Laura Aydelotte is the Director of the Provenance Online Project (POP) and CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Early Modern Studies at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Chicago and is a scholar of medieval and early modern poetry and drama, with publications on Shakespeare and early modern literature. She received her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and has also worked at the Newberry Library Chicago, where she held the post of Interim Assistant Director for the Center for Renaissance Studies. An expert in the fields of both book history and digital humanities, Laura is passionate about sharing the many wonderful, whimsical and profound aspects of material texts from across history both in person with visitors to the Kislak Center and, through digital projects, with people all over the world. You can e-mail Laura with any questions about this blog or the POP project at firstname.lastname@example.org
Regan Kladstrup is the Assistant Director of the Special Collections Processing at the Kislak Center in charge of managing all rare book and manuscript cataloging work and leading strategic and operational planning for cataloging, processing and acquisitions standards. Regan founded the Provenance Online Project while acting as PI for the CLIR Hidden Collections grant to catalog 33,500 titles at Penn Libraries. She continues to act as a key adviser to the POP team, especially contributing her expertise in metadata standards and cataloging workflow to the project’s development and providing input on innovative approaches to the study of provenance history.
Doug Emery is the programmer for Kislak Center digital projects and lead developer for POP. He has worked on a number of prominent digitization projects in the humanities. Doug has served lead project manager for the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts at Penn, as data manager for the Archimedes Palimpsest project and for NEH-funded manuscript imaging projects for the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, and for the Sinai Palimpsest Project to digitize the manuscripts in the library of the monastery of St. Catherine’s at Mt. Sinai. Doug has experience designing data and metadata collecting systems, and implementing multiple standards for the collection and dissemination of data and accompanying metadata. He has 13 years’ experience in information technology and his educational training is in ancient languages and culture.
Mitch Fraas is the Curator of Special Collections at the Kislak Center. Both a scholar of 17th and 18th century legal history and an expert in digital humanities, Mitch applies digital research approaches to traditional historic and bibliographic topics. His blog, Mapping Books, documents digital work he has done in mapping the movement of books and manuscripts based on large-scale bibliographic data. He has written on the legal culture of British India in the 17th and 18th centuries, the movement of books and manuscripts in the early modern world, and the history of libraries. He also maintains an active interest in digital mapping, the history of printing and the book, the digital humanities, as well as the future of scholarly publishing and copyright. Mitch holds doctoral and master’s degrees in history from Duke University and earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston College. He was formerly Bollinger Fellow in Library Innovation, Co-Director of the Penn Digital Humanities Forum, and a Scholar in Residence at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies.
Will Noel is the Director of the University of University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, and the founding Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies. Prior to his current position, he was the Curator of Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, where he led the Archimedes Palimpsest Project to digitize the lost texts of the Greek mathematician and built the Digital Walters, an open access library that presents full digital surrogates and catalogs of illuminated Islamic, English, Dutch, Central European, Armenian, Byzantine, Ethiopian and Flemish manuscripts. A specialist in the fields of Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman Manuscripts, Will holds a PhD in Art History from Cambridge University, England and has published extensively, including a book with co-author Professor Reviel Netz, The Archimedes Codex: How a Medieval Prayer Book is Revealing the True Genius of Antiquity’s Greatest Scientist. As a champion of open data, Will has presented widely, including a 2012 TED Talk, on the role that museums, libraries, and other cultural heritage institutions must play in sharing knowledge freely and openly with the world.
Dot Porter As Curator of Digital Research Services in the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Dot works with Penn scholars in exploring 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. From 2010 until March 2013, she was the Associate Director for Digital Library Content and Services at the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, where she led in planning and implementing new services to support librarians and faculty in the creation of digital projects. She has also worked for the Digital Humanities Observatory at the Royal Irish Academy, and the Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities at the University of Kentucky.