My name is Aneta Kwak, I am a second year LIS and KMIM student with one last semester to go! I completed my undergraduate studies here at UofT in History and Polish Studies.
I am interested in pursuing a career in academic librarianship and felt that this course will bring to light current trends and issues in the digital humanities. I also heard many great things about Professor Galey and his teaching, so this class was the perfect fit.
As for my personal interests, I am an avid skier and angler, so my weekends are booked all year round. I also have an adorable chihuahua named Rambo (yes, he is as tough and fierce as his name suggests).
I look forward to our discussions, and for those who are graduating this June, we’re almost there!!
My name is Holly and I am in my second year of the MI program, specializing in LIS.
I live and work in Cobourg, Ontario where I am an information services technician at the Cobourg Public Library, a grower of vegetables, and a keeper of bees.
My academic work at the University of Toronto is supported by an MA in English Literature from York University and a BA in Canadian Studies from Trent University. My academic interests lie in the cross-pollination between the ecological humanities, postcolonial theory, and Canadian poetry.
As someone who hopes to work in public libraries for years to come, I am already engaged in debates surrounding the future of the book. I appreciate the opportunity this course provides to examine and unpack the topic further.
My name is Marlena. I am a second year MI student with a concentration in LIS. I am also part of the Book History and Print Culture collaborative program.
I completed my Bachelor of Arts at UofT, majoring in History and English. I first met with Prof. Galey before beginning my studies at the iSchool, and am very much looking forward to finally being able to take one of his classes.
My interests are in community-led librarianship, social justice frameworks, and accessibility. When I’m not commuting, at school, or page-ing, I like to knit, make jewelry, and go on hikes.
My name is Jelena (pronounced like Helena with a Y, if you’re wondering).
This is my last semester of the MI program. I am making my way through the LIS stream and the Book History and Print Culture collaborative program. Before coming to the iSchool, I studied English Literature (mainly Canadian and Anglo-American modernist poets) as well as Biology and Canadian Studies at McGill.
I became interested in this class after hearing about it in my book history courses last year and especially after working on the final project in Analytical Bibliography last semester (which was about applying bibliographical principals to digital projects). I’m excited to learn about the more technical aspects of e-books.
In general, my interest is in digital reading and participatory media. I’m interested in learning about the effects of interfaces on discourse, which I hope will give me insight into scholarly discourse that occurs outside of traditional university settings. I’m also happy to have an excuse to play Portal again!
Hello everyone my name is Kali Braden and I am a second year LIS student in the MI program. I got my Bachelors of Applied Sciences from the University of Guelph and a Post Graduate Certificate in Speech and Language Sciences from Brock University with the intention of becoming a Speech and Language Pathologist. After about two years of being a Preschool Teacher I shifted gears and decided to become a librarian! More specifically an academic librarian but with a focus on working with students with disabilities.
I was introduced to this course when I took Analytical and Historical Bibliography with Professor Galey last semester and his description of the course made it sound very interesting and a positive extension of that course. Additionally I think the potential implications of a turning digital world is of interest for anyone with a future in library or archive sciences and I am interested in what the course will reveal!
My name is Amrita Maharaj and I am a 3rd year Interactive Digital Media (Undergraduate) student at the Mississauga Campus. My program is affiliated with the Faculty of Information that launched a combined MI/BA program last spring and I am currently a combined student as well, with a focus in Critical Information and Policy Studies. This is my first master’s degree course, so I am a little nervous but excited to be here.
I took a course with Alan Galey last semester, Knowledge Media Design: Contexts and Practices, which looked at the history of the book as a reading interface. I am interested in narrative structures and looking at interface design for assistive technologies for those with disabilities. I hope to expand my knowledge about the future of the book and how technology aids/hinders its progress.
Currently, I am a Research Assistant for Prof. Rhonda McEwen on Eye-gaze technologies for those with disabilities and for the Technologies for Aging Gracefully (TAGlab) with a focus on intergenerational games.
My interests include: video games, manga/anime, semiotics, gender issues in video games, human computer interactions (HCI), privacy and surveillance, immersive environments for mobile devices, and intellectual property.
Here is a picture of my rabbit (he’s the cutest!) See you all in class next week.
My name is Stephanie Duncan and I am a second-year LIS & ARM student. I participated in the Book History and Print Culture collaborative program while I was doing my MA in French Literature in 2011/12; this is how I became interested in the histories and future of the book, and also how I was introduced to Alan Galey. Now, having studied LIS for several semesters, I figured it would be nice to revisit the subject and study digital humanities in more depth. I also think that this will be a great course to end the program with!
Some of my objectives for the course are to become more familiar with the technical aspects of things like blogs and e-books; to understand the functions of print books as well as e-books; and to experiment with different visions of e-books and other reading platforms. I look forward to exploring these topics with all of you!