Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at the Brown Library in Tribute of Digital Humanities Scholar

Adrianne Wadewitz

The Brown University Library invites local Wikipedians to an Edit-a-Thon in memory of Adrianne Wadewitz on Thursday, May 22 from 1:30 – 6 p.m. in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, 10 Prospect Street.

Co-organized by the Brown University Library, Northeastern University, and others, this multi-day Wadewitz Tribute Edit-a-Thon is part of a worldwide Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon in remembrance of Adrianne Wadewitz, a HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) fellow and the Mellon Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Digital Learning + Research at Occidental College. The Edit-a-Thon at Northeastern is taking place on May 21 from 4 – 9 p.m.

Wadewitz died tragically this past April in a rock climbing accident. She was an energetic and inspiring teacher who focused on Wikipedia, feminism, and teaching pedagogy. Click here to read a message in remembrance of Wadewitz by Cathy Davidson, co-founder of HASTAC, including a link to Wadewitz’s blog.

People interested in participating in the Edit-a-Thon should bring their laptops to the Digital Scholarship Lab on the 22nd. All are welcome.

Click here to learn more and sign up on Wikipedia.

The Brown University Library is seeking additional organizers and helpers to be on staff during the event on May 22. If you would like to help out, contact Elli Mylonas, Senior Digital Humanities Librarian, at, or Fiona Barnett, Adjunct Lecturer in Modern Culture and Media, at

Focus on Collections | Spring/Summer 2014 Newsletter of the Brown University Library

Focus on Collections: The Newsletter of the Brown University Library, Spring/Summer 2014The Brown University Library has recently published its Spring/Summer 2014 edition of the Newsletter of the Brown University Library: Focus on Collections.

The publication considers the past, present, and future of library collections. With contributions from several Brown University librarians, faculty members, and students, the articles in the newsletter discuss the importance of the physical object and the stories an item can tell; review the logistics of acquiring, maintaining, and digitizing physical collections; evaluate the influx and influence of technology on collections building and maintenance; and take stock of the student experience with collections.

Harriette Hemmasi, the Joukowsky Family University Librarian, writes the introduction and emphasizes the Library’s commitment “to remaining, foremost, an intellectual center shaped by the needs of Brown students and faculty who rely on its collections, services, and spaces.”

You can read the newsletter in PDF form here: Focus on Collections.

Updates From Around the Library (May 2014)


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

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

2014 Library Innovation Prize Awarded

Michael Rowland '15 receives the 2014 Library Innovation Prize from Ned Quist, Associate University Librarian for Research & Outreach Services

Michael Rowland ’15 receives the 2014 Library Innovation Prize from Ned Quist, Associate University Librarian for Research & Outreach Services

In a ceremony on May 9 in the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, the Brown University Library awarded the winner of the 2014 Library Innovation Prize to Michael Rowland ’15. The $1,000 prize was given to the applicant who created the most effective working prototype of a mobile application designed to enhance access to or use of the Library.

Michael describes his winning creation: “The app has two main functions. It is able to generate citation information via scanning a barcode (either ISBN or Brown Library) that can be easily emailed to the user. Additionally, it provides recommendations for similar books using previous checkout information from the Brown libraries.”

Serving as judges for the competition were two faculty members: Jo Guldi, Assistant Professor of History, and Tom Doeppner, Associate Professor of Computer Science; a graduate student in the Department of Music: Chris Johnson-Roberson; and the Associate University Librarian for Digital Technologies: Andrew Ashton.

Click here for more information about the Library Innovation Prize.

The two winners of the 2014 Undergraduate Research Prize for Excellence in Library Research also received their awards at the ceremony. Leah Jones ‘17 was selected for her paper “Soldiers of Solidarity: The Boston Committee for Health Rights in Central America” and Richard Salamé ‘16 was chosen for his paper “Clocks and Empire: an Indian Case Study.” This award carries a prize of $750. (Read the full story here.)

Leah Jones '17

Leah Jones ’17 receives the 2014 Library Innovation Prize from Ned Quist, Associate University Librarian for Research & Outreach Services







Richard Salamé '16

Richard Salamé ’16 receives the 2014 Library Innovation Prize from Ned Quist, Associate University Librarian for Research & Outreach Services



The Great War, 1914–1918


The Great War, 1914–1918 Exhibit is on display in the Rockefeller Library (Finn Reading Room Cases) from May 2 – May 27, 2014.

The exhibit showcases items from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection. Items include: journals, books, etchings, posters, music sheets, and illustrations. All pieces are related to World War I.

One interesting feature in the exhibit is a sketchbook by Herman Fechenbach. In 1917, Fechenbach was involved in a grenade attack and eventually lost his left leg.

The Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection is the foremost American collection of material devoted to the history and iconography of soldiers and soldiering and is one of the world’s largest collections devoted to the study of military and naval uniforms. To learn more about the collection, please visit the collection website.

Date: May 2, 2014 – May 27, 2014
Location: Finn Reading Room cases | Rockefeller Library

Contact: Peter Harrington


Transformations | Fifty Years of the Brown University–Tougaloo College Partnership

20140512tougaloo The Transformations exhibit examines the unique relationship between Brown University and Tougaloo College (Mississippi) over its fifty year history. Photographs and printed materials offer a glimpse of the early years of the partnership as well as the depth of personal change experienced by participants in the exchange.  From Civil Rights to the present, Tougaloo has provided the Brown community with an important perspective on social activism, lingering inequalities, and education.

The Transformations exhibit goes up on May 12, 2014 and will be on display until August 15, 2014.

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

Date: May 12, 2014 – August 15, 2014
Location: Lobby cases | Rockefeller Library

Contact: Jennifer Betts


Music in the Ocean State Exhibit


The Music in the Ocean State exhibit was created to highlight Rhode Island music & musicians, in honor of the New England Chapter of the Music Library Association’s spring meeting (hosted by the Orwig Music Library on March 28, 2014). This exhibit will be up until the end of the summer.

The media, books, and music on display represent just a tiny fraction of the talent found in Rhode Island. As you can see, some artists are from out of state, some are homegrown, and many are Brown alums. For the smallest state in the union, we’re not only blessed with a wealth of musicians, but also many musical venues and festivals.

Location: Orwig Music Library
Date: March 28, 2014–August 31, 2014

contact: Laura Stokes


Library Pizza Nights


Pizza Night is finally here. Every year the Library hosts two nights of pizza. The first (Tuesday) night will be in the Sciences Library. The next night there will be pizza in the Rock. Students that enjoy studying in a library as well as eating pizza are encouraged to attend.

Pizza Night Schedule
Tuesday, May 6  |  9 p.m.  | Pizza Night at the Friedman Center (SciLi)
Wednesday, May 7  |  9 p.m.  |  Pizza Night at the Rockefeller Library Lobby

P.S. As always, please eat responsibly. There will always be more pizza next year.

Book and Photography Talk — Brown University: An Architectural Tour (The Campus Guide)

The Campus Guide: Brown University, An Architectural Tour

The Campus Guide: Brown University, An Architectural Tour

The Brown University Library and its Library Advisory Council invite the Brown community and members of the public to a book talk about the recently published Brown University: An Architectural Tour (The Campus Guide). Friday, May 2 at 4 p.m. in the first floor presentation space of Rhode Island Hall, author Raymond P. Rhinehart ’62 and photographer Walter Smalling, Jr. will discuss the new Guide, describing the process of creating and collecting these illustrious images and chronicling the depth and breadth of architectural styles at home on the Brown campus. A Q&A session and book signing will follow the lecture. Copies of the book will be available for purchase on site.

Organized by nine campus walks that bring readers along diverse, lively tours of the notable structures, the Guide offers practical information about the buildings on campus as well as insights into architectural styles by era with a healthy dose of Brown University and Ivy League history. Readers and attendees of the lecture will enjoy Rhinehart’s poetic style and Smalling’s stunning photographs. David Brussat, the architectural reporter for the Providence Journal, calls the book “An elegant guide to Brown’s campus.” Both the book and the talk will enrich and deepen one’s knowledge and estimation of College Hill and will appeal to architectural buffs, East Side residents, and members of the Brown community alike.

Raymond P. Rhinehart

Ray Rhinehart studied English literature at Brown and graduated magna cum laude in 1962. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1969. After teaching at the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University, he pursued post-doctoral studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. While in North Carolina, Rhinehart performed curating work for the Virginia Museum, served as fine arts editor for the Richmond Mercury, reported on fine arts for NPR, published poems and essays in the Christian Science Monitor, and wrote a play on American history that was performed at the Virginia Museum.

After moving to Washington, DC and spending four years as an adjunct lecturer at American and George Washington Universities, Rhinehart was appointed as Director of Media Relations for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1980. In 1987 he was named Vice President of the American Architectural Foundation, then in 1999 he returned to the AIA as Senior Director of Special Projects. He was made an Honorary Member of the AIA in 1994. He is the author of Princeton University: An Architectural Tour (The Campus Guide) as well as Brown University: An Architectural Tour (The Campus Guide). Music is Rhinehart’s deepest passion, and he sings with the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, DC, where he lives with his partner of 34 years, photographer Walter Smalling, Jr. They also share a home in Penobscot, Maine.

Walter Smalling, Jr.

After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in art history and design in 1973, Walter Smalling, Jr. received a two-year grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to preserve and create an exhibition of a historic photo collection. While working on this project, he was asked by a local preservation group to take photos of an endangered building. It was then that he discovered “old buildings” and his passion for architectural photography was born. He became a freelance photographer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Register of Historic Places. That was followed by a staff photographer position for the National Park Service’s historic preservation branch, during which time he traveled the world and wrote three books for the Service, including the first book ever written specifically on Shaker architecture.

Currently, Smalling works as a freelance photographer for major architectural firms, magazines, government agencies, book publishers, museums, and corporations worldwide. He has provided the photographs for fifteen books published by Rizzoli, Hearst, Crown Publishers, Princeton Architectural Press (including five college architectural guides), West Virginia University Press, and the New York Times. He is currently working on four books: one on the Shakers, a book on “Gentleman Farms of Virginia,” a book on the White House complex, and another on stone houses of the Shenandoah Valley. In addition to photography, Smalling also paints and owns an art studio in Penobscot, Maine.

Date: May 2, 2014
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Rhode Island Hall, on the College Green, 60 George Street

Preservation Week Lecture by Elisabetta Polidori: Miracles of Mary

Elisabetta Polidori

Elisabetta Polidori

In honor of Preservation Week, Elisabetta Polidori, the Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Paper Conservation at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), will give a talk about the technical examination and conservation treatment of an Ethiopic illuminated manuscript located at the Brown University Library, Ta’amera Maryam (Miracles of Mary), one of the most popular of Ethiopian texts. The talk will take place Wednesday, April 30 at 2:30 p.m. in the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL), located on the first floor of the Rockefeller Library. This event is free and open to the public.

The Miracles of Mary is a collection of miraculous tales, some composed in Ethiopia, some composed by Christians in Egypt, some composed in Europe, but all translated into Geez, the language of the Ethiopian Church around A.D. 1400. In the mid-fifteenth century the reading of three of these tales was required during each Sunday liturgy as well as on feast days dedicated to Our Lady Mary.

Polidori received her M.A. in Conservation of Paper and Parchment from the Opificio delle Pietre Dure of Florence in 2006, and in the same year she obtained a B.A. in Art History from the University of Florence. She gained extensive experience in the conservation and treatment of paper-based artifacts, working in private practice and public museums around the world. After graduation she started a long collaboration with the Pitti Palace Museum of Florence, Italy, for the conservation of its collection of Chinese paintings. From 2008 until 2011 she worked in the paper conservation department of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Subsequently, she served as Postgraduate Conservation Fellow at the Freer & Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, and the Claire W. and Richard P. Morse Fellow for Advanced Training in Paper Conservation at the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston. She is currently the Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Paper Conservation at the Northeast Document Conservation Center. The NEDCC is the first independent conservation laboratory in the United States to specialize exclusively in the conservation and preservation of paper-based collections. Polidori is specialized in the treatment of Western artworks on paper and has a strong interest in the conservation of Asian and Islamic art. She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).

Date: April 30, 2014
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect St.