About Brooklyn Visual Heritage and Project CHART

Brooklyn Visual Heritage was developed through Project CHART (Cultural Heritage, Access, Research and Technology), a collaborative effort of Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS), the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum and The Brooklyn Public Library, focusing on the digitization of historic images of Brooklyn and making them easily accessible to a broad and diverse audience. Project CHART is funded through an IMLS grant sponsored by the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program.

Read about Brooklyn Visual Heritage in the Press


Project CHART and the Brooklyn Visual Heritage Website would not have been possible without the generosity of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning.


With the support of IMLS, the Brooklyn Visual Heritage website was created by many  representatives from the collaborating institutions mentioned above who helped envision this project and the CHART interns who we hope learned as much from us as we did from them.

Pratt Institute:

Tula Giannini, PhD, MLS, MM - Project Director, Dean and Professor Pratt School of Information and Library Science

Technical Committee:

Amanda Cowell, MLIS, MBA - Brooklyn Public Library Project CHART Coordinator, Technical Committee Lead

Melissa Brown, MSLIS - Brooklyn Museum Project CHART Coordinator

Leah Loscutoff, MLIS - Brooklyn Historical Society Project CHART Coordinator

Lily Pregill, MLIS - Technical Consultant

Web Applications:

Tom O'Dea- Senior Web Developer, Brooklyn Public Library

Lisa Chow, MLIS - Web Analyst, Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Historical Society:

Deborah Schwartz - President, Brooklyn Historical Society

Jacob Nadal, MLS - Director of Library and Archives, Brooklyn Historical Society

Julie May, MSILS - Photo Archivist, Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn Museum:  

Deirdre Lawrence, MLS - Principal Librarian/Coordinator of Research Services, Brooklyn Museum

Angie Park, MLS – Museum Archivist/Manager of Special Library Collections, Brooklyn Museum

Deborah Wythe, MA, PHD - Head Digital Collections and Services, Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Public Library:

Richard Reyes-Gavilan, MLIS - Chief Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library

Joy Holland, PhD., MLS., DipABRSM - Division Chief - Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library

Ivy Marvel, MSLIS - Archivist - Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library 

Jefferson Bailey, MLIS - Project CHART Coordinator (04/2011 - 10/2011) - Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library

Micah Vandegrift, MLIS - Project CHART Coordinator (10/2010 - 04/2011) - Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library