Ms. Despoina Gkogkou received her B.S. degree in Library and Information Science from the Ionian University in 1997 and an M.A. from the University of Patras in 2013. Since 2016, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Modern Greek Literature at the Department of Philology of the University of Patras, focusing her research in the relation between press and literature, translation and cultural phenomena, reader-response criticism and popular literature.
From 1999 to 2004 she worked as a librarian at the Library of Academy of Athens’ Research Centre for Modern Greek Dialects. From 2004 to 2008 she was with the Samos’ Public Library. She is currently a repository librarian at the Library and Information Center of the University of Patras and engaged in the Institution’s digital collections of Greek literary periodicals of the 19th and early 20th century (Kosmopolis/Pleias).
The Library and Information Center of UPAT has been a devoted member of LIBER for many years. Since I started my postgraduate studies in Modern Literature, I realized the strong bond between the two, Libraries & Literature, and how Digital Humanities can become the field for connecting them effectually. Presenting the Library and Information Center’s digital collections in 2016 (Helsinki) and 2017 (Patras) was a great opportunity for me to get involved with Digital Humanities & Digital Cultural Heritage Working Group and I would like to become more involved in the efforts made by LIBER towards DH.