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The Gottesman Libraries remained virtually open, with continuing provision of digital resources and services to meet the needs of students, faculty, and scholars, and it physically opened September 1st, with regular business hours under a
Today, January 15th, is the twentieth birthday of Wikipedia, an open, multilingual, and collaborative encyclopedia developed and maintained by largely anonymous volunteer contributors and editors! Founded as part of Nupedia, a defunct, selective encyclopedia project that required high qua...
On January 7th, 1610, Italian astronomer, natural philosopher, mathematician, and teacher Galileo Galilei (February 15, 1564 - January 8, 1642) discovered that four moons or satellites revolve around the planet Jupiter. In his book, The Sidereal Messenger, he describes them, naming them after the Medici family, his patron. His discovery substantiated the significant theory that the Sun, not the planet Earth, was th...
A couple of months past the General Election, we look at our nation's spirit, both divided and hopeful for change. We are already into a New Year, turkey dinners and Christmas trees still fresh in our thoughts, while top news stories feature allies of the current Administration challenging the vote. Inauguration Day is but a stone's throw, as "tellers" in Congress attempt to read ballots and verify the election results. The nation awa...
Advent, by Rainer Maria RilkeThe wind in winter woods is like Es treibt der Wind im Winterwaldea shepherd to his flock of flakes die Flockenherde wie ein Hirt,and soon the firs anticipate und manche Tanne ahnt, wie baldehow blessed will be the light ...
Here on the floor of my room is the turning point of the sun,Beyond the edge of the rug, not far from the bookshelves.The movements of earth and sun in the vastness of spaceAre focused here, where the window looking south,Observing the universe, marks upon my floor,In this shaft of yellow light, the march of the seasons.The narrow oaken plank with the l...
It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.— Sense and SensibilityWidely acclaimed English novelist Jane Austen was born this day, December 16, 1775 to Reverend George and Cassandra (née Leigh) Austen in Steventon, Hampshire. She was the seventh of eight children and second daughter, living in a cohesive home that nurtured openness, creativit...
It's significant that we call it the Information Age. We don't talk about the Knowledge Age.-- James Billington, Speaking of Information: The Library Juice Quotation BookA ...
Did you know that sometime around 1500 BC smallpox made its way from animal to human being somewhere in the Nile Valley? Known as the "Speckled Monster", the fatal virus was breathed in, and once inside, invaded the body to host its spread -- leading to fever, headache, back and muscle pain -- and then to pus-filled blisters that left deep external scars, but worse, in...
Did you know that American politician, educator, and author Shirley Anita Chisholm (nee St Hill) was also an alumna of Teachers College, Columbia University? Chisholm earned her MA in elementary education here in 1952, while serving as a teacher's aide in a Harlem nursery school. Following her degree she directed the Friends Day Nursery in Brownsville, Brooklyn -- becoming recognized for her work in early childhood education and welfar...