SPARC Digital – FIT’s Special Collections and College Archives Digital Platform

SPARC Digital is a platform created by FIT’s Special Collections and College Archives (SPARC) to showcase their rare and unique materials in digital form.

Fashion plate from Les Idées Nouvelles, 1927
Screen shot of SPARC Digital Record for Fashion plate from Les Idées Nouvelles, 1927

Featuring images from dozens of collections comprised of original fashion sketches, photographs, illustrations, and historic fashion plates, it includes examples of women’s wear, menswear, children’s wear, millinery, footwear, jewelry, and costume created between the 18th and 20th centuries. Significant collections include the Bergdorf Goodman archives, Frances Neady Collection of Original Fashion Illustrations, Halston Hats sketches, Jerry Miller Shoe designs, Joseph Love Children’s Wear sketches, Helena Rubinstein Foundation photographs, and many more.

One of the more exciting features of SPARC Digital is the ability to search and browse the collection by color. Faceted searching is also available, allowing users to drill down into their search, narrowing the results by medium, subject, format, creator, and collection

With the goal of making the collections more accessible online, SPARC is continually adding content and will be prioritizing material that is in the public domain to encourage our users to creatively re-use our collections. Where possible, SPARC has reviewed material and has included a rights statement in the metadata associated with each item. This rights statement indicates whether a researcher may or may not reuse an item and the permission needed to do so.


Knowledge Commons Director – PT

This will be of interest anyone looking specifically for part-time work or those looking to get professional experience as a recent MLIS candidate.

Knowledge Commons Director – Glasgow Caledonian NYC

Knowledge Commons Director                               

Part Time opportunity – 20 hours per week number of days negotiable, willingness to work afternoons and weekends preferred

Salary: $35,000 per annum

Closing date: 31 August 2017

The first British university to offer full-degree programmes in NYC, Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC) brings a distinctly global perspective to our campus in the heart of the dynamic SoHo district.

Founded by Glasgow Caledonian University, based in Scotland, the University for the Common Good attracts graduates excelling in careers where issues around sustainability and social responsibility increasingly vital to organisational performance. GCU a global epicentre of culture and business innovation, our New York hub is the ideal place to connect both London and Glasgow campuses to our growing global network.

We are a modern and ambitious higher education provider. Our curriculum is as practical as it is progressive.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our faculty in GCNYC as a Knowledge Commons Director.   The successful applicant will join the team at the start to set up a professional library and information commons service to students, researchers and academic staff.  This will be key to enabling GCNYC to deliver a range of activities to support student learning and the student experience going forward. As GCNYC is a new college and in start-up mode, candidates willing to assist in and contribute to other functions such as student services and campus operations are preferred.

We are looking for applicants who hold a relevant degree or are able to demonstrate substantial relevant experience in an academic or equivalent library service.

The successful applicant will be required to work collaboratively with colleagues in our Glasgow and London campuses to launch and maintain the library for GCNYC.

Candidates should have experience in and be confident at teaching and presenting to large and small groups and be able to demonstrate that they have a clear understanding of the importance of Information and Digital Literacy.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates and are committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity at GCNYC.

Further details on this post are available by contacting Professor Bob Clougherty, Dean of GCNYC by emailing

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The Fashion Institute of Technology hosts Second Annual Int’l Women’s Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

women_and_tech_011317The Gladys Marcus Library is proud to be hosting FIT’s Second Annual International Women’s Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon as a MOMA Art+Feminism satellite event. Unlike last year’s event, which was limited to the FIT Community by dictates of an internal grant, this event is open to all. There are two ways to participate:

  • Come to Gladys Marcus Library between 11 and 5 on March 8th, 2017 (guest list entry required for non-FIT folks)
  • Contribute remotely and log your updates/creations on our Wikipedia Meetup page

Either way, we ask you to RSVP via our Facebook Event page. If you are a seasoned Wikipedian, you can also sign in under the Attendees section of the Wikipedia Meetup page.

Here are some good reasons to participate:

  • Wikipedia needs more diversity of editors for a better balance of article topics, including in the areas of fashion, textiles, the apparel industry, communication design, and women of note in general.
  • Fashion, costume and textile coverage in Wikipedia is is highly uneven and needs more input from professionals and scholars in the field.

For examples of articles that need updating and creating, please see the Suggested Pages to Edit section of our Wikipedia Meetup page. And if you have suggestion of pages that need work, please post them here.

If you have any question please feel free to e-mail me, Helen Lane, at

Business of Fashion Educational Platform

Business of Fashion will be launching an educational platform tomorrow! It will feature online learning resources, a glossary of fashion terminology, and the first (?) global ranking of fashion schools. Not much more is being stated at this point.

The site’s Voices and Topic Hubs already lend themselves nicely to class discussion and research projects in Fashion Design, Textile Sourcing and Fashion Merchandising. It will be interesting to see what this new resource has to offer, and whether they will make it a free or subscription resource.

The Textile Toolbox

The Textile Toolbox is a web platform, created by TED for  MISTRA Future Fashion, which explores the nexus between sustainability and profitability in the fashion industry.This open website is a global collaborative effort that draws on the expertise of researchers from an array of fashion schools, and it acts as a platform for designers, professionals and students to explore sustainable design, manufacturing, and consumption solutions.

Repair it yourself shoes
Repair it yourself shoes

To understand the philosophical framework underlying the content housed on the site, click first on the “Approach” navigation link. Here you will find a description of the TED Ten, which are ten design strategies to inspire and drive sustainable innovation. The “Exhibits” section shows these principles in action with links to research and writings, and under “Resources” there is a growing list of well-thought-out lesson plans for all educational levels. The “Writing and Research” link takes you to the Textile Toolbox blog, which consists articles with bibliographies, as well as announcements. One recent announcement  of note is an open call to designers to submit sustainable design projects for the Textile Toolbox gallery that follow the the TED Ten.

I can see this wonderful site being used as as a substitution for for a traditional textbook in a class focused on sustainability. The videos, writings, lesson plans and leads to further research make it a rich resource for students, faculty and librarians a like. This is an excellent resource to add to your library’s research guides or pathfinders.

Winter Break Reading List

This year has produced a number of interesting books on fashion  that are as rich in textual content as most are in gorgeous visuals. Here are a few that I plan to, quite literally, check out this winter break.

I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, With a Twist by Betty Halbreich – What a great title  and with glowing reviews to match! In this memoir, Betty Halbreich,  Berdorf-Goodman’s head personal shopper and stylist, recounts nearly 40 years of dressing the rich and famous. She also candidly comments on her journey to from sheltered privilege to sartorial savvy. Here’s a review from the Wall Street Journal

Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton – Two novelists and an artist surveyed over 600 women – young, old and from all walks of life –  on their relationships with clothing, dressing and fashion. The result is the book Women in Clothes, which contains full and partial interviews with the subjects, photos of personal clothing items, diagrams,  and even poems all stemming from the evolving set of questions posed by the authors. I can’t wait to read it. Here’s the New Yorker‘s take on the book.

Worn Stories by Emily Spivak – A long a similar line as the above title, Worn Stories explores people’s relationship with clothing. Emily Spivak- who is currently the writer of the Smithsonian’s blog Threaded –  has been collecting personal narratives about clothing on her own blog (also entitled Worn Stories) since 2010. Sixty of these stories are published in the book and interestingly, Heidi Julavits (coauthor of Women in Clothes) is among those who contributed a clothing tale.  Emily Spivak also curates a blog on clothing and memory called Sentimental Value that pulls from Ebay item descriptions. You can listen to an interview with Spivak here.

All three title were released in September of 2014, but I only just now have time to read them.

Happy Holidays!