Project Gutenberg: Read the Classics (and more) for Free

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visit www.gutenberg.org for copyright-free reads

Project Gutenberg is a volunteer organized digital library of literature and other cultural works. According to their mission statement “The mission of Project Gutenberg is simple: To encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks. This mission is, as much as possible, to encourage all those who are interested in making eBooks and helping to give them away. In fact, Project Gutenberg approves about 99% of all requests from those who would like to make our eBooks and give them away, within their various local copyright limitations. Project Gutenberg is powered by ideas, ideals, and by idealism. Project Gutenberg is not powered by financial or political power. Therefore Project Gutenberg is powered totally by volunteers” (Project Gutenberg Mission Statement). Continue reading

Pig Bones and Pottery: Exciting Archaeological Discoveries in Israel

2016-11-09-10_55_03-blmj-quieafa-youtubeWalking around museum exhibits reading the fine print on signs identifying archaeological artifacts isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time.  But what if the artifacts you’re looking at were found at your favorite hiking spot near your home?  What if one of the artifacts is the oldest Hebrew writing ever to be discovered?  And what if the museum exhibit proved the existence of the biblical King David, and revealed the site to be one of King David’s palaces and an important administrative center? Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

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From GST student Md. Zahidul Haque, on the origin and celebration of Thanksgiving:

Americans celebrate this public holiday as a harvest festival on the 4th Thursday in November each year in the United States. The First Thanksgiving day was celebrated by the Pilgrims in the new world in 1621 after their first harvest. After the USA became independent, Congress recommended one day each year as Thanksgiving for the whole nation to celebrate. Canadians also celebrate this day on the second Monday of October. Up to today, we believe that this day is for the celebration of Pilgrims and offering foods to Native Americans. It is also a day of gratitude as well the respect to Native Americans for teaching the Pilgrims how to cook. At that time the pilgrims couldn’t survive without help of Native Americans.

In New York City, my family and I celebrate this day by joining with our child’s school or family or friend’s homes. For this year’s celebration, we will get together in a common place for dinner. We will make traditional food like carved turkeys, pumpkin pie, corn, vegetables, fruits, as well as some other Indian fried dishes, then serve each other and have dessert at the end of the meal. So every year we are waiting for this day to celebrate.

Wishing everybody a happy, safe, and delicious Thanksgiving weekend!

All Touro library locations will be closed 11/24-11/25.

5th Annual Faculty Author Reception

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Professor of Art History Dr. Maya Katz discusses her research on the popular Russian cartoon, Cheburashka’s House of Friends

On November 10th the library hosted the annual Faculty Author Appreciation Reception.  The Touro College & University System authors have contributed to a worldwide increase in knowledge and awareness of their research topics.  To demonstrate how effective Touro scholars have become internationally, Carrie Levinson, Scholarly Communications Librarian displayed the new Touro Scholar digital repository. Touro Scholar is an online archive of our scholarship.   With this project, we will increase the visibility of our accomplished faculty, staff and students.  The library is very excited about this project. Continue reading

Unexpected Beauty: Looking Out for Public Art

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MOMA Installation “Rockaway!” at Fort Tilden

Sometimes, people think that they don’t care much for art because they don’t have the mental stamina to spend hours in a museum.  I used to be one of those people, until I realized there are other, less conventional ways to explore art.

Public art installations are the kind of thing that are easy to overlook.  In a fast-paced city, they can just melt into the background.  But by paying attention to your surroundings, you might find that the process enjoying art doesn’t have to be limited to doing so in a typical museum. Continue reading

Veteran’s Program for Touro Students

(CC0 image via Pixabay)
(CC0 image via Pixabay)

 

Tomorrow, Friday November 11th is Veteran’s Day. This date marked the end of the First World War in 1918, and was first commemorated as Armistice Day in 1919. On the occasion, President Wilson prescribed that the day, “will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.”

As part of the effort to honor and support our veterans, Touro College has developed a Veteran’s Program dedicated to helping servicemen and women “best utilize your hard earned skills and military experience toward achieving your educational and career goals.” Staff members can help you navigate VA, DoD, and other tuition assistance benefits. Touro also offers several support programs to help students attain college prerequisites or set a path towards graduate and professional degrees. A resource list compiled by the Veteran’s department makes it easy to get in touch with outside support systems, such as peer support organizations and social services.

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To get started, visit the Touro Veteran’s Program website, or view a list of contacts to ask questions or seek additional information. Thank you to all of our vets for your service.

53rd Street Library: An Interview with Leib Klein

Student artwork in the halls
Student artwork in the halls

How many years have you been working at this site?

20+ years. I started off part-time, but then became a full-time librarian. I have also worked occasionally at the Avenue J location.

Entrance to Boropark 53rd Street
Entrance to Boro Park 53rd Street

What is the name of your site and where is it located?

It’s the Boro Park 53rd Street Library at the School of Lifelong Education. We’re located at 1273 53rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219. Contact us by phone at 718-871-6187 x30017.

What is the history of your site?

The School of Lifelong Education (SLE) Program was established in 1989. Associate and Bachelor degrees are offered.

For a brief period, the SLE moved to 45th Street, but then we returned to 53rd Street. Continue reading

Election Day 2016

are-you-ready-to-vote-with-blue-border-web-300-pxQuick, how many electoral votes are needed to win the presidential election? And what exactly is the electoral college? Find out those answers and more, like information on the candidates’ positions, election updates, and information on the U.S. political process on our Election LibGuide, just in time for election day.

Much discussed and highly anticipated, Election Day 2016 will take place on Tuesday November 8th. Hopefully you’re already registered and planning to vote! If you’re not sure if you’re registered, or where your polling place is, you can look up that information at HeadCount.org. Once you know the zip code for your polling place, visit the Vote NY website to view a sample ballot. You can view down ticket candidates and plan your vote, so you’ll be ready to go on Tuesday. Happy voting!

Bringing Scholars to the Limelight: Preliminary Results of a Study on Touro Scholar

A glimpse of Touro Scholar
A glimpse of Touro Scholar

You may have seen earlier blog posts hinting at a new library service called Touro Scholar. OK, so we’ve mentioned it a little. But what is it? It’s Touro’s new institutional repository, launched in April 2016, which showcases the full breadth of the scholarship of the Touro College and University System (TCUS), including New York Medical College (NYMC). Unlike the Faculty Publications Database, Touro Scholar will have full text articles, data sets, and even video. Continue reading

Open Access Week

oaTraditionally, faculty and researchers publish their findings in academic journals without expecting any financial reward. They share their work hoping to advance humankind’s knowledge. Before their work gets published, however, authors are also asked to sign a copyright agreement with the publisher. By signing the agreement, the researcher is giving away most of his or her rights to use or disseminate their work. If the author wants to share the article with others in class, on social media or on digital repositories, he needs to get permission from the same publisher who originally published his article. Permission is sometimes granted and sometimes denied depending on the publisher’s policy.

Scratching your head? Think this doesn’t make sense. Wait! There is more. Continue reading