From May 5-8, I had the exciting opportunity to travel to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the 44th Annual LOEX Conference, “Learning from the Past, Building for the Future.” College instruction librarians from all over the US came together to share new ideas, proven techniques, and inspiration with their colleagues. Over two days, I attended ten different sessions on teaching, pedagogy, and instructional technology. Lest you assume it was all academic journals and stodgy librarians, the workshops I participated in touched on a wide range of topics, including hip-hop with a professional DJ/Librarian, Newtonian physics, and surrealist parlor games. Continue reading →
Did you know that Google Scholar can automatically direct you to free full-text copies of articles that Touro Libraries have in our subscription databases? This is a fact I tout frequently in library workshops, but until a particularly astute question from a student in my orientation last week, I hadn’t ever given much thought to exactly how this piece of internet magic actually worked.
Published in 2012, Black History: More than Just a Month, by public school teacher Mike Henry, is a fascinating volume that highlights a comprehensive collection of the often-overlooked contributions by African-Americans to American history. Beginning with the colonial era, Henry interlaces popular historical narratives with details of the crucial, yet less frequently recognized, roles played played by black men and women. Continue reading →
A little more than a year ago, we began the process of redesigning the library homepage (see its many previous incarnations), but the beginnings of the decision to undertake the project stretch even further back. The previous library website served us well, but it had grown and changed over time. As is very common, each of these small changes solved a current problem, but without a holistic analysis of the entire website, certain inconsistencies and dissonances began to creep in. It was time for a total overhaul.Continue reading →
Our enthusiasm for opportunities to start fresh has frequently made its way onto the blog, from the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah), to the civil New Year, to the start of a newsemester. Today marks another calendrical reset, the Lunar New Year. Commonly known as the Chinese New Year for its largest group of celebrants, it’s the start of a calendar determined in part by the phases of the moon, rather than the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. Because of this, the civil date of the holiday varies from late January to mid-February. According to Touro Library Cataloger, Liping Wang, observations of the holiday often include cleaning the home, families gathering for a home-cooked meal on New Years Eve, fireworks, and “luck money” given from the older generations to the younger in red envelopes. In New York, you can participate in parades and other celebrations held in Chinatown, in Manhattan, and in Flushing, Queens. For the first time this year, NYC public schools will recognize the Lunar New Year as a holiday, meaning no school for students today. Alas, Touro classes are all still in session, but we wish you all a happy Lunar New Year!
As we prepare for a new semester, we’d like to share the libraries’ many instructional support services available to Touro faculty. If you’d like assistance with something you don’t find on this list, don’t hesitate to ask! Continue reading →
If you haven’t yet heard, we’re about to launch an updated, totally redesigned and mobile-friendly version of our library website. In preparation for its reveal, I thought I’d look back over the decades to see how the library homepage has evolved. Our website has gone through many incarnations since its inception in 1995. The first version I could dig up (shared here before) featured just ten links and a punchy hot pink welcome in to students in 1998. Continue reading →