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

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

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

Remembering Professor Richard Green

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Photo by Richard Green)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Photo by Richard Green)

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

Lessons from Evidence-Based Healthcare: Improving Library Services for Faculty Research

writing-828911_960_720Touro librarians are committed to continuously upgrading our knowledge and skills so we can best help our students and faculty.  This year it seems that a main theme of our professional development activities at the Bay Shore campus has been “Research.”  Our health science students are learning to practice Evidence-Based Healthcare, which involves incorporating the best research evidence available into clinical decision-making.  Finding the best research evidence available is one of the subjects that librarians are being asked to teach our students.  Looking back on the past year, we have attended an array of interesting and useful trainings on the topic of research so that we will be up to the task.  In the process, we have also learned skills that we feel can help our faculty with their research. 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

Finding Full-Text: Alternative to Article Linker

Frustrated trying to find full-text? Read on to learn a foolproof method! (image via flickr)

ArticleLinker can be a little temperamental, I admit. We’re working on getting some of the kinks ironed out, but if you do run into any issues, there’s an alternative method you should know about. If you know of an article that you’d like to track down, you can do so using the publication (journal, magazine, or newspaper) title. Continue reading