Updates From Around the Library (March 2014)

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Here are a few recent highlights from some of the Library’s various blogs:

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Digital Humanities Office Hours

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Need help with assignments or projects using DH tools? Want to find out more about Digital Humanities at Brown?

Digital Humanities Librarians Elli Mylonas and Jean Bauer are now offering a weekly office hours.

Stop by and learn about timelines, visualization, mapping, thesis projects with a digital component, managing  your data, online publication…or just bring your laptop and have fun!

Location: Digital Scholarship Lab in the Rock
Date: Every Thursday 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Library Has Lots of New DVDs

Did You Know DVDs

The Friedman Center has over 12,000 videos and DVDs, including many new releases (and some of the recent award recipients).

Below is a list of some recent DVDs available:

All is Lost, 2 Guns, 20 Feet From Stardom, Barbara, Big Miracle, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Don Jon, Despicable Me 2, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street 1—4, Fruitvale Station, In a World, Gravity, Girl Most Likely, Monsters University, Madea’s Witness Protection, Man of Steel, Jobs, Inequality For All, Mr. Nobody, Nebraska, Red 2, Oz the Great and Powerful, Pacific Rim, Passion, Primal Fear, Prisoners, Rush, Short Term 12, Stand Up Guys, The Attack, The Butler, The Heat, The Conjuring, The Frozen Ground, The Hangover 3, The Informant, The Lone Ranger, Wag the Dog, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Wolverine, The Spectacular Now, We Are What Were, World’s End, Under Suspicion, White House Down. Thor: The Dark World, You’re Next, Drinking Buddies, Enough said

Updates From Around the Library (February 2014)

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Here are a few recent highlights from some of the Library’s various blogs:

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Library Innovation Prize 2014

Innovation Prize

The Brown University Library is offering a $1000 prize for the creation of the most effective and innovative working prototype of a mobile app (stand-alone or web-based) designed to enhance access to or use of the Library.

Timetable and Process:

  1. Informational meeting on Tuesday, February 11 at noon in the Rockefeller Library Hecker Center (first floor).
  2. Initial proposals are due on or before February 15: Apply Here.
  3. All proposals will be evaluated by a team of library staff. Successful proposals will be announced by February 21.
  4. Presentation by applicants of final working prototypes will be held on April 15 in the Rockefeller Library Digital Scholarship Lab.
  5. A panel of faculty and library staff judges will determine the winners.

Other Details:

  • Contestants must be currently enrolled Brown undergraduate students.
  • Projects may created by individuals or teams
  • Winning projects remain the intellectual property of the contestant(s), but the winning contestant will grant a non-exclusive perpetual license to Brown University for its internal non-commercial use.

For more info visit the official “Library Innovation Prize” page.

The New York Times Online Comes to Brown

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The University Library, with support from the Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce the availability of The New York Times via a site license for the Brown community.  The site license enables Brown community members (current students, faculty and staff) to access the Times‘ current content without an individual subscription or monthly limits.

To help you access The New York Times through the Brown site license, the Library has created a New York Times at Brown Help Page. This page outlines how to activate your account as well as tips and solutions.

Below are some important details about the The New York Times Academic Pass:

  • All users must do a one-time registration to initiate their access.
  • To activate your pass go to https://nytimes.com/passes
  • Click on “Register” to create a NYTimes.com account using your Brown email address. You must use your Brown email address.
  • At the bottom of the Welcome page, click “Continue.”
  • You will have to “Confirm Your E-Mail Address.” Once the email arrives in your inbox, click the link in the email. This will simultaneously verify your eligibility and grant your first NYTimes.com Academic Pass.
    Important Note: The initial email from the NY Times may state that your pass is good for 24 hours. Please ignore that message; it should be resolved soon. The pass is good for 1 year.
  • Once the initial registration is completed, and a “pass” selected, you will be able to access www.nytimes.com from any location.

The University Library is very pleased to offer this resource to the Brown community.

If you prefer to get your news from a physical object, the Library still offers paper copies of The New York Times at the Rockefeller and Science Libraries.

Contact: eresources@brown.edu

Brown Alumni Library Online adds JSTOR Alumni Access!

The Library has recently added JSTOR Alumni Access to the suite of databases available through the Brown Alumni Library Online. Alumni now have access to the same JSTOR titles that are used by Brown faculty, staff, and students. This is in addition to the products already accessible to alumni: Academic Search, Alumni Edition; Business Source, Alumni Edition; and Newspaper Source, Alumni Edition. The Brown Alumni Library Online is accessible via the Alumni Association Web site. If you don’t have a username and password for the Alumni Association Web, you can create one on their site and then use it to login to the Brown Alumni Library Online.

Brown University, National Archives and Records Administration, and National Archive of Brazil Forge Partnership

The group meets with Professor James N. Green in Washington, D.C. at the National Archives to speak with Janaina Telles, whose parents were political activists and were tortured during the military dictatorship, and Peter Kornbluh, Director of the National Security Archive's Chile documentation project and Cuba documentation project.

The group meets with Professor James N. Green in Washington, D.C. at the National Archives to speak with Janaina Telles, whose parents were political activists and were tortured during the military dictatorship, and Peter Kornbluh, Director of the National Security Archive’s Chile documentation project and Cuba documentation project.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A unique, student-led project is the foundation for a partnership between Brown University, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the National Archive of Brazil, and the State University of Maringá (UEM). “Opening the Archives” is designed to provide online public access to the NARA-held State Department of Political Affairs and Relations declassified documents pertaining to U.S.-Brazilian relations from the turbulent 1960s, 70s and 80s.

To prepare to participate in “Opening the Archives,” Brown students studied Brazil’s history with renowned scholar, Professor James N. Green, and were trained by Brown University Library staff in the standardized modes of organization, indexing/description, and digitization.  Directly engaged with rarely seen historical documents at the NARA in DC, Brown students are now working alongside students from Brazil’s State University of Maringá to organize and provide indexing terms to these distinctive documents as they are digitized and made accessible through the Brown Digital Repository (BDR). Created by Brown University Library, the BDR is an online service for collecting, preserving, and disseminating intellectual output. Once in the repository, the NARA documents will be accessible via the internet to scholars around the world.

The “Opening the Archives” project reinforces President Rousseff’s promotion of public access to government information, her establishment of the National Truth Commission, and examination of the abuses of the former military dictatorship. And, the project has the potential to become a model for future collaborations between NARA and other universities, enabling NARA to make its historic records more widely available while also providing invaluable learning and research opportunities for students and faculty.

The mission of Brown University is to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry, and by educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation.

The 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. http://library.brown.edu/

Contact: Jennifer Braga |  401-863-6913

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Brown University Library Opens The Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab!

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — This October, the Brown University Library celebrates the opening of The Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library. The Lab is made possible thanks to the generosity of Mr. Patrick Ma, P’14, who is based in Hong Kong, China, Brown Trustee Cathy Halstead, and an anonymous donor.

Installing a panel of the video wall

The Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab features a large scale visualization video wall comprised of twelve 55 inch high resolution LED screens, creating a 7 x 16 foot display with a combined resolution of over 24 megapixels, offering high quality viewing and analytical space not publicly available elsewhere on campus.  The Lab is also outfitted with a wide range of software for scholars across the disciplines, a surround sound audio system, video-conferencing capabilities, specialized lighting, and several individual touch screen monitors that can be used independently or linked to the video wall for collaborative display and interaction.

Finishing touches to video wall

Patrick Rashleigh, the Library’s newly appointed Data Visualization Coordinator, will oversee the operation of the Lab, provide instruction and outreach to faculty, students, and interdisciplinary campus groups and support individual and course-based visualization projects. Rashleigh previously served as the Faculty Technology Liaison for the Humanities in the Research and Instruction group at Wheaton College; and Senior New Media Coordinator for the Attorney General of Ontario.

View of Digital Scholarship Lab under construction

As Joukowsky Family University Librarian Harriette Hemmasi explained, “The Brown University Library is a physical and virtual space for experimentation, production, and processing of new knowledge. The new Lab will provide necessary tools for faculty and staff to explore and define scholarly forms beyond their current capabilities.”

More information about the Lab’s opening and programming will be available later this month.

The 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. http://library.brown.edu/

Contact: Jennifer Braga |  401-863-6913

 

 

Put the Brown Library inside Your Phone


Recent studies have shown that people use their phones sometimes. One of the goals of the Brown University Library is to get used by phones. The moBUL app was created so people could use the library with their phones. The Brown University Library enjoys being used by phones. Sometimes the Brown University Library wished it got used more often by phones. Please use the library every time you use your phone.

The moBUL app is free and includes:

  • Library hours and locations
  • Josiah, the Library catalog
  • Real-time computer availability
  • A lot of other stuff

Download now at library.brown.edu/m/