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Specialized Services for Faculty

  • Customized resource guides for subjects and courses.
  • E-delivery of journal articles from print and digital collections to your desktop within 48 hours.
  • Delivery of library books to your department mail room or administrative office via Campus Mail, Monday through Friday, during regular office hours.
  • Advice on copyright, fair use.
  • Assistance with Data Management and Data Sharing Plans
  • Repository services

Facilitating Teaching

The Library’s collections, spaces, and services are available to enhance your students' learning experience, inside and outside the classroom.

  • OCRA: Brown's online system for course reserves, including streaming audio and video.
  • Canvas: Librarians can provide support for students through Canvas, blogs, wikis, and other instructional technology you use.
  • Research skills instruction: Librarians are available for in-class instruction. Computer-equipped classrooms or seminar rooms are available in most library buildings.
  • Group and individual research consultations for students to find articles, books, special collections, and other material for their course-related work.
  • Special collections: world-renowned collections notable for subject, age, uniqueness, or value.
  • Digitize Brown’s research collections to facilitate teaching and research.
  • Specialized exhibitions involving students and faculty in exhibit spaces in the Library and across campus.
  • Archive syllabi, preprints and learning objects in the Brown Digital Repository.
  • Library classrooms and seminar spaces provide in-class access to materials housed in the Library.
  • Computing clusters, networked printing, and scanning are available in the Rockefeller, Sciences, Hay, and Orwig libraries.
  • Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research recognizes projects that make extensive and creative use of the Brown University Library’s online and physical collections.

Partnerships across campus to support your teaching activities:

Specialized Training & Workshops

Library courses are listed at the library website, Open enrollment workshops and specialized one-on-one training include:

  • Scholarly Writing: Academic & Professional Self-Publishing Online; Writing and Managing Citations with EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero; Copyright Basics; Reading/Writing Literature Reviews
  • Images: Introduction to ARTstor, Luna Insight; Media Literacy
  • Social Sciences Data: Federal, UN, and Rhode Island Information; ArcGIS; QGIS; Geospatial Web
  • Qualitative Analysis: NVivo
  • Statistics: SPSS; Stata; R
  • Finding Funding Resources: Pivot/Foundation Directory Online
  • Working with Data: Open Refine/Regular Expressions; File Management/Folder Structuring; Visualization: Tableau; Intro to TEI; Fusion Tables; Writing Data Management Plans; Life Cycle of Research Data; Publishing and Citing Data

Collaboration on Digital Scholarship

The Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) works with Brown faculty and students in exploring the use of digital technologies to enhance academic endeavors.

  • Develop digital projects that enhance the academic work of the university
  • Assist faculty with original research using digital tools, techniques, and methodology
  • Preserve and provide shared access to original data sets
  • Provide digital repository services that provide long-term maintenance and support for data
  • Advise on data curation and metadata practices and standards
  • Support undergraduate and graduate level instruction with digital methods
  • Offer seminars and workshops on topics in digital scholarship for the arts, humanities, and sciences
  • Develop funding proposals to support the development of new digital tools and broaden the practice of digital scholarship at Brown
  • Digitize text, images, audio, video, data; create metadata; build search/display interfaces
  • Mentor students in digital scholarship and digital production skills
  • DOIs - Materials deposited in the Brown Digital Repository can be assigned Digital Object Identifiers