Posts by: Katherine Morley

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The summer is in full swing and our first July Writing Consultants appointments are this Thursday,7/19. Some sessions are still available for this week and next, so sign up today! And act fast–registration will close 24 hours before the start of each session.

Hello and welcome to all the new residents starting this summer! We are looking forward to meeting you and helping you with any research questions or information needs that you might have. Stop by the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor of the Sackler building to check out materials, get help finding resources, or just to say hello!

Need remote help? Just Ask Us by email, chat, phone, or text!

A quick reminder about library access: at library orientation, you were given a temporary access number, but keep your eyes on your inbox for instructions on setting up your Tufts account and username. That will be your permanent way of accessing library resources from off-campus.

Have additional questions about setting up your Tufts username and password? Contact Tufts Technology Services at 617-627-3376 or at it@tufts.edu and they will be able to assist you.

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So the 4th didn’t fall so that we got a 3-day weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun this Wednesday! There are still tons of fun events happening throughout the area and the forecast is clear for tomorrow night’s fireworks! Here are our suggestions for how to enjoy a happy and healthy holiday:

The quintessential Boston 4th of July celebration is the Boston Pops performance and fireworks show on the Esplanade. Visit the official event website for a rundown of the schedule and more event details. CBS Boston has also put together a handy guide with viewing location suggestions and other useful tips. Our favorite tip? Go to the rehearsal concert tonight (Tuesday) to enjoy the music and find a less hectic spot to watch the fireworks on Wednesday.

For activities with an educational bent, head down to Boston Harborfest. Dedicated to celebrating Boston’s harbor and history, it’s the largest 4th of July festival in the country and features tons of activities and tours, some free and some paid.  Here’s the full schedule.

Don’t want to fight the crowds for Boston fireworks on the 4th? Newton and Waltham will also have fireworks displays on Wednesday 7/4 and Somerville with have them on Thursday 7/5. If you’re interested in going farther afield, here’s a list of all the fireworks displays planned for Independence Day celebrations in MA.

 

Wherever and however you decide to celebrate, we hope you have a happy, healthy, and safe Independence Day. And don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

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Working on a cover letter? Stumped about starting your personal statement? Finishing up your thesis? Never fear, Health Sciences Writing Consultants is here! We will be interrupting our usual summer hiatus to bring you two special Thursdays in July where our consultant will be available to advise you on your writing projects.

On 7/19 and 7/26, there will be four appointments available between 11am and 2pm. Registration will open on July 2nd and close 24 hours before each session. Be sure to mark your calendar and check back next month to register! For more information, please visit our Writing Consultants LibGuide.

Regular sessions will resume in mid-August so stay tuned! In the meantime, you can visit our Resources page for recommended books and websites that will help you with a variety of writing projects.

 

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The semester may be over, but there are still plenty of opportunities to learn. If you’re on campus this summer and would like to enhance your research skills, we’re here to help! We offer Workshops on Demand for groups of two or more. Let us know what skill or resource you are interested in learning more about and we will work with you to create a workshop to meet your group’s specific learning needs. Visit our Workshops on Demand page to learn more about the areas in which we can offer workshops or to request a workshop.

Want to do something on your own time? Tufts offers a number of resources of self-directed learning.

Here is a selection of our favorites:

Kanopy

“Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies and provides access to more than 26, 000 films and documentaries across diverse subjects and disciplines. Major subjects covered include: the arts, business and training, health sciences, media and communication, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education.’

Lynda.com

Lynda offers online video courses and tutorials in a wide variety of subjects, from Excel to excelling at public speaking. You can watch one video to learn how to do a specific task or follow a multi-course learning path to gain skills in a broader topic.

Mango Languages
“Mango Languages is 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.” You can complete lessons on the website or download a free app for your mobile device.

Safari
“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. ”

 

Happy learning!

 

Here at Hirsh, we’re fans of unusual national holidays–particularly when there’s a sweet treat involved! May 31ist is National Macaroon Day, apparently, and since our Associate Director Debbie makes a mean macaroon, we wanted to share the recipe she uses. She got it from a friend, who uses this recipe from Food & Wine Magazine. With only 5 ingredients, it’s easy to put together and even easier to eat!

Coconut Macaroons
One 14-ounce bag sweetened shredded coconut
One 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted (baker’s note: I use Callebaut)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine the coconut with the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. In another bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites with the salt until firm peaks form. Fold the beaten whites into the coconut mixture.
  2. Scoop tablespoon-size mounds of the mixture onto the baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Bake in the upper and middle thirds of the oven for about 25 minutes, until golden; shift the sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Transfer the baking sheets to racks and let the cookies cool completely
  3. Dip the bottoms of the macaroons into the melted chocolate, letting any excess drip back into the bowl. Return the cookies to the lined baking sheets. Drizzle any remaining chocolate on top and refrigerate for about 5 minutes, until set or leave some plain.

Before you bake, read up on the history of macaroons over on the UC Davis Integrative Medicine website.

Bon appetit!

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We are sad to share the news that tomorrow, Friday 5/25, will be Paige’s last day at Hirsh!

Paige completed her MS in Library and Information Sciences at Simmons this past winter and we are excited to announce that she has accepted a full time research & instruction librarian position at the Dartmouth College Biomedical Libraries!

Since joining the staff at Hirsh in March 2017, she has been not only a friendly face at the Library Service Desk but has served as a valued member of the PR committee and has been an essential contributor to the development and revision of curriculum in several programs. She has also led workshops and helped to improve policies and procedures on the Service Desk.

We wish her all the best as she takes this big step forward in her career! We will miss having her on our staff  but look forward to working with her as a member of the greater New England health sciences library community.

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Graduates Applauding at Commencement, 1990. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA. http://hdl.handle.net/10427/35160

Congratulations Class of 2018! All of us at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library applaud your hard-earned accomplishments and we wish you the best in your future endeavors! We look forward hearing about all the great work you will do.

Please note that the Library Service Desk will be closed this Saturday, May 19, as there will be a reception for the graduates taking place.

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Stress Less Week has come just in time to help ease the pain of finals! We’ll be celebrating by providing coloring pages and origami paper at the Library Service Desk all week–everything you need for an easy study break.

You can also join us at 3pm on Wednesday, 4/25, down at the Desk for Afternoon Tea. We’ll have a variety of teas and treats, so take a break and commiserate with your colleagues or grab a quick cup to bring back to your carrel!

Student Wellness Advising is also hosting a number of relaxing events, so be sure to check them out as well:

Friday 4/20, 3-4:30pm: Ice Cream and Furry Friends, Jaharis Courtyard (rain location: SK 507)

Monday 4/23, 12pm: Lunchtime Walk, Meet in front of 145 Harrison Ave

Tuesday 4/24, 3-4pm: Zumba, SK216A

Can’t make it to any events? Visit the Student Wellness Advising Resources page for some tips on how to mitigate your stress.


The weather may still be grey, but we have several fun things going on to brighten up your week! On Thursday 4/12, we will have a visit from Tufts Paws for People. From 3-5pm in the room behind the cafe on Sackler 4, you can cuddle up with a dog, a guinea pig, or a rabbit! You deserve a study break.

We also have our monthly Library Fun Lab this week! Starting at noon on Thursday 4/12 and Friday 4/13, we’ll have craft supplies out at the Library Service Desk. This month, we’re making good luck charms to help you get motivated, relax, or just crack a smile. Paint a glass gem or make a button to keep for yourself or give to a friend.

Hope to see you later this week!