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Library Faculty and Staff

FIT Office of Library Directors (FOLD) 

lib director NJ Bradeen, Professor-Librarian, Director, Gladys Marcus Library at FIT
Professor Bradeen joined the Library in 2002. He oversees Library administration while reporting to the VP of Academic Affairs. NJ holds a BS from Kutztown University and an MS from Drexel University. He has spent 35 years in various types of libraries including; public, school, hospital, special, health science, academic and finally FIT. Prior to coming to FIT, NJ has held increasing administrative positions at Ohio State University, New York Academy of Medicine, Columbia University, New York University School of Medicine and Bergen Community College. He is a member of the College Faculty Orientation Committee and liaison to the Faculty Senate Library Committee and the Executive Committee of the FIT Faculty Senate. In his spare time, NJ loves to spend time with his husband at their homes in both New Jersey and Maine; taking advantage of skiing, gardening, fine dining and travel.
FOLD member Greta Earnest, Associate Professor-Librarian, Associate 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 daily operations and as its Collection Development Officer. Her leadership vision focuses on offering high caliber services and resources by 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. 
  Direct line to the FOLD office: (212) 217-4370. To contact an individual unit member by email, the address format is firstname_lastname@fitnyc.edu.

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photo of RIS member Helen Lane, Assistant Professor-Librarian, Emerging Technologies
Helen joined the library in 2009. She is charged with coordinating the Information Literacy Programs Library and with supporting the research needs of the FIT community through services, outreach and the creation of online content. Helen holds a MLIS from Pratt Institute. She's 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. 

Research and Instructional Services (RIS)

Amy Ballmer, Associate Professor-Librarian, Head of Research and Instructional Services
Amy joined the library in 2014. She works with colleagues in the library to teach FIT students research skills and serves as library liaison for the Art History and Museum Professions, History of Art and Civilization, and Toy Design programs. Amy studied at the Pratt Institute and graduated with an MSLIS and an MS in the history of art. She has previously worked in libraries at the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her current research focuses on small press magazines created in the 1960s-1980s by European and American conceptual artists. 
  Direct line to the RIS Unit is (212) 217-4400. To contact an individual unit member by email, the address format is firstname_lastname@fitnyc.edu.

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Access Services (ACS) 

photo of AMS member  Jennifer Mak, Daytime Access Services Manager, Access Services
Jennifer joined the library in 2010. She is involved with the day to day operations of the Access Services Desk including, but not limited to, helping students to find reserve material 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. Jennifer previously held positions as a library aide at the Library at FIT and was a fair assistant for Pulse Contemporary Art Fair. 
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Paul Lajoie, Evening Access Services Manager, Access Services
Paul joined the library in 1985. He is involved with the day to day operations, in the evening, of the Access Services Desk. 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 firstname_lastname@fitnyc.edu. 

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Periodicals and Electronic Resource Services (PERS) 

Photo of PERS member Lana Bittman, Assistant Professor-Librarian, Head of Electronic and Serials Resources
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 the library liaison to the following departments at FIT: Communication Design, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Photography, and Sustainable Interiors and Environments. She is currently a member of the Student Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate, the Student Faculty Corporation Board of Directors, and is Chair of the Library Tenure & Promotion Committee. Lana holds an MLIS from Rutgers University and a BA in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to FIT, she has worked as a librarian at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and at the City University of New York. Lana is currently working toward an MA in FIT's Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program.
  Direct phone line to the PERS Unit is (212) 217-4380. To contact an individual unit member by email, the address format is firstname_lastname@fitnyc.edu. 

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Special Collections and College Archives (SPARC) 

photo of SPARC member  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. 
  Direct phone line to the SPARC Unit is (212) 217-4385. To contact an individual unit member by email, the address format is firstname_lastname@fitnyc.edu.

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Library Technology Services (LTUS) 

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Jana C. Duda, Library Technology Resources Manager for FIT Library
Jana joined the library in 1987. She is responsible for Library Technology, FITDIL (FIT Digital Image Library), PrintFX, which serves as the digital printing center on campus, and the FabLab (Fabrication Lab). Jana graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a fine arts degree with a concentration in photography and sculpture. She is also an adjunct instructor in the Photography department specializing in Photoshop courses and has done free-lance work as a digital photo-Illustrator, digital re-toucher and as a digital resources consultant. Jana has exhibited her photography in the United States, Europe and South America. She was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese. 

  Direct phone line to the LTUS Unit is (212) 217-4374. To contact an individual unit member by email, the address format is firstname_lastname@fitnyc.edu.

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PRINT FX members Direct phone line to the PRINT FX Unit is (212) 217-5470. To contact an individual unit member by email, the address format is firstname_lastname@fitnyc.edu. 

Acquisitions and Metadata Services (AMS) 

Photo of AMS member  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 volunteers at her youngest sons public school library media center and dabbles a bit in jewelry making. She also enjoys an occasional art/fashion history class here at FIT.
  Direct phone line to the AMS Unit is (212) 217-4350. To contact an individual unit member by email, the address format is firstname_lastname@fitnyc.edu. 

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