Happy Labor Day!


Did you know that Labor Day celebrations have their roots right here in New York City? The holiday can be traced back to a workers’ march in Union Square on Sept. 5, 1882. To learn more, check out last year’s post on the meaning and history of Labor Day.

We hope that you have a safe, relaxing, and reflective holiday weekend. Whether you’ve already begun classes or this is your last bit of summer break, we wish you luck for the fall semester and hope that you’ll visit often.

All library locations will be closed on Sunday & Monday September 6th-7th in observation of the holiday.

Staff Profile: Kirk Snyder

kirkGreetings Touro community! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Kirk Snyder, and I am the new afternoon and evening Librarian at Touro College Midwood/Flatbush. I come to Touro from New York Public Library’s Harlem Library. Though I love public libraries, I am very excited to be in an academic library where I can help facilitate students’ and professors’ research. Continue reading

Drugs & Wikipedia: A Case for Caution

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Yesterday I read a research report in the Journal of the Medical Library Association that reminded me to be cautious when using Wikipedia articles for health care information. The authors of the report are two Pharm D’s and a Pharm D candidate from Midwestern University in Chicago. They analyzed drug information on Wikipedia for 21 different medications and compared it to information from a subscription drug information database. Continue reading

Staff Profile: Katie Flood (+Tips for health science students!)


My name is Katie Flood and I am the evening Library Assistant at the Bay Shore campus. I’m fairly new to the Touro community, having just started my tenure here in early June. I moved to Long Island after graduating from SUNY Oswego with a Bachelor of Science in Wellness Management and minors in Health Science and Athletic Coaching. I was extremely interested in a position with the Bay Shore Library because I felt my health science background would allow me to relate to the students here and act as a resource.

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The Future of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease is not a topic most college age people think about. It is often thought to be an “old person’s disease”. But Alzheimer’s has far reaching implications for many people due to the fact that it affects so many families and loved ones. Alzheimer’s is not rare. It is actually the 6th leading cause of death in the United States with one out of three seniors dying with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Continue reading

Altmetrics and You

(CC image via Flickr user AJC1)
(CC image via Flickr user AJC1)

Have you ever read a really interesting article in a journal like Nature and then shared it on Facebook?  Or participated in discussions of a research article on one of your favorite blogs? Retweeted the link to the latest study about whether coffee is good for you or not on Twitter? Then you may have been involved in building altmetrics for these papers! Continue reading

Funny, Ha! Ha!

(CC image by Fábio Florentino via Wikimedia Commons)
(CC image by Fábio Florentino via Wikimedia Commons)

Continued from Trust Me, I’m a Touro Librarian.

If you didn’t know by now, I enjoy a good laugh.  Joan Rivers was funny.  George Carlin was funny.  Chris Rock is even funnier, because he’s still alive.  Comedians are not the only humorous people out there.  There are other professionals who corner the market on giggles. Continue reading