The Inventory

The Inventory
Have you seen the Touro library staff on step-stools in the stacks a lot lately?  Do you hear beeping noises in the library?  The Touro College Libraries are taking an inventory this summer.  This requires us to scan the barcode of every single physical item in our collection.  At the Bay Shore library, that is over 11,000 books, DVDs, VHS tapes and CD-ROMs.  It is a time-consuming and tedious task but it is very important for keeping the collection in order and becoming aware of missing or mislabeled items.  While doing inventory we ‘clean up’ too – dust the shelves, remove the occasional due date card left in a book, and identify items that need to be repaired or removed from the collection.  A side benefit of doing inventory is the opportunity to get better acquainted with the collection.  Over the past two years that I have worked in the Bay Shore library I have become familiar with the books and resources that are most widely used by our students and faculty, but being involved in the inventory gives librarians a chance to see some interesting titles that we may not have come across otherwise.


One that caught my eye today is “STIFF; The curious lives of human cadavers” by Mary Roach.  This is probably not most people’s idea of a fun summer beach read but I found myself intrigued.    The students in our Health Sciences programs here in Bay Shore use cadavers to study the anatomy and physiology of the human body – perhaps they might like to learn more about the history of the process.  Here is the description of the book from our catalog “Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers-some willingly, some unwittingly-have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.”

What surprising and interesting titles have you come across while browsing the shelves in your Touro campus library?

2 thoughts on “The Inventory

  1. Kayla September 5, 2014 / 5:57 pm

    I’ve heard a lot about this book but I’ve never read it. We’re a human tissue bank, so I’m sure I could relate to a lot of what Mary talks about in the book. It’s funny, that when you’re around cadavers so often, jokes that the normal public would think are hideous actually become quite humorous. Thanks for reminding me about this book. Think it’s time I checked it out!

    • laurelscheinfeld September 8, 2014 / 11:16 am

      Thanks Kayla for your perspective from a tissue bank. Let me know what you think of the book when you’re done. Enjoy!

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