About Molly

Book historian and aspiring digital literary scholar. Japanese Studies Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania; Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations. One of the founders and organizers of Penn Libraries' WORD LAB text analysis interest community. PhD and MA in Asian Languages & Cultures (Japanese Literature/Book History), MSI in Library & Information Science, from the University of Michigan. BA in History, BS in Computer Science, from the University of Pittsburgh.

Site Guide

  • About: Me, my CV (PDF format), and this site explained.
  • Guides: Annotated bibliographies and resource guides on various topics, including Japanese studies, book history, and online resources.
  • Projects: Abstract and outline of my dissertation research; full downloadable copy of my dissertation; academic presentations; other interests; programming project code and papers.
  • Blog: My thoughts on professional and creative concerns. Recently, something horrible has happened to it and I apologize for the layout.
  • Links: Links to some favorite sites and resources, including professional resources, blogs on literature and culture, and tech resources.


  • Jekyll introduced. I'm now using Jekyll to generate my website, which means I can more easily modify things like the header, footer, and layout for all pages. Pretty cool. No change for the end user, though. (Even better.)
  • New research guides! I have linked to my LibGuides to Japanese text analysis, digital resources, undergraduate resources, and digital resources in the guides section. I'm also continuing to update the book history bibliography.
  • CC0 1.0 Universal is now the license for my entire website and all the work included in it, unless otherwise indicated. This means it is in the public domain. Enjoy!
  • New project! I have uploaded the source code and a paper explaining a geoparsing and sentiment analysis project I experimented with in 2011. Feel free to use the code as you wish.
  • Dissertation now available! Check out my dissertation on my projects page. Free to download.
  • Please monitor @mdesjardin on twitter.

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