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Associate Professor of Library and Information Science


CI 308

Marija Dalbello's current research, teaching, and publications focus on visual genres and epistemologies of the senses, the history of knowledge, and history of the book. She co-edited "Print Culture in Croatia: The Canon and the Borderlands" (2006) with Tinka Katić, "Visible Writings: Cultures, Forms, Readings" (2011) with Mary Shaw, and "A History of Modern Librarianship: Constructing the Heritage of Western Cultures" with Wayne Wiegand and Pamela Spence Richards (2015).   


University of Toronto
Ph.D., Information Studies

Kent State University
M.L.S., Library Science

University of Zagreb, Croatia
Diploma of Graduate Librarian, Information Science

University of Zagreb, Croatia
B.Sc., English and Sanskrit


Marija Dalbello's research focuses on the influence of culture and society on documentary practices, documents, and representations that are used to diffuse knowledge. Within that broad framework, she published on transition from print to digital formats, with a focus on the emergent digital collections; on the transformation of visual culture between 1886 and 1935, as the wider problem of transformation of visual culture and modernity; and on documentary borderlands reflecting media transitions and study of print culture in a transnational framework. Her articles appear in The Library Quarterly, Journal of Documentation, Library & Information Science Research, and Book History among other scholarly journals. She bridges and combines styles of research undertaken by information scientists and historians of books, print, and information. She co-organized the Rutgers Seminar on the History of the Book from 2006-2012. She is a highly commended Winner of 2012 Emerald Literati Award for the article, “A Genealogy of Digital Humanities” published in The Journal of Documentation 67 (3:2011).

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Selected Publications

Dalbello, Marija and Mary Shaw, eds. Visible Writings: Cultures, Forms, Readings. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011. 354 p.

Pamela S. Richards, Wayne A. Wiegand, and Marija Dalbello, eds. A History of Modern Librarianship: Constructing the Heritage of Western Cultures. Libraries Unlimited/ABC-Clio, 2015. 248 p.

Marija Dalbello. “Ellis Island Library – ‘The Tower of Babel’ at America’s Gate.” In Libraries: Traditions and Innovations: Papers from the Library History Seminar XIII, ed. Katherine Wisser and Melanie Kimball, pp. 28-55. DeGruyter Saur, 2017.

Dalbello, Marija. “Reading Immigrants: Immigration as Site and Process of Reading and Writing.” In Reading and Writing from Below: Exploring the Margins of Modernity, ed. Ann-Catrine Edlund, T. G. Ashplant & Anna Kuismin, pp. 169-196. Umeå: Umeå University & The Royal Skyttean Society, 2016.

Dalbello, Marija. “A Genealogy of Digital Humanities." The Journal of Documentation 67 (3:2011): 480-506.

Awards & Recognitions

Highly Commended Award winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence, 2012 for journal article, “A Genealogy of Digital Humanities,” published in Journal of Documentation 67 (3:2011).

Award for Distinguished Service, Department of Library and Information Science, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, 2014

Outstanding Ph.D. Faculty Award winner given by the Ph.D. program in Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers University, 2010.

ASIS&T Best Chapter Publication of the Year Award for, NJ-ASIST, 1975-2005: A Historical Note (co-authored with Ellen Pozzi), 2006.