Poppies for Memorial Day

Memories that stay with us. I watched my Dad purchase a poppy flower every year around Memorial Day and learned it was to remember the veterans. With his passing, I picked up the tradition. I attach the flower to my handbag every year, hoping it will last awhile, but I often wondered what the story was behind this tradition. After reading many stories of how this tradition began I’ve put together this timeline: Continue reading

Exercise Is The Best Medicine

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This post was contributed by:

Meihua Li, a Pharm.D. candidate class of 2017, Touro College of Pharmacy, with a Ph.D. in Pharmacy from Seoul National University, South Korea

If you are a healthcare provider, if there was a prescription that could prevent and treat many diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity, would you prescribe it to your patients? Exercise is one of the most effective and affordable medicines, and the benefits of exercise are far beyond control of body weight. Continue reading

California Dreamin’ Part Deux

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Made it! Not without a few scraped tires, some nail-biting and white knuckles, but still…

Surprise, surprise! We managed to arrive in Monterey for phase two of our west coast sojourn with car, luggage and three bodies intact. Our next five days consisted of slightly nervous car travel, fur-free hiking (with the exception of my sweatpants, which retain trace amounts of Leonberger after several launderings), birding (a-ha!) and picture taking. Lots and LOTs of picture taking. Continue reading

LOEX Pittsburgh: Library Instruction Conference

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View of Pittsburgh from the conference hotel

From May 5-8, I had the exciting opportunity to travel to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the 44th Annual LOEX Conference, “Learning from the Past, Building for the Future.” College instruction librarians from all over the US came together to share new ideas, proven techniques, and inspiration with their colleagues. Over two days, I attended ten different sessions on teaching, pedagogy, and instructional technology. Lest you assume it was all academic journals and stodgy librarians, the workshops I participated in touched on a wide range of topics, including hip-hop with a professional DJ/Librarian, Newtonian physics, and surrealist parlor games.
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California Dreaming

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There are so many places I’d love to visit, but only so much time and money available. So, on a recent winter night, when a friend began discussing her upcoming business trip to San Francisco with my wife, I thought little of it. We LOVE San Francisco, but had already been there (twice). If we were going to repeat trips we owed family a visit in Florida. So I was a bit surprised when, fueled by several glasses of Pinot Noir and Cabarnet Sauvignon (oh, did I mention they were discussing this at a wine tasting?) my wife and friend announced we were meeting up in San Francisco in April. Continue reading

Touro Research Day 2016

Z81A9332On May 3rd, Touro College held its 5th annual Research Day at the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem.  Touro College Research Day is an opportunity to share, through poster presentations, the wide scope of exciting research projects accomplished by our faculty and students in the undergraduate and graduate divisions as well as the professional schools. It is also an opportunity to network and to get to know other students and faculty from different Touro campuses, which in turn may bring some future research collaborations. So it is indeed a grand day in the land of Touro. Continue reading

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
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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