UTL Team

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.

CMS Team

Alexandra Gillespie (PI) is a Professor of English and Medieval Studies at UofT and will be serving as Chair of the Department of English & Drama at the Mississauga campus from July 2016 onward. In addition, she is Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute Digital Research Network. She is the author of Print Culture and the Medieval Author and editor of several collections of essays on late medieval and early modern book culture. She was an adviser to the Parker Library on the Web project; she conducted a Mellon-funded “use case” for that project; and she was PI of the Parker’s Scribes project and the Making Medieval English Manuscripts cluster which included that project. She is currently completing a monograph called Chaucer’s Books, a digital catalogue and study of manuscripts annotated and used by John Stow, and a survey of extant medieval English book bindings.

Alexandra Bolintineanu is Project Manager for the Digital Tools for Manuscript Study project. She received her PhD from the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto in 2012, and her B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 2000. She is a postdoctoral fellow in medieval data curation at the University of Toronto, cross-appointed to the Centre for Medieval Studies and the University of Toronto Library. Her research interests include Old and Middle English narrative, marvellous spaces, maps, monsters, imaginary geographies, as well as machine learning, usability, digital pedagogy, and speculative fiction.

Laura Mitchell is the Research Manager for the Digital Tools for Manuscript Study project. She received her PhD from the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto in 2011. She has a background in digital academic projects at the University of Toronto and the University of Saskatchewan, which include the Iter project, Nota Quadrata, the Recipes Project, and Late Medieval English Magic. Laura is responsible for coordinating the CMS side of the project. She also tweets for the project @digitaltoolsmss.

Dot Porter: As Curator of Digital Research Services in the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Dot explores new methods of research in the humanities, particularly the application of digital technologies to textual analysis and the electronic dissemination of humanities research. Dot holds Master's degrees in Medieval Studies and Library Science and started her career working on image-based digital editions of medieval manuscripts. She has worked on a variety of digital humanities projects over a decade-long career, focusing on materials as diverse as ancient texts and Russian religious folklore, providing both technical support and scholarly expertise. Her current projects include the CLIR-funded Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis project, a collaboration to digitize all the western medieval manuscripts in Philadelphia and release the data into the public domain, and VisColl, which is part of the Digital Tools for Manuscript Study project.