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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...
{{unknown}} {{unknown}} On October 11, 2018 in the evening, Services staff provided a library information session for Dr. Yoo Kyung Chang's course MSTU 4000, Core Seminar in Mathematics, Science, and Technology.  The event is documented in a Vialogue titled LT Spotlight: Library Research 101 produced with its usual cutting-edge professionalism by the library's Video Team. Whe...
In searching the Ziegfeld Collection of International Ch...
During Summer 2018, library staff were asked to create an artifact or present a performance exemplifying the work they do and specifically had done during the 2017-2018 academic year.  Because I've been thinking (and blogging) about using the Smith Learning Theater as a site for instruction in fundamental library research, including key resources and search strategies, and at the same time obsessing about the concept of the memory theater as a potent metaphor for the use of the theater to promote research literacy by means of the space itself, it seemed a natural to build a physical r...
  Dear Summer, it's hard to know where you went, but you did, rather slowly, like the steam rising and dissipating from the bike path after an August rain. There were cyclists in Central Park that day -- many of them tourists, who, despite the heat, pedaled hard the big loop, only to stop ha...