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.


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

Research A-Z, Tuesday, 7/12, 3-4pm

We all think we know our ABC's but when it comes to research in graduate school it can be a little more challenging than expected. This workshop covers research basics so you can 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 in using Educat+, the catalog of library holdings at Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as other platforms, including CLIO, the catalog of Columbia University Libraries, Google Scholar, and more. We will illuminate the usefulness of different approaches to research and information, whether you start small or go for a wider approach.

Please rsvp with your interest by Monday, July 11th and we'll follow up with a Zoom link to the session. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to request an individual research consultation and/or suggest another time that may work better.

Introduction to Zotero, Wednesday, 7/20, 3-4pm

How did scholars and researchers ever deal with index cards, lists, or printed bibliographies? Long gone are those days, thanks to the proliferation of electronic tools that facilitate the management of research, especially for the writing of papers, theses, and dissertations.

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.

You may rsvp by Tuesday, July 19th with your interest and details, and we'll follow up with a Zoom link.

Introduction to Course Resource Lists for Instructors, Wednesday, 7/27, 3-4pm

Course Resource Lists (powered by Ex Libris Leganto) is our new, permanent course reserves platform and collaborative tool for instructors and librarians to create and fulfill reading lists for degree-seeking students in courses taught each semester at Teachers College, Columbia University. Course Resource Lists are available to instructors of all active, credit-bearing courses and can be found on the left navigation menu of their courses in Canvas.

Please join us for the next session on July 27 held over Zoom, in which we will introduce our new platform and cover all you need to know to create a Course Resource List and make a course reserves request, in preparation for Fall 2022. Faculty, course assistants, and professional staff are all welcome to attend. 

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Digital Futures Institute. Interested persons may rsvp in advance and Zoom details will be shared. 

Understanding Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources,Thursday, 7/28, 3-4pm

This workshop provides an orientation to the different kinds of research resources relevant to graduate work: primary, comprising archival or raw materials / first hand documentation; secondary, generally scholarly books and articles; and tertiary, often reference works, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, fact books, and bibliographies. The differences between these resources can be nuanced and overlapping. We will explore interesting connections, so you can identify resources most relevant for your studies and research and navigate the rich landscape of information and scholarship.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Wednesday, July 27th, and we will share the Zoom link to the session.


The Gottesman Libraries sponsors talks by leaders in education, psychology, and the applied health sciences to recognize and celebrate scholarly work of interest to the Teachers College community.

Book Talk: Game Changer, with David A. Bainbridge, Monday, 7/11, 4-5pm

Please join us on Monday, July 11th, 4-5pm for an online discussion with David A. Bainbridge, author of Game Changer: World War 2, Radar, the Atomic Bomb, and the Life of Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge (Rio Redondo Press, 2022).

"World War II has been called the “physicist’s war” because physics underpinned the development of both radar and the atomic bomb. Talented but unpretentious, physicist Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge had a remarkable career while playing a crucial role in ending WWII. He was the first physicist recruited for the radar lab at MIT and one of the research project team said Ken was a central figure in the development of radar that could detect the deadly German submarines.

Ken was then chosen to work on atomic bomb development at Los Alamos. He and his team had to select the test site, develop the site and then all the instrumentation and details for the test. This was a success, on July 16, 1945. Throughout his career he was credited with not only exceptional skill and successful development of complex projects, but also his effective but kind and gentle management."

-- Book description

Recent Review:

March 23, 2022

Game Changer is an amazing book. It is a thorough and detailed account of one of our civilizations turning points. I knew Mr. Bainbridge as a colleague and friend at Harvard and this book captures him well. He was indeed a Game Changer.

Gerald Norton, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Professor of History of Science Emeritus, Harvard University

David A. Bainbridge is an ecologist, author, teacher, and historian. After earning his BA in Earth Sciences at UC San Diego in 1970, he went to UC Davis to complete an MS in Ecology in the multidisciplinary Eco-Grad Program. He launched a company doing environmental impact analysis, then transitioned to a solar research and design firm, Living Systems, where he worked on community design, passive solar heating and cooling, building codes and solar rights. He returned to academia and worked on desert restoration at UC Riverside and San Diego State University from 1986-2001. In 1995 he began teaching at Alliant International University, where he retired as Associate Professor of Sustainable Management in the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management. He is the author of 22 books, 20 book chapters, 18 book reviews, and more than 300 reports and articles. He has been honored with awards for teaching, scholarship, and service, and several of his books have won awards.

David Bainbridge is the nephew of Kenneth Thomas Bainbridge (July 27, 1904 – July 14, 1996) who attended Horace Mann School from 1910-1921, before moving on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Princeton University. KTB was a lead physicist at Harvard University who worked on cyclotron research. He was Director of the Manhattan Project's Trinity nuclear test, which took place July 16, 1945. Recently remarked David Bainbridge, "It was said this was the physicist's war. Radar and the atomic bomb were both instrumental and Kenneth Bainbridge was a key player in both endeavors. He was a remarkable physicist and nice guy.."

This book talk is co-sponsored by Horace Mann School which, like the Gottesman Libraries of Teachers College, Columbia University, provided assistance with archival research for the publication of Game Changer.

Please rsvp no later than Friday, July 8th, with your interest and details via library support, and a Zoom link will be provided.

Where: Online

Live Music

The Everett Cafe Music Program sponsors performances by TC student and affiliated musicians. Come enjoy a variety of genres and styles! Please contact us if you are interested in playing! We welcome solos, duets, and trios.

Jaques et Marie, Wednesday, 6/15, 4-5:30pm

Come enjoy a special French celebration with Jacques and Marie, prelude to the festivities of Bastille Day which typically takes place each year on July 14th to honor the fall of the Bastille in 1789. This date signifies the end of the "ancien régime" and beginning of the French Revolution, and it is celebrated in France, as well as in French speaking countries throughout the world.

This lively performance is brought to us through Wadsworth Strings, a division of Claremont Strings, founded by Vivian Penham, a graduate of the Juilliard School and Columbia University. You'll enjoy keyboard and vocals, dreaming of the City of Light, City of Love, fashion Capitol -- Paris -- right here in New York.

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.

Hong Kong Is Returned to China, Friday, 7/1

Teachers College Teaches Music to Babies, Thursday, 7/7

Bastille Day, Thursday, 7/14

ADA Signed Into Law, Tuesday, 7/26

Book Displays

Everett Cafe: Wanderlust

For some the act of travel is the draw: it's the voyage in itself, not the destination. For others, it's the actual destination and what one seeks to do -- the visiting or even temporary living there. A lonely planet Earth becomes much less so when we expand our horizons and move through the globe, or parts of it -- and a less estranged Earth moves us.

Our strong desire to travel leads to enriched understanding of ourselves, each other, and our world, however, whenever, and wherever we journey. Travel inspires writing, letting us to learn from the experiences of others, and become motivated to get out and explore, near or far. We can adventure through others' accounts, stories, diaries, travelogues, and/or take the next step by donning our boots, booking a ticket, and setting forth.

Wanderlust explores the history and intent of men and women in travel, often by foot, sometimes by camel, horse, boat, car, or train. It presents interesting and curious insight into travelers' shared experiences, particularly among women, and offers helpful tips on writing about our encounters or experiences. It includes select works of well-known explorers, past and present, from Marco Polo and Robert Louis Stevenson, to Ida Pfeiffer and Cheryl Strayed, in the hope that lazy summer days extend learning outside the classroom and inspire new adventures. 

This display is curated by Jennifer Govan, Library Director and Senior Librarian, in collaboration with Trisha Barton, Lead Designer.

Where: Everett Cafe

July Staff Picks: Take a Closer Look: Reading with Cross-Sections

"I can vividly remember picking up a Star Wars Incredible Cross-Sections DK publishing book as a kid and my eyes going wide. Huge splash pages, vibrant colors, incredibly detailed drawings, and familiar objects presented incompletely new ways. How could I not be captivated? Cross-sections, or cutaway diagram drawings that reveal the inner workings of objects, are not just reserved for architecture blueprints or medical journals!

In putting together this display I was pleasantly surprised that the sense of wonder these illustrations instill has not faded at all. I was also amazed at how the use of cross-sections is not confined to just non-fiction or books about cars and buildings. Cross-sections remain an engaging illustration device for Caldecott winning fiction, or historical picture books. I hope you also get a sense of curiosity and excitement from these intricate works of art and literature."

-- Will Bangs, Library Associate

Where: Reading Room, Second Floor

June Staff Picks: The Power of Our Subconscious Minds

"I am excited to announce the title for the June Month’s staff picks! – 'The Power of Our Subconscious Minds.' This is a topic close to my heart because I have been reading about the law of attraction, practicing mindfulness techniques, and exploring content about the importance of our subconscious minds for about 10+ years.

The subconscious mind is a mysterious but fascinating place -- it is said that our subconscious mind is like a huge memory bank. Its capacity is virtually unlimited, and it permanently stores everything that happens to you. The function of our subconscious minds is to store and retrieve data. Its job is to ensure that you respond exactly the way you are programmed. Your subconscious mind makes everything

you say and do fit a pattern consistent with your self-concept, your "master program.” This is why repeating positive affirmations are so effective – you can reprogram your thought patterns by slipping in positive and success-oriented sound bites.

Our conscious mind commands and the subconscious mind obeys. The subconscious mind is an unquestioning servant that works day and night to make our behavior fit a pattern consistent with our emotionalized thoughts, hopes, and desires.

Through these concepts I find a lot of strength and intuitive knowledge, and I hope to provide Teachers College students, faculty and staff the same.

Feel free to explore the collection and help you understand yourself better."

-- Vanishka Ahuja, Library Associate

Where: Reading Room, Second Floor

Featured Databases: Geography Education

"The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together." -- Barack Obama

Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments, often taking into account the physical features of Earth and its atmosphere, as well as human activity and interactions. In July, we highlight research resources relevant to geography education to inform academic programs and current offerings.

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Last Updated: 4:38 pm, Wednesday, Jul 13 , 2022