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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...
When I was in high school, I fell in love with the music and zeitgeist of the 60s and 70s, most likely influenced by my inheritance of a great vinyl, magazine, book and poster collection from my parents. One of my prized possessions was an original edition of Life magazine's Woodstock issue. It wasn't in good shape, with lose staples and rips, but I still displayed it proudly in my room. I don't have it with me in New York, ...
"Overdues," by Shel Silverstein, from A Light in the Attic What do I do? What do I do? This library book is 42 Years overdue. I admit that it's mine But I can't pay the fine-- Should I turn it in Or hide it again? What do I do? What do I do? Yesterday Frank Webster and I discussed something I've been pondering lately...what would happen if we stopped charging overdue fines? Would a flash-forward to 5 years from now reveal an abandoned library, empty of shelves and patrons, tumbleweed rolling through? Or wou...
We were sitting around the dinner table, telling stories as we do, when my six year old daughter began (verbatim), The Annoying Radio Once there was a radio. A very annoying radio. He lived in a store, and the store was owned by a man. The man sometimes heard the radio.  Once he turned on the annoying radio. And you know what the radio sang? "Hello, how are you doing, howdy! Want to hear a song?" "Okay," said the man. The radio sang, "A,B, C, D, E, F, G..." "Stop, stop, stop!" yelled the man. "Why are you singing that song?" "Because I like it," replied the ...
The process of identifying the most appropriate database for your research, or the full range of  relevant databases, can seem a daunting task:  there are so many electronic resources available to Teachers College community members, and the numbers keep growing.  We've done some preliminary work on helping students and researchers make sense of what's available through the Databases By Genre/By Department page on our website, at http://library.tc.columbia.edu/db_topic.php. These selected lists of resources categorize...
There is a wealth of statistical material available online, much of it produced by state and federal agencies of various kinds.  An excellent general site titled Statistical Resources:  Print and Internet can be found on Columbia's Lehman Social Sciences Library website.  This index is divided into the following major sections: Background Information &a...
At this year's Baruch Teaching and Technology conference, I attended a session on how to insert RSS feeds in Blackboard. For those unfamiliar, RSS or Real Simple Syndication is a feed format that can be aggregated with a reader like Google Reader or on a website, like in Blackboard. Once you subsribe to a feed from a blog, vlog, Twitter or any URL where you see the RSS symbol (shown above) in your browser,...
[caption id="attachment_181" align="alignleft" width="228"] Abe Lincoln[/caption] When I was eight, my father treated  us to a very special  field trip -- a visit to Macon County, Illinois, where my three brothers and I stood on hallowed ground: the spot where Abraham Lincoln lived as a young man. I remember the sweltering hot summer's day, having journeyed hundr...
With footsteps in the sand before the tide, it's hard to tell the coming from the going, the beginning from the end. They form a path, often obscure, to some point of return, or no return. It's a curiosity to stand in another set of prints and imagine the person to whom they belong, comparing their size and sha...
Schools are winding down, as those dog days of summer approach. Teachers grade final exams, prepare summer reading assignments, ponder the year past,  mail the report card, relish the staff lunch, take down the classroom calendar.