Staff Profiles: An Interview with Rita Stravets

Librarian Rita Stravets

Where were you born? 

I was born in a small town in Ukraine (former Soviet Union).

Where else have you lived?

I lived in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

What languages do you speak?

I speak Russian, English, Ukrainian, and understand Yiddish. Continue reading

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Staff Profiles: Meet Dora Isakova

Dora Isakova, Library Assistant

Hello, my name is Dora Isakova.  I moved to the US in 1997 from the former Soviet Union. I was born in Uzbekistan, in the city of Tashkent, and my native language is Russian. While in the former Soviet Union, I attended the Pedagogical Institute and received my BS in Education, after which I was certified as a teacher of elementary school and fine arts. In the US, I attended Touro College and received my BS in Human Services, with a concentration in Gerontology, in 2003. Continue reading

Staff Profiles: An Interview with Nino Rtskhiladze

Library Assistant Nino

My name is Nino Rtskhiladze (Tski-lad-ze), and I am the Library Assistant at Touro College Borough Park 45.

I was born in Georgia, and I live in New York with my family: My spouse and three teenage kids. I speak Georgian, Russian and English languages.

I graduated from Tbilisi State University in Georgia, where I got my BA in Oriental Studies. I also earned my MBA at GAU (Georgian American University).

I have worked at Touro college since February 27, 2017, and I really enjoy my job.

When I’m not working, I love to travel, read books, watch movies and spend time with my family. I love cooking and baking, but still, my favorite food is sushi. I love to play piano, and I also have a music education.

The latest thing I’ve read is An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser, but my favorite books since my earlier ages are Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

I always try to find positive sides even in the negative things, and I want to say to everyone: Never give up, and smile: life is beautiful!

A Trip to Seattle: The MLA 2017 Annual Conference

MLA ’17

Over Memorial Day weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the annual conference of the Medical Library Association in Seattle, Washington. I was there to present a poster on a study my NYMC colleagues and I are currently undertaking, and also to learn from other librarians about trends in the medical library field.

I had never been to an annual conference before, and I was amazed at how packed the schedule was. Luckily, MLA created an app just for the conference, in addition to their print program, which was invaluable in keeping track of all the sessions offered. From the opening ceremony Saturday night until the end of my poster presentation on Tuesday afternoon, I was constantly on the move from one interesting program to the next! It would take a veerrry long blog post to cover everything, so I’ll just go over some highlights of my trip. Continue reading

Bay Shore Welcomes New Librarian Keith Pardini

Vintage Long Island map, featuring Touro Bay Shore (source)
Vintage Long Island map, featuring Touro Bay Shore (source)

How’s it going Touro Community! My name is Keith, and I’m the newest librarian at the School of Health Sciences in Bay Shore. For those of you unfamiliar with our Long Island campus, here at Bay Shore we cater to both undergraduate and graduate students who are primarily enrolled in health sciences fields. The majority of students pursue programs such as: Biology, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician’s Assistant. The school also offers programs in Education and Special Education. Continue reading

Turning Over an Old Leaf

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Up and at ’em! (Image: Pinterest)

At 4:30 AM, on the morning of January 3rd, I swung my tired legs over the edge of my bed, dragged myself onto my feet, struggled into the sweats and sneakers I’d laid out the previous evening, forced a caffeinated pre-workout drink down my throat and stumbled out my door into the quiet chilly darkness. Continue reading

53rd Street Library: An Interview with Leib Klein

Student artwork in the halls
Student artwork in the halls

How many years have you been working at this site?

20+ years. I started off part-time, but then became a full-time librarian. I have also worked occasionally at the Avenue J location.

Entrance to Boropark 53rd Street
Entrance to Boro Park 53rd Street

What is the name of your site and where is it located?

It’s the Boro Park 53rd Street Library at the School of Lifelong Education. We’re located at 1273 53rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219. Contact us by phone at 718-871-6187 x30017.

What is the history of your site?

The School of Lifelong Education (SLE) Program was established in 1989. Associate and Bachelor degrees are offered.

For a brief period, the SLE moved to 45th Street, but then we returned to 53rd Street. Continue reading

Brighton Beach Library: An Interview with Bella Reytblat

What is the name of your site and where is it located?

The Brighton Beach branch is located in south Brookyn at 532 Neptune Avenue. The location is convenient by public transportation, including the B, Q & F subway lines, plus several buses.

How many years have you been working at this site? Continue reading

Machon L’Parnasa: An Interview with Abin Thakuri

The library at Machon L'Parnasa/School for Lifelong Learning
The library at Machon L’Parnasa/Institute for Professional Studies

What is the name of your site and where is it located?

It’s the library for Machon L’Parnasa/Institute for Professional Studies, sometimes referred to as the Boro Park 45th Street library. We’re located in Borough Park neighborhood, which is situated just south of the Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, at 1301 45th Street. We are situated between the D and F subway lines, but I usually walk or bike to work. I live not too far away and like to get some extra exercise now that I don’t play soccer every day anymore. Continue reading