Author Biography

Jenifer Bartle is the Digital Library Services Librarian in the Library and Technology Services (LTS) division of Wellesley College. She works to create, manage, and promote the use of Wellesley’s unique digital assets in digital scholarship, research, teaching, exhibition, and publication. She manages the College’s Institutional Repository, serves on the Scholarly Communications Group, and integrates her digital collections work with traditional library collection development by serving as a subject selector for five academic departments. Hélène Bilis is Associate Professor of French at Wellesley College. She is the author of Passing Judgment: The Politics and Poetics of Staging Sovereignty from Hardy to Racine (Toronto UP: 2016) and is currently editing a volume for the MLA entitled Options for Teaching French Neoclassical Tragedy (under contract). Laura M. O’Brien is the Assistant Director for Research Services in LTS at Wellesley College. 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. Ruth R. Rogers is Curator of Special Collections at Wellesley College, where she specializes in the evolution of the book as material culture, visual communication and artistic form. She is a co-founder and collaborator in the area of Book Studies at the College and lectures for courses throughout the curriculum on the history of books and printing, and the critical reading of contemporary artist books.


Four colleagues--a faculty member, a digital services librarian, a research librarian, and a curator of Special Collections--take turns describing their role in creating an undergraduate student project around an eighteenth-century almanac that belonged to Marie-Antoinette. In recounting the steps taken, the collaborative process, the student research, and the analysis of the contents of the Trésor des Grâces almanac, we share the lessons learned for completing a digital exhibit over the course of one semester.


Digital projects, Marie-Antoinette, material culture, eighteenth century, almanacs, undergraduate research, faculty collaboration