August 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.

What's Fair: Copyright, Open Source and Education, Monday, 8/10, 3-4pm

This workshop covers the ABC's of copyright and fair usage, most specifically in educational settings. We will discuss the meaning and importance of copyright protection; look at resources that highlight the basic do's and don'ts; and point to advisory offices at Teachers College and Columbia University that can advise on the law's complexity.

With growing scholarly open source and public domain materials in an unprecedented time of remote learning, we also will explore options for using and leveraging such freely available resources in coursework and research.

Please rsvp with details via online support if you'd like to attend, and we'll follow up with a Zoom invitation.

New Student Orientation: Library Welcome Workshop, Tuesday, 8/27, 2-2:45pm

Please join us for a warm and welcoming orientation to resources and services of the Gottesman Libraries. With a focus on remote offerings, you'll learn about numerous options available to you as you begin your courses at Teachers College -- among them, online support and chat; research consultation and workshops; sponsored events and activities of the Education Program; invaluable e-collections and digitalized materials; paging and pick up; and digital delivery.

This 20 minute pre-recorded workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, Graduate Student Life and Development; the live 20-25 minute Q&A invites you to ask whatever questions you may have about using the Library. Rsvp's may be directed to GSLD.

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.

Race Relations Symposium Held at TC, Thursday, 8/6

International Left-Handers Day, Thursday, 8/13

Highlighted Databases: Remote Learning

In August we feature databases that highlight remote learning, as distance education continues to play a critical role in schools of all levels throughout our nation and across the globe. Remote learning, whether synchronous or asynchronous, allows students and teachers to engage in online curriculum, with technology, instructional plans, and communication in place. Read more on the library's news' page.

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.

Where: Online

Bringing Visibility on the History of Disability, through August

"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.

Most hours of the day, I’m thinking about science stories. Writing for a science news website and radio show, I often mull over the narrative, sources, research, and language I use in a story. All the elements in the writing process are significant in a reader’s experience, and I’ve found that diversity and inclusion in storytelling helps me to connect with readers. I’m fortunate to have colleagues who also embrace inclusive practices. We curate guides of photo databases that depict diverse and underrepresented people, update style guides with inclusive language, provide transcriptions for radio interviews, add alt text on images—and this is all just the beginning. 

But in media, some people are still repeatedly left out. The narrative of those with disabilities is one that is often marginalized. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. I am incredibly honored to help curate this month’s Staff Picks that highlights memoirs, pedagogy, fiction, and more about the community. I learned so much in the process, and I hope it encourages others to be more inclusive of everyone."

-- curator's statement

Bringing Visibility on the History of Disability is curated by Lauren Young 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.

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


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Last Updated: 10:52 am, Wednesday, Jul 29 , 2020