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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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Fall 2014 Room Report 

  Over 50,000 patrons booked 13,693 hours in library rooms this fall Who are they? Where are they meeting? 308 is once again our most popular room, hosting 657 individual groups What are they doing? 180 Course Sessions 64 Dissertation Defenses and Meetings 89 Library Workshops 2682 Study Groups and Meetings 225 Teleconferences and Interviews   …

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Library Services, Summer 2014: The College (and the Library?) as Makerspace 

Pupil At Desk With Manual Training Desk Cover, 9 University Place. Teachers College. (1893) The concept of libraries as makerspaces--sites where library users have the means to create with technology, in the broadest sense of the word that includes tools of all kinds as technology--is an exciting and challenging new development in our field, and …

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Summer of Firsts 

Home to work, this is a summer of firsts; lovely lemonade stand to foldable four-point crab trap, experiment we go: there's dog walking (for a puggle named Jennifer); horseback riding with Magic, Dock, and Bequita; an oyster harvest at Peconic Bay; walk across the Brooklyn Bridge on surely the hottest day; and tour of Four …

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Welcome 

September comes around like a carousel, not unlike the work of Arthur Wesley Dow and his students. An influential and highly innovative art educator, Dow taught future art teachers the importance of creating art through elements of composition, namely line, mass, and color. Made in the early 1900’s by an unknown student of Dow’s, the …

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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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By Design: Highlighting the Spring Education Program 

D esign is the theme for Socrates. Death, strengthflame,  friend, home, if you please! Fine topics equate, As we ponder our fate -- Philosopher, growing minds he believes! * * * * * * E very book talks in the Library. Dear reader, be sure not to tarry! Global or leader, It couldn’t …

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A Fall Library Review! 

It was another busy and bustling semester here at the library. This past fall 7,847 meetings, classes and events were scheduled in the library making up 26,321.5 hours of room usage. This is an increase from the spring of 2013 where the library held 6,817 room bookings with 17,834 hours. The room in the library …

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Infusing the Fall 2013 Education Program 

Education  -- Special -- we honor last, but not least. Design thinking infuses Socratic conversation, like mint tisane. United Nations, we celebrate our common humanity. Cosmopolitanism and philosophy wed innovation and education. Arts, Media, and Justice we embrace with a panel of eight. TEACH, in motion, we face the real …

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Library Resources about School Violence and Safety 

There has been a great deal of talk about school safety lately with the recent anniversary of the Newtown, Conn. school massacre at Sandy Hook elementary, while at least 24 school shootings since that day have claimed at least 17 lives, according to a recent Daily Beast article. Unfortunately, while politicians debate about the most …

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Hello, Education Program 

Opening Days. A flutter of fresh faces. A rousing rag and a fallen moustache. A wandering through floors, librarians leading. A panoply of news. A flurry of questions. Woodwinds rising. Leaves turning. Student, teacher, writer, artist, friend uniting. So begins the Education Program, to inform about the latest thinking in education and engage members of …

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Lavender Summer: Pondering the Education Program 

So seeing the purple fields, row upon row of long, slender plants dotted with honeybees, I ponder the brief summer, and dream of France or England. Better yet, I am closer to home -- right here in the North Fork, savoring by bicycle the last of our August holiday. I brake at the lavender farm, …

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A spring library review! 

It was another busy spring here at the library.  This past spring 6,817 meetings, classes and events were scheduled in the library, making up 17,834 hours of room usage. That is a slight increase from the 6,374 room bookings and 14,596 hours of room usage last year during the 2012 spring semester. …

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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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Balance and Momentum: Spring Education Program 

Pedaling is the way a cyclist goes forward, maybe for châteaux, grey road ribboning vineyards green in a Loire Valley August, or for sweaters, woolly spin down the salt-slippery strip into Aber town, or for work, up past the North Woods on that crazy-cold NYC day, hands like birds frozen in flight. We provide points …

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Learning Spaces 

Imagine a box, velvet black, Low-key lighting like beams from a lighthouse cast. Open space, no seats, silence. Just a big black box Waiting for actors, dancers, musicians. It’s a space that will be. Meaning will they make, Like blank page to written word. They perform, imprint our souls, move on. My knowledge of transitional …

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On Space and the Education Program 

As we grow, our spaces need to evolve, and the way things evolve can be difficult to predict. Whether we need to fashion a third bedroom out of a Manhattan living room, or create more appealing space for an expanding Education Program, we anticipate that content is prime; aesthetics and functionality, key; light, tone, color, …

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Process in the Education Program 

“Why do we do what we do?” asks a colleague over the cranking of coffee machines in the Everett Café. I flip through the numbers and think through the presentations: an estimated 1,500 events since the inception of the Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, enhanced by introductions at professional conferences, staff meetings, and the events themselves. …

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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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One Horse Open: Fall Education Program 

Dashing through the Fall,  For our students and a song, O’er the library dear, Galloping along, Sounds in Everett ring, Posters oh, so bright, What fun it is to laugh and sing, With TC’eans, a happy sight! Oh, Ed Program, Ed Program, When to grow our minds, Oh, what fun it is to think and …

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