Introducing your 2021-22 Moderating Team!

Cheryl Miller is the Head, Library Metadata and Discovery Services at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, CA. After attending Pomona College in Claremont, CA and UCLA GLIS in Los Angeles, Cheryl worked at other museum libraries and cataloged for a private collector before finding a home at the Autry. She has presented at ARLIS-NA Conference, RBMS Conference, California Rare Book School, and the Association of Tribal Libraries, Archives and Museums annual Conference. Currently, Cheryl is working with the Autry’s Metadata Team to create a new thesaurus of updated name and subject terms for indigenous names, subjects, languages, and locations, with the goal of addressing how the groups refer to themselves.

“I look forward to serving as FTC Co-Moderator and discovering new ways to highlight our extremely varied work in Fashion, Textiles and Costumes librarianship.”

Caetllonn Seadjwyc recently acquired her MLIS from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to embarking on a career in librarianship, she designed, manufactured, and sold her jewellery collection throughout both Canada and the US, among many other endeavors. Caetllonn has long since demonstrated an affinity for all things fashion, textile, and costume related, most recently evidenced by an ever-expanding series of style-related Pinterest boards and far too many pieces of vintage fabric tucked away in her storage closet.

“I’m delighted to be part of a community that is as interested and inspired by garments and the many varied stories they tell—some frivolous, some political, but always intriguing—as I am! I look forward to interacting with as many FTC SIG members as possible during my time as a Co-Moderator… and beyond, too.”

Emily Anna Smith holds an MLS from Rutgers University, a BA in history from Mary Washington College, and has completed coursework at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  She is the Interlibrary Loan Coordinator at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.  While her career has largely focused on cataloging and interlibrary loan, her heart has always dwelled in the realm of fashion.  She has been fortunate enough to dovetail her professional skills in organization, classification, and research with her sartorial passions.  Her scholarship centers on the ways social media transmits and shapes perceptions of fashion and has become a tool to explore the nexus of fashion and identity.  She has given two presentations at separate Fashion: Now & Then conferences at LIM College that use the microcosm of the red carpet at the Academy Awards to explore these themes.  The first was “Who Are You Wearing?” How Social Media and the Oscars Red Carpet Have Democratized the Discussion of Fashion (2013) and the second Whatever Lola Wants: Billy Porter, Gender Norms, and Social Media on the Oscars Red Carpet (2019). You can follow her on twitter @oscarscloset.

“I am excited and honored to be part of a community with so many fascinating and important stories to tell.  Fashion, textiles, and costume are such a vital aspect of contemporary and historic cultures.  I’m looking forward to meeting you, virtually and in person, and learning about your work and passions.  It is my pleasure to serve as your Vice-Moderator.”

FTC Member Spotlights

Found a great fashion resource lately? Read an amazing book that fellow FTCers should know about? Itching to share details about your latest project?

We’d love to learn all about them!

One way to stay connected to your colleagues is to be featured in an FTC member spotlight. Spotlights consist of 3-5 questions and responses typically consist of 2-5 sentences each. A photo of you would be great as a way to put a face to a name, but is entirely optional.

If you would like to be featured in an upcoming Fashion Librarian Spotlight, please contact Co-Vice Moderator, Caetllonn Seadjwyc at caetllonn@gmail.com. Your contribution will be very much appreciated!

Fashion Librarian Spotlight: Shannon Marie Robinson

Shannon Marie Robinson

Assistant Director, Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania

What is your go-to resource to recommend for FTC students and/or faculty?

Since students and faculty are almost always familiar with sources like Business of Fashion or Sourcing Journal, I try to introduce them to projects that are actively changing the industry for the better. Two that offer a lot of freely available information on sustainability / waste in production and ethical labor practices are Redress and Fashion Revolution. Students can “participate” in these projects as emerging designers or as consumers. 

Are you seeing any trends in FTC student projects/topics/etc?

Sustainability is trending in all areas of design!

Tell us about a project you’re working on!

I have a personal interest in speculative design, or design that proposes alternative visions of our near and distant futures. I’m participating in a speculative design reading group that is focused on climate change, an issue that will impact every industry and nation. I’m thinking a lot about fast fashion and the overall waste and environmental destruction caused by apparel manufacturing. 

What are you currently reading?

To accompany my speculative design reading group, I’m exploring Afrofuturism through the work of Black Quantum Futurism. I’m reading Space-Time Collapse, Vol. I. This week my reading group is discussing selections from Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable.

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If you would like to be featured in an upcoming Fashion Librarian Spotlight, please contact Co-Vice Moderator, Caetllonn Seadjwyc at caetllonn@gmail.com. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated!

Join us for our annual business meeting on Thursday, May 7, 2020!

The Fashion, Textile & Costume (FTC) Librarians special interest group (SIG) will be holding its annual business meeting as follows:

DATE: Thursday, May 7, 2020

TIME: 9am-10am PDT / 10am-11am MDT / 11am-12pm CDT / 12pm-1pm EDT

AGENDA:

FTC Leadership Change
Annual Report Announcement
‘Business of Fashion’ Update
Blogging opportunities
Presentations:

Angela E. Weaver, Fine & Performing Arts Librarian, University of Puget Sound will discuss La France Sauvée ou le Tyran Détrôné: A Dramaturgical Casebook, which includes the text of La France Sauvée, an unfinished play by Olympe de Gouges and translated by Clarissa Palmer, with contextual information on the French Revolution. The casebook features background research on the playwright, characters in the play, and costume and set design. Other features include annotations using hypothesis, original costume and set design mock-ups, and a bibliography of resources.

Bloomsbury Publishing will provide an overview of their assorted offerings such as digital initiatives and recent publications, as well as updates to Bloomsbury Fashion Central, an award-winning platform designed to support academic research in the visual arts, humanities, and social sciences that includes Berg Fashion Library, Fashion Photography Archive, Bloomsbury Business Cases, Bloomsbury Video Archive, and both Fairchild Books Library and Store.

We will be using Zoom to hold this meeting. Please register here. A link to the meeting will be sent via email once we’ve received your registration.

Please note all ARLIS/NA members are welcome to attend!

We look forward to meeting you soon!