Nature.Com Complete

Starting in 2015 the Library is pleased to be able to offer to the University community access to Nature Publishing Group’s (NPG) Nature.com Complete. This service provides unlimited, seamless, and immediate access to content on the nature.com platform (except Nature Disease Primers and Nature Plants). This includes archived content back to the 1st issues for all NPG journals on the nature.com platform. There is no limit on downloaded articles; they can be printed or stored electronically.

The NPG portfolio incorporates a wide variety of titles across the clinical, physical and life sciences. Many of the Nature research journals are ranked number 1 in their field, and all are guided by an expert team of editors.

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Exhibit | The Great Britain Smiler Sheets

SmilersStampsSixteen sheets of the Smiler stamps are on exhibit in the Anne S.K. Brown Military Gallery of the John Hay Library from January 7 – March 4, 2015. The Smilers are part of the Brown University Library’s extensive stamp collections.

The “Smilers” are a series of stamps first issued by Great Britain for the 2000 International Stamp Exhibition, London. During the Exhibition, attendees could go to special photo booths and have their picture taken and placed on the stamps. The service was popular at the Exhibition, but its novelty eventually wore off with the public, possibly due to the higher price for the customized stamps. These early, customizable Smiler sheets are now fairly scarce.

As an alternative to the customized Smiler sheets, the Royal Mail also produced pre-designed Smilers, such as the sheet featured here and those in the Exhibit at the John Hay Library.

The Smilers stamps were created to inspire people to return to traditional correspondence through the post, as opposed to using electronic forms of communication. Will they inspire you?

The Brown University Library is home to several stamp collections, including the Knight Collection, the Peltz and Morriss Collections of Special Delivery stamps, the George S. Champlin Memorial Stamp Collection of international issues, and the Robert T. Galkin Collection of First Day Covers.

Click here for more information about Special Collections at Brown, including the stamp collections.

Dates: January 7 – March 4, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Location: Anne S.K. Brown Military Gallery, Third Floor, Room 303, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

The Library Welcomes Kerri Hicks, Christopher Geissler, and Kimberly Silva

The Brown University Library is pleased to welcome three recent hires: Kerri Hicks, Christopher Geissler, and Kimberly Silva.

kerriHicksKerri Hicks joined the Library as the new Web Manager on August 29, 2014. She has been a web developer in higher education for nearly twenty years. One of her goals throughout her professional career has been to connect people with information. Prior to Brown, she was the Manager of Web Communications at the University of Rhode Island. In December of 2014, she earned her MLIS degree from University of Rhode Island.

 

GeisslerChristopher Geissler returned to Brown as Librarian for British and American Literary and Popular Culture Collections on September 2, 2014. He had served briefly as interim librarian for these collections from January to May 2013, when he left to take an archivist position at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Christopher has worked at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library in Williamstown, MA. He holds undergraduate and graduate (BA and MPhil) degrees from Yale University in American Studies and earned an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

 

KimberlySilvaSquareKimberly Silva became the Circulation Manager in the Rockefeller Library on November 24, 2014. Prior to arriving at Brown, she worked at the Fall River Public Library for fourteen years, where she was the librarian in both public and technical services. Kimberly has both her BA and MLIS degrees.

Special Collections Hours during Intersession 2015

The Special Collections Reading Room of the John Hay Library will be closed from December 24, 2014, thru January 9, 2015. From January 12 to January 20, 2015, the Special Collections Reading Room will be available by appointment only from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. To request an appointment, please e-mail Hay@brown.edu prior to 12 noon on Friday, January 9. Please specify the date(s) and time(s) you plan to arrive at the reading room to work with Special Collections materials.

Please note that the John Hay Library will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015, for the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

José Rodrigues Miguéis Papers at the John Hay Library

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José Rodrigues Miguéis

The papers of José Rodrigues Miguéis, the influential Portuguese writer, educator, illustrator, and jurist, are now available for research at the John Hay Library.

Miguéis was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1901.  He left Portugal in 1935 when his political opinions brought him into conflict with the rising fascist party, Estado Novo.  He moved to the United States and became an American citizen returning to Portugal occasionally.  He was the author of at least 23 works of fiction and numerous essays, newspaper columns, and articles.  The Portuguese government recognized his outstanding service to literature by awarding him the Ordem Militar de Santiago da Espada in 1979.

The Miguéis papers comprise the author’s correspondence, literary manuscripts, interviews, diaries, calendars, notebooks, drawings, photographs, audio recordings and awards. It contains work by others that relate to Miguéis, such as literary reviews and criticism, drawings, and adaptations of his work.  This collection also includes approximately 2,000 books from the personal library of Miguéis which features Portuguese and world literature and related literary criticism.

To enter the world of this important 20th century writer contact Patricia Figueroa, Curator of Iberian and Latin American Collections or visit the John Hay Library.

Updates from around the Library (December 2014)

Updates from around the Library.

The semester is coming to an end, but the Library is as busy as ever with extended hours during exams. Here are a few recent highlights from various Library blogs:

Special Collections Hours during intersession 2015

The Special Collections Reading Room of the John Hay Library will be closed from December 24, 2014, thru January 9, 2015. From January 12 to January 20, 2015, the Special Collections Reading Room will be available by appointment only from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. To request an appointment, please e-mail Hay@brown.edu prior to 12 noon on Friday, January 9. Please specify the date(s) and time(s) you plan to arrive at the reading room to work with Special Collections materials.

Please note that the John Hay Library will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015, for the Martin Luther King Day holiday.