Hello! I am Joe Brown, the new evening librarian at the Bay Shore School of Health Sciences. I received my undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology and History from the University at Albany, in 2000. Nine years later…I received my MLS from Queens College in 2009. In between these two degrees I was lucky enough to take part in many interesting employment adventures. To share a little of my history, here are some snapshots.
So, you’ve written an article for a journal. Congratulations! Next, you send it in and wait eagerly for the editor to contact you. Success! Your article has been accepted for publication. But wait! They want you to sign an agreement first, filled with (what looks to you) lots of legal mumbo-jumbo, and there’s something about assigning your copyright to the publisher. But if you sign it, you get to be a published author, so who cares what it says, right?
Not so fast! Continue reading
When you try to listen to the news these days, there are several popular themes: the upcoming election, terror attacks all over the world, refugee crises. The motto of our lives, “If you see something, say something,” has become the slogan you hear from dusk to dawn in the streets, in the subway, on the news. Emergency preparedness has become part of our daily routine, even if we do not realize it. Driving through the streets of our great city, you can see signs: in case of emergency go there, do this. Be prepared, be vigilant, watch, listen, report! Scary! Continue reading
You know, you live with someone long enough, you think you know them pretty well. My wife and I just celebrated our 25th anniversary, so I thought I had her down cold: loves birdwatching, cooking, 80s music and terrible television shows (more or less in that order, which is fortunate for me, as I prefer classic films). She’s intellectually curious, especially about the animal kingdom, the environment and outer space. In fact, she has mentioned on occasion that she would have loved to have been an astronaut. While I do not share her enthusiasm for space travel (unless we’re watching Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey) I will say I secretly chuckled at her claim; it was difficult to imagine her rocketing around the galaxy, since she’s timid about riding any bicycle but one of the stationary variety. Continue reading
Touro College recently opened the doors to a brand-new dental school, located on the NYMC campus in Valhalla, New York. Over 100 eager soon-to-be dentists had their orientation last week, and I was invited to come up to let them know about the many library resources that are available to them. Even if you’re not a dental student, most of the following applies to you too! Here’s a summary: Continue reading
Book design is something thought about by admittedly few readers. When we pick up a book, don’t we just want to read the words on its pages without distraction or difficulty, without thinking about aesthetics or visual harmony? In other words, read without being consciously aware of the process of reading? Well, yes! This is almost always the case. This is also what book designers are typically trying to accomplish when they select or create a typeface and make decisions about size, line spacing and page layout. Any book in a reader’s hands is the result of many aesthetic decisions which are, paradoxically, meant to go unnoticed. In fact, there is a maxim that says you shouldn’t notice good design. So there is good reason after all that we, as readers, don’t often think about book design. Continue reading
What is the point of college? A student is to not just gain knowledge in college but to deepen their knowledge. A student comes with a good amount of curiosity. College provides the opportunity to follow that curiosity. A college student can enter interested in one subject and become interested in another subject. Doors open in their mind. A constant flow of information feeds their curiosity. Students leave college armed with knowledge and experience, ready to blaze a trail and hopefully make the world a better place. With knowledge gained through college studies, a student could accomplish something that leaves their mark on mankind. There is no crystal ball to know which student at which college will blaze those trails. We don’t even know which students have enough curiosity to increase their appetite. Continue reading
In honor of the upcoming holiday, here are some (non-Will-Smith-related) Independence Day facts before the parades, picnics, and fireworks begin:
- Most of the signers of the Declaration of Independence actually endorsed the document on July 2nd, when the Second Continental Congress voted in Philadelphia to declare independence from Britain. Only two people signed on the 4th.
- Most Founding Fathers agreed on a July 4th anniversary, but due to the above, John Adams vociferously opposed the celebration of the holiday on the 4th. He insisted that the 2nd was the correct date and refused to partake in the festivities on that day.
- One President was born on the 4th of July: Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, in 1872.
- And three Presidents died on the 4th. They included three of the first five presidents: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. The second president, Adams, and the third, Jefferson, both died in 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration.
- Independence Day has been “solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations” (John Adams) since 1776, but July 4th was only adopted as an official federal holiday in 1870.
Touro Libraries wishes everybody a happy, safe, and festive Fourth of July!
Call numbers allow us to pinpoint the exact location of a book, even if its one among thousands. But what happens if a book gets put back in the wrong place?