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Welcome! 

Welcome, new and returning students! We are thrilled to meet you and help you settle into Teachers College, our proud institution where "education is writ at large -- the study of how people learn, and how they should be taught, in all fields." A place of continual learning across many disciplines, mediums, and modalities, the Library is …

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Today in History: Google Is Incorporated 

Did you know that it is twenty years since Google was incorporated? On August 31st, 1998 Stanford University alumni / computer whizzes Larry Page and Sergey Brin filed Google for incorporation in the state of California. The young entrepreneurs worked from a small office in a garage in Menlo Park and went on to open their …

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To Summer 2018, Sincerely 

  Dear Summer, it's hard to know where you went, but you did, rather slowly, like the steam rising and dissipating from the bike path after an August rain. There were cyclists in Central Park that day -- many of them tourists, who, despite the heat, pedaled hard the big loop, only to stop half way up and catch a breath or …

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Today in History: Edison Patents the Kinetograph 

Did you know that the kinetograph (motion recorder), patented by Thomas Alva Edison on August 31st, 1897, was a very early form of the movie camera? Edison used flexible, perforated celluloid film on a sprocket or gear that allowed it to be advanced in intervals. With an intermittent mechanism in the camera, frames in film …

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Today in History: Remembering Amelia Earhart 

On July 2, 1937 famed aviatrice Amelia Earhart, together with navigator and former Pan American pilot Frederick Noonan, lost contact near Howland Island in the center of the pacific Ocean during their voyage around the world. The United States Coastguard had received reports of their being lost and lack of fuel. The newly refurbished Lockheed …

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Today in History: Remembering Benjamin Franklin 

How exciting to see that the Benjamin Franklin Papers via the National Archives, Library of Congress are now online! The Library announced the digitization today in remembrance of the anniversary of Franklin’s death on April 17th, 1790. The Franklin collections endured a "turbulent history", having been dispersed, damaged, lost, even cut up by a tailor before being …

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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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Grassroots Algorithms: A New Book Display on Social Media 

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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Strage Prize 2017 with Nathan Holbert  ☆

The Strage Junior Faculty Prize committee honors Nathan Holbert as the 2017 Strage Prize recipient. Dr. Hobert is the Assistant Professor of Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. In 2014, shortly after arriving at TC, Holbert founded The …

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Future Textile Library in the Gottesman Libraries 

The perfect blend of high tech and high fashion is now on display in the Second Floor Reading Room. Wearable Media, a group focusing on bringing data to life through engineering and cutting-edge textile design, installed the Future Textile Library as a display of how many boundaries can be pushed when art and science are …

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Today in History: Sputnik Is Launched 

Why has man always been fascinated with outer space, our solar system, and possibilities beyond Earth? What does exploration into planets other than our own tell us about ourselves, and how we choose to lead our lives? How can we best apply the lessons learned from space exploration to other significant contexts --  home, classroom, …

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Today in History: Edison Invents the Phonograph 

From smart machines to wizards, we move to inventors. Some consider Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847- October 18, 1931) to be one of the greatest inventors of all time, for he smartly and prolifically developed technology that greatly influenced our lives. Innovation and invention, research, development, and commercialization became the foundation of the industrial research …

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Today in History: X Rays Are Discovered 

A human body is three dimensional, but an x-ray is two -- allowing us to see inside the human body, including the brain. Today is Election Day -- a day when we exercise our brains and civic duty -- but it is also the anniversary of a major scientific discovery by an eminent German mechanical …

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Dreaming with Machines: A New Everett Cafe Book Display 

Perhaps the dream started with Leonardo, the greatest artist whose telling notebooks include fantastic drawings of "smart" machines -- a parachute, helicopter, tank, mechanical knight, and many other curious mechanical devices. Leonardo certainly amused the Italian royalty, but his dreams came to fruition -- enabling the creative and logical connection between humans and technology. We remember that he was not …

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Sensational Gods: A Winter Book Collection 

Drawn to the festive red and green, we note the powdered face of the Elizabethan court jester. The comic fool, yet not the fool in serving to provide witty insight and advice to the King, whom he may also mock. Dark eyes aslant, there’s a pursed smile…deciding, disapproving, lying? We muse on what student Burdett had in …

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Talk and Act: Fall 2014 Education Program 

… from books and guest speakers, to films and Socratic conversations, we engage in spirited discussion of topics and trends, tactics and targets. We open Fall Book Talks with Summer Melt (the transition of low-income minority students to college) -- and close with The Kidnapping of Sr. Angeles (for some lighter holiday reading). We explore wordless narratives and …

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Values and Learning Modalities 

“Pass It On” TV commercials from Values.com were the experimental learning modality used at the monthly meeting of the Socratic Conversations on Thursday, September 18th.  In Lights! Camera!! Values!!? the group explored their basic values by responding to one-minute dramatic pieces on significant themes, like believing in yourself (courage and perseverance), making a difference (generosity …

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Strage Prize 2013 with Joey Lee 

This year, the Strage Prize features the work of TC Professor Joey Lee and his research on games and education. Lee’s recent work includes “Greenify: real-world missions for climate change education” and “Experience points for learning: Student perceptions of game mechanics for the classroom.” His work at Teachers College intersected with others through projects supported …

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Teaching Current Events: Resources for Teachers 

News stories offer many possibilities when it comes to bringing new topics to life in the classroom. For one thing, teaching students about current events allows for a multitude of opportunities to help students understand contemporary culture and gather their thoughts on issues as they unfold. Current events can be used as jumping off points …

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Digital Humanities updates 

It's a busy summer for folks in the digital humanities. Here's a quick overview of some of the developments in the DH community: dh +lib has released a mini-series called Make It New?, a collection of articles that continue the conversation about collaborations and connections between digital humanities and libraries in response to the Journal …

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