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Library Faculty and Staff

FIT Office of Library Director (FOLD) 

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Greta Earnest, Associate Professor-Librarian, Director, Gladys Marcus Library at FIT
Greta joined the FIT Library in 2003. She contributes to the FIT community in a variety of capacities while providing leadership and direction for the FIT Library's operations and as its Collection Development Officer. Her leadership vision focuses on offering high caliber services and resources by empowering personnel, seeking quality efficiencies, creating consistent policies and procedures while incorporating both assessment and strategic planning. Greta has held leadership positions at the Bard Graduate Center, Pratt Institute and the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as consulting at the Museum of Modern Art, Cooper Union and the Clark Art Institute. She holds a BA from Bard College and an MLS from SUNY at Albany. 

Greta is the Library's Collection Development Officer

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  Direct line to the FOLD office: (212) 217-4370. To contact an individual unit member by email, the address format is [email protected]

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Research and Instructional Services (RIS)

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Carli Spina, Associate Professor-Librarian, Head of Research and Instructional Services, Carli joined the Library in 2018. 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. Carli 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. 

Library Liaison to the following departments: Fashion and Textile Studies (graduate), Film and Media (i.e. nonprint materials, across disciplines), Film and Media and Performing Arts, Social Sciences, Toy Design, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design, Art Market Studies (graduate) 

  Direct line to the RIS Unit is (212) 217-4400. To contact an individual unit member by email, the address format is [email protected]

For more RIS unit members

Access Services (ACS) 

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Jennifer Mak, Daytime Access Services Manager, Access Services
Jennifer joined the library in 2010. She oversees the daily operations of the Access Services Unit including, but not limited to, helping students to find materials for their class work and helping patrons settle their accounts. Jennifer also curates the FIT Designer File Tumblr (fitdesignerfiles.tumblr.com). She graduated from Stony Brook University with a BA in history and art history and received her MA from FIT in the Art Market: Practice and Principles program.

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Paul Lajoie, Evening Access Services Manager, Access Services
Paul joined the library in 1985. He oversees operations of the Access Services Unit in the evening. Paul studied painting with the late Leland Bell and received his MFA from the Parsons School of Design.  

  Direct phone line to the ACS Unit is (212) 217-4360. To contact an individual unit member by email, the address format is [email protected] 

For more ACS unit members 

Periodicals and Electronic Resource Services (PERS) 

Photo of PERS member Lana Bittman, Associate Professor-Librarian, Head of Periodicals and Electronic Resource Services

Lana joined the library in 2008. She oversees the Periodicals and Electronic Resource Services unit, supervising all aspects of public and technical services for electronic resources, print serials, and fashion and trend forecast collections. Lana is currently a member of the Sustainability committee of the Faculty Senate, and the College's Faculty Development Grants Awards committee. She holds an MLIS from Rutgers University, an MA in FIT's Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program, and a BA in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to FIT, Lana has worked as a librarian at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and at the City University of New York.

Library Liaison to the following departments: Interior Design, Photography, and Electronic Resources and Periodicals 

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  Direct phone line to the PERS Unit is (212) 217-4380. To contact an individual unit member by email, the address format is [email protected] 

For more PERS unit members

Special Collections and College Archives (SPARC) 

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Karen Trivette, Associate Professor-Librarian, Head of Special Collections and College Archives
Karen joined the library in 2008. According to archives and rare books and manuscripts best practices and principles, she selects, arranges, describes, preserves, promotes, and makes accessible the holdings of the unit. Karen holds a BA in the history of art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MLS from the University at Albany-State University of New York. Before coming to FIT, she worked for the New York State Archives, the University at Albany (NY), and the Museum of Modern Art. Karen is keenly interested in all areas of art and design and is an avid animal lover.

Library Liaison to the following departments: Graduate Programs, Museum at FIT, Special Collections

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  Direct phone line to the SPARC Unit is (212) 217-4385. To contact an individual unit member by email, the address format is [email protected]

For more SPARC unit members 

 Acquisitions and Metadata Services (AMS) 

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Leslie Preston, Assistant Professor-Librarian, Head of Acquisitions and Metadata Services
Leslie joined the library in 2008. She oversees all aspects of the AMS department including; acquisitions, donations, resource budgeting, and cataloging/metadata services workflow. Leslie holds a BA in art history from the University of Georgia and a MLS in information science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has 25 years of library experience and has worked previously at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Atlanta College of Art. Leslie dabbles a bit in jewelry making. She also enjoys an occasional art/fashion history class here at FIT.

Library Liaison to the following departments: Accessory Design, Fashion Design (art, undergraduate), Menswear 

  Direct phone line to the AMS Unit is (212) 217-4350. To contact an individual unit member by email, the address format is [email protected] 
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Greta Earnest

Greta Earnest, Associate Professor-Librarian, Director, Gladys Marcus Library at FIT

Greta joined the FIT library in 2003. She contributes to the FIT community in a variety of capacities while providing leadership and direction for the FIT Library's operations and as its Collection Development Officer. Her leadership vision focuses on offering high caliber services and resources by empowering personnel, seeking quality efficiencies, creating consistent policies and procedures while incorporating both assessment and strategic planning. Greta has held leadership positions at the Bard Graduate Center, Pratt Institute and the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as consulting at the Museum of Modern Art, Cooper Union and the Clark Art Institute. She holds a BA from Bard College and an MLS from SUNY at Albany.

Greta is the Library's Collection Development Officer

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Joseph Anderson

Joseph Anderson, Assistant Professor, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Acquisitions and Metadata Services

Joseph joined the library in 2015. He serves as the Digital Initiatives Librarian. Joseph holds a BA in fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago and a MLIS in library and information science from Dominican University. He has seven years of library experience and has previously worked on digital projects at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and Mutter Museum. In his spare time, Joseph enjoys reading, writing, cycling, and baking sourdough bread.

Library Liaison to the following departments: Computer Animation and Interactive Media, Science and Math

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Karl ("Kip") Baranoff, Adjunct Assistant Professor-Librarian, Acquisitions and Metadata Services

Kip joined the library in 2005. He catalogs print and non-print materials for the FIT Library. He also provides reference service to students, faculty and visitors at the Periodicals and Electronic Resource Services desk. Kip holds a BA in Music from Indiana University, an MA of Music from Temple University, as well as a MS from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. He has worked at the Ryerson Library at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pratt Institute Library, and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Kip is an avid world traveler and student of foreign languages.

Lana Bittman

Lana Bittman, Associate Professor-Librarian, Head of Periodicals and Electronic Resource Services

Lana joined the library in 2008. She oversees the Periodicals and Electronic Resource Services unit, supervising all aspects of public and technical services for electronic resources, print serials, and fashion and trend forecast collections. Lana is currently a member of the Sustainability committee of the Faculty Senate, and the College's Faculty Development Grants Awards committee. She holds an MLIS from Rutgers University, an MA in FIT's Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program, and a BA in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to FIT, Lana has worked as a librarian at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and at the City University of New York.

Library Liaison to the following departments: Interior Design, Photography, and Electronic Resources and Periodicals 

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Naomi Schwer Bricker, Adjunct Assistant Professor-Librarian, Research and Instructional Services

Naomi serves patrons at the Research Services Desk, teaches Library instruction sessions, and oversees the usage of the Library's "Ask the Library" online service. Naomi also authors Library research guides and serves as the Web Development Manager for the Library's website. She has a BA in English from City College of New York and a Master of Science in Library Service from Columbia University.

Library Liaison to the following departments: English and Communication Studies, Modern Languages and Cultures, Exhibition and Experience Design, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing (undergraduate), Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management (graduate) .

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Gabriella Bucciarelli, Adj. Asst. Prof., Continuations Librarian, Periodicals and Electronic Resource Services

Gabriella joined the library in 2019. Prior to coming to FIT, she worked in consulting for A.T. Kearney, and was responsible for their Financial Services research unit in North America. Her previous experiences include a special project at the Vatican Library, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, as well as biotechnology and pharmaceutical research. Gabriella holds a BA and MLS both from St. John’s University and is fluent in Italian.

Helen Lane

Helen Lane, Assistant Professor-Librarian, Instructional Design

Helen joined the FIT Library in 2009. She is responsible for designing digital learning resources, maintaining and enhancing the library’s presence in FIT’s Learning Management System, and outreach and engagement with blended and online courses. Intrinsic to her work is exploring, identifying and providing training in emerging technologies that support teaching, learning, and research goals. She has previously worked at libraries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library, Pace University and Columbia University. Her interests include instructional design and data visualization. She holds a BA in English literature from Earlham College and an MLIS from Pratt Institute.

Library Liaison to the following departments: Advertising and Marketing Communication, Entrepreneurship, Illustration (undergraduate), Illustration (graduate), Textile Development and Marketing, Global Fashion Management. 

Leslie Preston

Leslie Preston, Assistant Professor-Librarian, Head of Acquisitions and Metadata Services

Leslie joined the library in 2008. She oversees all aspects of the AMS department including; acquisitions, donations, resource budgeting, and cataloging/metadata services workflow. Leslie holds a BA in art history from the University of Georgia and a MLS in information science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has 25 years of library experience and has worked previously at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Atlanta College of Art. Leslie dabbles a bit in jewelry making. She also enjoys an occasional art/fashion history class here at FIT.

Library Liaison to the following departments: Accessory Design, Fashion Design (Art, undergraduate), Menswear

Maria Rothenberg

Maria Rothenberg, Instructional Services & Assessment Librarian, Associate Professor, RIS 

Maria joined the library in 2011. She loves working with students and faculty to help them become excellent researchers and discover all the amazing resources the FIT Library has to offer. Maria holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and a MFA and MLS from Queens College. Maria has previously worked as a librarian at LIM College. A fun fact about Maria is that she discovered librarianship while pursuing a career in the visual and performing arts and is happily surprised she became a librarian.

Library Liaison to the following departments: Academic Skills Tutoring Center, Fabric Styling, Educational Skills, Fashion Design (apparel, undergraduate), History of Art, Home Products Development, Writing & Speaking Studio, Fashion Business Management  

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Miyo Sandlin

Miyo Sandlin, Adjunct Assistant Professor-Librarian, Research and Instructional Services                                  

Miyo joined the Library in 2018. She provides reference service to students, faculty and visitors, as well as library instruction. 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 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. Miyo holds a MLS from University of MD, College Park and a BA in History from Vassar College.

Library Liaison to the following departments: Fashion Design MFA (graduate), Production Management, Technical Design, Textile/Surface Design, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries.

Carli Spina

Carli Spina, Associate Professor-Librarian, Research and Instructional Services                                             

Carli joined the Library in 2018. 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 an Associate Attorney in a Boston Law Firm for 4 years. Carli 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 certificate in museum studies from the Harvard Extension School.                             

Library Liaison to the following departments: Fashion and Textile Studies (graduate), Film and Media (i.e. nonprint materials, across disciplines), Film and Media and Performing Arts, Social Sciences, Toy Design, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design, Art Market Studies, Direct and Interactive Marketing

Karen Trivette

Karen Trivette, Associate Professor-Librarian, Head of Special Collections and College Archives

Karen joined the library in 2008. According to archives and rare books and manuscripts best practices and principles, she selects, arranges, describes, preserves, promotes, and makes accessible the holdings of the unit. Karen holds a BA in the history of art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MLS from the University at Albany-State University of New York. Before coming to FIT, she worked for the New York State Archives, the University at Albany (NY), and the Museum of Modern Art. Karen is keenly interested in all areas of art and design and is an avid animal lover.

Library Liaison to the following departments: Graduate Programs, Museum at FIT, Special Collections

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