Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
I write to share the news that Dr. Tula Giannini, Dean of Pratt’s School of Information, will conclude her appointment as Dean at the end of June 2017.
Dr. Giannini has served as Dean since 2005. In her time as Dean, Dr. Giannini has accomplished many things and most recently, led the transformation of what was the School of Information and Library Science to the School of Information in 2015. That same year she created and launched the MS in Museums and Digital Culture, which will be joined this coming fall by two further new programs developed by her and School faculty, namely an MS in Information Experience Design and an MS in Data Analytics and Visualization. Additionally, the School recently gained seven-year reaccreditation of the MSLIS program. Dr. Giannini devised new strategic directions for the School of Information, which have enabled it to gain international standing as a member of the iSchools. Taken together, her accomplishments developed the School’s focus on information, culture and digital technology, and broadened the scope and diversity of its programs, which now closely align with the Institute’s mission, while enhancing the School's reputation. Finally, she won significant external funding for the School from the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services and other sources partnering with New York City’s leading cultural institutions.
I am grateful for Dr. Giannini’s years of service as Dean. She will enjoy a much deserved leave before joining the School of Information faculty as a tenured Professor.
I am very pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2017, School of Information Associate Professor Anthony Cocciolo will serve as Interim Dean of the School. Professor Cocciolo completed his doctorate in the Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design program at Teachers College, Columbia University, and his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Riverside. At Pratt he teaches students to become archivists, who are professionals who maintain information and cultural expressions of enduring value. His research includes work on born-digital archiving, moving image and sound archiving, and LGBT archives. His new book—Moving Image and Sound Collections for Archivists—is scheduled to be published by the Society of American Archivists this July. Before Pratt, he served as Head of Technology for the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College.
Professor Cocciolo’s service as Interim Dean during the 2017-18 year will coincide with a national search to identify the next Dean of Pratt’s School of Information. I will have more to share regarding this search come the fall.
For now, I wish to thank Dean Giannini for her many contributions to Pratt, and to thank Professor Cocciolo for his willingness to serve. Please join me in extending your congratulations to both.
Kirk E. Pillow