Rebecca Niles is an independent scholar and consultant based in Toronto, Ontario, with a special focus on developing digital humanities tools and resources. Past projects have included Folger Digital Texts, the Folger Luminary Shakespeare apps, EMMO: Early Modern Manuscripts Online, and ArchBook: Architectures of the Book. She is the Managing Editor of the Folger Shakespeare Library Editions and is a member of the Digital Advisory Board for the Arden Shakespeare. She holds Masters degrees in English Literature and Information Studies from the University of Toronto.

Rebecca is currently the managing editor of the Folger Shakespeare Library Editions (in print, eBook, online, audio, and app format) for the Folger Shakespeare Library, and editor of the Folger Editions eBook series for Simon & Schuster Publishing.


To request access to prototypes and works in progress, please email Rebecca.

Part of the Folger Shakespeare Library's DIY First Folio educational resource, the Virtual Printing House is an interactive tool that models the building of the 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare's works. Visitors learn how early modern printers arranged pages into sheets, and sheets into gatherings, by doing it themselves in a drag-and-drop 3D tutorial.

Credits: Designer and Developer

Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) provides transcriptions, metadata and images of manuscripts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Credits: Designer and Programmer, document browsing and reading sections

The Folger Luminary Shakespeare apps, created in partnership with Luminary Digital Media and Simon & Schuster, enrich the Folger Shakespeare Editions with unique audio and visual resources designed for 21st-century learning and teaching on the iPad.

Credits: Design and content supervisor

Free, high-quality digital texts of Shakespeare's plays, digitized and encoded from the Folger Shakespeare Library Editions.

Credits: Digital Editor, Interface Architect

ArchBook is an open-access, peer-reviewed collection of richly illustrated essays about specific design features in the history of the book.

Credits: Assistant Managing Editor, Encoder

Internet Archive (116 vols.)

116 digital facsimile texts made from source texts from various libraries in the University of Toronto network, including special collections such as the Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies and the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library.

Credits: Digitizer


Moving Parts: Digital Modeling and the Infrastructures of Shakespeare Editing

by Alan Galey, Rebecca Niles. Shakespeare Quarterly 68.1 (2017): 21-55.

Re-Modelling the Edition: Creating the Corpus of Folger Digital Texts

by Rebecca Niles, Michael Poston. Early Modern Studies After the Digital Turn. Iter Press, 2016. 117-144.

Imagining the Architectures of the Book: Textual Scholarship and the Digital Book Arts

by Alan Galey, John Bath, Rebecca Niles, Richard Cunningham, and the INKE Team. Textual Cultures 7.2 (2012): 20-42.

Digital Humanities Summer Institute: Reflections on Extra-Institutional Modes of Engagement

by Voytek Bialkowski, Rebecca Niles, and Alan Galey. Faculty of Information Quarterly 3.4 (2011): 19-29.

A Diversity of Creatures (editorial)

Descant 145: Private Worlds, Public Exigencies 40.2 (2009): 275-77.

Curriculum Vitae

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Email: rebecca [at] rebeccaniles [dot] net

Copyright 2015 Rebecca Niles | Last Updated December 14, 2017