Sarah-Jeanne Bélec, Public Services Assistant

  • Media Production
  • Research reference

Sarah-Jeanne is a Public Services Assistant. She started her career at the University of Alberta Library working at the Bibliothèque Saint-Jean. She has an academic background in French Language (including Linguistics) and Translation. Sarah-Jeanne is happy to assist students and faculty regarding their scholarly and technology needs with the Digital Scholarship Centre.

Milamem Gabbar, Public Services Assistant

  • Making hardware and software
  • Research reference

Milamem is a graduate of the Library and Information Technology program at MacEwan University. She started her library career at NorQuest Library and then moved to Hebert T. Coutts Library for a year, after a month-long practicum experience at the Rutherford and J.A. Weir Law Libraries. Milamem has broad experience in public and community service from various past jobs and as a volunteer for the Edmonton Public Library to date. She comes from a family of educators and is excited to work in this teaching, learning and research environment in order to support students and faculty in their academic pursuits.

Hanne Pearce, Public Services Assistant

  • Photography and photo editing
  • Video production
  • Graphic design, publication design
  • Social media research (Instagram)
  • Visual research methods
  • 3D Design

Hanne has worked at the University of Alberta Library since 2004 in a number of different roles in several unit libraries on campus. The main focus of her work has been in public service, library communications and outreach. She has an academic background in comparative literature, languages, library studies and communications. In terms of research interests, Hanne is very interested in visual communication and visual research methods. She also has experience and interest in social media research, digital literacy development and digital pedagogy. As a digital ‘creative’ she is very excited to help students and faculty explore new ways of learning, creating and conducting research.

Peter Binkley, Digital Scholarship Technologies Librarian

  • Research methods and tools
  • Research data management
  • Digital preservation

Peter is a librarian with the University of Alberta Library, where he works to support researchers with problems and methods of digital scholarship. He has worked in digitization, digital librarianship and digital preservation since the early years of this century. His academic background is in textual studies in the Latin Middle Ages, and he has a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies. His interest is in determining the best path to the solution of a digital research problem.

Lydia Zvyagintseva, Head, Digital Scholarship Services

  • DSC services and programs
  • Digital Humanities
  • Project management
  • Making
  • Research methodologies and methods

Lydia is a librarian with the University of Alberta Library, where she is responsible for the operations and service design of the Digital Scholarship Centre. With a background in the Digital Humanities and French Language and Literature, she has hands-on experience with digital scholarship tools and approaches to move any scholarly project to the next phase. She has taught undergraduate and graduate students on topics such as digital curation, metadata, mapping, and digital preservation. Her publications include studies on design and usability of large-scale interactive displays and open data in learning environments. Having worked in both public and academic settings, Lydia’s interests include digital pedagogy, critical making, land-based learning, and community engagement.

Geoffrey Harder, Administrative Director

  • Digital strategy
  • Partnership development
  • Project management
  • DSC governance and policy

Geoff is Administrative Director of the DSC and Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives, Bruce Peel Special Collections, and the University of Alberta Archives. His work and interests intersect with research data management and institutional strategy, digital repositories, spatial data, library and open access publishing, digitization, Open Educational Resources (OER), and a wide range of other digital scholarship and stewardship related services and partnerships. As an ardent believer in partnership and collaboration, Geoff serves on a number of national and international organizations, including governance roles with CLOCKSSInternet Archive CanadaPublic Knowledge Project (PKP), National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS), and Portage. He was one of a small number of organizers to establish ORCID Canada (ORCID-CA), a national consortium based around the internationally-used ORCID identifier. He is a 2018-19 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellow and a proud UAlberta alumnus.

Harvey Quamen, Academic Director

  • Grant assitance
  • Scripting | Programming (Python, PHP, Javascript, R)
  • Database creation and management
  • Data visualization (R, Python, Gephi, D3)
  • Pedagogy and teaching

Harvey is an Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities, teaching interdisciplinary courses on Digital Humanities, cyberculture, posthumanism, and 19th- and 20th-century literature. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College, London, and has participated in several large collaborative research teams, including Editing Modernism in Canada, the Canadian Writers Research Collaboratory, and the Implementing New Knowledge Environments Project. He also teaches annually at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. His research interests include “big data” humanities, including text mining, social network analysis, and humanistic data visualization. Recent publications include essays in Making Canada New, Editing as Cultural Practice in Canada, and the “Databases” entry in Doing Digital Humanities, published by Routledge. He and collaborator Jon Bath will soon be publishing Relational Databases for Humanists as part of the “Programming for Humanists” series from Texas A&M Press.