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When using the Gottesman Library's online search systems, sometimes searching for articles on a broad topic using SuperSearch can result in too much of a good thing: Hundreds of results. SuperSearch has features to help you focus on your specific needs and reduce the number of results. For example, searching for the term "educational theories" results in 683 articles. Clicking on "Refine Search" in the upper left corner of the Results Page lets you add additional qualifying terms to your original search. Adding the term "Kindergarten" to "Educational theories" reduces the number of...
At my daughter’s kindergarten closing ceremony four children walked to the center microphone and asked parents to “please stand as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance.” They retreated into lines, as the two classes of 2018 turned in unison towards the flag, placed hand over heart; and dutifully began. The sweet voices of some sixty children, dressed in their Sunday, best rang out...
A while back we received a query from a fellow librarian at the College Baseball Hall of Fame who hoped to acquire several Teachers College dissertations. I learned of the existence of this unique organization, a central point for the study of the history of American college baseball, located way out in Lubbock , ...
Last week, I took a multiple choice exam for the first time since my senior year at the University of North Alabama in 2002. In grad school my grades were based on essays and papers, so 8 years later I'm a little rusty on how to study for a test. Memorization is not my preferred method for acquiring knowledge, but that's what's required in college Chemistry. The tool I returned to is one I had success with years ago--the flash card. I picked up a box of color index cards at Rite Aid and went through my textbook, one chapter at a time. It's worked for me so far in this course, but after I ne...
On Friday, June 4th, I attended the annual meeting of the New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG), titled "Meeting Digital Natives Where They Are:  New Standards for the New Student."  I found the day-long program extremely stimulating and thought-provoking:  the stated intention was to explore "ways that librarians are rethinking information literacy instruction in light of today's student expectations, behaviors, and emerging technologies," and I felt that the presentations delivered the goods in a number of interesting ways.
All Teachers College students are entitled to the following free resources for the few minutes it takes to register: Pressible: Pressible is the library's newest social networking tool: A networked, easy-to-use personal publishing platform developed by EdLab. PocketKnowledge: PocketKnowledge is a social archive where you can store and retrieve your own personally-authored materials. PK is also the home of the Teachers College Archives. PocketKnowledge was de...
For years I had and loved a jade plant, a common household Crassula ovata, even if it never had the fortune to bear small pink or white flowers. It required normal watering in the summer, when the soil was dry, and very little watering in colder months. But the dry heat of our New York City apartment deceived me in the depths of a bad winter; over watering caused my ja...
The library subscribes to a rather hidden resource we think students, faculty, and researchers would love and use extensively  if they knew about it, so we’re encouraging you to check it out and explore the great material it offers. This is the Kraus Curriculum Development Library Online (KCDL); it’s an online collection of curriculum guides, and it provides access to full-text sources when available. The guides were ...
WilsonWeb, a major provider of the library's full text journals, now offers a text-to-speech feature called ReaderSpeaker. ReaderSpeaker converts the text to speech without the need for software downloads or special plug-ins. An icon appears next to Full Text HTML articles that offer ReaderSpeaker. Open the article and select either a male or female voice. You can listen to the streaming audio at your desk or download as an MP3 file that can be played in i...
In the Ziegfeld Collection of International Children's Art, there is a set of pastels entitled Marine Animals, a diptych created around 1955 by an unknown artist  under the direction of Teacher Elias Nielsen at the Emdr...