Upcoming Mendeley Workshops


The Library is offering two upcoming Mendeley Workshops. The first is on March 17, 2014 and the second is on March 20, 2014. Both are at 5:30 p.m. in the Hecker Center (Rockefeller Library).

The first workshop—titled “Mendeley User Experience“—is open to anyone interested in or already using Mendeley. It’s the Library’s goal to learn how many Mendeley users are already on campus.

The second workshop—titled “Mendeley First Timers“—is one-hour session is intended to introduce Mendeley to first-time users.

Please register if you’re interested in attending either workshop:

Mendeley is reference management software with an academic social network that users can initiate free from the website. For more information watch the video below or visit: mendeley.com.

Women’s History Month

Votes for Women

Katherine Milhous, the artist who designed this postcard image, is remembered today as an illustrator and author of children’s books.  Her most notable book remains The Egg Tree, which won the Caldecott Award in 1951.  But before she began her long career in children’s publishing, young Katherine was an advocate for Woman Suffrage, as demonstrated by her cartoon design on this postcard.  Produced and copyrighted in 1915, when she was just 21 years old, this card testifies to a young woman’s struggle to make her own way in a world that offered few options for women in the professions.

Katherine’s early struggles, and her later success as a graphic artist, were advanced by the many other women advocates for suffrage around the world.  In fact, the copy of this postcard found at the John Hay Library was used by two members of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in Pennsylvania — Katherine’s home state — to communicate their success in organizing the town of Yardley to the suffrage cause.

The entire postcard, and its message, form part of the John Hay Library’s extensive holdings on the temperance movement, which document the long struggle of women to achieve the political capacity to address the ruinous effects of addiction on the lives of women and children.  The postcard is available online as part of the Library’s Alcohol, Temperance and Prohibition digital collection.

Thank You to Everyone Who Completed the Library’s E-book Survey

Thank You EbooksThank You to the nearly 1,400 Brown students and faculty who completed the Library’s E-book survey.

The Brown University Library recently conducted a survey along with seven other colleges (Bates, California Lutheran, Haverford, Lesley, Stetson, SUNY-Fredonia, and Trinity).

The purpose of the survey was to gather much-needed and timely feedback from students and faculty on their use of e-books (for academic and personal use), why they choose print or e-book formats, and their preferences and priorities for how they access book content.

Four respondents were randomly selected to win incentive prizes: one iPad mini and four $25 Amazon gift cards. Below are a few photos of the prizewinners:

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Findings of the survey will be reported soon. The results will help inform the Library’s decisions about collection acquisitions and book formats.


Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Happy Birthday Frederick Douglass


Photo credit: from the “Lincoln Broadsides” collection

Like many of those born into slavery, Frederick Douglass had no idea of the date of his birth. He knew neither his age nor the day on which to commemorate each new year that was added to it. Escaping slavery in Maryland for freedom in the North, Douglass thus had to select a day on which to celebrate his birthday. He chose St. Valentine’s Day, after recalling that his mother had so often called him her “Little Valentine.”


Photo credit: Taken from a 1845 volume of “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass”—http://josiah.brown.edu/record=b1928785~S5

Douglass began his life as a free man in Southeastern New England, establishing residence in New Bedford. Once William Lloyd Garrison had recruited him to work for the Abolitionist movement, however, Douglass travelled throughout the region as a speaker and activist, recruiting others to the cause. He spoke often in Rhode Island, particularly in the northern part of the state where Abolitionist sentiment was strongest, and served on the executive board of the Rhode Island Anti-Slavery Society, which had been founded in 1836.

Douglass’s writings and his activities in the Abolition movement are documented across the collections in the John Hay Library, but can be found principally in the McLellan Lincoln Collection, the general  collection of rare books (Hay Star), and the Harris Collection of American Poetry & Plays, which include broadsides, pamphlets and newspapers of the period. The John Hay Library has strong holdings on  African American history, with a particular focus on African American poets of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as on African American alumni of Brown University, the anti-slavery movement, and the struggle to achieve civil rights.

Libguide of the Week: Anthropology Created by Carina Cournoyer

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This week, the Library would like to highlight the Anthropology Subject Guide created by Social Sciences Librarian Carina Cournoyer.

One of the great things about the Anthropology Subject Guide is the “New Titles” feed on the main page. The guide also does a great job highlighting various kinds of media related to Anthropology.

The Library is home to a number of Subject Guides geared to help students at all stages of their research process. If Anthropology isn’t your field be sure to visit the other Library Subject Guides.


Submit Your Rock Memories


The Rockefeller Library is turning 50 this year. As part of our anniversary celebration, the Library is gathering and sharing stories from alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the library about their favorite memories or experiences in the Rockefeller Library. Please submit here or use the hashtag #Rock50Memories to share your Rock Memories on twitter or instagram.

For more information, visit the Rock50 website.

Updates From Around the Library (January 2014)


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

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

CNI Podcast with Harriette Hemmasi: Brown University Libraries Supporting Digital Scholarship

In this interview recorded at the 2013 Fall Membership Meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), University Librarian Harriette Hemmasi discusses the Brown University Library Digital Scholarship Lab and the relationship librarians at Brown are cultivating with research and other forms of digital scholarship.

CNI Podcast: Brown University Libraries Supporting Digital Scholarship

Carberry Day

Josiah Carberry

A young Josiah Carberry.
Photo Credit: Cindy Cornett Seigle

In honor of Carberry Day—on Friday, December 13 at 3 p.m. in the Laura and David Finn Reading Room of the Rockefeller Library—the Library will present a cooking demonstration and Josiah Carberry himself will sign cookbooks.

There have been rumors that Carberry will be preparing every recipe from The Carberry Cookbook. One rumor in particular said, “Carberry most likely will try to combine all the recipes into one large dish that will be served in the University’s largest cracked pot.”

The Library can neither confirm or deny most of these rumors, but there will be food.

If you happen to spot Josiah Carberry between now and tomorrow afternoon, feel free to post an image of him on instagram and tag it #josiahcarberry so it will appear on the Library’s Josiah Carberry Wall.

Details for Cooking Demonstration and Cookbook Signing:
Date: Friday December 13
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Laura and David Finn Reading Room (Rockefeller Library)

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642