Bother A Librarian Today

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A librarian’s dream: Patrons lining up at the reference desk! (image via NYPL Digital Collections)

“I hate to bother you, but…”

Just stop right there.

Librarians want to be bothered.

We are waiting for your questions.

Each question is an adventure. You ask for help; we go on a quest to seek the information. The puzzle to figure out the best keywords to pull up better articles is a mystery to be solved.  Continue reading

Interlibrary Loan

I am a library assistant at Touro College’s Midwood Campus. But I am also Touro’s coordinator of interlibrary loans. This service allows all Touro sites to share our resources and to exchange information with institutions outside the Touro College Library system. Even though the Midwood library has an extensive collection of books, periodicals, video tapes, CD-ROMs and DVDs there is always something we do not have. However, we can get almost anything if it is available to the public, and sometimes even if it is in a private collection. Continue reading

The TCL Time Machine: Touro’s First Library (Part 1 of 2)

When Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander set about to establish Touro College over forty years ago, one of the first and most formidable challenges he faced was securing a building to house the new school.  In a densely populated and high-priced city like New York, this was no easy task.  After considering other locations, he was able to obtain an historic 11-story building at 30 West 44th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues in Manhattan.

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Exterior of Touro’s first home, at 30 West 44th Street. This image was used extensively in early promotional materials for the new college.

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Open Until Midnight

Extended hours for Finals Spring 2013For the next three weeks, the Bay Shore campus Library will be open until midnight on selected dates.  There are a total of 7 dates that the library will be open late.  The dates were carefully selected to coincide with the largest number of final exams.  The final exam schedules for all of our degree programs were taken into consideration when choosing the dates.  This is only the second term in which we are experimenting with extended hours during finals.  We will be keeping statistics to see if the service is utilized enough to continue to offer it.  So come on down to your library to study late!  And give us your feedback on our extended hours during finals.

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