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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...
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...