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Assistant Manager, Periodicals Department
Before coming to Pratt in 2007, Lisa worked as an historian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce. She has an MA in American Studies and a Masters of Library Science. In 1990, she completed an apprenticeship in fine furniture-making. She enjoys reading, writing poetry, and interior design and is currently learning to play the mandolin.
- Perusing Periodicals for Architectural Ideas
If you see Wendell Bradley in the Periodicals Department, most likely he is searching for colors and textures as well as information on new building materials and technologies in magazines dealing with ...more
- Poetry & Conversation: Joseph Ross
On Wednesday, August 7 poets Joseph Ross and Piotr Gwiazda will join us for Poetry & Conversation. To get our creative thinking moving in anticipation of this great event, I had the opportunity to interview ...more
- Pratt Profile: New York Writer Fred Glueckstein Loves Our Library
Recently I overheard a library patron tell a Periodicals Department staff member that he was visiting from New York and that he loved the Pratt Library, even more than the New York Public Library. ...more
- Pratt Profile: Frank Bagrowski is In Touch with His “Inner Archivist”
Frank freely admits that he is obsessed... borderline OCD. When he sees an image that he likes, he has to have it. Other people might collect stamps or coins. Frank is a collector of images. ...more
- 20th Century Dinner Table Talk: The Big Three Newsweeklies
How do we decide what to talk about around the dinner table, when we are not discussing the details of our personal lives? Although the number of newspapers with original national and international news ...more
- Muckrakers in the Stacks
When we think of famous investigative journalists, writers such as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who investigated the Watergate Scandal, might come to mind. Or we might remember that Seymour Hersh uncovered ...more
- 150 Years Ago This Week in the Civil War
Bullying, bed bugs, disputed elections, prisoners held without Habeas Corpus, warnings that the End Times are near at hand: these things sound like the stuff of contemporary newspaper headlines, but they ...more