Sian Meikle (co-PI) is the Director of Information Technology Services at the University of Toronto Libraries. She is responsible for budget, staff leadership, and liaison with stakeholders and clients within and beyond the University of Toronto Libraries, to enable development and implementation of Information Technology direction, priorities, and services. Departmental responsibilities include hardware, networking, and software application development and security for all Libraries’ information technology services, including library management systems, institutional repositories, and scholarly tools and services. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with a BSc in Applied Mathematics and Zoology, and a Masters of Library Science. Sian will provide leadership and oversight for the ITS project goals and outcomes, including involvement with external collaborators; and work closely with co-PI Professor Alexandra Gillespie to ensure overall coordination and delivery of project goals.
Bilal Khalid is the Senior Application Programmer Analyst at the University of Toronto Libraries Information Technology Services department. He plays a lead role in technical planning and delivery of digital library services; customized and integrated delivery of web-based services through the Libraries, including management and integration of large data stores on a variety of platforms; and programming, design and support of dynamic web applications for the University of Toronto Library and its client sites. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with a B.Sc. in Engineering Science. Bilal will be involved in the refinement and adjustment of broad development goals in accordance with ongoing work in ITS; liaising between the project development and Network Operations teams; and ensuring frequent knowledge transfers between the project team and other ITS developers.
Leslie Barnes is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries. She supports new digital scholarship by connecting faculty and students to the digital content held by and created at UofT, using sustainable and scalable digital research tools, methods and frameworks, as well as metadata standards that support the discovery, use, and curation of digital resources. She holds a BA and MA in English from UofT, a PhD in English from New York University, and a MSLS from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Leslie will act as a bridge between the project team and other ITS staff by regularly attending meetings, supporting usability testing—particularly in digital research methodologies and workflows—and contributing research in related fields.
Rachel Di Cresce is the Project Librarian for the Digital Tools for Manuscript Study project. She received her BAH in Classics from Queen’s University where she focused on Late Antique and early church history. She also holds an MLIS from McGill University with a concentration in archival studies. Rachel has a background in digital initiatives, metadata management, digital humanities, institutional repositories and project management. She is responsible for scholarly needs analysis, usability, metadata and content repository management, together with project documentation and community outreach.
Dickson Law is the Project Developer for Digital Tools for Manuscript Study. Dickson has been studying, volunteering and working at the University of Toronto since 2010, graduating in 2015 with a degree in Computer Science. He is responsible for carrying out a range of programming and user interface design tasks contributing to project deliverables of the integration of the Omeka platform with archival images of John Stow and Matthew Parker’s manuscripts.