Coming Soon: Digital Scholarship Week (November 7–November 15)

Digital Scholarship Week @Brown

Next week is the beginning of Digital Scholarship Week at Brown. Here is a list of upcoming events:

November 7  |  Can Participatory Maps Save the World  |  a talk by Jo Guldi (Assistant Professor of History at Brown)  |  5:30 p.m.  |  Digital Scholarship Lab

November 13  |  Flatland Worldwide  |  a talk by Thomas Banchoff (Geometer and Professor at Brown)  |  5:30 p.m.  |  Digital Scholarship Lab

November 13  |  Digital Public Library of America Talk  |  Dan Cohen (Founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America)  |  6 p.m.  |  Nightingale Brown House

November 14  |  Data-driven Design Systems for the Web  |  John Caserta (Designer, Artist, & Assistant Professor at RISD)  |  5:30 p.m.  |  Digital Scholarship Lab

November 15  |  Digital Humanities and Scholarly Communications  |  Donald J. Waters (Program Officer at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)  |  4 p.m.  |  Digital Scholarship Lab

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Witnesses to a Remote Past Exhibit

Witness To Remote Past

From now until November 22, an exhibition of materials from the University’s Medieval manuscript collections will be displayed at the Annmary Brown Memorial.

This exhibit is being run in conjunction with two conferences:

Also, Witnesses to a Remote Past is being displayed in memory of David A. Warner, a beloved colleague and professor of history at RISD

The Annmary Brown Memorial is open to the public Monday through Friday from 1:00–5:00 p.m. during the academic year.

Date: Thursday, October 31–November 22, 2013
Time: 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Annmary Brown Memorial

Contact: William Monroe |  (401) 863-2406


Jo Guldi Presents “Can Participatory Maps Save the World?”

Jo Guldi

Technology often appears as the magic cure for many present-day problems, but what actually works? And what fails? Can maps actually dissolve the barriers of privilege between rich and poor?

In “Can Particpatory Maps Save the World,” Jo Guldi will look at new map-making technologies as well as map-making as far back as 1968, when maps were first trumpeted as a way to overturn lines of class and culture.

One short, all-encompassing description for this talk is: “Maps Before and After the Smartphone: A Global History, 1968-2013.”

Jo Guldi is an assistant professor of history at Brown University who specializes in the history of capitalism, land use, and the design of computational tools for visualizing large numbers of texts, for instance, Paper Machines, released in 2012-3 with the collaboration of Christopher Johnson-Roberson.


This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Digital Scholarship Lab

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Flatland Worldwide and Edwin A. Abbott at 75 (+100) Exhibit Opens November 1st


AFTER 130 YEARS, Flatland continues to be the best seller in mathematically inspired fiction. This exhibit features translations into 18 foreign languages (so far) and several recent versions with new introductions, both in England and the US. There are also
four film adaptations and an electronic edition, with notes and commentary from Cambridge University Press.

The exhibit includes treasured pre-publication volumes signed by the author, Edwin Abbott (1838 –1926). The materials comprising this exhibit are now part of the permanent Flatland collection donated to the Library by Professor Thomas Banchoff.

Date: November 1 – November 29, 2013
Location: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library


Yale Indian Papers Project Event in the Digital Scholarship Lab

Yale Indian Papers

The Yale Indian Papers Project boasts of materials relating to over four hundred years of New England Native American history, community, culture, sovereignty, land, gender, race, identity, migration, law, and politics.

On Tuesday, October 29, at 5:30 p.m., Paul Grant-Costa and Tobias Glaza will discuss the this project and how it offers students, educators, researchers, Native American tribal members, and the general public, visual and intellectual access to significant historical knowledge for the purposes of teaching, scholarly analysis, and research.

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Digital Scholarship Lab

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

LAST CHANCE: ‘Love Medicine’ exhibit at the Rock

Love Medicine

The exhibition ‘Love Medicine: Beads, Bark and Books from Ojibwe Country’ (Finn Room, Rockefeller Library), a collaboration of the Tomaquag Museum, the Haffenreffer Museum and the Brown University Library, will end on Thursday,  October 24th.

On Friday (10/25) at the Providence Athenaeum, from 5-7 pm, Loren Spears, Director of the Tomaquag Museum, will speak on “Native Arts: Healing Communities.”  Spears will discuss themes of family, community, and historical/ intergenerational trauma in the novel and Native American experience.

Both events are part of this year’s NEA-funded Big Read project devoted to Louise Erdrich’s novel Love Medicine.

For information on the Tomaquag Museum and other Big Read events in Rhode Island, see:

For further information on the Providence Athenaeum’s Salon series, which includes the talk by Loren Spears, see

For information on NEA’s BIG READ project, see

Dr. Casey Dunn Presents “Beyond Eight and a Half by Eleven” in the Digital Scholarship Lab

Casey Dunn

For a long time, most scientific communication has been confined to the dimensions of a printed journal page—a static representation that can fit on an eight and a half by eleven piece of paper.

Dr. Casey Dunn believes this is quickly changing. In his talk, he will present his own experiences with interactive visualization, animation, and dynamic computable manuscripts that integrate software, text, and data.

This event is a part of this fall’s Digital Speaker Series. It is free and open to public. A reception will follow. Seating is limited.

Beyond Eight and a Half by Eleven
Digital Scholarship Lab
Date & Time: October 24  |  5:30 p.m.

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Visually Inspiring Biology by Brown STEAM and Hay Library Staff

Brown STEAM event

On October 17 at 7 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab members of Brown STEAM and Hay staff will present medical and botanical art-folios from the Library’s Special collections.

Brown STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) is a student initiative focused on integrating artistic and scientific thought to nurture interdisciplinary and creative project-based education.

Following the presentation, a creativity workshop will take place.

To learn more about STEAM please visit their website or their blog.

This event is free and open to the public.

New Exhibit | Love Medicine | Beads, Bark, and Books from Ojibwe Country | Opens September 27


Join us in reading Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine for the 2013–2014 Big Read in Rhode Island, hosted by the Tomaquag Museum with support from Brown University. This exhibit draws on the collections of Brown’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology to explore the stories that can be told about objects from Ojibwe country. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Members of the general public wishing to to view exhibits at the Rockefeller Library should first check in at the Service Desk.

Date: September 27 – October 24, 2013
Location: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library

Announcing a Semester of Carberry Celebrations!

Josiah S. Carberry at the foot of the John Hay Library staircase.

Josiah S. Carberry at the foot of the John Hay Library staircase.

”Never before has anyone so well captured who Josiah S. Carberry is and who he is not” – Truman Grayson on Made Not Born: The Wife and Dimes of Professor Josiah S. Carberry

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] Brown University Library is excited to announce that this semester the University’s best known, least seen Professor, Josiah S. Carberry, will be researching in New England and that he might or might not visit campus every Carberry Day!

Professor Josiah S. Carberry, called by the New York Times “The World’s Greatest Traveler,” has been a member of the Brown Faculty since 1929, specializing in the field of psycho-ceramics (translated as “cracked pots”).  Since 1955, at the request of an anonymous donor, the University Library has collected gifts toward the Josiah S. Carberry Fund in memory of Josiah’s future late wife, to purchase “such books as Professor Carberry might or might not approve of.” Every Friday the 13th (Carberry Day) friends of the University deposit their loose change in cracked pots to augment the fund

We hope that you can attend the below Carberry events, and that Carberry can too:

Josiah Carberry Society Luncheon
On Friday the Thirteenth of September, the Josiah Carberry Society will host a luncheon in the Professor’s honor at the Brown University Faculty Club. The buffet will include foods from the Carberry Cookbook: From Nuts to Soup and a short program about the making of Made Not Born: The Wife and Dimes of Professor Josiah S. Carberry. The cost will be $26.62; checks made out to Brown University, and sent to Box A, Providence, RI  02912, will reserve your place. 

Screening of Made Not Born & Reception
And later that evening (Friday the Thirteenth of September) at 5:30pm, find out who Professor Josiah S. Carberry is and who he is not, when Friends of the Library Board member Don Wilmeth presents the biographical documentary “Made Not Born: The Wife and Dimes of Professor Josiah S. Carberry,” in the Rock’s new Digital Scholarship Lab. Snacks from The Carberry Cookbook: From Nuts to Soup and discussion will follow.  This event is free and open to the public.

Carberry Cookbook Sale, Signing, and Demonstration
On Friday the Thirteenth of December, at 3pm, Connie Worthington, Carberry Cookbook editor and member of the Carberry Fund Half-Cohort will host a Carberry Cookbook sale, signing, and cooking demonstration (with free food!) in the Laura and David Finn Reading Room at the Rock. Perhaps there will be chocolate chicken! Perhaps fried dandelions or Oysters Rockefeller Library! Perhaps there will not! Come see staff from Brown Faculty Club to find out!

Carberry Society Dinner
And later that evening (Friday the Thirteenth of December), a dinner in the professor’s honor, hosted by the Carberry Society and the Friends of the Library, will be held at the Brown University Faculty Club (cost $40).  To reserve a seat or a table, contact  Cash bar at 6; dinner at 7; a talk “The philately of Ionian Revetments” may or may not follow.

As part of this momentous semester of events, every Friday this fall the Library will share materials from the Carberry Archive and Carberry Cookbook recipes. Check the Library’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for Carberry treasures. And, if you spot the Professor in his travels, or find traces of what might or might not show he’s been somewhere, please share on Instagram using #JosiahCarberry with an explanation! A repository will be viewable at

The Turkey Carberry!
In anticipation of the Carberry Celebrations – Josiah’s Dining Hall has also crafted a new menu item.  The Turkey Carberry is two 5.5 oz grilled turkey burgers on a bulkie roll.  Enjoy this with all the fixings including the new complimentary sauce, cranberry, honey, and sage. This yearlong celebration is only $6.70 and includes fries and a fountain drink.

Brown University Library is home to more than 6.8 million print items, plus a multitude of electronic resources and expanding digital archives serving the teaching, research, and learning needs of Brown students and faculty, as well as scholars from around the country and the world.

Contact: Jennifer Braga |  401-863-6913