Announcement | Anthony Helm, Director of Library Digital Technologies

The Library is delighted to announce the hire of Anthony Helm as Director of Library Digital Technologies. His start date is March 2, 2020.

Anthony is currently the Head of Digital Media and Library Technologies at Dartmouth College, directing a team of 16 professionals including web developers, programmers, and librarians. As a member of Dartmouth’s leadership team, Anthony was instrumental in strengthening the school’s digital infrastructure by implementing the Alma Integrated Library System. He also led the planning, design, and completion of a $1.7 million renovation project in the Jones Media Center to create a more contemporary, media-focused learning center. 

Prior to Dartmouth, Anthony was the Academic Technologist for the Arts and Humanities at Clark University in Worcester, MA. 

Anthony earned an M.A. in Japanese Language, Literature and Culture from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Communication Arts—Television/Radio with a minor in Asian Studies from Southern Methodist University.

Announcement | Steven Lubar Appointed Faculty Director of CDS

The Brown University Library is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Steven Lubar as the inaugural Faculty Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS). Serving as a senior Library leader during this three-year appointment, Professor Lubar will spearhead the development of academic programming relating to digital scholarship at Brown, working closely with Library leadership and campus partners to advance CDS’s role as the University’s primary hub for new and emerging modes of scholarship that are enabled by digital technology. His directorship began on January 1, 2020 and will run through June 30, 2023.

Steven Lubar

Steven Lubar is Professor of American Studies, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, and Professor of History. He has written and taught about museums and museum history, public and digital humanities, and the history of technology and skills. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship helped support his most recent book, Inside the Lost Museum: Curating, Past and Present.

Professor Lubar was director of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage from 2004 to 2014 and director of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology from 2010 to 2012. He received his undergraduate degree from MIT and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago.

Enthusiastic about the possibilities this new role entails, Professor Lubar stated, “I am delighted to join the Center for Digital Scholarship as we continue to build on our long history of innovative digital scholarly projects. I look forward to creating connections across the campus and finding new ways to work with faculty, students, and staff to support and expand the exciting work of digital scholarship at Brown.”

CDS Faculty Director

As Faculty Director, Professor Lubar will have primary responsibility for building academic community and programming at CDS. This will include creating a regular digital scholarship seminar and other forums for faculty, students, and staff to consider theoretical, methodological, and practical questions involved in these new and emerging modes of scholarly work. He will also organize an academic oversight structure to guide CDS in its support for faculty’s digital scholarly projects. He will continue ex officio as a member of the faculty advisory committee for the Mellon Foundation-funded Digital Publications Initiative, which will now become a formal part of CDS. 

This new role also includes building stronger partnerships with other campus departments, centers, and programs with aligned interests, exploring new academic program initiatives, and helping to represent Brown in the international community of digital scholarship centers. He will continue teaching and performing other faculty duties in his departments. 

Strengthening Center Organization and Operations

Stemming from the University Library’s strategic plan and further informed by an external review of CDS in 2019, the creation of a Faculty Director is one element in a broader effort to enhance CDS. Other organizational changes are in process to ensure that CDS’s academic programs and service functions form an integrated and coherent suite of resources for digital scholarship at Brown.

Announcement | Justin Uhr, Senior Library Technologist-Digital Resources Projects Assistant

Justin Uhr has joined the Library’s Digital Technologies team as a Digital Resources Projects Assistant. His focus is primarily on data cleaning, wrangling, and assessment. 

Prior to joining Brown, Justin spent over a year as a stay-at-home parent and worked as a Support Analyst for Deloitte and as a Sustainability Coordinator for YR&G, an architectural consulting firm in New York City. He obtained a Master of Architecture degree from Parsons School of Design and a B.A. in Architectural History and Theory from Columbia University. 

Justin and his wife moved to Providence in 2016 where they are raising a toddler and a four month old baby. In a time before small children, Justin enjoyed many hobbies including tabletop gaming and craft beer.

Announcement | Nadine McAllister, Library Associate Specialist

The Library is pleased to welcome Nadine McAllister, who joined us on October 15 at the Library Collections Annex as a Library Associate Specialist. 

Nadine has a background in retail management with experience in automated inventory control systems.  

In addition to being an avid reader, enjoying crochet, and leading her own Girl Scout Troop, Nadine volunteers as the Cranston Service Unit Manager for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England.

Announcement | Stacey Anter, Senior Library Specialist for Technical Services

The Library is pleased to welcome Stacey Anter, who began as a Senior Library Specialist for Technical Services on September 30. Her work focuses primarily on acquisitions for our collections in variety of languages and formats. 

Prior to joining the Brown Library staff, Stacey worked as the Director of the Pontiac Free Library in Warwick. Simultaneously she held a position as a reference librarian at the Coventry Public Library. These positions have led to all around knowledge of the workings of a library. Her familiarity with library acquisitions will be a great asset in learning new routines.

Stacey is a native Rhode Islander, born and raised in Pawtucket near the East Side of Providence. She enjoys creative writing and is currently writing a novel. She also runs a writer’s group at the Coventry Public Library. Stacey is proficient in American sign language and enjoys signing to songs.

Announcement | Johanna Mercado, Senior Library Specialist for Sciences Circulation

The Library is pleased to welcome Johanna Mercado, Senior Library Specialist for Sciences Circulation. Johanna’s first day was October 3.

Prior to joining the Brown Library staff, Johanna worked at Rhode Island School of Design, digitizing the Gorham Silver Project. She has also worked at Rhode Island College.

Johanna is a native Rhode Islander, born and raised in Providence, and currently residing in Cranston. She is completing her last semester of Library School at the University of Rhode Island. Johanna likes to read all kinds of things when she has spare time, which can be challenging with four children under the age of 5.

Announcement | Joseph Campbell, Director of Library Facilities

The Library is pleased to announce that Joseph Campbell will be joining us as Director of Library Facilities.

Joe brings over two decades of professional experience to the position, including five years in Brown’s Facilities Management Department as the HVAC Controls Supervisor. During this time Joe has provided leadership and direction to the Controls Division, including work on several energy management and building automation projects as well as collaborations with various departments within Facilities and across campus, such as Environmental Health and Safety, the Office of Sustainability, and Planning, Design & Construction.

As the Director of Library Facilities, Joe will be part of the Library’s executive team and report directly to the University Librarian. In this role, Joe will bring an understanding of the special characteristics and requirements of collections, study, and research facilities as he assesses Library needs and opportunities relating to facilities quality and building safety. Coordination with campus partners will be an essential part of the job, especially with Facilities Management, Public Safety, Environmental Health and Safety, and Computing and Information Services. Library construction, renovation, and repair efforts are under the director’s purview, as is compliance with University, state, and federal laws and regulations.

Joe has assumed HVAC, power plant, and property management leadership roles in organizations including the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA, and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

Joe will serve a critical function for the Brown Library, working to ensure continuous improvement in the quality and functionality of Library spaces for students, faculty, researchers, staff, and visitors, making the Library a safe, inclusive, and welcoming space for academic pursuits.  Among the philosophies Joe values is the concept of a collaborative work environment that encourages ongoing growth and skill development for individuals as well as a strong appreciation of the benefits of continuous process improvements.

Joe’s first day at the Library is November 4, 2019.

Event | Exploring the Digital China 2019 with Li Wang, PhD

Li Wang, Ph.D.

On Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 12 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, Dr. Li Wang, Curator of the East Asian Collection, will give a talk, “Exploring the Digital China 2019.” This event is free and open to the public. Coffee and cookies will be served.

This new visual report will focus on Dr. Wang’s professional trip this summer in China, where he attended several conferences, Beijing International Book Fair, and other events. During this period, he delivered two presentations at the International Conference on Digital Publishing and Digital Libraries and the Sino-American Academic Library Forum on Collaboration and Development. The first presentation, entitled “Digital Scholarship at Brown (Continuance): Knowledge Innovation and Research Engagement in North American University Libraries,” is a follow-up chapter of his award-winning paper on “Digital Scholarship at Brown” from 2014. The second is on American Sinologist Charles S. Gardner and the Chinese collection at Brown University, which won the first prize for papers at the Sino-American Library Forum.

2019 CDPDL in Changchun, China

In his talk, Dr. Wang will scan recent trends in digital publishing, knowledge innovation and library services developed in China and other places in the world. He will also share pictures, stories and thoughts on this fruitful journey, including cultural tours of the Russian style Gogol Bookstore, the wonderful Heaven Lake on the China-North Korea border, and the Inner Mongolian prairie in north China, and much more.

The Heaven Lake (elevation of 7,812 ft.) in Changbai Mountain, China

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Announcement | Barbara Schulz, Head of Library Facilities and Security, Retires

Barbara Schulz headshot
Barbara Schulz

Barbara Schulz began at the Brown University Library as the Head of Library Facilities, Finance and Business in 1994. During her 25 years with the Library, Barbara managed a multitude of facilities projects that have shaped the buildings, interiors, landscapes, functions, and security of every Library building and space.

Some of the notable projects she worked on include:

  • At the Rockefeller Library:
    • Vincent J. Wernig Graduate Student Reading Room (2016)
    • Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio (2015)
    • Lobby and Café (2015)
    • Historic Chandelier Restoration (2015)
    • Sorensen Family Reading Room (2014)
    • Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab (2012)
    • Finn Reading Room (2010)
    • Circulation (2010)
  • At the John Hay Library:
    • First Floor Restoration (2014)
    • Life Safety & HVAC Upgrade (2014)
    • Building Security System (2014)
    • Exhibition Room (2009)
  • At the Sciences Library:
    • Quiet Study (2011)
    • Friedman Study Center (2006)
  • At the Library Annex:
    • Construction of the Annex High Bay Storage Module #2 (2014)
    • Construction of the Library Collections Annex (2003; project co-manager)

Barbara officially retires this October as the Head of Library Facilities and Building Safety. The Library is deeply grateful to Barbara for her years of dedicated service and her commitment to the Library’s mission and values. Through her leadership, library facilities offer patrons and staff a safe, comfortable, accessible, and inviting library environment. We wish Barbara all the best in her retirement.

Announcement | Head of Preservation, Conservation, and the Library Annex Exhibits Disaster Preparedness Kit at the United Nations

Michelle Venditelli describes the Brown University Library’s disaster preparedness kit to colleagues from India at the UN

In May of this year, Michelle Venditelli, Head of Preservation, Conservation, and the Library Annex, attended “Sustainable Development Goals in Libraries today: the role of libraries in strengthening our communities,” a panel discussion at the United Nations’ Dag Hammarskjöld Library in New York. While there, she was invited to exhibit at the 68th Annual United Nations Civil Society Conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. She was also asked to be a mentor during the Youth Mentorship Circle – Setting the Stage for Success.

The three-day conference, held August 26 – 28, 2019, was co-hosted by the UN Department of Global Communications, Salt Lake City, and the NGO Executive Committee. It featured opening and closing plenary sessions, interactive thematic sessions, NGO-sponsored workshops, exhibits, and a youth hub. Speakers and attendees included leaders and other representatives from NGOs, UN agencies, academia, faith traditions, the public and private sectors, and youth from around the world.

The conference focused on #11 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a blueprint for action, advocacy, and partnership and a compass to ensure that no one is left behind, including those who are poor and vulnerable. The 11th SDG is, “to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030.” The conference also explored the interlinkages among all 17 Goals, including critical issues relating to gender.

During the exhibition component, Michelle presented an exhibit entitled “Reducing Risk in Libraries, Museums, and Cultural Institutions through Disaster Preparedness Kits.” She was accompanied by a fully stocked disaster kit, which represents the Brown University Library’s new approach to localized threats to our collections. Showcasing the kit at this conference provided Michelle with an opportunity to discuss cutting edge preservation efforts and techniques with professional peers from around the globe. “It was an honor to exhibit at this unique and critically important conference,” Michelle said. “Interacting with experts in disaster preparedness as well as professionals seeking to develop best practices around disaster prep for collections of all kinds was incredibly informative and rewarding.”

the kit in front of the exhibit table

The kit was extremely well received and sparked robust, excited conversation from library and museum colleagues from states throughout the U.S. and abroad. More than once, a colleague told Michelle that the kit is “like a crash cart for disasters.”

Staff from the University of Utah’s Marriott Library were particularly impressed with the kit. At the conclusion of the conference, instead of shipping the sizable unit back to Brown, Michelle and the Brown Library gifted it to the Marriott Library, providing them with a much-needed preservation tool, which they were thrilled to receive.