Thursday, April 19, 2018

Theta Chapter Co-Sponsoring Upcoming Discussion

The New York Public Library/Rare Book School/BPMT event is live! Registration is required, but it is free!

There is also a Facebook Event at

And there is a registration page via Showclix:

Via the NYPL Website:

Three women who were pivotal in the development of offset-printed artists' books discuss the past, present, and future of  the unique visual form and transformative medium.

  • Cynthia Marsh, Professor of Art, Founder of the Goldsmith Press & Rare Type Collection at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee 
  • Rebecca Michaels, Associate Professor of Photography at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia
  • Patty Smith, artist, printmaker, book artist, and professor of Fine Arts, Printmaking at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia
  • Tony White, Florence and Herbert Irving Associate Chief Librarian, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Artists’ books are works of art that are usually produced in small, limited editions with the goal of creating something that is easily accessible outside of the rarefied spaces of art galleries or museums. As early as the 1950s, artists and publishers began using high-speed offset printing—a highly technical, industrial method that is also used to produce books, magazines, newspapers, and currency—to produce artists' books in color and in large quantities. It revolutionized their production. Cynthia MarshRebecca Michaels, and Patty Smith forged their own paths in this field during the 1970s and ’80s, a time said to have been the golden age of offset-printed artists’ books. But in a field dominated by men, their significant contributions to that era have often been eclipsed.

Marsh, a founding member of the Women's Graphic Center at the Woman's Building in Los Angeles, helped establish a community publication studio for women artists that supported the Feminist Studio Workshop founded by Judy Chicago, Arlene Raven, and Sheila de Bretteville. Michaels ran the 5,700-pound Heidelberg offset press in the print shop at the Tyler School of Art and also teaches and makes her own artist's books.  Smith almost singlehandedly revived a defunct print shop at the SUNY Purchase Center for Editions. She also co-founded the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts at the University of the Arts  in Philadelphia, an educational facility where faculty, students, and visiting artists can make offset lithographs and artist's books. Works by all speakers are held in the Library’s collections, including The Book of Hair (Michaels), and On the Other Side, a collaborative work by Patty Smith and Claire Fouquet. (Smith).

Marsh, Michaels, and Smith will speak with Tony White about their work, artists' books and publications, as well as the changing roles of women in the history of offset printing.

This program presented in conjunction with the course,“The History of Artists' Books Since 1950,” offered by Rare Book School May 21–25 at Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Co-presented with Rare Book School; the New York City Chapter of The American Printing History Association; Small Editions Artist's Books; and Theta Chapter, Beta Phi Mu Honor Society, Pratt Institute School of Information.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Upcoming Panel: "Support the Asian Pacific American Community: Librarians on Diversity, Inclusivity and Community Engagement"

Join several Pratt alums for the public talk "Support the Asian Pacific American Community: Librarians on Diversity, Inclusivity and Community Engagement" on Monday, May 14, 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Pratt Institute School of Information, 144 West 14th St, Room 213.

The speakers contributed to the new book Asian American Librarians and Library Services (Rowman & Littlefield, 2078). The librarians will share their experiences in creating inclusive environments, diversifying library resources and serving Asian Pacific American communities.

The panelists are: Lisa Chow, Brooklyn Public Library and Interact Consultancy; Michelle J. Lee, New York Public Library; Sandra Sajonas, Interact Consultancy; Miriam Tuliao, Penguin Random House; Arlene Yu, New York Public Library; Janet Clarke, Stony Brook University Libraries; and Ray Pun, California State University Fresno.

Light refreshments will be served. All visitors must RSVP by Friday, May 11 via

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Another Successful Fall Lecture for Beta Phi Mu Theta Chapter

Beta Phi Mu Theta chapter held its annual Fall lecture on October 19, 2017 at The New York Public Library. 

Attendees were led by BPMT member Keith Glutting on a comprehensive tour of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, followed by an illustrated lecture by Chapter Treasurer Diane Dias De Fazio (MSLIS, Pratt '15) on New York City collections in the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, where she works as a public services librarian. 

Diane's talk was followed by a brief presentation by Bert Spaan, former Engineer of the Space-Time Directory with NYPL Labs. The group enjoyed a reception in the Hansmann Room afterward.

Member Keith Glutting leads tour of The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building 
(Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Beller, Beta Phi Mu Theta Chapter Secretary)

Bert Spaan speaks on digital projects with maps and genealogy and local history resources at NYPL
(Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Beller, 
Beta Phi Mu Theta Chapter Secretary)
Chapter Treasurer Diane Dias De Fazio shared special collections materials, clippings, and rare photographs
(Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Beller, 
Beta Phi Mu Theta Chapter Secretary)

New Initiates and Guest Speaker Noreen Y. Whysel

A lovely Initiation Ceremony and Dessert Reception were hosted by the Beta Phi Mu Theta Chapter on May 17, 2017.

Guest Speaker Noreen Y. Whysel (SILS '14) gave a fantastic keynote speech, which she described below:
Dreams, Resilience and Making a Difference
Our goal as we embark on our journey as Pratt SILS graduates is to make a difference. Whether we leave Pratt to become a school librarian, a legal librarian, a UX designer, or an archivist, we stand as a gateway between a deluge of Information and the people we serve. Using an example of a proposed 9/11 geographic archive, Noreen Whysel explained how between our dreams and our goal of making a difference is resilience.
You can read more about her talk on her website here and view the slides here.

Beta Phi Mu Theta Members and New Initiates

2017 Chapter Initiates

Dessert Reception

Noreen Y. Whysel