Richard Green, one of the most beloved faculty members at Touro College, passed away quite un-expectantly in February 2015. Two years have passed but I still vividly remember his intense eyes, rich voice, and most importantly his passion for his students and teaching. His constant mission to find better ways of teaching and making learning easier and more pleasant was contagious. After every rather overwhelming conversation with him, I would get revitalized and would start thinking of how we could improve our teaching methods in the library so students better understand and take advantage of the many resources available to them for free. Continue reading
If you haven’t yet heard, we’re about to launch an updated, totally redesigned and mobile-friendly version of our library website. In preparation for its reveal, I thought I’d look back over the decades to see how the library homepage has evolved. Our website has gone through many incarnations since its inception in 1995. The first version I could dig up (shared here before) featured just ten links and a punchy hot pink welcome in to students in 1998. Continue reading
Four years ago Touro College Libraries debuted its digitization of David Tidhar’s 19-volume Encyclopedia of the Founders and Builders of Israel, which can be found at www.tidhar.tourolib.org. This valuable resource is used by scholars and historians worldwide as well as by the Touro community. Recently, the Encyclopedia reached 1 million hits, and the views continue to grow. Continue reading
Getting started in the Archives, with over 60 very large cartons…and a stack of steno pads, seen at lower right in the foreground.
When I first began organizing the papers of Touro College founder Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander, I was faced with a variety of documents and information, in an array of formats spanning several decades. Not surprisingly for an institution which started in the 1970s, much of the early history was on paper – photocopies, typewritten originals and handwritten, or longhand notes.
The library at 65 Broadway is one of the newest libraries to open in the Touro system. The library opened in May 2009 at the Graduate School of Business and has since been serving students and faculty not only by helping meet their information needs, but also by providing a quiet, relaxing space to work. Continue reading
In the spring of 1975, Touro College saw its first class of 41 men graduate. That fall, as the young school entered its fifth year, designs were submitted for custom bookplates to be used in the steadily growing library. Rough sketches found in the Touro Archives show some of the designs that did not make the cut:
The personal Judaica collection of Touro College’s founder and long-standing first President, Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander, is available for all to use at the Lander College for Men in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens.
Shortly after the passing of Touro College founder and long-time President Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander, of blessed memory, the Touro College Libraries were privileged to receive his personal library as a donation from the Lander family. His Judaica books were cataloged and given their rightful place of honor at the Lander College for Men.
Touro College quickly built a solid foundation after admitting its charter class of 35 students in 1971. The first graduates received their diplomas in 1975, and the school continued to grow and flourish, slowly but surely. The library was then manned by a staff of five, including Touro’s first Director of Libraries, Max Celnick, two assistant librarians, and two library aides.
When Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander set about to establish Touro College over forty years ago, one of the first and most formidable challenges he faced was securing a building to house the new school. In a densely populated and high-priced city like New York, this was no easy task. After considering other locations, he was able to obtain an historic 11-story building at 30 West 44th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues in Manhattan.
Exterior of Touro’s first home, at 30 West 44th Street. This image was used extensively in early promotional materials for the new college.