The Brown University Library is pleased to welcome Ian Straughn as the new Interim Joukowsky Family Librarian for Middle Eastern Studies. Dr. Straughn, whose appointment began on August 3, 2009, has studied the Middle East since his undergraduate years at Stanford University, where he earned a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in history, focusing on Middle Eastern history, politics, and culture. He went on to complete a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago, working on the history and archaeology of the greater Levant during the Islamic periods. At Brown, he has taught several courses on Islamic civilization, which have explored the development of Islamic thought, social institutions, and material culture. Fluent in Arabic, Dr. Straughn is also very familiar with modern Middle Eastern culture, political science, anthropology, and medicine, having spent three years living in the region. As the Interim Joukowsky Family Librarian for Middle Eastern Studies, he will review and develop the collections that support the history and cultures of the Middle East and culturally- and linguistically-related countries, help integrate more Arabic and Persian language holdings to the collections, and work directly with faculty, students, and researchers to build the program in Middle East Studies.
Effective August 17th, the University Library has assumed responsibility for housing and circulating the print and video collections of the Language Resource Center (LRC). The video collections have been moved to the Sciences Library; books and bound journals have been transferred to Rockefeller Library. Josiah records for these materials have been updated to reflect their new locations. Other instructional support materials held by the LRC such as iPods will remain at the CIT and will be handled as they have been to date.
The information desk at the Friedman Center on Level A of the SciLi now serves as the service point for LRC videos. Library staff will retrieve requested titles and bring them to users at the Friedman desk. Circulation policies have not changed. Viewing stations are located on the 14th floor of the SciLi.
We hope that combining all of the LRC circulating media resources with those of the Library will improve overall service to the campus. Please feel free to contact David Banush, Associate University Librarian for Access Services, for questions or comments.
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An exhibition in the North Gallery of the John Hay Library of fifteen original drawings and watercolors done by Joe Stefanelli in the Pacific theater during World War Two. As an artist for YANK magazine, he visited New Guinea and the Philippines, and many of his works were published in the weekly newspaper. These images are on loan to the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection from a private collection.
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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 bird is the “Semipalmated Snipe”.
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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