The Future of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease is not a topic most college age people think about. It is often thought to be an “old person’s disease”. But Alzheimer’s has far reaching implications for many people due to the fact that it affects so many families and loved ones. Alzheimer’s is not rare. It is actually the 6th leading cause of death in the United States with one out of three seniors dying with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Continue reading

Altmetrics and You

(CC image via Flickr user AJC1)
(CC image via Flickr user AJC1)

Have you ever read a really interesting article in a journal like Nature and then shared it on Facebook?  Or participated in discussions of a research article on one of your favorite blogs? Retweeted the link to the latest study about whether coffee is good for you or not on Twitter? Then you may have been involved in building altmetrics for these papers! Continue reading

Funny, Ha! Ha!

(CC image by Fábio Florentino via Wikimedia Commons)
(CC image by Fábio Florentino via Wikimedia Commons)

Continued from Trust Me, I’m a Touro Librarian.

If you didn’t know by now, I enjoy a good laugh.  Joan Rivers was funny.  George Carlin was funny.  Chris Rock is even funnier, because he’s still alive.  Comedians are not the only humorous people out there.  There are other professionals who corner the market on giggles. Continue reading

Trust Me, I’m A Touro Librarian

trust meDon’t worry.  I’m not trying to get all up in your business, but I’ll have to ask you some probing questions.  You may find it a bit off-putting.  You may even be a little offended.  Perhaps you haven’t done this with anyone before.  There is a first time for everything, and darling, your time is now.  I will take care of you.  You have no reason to fear. Continue reading

The Digitization of Primary Sources

Digitization of a Dunhuang manuscript in the IDP UK studio (CC Image by the International Dunhuang Project)
Digitization of a Dunhuang manuscript in the IDP UK studio (CC Image by the International Dunhuang Project)

The humanities have been particularly affected in a positive way by the digital revolution. Unique and previously unpublished primary archival manuscripts, letters, autobiographies, and other source materials are being digitized at an accelerating rate, increasing access and allowing students as well as scholars a unique opportunity to make original contributions. With online and often open access to newly digitized materials, people have the chance to look directly at primary materials rather than relying on secondary sources, and make novel observations and analyses, contributing to the scholarly discourse.  Continue reading

Semi-Annual Library Staff Meeting

On June 29th, 2015, the staff of Touro College Libraries met at our lovely Kings Highway campus in Brooklyn for our Summer 2015 departmental meeting. Over 40 information professionals from more than a dozen sites located in New York City, upstate and Long Island gathered to share the latest developments in our efforts to provide the best possible services to the Touro community. Continue reading

Director’s Corner Summer 2015

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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?

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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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