Volume 2, Issue 2

To our Faculty, Students and Administration:

The Spring 2019 semester is upon us! Before we know it we will be marching into Radio City Music Hall for graduation exercises—a testament to how busy both faculty and resources like the FIT Library are in spring. 

The College’s “Expressions of Civility” exhibit is continuing through March in the Library Gallery Stairwell on the 5th and 6th floors. Stop by to see amazing student work on this important and timely topic. This semester we are pleased to have upgraded our old photocopiers with state-of-the-art new equipment to keep up with demand. Last semester, new tables and peripheral equipment arrived on our 6th floor Art Resources Lab (ARL) in September. We also piloted VR events in the Library Maker Space area, which were coordinated through Jana Duda, Head of Innovative Technology Design and Production (ITDP). You’ll also notice that we added drink and snack vending machines in collaboration with FIT Contract Services to improve Library patron comfort. Read more in this issue about Library personnel, new resources, programs and services to meet your needs. 

The Library team wishes you a successful semester. 

Professor NJ Bradeen | FIT Library Director

FIT Authors Talks and Display

Each semester the Library will feature publications from two FIT staff or faculty members. Located in the 5th floor reading room, the display will provide a copy of each of the books along with information about the authors.

Authors will give a talk about their book on campus. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend. Refer to our Love Your Library events page or our social media channels @FITLibrary for upcoming information. 

We will soon publish FIT Authors webpages. To submit to be a featured FIT Author email [email protected]

Authors for this semester are Linda Tain and Sharon Rothman. 

Database Spotlight:

Women’s Magazine Archive (ProQuest)

A searchable archive of leading women’s interest magazines dating from the nineteenth century through 2005. Consumer magazines aimed at female readership are recognized as critical primary sources through which to interpret multiple aspects of the 19th and 20th-century history and culture.

Women’s Magazine Archive provides access to titles of this type, including Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Woman’s Day, which serve as canonical records of evolving assumptions about gender roles and cultural mores. Other titles here focus on narrower topics, but deliver valuable source content for specific research areas. Parents, for example, is of particular relevance for research in the fields of children’s education, psychology and health. Elsewhere Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Essence  disclose trends in and responses to the changing roles and experiences of teenage, young adult and African-American women respectively. 



Associate Professor Jennifer Blum, Visual Resources and Exhibitions Librarian will retire as of February 1st. She has experienced all sorts of challenges and changes in our profession during her career at FIT (which began in November of 1986). Prof. Blum worked in Cataloging for the majority of her time at FIT, often working with the most complex cataloging records for serials, periodicals, and other materials requiring atypical metadata. Her job title changed from Cataloger to Acquisitions and Metadata Librarian to Visual Resources and Exhibitions Librarian. As the leader of the Library’s Exhibition and Display Committee, Prof. In this capacity, she has led the way to building increased publicity and goodwill toward the Library. Her track record of academic pursuits and service to librarianship were instrumental to her FIT faculty promotion and helped pave the way for other adjunct colleagues seeking promotion. Please join us in congratulating Prof. Blum as she embarks on this exciting next step. We appreciate her service to FIT and the Library and she will be missed by many.

Professor Joseph Anderson has been appointed to the FIT Library as the Digital Initiative Librarian effective November 12, 2018. He is responsible for overseeing and directing digital initiatives involving both digital content and metadata. Prof. Anderson has been at FIT since 2015 as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Library. Prior to FIT, he worked at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia Historical Medical Library and St. Charles Public Library in St. Charles, IL. 

Prof. Anderson holds a MLIS degree from Dominican University and a BA in Fiction Writing with a Poetry minor from Columbia College, Chicago.

Associate Professor Greta K. Earnest, Associate Library Director, will be on sabbatical for the Spring 2019 semester. We wish her well on her research journey! 

New Copiers Come to the Library

New for the start of the Spring ’19 semester students, faculty, visitors and staff will be able to use three new B&W/Color copiers. The Library collaborated with FIT IT to move to a new system with integrated copying to upgrade our old with a single copier system which makes copies in several sizes as well. Users simply pass their FIT ID cards through an attached card reader. Cost of copies will automatically be deducted from their account. Copy prices have been raised to offsite copy costs. Color copies $1.00 - letter or $1.40 - ledger, B&W copies $.20 - letter or $.40 - ledger. 

Each floor has one copier:

4th Floor: located to the left of the entrance opposite of the PERS desk

5th Floor: located next to the student monitor help desk as you enter the reading room

6th Floor: located to the left in the print release station area

Library visitors will need to stop at the Research Services Desk for further instruction.

New to the Library:  Display Monitors

We now have two new directional monitors on the 5th floor. On rotation are slides with information about hours of operation, events, updates, alerts, and directions to various areas of interest in the Library, such as classrooms and computer labs.

Information is updated throughout the semester, so keep your eyes open for anything new! 


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