Event | Open Access in the Humanities: Benefits, Challenges and Economics with Martin Paul Eve


On Friday, March 20, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, Martin Paul Eve will deliver a talk entitled, “Open Access in the Humanities: Benefits, Challenges, and Economics.” This event is free and open to the public.

Martin Paul Eve is a Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, U.K., in the Faculty of Media Humanities and Performance, working on literature and technology. Martin specializes in 20th- and 21st- century American fiction, particularly the works of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo and David Foster Wallace. He is also interested in various strands of critical theory, including Theodor W. Adorno, Michel Foucault and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In addition to this, Martin works on publishing technologies and the analysis of these forms. This is undertaken through practical research interventions, most notably seen in his well-known work on open access publishing. In addition to his scholarly literary research, Martin also edits Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon and Alluvium, as well as establishing the Open Library of Humanities Project. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional in C# and the .NET Framework.

Martin is currently on research leave working on the Open Library of Humanities project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Date: Friday, March 20, 2015
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Exhibit | Art of the Book

A folding book with hole in the center

Above view of accordion book A new exhibit is on view for Spring 2015 in the tall cases of the Laura and David Finn Reading Room featuring student projects from Lara Henderson’s Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 course “Art of the Book.”

Students in Art of the Book (VISA1240) examine the book, structurally and conceptually, as artist’s medium. Students learned the materials, tools and techniques of making books, as they explored the expressive and narrative possibilities of the book form.

Date:  February 27 — April 27, 2015
Location: Finn Reading Room Cases (Rockefeller Library)

Event and Exhibit | Unicorn Found: Science, Literature, and the Arts


UnicornFound-poster_webOn Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 4 – 5:30 p.m., the John Hay Library will host a faculty colloquium entitled Unicorn Found: Science, Literature, and the Arts. Part of the larger Unicorns in Residence: Providence initiative, the colloquium will feature a panel discussion with Brown professors from different disciplines engaging in scholarly inquiry into the unicorn legend. The colloquium also launches the opening of an exhibit of the same name. A reception will follow the colloquium. This event is free and open to the public.

Brown professors participating in the colloquium:

  • Johanna Hanink, Robert Gale Noyes Assistant Professor of Humanities, Classics Department
  • Any Remensnyder, History Department
  • Felipe Rojas Silva, Assistant Professor of Archaeology and the Ancient World, Assistant Professor of Egyptology and Assyriology, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

The Unicorn Found: Science, Literature, and the Arts exhibit will be on display in the lobby cases and Willis Reading Room cases of the John Hay Library from March 11 – July 31, 2015. The exhibit will feature unicorn-related artifacts, objects, images, and text from the specialized collections of the Brown University Library, the Fleet Library at RISD, the RISD Museum, the Providence Athenaeum, the Providence Public Library, and the John Carter Brown Library.

A fun and educational exploration of the unicorn from ancient to modern times, the Unicorn Found exhibit traces the history of how unicorns have been represented, exploring the myth and manifestation of the mysterious creature within different historical and cultural contexts. Exhibit artifacts depict the transforming imagery of the unicorn, from initial investigations into its existence, to modern design motifs.

Members of the public can visit the exhibit at the Hay during the library’s open hours, found here.

Unicorns In Residence: Providence

Unicorn Found: Science, Literature, and the Arts colloquium and exhibit are part of a larger community building project happing throughout the city of Providence. For more information on this exciting initiative, please visit the website at http://www.unicornsinresidence.com/


Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Time: 4 – 5:30 p.m., reception immediately following
Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence


Date: March 11 – July 31, 2015
Time: John Hay Library open hours
Location: Lobby and Willis Reading Room Cases, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence


350th Anniversary of the Oldest Continuously Published Scholarly Journal


The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London celebrates its 350th anniversary on March 6, 2015. Published since 1665, not only is it the oldest scholarly journal in the Brown University Library’s collections, it is believed to be the oldest scholarly journal in continuous publication. The Library is pleased to own a complete run in the original paper edition and to offer the complete run electronically through JSTOR.

Members of the Brown community with web authorization can click here to view the earliest issues.

Brown Engineering Professor Peter D. Richardson, a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), writes, “In 1665 the first issue of Philosophical Transactions was edited by Henry Oldenberg FRS, and this is now the oldest scientific journal in continuous publication, with peer review a characteristic content control feature.”

According to Richardson, the Royal Society of London is the world’s oldest chartered national scientific academy in continuous existence, and has been at the forefront of enquiry and discovery since its foundation in 1660. The backbone of the Society is its Fellowship of the most eminent scientists of the day, elected by peer review for life and entitled to use FRS after their name. There are more than 80 Nobel Laureates among the Society’s Fellows and Foreign Members. In 1663, the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge was granted its arms and adopted the motto “Nullius in verba” (i.e. Take nobody’s word for it) as expression of its enduring commitment to empirical evidence as the basis of knowledge about the natural world.

Updates from around the Library | February 2015

Updates of Library Blogs

Here are a few recent highlights from various Library blogs:

Happy Josiah Carberry Day!

Josiah Carberry during the Blizzard of 2015, Providence, RI

Josiah Carberry during the Blizzard of 2015, Providence, RI

The Brown University Library celebrates Josiah Carberry every Friday the 13th. In honor of the 13th and Valentine’s Day, we invite you to enjoy cookies at the Rock and SciLi. Consider leaving your loose change in a Brown jug (AKA “cracked pot”) to benefit the Josiah Carberry Fund.

Want to know more about Carberry and the Fund? Click here for more info.

Known to show up unannounced in unlikely places, Carberry has been seen but never verified on campus. Will you spot the elusive man himself? If you do, try to capture him with a photo and share on Twitter or Instagram with #JosiahCarberry.

To share on Facebook, friend Josiah Carberry and tag him in the photo.

Happy Josiah Carberry Day, Happy Friday the 13th, Happy Valentine’s Day, and happy hunting for Carberry!

Fernando Birri: Mi Patria Son Mis Zapatos

Fernando Birri by Wilhelm Reinke

Photo by Wilhelm Reinke

The John Hay Library takes great pleasure in announcing the opening of the Fernando Birri Archive of Multimedia Arts.  It is an extraordinary collection documenting the long and continuing career of Fernando Birri, a celebrated and influential film maker, poet, writer, educator, artist, and theoretician.

Fernando Birri was born in Santa Fe, Argentina in 1925 and is honored as the Father of the new Latin American film movement, described as a form of revolutionary or Third Cinema.  He has been a creative force in 43 films either as the director, actor, or subject. His most well-known films are Tire dié, ORG, and Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes. He was instrumental in the founding of 3 film schools: Instituto de Cinematografía de la Universidad del Litoral in Santa Fe, Argentina; Laboratorio Ambulante de Poéticas Cinematográficas in the Universidad de los Andes in Venezuela;  and Escuela de Cine y Televisión de Tres Mundos (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. He has authored numerous books on film theory and taught classes on film making around the world. In addition, he is a prolific artist working in a wide range of media from pencils to computer graphics.

The Fernando Birri Archive of Multimedia Arts contains his films, videos, film scripts, diaries, writings, art work, correspondence, poems, photographs, posters, and audio recordings.  It is a comprehensive archive of his life and work and the essential resource for understanding not only the work of Birri but also the history and evolution of Latin American film during the 20th and 21st centuries.

All of his work and creative energy has been accomplished despite, or perhaps because of, his continual movement from one country to another.  He left his native Argentina in 1950 to study film in Italy.  But he was forced to leave Argentina in 1963 for political reasons.  He kept on moving and has lived and worked in Brazil, Italy, Venezuela, Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, Germany, and the United States.  He describes his life this way:

“… I have to become a citizen of the world. And there is a very heart-rending phrase from an Argentinean filmmaker, who was killed by the dictatorship in Paris, Jorge Cedrón, which since then has come to be my motto: “Mi patria son mis zapatos [My country is my shoes]”. Life obliged me to that, so I accept it, I accept it well, and with dreams for the future. Period and enough.” (Interview by Mariluce Moura, 2006)

Exhibit | In Flanders Fields

Poem: In Flander's Fields

Source: Brown Digital Repository


Source: Brown Digital Repository

The Orwig Music Library’s new exhibit—In Flanders Fields: A Poetic and Musical Symbol of the ‘War to End All Wars’—draws on the collections of the Orwig Music Library, the John Hay Library, and personal heirlooms.

These collection pieces explore both the iconic 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields” (by Canadian doctor and officer John McCrae) and a selection of the many musical settings of this poem that were published in the waning years of the war.

Although this seemingly-pastoral work describes battle and death, it became a rallying point for recruitment of new troops and, in the U.S., the rejection of isolationist policy.

Location: Orwig Music Library
February 10, 2015–May 15, 2015

RI Library Legislative Awareness Day

Photo: Lennart Tange (flickr)

Photo: Lennart Tange (flickr)

Library lovers across the state are invited to join the Rhode Island Library Association on Tuesday, February 10 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the RI State House Rotunda for RI Library Legislative Awareness Day. This is a chance to meet-and-greet your state legislators, tell your story, and explain why supporting RI libraries is so important for the well-being of Rhode Islanders.

Plan to stay for a talk at 5pm by Brian C. Jones, a freelance writer for The Library Report blog and former reporter for the Providence Journal. Afterwards, the RI Coalition of Library Advocates will present their annual awards, including the 2015 COLA Sweetheart of the Year Award to Robert H. Aspri, Executive Director of the HELIN library consortium.

More information is available at these links for RI Library Legislative Awareness Day and the COLA awards.

Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Rhode Island State House Rotunda, Providence

Kanopy Streaming Available to Brown

Kanopy streaming at Brown

The library is pleased to announce the availability of the Kanopy Video Streaming Service to faculty, staff, and students.  Kanopy offers over 8500 films, documentaries, and training videos at: http://brown.kanopystreaming.com.

Kanopy’s award winning collection includes titles from PBS, the BBC, Criterion Collection, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation, Documentary Educational Resources (DER) and hundreds of leading producers.

In addition to being able to browse the Kanopy website, records for individual films will soon begin appearing in Josiah and the library discovery tool.

Faculty can either link directly to selected films in OCRA, or embed them directly into Canvas courses.