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Lisa Spiro [Editor]


Lisa Spiro directs Rice University's Digital Media Center (part of Fondren Library), where she helps manage digital library projects, develops training materials on using and creating digital resources, runs a digital media lab, and pitches in with whatever else needs to be done.  She got her Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, where she served as a project assistant at the Electronic Text Center and managing editor of Postmodern Culture.   Her blog, "Digital Scholarship in the Humanities," contains her musings on emerging tools and methods for humanities scholarship and chronicles her attempts to turn her dissertation on bachelorhood in American literature into a work of digital scholarship.  She typically uses a MacBook Pro with a 2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2 GB of RAM.



Tyler Manolovitz [Editor]


Tyler Manolovitz is the Digital Resources Coordinator for Newton Gresham Library at Sam Houston State University.  While helping with reference and instruction duties, he is also in charge of the library's digital collections, including the planning, development, and presentation of digital projects.  He has recently been developing an internal library-wide wiki and conducting research into Web 2.0 research tools with colleagues.  He received his MS in Library Science from the University of North Texas and is working on a second Master's in English.    



Erin Dorris Cassidy [Former editor]


Erin Cassidy is the Web Services Librarian for the Newton Gresham Library at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). In addition to website, reference, and instruction responsibilities, she provides subject bibliography and collection development services for the History and Foreign Language departments. She holds an MS in Library Science from the University of North Texas.



Abe Korah [Editor]


Abe is a Reference Librarian for the Newton Gresham Library at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). In addition to reference and instruction, he is responsible for collection development in the various facets of business. In addition to his current work on an MBA at SHSU, Abe holds an MS in Library Science from the University of North Texas and an MA in Education from New York University.



Debra Bailey Kolah [Editor]


Debra Kolah is the Physics, Math, Astronomy and Statistics Bibliographer/Librarian at Rice University's Fondren Library. Recently, Kolah originated and coordinated a project to digitize the Rice Institute Pamphlets, an interdiscliplinary journal published at Rice from 1915 to 1946. Kolah is active in the greater science librarian profession: she recently ended a three-year term as a Librarian Consultant for the American Physical Society and served as the Chair of the International Relations Committee of the Special Libraries Association (Physics, Math, Astronomy Division), which encourages collaboration with librarians in developing countries. In her spare time, she enjoys finding new ways to get her toddler to giggle, and beading. Kolah's undergraduate degree is from Sam Houston State University, and she has an MLIS from The University of Texas.


Eric Frierson [Editor]


Eric is the Education and Political Science librarian at The University of Texas at Arlington.  Prior to coming to UT Arlington, he worked as an Instructional Technology librarian at the University of Michigan and managed the Knowledge Navigation Center (KNC).  At the KNC, he talked with faculty, staff and students about their projects and helped them select the tools that would meet their needs, taking into consideration the time they had to learn the new tools, project deadlines, and prior computer experience.  He would then go the step further and teach them how to use tools.  Eric's favorite applications (if one is allowed to have 'favorites' without getting too nerdy) are EndNote, Illustrator, Word 2007, and LibX.  His undergraduate degree is from The University of Texas at Austin where he double majored in Computer Science and English, and his Master of Science in Information is from The University of Michigan.



Carlos Galan-Diaz  [Editor]


Carlos is a researcher doing a PhD at the Robert Gordon University.  He holds a BSc in Psychology from the UNAM in Mexico City, where he also worked as a research assistant in two projects.  One of them looked into scientific collaboration and communication and the other at the adverse effects of poverty and stress on life-span.  Given his educational malformation Carlos is interested in the following topics:  Cognition, Perception, Tacit knowing, Environmental Psychology, Research Methods, Qualitative methods, Mixed methods, Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS), Bibliometrics, Psychology of Science, Technology and Virtual Environments.  In his spare time he is normally listening to afro-cuban music, taking photographs, keeping his EndNote file tidy and keeping up to date with his academic interests.


Amanda French [Editor]


Amanda is currently an Assistant Research Scholar at NYU tasked with creating a model digital curriculum for the graduate program in Archives and Public History. She earned her doctorate in English from the University of Virginia in 2004, where she was a research assistant on the Rossetti Hypermedia Archive and where she encoded texts in XML at the Electronic Text Center. From 2004-2006, she held the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries for Humanists offered by the Council on Library and Information Resources. During that fellowship, she studied and worked on digital repositories, library website and application design, and a digital archive of sociolinguistic audio recordings, as well as teaching undergraduate and then graduate courses on how to do academic research in the digital age.


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