Updates From Around the Library (August 2014)


As summer transitions into fall and the Library prepares for the upcoming semester, here are a few recent highlights from various Library blogs:

The Great War 1914–1918 | A Centennial Exhibition

20140818greatWar The Great War, 1914–1918 Exhibit will be on display in the Hay Lobby Cases from September 2 – December 19, 2014.

The exhibit showcases items from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection. Items include: journals, books, etchings, posters, music sheets, and illustrations. All pieces are related to World War I.

One interesting feature in the exhibit is a sketchbook by Herman Fechenbach. In 1917, Fechenbach was involved in a grenade attack and eventually lost his left leg.

The Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection is the foremost American collection of material devoted to the history and iconography of soldiers and soldiering and is one of the world’s largest collections devoted to the study of military and naval uniforms. To learn more about the collection, please visit the collection website.

Date: September 2, 2014 – December 19, 2014
Location: Lobby Cases | John Hay Library

Contact: Peter Harrington


The Library Welcomes Jeanette Norris

jeanetteNorrisThe Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeanette Norris as the new Metadata Management Librarian.

Norris comes to Brown from Syracuse University where she received her MSLIS degree. She held a number of library positions at Syracuse, most recently Technical Specialist (Cataloging and Metadata). Her work experience includes cataloging, metadata creation, authority control, metadata mapping, and metadata evaluation.

Jeanette Norris has a B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma and a M.A. in European and Russian Studies from Yale University.

Oil & Water Screening at Rhode Island International Film Festival

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Francine Strickwerda, Laurel Spellman Smith, David Poritz, and Hugo Lucitante on their way to the Rhode Island International Film Festival (image source: twitter.com/OilandWaterFilm)

“Oil & Water”—the selection for this year’s First Readings program—will be screened at the Rhode Island International Film Festival on Thursday August 7 at 2:30 p.m. in the Metcalf Auditorium at RISD Museum.

The film is a coming-of-age story of two boys (David Poritz and Hugo Lucitante), from different backgrounds, confronting one of the world’s worst toxic disasters. Various scenes in the film were shot at Brown University while David Poritz was an undergrad.

This fall, the directors (Francine Strickwerda and Laurel Spellman Smith) as well as David Poritz and Hugo Lucitante will return to Providence to do a screening and film discussion with the Brown community.

For more information about the First Readings program or about the film, visit the First Readings website.


Librarian Li Wang Wins Outstanding Paper Award


At the 2014 International Conference on Chinese Digital Publishing and Digital Libraries, Librarian Li Wang was awarded Outstanding Paper (first place) for his presentation and paper titled “Digital Scholarship at Brown: New Trends in Research Services in North American University Libraries.”

This conference was organized by Tsinghua University Library, The University of Hong Kong Libraries, Shandong University Library, and China Academic Journals Electronic Publishing House. It took place July 3 & 4 in Jinan, China.

An online version of the paper is available here.

The Library Welcomes Laura Pavlech

lauraPavlechThe Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Pavlech as the new Biomedical and Life Sciences Librarian.

Pavlech recently received her master of science in library science from the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science.

For the past two years, she has worked in the User Services department of the UNC Health Sciences Library, where she has helped students, faculty, and staff from the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Public Health.

Prior to becoming a librarian, Pavlech was a practicing veterinarian.  She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Stonehill College, and her doctor of veterinary medicine from Tufts University. Pavlech completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She then pursued residency training in clinical nutrition at North Carolina State University Veterinary Health Complex.

Pavlech is excited for the opportunity to combine her science and medical background with her library experiences to work with the students, faculty, and staff of Brown University. She also looks forward to returning to New England. Pavlech originally hails from Connecticut.

Pavlech is located on the 14th floor of the Science Library.

Please join us in welcoming Laura to the Brown University Library!

Summer Activity in the Library

Library Summer Activity

Some might view the summer as a slow time on a college campus, but the Brown University Library remains committed to supporting users. Many groups find themselves using the Library over the summer months including: pre-college students, undergraduates, and high school students. The summer is also a time for renovation and an opportunity to install new technologies.

Here’s a brief look at some of the groups passing through the Library as well as a few of the summer activities.

    • Summer Pre-College Students: This summer Brown is offering over 200 courses selected to reflect the University’s curriculum. It isn’t long after these classes start that pre-college students find themselves in the Library.
    • Undergraduate Summer Session: About 450 students enroll in summer session classes at Brown each year. Subject Librarians have remained busy meeting one-on-one with a number of undergraduates.
    • Brown Summer High School Program: Now in its 46th year—the Brown Summer High School is a daytime program open to Providence-area high school students. Instructors from this program can often be found in the Rock Lobby tutoring students.
    • Renovations: The University Library is renovating both the Rockefeller Library and the John Hay Library. In the Rockefeller Library, the first floor computer cluster, Reference Room, and Hecker Center will be renovated. The John Hay Library is finishing up a year-long renovation of the entire building.
    • New Technology: In response to faculty requests, the Library recently acquired a “Bookeye 4” scanning station for users to easily scan books and other materials. As part of the Hecker Center renovation, a new laptop loaner cart will be added.
    • Other Summer Activities:
      • Thesis writing: Many current students—both undergraduates and grad students—use the summer as an opportunity to work on their thesis.
      • Professional development: Librarians and staff are busy attending conferences and continuing their research.
      • Student workers: A number of student workers have been hired to help with shelving and the digitization of materials during the summer months.
      • First Readings: In partnership with the Dean of the College, the Library created the First Readings website to introduce incoming students to the Brown community.

Summer Renovation of the Rock’s Central Reading Room

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The central reading room on the first floor of the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library at Brown is undergoing a major renovation this summer.  

Based on feedback collected from Brown students who frequent the Library, the area will be transformed into a more comfortable and functional study space with improved lighting, updated computer workstations, and more data and electrical outlets.  The space will also feature open areas combined with private group study rooms, including a mix of large and small study tables along with casual seating.

Expected to be completed by the end of September, the Library looks forward to welcoming new and returning students and faculty to this terrific new space in the fall.


Updates From Around the Library (July 2014)

July Blog Updates

Here are a few recent highlights from some of the Library’s various blogs:

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Construction Begins on Addition to Library Collections Annex

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This summer, ground was broken on a new addition to the Library Collections Annex, the University Library’s off-site materials storage facility, located approximately four miles from College Hill. When fully outfitted, the additional module will increase the Annex’s total storage capacity to approximately 2.3 million items.  Completion is set for mid-December 2014.
The current Annex module was opened in 2005 with an estimated capacity of 1.5 million volume equivalents. At its opening, the Annex was expected to provide sufficient storage capacity for 15 years of collection growth. Several on-campus construction projects, such as the John Hay Library renovation, required more items to be sent off-site than initially planned. As a result, the facility is almost completely filled 9 years after its first day of operation. The new module will provide space for another 1 million volumes. Because items in the Annex are housed by size, the ultimate number of items held depends on the mix of materials stored.

Like the current module, the new addition will feature sophisticated climate controls and a state-of-the-art security system to ensure the long life of materials stored there. Items requested from the Annex are delivered to campus within 24 hours on workdays; shorter articles and chapters may be scanned and sent directly to users as well.