I am currently serving as a data integration specialist (aka data wrangling) on a 2020 U.S. election research project at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. My background is interdisciplinary, and I formerly combined my expertise in book history, fluency in Japanese, and background in information science in a career as a librarian (primarily at the Penn Libraries, working with the Japanese and Korean collections). While data science and area studies librarianship may seem unrelated, the same drive brought me to both: doing socially impactful work using computer and information science.
In addition to my work as a librarian, I taught the seminar East Asian Digital Humanities (EALC111/511)
(living work-in-progress syllabus PDF at mollydesjardin.com
) at Penn in Spring 2018. (Please feel free to reuse my related documents because I don’t plan on offering the course again, and there is certainly a need and interest on the part of students!) In 2014, I also co-founded WORD LAB
, a library-based text analysis learning community, and served as an organizer for over five years.
My book history work focuses on modern and contemporary Japanese print “stuff,” ranging from Meiji (1868-1912) publishing to 21st-century urban exploration publications. I have a particular interest in theories and practices of authorship, as well as anthologizing (well, that is not always the appropriate word for the types of collections I am studying, but “compilation” doesn’t quite convey it the same way in English!). My first peer-reviwed article, “Inventing Saikaku: Collectors, Provenance, and the Social Creation of an Author,” appeared in Book History
v.20 (2017) and I co-authored two book chapters with Penn Libraries colleague Michael P. Williams (in ACRL’s 2019 The Globalized Library
and an upcoming ALCTS volume on graphic novels in libraries).
Co-founder and organizer (2014-2020), WORD LAB
text analysis learning community
Co-founder and organizer (2019-present), DH Japan