The Boston Library Consortium, Inc. (BLC) announced today that it will partner with the Open Content Alliance to build a freely accessible library of digital materials from all 19 member institutions. The BLC is the first large-scale consortium to embark on such a self-funded digitization project with the Open Content Alliance. The BLC’s digitization efforts will be based in a new scanning center, the Northeast Regional Scanning Center, unveiled today at the Boston Public Library.
The Consortium will offer high-resolution, downloadable, reusable files of public domain materials. Using Internet Archive technology, books from all 19 libraries will be scanned at a cost of just 10 cents per page. Collectively, the BLC member libraries provide access to over 34 million volumes.
The BLC is an association of academic and research libraries located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, dedicated to sharing human and information resources to advance the research and learning of its constituency. Founded in 1970, the Consortium supports resource sharing and enhancement of services to users through programs in cooperative collecting, access to electronic resources and physical collections, and enhanced interlibrary loan and document delivery.
The members of the BLC are Boston College, Boston Public Library, Boston University, Brandeis University, Brown University, the Marine Biological Laboratory & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MIT, Northeastern University, the State Library of Massachusetts, Tufts University, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, University of New Hampshire, Wellesley College, and Williams College.
Celebrating Research: A Guide to Rare and Special Collections from the Membership of the Association of Research Libraries was recently released to coincide with the organization’s 75th anniversary. The publication is co-edited by Samuel Streit, Brown University’s Director for Special Collections, who also contributed an overview of the University’s Special Collections. In addition to Streit’s extensive contributions, curator Peter Harrington wrote a profile of the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection and Ben Tyler, Digital Imaging Specialist, oversaw the design of the page. Housed at the John Hay Library, the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection is the foremost collection in the United States on the history and iconography of soldiers and soldiering.
Streit shared responsibility for editing Celebrating Research with Phillip N. Cronenwett, Special Collections Librarian Emeritus, Dartmouth College Library, and Kevin Osborn, Research & Design Ltd. Specific collections of distinction are drawn from 148 member libraries. Among them are the Collection of Rare Maps of the Tokugawa Era from the University of British Columbia Library. The Water Resources Archive from the Colorado State Universities Library, The Emily Dickinson Collection from Harvard University’s Houghton Library, the Orson Welles Collection from Indiana University Bloomington’s Lilly Library, and the Cervantes Collection from Texas A& M University’s Cushing Memorial Library. Each profile tells the story of the collection and provides fascinating insight into how each was acquired, maintained, and developed.
On Monday 9/17, the Library and the Office of Student Life introduced a collection of current DVDs for students at the Friedman Study Center. The collection is comprised of recently released DVDs most popular on American college campuses. Starting with about 100 titles, the collection will grow at the rate of 20 DVDs per month and will eventually contain about 260 rotating titles. Friedman DVDs can be browsed online and movies listed as ‘available’ may be requested at the Friedman Service Desk.
The collection is available only to Brown students.
A book is, more than most things, a compendium of human values. Some of these appeal to the intellect, some to the emotions, some to the eye, and some even to the sense of touch. One cannot pick up a beautiful book without inhaling this elixir of creative effort, which is at the same time so stimulating and so gratifying to the senses.— Bruce Rogers (1870 – 1957), from a Rowfant Club keepsake, 1954
At their Eragny Press, Lucien and Esther Pissarro choreographed a dance between image and text that presaged Bruce Rogers’s 1954 description of a beautiful book. Eragny books honor texts that are touchstones of the Good Life as the Pissarros understood it; a life lived with respect for one’s self, for others, and for the natural environment. Their books conjure landscapes, evoke love songs and poetry, celebrate the joys of daily life, and re-tell tales from England, France, Belgium, China and the Ancient Near East. Here, for the first time, the authors and subjects of Eragny Press books are analyzed to shed light on the Pissarros’ goals as artists. Esther Bensusan (1870 – 1951) and Lucien Pissarro (1863 – 1944) crossed national boundaries to marry. She was English; he was French. Their marriage and their books merged English Arts and Crafts Movement and French Neo-Impressionist forms and ideals.
The exhibition curated by Alice H. R . H . Beckwith at Brown University’s John Hay Library is enriched by letters from Lucien Pissarro and the fine press books assembled by nineteenth and early twentieth century graduates of Brown, Philip Darrel Sherman and John M. Crawford Jr. The exhibit will run from September 4th – October 26th.
Thanks to a generous gift from Richard T. Gilbane, the John Hay Library will launch an experiment to determine interest in extended public service hours. As of Monday, September 10, the John Hay will be open to the public until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and also on Sunday afternoons, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For the most up to date library hours, please consult the following link:
The Brown University Archives has put Student handbooks from 1935-1936 and 1959, and a small selection of photographs of students returning to campus to begin the school year, various freshmen activities, and the homecoming queen from 1955 on display at the John Hay Library through the end of September. The Hay is open 9-6, Monday through Friday. The Hay is also open Sunday afternoons, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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A volume of John James Audubon’s master work, The Birds of America, is on display on the main floor of the John Hay Library. Each plate will be on display for only one month. This month’s plate contains several birds: the Lark Finch, the Prairie Finch and the Brown Song Sparrow. The library is open 9 to 5, Monday through Friday.
This elephant folio edition of The Birds of America, bound in six volumes, was presented by Albert E. Lownes to the Library on the occasion of his 50th class reunion in 1970.
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Paintings and book art by Walter Feldman will be on display in the Study Area on Level A of the Rockefeller Library from September 7th-October 5th.
Feldman is a longtime professor of art and the John Hay Professor of Bibliography at Brown. He studied at Yale with Willem De Kooning and Josef Albers, where he earned both his BFA and MFA. Professor Feldman has received numerous honors including the gold medal at the Mostra Internazionale in Milan and the Tonner Prize from the American Color Print Society. His work has been featured in several one-person and group exhibitions at museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; and the Brooklyn Museum.