Welcome! It’s All Yours.

| September 5, 2017

Flowers_ZiegfeldWelcome, new and returning students! A fresh academic year is fast upon us  —  a time for learning, teaching, and research, a time for new experiences — and many stories in the making. September ushers in the promise of Indian Summer, glorious bike rides, apple picking, reading, writing, research, and of course the Gottesman Libraries!

Did you know that the Teachers College Library, originally located at No. 9 University Place, opened in 1924 under the leadership of Librarian Elizabeth Baldwin who described Russell Hall as “an imposing structure, Gothic in architecture, of red brick trimmed with stone”? That we renovated five floors in 1982, boasting a spiral staircase and new audiovisual center; three floors, in 2003, opening up promising collaborative spaces and re-designed services; and finally the fourth floor, in 2016-17, comprising a state-of-the-art Learning Theater, custom designed for playful, valuable, and inspiring educational experiences?

Take a tour, attend a talk, listen to live music, participate in a workshop, study, or just enjoy life in Russell Hall, from the treadmills on the first floor, to the top of the tower, which houses the open stacks, cozy with seats overlooking the main campus. You might sip Starbucks, as you immerse yourself in library lore; meet with a librarian to probe the intricacies of the literature review or archival treasures of Teachers College; or engage with the suite of web applications designed by Edlab, our research and development unit that explores and documents diverse possibilities for the future of education –  New Learning Times, Teachers College Record, Pocketknowledge, Pressible,  VialoguesRhizr.

Harvest_ZiegfeldFor colorful examples of content curation that will help you settle in, be sure to check out the newly published Gottesman Libraries Orientation and Doctoral Student Orientation. Good luck, and please don’t hesitate to reach out, in person (at the first floor Services Desk), online (library support), or via telephone (212-678-3494), with whatever you might need, as we begin the Fall Semester! Ask away, friends. The library and all it holds is yours!

Images courtesy of Teachers College, Columbia University.