Wild and Untouched: Hiking the Deserts of Southern California

A beautiful sunset in Death Valley National Park

My husband and I like to visit at least one National Park every year. We have visited several of them so far. In fact, it looks like we have visited 24 out of 59 parks up to now. National Parks in the United States are of great importance. They are protected vast natural beautiful lands and usually include unique geological features. They are kept wild and untouched. And they can’t be bought by real estate moguls and be destroyed by human greed. Continue reading

Celebrating Female Leaders During Women’s History Month

Moderator Dean Donne Kampel with panelists Janice Weinman, CEO of Hadassah; Provost Patricia Salkin; and Shelly Berkley, CEO of Touro’s Western Division

On March 8th, the Women’s Leadership Council of Touro College held its second annual celebration of International Women’s Day. Like last year, we scheduled a panel discussion with influential and successful women leaders. This year’s discussion was titled, “Personal and Professional Perspectives on Leadership”. The panel members included Patricia Salkin, Provost of the Graduate and Professional Divisions of Touro College; Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro’s Western Division; and Janice Weinman, Executive Director and CEO of Hadassah. Associate Dean of Faculty Donne Kampel, the founder and chair of the Touro Women’s Leadership Council, moderated the program.  Continue reading

International Students

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Sun Hee Choi, Assistant Director of International Student Services

When I first contacted Sun Hee Choi last year about giving a presentation to the International students about the library, she replied with great enthusiasm and welcomed the library’s reaching out to her. Since then we have kept in touch, and this February she again invited the library to be part of the orientation that her office provides for International students at the beginning of the semester. Continue reading

Open Access Week

oaTraditionally, faculty and researchers publish their findings in academic journals without expecting any financial reward. They share their work hoping to advance humankind’s knowledge. Before their work gets published, however, authors are also asked to sign a copyright agreement with the publisher. By signing the agreement, the researcher is giving away most of his or her rights to use or disseminate their work. If the author wants to share the article with others in class, on social media or on digital repositories, he needs to get permission from the same publisher who originally published his article. Permission is sometimes granted and sometimes denied depending on the publisher’s policy.

Scratching your head? Think this doesn’t make sense. Wait! There is more. Continue reading

Wikipedia Editathon: Touro PT Students Share Health Information Worldwide

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DPT students hard at work contributing to Wikipedia articles

On March 29th, members of the Touro’s Physical Therapy department arranged a three hour hands-on “editathon” for their students with Lane Rasberry, the Wikipedian-in-Residence at Consumer Reports. Lane has visited Touro before, speaking about Wikipedia to Library staff at the semi-annual staff meeting in January. For this workshop, he started out by giving us a bit of Wikipedia’s history and background, but the main goal of the session was to contribute evidence-based and current health information to articles on Wikipedia. Continue reading

Do you know PBS?

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Photography Transformed: 1960-1999

The other day, I received a video clip from a friend in my email. It was on photography: how it has affected people throughout the years and how it is still influencing viewers every day. It seemed interesting, and I wanted to watch the complete film. The documentary was by PBS, and since I knew that our library has a streaming video collection from PBS, I checked to see if we own that particular title.
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Staff Profile: Sara Tabaei

Graz, Austria
Graz, Austria

Where were you born?

I was born in Graz, which is the second largest city in Austria after Vienna. Graz is a medieval town with beautiful baroque red roof buildings. In 1999, Graz was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Though it is a relatively small city, (approximately 300,000 residents), it is home to 6 universities. So it is a lively and fun city. Continue reading

The Power of Hashtags

Twitter gave new meaning to the lowly pound sign, enabling people across the globe to engage in conversations.
Twitter gave new meaning to the pound sign, enabling people across the globe to easily engage in conversations on the topic of their choice.

We use the pound or number sign (#) for numbers, on phones, or when we play tic, tac, toe. But the pound sign was not considered an important symbol in our lives until Chris Messina decided to use it as a way for groups of people to discuss topics without getting lost in the chaos of messages. That was in 2007. Soon after, Twitter adopted the hashtag system and turned the pound sign into a code so that any word prepended with a hash automatically becomes hyperlinked1. The newly coined “hashtag” quickly caught on and has since been implemented by Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest and many other social networks. You can even Google a hashtag to see posts across different social media platforms. Continue reading