Tag Archive: University Libraries

  1. Univ. inspecting leakage problems in Sterling

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    Over fall break, scaffolding went up along the Wall Street side of Sterling Memorial Library as inspectors examined the north nave exterior wall for leakage problems.

    University spokesman Tom Conroy said in an email that leaks had been occurring above several windows on that side. He added that the facilities staff is in the process of determining a permanent solution for the problem.

    Leakage problems can dramatically shorten a book’s lifespan. In January 2006, steam from a leaking pipe had damaged a collection of books in Sterling’s lower level. While then-evening supervisor Matt Glickman described the books as “relatively low-value,” maintenance personnel were forced to close the downstairs staff section and a study area called “Machine City” for repairs.

  2. Library hosts Thursday afternoon study break

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    University Librarian Susan Gibbons will host the Library’s second study break today at 3 p.m.

    The study break will be held in Sterling Memorial Library’s L&B room. There will be free food, giveaways and even a treasure hunt for $25 credit on library fines, according to Amanda Patrick, the Library’s spokeswoman. Handsome Dan will also make an appearance.

    Library administrators estimated between 300 and 400 students attended the library’s first study break, which was held in early November. Patrick said she “suspects [library study breaks] will be an ongoing thing”.

  3. New library opens on Science Hill

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    Just in time for shopping period, the Center for Science and Social Science Information opened its doors on Tuesday.

    As the new collaborative home of the science library, social science library and StatLab, CSSSI is housed in the basement of Kline Biology Tower and contains a 24 hour study-space.

    If you’re a fan of the Law Library willing to hike up Science Hill, you have extra reason to check out CSSSI — according to a Tuesday email to Law School students, Yale law librarian Fred Shapiro announced that access to the Law Library will be restricted from Jan. 4 to Jan. 18, the Law School’s reading and exam period.

    Only Law School affiliates, University faculty and Law Library pass holders will be allowed access during this period. Passes are distributed to non-law students who are conducting legal research and who can present a letter from a faculty member or college dean.

    Per student request, the Law Library will also extend its hours during this period, closing at 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

  4. Yale archivist wins theater librarian award

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    Earlier this month, Beinecke Rare Book and Mansucript Library Archivist Susan Brady took home the Theatre Library Association’s highest honor — the 2011 Award for Distinguished Service in Performing Arts Librarianship.

    The annual award has been given since 1994 to a performing arts librarian, curator, archivist or scholar “who has made extraordinary contributions to the field,” the TLA website reads.

    Selected by a committee of three members for the award, Brady previously held librarian or archivist positions at the Arts Library, the Yale Center for British Art and Sterling Memorial Library’s Department of Manuscripts and Archives. In addition to her work at Yale, she has also worked at the Harvard Theatre collection, and has served as a board member, vice president and president of the TLA.

    Brady currently serves as co-chair of the American Theatre Archive Project’s steering committee, working to preserve records of North American theatre companies.

    Nominations for the 2012 award were due by Dec. 1.

  5. Beinecke among world’s most beautiful college libraries

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    The next time you want to study beautifully, you might want to skip Sterling’s towering stacks and the lowly study carrels of Bass and head to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

    A set of rankings out this week from Flavorwire ranks the Beinecke the most beautiful college library in America and the second most beautiful in the world, after only the General Library at the University of Coimbra in Coimbra, Portugal.

    Three other Ivy League libraries made the list: the Cornell Law School Library, the Widener Library at Harvard and the Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania, placing 18th, 22nd, and 23rd, respectively.

    See the full list below, with American universities in bold:

    1) The University of Coimbra General Library. Coimbra, Portugal.

    2) Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Yale University. New Haven, Conn.

    3) University of Salamanca Library. Salamanca, Spain.

    4) The Trinity College Library. Dublin, Ireland.

    5) Old Library, St. John’s College. Cambridge University. Cambridge, United Kingdom.

    6) Philological Library of the Free University. Berlin, Germany.

    7) Central Library. University of Technology. Delft, Netherlands.

    8) The Harper Library Reading Room. University of Chicago. Chicago.

    9) Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library. Vassar College. Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

    10) George Peabody Library. Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore.

    11) Queen’s College Library. Oxford University. Oxford, United Kingdom.

    12) Wren Library. Trinity College, Cambridge University. Cambridge, United Kingdom.

    13) Duke Humfrey’s Library. Bodleian Library, Oxford University. Oxford, United Kingdom.

    14) Suzzallo Library’s Graduate Reading Room. The University of Washington. Seattle.

    15) The North Reading Room in Doe Library. University of California at Berkeley. Berkeley, Calif.

    16) La Sorbonne Reading Room. Paris.

    17) Codrington Library. All Soul’s College, Oxford University. Oxford, United Kingdom.

    18) Cornell Law School Library. Ithaca, N.Y.

    19) University of Michigan Law Library. Ann Arbor, Mich.

    20) Pontifical Lateran University library. Rome.

    21) Powell Library. University of California at Los Angeles.

    22) Widener Library. Harvard University. Cambridge, Mass.

    23) Fisher Fine Arts Library. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia.

    24) Pitts Theology Library. Emory University. Atlanta.

    25) Bapst Library. Boston College. Boston.