Talk and Workshop | Zines and Radical Librarianship with Jenna Freedman

On Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, Jenna Freedman, Associate Director of Communications and Zine Librarian at Barnard College, will give a talk on zines and zine history, radical librarianship, zinemaking, and queering publishing. This event is free and open to the public.

Jenna Freedman’s research and practice center on zines and activist librarianship. She writes and presents on these and other topics and was a co-founder of the Radical Reference Project and #critlib.

From 7 – 10 p.m. on February 2, Jenna and Malana Krongelb ’17, the Sarah Doyle zine archivist, will lead a workshop about zinemaking as a form of “queering publishing” and creating radical, accessible, authentic platforms.

Craft supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own!

The day’s events are part of the festivities surrounding the opening of the Sarah Doyle Center’s Zine Collection, which has been curated and catalogued by Malana Krongelb.

Sponsored by Brown LGBTQ+ Center, Brown University Library, Pembroke Center, Department of American Studies, Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, and Dean of the College.

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Times: 3:30 – 5 p.m. (talk) and 7 – 10 p.m. (workshop)
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab (talk) and Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio (workshop), John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Exhibit | Works from Architectures of Islam & Architectures and Urbanism of Africa

The architecture models displayed in the Rockefeller Library’s Finn Reading Room cases were created by students in Professor Sheila Bonde’s lecture course “Architectures of Islam” and in Professor Itohan Osayimwese’s lecture course, “Architecture and Urbanism of Africa.”

Professor Bonde’s class looked at case studies of Islamic architecture spanning fourteen centuries and three continents, while Professor Osayimwese’s class looked at the built environments of Africa from earliest times to the present.

Students were asked to create a model based on a building from the Islamic world or from the African world.

Dates: January 6 – May 31, 2017
TimeRockefeller Library Hours
Location: Finn Reading Room Cases, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Dissertation Writing Retreat January 9-13 from the Writing Center, Graduate School and University Library (Deadline 12/28)


Advanced PhD students are invited to apply now to participate in a Dissertation Writing Retreat in January 2017. The writing-intensive retreat, to be held January 9-13, will provide 16 participants with space, time and encouragement to make progress on their dissertations. Stacy Kastner, Associate Director of the Writing Center, will lead the retreat, which pools the resources and support of the Graduate School, Sheridan Center and Libraries.

The deadline for submitting the electronic form is Wednesday, December 28, 2016. See details, including eligibility, here.

During the retreat, students will meet in the morning to set writing goals over coffee and tea, spend two hours writing, and then break for an informal lunch talk peppered with energizing advice and anecdotes about how to successfully navigate the dissertation writing process. In the afternoon, they will spend another three hours writing, with one-on-one support available from Writing Associates and Research Librarians. The group will close the day at 4 p.m., regrouping to check-in about writing goals and to celebrate progress made.

This offering is a response to the Graduate Student Council’s request for increased writing support for graduate students.

EVENT | Pizza Nights



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Every semester the Library hosts two nights of pizza to fortify your studying. The first (Tuesday) night will be in the Rock. The next night (Wednesday) there will be pizza in Friedman Study Center at the SciLi. Students that enjoy studying in a library as well as eating pizza are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, December 13  |  9 p.m.  | Rockefeller Library Lobby
Wednesday, December 14  |  9 p.m.  |  Friedman Study Center (SciLi)

Pizza nights are sponsored by the Library, Campus Life, and an ever true Brown Family.

Good luck with exams!


EVENT | Annual S. T. Joshi Fellow Presentation : Matthew Beach and “Lovecraft’s Consolation”


On Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at the John Hay Library, S. T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellow Matthew Beach will give a presentation entitled, “Lovecraft’s Consolation.” Beach is the second recipient of the Joshi Fellowship, which supports research relating to H.P. Lovecraft, his associates, and literary heirs. Working with the H. P. Lovecraft papers at the John Hay Library, Beach investigated Lovecraft’s theories on weird fiction and time in support of his dissertation research. Over the course of the two-month fellowship, Mr. Beach also became interested in a series of letters that he identified as “consolation letters.” Conversation and refreshments to follow.


Matthew Beach

Matthew Beach is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at Brown University. His research focuses on time, affect, and the body in American literature, particularly in popular genres such as pulp and sentimental fiction.

The S. T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellowship for 2017 is now open. Additional information is available online:

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Event | Michael Elliott, “Open Access and the Future of the Monograph in the Humanities”

Michael Elliot

Michael Elliot

On Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 12 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, Michael Elliott will give a talk entitled, “Open Access and the Future of the Monograph in the Humanities.” A reception will follow the talk. This event is free and open to the public.

The landscape of monograph publication in the humanities is changing, with university and academic presses offering new possibilities for publishing digital, open access monographs. This talk will describe these changes, the kind of faculty support that they will require, as well as the implications for how universities fund research in the humanities. With Brown University, Emory University is participating in an initiative sponsored jointly by the ARL, AAU, and AAUP to support and facilitate this new model of long-form publication in the humanities, and this talk will also discuss how Emory has been facilitating this initiative among the faculty.

Michael A. Elliott is Professor of English and Interim Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University.  A specialist in American literature and culture, he is the author of two books and the co-editor of two others, and he is a member of the editorial board of The Norton Anthology of American Literature.  He is also the principal investigator on a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Landscape on “The Changing Landscape of Publication in the Humanities.”

This talk is a part of the Library’s ongoing series, The Future of Scholarly Publishing, which presents perspectives from scholars, publishers, and experts in the field of digital scholarship.

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Time: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Event | Reimagining the Online Monograph: Welcome to the Georgia Coast Atlas with Dr. Tony Martin and Anandi Salinas


The Georgia Coast Atlas

On Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 12 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, Dr. Tony Martin and Anandi Salinas of Emory University will give a talk, “Reimagining the Online Monograph: Welcome to the Georgia Coast Atlas.” This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the talk.

This talk is a part of the Library’s ongoing series, “The Future of Scholarly Publishing,” which presents perspectives from scholars, publishers, and experts in the field of digital scholarship.

In their talk, Dr. Tony Martin and Anandi Salinas will speak about their collaboration on a dynamic digital publication project that explores the ecology and geography of this unique coastal environment. Speaking from the points of view of a researcher and a web developer, Martin and Salinas will share their perspectives on the advantages and challenges of digital publishing in a collaborative, media-rich future.

The Georgia Coast Atlas

As traditional printed manuscripts move online, content creators and technology experts must think creatively about how to balance the demands of user experience, website functionality, accessibility, and aesthetics. Such points must be considered while also highlighting content that forms the foundation of the site. As an example of such balance, the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship and the Department of Environmental Sciences have come together to create the innovative and interactive Georgia Coast Atlas, which seeks to change the way we think of peer-reviewed multimedia content and atlas interactivity online. This talk showcases the Georgia Coast Atlas website prototype and will highlight the user experience and technological considerations that went into creating the site.

The final version of the Atlas will combine long form, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed multimedia content with multiple map layers, 360 degree panoramas, and video guides to the Georgia-coast barrier islands. The thematic emphasis of the Atlas is to demonstrate the integrated natural and human histories of these places, which have been continually occupied and modified by people for more than 4,000 years. To simulate the exploratory nature of a traditional printed atlas, the team decided to use a map of the Georgia coast as the central navigation avenue of the website, while maintaining traditional menu navigation features, which allows the user multiple nonlinear entry points into the website content. After the prototyping phase, the team will move the website into a WordPress platform to promote efficient and user-friendly publication of peer-reviewed content by an editorial team. The Georgia Coast Atlas will provide users a new interactive atlas experience, but will also provide an avenue for ongoing additional publications and multimedia content publishing without the need for heavy code development.


aj-martin-dwb-photoAnthony J. Martin

Anthony (Tony) Martin is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Emory University. He has a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Georgia and is a geologist and paleontologist. His research specialty is ichnology, which is the study of modern and ancient traces caused by animal behavior, such as tracks, trails, burrows, and nests. He has published more than 150 research abstracts and articles on a variety of modern and fossil traces and is the author of six books, including Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by Their Traces Fossils (2014, Pegasus Books) and Life Traces of the Georgia Coast (2013, Indiana University Press). He has conducted research on and taught about the Georgia barrier islands since 1998. In 2014, in recognition of his accomplishments in scientific exploration and public outreach, he was elected a Fellow in The Explorers Club and a Fellow in the Geological Society of America.

Anandi Salinas

dndswcir_400x400Anandi Salinas is a Training Specialist at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship where she manages the Digital Scholarship Internship Program for graduate students at Emory University. Her work at ECDS includes active production in digital publishing and multimedia projects, like the Georgia Coast Atlas. Anandi is also a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory and received her MA at Duke University in Religion. Her dissertation research focuses on the intersection of phenomenology, daily religious practices, and visual anthropology in Hindu traditions of the Southeastern United States and India. Her interests in visual anthropology and its use in the study of lived religion alongside her interest in digital publishing led her to becoming the current Editorial Assistant to the Visual Anthropology Review.

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Event | Writing Race and Education History on the Web: Three Digital Book Projects

On Friday, November 4, 2016, Brown University Library will host a discussion about digital book projects entitled, “Writing Race and Education History on the Web.” The presenters include Esther Cyna (Teachers College, Columbia University), Matthew Delmont (Arizona State University), and Jack Dougherty (Trinity College). This panel is part of the Library’s ongoing series, The Future of Scholarly Publishing, and will take place at 1 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab on the first floor of the Rockefeller Library. A reception will follow the talk. This event is free and open to the public.

This panel contrasts how three historians of race and education are authoring and contributing to digital books on the web.


Esther Cyna, Teachers College, Columbia University

Esther Cyna and her colleagues are producing Educating Harlem, a digital history project in two interconnected parts that mix elements of traditional publishing with web-based, open-access scholarship.








Matthew Delmont, Arizona State University

Historian Matthew Delmont created open-access companion websites to accompany both of his recent books published by the University of California Press: The Nicest Kids in Town and Why Busing Failed.








Jack Dougherty, Trinity College

Jack Dougherty and his contributors are creating On The Line: How Schooling, Housing, and Civil Rights Shaped Hartford and its Suburbs, a digital-first, open-access book with interactive maps and oral history videos, under contract with Amherst College Press. The panel raises provocative questions about the future of scholarly communication, not just in the history of education, but across the whole of the university.



The Future of Scholarly Publishing series is sponsored in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and its grant to fund digital scholarship at Brown.

Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Exhibit | Tricks and Illusions : Selections from the H. Adrian Smith Collection of Conjuring and Magicana

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Magician H. Adrian Smith (Class of 1930) never achieved the fame enjoyed by some of his contemporaries, but his contributions to the world of magic were significant. Smith spent his life studying the history of magic and practicing its art, using the money he earned from his performances to help pay his tuition at Brown University. Spoken of highly by those who knew him, Smith practiced small magic, and was known for his ability to memorize an entire deck of cards almost instantly. He was heavily involved in magic societies, at one point holding the office of President of the Society of American Magicians. Perhaps his most significant legacy, though, is his vast collection of magical memorabilia. Smith assiduously collected anything and everything to do with magic, from rare texts on the subject of witchcraft to modern magic kits and games.

Upon his death, Smith bequeathed his immense collection to his alma mater, including the homemade props used in his performances (which are especially interesting, as many of their functions are still not understood), wands, ready-made tricks, and mementos of any kind. A number of the items are still in almost-new condition, purchased solely to expand his collection. He owned busts of Houdini, commemorative coins and buttons, statuettes featuring magicians and rabbits, and items that had been owned by other magicians.

A small exhibition in the Rockefeller Library features some of the highlights of his collection, including several stage props and tricks, as well as the fake head used by magician Harry Kellar in his famous Blue Room illusion.

Date: October 24 – December 23, 2016
TimeRockefeller Library Hours
Location: Finn Reading Room Cases, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence


Event | Li Wang, “Publishing China 2016: A Curator’s Travel Report”

img_5324-crop2On Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 12 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, East Asian Curator Li Wang, Ph.D., will give a talk, “Publishing China 2016: A Curator’s Travel Report.” This event is free and open to the public. Coffee and cookies will be served.

In recent years, Li has delivered a series of presentations regarding his professional-business trips to China, including “Thinking Globally” (2009), “Touching the Mobile China” (2011), “Tracing Ancient Rarities and Riding Current Trends” (2014), and “Visual China 2015.” This summer he was invited to take three trips to Beijing, China again. The first two trips were mainly for participating in the events in honor of his late father, Professor Wang Zuoliang, a distinguished Chinese scholar in English literature, at Tsinghua University and Beijing Foreign Studies University, respectively. The Brown Library has received the newly published, 12-volume The Complete Works of Wang Zuoliang, donated by BFSU’s publishing house. Li served on the Expert Committee of this publication, in which a number of his father’s early works, including three English poems discovered from the John Hay Library’s Special Collections, have been incorporated. Besides, he also attended the “Tsinghua-Brown Symposium for Transnational Gender and Media” held in June at Tsinghua.


2016 Beijing International Book Fair

Li’s third trip was for attending the 2016 Beijing International Book Fair, one of the largest book trade events in the world. Besides selected and acquired new books from the BIBF hosted by the China National Publications Import & Export (Group) Corporation, Li attended conferences, forums, exhibitions and tours in Beijing. This fruitful trip was a good opportunity further contact with book vendors, publishers, and libraries to understand the developments of global publishing and cultural exchanges. Upon his return, Li is going to give a new visual report on these trips, which includes a slide show selected from over 1,000 pictures taken there, a sample gift books exhibit, and several video pieces to demonstrate colorful Chinese cultural heritages and publishing trends.

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
Time: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence