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

Celebrating Purim

image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Book of Esther, Hebrew, c. 1700-1800 AD - Royal Ontario Museum - DSC09614.JPG •Uploaded by Daderot Created: November 20, 2011
image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Book of Esther, Hebrew, c. 1700-1800 AD – Royal Ontario Museum – DSC09614.JPG  Uploaded by Daderot Created: November 20, 2011

A long time ago when the empire of Persia and Medea ruled the world, all citizens of the capital city of Shushan were called to a feast at the king’s palace. Though the leader of the Jewish community, a very wise man named Mordechai, advised against it, the Jews of Shushan felt they had no choice but to obey the king’s decree. This feast was the beginning of a series of events that would lead King Achashverosh (Ahasuerus or Xerxes in English), to stamp and seal a terrible decree on the suggestion of his wicked advisor, Haman (a direct descendent of the ancient Jewish enemy Amalek): all Jews in the kingdom were to be slaughtered on the fourteenth day of the upcoming Hebrew month of Adar. Men, women, and children would be destroyed, no survivors. The Jews of the kingdom gathered in prayer under the guidance of their leader Mordechai. They donned sackcloth and ashes in mourning. But the Jewish people had a secret weapon, one that had been put in place some time earlier: Mordechai’s niece, Esther, had been chosen out of all the beauties in the kingdom to marry King Achashverosh. Queen Esther lived modestly in the palace, keeping her Jewish identity and faith secret, but in this she had no choice but to act. When she heard of the decree, she fasted and prayed for three days. Then Queen Esther went before the king without being summoned. This was a selfless, extraordinarily brave act that would lead to her death unless Achashverosh stretched out his scepter in welcome. Miraculously, he did. 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

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

Researching African-American History

Harlem Renaissance artist Archibald J. Motley Jr.'s Black Belt, 1934
Black Belt, 1934 by Harlem Renaissance artist Archibald J. Motley Jr.

February is Black History Month, making it an excellent time to highlight some of the many resources in our collection related to African-American history, including some lesser known items like subject dictionaries and online videos.  Continue reading

2016 Survey Results: Responding To Your Responses

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In December, we ran our annual User Satisfaction Survey asking students, faculty, and staff about their experiences with Touro libraries over the past year. Your responses give us insight into how we can improve our services and offerings. We value your feedback, so we’d like to share some trends we noticed and our responses to the most common issues mentioned. Continue reading

On The Up & Up: Happy Lunar New Year!

2178-1265426617lu3kThe Lunar New Year, or “Chinese New Year” falls this year on Saturday January 28th. Traditionally, this holiday marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated throughout the course of a week (or longer), this year from 1/27 to 2/3, 2017 is the year of the rooster. Those born under the rooster are considered “are hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented.” During the holiday families clean their homes and gather for festive meals and revelry. Learn more about Spring Festival traditions in Celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Learning From One Another: 2017 Staff Meeting

Librarian Kirk Snyder demonstrates the new library app via iPad with the help of an Apple TV.
Librarian Kirk Snyder demonstrates the new library app via iPad with the help of an Apple TV.

The library staff meeting took place on January 24th, a rainy, windy, and cold day outside, however, inside the comradery of the staff warmed us up. In addition to staff from our NYC locations, the meeting included library staff from as far away as California and Nevada, and closer to home from NYMC and Middletown. Continue reading

Winter Library Staff Development Day

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While students are enjoying a little time off between semesters, it’s time for Touro Library Staff to take their place in the classroom for a day of professional development. Tomorrow, Tuesday January 24th, librarians and staff from all of our 12 NYC locations, plus colleagues from Nevada, California, Middletown, and the New York Medical College will be coming together at 500 7th Avenue to exchange updates and information.

To facilitate this process, some library locations will be closed during the day on Tuesday. Please call to confirm hours. 

What did the President say?

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Presidents Bush, Obama, GW Bush, Clinton, and Carter

With today’s Presidential Inauguration, I have been giving some thought to the speech every president gives on the historic day. Today, with the ability to live broadcast on TV and now also the internet, one is able to hear firsthand what a president says in real time. That is true. But what if you cannot catch the speech live? I strongly encourage you to go to the primary source and read a full transcript of the speech, rather than relying only on commentary online and in the news. Continue reading