Laura M. O'Brien

Laura O'Brien

Library & Technology Services

Laura M. O'Brien
Librarian, Research Services

Laura provides research and instructional support for students and faculty in English, Comparative Literature, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Theater, and Medieval and Renaissance Studies. 

Laura became a part of Wellesley's Research and Instruction Support team in 2010. She received her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Hamilton College, and her masters in library and information science from Simmons College in Boston. 

Current interests and activities

Recent projects include the organization of a digital Transcribathon in collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the collaborative support of network analysis of an early modern novel in Gephi. Laura is exploring the use of technologies to bring new perspectives to literature and the humanities--from "distant reading" to engaging students as producers and reproducers of the texts they study through mashups, text encoding, or other techniques. She is interested in the pedagogy of digital humanities in a liberal arts context.