In Volume Five we’re speaking to Lana Bittman from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.


Last week’s question — Which library houses the Devil’s Bible?

The Codex Gigas which in English means Giant Book, is the largest medieval manuscript in the world, at a length of 92 cm (36 in). Famous for its full-page portrait of the devil the book is housed in the Swedish Royal Library in Stockholm.

This week’s question — What is the smallest book in the world? I’ll give you a tiny clue, it‘s housed in the library of congress.

The Interview

Job title?
Head of Periodicals and Electronic Resource Services

What’s the best part of your job?
Working with our inspiring students!

Favourite book? Favourite magazine?
This is too hard to answer and I’ll probably change my mind as soon as I write this, but:

Book (tie): Light Years by James Salter / Reasons to Live by Amy Hempel

Magazine: Flair

What will the library of the future be like? (In one sentence)
The library of the future will offer community space in addition to research and scholarship.

Most common query in the library?
Where is the bathroom located?

Coffee or Tea?
Coffee! No sugar and a splash of half and half.

What job would you do if you weren’t a librarian?
Travel agent.

Should the library be quiet or a place for discussion?
Both! Different areas of the library should allow for quiet study and group work.

Anything you want to ask me?
What’s your favorite magazine?

My favourite magazine has to be National Geographic, I’ve got quite a stack of them now!

Thanks Lana! Great to speak with you.

We have a new set of questions at the ready! Would you like to participate or nominate a colleague?
As always, you can reach me at