Planned maintenance and service interruption: multiple library systems

The library has scheduled an update and associated maintenance for the library catalog software on Tuesday, March 26 beginning at 10 am. This will require approximately eight hours of downtime for the library catalog and services tied to the software API. We chose this date to reduce the number of faculty, staff, and students affected by downtime.

We don’t expect the system to be down for more than eight hours, but we will send out an update should that time be extended for any reason. This update from version 3.4 to 4.2 will bring the library to the current release of this software and should resolve many outstanding issues.

Services interrupted include:

  • Requesting/paging items from any library or the Library Annex will be delayed
  • Patron records may not immediately reflect item returns and checkout
  • BorrowDirect requests will not work, but ILLiad will remain online
  • Classic Josiah will be down. Patrons will still be able to search ‘New’ Josiah though item availability information will not populate
  • Any link using from Canvas, syllabi, various content management systems, or other communications will not work during downtime

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to improve services and facilitate world-class, innovative research.

New Film Streaming Service on Trial

The Library is running a trial of Film Platform, a streaming video service.  Film Platform brings relevant and highly regarded films from the festival circuit to the Library. Their aim is to bring these important stories to the forefront of the global academic conversation. The collection is meticulously curated by film experts and leading academics to showcase critically-acclaimed documentaries of social, political and cultural importance.

Try Film Platform at the link below:

Planned system outage

The Library will be updating one of its core servers on Thursday morning, March 21. You may see instability in some Library services for a brief period of time. All buildings will remain open and all in-person services will continue to operate normally during the system update.

Announcement | Brown Library Staff Recognized for Service Milestones on BEAR Day

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, Brown University staff gathered for the annual Brown Employee Appreciation and Recognition (BEAR) Day, at which staff are recognized for milestone years of continuous service. With so many employees with impressive longevity, the Library is always well represented at BEAR Day.

Here are the Library staff members who were recognized this year:

5 Years of Service

  • William Buzzell

10 Years of Service

  • Adam Bradley
  • Erika Sevetson

15 Years of Service

  • Holly Snyder

20 Years of Service

  • Patrick Hutchinson

 25 Years of Service

  • Thomas Allen
  • Alison Bundy
  • Suzan Gervais
  • William Monroe
  • Russell Tandy

30 Years of Service

  • John Boylan
  • Paula Kojian
  • Linda Peterson

 30+ Years of Service

  • Karen Bouchard
  • Raymond Butti
  • James Chapin
  • Stephen Conlon
  • Paul Cormier
  • Linda DePalma
  • Ann Dodge
  • Patricia Dumin
  • Peter Harrington
  • Joanna Katsune
  • Andrew James Moul
  • Andrew Pereira
  • Patricia Putney
  • Jean Rainwater
  • Robert Rosa
  • Joanne Tandy
  • Virginia Twomey
  • William Wood

40+ Years

  • Charles Flynn
  • Linda Gesualdi
  • Sheila Hogg
  • Debra Nelson

Excellence Award

Tiffini Bowers

In addition, the BEAR Day celebration also recognizes recipients of the Excellence Awards. Tiffini Bowers, Library Exhibition Curator, received her award for Excellence in the Rising Star category.

The Library congratulates all of our staff members for your many years of service and thanks you for all of your valuable contributions. We are fortunate to be an organization with so many longterm employees, and we appreciate the dedication and wealth of institutional knowledge you bring to the Library each day.

Exhibit | Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection Loan to The Watercolour World

French Garde Impériale and Garde Nationale during the Hundred Days, 1815. Denis Dighton 1792-1827

UK-based nonprofit organization The Watercolour World has added 93 items from the Brown University Library’s Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection to its online exhibition website, a free database of documentary watercolors painted before 1900.

Visit The Watercolour World and see the works from the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection.

The Watercolour World aims to “not simply preserve the watercolour record but revive it, sparking new conversations and revelations. By making history visible to more people, we can deepen our understanding of the world.”

The Library is pleased to have provided access to our digital archive of material in the Military Collection, which numbers more than 25,000 items. Through partnerships such as this, we are able to share the unique treasures in our collections with scholars and patrons around the world.

Announcement | Andrew Majcher, Records Manager/Digital Archivist

Andrew Majcher joined the Library in April 2018 as Records Manager/ Digital Archivist.

As the University’s Record Manager, Andrew is positioned within University Archives and is tasked with developing and implementing a records management program for University records, both in analog and digital formats. He provides records guidance and outreach to Brown departments and staff through inquires, meetings, and presentations. Currently, Andrew is working with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance to review and update existing records management policies for the Brown; meeting with departments and General Counsel to improve the current records retention schedule;  and organizing on record storage throughout the campus including offsite record storage. Andrew also serves as a member of the Data Governance Advisory Committee and other related committees on campus.

As the Library’s Digital Archivist, Andrew and his team member, Cody Ross, are responsible for digital preservation within the Library. They work on projects to characterize, describe, and transform digital content so it can be preserved and uploaded to the Brown Digital Repository for access. They also are responsible for preserving the University website and other related web content.

Prior to coming to Brown in April 2018, Andrew worked for the County of Fairfax, VA in the roles of Freedom of Information Act Analyst and Assistant County Archivist from 2013 to 2018. As FOIA Analyst, he was the project manager in implementing enterprise wide software to centrally locate information requests across a workforce of over 10,000 employees. Andrew also facilitated responses to requests and located the associated records. As Assistant County Archivist, Andrew managed the County’s records center and supervised it’s staff. At the record center he oversaw the intake of new records and the destruction of records maintained by the County. Andrew was the lead in providing Records Management education and outreach by providing a minimum of 16 presentations yearly and assisting County staff with records questions. He also developed and implemented policies related to Records Management.

Andrew earned the designation of Certified Records Manager from the Institute of Certified Records Managers. He received his MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in History from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

Andrew and family have acclimated to life in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He enjoys spending his free time with his 20 month old daughter and running.

Event | #LibraryLove on Valentine’s Day

Response to #LibraryLove 2019

Thank you to all the students, staff, and faculty who took the time to write 103 sticky notes expressing your affection for all things Brown University Library this past Valentine’s Day. We loved reading them! Here are a few of our favorite messages:

  • I love that the library is always there for me when I’m struggling
  • I love the U-FLi Center on the 5th floor and the constant presence of community
  • Love the library and the great people who care for it.
  • Best security guards on campus!
  • I live here.
  • The night guard who is always nice and asks me about my day
  • The SciLi has been like home for me. I’m always here.
  • I love studying with friends in the study rooms!
  • The people are so friendly here! Thank you to all the dedicated staff!
  • I love the wonderful friends turned family I’ve met while studying here.
  • Thank you to everyone who makes the SciLi feel like a home
  • Love all the friendly librarians at the Hay
  • I love my wonderful mentors and friends at the Hay
  • I love the Orwig scanner-copier!
  • I love the secret practice room!
  • I love all the music and love for music in the air
  • I love the power I feel finding books!
  • Love the student workers!
  • Free libraries got me here. Love.
  • Shoutout to the people who work in Interlibrary Loan!
  • Someone was nice enough to leave my glasses at the front desk when I lost them here!
  • To the librarian with the awesome haircut (you know you you are): awesome haircut!
  • Thanks for being so kind. You’re the best.
  • People in Circ are the best!
  • I love libraries and people who love libraries!
  • I love the subject librarians and their diverse knowledge!
  • I love the Rock b/c I live here!
  • Thank you for staying up late with us while we work!
  • So many possibilities in every book!
  • Thanks for such a warm and friendly place to study.

Over 1,000 cookies were eaten and we mailed 111 cards from the Friends of the Library collection.

In addition, people were invited to post messages online.

We hope that the #LibraryLove event brightened your Valentine’s Day as much as it did for us. We love the members of the Brown University community, we stand ready to help you with all your research and study needs, and we look forward to sharing the love once again on Valentine’s Day 2020!

Cookies and Stickies

This Valentine’s Day — Thursday, February 14 — let us know what you love about the Brown University Library, enjoy some cookies, and write a love letter.

There will be cookies in four library locations along with sticky notes and pens. We invite you to write what you love about the Library on a sticky note and put it up on the wall.

Share the Love on Social

We’ll take some photos of the sticky notes and post them to Instagram and Twitter.

  • @BrownUniversityLibrary on Insta
  • @BrownLibrary on Twitter

We’d love to see your photos, too! Be sure to use #LibraryLove and #BrownLibrary so we can like, comment, and share.

Not on campus? Create a virtual love letter to the Library.

Send a Letter

Complimentary greeting cards from the Friends of the Library collections will be available at each location. Please help yourself to a card (or several), write a note, seal and address the envelope (you will need to know the address), and place it in the box labeled “CARDS.” The Library will mail the cards for you!

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2018
Time: All day

  • Rockefeller Library, Sorensen Family Reading Room
  • John Hay Library, First Floor Lounge
  • Sciences Library, Lobby
  • Orwig Music Library, Circulation Area

Event | “Some Favored Nook” Talk with Eric Nathan

Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson and poet Emily Dickinson

On Friday, March 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. in the John Hay Library, Assistant Professor of Music Eric Nathan will give a talk about his most recent set of original songs, “Some Favored Nook.” Nathan will discuss the creation of the songs, which are based on correspondence between poet Emily Dickinson and minister and Civil War Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson. In addition to the talk, original Emily Dickinson manuscripts and Amy Beach scores will be on display.

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow the talk.

On Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m., the New England premiere of Nathan’s “Some Favored Nook” will usher in Women’s History Month at Brown. The concert, also featuring music by Amy Beach, Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland, is presented by Providence arts organization FirstWorks in partnership with the Brown Arts Initiative and the University’s music department.

More information on “Some Favored Nook” and Professor Nathan’s process during composition of the songs can be found in the article, “Brown, FirstWorks present regional premiere of ‘Some Favored Nook,” on the News from Brown website.

Date: Friday, March 1, 2019
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: John Hay Library, 20 Prospect St, Providence

Exhibit | Spectacular Listening: U.S. Air Guitar

Photo courtesy of Whitney Young via Hidden Darkroom

This exhibit by ethnomusicology Ph.D. candidate Byrd McDaniel displays some of the memorabilia central to air guitar playing in the United States and the U.S. Air Guitar Championships in particular.  Advertised as the “greatest thing you’ve never seen,” the contemporary U.S. Air Guitar Championships stem from a long line of related practices throughout the twentieth century—such as pantomime, musical comedy, and dance—that crystallized in the late 1970s and early 1980s around air band and air guitar competitions. Byrd argues that we should think of air guitar as a type of listening—a practice in animating, translating, and transmitting rock recordings.

Air guitar competitions not only reproduce and revisit some of the classic moments in rock guitar history, but they also revise these moments, sometimes sustaining and sometimes challenging the often racist, sexist, and ableist narratives that litter the genre’s history. It can also undermine these problematic discourses as well, subordinating guitar greats and lofty values (like authenticity or virtuosity) to the tastes and talents of the amateur air guitarist.

Ultimately, air guitar playing reminds us how gesture and listening sustain important aspects of our cultural identities. It calls on us to rethink the origins of our current interactive and haptic technologies, which stem just as much from technological innovations as they do from a desire to take music recordings into our own hands.

Dates: February 12 – April 12, 2019
TimeLibrary Hours
Location: Orwig Music Library, 1 Young Orchard Avenue, Providence

Link resolver and JournalFinder maintenance

ProQuest is planning a data center migration and associated downtime for a number of assets that impact the library’s services. This does not affect ProQuest content or databases, but will cause significant disruption to some of the the connectors between systems like the link resolver and Journal Finder.

Downtime begins
Friday, February 8, 2019
8:00 pm EST.

Services should be back online by Saturday, February 9 at 8:00 pm EST.

Services unavailable during downtime:

E-Journal Portal (Journal Finder)
360 Link (our link resolver; API used for services like easyAccess, and interactions with OpenURL)

Staff and patron-facing applications will be unavailable for up to 24 hours, although we do not expect the migration to take the full time. Josiah and Josiah Classic will remain available.