Mira Basara

Ingest Specialist

Mira Basara is a Collection Ingest Specialist for Digital Lifecycle Services team. Mira’s responsibilities center around ingest packaging for content and management of ingest process into Cornell University Library’s preservation systems. She manages new deposits to and quality improvements for assets in HathiTrust for Cornell’s digitized books and metadata, as well as end-user support for quality issues as a member of the HathiTrust Digital Objects Quality Corrections group. She manages deposits and updates to collections preserved in the Cornell University Library Archival Repository (CULAR).  She has additional administrative responsibilities for LOCKSS. Mira provides key expertise at CUL for Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and PDF creation, having over eight years of experience creating text flow for digitized books. She supports the Digital Scholarship/Digital Humanities program, primarily including consultation and instruction of scholars on technical aspects of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for student scholarly projects.

Tre Berney

Director of Digitization and Conservation Services

Tre is the Director of Digitization and Conservation Services at Cornell University Library in the Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services (DSPS) department. He oversees the Audiovisual Preservation Lab, the Imaging and Scanning labs and the Conservation Lab. Tre is also the Co-Chair of the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences and also leads the library’s Audiovisual Preservation Initiative. His foundational background is in audiovisual production, digitization, and preservation of time-based media. Tre remains familiar with audiovisual production and post, audio mastering, analysis and conservation. He has produced content for PBS and cable television clients (Discovery, A&E, Biography, The History Channel) and collaborated on film and preservation projects with The Howard Baker Center on Public Policy, The Smithsonian Institution, The Highlander Center, and others.

Eliza Bettinger

Lead Librarian for Digital Scholarship

Eliza leads Olin Library's research and teaching services for digital scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Throughout the year, she collaborates with scholars and students on computational projects in mapping, visualization, text analysis, and digital exhibits and publishing, and in the summer, she oversees the Graduate Summer Fellowship in Digital Humanities. She also teaches and consults on issues related to digital privacy and surveillance, and is a member of the Library Freedom Project. Uniting all her work is a deep concern for helping people make meaning from, and exercise control over, data, information, and narratives. She has previously worked as the geospatial data librarian at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and as a project manager for the national interview project StoryCorps. She holds an M.A. in Geography from Hunter College, City University of New York, an M.L.I.S from UW-Milwaukee, and an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences (Evolution and Ecology) from Cornell.

Iliana Burgos

Emerging Data Practices Librarian

Iliana is the Emerging Data Practices Librarian for Research and Learning Services at Olin Library. She supports digital humanities and digital scholarship in the Digital CoLab, providing instruction, consultations, and outreach for researchers on topics like text analysis, data preparation, and open data practices.  She holds an M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in Japanese Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of Delaware.

Virginia Cole

Archaeology, Classics, History, and Medieval Studies Librarian

In her role as Archaeology, Classics, History, and Medieval Studies Librarian, she builds collections, both print and electronic, for learning and research, and connects students and faculty with the Library's collections and services. She is one of the organizers of the Humanities and Social Sciences Doctoral Student Immersion Program and helps in the planning of the Summer Graduate Fellowship in Digital Humanities. Her interests include digital humanities, graduate student services, and citation/information management. She has a doctorate in medieval history from Binghamton.

Susette Newberry

Co-Director for Scholarship & Learning Services, Olin & Uris Libraries

Susette is Co-Director for Scholarship and Learning Services for Olin & Uris Libraries and Art Librarian. She is one of the organizers of the Humanities and Social Sciences Doctoral Student Immersion Program, helps administer the Summer Graduate Fellowship in Digital Humanities, teaches the Wordpress and Wikipedia editing workshops for Olin and Uris Libraries, and is one of the organizers for Cornell's annual Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Susette holds a doctorate in the history of art from Cornell.

Michelle Paolillo

Digital Lifecycle Services Manager

Michelle is the Digital Lifecycle Services Manager in the department of Cornell University Library Information Technology (CULIT), coordinates Cornell's partnership in HathiTrust, and is the Service Manager for the Cornell University Library Archival Repository (CULAR). From 2010-2014, she managed CUL’s digitization effort with Google Books. She is familiar with the creation of digital objects at scale, and strategies for preservation of digital assets, data modeling and database design, and basic system architecture.  She contributes to a number of other efforts related to technology-enabled research, projects in digital humanities, and leads introductory workshops about computational methods, file organization, and basic data and metadata modeling.

Devin Sanera

Instructional Technology Coordinator

Devin is the Instructional Technology Coordinator, overseeing the public technology (computers, printers, plotter) for Olin and Uris libraries. He also leads or assists with several software workshops, including Photoshop, Gephi, and LaTeX. Along with Camille Andrews, Devin leads the library's Makerspace initiative and works with the student group CornellMAKE to encourage physical and digital creation across all disciplines. He is leading the pilot project for the programming consultation service, providing technical assistance on digital humanities projects.

Alums of the CoLab

Elizabeth Murice Alexander

Digital Humanities Intern

Elizabeth Murice Alexander was a doctoral candidate in Literatures in English at Cornell University. Her dissertation focused on the intersections between technology and black bodies, considering how black people are produced by and produce digital and analog technologies. In particular, she is interested in black women’s literature and queer of color literature, examining how these subject groups have exploited technology in service of self and world making. Elizabeth completed her doctorate in 2021 and is now Assistant Clinical Professor of Digital Humanities and Digital Studies at African American Digital & Experimental Humanities (AADHum), housed in the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Malcolm Bare

Digital Humanities Intern

Malcolm was a longtime Digital Humanities Intern, when he led the Textual Analysis working group. While at the University of Virginia, Malcolm contributed to the Collective Biographies of Women digital archive. His recent projects include Novel Embassies, a comparative distant reading of architectural motifs in the world nineteenth-century novel, and To Trim a Torch: Modeling Pause in British Women’s Gothic Fiction, a stylometric investigation into the novels of Ann Radcliffe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Mary Gaskell. His thesis used statistically-informed reading methods, summary statistics, and new heuristics to explore spatial description in nineteenth-century British fiction. He now works as an instructional technologist at the University of Chicago.

John Wyatt Greenlee

Digital Humanities Intern

John Wyatt Greenlee graduated in 2020 with his PhD in Medieval Studies, with a focus on cartographic history. His dissertation was a study of eels in medieval and early modern English history. He has previously been a whitewater rafting and caving guide in East Tennessee, worked for Sing Out! folk music magazine, and spent a decade coaching collegiate volleyball. He has published on comparative persuasive cartography in modern Hawai’i, on the roles of mapping and memory in the popular fourteenth-century work, The Travels of Sir John Mandeville, and on the medievalisms at play in J.R.R. Tolkien’s maps. Some of John's recent projects include: Mapping Mandeville Project, Eel-Rent Project, Matthew Paris's Annotated Map, Medieval Maps and Mapping Resources.

Kelsey Utne

Digital Humanities Intern

Kelsey was a PhD candidate in History at Cornell University where she specialized in the history of death and commemoration of the dead in late colonial India. An alumna of both CUL’s winter immersion program and summer DH fellowship, Kelsey learned SQLite and Python to create a bespoke database to manage her archival research. As a digital scholarship fellow, she led workshops on information management, relational databases, and digital workflow for humanities researchers. She earned her doctorate in 2022 and is now an Assistant Professor of History at Arkansas Tech University.