Alice Teeple: Photographer and Creative Director

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Alice Teeple

Photographer, Creative Director of our Scholarly Workflow blog
Alice creates the visual elements for our project and photographically documents the research process.

Now and Later: Digital Archiving in Society
Alice argues that obsoletion is one of the biggest problems in digital archiving, and notes that film used for photography has already grown obsolete. While film was a necessity when Alice was growing up, it is now mostly used in specialized fields like the fine arts, making it more of a novelty. Although Alice enjoys the physicality of film and its long life span, she mainly focuses on digital photography, which is the dominant norm nowadays. As opposed to film, which could be stored in books, Alice now archives her pictures on her computer. A testament to the rapidly changing field of technology is that she often uses her iPhone to take pictures because it is less invasive, yet it still has great quality. Ten years ago she would have never dreamed she would now be snapping pictures with a phone. However, she at times worries that the rate of change will continue to speed up and cites the continual updates on the iPhone as an example. A consequence of the rapid change in technology is that people who tend to be afraid of the unknown experience more difficulty when trying to catch up.

Survivor: Technology We Can’t Live Without
While Photoshop used to be the piece of technology most crucial to her workflow as a photographer, Lightroom has taken over as her number one “lifesaver.” This computer program enables her to enhance photographs to make them optimal for her clients, such as erasing blemishes and cropping photographs.

Ellysa Stern Cahoy: Co-Primary Investigator

Ellysa Stern Cahoy

Co-Primary Investigator, alongside Dr. Scott McDonald.
As Co-Primary Investigator, Ellysa directs the project research, supervises all grant employees, and oversees and participates in the analysis and dissemination of our research results.

Now and Later: Digital Archiving
While we are currently in the honeymoon period, where it is the dawn of technology with new inventions popping up everyday, Ellysa foresees an eventual catastrophic loss of information in our society’s future. This loss could take a variety of forms but will most likely be major, like Google disappearing. At that moment, we’ll all wake up and finally realize that we placed too much trust in saving our information online. On a more positive note, she predicts that such a loss will force us to reassess, and then develop comprehensive strategies for saving information and improving information’s life span.

Survivor: Technology We Can’t Live Without
Ellysa’s iPhone is the most central component to her workflow because of its versatility. Anything she can access on her regular computer, she can access on her iPhone, such as documents on GoogleDrive and DropBox. Because Ellysa can do countless tasks from her iPhone, she can employ it in both the work and play realms, answering library patrons’ reference questions at one point in the day and reading for pleasure at another. The key to the iPhone is that it gathers all of her information in one place, which aids organization.