Tula Giannini, PhD, MLS, MM

Professor, School of Information,

Pratt Institute

144 W. 14th St. 6th fl., New York, NY 10011 212-647-7682 - giannini@pratt.edu

Dr. Tula Giannini is a tenured full Professor, serving as Dean of the School of Information, Pratt Institute from 2004-2017.

Work at Pratt - During her tenure as Dean, Dr. Giannini transformed the School to the School of Information and a member of the iSchools, from a standard LIS School to one that now aligns with the Institute's focus on the arts, humanities, digital art and culture. To achieve this, she designed and introduced innovative new programs: Advanced Certificate in Archives 2004; Advanced Certificate in Museum Libraries 2005 (the first and only such program); Dual Master's with Digital Arts (MSLIS & MFA DA) 2008 (received and innovation award from NASED); MS Museums and Digital Culture 2015 (the first and only such program); Advanced Certificate in Conservation and Digital Curation 2016 (the first such program). A pioneer in cultural informatics and developing this context for graduate education, Dr. Giannini successfully gained IMLS funding to support four grants for programs to prepare information professionals for the digital age: GATEWAI (Graduate Archives Training and Education, Work and Information- M-LEAD-I (Museum Library Education and Digitization) and M-LEAD II, and CHART (Cultural Heritage: Access, Research and Technology) this project produced the Brooklyn Visual Heritage Website housed at the Brooklyn Public Library. To support these programs and projects, she introduced hands-on experiential learning pedagogy transforming the School's lecture classrooms into seminar/labs including the iLab for Digital Culture, the Cultural Informatics Lab and the Research Seminar Lab.

She introduced and coordinated the London Summer Program - The Arts and Digital Culture in partnership with King's College London (KCL), Department of Digital Humanities DDA) which grew out of our shared educational and research interests and that of our students, and in collaboration with the EVA London Conference.

Education and Experience - Dr. Giannini holds 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, she was a full-time Assistant Professor at Catholic University leading their programs in archives and special collections and has also served on the faculty of Rutgers University and the University of Hawaii. She was Curator of Musical Instruments at the Library of Congress, Director of the Talbot Library at Westminster Choir College, and Head of Collection Management at Adelphi University. Her research focuses on museums and libraries in the digital world takes an interdisciplinary approach across information science, computing, digital arts and humanities.

An interdisciplinary researcher across the fields of information science, arts, humanities and musicology - she focuses on digital culture and digital information behavior in museums and libraries. An important aspect of her work studies users of information in real and virtual environments, art and digital information and their intersections and interactions. Her recent publications are concerned with digital life and culture, connecting art and information, and the digital self as expressed in her papers, "Digitalism: The New Realism "and, "Curating Digital Life and Culture: Art and Information." She is internationally recognized researcher and scholar in French musical wind instruments and performance, an expertise that contributes to her teaching and research in terms of performing arts, archival and special collections. Her publications in musicology include some 24 articles in The New Grove Dictionary of Music (Grove Music Online), the book, Great Flute Makers of France, described in Choices "a model of archival research for all graduate students," first published in English and then in Japanese in 2007, the book chapter, "Frédéric Triebert (1813-1878), Designer of the Modern Oboe," Pendragon Press, 2006, and the JAMIS article, The Raoux Family of Master Horn Makers in France: New Documents and Perspectives, 2014.

Current Projects - Giannini is co-editing with Prof. Jonathan Bowen the book, Museums and Digital Culture: New Perspectives and Research to be published by Springer Nature in 2019. A member of EVA (Electronic Visualization and the Arts) London's Organizing Committee and Coordinator of EVA International Conferences, she is also contributing a chapter to the Rutledge Digital Humanities Methods Handbook. She is a member of EVA (Electronic Visualization and the Arts) London's Organizing Committee, and co-coordinator of EVA Conferences International. She is chair of the Advisory Board for the Institute in Ancient Itineraries: The Digital Lives of Art History, funded by the Getty Foundation, and is contributing a chapter on Digital Humanities Research to the Rutledge Guide to the Digital Humanities.

Student orientation, fall 2015


Giannini, T. and Bowen, JP. Of Museums and Dgitial Culture: A Landscapte View. EVA London Conference, July 2018, BCS.

Bowen, J.P., Giannini, T., et al. States of Being: Art and Identity in Digital Time and Space. EVA London, 2018. Symposium. BCS.

Giannini, T. Museums and the Evolving Digital Landscape. MATCONS 2017, Matter and Materials for Heritage Conservation), Conference paper, Craiova, Romania. 18-22 September 2017. Published proceedings, pp.55-61.

Giannini, T. and Bowen, J.P. Life in Code and Digits, When Shannon Met Turing. Electronic Visualization and the Arts (EVA) Annual Conference Proceedings, British Computer Society, London, July, 2017.

Bowen, J.P. Giannini, T. and Polmeer, Gareth. Coded Communication: Digital Senses and Aesthetics, Merging Art and Life. Electronic Visualization and the Arts (EVA) Annual Conference Proceedings, British Computer Society, London, July, 2017.

Giannini, T and Bowen, J.P. Curating Digital Life and Culture: Art and Information. Electronic Visualization and the Arts (EVA) Annual Conference Proceedings, British Computer Society, London, July, 2016.

Giannini, T and Bowen, J.P. Galois Connections: Mathematics, Art, and Archives. Electronic Visualization and the Arts (EVA) Annual Conference Proceedings, British Computer Society, London, July, 2015.

Giannini, T. Through digital culture, museums share scholarship and augment experience to engage visitors and build community. Kings College London, Department of Digital Humanities, Symposium on Public Engagement, June 2015.

Giannini, T. and J.P. Bowen. A New York Museums and Pratt Partnership: Building Web Collections and Preparing Museum Professionals. Museums and the Web 2015, Chicago. Conference Proceedings.

Giannini, T. and J.P. Bowen. The Brooklyn Visual Heritage Website: Brooklyn's Museum and Libraries Collaborate for Project CHART." Museums and the Web, Baltimore, April 2014. Conference proceedings.


Giannini, T. and J.P. Bowen. Digitalism: the New Realism? Electronic Visualization and the Arts (EVA) Annual Conference, British Computer Society, London, July 2014. http://ewic.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/53043

Giannini, T. Showing Documents, Telling History: Creating New Narratives from Archival Discoveries. Strand Conference, Kings College London, Department of Digital Humanities. June 27, 2014.


Giannini, T. The Raoux Family of Master Horn Makers in France: New Documents and Perspectives. Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society. 2014. (see pdf below)

Giannini T. and Bowen, J.P. Electronic Visualization and the Arts Annual Conference London July, 2014. Digitalism, the New Realism? Conference Proceedings. http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/ewic_ev14_s24paper2.pdf

Museums and the Web, Baltimore, April 2014, Jonathan Bowen, co-author. "The Brooklyn Visual Heritage Website, Brooklyn's Museum and Libraries Collaborate for Project CHART." Conference proceedings. http://mw2014.museumsandtheweb.com/paper/the-brooklyn-visual-heritage-website/

Making Connections: Collaboration in Research and Practice. King's College London sponsored by the ARHC, Friday 10th January, 2014, "Pratt Institute Partners with Brooklyn’s Museums and Libraries for Research, Education and Creating th Brooklyn Visual Heritage Website"

Oxford University, Galpin Society Conference, July 25, 3013. “The Raoux Family of Master Horn Makers in France.” Paper accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society (JAMIS) 2014.

EVA (Electronic Visualization and the Arts) London 2013 Conference at the British Computer Society, July 29, 2013. “Visualizing Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Visual Heritage WebsiteLink to the EVA conference paper.

Ravensbourne Conference on Research and Pedagogy, July 10, 2013. Pedagogy for Cultural Institutions and Corporations: New Contexts and Perspectives for the Digital World.”

Strand Symposium – Kings College London, June 27, 2013. “How Brooklyn’s Libraries and Museums Collaborate to Create a new Digital Cultural Heritage Resource: The Brooklyn Visual Heritage Website.”

Computers and History of Art (CHART) Conference, November 15, 2012. “Brooklyn’s Museums and Libraries Collaborate to Grow the Arts and Information Digital Landscape”

IMLS Grants by Tula Giannini:

2012-2014: M-LEAD-TWO (Museum Libraries, Education and Digitization - Technology-Web-Online - $261.97.00

2010-2013: CHART (Cultural Heritage, Access, Research and Technology) - $971,404.00

2008-2011: M-LEAD-1 (Museum Libraries, Education and Digitization) - $946,325

2005-2008: GATEWAY (Graduate Archives Training & Education, Work and Information) - $591,206

Left: Giannini presents at King's College London DH Symposium, 2016; Right: Profs. Giannini & Lopatovska with Pratt students at ASIST, Montreal 2013


Tula Giannini and Jonathan Bowen, Editors

This book explores how digital culture is transforming museums in the 21st century. Offering a corpus of new evidence for readers to explore, the authors trace the digital evolution of the museum and that of their audiences, now fully immersed in digital life, from the Internet to home and work. In a world where life in code and digits has redefined human information behavior and dominates daily activity and communication, ubiquitous use of digital tools and technology is radically changing the social contexts and purposes of museum exhibitions and collections, the work of museum professionals and the expectations of visitors, real and virtual.


Above: Curriculum Vitae, fulltext articles in pdf: Raoux, Hotteterre and Ballard Music Printers

Historical Musicology publications by T. Giannini:

Frédéric Triebert (1813-1878), Designer of the Modern Oboe: Newly Found Archival Documents Featuring the Inventory and Auction of his Musical Instrument Enterprise in Liber Amicorum Isabelle Cazeaux Symbols, Parallels and Discoveries in Her Honor, The Festschrift Series No.19, Pendragon Press. April 2005.

The Music Library of Jean-Baptiste Christophe Ballard, Sole Music Printer to the King of France, 1750 Inventory of his Grand Collection Brought to Light. 2003 Indexed in RILM ;

Great Flute Makers of France: The Lot and Godfroy Families - 1650-1900. Tony Bingham, London, 1993. 245 pages, 98 plates, 60 document illustrations, 2 genealogical tabes. Based on French archival documents discovered by the author, as well as music collections, original period wind instruments, methods and manuscripts, the book establishes the first in depth history of these two families of French woodwind makers and their place as the designers of the French flute, the one played by leading solo flutists from Louis Dorus and Paul Taffanel to Jean-Pierre Rampal and James Galway. (See book cover image right, shows a gold flute by Louis Lot made 1869 for Jean Rémusat, and an 18th century boxwood and ivory flute by Thomas Lot.

A French of Dynasty of Master Woodwind Makers Revealed, Bizey Prudent and Porthaux, their Workshop in Paris, rue Dauphine, St. André des Arts, ca 1745-1812: New Archival Documents. AMIS Newsletter. February 1998.

Jacques Hotteterre le Romain and His Father, Martin: A Re-Examination Based on Recently Found Documents. Early Music, Oxford University Press, Vol. 21, No. 3, French Baroque II. (Aug., 1993), pp. 377--395.