Planned maintenance and service interruption: multiple library systems

The library has scheduled an update and associated maintenance for the library catalog software on Tuesday, March 26 beginning at 10 am. This will require approximately eight hours of downtime for the library catalog and services tied to the software API. We chose this date to reduce the number of faculty, staff, and students affected by downtime.

We don’t expect the system to be down for more than eight hours, but we will send out an update should that time be extended for any reason. This update from version 3.4 to 4.2 will bring the library to the current release of this software and should resolve many outstanding issues.

Services interrupted include:

  • Requesting/paging items from any library or the Library Annex will be delayed
  • Patron records may not immediately reflect item returns and checkout
  • BorrowDirect requests will not work, but ILLiad will remain online
  • Classic Josiah will be down. Patrons will still be able to search ‘New’ Josiah though item availability information will not populate
  • Any link using josiah.brown.edu from Canvas, syllabi, various content management systems, or other communications will not work during downtime

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to improve services and facilitate world-class, innovative research.

Planned system outage

The Library will be updating one of its core servers on Thursday morning, March 21. You may see instability in some Library services for a brief period of time. All buildings will remain open and all in-person services will continue to operate normally during the system update.

Library Paging Service Down

The single-sign-on service (SSO) for Josiah that is hosted by Innovative is down.  This has been reported as an urgent problem.
Losing SSO means graduate / med / faculty patrons cannot page items from the Rock until service is restored.
In the meantime, users can request most materials from the Annex using the Blacklight discovery service (https://search.library.brown.edu) or login using the Affiliate login (name & barcode).

Exhibit | Black Panther Comics

Marvel Comics Black Panther #31, 2001

“T’Challa is the Black Panther – a righteous king, noble Avenger, and fearsome warrior. Under his leadership, the African nation of Wakanda has flourished as one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. And though he’s a card-carrying member of the Avengers, his first loyalty lies with his people, and he will defend them to his last breath.”  – Marvel

Black Panther, 1977, 1978, 2001
New York, New York: Marvel Comic Groups
Brown University Library, Special Collections

The Black Panther (T’Challa) made his comic strip debut in Fantastic Four: “The Black Panther” (Vol 1 #52) in July 1966. The superhero character premiered in his first solo series in 1977, followed by periodic runs through 2016.

Originally created by Stan Lee (writer) and Jack Kirby (penciler) during the era of the civil rights struggle, the comic addressed the lack of black superheroes in the broader American narrative.  The Black Panther’s significance is multilayered and includes anti-stereotypical representation, self-empowerment, and connectivity to Africa. T’Challa is as relevant today as when first created, as witnessed by the record-breaking box-office sales for the Black Panther movie and the character’s popularity on social media.

The Michael J. Ciaraldi Collection

Michael J. Ciaraldi began collecting in the early 1970s. The collection consists of 60,000 comic books, published from the 1970s to 1995. The most significant sections are comprised of magazine-format comics; graphic novels; fan and collector’s journals; reissues of classic “golden age” comics and newspaper strips; translations of Japanese “manga” and “anime” comics and European comic art; compilations of the work of comic artists; advertising ephemera; role-playing game materials; and adult erotica.

Dates: April 3 – 30, 2018
TimeJohn Hay Library Hours
Location: Second Floor Landing, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Update From JSTOR

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Dear Colleague,

Yesterday and today, we have been experiencing intermittent, site-wide access issues that affect use of JSTOR. Our engineers are working hard to restore stable access as quickly as possible. Please watch our Platform Updates page (http://about.jstor.org/jstor-help-support/jstor-updates) for service alerts about these issues. We will post the most current information on that page, as we have it.

We apologize for this interruption and thank you for your continued support of JSTOR.

JSTOR Support

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.