Marija Dalbello, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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Teaching Focus
How social and cultural forces shape creation, diffusion and use of knowledge and the social history of knowledge, collections, and documents. I am interested in technology innovation in libraries, and how digital technologies, methods and documents intersect with gender, race, and class. Courses taught reflect my research interests in the culture of the book, electronic publishing, digital archives and digital libraries, reading, scholarly communication, historical and naturalistic research methods. I taught courses relevant for rare books and special collections librarianship, history of libraries and information science.

I advise student group SOURCE (Student Organization for Unique and Rare Collections Everywhere), which I helped found in Fall 2000. SOURCE is a network of MLIS students and Rutgers alumni who are interested in historical aspects of book, paper, and writing materials. Their interests bridge digital librarianship and special collections, rare books, visual resources librarianship and archives.


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Department of Library and Information Science

Gender and Technology (Fall 2008; Fall 2002)

Reading Interests of Adults (Fall 2009 online; Spring 2009)
The History of Books, Documents and Records in Print and Electronic Environment (Spring 2010; Fall 2008; Fall 2006)
Knowledge Structures and the Information Professions (Spring 2005) (currentlly maintained in eCompanion shell)
Reference Sources and Services
(Spring 2001)

Human Information Behavior (Spring 2009)
Topics in Library & Information Science I (History of Books, Records, Documents in Print and Digital Environments) (Spring 2010; Fall 2008)
Seminar in Comparative Epistemologies and Theories of Knowledge (Fall 2009; Fall 2004)

University of Wisconsin-Madison. School of Library and Information Studies

Special Collections in the Digital Environment (Spring 2000)
Cataloging and Classification (Fall 1999, Spring 2000)
Information Sources (Fall 1999)

The Catholic University of America. School of Library and Information Science

Seminar in Print, Non-Print, and Electronic Cultures (Fall 1997; Fall 1998)
History of the Book (Spring 1998; Spring 1999)
bestsellers project (UVA)
Organization of Information (Spring 1998; Fall 1998; Spring 1999)
Cataloging and Classification (Fall 1997; Spring 1998; Spring 1999)

University of Toronto. Faculty of Information Studies

Teaching assistant (History of Books and Printing, Organization of Information, Management of Information Organizations, Research Methods, Information in its Social Context)

Student Projects
In Spring 2000 I taught a course that involved development of a digital archive of historical documents. The
Frautschi Letters Virtual Archive and The Wisconsin Mosaic were developed by MLIS students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (and in collaboration with Max Kade Institute, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison). The story behind the creation of the Wisconsin Mosaic presents the history and the rationale for this project. A group of students involved in creating a component of the Wisconsin Mosaic received the departmental award for the innovative use of technology.

At Rutgers, the Journals Database is an online assignment focusing on domain knowledge building in scholarly communities of practice; it is updated on an ongoing basis by M.L.I.S. students enrolled in the Knowledge Structures and the Information Professions class. This project was executed in collaboration with the Scholarly Communication Center (Rutgers University, Alexander Library). A resource page documenting online communities emerging around popular reading and genre fiction is regularly updated with reviews and links contributed by students in the Reading Interests of Adults class. Several generations of students from the Reading Interests of Adults class presented their research at the New Jersey Library Association annual meeting in April 2003, featured in a panel titled Reading, Readers, Reading Genres.The record of a semester-long online participation of the students enrolled in my book history class, with the class taught by John Unsworth at the University of Virginia's English Department, can be found at the 20th Century American Bestsellers site. The experiences of that project are discussed in an article titled, Is There a Text in This Library? History of the Book and Digital Continuity.

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