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SCOPA: Standing Committee on Professional Awareness: Recorded Talks & Materials

Information about the programs and initiatives to support professional development at Yale University Library

2021 Events

June 16, 2021

"SCSC / SCOPA Virtual Forum | Special Collections: Innovations in a Time of Crisis"

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The forum focused on several projects in the Yale Special Collections community responding to the challenges posed by the pandemic. Short presentations included how special collections documented the experiences of the campus community, adapted to ensure teaching support with special collections, and pursued outreach to stakeholders and new audiences during the peak of last year’s crisis. The forum concluded with key takeaways and a brief Q&A session.


April 29, 2021

"Diversity Resident Program SCOPA Forum"

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Mary Caldera, the Assistant Director for Technical Services, Mike Rush, the Assistant Head of the Manuscript Unit for Accessioning, and Jessica Tai and Michelle Peralta, Resident Archivists, discussed the Association of College and Research Libraries' Diversity Alliance, which "unites academic libraries committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups." The forum focused YUL's participation in the program.


February 25, 2021

Marketing Tools Talk

Colleagues from across the library presented on their favorite marketing tools and techniques for promoting events, collections, and services.  

Below are the tools and topics that were covered:


February 11, 2021

"Every Pixel on the Sunset Strip" 

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Peter Leonard, Director of the Yale Digital Humanities Lab, discussed the DH Lab’s project, “Every Pixel on the Sunset Strip: Machine Vision and Photographs.” Working with the visual archive of the artist Ed Ruscha’s iconic book, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, the Yale DH team has been developing a suite of interactive tools for the visual data mining of hundreds of thousands of Ruscha’s original photographs (now held at the Getty Research Institute). Peter Leonard discussed the variety of issues involved in moving from the Ruscha archive to the types of visual pattern analysis being developed by “Every Pixel on the Sunset Strip.”