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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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Library Services, Spring 2016: Towards a Theater of Memory 

This remarkable video was created by Kate Robinson, sculptor, visual artist, and Renaissance scholar, who describes it as "an imagined model of Renaissance philosopher Giulio Camillo's idea for a theatre. His book, 'L'idea del teatro' (Florence 1550) describes hundreds of images, the position of which in the theatre itself determined the meaning of the image. …

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Echo the Chorus: Spring 2016 Education Program 

The lights are off, and I am running, running barefoot through a hushed, intent audience until I reach the spotlight, downstage center left. My heart is beating as fast as the wings of a hummingbird hovering above the hibiscus to sip its nectar. Cast not as an Argive elder carrying a stave for support, but rather …

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Visiting the Cooper Hewitt, Part 1 

One morning I arrive at work to find a cartload of framed art pulled from the library's closed stacks for the Brushes with History: Imagination and Innovation in Art Education History conference and exhibit – select pieces from the Dow and Ziegfeld collections loaded up for loan to Macy Gallery. As I compile the inventory, I discover a …

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Highlighting the Education Program, Fall 2015: Blackthorn’s Sloe 

In Fall 2015, we are happy to see content significant to today's classroom and world. We can marvel at how the first dissertation, ever to be written in comic book form, was done at Teachers College, as we look back at The Comic Book Project and appreciate rapid growth in the teaching of visual literacy. Or, how a disengaged

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Library Services, Fall 2015: Towards a Theater of Learning 

The library is moving steadily towards opening day for the Learning Theater, the facility that will occupy the entirety of the fourth floor of Russell Hall.   The space has been totally gutted, and construction of a fully functioning, high-tech venue for presentation, group activity, and deeply interactive constructivist educational experience is well under way; some sense …

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Fall 2015 Room Report 

Last fall, the Gottesman Libraries was honored to host to a lot of events organized by our students, faculty, and staff. In total, 897 patrons booked 4,974 rooms on behalf of 26,471 participants for a total of 12,167.5 hours. Those hours were full of 1,514 study sessions, 41 tutoring meetups, 77 dissertation preps and defenses, …

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Moving Walls: Summer 2015 Education Program 

A moving wall is a fixed period of time – months or years – that tends to change the equation of motion. Not that we claim to fathom Lagrange's formulas, but we can spot the relevance. Summer construction impacts event programming and library services, as engineers and workers repair the roof, install a sprinkler system, upgrade the WiFi, …

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Spring 2015 Room Report 

  Almost 50,000 patrons spent 16,000 hours in library study rooms this spring Who are they? Where are they meeting? Room 308 continues to be the most popular room with 823 bookings What are they doing? 220 Course sessions 169 Dissertation Meetings & Defenses 115 Library Workshops 3141 Study groups and meetings 344 Teleconferences & …

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Library Services, Spring 2015: Commencing, Present and Past 

Teachers College Faculty And Student Group in the Grove. (Ca. 1896) Since it's the season, it seems timely to illustrate this report with photographs of Teachers College commencements from the somewhat distant (late 19th/early 20th century) past.  It is fairly remarkable to note the size of graduating classes during that early era in the College's history; it's also somewhat surprising to observe how …

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“Our Treasury and Too”: Highlights of the 2015 Spring Education Program 

"It never is too late For nights of stars and feet that move to an Iambic measure; all who clapped were linked, The theatre is our treasury and too, Our study, school-room, house where mercy is Dispensed with justice. Shakespeare has the mood And draws the music from the dullest heart.” --from A Performance of …

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Library Services, Fall 2014: The College in Historical Context 

In past posts on the semester's library services activities, I've made an effort to use images, many from our digitized Historical Photographs collection (all of which can be found in our online archive PocketKnowledge), to put current developments in the library and the College in context from a historical standpoint. House On Mrs. McKert's Farm, …

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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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