Who’s Who

Project Team


Alessandra Bordini

is a Master of Publishing graduate and researcher at Simon Fraser University, where her interest is in the intersection of digital media with the history of publishing. Alessandra holds an MA in Translation Studies from the University of Siena and an honors degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Naples “Suor Orsola Benincasa.” She is also a poetry translator and has worked as an editor for several publishing houses in Naples and Milan. Alessandra is the lead researcher for the Aldus@SFU project.


Amanda Lastoria

is PhD candidate in Publishing at Simon Fraser University, where her doctoral research explores the industrial mediation of the text, using multiple editions of a single title – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – as a case study. Amanda holds an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University, as well as more than a decade of experience in the publishing industry, at such firms as The Folio Society, Routledge, and Taylor & Francis. She is currently Editor of the Lewis Carroll Review. Amanda spearheaded the bibliographic curation and description of our online Aldine collection.


John W Maxwell

is Associate Professor & Director of the Publishing Program at SFU, where his research & teaching focus is on the impact of digital technologies in the Canadian book and magazine industries, the history/evolution of publishing technologies, and the emergence of digital-native genres. He has been working in new media since the early ’90s, in educational publishing, content management, learning technologies, and virtual communities.


John Willinsky

is Professor in Publishing at SFU, where he directs the Public Knowledge Project, which conducts research and develops open source scholarly publishing software. He is also Khosla Family Professor of Education and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University. A member of the Royal Society of Canada, his books include The Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED (Princeton, 1994); Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire’s End (Minnesota, 1998); Technologies of Knowing (Beacon 2000); and The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006).




Elisa Modolo

holds a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught Italian language and culture at her alma mater and at Temple University. She is currently designing the Italian program and teaching Italian Studies at Coastal Carolina University. Elisa’s research interests include Renaissance and Baroque Italian literature, visual studies, and women’s cultural production. Her articles reveal women’s contributions to literature and cinema and focus in particular on Venetian figures such as Arcangela Tarabotti and Luisa Zille

Melanie Hardbattle

is the Archivist for Simon Fraser University Library’s Special Collections and Rare Books division. She graduated with a Master of Archival Studies degree from UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies in 2000, and has worked at the SFU Library since 2009, during which time she has also served as Project Coordinator for several of the Library’s digitization projects, including Multicultural Canada and Komagata Maru: Continuing the Journey. Her research interests relate to the preservation and accessibility of the documentary record of groups not traditionally represented in the archival record.


Michael Joyce

is a Web and Data Services developer with Simon Fraser University's Bennett Library, where he works on open-source software to archive and preserve open-access publications. He started working in digital publishing and web software with the Internet Shakespeare Editions in 2004, while persuing his undergraduate degree in computer science and mathematics. He is a member of the advisory board of the Digital Renaissance Editions, and continues to volunteer his time with the ISE. He is a lover of classical music and jazz, and sometimes wonders if music even exists after Mel Tormé.


Ralph J Stanton

served as Special Collections and Rare Books Librarian at Simon Fraser University in the 1990s, and was instrumental in bringing the Wosk-McDonald Collection to SFU in 1995.From 2002 until his retirement in 2013, he was Head, Rare Books and Special Collections Division at the University of British Columbia Library.  With more than 40 years of experience in public, college and University libraries, Stanton has played a key role in the acquisition of many outstanding book, manuscript and map collections and is especially interested in the development of library collections and library architecture. He is Administrative Librarian Emeritus at UBC.


Rebecca Romney

is a rare book dealer at Bauman Rare Books, where she manages projects in acquisitions, catalogues, and web services, as well as maintaining a portfolio of dedicated collectors building rare book libraries. She began appearing on the History Channel’s hit TV show Pawn Stars in 2011, one year after becoming manager of Bauman’s Las Vegas gallery. She currently lives in Philadelphia, where she works together with Natalie Bauman to develop company projects and innovations. Her favorite of the books she has sold is a 1687 first edition of Newton’s Principia Mathematica. You can find her at https://rebeccaromney.com.


Reese Irwin

is an undergraduate at Simon Fraser University, where she majors in English and minors in Publishing. She specializes in eighteenth and nineteenth century English literature, and has a strong interest in digitization and preservation of print books and manuscripts. When not reading old novels and trying to decipher handwriting, Reese enjoys drawing, drinking tea, and writing her own stories. She hopes to go on to obtain her Master's in English and possibly also in Library Information Studies.


Roberto Dosil

Roberto Dosil is Senior Lecturer in the Publishing Program at SFU. He is a founding partner of Stanton Atkins & Dosil, a publishing partnership focusing on Canadian history, and has more than 40 years experience as a graphic designer working for the publishing industry. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he designed and produced books for several publishing houses in Spain in the 1970s before coming to Canada in 1978. Before joining SFU he was an instructor at Kwantlen University College and Emily Carr University of Art + Design.


Robin Sloan

grew up near Detroit and went to school at Michigan State, where he studied economics and co-founded a literary magazine called Oats. Between 2002 and 2012, he worked at Poynter, Current TV, and Twitter. His first novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into more than twenty languages.


Special thanks

We would like to thank the following people for their invaluable assistance in this project: Mark Jordan, Ian Song, Rebecca Dowson, Judith Polson, Keith Gilbert, Don Taylor, Brian Owen, Eric Swanick, Matt Huculak.