Hi everybody! It’s been a little bit since my last statistics post (just about one year, in fact), so it seemed high time for me to do another one of these. Today I’ll be focusing on October 2016 and March 2017, which were our two Affiliation Months this year. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, that’s when the library staff go and ask every person in the library what their program is, so that we can have a general sense of how our space is being used.
Still with me? Good!
This first chart is comparing the Affiliation Stats from October 2016 and March 2017. To gather this info, we chose 7 days out of each month (one Sunday, one Monday, etc. All were chosen randomly) and on those days went around 4 times a day. This is always an interesting comparison due to the different programs and the way they operate. Dental and Medical students were gearing up for board and class exams, so it’s no surprise that we would see so many extras in March. There was a jump in PA as well (new class means new exams!), but then we saw drops with Sackler, Friedman, MBS, and PHPD. So what happened there? It’s hard to say. Different timing on exams, different demands on the classes, all sorts of things can affect attendance in the library. Ultimately, March was still the busier month: we counted 3,327 people in March, but only counted 3,115 people back in October.
The thing to keep in mind is that these numbers are only a snapshot. To truly know what the individual program attendance in this library is like for a full month we would need to gather this data every single day for that entire month, and that is unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how much quiet you like) unrealistic for us. Do you know what is quite realistic, however? Collecting a month’s worth of circulation data!
Bam. That’s a full month of data right there! So what does this show us when compared to the Affiliation graph? Well for one, we can see that the space was occupied more than our things were being checked out to a point, which is actually pretty normal. People do like checking things out (skulls! laptops! books! phone chargers! oh my!), but the library keeps adding more and more space, making it easier to go and hide out and get your studying in.
But here are some thoughts: why are the numbers so similar? We never have had a 1-1 relationship between studying and circulation before, but parts of this are surprisingly close. What’s causing the numbers to fluctuate the way they do? Consider: we have exams in March and April, and Extended Hours at the end of March. Affiliation was overall higher (by 212 people), but Circulation was lower (by 249 checkouts). Weird, right?
There are many factors that affect all of these numbers, but I won’t be going into them in this post. There’s only so much space, and I still need to talk about the floors!
So. Dental students love the 7th floor. Surprise! Medical and MBS are also huge fans, so it looks like all of those new study carrels we added last summer really helped! Everybody else is spread rather evenly over the floors, although I do find it interesting that the PA students go up to 7 when they’re not in class (I guess to get away from the classrooms – can’t say I blame anyone). It’s good to see people like the furniture and spaces so much! Warms the heart (which is numbered and on a stand, and you can check out from the Library Service desk for 4 hours at a time. I’m not kidding).
The 7th floor has always been the most popular (generally about twice as popular as any of the other floors), and the breakdown after that is always fascinating. Medical students overwhelmingly prefer the 7th, followed by 6 – study quiet, which makes sense. Since the 4th and 5th floors offer some small group opportunities, those are split evenly. Dental may trend toward groups even more so than I used to think – perhaps that’s why there are so many up on 7, and then in decreasing order from 4, 5, and 6?
I would like to state that it is exciting to see Sackler, Friedman, PA, PHPD, and MBS showing up in larger and larger numbers. Hirsh Health Sciences Library is for everyone on the campus, and we want you all to feel welcome! That’s why we have so many study carrels, and the Collaboration Rooms, and craft days, and all the other things that make the days go round. And based on the posts from over the last few years, it seems like we’re only getting more and more popular, which is fantastic. Feel free to keep coming in bigger numbers, we have space for you all!
And on that uplifting note I will leave you for now. Perhaps I will be able to do a look at the full year’s numbers in a few months, so keep your eyes peeled. Until then: good luck with any exams you have left, and I’ll see you all around the library!
It’s Stress Less Week and we’re here to help! Join us at the Library Service Desk on Wednesday 4/26 from 3-4:30pm for a relaxing study break. Afternoon Tea won our Library March Madness Tournament last month, so what better way to help you de-stress than with your favorite thing?
The Wellness Advisor is also holding a number of other events this week, be sure to check them out!
Tuesday 4/25 at 4pm: Intro to Meditation, Sackler 812
Thursday 4/27 from 12-1pm: How to Live With Less Stress, Sackler 316
Friday 4/28 from 3-4:30pm: Ice Cream and Furry Friends, Jaharis Courtyard
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Hello everyone! This Monday (April 17th) is Patriots’ Day here in Boston, which means two things: the Boston Marathon, and holiday hours at HHSL!
The Library Service Desk on the 4th floor of Sackler will be open from noon to 7pm on Monday, April 17th. The Sackler building will have its regular hours for swipe access.
The Boston Marathon’s finish line is right outside the Boston Public Library, but the route stretches much further! If you’re interested in checking it out, the Boston Athletic Association has you covered.
So enjoy the long weekend and remember to stay hydrated!
Need a good luck charm to get you through finals? Want to give a friend a boost while they’re in a marathon study session? Then stop by the Library Service Desk on Thursday 4/13 and Friday 4/14 starting at noon! We’ll have all the supplies you need to make some motivational tokens for yourself or your friends. We have round and square glass gems, colored papers, paint pens, and Mod Podge. What more could you need? We may even drag out the button maker…
Hope to see you there!
On Sunday, April 23, 2017, a history of your ILLiad (interlibrary loan) requests older than January 1, 2014 will be deleted from your ILLiad account.
Please take a moment to look through your ILLiad Request history and save any requests that you would like to keep. To do this, log into your account and on the left-hand side menu, choose Request History. Click on the requests you would like to keep and either print out or copy the information to your own files.
Transaction deletions occur annually every spring semester. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The busiest time of the semester is here and Paws for People is coming to help you de-stress! On Thurs 4/6 from 3-5pm Hirsh will be hosting some of our favorite furry friends in the glass-walled room behind the cafe on Sackler 4. And, a a special treat, our canine visitors will be joined by some rabbits and a guinea pig! Hope to see you there!
When it comes to your thesis, dissertation, or other degree-fulfilling project, there’s a lot to consider and a lot to do. The library has created a new webpage providing links to various resources you may need along the way, such as to help you find other people’s theses, select a citation management tool, develop a data management plan, design a research study, search for articles on your topic, utilize images and figures, manage copyright, and more! Whether you’re at the planning, researching, writing, or submitting phase, we can assist, so check it out!
Spring is finally here! April is just the right time to re-fresh and re-charge your brain with our Open Workshops series!
Workshops are held on Tuesday 9-10am and then repeated on Wednesdays 4-5pm. Workshops are held in Sackler 510.
Registration for in-person sessions is encouraged: http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops
Please select the “Register” link if you would like to attend a workshop that is availble remotely via WebEx.
And remember, if you can’t make it to a workshop, you can also request a workshop on demand!
Measuring Research Impact
Want to know how many times an article has been cited, or find your h-index? Always wanted to know what journal Impact Factor is? In this workshop, we will show you how to find the number of times an article has been cited, create a citation report for a set of articles or an author, and compare citation statistics for authors, journals or articles in a particular field. We will also discuss emerging metrics (‘altmetrics’), such as the number of times an article has been viewed or downloaded. Finally, we will review the different metrics used to evaluate journals, and how to choose the right journal for your manuscript.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
9:00am -1 0:00am
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Visualizing Data with “R”: An Introduction
R is an open source programming language used to manipulate, analyze, and visualize data. Researchers and health professionals can use it to convey complex information in a manner that is easy to understand. The flexibility of R allows large amounts of data to be processed and represented in ways that spreadsheet programs cannot. This introductory workshop provides a brief overview of how R works and what it’s capable of. This session will end with a hands-on data visualization exercise utilizing a sample data set. No prior experience with R or programming languages is required.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
9:00am -1 0:00am
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Data Management Essentials
In this workshop, we will review best practices for naming, organizing, storing, and depositing your research data, as well as creating a Data Management Plan. Managing data before, during and after research is essential to ensure it remains accessible and usable.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
9:00am -1 0:00am
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Introduction to HTML and CSS
Coding is a crucial skill needed to succeed in a variety of disciplines. Learning Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) is no different. HTML is the code used to create web pages and Cascading Styling Sheets (CSS) is used to style them. This introductory workshop gives an overview of HTML and CSS with a hands-on exercise utilizing the text editor Notepad ++. No prior experience with web design is needed.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
9:00am -1 0:00am
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
4:00pm – 5:00pm
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