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January 2012 Archives

January 3, 2012

Center for Science & Social Science Information open house Wed 11th 4-6pm!

Congratulations to the new Center for Science & Social Science Information (CSSSI) now open in its new home on the concourse level of the Kline Biology Tower at 219 Prospect Street. Please join us for an open house celebration on Wednesday 11th from 4-6pm with refreshments, giveaways and a chance to tour the new center - all are welcome. For more information: http://csssi.yale.edu

Posted by Amanda Patrick on January 3, 2012 11:07 AM

January 13, 2012

New exhibit at Haas Family Arts Library showcases graphic design by Tom Morin

The graphic design of Yale alumnus Tom Morin is the focus of a new exhibition at The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library. “Tom Morin's Threads of Influence: The Visual History of a Life in Graphic Design” will be on display from Jan. 13 to April 13 in the William H. Wright Special Collections Exhibition Area.

Morin's recently published book, “Threads of Influence: The Visual History of a Life in Graphic Design” (Fall 2011), traces his development as a designer — from his childhood drawings in the mid-20th century through his professional work during the 21st century. The exhibit presents a survey of Morin’s career as a graphic designer, with a particular focus on his student projects and influences while enrolled in the graphic design graduate program at the Yale School of Art from 1966 to 1968.

Founded by Josef Albers and Alvin Eisenman, the graduate program in graphic design at the Yale School of Art aims to attract outstanding professionals as faculty, and to inspire its students to develop a cohesive body of visually engaging work over the course of the two-year program. During the late 1960s, when Morin was a student, faculty included Alvin Eisenman, Paul Rand, Bradbury Thompson, Norman Ives, Herbert Matter, and Walker Evans. The exhibit shows the strong influence of each of these important artists on the program and the larger world of graphic design.

Morin was a student of both Rand and Thompson, and his papers provide a glimpse into another generation of designers. Following Alvin Eisenman, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville (MFA ’64) became the chair of the graphic design graduate program at Yale in 1990.
Morin says of his experience: “Alvin [Eisenman], who still resides with his wife, Hope, in Bethany, is single-handedly responsible for plucking hundreds of students like me from the obscurity of upstate New York and from all over this country, to the far reaches of the world; and giving them an incredible opportunity to sit at the feet of some of the best designers this world has ever seen. The field of graphic design has been forever changed and redirected by this program.”

The exhibit features layouts from Morin’s book, paired with his original documents and projects, from childhood drawings to his most recent work as a principal for Context Design. Morin has donated all the original materials showcased in the book to the special collections of the Haas Family Arts Library. This archive will be available for students and scholars to study as the Tom Morin Papers. The exhibition is also a celebration of Morin’s gift, which augments the Yale University Library’s other collections of papers by noted graphic designers, such as the Paul Rand Papers and Bradbury Thompson Papers. The acquisition of this archive furthers the Haas Family Arts Library’s goals to provide access to primary source materials about the history of graphic design, and to preserve the legacy of graphic design and make it available to scholars worldwide.

The Haas Family Arts Library is located at 180 York Street, New Haven. Library opening hours and other information about the exhibit can be found at: http://www.library.yale.edu/arts/

Posted by Yale University Library on January 13, 2012 2:15 PM

January 18, 2012

Three new U.S. and British history digital resources now available

The Yale University Library is now offering access to three new and important digital resources related to U.S. and British history.

Gale/Cengage’s digital archive of the Illustrated London News (1842-2003):

Rotunda: America’s Founding Era product from the University of Virginia Press. Rotunda contains a searchable collection of the papers of several important Founding Fathers – including Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Madison (both James & Dolley) – in one database.

Series one of the American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection, which was produced through a partnership between EBSCO & the American Antiquarian Society. This resource contains nearly 500 fully searchable periodicals from 1691-1820.

More information about the AAS/EBSCO product can be found here:

All of these resources can be found in Metalib (the ‘find databases’ section of the library homepage).

For more information on any of these resources, please contact Gregory Eow, Kaplanoff Librarian for American History and American Studies & Librarian for British and Commonwealth History at: gregory.eow@yale.edu

Posted by Yale University Library on January 18, 2012 1:58 PM

Q&A with University Librarian Susan Gibbons

Susan Gibbons began a five-year term as University Librarian in July 2011. In that role, she oversees one of the largest university libraries in North America, which includes over 12.5 million volumes housed in 18 different libraries.

Before coming to Yale, Gibbons worked at the University of Rochester, where she began as digital initiatives librarian in 2000. In 2008, she was appointed vice provost and dean of the River Campus Libraries.

She took time out of her hectic schedule to meet with YaleNews and you can read the edited transcript of that conversation here:

Posted by Yale University Library on January 18, 2012 2:49 PM

January 19, 2012

Yale librarian makes interesting discovery in new digital resources

When Gregory Eow, Kaplanoff Librarian for American History and Librarian for British and Commonwealth History, arranged for Yale University Library to subscribe to three new digital history resources (Illustrated London News Historical Archive, Rotunda: America's Founding Era, and American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection), he expected that these databases would be of great value to Yale scholars and students. He didn't expect that there would be immediate important historical discoveries derived from Yale's new subscriptions. Yet this is what happened, as Fred Shapiro, Associate Law Librarian for Collections and Access and Lecturer in Legal Research at Yale Law School, found by searching the Illustrated London News a usage of the word "feminist" in 1894, earlier than the oldest citation in the Oxford English Dictionary. Within ten minutes of beginning his searching, he e-mailed this antedating to the OED. Shapiro has been described by the OED's Chief Editor as their major contemporary contributor, and is also the editor of The Yale Book of Quotations, published by Yale University Press. He uses the University Library's wonderful array of searchable historical text collections, one of the best available at any university, frequently in improving upon the historical record of words and phrases in the OED, and also used the same online tools in compiling The Yale Book of Quotations and the forthcoming Dictionary of Modern Proverbs, revolutionizing our knowledge of quotation and proverb origins in the process.

Posted by Yale University Library on January 19, 2012 11:56 AM

View the Virtual Tour of CSSSI

The Center for Science and Social Science (CSSSI) Information opened on January 3rd and hosted an opening reception for the Yale community on January 11th. A virtual tour of the center and the opening event can be viewed at:

For more information on the resources and services offered: http://csssi.yale.edu

Posted by Yale University Library on January 19, 2012 1:52 PM

January 24, 2012

Engineering & Applied Science Library open at 10 Hillhouse Ave.

As of January 3, 2012, services and staff of the Engineering & Applied Science Library are now located on the first floor of Dunham Laboratory, 10 Hillhouse Ave., in rooms 105-107. They will remain in this interim location until January 2013.

The newly renovated space within the J. Robert Mann, Jr. Engineering Student Center provides a convenient access point to information services and library collections. The space includes workstations that provide access to a variety of information and research software resources. It contains flexible seating and tables that can be arranged to accommodate group and individual study, as well as seminars and presentations.

The information services that are available at this location include:
· Information assistance from the engineering librarian and staff;
· Reference collection;
· Pickup and return location for library materials and document delivery services.

Services that have moved to other locations during the interim period:
· Materials placed on course reserve are available at the Bass Library.
· High use books from the Engineering & Applied Science Library collection are available for browsing and borrowing in the Sterling Memorial Library stacks on the first floor;
· Lower use materials will be delivered upon request and will be made available at the interim location, or any other Eli Express library location on campus.

For further information: http://www.library.yale.edu/science/subject/engineering.html or to contact the librarian:

Andy Shimp
Engineering & Applied Science Librarian
Tel.: 203-432-7460

Posted by Amanda Patrick on January 24, 2012 9:45 AM

January 25, 2012

The Future of the Book: "Staging the Imaginative Act of Reading"

The Future of the Book: "Staging the Imaginative Act of Reading"
Monday January 30th, 5pm
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar Street

Please join us for a conversation with John Collins, Founder & Artistic Director of the Elevator Repair service Theater Ensemble, New York and Marc Robinson, Professor of English & Theater Studies at Yale University.
Sponsored by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library & The Program for Humanities in Medicine.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Melissa Grafe at (203) 785-4354

Posted by Yale University Library on January 25, 2012 12:26 PM

Join us for "Teaching With Technology Tuesdays"

The Collaborative Learning Center invites you attend the Spring 2012 series of Teaching with Technology Tuesdays. Entering its fourth year, the series will feature presentations by Yale faculty, students, librarians and technologists on a variety of scholarly applications of technology. For those who attend regularly, please note the new time and location.
For more information on the series or to access accounts and recordings of past sessions, please visit http://clc.yale.edu/twtt/.

Spring 2012 Schedule
Time: Tuesdays from 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: International Room of Sterling Memorial Library

New for 2012 – coffee and light food will be served!

31 – Preparing for Student Media Projects – Erin Scott and Matt Regan

07 – Collaborative Services & Spaces: The CSSSI – Kelly Barrick and Themba Flowers *Please note that this presentation will occur at the Center for Science and Social Science Information, 219 Prospect
14 – Digital Comics: Age of Bronze “Seen” – Thomas Beasley
21 – eBooks in Overdrive – Todd Gilman, Brad Warren, Caitlyn Lam
28 – Yale Stock Market Game – Prof. Roger Ibbotson and David Hirsch

20 - Google Apps for Education – Student Technology Collaborative and the Instructional Technology Group
27 – Summer Session Online Classes - William Whobrey and Lucas Swineford

03 – Yale School of Medicine iPad Program – Gary Leydon and Mark Gentry
10 – Is a Paperless Course Possible Yet – iPads and the Study of Sustainability - Julie Newman
17 - Wires Crossed: Five Students’ Experience with Mobile Technologies – The Wires Crossed team
24 – Student Project Poster Session

The Collaborative Learning Center brings together the services of the Library, ITS, the Graduate Teaching Center, and the Center for Language Study in support of teaching and learning.

Posted by Yale University Library on January 25, 2012 1:19 PM

January 27, 2012

Yale Library Map Department announces GIS Workshops for Spring 2012

The Yale Library's Map Department is pleased to announce the continuation of their schedule of GIS Workshops for the Spring 2012 Semester. Most workshops are held in the Bass Library Electronic Classroom L06A, in the lower level of the library (directly beneath the Thain Café). These workshops are drop-ins, so no registration is required, but seating is limited, so participants should arrive a few minutes early to ensure a workstation is available.

Below is a preliminary schedule (we are planning added offerings at the Yale Statlab at CSSSI and EPH Computer Labs, dates TBA), as well as a brief description of the individual workshops.

As always, you can find the most recent schedule of workshops, as well as downloadable tutorials and datasets from the workshops and additional Yale GIS Support information at the GIS LibGuide Website (guides.library.yale.edu/gis) and for timely updates on GIS at Yale, sign up for the Gis-l mailing list (http://mailman.yale.edu/mailman/listinfo/gis-l).

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Posted by Yale University Library on January 27, 2012 12:37 PM

Yale acquires oral history of choral conductor Sir David Willcocks

Yale University Library has acquired a substantial collection of interviews on the prominent choral conductor and composer, Sir David Willcocks. Perhaps best known as the director of music at King’s College, Cambridge University, Willcocks also held the directorship of London’s Royal College of Music, and published the popular anthologies “Carols for Choirs.” To see more, read the YaleNews story here.

Posted by Yale University Library on January 27, 2012 12:53 PM

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