LOEX Pittsburgh: Library Instruction Conference

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View of Pittsburgh from the conference hotel

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.
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Tech Tips: Google Scholar and Your Library

Google Scholar works with your Touro library databases to make finding research quicker and easier
Google Scholar works with your Touro library databases to make finding research quicker and easier (CC image)

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.

But first, let’s back up a little:
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Money Smart Week

MoneySmartWeek2016_FeaturedThe entire month of April is Financial Literacy Month, but this week is also Money Smart Week. If personal finance is not something you usually give a lot of thought, now is a great time to build off tax season (and possibly a refund!) and to extend the spirit of spring cleaning to your bank accounts. There are many resources available to help you take control of your finances and make your money work for you. Of course, this is a place to exercise your information literacy skills, and to consult a certified professional where appropriate, but we have compiled a new Financial Literacy LibGuide to help you get started.  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

Untold Stories: Black History–More Than Just A Month

41SEcSf0bLL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_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 Fresh Start: Touro Library Homepage, Part 2

Touro Libraries' homepage from 2013-2015
Touro Libraries’ homepage from 2013-2015

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

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Chinese New Year celebrations in San Francisco (photo by Daniel Dionne)
Chinese New Year celebrations in San Francisco (photo by Daniel Dionne)

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 new semester. 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!

Instructional Support Checklist

We've come a long way! Stay up-to-date on the latest educational services and technology available from Touro Libraries (CC0 image)
We’ve come a long way! Stay up-to-date on the latest educational services and technology available from Touro Libraries (CC0 image)

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

The Wayback Machine: Touro Library Homepage

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Back to the beginning: The library website in 1998 (All images courtesy of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine)

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