Event | “Raising the Impact of Research and Education through Openness” with Nick Shockey


As part of our celebration of International Open Access Week, the Brown University Library is pleased to welcome Nick Shockey, who will deliver a talk entitled, “Raising the Impact of Research and Education through Openness,” on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab. A question and answer session and reception will follow the talk, which is free and open to the public.

Technology has revolutionized the way we create and share knowledge, opening up pathways to advance and democratize research and education that are just beginning to be realized. New models that fully harness this potential are developing, from Open Access, which ensures the free, immediate online availability of research articles with full reuse rights, to Open Educational Resources, which make textbooks and other materials free for anyone to use, tailor, and share. Nick will discuss how openness can accelerate scholarship, benefit researchers, and improve education—including specific recommendations for how members of the campus community can get involved.

Nick is the Director of Programs & Engagement for SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and founding Director of the Right to Research Coalition, an international alliance of student organizations that promote Open Access to the results of research through advocacy and education.

Since its launch in 2009, the Right to Research Coalition has grown to include more than 75 member student organizations, which collectively represent nearly 7 million students in over 100 countries around the world. In 2014, Nick led the launch of OpenCon, a new conference series that brings together leading students and early career advocates from around the world to advance the issues of Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

The Library Welcomes Hope Lappen

Lappen_Hope-3The Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Hope Lappen as the BioMed and Life Sciences Librarian.

Hope comes to Brown from George Washington University where she spent two years as a Science & Engineering Librarian. She previously was the Eugene Garfield Resident in Science Librarianship at the University of Pennsylvania where she worked across the physical and life sciences libraries.

Hope earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science from The Pratt Institute and a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience from Trinity College in Hartford. Prior to becoming a librarian, Hope had a variety of information-adjacent jobs including working as a taxonomist, locating information for industry scientists, and seven years in software quality assurance.

In her spare time, Hope enjoys baking things, eating them, and (conveniently) running.

Exhibit: Are Les Bon Temps Still Rolling? New Orleans Music Culture 10 Years Later

katrina exhibit photoIn August 2005, Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding from the failed levee system had a profound impact on New Orleans and its music culture. Almost a thousand people perished in the region and thousands more fled the city before, during and after the disaster.

Although musicians and artists were some of the first to return in hopes of restoring their own lives and re-establishing the culture that defines the city, the past decade has been a struggle for many—personally, professionally, and communally. This exhibit hopes to highlight some of the successes and failures of this post-Katrina period.

Dates: October 1, 2015 – November 2015
Time: Open to the public during Library hours
Location: Lobby of Orwig Music Library


October 1 is #AskAnArchivist Day

AskArchWhat does an archivist do?  Tweet your questions to @brownarchives on #AskAnArchivist day.

On October 1 archivists across the United States will take to Twitter to answer your questions about all things archives. This day-long event, sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, gives you the opportunity to ask questions, get information, or simply to satisfy your curiosity.  Learn about archival and special collections at the John Hay Library and beyond!

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Event | “Whither the Scholarly Monograph” with Laura Mandell


The Library and the Cogut Center for the Humanities are pleased to welcome Laura Mandell, Professor of English and Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University, who will present a talk entitled, “Whither the Scholarly Monograph,” at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2015 in the Digital Scholarship Lab on the first floor of the Rockefeller Library. The talk will be followed by a question and answer period along with a reception in the DSL.

Laura Mandell is Professor of English and Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University. She is the author of Breaking the Book: Print Humanities in the Digital Age (2015), Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1999), a Longman Cultural Edition of The Castle of Otranto and Man of Feeling, and numerous articles primarily about eighteenth-century women writers. An article in New Literary History, “What Is the Matter? What Literary History Neither Hears Nor Sees,” describes how digital work can be used to conduct research into conceptions informing the writing and printing of eighteenth-century poetry. She is Project Director of the Poetess Archive, an online scholarly edition and database of women poets, 1750-1900, Director of 18thConnect, and Director of ARC, the Advanced Research Consortium, overseeing NINES, 18thConnect, and MESA.

Her current research involves developing new methods for visualizing poetry, developing software that will allow all scholars to deep-code documents for data-mining, and improving OCR software for early modern and 18th-c. texts via high performance and cluster computing.

Professor Mandell’s talk is co-sponsored by the Cogut Center for the Humanities and the Brown University Library’s lecture series, New Directions in Scholarly Publishing and the Challenges of Evaluation.

Date: Friday, October 2, 2015
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence


New Director of the John Hay Library and Special Collections | Christopher Geissler



Christopher Geissler has been appointed the Director of the John Hay Library and Special Collections. Christopher will begin this new role effective September 21, 2015.

Christopher has held two previous positions at Brown: first as Project Archivist in the University Archives and more recently as Librarian for American and British Literary and Popular Culture Collections. In addition, Christopher has held positions at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library in Williamstown, MA, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Christopher earned degrees in American Studies at Yale University (B.A., M.A., M.Phil.) and received a Masters in Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Exhibit | Poetry from the Age of Mass Incarceration


Drawn from the collections of Brown University Library, the exhibit investigates the poetic work of men and women incarcerated in the United States in the last decades of the twentieth-century. It is an open-ended examination of the challenges and potential for communication across the socio-economic divide engendered by mass incarceration.

Dates: September 21, 2015 – January 4, 2016
Time: Open to the public 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Location: Willis Reading Room Gallery, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

The Library Welcomes James Murdock

James MurdockJames Murdock joined the Library in September as the Digital Scholarship Services Manager within Integrated Technology Services. Prior to Brown, James served as the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Director of Digital Strategies. In this role, he oversaw the development of online tools to disseminate the work of the foundation and its grantees—including the complete overhaul of Carnegie’s website, which re-launched on July 27, 2015, as well as the creation of a digital storytelling platform and mobile apps.

Before joining Carnegie in 2013, James was The New York Public Library’s Director of Multimedia Content. There, he and his team designed cutting edge mobile, social, and video tools—such as the award-winning iPad app Biblion—to showcase NYPL’s special collections as well as build online communities around the library’s educational programs. In previous positions at NYPL, where he began serving in 2008, James was the Audio/Video Manager, in charge of setting production guidelines for filming some of the library’s more than 55,000 public programs each year. He also belonged to the digital strategy team that re-launched nypl.org in 2010.

Since 2011, James has served on the board of the nonprofit FilmShop, dedicated to building a community of independent filmmakers and transmedia producers in the New York area and beyond. James’s early career included ten years as a print, radio, and video journalist. He was the news editor of the leading design journal Architectural Record; a freelancer for American Public Media’s Marketplace; and an associate editor of the real estate journal Commercial Property News. He also co-authored the textbook Serving LGBTQ Teens: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians.

James earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brown, where he double-majored in Architectural History and Urban Studies, and received his Master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he concentrated in magazines and radio.

Updates from Around the Library | September 2015

September Blog Updates

As a new semester begins, here are a few updates from the Library: