Volume 2, Issue 1

Library Newsletter -  Connected

Volume 2, Issue 1

To our Faculty, Students, and Administration: Welcome back to campus for the fall 2018 semester! We’ve been busy revitalizing our spaces with a few colorful and useful updates. You’ll see some new IT equipment in the library including updated workstations, light tables, and photocopiers. New cameras, lenses, lighting kits, work tables and a stop motion animation kit among other resources have arrived in the 6th floor Art Resources Lab (ARL). And our students can sit comfortably in new wheeled student seating throughout the library! Even more plans for technology and space improvements will be in place by the time the CONNECTED spring newsletter goes to press.

The library is excited to announce three new faculty members to our Research & Instructional Services unit. These savvy and experienced librarians are sure to generate some buzz about the library. More about them on page two. Read on about other library resources, programs and services.

The Library team wishes you a successful semester.

Professor NJ Bradeen I FIT Library Director

Database Spotlight:


Material ConneXion maintains the world’s largest subscription-based materials library, with thousands of innovative materials and processes across all disciplines - from architecture, interiors, and textile engineering, to packaging, fashion, transportation, and industrial design.

Materials are selected through a strict review process, and 40+ materials are independently juried into the library every month. The library is divided by categories according to chemical makeup rather than intended use to promote outside-the-box thinking. The categories are scientific in nature, but are tailored to suit the design community. For a material to enter the library, it must exhibit at least one of the following four characteristics:

  • It is a new material, never before in existence
  • It is an innovation on an existing material
  • It is sustainable
  • It can be used for a wide range of applications


FIT Library Blog: Material Mode

Since 2012, Material Mode, the blog of the Special Collections and College Archives unit of the Gladys Marcus Library (SPARC), has been offering up insightful information about the importance of the precious items held in their collections. Contributed to primarily by SPARC’s Curator of Manuscript Collections, fashion historian April Calahan, Material Mode places fashion history in context with the world at large, envincing how it so heavily interacts with culture and economics.

In the blog’s most recent post, Ms. Calahan provides a thoughtful biography of the highly influential, beloved designer, Hubert de Givenchy, who recently passed away. The post, In memoriam: Hubert de Givenchy, also shares images of a few beautiful sketches of his designs from the Bergdorf Goodman custom salon collection, Fall 1966. The article compliments a recent exhibition on display just outside SPARC’s entrance in honor of the late fashion icon, which will be on view until September 15th, 2018. To read Material Mode, go to https://blog.fitnyc.edu/materialmode/


New Faculty

Professor Carli E. Spina- Prof. Spina joined the Library as the Head of Research & Instructional Services. Before coming to FIT, she was the Head Librarian for Assessment & Outreach at the Boston College Libraries.

Her previous library experience is from various institutions including; Harvard Law School Library, Segel Library Ctr.- Temple Israel of Boston and the Boston Herald Library. In addition, she was a Associate Attorney in a Boston Law Firm for 4 years.

Professor Spina holds a Ed. M from Harvard Graduate School of Education, MLIS from Simmons College, J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and a BA from Harvard College. She also has a professional graduate certificate in museum studies from the Harvard Extension School.


Professor Shea’la Finch- Prof. Finch joined the Library as an Adjunct Assistant Professor -Librarian in Research and Instructional Services. She has experience in several libraries including School of Visual Arts, Brooklyn Museum Library & Archives, Edinburgh College of Art, Brown University, and Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to her library experience, Shea’la has been the Managing Editor & Special Projects Manager for the Center for Humanities at the CUNY graduate Center, Communications Director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and Interim Director of the Rhode Island Center for the Book. Shea’la holds an MLIS from the University of Rhode Island and a BA in Photography from Bennington College. She also maintains an art practice centered on ceramics and photography.

Professor Finch holds a MLIS from the University of Rhode Island and a BA in Photography from Bennington College.


Professor Miyo Sandlin- Prof. Sandlin joined the Library as an Adjunct Assistant Professor-Librarian in Research and Instructional Services. She was previously the Digital Services & Instruction Librarian/Library Webmaster at the St. Francis College Library in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to that, she was their Technical Services Librarian for five years.

Her previous Library experience comes from the various institutions including; The Art Institute of Washington, Library of Congress, Long Island University, National Portrait Gallery Library at the Smithsonian, and Brooklyn Public Library.

Professor Sandlin holds a MILS from University of MD, College Park and a BA in History from Vassar College.


Academic Open Mic

Thursday, September 27th, 2018  I 5:30pm

National Opera Center  I 330 Seventh Ave., NYC

The library is pleased to once again collaborate with Academic Affairs on Academic Open Mic night! Faculty can showcase their projects and interests. Share your research, propose a project collaboration, pitch an idea, or display an artistic performance-based talent. FOR FACULTY ONLY


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