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Catalog to cat pun, book to room booking, music to mushroom, we enjoyed a rich and rewarding return to life at the Gottesman Libraries this Fall. Staff came onsite as we, eager to greet new students and welcome back members of Teachers College, resumed full opening hours in early September. We provided a robust program of services to our patrons, poised...
On January 10th, 1776, English-born American political philosopher and activist Thomas Paine (1737-1809) anonymously published a short pamphlet entitled Common Sense -- an argument against the monarchy and inherited privileges of the noble classes. This sensational document was printed with twenty-five editions in its first year, and it influenced the start of the American Revolution (1765-1783) by igniti...
“In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms."-Franklin Roosevelt, Annual Message to Congress, January 6, 1941On January 6th, 1941, President Franklin Delano...
Did you know that on December 21st, 1913 the first modern crossword puzzle was published in the Sunday Supplement to New York World as just one of a set of "mental exercises"? Consisting of a diagram in the shape of gridded diamond, "Fun's Word Cross Puzzle" presented thirty-one questions which readers were invited to answer by filling in squares to form words that with shared letters. The inventor was Liverpudlian
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 review of the liter...
In 2020 I had the pleasure of working with Renata Gaui and Francesca Sewaya on the Gottesman Libraries commissioned work, Warping the Future: How Craft Led To the Digital World As We Know It, an augmented reality art exhibition and program of events th...
Since 1988 December 1st has been recognized world wide as a day for raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is also a time to commemorate the lives lost; according to UNAIDS, as many as 36.3 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic in 1981....
How does a picture speak 1,000 words? What is the impact of photojournalism on our understanding of current affairs or media literacy? And why is it such an essential, ongoing part of the media? With its stunning front cover photo of the Fort Peck Dam taken by Margaret Bourke-White, the first i...
If you are curious about the history of art education, anatomy of artifacts, and nature of historical research, then this guide will serve to illuminate. Think of yourself as a detective, with an insatiable desire for knowledge and a keen eye for observation. You follow clues to solve the mystery of an object, text, or image -- how and why it com...
“I know now that most people are so closely concerned with themselves that they are not aware of their own individuality. I can see myself, and it has helped me to say what I want to say -- in paint.” -- from