Carol Chiodo is the Librarian for Collections and Digital Scholarship in the Americas, Europe and Oceania Division at Harvard University Library.
Ph.D. , Yale; B.A., Fairfield University
Carol’s research in Italian Studies sits at the crossroads of Global Medieval Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies. A former faculty member at Princeton and Yale, she chaired the 700th Anniversary Commemoration Committee which organized the Dante Society of America’s virtual symposium at Harvard in May 2021. She has published widely on Dante Alighieri’s reception among women readers in North America and is the editor of the recent publication, Dante’s Volume: From Alpha to Omega, published by ACMRS Press. Her next book, nearing completion, is on Dante’s cross-border and cross- linguistic fortunes among readers. She also has a manuscript in preparation on popular voices in early Italian vernacular print.
Her work in digital humanities sits at the intersection of cultural heritage and digital technology, examining the ways in which digital reproduction affects not only the form and provenance of cultural heritage, but also the possible forms of scholarship. She is experienced in supporting academic departments, libraries, archives, and museums in making the best use of digital tools and infrastructure to accomplish their mission. Carol is knowledgeable about strategy and policies around digital preservation and stewardship. She has led grant-funded initiatives to build infrastructural capacity, managed open source software development, and curated online collections and exhibitions. With research interests in digital and quantitative methods in the humanities, Carol’s recent projects in this area include curriculum development in digital scholarship for a masters program in regional studies and the use and development of computational techniques such as machine learning to analyze cultural heritage at scale. She is the principle investigator on the Mellon-funded initiative Images as Data: Processing, Exploration and Discovery at Scale ($50,000) at Harvard University Library .
For more information on the Mellon-funded Images as Data Initiative and how it aims to transform the ways in which cultural heritage institutions make their digital collections amenable to computationally inflected research, see this presentation from the 2020/2021 Digital Humanities -Theorie und Methodik Lecture Series at the University of Leipzig, Germany.
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