Women with Wings

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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 of Dental Medicine Welcomes Its Inaugural Class

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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

Discovering Beauty in the Stacks: Book Design by Ernst Reichl

Ernst Reichl, Designer (1900-1980) (photo via Design Observer)
Ernst Reichl, Designer, 1900-1980 (photo via Design Observer)

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

Open Access In The Future

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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

Fourth of July Fast Facts

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In honor of the upcoming holiday, here are some (non-Will-Smith-related) Independence Day facts before the parades, picnics, and fireworks begin:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. One President was born on the 4th of July: Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, in 1872.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Everything In Its Place: Inventory Season at Touro Libraries

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Inventory in action: Midtown staff, Librarian Toby Krausz and Library Assistant Valerie Schrager, scanning books

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?

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The Health Issue: Awareness and Research

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The New York Times Magazine of May 15th 2016 issue was dedicated to the anatomy of cancer. For most of us it is a very sad and disturbing issue, and in majority people do not like to talk about it or even mention the word. I know that it is not a pleasant topic, but I think that it is very important to build a good understanding and spread awareness about different health issues including “The big C”. One of the starting points in understanding is the development and genetics behind the disease. One of the articles does a great job in creating a clear picture through images and facts what the development of cancer looks like: Continue reading

Reflections on How the Internet Has Evolved During the Past Twenty Years

90s students at the Gottsman Library, Columbia Teacher's College
90s students at the Gottesman Library, Columbia Teacher’s College

I have always had a strong liking for libraries, though it is difficult to pinpoint why this is the case.  Perhaps it all began while I was a child at Lenox elementary school while I was living in Saint Louis Park Minnesota.  Or, maybe it began while I was an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota (I always liked quiet, unassuming and serene open spaces).  Indeed, the Walter Library at the university is in fact considered one of the most beautiful academic libraries in the United States.  And of course, as an undergraduate, I would spend an endless amount of time studying for class; and if I was not studying, I would take a break by browsing the stacks, sometimes losing myself for hours on end, pursuing my recreational interest in Ancient Greek Philosophy. Continue reading

International Student Visas

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This post was contributed by Shaileshkumar Solanki, student at Touro Graduate School of Business.  

I was very excited to study in the U.S.A. I landed at Detroit International Airport on May 20, 2015 at 2.00 pm. As per the rules, I had to complete the formal Port of Entry procedures. It was the biggest interview of my life. My Port of Entry interview has started at 2:30 pm and finished at 8:00 pm (almost 5-6 hours). But based on my documents and the conversation between me and the Immigration office, I successfully landed here. So, based on my experience, I would like to share some information for all the students who want to study in United States of America. Continue reading