Dear Veterans: We thank you for your Service

Since the dawn of humanity in all parts of the world soldiers have been continuously  serving their country. The reasons for their service vary across the lands around the world.

Plenty of veterans gave their lives in battle throughout time. And it is known there will be lives lost on both sides of any battle. Most of them were young and had not lived out a full life.  The impact was devastating for their families. It comes back to had they lived, what would have been?

At the Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Touro Bay Shore, a veteran once said there is not a book, movie or picture that could convey the experience of the battlefield. That alone is reason to give thanks. For the veterans to live through and walk away from this experience is not easy.  We are thankful!

If you follow a family line, how many veterans are there?  If the line starts with a veteran that lived, what would their story be?  Here is a picture my husband’s great grandfather, Ernst Wagner. He was a civil war veteran. Following are all the battles he was part of and survived. Continue reading

New Library Staff Profile: Michael Kahn

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Michael Kahn–Librarian at BP 53

Where were you born? I was born in Brooklyn, New York and have lived there most of my life there.

Where else have you lived? As part of my yeshiva studies, I lived in Jerusalem, Israel and Lakewood, New Jersey.

What languages do you speak? While I am a native English speaker I also can converse in Yiddish and can read and understand Hebrew.

What fields have you studied and/or degrees have you earned? I have an MLS with a Certificate in Archives and Records Management from Queens College and am most interested in information literacy and Open Educational Resources. I have a BA in History with a concentration in American History and twenty-one credits in social studies education grades 7-12.  I am halfway through my Masters in Social Work and recently completed the necessary coursework for a New York State CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor) from Cazenovia College. After high school, I pursued Judaic studies in yeshivas for many years.

What is the part of your job that you enjoy the most? Meeting all the wonderfully supportive and inspiring librarians and faculty. Getting to know the students and how I can serve them. Delivering library instruction and explaining the “informational power” of the library to all who will listen.

What do you think will be the most challenging part of your job? Outreach! There is a strong need to raise awareness of how librarians and libraries can help studies and people in general, especially in the Age of Google. This is not unique to any college or library. They used to say “If you build it they will come”. We’ve built the libraries. We still need to keep telling everyone what’s inside.

Your ideal vacation? I’d love to visit Israel again. I also love attending library conferences too, especially if they allow me to visit friends in the area where they are being held.

Any hobbies? Right now I am really into playing chess. I also like playing Sudoku. And of course, I like to read.

Tell us one thing about yourself that most of us probably don’t know.  I like to paint. The Boro Park campus has many beautiful paintings made by the students. I am thinking of hanging some of my own artwork in the library.

 

Contributed by Michael Kahn, Librarian, Boro Park (53rd Street)

Happy Labor Day

Or Happy Phenomenal Labor Day!

I recently listened to several audiobooks in the car during my travels to work. Their theme was New York History. With the upcoming Labor Day, I have to say that New York has a very long history of “Labor.” In every book I listened to, I couldn’t get over the creative forward-thinking. All carried out with labor. Continue reading

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 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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New Library Staff Profile

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Where were you born?

I was born in Brooklyn, New York and lived in Williamsburg for the first 16 years of my life.

Where else have you lived?

Besides Brooklyn, I have lived on Long Island. I currently reside in a village home to a (moderately famous) prognosticating groundhog and one of the last cooperative farms on Nassau County.

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The Road to Machu Picchu

My love for hiking was instilled in me as a child in the Austrian woods where I hiked with my parents on the weekends, searching for mushrooms which we then prepared with eggs for dinner.  Nowadays, I do go hiking whenever possible and if it’s not possible then I “hike” the streets of New York City over the weekend–covering sometimes 10 miles or more. This means also taking advantage of the city parks.

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Alpacas are bred for their fiber; they also make adorable pets

But this time was different. I planned to trek the Inca trail that ends up directly to Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca citadel built in the 15th century by the Incas and discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911 with the help of a local boy.  See for more history here.   Continue reading

Library tip of the week becomes contagious at Touro Libraries

During this year’s annual Touro College Library Staff Meeting, Brandon Harrington, the Library Assistant from Starrett City, presented to the group a new initiative being done at their library, a Library Tip of the Week. During Brandon’s discussion and presentation of this to all of the Touro College Library staff in attendance, something caught hold with the Librarians (Joan Wagner, Annette Carr & Heather Hilton) and Library Assistant (Kelly Tenny) over at the Touro School of Health Sciences Library. Soon after that, it was decided that the initiative would be continued at the Bay Shore campus. Continue reading

A Day to Celebrate Library Assistants & Support Staff

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Touro Library Assistants, outside the entrance to the Medical Research Library of Brooklyn at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. From left to right: Merita Verteniku, Sarah Nakar, Brandon Harrington, Ziva Romano, & Nino Rtskhiladze.

National Library Week is a time to appreciate libraries and to celebrate those who make them vibrant and welcoming community centers – library workers! A few of our own library assistants (above) had the opportunity to attend this year’s 21st Annual Library Assistants Day Celebration, sponsored by the METRO New York Library Council. Continue reading

An Evening with Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress

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Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress and Donneer Missouri, Scholarly Communication Librarian at Touro College.

Last evening, I had the great pleasure and privilege of attending an engagement entitled, “In Conversation: Dr. Carla Hayden + Tracy K. Smith”, held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The talk which was moderated by Kevin Young, the current director of the Schomburg Center, featured Dr. Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, and Tracy K. Smith, the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States, who was appointed by Dr. Hayden in 2017. This was a great way to wind down National Poetry Month while tying it into the work that we do as librarians. Continue reading