May 20, 2022

curios, A New Blog on Digitization From the Brown University Library

via Brown University Library News:

The Brown University Library is pleased to announce the launching of curio a new weekly blog, focusing on imaging rare, unusual, and intriguing objects.

The blog is written by Digital Production Services staff about curios, objects that are valued for their unique qualities, both physical and scholarly.


Brown selectively digitizes its Special Collections, providing public access online, anytime, anywhere. The process for deciding which materials will be digitized is closely aligned with teaching and research needs. As a result, Digital Production Services (DPS) staff come in contact with otherwise “hidden” Library artifacts on a daily basis. Many of these unusual items present technical challenges for digitization or description. The blog will feature items that are singled out for their unique properties and for the methods used to digitize them.

As explained by Ann Caldwell, Head, Imaging and Metadata Services, “The staff in Digital Production Services is constantly awed, amused, fascinated, and thrilled by the materials we digitize and describe. In that respect, we’re some of the most fortunate people in the Library. Not only do we get to see these items, but we get to share them with you and digitally preserve them for the future.”

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.