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The celebration of Teachers College's 125th seems a good occasion to think about the history of services at the TC library, and to ponder how our predecessor librarians thought about their own work, whether they documented it in ways similar to how we do (and whether such records are to be found), and, perhaps most interesting, what they would make of research and information service as it's delivered now.
"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." -- Oscar Wilde
[caption id="attachment_17884" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Library Website, 1996"][/caption] Since the concept of the "home page" was first introduced to us in the mid-1990s, our library has had a number of "Web presences," all of which can be viewed by means of the Wayback Machine of the Internet Archive (at http://a...
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="430" caption="Photo used under Creative Commons from drewgeraets."][/caption] Feeling nostalgic for open windows and summer breezes? With our first snowstorm of Winter 2012 behind us, the library is a comfortable place to study and stay warm. Fall is usually our busiest semester. Here's a look at the summer's circulation, meeting room usage and overall foot traffic at ...
We took a look at the usage statistics for the social archive of Teachers College, PocketKnowledge.  This past summer PocketKnowledge received 11,252 visits between June 1st and August 31st. 79% of PocketKnowledge visitors were first time visitors, and 20% of visitors were returning to our archive. During this time there were 74,447 pageviews.
This past summer the Library Services unit maintained a low hum of activity, at the same time closing out the activities of the Fall and Spring semesters, and gearing up for the upcoming academic year.  A major focus of our efforts was preparation for rolling out a new version of Blackboard, the learning management system (LMS) for which the library provides training and support; towards the end of the summer we moved from Blackboard 8 to Blackboard 9.1, and Services put together an online tutorial covering library research essentials along with the basics of the new version of Blackboard (als...
Book checkouts are down and room booking is up according to the statistics on library circulation and space usage for spring 2012. Our most popular meeting room was Russell Hall 309, a mid-sized room situated in the southeast corner of the 3rd floor Reading Room overlooking 120th Street. In total, 6,374 meetings, classes and events were scheduled in the library, making up 14,596 hours of room usage, a 4% increase from Spring 2011. Of those meetings, 713 were
Among the great pleasures of providing research and information services (what used to be called “doing reference”) is the continuing opportunity, and indeed necessity, to learn:  about disciplines, research approaches, technologies new to oneself.  I feel privileged to have been able to serve the research and information needs of members of the academic community in a variety of ways over the years, but from a personal growth standpoint, I feel more than grateful that this line of work has provided me with a continuous influx of
Two of the library's most popular services are meeting room reservations and materials checkouts. Here they are in numbers for the Fall semester: From September through today, there have been 13,456 checkouts and 11,646 checkins at the Gottesman first floor desk. This includes physical books and equipment like laptops. The TC Co...
During Fall 2011, the Research & Information Services team delivered a substantial number of in-person, telephone, and email reference exchanges, one-on-one research consultations, and course-specific library information sessions.  The following is a summary of reference and public services provided to the academic community during the Fall semester. As of the last week in December before the winter break, a total of 605 in-person and phone reference queries had been fielded.