Rock Reading Room Construction Impacts, 9/21 – 9/25

Due to construction to renovate the Reading Room on the first floor of the Rockefeller Library, there will be no access to the Finn glass study rooms and window study carrels along College Street from Sunday, September 21 through Thursday, September 25th. The rooms and carrels will re-open on Friday, September 26.

Noisy work (grinding) will begin Sunday, September 21 at midnight through Monday, September 22 at 8:00am. Users of the Rockefeller Library between midnight and 2:00am on Sunday will be affected. Extra measures will be taken to help control dust and smell.

Updates From Around the Library (September 2014)


The fall semester is off to a great start at the Library. Here are a few recent highlights from various Library blogs:

Upcoming First Readings Events


As part of the First Readings program, there will be three events at the end of September/beginning of October. The selection for this year’s First Reading program was the film Oil and Water which told the story of Hugo Lucitante (a member of the Cofan tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon) and David Poritz (Brown ’12) as they both fought to protect the Amazon.

Upcoming First Readings Events

  • Seeing With Two Eyes: Development and Environment in Ecuador | September 29, 2014 at 4 p.m. in Salomon 001 (Main Green)
    David Poritz’12, Hugo Lucitante, Craig Hammer, and Juan Carlos in a discussion with Brown faculty on the intersection of environmental conservation and development.
  • Film Screening: Oil and Water  | October 1, 2014 at 4:15 p.m. in Salomon 101 (Main Green)
  • Ecuador before Ecuador : Indigenous and Early Amazon | October 2, 2014 at 4 p.m. in the MacMillan Reading Room (John Carter Brown Library)
    The filmmakers (Laurel Spellman Smith and Francine Strickwerda) and film protagonists (David Poritz and Hugo Lucitante) will discuss early Amazonian history and resources at Brown for studying the indigenous past.

Exhibit lecture | Behind the Scenes of Elements of Tradition and Change with Rachel Shipps and Abigail Ettelman

Join Rachel Shipps AM’14 and Abigail Ettelman AM’14, both graduates of the Public Humanities program at Brown, for a behind the scenes tour of the exhibit “Elements of Tradition and Change: Brown University’s First 250 Years.” Ms. Shipps and Ms. Ettelman, who curated the exhibit under the direction of University Archivist Jennifer Betts, will highlight some of the the challenges involved when creating an exhibit that encompasses many years and topics. In addition, both will discuss their favorite aspects of Brown University history. This event is free and open to the public.

Date: September 18, 2014
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Lownes Room | John Hay Library

Upcoming Library Workshops in September 2014

Library Workshops

The Library is offering a number of workshops this fall including twelve in September. Here’s a look at the upcoming Library workshops this month:




Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History Lecture & Exhibit in the DSL

Artist Ian Alan Paul

Artist Ian Alan Paul

On September 11 at 3 p.m. in the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab in the Rockefeller Library, artist Ian Alan Paul, a founder of the Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History, will give a talk about the Museum and the exhibit installed in the DSL. Part of the Bringing Guantanamo Bay Home event series, the exhibit will be on display and open to the public during certain hours, below, from September 11 – 18. The lecture and exhibit are co-sponsored by the DSL and the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

The exhibit features a digital selection from the Museum’s collection. The fictional Museum, located at the former site of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp in Cuba, is an institution dedicated to remembering the U.S. prison which was active between 2002 and 2012 before it was permanently decommissioned and closed.

Ian Alan Paul is a transdisciplinary artist/theorist living between San Francisco and Barcelona, whose projects and writing engage with theories and philosophies of media, social movements, and the cosmopolitical. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Le Monde, Art Threat, Jadaliyya, Art Info, and C Magazine and has been exhibited in galleries in Asia, North America, the Middle East, and Europe.

Click here for more information about the lecture event, artist, and exhibit.

Location: Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL), Rockefeller Library
Dates: September 11 – 18
3 – 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 11
1 – 3 p.m. on Friday, September 12
1 – 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14
1 – 3 p.m. on Monday, September 15
5 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16
1 – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17
5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 18


Exhibit Celebrating the Rock’s 50th Anniversary


An exhibit honoring the Rockefeller Library’s 50th Anniversary will be on display this fall in the lobby cases of the Rockefeller Library. This exhibit will showcase various photographs, documents, and other ephemera from the building’s half-century of existence.

For more information about the Rockefeller Library’s 50th Anniversary please visit the “Rock 50″ website. If you have a Rock memory you would like to share you can submit it here or on social media using the hashtag #rock50memories.

Members of the general public wishing to to view exhibits at the Rockefeller Library should first check in at the service desk.

Location: Rockefeller Lobby Cases
Date: September 2, 2014–January 9, 2015

Contact: Jennifer Betts

International Literacy Day


The University Library invites the Brown community to recognize and celebrate International Literacy Day. For over 40 years, UNESCO has celebrated International Literacy Day. The focus this year is on “literacies of the 21st century.”

As technology continues to change, the notion of literacy continues to evolve. Literacy has always been shaped by culture, history, language, religion, and socio-economic conditions, but for many years literacy was limited to reading, writing, and numeracy skills. Now other ways of understanding “literacy” or “literacies” have emerged.

With this year’s International Literacy Day dedicated to “literacies for the 21st century” the goal is to highlight the need for “basic literacy skills for all” as well as equip everyone with more advanced literacy skills as part of lifelong learning.

As always International Literacy Day strives to remind the international community literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.

More information on International Literacy Day.

Updates From Around the Library (August 2014)


As summer transitions into fall and the Library prepares for the upcoming semester, here are a few recent highlights from various Library blogs: