The library staff meeting took place on January 24th, a rainy, windy, and cold day outside, however, inside the comradery of the staff warmed us up. In addition to staff from our NYC locations, the meeting included library staff from as far away as California and Nevada, and closer to home from NYMC and Middletown.
The packed agenda left little time for anything else. Salvatore Russo, Assistant Director of Libraries updated us all with recent updates about our libraries. Unfortunately he informed us that 2 staff members are leaving. We will miss Miriam Magill and Abin Thakuri and wish them success in their future endeavors.
Dr. Franklin Steen, Vice President of Technology, updated us on what he is doing at Touro in the area of technology and how it will affect the libraries. On the topic of technology, our new mobile app was demonstrated by Kirk Snyder, evening librarian at the Midwood library. The app is accessible on Android and iPhones, as well as iPads and other tablet devices. We encourage you to try the app. Additionally, Beth Chamberlain, Head of Technical Services at the Law School, discussed the circulation system that we all share in common. A lively discussion followed.
The library runs a “User Satisfaction Survey” each year in December. Sara Tabaei, Library Information Literacy Service Director, using charts, indicated the results and how they relate to each individual library. We will make every effort to address the issues that were of concern to the students and staff. Feedback is the great improver, and we encourage everyone to answer our surveys. We love to hear your thoughts. Watch out for a post specifically addressing your feedback to be published soon.
Our Instructional Design Librarian, Chelsea DeGlopper discussed some of the library’s newest additions including the citation manager RefWorks. Touro Scholar, our institutional repository was demonstrated by Carrie Levinson, Scholarly Communications Librarian. As of today, articles by Touro faculty and staff have been downloaded over 1,000 times worldwide.
Lunch, finally was enjoyed by all. When we reconvened, Michoel Rotenfeld, Associate Director of Libraries, spoke about current trends in libraries including the proliferation and importance of “open access” material.
Robert Karan our representation in the WALDO consortium (Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization) addressed developments in the industry that affect libraries, including mergers of companies, open access, pricing of databases, and future trends. His presentation was one of the highlights of the meeting.
Shelly Warwick, Director of TouroCOM library in Harlem discussed the grant she won and how she used it to promote health literacy at the Harlem campus. Working on a different grant-funded project, Joan Wagner, Laurel Scheinfeld, Katie Flood, and Keith Pardini, library staff at the Bay Shore campus, gave a powerpoint presentation that displayed the various assistive devices that were created by the OT students using the library’s 3D printers. They brought samples of the devices, and the innovation of the students and library staff was astounding.
Thanks to all who presented and to all who participated.
Contributed by: Mrs. Bashe Simon, Director of Libraries