Tula Giannini
Dean and Professor
Pratt Institute
USA

As Dean and tenured Professor at Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science, I hold 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 also served on the faculty of Rutgers University and the University of Hawaii, was 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 pioneered programs in cultural informatics introducing 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). As author and project director of several IMLS grants, I partnered with Brooklyn's leading museums and libraries for projects focusing on digitization, access and use of special collections and archival 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 article, The Raoux Family of Master Horn Makers In France: New Documents and Perspectives, was presented at the Galpin Society Conference, Oxford University and is in publication for the 2014 Journal of the rnAMIS. My many LIS publications focus on users of information in real and virtual environments. In January 2014, I presented at the Making Connections Conference at King's College London, sponsored by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). As an interdisciplinary researcher between information science and musicology, my recent publication on the Raoux family of master horn makers bringing to light new archival documents, was published in JAIMIS 40th anniversary volume. I introduced a new museum master's for the digital world - MS in Museums and Digital Culture to launch fall 2015 - it's the first museum master's grounded in information science, museum informatics and digital cultural heritage.