Matt Huculak



Telephone: 250-472-4970

Office: Room 318e, Mearns Centre for Learning, McPherson Library (3rd Floor in Digital Scholarship Commons)

Mailing Address:

Room 318e, Mearns Centre for Learning–McPherson Library
University of Victoria Libraries
Digital Scholarship Commons
PO Box 1800 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 3H5

Scholarly & Professional Profile(s):


Hello, I am the Digital Scholarship Librarian and French Subject Librarian. I earned my PhD in English literature in 2009 and an MLIS in 2016. 

My office is located in the Digital Scholarship Commons, a new space in the library designed to give you hands-on experience working with digital tools and techniques for reearch. For example, I am available to give workshops on scholarly workflows using Zotero, editing Wikipedia, or exhibition software like Omeka. Students & faculty are welcome to email me at any time to ask questions about digital scholarship. 

I also work with faculty to design courses around using digital resources for learning and research. For example, Dr. Catherine Caws recently held a Wikipedia-edit-a-thon in her French course that gave students real-world experience sharing the work they've accomplished at UVic. 

My research tends to focus on book history, digital humanities, computing in the humanities, and literature. My current work is focused on the Lending Library in France.

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Salutations, je suis la bibliothécaire des études numérique et aussi le bibliothécaire pour le départment du Français. J'ai obtenu mon doctorat en littérature anglaise en 2009 et un MLIS en 2016.

Mon bureau est situé dans le Digital Scholarship Commons, qui est un nouvel espace dans la bibliothèque conçu pour vous donner une expérience pratique en travaillant avec des outils numériques et des techniques de recherche. Par exemple, je suis disponible pour donner des ateliers sur Zotero, l'éditer Wikipedia, ou un outil d'exposition comme Omeka.

Les étudiants sont invités à à tout moment pour poser des questions sur les études numériques. Je travaille également avec des professeurs pour concevoir des cours sur l'utilisation des ressources numériques pour l'apprentissage et la recherche. Par exemple, Dr. Catherine Caws a récemment tenu un Wikipedia-edit-a-thon dans son cours de français qui a donné aux étudiants une expérience concrète en partageant le travail qu'ils ont accompli à l'UVic.

Ma recherche tend à se concentrer sur l'histoire du livre, les sciences humaines numériques, l'informatique dans les sciences humaines et la littérature. Mon travail courant est  sur la bibliothèque de prêt en France.

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  • 2016, MLIS. San Jose State University, California
  • 2009, Ph.D.The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 2002, MA. McGill University, Québec
  • 1997, BA. University of California at Davis


2017- present, Digital Scholarship Librarian & French Liaison Librarian
The University Libraries, The University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

Assists faculty and students to use content management systems and digital exhibition platform for teaching, learning, research, and publication; develops programmes and services to help students improve technology skills in the Digital Scholarship Commons through the use of software and hardware (3D printing, 3D scanning, electronics); supports faculty in the use of the Samvera (formally Project Hydra) digital asset management system; designs and builds digital exhibits in platforms such as Spotlight and Omeka; administers collections, users, and permissions in online platforms; helps to set development priorities for the Libraries' digital research environments; works closely with the digital scholarship developer to align the Libraries' digital asset management systems with the University's scholarly and research objectives and preservation requirements; works closely with staff in the Libraries' DS Commons and Learning and Research unit to develop programs and facilities supporting digital information fluency; manages projects relating to the development of digital collections and exhibits. As French Subject Librarian, develops collections and works as faculty liaison with department.

2015-2017, Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital Scholarship
The University Libraries & The Department of English, The University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

Acted as liaison between faculty and Digital Scholarship and taught in the Department of English. Provided support for the Digital Scholarship Commons and worked with developers to research Digital Asset Management Systems (DAMS) for library use; worked with Special Collections & Archives to undertake background research for enhanced print materials cataloguing; identified materials free of copyright restrictions for digitization; undertook outreach activities to promote the Libraries’ rare and unique holdings (activities included instruction, lectures, and reading room exhibits); undertook outreach activities to promote the Libraries’ digital assets; identified opportunities to integrate UVic digital collections and metadata into scholarly projects, online research environments, indexes, and aggregate sites; developed and taught undergraduate digital humanities courses at UVic in order to train students in digital information fluency.

2013-present, Managing Editor, Modernism/modernity
Modernism/modernity Print Plus platform, Johns Hopkins University Press

Worked with researchers and development team to implement a Drupal-based online publication platform for multimedia articles. Oversaw Information Architecture (IA) and design. Actively manage online publications at

2012-2015, Project Director & Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English
Department of English & Special Collections, The University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

As Project Director: In 2012, won Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grant with Stephen Ross to found the Modernist Versions Project, a Partnership Development Grant to create an open-source, open access publication platform for research and teaching. In 2013, we won a BCcampus grant to build and direct OpenModernisms, an open, collaborative coursepack builder.

As Postdoctoral Fellow: Identified catalogued modernist materials (published and archival) in Special Collections; used accessions records to identify uncatalogued modernist materials; created comprehensive listing of modernist materials held by Special Collections and Archives; undertook outreach activities to promote the modernist collection, including instruction, lectures, and reading room exhibits as well as by providing support to graduate students and other post-doctoral fellows; oversaw contributed to production of a full digital edition of the 1922 Ulysses; facilitated development of a Digital Humanities Centre at UVic. Taught Digital Humanities, Literature, and Book History courses while maintaining a research profile. Collaborated with faculty to edit and write Fronts of Modernity: The 20th-Century Collections at the University of Victoria Libraries.

2010-2012, Postdoctoral Fellow & Instructor, Editing Modernism in Canada
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

2009-2010, Teaching Fellow
University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

2004-2007, Project Manager/Graduate Assistant, Modernist Journals Project
University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Part of team for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to digitize rare modernist magazines. Oversaw graduate and undergraduate students to develop rich online research environment. Used Zeutschel overhead scanners to digitize thousands of pages of magazines; Developed workflows for digitization, OCR, markup, and long-term preservation. Used standards such as TEI, MODS, METS. Trained users in Photoshop, Acrobat, and Oxygen XML editor. Successfully completed scope of grant.


  • 2016 Collaborator, SFU-UVIC Connections Grant. Applicants: Lisa Goddard, Michelle Levy and Colette Colligan, (SFU)
  • 2015 BCcampus Open Textbook Project Grant ($15,000)
  • 2012 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant ($200,000.00)
  • 2008 Bellwether Dissertation Fellowship, The University of Tulsa
  • 2007 Excellence in Teaching Award, The University of Tulsa
  • 2004 Distinguished Ph.D. Award, The University of Tulsa
  • 1997 Bursary to attend the W. B. Yeats International Summer School


  • Ford Madox Ford as Editor. The Research Companion to Ford Madox Ford. Routledge, 2018.
  • Huculak et al. Fronts of Modernity: The 20th-Century Literature Collections at the University of Victoria Libraries, edited by J. Matthew Huculak, University of Victoria, 2016.
  • Huculak and Lisa Goddard. Is Promotion and Tenure Inhibiting DH/Library Collaboration? A Case for Care and Repair. DH+Lib, 29 July 2016,
  • Huculak & Hélène Cazes. The Pre-Digital Book in Doing Digital Humanities: Practice, Training, Research. Routledge, 2016.
  • Huculak and Braydon Justice. Report for the University of Victoria Libraries on Fedora Commons-Based DAMS: Building Collaborative Scholarship Environments, A Test Case. 2015. With Braydon Justice.
  • Reading Forensically: Modernist Paper, Newfoundland, and Transatlantic Materiality. The Journal of Modern Periodical Studies. 6.2 (2016): 161–190.
  • Huculak and Ashlin Richardson. A Survey of Current Collation Tools for The Modernist Versions Project. Victoria, BC: The University of Victoria, 2012.
  • The London Mercury and the Other Moderns. The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, Volume 1: Britain and Ireland 1880-1945. Eds. Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. 240-259.
  • Meddling Middlebrows: Virginia Woolf and the London Mercury. Virginia Woolf Miscellany, 76.1 (2009): 16-18.
  • Song from San Francisco: Space, Time and Character in Eudora Welty's ‘Music from Spain.' Mississippi Quarterly 59.2 (2006): 313-328.

Encyclopedia Entries

Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (REM), Ed. Stephen Ross. London: Routledge, 2016

  • Bloomsday
  • Impressionism
  • Little Magazines
  • W. B. Yeats
  • Charles Bruce
  • Barney Simon
  • Carl Zuckmayer

Wikipedia 16 June. 2014.

  • Gisèle Freund.

The Modernist Journals Project. N.p., 2010.

  • Richard Harding Davis.

Book Reviews

  • The Boundaries of the Literary Archive: Reclamation and Representation. Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History. Print. 2015
  • Ford Madox Ford, Modernist Magazines and Editing. Media History. 17.3 (2011): 326-328). Print.
  • Austin Harrison and the English Review. Modernism/modernity. 16.4 (2009): 821-823. Print.


  • 2017, Website Refresh Committee, University of Victoria Libraries
  • 2017-19, Project Muse Advisory Board, Johns Hopkins University Press
  • 2016-17, Organizing Committee, SHARP 2017 Conference (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing)
  • 2016, Managing Editor, Modernism/modernity, Print Plus platform-
  • 2016, Brown Bag Lunch Coordinator, Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL)
  • 2016, Digital Exhibit Coordinator between Library and the Department of English
  • 2016, Designer, Victoria to Vimy, The University of Victoria Libraries
  • 2016, Team Leader, Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon, The University of Victoria Libraries
  • 2016-, Director, Modernist Versions Project
  • 2015-, Board of Advisory Editors, James Joyce Letters (Oxford University Press)
  • 2015, Team Leader, Graduate Student Orientation to Special Collections, The University of Victoria Libraries
  • 2015, Team Leader, Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon, The University of Victoria Libraries
  • 2014, Co-Founder, Open Modernisms
  • 2012-14, Communications Committee, Department of English, University of Victoria, 2013-2015
  • 2013-, Media Consultant to Johns Hopkins University Press and the Modernist Studies Association
  • 2012, Co-Founder & Board Member, The Modernist Versions Project
  • 2012, Conference Organizer, Exile's Return. An EMiC Colloquium at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France
  • 2010-, Board Member & Reviewer, Modernist Networks
  • 2008-14, Board Member and Webmaster, Modernist Studies Association
  • 2006-07, Editorial Assistant, James Joyce Quarterly
  • 2006, Periodical Indexer, McFarlin Library Special Collections, The University of Tulsa


  • 2016 Modernism/modernity Print Plus Platform
    Managing Editor and Project Manager. Collaborated with Johns Hopkins University Press, Journals Division (JHUP) and editors of Modernism/modernity to design and implement an open, peer-reviewed, online journal to accompany print version.
  • 2016 Victoria To Vimy: The First World War Collections at the University of Victoria
    Designer and team member working with Special Collections and Archives to create public-facing exhibit surfacing rare material held at UVic. Used Fedora-Commons-based Project Spotlight.
  • 2016 From Paris to Victoria: The Gisèle Freund Photographs of James Joyce
    Collaborated with archivists to design, create, and describe the Freund fonds at the University of Victoria. Built exhibit in both Spotlight and Omeka.
  • 2015 James Joyce Letters
    Developing a digital-humanities grant application for a Linked Open Data (LOD) platform for the unpublished letters of James Joyce.
  • 2015 Modernist Book Builder (OpenModernisms)
    Awarded grant by BCcampus Open Textbook Project to direct and develop online anthology builder for out-of-copyright texts for classroom use. Platform allows users to upload, build, and download bespoke anthologies at no cost. CC-BY-NC license.
  • 2012- Modernist Versions Project
    Founder & Co-Director. Developed online research environment for the production of critical digital editions of modernist texts existing in multiple witnesses. Personally digitized and collated James Joyce's Ulysses. Partnered with NINES, EMiC, Islandora, and ETCL for $2 million dollars in support. Grant funded by SSHRC.
  • 2006 & 2013 New Art in The New Age
    An Omeka exhibition featuring illustrations and text from The New Age: A Weekly Review of Politics Literature and Art that explores the debates surrounding modernism and new art around 1910. The digital project was developed for the T. E. Hulme symposium at Wolfson College, Oxford University, 2013.
  • 2011- 2013, Modernist Commons
    Helped design a Drupal-based, integrated online digital tool to ingest, edit, and display critical editions for scholarly publication. Worked with programmers, developers, and private business to create platform.
  • 2004-2008, Modernist Journals Project
    Worked as project manager in the digitization of over ten modernist little magazines. This process included: scanning and photography, image manipulation, text-encoding (TEI & MODS), and PDF creation.


  • 2015 Curator, W. B. Yeats @ 150. The University of Victoria Libraries, British Columbia.
  • 2014 Curator, From Paris to Victoria: The James Joyce Photographs of Gisèle Freund. The University of Victoria Libraries, British Columbia.
  • 2006 Curator, Mind the Gap: Modern vs. Contemporary Art in The New Age, 1910-
  • 1914. De Montfort University, The University of Tulsa, Grinnell College, Brown University, Oxford University.


Digital Humanities Summer Institute

  • 2012 Building Digital Editions
  • 2013 Versioning and Collation in the Digital Environment
  • 2014 Digital Humanities Certificate Professor and Mentor
  • 2015 Understanding the Predigital Book: Technologies and Texts
  • 2016 Understanding the Predigital Book: Technologies and Texts
  • 2017 Understanding the Predigital Book: Technologies and Texts


  • Book History: Manuscript to Magazine;
  • British Literature After 1800;
  • British Fiction After 1945;
  • The British Novel: 1900-1945;
  • Digital Humanities: From Books to Bytes;
  • Exposition and Argumentation (first-year writing);
  • Introduction to Cultural Studies;
  • James Joyce's Ulysses;
  • Introduction to Digital Humanities;
  • Literary Modernism, Magazines, and Digital Humanities;
  • Literature and the Cultures of Gaming;
  • Major American Writers II: Americans in Paris;
  • Major British Writers II: 1800-1945;
  • Modernism and Obscenity;
  • Writing for the Professions;
  • Web Design;
  • Writing for the Web.


  • Introduction to the Digital Humanities
  • The Pre-Digital Book (Book History)


Selected Invited Talks

  • 2017 Hybrid Publishing Models for the Humanities: The Public Intellectual and the Scholarly Communications Cycle. Johns Hopkins University Press Annual Publishers Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 2016 Righting Copy Wrongs: The Book in the Era of Perpetual Copyright. University of Victoria, Ideafest, British Columbia.
  • 2015 Building a Digital Edition Using Wordpress and Omeka. Digital Humanities During the Year, The University of Victoria, British Columbia.
  • 2014 Reading Forensically: Modernist Paper, Media, and Trans-Atlantic Materiality. Modernism and/as Media Workshop. University of Alberta, Edmonton.
  • 2014 Building a Digital Edition in the Classroom Using Wordpress. Simon Fraser University, British Columbia.
  • 2014 Modernism in the Archive. The University of Victoria, British Columbia.
  • 2014 Digital Humanities in the English Department. Wilkes University, Pennsylvania.
  • 2013 Archiving Failure in the University Library: Digital Scholarship and the Preservation of Speculative Projects. NYU, New York.
  • 2013 Using Omeka to create Online exhibitions. Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory's Nuts & Bolts Series, University of Victoria.
  • 2013 Pirates and Para.txts: Samuel Roth and the Versioned Ulysses. North American James Joyce Conference, Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 2003 Publisher's Guide to Search Engine Optimization & Marketing: Using Your Existing Web Site to Promote Books. 5th Annual Tri-Province Publishing Forum. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Library & Archives Workshops

  • 2017 Digital Pedagogy Network: Building Exhibits with Omeka.
  • 2017 Librarians and Archivists and Digital Exhibits: Using Spotlight to Build Rich Narratives.
  • 2016 Omeka Workshop: Digital Exhibits in Special Collections and Archives.
  • 2016 Digitization in the Field: Tools and Techniques for Archival Work in the Field.
  • 2015 Building Digital Editions in Wordpress and Omeka.

Selected Conference Papers

  • 2017 Making it Special: Collections, Collaborations & Community Outreach with UVic Libraries' Imprint. Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), Victoria, British Columbia (June).
  • 2015 Modernist Digital Pedagogy in the Classroom. Modernist Studies Association, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 2015 Anarchist Book Builder as a Model for Open Textbooks. Building Partnerships to Transform Scholarly Publishing, an Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Conference, Whistler, British Columbia.
  • 2014 Reading Forensically: Modernist Paper, Media, and the London Mercury. Modernist Studies Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • 2013 Bloom's Movements: The Serial Ulysses. Modernist Studies Association, Brighton, UK.
  • 2012 Making Spectacles of Ourselves: Modernism and Social Media. The Modernist Studies Association, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • 2012 Seminar Leader, Using Digital Humanities Tools/Visualizing Modernism. Modernist Studies Association, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • 2012 Textual Performance in Ulysses: Versioning Print Processes. Electronic Textual Cultures' Lab Brown Bag Lecture Series. Victoria, British Columbia.
  • 2011 The Problem of Data in 'Comprehensive' Repositories: The Modernist Periodicals Database. Modernist Studies Association, Thirteenth Annual Conference, Buffalo, New York.
  • 2011 Stab Him Dead!: The Middlebrow Virginia Woolf and J. C. Squire in The London Mercury. The Space Between Conference, Montréal, Québec.
  • 2011 The Metropole in Montréal: Le Nigog and Avant-garde Periodical Production in Québec. The Association of Canadian and Québec Literatures Annual Conference. Fredericton, New Brunswick.
  • 2010 Modernist Digital Networks: An Infrastructure for Digitizing Modernist Print Culture. Modernist Studies Association Twelfth Annual Conference. Victoria, British Columbia.
  • 2010 Technologies and Collaboration II. Conference on Editorial Problems. Toronto, Ontario.

Poster Presentations

  • 2017 Exhibit Building and Digital Asset Management Systems: New Collaborations with Faculty and Students. Vancouver Island Library Staff Conference 2017. Victoria, British Columbia.
  • 2016 Online Publishing Using the Modernism/modernity Print Plus platform. Modernist Studies Association 18th Annual conference. Pasadena, California.



  • 2017 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI): Introduction to Javascript and Data Visualization.
  • 2015 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI): GIS.
  • 2014 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI): RDF and Linked Open Data.
  • 2013 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI): Introduction to XSLT.
  • 2012 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI): Large Project Management: Planning, Funding, Tools.
  • 1998 Diplôme, l'Université de Droit, d'Economie et des Sciences d'Aix-Marseille. 1998. French language and culture diploma in Aix-en-Provence, France.


  • Digital Humanities Summer Institute
  • Social media and web design for the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition
  • Designed website for Montreal International Poetry Prize
  • Raised puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind


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