WWP The Project Newsletter Archive Volume 3,Number 2 Staff Changes

Staff Changes at the WWP

Julia Flanders

This fall the WWP has been extremely lucky to gain a number of important additions to our staff and board. The first of these is the new Senior Encoder position, which was created to solidify and perpetuate the encoding expertise at the WWP. After a long search we have hired Eléna Rivera to fill this role, and she started work on December 1. Eléna comes from a museum and library background, working at the San Francisco Exploratorium, the American Poetry Archives, the Library of Congress, the Providence Athenaeum, and most recently at the John Hay Library at Brown University. She teaches poetry at the Brown Learning Community, has studied bookbinding, hand printing, and preservation, and has designed, printed, and bound three hand letterpress books. She has an M.A. in English from San Francisco State University. Her work at the WWP will focus on advanced text encoding, documentation, and supervision of the encoding process. We are delighted at our good fortune in hiring Eléna, and we all look forward to working with her.

Another piece of good luck and good timing is the addition of Professor Elizabeth Bryan to the WWP's Advisory Board. She takes over as our Brown University medievalist from Elizabeth Kirk, who resigned this year after 10 years of service to the WWP. Beth is interested in early Middle English literature and manuscript studies. She has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She hopes to work with the WWP in finding ways for literary interpretation to take advantage of the multiple voices (those of scribes, annotators and illuminators as well as authors) present in manuscript texts. Her book, Collaborative Meaning in Medieval Scribal Culture: The La3amon's Brut, is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press, as part of the UMI series on Editorial Theory and Literary Criticism. We are very glad to have her with us, and are excited at the prospect of working with her on the many issues of encoding medieval women's writing.

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