Molly Des Jardin
Molly Des Jardin the joined Penn Libraries in July 2013 as the Japanese Studies Librarian and liaison for Korean studies. Molly is the bibliographer the Penn Libraries's collections -- electronic, print, and rare resources -- related to Japan and Korea, and in her role as liaison, conducts reference consultations, workshops, and class visits. She works closely with the Japanese and Korean studies faculty, graduate students, majors, and language learners in 9 different departments across SAS, Wharton, and GSE, as well as the Kim Program in Korean Studies and the Center for East Asian Studies.
Molly is fluent in Japanese and lived in Japan for three years both for work and study. She was awarded her PhD in Japanese book history and MSI in library and information science from the University of Michigan, after earning a BA in history and BS in computer science from University of Pittsburgh. Prior to coming to the Penn Libraries, she served as a technical project manager on the Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters at Harvard's Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. In recent years has published in the journal Book History as well as book chapters on Penn's Japanese collection with Penn librarian Michael P. Williams, in The Globalized Library and forthcoming ACTLS monograph on graphic novels.
With a background in computer programming, she co-taught a four-day workshop on Japanese text mining at Emory University in 2017, and in 2018 designed and taught the graduate seminar East Asian Digital Humanities (syllabus PDF) at Penn, the first of its kind in the English-speaking world. Molly continues to be active in the global communities of Japanese librarianship and digital humanities, including service on the Council on East Asian Libraries' Public Services and Library Technology Committees, and is on the executive committee of the MLA's LLC Japanese Since 1900 Forum. She is also the co-founder and co-organizer of the WORD LAB text analysis learning community based in the Penn Libraries.