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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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A review of summer activity in the library 

Feeling nostalgic for open windows and summer breezes? With our first snowstorm of Winter 2012 behind us, the library is a comfortable place to study and stay warm. Fall is usually our busiest semester. Here's a look at the summer's circulation, meeting room usage and overall foot traffic at Gottesman: We had 6,860 total checkouts …

Posted 69 months ago by

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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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Library Services Highlights and Statistics, Summer 2012 

This past summer the Library Services unit maintained a low hum of activity, at the same time closing out the activities of the Fall and Spring semesters, and gearing up for the upcoming academic year.  A major focus of our efforts was preparation for rolling out a new version of Blackboard, the learning management system …

Posted 70 months ago by

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Tipping the Hat… to the Education Program* 

This was some time for play,   This was some time for fun, This was some time for games, And some work was well done! All that hot, hot, hot sun, All that sun made us run. When our boss went Down to Ground for the …

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Spring Snapshot: Circulation and Room Booking 

Book checkouts are down and room booking is up according to the statistics on library circulation and space usage for spring 2012. Our most popular meeting room was Russell Hall 309, a mid-sized room situated in the southeast corner of the 3rd floor Reading Room overlooking 120th Street. In total, 6,374 meetings, classes and events …

Posted 75 months ago by

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Library Services Statistics and Highlights, Spring 2012 

Among the great pleasures of providing research and information services (what used to be called “doing reference”) is the continuing opportunity, and indeed necessity, to learn:  about disciplines, research approaches, technologies new to oneself.  I feel privileged to have been able to serve the research and information needs of members of the academic community in …

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Spring Flowers: Cultivating the Education Program 

A trio of four-year olds arrives quietly, ushered in by young teachers. They tiptoe along the carpeted path to my desk by the southerly first floor windows, as we’re preparing a workshop on services for budding alumni. Lemon rose, coral tulip, and purple sweet william are tied in fuchsia-colored satin, an annual token of appreciation …

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Unwrapping the Fall Education Program 

Here are a few good numbers for you, Enjoy them, a present, for all, shining true, Heralding the attendees of collaborative events, From September through December On the calendar we went. In the halls of great Gottesman, With lively spirit and cheer, We donned music, displays, a new tier Of Socrates, films, scintillating speakers, Cool …

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Circulation and Room Booking Roundup, Fall 2011 

Two of the library's most popular services are meeting room reservations and materials checkouts. Here they are in numbers for the Fall semester: From September through today, there have been 13,456 checkouts and 11,646 checkins at the Gottesman first floor desk. This includes physical books and equipment like laptops. The TC Community booked almost 5,000 …

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Research & Information Services Statistics and Highlights, Fall 2011 

During Fall 2011, the Research & Information Services team delivered a substantial number of in-person, telephone, and email reference exchanges, one-on-one research consultations, and course-specific library information sessions.  The following is a summary of reference and public services provided to the academic community during the Fall semester. As of the last week in December before …

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