Event | Tom Scheinfeldt: Radical Collaboration and Emergent Knowledge at Greenhouse Studios UConn

Tom Scheinfeldt, associate professor of digital media at the University of Connecticut (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

On Monday, February 5, 2018 at 12 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, Tom Scheinfeldt, Director of Greenhouse Studies at the University of Connecticut, will give a talk, “Radical Collaboration and Emergent Knowledge at Greenhouse Studios UConn.” This event is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow the talk.

Radical Collaboration and Emergent Knowledge at Greenhouse Studios UConn

Experienced digital humanists know that the best projects aren’t those that draw technology, library, and other expertise together in service to a faculty member’s idea, but rather those that are born from the prior collaboration of developers, designers, librarians, students and faculty members. The reasons for this can be explained in part with reference to the concept of “emergence,” which has been used in disciplines as diverse as philosophy and biology to explain how complex structures can result from a combination of components, none of which on their own exhibit the salient properties of the new structure. Emergence describes the phenomenon by which new patterns arise as systems self-organize, such as the growth of crystalline structures in a snowflake or the complex ebb and flow of a rush hour traffic jam. The concept of emergence can also be used to understand how new ideas arise in the course of an academic collaboration, ideas that weren’t brought to the table by any one team member or from any one discipline. This talk will draw on the concept of emergence to argue against an additive model of collaboration that draws resources to faculty-led projects and in favor of an inquiry driven, collaboration-first model of project development that embraces the emergent qualities of collaboration itself. It will do so with reference to Tom’s work with the University of Connecticut’s new scholarly communications design lab, Greenhouse Studios, and its model of radical, transdisciplinary, campus-wide collaboration.

Tom Scheinfeldt

Tom Scheinfeldt is Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Connecticut where he holds a joint appointment in the Department of Digital Media & Design and the Department of History. He is also Director of Greenhouse Studios, a transdisciplinary research unit that solves the problems and explores the opportunities of scholarship in the “digital age.” Formerly Managing Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Tom has directed several award-winning digital humanities projects, including THATCamp, Omeka, and the September 11 Digital Archive. You can follow Tom on Twitter at @foundhistory.

This event is part of the Library’s series, The Future of Scholarly Publishing, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Date: Monday, February 5, 2018
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Announcement | Library Early Closure on Thursday, January 11

The following Brown University Libraries will close at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018 to allow Library staff to attend the annual winter celebration:

  • John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
  • John Hay Library
  • Sciences Library (Friedman Study Center will remain open)
  • Library Collections Annex

Normal hours will resume on Friday.

Click here to view all Library hours.

Thank you for your understanding. Happy New Year!

Annual Address of the Carriers & Newsmen of the N.Y. Herald, 1851


Annual Address of the Carriers & Newsmen of the New York Herald:  On the Opening of the Year 1851

Carriers’ Addresses were published by newspapers and local newsboys delivered these greetings in verse each New Year’s Day to customers who understood that a tip was expected.  Lasting for more than two centuries in the United States, the custom originated in England and was introduced during colonial times.

The poems, often anonymous, describe the events of the past year, locally, regionally, and nationally, and end with a request for a gratuity for the faithful carrier. Often the poem referred to the carrier’s diligence and hardships during winter weather. Illustrated with wood-engravings and decorative borders, carriers’ addresses are distinctive examples of popular publishing in nineteenth century America.

Dates: January 5 – 31, 2018
TimeJohn Hay Library Hours
Location: Second Floor Landing, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Works from Modern Architecture

Works from Modern Architecture: A Course with Dietrich Neumann 
On view, architectural models created by students in Professor Dietrich Neumann’s lecture course, “Modern Architecture,” which surveys the “classic” period of European and American modern architecture from the turn of the century to the 1950s.  Works are based on a building or industrial design object from the time period.
                                                                                                                                            Dates: December 20, 2017 – April 6, 2018
TimeJohn D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library Hours
Location: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Updates from Around the Library | November 2017

If you have a moment in the midst of the semester’s end and the approach of finals, take a look at what has been happening around the Library.

Event | Caitlín R. Kiernan: My Method, the Absence Thereof, and What Happens When the Words Won’t Come

Owl Doll by Kathryn A. Pollnac

On Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Lownes Room of the John Hay Library, author Caitlín R. Kiernan will discuss, “My Method, the Absence Thereof, and What Happens When the Words Won’t Come.” This event is free and open to the pubic. Light refreshments will be served after the talk.

Kiernan is a prolific dark fantasy and science fiction writer of numerous novels, comics, and short stories including Alabaster: Wolves, The Ape’s Wife, and The Drowning Girl.

Date: December 5, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Lownes Room, Second Floor, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

San Francisco General Hospital Pillowcase

From the Scott O’Hara Papers: SFGH Pillowcase

Scott O’Hara (1961–1998) was a sex radical, porn star, writer and publisher. Between 1983 and 1993, he performed in over twenty gay and bisexual adult films.  He also edited and published the quarterly sex-positive journal Steam and the short-lived cultural magazine Wilde.

O’Hara was hospitalized at San Francisco General Hospital with AIDS-related lymphoma in February 1998. He chose to leave the hospital on the afternoon of February 18, and he died at home that evening. He was thirty-six years old.

San Francisco General Hospital was at the forefront of the AIDS crisis. In January 1983, the hospital opened the first outpatient AIDS clinic, followed later that year by the first dedicated AIDS ward in the United States. The hospital became known for the “San Francisco model” of care, an approach to treatment that emphasized compassion and respect, centralized health and social services, and collaboration with community partners.

The pillowcase will be on view in recognition of World AIDS Day.

Dates: December 1 – 21, 2017
TimeJohn Hay Library Hours
Location: Second Floor Landing, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence