Emily Horning, director of Undergraduate Research Education and Outreach, writes to me that my visit to the Sterling Memorial Library can begin at 10am. I am to go to the end of the nave and there, where the altar would be located in a church, I’m to meet Patricia Thurston at the Information Desk. The photo attached to her e-mail is puzzling – is this supposed to be the library?
Group Study Room
Patricia tells me that although Yale University was founded in 1701, making it the second-oldest university in the United States, most of the buildings were constructed in the 1930s.
The campus is modeled on a medieval cloister and was built as a “temple of learning”. The concept is extended to such details as having confessionals serve as phone booths.
The Center offers:
- a large collection of software: GIS software (ArcGIS, Google Earth), statistical software (SAS, SPSS, Stata, R…), software for the sciences (ChemBioDraw, SC Database, Matlab…), visualization software, image-editing software, film cutting software, etc.
- StatLab Consultants (graduate students) and a data librarian, who offer assistance and classes
- Presentation Practice Rooms, where video and audio presentations may be recorded or practiced before a small audience
- A video conference room, which can be reserved and used for interregional cooperative projects
- Group study rooms with whiteboards
- Individual workspaces, each equipped with two monitors
- Lockers with connections for charging laptops and cell phones
- Classrooms with abundant monitors and whiteboards
Based on the growing need for primary data for research, the previous StatLab and the Libraries for the Science and Social Sciences were merged and newly outfitted. The CSSI should have been even larger, according to Kelly Barrick, but an ongoing, years-long experiment in the same building, involving fish, could not be disturbed. And so the space was planned around the fish.
That Yale places great value on the use of primary data is demonstrated, for example, by the fact that all students, in addition to foreign language and writing courses, are also required to attend a seminar on quantitative reasoning. This was instituted two to three years ago. I think we should consider that growing demand in German libraries.