About the Participants--2011 Symposium

Andrew Beccone
Andrew Beccone is the founder and director of the Reanimation Library, a small independent library based in Brooklyn. He received his Masters in Information and Library Science from the Pratt Institute 2005. With the Reanimation Library, Beccone has organized exhibitions in the United States and Europe, such as Center City Branch at Vox Populi in Philadelphia, Gridspace in Brooklyn, Hackney Branch at Space, London, Carlisle Branch at Dickenson College, Carlisle, PA, and Hyde Park Branch at the University of Chicago.

Previously, Beccone has worked as a web developer for the New York Public Library’s Digital Library, as a Reference Librarian at Parsons School of Design, and in the technical services department at NYU’s Bobst Library. In addition to running the Reanimation Library, he is the Librarian at the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York.

Carrie Bickner
Carrie Bickner, is the Principal of the Bickner Group, which provides consulting services to museums and libraries. Before beginning this enterprise, she worked at The New York Public Library for eleven years. She served as Director for Teaching and Learning, launching a K-12 education outreach program. Before that she was the Assistant Director for Technology in the Library’s Digital Library. In this position, she helped launch the NYPL Digital Gallery, a database of more than 600,000 images from the collections of the NYPL. She teaches several graduate courses at the Pratt Institute including Digital Libraries, Knowledge Organization and Literacy and Learning in the Digital Age.

Bickner has authored many articles and one book, Web Design on a Shoestring. She holds an MILS from The University of Michigan and lives in Manhattan with her daughter.

Ari Seth Cohen
Ari Seth Cohen is the creator of Advanced Style, a blog devoted “to capturing the sartorial savvy of the senior set.” He says, “I feature people who live full creative lives. They live life to the fullest, age gracefully and continue to grow and challenge themselves.”

Ari has a longtime interest in clothing and style and a lifelong affinity for his elders. When he was growing up, his late grandmother (a librarian) was his best friend; her “energy and attitude towards life” continue to inspire him. As a result, he couldn’t help but question the absence of mature faces in the fashion world. “I noticed a lack of older people in fashion campaigns and street style sites,” he says. “I wanted to show that you can be stylish, creative and vital at any age.”

At 29, Ari is far from being eligible for a featured spot in Advanced Style. Still, he does have a decade’s worth of professional accomplishments. In addition to developing a blog that’s been touted by the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Forbes, last year he created a special photo installation for Selfridges in London. Before becoming a blogger, he spent years working in fashion production and retail management. Ari lives in New York City.

Deirdre Donohue
Deirdre Donohue is the Stephanie Shuman Librarian at the International Center of Photography in New York, where she also teaches graduate students in fine art. She is adjunct faculty at Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science since 2004.

From 1985-2000 Deirdre worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in a variety of capacities, from Collections Assistant to Administrator to Librarian and Archivist. She was Art Librarian of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for a year before accepting the position of Librarian at ICP in 2001. Deirdre is the author of Sophia Style, as well as encyclopedia essays on a variety of topics, including fashion and photography.

Amanda Hallay
Amanda Hallay is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising at LIM College. She is the former International Fashion Editor of Couture and Men Mode magazines, and was at one time European Trend Analyst for the Doneger Group, a fashion forecasting service.

Amanda is the author of several books of fiction and non-fiction, including the forthcoming Popular Culture of the 1950s and Kitsch Collectibles. She notes, “Kitsch is Bad Taste plus Time,” adding that we in the 21st century owe a debt of gratitude to “those forward-thinking folk who actually held onto (and, more importantly, photographed) items of questionable taste--items that are now considered historically significant and, in many cases, beautiful.”

Amanda is a graduate of the American University of Paris and England’s Bath Spa University.

Rachel King
Rachel King had a 15-year career in publishing before beginning the M.S.I.S. program at SUNY/Albany in 2006. She started as a lexicographer at Merriam-Webster, and then went on to work in nearly all branches of the industry: book publishing (Houghton Mifflin), scholarly publishing (Kluwer Academic Publishers), magazine publishing (Art & Antiques) and new media (mixedgreens.com). She graduated from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1996. From the late 1990s until 2006, Rachel worked primarily as a freelancer, doing lengthy stints at Microsoft, sothebys.com, and SELF.

While studying at SUNY, she worked for both the Preservation Unit and the Conservation Lab of the New York State Library. She also interned at the New York State Archives. From 2008 to 2010, Rachel was the Information Services Librarian at Manhattan College, where she taught information literacy and where she first noticed and became interested in the dearth of visual materials for students doing research on consumer magazines, advertising, and other mass communication topics. She is currently an Evening Librarian at
LIM College.

Ron Knoth
Keynote speaker Ron Knoth is the creator of the fashion website www.thebespokenfor.net, a blog that, in his words, "focuses on the affirmative, the positive," and celebrates "fashion and what it means to be a gentleman." He has extensively researched the life of 1940s celebrity Lester Gaba.

He became fascinated by Gaba years ago while working in the retail, merchandising, and mannequin industries. "Gaba always had a strange reputation, insomuch as he supposedly fell in love with his ultimate creation, a mannequin named Cynthia, but there never was a central source for information¬-no biography or autobiography." Although little-known now, Gaba was an important figure in the New York fashion world; Ron will illuminate his life (and rescue him from decades of neglect) in his keynote speech.

Ron, a former actor, poet, arts administrator, designer, creative director, and advocate for people with AIDS, is currently a professor of Visual Merchandising at
LIM College.

Molly Monosky
Molly Monosky is the archivist of the
Fairchild Archive, a collection of items associated with Fairchild Publications, a 19th- and 20-century newspaper and magazine publishing company now owned by Condé Nast. Fairchild is best known for the title Women’s Wear Daily, known by insiders as “the Bible of fashion.”

Molly went to Condé Nast after years of working as an archivist in the non-profit and academic realms. “I love fashion,” she says. “It seemed like the perfect place.”

Five years later, she’s still enamored of the rich visual history housed in the collection. “The most interesting thing about working with magazine photography is finding cool pictures. It’s the best.” She adds, “The most surprising thing about this particular collection is how much it gets used. The editorial staff of WWD is constantly asking for research and images for issues.” Enabling current fashion editors to delve back into the publisher’s past is one of the most rewarding aspects of her job. “It affirms all of the work we do to preserve the photos and make them more accessible.”

Molly has an M.L.S. with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston. She has worked for Lighthouse International, a non-profit organization that serves people who are vision impaired, as well as the Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscripts Library.

Virginia Millington
Virginia is the Manager, Recording and Archive of StoryCorps. Born in Washington, DC, Virginia spent her formative years learning the ropes in a variety of libraries, archives, and special collections, including stints at the Library of Congress, the Walker Art Center, and Columbia University’s Diamond Law Library. Prior to arriving in Brooklyn, she worked in research and exhibitions at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Since 2004, she has been involved with the DC Listening Lounge, a group of independent audio producers. She received her Masters in Library Science from the Pratt Institute.

Lisa Ryan
Lisa Ryan was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Having been “bitten by the fashion bug” as a teenager, she came to New York in 1988 to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Lisa organized Fashion: Now & Then in the hopes of sparking a conversation among librarians and archivists about how their institutions might respond to the ever-growing online trove of fashion information as well as ephemeral print information. “Fashion websites today are like the print magazines and catalogs of the 20th century," she says. "Libraries collect magazines and you can always count on collectors to save the catalogs, but not many people are archiving web content that is fashion related. Once the website or webpage is gone, it is gone.”

Lisa has been preserving fashion information on her own since 1983 when she began collecting fashion books. Now she owns (and has cataloged) a collection of more than 1,000 volumes, which she manages to squeeze into her Manhattan apartment. “I don't look at having my library as a sacrifice…although my husband and daughter would disagree.”

Lisa received her M.S. from Pratt Institute and has worked at Christie’s as an Associate Librarian. She is now the Archivist at LIM College and is also the Past Chair of ARLIS/NY, the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America.

George Sanchez
Director of the Adrian G. Marcuse Library, Bronx native and self-proclaimed "New York-phile" George Sanchez came to LIM in 1985.  Under his leadership, the library has expanded along with the college. What was once a 900-square-foot space with 8,000 volumes is now a 5,000-square-foot facility with 18,000 volumes and an electronic collection. Known around campus for his extensive knowledge of movies and music, he is a dedicated teacher and academic reference librarian. A former retailing and human resources executive, George has an M.P.S. from New York Technical College and an M.L.S. from Rutgers University. He will be retiring from the college later this year.