Welcome Back to Bay Shore!

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Hello from your friendly librarians at Bay Shore:  from left to right, Heather, Annette, and Joan.

This fall will be a fresh start for many of our students at the Touro School of Health Sciences in Bay Shore. But whether you are a returning student or just starting out, please keep in mind that the library has many resources for you. We can assist you in learning how to locate books, find full-text articles, and conduct research. While on campus, you may benefit from our quiet study spaces, research computer center, and of course, your friendly librarians. Continue reading

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Instructional Support Checklist

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Photo by Glenn-Carstens-Peters from Unsplash

Do you have readings you’d like to make available to all your students online?

  • E-Reserves – Post electronic copies of course readings for your students. We’ll take care of the securing the copyright clearance and uploading the documents. Contact your chief librarian or fill out the e-reserves submission form to get started.
  • E-books and Databases – If you’re looking for easily accessible and low-cost materials for your classes, our ebook collections, and electronic databases are a great resource. Link directly to most books and articles from BlackBoard, Canvas or email.
  • Open Educational Resources – You can use many free resources in your class, including high-quality peer-reviewed textbooks with instructor material. Tell us which commercial textbook you would like to replace, and we will show you what’s available for your discipline. Contact Juliana.terciotti-magro@touro.edu

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The First Annual Mid-Atlantic Digital Commons User Group Meeting

Carrie Levinson giving a presentation at MADCUG
The author mid-presentation. Photo by Juliana Terciotti Magro.

I’ve attended quite a few conferences on many different topics relevant to librarianship, but never had the opportunity to help organize one. When several people on the Digital Commons Google Forum started to speak about putting together a group just for those institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region of the USA, I wanted in. Continue reading

Staff Profile: Brandon Harrington

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Brandon, our new library assistant at Starrett City in Brooklyn

Where were you born?

I was born and raised in central Connecticut.

Where else have you lived?

I moved from CT to Newport, RI for undergrad. Before moving to New York, I lived in Providence, RI for a time.

What languages do you speak?

While my speaking skills outside of English are pitiful, I have reading proficiency in German and can manage reading Spanish, French, and Italian with a dictionary. I have a background in Latin and intend to return to it eventually. Continue reading

Data Viz: Seeing Numbers Through Images

Visualization of the best-selling books of the past 50 years (by Jared Fanning)

Recently, I attended a workshop on data visualization. Data visualization, or “data viz,” is a variety of methods of making sense of data through visual representation – anything from a basic excel graph, to infographics, to complex animations. Although it might seem like merely a beautifying process, data visualization is a form of analysis that aims to uncover insights that would be difficult to glean from the raw data. Continue reading

What’s for dinner? Answers through the ages from the NYPL

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Kosher Victorian Restaurant menu, 1900 from NYPL menu collection: http://menus.nypl.org/menus/15689

We’ve all heard that avocado toast is the centerpiece of the millennial brunch, but have you ever wondered what your (great-)grandparents might have ordered when they were your age? Or maybe seeing the en vogue cocktails served at the Tavern on the Green in Central Park in years gone by might pique your interest? If you’re a history major or buff, perhaps you’d be keen to know how rationing during the war years affected restaurants? The NYPL’s Menu Collection (one of their many digital projects) can answer all those questions, plus raise a few more (mock turtle soup, anyone?). Continue reading

Congratulations, Liping Wang!

Cataloging Librarian Liping Wang is retiring from the Touro College Libraries after almost 16 years. To celebrate, the Libraries threw her a surprise send-off party. Congratulations on your retirement, Liping!

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Liping Wang coming into the surprise party. The surprise worked!
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Associate Director of Libraries Michoel Rotenfeld presents Liping Wang with a card and her present.
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Liping Wang holds her present!
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Library staff got together to celebrate!

The 17th of Tammuz and the Three Weeks

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

This post was originally from 2014 and has been updated with this year’s dates.

Sunday, July 1st 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

España sobre dues rodes: Parte Dos

(image: Jeff MacDonald, IRCO, Portland, OR)

If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, you may have noticed that my trips:

  • Are suddenly suggested by someone other than myself (or involuntary body part movements…or wine)
  • Are something I am a little too easily talked into going on
  • Get broken up into two parts
  • Include potentially perilous transitions between those parts

Of course, this could also all just be me and my flair for the overly dramatic.

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