Molly Des Jardin

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Japanese Studies Librarian
Korean Studies Librarian
Contact Information
Office Address: 
Van Pelt Library 527
Phone: 
215-898-3205
Email Address: 

Biography

Molly began work as the Japanese and Korean studies librarian at the University of Pennsylvania in July 2013 and manages the humanities collections related to Japan and Korea, and in Japanese and Korean languages. She also conducts reference interviews and instruction sessions on library use and resources, and resources specific to Japan and Korea.

Her background is in both library and computer science, and Japanese book history and literature, specializing in the Meiji period and natural language processing. Prior to Penn, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Resichauer Institute of Japanese Studies, working as the Archive Development Manager for the Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 disasters. As a graduate student, she also developed database-driven websites and Web 2.0 related course materials for faculty at the University of Michigan.

Education: 

PhD Asian Languages & Cultures (Japanese book history), University of Michigan 2012

MSI Library & Information Science, University of Michigan 2011

MA Asian Languages & Cultures, University of Michigan 2007

BA History, University of Pittsburgh 2003

BS Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh 2003

Research and Teaching Interests: 

Japanese book history, in particular literary anthologies at the turn of the 20th century; Meiji and Taisho literature; research methods in Japanese studies.

Brief Biography: 

Molly is the Japanese and Korean studies librarian at the University of Pennsylvania, beginning in July 2013. She manages the humanities collection related to Japan and Korea, and all materials in Japanese and Korean languages. Molly also conducts reference interviews and instruction sessions related to library use and resources, and resources related to Japan and Korea.

Other Professional Activity: 

Copyeditor, Journal of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice