Library Innovation Prize 2014

Innovation Prize

The Brown University Library is offering a $1000 prize for the creation of the most effective and innovative working prototype of a mobile app (stand-alone or web-based) designed to enhance access to or use of the Library.

Timetable and Process:

  1. Informational meeting on Tuesday, February 11 at noon in the Rockefeller Library Hecker Center (first floor).
  2. Initial proposals are due on or before February 15: Apply Here.
  3. All proposals will be evaluated by a team of library staff. Successful proposals will be announced by February 21.
  4. Presentation by applicants of final working prototypes will be held on April 15 in the Rockefeller Library Digital Scholarship Lab.
  5. A panel of faculty and library staff judges will determine the winners.

Other Details:

  • Contestants must be currently enrolled Brown undergraduate students.
  • Projects may created by individuals or teams
  • Winning projects remain the intellectual property of the contestant(s), but the winning contestant will grant a non-exclusive perpetual license to Brown University for its internal non-commercial use.

For more info visit the official “Library Innovation Prize” page.

Apply Now: Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research

In partnership with the Office of the Dean of the College, the Brown University Library is now accepting applications for the annual Undergraduate Research Prize.

The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in undergraduate research projects that make creative use of the Brown University Library’s collections including print resources, databases, primary resources, and materials in all media.

The project may take the form of a traditional paper, a database, a website or other digital project.

Apply at:

2011 Undergraduate Research Award Recipients


PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Brown University Library is pleased to announce that Evelyn Ansel ’11.5 and Elise Nuding ’11 are the recipients of the fifth annual Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Library Research, generously funded by Douglas W. Squires, ’73. This award, established in partnership with the Office of the Dean of the College, recognizes undergraduate projects that make extensive and creative use of the Brown University Library’s collections, including print and primary resources, databases, and special collections. A six member review committee composed of Brown University faculty members, librarians, and a representative from the Office of the Dean of the College, selected this year’s winners and presented each with an award of $750 at a reception held in the John Hay Library on April 29, 2011.

Elise Nuding’s paper “Observations on ‘the volcanick work’: A cultural biography of Sir William Hamilton’s Campi Phlegreai” is a comparative and biographical study of the Brown University Library’s copy of Campi Phlegreai (1776), conducted for Professor Karen Holmberg’s course, Archaeology Under the Volcano. The Campi Phlegraei, part of the Albert E. Lownes Collection, is a rare book of observations and fifty-four hand colored plates. It documents the eighteenth century eruptions of Mount Vesuvius. Using Photoshop to view digital versions of this title held in other collections, Nuding identified idiosyncrasies of each copy and developed a sense of the Brown copy’s particular “colour identity.” As reviewers stated, Nuding’s “excavation of a book…[is] a compelling research model”; she created a “seamless integration of the primary source with inter-disciplinary secondary sources.”

Evelyn Ansel’s project, “Qur’anic Manuscripts of the Early Islamic World,” was conducted as an Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award (UTRA) with Professor Ian Straughn. With Straughn’s guidance, Ansel explored the provenance, care, paleography, and illumination in Qur’anic folios from the Library’s special collections. She participated in the creation of a searchable digital database of prints, featuring contextual essays Ansel co-authored and documentary videos she produced. She also co-curated the exhibition Sacred Script: Qur’anic Manuscripts from the 8th to 16th Centuries in the Minassian Collection, on view through July 2011 in the John Hay Library’s second floor Bopp Seminar Room gallery.  Sacred Script charts the development of calligraphic styles, considers the folios’ contemporary reception as art, and explores their materiality as manufactured objects. As a reviewer stated: “from making her own notebooks, to encoding her experience of learning Arabic and studying its significance as an art form, Evie demonstrates the connection between artistic experience and learning.”

2012 UGRA award information will be announced this December.

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