About Amy Atticks

Communications and Stewardship Specialist, Brown University Library

Roger E. Stoddard to Speak at Brown University Library

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] Roger E. Stoddard, Brown class of 1957, and former curator of the Harris Collection, will speak at Brown University this fall. For the last fifty years, Stoddard has served as a curator of Houghton Library, taught classes at Harvard, and published extensively.At 12:30pm, on Wednesday, October 24, Stoddard will discuss his time working in the John Carter Brown Library with the talk “The education of a bibliographer by Lawrence Wroth” as part of the JCB’s Wednesday Fellows’ Lunch Talk series.  And, at 7pm on Thursday, October 25, in the Lownes Room of the John Hay Library he will present “How I discovered that Brown is the University of books.” This talk will examine Stoddard’s research that contributed to his descriptive bibliography of early American poetry, which he began forty years ago at the John Hay Library.

An exhibit of early American poetry, The Work of a Lifetime:  Roger Stoddard, Early American Poetry, and the Collections of the Libraries at Brown University, curated by Stoddard will simultaneously be on view October 12 through December 14 in the John Hay Library’s Gammell Gallery and North Gallery exhibition rooms.

These events are free and open to the public.

Contact: Rosemary L. Cullen | 401-863-1514 | Rosemary_Cullen@brown.edu

Library Launches curio, a new blog on digitization!

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Brown University Library is pleased to announce the launching of curio a new weekly blog, focusing on imaging rare, unusual, and intriguing objects.

The blog is written by Digital Production Services staff about curios, objects that are valued for their unique qualities, both physical and scholarly. Rather than locking away collections in dark cabinets or closed stacks for safekeeping, the John Hay Library promotes the use of its rare and valuable materials in teaching, learning, and research, as well as through public exhibitions. All of the Library’s materials are available for viewing by Library patrons by appointment, and regularly serve the needs of classes, students, faculty, and researchers.

Brown selectively digitizes its Special Collections, providing public access online, anytime, anywhere. The process for deciding which materials will be digitized is closely aligned with teaching and research needs. As a result, Digital Production Services (DPS) staff come in contact with otherwise “hidden” Library artifacts on a daily basis. Many of these unusual items present technical challenges for digitization or description. The blog will feature items that are singled out for their unique properties and for the methods used to digitize them.

As explained by Ann Caldwell, Head, Imaging and Metadata Services, “The staff in Digital Production Services is constantly awed, amused, fascinated, and thrilled by the materials we digitize and describe. In that respect, we’re some of the most fortunate people in the Library. Not only do we get to see these items, but we get to share them with you and digitally preserve them for the future.”

curios joins a growing ecosystem of blogs at the Library, written by librarians and departments including the Library’s “Announcements,” The Center for Digital Scholarship’s “News“, and a soon to launch blog by the University Librarian.

Digital Production Services (DPS) is responsible for digitization of materials in support of scholarship, research, and teaching, as well as metadata production and consulting services for Library and academic units undertaking digital projects. DPS work ranges from projects designed in collaboration with Brown researchers and the Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship to the digitization of “signature collections” from Brown’s world-renowned Special Collections. DPS also offers imaging and metadata consulting for grants and other University initiatives.

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. http://library.brown.edu/

Contact: Robin Ness robin_ness@brown.edu | 401-863-2607


New Brochure Listing Brown University Library Events and Exhibits

The Brown University Library is pleased to share a new brochure listing fall 2012 events and exhibits which are free and open to the public. A digital version is available here. Hard copies are available at Library locations. More information about these and other programs will continue to be made available in the announcements section of the Library website.

Website for Digital Art & Humanities Lecture Series, Now Live!

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] –The Brown University Library is launching a new website which hosts abstracts and videos from the 2011-2012 Digital Arts and Humanities Lecture Series.  The series was jointly sponsored by Brown University Library and the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

Over the course of the fall and spring semesters, five nationally recognized digital scholars came to campus to meet with graduate students, faculty, and digital staff, and to present on their research during an evening lecture. The series kicked off on October 3, 2011 with “Remembering Networks: Agrippa, RoSE and Network Archaeology” by renowned digital scholar, Alan Liu. The October lecture preceded Richard White’s “The Spatial Turn in History,” and “In the stack of the livebrary” by Jeffrey Schnapp. The last two lectures, “Post-archive: Scholarship in the Digital Age” by Tara McPherson, and “A Noisy Archaeology” by Paul DeMarinis, were filmed and are available for viewing.

The John Nicholas Brown Center helps connect academic communities and the broader public through history, art, and culture. We support people and organizations that explore, preserve, and interpret cultural heritage. Our programs explore the ways in which the humanities enrich everyday life.

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.

Contact: Jennifer Braga |  401-863-6913

Ladd, Bryant, Orwig: the Making of the Music Building

Portrait of Virginia Baldwin Orwig (1905-1984) by John Henry Hintermeister, on view in the Lobby of the Orwig Music Library.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Stop by the Orwig Music Library from now until December 21 to see an exhibit about the building’s history curated by Senior Library Specialist, Nancy Jakubowski.

The large brick mansion began as a residence for a member of the Sprague family and later, a Brown alumnus, Isaac Gifford Ladd. It also served as a private hospital, and as classrooms and administrative offices for Bryant College. The display features photographs courtesy of the HELIN Digital Commons website and Bryant University, as well as photos and memorabilia from Brown University Archives.

New Exhibit on View: Geoffrey Hill and His Books

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Geoffrey Hill and His Books, an exhibit curated by Kenneth Haynes, Professor of Comparative Literature and Classics at Brown University, in honor of poet and former colleague Geoffrey Hill on the occasion of Hill’s 80th birthday, is on view in the North Gallery, John Hay Library, now through October 1, 2012.

The exhibit includes materials from the Library’s General and Special Collections as well as books from the private collection of Haynes (including works that formerly belonged to Hill). The exhibit is organized around fifteen published books of poetry, from For the Unfallen (1959) to Odi Barbare (2012). A few works have been chosen to accompany each of these books, to illustrate the different kinds of publications that have influenced Hill’s writing (children’s books, fantasy tales, poetry, art books, historical scholarship) and the different ways they have influenced it (in visual layout, in dramatizing the physical act of reading, in allusion and quotation, and in other ways). Drop in the Hay and take a look!

Brown Receives Works of John Jay Chapman from Daniel Siegel ’57

John Jay Chapman

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Brown University has received a collection of works by John Jay Chapman (1862-1933), noted man of letters, dramatist, and political reformer, as a gift from longtime Library supporter, Daniel Siegel ’57. 

Born in New York City, the son of Henry Grafton Chapman, one-time president of the New York Stock Exchange, and Eleanor Jay Chapman, the great-granddaughter of John Jay, the first chief justice of the United States, John Jay Chapman’s writings, like his interests, were varied.  Author of twenty-seven books and numerous articles, Chapman wrote on Shakespeare, Dante, Greek literature, and authored plays for children and adults. He is probably best known for his early reform work, namely, Causes and Consequences and Political Agitation. Chapman, who lived in New York City and later Poughkeepsie, New York, was a fierce advocate of reform, especially in the realm of politics.  He edited and privately published a monthly periodical, The Political Nursery, which served as a fierce critic of Tammany Hall and a promoter of good government.

Daniel Siegel has been collecting the writing of Chapman for many years and published Chapman’s works in twelve volumes in 1970.  Thanks to Mr. Siegel’s generosity, Brown now owns a virtually complete set of Chapman’s writings.

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. http://library.brown.edu/

Contact: Rosemary Cullen | rosemary_cullen@brown.edu | 401-863-1514

Jude Ciccolella ’69 at Brown for 9th Annual Don Wilmeth Endowed Lectureship in American Theatre

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Brown University Library will host actor Jude Ciccolella ’69 at 7pm on Monday, October 15, 2012, for the 9th Annual Don Wilmeth Endowed Lectureship in American Theatre in Leeds Theater. The program will be followed by a reception in Lyman Hall foyer. The event and reception are free and open to the public.

Jude Ciccolella graduated from Brown University in 1969 with a BA in Philosophy. After two years of social work with the Albany County Department of Social Services in New York State, he earned his MFA in Acting at Temple University in 1973. In 1981, he became a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater, studied with Artistic Director Curt Dempster, and performed in a number of their productions. Jude was invited into the Actors Studio in 1995. He has worked with several well-known film directors: Sidney Lumet, Jonathan Demme, Oliver Stone, John Sayles, Joel Schumacher, Carl Franklin, Frank Darabont, Chris Rock, and Robert Rodrigues. His films include Shawshank Redemption, Glengarry Glen Ross, World Trade Center, Beloved, The Manchurian Candidate, City of Hope, Mad Love, Sin City, Julia, and Premonition. On stage in New York, Jude starred in “Those the River Keeps”, written and directed by David Rabe, in two critically acclaimed productions of “Curse of the Starving Class” by Sam Shepard, playing “Ellis”, and later playing “Weston” at the Signature Theater Company, in Brown graduate Richard Dresser’s “Below the Belt”, and in Gary Richard’s “The Root”. In an award winning short, “Last Call”, produced and directed by his friend Robert Bailey (class of 1970), Ciccolella received best actor awards at the Hermosa and Breckenridge Film Festivals. With Co-Artistic Director Bill Bolender, Jude founded the Eumenides Group in LA. They have staged Steve Tesich’s “ The Speed of Darkness”, John Tuttle’s “Drift”, and Richard Dresser’s “ The Pursuit of Happiness”. He is probably best known for his TV work on 24 as chief of staff to two presidents—–from opposing parties—-Mike Novick. He has also appeared on NCIS, Law and Order, Monk , Cold Case, The Guardian, Prison Break, Medium, the Mentalist, Life, House, CSI, Burn Notice, Touch, and many other shows. Jude has produced and performed on four albums of original music, and the Jude Ciccolella Band plays regularly in Burbank. Jude is married to the wonderful actress Sylva Kelegian.

The Don Wilmeth Endowed Lectureship was established in honor of Professor Don Wilmeth and his monumental contribution to the study of theatre at Brown. The lectureship supports an annual lecture series on American theatre. Past visiting lecturers have included Laurence Maslon (2005), Jim Steinmeyer (2007), Christopher Bigsby (2008), Laura Linney (2008), Lynn Nottage (2010), and Bill Irwin (2011).

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. http://library.brown.edu/

This event is supported by Brown University Library and Friends.

Contact: Jennifer Braga |  401-863-6913


Chinese Collections Brochure Now Available in Mandarin Chinese

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] —The Brown University Library is pleased to announce the availability of a Mandarin Chinese version of the Chinese Collections brochure, produced this past spring as part of the Year of China initiative. The University Library’s first foreign language collections brochure, this publication is the result of collaborative efforts by Library and University staff, faculty, and students.

The brochure’s chief translator is Dong Li 11′, who received his A.B. (magna cum laude, with honors) in Comparative Literature (Literary Translation Track), and is currently a graduate student in Brown’s MFA program. Li has served as research assistant to author and Professor C.D.Wright, worked as a Chinese language teaching assistant under Prof. Longhua Hu in the East Asian Studies Department, and translated two academic essays in Professor Lingzhen Wang’s forthcoming film studies anthologies. Li grew up in Suzhou, China.

The Mandarin Chinese version of the Chinese Collections brochure is sponsored by the Library’s Richard and Edna Salomon Publications Fund. Most recently, the Salomon Fund also supported the print and digital publication of a revised Special Collections of the Brown University Library: A History and Guide, an English language brochure about Brown’s Chinese collections, and a publication about issues related to data description, management, and preservation, data visualization and the importance of data in research and teaching: Dealing with Data. These publications and more are available free online and in hard copy through the University Library.

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. http://library.brown.edu/

Contact: Jennifer Braga |  401-863-6913


Brown University to Host NEH Funded Institute

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Women Writers Project and CDS are very pleased to announce our participation in an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities 2012 Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities competition. This grant, led by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, will fund a series of workshops on data curation in the digital humanities, aimed at humanities scholars, librarians, and archivists interested in sustaining meaningful access to humanities research materials. In the Humanities, where knowledge remains vital long after its creation, digital curation provides a set of tools, standards, verification, access, and preservation needed to responsibly care for knowledge over the long term. Support for data curation is increasingly central to the work of the Library as we continue to add new faculty and student born-digital research into the Brown Digital Repository.

The institutes involve a three-way collaboration between Brown University, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland, and the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The grant award supports several key activities:

• three institutes, one held at each participating center, during the course of 2013
• development of a strong curriculum for teaching digital humanities data curation
• further development of the DHCuration Guide, a annotated resource guide for data curation in the humanities

The curriculum developed for these institutes will be reused in other venues, such as the WWP’s own workshop series, workshops offered as part of DHSI and DHWI, and the training programs to be offered through TAPAS.

A call for participants will be announced in late fall 2012 with the Institute beginning in Spring 2013. For more information visit: http://mith.umd.edu/research/project/data-curation/