Director’s Corner Summer 2015


Library staff group photo

On Monday June 29th the Touro College libraries held their semi-annual staff meeting at the newly refurbished Kings Highway library. Library staff members from New York Medical College,  Middletown, and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine participated in the conference. Continue reading

Guest Post: What do you think of when you hear the word graduation?

For many graduation signifies the end of an educational journey. It’s the end of classes, study groups, and tests. However, it does not have to be the end of your relationship with Touro. Graduation is not only about no longer being a student; it’s about transitioning into an alumnus. That new title comes with certain perks that go beyond just the occasional reunion.

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Let’s Meet at the Science Cafe!

I was reading Librarian Sally Gore’s recent blog post, and she mentioned attending a Science Café in Worcester, Mass.  I was intrigued by this idea, so I looked around for more information.  Have you ever heard of Science Cafés?  If you like the idea of learning about science in a relaxed, fun atmosphere then Science Cafés may be for you.  Continue reading

Point of Care Tool – Access Medicine App

AM-ApphomeThe popular Access Medicine Database now has an app for mobile devices!  This app represents a portable, concise, easily searchable, version of the Access Medicine Database, making it an essential point of care tool and quick reference guide!

The App is organized into four distinct sections that provide speedy access to information:

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Going through changes: NLM seeks new director

After more than 30 years serving as the Director of the National Library of Medicine, Dr. Donald Lindberg is leaving his post.  The National Library of Medicine is about to start their search for a new director but any candidate sure has big shoes to fill!

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Research Guides: More than just books

Scholar in study, 1700, by Johann Michael Bretschneider (National Museum of Wrocław)

Scholar in study, 1700, by Johann Michael Bretschneider (National Museum of Wrocław)

The Lander College for Women has been one of our most enthusiastic adopters of our Research Guides available through LibGuides. A blog post in 2014 linked 10 of the unique power points available on these guides, but there’s even more great information available.

Most libraries around the world post library guides or pathfinders on their websites that contain the standard gathering of relevant websites, particularly helpful specialized databases, bibliographies of related books, and links to chat or email reference. However what makes Touro’s library guides unique are not only the tailor-made PowerPoint presentations for classes offered at LCW, but the narrative introductions and unique informative essays, charts, outlines and exercises included on our large collection of Jewish studies guides. Continue reading – Free online training from your public library

2015-05-27 10_17_00-Web Courses and Training from is an online learning company that helps users “learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.” They offer video-based online courses in a variety of professional skills – a valuable resource for anybody looking to land a job, move up in their career, excel in the position they have, or just explore an area of interest. There’s something for just about everyone – I just finished a course on Instructional Design that I really enjoyed, but even if that sounds a little dry to you, there’s plenty of other options.  Continue reading

The Power of Hashtags

Twitter gave new meaning to the lowly pound sign, enabling people across the globe to engage in conversations.

Twitter gave new meaning to the pound sign, enabling people across the globe to easily engage in conversations on the topic of their choice.

We use the pound or number sign (#) for numbers, on phones, or when we play tic, tac, toe. But the pound sign was not considered an important symbol in our lives until Chris Messina decided to use it as a way for groups of people to discuss topics without getting lost in the chaos of messages. That was in 2007. Soon after, Twitter adopted the hashtag system and turned the pound sign into a code so that any word prepended with a hash automatically becomes hyperlinked1. The newly coined “hashtag” quickly caught on and has since been implemented by Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest and many other social networks. You can even Google a hashtag to see posts across different social media platforms. Continue reading

Over One Million Hits

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Over 1 million page views for Touro’s Encyclopedia of the Founders and Builders of Israel

Four years ago Touro College Libraries debuted its digitization of David Tidhar’s 19-volume Encyclopedia of the Founders and Builders of Israel, which can be found at This valuable resource is used by scholars and historians worldwide as well as by the Touro community. Recently, the Encyclopedia reached 1 million hits, and the views continue to grow. Continue reading

Guest Post: Met Museum & The Museum Mile

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 82nd & 5th (photo by Rosa Ghiam)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 82nd & 5th (photo by Rosa Ghiam)

The Museum Mile Festival takes place on Tuesday June 9. From 6-9pm all of the museums along Museum Mile offer free admission to the public. Fifth Avenue will be closed to traffic, and there will be live music and other attractions. For full details, visit the festival website. In honor of this upcoming event, Touro College of Pharmacy student Rosa Ghiam shares her experience visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has magnificent collections of art and antiquities. My mother and I used to take frequent trips to many museums, especially this one. It had been a long time since we had been there, but on her recent trip to New York, we decided that we should go. Reminiscent of days past when I was a little girl, we held hands and walked up the steps and turned to look at the park. The museum is located on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan’s Museum Mile. It is by area one of the world’s largest art galleries. Continue reading

Guest Post: Experiences Abroad in Poland

Krakow at night (photo by Muhammed Gerim)

Krakow at night (photo by Muhammed Gerim)

Guest post by Touro Graduate School of Business student Muhammed Gerim:

I spent four years in Warsaw, Poland during my education. It was a wonderful experience, and I was very impressed by the country and its people, so I’d like to share a few of my memories.
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Party Planning: Event Management Student Presentations

GCA 306 Event Mangement students, from L-R:

GCA 306 Event Management students take questions after their presentations. From L-R: Avi Manoucheri, Dane Medlock, Jayan Shrestha, Eugene Dorfman, Teresa Cadiz, Kimberly Fernandez, Sara Amador, Irina Dovbnya

On Tuesday May 19th, the students from Professor Gena Bardwell’s GCA 306 “Event Management” course gave their final presentations at a meeting of the Speech & Communication Department’s Communications Club. All semester, students have worked on developing and planning a large fundraising event, including everything from donors and guest speakers to the venue and menus. They were also responsible for the less glamorous details, like budgeting, to-the-minute scheduling, floor plans, and evacuation procedures. Continue reading

Guest Post: My plate is full, but I will take 4 more courses

(CC0 image via Pixabay)

(CC0 image via Pixabay)

During this finals period, take a break to read the wise words of Touro Pharmacy student Sylvia Park on managing school, stress, and life:

I love to drink coffee. I just like it, or maybe I am addicted to it? I believe that coffee helps keep my daily life running. Why do I need coffee to run my life? As a mother, a full-time student, a daughter, and a wife, my day is always occupied with so many jobs and to-dos. It is not easy to balance all my tasks and roles, and I struggle every day. I have seen a few women who can handle all kinds of jobs in their lives, but they were few, and I see them as a superhuman. 

When I decided to go into the pharmacy program at Touro, I was just married and had no kids. I had plenty of time to manage my schoolwork and housework. I was an A+ student and OK housewife. However, by the time I was accepted to the program, I had a four-month-old daughter, Agnes. I love her, and she is my joy. 

Everything was new to me. I became a mother, and a pharmacy student. The amount of work at home and school was not comparable with my past. I was a horrible student who couldn’t get good grades or even understand the material well, and also the worst mother in the world who could not give full attention to her child. I felt miserable and weak. I was depressed and tired. I felt no happiness in doing anything. After a while, I decided I needed to change my mindset.

I decided to accept myself. To accept all the things that were happening to me from the beginning of the school. I accepted that it is okay to get only a passing grade. It is okay to eat simple food. It is okay to sleep less. It is okay to not be part of a leadership group or a society. It is okay to be a busy daughter who cannot call her elderly parent as often as she should. It is okay to gain weight from all those chocolates and coffees for late studying. It is okay to lose a daddy who loved his daughter as she was his everything. It is okay to not be perfect, but to just be sincere in everything I do and try my best. 

Relax MGD©The Touro College of Pharmacy designed its program as two years of didactic courses, plus two years of outside rotations. All my P2 friends and I am almost there with finishing the first two years. Yes, during those first two years, while we were fighting to get good grades, we got engaged, got married, lost family members, had babies, got pregnant, got divorced, got a job, lost a job, gained weight, lost weight, and more, but we survived. 

We still have another set of two years in rotations to be completed. I do not know what is waiting for us, but I know that we have the ability to endure and accept whatever it might be. And at the end of the next two years, we will be so ready not only in our knowledge and skills as pharmacists, but also as strong-minded professionals who are ready to accept the challenges in our fields and our lives.

So if you, like me, have struggled with the stress of school and daily life, please remember this quote from Srikumar Rao
Once you accept, truly accept, that stuff will happen to you and there is nothing you can do about it, stress miraculously leaves your life.

Contributed by: Sylvia Park, Touro College of Pharmacy Student

For additional help, check out some of the library resources on managing stress, like:

50 Activities for Managing Stress

Healthy Ways to Deal with Stress

Or, speak with an adviser or counselor from your program to discuss managing your course load and additional support services available.