Tula Giannini

Dean and Professor

School of Information

144 West 14th St.
New York, NY 10011

Tula Giannini, Dean and Professor


The field of Information is at the heart of the digital revolution as expressed through cultural informatics from digital cultural and curation to digital heritage across libraries, museums and archives in today's digital information society which is the focus of my research and teaching

Tula Giannini,
Dean and tenured Professor at Pratt Institute, School of Information, holds a PhD in historical musicology from Bryn Mawr College, an MLS from Rutgers University, and a BM and MM from the Manhattan School of Music. Before coming to Pratt in 1998, I was Assistant Professor at Catholic University for five years heading programs in archives and special collections. I have also served on the faculty of Rutgers University and the University of Hawaii. Other positions that she has held include Curator of Musical Instruments at the Library of Congress, Director of the Talbott Library, Westminster Choir College, and Head, Collection Management at Adelphi University.  At Pratt I introduced cultural informatics as conceptual framework for programs and introduced Pratt's Advanced Certificate programs in Archives and in Museum Libraries as well as a dual-degree with Pratt's Department of Digital Arts (MSLIS and MFA in Digital Arts).  My research focus is on libraries, museums and archives in the digital world with special attention to digitization, access and use of special collections materials.

An interdisciplinary researcher across the fields of information science, historical musicology and archival science and a recognized researcher and scholar in French musical wind instruments, my publications include some 24 articles in New Grove Dictionary of Music, the book, Great Flute Makers of France, described in Choice as "a model of archival research for all graduate students," first published in English and then in Japanese in 2007, and the book chapter, "Frédéric Triebert (1813-1878), Designer of the Modern Oboe," Pendragon Press, 2006. My LIS publications focus on users of information in real and virtual environments and the article. The article “Core Competencies for Art Museum Librarianship,” in Core Competencies for the Art Library and Visual Resource Professions, ARLIS, 2006, draws upon my teaching and curriculum development for SILS’ unique cultural informatics programs.  In January 2014 I will be presenting at the Making Connections conference at King's College London, sponsored by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (ARC).   

Dean and Full Professor with tenure, Pratt-SILS

Coordinator SILS International Programs, Florence and London, and MS  Museums & Digital Culture


Giannini, T and Bowen, J.P.  Galois Connections: Mathematics, Art, and Archives.  Electronic Visualization and the Arts (EVA) Annual Conference, British Computer Society, London, July, 2015.

Giannini, T.  Through digital culture, museums share scholarship and augment experience to engage visitors and build community.  Kings College London, Department of Digital Humanities, Symposium on Public Engagement, June 2015.

Giannini, T. and J.P. Bowen. A New York Museums and Pratt Partnership: Building Web Collections and Preparing Museum Professionals.  Museums and the Web 2015, Chicago.  Conference Proceedings.

Giannini, T. and J.P. Bowen. The Brooklyn Visual Heritage Website: Brooklyn's Museum and Libraries Collaborate for Project CHART." Museums and the Web, Baltimore, April 2014. Conference proceedings. 

Giannini, T. and J.P. Bowen.  Digitalism: the New Realism?  Electronic Visualization and the Arts (EVA) Annual Conference, British Computer Society, London, July 2014. http://ewic.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/53043

Giannini, T. Showing Documents, Telling History: Creating New Narratives from Archival Discoveries.  Strand Conference, Kings College London, Department of Digital Humanities.  June 27, 2014.

Giannini, T.  The Raoux Family of Master Horn Makers in France: New Documents and Perspectives. Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society.  2014. [jamis2014.pdf]

Giannini T. and Bowen, J.P.  Electronic Visualization and the Arts Annual Conference London July, 2014.  Digitalism, the New Realism?  Conference Proceedings. http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/ewic_ev14_s24paper2.pdf

Museums and the Web, Baltimore, April 2014, Jonathan Bowen, co-author.  "The Brooklyn Visual Heritage Website, Brooklyn's Museum and Libraries Collaborate for Project CHART." Conference proceedings.  http://mw2014.museumsandtheweb.com/paper/the-brooklyn-visual-heritage-website/

Making Connections: Collaboration in Research and Practice. King's College London sponsored by the ARHC, Friday 10th January, 2014,  "Pratt Institute Partners with Brooklyn’s Museums and Libraries for Research, Education and Creating th Brooklyn Visual Heritage Website"

Oxford University, Galpin Society Conference, July 25, 3013. “The Raoux Family of Master Horn Makers in France.” Paper accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society (JAMIS) 2014.

EVA (Electronic Visualization and the Arts) London 2013 Conference at the British Computer Society, July 29, 2013. “Visualizing Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Visual Heritage Website”   Link to the EVA conference paper.

Ravensbourne Conference on Research and Pedagogy, July 10, 2013.  Pedagogy for Cultural Institutions and Corporations: New Contexts and Perspectives for the Digital World.”

Strand Symposium – Kings College London, June 27, 2013.  “How Brooklyn’s Libraries and Museums Collaborate to Create a new Digital Cultural Heritage Resource: The Brooklyn Visual Heritage Website.”

Computers and History of Art (CHART) Conference, November 15, 2012. “Brooklyn’s Museums and Libraries Collaborate to Grow the Arts and Information Digital Landscape”

IMLS Grants by Tula Giannini:

2012-2014: M-LEAD-TWO (Museum Libraries, Education and Digitization - Technology-Web-Online - $261.97.00

2010-2013: CHART (Cultural Heritage, Access, Research and Technology) - $971,404.00

2008-2011: M-LEAD-1 (Museum Libraries, Education and Digitization) - $946,325 

2010-2013: CHART (Cultural Heritage, Access, Research and Technology) - $971,404.00

2005-2008: GATEWAY (Graduate Archives Training & Education, Work and Information) - $591,206


SILS at ASIST, Montreal 2013

School of Informantion at ASIST, Montreal, 2013 


Historical Musicology:

Frédéric Triebert (1813-1878), Designer of the Modern Oboe: Newly Found Archival Documents Featuring the Inventory and Auction of his Musical Instrument Enterprise in Liber Amicorum Isabelle Cazeaux Symbols, Parallels and Discoveries in Her Honor, The Festschrift Series No.19, Pendragon Press.  April 2005.

The Music Library of Jean-Baptiste Christophe Ballard, Sole Music Printer to the King of France, 1750 Inventory of his Grand Collection Brought to Light.  2003 Indexed in RILM ; 

When Private Libraries and Lives Converge.  2005

A French of Dynasty of Master Woodwind Makers Revealed, Bizey Prudent and Porthaux, their Workshop in Paris, rue Dauphine, St. André des Arts, ca 1745-1812: New Archival Documents.  AMIS Newsletter.  February 1998.

Jacques Hotteterre le Romain and His Father, Martin: A Re-Examination Based on Recently Found Documents.  Early Music, Oxford University Press, Vol. 21, No. 3, French Baroque II. (Aug., 1993), pp. 377--395.

Information Science - Conference Presentations:

(2001 November)  Juried paper presented at Library Research Seminar II, University of Maryland.  Online Searching - Does it Matter Where:  Comparing User Research Experience and Outcomes in Real and Virtual Environments.

(2001 May)  National Online Meeting, New York.  Presented juried paper.  Virtual Libraries on the Web, Dream or Reality:  Studying the Impact of Information Architecture on Users in Real and Virtual Environments.

(2002 May)  Paper presented at the National Online Meeting, Information Today 2002 Conference, Comparing Information Seeking Behavior in Real land Virtual environments.

Learning on Location, Curriculum an d International Contexts.
 ALISE, 2004

Current Courses

LIS 698 - Practicum/ Seminar

International Program Courses:

London Summer School with King's College London, Department of Digital Humanities - The Arts & Digital Culture

Florence, Italy Summer School with SACI - College of Art & Design: 2 courses -
1. Florentine Art and Culture: Museums & library Research & Documentation
2. Cultural Heritage Conservation

Curriculum Vitae
Tula in Florence with Pratt SI summer program