Posts by: Katherine Morley

According to the Internet, today is National Pink Day. What does that mean? We’re not entirely sure, but thought we’d take the opportunity to dig into our files and show you some images of Hirsh Library’s rather pink past.

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Circa 2003

 

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Some cheerful pink accents. Top row circa 1998, bottom circa 2003

 

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Some remaining paint and rug discovered when we moved a bookcase during construction of Sackler 607 in July 2014.

In further observance of Pink Day, enjoy this clip from the classic 1957 film Funny Face:

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Exciting things have been happening on our 5th, 6th, and 7th floors! We’re working on increasing the number of study spots in the library as well as giving you more flexible work space options.

Here are some of our latest updates:

We added 32 new study carrels to the 7th floor along with 40 new chairs.  We’re awaiting the delivery of 8 more carrels for the 6th floor. The 7th floor carrels will have desktop power soon. For now, you can drop your cords through the hole on the top and plug in at the outlet under each desk.

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We’ve also added two new standing desks–one on 5 and one on 6! The desk on 5 currently only works as a regular desk, but the new adjusting mechanism is coming soon.

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Tufts carpenters have built a beautiful standing-height counter on the 5th floor. We’re waiting for the power strip to be delivered and, once it’s in, you’ll be able to plug your devices in at counter level.

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Stay tuned for more updates!

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You might call it a cult following – those of you “in the know” about ordering books for free from Boston Library Consortium (BLC) libraries through WorldCat Local.  Well, we’re bringing things mainstream!

Starting June 1st, all books, DVDs, CDs, etc. – basically anything that gets returned to the library (so not pdfs), which we are able to order from a BLC library is free of charge to you.  And there is just one place to order all your interlibrary loan requests, your ILLiad account.   You no longer need to start the request for BLC items from WorldCat Local in order for it to be free.  (Don’t worry you are still way underground cool).

Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz. 

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From mid-February to mid-March, we asked what you would wish for if the Library Fairy could grant you three wishes. We were excited to learn what things, big or small, you wanted for Hirsh Library. In total, we received around 60 wishes!

Before delving into more detail, we want to note that a handful of the wishes were for maintenance issues. You don’t have to ask for a magical boon to get something fixed! Alert us right away if you notice something isn’t working and we’ll make sure it gets immediate attention.
You can report problems in a number of ways:
-Tell a staff member in person at the Library Service Desk
-Give us a call at 617-636-6705 or text us at 617-447-8439
-Send an email to hhsl@tufts.edu
Send a chat
Use our problem reporting form 

Now, on to the fun stuff! While we received a wide variety of wishes, they fell into several overarching categories.

Furniture
The most wished-for category was furniture. The most requested item overall? Standing desks! We’re pleased to announce that in the next few months we will be getting two more desks as well as adding a standing height counter on the 5th floor. The other furniture requests were all for non-traditional study furniture as well, items like yoga ball chairs and bicycle desks, massage chairs and nap pods. While we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to add some of these items, we’re exploring the feasibility of some more unique seating options.

Resources and Technology
We also received a number of wishes for different types of resources, both physical and electronic. We have granted a few of these wishes by purchasing plastic anatomical models for check-out and adding Skype and ArcGIS to our loaner laptops. Unfortunately, we were not able to grant the wish for a pet library bunny, but we will be bringing the therapy dogs back next semester!
You can recommend resource purchases throughout the year on our website.

Programming
We got some great ideas for workshops, seminars, and talks from the wishes. We’ll take these into consideration as we plan for the fall.

Candy
Second only to standing desks, we received a lot of wishes for free candy, specifically chocolate. While we unfortunately don’t have the funding to add an unlimited supply of candy to our collection, stop by the Library Service Desk today (Monday 5/9) and grab a piece of dark chocolate!

To recap:

Wishes granted
Two new standing desks and a standing height counter
Skype and ArcGis on loaner laptops
More plastic anatomical models

And a few wishes that were for things we already have: 
Board games to check out at the desk
One place to search electronic database content: JumboSearch
New public computers –an upgrade is already in progress for this summer!

 

Thank you to everyone who submitted wishes! Keep your eyes out, because the Library Fairy might return to grant more wishes in the future…

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April 17-23 is National Spring Stress Less Week! Take a moment to breathe deep, go for a stroll, do some stretches, or play a game (don’t forget, we have some at the Library Service Desk!).

We know that this time of year can be overwhelming, so Hirsh Library is here to help!

We’re hosting a study break on Wednesday, 4/20 at 2:30pm. Stretch your legs and head down to the desk to enjoy a cup of tea and a snack. We’ll also have this giant roll of bubble wrap available so you can pop your frustrations away:

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In addition, the Wellness Advisor is hosting three great events that you’ll want to check out:

Benefits of Meditation: Wednesday, 4/20 from 2-4pm in Sackler 114
Learn about the benefits of meditation and practice some techniques with Dr. Christina Pastan

Scream for Ice Cream and Therapy Dogs: Thursday, 4/21 from 2:30-4:30pm in the Jaharis Courtyard
Take an ice cream break and relax with some canine companions

Wellness Advisor Drop-In: Friday, 4/22 at 2:30pm in the alcove with the black couches on SK4
Take a study break and enjoy some healthy snacks, coffee or tea, and a chat with the Wellness Advisor

 

Don’t have time to attend any of the events? Create your own study break! We’ll have origami paper and some relaxing coloring pages available down at the Library Service Desk all week.

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The Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be open 12noon – 7pm on Monday, April 18th–shortened hours  in observance of Patriot’s Day.

Patriots’ Day is a holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord in the American Revolutionary War.

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It is also the day that the Boston Marathon takes place!

However you spend the day (perhaps with us in the library) have a good one!

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On Sunday, April 17, 2016, all ILLiad requests dated before 1/1/2013 that are at the status of “cancelled” or “request closed” will be deleted from ILLiad.

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 hhsl-docdel@tufts.edu.

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We’ve purchased some new equipment over the past few months and want to be sure you know all about it!

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From left to right we have:

SmartBoard Pens for the boards in Sackler 510 and Sackler 509

Presentation remotes with built-in laser pointer

USB-C cords and chargers for the new MacBooks

USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapters to connect your MacBook with USB-C port to an HDMI display, while also connecting a standard USB device and a USB-C charging cable

Come down to the Library Service Desk and check them out (literally)!

Want to know what other types of equipment we have? You can browse or search a list here.

 

 

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DynaMed Plus is now available through the Hirsh Health Sciences Library and Tufts Medical Center!  This point-of-care resource provides current, evidence-based information in the easy-to-read format that you are accustomed to from DynaMed with enhanced content and features.  DynaMed Plus offers:

  • Robust content in a range of specialties, selected and evaluated by clinical experts
  • Internal medicine topics developed and maintained with the American College of Physicians (ACP)
  • Concise, evidence-based recommendations with supporting references
  • Daily content updates
  • Drug monographs and lab recommendations from Micromedex® allow you to choose the appropriate drugs and tests for your patients
  • More than 4,500 images, tables and illustrations, including content from ACP Smart Medicine

These unique features of DynaMed Plus will save you time and frustration:

  • Synthesized recommendations that use transparent levels of evidence
  • Links to patient handouts, review articles and PubMed/MEDLINE searches
  • Create alerts to receive email notification when a topic or specialty category is updated with new evidence or guidelines

DynaMed Plus is accessible from on campus or off and a free app is available for iOS and Android devices, which means you can start using it from anywhere today!

Follow these steps to install and authenticate the DynaMed Plus app on your mobile device:

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  1. Download the free DynaMed Plus app from the iTunes or Google Play store.
  2. Access DynaMed Plus on your computer from the link on the Hirsh Health Sciences Library homepage.
  3. Click on the Get the DynaMed Plus Mobile App link under the Spotlight section in left-hand column of the DynaMed Plus
  4. Enter either your personal or Tufts email address. An authentication link will be emailed to you.
  5. Open the email (from EBSCO) on your mobile device. Click the authentication link.
  6. The DynaMed Plus app should open and the initial content download will begin.

Note, if you currently have the DynaMed app on your mobile device, then you will need to delete it and install the new DynaMed Plus app.

Questions?  See here for answers to FAQs about the DynaMed Plus app, or contact us!

 

Post contributed by Laura Pavlech

 

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If you could be granted three wishes for Hirsh Library what would they be? It doesn’t matter if they’re big or small—we want to know!

Drop your wishes in the box down at the Library Service Desk on Sackler 4 or enter them online at bit.ly/libraryfairy now through March 18th. You just might get your wish!