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Library faces budget constraints

“Libraries do their best to adapt to changing times, but the times are not always kind to them. The library system at Yale, along with other Ivy League universities, has focused increasingly on digital media and collaboration in recent years. Recent innovations include Borrow Direct Plus — a service that allows students to borrow books from other university libraries on-site — and a new search system for the library catalogue website. But despite its best efforts to expand and innovate, the library has been affected by significant funding cuts Yale’s collection spending budget, for instance, was cut significantly between 2009 and 2010 in light of the economic downturn. While data from 2013 shows that spending has neared pre-recession levels, the library is still grappling with the inflation of collections media — the rate at which the price of materials is continuously increasing.” (via Yale Daily News)

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The History of the LGBT Family Equality Movement to be Preserved at Yale University Library Archives

“Family Equality Council, the national organization that represents the three million parents in America who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and their six million children today announced an agreement to deed all historical materials related to the organization and its role in the LGBT family equality movement to Yale University. The agreement ensures the preservation of more than thirty years of materials related to the founding, growth and expansion of Family Equality Council and documents the organization’s ongoing efforts to advance equality for families with parents who are LGBT.” (via Yale University Library News)

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Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library is getting a $20 million makeover

“Yale University’s cathedral of learning is getting a much-needed touch up. Sterling Memorial Library, the tallest building in the city when it opened in 1931, is in the midst of a complete restoration of its nave — the church-like expanse that awes visitors with its high archways, intricate stained glass and eye-catching stone work. When the project is completed a year from now, officials say, it will return the library to its former splendor while updating its functionality for today’s students and scholars.” (via New Haven Register)

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Yale University picks Summon for discovery

“Yale University has chosen the Summon discovery service from Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business. With this purchase, the US university aims to improve access to its collection, which includes 15 million volumes and information in all media. Yale University Library is said to have chosen to work with Serials Solutions because of ease of customisation, integrity of search results, a unified index architecture and the company’s track record for rapid innovation of new discovery features.” (via Research Information)

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Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library turns 50

“In 1963, Yale University opened the most modern of structures to house its most ancient of books. The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library was an architectural incongruity amid the university’s traditional neo-Classical and neo-Gothic campus. Among Yale librarians, Gordon Bunshaft’s avant-garde design was about as popular as loud noises and gum-chewing patrons. They decried it as a “white elephant” and a “floating folly,” and the director even marked up postcards of the building to highlight perceived design flaws.” (via Boston.com)

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Yale takes time to reflect, evaluate before jumping into MOOCs

“News of universities partnering with massive open online course providers has become commonplace, which is why Yale University stands out for what it’s not doing: rushing. While many top universities — including Harvard and Stanford Universities, along with many others — were announcing partnerships and launching their first MOOCs, Yale sat back, watched, and evaluated.”

via Inside Higher Ed

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Yale University Library Launches Scan and Deliver Service Archives

“A new library service is now available for members of the Yale Community. Scan and Deliver enables digital access to millions of items in the Yale University Library’s general print collections by delivering scans to library users’ desktops. The service, which launches on Tuesday September 4th, allows current Yale faculty, students, and staff – as well as alumni with borrowing privileges – to submit requests for book chapters and journal articles from the ORBIS and MORRIS library catalogs. If an item is eligible for Scan and Deliver, a ‘request’ link will appear. Requests are then received by library staff members who will locate, retrieve, and scan the materials within two business days. When the request is ready for download, patrons will receive an email containing a link to access the PDF.”

via Yale University Library News

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Q&A: Libraries turn new page into digital age

“Michael Dula recently began his appointment as chief technology officer for the Yale University Library, which is one of the largest university libraries in North America. In this newly created role, he will develop a technology strategy for the University’s 18 different libraries, which house over 12.5 million volumes.”

via YaleNews

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Law School Library leads open access

Yale Daily News – “An online access project has given Yale Law School faculty broader readership than ever before. The Law School Library added roughly 3,000 faculty-published scholarly articles from legal journals to an open access database on its website over the past year — giving it the largest online repository of its kind. The efforthas made Yale a leader among institutions seeking to increase the amount of academic content that is freely available to the public. The database has generated more than 300,000 downloads from visitors worldwide in the last 12 months alone, and law librarians at Yale said they hope the University’s progress will encourage other law schools to implementsimilaropen access initiatives.?While law libraries across the country have already worked to compile repositories likeYale’s, Law School librarian Blair Kauffman said none of these databases are on par with the University’s, which will continue to expand as faculty publish more articles.Julian Aiken, access services librarian at the Law School Library, said the site has received traffic from more than 41,000 visitors in over 160 countries within the last year.”

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Yale alumni gain free access to JSTOR’s extensive online scholarly resources

Press Release – “Yale’s more than 130,000 alumni worldwide now have access to a treasure trove of online resources thanks to collaboration between the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), JSTOR and the Yale University Library. Alumni can freely use all JSTOR collections licensed by Yale. JSTOR (short for “journal storage”), a non-profit service founded in 1995, is a digital archive of over 1,000 academic journals and one million primary sources.”

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