Staff Bios 352.273.2905

Will Canova, Digital Newspapers and Periodicals Coordinator

Will Canova holds a BA in English from UF. From his years working in the former Preservation Department, where he managed the microfilm unit, Will made a natural transition to leading the newspaper digitization unit in the DLC. He is responsible for both the Florida Digital Newspaper Library (FDNL) and the Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library (CNDL). Will is the primary contact for publishers interested in participating in these programs. He also manages and trains student and temporary staff in harvesting of born digital newspapers and digitization of print newspapers., 352.273.2834

Kendra Carter, Bibliographic Control Unit

Kendra Carter holds an Associate of Arts degree from Santa Fe College. From an extensive background in the former Preservation Dept., where she managed serials binding, Kendra brings her knowledge of the Aleph ILS and serials cataloging to bibliographic metadata. Managing the Bibliographic Control Unit in the DSS, Kendra receives analog and born digital content for metadata review and ingest as well as copyright review at project inception, then assures completion of the digitization process through a final review and decision to make digital content public., 352.273.2915

Alexis Charnas, Content Management Assistant

Alexis holds a BA in History from the University of Pittsburgh. Her previous experience includes volunteering for her local library and working in the University Archives for class credits. She also worked for DSS as an OPS before becoming the Content Management Assistant where she did scanning, imaging processing and quality control work. Currently, she harvests, packages, enhances, and ingests digital material for UFDC and our institutional partners and patrons., 352.273.2900

Dom Curry, Imaging Assistant

Dom graduated Point Park University with a BA in Cinema and Digital Arts. As a former Production Assistant, they have coordinated camera crews and producers for video productions in DC and worked on film, commercial, and music video sets in LA. They currently digitize and handle the post-capture processing for printed resource materials, photographs, and film strips for the University of Florida Digital Collections. Off-hours, they write and illustrate their dark fantasy webcomic series, Taur Brazen., 352.273.2900

Caleb Del Rio, Imaging Assistant

Caleb Del Rio graduated from the University of Florida with a BA of Design, where he focused on 3D modeling and architectural design. In his spare time, he draws and works on audio fiction podcasts, sticking mainly to voice acting. As Library Assistant II, he handles the scanning and post-capture processing of print materials to be sent to the main queue, as well as any error corrections if needed. Some of the more extensive collections he’s scanned and processed items for include: Retrospective Theses and Dissertations Scanning (RTDS); The Latin American and Caribbean Collection (LACC); The Baldwin Collection (Historical Children’s Literature); Processes unique materials captured at the Synagoga Beth Shalom in Havana, Cuba, 352.273.2696

Shelia DeRoche, Digitization Workflow Supervisor

Shelia DeRoche holds a BA in Political Science from Louisiana State University. Before joining the Digital Support Services team, she worked on digitization projects for Internet Archive within the Library of Congress, beginning her career as a scanning technician and working her way up to a management role. This experience has given her a deep understanding of digitization project workflows, and the knowledge to ensure the accurate and timely completion of digitization projects within the unit., 352.273.0369

Chelsea Dinsmore, Chair, Digital Support Services

Chelsea Dinsmore holds an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in History from the University of Florida. After joining the UF libraries as the International Documents librarian in 2004, she became the Director of Digital Support Services for the UF Libraries and Technical Director for the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) in 2014. She is currently involved in research to improve the accessibility of digital collections., 352.273.2901

Jake Goodson, Special Formats Imaging Assistant

Jake Goodson holds an AS in Graphic Design from Santa Fe College. With a background in graphic design, he brings an understanding of the materials and equipment used in the digitization process. Jake is responsible for the scanning and processing of large format items and specialty projects., 352.273.2593

Pam Handley, Digital Assets Assistant

Pam received her BS in Computer Systems from St. Leo University where she focused on administration and statistical computation. Her background includes the public library where she served as a page in the Technology Services department. She provides high resolution images to library patrons, data entry for metadata, image review and cleanup and curation for legacy items., 352-273-2542

Xiaoli Ma, Metadata Librarian

Xiaoli Ma leads metadata creation automation, participates in the development of metadata remedy tools, and supports the further enhancement of UFDC platform. Xiaoli studied English literature, Art History and Information Science., 352.273.2912

Jane Pen, Metadata and Quality Control Coordinator

Jane received her BA in Library Science from Tamkang University in Taipei, Taiwan and her AS in computer information at Santa Fe College. She brings a wealth of library experience from all aspects of library services as she was previously employed by Tsing-Hua University Library in Taiwan, Follett Library Resources in Illinois, and Alachua County Library System in Gainesville. At Digital Support Services, Jane oversees quality control for digitization projects. She ensures the quality and completeness of the digital products is meeting the technical guidelines and creates structural metadata for all digital images. This is to make them accessible on UFDC. She also provides support on specialized projects and workflows., 352.273.2911

Laura Perry, Digital Production Manager

Laura Perry holds a BS in Graphic Media from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Laura's background ranges from scanning and image processing to managing digitization centers, working with rare materials to born digital content and everything in between. Those experiences have given her the ability to understand the uniqueness of each project and in turn establish the proper workflows to complete projects on time and within budget., 352.273.2903

R.D. Renner, Digital Assets Coordinator

R.D. Renner holds an MFA in Creative Photography, focusing on the intersections of traditional and digital photography. Before coming to the Digital Support Services in 2002, he taught college level courses on computer art and montage, mixed media studio classes, black and white photography, training seminars on various computer applications, and worked as a photographer, photographing rare books, artwork, in a studio environment, and on location., 352.273.2748

Angie Soto, Bi-Lingual Metadata Specialist

Angie Soto holds a BS in Advertising from the University of Florida and an MLIS from the University of South Florida. She joined UF libraries as a Governmental Documents Copy Cataloger in 2010. She then worked in the Latin American and Caribbean Collection as a Collections Processing Assistant. She was then promoted to the Cataloging Department and transitioned to Digital Support Services. Her experiences in both the technical and customer service aspects of librarianship allows her to create accurate and interoperable metadata that meets the informational needs of patrons. She especially enjoys working with preeminent and rare collections by making them globally accessible., 352.273.2900

Andrea Stich, Digital Support Metadata Specialist

Andrea Stich holds a BA in English from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She has an MS in Information from Florida State University. As the Digital Support Metadata Specialist at Digital Support Services, some of her responsibilities include metadata creation, retrospective metadata correction, and quality control of UFDC metadata., 352.273.2763

G.W. Swicord, Thesis and Dissertations Project Assistant

G.W.’s interest in digital content began before the .com era and led him to a Bachelor’s in political science from New College of Florida. He took his Master’s in government at UT Austin, with a research focus on digital health information policy. Before joining Digital Services, he worked on simulation-based and document-based software training materials for Microsoft products, and then as an adjunct professor at Santa Fe College. Now, he leads production on the Retrospective Theses and Dissertations Scanning project and manages intake and processing for UF ETDs and other terminal projects., 352.273.2900

Matthew Yost, Imaging Assistant

Matt Yost holds a Bachelors in Anthropology from the University of Florida, where he focused on Cultural and Comparative Anthropology. He scans and processes print materials for the DLC.