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Copyright Basics for Everyone – an Overview 

Copyright graffiti - photo credit: Horia Varlan Do you have anything that is copyrighted? Have you ever written a research paper, poem, piece of music, or short story? Taken a photograph or a sound or video recording? If you've done any of these things in your life, you hold copyright on your creations. In fact, …

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Library Services, Spring 2014: Users, Staff, and Technology 

My report on library services for Spring 2014 takes as its theme the intersection between library users, library staff members, and information technologies, and as in the past I've raided the wonderful Historical Photographs of Teachers College collection in PocketKnowledge to provide illustrations of users in the past engaging with technologies of the past (and …

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Library Services, Spring 2013: Connecting with our Past 

The celebration of Teachers College's 125th seems a good occasion to think about the history of services at the TC library, and to ponder how our predecessor librarians thought about their own work, whether they documented it in ways similar to how we do (and whether such records are to be found), and, perhaps most …

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Research & Information Services, Fall 2012 

Since the concept of the "home page" was first introduced to us in the mid-1990s, our library has had a number of "Web presences," all of which can be viewed by means of the Wayback Machine of the Internet Archive (at by searching by the library's old website address, i.e., lweb.tc.columbia.edu.  It occurred to me …

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Library Services Highlights and Statistics, Summer 2012 

This past summer the Library Services unit maintained a low hum of activity, at the same time closing out the activities of the Fall and Spring semesters, and gearing up for the upcoming academic year.  A major focus of our efforts was preparation for rolling out a new version of Blackboard, the learning management system …

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Library Services Statistics and Highlights, Spring 2012 

Among the great pleasures of providing research and information services (what used to be called “doing reference”) is the continuing opportunity, and indeed necessity, to learn:  about disciplines, research approaches, technologies new to oneself.  I feel privileged to have been able to serve the research and information needs of members of the academic community in …

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The Information Cycle: a video from our friends at the Kimbel Library 

Some lovely people at Coastal Carolina University have created a series of Library Instruction videos for the Kimbel Library. If you click through to the videos page and scroll down, you can find out more information about the 3 creators (John WattsJoshua Vossler, and Tim Hodge) as well as more about their design …

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Scholarly vs. Popular: a video from our friends at the Kimbel Library 

Some lovely people at Coastal Carolina University have created a series of Library Instruction videos for the Kimbel Library. If you click through to the videos page and scroll down, you can find out more information about the 3 creators (John WattsJoshua Vossler, and Tim Hodge) as well as more about their design …

Posted 62 months ago by

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Research & Information Services Statistics and Highlights, Fall 2011 

During Fall 2011, the Research & Information Services team delivered a substantial number of in-person, telephone, and email reference exchanges, one-on-one research consultations, and course-specific library information sessions.  The following is a summary of reference and public services provided to the academic community during the Fall semester. As of the last week in December before …

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Literacy 2.0: Reading and Writing in the 21st Century Classrooms 

Title: Literacy 2.0: Reading and Writing in 21st Century Classrooms Authors: Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, Alex Gonzalez Publisher: Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press, © 2010 Check it out: LC149.5 .F745 2010 From the publisher: Literacy 2.0 is where traditional literacy and technological literacy meet. Students in the 21st century still need to develop the reading …

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Teaching Digital Natives 

Title: Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning Author: Marc Prensky, Foreword by Stephen Heppell Publisher: Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, c. 2010 Check it out: LB1027.23.P74 2010 From the publisher: Students today are growing up in a digital world. These "digital natives" learn in new and different ways, so educators need new approaches to make …

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Fail Again. Fail Better. 

The poet Gary Snyder writes about “the real work,” which he defines, tautologically but to me compellingly, as "what is to be done.” In my recent encounters with ideas bearing on the real work of research and information services, I’ve noticed the recurrence of the theme of failure, …

Posted 79 months ago by

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