Shark and swimmer

Image Source: https://pixabay.com/en/people-person-man-male-water-sea-1099803/

What do NBC Sports, Fox News, and the New York Post have in common? They all made an announcement that Michael Phelps will be participating in the 29th season of Shark Week. Sure, NBC sports and the New York Post don’t agree on whether or not he will be racing a shark, but it’s clear that the Discovery Channel wants to do something special.

With Shark Week almost a month away, there are plenty of things you can do to get ready:

  1. Discovery Channel has compiled a place where you can view video clips from last year, browse their Sharkopedia to learn new things and look at what it means to be a Shark Finbassador.
  2. Request a copy of the movie Jaws , Open Water, or The Shallows from the library catalog.
  3. Stream shark videos on Kanopy.
  4. Read Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand.
  5. Learn about shark cartilage on MedlinePlus.
  6. Watch one of our favorite clips from Jaws.
  7. Hop on Pinterest and make a shark craft. (If you do this, please share your creations via Twitter @TuftsHHSL )

 

The count down to Discovery Channel’s Shark-Week has begun!

Will you be watching shark week this year?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

 

 

 

 

Please join us in welcoming our newest Research and Instruction Librarian, Christina Heinrich! Christina just moved to Boston from Chicago and has previously worked at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. She is also a recent graduate of the University of Illinois School of Information. Christina will be the primary outreach liaison to the pre-clinical medical students.  Please say hello if you see her around the library!

June 17, 2017 is the 242nd anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, an event we mark in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Bunker Hill Day. It falls on a Saturday this year, so why not take the opportunity to visit some historic sites and learn more?

  • Visit the Bunker Hill Monument for the “Decisive Day” guided tour offered by the Boston National Historic Park, which departs daily every half hour.
  • There are also special Bunker Hill Day tours at the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy.

If you don’t have time to get out this weekend, here are the Top Ten Things You Should Know About Charlestown and the Battle of Bunker Hill according to our Head of Research & Instruction and Charlestown denizen, Becky Morin

1) The Battle of Bunker Hill was mostly fought on Breed’s Hill. That’s where the Monument is. Bunker Hill is actually taller and steeper, and is home to the lovely Saint Francis de Sales, a beautiful Roman Catholic church dedicated in 1862. If you don’t know which hill is which, we know you’re a tourist.

Bunker Hill Monument and Col. William Prescott statue

By Siddharth Mallya. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

2) Charlestown was actually not part of the City of Boston when the Battle took place. Charlestown is OLDER than Boston (as any proud Townie will gladly inform you), and did not become part of the City until 1874.

3) Charlestown is where Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride really kicked off. He was ferried in a rowboat from Boston, landing near the Charlestown Battery, and picking up a horse from his friend Deacon John Larkin, a lifelong Charlestown resident.

4) There is debate as to why the Colonial forces fortified Breed’s Hill instead of Bunker Hill, although many think it is because Breed’s Hill is closer to Boston. The British had planned the siege to capture Bunker Hill, as they wanted to dig in fortifications on the area’s highest points.

5) It took the British three attempts to capture Breed’s Hill, even though their numbers were far greater than the Colonial forces.

6) Charlestown burns during the Battle, the first of two major fires to strike the community.

7) Proud Charlestown residents still fly the Bunker Hill Battle Flag.

Bunker Hill Flag

By DevinCook at English Wikipedia, via Wikimedia Commons

8) While the British defeat the Colonists at the Battle of Bunker Hill, they suffer severe casualties and the Siege of Boston comes to a stalemate.

9) The Bunker Hill Monument (which you now know is on Breed’s Hill) is 221 feet tall and was completed in 1842.

10) Beloved French hero of the American Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette, is said to be buried beneath a sprinkling of soil from Bunker Hill, procured by his son.

Want More?

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-true-story-of-the-battle-of-bunker-hill-36721984/
http://charlestownhistoricalsociety.org/history/historic-timeline/
https://www.masshist.org/revolution/bunkerhill.php
https://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jun17.html

Hirsh was in desperate need of a proper New Books section to live up to its name, and at long last it’s here. So the next time you’re on the 4th floor of the Sackler building, be sure to stop by and browse the latest titles that have been added to our collection.

As always, if there’s a book we don’t have that you think we should own, please do let us know by recommending a purchase.

Tagged with:
 

As June (finally) brings us some summer weather, the Library would like to shine some light on a new development that’s been in the works behind-the-scenes.

While you’ve been taking exams and writing theses and starting your clerkship rotations, we’ve been getting ready to launch a new Integrated Library System and Discovery Platform! Which means that the way you search for items to check out, and the way we manage those items behind the desk is about to change.

On June 21, join us as we launch a new iteration of JumboSearch, a brand new way to search for books, articles, and other materials the library provides (including electronics, peripherals, and online books and journals).

You may notice some differences as you search, log in to your account, and access materials from off-campus, but everything you’re accustomed to will still be available. The only major difference is that if you were using Reading History in our current system, that information won’t migrate (so contact us for help!).

Watch this space for more information!

Questions? Contact us @ hhsl@tufts.edu.

Tagged with:
 


Studying abroad or plan to travel overseas for research or vacation? The Tufts University community has access to Mango Languages, which you can use to learn over 70 different languages! You can complete lessons on the website or download the free app on your mobile device to practice on the go.

To access, log in here with your Tufts credentials, then choose quick start to use the web interface as a guest, or create your own personal profile with a separate Mango login to save your customized language tutorials.

To use the mobile app, download it from the App store or Play store and log in using the login you used to create your personal profile.

 

Post contributed by Berika Williams

(c)Flickr user Josue Goge, licensed under Creative Commons

It’s never too late for learning! If you will be around campus this summer and would like to enhance your research skills, we’d be happy to help! The Hirsh Library offers “Workshops on Demand”. We will work with you to create a workshop to meet you (and your group’s) specific learning needs.

To learn more about “Workshops on Demand” visit: http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops/workshops-on-demand

Also, check out the following list of resources for learning new skills, or brushing up some old ones:

 

Kanopy
http://www.library.tufts.edu/ezproxy/ezproxy.asp?LOCATION=Kanopy
“Kanopy is a service providing streaming videos for educational purposes. Major subjects covered include: the arts, business and training, health sciences, media and communication, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education. Users can search, browse, and see previews of videos.”

Lynda.com
https://www.lynda.com/

“6,001 courses in Business, Technology and Creative Skills taught by industry experts.” To access a course, go to “Sign-In” on the upper right-side of the screen and select “Sign in with your organization portal.” Under “Enter your organization’s URL to log in through their portal” type, “tufts.edu”in the search box (not your UTLN!).

Mango languages
http://www.library.tufts.edu/ezproxy/ezproxy.asp?LOCATION=MangoLanguagesAcademic
“Designed to give users comprehensive conversational language and grammar skills. The basic course (10 lessons) focuses on polite greetings and small talk and is perfect for patrons who are planning a short trip to a foreign country, or for those who want to get a taste of a foreign language and culture.”

Safari
http://www.library.tufts.edu/ezproxy/ezproxy.asp?LOCATION=PQSaTeBoOn
“Safari Books Online is the premier on-demand digital library providing over 43347 technology, digital media, and business books and videos online to academic and library users. ”

 

 
Movie Popcorn and Candy

Image Source: https://pixabay.com/en/popcorn-cinema-ticket-film-1433327/

Which do you prefer?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

 

Is it just us or have a lot of books been making appearances on the big screen lately? Rolling Stone just released their 2017 Summer Movie Preview and we couldn’t help but notice that one of Stephen King’s books made the list. On August 4, 2017,  The Dark Tower, the first installment of an adaptation of King’s  Dark Tower series will hit theaters (Check out the trailer on Youtube). The film is technically a continuation of the novels, but will draw on elements from the The Gunslinger, the first book in the series. Borrow a copy from us and read the book first!

Interested in other movies that were books written by Stephen King? Check out his website for a complete movie list from A to Z.

 

 

We are closed Monday May 29th, 217 for Memorial Day.

Image Source: https://pixabay.com/en/wwii-memorial-stars-world-war-ii-1377519/

 

In honor of Memorial day, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be closed on Monday May 29th, 2017. We will be open regular hours Friday May 26th, Saturday May 27th and Sunday May 28th and will be ready to help you with all your information needs on Tuesday May 30th. We hope that you have a restful day off and remember to pause for a moment of silence at 3:00 pm in memory of those who fought for our freedom.

Tagged with:
 

We have had a cold, wet spring season this year, but summer is just around the corner. Whether you’re looking for a novel to take to the beach, or one to accompany you when hiding from the heat, below is a small selection of the latest titles to be added to our Leisure Reading collection. These and many more can be found on the 4th floor of the Sackler building.

 

The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Rules of Civility  by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

 

As always, if there’s a book we don’t have that you think we should own, please do let us know by recommending a purchase.

Tagged with: