June Newsletter: Education Program

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.


Regularly scheduled instructional offerings include workshops, tours, orientations, and course-specific instruction in coordination with staff and faculty of the College. The following workshops are online, with details forthcoming.

The Lit Review: Tips and Tools, Wednesday, 6/10, 3-4pm

A review of literature is an essential step in the process of writing a thesis or dissertation, or any paper for publication. It asks that you read and critique articles, books, and other sources that have already been written on your topic or related topics. In the process, you are required to find sources and evaluate the best way to focus your research, so that you can contribute to a body of scholarly literature. We will focus on locating the sources you need to conduct your review of the literature, and offer a few pointers to the next steps.

Show Me the Money!, Tuesday, 6/16, 2-3pm

The summer may well be an optimal time to start planning your research project, travel grant, or course load. This workshop provides useful advice on the grant seeking process. Offering tips and strategies in researching grant opportunities, we will focus on specific tools provided through the Foundation Center as well as InfoEd Global.

Introduction to Zotero, Thursday, 6/18, 3-4pm

Managing bibliographic references is key to the research process, especially as you embark on a major, paper, thesis, or dissertation, or even as you organize readings for class. This workshop introduces you to Zotero, "your personal research assistant" -- a citation management tool that allows you to collect, organize, cite, and share research. You can even tag and write notes for your citations!

K-12 Children's Lit: An Overview of Library Resources, Thursday, 6/25, 3-4pm

This workshop introduces you to library resources that strengthen study, teaching, and research in the field of K-12 children's literature, including biography, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, fables and fairy tales. From locating children's books in the library's catalog, to using classroom-centered databases, through to reading up on secondary source material, you'll discover a wide range of possibilities that inform the field of literature.

Introduction to Mendeley, Tuesday, 6/30, 2-3pm

Like Zotero, Mendeley is a tool for managing citations, and it may well be your first choice of software. Please join us for this workshop and find out! With just a few clicks, you can You will learn to generate references, citations and bibliographies in a whole range of journal styles in this workshop.

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 Cafe News postings on the library blog.

National Doughnut Day, Friday, 6/5

Happy Birthday, Eulalie Spence, Thursday, 6/11

Statue of Liberty Arrives in NY Harbor, Wednesday, 6/17

The Bicycle Is Patented, Friday, 6/26

Book Displays

Everett Cafe: Hearing Hoofbeats: On the History and Politics of Pandemics

There is a medical proverb from the 1940s that states, "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras -- meaning that medical doctors should look for common, rather than exotic causes of disease. Hearing hoofbeats over the last few months has been all too real, with COVID 19 spreading like wildfire across the globe. The pandemic has caused unprecedented deaths; high rates of unemployment; social distancing; increases in domestic violence, drug abuse, and mental ill health; among many other negative effects, leaving researchers baffled, but still in great hope of a vaccine.

Can the folk truth by Dr. Theodore Woodward, of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, stretch to include education, business, and government? Do we need "zebras" for answers, while lockdowns start lifting? Or are horses and zebras related more closely than we think?

Hearing Hoofbeats explores the history, politics, and social impacts of pandemics, from the bubonic plague to COVID-19. Drawing to light the lessons learned from the deadliest of diseases, we present the complexities surrounding public health and governmental response in times of crisis, while we encourage a healthier, more informed world.

This display is curated by Jennifer Govan and designed by Carlie Zhang.

Where: Online


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

Staff Picks: Endless Summer

"Summer means different things to different people: beach days, BBQ’S, catching fireflies, and boating being just a few. Summer often feels both short and endless. As people grow up and mature many things change, one of which being how summer is viewed. As a child, summer is oftentimes “the light at the end of the tunnel,” after ten grueling months of school. In adulthood, the loss of imagination and strain of responsibility often lead to differing views of the season than one held in youth. However, one feeling that often stays with us throughout life, is the feeling of anticipation that summer always seems to bring with it. 

This collection looks at summer through a variety of lenses. The struggle of a young girl in 1815 London trying to make a life for herself, the life of citizens in a tiny town torn apart after WWII, a girl finding not only love but herself in Europe, and how certain bugs handle the summer time weather. This collection allows oneself to immerse themselves in the feelings summer brought upon them in adolescence or to find a new definition of what summer means in this point of their lives."

-- curator's statement

Endless Summer is curated by Annette Mims and designed by Trisha Barton.

Where: Online


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

Highlighted Databases: Gender and Education

Gender is a theme that is addressed in summer courses of the departments of Arts and Humanities; Curriculum and Teaching; Counseling and Clinical Psychology; and in other academic programs and initiatives of Teachers College. Whether it is explored in the examination of popular culture as an informal medium of education; the teaching of English in diverse social or cultural contexts' with critical perspectives in philosophy and education; or with regard to disability, exclusion, and education or multi-psychopathology, gender is defined by socially-constructed roles and behaviors that a society typically associates with males and females.

In June we feature databases that cover the literature of gender and education, including scholarly leads in psychology and health. Please read more on the library's news page.

Exhibit: Selections From the Mary Adelaide Nutting Collection

Welcome to an exhibition of selections from the Mary Adelaide Nutting Collection from Gottesman Libraries archive. 

This selection is being displayed in honor of a recent gift of two antique nursing caps belonging to TC alumni Dr. Rachel Louise McMannus to the collection by her family.

Teachers College was the first academic setting to offer Nursing Education, which began in 1899. Mary Adelaide Nutting was one of the founders of the National League of Nursing Education and of the original course for graduate nurses at Teachers College, Columbia University. 

In 1907, in recognition of Miss Nutting's outstanding ability as a leader and administrator in the field of nursing education, she was called from her position as director of the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, in Baltimore, to be the first professorial chair of Nursing Education in Teachers College or any other university. The four volume History of Nursing written jointly by Miss Nutting and Miss Lavinia Dock is still considered the authoritative work on this subject. During the first World War, as chairman of the Nursing Committee appointed by President Woodrow Wilson, Miss Nutting left a brilliant record of swift and efficient organization to increase the supply of nurses and co-ordinate their services. In 1921, in recognition of Miss Nutting's conspicuous service to nursing education and public health, she was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree by Yale University. In 1944, Nutting was awarded a medal in her name, presented by the National League of Nursing.

In the international field, she was active in the founding and work of the International Council of Nurses. She is honorary president of the Florence Nightingale International Foundation which, since 1934, has conducted a course in London for graduate nurses from all parts of the world. During her work and travels in aide of nursing education, Mary Adelaide Nutting amassed an extensive collection of nursing-related objects, artifacts and texts from around the world. She was particularly interested in memorabilia connected to Florence Nightingale, who pioneered modern nursing practices and education.

This collection reflects some of her most interesting treasures, housed here at the Gottesman Libraries Archive. Since so many of the objects are delicate, in addition to photographs, physical reproductions have been made for viewers to handle.

This exhibit also celebrates the Year of the Nurse / Midwife and the 200 anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Be sure to check out the interview with Kathleen O'Connell, Isabel Maitland Stewart Professor of Nursing Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Where: Offit Gallery


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Last Updated: 7:48 pm, Friday, Jun 19 , 2020