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September 2, 2009

Benny Goodman: A Century of Swing

Benny Goodman: A Century of Swing
Gilmore Music Library
Fall 2009

This fall the Gilmore Music Library marks the centenary of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman (1909-1986), with an exhibit featuring big band arrangements, clarinet concertos by Paul Hindemith and Aaron Copland, photographs, and a wide variety of other materials, such as Goodman's honorary doctorate from Yale, a program and ticket from his famous Carnegie Hall concert in 1938, and a letter from fellow clarinetist Woody Allen.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information and opening hours, visit the Music Library's web site.

Posted by Yale University Library on September 2, 2009 9:20 AM

September 3, 2009

The Googlization of Everything

Tuesday, September 8
1:15 p.m., Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall (128 Wall Street)

The Yale Information Society Project and the Yale University Library cordially invite you to a special lecture on "The Googlization of Everything" by Siva Vaidhyanathan, media scholar, author, and associate professor of Media Studies and Law at the University of Virginia. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, September 8 at 1:15 p.m. in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall. The title of the lecture is the title of Professor Vaidhyanathan's upcoming book, which seeks to answer three key questions: What does the world look like through the lens of Google?; How is Google's ubiquity affecting the production and dissemination of knowledge?; and how has the corporation altered the rules and practices that govern other companies, institutions, and states?

About Siva Vaidhyanathan

Siva Vaidhyanathan is a cultural historian and media scholar, and is currently an associate professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia. Vaidhyanathan is a frequent contributor on media and cultural issues in various periodicals including The Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Times Magazine, The Nation, and Salon.com, and he maintains a blog, http://sivacracy.net/. He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio and to MSNBC.COM and has appeared in a segment of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Vaidhyanathan is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and the Institute for the Future of the Book.

In March 2002, Library Journal cited Vaidhyanathan among its “Movers & Shakers” in the library field. In the feature story, Vaidhyanathan lauded librarians for being “on the front lines of copyright battles” and for being “the custodians of our information and cultural commons.” In November 2004 the Chronicle of Higher Education called Vaidhyanathan “one of academe’s best-known scholars of intellectual property and its role in contemporary culture.” He has testified as an expert before the U.S. Copyright Office on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

He is noted for opposing the Google Books scanning project on copyright grounds. He has published the opinion, that the project poses a danger for the doctrine of fair use, because the fair use claims are arguably so excessive that it may cause judicial limitation of that right.

Posted by Yale University Library on September 3, 2009 1:30 PM

September 4, 2009

Labor Day Hours

Individual library hours vary on Labor Day (Monday, September 7). To see which libraries will be open, visit www.library.yale.edu/hours/.

Posted by Yale University Library on September 4, 2009 2:51 PM

September 8, 2009

Tours of Sterling and Bass Libraries

Tours of Sterling Memorial and Bass Libraries will begin on Tuesday, September 8 and continue to Friday, September 18. The dates and times are:

Tuesday, September 8, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 9, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Friday, September 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m
Friday, September 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

These tours are open to anyone in the Yale community. No sign-up is necessary, but a valid Yale ID is required. Tours will begin at the Information Desk in the Sterling Memorial Library nave.

Please note that tours for freshmen will begin the week of September 14; freshmen should contact their Personal Librarian for a schedule.

For more information, contact Emily Horning.

Posted by Yale University Library on September 8, 2009 9:07 AM

September 11, 2009

Teaching w/ Technology Tuesdays

The Collaborative Learning Center is once again offering a weekly program called Teaching w/ Technology Tuesdays. This program is for those teaching at Yale (staff, faculty, and students) interested in innovative instructional activities that utilize technology. All sessions take place on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon except for the Twitter session on Wednesday, October 14 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

September 15
3-D Imaging [Presenters: John Eberhart & John ffrench]
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Bass Library L01 (lower level of the library)

3-D imaging is any technique capable of recording three-dimensional visual information or creating the illusion of depth in an image. Several different 3-D imaging techniques are being used at Yale for research and teaching purposes. We will hear from two speakers about how they are using 3-D imaging to support teaching at Yale. The Yale University Art Gallery recently completed a joint project with the Peabody Museum of Natural History to digitize and share their collections online with ARTstor. John ffrench will show the 3-D imaging technology that was employed for some of the objects from the African Art collection, and discuss the process used to create and compile these images and the teaching applications of these images. John Eberhart from the School of Architecture will discuss how he supports the teaching of architecture with 3-D imaging techniques and a 3-D imaging lab.

John ffrench is the Associate Director of Visual Resources at the Yale University Art Gallery. John Eberhart is a Critic in the School of Architecture.

Fall 2009 Schedule
15 3-D Imaging - John Eberhart & John ffrench
22 CLC Media Equipment Checkout Service - Carolyn Caizzi & Matt Regan
29 Beyond Power Point: Online Presentation Tools - Robin Ladouceur & Pam Patterson

6 Photosynth - Stacey Maples
14 Twitter - Eric Gordon (Emerson College) & Joe Murphy (Session takes place on Wednesday 1:00 - 2:00pm)
20 Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro - Trip Kirkpatrick & John Graves
27 A new digital environment for exploring cultural connections - Professor George Syrimis, Gabe Rossi, & David Hirsch

3 Collaborative Editing Tools - Michael Farina & Scott Matheson
10 Handhelds and the Mobile Web - Katie Bauer & Yianni Yessios
17 QR Codes and RF Codes - Ken Panko

For more information visit http://clc.yale.edu or contact clc@yale.edu.

The Collaborative Learning Center in the Bass Library is a resource for the Yale community designed to foster interactions among Yale students, faculty and staff from across the campus in the support of teaching and learning. The Collaborative Learning Center brings together the services of the Library, ITS - Instructional Technology Group and Media Services, the Graduate Teaching Center, and the Center for Language Study.

Posted by Yale University Library on September 11, 2009 9:08 AM

Yale University Library Public Programs for 2009-10

A lecture on September 24 by Brad Gooch, Professor of English at William Paterson University and author of the best-selling Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor, will be the first in a series of public lectures and programs sponsored by Yale University Library during the 2009-10 academic year. Exhibits are also being held across the Library system and additional events will be announced over the course of the year.

The schedule of lectures and exhibits in Sterling Memorial Library follows below. Updates to the schedule will be posted at www.library.yale.edu/librarynews/.

All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held
in the Sterling Memorial Library lecture hall, 128 Wall Street.

Brad Gooch, William Paterson University, author of Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor (Little Brown, 2009)
September 24, 4:00 p.m.

Vivian Perlis & Libby Van Cleve, Oral History American Music, Yale University,
authors of Composers' Voices from Ives to Ellington (Yale, 2005)
Wednesday, October 28, 4:00 p.m.

Beverly Gage, Department of History, Yale University, author of
The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in its First Age of Terror (Oxford, 2009)
Date and time TBA

Christopher T. Buckley, author of Losing Mum and Pup (Twelve, 2009)
Date and time TBA

Molly Haskell, author of Frankly, My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited (Yale, 2009)
Date and time TBA

February (Black History Month)
Hazel V. Carby, African American & American Studies, Yale University,
author of Cultures in Babylon: Black Britain and African America (Verso, 1999)
Date and time TBA

James J. O'Donnell, Provost & Professor of Classics, Georgetown University,
author of The Ruin of the Roman Empire (Ecco, 2008)
Date and time TBA

April (Yale Pride)
Graeme Reid, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies, Yale University,
author of Above the Skyline (forthcoming)
Date and time TBA

Marlene Wagman-Geller, author of Once Again to Zelda (Perigee, 2008)
Date and time TBA

Information on exhibits across the Library system can be found on
individual library and department web sites.

July-September: Islamic Art and Architecture

July-October: Whiffenpoof Centennial Exhibits

September-November: Benny Goodman: A Century of Swing (Gilmore Music Library)

November-January: From Nineveh to New Haven

November-December: Treasures of the Babylonian Collection

December-February: Centennial of Tel Aviv

December-February: Stover at Yale

March-May: Architecture, Utopia, and Empire

March-May: Medieval Studies at Yale

Posted by Yale University Library on September 11, 2009 10:03 AM

September 14, 2009

Handheld Librarian Conference and Brown Bag Lunches

The Handheld Librarian 2009: An Online Conference About Mobile Library Services

More people than ever are using mobile devices for a wide variety of purposes including communication, internet access, text messaging, research, and entertainment. It is important that libraries provide services on these devices as use increases.

Yale University Library hosted a local broadcast of the first ever Handheld Librarian Online Conference, on July 30, 2009. The program sponsored by the Alliance Library System, LearningTimes and Infoquest, featured a talk by Yale Science Librarian Joe Murphy, who along with other experts in the field, provided information on topics relating to the use of wireless and handheld devices in libraries. Due to the success of this initial broadcast, a second Handheld Librarian Online Conference is being planned for the February 2010 timeframe.

In anticipation of the handheld technology becoming part of business as usual in libraries, the Library will be hosting a series of lunch time re-broadcasts from the conference, featuring what we’ve determined to be the best and most applicable presentations. All sessions will be held in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall (128 Wall St) as brown-bag lunch presentations, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Moderators will be available to tee-up each session and conduct a facilitated discussion after each presentation. The dates of the lunch time series are as follows:

9/14: Keynote: Mobility and Singularity: People, Communication, Information, Information Objects, and Information Services in Motion

9/28: Sending out an SMS

10/12: Mobile Medical Information: View from the Medical Library

10/26: Everything We Know About Implementing a Kindle Loan Program

11/9: Altarama Infoquest, a Collaborative Text Messaging Reference Project

12/7: Twittering in Libraries

The sessions are free and open to the public. No advance registration is required. More information can be obtained at www.handheldlibrarian.org/ or www.facebook.com/yalehhlib.

Posted by Yale University Library on September 14, 2009 1:42 PM

September 15, 2009

Two New Library Podcasts

Ways of Seeing: "New London, Connecticut" and Ways of Seeing: "Portrait of George Eliot and Family" (1798)

Ways of Seeing is a series of podcasts featuring Yale students and faculty from various disciplines interpreting works of art. Each episode asks people to answer basic questions about a particular work of art: what do you see, what do you notice, what’s going on, and what questions do you have about this work? These podcasts are the result of collaboration between Yale librarians and the Yale University Art Gallery’s Education Department. Ian McDermott, Assistant Librarian at the Yale Center for British Art, recorded the interviews.

The recordings are available, for free, via the Library's section of Yale University on iTunes U. To view the images that accompany the podcasts, make sure to click the "show or hide video artwork and video viewer" button in the bottom left corner of the iTunes program. You will need to download the recordings before being allowed to see the images.

Posted by Yale University Library on September 15, 2009 9:33 AM

September 16, 2009

New Library Podcast

The Van Vechten Paradox: The Harlem Renaissance, a White Man, and his Black Story

In this podcast, Emily Bernard, Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont and the 2008/2009 James Weldon Johnson Fellow in African American Studies at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, chronicles the life of Carl Van Vechten, the American writer, critic, and patron of the Harlem Renaissance.

The recordings are available, for free, via the Beinecke Library's website or via Yale University on iTunes U.

Posted by Rebekah Irwin on September 16, 2009 4:13 PM

September 18, 2009

September 24: Walking Backward

Walking Backward: The Life and Work of Flannery O'Connor
Brad Gooch, Professor of English at William Paterson University & author of
Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor (Little Brown 2009)

Thursday, September 24, 4:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
Free and open to the public.

The landscape of American literature was fundamentally changed when Flannery O'Connor published her first book, Wise Blood, in 1952. Her fierce, sometimes comic novels and stories reflected the darkly funny, vibrant, and theologically sophisticated woman who wrote them. Brad Gooch brings to life O'Connor's significant friendships - with Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick, Walker Percy and James Dickey among others - and her deeply felt convictions, as expressed in her communications with Thomas Merton, Elizabeth Bishop, and Betty Hester. Hester was famously known as 'A' in O'Connor's collected letters, The Habit of Being, and a large cache of correspondence to her from O'Connor was made available to Gooch in 2006.

Brad Gooch's previous books include City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O’Hara; as well as Godtalk: Travels in Spiritual America; three novels--Scary Kisses, The Golden Age of Promiscuity, Zombie00; a collection of stories, Jailbait and other Stories, chosen by Donald Barthelme for a Writer’s Choice Award; a collection of poems, The Daily News; and two memoirs, Finding the Boyfriend Within and Dating the Greek Gods. His work has been featured in numerous magazines including: The New Republic, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Partisan Review, The Paris Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, Art Forum, Harper’s Bazaar, The Nation, and regularly on The Daily Beast. A Guggenheim fellow in Biography, he has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, and a Furthermore grant in publishing from the J.M. Kaplan Fund. He earned his PhD at Columbia University.

Posted by Yale University Library on September 18, 2009 4:31 PM

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