Adam Doskey has been a rare book cataloger in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library since 2006. He holds a MLIS from the UIUC Graduate School of Library and Information Science and a BA in English Literature and History, also from UIUC.
In 2009, Adam co-curated an exhibition highlighting the interesting provenances uncovered in the Mellon-funded rare book cataloging project, entitled: In Manibus Literatorum / In the Hands of the Learned: The Mellon Cataloging Project and Five Hundred Years of Book Ownership. Adam is interested in all aspects of public outreach for special collections librarianship and he is currently secretary of the No. 44 Society, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library’s book collecting club. He joined the Society after his collection of Malcolm Lowry-related books won the first annual T.W. Baldwin Prize for Book Collecting in 2006 and was subsequently a finalist in the first annual Collegiate Book-Collecting Championship sponsored by Fine Books and Collections Magazine.
After reading an issue of Non Solus, a University of Illinois Library publication that ran from 1974 to 1985 and highlighted new library acquisitions and discoveries, Adam was eager to bring together a team of like-minded graduate students, library faculty and staff, and professors in order to revive the publication in electronic format as a blog. Through his blog entries, Adam likes to share his passion for provenance studies, history of the book, and literary history.