Stephen Reid McLaughlin

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Stephen Reid McLaughlin studies online media libraries and the cultures that create them. As a member of the High-Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship (HiPSTAS) research group, since 2012 he has worked with a team of programmers and humanities scholars to explore methods for studying culturally significant audio archives using machine learning techniques. His article on measuring applause in poetry readings, co-written with Tanya Clement, was published in 2016 in the journal 'CA: Cultural Analytics' ( The HiPSTAS group is currently working on a collaboration with WGBH and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. In addition, McLaughlin studies the culture and politics of shadow libraries, or file sharing websites for books and academic articles. Over the past year he has conducted interviews with several shadow library supporters and operators, as well as a range of participants in the broader Open Access movement. McLaughlin and collaborators Gabriel Gardner and Andrew Asher will present their analysis of log data from the academic article portal Sci-Hub at the 2017 Association of College and Research Libraries Conference. McLaughlin has also worked as a senior editor at the PennSound archive, hosted a podcast for the literary journal 'Jacket2' (, and appeared in the collection 'Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing'. His website is

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