Todd Samuelson

Professional Responsibilities

Overseeing the Library’s rare and literary collections, as well as book history and fine press subjects

Managing the exhibition and publication programs at Cushing Library

Leading instructional sessions, including acting as Director of the Library’s Book History Workshop

Education

C. A., August 28, 2009, Academy of Certified Archivists

Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing, May 13, 2005, University of Houston

M. A. in English, May 24, 1999, Boston College

B. A. Cum Laude in English, April 24, 1997, Brigham Young University.

Professional Experience

Houghton Library, Harvard University.  End-Processor, Bibliographical Assistant, and Exhibition Assistant, September 1997-August 2000.

Woodson Research Center (for Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archives), Rice University.  Bibliographical Assistant, summer 2001.

Detering Book Gallery ABAA/ILAB, Houston.  Bibliographical Assistant and Cataloguer, August 2002 - June 2005.

Museum of Printing History, Houston.  Curator, June 2005 - September 2007.

Selected Research

Grants:         

“OCR’ing Early Modern Texts,” a grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for $742,005.00, led by Dr. Laura Mandell, Director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, Texas A&M University. October 2012-14.  I am acting as Co-PI from Cushing Library and typography specialist.

Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County Individual Artist’s Grant, June 2004, $5,000

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

“Unusual Suspects: the Case of Insider Theft in Research Libraries and Special Collections,” (lead author) with Laura Sare and Catherine Coker.  College & Research Libraries 73.6 (November 2012): 556-68.

“A Qualitative Assessment of the Kindle e-book Reader: Results from Initial Focus Groups,” with Dennis T. Clark, Susan P. Goodwin, and Catherine Coker, in Performance Measurement and Metrics 9.2 (2008): 118-29.

“Creating the Incommensurate God: Art and Belief in O’Connor’s ‘Parker’s Back’ and Harold Bloom’s The Book of J.” Flannery O’Connor and the Christian Mystery, Literature and Belief 17 (1997): 47-59.

Accepted and Pending Publication:

“Empirical Bibliography: A Decade of Book History at Texas A&M,” at Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America.  Accepted July 12, 2013.  Currently being revised for publication.

“Still Life,” at Printing History.  Submitted December 20, 2012.  Accepted by William La Moy on April 2, 2013.  Projected for publication January 2014.

“Mind the Gap: Integrating Special Collections Teaching,” at portal: Libraries and the Academy.  Submitted December 14, 2012.  Accepted with edits on March 26, 2013, and resubmitted with requested changes on May 31, 2013.  Projected for publication October 2013.

“Book History in the Early Modern OCR Project, or, Bringing Balance to the Force,” at Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies.  Projected for publication in Fall 2013 (issue 13.4).

Other Articles:

“How We Brought 3,000 People to the Library (With the Help of Mr. George R. R.Martin).  College & Research Libraries News 74.7 (July-August 2013): 342-5, 356 [cover article].

“W. G. Sebald: The Emigrants,” in Masterplots: Third Revised Edition. (Pasadena: Salem, projected November, 2010).  2000 word essay.

 "Stanislaw Baranczak,” in Critical Survey of Poetry, Third Revised Edition. (Pasadena: Salem, projected February, 2011).  2000 word essay.

 “Henri Cole,” in Critical Survey of Poetry, Third Revised Edition.  (Pasadena: Salem, projected February, 2011).  2000 word essay.

 “Anna Swir,” in Critical Survey of Poetry, Third Revised Edition.  (Pasadena: Salem, projected February, 2011).  2000 word essay.

 “Wislawa Szymborska,” in Critical Survey of Poetry, Third Revised Edition. (Pasadena: Salem, projected February, 2011).  1000 word update.

 “Tomas Tranströmer,” in Critical Survey of Poetry, Third Revised Edition. (Pasadena: Salem, projected February, 2011).  500 word update.

 “Czeslaw Milosz: Unattainable Earth,” in Masterplots II: Christian Literature. (Pasadena: Salem, 2008).  1837-40. 

Poems:

“Ars Poetica” in Southwest Review 91.2(2006).

“February 26: Heathrow” and “March 1: Wales” (from the poetic sequence “Correspondences”) in Center 5 (2006).

“Agon” and “Amanuensis” in Lyric Poetry Review 7 (Winter/Spring 2005).

“Case Study,” “Polyphonic Nocturne,” and “Self-Portrait as Saint Victor” in Prairie Schooner 76.2 (Summer 2002).

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