Advisory Board


Michael Foight

Since joining the Villanova University community in 1995, Michael Foight has served in a number of different roles in the library including that of Business Librarian and Electronic Resources Coordinator. Prior to joining the Villanova community, Michael worked as Reference Librarian at the University of Pittsburgh and the manager of a bookstore owned by Barnes & Noble. Currently, he serves at the Special Collections and Digital Library Coordinator at Villanova University where he leads a team of librarians and library technologists that are developing new and innovative strategies to presenting digital content to the campus and the global community of scholars. Ranging from digitization of Villanova Dissertations and Theses, to digital preservation of heritage materials from individual and institutional partners, the Digital Library actively solicits project ideas and materials for digitization. The creation of Open Source tools and Open Content to benefit the greater community are notable features developed at the Villanova’s Digital Library; one highlight of this philosophy is the recent launch of VuDL, a simple to use Digital Library Administration application powered by all open source technologies and companion to the Villanova developed VuFind search and discovery tool.

Glen Muschio
Dr. Glen Muschio is an Associate Professor in Digital Media at Drexel University. He is the founding director of the Digital Media Program and served as Program Director from September 1998 to January 2010. Glen is a media producer/anthropologist who has produced award winning corporate and educational media, and multimedia museum exhibits. In 2005 he launched “3D Colonial Philadelphia,” a digital cultural heritage project with the goal of producing 3D interactive environments for studying and teaching about the American colonial experience. The project received University, local and NSF funding. In 2010 he expanded the project to explore new media uses in digital cultural heritage study and exhibition. Glen has presented recent papers on the subject at the 39th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Beijing, China 2011, Society of Historical Archaeology’s 2011 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Austin, Texas, The 15th Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies, 2010 Vienna, Austria and the IEEE Workshop on Applications of Computer Vision in Archaeology (ACVA) held in conjunction with IEEE CVPR 2010, San Francisco, California.

Michael Neuman, Ph.D.

Michael Neuman, recently retired from University Information Services at Georgetown University, holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Michigan and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland. In 1988 he left Capital University in Columbus, where he had been tenured full professor of English and the institution’s first Director of Academic Computing, and came to Georgetown’s Academic Computer Center. Over the next two decades at the University, he founded the Center for Text and Technology (creating digital versions of standard critical editions in German philosophy), led the Research, Curriculum, and Development Group (providing discipline-specific support for faculty who teach and research with technology), served as Interim Associate University Librarian for Digital Services and Technology Planning (developing Digital Georgetown as a repository of intellectual property produced at the University), and managed the Georgetown component of the Mellon-funded Vivarium project in the Classics (testing middleware for authenticating non-university members of the American Philological Association for access to linked scholarly resources). Among his professional activities, Mike has served as President of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, Chair of the Modern Language Association’s Discussion Group in Computer Studies in Language and Literature, and a member of the task force that directed production of the NINCH Guide to Good Practice in the Digital Representation and Management of Cultural Heritage Materials.

Scott Knowles, Ph.D.

Scott Knowles is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Politics at Drexel University and Director of the Great Works Symposium in the Pennoni Honors College. His research areas include urban history, history of technology and modern history. Dr. Knowles research has an interdisciplinary focus which bridges history, urban planning, sociology, culture studies and public policy. Dr. Knowles completed his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology in 2003. He is interested in cities and the ways that cities change over time, and the means by which technological change, risk-taking, and urban planning have shaped modern American cities. His work is interdisciplinary and crosses the boundaries of history, urban planning, sociology, cultural studies, and public policy. Scott teaches in the Department of History and Politics and is the author/editor of: Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City (UPenn Press, 2009), and Experts in Disaster: A History of Risk and Authority in the Modern United States (UPenn Press, forthcoming 2011). He has published articles, essays, and book reviews in The Next American City, Isis, History and Technology, the New York Times, Public Works Management and Policy, Technology and Culture, Business History Review, Enterprise and Society, The Smart Set, and Annals of Science.

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