Welcome to the Brown University Library!

Brown University Library spacesWith the start of every academic year comes that familiar mixture of anticipation and anxiety.

For those of you just joining our learning community here at Brown, we’d like you to know that the Library has a variety of spaces, services, resources and support to help alleviate some of that stress and encourage your intellectual pursuits.

For those of you who have found your way back to campus, we’d like to remind you of the many ways the Library can help.

Our study spaces are flexible: find a quiet or social space, one for individual or group study.

Borrow a laptop and charger, headphones, or a DVD from our popular video collection.

Print and scan. Find a book, e-book, or journal articles in our own collections, or borrow from libraries worldwide through our loan programs.

Access our website and its tools from your mobile phone or from your laptop.

Connect with us online or in person for research help.

Visit us at library.brown.edu!

New eScience Librarian Hired

It is our pleasure to announce that Amanda Rinehart will be our new eScience Librarian. Amanda comes to us from the USDA’s Horticultural Research Laboratory in Fort Pierce, Florida. She has an MS in Botany and Plant Pathology from Michigan State University and an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.

Recently she has also served as the scholarly communications consultant to the Society of Nematologists and as a volunteer at the Miley Library of Indian River State College.

She has a wide range of interests including travel, autism, fragile X research, community gardening, multivariate statistics and science communication. Amanda will be located in Rockefeller Library.

Celebrate Providence’s 375th at Three Exhibitions This Fall

An annotated page attributed to Roger Williams in The John Hay Library's Eliot Bible

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – In commemoration of Providence’s 375th anniversary, Brown University Library, The John Carter Brown Library, The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and The Rhode Island Historical Society will host three concurrent exhibitions exploring early colonization of Rhode Island and the legacy of Roger Williams.

September 26, 2011 through November 30, 2011, The John Carter Brown Library’s MacMillan Reading Room will feature A Key into a 17th-century Mystery:  Investigating Roger Williams’ Shorthand, an exhibition around a mysterious 17th century book in the Library’s collection and its shorthand annotations. The book in question is a bibliographic enigma: lacking a title page and imprint information, scholars have been unable thus far to identify it. Subtitled, “An Essay Concerning the Reconciling of Differences among Christians,” it has been in the collection since the beginnings of the Library, accompanied by a letter asserting that the shorthand on nearly every page is Roger Williams’. Williams was a known expert in shorthand, having learned “the art of stenographie” as a young legal clerk.

Then, October 18, 2011 through April 2012, The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and The Rhode Island Historical Society will present Customes, Manners, and Worships – Rhode Island Begins, an exhibition of rare, early Rhode Island artifacts in Manning Hall. The native peoples of Rhode Island, and the Englishmen who arrived in the 17th Century, made beautiful, useful and ingenious things. Roger Williams’ dictionary of the Narragansett language describes the meaning and use of these objects, and provides a glimpse into the lives and worldviews of cultures on the cusp of irrevocable change.

And, November 8 through December 30, 2011, the Gammell Gallery, in Brown University’s John Hay Library, will host The Art of Roger Williams: Providence at 375, featuring three hundred years of Williamsonia from the John Hay’s Special Collections, the personal collections of Al Klyberg, and other local collections. Among the objects on display will be a rare and significant Eliot Bible, a Bible translated into the Natick dialect of the region’s Algonquin tribes to aid in the propagation of the scriptures. This particular Bible is likewise believed to have belonged to Roger Williams, and is inscribed with shorthand attributed to him. A talk entitled, “Picturing Roger Williams: The use of pottery and porcelain to convey an icon of Rhode Island identity” by Al Klyberg, former Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society, will be held at the 5:30pm opening on November 8th. The Art of Roger Williams: Providence at 375 is funded by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.

The Brown University Library is home to more than 6.8 million print items, plus a multitude of electronic resources and expanding digital archives serving the teaching, research, and learning needs of Brown students and faculty, as well as scholars from around the country and the world.

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is Brown University’s teaching museum.  A resource across the University, we inspire creative and critical thinking about culture by fostering interdisciplinary understanding of the material world.

The John Carter Brown Library is an independently administered and funded center for advanced research in history and the humanities, founded in 1846 and located at Brown University since 1901. Housed within the Library’s walls is an internationally renowned, constantly growing collection of primary historical sources pertaining to the Americas, both North and South, before ca. 1825. For 150 years the Library has served scholars from all over the United States and abroad.

The Rhode Island Historical Society, believing that a sense of history is fundamental to understanding human experience, collects, preserves, and shares materials from Rhode Island’s past, so that present and future generations can comprehend more fully their predecessors, their communities, and themselves. Pursuing the highest standards of collection, preservation, presentation, and management, the Society encourages and assists people of all backgrounds and interests to learn more about Rhode Island’s varied history.

Contact: Jennifer Braga |  401-863-6913


Brown University Adopts Serials Solutions Summon™ Discovery Service

SEATTLE – August 18, 2011 – Serials Solutions®, a business unit of ProQuest® LLC, today announced that Brown University Library has chosen to adopt the Summon™ web-scale discovery service to improve the discoverability and usability of library electronic resources for its students, faculty and staff. The Summon™ service enables Brown University’s researchers to receive the most relevant information from the full breadth of content found in the library’s licensed collections, and ensures that these invaluable resources are more easily found and used.

“After a thorough review of discovery systems, the Brown University Library chose to implement the Serials Solutions Summon service in order to improve searchability and access to our online resources,” said Harriette Hemmasi, Joukowsky Family University Librarian with Brown University. “The Summon approach offers flexibility for future improvements, and was the most popular choice with users and library staff.”

Established in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States and currently has a full-time enrollment of more than 8,400 undergraduate and graduate students. As an acclaimed Ivy League institution, Brown University Library collections boast more than 6.8 million print items, plus a multitude of electronic resources and expanding digital archives. The library subscribes to hundreds of online databases, tens of thousands of e-journals and online newspapers, and e-books, available anytime to members of the Brown community around the world.

“Serials Solutions is dedicated to enabling the discovery of information in an intuitive manner that is beneficial for both users and librarians,” said John Law, vice president of discovery solutions at Serials Solutions. “Librarians spend a large portion of their annual budgets on acquiring resources, so it’s vital for them to ensure these valuable resources are being fully utilized. With the Summon service, Brown University Library is maximizing the return on investment for its electronic resources, and increasing the discoverability of the full breadth of the library’s subscribed databases, e-resources and physical materials.”

Brown University Library joins more than 250 libraries and research institutions subscribed to the Summon™ service, many of whom are seeing a substantial increase in the use of their library’s collections. Currently, the Summon™ service allows researchers to search the full text of content from more than 7,000 providers and contains more than 750 million records.

Recognized as the Best Enterprise Search Solution at the 2011 CODiE Awards by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the Summon™ service offers the most compelling user experience by providing an easy and open discovery experience. With a single unified index, the Summon™ service provides instant access to the breadth of authoritative content that is the hallmark of great libraries.

About Serials Solutions (www.serialssolutions.com)

Serials Solutions® is the global leader in essential discovery and e-resource management solutions which are powered by a comprehensive knowledgebase. Its popular suite of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions helps improve access to and use of collections, eases librarian workloads, and ultimately reduces operating costs. Solutions include: the world-class Summon™ web-scale discovery service, providing instant access to the full breadth of the library’s collection through a single search; the AquaBrowser® discovery layer, making navigation more accessible; 360 services, the only integrated e-resource access and management solution; KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase and foundation for Serials Solutions® 360; and Ulrich’s™ services, the world’s most authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information for serials and the most comprehensive source of print and electronic serials data available. Headquartered in Seattle, Serials Solutions is a member of the ProQuest® family of companies.


New Library Home Page and Search Technology — Coming September 1

Mock-up of new library home page A cleaner, less cluttered library home page will debut on September 1, 2011. The new design will gracefully adjust to tablet and smart phone dimensions and will feature new technology for searching all of the library’s resources from a single search box. These resources include:

Books+” — Josiah (library catalog), plus over 57,000 digital objects from special collections, full text dissertations from the Brown Digital Repository, and Library Resource Guides compiled by subject librarians
Articles” — over 200,000,000 online articles from the library’s vast array of licensed and subscription sources
Everything” — “Books+” and “Articles” side by side

Access to the the traditional Josiah catalog will continue to be available; some functions – such as viewing course reserves, placing requests, viewing checkouts, renewing material – are currently available only in Josiah. Use the link to Josiah in the detailed record to perform any of these functions.

Brown University Library Hires New Digital Humanities Librarian

It is our pleasure to welcome Jean Bauer as our new Digital Humanities Librarian. Jean Bauer is a historian, database designer, and photographer. She holds degrees in history from the University of Chicago and the University of Virginia, where she is completing her doctoral dissertation, “Revolution Mongers: Launching the U.S. Foreign Service, 1775-1825.”

Jean has worked for the Archives of the New York Philharmonic and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Library and has held research fellowships at the University of Virginia Library’s Digital Scholars’ Lab and NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship). She has also transcribed, translated, and decrypted letters for The Papers of James Madison, designed a database for The Dolley Madison Digital Edition, and served as Design Researcher for Documents Compass, a digital consulting organization for documentary editors.

Jean is the lead developer of two open source projects: DAVILA, a relational database schema visualization and annotation tool, and Project Quincy, a Ruby on Rails application with a MySQL database that uses information about people, places, and organizations to trace how social networks and institutions develop over time and through space. The flagship application for Project Quincy is The Early American Foreign Service Database, which allows researchers to trace Early American diplomats, consuls, special agents, and their clerks all over the globe.