October News: 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.

Get Lit! Conducting the Review, Thursday, 10/8, 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.

Please rsvp with your interest and details no later than Wednesday, October 7th and we'll follow up with an invitation to the online workshop.

Zotero with Zing, Tuesday, 10/13, 3-4pm

Do you need help managing references for your paper, thesis, dissertation, or forthcoming publication? Managing bibliographic references is key to the research process, 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. With zing, you'll be tagging and writing notes for your citations!

Please rsvp by Monday, October 12th and we'll follow up with an invitation to the online workshop.

Finding and Using Children's Literature, Thursday, 10/22, 3-4pm

Ever wonder about the uses of children's literature across the curriculum? Or where to start in finding the best children's books? Perhaps you didn't know that children's literature continues to be one of the most highlighted circulated collections at the Gottesman Libraries, due to our student teachers, student parents, scholarly researchers, and others interested in the field.

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 broad range of interesting options.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Wednesday, October 21st, and we'll follow up with a Zoom link prior to the session.

Also check out our recent blog post, Workshop: Children's Literature: An Overview of Library Resources.

Mastering Mendeley, Tuesday, 10/27, 3-4pm

Mendeley is a free reference manager that helps you organize your research; as a tool for managing citations, it generates bibliographies for scholarly articles. Could it be your first choice of software? Please join us for this workshop and learn how to master Mendeley as you proceed with researching and writing your paper, thesis, dissertation, or scholarly pice! With just a few clicks, you will learn to generate references, citations and bibliographies in a whole range of citation styles.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Monday, October 26th and we'll follow up with an invitation to the online workshop.


The Gottesman Libraries sponsors book talks, readings, and signings by faculty, students, staff, and others interested in sharing their work with the Teachers College community. The goals are to celebrate achievements in publishing and promote social and intellectual discourse on key topics of relevance to the educating, psychological and health professions.

Buddy Read: She Would Be King, with TC African Studies Working Group, Friday, 10/16, 4-5:30pm

Please join us for a reading and discussion of She Would Be King (Graywolf Press, 2018), described as "a novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history―a dazzling retelling of Liberia's formation", written by TC alumna Wayétu Moore.

"She Would Be King is a spectacular blend of history and magical realism that follows three extraordinary characters: in the West African village of Lai, red-haired Gbessa is cursed with immortality at birth and lives in exile under suspicion of being a witch; on a plantation in Virginia, June Dey hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee; and in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave, learns to fade from sight at will. When the three of them meet in the colony of Monrovia, it isn’t long before they realize that they are all cursed—or, perhaps, uniquely gifted. Together they protect the weak and vulnerable amid rising tensions between the American settlers, French slave traders, and indigenous tribes.

In her transcendent debut, Wayétu Moore reimagines the tumultuous and dramatic story of Liberia, a country whose past and present are inextricably bound to the United States. With great poise and lyricism, she captures the epic excitement of a nation’s founding and explores themes of community, loyalty, and the complex ties that bind the African diaspora. She Would Be King resonates deeply with our current moment and, as Edwidge Danticat observes, 'boldly announces the arrival of a remarkable novelist and storyteller.'"

-- Publisher's description

Wayétu Moore is a Liberian-American author and social entrepreneur. Her debut novel, She Would Be King was named a best book of 2018 by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Entertainment Weekly & BuzzFeed. The novel was a Sarah Jessica Parker Book Club selection, a BEA Buzz Panel Book, a #1 Indie Next Pick and a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Award.

A graduate of Howard University, University of Southern California, and Columbia University, Moore is the recipient of the 2019 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction and founder of One Moore Book, a non-profit organization that creates and distributes culturally relevant books for underrepresented readers. Her first bookstore opened in Monrovia, Liberia in 2015.Her writing can be found in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Frieze Magazine, Guernica, The Atlantic Magazine and other publications. She has been featured in The Economist, NPR and Vogue, among others, for her work in advocacy for diverse children’s literature.

This event is co-sponsored by the Teachers College African Studies Working Group and Office of Graduate Student Life and Development. Discussion will be led by Akosua Ako-Addo, Obi Eneh and Carolyn Swen, all of whom are M.A. candidates in the International Educational Development program.

On October 16th, Part 1, pages 7-155 will be discussed, with select readings. Part 2, scheduled for Friday, November 6th, 4-5:30pm will continue with readings and reflection on pages 159-294. A book talk with Wayétu Moore will be held on Wednesday, November 18th, 4-5:30pm, with details forthcoming.

Please rsvp at your earliest convenience.

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.

Nicholas Murray Butler Becomes President Emeritus, Thursday, 10/1

Alice Dagliesh Was Born, Wednesday, 10/7

Martin Luther King, Jr. Wins the Nobel Peace Prize, Wednesday, 10/14

John Dewey Was Born, Tuesday, 10/20

NYC Subway Opens, Tuesday, 10/27

Staff Picks: Children's Awards: An Ebook Retrospective

"Curating the children’s award and honor book displays is one of my favorite activities during the academic year at our library. I’m always learning something new about building and promoting library collections, trends in youth publishing, and how combining this knowledge best helps us within the TC community. New books will eventually come to our JUV section. That will stay the same. But with everything looking very different this year, I figured it would be a good time to share a wealth of ebooks for younger readers already available through our ebook collections...and how to find more of them!"

-- Rachel Altvater, Assistant Research and Information Services Librarian

For more information on how these ebooks were found in eBooks on Ebscohost and Ebook Central, visit the corresponding post on the Library Blog.

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

Everett Cafe Book Displays:

Remote Learning: Shifting to the New Normal, through mid-October

With the prevalence of distance education in today's pandemic world, Remote Learning: Shifting to the New Normal, addresses the need for and challenges of virtual learning. As scientists struggle to create a vaccine, campus leaders carefully weigh decisions to protect the health of their communities, offering limited or staggered onsite classes, hybrid approaches, and/or fully online courses. Whichever path, COVID-19 is on the uptick, predictions are worsening, and distance education is becoming a prolonged reality. Educational institutions are fighting to adapt to changing economics in an unprecedented time, and students may be questioning the benefits of deferred enrollment or their continuation of remote education. From the politics of online learning, to the re-imagining of teaching, this display encourages us to consider a new paradigm and leads us to question the future of higher education.

Remote Learning: Shifting to the New Normal is curated by Jennifer Govan, Senior Librarian, and designed by Sabarish Raghupathy, Software Engineer.

Strength In Cities: Lessons From the Urban Landscape, mid-October-November

The urban landscape changes when unintended events occur, due to weather, disease, disaster, terrorism, or other happenings. As a result of the environment in which it finds itself, a city adapts and transforms, often leading to welcome, safe, and positive change for its inhabitants. Boulders in parks, more bike lanes, roof gardens, rooftop generators, community gardens, and increased outdoor dining (the latest a consequence of global pandemic) are examples of urban adaptations that create healthier lifestyles and serve to bring people closer together.

Strength In Cities: Lessons of the Urban Landscape focuses on cities as a model for resilience, from how they learn to what they can teach us. It is curated by Jennifer Govan and designed by Trisha Barton.

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

Featured Databases: Urban Education

In October we highlight research resources that inform the field of urban education, schooling that takes place in cities, often metropolitan areas, that have diverse and dense populations, as they continue to face critical issues. Read more on the library's news page.

Exhibit: Selections From the Mary Adelaide Nutting Collection (online images)

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.


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Last Updated: 10:47 am, Friday, Oct 16 , 2020