Are Audiobooks for you?

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Have you ever listened to an audio book? A key advantage is that they are hands-free, allowing you to listen to a book while doing something else. There are opportunities to listen while sitting on the bus, train or plane, traveling by car, standing on line, working out, sunbathing, knitting, fishing, gardening, sitting in a waiting room, cooking or walking. The possibilities are endless! Continue reading

Librarian, Heal Thyself!

(CC image by Nevit Dilmen)

(CC image by Nevit Dilmen)

My first exposure to the self-help/advice genre was with the book Write Your Own Horoscope. (I still own the crusty little thing!  Consider it my own personal ready reference.) I needed a quick answer to a burning question.  Could I, with my sun sign in Libra and Sagittarius rising, find everlasting happiness with David, a Scorpio?  (Answer: No.)  In an effort to improve my odds, I next turned to the book How to Make a Guy Fall in Love with You.  It was quite popular in its day. “How to Coerce Trick Make a Guy Fall in Love” advocated using techniques commonly employed by used car sellers to “seal the deal”. I am sad to report that although I followed the author’s instructions exactly, I was unable to achieve the desired results.  Perhaps if I had today’s resources- Get The Guy, and the informative Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. I would have experienced a different outcome. Continue reading

Put in your Pocket & Save it for Later. Apps can Make College Life Easier.

PT student using I-pad in the library.

PT student using I-pad in the library

Mobile apps are becoming increasingly popular and offer users a great way to get organized, access resources and improve productivity.  The Touro College App Corner highlights some of the top apps for students and faculty.  There are tons of free apps that cover a variety of functions from research, reading, writing, note-taking, and other essential tools for studying.  Let us know your favorite apps for school and be sure to check out our App Corner!

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With A Little Help From Our Friends

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Scholarship shared, one book at a time (photo by Victoria Reyz, Library Assistant)

I’m not a big fan of numbers, but here’s one I found to be interesting.  In the calendar year 2013-2014, Touro Libraries added 8,364*  new books to our holdings.  (“Holdings” – from the language of librarianship, meaning stuff we own.)  That’s a load of books.  For the most part, these were items which we purchased, selected by site librarians to support classes taught at their specific Touro locations.  (For example, Midtown has strength in education, Jewish studies, social work, psychology, clinical medicine, and profession specific literature for physician assistants, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. To see the strengths of your location, find it on the list, then click on “more information”.) Continue reading

Dr. Kadish named a person to watch in higher education

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Touro College President, Dr. Alan Kadish has recently been named one of Crain’s New York Business’ ten  “People to Watch in Higher Education.” Crain’s declared, “Touro may be New York City’s best-kept secret in higher education,” citing expanding health sciences programs, the recently opened campus in Middletown, NY, and increasing competition for acceptance to the College of Osteopathic Medicine under the leadership of Dr. Kadish. See the full gallery here.

A different kind of museum

(Photo by Leiba Rimler)

(Photo by Leiba Rimler)

At the risk of coming across as an uncultured rube, I will state that I am not a very big fan of museums.  (In fact, I seem to recall reading an op-ed in which the author referred to museums as “libraries without the party atmosphere,” a sentiment with which I wholeheartedly concurred.)  Yet when I learned, upon returning from a scuba diving trip to Mexico in 2010, that an underwater museum had recently opened there, I was kicking myself for not knowing about it sooner.  This was uncharacteristic in a number of ways, but I resolved to go back there one day solely to visit this museum. Continue reading

Tech Addiction?

 

We live in a time of high speed and even higher velocity.  Sometimes walking on the streets of our great city I have a feeling that I am living in the zombie land. Did you ever try to look around?  People talk to themselves, shake heads, clap, sing.  And only after a while you realize that they are talking on the phone, listening to the music, or dancing to the same tunes simultaneously.  Our gadgets have become our best friends. Continue reading

Yoga: Is it for me?

(CC0 image via Pixabay)

(CC0 image via Pixabay)

Some of you might have asked this question at some point in your lifetime. Others might have simply come to the conclusion, “Yoga is not for me,” without really trying it. I have been in this second group for a very long time. I considered myself more of a Pilates girl and always thought that yoga was boring and not very challenging. I guess I was wrong.  I have been practicing Yoga for the past 8 months, and I have become very fond of it. It started as a New Year‘s resolution, thinking, “Let’s give it a try. I can always stop if I don’t like it,” but I am glad that I decided to try. Continue reading

You’d like to do what, now?

Looking for textbooks?

It’s the beginning of the semester and students are flooding into the library. That’s a very good thing-we’re glad to see our students and show them what we have to offer. After all, we have books, e-books, journals, article databases, multimedia…and sometimes, if they’re very lucky, we may even have a copy of the textbook they need (but only if they’re VERY lucky!). But one question has been popping up as the fresh faces filter in: “Can I rent a textbook?” Continue reading

Welcome! To students new and returning…

"What is a periodical?" video from Touro Libraries

Still from: Touro Libraries’ “What is a periodical?

If this is your first semester, it’s possible that you’ve relied on Google to complete most of your classwork up until now. (That might still be true even if you’ve been in higher education for a semester or four, but it’s never too late! This applies to you as well.) Continue reading