As we’ve seen in previous posts, Touro’s first library at 30 West 44th street in Manhattan’s Clubhouse District mirrored the growth of the school itself, starting out small but quickly picking up steam and showing signs of bigger and better things to come. Continue reading
The library at 65 Broadway is one of the newest libraries to open in the Touro system. The library opened in May 2009 at the Graduate School of Business and has since been serving students and faculty not only by helping meet their information needs, but also by providing a quiet, relaxing space to work. Continue reading
In the spring of 1975, Touro College saw its first class of 41 men graduate. That fall, as the young school entered its fifth year, designs were submitted for custom bookplates to be used in the steadily growing library. Rough sketches found in the Touro Archives show some of the designs that did not make the cut:
The personal Judaica collection of Touro College’s founder and long-standing first President, Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander, is available for all to use at the Lander College for Men in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens.
Shortly after the passing of Touro College founder and long-time President Rabbi Dr. Bernard Lander, of blessed memory, the Touro College Libraries were privileged to receive his personal library as a donation from the Lander family. His Judaica books were cataloged and given their rightful place of honor at the Lander College for Men.
With its many campuses, Touro College is fortunate to have a large staff of highly skilled information specialists to assist students at its libraries. Our dedicated professionals play a crucial role in students’ academic success, responding to their reference inquiries and guiding them in the use of the libraries’ ample electronic resources.
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.
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.
Exterior of Touro’s first home, at 30 West 44th Street. This image was used extensively in early promotional materials for the new college.
Have you seen the Touro library staff on step-stools in the stacks a lot lately? Do you hear beeping noises in the library? The Touro College Libraries are taking an inventory this summer. This requires us to scan the barcode of every single physical item in our collection. At the Bay Shore library, that is over 11,000 books, DVDs, VHS tapes and CD-ROMs. It is a time-consuming and tedious task but it is very important for keeping the collection in order and becoming aware of missing or mislabeled items. While doing inventory we ‘clean up’ too – dust the shelves, remove the occasional due date card left in a book, and identify items that need to be repaired or removed from the collection. A side benefit of doing inventory is the opportunity to get better acquainted with the collection. Over the past two years that I have worked in the Bay Shore library I have become familiar with the books and resources that are most widely used by our students and faculty, but being involved in the inventory gives librarians a chance to see some interesting titles that we may not have come across otherwise.