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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Event | Mark Baumer (MFA ’11): A Celebration

On Friday, October 13, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., the Brown University Library will host Mark Baumer (MFA ’11): A Celebration in Sayles Hall. After the gathering in Sayles, attendees are invited to join members of Mark’s family, Library staff, and Literary Arts faculty, students, and alumni for a memorial tree planting in front of the Rockefeller Library.

Mark earned his MFA from Brown in 2011, where he made abiding friends while he pursued an unconventional and abundantly personal approach to writing, teaching, and living. Upon graduating from Brown, Mark began work providing communications for the Brown University Library, becoming, among other things, the voice of Josiah Carberry, long-beloved professor whose areas of study include psycho-ceramics. Taking an extended leave from the Library, Mark began a barefoot trek across the United States on October 13, 2016. From along the walk, he regularly posted video blog materials — — chronicling the walk, his encounters, and his perception of the nation through which he was passing. In January 2017, he was struck and killed by a passing vehicle.

Festivities celebrating the many facets of Mark’s connection to the Library and Brown are slated to begin around 10 a.m. in Sayles Hall. Harriette Hemmasi, University Librarian, and Kevin Powell, one of Mark’s former colleagues at the Library, will announce the Mark Baumer Book Fund, established by the Library in 2017 to support the acquisition of experimental literature books and media. Following, Karen McAninch of the United Service & Allied Workers of Rhode Island will announce the Mark Baumer Scholarship for Rhode Island native or Rhode Island-based activism.

From 11 a.m. to noon, Literary Arts faculty and alumni-colleagues of Mark’s will share from his work and talk about how he helped to shape their time at Brown. Joining us will be alumni Darren Angle, Andrew Bourne, and Angela Ferraiolo; and faculty members John Cayley, Colin Channer, Joanna Howard, and Ada Smailbegovic.​

To donate to the Mark Baumer Book Fund:

  • Visit the Brown University Library Giving webpage
  • Type “Mark Baumer” into the “search for something specific” field
  • Check “Other” and type Mark Baumer Book Fund into the box
  • Click “Add Your Gift”
  • Proceed to Gift Amount & Details

You can also write a check to Brown University and name the Mark Baumer Book Fund in the memo field. Please mail the checks to:

Brown University Library
10 Prospect Street, Box A
Providence, RI 02912
Attn: Mark Baumer Book Fund

Date: Friday, October 13, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Sayles Hall); 12:15 – 12:30 p.m. (In front of Rockefeller Library)
Location: Sayles Hall (81 Waterman Street, on the College Green); Rockefeller Library (10 Prospect Street)

Announcement | Library Hires New E-Resources Manager

The Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Angela Galvan as Library E-Resources Manager.

Prior to joining Brown, Angela served as Digital Resources and Systems Librarian for the State University of New York, Geneseo. Before joining SUNY Geneseo in 2015, Angela was Digital Reformatting Specialist and Head of Interlibrary Services for The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library. She holds an MLIS from Kent State University.
Angela currently edits The MARCEdit Field Guide and has a chapter forthcoming on contemporary mourning and digital estates in The Complete Guide to Personal Digital Archiving for Librarians, Archivists, and Information Professionals from ALA Press. Her service includes appointments to ACRL and the Digital Library Federation Forum Preconference planning committees in various capacities. Angela is scheduled to give a keynote address for VALA: Libraries/Technology and the Future in February, 2018.
Her research interests are broad and include critical algorithm studies, decay in technology/infrastructure, and architecture. Angela is especially fond of great technical services work that supports creativity and inquiry for her patrons.

Announcement | Library Hires New Head of Shared Cataloging and Special Formats Metadata

The Library is pleased to announce that Rebecca Belford as the new Head of Shared Cataloging and Special Formats Metadata.

Prior to joining Brown, Rebecca was the Music Cataloger/Reference Librarian at the University at Buffalo from 2010-2017, with job duties including music formats cataloging, collection development, reference, and instruction. At UB she also taught music librarianship as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Library and Information Studies. Previously, she was Music Librarian at the University of Oregon.

An active member of the Music OCLC Users Group and the Music Library Association, she has presented and published on music in library discovery tools, music cataloging, collection development, and music librarianship education regionally and nationally.

Rebecca holds an M.A. in Musicology, an M.L.S. from the University at Buffalo, and an A.B. in Philosophy from Vassar College.

The Library Welcomes Heather Cole

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Cole as the Librarian for Literary and Popular Culture Collections at Brown University Library. Heather will have curatorial responsibility for the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays, the H. Adrian Smith Magic Collection, the Miller Collection of Wit and Humor, the Sheet Music Collection, the Katzoff Collection of Gay and Lesbian Literature, the Comics Collection, and other Library holdings in the areas of American and British literature and popular culture. She brings to this position a wealth of experience in collection development, academic research, and community engagement.

Heather currently serves as the Assistant Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts and the Curator of the Theodore Roosevelt Collection at Harvard’s Houghton Library, where she has worked since 2007. At Houghton, Heather teaches classes, curates exhibitions, manages digitization projects, assists researchers, and helps to develop Houghton’s collections. She co-administers the Houghton Library Undergraduate Fellowship Program, for which she was awarded the Carol Ishimoto Award for Distinguished Service earlier this year. She is a co-chair of Houghton Library’s 75th anniversary celebration this year, and co-edited the recently-published Houghton Library at 75: A Celebration of its Collections. She is currently at work on a bibliography of Theodore Roosevelt’s books and articles, to be published in 2019. Heather earned her BA from Miami University and an MLS and MA in English literature from Indiana University.

Heather will join the staff of the Brown University Library before the start of the academic year. We are delighted to welcome Heather to Brown.

The Library Welcomes Mary Murphy


The Library welcomes Mary Murphy, the new Pembroke Center Archivist.

For several years Mary was a Manuscripts Archivist and, more recently, the Administrative Librarian at Harvard University’s Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.

Her prior professional experience includes working at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Georgia Historical Society.

Mary’s undergraduate degree is in History from Beloit College.  She completed her MFA in historic preservation at Savannah College of Art & Design and her MLIS in Archives Management at Simmons College.

Since moving to Providence, Mary has fallen in love with Narragansett Bay and is now the proud owner of the tiniest boat at Fox Point Marina!

The Library Welcomes Hector Correa


Hector Correa joined the Library in June as the Senior Library Applications Developer. Prior to Brown, Hector was at Penn State working on the ScholarSphere project, a Ruby on Rails application built on top of the Hydra framework, which uses Fedora for document storage and Blacklight/Solr to power the search feature.

From 2010-2014 he was a senior developer at AccuWeather where he led the teams that develop the web site and AccuWeather core API which provides weather data to external partners and internal applications.

Hector has a B.S in Computer Science from the Colima Institute of Technology in Mexico. He brings over fifteen years of software development experience to Brown.

Hector says, “I am really excited with this opportunity and the chance to work closely with the people at the library.”

The Library Welcomes Boaz Nadav-Manes

BNM-add-1Boaz Nadav-Manes joined the Library in October as the Director of Library Technical Services. Prior to Brown, Boaz served as a Senior Product Manager in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) in Leiden, Netherlands. In this role, Boaz oversaw the system development of the International Standard Name Identifier and managed the Art Discovery Group Catalog.

Before joining OCLC in 2014, Boaz was the Director of Acquisitions and Automated Technical Services at the Cornell University Library. He managed various technical services functions and was entrusted with the negotiation and budget oversight of acquisitions plans from all around the world. At Cornell Boaz also served as a philosophy selector and was a member of the Collection Development Executive Committee and the Humanities Team.

As part of the partnership between Columbia and Cornell University Libraries (2CUL), Boaz investigated the integration of technology into combined workflows, kept apprised of upcoming trends and vendor services, and worked with vendors and cross-institutional staff to develop new services for both Cornell and Columbia Libraries. As a designer and project manager, he is especially proud of his development of various automation routines, which allowed the library to respond to users’ requests in a speedy and accountable manner.

Boaz earned a Bachelor’s degree from Tel Aviv University, where he double-majored in Classics and Philosophy. He received his Master’s in Fine Arts degree from Cornell, where he concentrated in Photography.

The Library Welcomes Liz Glass

Liz GlassThe Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Liz Glass as the Digital Scholarship Editor. This position is a part of the Mellon funded initiative to support interactive digital publications by Brown faculty. An editor, writer, and curator Liz is well prepared to fulfill this important new position in the Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship.

Liz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Scripps College and a Master’s Degree in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts. Prior to her appointment at Brown, Liz served as the Getty Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative Fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. At the Walker, Liz worked on a series of digital publications, The Living Collections Catalogue, as part of an online publishing initiative supported by the Getty Foundation. She is the co-editor of the most recent volume of the catalogue entitled Art Expanded, 1958-1978.

Prior to joining the Walker in 2013, Liz was the Assistant Curator at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco where she developed exhibitions and publications of international contemporary art. During her time at the Wattis (2011-2013), Liz served as the managing editor for the exhibition catalogue, When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, and co-editor of the anthology, Give Them the Picture.

While her interdisciplinary background focused on 20th century American literature and media, her recent research has focused on time-based contemporary art practices. Liz has developed exhibition and publication projects with the Walker, the Wattis, the Jewish Museum of New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

Liz is also the Associate Editor of the bi-annual journal on exhibition making, The Exhibitionist. She is a regular contributor to Daily Serving, and The Art Book Review. She has written for these publications as well as for Art Papers, Art Practical, and the San Francisco Arts Quarterly. Her most recent publications include a text on the musician and filmmaker Tony Conrad in The Living Collections Catalogue, and a forthcoming interview with the light artist Tony Martin for the 2015 catalogue, Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia.


The Library Welcomes Hope Lappen

Lappen_Hope-3The Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Hope Lappen as the BioMed and Life Sciences Librarian.

Hope comes to Brown from George Washington University where she spent two years as a Science & Engineering Librarian. She previously was the Eugene Garfield Resident in Science Librarianship at the University of Pennsylvania where she worked across the physical and life sciences libraries.

Hope earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science from The Pratt Institute and a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience from Trinity College in Hartford. Prior to becoming a librarian, Hope had a variety of information-adjacent jobs including working as a taxonomist, locating information for industry scientists, and seven years in software quality assurance.

In her spare time, Hope enjoys baking things, eating them, and (conveniently) running.