While wandering through the woods of information, would you blindly follow a path because one of the trees has a beautiful signpost that appeals to you, even though you have not read the content or verified the source? Of course not. You would stop to read all of the signs before following the path; your choice would be educated from reading all the signs and verifying the source, so you would not end up in darkness. Going with your gut is another uneducated choice and leads you down a shadowed path. Only through careful research and studying can you find the facts you are looking for. While there are many resources to assist with research, one easy-to-use one is the library and your librarians. National Library Week is a wonderful time to get to know your library and the resources it offers you. Continue reading →
Since I have been teaching critical thinking and informal logic online for a number of years now (and I have a first-hand account of how both courses are beneficial for students in many different ways), as well as having taught several library orientations at Touro College, I have become curious regarding how aspects of critical thinking skills could be fostered and applied to the arena of information literacy, and how both aspects could be beneficial to our students’ information needs. And rather than relying on the information literacy prevalent on various websites, I want to explore the topic with few outside sources, free of influence from such sites. Hence, the aim of this short essay is an inquiry into the overlap and/or intersection between information literacy, critical thinking, and the ways such an inquiry into both areas could be beneficial to our students.
The start of the day requires ritual, and each person’s daily ritual is different. Some people go to worship; some go for a run; some go for a cigarette. I go online. My day does not begin until I sit at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and my Kindle Fire. I’ve got to tell you, that Kindle is my favorite thing. If I were Oprah, it would be at the top of my list. Continue reading →
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 Embedded Librarian program is a growing service offered by the Touro College Libraries. Like embedded journalists who travel straight to the heart of the action, embedded librarians meet students at the point of need during the learning process, wherever they are. Particularly helpful in online courses, a dedicated librarian is matched with each participating class to provide assistance at targeted points throughout the semester. Continue reading →
Since I have an interest in the philosophical approach called critical theory, I was curious to know if librarianship and critical theory might intersect with each other in relation to current trends in librarianship. And while doing some research, I quickly came across a curious and what appears to be a quite significant article in the arena of information literacy instruction. The article, published in 2006, is called Critical Information Literacy: Implications for Instructional Practice, by James Elmborg, Assistant Professor, School Of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa. I thought it would be quite interesting to explore just one of many takeaways of this article, so to speak, and give a very short sketch of what sort of impact critical information literacy might have more broadly on academic librarianship in general and perhaps more specifically and interestingly on Touro College Libraries. Continue reading →
As many of you know, the Bay Shore Library has received a 3D printer, thanks to a ‘Medical Library Project’ grant to provide the funds for the printer and its materials. In order to prepare for its integration into courses as well as use in the Library, Touro Librarians along with Professors and IT staff members headed back to the classroom for a two-day MakerBot training course. Continue reading →
This post was contributed by Touro Graduate School of Business student Rauwolfia Mannan.
A Master’s in Business Administration has been an in-demand degree for a long time, but the specialization for healthcare management is fairly new. Although a recent innovation, healthcare management is a strong and growing market. Healthcare is a demanding field, and with all the improved technologies, the competition gets tougher every day. Before, a regular MBA would have sufficed for a good position in a hospital management career, but now with the latest technology and competition, people with a specialized degree and credentials are greatly preferred. Continue reading →
Contributed by: Lebogang Matome, a student in the Touro Graduate School of Business class of 2017, working towards her M.S. in International Business & Finance.
From home America, was a dream. Being awarded an opportunity to come study in America, one can only dream of and plan all the places that they want to see, in New York particularly. What a bonus to come to NYC I thought, hoping to see all those places where some of my favorite movies and reality shows where based. I had expectations of celebrities on every corner and paparazzi everywhere, with the thought of photo bombing a celebrity. It’s a place where one is given the impression that money could actually be growing in trees. It seemed that everyone who lives in New York must be a celebrity with a luxurious life, and every day is a holiday, and every time you are sad, by some coincidence it will start raining while you are walking to catch a taxi and a soundtrack will come on. But then you arrive and finally get to discover that Hollywood is in another part of America, far from New York. Continue reading →