Professor; W. P. Wood Professor of Library Service
M.L.I.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1997
Ph.D., English (w/ Critical Theory Emphasis), University of California, Irvine, 1993
M.A., English, University of California, Irvine, 1989
B.A., English, Rice University, 1987
The Great War and its Legacy, 1914-1918. Four-Year Programming Series for the Centenary of World War I Sponsored by OSU Library and Department of History. Co-Director with Barbara Miller, 2014- .
Soul of a People. Public Programming Series Grant on WPA Federal Writers’ Project, American Library Association/National Endowment for the Humanities. Principal Investigator/Project Director, 2009.
Books and Chapters
Oberhelman, D. (2015). Distant reading, computational stylistics, and corpus linguistics: The critical theory of digital humanities for literature subject librarians. In L. Braunstein, L. Golomb, & A. Hartsell-Gundy (Eds.), Digital humanities and libraries: Challenges and opportunities for subject librarians. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries (pp. 53-66).
Oberhelman, D. (2013). From Iberian to Ibran and Catholic to Quintarian: Lois McMaster Bujold's alternate history of the Spanish reconquest in the Chalion series. In J. B. Croft (Ed.), Lois McMaster Bujold: Essays on a modern master of science fiction and fantasy (pp. 159-171). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
Sturgis, A. H. & Oberhelman, D. (Eds.). (2009). The intersection of fantasy and Native America: From H. P. Lovecraft to Leslie Marmon Silko. Altadena, CA: The Mythopoeic Press.
Oberhelman, D. (2008). A brief history of libraries in Middle-earth: Manuscript and book repositories in Tolkien's legendarium. In J. B. Himes (Ed.), Truths breathed through silver: The Inklings' moral and mythopoeic legacy (pp. 81-92). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Oberhelman, D. (2006). [Multiple entries]. In M. D. C. Drout (Ed.). J. R. R. Tolkien encyclopedia: Scholarship and critical assessment. New York: Routledge.
Oberhelman, D. (1995). Dickens in Bedlam: Madness and restraint in his fiction. Fredericton, NB: York Press.
Oberhelman, D. (2014). Lights, catalogs, archives!: A selected annotated list of web resources for film and television studies. Reference Reviews, 28(1), 2-5.
Oberhelman, D. (2011). Alexandria, the world brain, and the universal digital library: Beyond the Google Books settlement. Reference Reviews, 25(8), 4-6.
Oberhelman, D. (2011). Rekindling reference?: E-book readers and reference collections. Reference Reviews, 25(1), 5-7.
Oberhelman, D. (2002). On navigating labyrinths and webs: Print and the internet as institutions of research. Against the Grain, 14(6), 24-27.
Oberhelman, D. (1995). Trollope’s insanity defense: narrative alienation in He Knew He was Right. SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, 35, 789-806.
Oberhelman, D. (1991). Waverley, genealogy, history: Scott's romance of fathers and sons. Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 15, 285-292.
Papers and Presentations
Oberhelman, D. (2015, August). "On second thought, let's not go to Camelot. It is a silly place”: Myth, politics, and parody in Monty Python and the holy grail. Paper presented at 46th Mythopoeic Society Conference, Colorado Springs, CO.
Oberhelman, D. (2015, June). What is Digital Humanities? Presentation at THATCampOK, Norman, OK.
Oberhelman, D. (2015, February). OkstateShakespeare: Digital humanities in undergraduate course projects. Paper presented at Southwest Popular/American Culture Association 36th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
Oberhelman, D. (2015, January). Libraries, archives, and public memory. Respondent remarks presented at the Modern Language Association Convention, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Oberhelman, D. (2014, August). The body, deformity, and divinity in Bujold's Vorkosigan and Chalion series. Paper presented at the Biology and manners: The Worlds of Lois McMaster Bujold Conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Oberhelman, D. (2014, February). From incunabula to digital texts: Teaching the history of print to undergraduates. Paper presented at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association 35th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
Oberhelman, D. (2013, July). From Westmansweed to Old Toby: The economic and cultural herblore of pipe-weed in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Paper presented at the 44th Mythopoeic Society Conference, East Lansing, MI.
Oberhelman, D. (2012, February). Rites of (alien) encounter: Native and non-Native collisions in the science fiction of Russell Bates. Paper presented at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM.
Oberhelman, D. (2011, April). A noteworthy partnership: Library-music department programming collaborations at Oklahoma State University. Paper presented at National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, San Antonio, TX.
Chang, H. F., Clements, H., and Oberhelman, D. (2010, July). From whiteboard to discussion board: The considerations and challenges of teaching a for-credit information literacy class online. Paper presentation at Community of Oklahoma Instruction Librarians Workshop, Stillwater, OK.
Oberhelman, D. (2010, July). Magical historiography: Revisionist histories and wainscot fantasy in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Paper at the 42nd Mythopoeic Society Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
Oberhelman, D. (2008, June) Talking theory: Deconstruction. Paper presented at Association of College and Research Libraries Literatures in English Section Forum, American Library Association Conference, Anaheim, CA.