Michael A. Toler has been the Archnet Content Manager since September 2012. Since July 2018 he has been Interim Program Head of the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT (AKDC@MIT). Prior to that he served as the program Director for the Al Musharaka Initiative of the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education. Michael was responsible for development of content for the Arab Culture and Civilization Online Resource, and for coordinating inter-institutional, collaborative endeavors of faculty, librarians, and technologists using technology to enhance teaching and research on topics relating to Islam, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Michael received a PhD in Comparative Literature with a Certificate in Translation Studies from Binghamton University (SUNY), after teaching in Morocco at L'Ecole Supérieure Roi Fahd de Traduction and Al Akhawayn University in Morocco. He also holds an MA and BA in English from New York University and Virginia Commonwealth University, respectively. He has published and lectured extensively on digital pedagogy and scholarship, as well as the literature, history, cinema, music, and cyberspace of the Maghreb, and the Middle East more widely. Michael is Board Member and Secretary of the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies.
Toler, Michael A. "From Tangier’s Old Medina to the World: Efforts to Make the Visual Resources in the Collection of the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies More Widely Available. in MELA Notes 2016 89 (2017): 15-22. https://www.mela.us/publications/mela-notes/mela-notes-archive/.
The library of the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM) is a small, highly specialized research library in the old medina of Tangier. Though the library contains specialized, often unique materials on Morocco, the Maghrib, and US-Morocco relations, it has not been well known among academics and researchers, and consequently is underutilized. This article surveys efforts by the TALIM Director and Board to rectify that by making the library catalog available online, and to make unique visual, textual, and audio materials available through Archnet. As a small nonprofit, TALIM faced unique challenges that it met by building collaborative networks. The article briefly outlines prior efforts of TALIM to facilitate access for scholars and academics worldwide. It then focuses on an inter-institutional effort involving the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, Wellesley College, and other institutions in Morocco and the United States to simultaneously conserve a collection of glass negatives, and to make the images more widely available to scholars and researchers. Finally, the article will assess these efforts, and chart future directions.