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Specialized Services for Faculty

Facilitating Teaching

The Library's collections, spaces, and services are available to expand upon and enhance your students' classroom experience.

  • 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 working on course-related library research.
  • Special collections: over five million items in multiple formats, including many world-renowned collections notable for subject, age, uniqueness, or value.
  • Digitize from Brown's library collections, including student work and faculty 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 Award 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

Open enrollment workshops and specialized one-on-one training include:

  • Citation Management: EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks, and Zotero
  • Images: Introduction to ARTstor, Luna Insight, Media Literacy
  • Social Sciences Data: Federal Information, United Nations & Rhode Island Government Information
  • Qualitative Analysis: Introduction to NVivo
  • Finding Funding Resources: Pivot/Foundation Directory Online
  • Statistics: Introduction to SPSS, Intermediate SPSS (1 & 2), Stata 1, Intermediate Stata (1 & 2)
  • Data: Data Literacy, ArcGIS, R, Geospatial Web, Database Design for Humanists

Collaboration on Digital Scholarship

The Library's Center for Digital Scholarship 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