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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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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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