Pratt-SILS     School of Information and Library Science
      144 West 14th Street, 6th floor, New York, NY 10011   212-647-7682
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SILS Fellows 
CCI - Centre for Cultural Informatics
Rare Books & Special Collections
LEO- Literacy Education & Outreach
Archives Certificate
Dual-Degree with History of Art 
International Programs: Florence & London
Library Media Specialist
Museum Libraries Certificate
WISE - World Information - Society and Envoronments
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Graduate Bulletin for 2007-2008 - see SILS  on pages  53-59.
information sheds light on doing and knowing
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information Design, Education & Art

Dr. Tula Giannini - Dean and Associate Professor

Ph.D., Historical Musicology, Bryn Mawr CollegeM.L.S., Rutgers University, B.M., M.M., Manhattan School of Music.
An interdisciplinary researcher across the fields of information science, historical musicology and archival science, Dr. Giannini is  recognized internationally as leading scholar of French musical  wind instruments. Her publications include nine articles in New Grove Dictionary of Music, her book, Great Flute Makers of France, described in Choice as "a model of archival research for all graduate students," and published in Japanese in 2007, “Core Competencies for Art Museum Librarianship,” ARLIS, 2006 and "Frédéric Triebert (1813-1878), Designer of the Modern Oboe," Pendragon Press, 2006.  Her LIS research focuses on real and virtual information environments. As Program Chair for ALISE 2009, her theme, Transforming LIS Education for the 21st Century, reflects innovative and creative approaches to LIS education.  

Dr. Debbie Rabina - Assistant Professor

B.A., Hebrew University; M.L.S., Hebrew University; Ph.D., Information Science, Rutgers University
Dr. Rabina’s areas of specialization include reference resources (general, legal, and government), information law and policy, information seeking behavior and international and comparative librarianship. Her research focuses how democratic micro and macro organizations, form and harbor information policies that stem from and support their perception of democracy.

Cristina Pattuelli, PhD

Maria Cristina Pattuelli –  Assistant Professor 

Dr. Pattuelli holds advanced degrees in Philosophy and Cultural Heritage Studies (master's equivalent), University of Bologna, Italy; Ph.D., Information Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Pattuelli joined the faculty in fall 2007. Her dissertation, A user-centered approach to the development of a history domain ontology: helping teachers use digital primary sources, reflects her research interests in ontology design and semantic web technologies to enhance access to cultural heritage resources. She teaches courses on Knowledge Organization and Human Information Behavior.

Dr. Charles Rubenstein - Professor
B.S., Engineering, Richmond College, CUNY; M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute; MS, Ph.D., Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of New York
Dr. David Walczyk - Assistant Professor

B.S., Computer Information Systems, The College of Saint Rose; Ed.D., Columbia University.
Dr. Walczyk brings to Pratt professional experience as a designer,
advisor, researcher, and interdisciplinary collaborator at the
intersections of people, culture, and interactive media. He completed his doctorate in Communication and Education at Columbia University. His teaching and applied research includes interaction design, information architecture, usability, and media ecology

Jessica Lee Hochman - Assistant Professor
Coordinator, LMS Program
PhD candidate: Teachers College, Columbia University, Presently studying for a Doctorate of Philosophy in Philosophy & Education and Cultural Studies. Diversity Fellow 2001-2003  
Master of Arts Degree in Instructional Technology and Media in the Program of Scientific Foundations. Completed May, 2001.

Gilok Choi, Assistant Professor
PhD, Univerity of Texas, Austin, School of Information

I am interested in how users process different forms of auditory and visual information in virtual environments. Although recent development of multi-sensory media allows us to integrate different forms of information into a simple application, a multimedia system is more difficult to build and maintain than a traditional media.

My research interest was shaped during my master degree (MIME-Master of Immersive Media Environment) at Indiana University. It gave me invaluable experience with and insights on multimedia applications in designers' point of view and as a Ph. D student became more focused on human cognitive processing and perceptual experience, which should be underlying design priciples.

Irene Lopatovska, Assistant Professor

Ph.D. candidate, Information, Communication and Library Studies, Rutgers, New Jersey.
M.S., Information Sciences, University of North Texas.
BS, Russian Language and Literature, Kiev State University.

My dissertation research focuses on the role of emotions in information retrieval process. I am interested in optimizing user experiences and decisions involved in the use and management of information. I am currently teaching Introduction to Profession and Online Database Searching courses

Ann Kelly - Associate Professor

Visiting Faculty

 Virginia Bartow
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., Anthropology, William Smith College; M.S.L.S., Columbia University
Curator, George Arents Collection and Head, Special Collections Cataloging, NYPL, Research Libraries

Jason Baumann
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., Eugene Lang College, NYU; M.L.S., Queens College, CUNY; M.F.A., City College, CUNY; Special Assistant to the Director, NYPL Research Libraries

John N. Berry, III
Visiting Associate Professor, SILS
Board of Advisors
A.B., History, Boston University; M.S.L.S., Simmons College
Editor-at Large, Library Journal

Rick Block
Associate Professor
B.A., International Relations, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee; M.A., Political Science,
M.A., Library Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Head, Original and Special Materials Cataloging, Columbia University Libraries
Helen-Ann Brown
Visiting Associate Professor
B.S., Physical Education; M.L.S., University of Maryland;
M.S., Organization Dynamics,
University of Pennsylvania
Information Services Team Librarian, Weill Cornell Medical Library

Anthony M. Cucchiara

Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., History, St. Francis College; M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute; M.B.A., Finance, Long Island University; Associate Professor, Archivist and Associate Librarian for Distinctive Collections & Information Services,
Brooklyn College, CUNY

Joseph Dalton

Visiting Assistant Professor
MSLIS, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

B.A., History, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
Senior Web Developer,  Digital Library Program, 
NYPL Research Libraries  

Ernest DiMattia

Visiting Associate Professor
B.A., Mathematics, Boston College; M.S.L.S., Simmons College
M.B.A., University of Connecticut
President and Executive Director, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Susan DiMattia

Visiting Associate Professor
B.A., Wilson College, English/Economics; M.B.A., University of Connecticut Graduate School of Business; M.L.S., Simmons College
Past president of Special Libraries Association; Editor, Library Hotline.

Deirdre Donohue
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A. Art History/Fine Arts, SUNY New Paltz; M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute
Librarian, International Center of Photography

Richard Eiger
Visiting Professor
B.F.A., Advertising Design, Pratt Institute; M.B.A., Marketing and Economics, NYU
Publishing Consultant, Trustee, Pratt Institute
Formerly, President, Macmillan Educational Corp., NY
Donna Fleming
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., English, University of Guyana; Post-Graduate Diploma, Library and Information Science,
University of the West Indies

Regional Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library, New Utrecht Region
Claire Fleming
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A. Biology, Douglass College, Rutgers University; M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute
Curator,  Research Collections, The Explorers Club, New York.
Judy Freeman
Visiting Professor
B.A., English, Livingston College; M.L.S., Rutgers University
Children’s literature consultant, lecturer, writer; member, Newbery Committee,
Children’s Book Award.  Author of Libraries Unlimited Series
Books Kids Will Sit Still For
Nancy Friedland
Visiting Associate Professor
B.A. Economics, University of Massachusetts/Amherst; M.A. Theatre Studies, NYU;
M.L.S., Rutgers University
Head, Butler Library Media Center, Butler Library, Columbia University
Barbara Genco
Visiting Associate Professor
B.A. English, Canisius College; M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute
Director, Collection Development, Brooklyn Public Library
Sharareh S. Goldsmith

Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., French, Mt. Holyoke College;
M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute
Corporate Records Management, KeySpan Energy Corp.
Denise Hibay
Visiting Associate Professor
B.A., West Virginia University; M.L.S., University of Pittsburgh; M.A.,
Latin American and Caribbean Studies, NYU
Assistant Chief Librarian for Collection Development, NYPL Research Libraries
Alice Hudson
Visiting Associate Professor
B.A., Geography, Middle Tennessee State University; M.L.S., Peabody College
of Vanderbilt University
Chief, Map Division, NYPL Research Libraries

Michael Inman
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., Literature, University of North Texas; M.A., Literature, University of North Texas;
M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute; Librarian in Charge, Rare Book Division, NYPL Research Libraries

Scott Johnston

Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A. English/Sociology, The University of Winnipeg; M.A. English Literature,
The University of Western Ontario; M.L.S., University of Western Ontario
Librarian for Political Science, Mina Rees Library, The Graduate Center
Alice Knapp
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., Religious Studies/History, Siena College; M.A., History, M.L.S., SUNY, Albany
Director of Public Services, Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Deirdre Lawrence
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A. Art History, Richmond College; M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute
Principal Librarian, Coordinator of Research Services of the Museum Libraries and Archives,
The Brooklyn Museum

Ellen Loughran

Visiting Associate Professor
B.A., History, Marymount Manhattan College; M.S.L.I.S., Pratt Institute
Formerly, Manager Children’s Services, Brooklyn Public Library
David Marcinkowski

Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., Philosophy and Religion, Kean University; M.A., Media Studies and Philosophy, NYU
Associate Director for Academic Computing, Pratt Institute

Seoud M. Matta
Dean and Professor Emeritus
D.L.S., Columbia University

Ron Miller
Visiting Associate Professor
MLIS, Pratt Institute;

BM, Manhattan School of Music;
BA,University of Michigan
Director of Product Management, HW Wilson Company

Dana Neacsu
Visiting Assistant Professor
Diploma de Drept (JD/BA equiv.), University of Bucharest School of Law; D.E.A. (LLM equiv.),
Ecole de Droit et des Etudes Poltiques, Caen, France; L.L.M., Harvard Law School,
M.L.S.,Queens College, CUNY
Law Reference Librarian, Columbia Law Library
Lee Robinson
Visiting Associate Professor
B.A., Art History, CUNY; M.S.L.S., Columbia University; M.A., Art History, Hunter College, CUNY Supervising Librarian, NYPL, Research Libraries, Art & Architecture Department
Pamela Rollo
Visiting Professor
B.A., History, LeMoyne College; M.S.L.S., Columbia University
Formerly Director, Information Resources, Credit Suisse First Boston;
Past President, Special Libraries Association; business information consultant

Shelby Sanett
Visiting Assistant Professor
PhD,  School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Australia.
MBA, University of Phoenix
BA, University of Phoenix
Management and Program Analyst Team Leader, Office of Administration,
National Archives and Records Administration, College  Park, MD

Nasser Sharify
Col Dean Emeritus, Distinguished Professor of Library and Information Science
Lic. des Lettres, Tehran University; M.S., D.L.S., umbia University
Kenneth Soehner
Visiting Associate Professor 
B.A., Anthropology, New York University; M.S.L.S., Columbia University;
M.A., Art History, Columbia University
Chief Librarian, Arthur K. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Carolyn Ward
Visiting Professor
B.A., English, Caldwell College; M.L.S., Drexel University
Coordinator of Children’s Services, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, Conn.
Kevin Winkler
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., San Diego State University; M.A., Theatre and Film, Hunter College, CUNY;
M.S.L.S., Columbia University
Assistant Director, NYPL, Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center
Phillip Yockey
Visiting Associate Professor
B.A. English, Guilford College, M.A. European History, University of North Carolina
at Greensboro, M.L.S., Columbia University
Manager, Celeste Bartos Education Center, NYPL, Research Libraries