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National Library Week April 8-14, 2018 

This week is National Library Week in the United States. National Library week is a time to consider the role that libraries play in our lives and celebrate the positive contributions they make to our communities. An earlier blog post highlighted libraries near Teachers College. This post will showcase some of the special libraries and …

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Library Resources and Services for C&T 6102, Theory and Inquiry in Curriculum and Teaching 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for Professor Michelle Knight-Manuel's Spring 2018 course C&T 6102, Theory and Inquiry in Curriculum and Teaching.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the aim of the course, i.e., "to prepare …

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Today in History: Engel v Vitale 

"Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen." April 3rd, 1962 marks the date when the landmark case of Engel versus Vitale was argued on the basis that it was unconstitutional for state officials to compose a school prayer and …

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Famous Women in Psychology 

Psychology has been a part of the Teachers College curriculum since 1899. It is quite common to hear about the Founding Fathers of psychology but what about the women who helped shape the field? For Women's History Month, here are just a few important figures. Mary Whiton Calkins (1863-1930) was the first female president of the …

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Conferences as Professional Exploration Opportunities 

Attending conferences as a graduate student can be a great supplementary educational and professional experience. Conferences can be a invaluable opportunity to explore career paths and familiarize oneself with current industry-specific trends. Most conferences offer student rates that are significantly discounted, as well as travel awards and scholarships to help offset the cost of attendance. …

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Today in History: Patty Smith Hill Is Born 

Happy Birthday to You Happy Birthday to You Happy Birthday Dear Patty Happy Birthday to You. Born March 27, 1876, Patty Smith Hill was an American nursery school, kindergarten teacher, and key founder of the National Association Nursery Education (NANE) which now exists as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She …

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Woman Interrupted: A New Everett Cafe Book Display 

A cultural icon of World War II, Rosie the Riveter represented women, including mothers, who worked in factories and shipyards to support the war effort, and then served to symbolize feminism and women's economic power. But despite solid efforts towards equality, women still face all kinds of disparity throughout their working and personal lives, be they office workers, doctors, …

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Off the Deep End with the NYC Moth GrandSLAM 2018 

Last night, a friend of mine took to the stage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg to recount how a video that he made when he moved to New York accidentally went viral, but how his life is better for it. He was one of ten NYC Moth StorySLAM champions competing in the event. The …

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Today in History: Academy Awards Airs on NBC 

"And the envelope, please." These words are familiar to millions of viewers who await with baited breath the announcement of the Oscar winner for best actor, best actress, best picture, and a host of other prestigious awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Hollywood at its finest, honoring outstanding achievement, fanfare of fashion …

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Today in History: Remembering Margarethe Schurz 

Margarethe Schurz, also known as Molly Meyer Schurz (August, 27, 1833 - March 15, 1876), the wife of Carl Schurz, German revolutionary and American statesman, journalist, and reformer (1929-1906), is credited for opening for the first German-language kindergarten in the United States. Bringing Friedrich Froebel's ideas into practice, she incorporated games, song, and group activities …

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What About That Poster! 

It's said that folk commonly spend about 3 short seconds looking at a poster or e-board, given they are usually en route to class or the coffee shop, with no particular reason to situate themselves beside a stand or under a flashing screen. Posters are designed to announce news and events in a smart and appealing way, …

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Staff Picks March 2018: American Singers, American Song 

The March Staff Picks collection, American Singers, American Song, on the second floor of the Teachers College Gottesman Libraries, features profiles of singers from the 1870s to the present, including such notables as the Jubilee Singers, Sophie Tucker, Woody Guthrie, Mahalia Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Marian Anderson, Odetta, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, and Queen …

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Today in History: Dial-a-President Radio Program 

For better or for worse, different medias allow for communication at varying levels -- encouraging us to ask why a president would choose to tweet, participate in a televised interview, speak over the radio, utilize a combination of mediums, or focus on one. Which medium is the most effective may depend on the purpose and depth of the message …

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Pioneering Black Educators and Librarians 

The history of black education in America is fraught with institutionalized racism. Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896 upheld the idea that schools could legally be segregated if they were "separate but equal", something we know they never were. This ruling was not overturned until 1954 with Brown v. Board of Education but even then it was still …

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Today in History: Watson and Crick Decipher DNA 

Can you imagine the significance of unlocking the secret of creation? If so, you'd appreciate the fervent race to determine the structure of DNA, the hereditary material found in humans and almost all living organisms. Maybe you did not realize that behind two great men, American molecular biologist James Watson and British biophysicist and neuroscientist Francis Crick, …

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Neighborhood Libraries 

Teachers College students and faculty have access to a wide range of materials and research resources.  Teachers college affiliates have many options on or near campus, from the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, to all of the Columbia University Libraries as well as Barnard College Library and the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary. Local public …

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Grassroots Algorithms: A New Book Display on Social Media 


Reposted from Learning at the Library. Written by Jennifer Govan.

Looking into the crystal ball, we see a plethora of possibilities that may foretell the future -- good or bad -- of social media. Creativity on the up, privacy on the line, video more integrated, advertising run wild... We also can harvest data, crunching numbers to make sense of current trends and future directions of websites …

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Today in History: Children Receive First Polio Vaccine 

I recall my mother saying that the only thing she ever regretted being unable to do was ride a bike, a simple pleasure I well know in life -- and one that I take advantage of in commuting. Shortly after I was born, the doctors fused her kneecap, for muscles were deteriorating to a bad …

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This Week: Yoga Transforms Students and the Learning Theater 

You wouldn't think that you'd find softness and light inside of a darkened black-box style space, but the Smith Learning Theater turns that notion on its head. Literally. I found myself there in Ardha Pincha Mayurasana (or Dolphin Pose) among a group of other folks from the TC community, surrounded by soothing ambient sound and video projections that …

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Today in History: Gershwin Plays Rhapsody in Blue 

February 12, 1924 marks the debut of Rhapsody in Blue, played masterfully by the composer and pianist George Gershwin, largely known for his work on Broadway songs. With a packed audience at Aeolian Hall in New York City, Gershwin performed his brand new piece as part of an educational event called "Experiment in Modern Music" …

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