A Fresh Start: Touro Library Homepage, Part 2

Touro Libraries' homepage from 2013-2015
Touro Libraries’ homepage from 2013-2015

A little more than a year ago, we began the process of redesigning the library homepage (see its many previous incarnations), but the beginnings of the decision to undertake the project stretch even further back. The previous library website served us well, but it had grown and changed over time. As is very common, each of these small changes solved a current problem, but without a holistic analysis of the entire website, certain inconsistencies and dissonances began to creep in. It was time for a total overhaul. Continue reading

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Chinese New Year celebrations in San Francisco (photo by Daniel Dionne)
Chinese New Year celebrations in San Francisco (photo by Daniel Dionne)

Our enthusiasm for opportunities to start fresh has frequently made its way onto the blog, from the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah), to the civil New Year, to the start of a new semester. Today marks another calendrical reset, the Lunar New Year. Commonly known as the Chinese New Year for its largest group of celebrants, it’s the start of a calendar determined in part by the phases of the moon, rather than the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. Because of this, the civil date of the holiday varies from late January to mid-February. According to Touro Library Cataloger, Liping Wang, observations of the holiday often include cleaning the home, families gathering for a home-cooked meal on New Years Eve, fireworks, and “luck money” given from the older generations to the younger in red envelopes. In New York, you can participate in parades and other celebrations held in Chinatown, in Manhattan, and in Flushing, Queens. For the first time this year, NYC public schools will recognize the Lunar New Year as a holiday, meaning no school for students today. Alas, Touro classes are all still in session, but we wish you all a happy Lunar New Year!

Instructional Support Checklist

We've come a long way! Stay up-to-date on the latest educational services and technology available from Touro Libraries (CC0 image)
We’ve come a long way! Stay up-to-date on the latest educational services and technology available from Touro Libraries (CC0 image)

As we prepare for a new semester, we’d like to share the libraries’ many instructional support services available to Touro faculty. If you’d like assistance with something you don’t find on this list, don’t hesitate to ask! Continue reading

Essential Steps to Academic Success

(CC0 image by Jay Mantri)
(CC0 image by Jay Mantri)

Whether you’ve been at Touro for a few semester or you just joined us this Spring, there a few key steps all students should take to make sure you’re set up to do your best. Writing and research is an inescapable part of most college courses, but it can sometimes be a frustrating process. The good news is that the library is here for all your research needs, from finding sources and understanding new information to academic writing and creating citations. In fact, a recent report released by the ALA found that, “students who receive library instruction as part of their courses achieve higher grades,” and gain “confidence with the research process.” If that sounds good to you, make sure that you follow these tips! Continue reading

The Wayback Machine: Touro Library Homepage

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Back to the beginning: The library website in 1998 (All images courtesy of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine)

If you haven’t yet heard, we’re about to launch an updated, totally redesigned and mobile-friendly version of our library website. In preparation for its reveal, I thought I’d look back over the decades to see how the library homepage has evolved. Our website has gone through many incarnations since its inception in 1995. The first version I could dig up (shared here before) featured just ten links and a punchy hot pink welcome in to students in 1998. Continue reading

The Right Answer: Library Staff Meeting Winter 2016

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Searching for answers (CC0 image)

Author Neil Gaiman said, “Google can bring you back 100,00 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” This was the theme of the Library Staff Development Day on January 21st. Continue reading

E-Reading for the People of the Book: How Jews will Adapt to the Digital Revolution

Print vs. Electronic, the ongoing debate (CC image by Mobil Yazilar)
Print vs. Electronic, the ongoing debate (CC image by Mobil Yazilar)

This post was contributed by Dr. Henry Abramson, Dean of the Avenue J Campus of Touro College:

We are living in a Gutenberg moment, plunging wildly into an unprecedented age of transformation whose dark contours obscure the uncertain future. The Information Revolution dwarfs the 18th century Industrial Revolution, which was really great at making things bigger and faster: airplanes travel faster than horses, microwaves cook faster than campfires, but they are still all about visiting relatives or making dinner. Our digital technology, by contrast, thrusts us into change that is radically new. Facebook, for example, evolved out of the idea of a printed student phone book, using the online format to easily expand and update its content. Now, twelve years after it was first launched by students at Harvard, is it anything like a phone book? Even more, is it anything like anything? And for those born after 1995: what’s a phone book? Continue reading

Embedded Librarians: Research Help On Demand

Traditional library instruction vs. Embedded library instruction
Traditional library instruction vs. Embedded library instruction

The Embedded Librarian program is a growing service offered by the Touro College Libraries. Like embedded journalists who travel straight to the heart of the action, embedded librarians meet students at the point of need during the learning process, wherever they are. Particularly helpful in online courses, a dedicated librarian is matched with each participating class to provide assistance at targeted points throughout the semester. Continue reading

(Not so) Lazy Sunday

 

(CC0 image by Shannon McGee)
(CC0 image by Shannon McGee)

The New Year is upon us!  No doubt your expectations are high for this new beginning, and your resolutions list includes life changes to promote healthy and productive habits.

Do any of your resolutions include spending a bit more time reading? Avoiding procrastination and studying earlier or working on assignments earlier than the night before they’re due?  Staying organized?

If any of these resolutions sound familiar, I have a bit of advice for you… take advantage of Sundays at the Library! Continue reading