My life’s work

Jeff Barry

Hi, I’m Jeff Barry (@jeffbarry), an Associate Professor and Library Technology Developer at Washington and Lee University, where I am a founding member of the Digital Culture and Information minor and the Data Science minor.

As co-director of a five-year $800,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation (2015 – 2020), I strengthened the library’s role in digital humanities at W&L. Over the last several years, I’ve also taught courses on Digital Humanities, Multimedia Storytelling Design, Innovations in Publishing, Web Programming for Non-Programmers, Virtual Reality, Information Sources in the Digital Age, the Opioid Crisis, and first-year writing for college students.

Between 2000 – 2005, I led digital library initiatives at the University of Miami and served as the PI on a $1M grant to digitize the Cuban Heritage Collection.

I’ve worked with Internet technologies since 1990. I’ve also held faculty positions as a librarian specializing in technology management and digital libraries at the University of Tennessee (1993 – 1995), Old Dominion University (1995 – 2000), and Seton Hall University (2013).

In 2005, I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina and shifted my emphasis to entrepreneurship & software development while running a design studio focused on print, mobile and web development. My software focus for several years was iOS for iPhone & iPad. I devoted all of 2010-2012 to iOS app development.

In 2013 my focus shifted back to academic libraries and collaborating with faculty on digital initiatives. During the pandemic, I renewed an enthusiasm for game design and started working on game development project utilizing Unreal Engine with my 11 year-old daughter.

With the advances in Artificial Intelligence, I find myself pulled towards teaching and exploring the impact of AI during the 21st Century.

The best way of getting a sense as to what I’m passionate about is to read a post I wrote a decade ago: Storytelling in the mid-century . And the term Endless Hybrids? That’s from Manovich’s The Language of New Media.