Staff Profile: Midtown Librarian Juliana Magro

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The author in front of the Iguazu Falls in Brazil.

My name is Juliana Magro, and I am the Information Literacy and Instructional Librarian at the Midtown campus. I was born in Brazil, and moved to the United States a few years ago. I speak Portuguese and English, but I can also read Spanish and Italian.

 

 

In Brazil, I lived in Rio de Janeiro for 2 years to complete my masters in Linguistics. Rio is a beautiful (although quite chaotic) city. My favorite spot there is a park called Parque Lage. This park sits at the bottom of the Corcovado Mountain, and used to be the residence of industrialists in the 1920’s. It’s a good place to go to with a book for a nice cup of coffee, and then to take a stroll through a patch of forest.

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Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Alan Franco, licensed under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

I got my MLS from Queens College, and I truly believe I finally found the right career. I love research and teaching, but above all, I like to work with something that has a practical application. Being able to couple research with helping students does just that for me.

I guess most librarians will say that, but when I’m not working, I love to read and, if I have time off, to travel! My ideal vacation would involve a mountainous region, but I also love to explore different terrains and cities, as long as I can hike. Hiking, to me, is the most effective way of meditation 🙂

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The author after hiking up the Machu Picchu mountain in Peru.

I read mostly literature and history books, with a tiny bit of philosophy here and there. I am now reading more about the history of Peru (my favorite country to be in, explore, and enjoy food from). Here at Touro, I can find most of the ebooks I want in the ProQuest Ebook Central database. I am reading The Incas, by Terence N. D’Altroy.

Last December, our librarian Carol Schapiro wrote two great blog posts that led me to explore audiobooks. I have never been an audiobook fan, but since then have found them to be very useful, especially if the subways are too crowded for me to hold my book. I am now listening to Inca Lands, by Hiram Bingham, a free audiobook from LibriVox. Thanks for the tip, Carol!

One thing most people don’t know about me is that I used to study Sanskrit, and I am a writing system lover. My favorite writing systems are the Tamil and Georgian scripts.

 

Contributed by Juliana Magro, Librarian, Midtown Library.

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