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Research and Instructional Services Continued

carli spina

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 certificate in museum studies from the Harvard Extension School. 

loraine baratti

Loraine Baratti, Reference Associate, Research and Instructional Services                                                         Loraine joined the library in 1988. She provides research assistance to students and faculty and also contributes to StyleCat catalog maintenance. She is an active member of the Library Exhibits & Displays team. Loraine holds a BA in Art History from SUNY Purchase. Loraine has worked at NYU's Tamiment Library & Labor Archives, MAC Cosmetics, the New-York Historical Society Manuscripts Department, the Museum at FIT, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Library.

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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 an Master of Science in Library Service from Columbia University.

Library Liaison to the following departments: English and Communication Studies, Modern Languages and Cultures, Exhibition Design, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing (CFM) (undergrad), Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management (CFMM) (grad)


 no photo Mary Direnzo, Library Reference Associate, Research and Instructional Services
Mary joined the library in 1978. Mary provides research assistance to students and faculty as well as overseeing the daily operations of the Research and Instructional Services Unit. Mary holds a BA from Hunter College with a specialty in English language arts and studio art, her background is in early childhood art education. Mary's interests include pop culture, fashion history, and travel. 
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Alicia Estes, Adjunct Assistant Professor-Librarian, Research and Instructional Services
Alicia joined the library in 1997. Her subject specialties are business and economics and she has a particular interest in the licensing of electronic resources in an academic environment and resources that support entrepreneurship. Alicia holds a BA from Hampton Institute, an MLS from Columbia University and an MS from New York University.  

 shea'la finch Shea'la Finch, Adjunct Assistant Professor-Librarian, RIS                                                                                 

Shea'la joined the Library in 2018. 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.

 Photo of RIS member Christina Kennedy, Adjunct Instructor-Librarian, Research and Instructional Services
Christina joined the library in 1999. She provides reference service to students, faculty and visitors as well as library instruction. Christina holds an AAS from Suffolk County Community College, a BS from State University of New York, Oswego, an MLS from Indiana University, and an Advanced Certificate in Archives and Records Management from Long Island University, Palmer School of Library & Information Science. She has previously worked in libraries at the Brooklyn Public Library and at Parsons School of Design. Her subject interests are decorative arts, design, photography and archives & records management.
 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: Science and Math, Illustration, Advertising and Marketing Communication, Entrepreneurship, Textile Development and Marketing

 no photo Rosanne LaPaglia, Adjunct Assistant Professor-Librarian, Research and Instructional Services
Rosanne joined the library in 1981. She provides reference service to students, faculty and visitors as well as library instruction. She holds a BA from St. Peters College, an MLS from Catholic University and an MA from Trinity College.
 photo of RIS member Elizabeth McMahon, Library Analyst, Periodicals and Electronic Resource Services
Beth joined the library in 1997. Beth assists patrons at desks in both the Periodicals and Research and Instructional Services. Her work in Periodicals and Electronic Resource Services unit includes advising on the library's holdings of international fashion, textile, interiors, and art periodicals; she was an early champion of historical fashion forecasting materials, encouraging their collection and retention. Beth contributes to the library's social media presence and writes for the library blog "Volumes and Issues". She holds a BS from Bowling Green State University of Ohio, and an AA in fashion design at the FIT. After working in the fashion industry, Elizabeth returned to FIT to obtain an MA from the Museum Studies: Fashion and Textiles program. Since 2006, she has been working on her PhD at Bard Graduate Center. Beth has taught in the Graduate Division at FIT and at Berkeley College.
Photo of RIS member Matthew Michaels, Reference Assistant I, Research and Instructional Services  
Matthew joined the library in 2006. He assists students with finding resources and supports colleagues and students with research. Matthew holds a BA of interior design from the University of Oklahoma and an MLS with a focus on archives, records management and preservation from Queens College in Flushing, New York. He also completed a post-graduate independent study in lighting and architectural systems at Penn State University. Matthew continues his enthusiasm and passion for interior design, lighting design, computer graphics software and web site navigation and design.
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Beryl Rentof, Professor-Librarian, Research and Instructional Services
Beryl joined the library in 1977. Beryl provides reference service to students, faculty and visitors and teaches library instruction classes. Beryl also updates several Library Research Guides. She holds a BA from New York University, an MPA from Baruch College and an MLS from Queens College.

Library Liaison to the following departments: Global Fashion Management, Direct and Interactive Marketing, Fashion Business Management, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion industries


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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: History of Art, Advertising Design, Communication Design Foundation, Computer Animation and Interactive Media, Home Products Development


miyo sandlin

Miyo Sandlin, Adjunct Assistant Professor-Librarian, RIS                                                                                    Miyo joined the Library in 2018. 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.


The direct phone 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