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January Posters 

Just in case you're wondering…. posters for offerings of the Gottesman Libraries Education Program draw upon the historical art collections of Teachers College, Columbia University. Click on the offering or event, and you will learn what’s going on in January. Click on the title of the artwork and read “About the work”, to find details on …

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Poster Art 

What do featured databases, themed book displays, and special news exhibits all have in common? Psychology, science, culture, the arts, technology and media. You're thinking connections to research and teaching in the broad areas of education, psychology, and applied health sciences? Institutional mission ... and connections to the Gottesman Libraries Education Program! To catch the …

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Just Look at That Art! 

Happen to see our latest e-board and website ads? Our inspiration draws from the Gottesman Libraries Historical Art Collections, where we incorporate unique pieces by artists, young and old, from all over the world – Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, New York, and in between. Click on the italicized title and read “About the work” for …

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Happy May Day! Working on the Dartigue Collection 

Sifting through e-mail, I see that May 1, 2014 marks a significant second anniversary:  the beginning of collaborative work with John Dartigue, son of Maurice and Esther, on the Maurice Dartigue Collection and its sub collections, Additional Writings by and about Maurice Dartigue; and Writings by and about Esther Dartigue. It was on May 1, …

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Sylva Sylvarum 

Hot off the printing presses...three hundred and fifty years ago! Look at this rare tome that appeared on our desk today from the closed stack. It's the Sylva Sylvarum: or A Naturall Historie In Ten Centuries, by Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban (1561–1626). It was originally printed in 1627, but our edition is from 1676. …

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Academia.edu : social media and digital repository mashup 

While scrolling around the internet looking for information about Eli Pariser's TED talk, I encountered an interview with Umberto Eco from 1995 in which he discusses the distractions of being able to find too much on the internet, verses stumbling upon information in what he considers the more controlled (and curated) environment of the traditional …

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Columbia Acquires Author Dawn Powell Archives  ☆

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University now retains the archives of author Dawn Powell. The collection includes works that capture her life experiences in New York City from the 1930’s through the 1950’s. Powell, a New York novelist whose posthumous literary collection includes Gore Vidal, Edmund Wilson and Matthew Josephson, hundreds of …

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125th Anniversary: Call for Actors 

Do you have a talent for acting that is going unused? Maybe you do and you don't even know it. Maybe you just want to give it a shot. For Teachers College's 125th, EdLab is producing a series of short (2 minute, slightly humorous video re-enactments of major events in Teachers College history. The films …

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PocketKnowledge Usage 

We took a look at the usage statistics for the social archive of Teachers College, PocketKnowledge.  This past summer PocketKnowledge received 11,252 visits between June 1st and August 31st. 79% of PocketKnowledge visitors were first time visitors, and 20% of visitors were returning to our archive. During this time there were 74,447 pageviews.

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Using the National Archives in your classroom 

Today I got a very exciting email from NARA, the National Archives and Records Association, who released for iPad a set of fantastic teaching guides centered around their digital archives.  The tool is called TeachDocs, and by using it teachers can find ready-made lesson plans that place photos and documents from the National Archives collection …

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Books We Loved as Kids: Abiyoyo 

I would venture to guess that I am not the only person in the library at this very moment who was an avid Reading Rainbow watcher as a child.  One of the books highlighted on the show was Pete Seeger's Abiyoyo, a story he created for his own children and a favorite of mine in …

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Books We Loved As Kids: The Velveteen Rabbit 

I spent this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio, where my brother got married to his high school sweetheart after dating for almost a decade.  One of the highlights of their very unique and lovely ceremony was a reading of an excerpt of Margery Williams' The Velveteen Rabbit.  My sister, a mother of two young children …

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A Gift for Paul Monroe 

I want to share two wonderful photographs that are a part of the Gottesman Library archive. These two photographs hail from China and were given to Professor Paul Monroe as a gift. Professor Paul Monroe had a significant impact of the development of education in China and he made many trips to China during the …

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Building Our Legacy Together: When Good Archives Go Bad 

Conflicting opinions over what documents are important can create hard feelings between the donors of archives and the archivists who process them. The New York Times reports such a contretemps between author and reporter Paul Brodeur and the New York Public Research Library. Brodeur donated his archives in 320 boxes to NYPL-R when he left …

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Building Our Legacy Together: Eliminate The Unnecessary 

"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." --Hans Hofmann An archive is a purposefully-assembled collection of records intended to tell a story to future researchers. Emptying file drawers into an archive actually inhibits the effectiveness of the archive by obstructing access to key documents with a surfeit …

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Building Our Legacy Together: History Will Be Kind To Me… 

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." --Winston Churchill Each office, faculty member, staff member and student has the opportunity to use PocketKnowledge to create an archive. The goal of an archive is to preserve and make accessible the records that comprise the history of an institution. The archive tells …

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Historic Juvenile Collection: Victorian Children’s Literature 

One of my favorite descriptions of Victorian times is expressed through The Kinks' album, Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) It’s not that Dickens, or the Bronte sisters don't do a good job, but it takes them hundreds of pages to say what Ray Davies said in 16 words. ”Long ago …

Posted 73 months ago by

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Historic Juvenile Collection: Fairy Tales 

Magic spells, glass slippers, talking animals and feisty ogres…this is the stuff many fairy tales are made of. Surprisingly, perhaps, to some of us, fairy tales weren’t always popular and weren’t always for children. Some of my former blog posts have illustrated examples of “appropriate” books for children in the 1600 and 1700s - mostly …

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Make John Dewey your Facebook friend… 

Two days ago, a friend of mine posted on her wall that she and John Dewey were now facebook friends... Ohhhhkaaaayy. I called her to check if she was doing well and if the stress and cold of the season had actually gotten to her...but she was quite sane and said, "no really, see for …

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On stairs, dents, and photographs 

A few weeks ago, while walking down the stairs from the fourth floor of Russell Hall, I noticed something.  I hadn't noticed it before, maybe because I don't look down much while walking down stairs, although I probably should, given that I always seem to have my brain focused on my phone as I roam …

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