October 2019 Archives

October 31, 2019

Yale alumna Jodie Foster '85 directs Home for the Holidays, screening in 35mm as part of the Treasures from the Yale Film Archive series. The all-star ensemble for this tale of a Thanksgiving family reunion includes Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg, Claire Danes, and more. 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.

Visit the event page.

2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17

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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October 24, 2019

Three by Kubrick concludes with a portrait of an 18th-century Irish rogueplayed by Ryan O'Nealin Barry Lyndon. "Stanley Kubrick's magisterial Thackeray adaptation," wrote critic John Ridley, "now stands as one of his greatest and most savagely ironic films, not to mention one of the few period pieces on celluloid so transporting that it seems to predate the invention of cameras." Barry Lyndon received seven Academy Award nominations, with wins for music, cinematography, art direction, and costume design. Introduction by film critic Bilge Ebiri '95. New 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.

Visit the series page and the event page.

7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7

Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium
53 Wall Street
New Haven, CT

Presented by Films at the Whitney and the Yale Film Study Center with support from Paul L. Joskow '70 M.Phil, '72 Ph.D.

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October 11, 2019

Join us for a free screening and discussion of Decade of Fire, a new documentary by Vivian Vázquez Irizarry, Gretchen Hildebran, and Julia Steele Allen, followed by a discussion with Yale's Elihu Rubin and Bard's Pete L'Official.

In the 1970s, fires raged through the South Bronx. Abandoned by landlords and city officials, nearly half a million residents were displaced from their beloved meighborhood. With the help of fellow survivors, filmmaker and Bronx native Vivian Vázquez Irizarry tells the story of the residents who banded together amidst the rubble and built a better future for their community.

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24

Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 102
63 High Street

LOCAL PARTNERS: CPTV, the Yale Film Study Center, and the Yale African American Affinity Group.

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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October 11, 2019

This Halloween, our treat to you is a 35mm screening of Stanley Kubrick's horror classic The Shining, with an introduction by Assistant Professor Craig Buckley. Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers star in what has been called "a masterpiece" (Time Out), "a brilliant success" (ReelViews), "essential viewing" (Little White Lies), and "deeply scary and strange" (The Guardian). This terrifying trip to the Overlook Hotel was added to the Library of Congress's National Film Registry in 2018. New 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive.

Visit the series page and the event page.

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium
53 Wall Street
New Haven, CT

Presented by Films at the Whitney and the Yale Film Study Center with support from Paul L. Joskow '70 M.Phil, '72 Ph.D.

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October 9, 2019

Woman and man sitting in front of computers

Yale researchers in any discipline now have a new, easy-to-use option for publication of research data.

As of October 1, Yale became an institutional member of Dryad, an open access, research data curation and publication platform. Yale University Library will fund and manage the membership as part of the library’s broad support for data-intensive research.

Dryad curates and preserves the data, applying advanced metadata and regularly refreshing and migrating the data to updated versions of its platform. The repository is approved for low-risk data in any discipline and fulfills government requirements for management of federally funded research data.

“Dryad accepts datasets in any discipline, but it’s a particularly critical option for researchers in areas that do not have established disciplinary data repositories,” said Jill Parchuck, associate university librarian for science, social science, and medicine.  “Some Yale researchers  have been using Dryad via individual paid deposits. Now, as institutional members, Yale researchers  can deposit any number of datasets free of charge.”

Other features of the Dryad platform include:

  • Support for datasets both as independent submissions and as part of journal submissions
  • Ability to upload data from cloud storage or lab servers
  • Capacity for datasets as large as 300 gigabytes
  • Indexing of all datasets by Web of ScienceScopus, and Google Dataset Search for increased discoverability. 

Dryad is committed to supporting the changing needs of research, allowing for datasets to be submitted and published at any point in the research process, providing full support for versioning, and fields for notes, methods and vocabularies. 

Yale Library data librarians  will provide instruction and consultations for Dryad users at Yale. For more information see Dryad’s FAQ page or email researchdata@yale.edu with questions and recommendations about specific research needs.

Photo: Data Librarian Barbara Esty works with Statlab Consultant Kevin Anderson, a Ph.D. student in psychology, at the Center for Science and Social Science Information.

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October 9, 2019

photo book page showing parked car in front of buildings

A Photobook Club organized by the Haas Family Arts Library will showcase the library’s extensive photobook collections while offering practical advice to students and others who may wish to publish their photography in book form, as well as collectors of photography and photobooks.  

“With changes in technology and greater accessibility of on-demand printing, photographers continue to evolve the medium in interesting ways,” said Heather Gendron, director of the Arts Library. “We see a growing interest in this form, especially with the rise in self-publishing.”

The club's meetings, billed as “monthly chats about all things photobook,” kicked off on September 25 when Gendron and Mar González Palacios, Haas Library associate director for special collections, shared examples of photobooks that have won the prestigious Aperture Photobook Award. On Oct. 9, Curator George Miles (pictured below) presented a selection of photobooks from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Curator George Miles displays photobooks from the Beinecke Library collection.

Haas Library has been collecting books by photographers for decades to support teaching and research in the arts. Its special collections include over three hundred MFA photography theses dating back to the early 1970’s when the photography department was formed at Yale and includes the works of renowned photographers. The collection also features photobooks and artists books that use photography.

Beinecke Library has a history of collecting original photography, particularly related to the American West. More recent acquisitions have focused on women photographers in the Peter Palmquist Collection and contemporary photobooks in the Indie Photobook Library/Larissa Leclair Collection.

“Our two collections are highly complementary,” Gendron said. “Together they provide historical context for photobooks as an emerging, innovative form. Our goal is to introduce these extraordinary resources to more students, faculty, and the public.”

Photobook Club events are free and open to the public. The next meetings are:

Wednesday, Nov. 13, noon- 1:30 pm, Haas Arts Library. Photographer Trevor Powers and artist Esther White will share some of their work and lead a discussion on self-publishing.  

Wednesday, Dec. 4, noon -1:30 pm, Haas Arts Library. Lisa Kereszi, director of Undergraduate Studies at the School of Art, will lead this discussion.

For more information about the Photobook Club and related library collections, contact arts.library@yale.edu.

Photo at top left is a page view from Butte, America: a Vernacular History, by Ian Van Coller.  

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October 8, 2019

graphic of Yale library names

Yale University Library will host an open house in the Sterling Memorial Library Nave on Founders Day, Friday, Oct. 11, from 11 am to 1 pm.  Visitors will be offered an insider’s perspective on the collections, services and technology of one the world's leading research libraries. The event is free and open to the public.

At tables set up throughout the Nave, library staff will present informational displays and answer questions on these topics:

  • Yale University Library Undergraduate Programs Yale librarians offer an array of library instruction and research support programs to help students develop research and critical thinking skills.
  • Services, Collections and Digital Projects of the Divinity Library The Yale Divinity Library is one of the most important theological libraries in the world. Among its notable collections is the Day Missions Collection, documenting the thought, history, and practice of world Christianity.  
  • The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Collections, Services, and More Learn about the Beinecke’s iconic building, exhibitions, and upcoming events. Beinecke staff will help visitors register to do research in the reading room or arrange a class visit.
  • LD4P and BBP: Yale Library Linked Data Projects Staff from Library Technical Services and Beinecke Library will share information on two experimental efforts, both funded by grants from the Mellon Foundation, to leverage technology to better expose data about library materials for library users.
  • New in Manuscripts and Archives Archive staff will highlight recent acquisitions and a project to preserve and make accessible at-risk audiovisual material. The presentation will also include a rare showing of Yale’s 1701 Charter.
  • Lewis Walpole Library 40th Anniversary The Farmington, Conn.-based library was established by Wilmarth and Annie Burr Lewis and bequeathed to Yale in 1979. Anniversary year milestones include renovation of the Cowles House, an exhibition on Lewis and the Yale Edition of Walpole's Correspondence, and the commemoration of Annie Lewis's contributions to Yale, as part of the 50 Women at Yale 150 initiative.  
  • The Law Library: Beyond Imagination Learn about the resources and services offered by the Lillian Goldman Law Library to the Yale community at large.
  • Better Together: A Team-based Model for Library Support of Business and Management Librarians from the Center for Science and Social Science Information will present a flexible, team-based service model introduced in January 2019 that has allowed them to expand and scale library support for the Yale School of Management, and beyond.
  • DASHRS: What We Do! The Department of Area Studies and Humanities Support—DASHRS—is the largest group of subject librarians for the humanities and interdisciplinary area studies.
  • Digital Humanities Projects at Yale. Learn how digital humanities projects at Yale use advanced techniques in text mining and visual computation to pursue questions in the humanities.
  • Interactive Computer History with EaaSI The EaaSI digital preservation project demonstrates the library's commitment to cutting edge research and software development. EaaSI allows the library to recreate old computing environments in a web browser and provide access to fascinating collections of digital materials. Library Information Technology and Digital Preservation Services will demonstrate the first public-facing service using EaaSI infrastructure to emulate copies of old CD-ROMS from the library’s circulating collection.

Campus Customs will also be present at the Open House offering Yale Library-branded merchandise for sale.

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October 1, 2019

Exhibition poster

The Gilmore Music Library's latest exhibition, Sex, Satire, and Song takes an incredible look inside the Broadway revue, revealing remarkable moments in the life of an iconic stage form which revolutionized the American musical in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, and laid the foundation for such treasured television variety shows as “Saturday Night Live,” “Laugh-In,” and “The Carol Burnett Show.” The exibit features rare items from the personal papers of authors E.Y. Harburg, Rosamond Johnson, Cole Porter, Harold Rome, and Kurt Weill, all of which are held at the Gilmore Music Library.

This exhibit is curated by Ben West (founder and director of UnsungMusicalsCo), and is presented in connection with the third Richard Warren Jr. ’59 Lecture on the history of the Broadway Revue, also presented by Mr. West.

The exhibit is on display in the corridor outside the entrance to the Gilmore Music Library. An online version of the exhibit is forthcoming.

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October 1, 2019

Students studying in Bass Library

The five-month renovation of Bass Library expanded study space, added new seating configurations, and improved the flow of natural light throughout the space. The library’s print collection was consolidated on the lower level, with new collection parameters to ensure that it better supports the Yale College curriculum across all disciplines. Books removed from the Bass collection can now be found in the stack tower of the adjacent Sterling Memorial Library.

At an reopening reception on Oct. 1, Susan Gibbons, the Stephen F. Gates ’68 University Librarian, welcomed attendees, and curator Laura Wexler, Professor of American Studies and Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, introduced the first Bass Library Model Research Collection, “Find a Set, Find a Text: Read the Set Against the Text."

The model research collection is a new initiative to show the breadth and depth of resources available from Yale University Library’s many libraries, locations and collections. Another display collection in the renovated space, “Building the Bass Library Collection,” offers a window into collection development with examples of specific titles selected by subject-expert specialists. 

Over the summer, a team of librarians analyzed content and usage of the Bass collection. As a result of this work, more than 35 percent of the 61,000 volumes in the post-renovation collection are new to Bass, and disciplines that were somewhat under-represented before the renovation, such as the arts, sciences, and law, have a proportionally larger presence in the new collection. Going forward, the collection will be dynamic, with up to 3,000 new titles added per year.

Opened in January 1971 as Cross Campus Library, the underground library was completely reimagined as the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Library in 2007. Many decorative elements introduced in 2007, such as entry pavilions on Cross Campus and the tile frieze in the entrance at the end of the tunnel from Sterling Memorial Library, were designed to visually connect Bass with Sterling Library’s Gothic  motifs. Wall hangings were woven to the architects’ specifications by Tibetan artisans in Nepal, with a stylized arch pattern to evoke Sterling Library’s leaded windows and metal work, and color gradations to represent a descent from sky to earth.

photos: Harold Shapiro

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