Molly Des Jardin
Molly Des Jardin joined Penn Libraries in July 2013 as the Japanese Studies Librarian. Molly manages Penn's Japanese and Korean studies collections, both electronic and print resources, in Japanese, Korean, and European languages. She is also available for reference consultations and class sessions on Japanese and Korean research methods and resources.
Molly has published in venues such as Book History and the forthcoming ACRL publication The Globalized Library (with Michael P. Williams), and is active on the NCC as a council member and on the executive committee of the MLA's LLC Japanese Since 1900 Forum. She obtained her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2012 (and MSI in 2011), and her research interests focus on authorship and publishing at the turn of the 20th century in Japan, as well as literary anthologies more broadly. She is also beginning to research urban exploration publications in 21st-century Japan.
As a hobby, Molly enjoys programming and working on text analysis projects in Japanese. (She doesn't enjoy the text encoding aspect of this work, however.) In 2017 she taught, with Mark Ravina and Hoyt Long, the first North American workshop on Japanese text mining over four days at Emory University and continues to collaborate with them on Japanese digital humanities work. At the Penn Libraries, Molly founded and co-organizes the WORD LAB text analysis learning community. She also designed and taught the seminar East Asian Digital Humanities (EALC111/511) in Spring 2018 at Penn, the first survey, graduate-level seminar on East Asian DH in the English-speaking world.