July Newsletter: Education Program

The 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.

EdLab Seminars:

EdLab is a research, design, and development unit at Teachers College, Columbia University. EdLab envisions and pilots knowledge projects for a fundamentally different education sector that is attuned to the emerging post-industrial world. EdLab engages in work that has the potential to contribute to the improvement of educational institutions today and the broader evolution and reconfiguration of future educational services.

Please RSVP to these EdLab Seminars:

Library Submissions to AERA with the research team, Wednesday, 7/10, 12-1:30pm

At this seminar, members of the research team will share their submissions to the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference.

Search and Recommendation with Henry Turner Williams, Wednesday, 7/25, 12-1:30pm

Columbia University Data Science Institute Scholar and EdLab Summer Intern Henry Williams will share the results of his work on the Search and Recommendation Project.


Regularly scheduled instructional offerings include workshops, tours, orientations, and course-specific instruction in coordination with staff and faculty of the College.

What Kind of Researcher Are You?, Monday, 7/22, 3-4pm

Are you... a Googler ... Browser... Reserve Reader... Federated Searcher..? Maybe one or combination, depending on what you need, where you are, and your time on hand. This workshop explores different approaches to finding research and information. We will advise on search strategy, tools, and any questions you may as you begin your research.

Please rsvp no later than Friday, July 19th, and include a brief note of your research interests, program, and/or department. Also be sure to check out the rhizr.

Where: 104b Russell

Who's Citing Whom?, Tuesday, 7/30, 3-4pm

Why find highly cited articles and authors? Is it helpful to see who has cited you or is writing on the same topic? Or are you just curious about the most cited scholarly journals with a view to publishing your own? Then come to Who's Citing Whom? and find out. To discover your preferences in using citation tools, we'll explore key citation indices: ISI Web of Science, Scopus, and also Google Scholar.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Monday, July 29th. Also be sure to check out our rhizr.

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.

Zip Codes Are Introduced, Monday, 7/1

World Population Day, Thursday, 7/11

Twitter Launches, Monday, 7/15

Apollo 11 Lands, Wednesday, 7/24

Everett Cafe News: Getting In or Getting Out: College Admissions

Operation Varsity Blues is the latest scandal in college admissions, arising from greed and the pressure experienced by many, especially the wealthiest, to get into the "best" schools, at whatever the cost. But what does this frenzy say about the big business of higher education? Test prep, cheating, lying, and buying your way in are symptomatic of a larger societal problem in the way we look at college and all that we hope it brings.


Let’s target the need for common sense and ethics in the college admissions process, so we can embrace good and meaningful steps toward the ultimate goal of higher education.

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

Live Music:

The Everett Cafe Music Program sponsors performances by TC student and affiliated musicians. Come enjoy a variety of genres and styles!

Wadsworth Strings, Monday, 7/1, 5-6:30pm

The Wadsworth Strings Ensemble features music for classical strings, from the symphonies of Mozart and Haydn, to well known arias from the operas of Puccini and Bizet. You may hear a selection of continental Viennese waltzes and French cabaret. Musicians of The Claremont Strings Ensemble have performed collectively at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and throughout the Northeast, playing a diverse range of symphonic and chamber music, eclectic jazz, and gypsy swing. Wadsworth Strings, emanating from the Washington Heights area, is a division of Claremont Strings, founded by Vivian Penham, a graduate of the Juilliard School and Columbia University.

Shane Bordeau Trio, Tuesday, 7/16, 5:30-6:30pm

Shane Bordeau, guitarist, received his EdM and MA degrees in the music department at Teachers College and has been teaching and performing music for the past 15 years. He has been involved with many performing groups, most recently as a member of the Chicago-based rock/pop band Berry and can be heard on their 2018 album “Everything, Compromised”, released by Joyful Noise Records. As a composer, some of his works include the musical “The Manson Family Follies”, which debuted with the Bergen County Players in Bergen County, NJ, and pieces for modern dance “the body electric” and “5 suites for Stacey”, which were choreographed and performed by the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD.

Saxophonist Ray Patton is a historian of music, intergeneric music aficionado, and chronically transient performer. He received his PhD in History from the University of Michigan in 2011, and served on faculty at Drury University (where he also played in the jazz band). He currently works as Director of General Education at John Jay College. His book, Punk Crisis: The Global Punk Rock Revolution is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Bassist George Nicholson was born in Ridgewood, NJ and grew up studying music in the Ridgewood public school system, as well as in the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory program. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Miami, FL and his master's degree from the University of Georgia. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in music education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he is a Florence K. Geffen fellow. George is an orchestra teacher, with wide experience at the middle and high school levels in Georgia and New York. In addition to being a bassist for the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, he has produced a number of award-winning performances.

Want to play in Everett Cafe? If you'd like to showcase your talents, please contact us with details via online support. Solos, duets, trios are welcome, and we are looking for student volunteers, as well as TC alumni who wish to perform.

Staff Picks: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

This collection commemorates the 50thAnniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon. It delves into the excitement, mystery, and anxiety of an entire nation as people of all colors, genders, and social classes huddled around televisions across America on July 16, 1969 to watch Apollo 11launch from the Kennedy Space Center. As an historian and librarian with a concentration in archiving, Annette Mims has always been interested in the documentation of historical events.

Attempts to land on the moon occurred long before 1969. However, due to previous failures, the pressure on the some 400,000 people working behind the scenes to launch Apollo 11 was mounting.President John F. Kennedy stressed the significance not only of the mission, but also of its timeliness. The United States was in a competition with its Cold war rival, the Soviet Union, referred to historically as the Space Race. These two world powers were fighting for dominance in spaceflight capabilities. 

Today’s generation is growing up in a fast-paced, technology-driven society. The very notion of landing on the moon appears almost elementary compared to current day space exploration. However, to every American looking up at the sky on July 16, 1969, straining their eyes as if they could each catch a glimpse of the spacecraft, the idea of someone landing on the moon was so inconceivable, it made Neil Armstrong’s famous quote all that much more monumental: “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

-- Curator's Statement

Annette Mims is a Library Services Associate who is pursuing a Masters in Library Science at Queen's College, City University of New York.


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

Highlighted Databases: Reading and Writing

In July we feature resources that support study and teaching in reading and writing, concomitant with offerings of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and with intent to inform the literature of literacy education. Read more on the library's news' page.

Exhibit: Reflections, Tuesday, 6/4 - Saturday, 8/31

"Reflections” takes works from three art collections (Dow, Castellon and Ziegfeld), in the Gottesman Libraries archive, that have been selected for their connection and counterpoint to each other. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the recent film “Us”, and the principles of art therapy, “Reflections” was curated by members of the library staff to examine the art of the library in new ways.

The Students of Arthur Wesley Dow Collection comprises 300 collected works were created by Teachers College students studying under Professor Dow in the early 1900’s. Mostly paintings and prints, the works in the Collection clearly illustrate Dow’s theories and approach to art.

The Federico Castellon Memorial Print Collection comprises a collection of 78 prints donated to Teachers College by established printmakers throughout the United States under the aegis of the Society of American Graphic Artists.

The Ziegfeld Collection of International Children’s Art comprises about 350 paintings, drawings, prints and collages made by adolescents aged 10 to 18 from 32 countries across the world. The Collection was originated in the 1950’s by Dr. Edwin Ziegfeld (1905-1983), the creator of the arts and education program at Teachers College.

Where: Offit Gallery, Third Floor


To request disability-related accommodations contact OASID at oasid@tc.edu, (212) 678-3689, or (646) 755-3144 video phone, as early as possible.

Last Updated: 3:54 pm, Tuesday, Jul 30 , 2019