Pizza Nights – Spring 2023

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A pizza our hearts go out to you during finals! Is that too cheesy?

Students: Enjoy some free pizza to fortify your studies.

  • Wednesday, May 10 at the Rock (lobby) @ 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 11 at the SciLi (Friedman Study Center) @ 9 p.m.

Pizza nights are brought to you by the Library and Campus Life.

Best of luck with finals!

This is your Library. You belong here.

Exhibit l Contextualizing Taíno Collections

Left: Carved stone amulet in a human-like form, ca. 1200–1500 CE (Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology 2012-31-1). Right: Cover of Directorio comercial, industrial y turístico, ca. 1970 (John Hay Library HF3336 .D57).

In this exhibit, student curators share their work to put a new donation of ancient Caribbean artifacts into cultural, historical, political, and contemporary contexts. First peoples of many Caribbean islands developed shared beliefs and practices, which today we call Taíno culture. People practicing this culture were historically erased from Caribbean stories. To make sense of Taíno artifacts recently donated to the Haffenreffer Museum, the exhibit focuses on them instead. The exhibit shares collections from the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and John Hay Library.

Opening reception:  Thursday, May 4th, 6 – 7:30 PM
Speaker: Amanda Guzman, P.h.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Trinity College

Dates: May 4, 2023 – May 3, 2024
Time: John Hay Library Hours
Location: Willis Reading Room, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Workshops and Teaching Support for the Health and Biomedical Community

Do your new residents need an introduction to our resources for evidence-based practice?

Would your research team like an overview of what’s new with PubMed searching and online resources?

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Teaching Support

HBLS librarians are available to support classes, research groups, and labs by providing instruction on effective and efficient literature searching, citation management tools, evidence synthesis, tools and practices to support open science, and best practices for data management. Contact us to request a custom session. 


The Brown University Library also maintains a robust workshop schedule of in-person or online workshops on topics ranging from GIS tools, to EndNote tips and tricks, to data visualization principles and methods. Find out what’s coming up and register for a session from our workshop calendar.

Best Bets for Full Text Access to Journal Articles in the Health and Biomedical Sciences

Brown has thousands of online journals, but sometimes it’s hard to know the best route for quick access to the articles you need. Streamline your research workflow with these tips for quickly accessing full text:

  • Using PubMed? Use the Brown-specific URL, then click on the “Find It” icon in the abstracts to ensure you’ll see all available subscriptions or interlibrary loan options.
  • LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that allows users to seamlessly authenticate and download PDFs when a journal article is detected. The LibKey icon shows across different platforms, from subscription library databases like JSTOR, to open databases like PubMed and Google Scholar, publisher journal pages, and even Wikipedia references. 
  • Have a PMID or DOI? Go to, enter it into the search box, and LibKey will show you our access options. 
  • Configure Google Scholar to connect to Brown. Set Brown as your default library by going to Settings→ Library Links→ search for Brown→ select Brown University Library→ Save.
  • Want to keep up with professional reading? Create a bookshelf of your top journals with BrowZine. With BrowZine, you can easily follow titles of interest, be notified when new articles are published, and save/read articles on your device of choice.

For more detailed guidance, see Full-text article access.

“Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden” – Talk by Author Zhuqing Li

Join the Brown University Library for a talk featuring author Zhuqing Li, Visiting Associate Professor of East Asian Studies and Faculty Curator of East Asian Collections at the Library, as she speaks about her book, Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden: Two Sisters Separated by China’s Civil War. The talk will take place in the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab at the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library on Thursday, September 15, 2022 from 12 – 1 p.m.

Free and open to the public. Q&A and light refreshments. Books will be sold by the Brown Bookstore at the event.

Join via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 949 8969 9434

Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden: Two Sisters Separated by China’s Civil War

Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden: Two Sisters Separated by China’s Civil War (W. W. Norton & Company; June 21, 2022) is the remarkable true story of two sisters, inseparable as children, whose lives are irrevocably disrupted when the “bamboo curtain” drops overnight between Communist mainland China and Nationalist Taiwan. Their decades-long separation and gritty determination to succeed embodies the traumatic split of the nation itself.

Growing up in China during the 1920s and 1930s, sisters Jun and Hong lived with their extended family in an opulent home named the Flower Fragrant Garden, perched atop a hill in Fuzhou City, Fujian province. Scions of the legendary Chen family that produced the tutor of the last Chinese emperor, Jun and Hong were well-educated and devoted to each other. In 1949, in the midst of China’s civil war, and on the cusp herself of beginning a much sought-after position teaching history, twenty-six-year-old Jun left for a short vacation, visiting a friend on the island of Jinmen, just a mile offshore from the mainland city of Xiamen. Little did Jun know at the time that she would not set foot again on mainland China for another thirty years.

Soon after Jun’s arrival on Jinmen in the summer of 1949, the island would become a major battle ground between the Communists, on the verge of taking control of all of mainland China, and the retreating Nationalists. The Nationalist forces somehow managed to prevail on Jinmen, retaining control of the small island even after their government’s full evacuation of the mainland and retreat to Taiwan. As a result, Jun and Hong, through a twist of fate, ended up totally cut off from each other on opposing sides of the civil war. With her beloved older sister publicly associated with “the wrong side,” Hong finds herself responsible for taking care of her family and must make painful decisions. “[To] sever all contact and connection with Jun would eliminate one of her family’s most incriminating political associations. It was the only way, in Hong’s reasoning, that all of them, perhaps even Jun, would have a chance to survive.”

Zhuqing Li

For decades the sisters would have no contact. Hong would become a pioneering doctor and model Communist, surviving two waves of Communist “re-education” and internal exile while Jun was a model capitalist, founding a successful trading company and eventually emigrating to the United States. Author Zhuqing Li chronicles the lives of these two fascinating women, her aunts, with extraordinary empathy and rich detail. Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden is a beautiful book that paints an intimate portrait of life during one of the most complicated and difficult periods in China’s modern history. 

Zhuqing Li is a professor of East Asian Studies at Brown University and the author of four scholarly books on Chinese linguistics. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Exhibit l Artistic Impressions of Brown University

The John Hay Library by Jill Armstrong, n.d.

“Artistic Impressions of Brown University,” features a collection of over 30 drawings, watercolors, etchings, and architectural plans depicting the Brown campus and East Side of Providence created by local architects, students, and international artists. 

Curated by Ray Butti, Senior Library Expert

Dates: May 26 – August 15, 2022
Time: John Hay Library Hours
Location: Exhibition Gallery, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Faculty Study Applications Open for Academic Year 2022 – 2023

The application process for faculty studies in the Rockefeller Library for academic year 2022-23 is now open. Applications will be accepted through May 16, 2022.


The following categories of need will receive priority:

  • Current faculty engaged in research requiring intensive use of library resources, programs, and services that are best served on-site within the Library. For Academic Years 2021-22 and 2022-23, priority will be given to tenure-track faculty whose research has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Collaborative research projects making use of library materials and requiring shared workspace. Such projects — potentially involving visitors, postdocs, and students — must have a faculty lead who oversees the work and is responsible for submitting the request.
  • Emeritus faculty actively engaged in research for whom departmental space is not available.
  • Other scholarly needs that fall outside these categories will also be considered, but should be justified with reference to the need for proximity to library resources, programs, and services.

A total of 25 studies will be available, with occupancy starting on September 1, 2022 (campus health and safety conditions permitting). Studies may be requested for any combination of Fall, Spring, and Summer (June/July) terms, for a maximum of 11 months. All study rooms must be vacated by the beginning of August, which is reserved for cleaning and repair work.  

We anticipate informing applicants at the beginning of June.

Library Stats Quest Week

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Please tell your Brown University Library about your on-site experience during the week of April 3 – 9, 2022 — Library Stats Quest Week!

Did you know that nearly 20,000 users visit the libraries in-person every week? 

We want to know if the experiences you’re having are meeting your needs. After each visit this week to a library location — Rockefeller, Sciences, Orwig Music, and John Hay Library — please take a few seconds to answer a very brief survey about your experience. Your input will help us better understand why you use the Library and how we can improve our services. 

We’ll also be taking a closer look at how people are using the spaces within the libraries. Library staff will do periodic headcounts in various types of spaces throughout the week.

We strive to make every visit for every patron one in which you feel welcome, respected, and supported. This is your Library. You belong here. Your feedback is essential.

Thank you!