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 epistemology and immigrant literacies and co-edited five scholarly volumes.
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. Many of her essays and articles appeared in scholarly edited collections as well as The Library Quarterly, Journal of Documentation, Library and Information Science Research, and Book History. She is the co-editor of 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. She is currently co-editing Reading Home Cultures Through Books with Kirsti Salmi-Niklander. 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 a highly commended Winner of 2012 Emerald Literati Award for the article, “A Genealogy of Digital Humanities” published in The Journal of Documentation. She is on the board of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP). She co-directed the Rutgers Seminar in the History of the Book (2006-2012).
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.
- Information Literacy
- Justice and Society
- Immigration Dynamics
- Identity and/or Dealing with Difference in Society
- New Media Literacy
- Multidisciplinary (incl. Sociological)
- Media History
- Media and Power
- Media and Politics
- Marginalized and Under-represented Populations
- Collective Memory
- Critical Media and Information, Culture, and Society
- Critical Thinking
- Global Media
- Digital Libraries
- Popular Culture
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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Marija Dalbello and Catherine McGowan. “Memory Narrations as Source for Historical Ethnography and the Sensorial-Affective Experience of Migration.” In Ethnography with a Twist. Eds. Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto, Viktorija Cengiskas and Aino-Kaisa Koistinen. Routledge. (Forthcoming 2020)
Marija Dalbello. “Being at Home in Libraries: Immigrant Literacy and the Shaping of Citizenship or How the New York Public Library Became the Place of Belonging, from Travelling Libraries to World Languages Collection.” In Books Create a Home. Eds. Kirsti Salmi-Niklander and Marija Dalbello. (Forthcoming 2020)
Dissertations Chaired – Completed:
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. Postdoctoral Fellow, Helmerich Learning Center, University of Oklahoma Libraries
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
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
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. Tenured Instructor at the Department of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies, William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ)
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. Assistant Professor of Information Science at Kent State University (tenured 2018)
Emily Knox – The Discourse of Censorship: Understanding the Worldviews of Challengers, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, October 2012. Assistant Professor of Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (tenured 2018)
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