Alice Hickcox, digital text specialist with the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS), is retiring after 23 years working at Emory. Alice’s history with the University goes back to 1983 when she started work on her PhD in the Graduate Division of Religion. Her job experience began in 1992 with information technology as a member of the Faculty Information Technology Center (FITC). Partnering with faculty to teach students how to work with digitized articles, Alice was on the leading edge of digital pedagogy. The students of ECDS co-director and history professor Allen Tullos were one of the first classes Alice worked with in the FITC, teaching them about TEI text mark-up in preparation for hosting documents online.
In 1997, Alice was hired by the Library to work in the Lewis H. Beck Center to produce, promote, and support digital library collections, including digital image and electronic text resources. As a pioneer in digital humanities, Alice was integral in the development of multiple projects. A sample of these ground-breaking projects include: Southern Changes, the Holocaust Denial on Trial, and the Women’s Genre Fiction project. While part of the Beck Center, Alice worked with several people as graduate students who are now part of the Emory Libraries, such as Rebecca Sutton Koeser, Erika Farr, Pellom McDaniels and Matt Miller.
In 2013, Alice was part of the organization that formed ECDS. With this move, she became part of a group that is a blend of library and IT. While working as part of the center’s team, Alice continued to create wonderful projects in partnership with others across the organization including the Readux project, and the multi-year effort on the Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot.
Alice has been a key factor in helping to build a team of librarians, IT professionals, and graduate students in ECDS. Her years of experience in both the library and IT environments, combined with her kindness and compassion for all people, provides a wonderful insight into continuing to bring together a diverse team.
Alice’s next stage in life will focus around spending more time in her lake cottage in Vermont with her husband, Woody. Her future plans also include spinning yarn, knitting, and enjoying the sounds of nature.