Unpacking the Librarian's Cabinet of Curiosity

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For over two millennia, librarians have played a critical role in the production and transmission of knowledge. They have helped to collect, catalogue, and curate a vast range of materials that constitute much of our cultural heritagefrom epic poetry on papyrus scrolls to PDFs of scholarly articles. This project interrogates these practices by building a librarian's cabinet of curiosity, and populating it with explicit examples of the mundane activities that occur in and around the library.


  • Bonnie Mak, Principal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • University of Illinois Research Board, 2012 – $6,500.00
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