A swallow visits the LCW library: What we can learn “from the birds”

LCW gets an unexpected visitor

The other day at Lander College for Women, a bird flew into the building. We were advised to close the door of the library to prevent the bird from flying in during the window of time it took to catch and release the bird into freedom. We did not want our visitor, the bird dubbed Larry, to build a nest in our books! The excitement of the “bird alert” reminded me of the important metaphor that birds serve in various texts. Continue reading

Reflect, Set, Go

courtesy of Touro College Libraries Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/tourolibraries
Courtesy of Touro College Libraries Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tourolibraries

We are getting closer to or in the midst of inter-session, that time between semesters. While you may not realize it, this time period can be significant. It marks either a rest before continuing on in your studies, a break to reflect on all you’ve learned before you head to graduation, or even a time before you head out to conquer a new goal (like enrolling in graduate school or obtaining your Bachelor’s degree). It is the time to recharge the batteries and to take stock of one’s accomplishments.  Perhaps even to get ready for something entirely new! Continue reading

With A Little Help From Our Friends

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Scholarship shared, one book at a time (photo by Victoria Reyz, Library Assistant)

I’m not a big fan of numbers, but here’s one I found to be interesting.  In the calendar year 2013-2014, Touro Libraries added 8,364*  new books to our holdings.  (“Holdings” – from the language of librarianship, meaning stuff we own.)  That’s a load of books.  For the most part, these were items which we purchased, selected by site librarians to support classes taught at their specific Touro locations.  (For example, Midtown has strength in education, Jewish studies, social work, psychology, clinical medicine, and profession specific literature for physician assistants, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. To see the strengths of your location, find it on the list, then click on “more information”.) Continue reading

Sometimes You Have to Go Old School: In Praise of Print Journals

I love a good e-Journal.  It’s the best thing since sliced bread.  (I know.  I said the same thing about Wikipedia.  Call me fickle.)  There is nothing that matches the instantaneous acquisition of information.  (Gee.  I have SO much research to do.  Click. Click. Click. OK, I’m done now.)  But sometimes, an e-Journal just won’t do you justice.  Here’s why… Continue reading