Member Spotlight: Gladys Marcus Library, Fashion Institute of Technology

With name recognition around the world, the Fashion Institute of Technology is a college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York. Its hallmark is extraordinary career education, exemplified by significant and far-reaching connections to industry. The College has remained true to its original mission to educate individuals for careers in the fashion industry, while simultaneously expanding its offerings to include a wide variety of business and design professions. The College offers more than forty (40) programs leading to the AAS, BFA, BS, MA, and MPS degrees. Many curricula, including, cosmetics and fragrance marketing and menswear, are unique to FIT; others, such as fashion merchandising management, visual presentation and exhibition design and toy design, were the first of their kind. FIT infuses every major with a comprehensive liberal arts education, providing our students with a global perspective, the capability to communicate effectively, and the ability to think critically. FIT is committed to blending a premier educational experience with a career-focused curriculum.

Gladys Marcus Library offers a well-selected collection of more than 130,000 volumes of print, non-print, and electronic materials supports the FIT community’s academic and research needs. Collections also include specialized electronic and digital resources and materials not often found in conventional academic libraries, such as the fashion and trend forecasting services, sketch collections, clipping files, and fashion show DVDs. Our newspapers and periodicals include more than 400 current subscriptions and extensive back issue runs. Databases, provided by FIT, SUNYConnect, and the New York State Library, provide access to thousands of full-text journal articles, books, images, research reports and other resources. Most are available remotely. The FIT Library is open to researchers by appointment. 
The library is also currently working on a collaborative digitization project, funded by METRO's Collaborative Digitization Grants Program. The project pairs FIT with New York Public Library to digitize 1930s fashion drawings and sketches from the André Studios

The FIT Special Collections is a rare gem offering a wealth of fascinating and important research materials such as designer scrapbooks, archives, illustrations, and other primary research material in their original formats. Materials from this rich collection are often cited in publications, museum exhibitions and research, and serve as creative inspiration for many designers. This year our collection welcomed researchers for costume design for the films The Big Valley (2011) and The Great Gatsby  (2011) as well as the HBO television production Boardwalk Empire. The collections were also used for the PBS documentary Triangle Fire, the Sundance Channel’s series Love/Lust, and the documentary film called God Save My Shoes made for France’s TV network Studio Canal.

Special thanks to Library Director NJ Wolfe and Tabitha Hanslick for their input on this Member Spotlight.
Jason Kucsma
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