Women with Wings

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You know, you live with someone long enough, you think you know them pretty well.  My wife and I just celebrated our 25th anniversary, so I thought I had her down cold: loves birdwatching, cooking, 80s music and terrible television shows (more or less in that order, which is fortunate for me, as I prefer classic films).  She’s intellectually curious, especially about the animal kingdom, the environment and outer space.  In fact, she has mentioned on occasion that she would have loved to have been an astronaut. While I do not share her enthusiasm for space travel (unless we’re watching Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey) I will say I secretly chuckled at her claim; it was difficult to imagine her rocketing around the galaxy, since she’s timid about riding any bicycle but one of the stationary variety. Continue reading

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Touro College of Dental Medicine Welcomes Its Inaugural Class

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Touro College recently opened the doors to a brand-new dental school, located on the NYMC campus in Valhalla, New York. Over 100 eager soon-to-be dentists had their orientation last week, and I was invited to come up to let them know about the many library resources that are available to them. Even if you’re not a dental student, most of the following applies to you too! Here’s a summary: Continue reading

Discovering Beauty in the Stacks: Book Design by Ernst Reichl

Ernst Reichl, Designer (1900-1980) (photo via Design Observer)
Ernst Reichl, Designer, 1900-1980 (photo via Design Observer)

Book design is something thought about by admittedly few readers. When we pick up a book, don’t we just want to read the words on its pages without distraction or difficulty, without thinking about aesthetics or visual harmony? In other words, read without being consciously aware of the process of reading? Well, yes! This is almost always the case. This is also what book designers are typically trying to accomplish when they select or create a typeface and make decisions about size, line spacing and page layout. Any book in a reader’s hands is the result of many aesthetic decisions which are, paradoxically, meant to go unnoticed. In fact, there is a maxim that says you shouldn’t notice good design. So there is good reason after all that we, as readers, don’t often think about book design.     Continue reading

Open Access In The Future

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(via flickr)

What is the point of college?  A student is to not just gain knowledge in college but to deepen their knowledge. A student comes with a good amount of curiosity. College provides the opportunity to follow that curiosity. A college student can enter interested in one subject and become interested in another subject. Doors open in their mind. A constant flow of information feeds their curiosity. Students leave college armed with knowledge and experience, ready to blaze a trail and hopefully make the world a better place. With knowledge gained through college studies, a student could accomplish something that leaves their mark on mankind. There is no crystal ball to know which student at which college will blaze those trails.  We don’t even know which students have enough curiosity to increase their appetite. Continue reading