Molly is the Japanese Studies Librarian and liaison for Korean Studies at University of Pennsylvania Libraries, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Penn’s East Asian Languages & Civilizations department. In addition to her work as a librarian, she taught the seminar East Asian Digital Humanities (EALC111/511)
(living work-in-progress syllabus PDF at mollydesjardin.com
) at Penn in Spring 2018. In 2014, along with Katie Rawson, Molly co-founded WORD LAB
, the Penn Libraries text analysis learning community, still going strong after many years.
Molly is a historian of the book in modern Japan, ranging from Meiji (1868-1912) publishing to 21st-century urban exploration publications, and has a particular focus on theories and practices of authorship. Her article “Inventing Saikaku: Collectors, Provenance, and the Social Creation of an Author” appeared in Book History
v.20 (2017) and she has co-authored two book chapters with Michael P. Williams (in ACRL’s 2019 The Globalized Library
and an upcoming ACTLS monograph on graphic novels in libraries).