Yale Launches LUX, A Powerful New Search Tool For Cross-Collection Exploration
From the Yale Library:
LUX: Collection Discovery—a new cross-collection search tool—provides users worldwide with online access to more than 17 million items within Yale University’s museums, libraries, and archives.
“The LUX project is an incredible way to bring together the diverse collections across the cultural heritage units at Yale,” said Barbara Rockenbach, Stephen F. Gates ’68 University Librarian…
LUX offers a new way to discover and make connections among these millions of objects, which include defining specimens of dinosaur fossils, illuminated medieval manuscripts, paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and J. M. W. Turner, and the archives of Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein, and other renowned literary figures.
Free and easy to use, the platform—a powerful kind of database that maps relationships—helps users find pathways through the collections and uncover links between objects that might otherwise seem unconnected. Previously there was no easy way to search museum collections together with library collections or to discern associations among the objects within different collections. More than just a database, LUX provides a simple way to explore, discover, and make surprising connections.|
For example, Yale Library has vast collections of papers, photographs, and other archival materials related to the artist and collector Katherine Dreier, who co-founded the Société Anonyme in 1920 to promote modern art. A simple search
in LUX would reveal all these materials across three different libraries—Beinecke Library, Haas Family Arts Library, and Lewis Walpole Library—as well as related materials and hundreds of original works by Dreier and the artists she championed in the Yale University Art Gallery.
Direct to LUX
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.