Databases Unavailable Due to Maintenance Saturday Evening

All ProQuest databases will be unavailable from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. EST on Saturday, August 1, 2015. This includes all ProQuest research databases (ProQuest Business, etc.), Chadwyck Healy databases (LION, etc.), newspaper databases, RefWorks, Pivot, and the dissertation databases.

Clinical Key will also be having database maintenance on Saturday evening. Users will be unable to use any of the functions that require a personal login from 6:00 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. EST.

Wiley Online Library Adds CAPTCHA to Prevent Systematic Article Downloads

Wiley has introduced a new security feature for access to articles through Wiley Online Library. This is in order to prevent systematic downloads of content and also to thwart hackers from creating other security risks for both library and vendor.

You may have encountered CAPTCHA challenge (see graphic below) after completing a poll, leaving a blog comment, or purchasing tickets from a website. This is a speed bump to deter bot traffic, by creating tests only humans can pass. If you are interested in additional information regarding CAPTCHA, feel free to visit their website at www.captcha.net.

What does this mean for you? Previously, the only security measure in place was to limit downloads to one-hundred articles per session. Wiley’s new practice will require a user downloading more than twenty-five articles in an active user session, (a session of activity that a user from within your IP range spends on Wiley Online Library) to complete a CAPTCHA challenge, like this one:

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Wiley Online Library Captcha

Once the user enters the CAPTCHA information, the download request completes and the user is cleared to continue downloading in increments of twenty-five, up to one hundred in a twenty-four hour period.

Wiley understands and is committed to providing easily accessible information for your patrons. We also realize that this may seem like a hindrance for ease of access to our content. Nevertheless, this has become an essential security measure that we must take to protect both parties. Again, the only patrons affected will be those who try to access more than twenty five articles per session. Upon successful completion of the CAPTCHA test, they will be granted all the access to the content they wish.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please send them to EAL@wiley.com.

Sincerely,

Wiley Online Library Customer Support

The Library Welcomes John Kromer

Kromer-2015The Brown University Library is pleased to welcome John Kromer, the new Physical Sciences Librarian.

Kromer comes to the Library from Miami University in Oxford Ohio where he was the Physical Sciences and Engineering Librarian. He has two master’s degrees: one in chemistry and the other in library and information studies. Both are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. John earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and French from Transylvania University.

John is located in the Rockefeller Library. His departments include: Applied Math, Math, Chemistry, Engineering, Earth Environmental and Planetary Sciences, and Physics

Technical Issues with the Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary is experiencing technical issues. The technical support staff at OED indicate that they are working to solve the problem, but there is no expected time given for when the OED will be back up. A post will be put up here when it is back up and working properly again.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Diversions Reboot – Popular Reading in the Rock

Books

The Brown University Library announces the reboot of our popular reading collection, “Diversions.” Located on the central shelves in the newly renovated Sorensen Family Reading Room in the Rockefeller Library, the collection features recent, New York Times Book Reviewed bestsellers in poetry and long and short fiction from both trade publishers and university presses. While the collection is currently small (but mighty), it will continue grow. Have a browse, choose a book, take a soft seat, and enjoy. This is your summer reading list, all year long.

Exhibit | The War in the Pacific Travels to Slovakia

High school students in Kosice, Slovakia view the exhibit.

High school students in Kosice, Slovakia view the exhibit.

Drawn from the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, an exhibit focused on the War in the Pacific during World War II is traveling through Slovakia, making three stops that include presentations and viewings.

Last year, the U.S. Embassy contacted Peter Harrington, curator of the collection, to ask if he could curate an art exhibition on this topic for the people of Slovakia. Peter was delighted to create the exhibit, but surprised that Slovakia wanted to focus on the War in the Pacific. The Embassy explained that there is a great deal of information available about the war in Europe, but very little about the Pacific. Also, interestingly, one of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima was Slovakian! The Embassy is also interested in showing the American involvement in the liberation of Slovakia, which occurred during the war.

The exhibition includes 40 drawings and watercolors. It has visited the State Scientific Library in Kosice, at which a presentation was made to high school students. Photos from the event can be viewed here.

The exhibit will open in Bratislava at the University Library on June 3 and will conclude its travels at the State Scientific Library in Banská Bystrica in September.

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. It contains approximately 20,000 printed books, numerous albums, sketchbooks, scrapbooks and portfolios, and over 15,000 individual prints, drawings, paintings and watercolors as well as a collection of 5,000 miniature lead soldiers. To learn more about the collection, please visit its webpage at http://library.brown.edu/collections/askb.