This is the time of the year for preparation, on two levels. One level is for the Jewish High Holy Days and the other level is for the beginning of the new school year.
For the High Holy Days, preparations begin in earnest on August 27 – 28, which is the beginning of the Jewish month of Elul. Special prayers are added to the normal litany and the Rams Horn is sounded every morning. This is a period of introspection whereby everyone gets ready for the New Jewish Year.
Similarly, preparations are done in the month of August for the new school year. The books for the library that were ordered to supplement the classes for the Fall 2014 semester are undergoing preparation. The Library Instruction Survey is being gone over to see how we can improve our orientations. New initiatives are being introduced to the Faculty and generally to Touro College and University System family.
Existing services, such as our LibGuides subject research guides, are being given a fresh coat of paint. Classrooms are being assigned; transcripts are coming in for new and returning students. Orientations are being held for the new student body and for foreign students. The online registration process has begun.
Many things are taking place for the start of a new school year, as well as the introspection necessary to start a new calendar year in the Jewish faith. Both of these concurrent preparations are necessary to ensure a smooth transition into this new year.
May everyone’s preparations yield them a successful New Year in both these endeavors!
Contributed by Edward Schabes, Library Assistant, Midtown