Paul Frederick Schaffner

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316 Hatcher North
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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Manager of e-text production, DCC


I manage the production of SGML- and XML-encoded text for DCC, this year serving as P.I. on an NEH-funded revision of the Middle English Dictionary and Compendium; 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 smaller text projects that come 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 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 library's Digital Library Production Service, 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 10,000 old hand tools.