Paul Frederick Schaffner

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316 Hatcher North
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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Manager of Text Creation Unit, DCC


I manage the production of (mostly SGML- and XML-) encoded text for DCC, for the past three years managing an NEH-funded revision of the Middle English Dictionary and Compendium, of which I serve as editor; for the previous sixteen years more especially managing the full-text transcriptions produced by the three Text Creation Partnership projects: EEBO-TCP (Early English Books Online); ECCO-TCP (18th cent colls online); and Evans-TCP (Archive of pre-1800 Americana), as well as any smaller text projects that came along.


I did my undergraduate work at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges and at the Universities of Pennsylvania and Cambridge, receiving a BA in early English from Haverford and an MA in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic from Cambridge, followed by a PhD in early English, French, Welsh, and Norse philology from Cornell and an MLS from the School of Information at the University of Michigan. I came to Michigan in 1989 to join the staff of the Middle English Dictionary where I worked as a lexicographer for eight years.


In 1997 I moved to the University Library to manage the production of an electronic version of the MED and the other components of Michigan's online Middle English Compendium. In 1999 I took on overall management of electronic text production for the what was then called the Humanities Text Initiative, later the library's Digital Library Production Service, now the Text Creation Unit of Digital Content & Collections--in which capacity I now supervise the production of TCP texts--about 70,000 of them so far--; serve as editor of the Middle English Compendium, currently under revision; and represent the library in the Text Encoding Initiative consortium and other venues associated with e-text standard practices. In my spare time I represent the entire tech-services department of the Jackson (Michigan) Community College library and catalogue my own accumulation of 15,000+ books and 15,000 old hand tools.