The Library Welcomes Liz Glass

Liz GlassThe Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Liz Glass as the Digital Scholarship Editor. This position is a part of the Mellon funded initiative to support interactive digital publications by Brown faculty. An editor, writer, and curator Liz is well prepared to fulfill this important new position in the Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship.

Liz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Scripps College and a Master’s Degree in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts. Prior to her appointment at Brown, Liz served as the Getty Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative Fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. At the Walker, Liz worked on a series of digital publications, The Living Collections Catalogue, as part of an online publishing initiative supported by the Getty Foundation. She is the co-editor of the most recent volume of the catalogue entitled Art Expanded, 1958-1978.

Prior to joining the Walker in 2013, Liz was the Assistant Curator at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco where she developed exhibitions and publications of international contemporary art. During her time at the Wattis (2011-2013), Liz served as the managing editor for the exhibition catalogue, When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, and co-editor of the anthology, Give Them the Picture.

While her interdisciplinary background focused on 20th century American literature and media, her recent research has focused on time-based contemporary art practices. Liz has developed exhibition and publication projects with the Walker, the Wattis, the Jewish Museum of New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

Liz is also the Associate Editor of the bi-annual journal on exhibition making, The Exhibitionist. She is a regular contributor to Daily Serving, and The Art Book Review. She has written for these publications as well as for Art Papers, Art Practical, and the San Francisco Arts Quarterly. Her most recent publications include a text on the musician and filmmaker Tony Conrad in The Living Collections Catalogue, and a forthcoming interview with the light artist Tony Martin for the 2015 catalogue, Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia.


Updates from Around the Library | October 2015

October 2015 Updates

As fall begins, here are a few updates from the Library:

The Library Welcomes Hope Lappen

Lappen_Hope-3The Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Hope Lappen as the BioMed and Life Sciences Librarian.

Hope comes to Brown from George Washington University where she spent two years as a Science & Engineering Librarian. She previously was the Eugene Garfield Resident in Science Librarianship at the University of Pennsylvania where she worked across the physical and life sciences libraries.

Hope earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science from The Pratt Institute and a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience from Trinity College in Hartford. Prior to becoming a librarian, Hope had a variety of information-adjacent jobs including working as a taxonomist, locating information for industry scientists, and seven years in software quality assurance.

In her spare time, Hope enjoys baking things, eating them, and (conveniently) running.

Exhibit | Are Les Bon Temps Still Rolling? New Orleans Music Culture 10 Years Later

katrina exhibit photoIn August 2005, Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding from the failed levee system had a profound impact on New Orleans and its music culture. Almost a thousand people perished in the region and thousands more fled the city before, during and after the disaster.

Although musicians and artists were some of the first to return in hopes of restoring their own lives and re-establishing the culture that defines the city, the past decade has been a struggle for many—personally, professionally, and communally. This exhibit hopes to highlight some of the successes and failures of this post-Katrina period.

Dates: October 1, 2015 – April 2016
Time: Open to the public during Library hours
Location: Lobby of Orwig Music Library


The Library Welcomes James Murdock

James MurdockJames 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 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.

Updates from Around the Library | September 2015

September Blog Updates

As a new semester begins, here are a few updates from the Library:

Recap: International Workshop-Forum on China’s Publishing Soft Power

Workshop and Forum | China’s Publishing Soft Power

Photo by Ben Tyler

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.

Opening Speech: Introduction to the Conference and Attendees (Li Wang)

Session I. Trends in Global Information and Communication (Moderator: William S. Monroe)

  1. Keynote Speech: Global Brown: Comprehensive Internationalization (Sonia Feigenbaum)
  2. Keynote Speech: Libraries, Publishing and Intellectual Property in the Digital Age (Ned Quist)
  3. Understanding Moore’s Law in Digital Publishing (Xiao Chuan Lian)
  4. From Hollywood to Huallywood—through Visual Literacy (Yan Ma)
  5. Arab Spring and Publishing Landscape of the Middle East (Ian Straughn)
  6. Brill Publishers and the Publishing Process with Brill (Qin Higley)

Session II. Landscape of Booming Publishing Enterprises in China (Moderator: Hong Ji)

  1. Keynote Speech: Growth of China’ Publishing Industry (Zhang Zhiqiang)
  2. Chinese Scholarly Publishing:  (Huang Fang)
  3. Growth of Chinese Digital Publishing (Susan Xue)
  4. Pishu: Non-official Report Series for Social Science Studies (Xie Shouguang, Liren Zheng, and Liang Fan)
  5. Chinese Bookfairs: Domestic and International (Wang Pengfei)
  6. Publishing Industry in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Maco (Zhuge Weidong)

Session III. Challenges and Strategies for Accessing to Chinese Scholarly Resources (Moderator: Zhuge Weidong)

  1. Best Practices for Selecting and Acquiring Growing Chinese Print Resources (Ming Sun Poon)
  2. Issues on Evaluation on Chinese E-resources (Chengzhi Wang)
  3. Organization and Access to Chinese Materials for the Confucius Institutes in the U.S. (Yan Ma)
  4. Reexamine the Role of Special Collection Librarians (Yan He)
  5. Professional Exchanges and Collaborations between Chinese and American libraries and librarians (Shuyong Jiang)

Concluding Remarks and Announcements (Li Wang)

List of Attendees

The Library Welcomes Brian Croxall

Brian CroxallThe Brown University Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Croxall to the post of Digital Humanities Librarian.

Brian comes to Brown from Emory University where he was a Digital Humanities Strategist and Lecturer of English. He completed his PhD in English literature in 2008 at Emory and taught subsequently at Emory and Clemson University.

His research focuses on digital humanities, media studies, and American literature. Brian has published in American ImagoWriting & Pedagogy, and Neo-Victorian Studies, among others. He is co-editing a book on steampunk; is a cluster editor at #alt-academy; serves on the Executive Councils of the Modern Language Association and the Association for Computers and the Humanities; and is a writer for the group blog ProfHacker.

The Library Welcomes Christiane Landry

Christiane LandryThe Brown University Library is pleased to welcome Christiane Landry to Digital Production Services.

Christiane comes to Brown from Providence College where, most recently, she was the Commons Digital Publishing Support Specialist. In that position she worked with students, staff, and faculty where she assisted them with their multimedia/digital initiatives.

In addition, she worked with Providence College’s institutional repository, developing workflows and documentation.

The Library Welcomes Jordan Jancosek

Jancosek_JordanThe Brown University Library is pleased to welcome Jordan Jancosek as the new Hall-Hoag Project Archivist.

Jordan recently completed her MLS in Archives Management and her MA in History (both at Simmons College). Jordan’s undergraduate degree in history is from Oberlin College.

She has professional experience in archives at Oberlin College, Antioch College, Bunker Hill Community College, Tufts University, and Simmons College.

In her spare time, Jordan enjoys running, playing board games, and cheering on her Chicago sports teams.