grace handy is a Library Associate at the Gottesman Libraries, having previously worked with books at a bookstore, a high school library, and the Brooklyn Public Library. handy currently spans three boroughs, coming to Teachers College by way of Brooklyn, and learning as masters degree student at Queens College. grace graduated from Wesleyan University in 2018 with an environmental science degree and has been involved with organizing, archiving, soundscape, and bookmaking projects, currently trying to learn the bass and finish a large stack of unread books.
Hello everyone! My name is Vanishka Ahuja. I am a Library Associate at the Gottesman Library. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Social-Organisational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. I am an International Student who came from India in Spring 2022. In my spare time, you can find me in Central Park or tucked away in some cozy book. cafe.
Roshnara is Reserves and Support Services Librarian. She manages the Gottesman Libraries’ courses reserves and Interlibrary Loan services and was excited to be a part of the project to implement the libraries’ new course reserves platform, Course Resource Lists, from day one—also her first day at Teachers College—in August 2021. Before joining TC, she managed the reserves collections at the Newman Library, Baruch College, CUNY for more than six years. She is always gratified to help patrons locate sometimes elusive resources for their research and in finding ways to make accessing their course materials easier. She graduated with an MLS from Queens College, CUNY in 2021 and has a BA in English and Economics from NYU. She has also studied English at NYU’s GSAS and remains an amateur Victorian literature scholar in her spare time.
Lauren J. Young is a science and tech journalist by day and a Gottesman Library Services Associate by night. She likes to write about a lot of things, but mostly covers how technology affects our health, behavior, education and culture. She attended NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program and received a Master's degree in journalism. For fun, she collects comic books and browses digital library archives. You can see her writing and reporting on her portfolio and follow her on Twitter.
I am new to the world of academic libraries and I am looking forward to learning and becoming versant in library-speak. As the Manager of Operations of the Gottesman Libraries, I am responsible for budget, personnel, technology and for keeping the Gottesman Libraries a safe, healthy and thriving space.
Becca Gates is the Research and Instruction Librarian at Gottesman Libraries. Born and raised in California, she fell in love with books at a young age–beachside with sand between the pages. She channeled that love of reading into her undergraduate degree in English at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. There Becca found a community of learners passionate about the humanities and served as the co-editor of the literary journal, Byzantium. She then discovered the career path towards librarianship and earned her MLIS from UCLA. In her time in graduate school, she worked in library instruction at USC Special Collections and grew her knowledge in information literacy, primary source instruction, and research techniques. Her primary research in her degree focused on disability in special collections environments and archival silences. After graduating,...
On a September night in Atlanta, I was robbed at gunpoint by a handful of Atlanta local teens, the youngest 15 and the oldest 18. They stole my friend’s car, my phone, and my apathy towards education. The experience did not leave me empty or scared but passionate to find a way to serve every student's beaming and sometimes flickering, potential. Since then I have been on a mission to create educational programs and artistic devices that teach students the importance of life skills and pathways to success rather than mere rote memorization.
My robbery experience propelled me to use my knowledge of maker labs and art to facilitate workshops for adolescents to develop programs that revolve around making, creative technologies, and the relationship between inquiry-based projects and career development.
Tolkien on my lap and, I lie barefoot in the big fisherman’s hammock, watching the morning light trickle, loving the way the ripples in the pond play underneath the ash and weeping willow, listening to the wind in the trees. Instead of my book, I read the reflecting leaves that vary in color from the shade to the sun, ponder the years ahead, and think how lucky we are to be back in my mother’s home state so many miles from Chicago. If I cast my eyes far enough, I can just about see dragonflies shimmering above the pink and white lily pads, their fragile wings brightly, steadily beating at speeds that defy the glorious leisure of a Maine summer and sudden passing of my young father.
It’s the beginning of August and school seems as far away as the midnight moon. My three brothers and I hook catfish for breakfast, race bullfrogs at the shore, swing like Tarzan into the leech-y watery deep, cannonball from the dock, skyrocket from construction sand, collect little bund...
Joseph is a library associate at Gottesman Libraries. He studies Comparative Literature at CUNY Graduate Center and teaches in the First Year Writing and Great Works of Literature program at Baruch College. When he's not in class or behind the front desk, he's probably lounging in a park, seeing live music, or gallivanting around the city with pals. An ideal weekend would definitely be a combination of all three.
Kalliopi Mathios has a BSEd in Elementary Education from Loyola University Chicago with middle school endorsements in history and English. She taught in the Chicagoland area for four years before completing her MLIS at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2014. Before joining Gottesman Libraries as a Services Associate and later as Acquisitions and Materials Librarian, Kalli served in several roles at Brooklyn Public Library including Library Information Supervisor at the Marcy Library, MyLibraryNYC School Outreach Librarian, and as a Children's Librarian. Kalli developed an online module introducing teachers to digital archives for Brooklyn Public Library's award-winning Teacher Lab, with best practices for classroom use. She has presented at the DPLA national conference as well as the K-12 Arc...
Kaul is a Library Associate at Gottesman Libraries. She is currently a student in the School Psychology program at Teachers College. Prior to moving to New York, she attended the University of Utah where she earned a B.S. in Psychology. In her free time she likes to make new recipes, take pictures, and spend time with friends and family.
Conrad Lochner joins the Gottesman Libraries as the new Special and Digital Collections Librarian. In the past, he has enjoyed the opportunity to engage with a multitude of collections and non-profit organizations such as Sesame Workshop, PEN America, Swiss Institute, and Performa. A curator at heart, Conrad seeks to discover and increase the accessibility of the diverse holdings that archival and library collections steward.
As a graduate of Pratt Institute’s School of Information (2013), Conrad utilized technology-driven pedagogy to develop a critical understanding of art-based collections, focusing on intersectional issues concerning ownership, provenance, and decolonization. Previous to pursuing his graduate degree, Conrad attended Hunter College (2010) where he pursued degrees in Literature and Philosophy, with a particular interest in post-war poetry, counter-culture, and thought—three areas which continue to influence the acquisitions of his own personal col...
Kate is a Library Associate at the Gottesman Libraries. She graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Teaching Mathematics 7-12 and a minor in Global and Urban Education Studies. She is currently pursuing an Ed.M. in Mathematics Education at Teachers College. In her free time, Kate enjoys running, playing the flute, watching K-Dramas, and hanging out with friends.
Katie is a library associate at Teachers College and MLIS graduate student at Queens College. She's worked in education since graduating from college in 2014. First, as a 9th and 10th grade English teaching assistant and tutor in New Jersey, and then as an AmeriCorps program manager at City Year New York, an education non profit. Currently, she supports managing City Year's NYC DOE contracts.
In her spare time, you can find her running around NYC's parks, finding new places to eat, and looking for a good book!
Tarun is a library associate at Teachers College. He is currently pursuing his MS in Applied Statistics at Teachers College. He is from India, and have been working in education sector since graduating from college in 2017. First, as a fellow at Teach for India, then as the training lead at Million Sparks Foundation, and then as a STEM Lead at Aavishkaar, an education non profit.
Connie is a Library Associate at Gottesman Libraries. She received a BA in Psychology and minor in Education, Learning, & Societies from the University of Washington. She is currently pursuing an Ed.M at Teachers College in School Psychology. Beyond work and school, Connie enjoys reading books, trying new food spots, and exploring the city.
Kirti Sinha is a Library Associate at Gottesman Libraries. She is currently a student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Teachers College. Prior to this, she attended Clark University, in Worcester, Massachusetts where she earned a B.A in Psychology. She also minored in Women's and Gender Studies at Clark. Having just moved to New York, in her free time she likes to explore the city and particularly enjoys taking walks in any and every park!
Hi everyone! My name is Patti and I’m a Library Associate at Gottesman Libraries. I’m currently pursuing a Ph.D. in School Psychology here at Teachers College. I received a BS in Psychology and Music at William & Mary before attending TC. When I have free time, I like to play piano, spend time with friends and family, and explore the city!
Louise is the Circulation and User Experience Librarian at Gottesman Libraries. A native of Washington state, she earned her BA in English from the University of Washington. She worked the next few years around the Seattle and Portland areas before deciding to pursue librarianship. After graduating from Syracuse University's online MS in Library and Information Science program, she worked at her local community college library and at a university in the San Francisco bay area. She moved to New York City in 2018 to continue her career in circulation and access services and is enjoying everything the city has to offer. Outside of the library, Louise enjoys reading, doing (and occasionally finishing) crossword puzzles, traveling, exploring New York City, and watching classic movies.