With its many campuses, Touro College is fortunate to have a large staff of highly skilled information specialists to assist students at its libraries. Our dedicated professionals play a crucial role in students’ academic success, responding to their reference inquiries and guiding them in the use of the libraries’ ample electronic resources.
But none of this would be possible without the work of a support staff whose hard work is essential, if rarely visible to students. Technical and Electronic Services (TES) is a small but potent branch of the Touro College Libraries; comprised of nine employees this specialized department orders and catalogs books, arranges for subscriptions to all scholarly journals and online databases, designs and maintains the Libraries’ web site, oversees the applications used to manage circulation of library books and curates Touro College’s historical Archives.
TES boasts a staff with wide-ranging skills and backgrounds; a perfect example would be Judaica Cataloging Librarian Leiba Rimler. Leiba began working for TES as a recent graduate of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences in Midwood, and soon thereafter began pursuing a Master’s of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) degree at the Pratt School of Information and Library Science. Initially performing an impressive variety of clerical duties, her library coursework and knowledge of Hebrew made her an ideal candidate to replace a departing Judaica Cataloger. She received her MSLIS degree in 2011 and was instrumental in preparing the personal Judaica collection of Touro College founder Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander for use by students. These books are now housed at the Lander College for Men in Kew Gardens Hills.
In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and baking, and is an avid photographer, currently taking courses at the New York Institute of Photography. Leiba is also a published author who has written four books for children: The Negel Vasser Miracle, The Forgotten Bracha, Hosting without Boasting and Pinny Practices.
A dedicated runner, Leiba is also certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors as an Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver. Her travels – which usually include diving – have taken her to The Bahamas, Aruba, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Grand Cayman, St. Lucia, Antigua, Mexico, Turks & Caicos, Belize, Jamaica and Bermuda.
So the next time you check out a book or use one of Touro’s many electronic resources to find articles, remember TES, a small but vital part of the library staff that is working hard behind the scenes to provide the best library services possible!
This staff profile was originally published in the Spring 2012 edition of the TCL Newsletter.