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International Day of Women and Girls in Science 

In November, Women in Technology @ Columbia University (WIT@CU), an initiative to support and increase the numbers of women in IT across the university, hosted a Networking Mixer in the Smith Learning Theater. As a complement for the event, TC librarians curated a special collection showcasing our materials on women in science and technology-  everything from biographies of women scientists, to histories …

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Today in History: Birth of a Nation Premiers 

Adapted from Thomas Dixon's novel, The Clansman: A Historical Romance of the Klu Klux Klan, D.W. Griffith's silent movie "Birth of a Nation" premiered on February 8th, 1915 at Clune's Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Its opening sequence included a "Plea for the Art of the Motion Picture": We do not fear censorship, for …

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Staff Picks: Artists’ Books / Dimensional Stories 

             As the model of the library continues to evolve from a collection of printed material into that of a learning environment, patrons are becoming interested in utilizing the library as a creative space, or …

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Library Resources and Services for HUDK 5135, Poverty, Inequality, and Child Development 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Professor Jeanne Brooks-Gunn's Spring 2019 course HUDK 5135, Poverty, Inequality, and Child Development.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the objectives of the course, i.e., "for students to gain …

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Today in History: U.S. Coastguard Is Created 

On January 28, 1915 the U.S. Coast Guard was created by an Act of Congress, combining the Life Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service. "The cutter service had been established by Congress in 1790, at the suggestion of Alexander Hamilton, to prevent smuggling; until the creation of the navy in 1798 it was the …

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Library Resources and Services for HUDK 5029, Development Across the Lifespan 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Professor Jeanne Brooks-Gunn's Spring 2019 course HUDK 5029, Development Across the Lifespan.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected …

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Library Resources and Services for ITSF 4195, Academic Literacies 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Dr. Nancy Green Saraisky's Spring 2019 course ITSF 4195, Academic Literacies (a.k.a. Research and Writing for the Academy).  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the objectives of the course, i.e., …

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Today in History: Gold Is Discovered in Coloma 

On January 24th, 1848, James W. Marshall (1810-1885), an American carpenter and sawmill operator, spotted bright flakes in the water as he was building a sawmill for Capain John Sutter in Coloma, California. Thought he tried to keep his discovery of gold a secret, word quickly spread. Some 80,000 immigrants came overland on the California Trail, …

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Today in History: A Donkey Is Born 

As a symbol of the Democratic party, the donkey first appeared on January 15th, 1870 in Harper's Weekly in a political cartoon by Thomas H. Nast that  criticized Edwin Stanton, former Secretary of War, by using the caption, "A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion".  Some believe the "jackass" played on a twist of General Andrew Jackson's name …

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The Patriarchy: A New Everett Cafe Book Display 

The King of Spades is often considered the most powerful card in deck -- often representing an old man, master of all trades, or king of kings, whose imposing status gives him not just rigor and authority, but the means to manage even the largest of organizations. It's a fitting symbol for the Patriarch, and it …

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Library Resources and Services for the Summer Principals Academy 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in the Summer Principals Academy.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting SPA's objectives as "a transformative graduate program

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Today in History: George Washington Delivers the First State of the Union Address 

Did you know that on Tuesday, January 8th, 1790 President George Washington delivered the first state of the union address to members of the United States Congress in New York City? He outlined administration policies, created by Alexander Hamilton; discussed national defense and foreign affairs; and advised on the need for a Federal Post Office, …

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With Blessings: Fall 2018 Education Program 

In searching the Ziegfeld Collection of International Children's Art, I was drawn to the Glen of Aher, a colorful painting by Mary Hickey, 15 years of age, that she did at the Country National School, Ireland, sometime in the 1950s. This piece felt homey, positive, and welcoming, with its bright country cottage, grazing animals, and lush …

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Spring Call for TC Student Musicians! 

Come showcase your talents this Spring at the Everett Cafe! We sponsor live music by TC students during peak hours, Mondays through Thursdays, between 4 and 7pm. Performances are scheduled each week for an hour, and for all to enjoy, whether attendees gather informally on the stairwell or listen over coffee. Acoustic instrumentalists and vocalists performing …

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Lights, Cameras, Action: T-minus One Year Until Grand Opening 

Over the last two years, I have had the great privilege of working in the newly opened Smith Learning Theater here on the 4th floor of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College Columbia University in NYC. As we pass the one-year anniversary of the opening of the space, I want to reflect on some highlights, challenges, …

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Today in History: A Christmas Carol Is Published 

I HAVE endeavored in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shalt not out my readers out of humour with themselves with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses, pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. Their faithful Friend and Servant, C.D. December, …

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Today in History: South Pole Is Discovered 

On December 14th, 1911 Roald Amundsen (1872-1928) of Norway became the first explorer to reach the South Pole, defeating his British rival Robert Falcon Scott in the race which began in October. While Amundsen used sleigh dogs in his dangerous trek, Scott deployed Siberian motor sledges, ponies and dogs only to reach the site a month later …

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Today in History: Presidential Inaugurations at Teachers College, 1887-2018 

Presidential inaugurations at Teachers College, Columbia University occur on the average every 11 years, from the appointment of Nicholas Murray Butler, 10th President of Columbia University and first President of Teachers College (formerly known as New York College for the Training of Teachers) in 1887, through to the investiture of Thomas Bailey, our eleventh president, on …

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“We are all potentially “next in line.”” Commemorating World AIDS Day 

In September of 1989, less than a year into George H.W. Bush’s presidency, John Caban earned his Ed.D. from Teachers College. His dissertation, “Caregiver: A Personal Journey with AIDS” documented his personal experience as the primary caregiver for his partner, Eddie Hernandez, who had been diagnosed with AIDS two years earlier. Hernandez died from AIDS* …

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Today in History: International Day of Persons with Disabilities 

In 1992 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 3rd an annual observance, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, "to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural …

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