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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Fashion Librarian Spotlight: Lauren Bradley

Lauren Bradley

Technical Services/Reference Librarian, LIM College & Vice Moderator of FTC SIG

What’s your Go-To Resource to Recommend for FTC Students?

I love showing students WGSN both for their marketing reports and fashion forecasts.  Not only is the information unique and fascinating, the reports are beautiful to look at and students really enjoy them.  “Gen X Men: Style Tribes” is one of my favorite reports to demonstrate the power of their research.  Our Fashion Merch students also really love the Design Resources tools like Colour Play and the Image & Design Library.


Tell me about a project you’re working on!

This is my first year organizing our annual Fashion: Now & Then conference, which is in it’s ninth year running (please come!).  This specialized conference focuses on fashion information professional and scholars and this year will have talks on everything from fashion of sex workers to gender presentation.  I attended this conference as an LIS student interning at the Met back in 2010 so it’s wild to me that I’m organizing it now!


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

Our students are nuts for sustainability.  They are very concerned about the environment and climate change.   They have big ambitions to enter the fashion industry and institute change that will lead to a healthier planet for all.  I hope they can hold on to their optimism for change as they enter the industry!


What are you currently reading?

I’m a fantasy/sci-fi nut and am now reading The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.  “Professionally” I am also reading Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual (For A Sexist Workplace) by Jessica Bennett.