Announcement | Andrew Majcher, Records Manager/Digital Archivist

Andrew Majcher joined the Library in April 2018 as Records Manager/ Digital Archivist.

As the University’s Record Manager, Andrew is positioned within University Archives and is tasked with developing and implementing a records management program for University records, both in analog and digital formats. He provides records guidance and outreach to Brown departments and staff through inquires, meetings, and presentations. Currently, Andrew is working with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance to review and update existing records management policies for the Brown; meeting with departments and General Counsel to improve the current records retention schedule;  and organizing on record storage throughout the campus including offsite record storage. Andrew also serves as a member of the Data Governance Advisory Committee and other related committees on campus.

As the Library’s Digital Archivist, Andrew and his team member, Cody Ross, are responsible for digital preservation within the Library. They work on projects to characterize, describe, and transform digital content so it can be preserved and uploaded to the Brown Digital Repository for access. They also are responsible for preserving the University website and other related web content.

Prior to coming to Brown in April 2018, Andrew worked for the County of Fairfax, VA in the roles of Freedom of Information Act Analyst and Assistant County Archivist from 2013 to 2018. As FOIA Analyst, he was the project manager in implementing enterprise wide software to centrally locate information requests across a workforce of over 10,000 employees. Andrew also facilitated responses to requests and located the associated records. As Assistant County Archivist, Andrew managed the County’s records center and supervised it’s staff. At the record center he oversaw the intake of new records and the destruction of records maintained by the County. Andrew was the lead in providing Records Management education and outreach by providing a minimum of 16 presentations yearly and assisting County staff with records questions. He also developed and implemented policies related to Records Management.

Andrew earned the designation of Certified Records Manager from the Institute of Certified Records Managers. He received his MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in History from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

Andrew and family have acclimated to life in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He enjoys spending his free time with his 20 month old daughter and running.

Announcement | Library Donates to Community Nonprofits

Some of the Library staff donations for Crossroads Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Each year during the holidays, Nancy Flynn, Senior Library Specialist, Facilities and Business, has chaired the Library’s charitable holiday drive.

In December of 2018, over the course of two weeks, Nancy inspired Library staff to donate gifts, money, and food to Crossroads Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.


The mission of Crossroads Rhode Island is to help homeless or at-risk individuals and families secure stable homes. In addition to an overflowing mail bin full of new toys for children, Crossroads Rhode Island received $800 in monetary donations from the Library.

Library staff gave the Rhode Island Community Food Bank over 100 pounds of non-perishable food items and a monetary donation of $1,070. With a mission to improve the quality of life for all Rhode Islanders by advancing solutions to the problem of hunger, this local food bank provides access to healthy food to diverse communities throughout the state.

Nancy Flynn

Nancy retired in January 2019, after many years of dedicated service to the Library. A beloved and respected member of the staff, Nancy’s infectious humor, tireless work ethic, and enormous heart is sorely missed at the Rockefeller Library and beyond. One of those Rhode Islanders who knows everyone and every place, Nancy remains connected to us (thankfully) and can probably be found “getting her steps in” on Blackstone Boulevard or in the coolest new pub to open in Providence (and the surrounding area).

We thank Nancy for spearheading our community giving efforts and look forward to trying to live up to the very high bar of community philanthropy that she has set over the course of her career in the Library.

Announcement | Emily Ferrier, Social Sciences and Entrepreneurship Librarian

The Brown University Library welcomes Emily Ferrier as the Social Sciences and Entrepreneurship Librarian.

As the primary liaison to the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship and the department of Economics, Emily will assist researchers, students, and other University stakeholders as they develop entrepreneurial projects, conduct market research, explore business models, and engage in community partnerships to strengthen the local, national, and international scholarly community. As a member of the Academic Engagement unit, Emily will work with other subject librarians, as well as the Center for Digital Scholarship, the digital repository team, and others in the Library and across campus to provide the resources and services to support this work.

Emily will provide synchronous and asynchronous instruction on topics related to business and entrepreneurship, such as market research, business analysis, intellectual property, patents, and finance, and scholarly resources to support research and teaching in entrepreneurship and economics.

Emily joins Brown from Olin College of Engineering where she has has served as the Senior Librarian since 2016. Most recently she has also served as the Acting Library Director. At Olin, Emily has supported open scholarship and Olin’s open access policy to provide preservation and access to scholarship including student and faculty research, data, and software.

Emily has demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion through cross-institutional activities focused on ways to design support systems to address systemic issues that result in first year students, students with disabilities, and marginalized community members feeling excluded from campus and classrooms. Along with a cross-disciplinary team consisting of faculty, student affairs and the library, Emily and her co-authors’ related peer-reviewed paper, “Proactive Inclusion of Neurodiverse Learning Styles in Project-Based Learning: A Call for Action,” was presented at the American Society for Engineering Education conference in June 2018.

Prior to joining Olin College of Engineering in 2016, Emily worked in the libraries of intellectual property law firms where she specialized in IP research, with expertise in legal, intellectual property, and business intelligence research. Emily earned her MLIS from San Jose State and a BA in History from Northeastern University.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Emily is a media producer of titles such as COLD HUDSON: A Slow Film. Slowness is a theme that has worked its way into cooking, photography, and now to the old house she is renovating.

Event | House of Secrets: The Many Lives of a Florentine Palazzo with Allison Levy

Join the Brown University Library on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 12 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library for a presentation on the book House of Secrets: The Many Lives of a Florentine Palazzo (Bloomsbury, 2019) by author Allison Levy (Digital Scholarship Editor, Brown University Library and Visiting Scholar in Italian Studies) in conversation with Sheila Bonde (Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University).

House of Secrets: The Many Lives of a Florentine Palazzo

House of Secrets tells the remarkable story of Palazzo Rucellai from behind its celebrated façade. The house, beginning with its piecemeal assemblage by one of the richest men in Florence in the fifteenth century, has witnessed endless drama, from the butchering of its interior to a courtyard suicide to champagne-fueled orgies on the eve of World War I to a recent murder on its third floor. When the author, an art historian, serendipitously discovers a room for let in the house, she lands in the vortex of history and is tested at every turn—inside the house and out. Her residency in Palazzo Rucellai is informed as much by the sense of desire giving way to disappointment as by a sense of denial that soon enough must succumb to truth. House of Secrets is about the sharing of space, the tracing of footsteps, the overlapping of lives. It is about the willingness to lose oneself behind the façade, to live between past and present, to slip between the cracks of history and the crevices of our own imagination.

Allison Levy

Allison Levy

Allison Levy is Digital Scholarship Editor at Brown University Library. An art historian educated at Bryn Mawr College, she has taught in the US, Italy, and the UK. Allison has published widely on the visual culture of early modern Italy and serves as General Editor of the book series Visual and Material Culture, 1300–1700, published by Amsterdam University Press.

Discover more about House of Secrets and discuss on social with #houseofsecrets.

Sheila Bonde

Sheila Bonde is an archaeologist and architectural historian specializing in the study of medieval sites and their representation. Currently Professor of the History of Art and Architecture and Professor of Archaeology, she has excavated in England, France and Israel. She currently directs the MonArch excavation and research project in northern France at the Augustinian abbey of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes in Soissons, the Carthusian house at Bourgfontaine, the Cistercian monastery at Notre-Dame d’Ourscamp, and the motherhouse at Tiron.

Date: April 2, 2019
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence, RI

Announcement | Dr. Zhuqing Li Appointed Faculty Curator, East Asian Collection

Dr. Zhuqing Li

The Brown University Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Zhuqing Li, Visiting Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at Brown, as Faculty Curator, East Asian Collection. Professor Li has taught in the Department of East Asian Studies since 2014. Her role as Faculty Curator began on January 1, 2019.

In this new role, Professor Li will work with the curatorial staff of Brown’s East Asian Collection and other Library experts to explore ways to strengthen the use of these materials for teaching and research on campus, and to increase their visibility to the broader scholarly community through a variety of means including description, exhibits, digital projects, workshops, programs, and publication. Professor Li will also continue to teach in the Department of East Asian Studies.

Zhuqing Li

A linguist specializing in Chinese historical linguistics and dialectology, Professor Li received her Ph.D. in East Asian Language and Literature from the University of Washington and taught at Boston College for 13 years before coming to Brown. Her research has focused on the study of the Chinese language, the historical experiences of Chinese returnees, and the linguistic aspects of Chinese-English translation.

Professor Li’s research began with the study of the phonology and grammar of Fuzhou dialect, which has the most complicated sound-change system in the Chinese language family and is a window into how Chinese sounded in ancient times. Her work on Chinese returnees looks at the social phenomena of Chinese-born citizens who study abroad and return home, reintegrating into Chinese society. She is currently exploring the prosodic and scientific properties of the Chinese language.

Professor Li is the author of four books: Reinventing China: Experience of Contemporary Returnees from the West (Bridge 21, 2016), Minnan-English Dictionary (Dunwoody Press, 2008), The Structure of Fuzhou Dialect (Dunwoody Press, 2002), and Fuzhou-English Dictionary (Dunwoody Press, 1998), as well as numerous academic articles.

Brown’s East Asian Collection

The East Asian Collection, located on the third floor of the Rockefeller Library, holds nearly 200,000 volumes of East Asian language print books in addition to print serials, audio-video materials, and electronic resources. The Collection was developed from an initial gift of approximately 30,000 volumes donated to Brown in 1961 by the noted sinologist Charles Sidney Gardner. Dr. Li Wang, Curator of the East Asian Collection, and Toshiyuki Minami, Senior Library Specialist, offer students and researchers support in their use of the Collection and will be collaborating with Professor Li throughout her work with the Library.

Announcement | Cody Ross Named Senior Library Specialist – Digital Records

Cody Ross

The Brown University Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Cody Ross to the position of Senior Library Specialist – Digital Records, effective January 2, 2019.

Prior to moving into this position in Special Collections, Cody worked in Circulation as Senior Library Specialist – Gateway Services.

Cody will be performing digital preservation tasks with born-digital and digitized materials to increase access to the digital materials in the Library’s collections. These tasks will include describing digital materials and collections, migrating materials to the appropriate file type, creating metadata for digital materials, assisting in the preservation of websites, and helping to identify, investigate, and resolve issues with digital preservation.

Before to coming to Brown in April 2018, Cody held positions in the Bowdoin College Library, the Maine College of Art Library, and the Portland Public Library in Portland, ME.

Announcement | Jeanette Norris Named Head of Metadata Services

Jeanette Norris has accepted the position of Head of Metadata Services, effective December 1, 2018. Prior to this promotion, Jeanette served as a Metadata Librarian.

Jeanette’s inclusive leadership style will be instrumental in moving the department into new modes of descriptive cataloging and metadata demanded by sophisticated discovery systems and digital platforms. With clarity of expression and a focus on direct action, she is a constructive force in ensuring that the Access Services and Collection Management department is truly the learning community it aspires to be.

As a Metadata Librarian, Jeanette managed a team of experts who are responsible for ingesting and exporting hundreds of thousands of records annually into the Library’s Management System and ensuring that the quality of the records meets the highest standards. Jeanette also led the effort to match use of the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) with Brown University departments and organizations and is currently working with the Brown Digital Repository (BDR) developers to align up-to-date metadata standards with the evolving usage of the BDR.

Chair of the Discovery Advisory Group, Jeanette successfully led the transition from Summon to the EDS discovery system and, together with Digital Technologies, continues to lead the ongoing creative development of the open source Blacklight system. Recently, she partnered with vendors and colleagues to conduct usability studies to make sure that the needs of Brown University researchers and scholars are being progressively met.

Jeanette inspires confidence in her colleagues through her metadata expertise, bridging policy and procedure in the service of creating a robust delivery experience for our patrons that will facilitate and enhance their interaction with Brown’s distinctive collections.

Announcement | Tiffini Bowers, Exhibition Curator, Receives Excellence Award

The  Library is proud to congratulate Tiffini Bowers, Exhibition Curator, on her receipt of the 2018 Brown University Excellence Award in the Rising Star category.

The Rising Star Award is presented to an individual or team that, “has made an immediate impact on their department and the University. This award recognizes the energy, enthusiasm, knowledge, and innovative ideas a new employee may bring to the workplace” (Brown Human Resources).

Hired as the inaugural Brown Library Exhibition Curator in 2016, Tiffini provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the Library’s exhibition program, which is committed to supporting the Library’s mission; aligning with Brown’s standards and priorities; and upholding professional standards in conservation, preservation, scholarship, and collections care and management.

An award-winning museum curator with over 15 years of experience, Tiffini has worked with numerous museums, cultural institutions, and entertainment organizations including the Smithsonian Institution, Hermosa Beach Historical Society, Hollywood Black Film Festival, Autry/Southwest Museum of the American Indian, and California African American Museum.

With nine exhibition spaces throughout four buildings and a mix of permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibits, the exhibition program at the Library requires a great deal of planning, knowledge, creativity, and expertise. Tiffini brings all of these attributes to her role and the Library is thrilled that the University has recognized her as a rising star for the excellence she imparts to our exhibitions program.

Click here for more information about exhibits at the Library.

Announcement | Academic Engagement

As of January 1, 2019, the Research and Outreach Services staffing unit within the Brown University Library will be renamed Academic Engagement. With a mission to strengthen and sustain critical partnerships with Brown’s educational and research programs, Academic Engagement’s team of disciplinary and methodological experts will bring new focus to the Library’s central role in advancing academic excellence at Brown and supporting the priorities outlined in the University’s strategic and operational plans.

The new organizational structures for the staff, resources, and services that make up Academic Engagement and Preservation, Conservation, and Library Annex represent an important step toward strengthening the Library’s capacity to fulfill its emerging strategic vision and goals.

Academic Engagement will be jointly led by Erika Sevetson and Sarah Evelyn, both of whom have been promoted to, respectively, Director of Academic Engagement for Health, Biomedical, and Physical Sciences, and Director of Academic Engagement for the Humanities and Social Sciences. In these new roles, Erika and Sarah will report directly to Deputy University Librarian Nora Dimmock.

Erika Sevetson, Director of Academic Engagement for Health, Biomedical, and Physical Sciences

Erika Sevetson joined the Brown University Library and the Alpert Medical School in 2012 and has been instrumental to the growth of the Library’s collaborations with scholars in the sciences at Brown. In this new role, Erika will provide broad departmental leadership for activities in support of the research lifecycle, including impact evaluation, systematic review, data management, and scholarly communication and publication. Erika will also continue to serve as the Health Sciences Librarian, liaising with the BioMed Administrative Leadership Team, the Medical Director’s Team, and the MD Curriculum Committee.

Erika earned a bachelor’s degree in American History from Mount Holyoke College and an MLIS from Simmons College. Prior to the Brown Library, she worked at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Ebling Library.

Sarah Evelyn, Director of Academic Engagement for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Sarah Evelyn, who came to the Library in 2005 and held positions of progressive responsibility, provides leadership in the development and delivery of user-centered library services, instructional design, and web services. She also oversees Library student orientation activities and provides guidance on open education resources and copyright. An expert in pedagogy, Sarah will have responsibility for Academic Engagement activities that advance the diverse teaching and learning goals of the Brown University community, including the creation of programs to enhance student learning and develop information literacy capabilities in collaboration with individual faculty members and key stakeholders. In this new role, she will support teaching strategies and disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarly and research activities across the domains for scholars/researchers at all levels, and with a focus on integrating social science and humanistic research methods.

Sarah received a bachelor’s degree in Communication from The American University, a master’s in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University, and an MLIS from Simmons College. Before coming to the Brown Library, Sarah held positions at the Center for Media Literacy, the Museum of Tolerance, WETA-TV, and iXL consulting.

Announcement | Michelle Venditelli Named Head of Preservation, Conservation, and the Library Annex

Effective January 1, 2019, Michelle Venditelli will be promoted to Head of Preservation, Conservation, and the Library Annex, consolidating the reporting line of preservation and conservation operations at the Brown Library.

Michelle will continue to report directly to Associate University Librarian for Access Services and Collection Management, Boaz Nadav-Manes, who will be replaced by the Interim AUL for Access Services and Collection Management, Pat Putney, when Boaz departs in mid-January 2019 to assume the role of inaugural Executive Director of Libraries at Lehigh University.

Michelle has worked at Brown since 1997. Under her leadership, the preservation unit has evolved its focus on conservation and exhibit support while also developing creative approaches to more generic binding needs. In addition, Michelle has worked closely with the Annex team to make our largest library a hub of operational excellence. She has been instrumental in disaster preparation and contributed her talents to the Library in many other ways.

In her new role as the Head of Preservation, Conservation, and the Library Annex, Michelle will assume direct responsibility for the library conservation operation and will soon launch a renewed search for a conservator.

Michelle holds a BA in Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Human Resources and MLIS, University of Rhode Island. Prior to working at the Brown Library, she managed Carriage House Paper in Boston, MA, apprenticed in bookbinding and letterpress printing, and taught paper making and marbling in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She has also managed contemporary craft galleries in Los Angeles and Providence and worked as a bookbinder.