On October 1 archivists across the United States will take to Twitter to answer your questions about all things archives. This day-long event, sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, gives you the opportunity to ask questions, get information, or simply to satisfy your curiosity. Learn about archival and special collections at the John Hay Library and beyond!
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The Library and the Cogut Center for the Humanities are pleased to welcome Laura Mandell, Professor of English and Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University, who will present a talk entitled, “Whither the Scholarly Monograph,” at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2015 in the Digital Scholarship Lab on the first floor of the Rockefeller Library. The talk will be followed by a question and answer period along with a reception in the DSL.
Laura Mandell is Professor of English and Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University. She is the author of Breaking the Book: Print Humanities in the Digital Age (2015), Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1999), a Longman Cultural Edition of The Castle of Otranto and Man of Feeling, and numerous articles primarily about eighteenth-century women writers. An article in New Literary History, “What Is the Matter? What Literary History Neither Hears Nor Sees,” describes how digital work can be used to conduct research into conceptions informing the writing and printing of eighteenth-century poetry. She is Project Director of the Poetess Archive, an online scholarly edition and database of women poets, 1750-1900, Director of 18thConnect, and Director of ARC, the Advanced Research Consortium, overseeing NINES, 18thConnect, and MESA.
Her current research involves developing new methods for visualizing poetry, developing software that will allow all scholars to deep-code documents for data-mining, and improving OCR software for early modern and 18th-c. texts via high performance and cluster computing.
Professor Mandell’s talk is co-sponsored by the Cogut Center for the Humanities and the Brown University Library’s lecture series, New Directions in Scholarly Publishing and the Challenges of Evaluation.
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence
Christopher Geissler has been appointed the Director of the John Hay Library and Special Collections. Christopher will begin this new role effective September 21, 2015.
Christopher has held two previous positions at Brown: first as Project Archivist in the University Archives and more recently as Librarian for American and British Literary and Popular Culture Collections. In addition, Christopher has held positions at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library in Williamstown, MA, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.
Christopher earned degrees in American Studies at Yale University (B.A., M.A., M.Phil.) and received a Masters in Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Drawn from the collections of Brown University Library, the exhibit investigates the poetic work of men and women incarcerated in the United States in the last decades of the twentieth-century. It is an open-ended examination of the challenges and potential for communication across the socio-economic divide engendered by mass incarceration.
Online exhibit: Poetry from the Age of Mass Incarceration
Dates: September 21, 2015 – January 4, 2016
Time: Open to the public 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Location: Willis Reading Room Gallery, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence
James Murdock joined the Library in September as the Digital Scholarship Services Manager within Integrated Technology Services. Prior to Brown, James served as the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Director of Digital Strategies. In this role, he oversaw the development of online tools to disseminate the work of the foundation and its grantees—including the complete overhaul of Carnegie’s website, which re-launched on July 27, 2015, as well as the creation of a digital storytelling platform and mobile apps.
Before joining Carnegie in 2013, James was The New York Public Library’s Director of Multimedia Content. There, he and his team designed cutting edge mobile, social, and video tools—such as the award-winning iPad app Biblion—to showcase NYPL’s special collections as well as build online communities around the library’s educational programs. In previous positions at NYPL, where he began serving in 2008, James was the Audio/Video Manager, in charge of setting production guidelines for filming some of the library’s more than 55,000 public programs each year. He also belonged to the digital strategy team that re-launched nypl.org in 2010.
Since 2011, James has served on the board of the nonprofit FilmShop, dedicated to building a community of independent filmmakers and transmedia producers in the New York area and beyond. James’s early career included ten years as a print, radio, and video journalist. He was the news editor of the leading design journal Architectural Record; a freelancer for American Public Media’s Marketplace; and an associate editor of the real estate journal Commercial Property News. He also co-authored the textbook Serving LGBTQ Teens: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians.
James earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brown, where he double-majored in Architectural History and Urban Studies, and received his Master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he concentrated in magazines and radio.
As a new semester begins, here are a few updates from the Library:
- Over at the Hall-Hoag Collection Blog, Jordan Jancosek began her tenure with a post on “cat lovers against the bomb.”
- Check out some of the Library’s new eresources.
- The Image Collections Blog’s latest post is on maps (only available to the Brown community).
- Curio takes an in-depth look at stereoscopy.
- The Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection talks about the wounded of World War I.
- The latest from CDS is on using Zotero.
- If you’re on social media, check for Library updates on: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
This stamp exhibit at the Anne S. K. Brown Military in the John Hay Library features a set of U.S. stamps that were produced in 1991 called U.S. Comedians on Stamps. The idea for these stamps started in 1981 when Howard Paine, the coordinator for the Stamp Committee, proposed doing some adventurous things, like seeing some of the great caricaturists design stamps. In particular, he suggested having Al Hirschfeld create caricatures of celebrities.
Paine’s idea became a reality on August 29, 1991, when Postmaster General Anthony M. Frank dedicated a booklet of stamps featuring Hirschfeld caricatures of famous 20th century American comedians. This stamp issue was the first of 25 issues depicting caricatures of show business personalities created by Hirschfeld specifically as stamp art. Four of the Hirschfeld stamps, shown above, are on display in the exhibit.
(Fun fact: In 1945 Hirschfeld’s daughter Nina was born, and from that year on he always hid the name Nina in his drawings.)
The exhibit also depicts the process of creating a U.S. stamp by showing Hirschfeld’s drawing, the overlay with the name and postage rate of the stamp that was superimposed over the drawing, and the final stamp itself.
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.
Dates: September 10 – October 31, 2015
Time: Open to the public 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Location: Anne S. K. Brown Military Gallery, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence
The Library and the Cogut Center for the Humanities are pleased to welcome Cheryl Ball, Associate Professor of Digital Publishing Studies at West Virginia University, who will present a talk entitled, “Exploring Two Decades in the Evaluation of Digital Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion,” at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 18, 2015 in the Digital Scholarship Lab on the first floor of the Rockefeller Library. The talk will be followed by a question and answer period along with a light lunch served in the DSL.
As Associate Professor of Digital Publishing Studies, Prof. Ball teaches classes in editing, multimedia authoring, and digital publishing. She has published articles and webtexts on multimodal composition and digital publishing in Classroom Discourse, Computers and Composition, C&C Online, Fibreculture, Convergence, Hybrid Pedagogy, Kairos, Programmatic Perspectives, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Writing & Pedagogy. She has also published several books, including The New Work of Composing (co-edited with Debra Journet and Ryan Trauman); RAW: Reading and Writing New Media (co-edited with Jim Kalmbach); and Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects (co-authored with Kristin Arola & Jenny Sheppard). In addition, she is editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Most recently, Prof. Ball was instrumental in securing a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build Vega, an open-access, multimedia, academic publishing platform.
Professor Ball’s talk is co-sponsored by the Cogut Center for the Humanities and the Brown University Library’s lecture series, New Directions in Scholarly Publishing and the Challenges of Evaluation.
Date: Friday, September 18, 2015
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence
On Friday, August 14, 2015, the Brown University Library hosted a workshop and forum about China’s Publishing Soft Power. Below is a list of the presentations.
Session I. Trends in Global Information and Communication (Moderator: William S. Monroe)
- Keynote Speech: Global Brown: Comprehensive Internationalization (Sonia Feigenbaum)
- Keynote Speech: Libraries, Publishing and Intellectual Property in the Digital Age (Ned Quist)
- Understanding Moore’s Law in Digital Publishing (Xiao Chuan Lian)
- From Hollywood to Huallywood—through Visual Literacy (Yan Ma)
- Arab Spring and Publishing Landscape of the Middle East (Ian Straughn)
- Brill Publishers and the Publishing Process with Brill (Qin Higley)
Session II. Landscape of Booming Publishing Enterprises in China (Moderator: Hong Ji)
- Keynote Speech: Growth of China’ Publishing Industry (Zhang Zhiqiang)
- Chinese Scholarly Publishing: (Huang Fang)
- Growth of Chinese Digital Publishing (Susan Xue)
- Pishu: Non-official Report Series for Social Science Studies (Xie Shouguang, Liren Zheng, and Liang Fan)
- Chinese Bookfairs: Domestic and International (Wang Pengfei)
- Publishing Industry in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Maco (Zhuge Weidong)
Session III. Challenges and Strategies for Accessing to Chinese Scholarly Resources (Moderator: Zhuge Weidong)
- Best Practices for Selecting and Acquiring Growing Chinese Print Resources (Ming Sun Poon)
- Issues on Evaluation on Chinese E-resources (Chengzhi Wang)
- Organization and Access to Chinese Materials for the Confucius Institutes in the U.S. (Yan Ma)
- Reexamine the Role of Special Collection Librarians (Yan He)
- Professional Exchanges and Collaborations between Chinese and American libraries and librarians (Shuyong Jiang)
Concluding Remarks and Announcements (Li Wang)