As we prepare for a new semester, we’d like to share the libraries’ many instructional support services available to Touro faculty. If you’d like assistance with something you don’t find on this list, don’t hesitate to ask! Continue reading
The Embedded Librarian program is a growing service offered by the Touro College Libraries. Like embedded journalists who travel straight to the heart of the action, embedded librarians meet students at the point of need during the learning process, wherever they are. Particularly helpful in online courses, a dedicated librarian is matched with each participating class to provide assistance at targeted points throughout the semester. Continue reading
Don’t worry. I’m not trying to get all up in your business, but I’ll have to ask you some probing questions. You may find it a bit off-putting. You may even be a little offended. Perhaps you haven’t done this with anyone before. There is a first time for everything, and darling, your time is now. I will take care of you. You have no reason to fear. Continue reading
David B Levy, librarian at Lander College for Women, loves serving LCW students, whom he believes possess great derekh eretz (manners), middot tovot (character traits), and pleasantness. David cherishes Torah lishma (learning for its own sake), as described in the TC Philosophy of Education LibGuide. Continue reading
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
Touro College quickly built a solid foundation after admitting its charter class of 35 students in 1971. The first graduates received their diplomas in 1975, and the school continued to grow and flourish, slowly but surely. The library was then manned by a staff of five, including Touro’s first Director of Libraries, Max Celnick, two assistant librarians, and two library aides.
You may have noticed a new link on the Touro Libraries’ homepage. Underneath the traditional entry point for student research, our For Students page, there is now a complementary option called “LibGuides.” A contraction of library research guides, LibGuides is a great place to get started finding information for that research paper or class presentation.
If Google can sometimes seem like a mind-reading magical genie, Databases are more like that persnickety substitute teacher who insists you ask “May I” instead of “Can I go to the restroom?” But don’t let that scare you away! Although databases might be a little bit more particular about how you enter your searches, once you become familiar with a few key features, you’ll be able to pull up dozens of relevant, credible, academic articles in far less time than it would take to sift through millions of questionable Google results.
Fast Track to Better Student Research
The ability to perform research and incorporate the findings into an established base of knowledge to produce a written report is a foundational skill of higher education. Many students struggle with this task, understandably overwhelmed by the wealth of information made available by the Internet and other electronic resources, as well as the details of academic conventions. In an effort to help professors address the needs of these students, librarians have provided library instruction sessions, web resources, and individual assistance. Touro libraries are pleased to announce an additional tool now at our college’s disposal. We have recently created an independent information literacy and library skills tutorial available via Blackboard.