February 2021 Archives

February 23, 2021

PLOS logo

Yale University Library has signed two innovative agreements that will allow Yale-affiliated authors to publish in any PLOS open access journal without paying article processing charges (APCs).

PLOS is a non-profit, open access publisher of seven highly respected scientific and medical journals. Last year Yale authors published more than 100 articles in PLOS journals, with APCs of up to $3,000 per article. Effective Jan. 1, 2021, these author-paid APCs will be eliminated and replaced with annual fees paid by the library. The authors will maintain copyright ownership of their research. 

“Our goal is to make open access publishing a more viable option for more Yale researchers in science and medicine, and to support a publication model that will also encourage open access publishing beyond Yale,” said Barbara Rockenbach, the Stephen Gates ’68 University Librarian.

Open access publishing has grown in popularity since the 1990s when peer-reviewed journals began publishing online with a traditional business model based on limited access and high subscription fees.  Open access developed as an alternative to make new research quickly and widely available with financial support from those producing the research. However, financial support for APCs from academic departments, government, and other research funders has varied widely, with some authors having to pay from personal funds.

The library agreements will eliminate APCs for Yale authors publishing in PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, PLOS One, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Genetics, and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, as well as in any new PLOS publications launched during the contract term. The initial agreements are for three years and will be funded through Yale Library’s Collection Development department with support from the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.

Removing these publication fees for individual researchers will create a powerful incentive for researchers to publish in PLOS journals, according to Joshua Gendron, associate professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, who published a paper in PLOS One—his first in A PLOS publication—on March 17.

“Open access publishing is very important to increase inclusion of important stakeholders in science,”  Gendron said. “Much of what we do is publicly funded, but the results are not publicly available. There is a push to move towards open access, but it often comes at a financial cost. This will make open access publishing easier and more desirable for many on campus, allowing the work done here to be accessible to anyone interested.”

Yale authors may direct questions to Lindsay Barnett, Collection Development and Scholarly Communication Librarian, or Kevin Merriman at Marx Science and Social Science Library

Post on February 23, 2021 - 9:18am |

February 16, 2021

On Tuesday, February 22, 3-5 pm, Yale University Library, in partnership with MIT Libraries will host a virtual event to help create new—and edit existing—Wikipedia pages of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) designers, activists, planners and others whose work is connected to the built environment. Training will be provided at the beginning of the session. The session will focus on the Wikipedia pages of BIPOC figures who have left their mark on the fields of art, architecture, art history, activism, dance, graphic design, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, and more. The Edit-a-thon will have synchronous and asynchronous components so participants can edit in person and at their convenience. Live editing will take place via Zoom and support will be available by Slack. Zoom links will be emailed to participants the day of the event. The event is open to the pubic and no prior experience editing Wikipedia is required. Register for the Edit-a-thon here

Please email Jennifer Snow (jennifer.l.snow@yale.edu), the program director for Instruction at Yale’s Marx Science and Social Science Library if you have any questions.

This event is part of the week-long series, Race, and Migration: Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon, sponsored by Yale University Library in partnership with MIT Libraries and the Yale School of Architecture M.E.D Working Group for Anti-Racism. View all the week’s events here.  

Post on February 16, 2021 - 3:33pm |

February 12, 2021

On Thursday, Feb. 25, 12-1:15 pm, four Yale students will discuss Native American languages across the country. The panel, moderated by Linguistic Professor Claire Bowern, will discuss issues related to language activism, language in Native American communities, Native American languages at Yale, and language loss and reclamation. 
The panel is part of Bass Library’s 2020/2021 Model Research Collection Language is Everywhere curated by Prof. Bowern. A historical linguist who researches language change and language documentation in Indigenous Australia, Bowern is the second Yale faculty member to curate the Model Research Collection, an initiative started in 2019 as part of the renovation of the Bass Library. The yearlong display shows how researchers can use library resources to investigate a specific topic or question by showcasing the range of printed and electronic collections available. It also highlights the depth and breadth of Yale Library collections in various subject areas. 
The four student panel members are Luta Fast Dog (YC '21), Jay Fife, Jr. (YC '22), Nolan Arkansas (YC '23), and Jeremy Johns (GSAS, Linguistics). The panel will discuss language and related topics across the nation and the role of institutions like Yale in the linguistic landscape of North America, including:
issues around language activism
language in Native American communities 
Native American languages at Yale
and language loss and reclamation
This event is open to the general public. Registration is required—click here to register. You will receive a reminder email one hour before the event with the link to the Zoom room. If you register less than one hour before the event starts, email kathryn.webb@yale.edu for the Zoom link.

Images contributed by the student panelists. 

Post on February 12, 2021 - 10:53am |

February 9, 2021

Closed Bass Library area with yellow caution tape

Bass Library will reopen on March 1 after a broken pipe flooded the two-level library on Jan. 29, requiring a month of cleaning and repairs. 

Until March 1, students can find alternate places to study in Sterling Library, Haas Arts Library, Marx Science and Social Science Library, the Divinity Library, and the Medical Library. Books from the Bass collection can be requested for pickup at any of those locations, or for delivery to home or campus residence.

The flood was precipitated just after closing on a frigid Friday evening when a frozen sprinkler line in the upper-level ceiling burst.  Water poured down and flowed in all directions before the leak was discovered by a custodian and the water could be turned off. The water filled the conduits that carry electrical and internet cables beneath the floor and leaked from there to the lower level, said John Clegg, director of Building Operations and Security. More water cascaded down the stairs. 

A disaster recovery company was called in the same evening to pump out water and begin drying out the space. Massive heaters, fans, and dehumidifiers had to run for several days, leaching moisture out of the air, before the damage could be fully assessed. Now, contractors are replacing sections of ruined wallboard, ceiling, and wood paneling; shampooing carpets; and cleaning stonework. 

The impact on the library’s 65,000-volume collection was fortunately minimal. About 730 books were shipped off-site for drying and further evaluation. No rare or difficult-to-replace items were affected.

Originally opened in 1971 as Cross Campus Library, the underground library was reimagined as the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Library in 2007. Decorative elements, including the entry pavilions on Cross Campus and the tile frieze at the end of the tunnel from Sterling Library, were designed to visually connect the renovated space with Sterling Library’s Gothic motifs. In 2019, Bass was again renovated to expand study space and increase the flow of natural light from the building’s sunken courtyards. At that time, the collection was substantially renewed and consolidated on the lower level.

Photo: Barbara Rockenbach

Post on February 9, 2021 - 1:19pm |

February 5, 2021

Join us online for a free Indie Lens Pop-Up screening and discussion of Mr. SOUL!, a documentary by Melissa Haizlip '87.

Before Oprah and Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL! From 1968 into 1973, the public television variety show SOUL! offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of Black literature, poetry, music, and politics. Guided by enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, the series was among the first to foreground expanded expression by African Americans on television, and shifted the viewer's gaze to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. Through participants' recollections and illuminating archival clips, Mr. SOUL! celebrates one of broadcasting's unsung heroes, and captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate.

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Watch the Trailer

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 Archive, CPTV, and PBS's Independent Lens.

Post on February 5, 2021 - 1:37pm |