New “BookEye 4″ Scanning Station in the Rock

Bookeye 4 Scanning Station

Bookeye 4 Scanning Station | Level 2 of Rockefeller Library

If you happened to pass through Level 2 of the Rock in the last week you might have noticed some new equipment near the the copiers. The new machine (pictured above) is a “Bookeye 4″ scanning station. The “Bookeye 4″ will allow library users to easily make high-end scans of books and other related materials. 

Specifications for the “Bookeye 4″ scanning station:

  • Scans up to 17 x 24 inch documents in 7 seconds
  • 400 x 600 dpi optical resolution in 24-bit color
  • 19 inch preview monitor
  • Touch screen controls
  • Integrated 2-position V-cradle
  • 2 integrated USB ports
  • Gigabit ethernet connectivity


Happy Birthday to John D. Rockefeller, Sr. from the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library

John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library

John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library

As the Brown University Library celebrates the 50th anniversary of the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, we pause to acknowledge the incredible life and accomplishments of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. and, most notably, the tradition of philanthropy that he engendered within his family and throughout his groundbreaking charitable organizations.

One hundred seventy five years ago today, John Davison Rockefeller was born on July 8, 1839 in Richmond, NY. Born into a modest household, the second of six children, Rockefeller, Sr. was raised to value hard work, saving money, and charitable giving. At the age of 12, with savings earned raising turkeys, he loaned money to a local farmer at 7% interest and discovered he had a knack for putting money to work for him. At 16, he began a job at Hewitt & Tuttle, commission merchants and produce shippers, as an assistant bookkeeper in Cleveland, OH, where the family now lived. Before long, he had impressed his employers and the business community with his hard work and business acumen.

A few years later, in 1859, he started his own commission merchant business—Clark & Rockefeller—with neighbor Maurice Clark. The business did well and boomed during the Civil War; however, Rockefeller realized there was a limit to the success of the commission merchant business in Ohio and instead turned his focus to oil.

In 1870, after two permutations of oil companies, Rockefeller and his brother William plus four other partners formed the Standard Oil Company. From this union, the Standard Oil Trust was created in 1882—a vertically integrated organization that controlled the twenty companies that comprised Standard’s entire oil enterprise. The Trust was incredibly successful, supplying products to 80% of American towns by 1904 and providing the country with affordable fuel for lighting. After losing an anti-trust suit, the Trust was dissolved in 1892, though all the companies continued on, with shares instead of trust certificates held by the stakeholders.

During the days of the Trust, Rockefeller became extraordinarily wealthy. (His worth was estimated at $900 million in 1912.) He hired Frederick Gates to manage his fortune, including investments and charitable giving. Gates was joined in this endeavor by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1897. Retiring that same year, Rockefeller, Sr. turned all his energy toward philanthropy. When he died in 1937, his worth was estimated at $26.5 million, with most of his fortune having been given to charity and his heirs.

A trustee for his church by age 21, Rockefeller, Sr. had always made charitable giving part of his approach to earning, saving, and spending. He gave to and supported the causes he thought would have the greatest positive impact on the human condition, and indeed, many of his philanthropic efforts had a profound influence. He is credited with the creation of the University of Chicago; he founded the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (now Rockefeller University), which developed, among many things, a serum treatment for spinal meningitis and pneumonia; he founded the General Education Board (now the Rockefeller Foundation), which bolstered public education in the South; he established the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission, whose efforts resulted in the elimination of hookworm in the South and laid the blueprint for modern public health services.

Many organizations received Rockefeller’s financial support, including Brown University, where his son, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., attended college, matriculating in 1893. While at Brown, Rockefeller, Jr. met Abby Aldrich, a Rhode Island native, who would become his wife (and a prominent philanthropist in her own right). Rockefeller, Jr. took up his father’s doctrine of philanthropy, giving generously to Brown, which he loved so well. Known at Brown as “Johnny Rock,” Rockefeller, Jr. received an honorary master of arts degree in 1914 at the time of Brown’s sesquicentennial celebration. The John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library was dedicated 50 years later in 1964. As the University celebrates its 250th anniversary, we remember and honor the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Rock and the spirit of giving that made its existence possible, begun over a century ago by a remarkable man who considered charity as important as industry.


First Readings 2014: Oil & Water

oil and water first readings

This year’s First Readings selection is the film Oil & Water. Here are a few things of note about Oil & Water and the First Readings program.

  • The library has created a website as a part of the First Readings Program.
  • Oil & Water is the story of two boys (Hugo Lucitante and David Poritz ’12) coming of age as they confront one of the world’s worst toxic disasters.
  • The film was directed by Francine Strickwerda and Laurel Spellman Smith.
  • Francine Strickwerda, Laurel Spellman Smith, and David Poritz ’12 will visit campus in the fall to speak to the first-year students.
  • This is the First Readings program’s eighth year.
  • The First Readings program provides first-year and transfer students with a common experience that introduces them to the pleasures and rigors of academic life at Brown University.
  • First Readings is sponsored by the Dean of the College and Brown Alumni Association.
  • Make sure to check out the @firstreadings twitter feed for updates.

For more information about Oil & Water or the First Readings program visit the website.

Updates From Around the Library (June 2014)


Before we get to the recent highlights from some of the Library’s various blogs, I’d like to announce the Library’s new eResources blog: “Wired Up and Plugged In.” Check it out for new databases, ebook packages, ejournals, and other eresources.

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Happy Carberry Day


The Library has been unable to confirm or deny if Professor Josiah S. Carberry will be making an appearance on campus tomorrow (Friday, June 13, 2014), but strangely this afternoon every lecture hall on campus was reserved before these reservations were quickly cancelled. One person close to the situation said, “We received a letter from Professor Carberry, but the letter was lost before it could be read and actually the letter might have been lost before it was sent.”

In any case, Happy Carberry Day!

Please contribute your loose change to a cracked pot (some will be located in the Rock Library and SciLi) in support of the Josiah S. Carberry Fund.

Also, if you happen to spot Josiah Carberry tomorrow, 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.

Tableau Workshop


On June 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. the library will offer a 90-minute workshop on Tableau in the Hecker Center. Tableau is a software package that allows users to upload and explore their data, and quickly put together a variety of visualizations that can be published to the web.

This will be a hands-on workshop in which participants will learn Tableau by exploring a data set of their choosing and designing their own visualizations to communicate their findings.

Please register if you’re interested in attending the workshop.

Date: June 16, 2014 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: Hecker Center

Contact: Patrick Rashleigh

The Killing Field that was Omaha Beach

On this 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on the Normandy coast, it is worth pausing to reflect on the sacrifice of the soldiers who died on Omaha and Utah Beaches along with their allied comrades on Gold, Juno and Sword Beaches. Flags

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 was a bright sunny day as the tour bus turned the corner onto the Avenue de la Liberation that parallels Omaha Beach. The previous evening, I had presented an illustrated talk to various alumni on a cruise along the coasts of western Europe, about three artists who covered the preparations and landings. Their pencil sketches and water-colors were still fresh in my memory as we disembarked the bus near the old war memorial adjacent to the new stainless steel monument known as “Les Braves” dedicated in 2004 on the beach itself, yet the contrasts could not have been greater. As I walked towards the water’s edge across the beach it was impossible to visualize the horror of June 6, 1944. Omaha Beach is a vast strand of firm, level sand, hence its choice as a landing beach. As the tide was out, it took several minutes to reach the water’s edge but as I turned around, the realization came upon me. I had walked several hundred yards and as I looked inland towards the bluffs edging the beach, I imagined what an impossible task it had been for the thousands of soldiers to navigate the dead zone with little protection other than the obstacles that had been erected by the Germans. Many never made it beyond a few yards. Eye-witnesses spoke of the sea flowing red with bodies floating by. Combat engineers who landed later in the day as the darkness set in kept stumbling over objects – the bodies of their fallen countrymen.

Burying the dead in the low land behind the beachOne of the artists, the late William Bostick, USN, who donated several water-colors to the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection back in the 1990′s, also sent a copy of a sketch he had made shortly after the initial landings. As he moved inland from the landing craft that had delivered him to the beach, he passed rows of dead soldiers covered with sheets.

Another artist, Manuel Bromberg, USA, who covered the landings in an official capacity, arrived three days later and observed the aftermath. He was met with a scene of utter devastation. Pulling Bromberg study for D Dayout his pocket notebook, he made quick pencil sketches. One of these showed a dead soldier being pulled away to the makeshift cemetery. He observed German prisoners forced to remove the dead and dying. These sketches are now in the Military Collection. By close of day on June 6, over 2,000 Americans had been killed, wounded or were missing, and many others were to die in the coming days and weeks ahead. Today, the scars of battle have been removed but it is in the nearby American Military Cemetery at St. Laurent that the stark reality of D-Day hits home.