Library Newsletter: August 2018

Gottesman Libraries

The Gottesman Libraries Education Program informs students, faculty and staff about the latest thinking in education, in ways that engage members of the community with one another and with a broad range of educational experts. The program also provides understanding of work being done throughout the college. '

We are pleased to announce the following August events, as we wind up the 2017-2018 academic year and look forward to the new semester.

Workshop: Gearing Up for Course Reserves, Thursday, 8/2, 3-4pm

The Fall semester is fast approaching, and it's time to get ready for classes! This workshop covers how to access, navigate, and manage your readings, including how to place requests for materials (journal articles, chapters, books, and more), assign a deputy, move documents to sessions, learn about copyright, and other FAQ, to ensure a good start to the new academic year.

Don't delay! Please rsvp with your interest and details by Monday. August 6th.

In preparation be sure to check out the rhizr on Course Reserves.

Where: 104b Russell

News Displays

Need to keep current, look to the past, teach a topic? The Everett Cafe features daily postings of news from around the world, and also promotes awareness of historical events from an educational context.

Be sure to check the news postings on Learning at the Library, where you can delve into history.

Atomic Bomb Drops on Hiroshima, Monday, 8/6

On August 6, 1945 the Enola Gay, an American B-29 bomber, dropped the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing 80,000 people, including many doctors and nurses, and injuring another 35,000. Following the Potsdam Conference in Germany (July 17-August 2, 1945), when Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and U.S President Harry Truman met, the fatal decision to bomb Hiroshima warded off Japan's demand for unconditional surrender -- effectively ending the Second World War. This major catastrophe caused an additional 60,000 deaths that resulted from the fall out of atomic matter.

Woodstock Concludes, Friday, 8/17

In response to the Vietnam War, the Woodstock Music Festival, or "Three Days of Peace and Love", took place on a 600 acre farm in Bethel, New York from August 14th through 17th, 1969, drawing nearly 500,000 concert attendees. Among the musicians were Janis Joplin, Arlo Guthrie, Joe Cocker, Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Sly and the Family Stone and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; The Who, and Jimi Hendrix. Woodstock came to be associated with hippies and youth counter-culture and was revived in a 25th anniversary celebration in 1994 in Saugerties, New York, where Bob Dylan, Crosby-Stills-Nash, and many other musicians performance for an audience of some 300,000 people.

Redcoats Land on Long Island, Wednesday, 8/22

August 22nd, 1776 marks the day when the Roadcoats, led by British General William Howe, landed on Long Island between Gravesend and New Utretcht. Intent on capturing New York City, they overcame the United States army at Gowanus Pass and marched through Brooklyn Heights, eventually capturing New York City on September 15th. The Battle of Long Island became known as the Battle of Brooklyn and the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, representing the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War after the United States declared its independence on July 4, 1776. General George Washington ordered the retreat of American soldiers by boat from Manhattan, and the British held control of New York City until the end of the war.

Edison Patents the Kinetograph, Friday, 8/31

Did you know that the kinetograph (motion recorder), patented by Thomas Alva Edison on August 31st, 1897, was a very early form of the movie camera? Edison used flexible, perforated celluloid film on a sprocket or gear that allowed it to be advanced in intervals. With an intermittent mechanism in the camera, frames in film could be stopped long enough for camera shutter to open and expose the film. The kinetograph and kinetoscope (motion viewer with peep hole) was developed by Edison and his assistant William Kennedy Laurie Dickinson, helping launch the motion picture industry. Edison's first film featured three of his workers as blacksmiths in 1893.

Where: Everett Cafe

August Databases: The Art of Performance

We highlight research resources that support current initiatives and programming.

Academic Search Premier is a multidisciplinary database providing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals. See also Academic Search Complete, a scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.

APA PsycNet is a single search interface for PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, PsycCRITIQUES, and PsycEXTRA.

  • PsycARTICLES is a full-text database of journals published by the American Psychological Association and other publishers in subject areas such as applied psychology, health, theory, research, social/personality, and more.
  • PsycBOOKS is a full text database of books published by the American Psychological Association, classic books, and entries from the Encyclopedia of Psychology.
  • PsycCRITIQUES is a full-text reviews of current books and some popular films, videos, and software, as well as comparative reviews of books in the field of psychology.
  • PsycEXTRA is a gray literature database comprised of material written for professionals and disseminated outside of peer-reviewed journals; documents include newsletters, magazines, newspapers, technical and annual reports, government reports, consumer brochures, and more.

Art Source is a merger of high-quality databases from EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson (Art Full Text, Art & Architecture Complete, Art Restrospective), and including many unique sources that were never previously available, this database covers a broad range of related subjects, from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design. This database features full-text articles as well as detailed indexing and abstracts for an array of journals, books, podcasts and more. International in scope, Art Source includes periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch and is designed for use by a diverse audience, including art scholars, artists, designers, students and general researchers.

ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related periodical literature, ERIC (which stands for Educational Resources Information Center) provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books, and monographs. Descriptors (official subject terms) worth considering for an ERIC search: Aesthetics; Basic Writing; Beginning Reading; Cultural Differences; Early Reading; Emergent Literacy; English Curriculum; English Instruction; English Literature; English Teacher Education; English Teachers; Language Arts

Literacy Education; Literature; Nonfiction; Reading Instruction; Social Differences; United States Literature; Writing (Composition).

Education Research Complete – Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,100 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,200 journals, and includes full text for nearly 500 books and monographs.

Education Full Text provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs and yearbooks. Indexing coverage begins June 1983; abstracts are included beginning spring 1994; full text of some journals is available beginning Jan. 1996. Indexing and abstracting coverage is identical to that of Education index and Education abstracts.

JStor provides page images of back issues of the core scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication. Users may browse by journal title or discipline, or may search the full-text or citations/abstracts. New issues of existing titles and new titles are added on an ongoing basis.

Professional Development Collection – Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high-quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. The database also contains more than 200 educational reports.

ProQuest – Provides broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholarly journals, newspapers, dissertations, and other types of publications; for international coverage and access to full texts of dissertations only, search

Vocations and Careers Collection is a Gale database for career and professional development research.

World's Fairs : A Global History of Expositions brings together multiple archives for rich research opportunities in this diverse topic. Nine case studies form the basis of this resource: 1851 Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, London ; 1876 Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia ; 1889 Exposition Universelle, Paris ; 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago ; 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis ; 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco ; 1933/34 Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago ; 1939/40 New York World's Fair, New York ; 1967 Expo '67, Montreal. These represent some of the most prominent and influential expositions in history, and have been selected based on the advice of our Editorial Board and the existence of appropriate archival collections. The aim of each case study is to offer a comprehensive insight into the fair, from the earliest planning stages to the legacy it leaves behind, and to represent multiple perspectives including the official, the corporate and the personal. Each case study also includes a range of material types to support this.

New in Pocketknowledge

The Afghanistan Education slide collection was made by Dr. Lonie Edgard Rudd in Afghanistan, 1964-1968, while he was involved in the Teachers College Columbia University USAID Program for teacher education. Included are approximately 300 2x2 inch mounted Kodachrome 35mm slides that relate directly to these activities. They depict many of the faculty involved, the various sites where the Team traveled to conduct Professional Development workshops, the Afghan education officials involved with the program, Kabul University pre-service teachers, local teachers in rural schools, and more.

See here for more archives on Afghanistan and information about archival services.

Read Stories worth Telling: USAID in Afghanistan on Learning at the Library.

Pocketknowledge is the digital repository for the historical records of Teachers College and for publications or works in all formats by institutional members, including faculty, students, and staff. It is a community-driven system allowing TC authors and library staff flexibility in building resources and determining access to documents. Searchable by main entry (author, title, keyword), PocketKnowledge is also a public forum for communicating about posted documents, allowing users to comment on the materials stored within.

Staff Picks: Dear Summer: Letters and Literature

Curated by Jasmine Sykes-Kunk, Library Services Associate, in collaboration with the EdLab Design Team, Dear Summer: Letters and Literature features favorite summer novels that are epistolary, or children's books that contain letters as key to form and content. Letters may be traditional, texted via social media, in diary form, or reflecting a series of documents, like newspaper clippings. Examples of works on display include The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffeneger; The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, by Sue Townsend; TTYL, by Lauren Myracle; Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket); and Alergnon, Charlie, and I, by Daniel Keyes.


Staff Picks is curated each month by the Gottesman Libraries' staff to highlight resources on educational topics and themes of special interest.

Where: Reading Room, Second Floor

Everett Cafe Exhibits

At the Everett News Cafe, you’ll find a new book collection every few weeks that relates to current affairs, education, or learning environments.

Oceans of Plastic, through mid-August

While it may the largest and most well known, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, or Pacific Trash Vortex, is not alone; gigantic trash colonies are trapped in massive gyres swirling around the North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Indian, and Arctic oceans — to such a degree that by 2050 we may have more plastic than fish in our waters! Yes, that's right. Roughly 8-15 million tons of plastic pour per year into the ocean — much of it single use — straws, bags, bottles, common household items, you name it -- not re-used, not re-duced, not re-cycled, but simply made to be thrown-away. 

Toxins and plastics ingested by fish or sea creatures pass through the food chain, as the garbage keeps piling— some of it beneath the water’s surface! Did you know that halfway between New Zealand and Chile lies the uninhabited Henderson Island which tops the “polluted by plastics” list? As of 2018, this World Heritage site witnessed a whopping 18 tons of plastic debris -- close to 40 million tons of junk washed up by several continents, and also lying broken down in particles below the white sand. 

"Oceans of Plastic" builds upon green initiatives for World Environment Day, June 5th, 2018, whose theme is "Beat Plastic Pollution". It also supports "Makers of the Deep", a week-long Learning Theater event designed for the Hollingworth Center summer science campers who will play the roles of activist, oceanographer, marine biologist, and ocean engineer.

This display incorporates research, narrative journey, children’s books, and practical ideas for addressing the pressing problem of plastic.

Bear and Eagle: Something More Than Intelligence, late August through mid-October

In Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, protagonist and impoverished ex-law student Rodion Raskolnikov speculates about Pyotr Petrovich, a wealthy, but villainous lawyer, saying ’It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.' Petrovich enjoys making women suffer (prime example, a “trophy wife” dependent on his finances), while Raskolnikov murders a female pawnbroker for money, and is then exiled to Serbia where he experiences mental and spiritual rebirth. 

It is no fiction that we struggle with truths about the 2016 elections, while the recent United States-Russia summit has left a large (question) mark in the history of American and Russian relations and liberal world order. Smack in the middle of Donald Trump’s presidency, mid term elections concern us more than ever as we continue to face challenges to democracy at home.

Why and to what extent are America and Russia tied? How can we be smarter or more intelligent about the whole political process? In fifty years what will we make the Trump-Putin Anniversary? Eagle and Bear: Something More Than Intelligence features works that reflect the complex relationship between our two countries, with impetus to make informed decisions.

Staff Performance Review Exhibition

This year the library staff, including full-time, part-time, and student members, approached the annual performance review process by reviving a tradition from nineteenth century American public schools. Schools in that era created a variety of annual exhibitions and performance events to showcase the work of students and demonstrate to the local community that the school was having a positive impact. The 2018 Performance Review is designed to provide a view of the work the library. Each element of the exhibit was created by one or more members of the library staff as a means of reflecting on their performance over the past twelve months.

The following works are on exhibit:

  • Relationship Funnel, Administration
  • Pointed Decisions, Design Team
  • A Digital Library Playground, Development
  • Three X Three, Digi Queue
  • The Complete Works, EdLab Studios
  • Headspace, Publishing
  • The Library in Numbers, Research Team
  • Library Social Media, Services Team
  • A Memory Theater Research Journey in Search of the Truth About Forgetting, Services Team
  • Navigating the Library's New Website, Services Team
  • Theater of Dreams, Services Team
  • Time Eternally Present: Performance and Identity through Mixed Media, Services Team
  • Zine, Services Team

Where: Offit Gallery, Third Floor

When: starting August 15th


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Last Updated: 1:33 pm, Monday, Jul 9 , 2018