science and Social Science Information
  • Peter Leonard, Director, Digital Humanities Lab

Librarians will staff Fair Use Pop-up Tables at different locations throughout the week

  • Monday, Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Yale West Campus Conference Center
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m. – noon, Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning (hallway)
  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m. – noon, Divinity School Library

For more information about these events and related online events, visit the library’s Fair Use website. A Fair Use tool for assessing a specific proposed use can be found on the web page of the university’s general counsel.

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February 18, 2019

Jafar Panahi weaves together tales of women's daily struggles in The Circle, described by Desson Thomas as "a memorable and devastating indictment of the oppression facing many women in Iran." In the words of Lisa Schwarzbaum, Panahi "graduates to a new elegance of vocabulary" with the film, which "circles the heart of noisy, modern Tehran with an informal, documentary-like freedom that is thrilling in its naturalism." Banned in Iran, The Circle won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2000. Introduction by Farkhondeh Shayesteh. 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.

Visit the event page.

2 p.m. Sunday, March 3

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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February 22, 2019

Join us for a screening and discussion of The Providers, a new documentary by Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin.

Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three "country doctors" in New Mexico at clinics offering care to all, regardless of ability to pay. Despite personal struggles that at times reflect those of their patients, these providers work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left without healthcare.

Learn more about the film: theproviders.com

* Lori Fedewa, Director, Connecticut Office of Rural Health
* Ronica Mukerjee, Lecturer, Yale School of Nursing
* Christopher Kolker, Medical Director, United Community and Family Services, Norwich, CT

LOCAL PARTNERS: CPTV, the Yale Film Study Center, the Student Association of Yale School of Public Health, and the Yale School of Nursing Office of Student Affairs.

7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6

Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 102
63 High Street

What is Indie Lens Pop-Up?
Featuring upcoming documentaries from the Peabody Award-winning PBS series Independent LensIndie 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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February 12, 2019

network of glowing points and lines against a purple background

Yale University Library is participating in 2019 Love Data week, a national effort to raise awareness of topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse, and library-based research data services.

Follow the links below for more information on Love Data workshops and events:

  • Love Data at the Medical Library. The Cushing Whitney Medical Library will offer workshops on research data topics throughout the week of Feb. 11 -15. Topics include the REDcap electronic data collection system; advanced features of Excel; Google Analytics; and R, a powerful programming language used to collect, clean, manipulate, analyze, and visualize data.
  • Data Services Meet and Greet. Learn how the Cushing Whitney Medical Library can help with research data through consultations, workshops, and resources. This event includes an introduction to the Center for Biomedical Data Science and the Yale Open Data Access Project. Thursday, Feb. 14, hallway outside of the medical library. 
  • Make a Data Valentine. Show your love of data on Thursday, Feb. 14, by crafting a data valentine at these locations: Thain Café, Bass Library, 10 a.m. - noon, or the 24/7 Space, Center for Science and Social Science Information, Kline Biology Tower, noon to 2 p.m.
  • Reading Romeo and Juliet as a Network Graph. Attend an information session on Gephi, a free online software for generating network graphs. See what Gephi is capable of using a dataset made up of the character interactions in Romeo and Juliet, and explore larger questions about using networks to study literary texts. Franke Family Digital Humanities Lab, Friday, Feb. 15, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Yale University Library provides a website to help researchers more easily access the wide range of research data support services offered by the library and other offices across campus. Staff in many different areas work with researchers at each stage of the data life cycle—helping them to find, use, manage, store, describe, analyze, preserve, and share data.  

Later this month, from Feb. 25 to March 1, the library will spotlight concerns about the risks to publicly available data by participating in Endangered Data Week with workshops at the medical library and CSSSI.

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February 10, 2019

View of Bass Library

The Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Library will undergo renovation this summer to expand study space for the university’s growing undergraduate population. A newly revised plan calls for an increase in seating from 365 to 449 spaces and a smaller, updated print collection more closely aligned with today’s undergraduate curriculum.

Through expanded study space, a renewed collection, and the move of two librarians to more visible, upper-level offices, we will make Bass a more effective gateway to all the resources of Yale University Library,” wrote Susan Gibbons, the Stephen F. Gates ’68 University Librarian and deputy provost for collections and scholarly communication, in a Feb. 7 email to the campus community.

The current Bass collection comprises 104,000 individual titles plus 41,000 duplicate copies, for a total of 145,000 volumes. To create more study space, the post-renovation collection will be approximately 61,000 volumes. All books removed from Bass will be re-shelved next door in the Sterling Memorial Library stacks, which have been recently reorganized.

Going forward, we are committed to maintaining a more dynamic, up-to-date collection in Bass that will evolve with the addition of new courses and encourage students’ engagement with print books,” Gibbons said. “We envision a renewed focus on books by Yale faculty, critically acclaimed books, and works related to the undergraduate curriculum or recommended by faculty. The collection will be smaller, but more vital and relevant.”

Recognizing that some faculty and students oppose any reduction in the Bass collection, Gibbons frames the issue in terms of balancing competing needs. “With the student body increasing by 800, we want to make sure Bass remains a conducive and comfortable study space where students can reliably go and have a chance of finding a place to study,” she said.  “When students study in the libraries, it creates opportunities for us to introduce them to all of our collections, services, and librarians.”

The two-story underground Bass Library opened in October 2007 after a top-to-bottom renovation transformed the former Cross Campus Library into a modern space with light-filled sunken courtyards. Over the past decade, Bass has remained a popular study location, but circulation of its collection materials dropped by almost half. In line with broader trends, the decline has been sharpest for undergraduates, whose borrowing represented 40% of the total circulation in 2008 and only 13% in 2018.  Pre-renovation research indicated that undergraduates tend to choose Bass for focused work on specific projects rather than to browse or borrow from the collection.

Declining use of print materials is a global trend, fueled by the proliferation of different ways to receive information and certainly not limited to Yale students,” Gibbons said. “However, we believe there are ways to re-conceptualize the Bass collection that will attract and engage more students with the collection.”

The project committee is using data about the composition of the Bass collection, together with data about print resource use across the entire library system, to experiment with different collection models, according to Assessment Librarian Sarah Tudesco, who chairs the renovation planning committee. The group has invited interested faculty and students to provide collection suggestions and recommendations using an online collection form on the project’s website or by contacting the relevant subject librarian.

Under the revised plan, the renovation is scheduled to be fully completed by Oct. 1. To minimize disruption to students, a “soft opening” is planned for the beginning of the semester, Aug. 28, so that returning students can study and work in the space while services, staffing, and other aspects of the project are being finished. 

Completing the renovation and collection renewal is not the end of this process, Gibbons stressed. “Going forward, we will continue to assess how well the space and collections align with student needs and make further changes as needed. This is being designed as a dynamic space, that can be adapted to changing needs.” 

Photo: Michael Marsland

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February 3, 2019

Students studying in Bass

Plans for the Bass Library renovation—and for the library’s collection after the renovation—are being refined following a Jan. 23 community forum. At the forum, DVBW Architects presented for discussion a design that would increase the library’s seating capacity from 365 to 470, while reducing the collection shelved in Bass from 150,000 to approximately 40,000 volumes. Older, little used titles from the current Bass collection, as well as thousands of duplicate titles, would be moved to the Sterling Memorial Library stacks.

One student and several faculty at the forum voiced concerns that downsizing the collection in Bass would limit students’ opportunities to browse and engage with books. 

“We have heard those concerns and are working hard to address them along with the primary objective of the project, which is to create more study space for the growing undergraduate population,” said Susan Gibbons, the Stephen F. Gates ’68 University Librarian and Deputy Provost for Collections and Scholarly Communication. “The collection will be smaller post-renovation, but it will also be stronger and more vibrant—and much more relevant to the classes Yale College students are taking right now.”

A list of Frequently Asked Questions and ongoing project updates can be found at https://guides.library.yale.edu/bass2019

The post-renovation collection will have a renewed focus on books by Yale faculty, critically acclaimed books, and works related to the undergraduate curriculum or recommended by faculty. Students will still be able to browse the books removed from Bass in the Sterling Memorial Library collection, which has been recently re-ordered to be more accessible and easier to browse.

The architects are now working to modify their plan to add shelving for 10,000 more books—for a post-renovation collection of approximately 50,000 volumes—with a seating configuration that will still substantially increase study space. The library has also set up a process to take faculty recommendations on the post-renovation collection’s parameters as well as specific titles faculty would like included.

“More than 70 percent of the current Bass Collection was added before 2003, and no one has taken out many of these books for years,” Gibbons said. “This project has prompted us to look more closely at the composition, age, and use of the collection. Going forward, we are committed to maintaining a more dynamic, up-to-date collection that evolves with the addition of new courses and encourages students’ engagement with books.”

Some 40,000 titles in the current collection have more than one copy. For low-use titles, the duplicates will be among the volumes moved to the Sterling stacks.  

Post-renovation, books on the upper level of Bass will be displayed in small, themed collections selected and presented with faculty and student input. Most of the shelving for casual browsing will be on the library’s lower level.

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. 

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