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More Than Books: The Value of a Library 

On Saturday, July 21, LIU Post economics professor and Forbes contributing writer Panos Mourdoukoutas published a piece entitled Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money. The title is self-explanatory: he proposes the elimination of in communities and the creation of Amazon book stores in their place, on the grounds of reducing taxes that …

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National Library Workers Day 

Today is National Library Workers Day.  While many grow up visiting libraries, not everyone is aware of all the work library workers do to create and maintain the collections and spaces people love and depend on.  This blog will highlight some librarians who have devoted their careers to building and fighting for library collections that are representative …

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National Library Week April 8-14, 2018 

This week is National Library Week in the United States. National Library week is a time to consider the role that libraries play in our lives and celebrate the positive contributions they make to our communities. An earlier blog post highlighted libraries near Teachers College. This post will showcase some of the special libraries and …

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Off the Deep End with the NYC Moth GrandSLAM 2018 

Last night, a friend of mine took to the stage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg to recount how a video that he made when he moved to New York accidentally went viral, but how his life is better for it. He was one of ten NYC Moth StorySLAM champions competing in the event. The …

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Neighborhood Libraries 

Teachers College students and faculty have access to a wide range of materials and research resources.  Teachers college affiliates have many options on or near campus, from the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, to all of the Columbia University Libraries as well as Barnard College Library and the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary. Local public …

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Book Talk: Insights from Conversation Analysis 

On October 26th, Teachers College professor and program director Hansun Zhang Waring captivated a standing-room-only audience in Gottesman Libraries with an eagerly awaited talk on her book, Theorizing Pedagogical Interaction: Insights from Conversation Analysis, first published by CRC/Routledge in 2016. A scholar in language and social interaction, Professor Waring introduced her subject with a story about her own …

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Staff Picks: Award-Winning Children’s Books to Read Again and Again 

Colorful bookmarks paired with new, acclaimed children's books display information about the awards represented in our collection. September is a month of new starts for many, especially those returning to school. What could be better than kicking things off with new books? At the beginning of the month, Kaitlin and I launched a collection featuring recent …

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Today in History: Hurricane Katrina 

For a year -- if not more -- after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, reaping unimaginable destruction, citizens near and far -- including our very own library staff -- volunteered in relief efforts down in New Orleans;  parishes were inhabitable, governmental responsibility seriously questioned, life exacerbated by the highly charged political climate. As one colleague described, it was …

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Staff Picks: Pride Month 

When looking for a book to read, do you have to stop and think whether or not you’ll be able to see yourself in the pages? A common idea about what makes a book great is how easy it is for readers to relate to the characters or plot. While this usually rings true, many …

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Staff Picks: Earth Day 

Spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, bugs are buzzing! As we pass the midway point of April, Earth Day is on its way; with nature being so busy, there's no better time to celebrate the planet. This staff picks collection captures the spirit of the holiday, which was first observed as a …

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Book Talk: The Dropout: How a Lost Kid Found his Dream, with Joseph Matthews 

Joseph Matthews' 'The Dropout' is written from his perspective as a teenager in jail trying to reinvent himself and gather the resources and determination to build a new life. Matthews discusses the discouragement that students of color face in the school system and how it shapes their attitude towards themselves, their future, and contributes to developing a path of self destruction. …

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#Colorourcollections, Mo Willems, & Book Chains 

#Colorourcollections February 6th - 10th is #colorourcollections week! Libraries and Special Collections around the world have digitized parts of their collections for you to color and enjoy. There are 95 different organizations participating this year, including Digital Public Library of America and Biodiversity Heritage Library. A full list of participating organizations can be found here<span style="font-weight: …

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Career Development for A&H Students 

On Monday, February 6  I attended a career development workshop hosted by the Arts & Humanities Department at Teachers College. This week’s topic covered on-campus interviewing preparation for doctoral students. By extension, Skype and phone interviews were also covered since multiple participants had recently in conversation to potential employers. Participants began the workshop by sharing …

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Abby the Therapy Dog Visits the Library! 

Today, the library welcomed Abby and her owner Karen Baldwin to brighten up finals week. Abby and Karen come to TC from the Good Dog Foundation, and Abby is a certified therapy dog who helps bring stress relief, healing, and love wherever she goes. Finals can be a really stressful time for TC students, and the Gottesman …

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Second Floor Staff Picks: At Home in Alternate Worlds 

-Beckie Beeson I have worked as a librarian at the Gottesman Libraries for a year now, and have been honored to meet the students, professionals, and educators that make up the community at TC. As I head to the West Coast to complete my Masters degree in Library Science at the University of Washington, I leave a library book …

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Page Turning Events and the Life of TC Books 

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go." -Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut From the Services desk, circulating books reflect course curriculum, patron inquiries mirror educational research, and the book drop holds charming lost causes of leisure reading. It …

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Remembering Mort Schindel 

Stepping into the colorful book mobile parked in front of the main steps of Teachers College, I stumble across Clifford, of all creatures. Big, red, and furry, for real. Bigger, in fact, than the person whom I really came to see -- Mr. Morton Schindel, distinguished alumnus (M.A, audiovisual education, 1946) and founder of Weston Woods, …

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Staff Picks of the Month: Escapism 

When my turn to do the Staff Picks of the Month came around, I knew right away what I wanted to focus on: speculative fiction. Or do we call it genre fiction? Sci-Fi/Fantasy? Weird-books-where-sometimes-there's-magic-and-sometimes-there's-robots-and-sometimes-both-oh-my-god-how-do-we-define-all-of-this? The books featured in this collection belong to a form of storytelling that is often incredibly difficult to pin down with …

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Wearable Books 

Most of us librarians really...really love books. I also really love jewelry. Last week, my like-minded coworker and I visited an exhibit at The Gallery at Reinstein|Ross on 30 Gansevoort Street in Chelsea. Located in the gallery's back room, "Read and Worn: Jewelry from Books" exhibited works by five artists from around the world. Their wearable pieces had with one …

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Taking a Study Break with Abby the Therapy Dog- Here at Gottesman Libraries! 

It's a busy time at Teachers College with finals around the corner. Everyone is studying, finishing projects, writing papers, and taking tests.  The library is always trying to find ways to ease the stress and frustration of finals week, whether it be staying open until 1:00 A.M. until May 9, providing complimentary chocolates for students …

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