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Our Work: The development team at Gottesman Libraries has continued to support the library and various digital endeavors at Teachers College during the Spring 2020 semester. Our efforts this semester included identifying ways to streamline our services, enhancing our digital products based on new requirements, keeping our systems and technology updated and running, reduce operational costs, and expand our reach and offerings throughout Teachers College. Some of these efforts are listed below -Library Web...
In Spring 1988, the Teachers College library (at that time Milbank Memorial Library) produced a publication titled “An Almanac for the First Century”; the work was compiled by library director Jane P. Franck with the assistance of other library staff members. (A digital copy of the work can be found at
At a lady's writing desk in the corner of our Spring green living room, there's the luxury of time and treetops dotted with robins, cardinals, and the occasional yellow finch; the leafy canopy outside our south-facing window is gloriously full, a sure and pleasing sign of the season. We trace the delicate honey locust and gorgeous gingko to the banks of the Mississippi, and as far away as China, eagerly waiting out weeks of New York City apartment quarantine, with ample room to reflect and much hope ahead. I pass many an hour on the laptop, connecting almost daily to colleagues via Zoom or ...
Our Spring 2020 semester started with a familiar, welcome rush to meet the needs of our community as we returned from the winter holiday well-rested and ready to process new materials, support course reserves, and identify key areas of improvement in library systems and software. The early months of this semester brought a revised materials request form, alongside the development of an email-based document delivery service in preparation for the closure of Gottesman Libraries’ long standing multi-use materials platform, DocDel.
Carter Alexander, who was a professor of education and a library professor at Teachers College from 1921 to 1943, is considered to have been a pioneer in education librarianship and in the study of the reference transaction in general. He authored several key education reference works, including Educational Research: Suggestions and Sources of Data with Specific Reference to Administration (published in 1927, with revised editions in 1929 and 1931) and How to Locate Educational Information and Data: A Text and Reference Book (published in 1935, with a revised edition in 19...
The start of the fall semester is a busy time for the acquisitions and materials team at Gottesman Libraries, and the following highlights describe some of the major projects of the fall 2019 semester. In Scarlet Galvan's "More Than Things", she discusses the importance of making visible the often invisible labor associated with serials, technical services, metadata, and electronic resources. I returned to this paper again and again throughout the fall semester, and it's with this paper in mind ...
"A still life in which most important is the harmony of the colors."-- Teacher Anghalutza Octavian's comment on Static Nature (Trompe D'Oeil), oil painting (circa 1950) created by a 16 year old Romanian student at the Institute of Plastic Arts, BucharestStill life paintings can magically sho...
When the new doctoral program in Dance Education welcomed its first cohort of students in the 2018-2019 academic year, the library was presented with an exceptional opportunity: to collaborate with faculty and stude...
‘I lifted the bucket to his lips. He drank, his eyes closed. Then I drank. It was like a feast of water. This was not ordinary food of course, but it might just as well have been. The sweetness of this water was born from the long walk under the stars, from the song of the pulley, and for the effort of pulling up that bucket. It made me feel good, made me happy, as a present does.’ -- Antoine de St-Exupéry, The Little Prince (Ch.25, p.71) In March the Library Services Team had the good fortune to present a year's worth of work, while experimenting with the world cafe, a c...