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Digital Technologies


The Library's Digital Technologies department develops and manages the technological tools that support research and learning at Brown University Library. The department is comprised of three areas:

Additionally, Digital Technologies staff are part of the Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS), which supports digital scholarship for the Brown community and beyond by supporting scholarly and academic activities that are conducted or enhanced through the use of digital technology.


Digital Production Services (DPS):
  • Digitizes materials in support of scholarship, research and teaching
  • Provides metadata production and consulting services for Library and academic units undertaking digital projects
  • Works on project design and support in collaboration with Brown researchers and the Center for Digital Scholarship
  • Offers imaging and metadata consulting for grants and other University initiatives
Integrated Technology Services (ITS):
  • Provides support for the Library’s commercial and enterprise software
  • Designs and develops specialized software, which meets the needs of faculty and students for access to library resources at any time, in any location, in any medium, via any platform or device
  • Supports the Library’s web presence with interface design, interactive programming, user research, and usability testing and provides design support for Library publications.
  • Supports internal Library operations by automating and streamlining staff workflows and processes
  • Supports the Library’s assessment efforts by developing tools to collect, store, describe, update, access and report on data.
  • Works closely with CIS staff on standards and security.
  • Includes the Systems and Technical Support group, responsible for maintaining the library’s technology base by providing desktop support for library staff workstations, managing the library’s UNIX and NT servers, and coordinating and administering technology purchases for the library.
Brown Digital Repository Services (BDR):
  • Hosts a technology platform for preserving, discovering, and accessing digital materials of enduring value to the academic work of the University.
  • Designs and develops specialized software for ingesting, managing, describing, and disseminating digital objects.
  • Collaborates with researchers, the Center for Digital Scholarship, and other Library units on efforts to preserve and link research data.
  • Maintains and migrates digital content to ensure its ongoing viability.
  • Houses the Library's digitized collections.

Digital Technologies Staff

Andrew Ashton, Director, Digital Technologies

Digital Production Services (DPS):

Integrated Technology Services (ITS):

Brown Digital Repository Services (BDR):


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