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Dispersing Seeds: Education Program, Summer 2019 

The End of Summer --- by Edna St. Vincent Millay When poppies in the garden bleed, And coreopsis goes to seed, And pansies, blossoming past their prime, Grow small and smaller all the time, When on the mown field, shrunk and dry, Brown dock and purple thistle lie, And smoke from forest fires at noon Can …

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Library Services, Spring 2019: Musing on the Time for Dance at Teachers College 

When the new doctoral program in Dance Education welcomed its first cohort of students in the 2018-2019 academic year, the library was presented with an exceptional opportunity: to collaborate with faculty and students (through our document delivery service and other mechanisms) in building the collection in support of their research …

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Water to the Well: Education Program Spring 2019 

‘I lifted the bucket to his lips. He drank, his eyes closed. Then I drank. It was like a feast of water. This was not ordinary food of course, but it might just as well have been. The sweetness of this water was born from the long walk under the stars, from the song of …

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Library Services, Fall 2018: Library Research 101 

On October 11, 2018 in the evening, Services staff provided a library information session for Dr. Yoo Kyung Chang's course MSTU 4000, Core Seminar in Mathematics, Science, and Technology.  The event is documented in a Vialogue titled LT Spotlight: Library Research 101 produced with its usual cutting-edge professionalism by the library's Video Team. When asked by a colleague from the …

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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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Library Services, Summer 2018: A Memory Theater Research Journey in Search of the Truth about Forgetting 

During Summer 2018, library staff were asked to create an artifact or present a performance exemplifying the work they do and specifically had done during the 2017-2018 academic year.  Because I've been thinking (and blogging) about using the Smith Learning Theater as a site for instruction in fundamental library research, including key resources and search strategies, and at …

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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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Exhibit: The 2018 Library Performance Revue 

You might connect to old school days, remembering science fairs, art and music expos, or other special events commemorating the best of student work.... perhaps it was the second grade watercolor with prized black and white Heffer munching on dandelions; fourth grade robot constructed of painted cardboard and Christmas lights; eighth grade tri-fold on the safety of drinking water; or eleventh …

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On Composition: 2018 Spring Education Program 

Some months ago, a gorgeous still life mysteriously wended its way back to the library and propped itself casually beside my desk. Whence it came, and where exactly it needed to go, required research, for the colorful study of a shiny blue teapot surrounded by bright apples and oranges on a copper tray, red cloth and …

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Playing Out the Education Program: Fall 2017 

One hundred years ago, Teachers College hosted a Players Club, comprised of female students from various departments who were interested in dramatics. In 1918, they produced several plays, raised funds to assist war efforts, and donated costumes and properties to a Teachers College graduate working in a soldier’s recreation center in France. That same year, the …

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After Totality: Education Program: Summer 2017 

August 21, 2017 ushers in a field trip to the Russell rooftop, where we, equipped with cereal box viewers, pinhole projects, or special glasses, wait with bated breath. The new Moon is set to pass between the Earth and Sun, casting its umbra, or darkest part of the shadow, on Earth. Although we are not …

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Story within a Story 

It is a gloomy wet night, and a crash of thunder propels me into the Starrett-Lehigh Building, a full-block, landmark freight terminal, warehouse, and office building which houses on its third floor the Centre for Social Innovation. Plastered to my shins are my khakis, which feel like onionskin in a dank New York City subway. A stranger …

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Library Services, Spring 2017: Library Instruction as Immersive Experience 

In Spring 2014 I had the good fortune to attend a performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth, with Sir Kenneth Branagh in the title role, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York; the official trailer may give you some sense of what the production was about: Another short video, in which Oz Woloshyn interviews Rebecca Robertson, President and Executive Producer of …

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On Breaking the 4th Wall: Education Program, Spring 2017 

The fourth wall in theater or film is the one that separates the actors or characters from us. Actors in modern realistic theater ignore the audience, focusing their attention solely on the dramatic world. Disengaged from the audience, they are, for all intensive purposes, “alone” in a public setting -- but perhaps for the conceptual …

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Library Services, Fall 2016: The Memory Theater Revisited 

During the Fall 2016 semester, library staff completed a significant number of service transactions in the following categories: Research librarians and Services Associates answered a total of 1,717 in-person and phone reference Critchley, S. (2015). Memory Theater. Other Press, LLC. queries. Services staff members responded to  896 research- and information-related email support requests. Library staff worked collaboratively with students in 95 one-on-one research consultations. …

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Home and Hearth: Fall 2016 Education Program Highlights 

In the other gardens And all up the vale, From the autumn bonfires See the smoke trail! -- Robert Louis Stevenson, "Autumn Fires", A Child's Garden of Verses "Fairy Figures Round a Camp Fire," by Paula Ahti, Ziegfeld Collection of International Children's Art Inspiring "autumn fires" celebrate the work of our faculty, staff, and …

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Spring 2016 Room Report 

Last Spring was a great time to visit the Library, construction notwithstanding. Once again we were able to provide space for a ton of events. In our twelve available classrooms, 1009 patrons booked 5,933 events with enough space for 41,528 participants to get their study on for 12,369 hours. Those hours were full of 1,460 …

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Library Services, Summer 2016: Too Much to Know? 

A significant part of our work in library services involves helping users navigate the oceans of information they find themselves confronting in their academic lives.  Through in-person consultations, in-class instruction sessions, blog posts, and resource guides, our objective is to suggest ways that students can manage what is essentially the unmanageable proliferation of material potentially relevant to their research.  I …

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Education Program: Summer 2016 

Last summer we reflected on moving walls; well, summer 2016 brought an even greater, necessary reduction of programming, due to ongoing construction of the fourth floor Learning Theater and closure of the first floor which received a ceiling sprinkler system - now ready to dowse books, equipment, and furnishings in the unfortunate event of a fire. From our …

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Visiting the Cooper Hewitt, Part II 

Even before we set out on our family field trip, I am asked about "The Chair", whose lucky sitter can rock from side to side, or spin around in a complete circle – reminiscent of a top twirling off its axis to slow down. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick and distributed by Herman Miller, the Spun Chair (also …

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