2017 Customer Satisfaction Survey: The Results Are In! (Part I)

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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. We strive to provide the best possible service, so your feedback is very important to us. Check out the results of the survey below, and let us know any additional thoughts you have in the comments.

We are very happy to announce that over 94% of you said that the service Touro Libraries provide meets or exceeds “your expectations for an excellent library.” We had 205 respondents this year. So thank you for your positive feedback!

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Have You Heard Any Good Books Lately? (Part 2)

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Audiobooks Can Be Moving

I am a late adopter of all things technological. I am not saying I am opposed to it; it’s more like I’m not exposed to it. So when Dr. Marianne Cooper, Professor Emeritus of Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, insisted that listening to audiobooks is considered “reading”, I insisted otherwise.  I refused to believe that listening to a book was more than a shortcut taken by those either unable or unwilling to read an ACTUAL book.  Despite this, an online search revealed that while some believe listening to a book is cheating, the brain processes audiobooks and text similarly.  Good to know!  So, for the purpose of this blog posting, I decided it is time for my brain to give audiobooks a chance, and to recount my experience with them to you.

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New Staff Profile: Natasha Hollander

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Lander College for Women Librarian Natasha Hollander

Where else have you lived? 

I grew up in Staten Island until I was around 10 years old when my father’s job took us to Maryland.  I lived there until I was about 21, then moved back to the New York area but settled in Brooklyn instead of Staten Island because of its proximity to the city and its large center of Jewish life.

What languages do you speak?

I speak English (obviously) and am conversant in Hebrew; my understanding far outweighs my speaking ability when it comes to conversational Hebrew. I also can sign a little bit in ASL (American Sign Language). Continue reading

How to live with the “beef allergy”

 

lonestartickI have lived in eastern Long Island for 31 years. I have always had cats and our yard always has had a Disney level of wildlife pass through. We are located right by the Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area formerly known as the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), which has 6000 acres to walk and bike ride. This area was an extension of my yard. Some years, there would be bad tick years. Now, it is just bad all the time. We don’t go biking or hiking anymore. I do my best not to leave my deck and do not walk around my yard to reduce my tick exposure. Continue reading

Be the Head not the Tail: Symbolism and the Food of Rosh Hashanah

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The first time I celebrated Rosh Hashanah in Israel I received the shock of my life. I was with my sister in the grocery store shopping for the holiday and right before us was the head of a sheep: teeth, eyes and all…I’m not going to lie: I might have become a squeamish girl for a few seconds, then I was intrigued.

“They use this?” I asked my sister.

“Wild, isn’t it?” she said.

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Memorial Day: Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers

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A video from Military.com

Memorial Day will be observed on Monday May 29th. In 2000, the U.S. Congress and President Clinton enacted the “National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579. According to Military.com, “The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: ‘It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.'”

Which Way to the Bookstore?

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If I had a nickel for every time a student walked into the Midtown library expecting to buy a textbook, I’d have a pocketful of change. Why do they come to this place, where shelves are lined with so many books, yet I cannot sell them a single one? Doesn’t that sound like a bibliophile’s bad riddle? (OK. Here’s one. What do you get when a librarian tosses a billion books into the ocean? …A title wave!) No seriously, where is the bookstore? Continue reading

Highlighting Recent Arrivals

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Librarians love books (and cats!). And we especially love acquiring more and more books. I would like to highlight a few of the library’s newly acquired titles that piqued my interest and that I’m sure will be of use to the Touro community. These are just a small percentage of the many titles Touro Library has added to our collection this month. Continue reading