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1508788631 In New York Times opinion piece 'College Advice I Wish I'd Taken', college writing professor Susan Shapiro reflects on some bad habits of hers as a former student after gaining a fresh perspective as a current educator. Shapiro's suggestions on how students can get th...
Joseph Matthews' 'The Dropout' is written from his perspective as a teenager in jail trying to reinvent himself and gather the resources and determination to build a new life. Matthews discusses the discouragement that students of color face in the school system and how it shapes their attitude towards themselves, their future, and contributes to developing a path of self destruction. Teachers are given the responsibility and opportunity to help a student see who they are and who they have the potential to be, how to recognize their strengths and weaknesses, how to learn from failures and h...
It's a busy time at Teachers College with finals around the corner. Everyone is studying, finishing projects, writing papers, and taking tests.  The library is always trying to find ways to ease the stress and frustration of finals week, whether it be staying open until 1:00 A.M. until May 9, providing complimentary chocolates for students at the front desk, or having a visit from Abby, an adorable, sweet golden lab who loves to make friends. Today in the Zen Garden of the second floor reading room, the therapy dog was available for anyone to come play with and pet. She especially loves to be ...
{{unknown}} {{unknown}} Despite having grown up in a technologically-dominated age, in which everything from music, television, shopping, and even the way we spend time with other people is gradually becoming digitized, there's one thing I can't bring myself to adapt to, and that is using e-books. Reading is one of the first things I learned to enjoy, and I can attribute much of that to the feel of holding books; their rough pages, various covers and fonts, and the way they look stacked together on a shelf. Though I understand the benefits and simplicities reading e-books provide...
Are you a Teachers College student, and, if so, what are you studying? No, I graduated from Berklee College of Music, where I was a student supervisor at the library and media center for two years. Where’s your hometown? Rockville, Maryland, which is right next to the border of Washington, D.C. What did you want to be when you grew up? A veterinarian, before I realized I am too grossed out by blood. Then an actress, and then a writer, ...
San Francisco based artist Alexis Arnold,  inspired by the world's gradual transition from books to e-books, began turning abandoned books into crystallized memorials. He explains,"the crystals remove the text and transform the books into aesthetic, non-functional objects. The books, now frozen with heavy crystal growth, have become artifacts or geologic specimens imbued with the history of time, use, and nostalgia.” Some excerpts from the collection are below. To see more of Alexis Arnold's work, click here
In case you haven't noticed, some of our meeting rooms here at the library have been supplied with brand new Macbooks. For people who have Macs at home and are familiar with most Apple products, this may be exciting news.  But if you haven't used Macs before and have been a PC user for as long as you can remember, adapting to Macs can be extremely frustrating.  After discussing some of the common confusions about using Macs with some of my colleagues, I was inspired to write a guide and a few tips to help those who are foreign to Mac usage. Basics The first thing ...
Finding what you need at the library can be overwhelming. Each library is unique with its own cataloging system, search engines, and other tools. Here is a quick and easy guide for how to search for books at the Gottesman Libraries using our website. First, begin at the Gottesman Libraries homepage. Be sure to choose "TC Catalog (EDUCAT)" instead of "CU Catalog (CLIO)". The CU catalog will search all of Columbia's libraries except for Teachers College and Columbia University Law School (Pegasus)...