To kick off the 2009-2010 academic year, the EdLab Design/Publishing Team put together an exhibit featuring the lesser-told stories of Teachers College, Columbia University. Overheard: An Insider's History of Teachers College ran throughout the academic year in the Offit Gallery on the third floor of the Gottesman Libraries. From the exhibit press release:
In celebration of 2009 new student orientation, Gottesman Libraries introduces a new exhibit and campus-wide audio tour sharing some of the more unexpected stories from the history of Teachers College. Overheard: An Ins...
As a supplement to the Overheard exhibit, the Design/Publishing Team produced an audio tour for new students. The tour gave students a chance to see and hear some of the sites of the secret histories uncovered in the physical exhibition.
In the spring of 2009, the EdLab design team collaborated with faculty from the Nutrition Program at Teachers College to create an exhibit for the program's centennial celebration. 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration of the Program in Nutrition at Teachers College explored the history of the Nutrition program, and was on view on the third floor of the Gottesman Libraries for the run of the program's conference and through the following summer.
To see more about the program, go to its archives on
A Year in the Library was an information display communicating how the library's physical and online resources have been used in the past year.
In January 2008, instruments were installed throughout Gottesman Libraries to track the number of people visiting the library book stacks, cafe, reading rooms, and other public areas. The sensing devices, manufactured by Walker Wireless, count the number of people entering and exiting each recorded section of the library, and wirelessly transmit this data to a server. The Library website also collects and records visitation data including t...
We pushed new code over the weekend, and now it's official: Pressible 1.0 is here! There are a lot of things we're excited about, but most notably:
Twitter integration. Pressible will tweet for you when you publish a new post.
Header makeover. Each Pressible site now allows for uploading a header image. Currently a default mask determines how the image is displayed, but look for additional options in the near future.
Pressible.org makeover. The root site now features notable posts from across the network....
I'm very excited about our upcoming community launch event for Pressible. After four months of supporting the beta version, and six months of development, we are committing to a stable feature-set. We're going to call this version of Pressible our "1.0" (and adjust some of our past descriptions accordingly).
We haven't finished building Pressible – there are many more aspects of this publishing network that we've imagined – but we do want to begin a serious effort of learning from users' experiences. That's what we'll be up to this summer. Stay tuned!
From the library news item here:
Pressible is a free, online publishing service supported by EdLab at Teachers College, Columbia University. On Tuesday, June 1st, library staff will host an all-day event at the library to introduce patrons to this new service.
With Pressible, you can create personal or multi-author sites. Sites can be used for a range of purposes, including personal blogging, group blogging, and other kinds of outreach. Pressible organizes content automatically, so you can focus on your ideas.
Every site is part of the Pressible network – a constellation of sites with a focus on education. Pressible helps you circulate and repost content from within the network, increasing your site traffic. And as the network grows, so does your site’s web presence.
How do you start? All you need is a Teachers College or Columbia University email address. Go to pressible.org, enter a domain name and title, and click “Create Site.” In-person support is available at the Gottesman Libraries.
June 1st Activities:
10am: Doors open. Library staff will help you join Pressible, or help you better understand the options available. Second floor publishing exhibitions showcase current academic publishing by the TC community.
12-1:30pm: Seminar Lunch. Gus Andrews will present on using Pressible to publish a teaching case study on her media literacy project, The Media Show.
2-4pm: Discussions at the Publishing Bar. Topics: How to Use Pressible (2pm), Putting Your Ideas Online (2:30pm), Publishing from a Publisher's Perspective (3pm), Producing and Publishing Video (3:30pm)
4-6pm: Learn more! Pressible early adopters tell their stories; Q&A with the Pressible Development Team
Live music throughout the day!
Where: Second Floor Collaboration Space / Publishing Bar
When: 10am - 6pm
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This is our library: the Gottesman Libraries. The books are in the tower; the rest is in the adjoining Russell Hall. This is our space, and our community's space. You might say we (the library...
An exhibit featuring The Media Show was installed last November, and is still on view in the Gottesman Libraries. The Media Show is an online, YouTube-housed, media literacy show starring Weena and Erna, puppets with attitude. Gus Andrews is the creator of "The Media Show," the puppets who star in it, t...
This is such a nice analogy, yet so easy to forget! Pressible likes tags. Lots of tags. In theory, you can't have enough tags in Pressible so long as they are descriptive, clear, and meaningful. They help site visitors find all the great content on your site. Think of it this way: if posts are your best shot at getting eyeballs on your site, tags are the best way to guide them to related content.
We're up and running with a cool new homepage. We’ve begun adding features we see as essential to the future of the network model of publishing: up-to-date information on sites and users, data visualization of network activity, and links to the best content on Pressible. This includes:
Links to the newest sites. Though these sites might have no content, is it fun to see them appear? We think so, but we'll probably create a better rubric for showing them in the future (i.e., wait ...