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Late at night I thumbed through The New York Times Book of World War 1 (Arno Press, 1980), a compilation of headlines in a home resource of fine books on military history. I knew that these stories were easily accessible through Proquest Historical Newspapers, but it was somehow more imm...
Spending an extended period of time away from Teachers College and New York City does not always mean giving up library services. Our library maintains limited reciprocal on-site access agreements with libraries outside New York City through the OCLC/RLG Services SHARES Program What? In-library use of...
Morningside Heights was one of the last neighborhoods in New York to be developed in the late 19th century. Farms still predominated the landscape when the newly-chartered Teachers College purchased the block on West 120th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. Columbia University, Barnard College, Union Theological Seminary, Bank Street Colle...
The Gottesman Libraries carry on the long tradition of service to Teachers College begun by the Bryson Library in 1887. The Industrial Education Association, precursor to Teachers College, was located at that time at 9 University Place in what is now the East Village. Miss Grace Hoadley Dodge functioned as the Association's acting president. Noted businessman and philanthropist George W. Vand...
A tiny guitar-like instrument,  the ukulele may have as little as four strings or as many as eight. It can be shaped like a figure 8, an oval – commonly known as a “pineapple,” or it can resemble a boat paddle or square. Coming in four sizes, the smallest one is a soprano, and the largest, a baritone, with a concert and tenor in between. We dream of the Hawaiian islands, t...
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.