Announcement | Winner of the 2018 Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research

L-R: Heather Cole, Librarian for Literary and Popular Culture Collections; Charlie Steinman ’20, Winner of the 2018 Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research; Bill Monroe, Senior Scholarly Resources Librarian

This year’s Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research was awarded to Charlie Steinman ’20 for his paper: “’Martin Luther’s whore more than a pope’: Annotation, Disgust, and Materiality in the Reformation Reception of the Pope Joan Myth.” The paper was written for History 1964A: “Age of Impostors: Fraud, Identity, and the Self in Early Modern Europe,” taught by Professor Tara Nummedal.

The award was presented to Charlie at a celebration in the Digital Scholarship Lab in the Rockefeller Library on May 4, 2018.

Charlie’s paper examined at the myth of Pope Joan as it was received in the Reformation and Counter-Reformation Europe, especially as revealed in printed books of the period. He had discovered that the image of Pope Joan in Brown’s copy of the Nuremburg Chronicle was scratched out, and further searching revealed many copies of this and other printed chronicles have similar effacements, sometimes with marginal notes. He determined that these effacements were the work of Catholic readers, who were responding to Protestant uses of the Pope Joan myth to discredit the papacy and its purported apostolic succession.  The Catholics wished to show that Pope Joan did not exist and sought to remove her from the histories.

Charlie cites one example of defacement in a copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle in the Universitäts und Landesbibliothek Darmstadts in which the reader both smudged out the image of Pope Joan and left an annotation around it. “He/she writes: ‘Martin Luther’s whore more than a pope.’ (Martini Lutheri concubina potiusquam papa).”

One of the prize judges wrote, “This is a highly original, engaging, and readable work that makes impressive use of archival materials both at Brown and beyond. The affective reading of annotations is poised to contribute to future scholarship.” Another judge commented, “Both the description of the author’s process of research and the paper itself read like a mystery novel, and one can “see” his mind working (I wonder if defacement occurs in other copies…?) as he goes from text to text, engaging various languages and libraries in the process.”

Congratulations to Charlie for a job well done! The Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College and the Brown University Library.

This year’s panel of judges was composed of:

  • Claudia Elliott, Senior Lecturer in International and Public Affairs
  • Johanna Hannink, Associate Professor of Classics
  • Jessica Metzler, Associate Director, Humanities & Social Sciences, Sheridan Center for Teaching
  • Heather Cole, Librarian for Literary and Popular Culture Collections
  • William S. Monroe, Senior Scholarly Resources Librarian

Alumni Reunion Forum | Taking Action in the Public Square

Were you first engaged in organizing for change at Brown?  Are you engaged now? Join fellow Brown alumni to discuss the gratification and challenges of public engagement. Share your story about your participation in efforts to make your community a better place through social change, greater diversity, higher standards, and equitable structures.

Join the Brown University Library and the Brown Alumni Association for an Alumni Reunion Forum entitled, “Taking Action in the Public Square,” on Saturday, May 26, from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm in the Lownes Room of the John Hay Library.

Participants:

  • Jane Beckett (Class of 1968), Jane Beckett & Associates
  • Bob Cohen (Class of 1968), Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
  • Katie Cohen (Class of 2013), North Shore (Massachusetts) Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Jim Dickson (Class of 1968), American Association of People with Disabilities
  • Ken Galdston (Class of 1968), InterValley Project
  • Rinku Sen (Class of 1988), Race Forward

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

New Eresource – United Nations Digital Library

Access to a new eresource has been added on the Databases A-Z list on the Library Web. The United Nations Digital Library (UNDL) is now a freely accessible online resource.

Current and historical: provides a single access point to UN information. Allows for exploration of documents and publications, voting data, maps, speeches, images and sounds, and more. Additional collections of digital materials will be added as they are created or are made available by UN departments, offices, and agencies. Covers most UN bodies such as the General Assembly, the International Court of Justice, the Human Rights bodies, and many more. [This resource is publicly available.]

Exhibit | From Gospel Hymns to “Mississippi Goddam”: the Evolving Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Era and Beyond

Music was a sonic weapon used by Civil Rights organizations against violence and oppression. Songs were used to inspire, unite and comfort participants at meetings, sit-ins, marches and in jail cells. Trace the journey for equality and the music it inspired, and discover iconic pieces that have become staples of protest movements around the world.

For more documents related to the Civil Rights era (particularly in Mississippi), see the Library’s ‘Freedom Now!’ archive, a cooperative digitizing project undertaken by Brown University and Tougaloo College:

Dates: May 1 – October 1, 2018
TimeLibrary Hours
Location: Orwig Music Library, 1 Young Orchard Avenue, Providence

Exhibit | Painting with Plaster: 3D Printing at the Brown University Library

Since 2016, the library has been printing 3D objects for students, faculty, and staff using a ProJet 660 Pro 3D printer, which creates colored objects out of gypsum powder.

This exhibit showcases some of the varied work created over the last two years using the printer and the artwork of Zak Ziebell ‘19, currently studying painting at RISD and Symbolic Systems at Brown University. He began working for the Rockefeller Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship in 2016, and was the Studio’s artist-in-residence over the summer of 2017.

For more information about the Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio and its 3D printing services, please visit:  library.brown.edu/create/digitalstudio

Dates: May 1 – July 15, 2018
TimeJohn D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library Hours
Location: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

 

Current Top Library Databases

Top 20 Databases
Time run: 5/10/2018 4:04:52 PM

Counter Database Name                             Usage (number of searches)
Ovid MEDLINE(R)                                         23,392
Slavery and Anti-Slavery                               12,660
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
Global                                                            12,174
Business Premium Collection-
>ABI/INFORM Collection-
>ABI/INFORM Global                                    11,949
Eighteenth Century Collections
Online                                                            11,905
ProQuest Historical Newspapers:
The New York Times                                     11,474
US Newsstream 8,346
US Newsstream->US Major Dailies                7,690
ProQuest Historical Newspapers:
The Wall Street Journal                                   7,548
ProQuest Historical Newspapers:
The Baltimore Sun                                          7,538
US Newsstream->US Northeast
Newsstream                                                    7,051
ProQuest Historical Newspapers:
Chicago Tribune                                              6,936
US Newsstream->US Major
Dailies->The Wall Street Journal                     6,899
ProQuest Historical Newspapers:
The Washington Post                                       6,884
ProQuest Historical Newspapers:
The Boston Globe                                            6,806
ProQuest Historical Newspapers:
Los Angeles Times                                           6,775
US Newsstream->US Major
Dailies->New York Times
6,772
US Newsstream->US West
Newsstream                                                      6,661
ProQuest Historical Newspapers:
New York Tribune / Herald Tribune                   6,588
Ethnic NewsWatch                                            6,524

 

Exhibit | Selections from the Thomas H. Simon Circus Collection

Big Apple Circus, Twenty Years, 1997-1998 season program

Currently on View:  Selections from the Thomas H. Simon Circus Collection

The Thomas H. Simon Circus Collection contains more than 200 items, primarily about the American circus arts, including first-edition books, pennants, programs, stamps, drawings and promotional materials dating from the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries.

Simon graduated with a degree in philosophy from Brown University in 1954. An avid reader of American history, he completed a Master of Arts in History at Xavier University in Cincinnati in 1987.  He was President of Schaefer Tailoring Company (Cincinnati), founder of People, Places and Things (1976), and served as a dedicated member of the Brown University Library Advisory Council for more than a decade.

Dates: May 1 – May 31, 2018
TimeJohn D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library Hours
Location: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Exhibit | Todd Haynes Image Books (1995 – 2017)

I’m Not There (2007) , Todd Haynes Image Book

Award-winning filmmaker Todd Haynes has created image books for each of his films beginning with Safe in 1995. In an interview with the New York Times, Haynes explained the books in terms of his process as “a way of communicating beyond words that gets to the crux of what the mood, temperature and stylistic references would be.” (January 28, 2016)

Todd Haynes graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Art-Semiotics (1985). The director of Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, Poison, Dottie Gets Spanked, Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far from Heaven, I’m Not There, Mildred Pierce, Carol, and Wonderstruck, Haynes was a pioneer of the New Queer Cinema movement and is known for his ongoing visual and narrative experiments within narrative cinema and television and his engagement with gender, sexuality, identity, mediation, and living inside/outside of “the mainstream.”

Currently on View:
Safe (1995)
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
Far from Heaven (2002)
Carol (2015)
Wonderstruck (2017)

Dates: May 1 – 4, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Events | Pizza Nights

Mmmmmm…..It’s pizza time!

 

Just when you thought you couldn’t make it through finals, pizza nights arrive to give you a hand in the form of gooey, saucy cheese and dough.

At 9 p.m. on these two nights, let pizza be your spirit food.

  • Tuesday, May 8: Lobby, The Rock
  • Wednesday, May 9: Friedman Study Center, SciLi

Pizza Nights are brought to you by the Brown University Library and Campus Life.

Dates: May 8 and 9, 2018
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Rockefeller Library and Sciences Library

Event | Yoken Lecture with Valerie Steele: Paris, Capital of Fashion

On Monday, April 30, 2018 at 4 p.m. in the Metcalf Auditorium of RISD Museum’s Chace Center, Valerie Steele will deliver the annual Mel and Cindy Yoken Cultural Series Lecture entitled, “Paris, Capital of Fashion.” This event is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow. A book sale and signing will take place during the reception.

Valerie Steele

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, where she has organized more than 25 exhibitions. She is also the founder and editor in chief of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, and the author of more than 20 books including The Corset: A Cultural History; Fetish: Fashion, Sex, and Power; and Women of Fashion: Twentieth-Century Designers. Described in The Washington Post as one of “fashion’s brainiest women” and by Suzy Menkes as “The Freud of Fashion,” Steele combines serious scholarship (and a Yale Ph.D.) with the rare ability to communicate with general audiences. As author, curator, editor, and public intellectual, Valerie Steele has been instrumental in creating the modern field of fashion studies and in raising awareness of the cultural significance of fashion.

Paris, Capital of Fashion

Paris has been the fashion capital of the world for over 300 years. Even before the rise of haute couture, Parisians were notorious for their obsession with fashion, inspiring the latest styles around the globe. From Charles Frederick Worth to Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent, fashion history is dominated by the names of Parisian couturiers. But Valerie Steele’s book Paris Fashion: A Cultural History, from which she will draw for this talk, is much more than just a history of great designers. Steele demonstrates that the success of Paris ultimately rests on the strength of its fashion culture–created by a host of fashion performers and spectators, including actresses, dandies, milliners, artists, and writers.

Paris Fashion: A Cultural History

Paris Fashion: A Cultural History will be available for purchase at the event. First published in 1988, Paris Fashion was acclaimed as “fascinating” and “original.” The captivating new edition has been completely revamped and brought up to date, encompassing the latest developments in fashion around the world. Lavishly illustrated and elegantly written, Valerie Steele’s masterwork presents with brilliance and flair her analysis of the reasons why Paris remains the capital of fashion.

Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI