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Guyda Armstrong

Lecturer in Italian 
The University of Manchester


Guyda completed her undergraduate MA in Modern European Languages (French and Italian) at the University of Edinburgh in 1995, before obtaining her PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Leeds in 2000. From 2001-2003, she was Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Italian Studies and New Media at Brown University, USA. During her time in America she also taught at Harvard University. Guyda held a Centre for the History of the Book postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Edinburgh in 2004, and lectured in Italian at Cardiff University from 2005 to 2007. She has been Lecturer in Italian at The University of Manchester since September 2007 and won a University Teaching Award in 2009/10 for her work on integrating digital resources into teaching medieval studies.

She is the Reviews Editor of Italian Studies; was co-editor of New Readings, 2005-2007; a member of the Editorial Board of Heliotropia, 2003-05; Member of the Editorial Board of the Decameron Web ; Collaborator on Brown University's Virtual Humanities Lab, 2003- present; Collaborator on online edition of Boccaccio's Esposizioni, and at Brown University's Virtual Humanities Lab, 2003-06.

Lorraine Beard

Head of Information Systems 
The University of Manchester Library


Lorraine is responsible for leading a team which manages and develops the Library’s eLibrary infrastructure, digitisation infrastructure, the Library Management System and the Institutional Repository. Lorraine is a member of both the Library Leadership Team and the IT Leadership Team for The University of Manchester and in these roles has been involved in the development of the Library and IT Strategies for the University. Recently Lorraine has been closely involved in improving the user experience at Manchester by implementing vertical search and delivering more Library services through the University’s portal. She has also led the development of the Library’s digitisation strategy and led the team which has developed the University’s institutional repository, Manchester eScholar, which is now one of the largest in the UK.

Lorraine has had various roles in academic libraries over the last 18 years, including Faculty Librarian and Electronic Resources Librarian. Before pursuing a career in libraries, Lorraine worked for several years in biological sciences research, after finishing her degree in biology at The University of Manchester.

Mary Begley

Postgraduate student 
The University of Manchester


Mary’s first degree was Women’s Studies at MMU. She started studying Linguistics and English Language in 2006. Previously a mental health nurse, she left to  indulge her passion for historical linguistics and has never looked back!

She is currently an AHRC funded MA English Language student at Manchester, and hopes to start a PhD later this year. Her main areas of interest are Middle, Early and Late Modern English syntactic and semantic change, and historical pragmatics.

Mary’s MA dissertation will be a full transcription of Rylands English MS 404 (medical recipes), and she is also working on a transcription of English MS 1310 (on urines) as a volunteer for the Manchester Middle English Manuscripts digitisation project.

Adrian Brown

Assistant Clerk of the Records 
Parliamentary Archives


Adrian Brown is Assistant Clerk of the Records at the Parliamentary Archives, where he is responsible for digital and analogue preservation, cataloguing and digitisation.

Adrian began his career as a field archaeologist, after studying Medieval Literature at the University of Durham. In 1994, he moved to the English Heritage Centre for Archaeology in Portsmouth, where he was responsible for managing its archaeological archives and other information resources. In this role, he developed and implemented a digital archiving programme to enable the long-term preservation and re-use of the CfA's extensive and diverse digital collections.

Adrian moved to the Digital Preservation Department of the UK National Archives in 2002, and was appointed Head of Digital Preservation in 2005, where he was responsible for the long-term preservation of born-digital public records created by the UK government and courts. He has lectured and published widely on all aspects of digital preservation.

Carol Burrows

Collection and Research Support Manager  
The University of Manchester Library


Carol is Collection and Research Support Manager (Digital Images) in the Special Collections division of The University of Manchester Library. Her role incorporates image collection development as well as managing CHICC, the Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care. She is supported by a team of specialist photographers and image cataloguers. Carol has an MA in European Languages and Cultures. She has worked in Special Collections for 12 years in a number of roles and has a strong interest in academic engagement. She is Chair of the Digitisation Sub-Committee for The Islamic Manuscript Association.

Andy Land

E-Library Infrastructure Manager 
The University of Manchester Library


Andy Land manages a team of software developers, systems managers and support staff within The University of Manchester Library. The team is responsible, amongst other things, for developing and supporting the technical infrastructure underpinning the Library’s electronic library and digitisation activity. 

Andy has previously worked in IT and information management roles for a number of organisations including the Northwest Development Agency, Greater London Authority, City University, National Archives and the British Library. He is a professional member of BCS-The Chartered Institute for IT and a Chartered Member of CILIP.

Paola Marchionni

Digitisation Programme Manager 


Paola works at JISC as Programme Manager Digitisation within the Content team. She oversees a number of programmes and projects that focus on the creation and enhancement of digital content for use in teaching, learning and research, user generated content, institutional skills and infrastructures for digitisation as well as impact of digitised scholarly resoruces. All the JISC-funded digital content is available from the JISC website. Paola is also responsible for the newly launched eContent programme (2010-2011) , which focuses on enriching existing digital resources and creating content in partnership with communities, and the Rapid Digitisation programme. 

James Peters

Assistant Archivist 
The University of Manchester Library


James Peters is an assistant archivist at The University of Manchester Library, where he is responsible for the University's institutional archives, as well as the Library’s medical, science and business archives. He has a particular interest in the digital preservation programmes of University's digital archives as part of a broader electronic record-keeping programmes.

George Pitcher

Technical Manager 
Heron, a division of Publishing Technology


After several years as a commercial typesetter, mainly to the book  publishing industry, and two years lecturing at Edinburgh Napier University,  George Pitcher has been  involved in two successful JISC projects: SCOPE (1995-1998) and HERON (1998-2002) as Production Manager and Technical manager respectively. In 2002 HERON was acquired by Ingenta (now Publishing Technology). George’s areas of responsibility include copyright negotiation, digitisation and software development.

Michael Popham

Head of the Oxford Digital Library 
University of Oxford


Michael Popham is Head of the Oxford Digital Library, a core service of the Bodleian Libraries, serving the University of Oxford. Michael has been working in the fields of digitisation and electronic text creation for more than two decades, and co-ordinates Oxford's collaboration with Google Books.

Martin Snelling

E-Learning Support Manager 
The University of Manchester Library


Martin Snelling has been E-learning Support Manager at The University of Manchester Library since April 2009. Part of his role covers the step change in increasing the number of scanned readings (chapters of books and journal articles) that appear on reading lists, to several thousand per year.

Jasmine Sparrow

Postgraduate student 
The University of Manchester


Jasmine Sparrow is a graduate from the University of Manchester who now lives and works in Manchester.

She read English Language and focussed her dissertation on the history of the language, and has carried on working in this field as a volunteer for the John Rylands Library, Deansgate.

Michael Stocking

Managing Director 
Armadillo Systems


Michael Stocking runs Armadillo Systems, new media developers established in 1994 specialising in access to, and interpretation of collections.

His company developed the award-winning Turning the Pages software, and he has worked with libraries, museums and universities both in the UK and internationally including the British Library, The National Archives, the Royal Society, the Art Institute of Chicago and the John Rylands Library.

Armadillo's current focus is around mobile access and research tools for digitised collections.

Daniel Szechi

Professor of Early Modern History 
The University of Manchester


Daniel completed his first degree at the University of Sheffield, 1976-9 and his D.Phil at St Antony's College, Oxford. After finishing this in 1982 he moved back to Sheffield to take up a three-year University Research Fellowship before teaching for a year at the University of Hull and then for nearly three years at St John's College, Oxford.

From there he moved on to the US, where he taught for eighteen years at Auburn University in Alabama.

Daniel took up the post of Professor of Early Modern History at The University of Manchester in August 2006.

Paul Tate

Faculty Team Librarian - Middle Eastern Studies 
The University of Manchester Library


Paul Tate studied Arabic and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Durham University in the 1990s before taking up a part-time lecturing position there and working for two years at the University Library as an Arabic cataloguer. He Joined the University of Manchester as Faculty Team Librarian for Middle Eastern Studies in May 2010 after returning from a seven year period in the Middle East, where he was employed as a researcher and publications coordinator for the United Nations, a senior editor at The Jordan Times and a political risk consultant for the London-based consultancy firm, Control Risks.

Dave Thompson

Digital Curator 
Wellcome Library


Dave Thompson is the Digital Curator at the Wellcome Library in London. He's been at Wellcome since 2004 and was previously at the National Library of New Zealand. Dave's main interest lies in working with born digital archival material.

Dave's work will see the Library implement its strategic aim of collecting born digital archival materials and preserving them for the long term. This work is founded on professional archival practice and uses a collaborative approach to develop common tools and workflows for the acquisition and long-term management of born digital materials. Dave leads the Wellcome Library's contribution to the UK Web Archiving Consortium, archiving web-based material. Dave is also involved in the project to develop the Wellcome Digital Library, an ambitious digitisation project, to provide free, online access to the Library's collections.

Dave has worked in information management in both the UK and in New Zealand since the late 1980's. He's been involved in library system management and the development of on-line information services and products. Before coming to the Wellcome Library he worked for the National Library of New Zealand on national digital preservation strategies.