The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 month: Veterans Day

Flag in a 3D-printed holder, created at our Bay Shore Library

Here are some facts regarding our veterans:

  • 16 million Americans served in World War II
  • The youngest of WW2 veterans will be 90 this year (if they enlisted in 1945 at age 17)
  • At age 112, Richard Arvin Overton is the oldest verified World War II veteran
  • We are losing 372 WW II veterans per day
  • There are still about 496,77 veterans from WWII living

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To The Books! (A Nostalgia Story)

Dictionaries in the Midtown library.

When I was a child, the city had numerous filling stations.  Because of their ubiquity, the many companies were constantly in competition. In order to draw in customers, these establishments relied heavily on promotional offers.  Thanks to Sunoco, we had a full set of drinking glasses emblazoned with vintage cars.  Tonight, I will sip from the tumbler depicting a 1915 Studebaker.

Sunoco tumbler depicting a 1915 Studebaker car.
Sunoco tumbler depicting a 1915 Studebaker car.

Nowadays, the only gas station prize you might find is a fuel pump located in Manhattan.

In those bygone years, supermarkets also offered incentives to induce customer loyalty.  You could obtain an entire set of English bone china at Bohack’s  by making a purchase in the store. Get your dinner plate on week one, your salad bowl on week six, and don’t forget week 14, or you will miss the gravy boat.

The greatest prize of all, however, was a set of encyclopedias, offered at a nominal price. With a volume sold every week, the encyclopedia assured the store 26 return visits, one for each letter of the alphabet. It was presumed that frugal education-minded customers would return repeatedly in an effort to complete their sets.  Apparently, my parents were such customers. Continue reading

Columbus Day: Its Role and Significance in American History

Christopher columbus

For many of us, Columbus Day is remembered as a day in which we commemorate the discovery of the Americas by the Italian Renaissance explorer, Christopher Columbus.  The holiday falls on the second Monday of October, and it is a time in which many of us, except for government officials and bank employees, do not have the holiday off from our workday (unless we intentionally take the day off), though we manage to also commemorate the holiday by often watching the many parades that are prevalent on this day, or throwing a party.  For many Italian Americans, however, it is a quite special time for them to display their pride by dressing up, playing music, and of course, making lots of wonderful food. Continue reading

Volume & Issue Numbers Demystified

"What is a periodical?" video from Touro Libraries' forthcoming Savvy Researcher Video Series
What is a periodical?” video from Touro Libraries’ Savvy Researcher Video Series

If you’ve done research papers in the past, you’ve probably had at least one professor ask you to cite something called an academic journal article (or three). But what exactly is it that your instructors are looking for?

Well, to answer that question, first we have to talk about what librarians call “periodical literature.” This is just a fancy collective name for magazines, newspapers, and journals which are published on a recurring, periodic basis, perhaps daily, weekly, or monthly. Individual issues of an academic journal are usually identified by volume and issue numbers. While you might browse through the September 2015 issue of Rolling Stone at the dentist, you’re more likely to find Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol. 122, Issue 3, on the shelves of your college library.

All of the different numbers in journal article citations can be a little tricky to keep straight though, so let’s break it down another way. Think of your favorite TV show. Got it? Ok. So, I’m going to go with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In this case, the show had 7 yearly seasons of 22-ish episodes each. In terms of periodicals, that would be 7 yearly volumes of 22 issues each.

If my friend wanted to watch the silent episode of Buffy, I could direct him to season 4, episode 10. If I wanted to quote Patrick Shade’s scholarly analysis of the episode’s philosophical implications on communication theory in an essay, however, I would direct readers to Volume 6, Issue 1 of The Journal of the Whedon Studies Association in my citation.

On the topic of academic jargon, it’s worth mentioning that the opposite of a periodical in the library world is sometimes called a monograph — but in the rest of the world, we just call them books. To continue our analogy, books are more like movies. Sure, there might be a sequel or two – or new editions, in book terms – or it might be part of a series, but they are still essentially self-contained entities.

So now that you know that journal articles are identified by the journal they’re published in, and the particular volume and issue it appears in, hopefully, it will make them easier to identify and cite!

Visit the library homepage to choose a database to begin your search, or check out the Student Services page for more research help, like the difference between scholarly vs. popular periodicals.

Contributed by Chelsea DeGlopper, Former Instructional Design Librarian, Midtown

Why You Need Your Public Library

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One of the benefits of working at the Touro College Midwood Library is that if I walk out of the building and cross the street, I’m at the Brooklyn Public Library Midwood branch. Between the college library and the public library…I spend a LOT of my time in libraries. I have library cards for three different library systems (New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and my hometown library), and on a given day, I have five or six books out and a few more ordered from other locations. But if I already spend so much time in the Touro library, why do I need the public library? Continue reading

Extra! Extra! Read all about it: Midtown’s moving!


That’s right: The Midtown branch of the Touro Libraries is moving to a new building! Starting next week, we’ll be at 320 W. 31st St., surrounded by your classrooms, for easy access before and after your classes!


We’re excited to be right in the middle of the action and hope that our new facilities will provide a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for your questions, research, and studying.

We hope to see you there soon!

Instructional Support Checklist

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Do you have readings you’d like to make available to all your students online?

  • E-Reserves – Post electronic copies of course readings for your students. We’ll take care of the securing the copyright clearance and uploading the documents. Contact your chief librarian or fill out the e-reserves submission form to get started.
  • E-books and Databases – If you’re looking for easily accessible and low-cost materials for your classes, our ebook collections, and electronic databases are a great resource. Link directly to most books and articles from BlackBoard, Canvas or email.
  • Open Educational Resources – You can use many free resources in your class, including high-quality peer-reviewed textbooks with instructor material. Tell us which commercial textbook you would like to replace, and we will show you what’s available for your discipline. Contact

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The First Annual Mid-Atlantic Digital Commons User Group Meeting

Carrie Levinson giving a presentation at MADCUG
The author mid-presentation. Photo by Juliana Terciotti Magro.

I’ve attended quite a few conferences on many different topics relevant to librarianship, but never had the opportunity to help organize one. When several people on the Digital Commons Google Forum started to speak about putting together a group just for those institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region of the USA, I wanted in. Continue reading

Staff Profile: Brandon Harrington

Brandon, our new library assistant at Starrett City in Brooklyn

Where were you born?

I was born and raised in central Connecticut.

Where else have you lived?

I moved from CT to Newport, RI for undergrad. Before moving to New York, I lived in Providence, RI for a time.

What languages do you speak?

While my speaking skills outside of English are pitiful, I have reading proficiency in German and can manage reading Spanish, French, and Italian with a dictionary. I have a background in Latin and intend to return to it eventually. Continue reading