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.
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 DS 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.
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.
Shelia DeRoche, Digitization Workflow Supervisor
Shelia DeRoche holds a BA in Political Science from Louisiana State University. Before joining the Digital 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.
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.
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 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.
Laura Perry, Head of Digital Services
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Digital Services.