Hélène Huet talking about Mapping Decadence.

Originally from Lille, France, I first came to the US in in 2005-2006, when I served as a teaching assistant at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The following year I returned to France where I completed my undergraduate studies in English (with a specialization in American Civilization) at Université Lille 3. After graduation, I taught English for a year at a high school and an elementary school in France, before coming to the Pennsylvania State University in 2008.

I hold a Ph.D. in French and Francophone studies from Penn State University (May 2015), and my dissertation is entitled “Le livre décadent : éditer, illustrer, lire” (“The Decadent Book: Publishing, Illustrating, and Reading”).

My research interests include Decadent literature as well as nineteenth-century French literature and history more broadly, the history of the book and publishing, bibliophiles, “livres de collection”, history of cosmetics, and digital humanities.

For the academic years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, I worked as the Digital Scholarship Services Graduate Assistant in the Publishing and Curation Services at the Penn State Library, where I was involved with different projects, including: organizing a series of workshops on publishing tools and leading one on Scalar; creating guides on best practices for data management; collaborating with other departments on a new Penn State resource for copyright, fair use, and plagiarism; implementing changes in the Content Management System for the Digital Collections and Publishing and Curation Services pages; and providing support for ScholarSphere User Services (creation of a poster, a brochure, screencasts) as well as digital collections (for instance, gathering data to analyze and apply toward the improvement of the digital collections’ site or creating splash pages for the new digital collections). I was also managing editor of the blog,  100 Digital Discoveries.

Since August 2015, I am the European Studies Librarian at the University of Florida. In this position, I help develop the collections of the UF libraries for French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. In addition to acquiring books and other materials that have been suggested to me, I strive to ensure that the UF’s Libraries’ collections in my areas are world-class. Another one of my responsibilities involves helping students and faculty find the perfect sources and resources for their research projects. I also provide library instruction on a wide range of topics to undergraduate and graduate students, and even faculty. Finally, I collaborate with professors and instructors to design both digital pedagogy and research projects.

One comment

  1. Helene, I’m a GIS professonal in South Carolina, also a PSU graduate. I have done a lot of map rectification- rescaling and repositioning. I would think that a good quality 1800s map of Paris could be located. I would be glad to find one and rectify it to fit your base.
    Might give a historic tone to your work.

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