[NOTE: Please note that #infoshow20 and all other Pratt Shows are cancelled because of COVID-19]
It is spring and that means it is time for Pratt Shows, the annual showcases of Pratt student work. Checkout prattshows.pratt.edu for a list of all the shows. #infoshow20 will be held on Wednesday May 13th from 5:30-9:30pm here at Pratt Manhattan Center.
This semester, my class INFO 665 Projects in Digital Archives will be working on two LGBT History projects: one with the NYC Gay Center, and the other with the Lesbian Herstory Archives. For the Gay Center project, the class will be working to finish up a project started last semester to restore a public television program “Gay Morning America” from the early 1980s contained on U-Matic tape. The collection digitized thus far is available via this Omeka S site. For the Lesbian Herstory Archive, the class will be restoring a radio program from the early 1970s called “Lesbian Nation,” produced by Martha Shelly. The collection is on open reel tape. The completed work will be found on the site we have hosted for LHA for many years.
I am happy to announce that this fall’s INFO 668 Projects in Moving Images and Sound Archives class will be partnering with the National History Archive of LGBT Center of NYC. We will be primarily focusing on two collections: one with audiovisual media, including small-gauge film and VHS video that has been transferred to DVDs, as well as one that is primarily VHS that have been transferred to DVDs. We will digitize the film and migrate the DVDs to digital files, and re-digitize if necessary. We will be learning about and addressing a host of issues, including information organization, access, digital preservation, legal and ethical issues, among many others. For full-details, check-out the course syllabus.
I am pleased to invite you to #infoshow19, the annual showcase of Pratt Institute School of Information student work. #infoshow19 is a professional event with panel presentations, talks, poster presentations, demos, and more. It is an opportunity to see the cutting-edge, engaging work that students have completed over the past year from our four masters programs: Library & Information Science, Information Experience Design, Museums and Digital Culture and Data Analytics & Visualization.
Friday, May 17 – Pratt Manhattan Center – 144 W. 14th St. near 7th Avenue, New York City 5:30-7:30pm – 6th Floor – Presentations, Panels and Demos 7:30-9:30pm – 2nd Floor – Poster Session, Pop-up Exhibition and Reception
Dear Pratt Institute School of Information Community,
I am writing to express how honored I am to serve as the Dean of the School of Information. I would like to thank all the faculty, students, staff and alums who participated in the Dean search process and helped keep the school moving forward this year. In particular, I would like to thank the search committee: Dean of the School of Design, Anita Cooney (co-chair), Chair of the Dept. of History of Art and Design, John Decker (co-chair); and SI professors Debbie Rabina, Irene Lopatovska, Monica Maceli, and Barbara Genco. I would also like to thank Provost Kirk Pillow for his vote of confidence and being a tremendous resource during my interim year. Thank you also to Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Donna Heiland and Director of Academic Budget & Operations Laurel Voss whose support for the school this year has been essential, and to SI program coordinators for continuing to innovate our academic programs: Profs. Debbie Rabina (LIS), Craig MacDonald (IXD), Chris Alen Sula (DAV), Cristina Pattuelli (MDC), and Jessica Hochman (LMS). Lastly, thank you to the incredible SI staff, and our graduate assistants, for providing the continuity and support the school needed this year. I want to give a special shout-out to Advisor for Academic Programs Quinn Lai who has been an incredible colleague and resource this year.
I look forward to working with you all to achieve our vision and goals, and undertake a strategic plan in the next academic year to ensure the School keeps moving forward.
Lastly, I wanted to give one more congrats to all our students who graduated yesterday at Radio City Music Hall. You are the reason we are here and what makes SI a great academic community.
Have a tremendous summer. I will be away for two weeks around May 30 as my partner Steven and I are expecting a baby, and I look forward to working with you when I return.
I am pleased to invite the NYC information community to #infoshow18, the annual showcase of Pratt Institute School of Information student work. #infoshow18 is a professional event with panel presentations, talks, poster presentations, demos, and more. It is an opportunity to see the cutting-edge, engaging work that students have completed over the past year from our four masters programs: Library & Information Science, Information Experience Design, Museums and Digital Culture and Data Analytics & Visualization.
Friday, May 11 – Pratt Manhattan Center – 144 W. 14th St. near 7th Avenue, New York City #infoshow18 – 5:30-7:30pm – 6th Floor
Reception – 7:30-9:30pm – Room 213
My spring 2018 course in LIS 665 Projects in Digital Archives will be collaborating with the New York Times to do a photography digitization and curation project.
The photographer the project will focus on is George Tames, photojournalist for the New York Times between 1945-1985. He has been referred to as the “Photographer of Presidents,” and you can find some of his images in Google Image Search. The content that will be focused in on is some of his earlier work for the Times from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, include assignments involving the likes of FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy. The project will involve the digitization of original camera negatives. Deliverables will include digitized masters, metadata, as well as a online exhibition of the photography for use by NY Times editors.