San Francisco General Hospital Pillowcase

From the Scott O’Hara Papers: SFGH Pillowcase

Scott O’Hara (1961–1998) was a sex radical, porn star, writer and publisher. Between 1983 and 1993, he performed in over twenty gay and bisexual adult films.  He also edited and published the quarterly sex-positive journal Steam and the short-lived cultural magazine Wilde.

O’Hara was hospitalized at San Francisco General Hospital with AIDS-related lymphoma in February 1998. He chose to leave the hospital on the afternoon of February 18, and he died at home that evening. He was thirty-six years old.

San Francisco General Hospital was at the forefront of the AIDS crisis. In January 1983, the hospital opened the first outpatient AIDS clinic, followed later that year by the first dedicated AIDS ward in the United States. The hospital became known for the “San Francisco model” of care, an approach to treatment that emphasized compassion and respect, centralized health and social services, and collaboration with community partners.

The pillowcase will be on view in recognition of World AIDS Day.

Dates: December 1 – 21, 2017
TimeJohn Hay Library Hours
Location: Second Floor Landing, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Digitized Versions of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post

Digitized, full-page view versions of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post are now available for our subscriptions that run from 2008 until 3 months ago. You can browse the full-page issues of these newspapers or simply search for articles as always.

ProQuest Digitized Newspapers: The New York Times Recent (2008-Recent; 3-month embargo)
https://search.proquest.com/pdnnewyorktimes
ProQuest Digitized Newspapers: The Wall Street Journal Recent (2008-Recent; 3-month embargo)
https://search.proquest.com/pdnwallstreetjournal
ProQuest Digitized Newspapers: The Washington Post Recent (2008-Recent; 3-month embargo)
https://search.proquest.com/pdnwashingtonpost

Dancy Box by Caitlín R. Kiernan & Kathryn A. Pollnac

The Brown University Library recently acquired the papers of award-winning science fiction and dark fantasy writer Caitlin R. Kiernan.

“In April 2011, I wrote a story featuring my recurring character Dancy Flammarion. The story was titled “Bus Fair,” and it concerns Dancy having to play a riddle game with a werewolf to get back a cigar box containing her most precious possessions. The story became the basis for the first issue of Alabaster, the graphic novel series I scripted for Dark Horse Comics between 2011 and 2015.

In October and November of 2010, after I’d gotten the idea for “Bus Fair,” Kathryn and I created Dancy’s cigar box, because sometimes we do things like that. To pay bills, we auctioned it on eBay, where it brought a very respectable $785 from a longtime fan from Virginia. In July 2017, the fan offered to return the box to me, so that it could be kept with my papers at the John Hay Library. The New Testament in the box was donated by another fan (it had been her mother’s), and the cigar box itself was given to us by Kathryn’s cousin.”  —Caitlín R. Kiernan

The Dancy Box is currently on view.

Dates: November 3 – November 30, 2017
TimeJohn Hay Library Hours
Location: Second Floor Landing, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

 

Announcement | Curator Li Wang Interviewed by China Library Weekly

During the recent 2017 Beijing International Book Fair–the second largest book fair in the world–Dr. Li Wang, Curator of Brown’s East Asian Collection, was interviewed by China Library Weekly, the only library newspaper published in China. Dr. Wang spoke about Brown University Library as well as his professional activities and perspectives. In the special issue, dated August 25, 2017, a large picture of Brown’s John Hay Library was presented on the newspaper’s front page and a full internal page featured Wang and the interview, entitled: “Librarian Should be an Envoy of Cross-Cultural Exchange.”

Based on his recent study of the mission and vision statements that reflect the new strategies of knowledge services in North American academic research libraries, Wang briefly summarized his ideas on the relationship between libraries and teaching and research at universities. He stressed that, aligning with the educational missions and with the teaching and research goals of their home universities, libraries should further redefine themselves, assume a new role as an academic partner, and engage more actively in knowledge innovation and the research process. That is just what Brown University Library proclaims in its mission statement: “Partnering with students, faculty, staff, and members of the global scholarly community, we foster and guide the creation, acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge at Brown and beyond in a spirit of free and open inquiry.”

In terms of promoting cross-cultural exchange, Wang also shared his experience in recent years, especially through exhibitions, presentations, travel reports, and other activities in this effort. Wang says, ”The librarian should not only be a manager and educator of scholarly resources. We, as scholars of Chinese studies, should also become an envoy of cross-cultural exchange, creating a genial cultural ambience so as to facilitate cultural exchange and understanding in a global context.”

Click here to read the article in Chinese, or read the translation below (translated by Yanqing Shen ’18).

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H.P. Lovecraft on the Road & Caitlín R. Kiernan Papers

Greetings and Salutations: Lovecraft on the Road  &  Caitlín R. Kiernan Papers @ Brown University on view at John Hay Library, exhibition gallery from August 16 – December 15, 2017.

Greetings and Salutations: Lovecraft on the Road

Journey from Providence, Rhode Island, to St. Augustine, Florida, during the spring and summer of 1934 with one of America’s most influential fantasy and horror fiction writers. Explore the life, past and places of Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890–1937) through his correspondence, postcards and related drawings from the Brown University Library, Special Collections.

Caitlín R. Kiernan Papers @ Brown University

With novels, chapbooks, comics and more than 250 short stories to her credit, science fiction and dark fantasy writer Caitlín R. Kiernan (b. 1964) is a prolific and independent force reflecting the formative influences of her youth, including H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, William S. Burroughs and Angela Carter.

The Brown University Library recently acquired the Caitlín R. Kiernan Papers, gifted by the author, consisting of personal papers, manuscripts, books, related artwork and objects. The collection represents both early and current works by the multiple award-winning author and published paleontologist. Additions to the collection will be made regularly by the author.

OCLC WorldCat Down for Maintenance from 11 p.m. on August 5 to 8 a.m. on August 6

A new OCLC Community News item has been posted: “Reminder: OCLC system downtime planned 5-6 August”.

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Reminder: As part of ongoing work to maintain and advance our systems, we will be performing a disaster recovery exercise on 5-6 August that will require system downtime.

This work will be done in our U.S. data center and will impact all OCLC services.

While we schedule maintenance on dates and times to minimize service disruption, we recognize that this work will impact users. We apologize for any disruption this may cause.

System Downtime Window:

United States Data Center: Saturday, 5 August 2017, 23:00 EDT–Sunday, 6 August 2017, 08:00 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time UTC -4)

Update 7/21/2017: Newsbank/Readex Issues remain unresolved. Please see below for temporary access work-arounds.

For on-campus access, just remove the proxy prefix and go directly to the main URL. For example, if the URL is:

https://login.revproxy.brown.edu/login?url=http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=AWNB

Use http://infoweb.newsbank.com/?db=AWNB

For off-campus access, download the VPN client from CIS at:

https://www.brown.edu/information-technology/software/catalog/vpn-f5-desktop-client

All Readex and Newsbank Databases Unavailable 7/13/2017

The following databases are currently unavailable. The Library and CIS are working with the publisher to resolve the issue. When the problem has been resolved, this post will be updated.

AccessUN
AccessWorldNews
America’s Historical Newspapers
Early American Imprints
Early American Newspapers
Latin American Newspapers

We apologize for any inconvenience.

UPDATE: EZProxy Issues Resolved 7/11/2017

UPDATE 7/11: CIS has resolved the issues with EZProxy and it is now working as it should.
If you continue to have problems with EZProxy, please contact eresources@brown.edu.

CIS has been experiencing issues with EZProxy which have affected access to Library databases and ejournals. They are working on fixing the problem and as soon as it has been remedied a notice will be posted here on the Eresources blog.

We apologize for the inconvenience.