Taking an online course this semester? Prepare to tackle it with these five tips!

All set to learn! (CC0 image via Unsplash)

All set to learn! (CC0 image via Unsplash)

Online classes definitely have some advantages: you can attend class anywhere, there’s no commute to school, and you can often write papers or take tests at times convenient to you.  Studying for online classes can be tricky, however, since the normal pattern of in-classroom learning is nonexistent. Continue reading

Navigating a post-Google information world

Sometimes it’s easy to spot the more dubious…ahem, “facts” that have a tendency to pop up online, but what about when a source’s credibility is a little more murky? Read on to find out how you can level up your information literacy and become truly research savvy. Continue reading

Staff Profile: Laurel Scheinfeld

 

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I am Laurel Scheinfeld, a Reference Librarian at the Bay Shore campus.  I have been working for Touro Libraries for three years, since June 2011, a month after I graduated from Long Island University (LIU) with my Master’s degree in Library Science.  I feel blessed to have been given this opportunity.  In my last semester at LIU, I reached out to the Chief Librarian at the Bay Shore campus to request an internship, which was a requirement of the program in Library Science at LIU.  I didn’t realize at the time that a Librarian position would open up while I was there – that was a wonderful surprise. Continue reading

So, what DO librarians do all day?

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The librarian of yore…lots of dusty books? Check! Bun and cardigan? Check! (CC0 image via Wikimedia)

So you may or may not know that librarians actually have to go graduate school to become librarians.  You may even wonder what we study. As a student in library school (Queens College Graduate School of Library Science), I often get a shocked “You need a degree for that!?” when I explain that I’m working toward earning my Master’s degree in library science.  Continue reading

Lights! Camera! Action! Video Tutorials from Touro Libraries

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Mary Pickford with motion picture camera via the Library of Congress

In her book, Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports from my Life with Austism, Temple Grandin describes the different learning style she experiences as a result of her autism.  Unlike most people who fully understand language, Dr. Grandin “translates” words into visual images that play in her head like a movie. (See the movie!)    Continue reading

Stay Networked….

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You’ve graduated, you have your degree….now what?!? Joining a professional network can really help get your career off the ground.  It can put you in touch with the individuals that have the power to hire or it can simply provide you with the inspiration and confidence you need to get out there and start interviewing.

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Save a Life! Check AccessMedicine

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If you rely on Google or Wikipedia for drug information, you could be missing important updates on safety. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues safety warnings when a prescription drug is found to have an adverse reaction in a particular patient population.  FDA Safety warnings are posted on the MedWatch Portal.  But these safety warnings don’t always make it to Google or Wikipedia in a timely manner.

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Summer Reading

"Summer" reading (photo by Carol Schapiro)

“Summer” reading (photo by Carol Schapiro)

With fewer (or no!) classes, longer days, and maybe a vacation or weekend getaway on the calendar, summer is the perfect time to fit in some leisure reading. Touro libraries can help you get started. Check out the list below for some summer-themed recommendations, stop by to browse the shelves, or explore the catalog online. Titles in bold are ebooks available immediately for your reading pleasure. Continue reading

Stumpers: The Reference Librarian’s Worst Nightmare

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“Carnac the Magnificent” via Wikipedia

When I was a child I was my father’s accomplice in crime. (That’s a lie.)  When I was young, I was my father’s assistant in a magic act.  (That’s an overstatement.  Here’s the truth.)  Years ago, I was my father’s foil in a math trick he perpetrated on the neighborhood children. In this trick he made the kids select a three digit number (say 723), inverse it (327), then subtract it from the original.  The trick is that the remainder would be a three digit number whose middle number is nine, and the first and third numbers when added together always equal nine.  (Try it!) Why am I telling you this?  You’ll see. Continue reading

A Trip to Israel

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Last week I went to Israel attending my granddaughter’s wedding in Jerusalem.  While I was there I went sightseeing, and what better place to visit than the library of Touro College in Israel. I called Ms. Aviva Adler, our wonderful librarian in Jerusalem, and I asked her if she wouldn’t mind if I paid her a visit… Continue reading

The 17th of Tammuz and the Three Weeks

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The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans Under the Command of Titus, A.D. 70 (David Roberts)

Tuesday, July 15th marks the beginning of the period known to Orthodox Jews everywhere as “the Three Weeks.” In  the Hebrew calendar that date is the 17th of Tammuz, which  commemorates the day the Romans broke through the walls of Jerusalem, finally ending its long siege. Continue reading

Sometimes You Have to Go Old School: In Praise of Print Journals

I love a good e-Journal.  It’s the best thing since sliced bread.  (I know.  I said the same thing about Wikipedia.  Call me fickle.)  There is nothing that matches the instantaneous acquisition of information.  (Gee.  I have SO much research to do.  Click. Click. Click. OK, I’m done now.)  But sometimes, an e-Journal just won’t do you justice.  Here’s why… Continue reading

Library Staff Profile: LCW Librarian Dr. David B. Levy

Wmns bldng skylight 2008 10 03 020 - CopyDavid B Levy, librarian at Lander College for Women, loves serving LCW students, whom he believes possess great derekh eretz (manners), middot tovot (character traits), and pleasantness. David cherishes Torah lishma (learning for its own sake), as described in the TC Philosophy of Education LibGuide. Continue reading