Marija Dalbello’s teaching and publications focus on the history of knowledge and history of the book applied to liminal phenomena and visuality. She has published on digital mediation, visual/sensory epistemology and migration.
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 studies the phenomena of migration and marginalized populations and historical cultures of literacy. Her recent publications focus on immigrant literacy, the reading of immigrants by the state, and Ellis Island as a post-memory site. The modalities of text and image are the key material agents within those processes and sites. Her other research includes remediation in digital archives, digital libraries as a medium of culture, and document cultures from the late 1990s together with the emergence of digital humanities—the phenomena linked to digital convergence of the past thirty years. Her essays and articles appeared in scholarly edited collections and journals including The Library Quarterly, Journal of Documentation, Library and Information Science Research, and Book History. She co-edited Visible Writings: Cultures, Forms, Readings (2011) with Mary Shaw, A History of Modern Librarianship: Constructing the Heritage of Western Cultures (2015) with Wayne Wiegand and Pamela Spence Richards and Reading Home Cultures Through Books with Kirsti Salmi-Niklander (forthcoming). She also co-edited special issues of journals including Information Research on "Archaeology and Information Research" (2019) and "Print Culture in Croatia: The Canon and the Borderlands" for Vjesnik bibliotekara Hrvatske (2006). She is currently editing, Reading Home Cultures Through Books with Kirsti Salmi-Niklander (forthcoming from Routledge, 2021) and Global Voices from the Woman's Building Library: A Casebook in Close and Distant Reading with Sarah Wadsworth. 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. She co-directed the Rutgers Seminar in the History of the Book (2006-2012). She chairs the board of directors of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP).
Isto Huvila, Marija Dalbello, Costis Dallas, Ixchel M. Faniel, and Michael Olsson, eds. “Archaeology and Information Research,” a special issue of Information Research 24 (2: 2019).
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.
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.
Dalbello, Marija and Mary Shaw, eds. Visible Writings: Cultures, Forms, Readings. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011. 354 p.
Dalbello, Marija. “A Genealogy of Digital Humanities." The Journal of Documentation 67 (3:2011): 480-506.
Awards & Recognitions
Award for Distinguished Service, Department of Library and Information Science, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, 2014.
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).
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.
- Collective Memory
- Critical Media and Information, Culture, and Society
- Critical Thinking
- Digital Libraries
- Global Media
- Identity and/or Dealing with Difference in Society
- Immigration Dynamics
- Information Literacy
- Justice and Society
- Marginalized and Under-represented Populations
- Media and Politics
- Media and Power
- Media History
- Multidisciplinary (incl. Sociological)
- New Media Literacy
- Popular Culture
Marija Dalbello and Catherine McGowan. “Memory Narrations as a Source for Historical Ethnography and the Sensorial-Affective Experience of Migration.” In Challenges and Solutions in Ethnographic Research: Ethnography with a Twist. Eds. Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto, Viktorija L.A. Čeginskas, pp. 161-184. New York: Routledge, 2020. View
Marija Dalbello. "Archaeological Sensations in the Archives of Migration and the Ellis Island Sensorium," Archaeology and Information Research, a special issue of Information Research 24 (2: 2019). View
Marija Dalbello. "La New York Public Library, une bibliothèque ouverte sur le monde." In Un monde de bibliothèques. Ed. Julien Roche, pp. 241-248. Paris: Le Cercle de la librairie, 2019. View
Marija Dalbello. “La Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire de Zagreb, marqueur de l’histoire de l’Europe central.” In Un monde de bibliothèques. E. Julien Roche, pp. 85-91. Paris: Le Cercle de la librairie, 2019. View
Marija Dalbello. "Threshold Text and the Metaphysics of Writing." Oral Tradition and Book Culture. Eds. Pertti Anttonen, Cecilia af Forselles, Kirsti Salmi-Niklander, pp. 146-167. Helsinki: Finnish Literature Society, 2018. (Studia Fennica Folkloristica series; 23) View
Marija Dalbello. "Roma Securitization and Desecuritization in Habsburg Europe." In The Securitization of the Roma in Europe. Eds. Huub van Baar, Ana Ivasiuc, and Regina Kreide, pp. 285-310. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. View
Marija Dalbello. "The Metaphysics of Replacement in Photoplay Novels of Immigration." In On Replacement: Cultural, Social and Psychological Representations. Eds. Jean Owen and Naomi Segal, pp. 79-89. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. View
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. View
Marija Dalbello. “Being at Home in Libraries: Immigrant Literacy and the Shaping of Citizenship.” In Reading Home Cultures Through Books. Eds. Kirsti Salmi-Niklander and Marija Dalbello. (forthcoming 2021)
Dissertations chaired – completed:
James Andrew Hodges — Information Technology, Para-Academic Research Culture, and “Postliterary” Communication Techniques: A Materialist Cultural History of Interdisciplinary Computing (1950-2000), School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, October 2020. Bullard Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin. View
Cheryl Klimaszewski — An Ethnographic Study of Romanian Vernacular Museums as Spaces of Knowledge-Making and Their Institutional Legitimation, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, May 2020.
Zachariah S. Lischer-Katz – The Construction of Preservation Knowledge in the Artisanal Digital Reformatting of Analog Video Recordings, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, October 2017. Tenure-track Assistant professor in the School of Information, The University of Arizona. View
Aaron Trammell – The Ludic Imagination: A History of Role-Playing Games, Politics, and Simulation in Cold-War America, 1954-1984. School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, October 2015. Tenure-track Assistant professor in The Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. View
Iulian Vamanu – North American Indigenous Curators’ Constructions of Indigenous Knowledge: Applying the Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse. School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, October 2014. Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Information Science at The University of Iowa. View
Ellen Pozzi – The Public Library in an Immigrant Neighborhood: Italian Immigrants’ Information Ecologies in Newark, New Jersey, 1889-1919, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, October 2013. Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies, William Paterson University. (Wayne, NJ) View
Marianne Martens – A Historical and Comparative Analysis of Multiplatform Books for Young Readers: Technologies of Production, User-Generated Content, and Economics of Affective and Immaterial Labor, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, October 2012. Associate Professor of Information Science at Kent State University. View
Emily J.M. Knox – The Discourse of Censorship: Understanding the Worldviews of Challengers, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, October 2012. Associate Professor of Information Science and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. View
Mentor Cana - Open Access Repositories in the Cultural Configuration of Disciplines: Applying Actor-Network Theory to Knowledge Production by Astrophysicists and Philosophers of Science, School of Communication & Information, Rutgers University, May 2010. Now employed as Research Director, Gartner, Inc., Cherry Hill, NJ. View