1st Touro Learning Strategies Exchange

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Despite the terrible weather, I headed to Manhattan on Sunday February 12th to attend the First Annual Touro College Faculty Learning Strategies Exchange Conference.  Although geared toward Professors, I figured there would be content that librarians could benefit from since we teach information literacy, and I was right. I learned a lot that I can apply to make my classes more effective. Continue reading

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3D Printing, now at Bay Shore Campus Library

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Setting up our new 3D Printer in the library!

The librarians at the Bay Shore campus are pleased to announce that we now have a 3D Printer. We applied for and have been awarded a ‘Medical Library Project’ grant through the MidAtlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM MAR) to provide the funds for the printer and its materials.  Continue reading

Drugs & Wikipedia: A Case for Caution

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Yesterday I read a research report in the Journal of the Medical Library Association that reminded me to be cautious when using Wikipedia articles for health care information. The authors of the report are two Pharm D’s and a Pharm D candidate from Midwestern University in Chicago. They analyzed drug information on Wikipedia for 21 different medications and compared it to information from a subscription drug information database. Continue reading

Let’s Meet at the Science Cafe!

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I was reading Librarian Sally Gore’s recent blog post, and she mentioned attending a Science Café in Worcester, Mass.  I was intrigued by this idea, so I looked around for more information.  Have you ever heard of Science Cafés?  If you like the idea of learning about science in a relaxed, fun atmosphere then Science Cafés may be for you.  Continue reading

The Streets of New York

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New York City Streets are rich with history.  Two of the most famous streets in New York City are Broadway and Wall Street.  Broadway is best known for the theater district, bright with lights and marquees, advertising the dozens of shows currently playing.  Wall Street is associated with money, the financial district, and the New York Stock Exchange.  But have you ever thought about the humble beginnings of these famous New York City Streets? Continue reading

World OT Day October 27, 2014

World OT Day Logo Eng Date and Theme

According to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, “Occupational Therapy Day was first launched on 27th October 2010. Since then, it has become an important date in the occupational therapy calendar to promote and celebrate the profession internationally. The 2014 theme ‘United in Diversity’ is aimed at promoting the international impact of our profession at an individual, group, local and national level.” Continue reading

Staff Profile: Laurel Scheinfeld

 

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I am Laurel Scheinfeld, a Reference Librarian at the Bay Shore campus.  I have been working for Touro Libraries for three years, since June 2011, a month after I graduated from Long Island University (LIU) with my Master’s degree in Library Science.  I feel blessed to have been given this opportunity.  In my last semester at LIU, I reached out to the Chief Librarian at the Bay Shore campus to request an internship, which was a requirement of the program in Library Science at LIU.  I didn’t realize at the time that a Librarian position would open up while I was there – that was a wonderful surprise. Continue reading

Save a Life! Check AccessMedicine

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If you rely on Google or Wikipedia for drug information, you could be missing important updates on safety. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues safety warnings when a prescription drug is found to have an adverse reaction in a particular patient population.  FDA Safety warnings are posted on the MedWatch Portal.  But these safety warnings don’t always make it to Google or Wikipedia in a timely manner.

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