July 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.

Introduction to Zotero, Thursday, 7/2, 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!

Research A-Z, Thursday, 7/9, 3-4pm

This workshop covers research basics -- prompting you to find the best information in the most effective way and also get to the full text of articles and other documents. We will cover search options and strategies, illuminating the usefulness of different approaches to research and information.

Introduction to Mendeley, Thursday, 7/16, 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.

Resources in Special Education, Wednesday, 7/22, 3-4pm

As we recognize the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this workshop provides an overview of library resources in the area of special education. From encyclopedias to catalogs, handbooks to databases, journals to professional associations, you'll see the wealth of information available and learn to navigate your way and find what you need.

Scholarly Leads Through Cited Searching, Tuesday, 7/30, 3-4pm

If you need to find the most highly cited articles and authors; are curious about who has cited you, or is writing on a similar topic; or wish to explore the impact factor for journals in your field, then join us! This workshop covers citation searches for scholarly journals, books, book series, reports, conferences, and much more. In this session you will learn some tips and tricks as discover your preferences in using key citation tools, namely: Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, and ISI Journal Citation Reports.

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.

Battle of Gettysburg Ends, Friday, 7/3

ScopesTrial Begins, Friday, 7/10

Kenneth Bancroft Clark Was Born, Tuesday, 7/14

First Moon Landing, Monday, 7/20

Celebrating ADA, Monday, 7/27

Book Displays

Everett Cafe: Teaching Anti-Racism, through mid-August

Teaching Anti-Racism is inspired by ongoing social protests over the horrific death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th, 2020 and escalating tensions around the world with regard to race and injustice, particularly with regard to Black victims at the hands of police. Our display will focus on essential readings that cover anti-racism and serve to remind us of the need to advocate for a more just society. By exploring the racial landscape and steps needed to address prejudice, discrimination, and antagonism on the basis of a person's membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, usually minority or marginalized, we hope to illuminate our responsibilities as educators and citizens. This display embraces a call for wider respect, acceptance, and appreciation of diversity in all its forms, particularly in educational settings, with race as a prime example in teaching for diverse democracy.

Teaching Anti-Racism is curated by library staff and designed by Carlie Zhang.


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, through mid-July

"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.

Staff Picks: Visibility on the History of Disability, starting late July

"Thirty years ago on July 26, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into a law. Previously thought of as a population that was “out of sight, out of mind,” the law acknowledged a change in perception towards those with disabilities in 1990. But the struggle for equality had begun decades before, and continues on today. Thousands pushed the disability rights movement forward, which brought awareness to the injustices, exclusion, and discrimination that people with disabilities have faced throughout history. 

In this staff curated online collection, we revisit the history of the disabilities rights movement, entrench ourselves in memoirs and essays, and look at the influence of representations in media and literature. Selections unpack the power of language when writing and educating about disability—and how that language has evolved. While the ADA marked a significant step forward, those with disabilities continue to face discrimination and alienation today. 

Sixty-one million adults in the United States live with a disability, according to the most recent CDC data—that’s about 1 in 4 adults. This collection was made to elevate and celebrate the stories of those with disabilities, and highlight resources that can help create more inclusive environments for everyone."

-- curator's statement

Visibility on the History of Disability is curated by Lauren Young and designed by Trisha Barton.


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

Highlighted Databases: On Diversity

Whether we are teaching or learning in the multilingual, multicultural classroom; creating a social studies curriculum; or building cultural intelligence in organizations, diversity is an important theme in courses, philosophy, and practice at Teachers College. In July we highlight key research resources that cover the literature of diversity from a variety of perspectives – educational, psychological, sociological, health related. Read more on the library's news page.

Collaborative Drawing: Harlem Renaissance 100

Harlem Renaissance 100: Collaborative Drawing, is an app which highlights one classic artwork of the Harlem Renaissance each day. Come together at this online drawing platform and create something beautiful based on original paintings, prints, drawings, and other pieces by alumni of Teachers College and other leading artists of the Harlem Renaissance.

For related book displays visit Celebrating Harlem Renaissance 100.

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


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: 11:54 am, Friday, Jul 3 , 2020