Student comment: I like my school, its classroom and my classmates. So I made this picture.
Teacher comment: I have no technique teaching. Yet encouraged him to finish his aim. He spent more than ten hours to do [so].
The Gottesman Libraries Education Program of Spring 2021 continues to engage members of the community with one another and with a broad range of educational experts, while showcasing work being at Teachers College. Informing students, faculty, and staff of current topics in education, we focused on expanding remote offerings to reach participants, particularly with regard to book and guest talks and library instruction.
In coordination with Graduate Student Life and Development, we hosted both a New Student Orientation and a Doctoral Student Orientation to introduce library resources and services, as well as best practices, with tips and tricks for research. Library tours provided a remote look at physical spaces and an opportunity for users to meet staff and ask a variety of questions. Throughout the semester, we offered regular workshops on key topics to encourage savvy exploration and usage of library resources. Among the workshops were: Research Basics, Zotero and Mendeley, The Lit Review, Deep Dive into Doctoral Research, Cited Reference Searching, Scoping Reviews, K-12 Curriculum, Grant Seeking, Copyright, Systematic Reviews, and Accessibility Options for E-Resources. The last workshop incorporated a series of newly published research guides on accessibility by Rachel Altvater, Lorraine LaPrade, and Anika Paris that outline accommodations for e-books; citation management tools; scholarly journal archive; and much more, as we continued to coordinate with the Teachers College Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities. Self-guided resources included both research guides published on the library blog, as well as highlighted databases on the news' feed: Art and Art Education (January); Civic Education (February); Digital Technologies (March); National Poetry Month (April).
In addition to the daily news online, we curated weekly news displays on topics relevant to the broad field of education. Today in History drew from historical newspapers collections and covered the following: Galileo Discovers Jupiter's Four Moons; Wikipedia Debuts; Inauguration Day;OED Is Published; NAACP Is Founded; King Tut's Tomb; Winslow Homer; Prynce Hopkins; Gandhi and the Salt March; Marion Vera Cuthbert; Agnes Martin; World Autism Awareness; National Library Week; Thomas Jefferson Memorial; First Earth Day; and Joan of Arc.
Online book displays similarly were curated by library staff, with lead design by Trisha Barton, to encourage e-reading and increase readership. Highlighting resources on educational topics and themes of special interest, Staff Picks represented: Transfiguring Bilingual Education, by Clara Ruiz (January-February); Second Annual Book Pot Luck, by Rachel Altvater (March); and Myth and Culture, by Annette Mims (April). Relating to current affairs, education, or learning environments, Everett Cafe online book displays comprised: Coming Together Post-Election; Warping the Future; Digital Extremism; and Understanding Vaccines.
The annual Gottesman Libraries' commissioned exhibit: Warping the Future: How Craft Led To The Digital World As We Know It, launched in January, having transitioned to a fully remote, interactive, augmented reality interpretation of the connection between the history of crafting and the history of computing. The program incorporated an online book display, four artist talks, and a blog, The Weft Thread, on the inspirational history of women and weaving at Teachers College.
Virtual talks by leaders covered numerous topics and strengthened initiatives and offerings of the Library and College. Our book talks were: Micro-Reflection on Classroom Communication: A FAB Framework, with Sarah Creider; The Education We Need for A Future We Can't Predict, with Thomas Hatch, Jordan Corson, and Sarah Gerth van den Berg; Latina Agency Through Narration In Education, with Carmen Martinez-Roldan and Contributors; and Borderlands, with Hannah Smith Allen. Guest speakers were integral to the Gottesman Libraries' Commissioned Art Program, Warping the Future, and consisted of a series of conversations with Francesca Sewaya and Renata Gaui, our commissioned artists, and their artist colleagues Pam Liou, Alex McClean, and Indira Allegra. Artivism: The Power Of Art For Social Transformation, spearheaded by Teachers College and Adelphi University alumna Carolina Cambronero-Valera, consisted of thirteen multi-model presentations by leaders in the arts to show how art, research, community outreach, and other endeavors serve to change the status quo and nurture change for continuous action in search for a more just society.
Beyond sponsored library events and programming, we continued a number of significant library projects; successfully addressed needs in collections, technology, and staffing; and liaised with College and campus colleagues.
We coordinated with the Teachers College Office of Facilities to complete contracted work on framed art storage units in the basement and sub-basement. We added significant storage capacity for future artwork and relocated 279 framed pieces from the Ziegfeld, Dow, Castellon, Schindel, Churchill, and portraiture collections. We screened applications and conducted several interviews for the 2021 commission and awarded doctoral student Isabel Correa for her proposal, Living Art: Human-Nature Creative Entanglements. Working with the offices of the Senior Vice Provost, Facilities, and Development, we received approval by the Myers Charitable Trust to renovate the Tudor Room of the College, a landmark space designed in the Arts and Crafts style by Helen Kinne and Arthur Wesley Dow, where we plan to hang more historical portraiture and offer art-related events. We mounted a plaque for the framed portrait of Dr. Edmund Gordon, now hanging above the fireplace in Russell 104b, with attention to the Centennial Conference.
Thanks to George Nantwi of Teachers College Record and Claudia Moniz of Finebinding, we began placing new beautifully bound sets of Teachers College publications for display in Russell 104b. These sets include the Education Yearbooks of the International Institute; Teachers College Record, our institutional journal; National Society for the Study of Education Yearbooks; and Frontiers of Democracy.
The work outlined in our proposal, Operation Warp Clean, was handled by Backstage, a library leader in bibliographic services, who upgraded our catalog records in preparation for our migration to a new integrated library system. We implemented Exlibris Alma-PrimoVE, our new library software, and became certified as system administrators, in anticipation of the August 2021 launch -- and farewell to Sierra.
Together with Teachers College Information Technology, we installed two additional library printers, one black/white and one color, to expand services on the first three floors. TC GoPrint and CU PawPrint are both available, with the latter upgraded with RFID release of print jobs. With thanks to TC IT, we re-imaged all public workstations; added single workstations to networked printers on the second and third floors; and began re-enabling e-mail options from the library's scanners.
Our work in the archives included an interactive presentation for Ami Kantawala's course, Historical Foundations of Art Education; responding to in-depth queries concerning the Paul Monroe, William F. Russell and James Earl Russell, and Grace Dodge papers; reviewing older curriculum, research, and rare books for integration into the closed stacks; and coordinating with Detra Price Dennis and her research team on digital curation and description of their collection, Understanding Teachers' Culturally Responsive Strategies to Emergency Remote Instruction, a project funded by the Spencer Foundation.
Library Associates fulfilled archival scanning requests for older masters' theses and kept pace with scanning for Course Reserves, as well as small portions of works for personal use by faculty and students, in addition to handling paging and pick up requests. Shelf reading of the circulating collections continued, with completion of the Fifth Floor (loft and main), and significant portions of the second and third floors of the Tower Stacks.
We continued to participate on Columbia Libraries Committees (Access Services, Planning, and Strategy; Collections Forum; and Learning and Reference Support Strategies), as well as the College's Barrier Removal Committee and standing meetings of the Digital Asset Management Working Group and Exlibris Project Implementation Team. Library Associates attended the new monthly Town Hall for Columbia's Access Services, which began in March to recognize the high impact work of onsite staff during the pandemic.
With the help of the Office of Human Resources, we began the recruitment process for three new full time professional positions: Manager of Operations, Research and Instruction Librarian, and Reserves and Support Services Librarian. With deep appreciation and congratulations, we promoted our Acquisitions and Materials Librarian, Kalliopi Mathios, to Head of Technical Services and Metadata Librarian.
Like the fourteen-year old artist Yasunori Koyashiki who fondly depicted his school with great dedication to the process of painting, we speak this Spring to building the Gottesman Libraries in positive, collaborative, and creative ways that well serve our community and reflect commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We especially thank Katie Embree, Senior Vice Provost; Jon MacMillan, Program Manger, Enterprise Applications; Rochelle Thomas, Director of Strategy, Planning, Operations, Digital Futures Institute; Charles Lang, Senior Executive Director, Digital Futures Institute; Linda Colquhoun and Asha Griffith, Stewardship and Donor Relations; John Olsen, Maintenance Project Manager; Andrew Toutain, Senior HR Generalist; Jonathan Gonzalez, TC IT Services Desk Analyst; and Jim Crocamo, CUL Head Access and User Experience, SESSL, for their expert insight and generous support.
Building, by Yasunori Koyashiki, Ziegfeld Collection of International Children's Art, Courtesy of Teachers College, Columbia University
The Bicycle, by Michèle Dohet, Ziegfeld Collection of International Children's Art, Courtesy of Teachers College, Columbia University