Bother A Librarian Today

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A librarian’s dream: Patrons lining up at the reference desk! (image via NYPL Digital Collections)

“I hate to bother you, but…”

Just stop right there.

Librarians want to be bothered.

We are waiting for your questions.

Each question is an adventure. You ask for help; we go on a quest to seek the information. The puzzle to figure out the best keywords to pull up better articles is a mystery to be solved.  Continue reading

Tech Tips: Google Scholar and Your Library

Google Scholar works with your Touro library databases to make finding research quicker and easier
Google Scholar works with your Touro library databases to make finding research quicker and easier (CC image)

Did you know that Google Scholar can automatically direct you to free full-text copies of articles that Touro Libraries have in our subscription databases? This is a fact I tout frequently in library workshops, but until a particularly astute question from a student in my orientation last week, I hadn’t ever given much thought to exactly how this piece of internet magic actually worked.

But first, let’s back up a little:
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“Living Life To Its Fullest”: Celebrating Occupational Therapy Month

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Touro OT at the 2016 AOTA Conference in Chicago [From right to left: Elizabeth Chiariello (Touro College professor), Stephanie Jacob (Touro College Bayshore student), Bari Diamond (Touro College Manhattan student), Gabriela Masotti (Touro College Manhattan student), Frank Kronenberg (Touro College professor), Jordan Signorelli (Touro College Bayshore student), Jessica Buchberger (Touro College Bayshore student), Amanda Oppenheim (Touro College Bayshore student), and John Denny (Touro College Bayshore alumnus]
As a third year OT student at Touro College in Manhattan, I have heard, seen, and elaborated on our profession’s slogan, “living life to its fullest,” countless times throughout my educational journey thus far. For me, “living life to its fullest” represents engagement in fruitful, life-changing experiences that facilitate personal growth and exert a positive influence on others. With this quote capturing the essence of OT, I felt it my privilege to honor it by experiencing what life had to offer (educationally and personally) at the 2016 AOTA Conference in Chicago, IL, from April 7th to April 10th. Not only was it my first time frequenting a professional conference, but it also coincided with the 99th OT month since the profession’s founding, and I was able to experience this life-changing event with one of my best friends and classmates, Gabriela Masotti. Continue reading

Money Smart Week

MoneySmartWeek2016_FeaturedThe entire month of April is Financial Literacy Month, but this week is also Money Smart Week. If personal finance is not something you usually give a lot of thought, now is a great time to build off tax season (and possibly a refund!) and to extend the spirit of spring cleaning to your bank accounts. There are many resources available to help you take control of your finances and make your money work for you. Of course, this is a place to exercise your information literacy skills, and to consult a certified professional where appropriate, but we have compiled a new Financial Literacy LibGuide to help you get started.  Continue reading

The Passover Haggadah

On Passover night we read the Haggadah. The Haggadah sets forth the order of the Passover Seder and tells the story of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt.  Haggadah comes from the Hebrew word le-hagid (“to tell”); we are commanded in the Bible to “tell” over the story of Exodus from Egypt. The Haggadah is the most popular Jewish book. There are more than 3,000 Haggadot to date and every year there are between 6 and 10 new ones, not to mention all the reprinted ones. The Haggadah has been written in many languages, including Hebrew, German, Yiddish, Spanish and Ladino. We at Touro College are fortunate to have in our collection 249 Haggadot. Most of them are located in the Women’s building (where I work), and we have some in Kew Garden Hills and at the Lander College for Men.  Continue reading

A Running Tour of Jerusalem

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The Jerusalem Marathon began in 2010. TCI Librarian Aviva Adler participated in the 10k this year on March 18, 2016.

What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions Israel? Jaffa oranges? Beaches on the Mediterranean Sea? Google’s Research & Development offices? The new “Silicon Wadi” in Beer Sheva? For the sixth year, Israel has also hosted the Jerusalem Marathon in its capitol city. A record number of 30,000 runners, including Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, ran the full marathon (42.2 KM or 26.2 mi.) or half marathon (21.1 KM), or joined the 10 KM or 5 KM races.  Continue reading

It’s National Library Week!

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National Library Week is being celebrated this week, from April 10-16th. This year’s theme is “Libraries transform.” Libraries, and the knowledge and people within them, have the potential to transform people’s lives in many different ways. At Touro College Libraries, we strive to play a part in our students transformations into successful college graduates. We provide information, assistance, and a comfortable place to study, but it’s our instructional services that are at the heart of our education efforts.  Continue reading

Wikipedia Editathon: Touro PT Students Share Health Information Worldwide

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DPT students hard at work contributing to Wikipedia articles

On March 29th, members of the Touro’s Physical Therapy department arranged a three hour hands-on “editathon” for their students with Lane Rasberry, the Wikipedian-in-Residence at Consumer Reports. Lane has visited Touro before, speaking about Wikipedia to Library staff at the semi-annual staff meeting in January. For this workshop, he started out by giving us a bit of Wikipedia’s history and background, but the main goal of the session was to contribute evidence-based and current health information to articles on Wikipedia. Continue reading