July Newsletter: Education Program

The Gottesman Libraries

Ed Prpgram LogoThe 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.

Read more below about offerings in July.

Online Workshops

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

Research, A-Z, Wednesday, 7/14, 4-5pm

This workshop covers essential research tools: online catalogs, periodical indices, and federated search engines, including TC SuperSearch; CLIO; searches by provider (Ebsco, Proquest); and Google Scholar, We will show you different options for accessing full text, with tips and tricks to get you started and ease your pursuit of research and information.

Please rsvp with your interest and details of this session by Tuesday, July 13th, and we'll follow up with a Zoom link. If you are unable to attend this session, please feel free to request an individual research consultation and/or suggest another time that may work better.

Systematic Reviews, Tuesday, 7/20, 4-5pm

For a systematic review of the literature, you will be called upon to identify, evaluate, and summarize the findings of all relevant individual studies over a health-related issue, thus making evidence available to decision makers. This workshop covers the necessary steps: formulating the research question; developing the research protocol; conducting the search; selecting and appraising studies; extracting data; and analyzing / interpreting the results.

Please rsvp with your interest and details of this session by Monday, July 19th, and we'll follow up with a Zoom link. If you are unable to attend this session, please feel free to request an individual research consultation and/or suggest another time that may work better.

Introducing Zotero, Wednesday, 7/28, 4-5pm

Long gone are the days of index cards and typed reference lists! Zotero is a free, open-source bibliographic management program that allows you to collect, organize, cite, and share your research. In this workshop we will introduce you to this important tool, help you get started, and offer tips for effectively using Zotero in your studies and research so you can master the art of managing scholarly references.

Please rsvp with your interest and details of this session by Tuesday, July 27th, and we'll follow up with a Zoom link. If you are unable to attend this session, please feel free to request an individual research consultation and/or suggest another time that may work better.

Online 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.

Hawaiian Islands Are Annexed by the United States, Wednesday, 7/7

Twitter Is Launched, Thursday, 7/15

Tolkien Publishes The Fellowship of the Rings, 7/29

Online Book Displays

We are pleased to host the following curated book displays that draw upon special and current topics of significance to teaching, learning, and research.

Staff Picks: Foods of Summer

"Growing up in the Central Valley of California with family farmers, there was never a shortage of fresh summer fruits and vegetables. My memories of golden, dusty summer days at my grandmother’s farmhouse are filled with plump grapes and juicy ripe peaches. All of our favorite summer eats have a story—from the domestication of your corn on the cob, to the agave that made the tequila in your margarita, to the Native Americans who held the earliest barbeques that you continue to enjoy today, to the farmers who grew and picked the produce you bought from the farmer’s market. 

In this staff-picked online collection (curated by a food lover), we dig into reads that highlight favorite summer eats and the food systems behind them. The collection features touching food memoirs that give readers a glimpse into different food cultures and relationships with hunger; lessons from Indigenous botany; novels and children’s books inspired by blueberries and pickles; investigations on flawed food distribution and meat industries; research on sustainable practices as well as the geeky science of ice cream; intimate profiles on the service workers and farming communities that are the backbone of our food systems. The foods that we grow and eat makeup so much of who we are—our health, our identity, our culture, our society, our tastes. The selections here explore these themes and more. We hope you've worked up an appetite—these book selections are bound to make you hungry to read." 

-- Lauren Young

Foods of Summer explores the history of some of our indigenous foods and plants, while looking at the development of farmer's markets, and how we can create more equitable and sustainable food systems in a warming climate. Included are fun stories, from the the war over bananas, to the chemistry of ice cream.

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

Everett Cafe: What Trees Tell Us

For over 300 million years trees have played a vital role on Earth. They help create clean, fresh air through photosynthesis, through which they combine carbon dioxide and water with energy from the Sun to produce sugar and oxygen. Water consumed through their roots makes chemical compounds that sustain not only their growth, but other life. A hub of biodiversity, trees are represented by an abundance of species, and are host to many birds, insects, animals, and plants. Topping it off, they are amazing historians of climate! Their internal rings not only indicate their age, but show changing patterns over time: darker, bigger circles indicate periods of healthy growth, due to warm, wet weather (typically Spring and Summer), while lighter, smaller circles, reveal more vulnerable periods.

Extreme heat and drought precipitate wildfires, one cause of deforestation, and the summer of 2021 is predicted to be one of the worst seasons yet; already 10,000 acres have burned in California since the beginning of May. However, the action of clearing a wide range of trees may be attributed to other natural examples of climate change: hurricanes, floods, and parasites. Human activities, including over-farming, cattle breeding, infrastructure development, and extraction of natural resources (timber, coal, and oil) similarly cause deforestation, as our constant consumption of certain goods, like coffee, cocoa, and meat, drives the global impact of international trade on the world's forests.

How can we be so aware of climate issues without really listening to Nature's warning signs, or changing our behavior to ensure the protection of one of our most valuable resources? What would say Methuselah, the oldest living tree, a bristlecone pine dating 4,852 years from California's White Mountains? Trees, in fact, are central to human learning and serve to teach. With its roots in Scandinavia, a forest school serves to provide a specialized learning approach that allows young children to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Outdoor education continues to be a valuable part of school curriculum, in summer camps, and throughout urban areas.

What Trees Tell Us explores the beauty, importance, and conditions of the trees that surround us, while drawing attention to the pressing issue of deforestation, a leading cause of long-term change in average weather patterns. It includes books that highlight city efforts toward a greater green, and encourages us to become more knowledgeable of the variety of trees that grace our neighborhoods, parks, woods, and planet.

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

Online Exhibit: Warping the Future

Warping the Future: How Craft Led To the Digital World As We Know It, is an interactive exhibition that explores the history of crafting and the history of computing. It is presented in three stations: "Humans as Machines" exploring the history of weaving by interacting with a variety of looms, including the backstrap loom, warp-weighted loom, tapestry loom, floor loom, and Jacquard loom; visitors will learn about the origin of weaving, how ancient societies used them and which materials they weaved with. "Humans Automating Machines" delves into the "punch card way" as the core intersection between programmed computers and looms; visitors are exposed to the origins of programming by learning the logic behind the punch cards. In "Machines as Humans", viewers can search for curated collection of projects that illustrate more contemporary connections between ancient and new technologies.

Francesca Rodriguez Sawaya is a Peruvian creative producer and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Francesca is a Lead Teacher in NYC First where she develops curriculum, manage a Maker Space and teach STEAM related subjects to low income communities. Her workshops include Creativity Lab at Brooklyn Museum and Tangible Data in Ahmedabad, India. Francesca earned an MPS in Interactive Telecommunications from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, a BA in Communication from the University of Lima, and a Diploma in Audiovisual Education from the University of Salamanca.

Renata de Carvalho Gaui is a Brazilian designer, artist, and creative technologist based in Brooklyn, New York. A "jill of all trades within art, design, and technology," Renata has engaged in numerous projects with positive educational impact, including Beyond Punch Cards, Weaving to Code, Coding to Weave; and The Art of Living, the 2018 Myers Fund Art Commission. She holds an MPS in Interactive Telecommunications from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and a BFA in Design and Digital Media from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

Highlighted Databases: Social Wellness

In July we highlight research resources on Social Wellness, which is key to good living, including healthy relationships and a strong social network. Engaging with others; appreciating diversity; being respectful; and building trust are examples. Read more on the library's news feed.


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Last Updated: 11:50 am, Tuesday, Jul 20 , 2021