Posts by: Katherine Morley

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we will be operating with a modified schedule on Monday, January 20th. The Library Service Desk will be open from 12pm-7pm and the Library Offices will be closed. We will be open for our usual hours on Saturday and Sunday. Stay warm and have a great long weekend!


Attention first-year medical students! The HHSL collection includes several virtual and physical anatomy models to help you study this semester. Several anatomy models are on reserve and available for check out from the Library Service Desk, including real, plastic, and labeled skulls. (See our skull menu posted at the Service Desk!)

Through the HHSL website, you can also access virtual anatomy resources.

Anterior Triangle, Hyoid Muscles and the Hypoglossal Nerve 6) Sternohyoid Muscle © Scholar Educational Systems, Inc 2001-2019. Used under Tufts – Hirsh Health Sciences Library License. Accessed 2 Jan 2019.

Net Anatomy contains a catalog of dissection images with labels and descriptions. The Test feature hides labels—a handy tool for doing self-assessments as you study.

Anatomy.TV by Primal Pictures is another database of images, comprised of 3D, interactive models.

Dissection: ankle and foot superficial dissection © Informa UK Limited 2019. Used under Tufts – Hirsh Health Sciences Library License. Accessed 2 Jan 2019.

Investigate a more extensive list of Hirsh’s anatomy resources from our Anatomy Research Guide.

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Through mid-February, Hirsh Library is home to the traveling exhibit Physicians Assistants: Collaboration and Care. This exhibition was developed by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Physician Assistant History Society, and showcases the history and evolution of the profession. You will find it on our 6th floor, just outside the main elevators. To learn more about the exhibition, please visit the official exhibition site. We hope you will come by to check it out!

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The end of the semester is finally within reach! With the holidays now upon us, Hirsh Library will be operating with modified hours from Friday, December 20th through Wednesday, January 1st. The full schedule is as follows:

Friday, December 20st: 7:45am-5pm

Saturday, December 22nd-Wednesday, December 25th: Closed

Thursday, December 26th-Friday, December 27th: 7:45am-5pm

Saturday, December 28th- Sunday December 29th: Closed

Monday, December 30th-Tuesday, December 31st: 7:45am-5pm

Wednesday, January 1st: Closed

We will reopen for regular hours at 7:45am on Thursday, January 2nd. 

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year from all of us here at Hirsh!

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Have you checked your WiFi settings lately? Tufts has three networks that you can connect to: Tufts_Guest, Tufts_Wireless, and Tufts_Secure. While you can get online with any of them, Tufts_Secure is the preferred network for the Tufts Community. If you notice that your connection seems slow, check to make sure you’re connected to the secure network and not Tufts_Guest or Tufts_Wireless. Please visit  TTS’s WiFi page for more information about connecting to each network.


It’s our favorite time of year! Yes, that’s right. It’s turkey time!

Starting at 12pm this Thursday 11/21 and Friday 11/22, you can stop by the Library Service Desk and create your own feathered friend to bring home to Mom (or back to your study carrel). We’ll have a variety of materials out so you can create anything your heart desires, from the simple and majestic hand turkey (our personal favorite) to some 3D  pinecone poultry.

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You might have noticed a new face down at the Library Service Desk this past month…please join us in welcoming Sarah Bergman, our new part-time reference assistant! Sarah just moved to Boston from California, where she attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and worked at the Robert E. Kennedy Library. She worked in circulation for two years, and in reference for one, and volunteered with the library in outreach programs. She enjoys coffee, documentaries, and writing short fiction and plays. She’s excited to live in New England, because she’s never seen snow, and we’re excited to have her on our staff!

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Please enjoy the fourth installment of Ask Ms. Shelved, the irregularly scheduled advice column from HHSL!


Dear Ms Shelved:

 Last night I studied, stressed and sleepy, sitting on the 7th floor,
And heard a phantom laugh–so creepy!–from behind a closèd door…

Oh, sorry about that…I still regret not being an English major.

What I mean to say is that I was on the quiet floor and everyone around me was working independently in carrels, but I could sometimes hear voices coming from different areas of the floor. Is the library CuRsEd??? Are these unsettling utterances the work of the phantoms of past pupils… crying out in eternal agony about an exam they never quite felt prepared for? Will a ghastly ghoul set upon me should I fall asleep at my books? Please let me know, for I am quite spooked and not at all procrastinating.  


Haunted in Hirsh


Dear Haunted,

Well, you certainly do have an active imagination. Perhaps you should consider creative writing as a hobby.

Fortunately, these voices you hear are not the work of otherworldly spirits, but rather the high spirits of your fellow (living) students. The group study rooms are not soundproof, so when one gets overly enthusiastic about biochemical pathways, one’s voice might carry across the rest of the floor.

Let this serve as a reminder to those who use the rooms—be mindful of your volume! Though you might feel tucked away in your own private space, if you get too loud, you will perturb (or possibly spook!) one of your compatriots. A measured, “indoor” voice should suffice for communication.

And, my dear Haunted…might I suggest that you use headphones or earplugs? You can find both at the Library Service Desk. While we encourage the users of group study rooms to moderate their volume, total silence cannot be guaranteed. That being said, should niggling noises continue to break through your noise-dampening efforts, do not hesitate to gently ask the room occupants to be quieter. Or, if you are too timid, ask a friendly Library Service Desk staff member to speak to them.

Ever yours,

Ms. Shelved


A ghoul is specifically associated with graveyards, so even were the library to be haunted…it would not be by a ghoul. –M.S.

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Pumpkin time is here! Take a break from studying and flex your creative muscles at the Library Service Desk this Thursday and Friday. Hirsh Pumpkin Patch will open at 12pm each day and we’ll have all the supplies you need to create a gorgeous gourd  to adorn your apartment or study carrel.

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I know. The term “equity” is trending. But there is something to the hype. The theme for this year’s Open Access (OA) Week, which we celebrate from October 21st-27th, is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”

We’ve made some real strides with OA over the years, that is, making research literature freely available on the Internet with few copyright or license restriction. The list of reputable OA publishers is growing, we’re developing more comprehensive appraisals of a journal’s quality, and we’re making impactful strides to rebalance the economics involved in communicating research. But when I say “we,” I unfortunately do not mean that all scholars, authors, researchers, and practitioners, geographically or economically speaking, are equally represented.

As Nick Shockey, founding Director of the Right to Research Coalition, among other things, poses these timely questions in his blog post about this year’s OA Week theme:

  • Whose interests are being prioritized in the actions we take and in the platforms that we support?
  • Whose voices are excluded? Are underrepresented groups included as full partners from the beginning?
  • Are we supporting not only open access but also equitable participation in research communication?

The answers to these questions are not all obvious or easily acted upon. But these questions are our challenge. They provide focus and guidance for how to continue to grow, repair, and refine how we create and communicate research. Read more about OA at

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