Posts by: Katherine Morley

September brings a ramp up in reading assignments, papers, exams…and our writing consultant is here to help! All appointments this semester will be virtual and the schedule for the fall is as follows:

Tuesdays: 10am-12pm

Thursdays: 10am-3pm

Sundays: 12pm-5pm

Registration for September is open, so sign up now!

The service is available to all Health Sciences graduate students on the Boston Campus. Sessions are 45 minutes long and you may sign up for one session per day, and up to two sessions per week. For more information about the help our Writing Consultant provides and what to expect at your appointment, please visit the FAQ section of our Writing Consultants Guide.

Happy writing!


The Hirsh Health Sciences Library’s Anti-Racism Reading Group is excited to announce our Fall Reading Series – and you’re invited! All meetings are held virtually on Zoom and are not recorded.

Through a series of three meetings held the first or second Friday of each fall month, we will learn, unlearn, and be inspired to take actions through our discussion of these readings:

  • September 10th, noon to 1pm EST
    What Is Race? by Whit Taylor
    Explore the meaning of race through a graphic medicine (comic) reading.
    Register here 

We are excited to announce the opportunity to earn a participation certificate through the Fall Reading Series. Attend at least 2 meetings and complete a post-series feedback survey to earn yours.

We hope you will register and join us!

Post contributed by Christina Heinrich, Andrea Kang, and Amanda Nevius

6th floor of library with study carrels

Our scenic 6th floor

It’s August and activity in the library is ramping up!  Now that many of you are returning after a break or visiting for the first time, we wanted to give you a little refresher on some basic information about the library spaces. As a reminder, masks are required everywhere in the building, except when eating.

You can find us on floors 4-7 of the Medical Education building. The basic rule of thumb is that the higher the floor is, the quieter it is.

The 4th floor is our main floor and the major hub of activity in the library. It’s not necessarily loud all of the time, but it sees a lot of foot traffic throughout the day between the cafe, Library Service Desk, printers, and open seating. We’d say this is your best bet for when you want to take a little break and socialize.

The 5th floor is much quieter than the 4th floor, but conversation is still allowed. We have a large classroom, two computer labs, the IT Walk-Up Desk, Data Lab, and public computers up here, so many people come and go throughout the day. Things tend to quiet down in the evening, however. The 5th floor is also home to our collaboration rooms. Beginning in September, groups of 2 or more will be able to reserve them for collaborative work again. You can read up on the poli\cies here. 

The 6th floor is our first official quiet floor. We have study carrels and small tables for independent quiet study. There are two large classrooms up there as well, and we’d like to remind those using the classrooms to remain quiet when they are out on the main floor.

The 7th floor is also a quiet floor and has many study carrels and small study rooms. These rooms aren’t soundproof, so please be sure to be mindful of your noise level when working in there. These rooms are not reservable and access is on a first-come, first-served basis for groups, who may ask lone occupants to vacate. Rooms unoccupied for more than 15 minutes become available even if belongings remain in the room.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at if you have any questions! We look forward to seeing you around the library!



Juneteenth 2021 Poster

The university has designated next Friday, June 18, 2021 as a Day of Reflection, Commitment, and Action for Racial Justice. In observance of this, Hirsh Library will not be holding online staffed hours. We encourage you to use the day to participate in the programming the University has put together. The day will begin at 9am with a keynote address by Dr. David Harris and will be followed by a series of breakout sessions. To learn more or register, please visit Tufts’ Juneteenth 2021 website.


Cover of the book Body and Soul

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library’s Anti-Racism Reading Group is excited to announce our Summer Reading Series – and you’re invited!

Through a series of three meetings held the second Friday of each summer month from noon to 1pm EST, we will learn, unlearn, and be inspired to take actions through our discussion of the book Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination by Alondra Nelson. An electronic copy of the book is available at no cost through the library.

All meetings held virtually on Zoom and are not recorded. Sessions will be held on June 11th, July 9th, and August 13th and you may come to whichever you wish. For example, you are welcome to join us in August, even if you did not in the previous months. You are also welcome to join us in June, even if you cannot in the following months.

Individual registration links for each session may be found on the Anti-Racism Reading Group website. We hope you will be able to register and join us.

Poster advertising Anti Racism Reading Group summer series

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Happy Commencement weekend class of 2021! All of us at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library applaud your hard-earned accomplishments, and we wish you the best in your future endeavors! You have finished your career at Tufts under extraordinary circumstances and while we’re sad we aren’t together to celebrate in person, we look forward hearing about all the great work you will do.

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Registration is now open for the fourth meeting of Hirsh’s Anti-Racist Reading Group. This next session will occur on Friday, May 21st from 12pm to 1pm EST. We are excited to announce the reading for our fourth session, an academic article about Asian American health data.

Discussion questions about the reading are forthcoming and will be posted in the document with the link to the reading a week in advance. Community guidelines will remain the same as the last sessions’ guidelines. However, as always, please feel free to reach out if you would like to add other guidelines!

Please follow this link to register for the event.

In past sessions, students, staff, and faculty from across the Boston campus have attended. The discussion has benefited from the sharing of perspectives from across disciplines and roles to understand and address racism in the health sciences. If you’re thinking about joining us—even for the first time—we welcome everyone within the Tufts community to join regardless of field or title!

We hope you’re able to join and look forward to the discussion!


Post contributed by Andrea Kang, Amanda Nevius, and Christina Heinrich



[Content Warning: race-based violence against BIPOC, particularly Asian communities]

May marks the start of Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month in the United States. While celebrating milestones and accomplishments of Asian communities is important, so is reflecting on the racialized violence that Asian communities have experienced in the past year and beyond. In order to aid in learning about how racialized violence against Asians has existed in the fabric of the United States, as well as how that impacts health disparities in Asian communities, we have created a new landing page in our Anti-Racism Resources Guide. This rotating landing page focusing on Asian communities also hopes to help highlight parallels between the sufferings of other marginalized communities in the United States in order to recognize the fact that all those who are minoritized are being harmed under the same systems of oppression of white supremacy.

On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 8 people were murdered in Atlanta, GA at two separate Asian spa locations. 6 of the 8 who were killed identified as Asian and all but one were women. While not all who were killed identified as Asian, many have voiced that these murders happened because a white man targeted Asian women specifically to eliminate his sexual temptations. (More reporting can be found online at the New York Times through this link).

These murders, however, are not the only violent acts that have been perpetrated in Asian communities. As the organization Stop AAPI Hate reports, out of the reported incidents alone, there have been 3,292 incidents in 2020 and 503 incidents that have occurred thus far in 2021 (for the National Report from Stop AAPI Hate and more, visit their website). This violence towards Asians have ranged from spitting, verbal abuse, death, and more. From the stabbing of a 36-year-old man in New York City’s Chinatown, to elder Xie Xiaozhen being punched in the face by a white man in San Francisco, to the murder of elder Vichar Ratanapakdee also in San Franciscoto children as young as 2 and 6 years old being stabbed at a Sam’s Club in Texas, many reports have gone viral. Furthermore, while these attacks have mostly occurred in East Asian and Southeast Asian communities, for decades, the Middle Eastern and South Asian communities have been targeted due to the 9/11 tragedyMost recently, the Sikh community was attacked in Indianapolis where 4 of 8 victims identified as Sikh. Many more Asians have suffered attacks without their stories being reported or cared about in mainstream media, at their schools, and at their workplaces.

These incidents of hate and violence are not happening in a vacuum.  The goal of the resources shared on our new landing page is to provide context for the racialized violence against Asians in the United States, explore its impact on the health sciences, and aid in unlearning these harmful practices.

As always, if you have suggestions on additions to the resource guide, please feel free to fill out the survey linked here.


Post contributed by Andrea Kang, Amanda Nevius, and Christina Heinrich


All of us here at Hirsh Library would like to give a warm welcome to new students starting this month! We’re delighted have met some of you already and are looking forward to meeting those we haven’t yet! While you might not see us physically in the library, we want to assure you that we are here to help virtually during online staffed hours. Please don’t hesitate to reach out via chat, email, or text if you have any questions.

Hope your semester is off to a good start!


Panicking about your personal statement? Feeling threatened by your thesis? Never fear, Writing Consultants appointments resume later this month!

Registration is now available for 45-minute long appointments, conducted over Zoom. This semester, appointments will be held on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10am-2pm, and Sundays from 1pm-5pm.

Spots go fast, so sign up now! Never met with a writing consultant before? Visit our Writing Consultants Guide for more information about what she can help with and how to prepare.

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