Victorious Secret by Angela Lorenz

Victorious Secret: The “Bikini Girls” are Winning the Pentathlon on view at the Rockefeller Library, from August 31 – November 20, 2017

Surprise! The nearly two-thousand-year-old mosaics from Villa Romana del Casale  in Sicily, known simply as the “bikini girls,” are really female athletes from prestigious Roman families. Brown University is the tenth venue for this traveling suite of triptychs, made of buttons and hairpins, which sets the record straight on women in sports. Meet artist Angela Lorenz, class of 1987, P’18 to learn about her visual arts project and the impact of study abroad on Friday, October 13, 2017, at 4 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library.

Dates: August 31 – November 20, 2017
TimeJohn D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library Hours
Location: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Talk and Workshop | Zines and Radical Librarianship with Jenna Freedman

On Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, Jenna Freedman, Associate Director of Communications and Zine Librarian at Barnard College, will give a talk on zines and zine history, radical librarianship, zinemaking, and queering publishing. This event is free and open to the public.

Jenna Freedman’s research and practice center on zines and activist librarianship. She writes and presents on these and other topics and was a co-founder of the Radical Reference Project and #critlib.

From 7 – 10 p.m. on February 2, Jenna and Malana Krongelb ’17, the Sarah Doyle zine archivist, will lead a workshop about zinemaking as a form of “queering publishing” and creating radical, accessible, authentic platforms.

Craft supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own!

The day’s events are part of the festivities surrounding the opening of the Sarah Doyle Center’s Zine Collection, which has been curated and catalogued by Malana Krongelb.

Sponsored by Brown LGBTQ+ Center, Brown University Library, Pembroke Center, Department of American Studies, Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, and Dean of the College.

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Times: 3:30 – 5 p.m. (talk) and 7 – 10 p.m. (workshop)
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab (talk) and Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio (workshop), John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Dissertation Writing Retreat January 9-13 from the Writing Center, Graduate School and University Library (Deadline 12/28)


Advanced PhD students are invited to apply now to participate in a Dissertation Writing Retreat in January 2017. The writing-intensive retreat, to be held January 9-13, will provide 16 participants with space, time and encouragement to make progress on their dissertations. Stacy Kastner, Associate Director of the Writing Center, will lead the retreat, which pools the resources and support of the Graduate School, Sheridan Center and Libraries.

The deadline for submitting the electronic form is Wednesday, December 28, 2016. See details, including eligibility, here.

During the retreat, students will meet in the morning to set writing goals over coffee and tea, spend two hours writing, and then break for an informal lunch talk peppered with energizing advice and anecdotes about how to successfully navigate the dissertation writing process. In the afternoon, they will spend another three hours writing, with one-on-one support available from Writing Associates and Research Librarians. The group will close the day at 4 p.m., regrouping to check-in about writing goals and to celebrate progress made.

This offering is a response to the Graduate Student Council’s request for increased writing support for graduate students.

Event | On the Material Trail: Embedded Librarianship in the Heart of Tuscany


4th International Creative Competition for New Designer Makers, Milan, Italy, February 2016

In 2015, Mark Pompelia, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Visual + Material Resource Librarian, accompanied a double-major RISD student (Apparel Design-Industrial Design) on an international exhibition program called Craft the Leather. Based in the Tuscan Leather District of San Miniato, Italy, the program hosted ten schools for a weeklong immersion into the industry of vegetable-tanned leather making, which is both centuries old and full of modern innovation.

On Monday, April 18, 2016 at 4 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, Mark will explain how the week served to launch each student on an artistic journey to craft a line of works based on the sites visited, lessons learned, and the inherent qualities of the supplied leathers. Produced over summer 2015 in direct consultation with the Material Librarian, the works were collected in a curated exhibition launched at a February 2016 international exposition in Milan.

Mark Pompelia

Mark Pompelia, Visual + Material Resource Librarian, Fleet Library, RISD

Mark Pompelia has been Visual + Material Resource Librarian in the Fleet Library at RISD since 2010. He oversees its non-text collections to include still and moving images in analog and digital formats, including film and video, slides and photographs, half a million picture clippings, 21-million digital images via subscription, and more, in addition to one of the largest material samples collection in the country. He is the administrator for Artstor Shared Shelf and the newly launched Digital Commons @ RISD institutional repository.

Date: Monday, April 18, 2016
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Library Workshops in April 2016


The Library is offering a number of workshops in April. Here’s a look at the upcoming Library workshops this month:

Also, check out the upcoming workshops in May.

Library Workshops in February 2016

Students in the DSL

The Library is offering a number of workshops in February. Here’s a look at the upcoming Library workshops this month:

Also, check out the upcoming workshops in March.

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

This Week’s Workshops (October 26—31)


Is everyone ready for some knowledge and learning? The Library has three workshops this week!

Citing and Publishing Your Research Data
October 28 | Noon | Digital Scholarship Lab

NVivo: An Introduction to the Software
October 30 | 3 pm | Hecker Center

Citing and Publishing Your Research Data
October 30 | 4 pm | Digital Scholarship Lab

These workshops are a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in opportunities. Please register.

Upcoming Library Workshops in September 2014

Library Workshops

The Library is offering a number of workshops this fall including twelve in September. Here’s a look at the upcoming Library workshops this month:




Tableau Workshop


On June 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. the library will offer a 90-minute workshop on Tableau in the Hecker Center. Tableau is a software package that allows users to upload and explore their data, and quickly put together a variety of visualizations that can be published to the web.

This will be a hands-on workshop in which participants will learn Tableau by exploring a data set of their choosing and designing their own visualizations to communicate their findings.

Please register if you’re interested in attending the workshop.

Date: June 16, 2014 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: Hecker Center

Contact: Patrick Rashleigh