Find Free Scholarly Research with Open Access Repositories

Here at Touro, like most colleges and universities, our students and faculty rely on peer-reviewed, scholarly journal articles to conduct their research. Touro Library subscribes to a large number of scholarly journals which can be accessed through our many databases. We think we’ve got things pretty well covered, but still, we are working on expanding our reach and offering the best access to peer-reviewed scholarly literature we possibly can. One area we are looking for this is in Open Access (OA). OA refers to material that is published online, for free, without most copyright and licensing restrictions. Much of it is published under a Creative Commons license. It is important to note that OA material is published with the full consent of the copyright holder, not pirated in any way. Scholarly journal publishing has never been a money-making endeavor for the writers so they are not giving up any kind of financial benefits by publishing OA. For more information on the various business models used by OA journals, and anything else you might want to know about OA, see Peter Suber’s excellent Open Access Overview.       Continue reading

Highlighting Recent Arrivals

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(CC0 image via Kaboom Pics)

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

Discovering Beauty in the Stacks: Book Design by Ernst Reichl

Ernst Reichl, Designer (1900-1980) (photo via Design Observer)
Ernst Reichl, Designer, 1900-1980 (photo via Design Observer)

Book design is something thought about by admittedly few readers. When we pick up a book, don’t we just want to read the words on its pages without distraction or difficulty, without thinking about aesthetics or visual harmony? In other words, read without being consciously aware of the process of reading? Well, yes! This is almost always the case. This is also what book designers are typically trying to accomplish when they select or create a typeface and make decisions about size, line spacing and page layout. Any book in a reader’s hands is the result of many aesthetic decisions which are, paradoxically, meant to go unnoticed. In fact, there is a maxim that says you shouldn’t notice good design. So there is good reason after all that we, as readers, don’t often think about book design.     Continue reading

Too much text?

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Videos can offer a break from a heavy reading load, refreshing your mind and allowing you to refocus your attention. If last week’s lecture is fuzzy in your memory, you will likely be able to find a video on your topic to help refresh the material in your mind. Video clips can also be extremely useful in giving oral presentations.  Continue reading

Staff Profile: Kirk Snyder

kirkGreetings Touro community! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Kirk Snyder, and I am the new afternoon and evening Librarian at Touro College Midwood/Flatbush. I come to Touro from New York Public Library’s Harlem Library. Though I love public libraries, I am very excited to be in an academic library where I can help facilitate students’ and professors’ research. Continue reading