From Kew Gardens Hills to Bay Shore

We did have these at my last library!
We didn’t have these at my last library!

Touro libraries are not all the same. Are we one big family? Yes! Work very well together across the miles? Yes! Provide services to students and staff? Yes, again! However, there are still some pretty big differences between the locations. This is something I have a new perspective on after moving from librarian at the Lander College for Men to become Chief Librarian at the Bay Shore Campus in Fall 2015. Continue reading

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On National Nutrition Month from a former RD

Graphic_NNM2016_HORIZONTAL_FINALBefore I was a Librarian, I was a Dietitian.  That was a while ago. My favorite part of the job was finding and reading the latest nutrition research in scholarly journals, which is probably why I decided to become a Librarian and work in a Health Sciences Library.  Nutrition recommendations are constantly changing and evolving and I admit I haven’t kept up since I no longer see clients or give nutrition advice.  But since March is National Nutrition Month, I thought I would take a look at what’s happening in my old line of work. Continue reading

Guest Post: Roles of Women in Academic Leadership

Panelists and attendees at the Women's Leadership Council Panel Discussion
Panelists and attendees at the Women’s Leadership Council Panel Discussion

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, the Women’s Leadership Council of Touro College sponsored a panel discussion entitled, “Roles of Women in Academic Leadership.”  This outstanding event celebrated National Women’s History Month, which is observed during March in recognition of women’s many accomplishments throughout history.  The extraordinary panel featured four Touro College women executives: Vice Presidents Nadja Graff, Eva Spinelli-Sexter, Marian Stoltz-Loike, and Dean Sabra Brock.  I, Dean Donne Kampel, moderated the event.  The five of us came together to describe our career experiences in higher education to a packed audience of women and men from inside and outside of the organization. Many women came to the event to learn more about how to become leaders and perhaps the secrets to success of the women who were discussing their careers.   Continue reading

The Celebration of Purim

Hamentashen, a traditional Purim sweet (CC image by Rebecca Slegel)
Hamentashen, a traditional Purim sweet (CC image by Rebecca Slegel)

The observation of Purim begins the evening of March 24th through March 25th.

Purim is a holiday that represents a tangible victory over an enemy. Many things are done to commemorate this victory. The Book of Esther is read both on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. People go around in costume to show their happiness, a festive meal is eaten, and charity is given to help those who otherwise couldn’t celebrate this occasion. People give out packages of food to friends (usually in the form of a dessert) to celebrate comradery.

For more on the history and celebration of this holiday, see “Who is that masked man?” Happy Purim!

Contributed by: Edward Shabes, Library Assistant, Midtown

Ace the PANCE Exam with the help of PA Easy

A student studying in the Bay Shore Library
Studying at the Bay Shore Library

Certification exams loom over most students enrolled at the Touro College School of Health Sciences.  These exams are an inevitable part of the medical field and are often regarded as terrifying by students and professors alike.  The best way to rise above the chatter and to take on these exams head on is preparation.  Touro College Libraries are here to help!  We maintain a large collection of review materials including books, ebooks and databases. Continue reading

The Librarian’s Image Problem

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When I tell people I am a librarian, one of the first responses I get is, “You don’t seem like a librarian.” I sometimes get an innocuous response like, “But you don’t wear glasses” (no, I don’t). I have also had humorous quasi-insults like, “So do you live alone with 30 cats?” (well, only 4 so I guess I’m still working on it). Continue reading

AKA: Proquest Flow is now RefWorks

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A few months ago, I waxed poetic about the features of a reference manager called Proquest Flow, but if you go looking for it today, you won’t have much luck. The good news, however, is that all of the same great tools and easy-to-use interface are still available, just under a new name: RefWorks.  Continue reading

Do you know PBS?

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Photography Transformed: 1960-1999

The other day, I received a video clip from a friend in my email. It was on photography: how it has affected people throughout the years and how it is still influencing viewers every day. It seemed interesting, and I wanted to watch the complete film. The documentary was by PBS, and since I knew that our library has a streaming video collection from PBS, I checked to see if we own that particular title.
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