LIZZY: Hi Fran! Thanks for agreeing to sit down for an interview with me!
First question…what is your name?
FRAN FORET: My name is Fran Foret and…
L: Can I call you Frances?
F: Yes, yes you may call me Frances
L: What do you do at the library?
F: My title is Head of Collections Management and a lot of people think that means I collect money for the library. But what it means is that I spend money for the library to make sure that the library has the resources—books, journals, databases—that we need for our students so they can become the professionals that they need to become. My staff and I work hard to make sure that we have the right materials and that they are accessible to our patrons through our library’s website.
L: That’s great! And what did you do before you came to Hirsh?
F: Before I came to Hirsh, I was the serials librarian at Wheaton College library out in Norton, Massachusetts…
L: Oh! I love cereal! And Wheaties is one of my favorite cereals.
F: …They are very very good…
L: So you’ve been at Hirsh for awhile…
F: Yes, I don’t want to say how many years .
L: So what’s your favorite place in the library?
F: I think my favorite place in the library is probably the 4th floor where we have the Library Service Desk, and where you see our librarians and staff interacting with our users. It’s nice to be down there and see all the activity. And right next to there is the Leisure Reading collection, which is another favorite area.
L: Oh, I don’t have time for that…but maybe I should check it out…
F: Yes, Lizzy, you should check it out!
L: Let’s see…do you have any friends that are puppets?
F: I don’t have any friends that are puppets! And you are the first puppet I have ever spoken to! And I’m wondering, since I don’t have any friends that are puppets, if you would be my friend?
L: That…that would be an honor.
F: That makes me very happy.
L: Well, if we’re going to be friends, I’d like to ask you a few personality questions. What’s your favorite ice cream?
L: How do you like your eggs?
F: I like eggs almost any way, but maybe poached eggs are my favorite.
L: Let’s say, if your neighbor needed an egg, would you let your neighbor come over and borrow an egg?
F: Yes, that would be fine…I’m interested as to why you’re so focused on eggs…
L: Well…I…another question…if your neighbor brought you their own egg, would you crack it for them?
F: Yes…if they asked me to crack and egg for them I guess I would do that.
L: Would you crack this egg?
F: Do you promise me that it’s hard cooked?
We have some exciting updates coming to the 4th floor!
As part of our efforts to increase the variety of workspaces in the library, we are transforming the lounge behind the café into the Hirsh Library Reading Room. If you’re looking for a quieter space to do some reading, but don’t need the silence of our Quiet Floors, this spot is for you!
We will be semi-enclosing the space by installing a glass wall with a sliding door and replacing the couches with tables, chairs, and some comfy benches. We’re also getting a brand new wall monitor! It won’t have cable but you will be able to stream to it from your computer.
The project will start around July 25th and should only take a few weeks to complete. We’ll be documenting the progress over on our Facebook page, so visit us there for updates!
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Amanda Nevius, our new Research & Instruction librarian! Amanda joins us from just about a mile down the road–she was previously an Education and Information Services Librarian at the Boston University Medical Campus. When she’s not at work, she enjoys running, mountain biking, and camping, as well as cooking and crafting. She also writes fiction and runs a book blog!
Amanda is excited to be joining the staff here at Hirsh, where she’ll be the primary outreach liaison to the Dental school. If you see her around the library, be sure to say hello!
Now an indispensable resource, it is hard to believe that PubMed is only 20 years old. First released in January 1996, PubMed was initially an experimental database. One year later, the word ‘experimental’ was dropped and, at a Capitol Hill press conference on June 26, 1997, free web access to MEDLINE through PubMed was officially announced. The press conference featured a demonstration of PubMed by then Vice President Al Gore (anyone remember him?) and a variety of stories from peoples whose lives had been affected by access to MEDLINE (Press Release – Free MEDLINE).
Prior to the launch of PubMed, users had to register and pay to search MEDLINE. Approximately 2 million PubMed searches were executed during the month of June 1997. In April 2015, 3.5 million searches per day were performed in PubMed. PubMed has come a long way over the past 20 years, and will continue to change in the upcoming years (PubMed Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary).
Post contributed by Laura Pavlech
Need help preparing your med school application? Think you want to go into consulting, but not really sure what that means? Terrified at the thought of owning your own dental practice? Check out our new Business & Careers section!
While we can’t tell you whether or not to submit a letter of recommendation from your mom with your med school application (probably not), what consultants actually do, or how to run a dental practice, we do have resources that can help you answer these questions.
Located behind the seating section next to the Library Service Desk on Sackler 4, the Business & Career section features books on applying to med school, life after grad school, and marketing for scientists and dentists. Titles include: Career Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists, Mastering Public Health: Essential Skills for Effective Practice, and What They Don’t Teach You In Dental School.
All books may be checked out for 4 weeks. Don’t see a business or career book that you want to read? Let us know by recommending a purchase.
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With the 4th falling on a Monday (yay 3-day weekends!) and a beautiful weather forecast, all the elements are in place for a great Independence Day! Here are our suggestions for how to enjoy a happy and healthy holiday weekend:
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.
For fun throughout the weekend, 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, some free and some paid. Here’s the full schedule. Don’t miss the fireworks over the Inner Harbor on Saturday night!
Don’t want to fight the crowds for Boston fireworks on the 2nd or the 4th? Here’s a list of all the fireworks displays planned for this summer in MA. Of particularly local note, Somerville will be having a display on Thursday 6/30 at 9:15pm and Newton and Waltham will also have fireworks displays on Monday 7/4.
Hosting a barbeque? Check out our post from last year about quick summer desserts.
Since lots of sun is in the forecast, don’t forget the American Cancer Society‘s mnemonic device for protecting yourself:
Slip! Slap! Slop!® and Wrap
Slip on a shirt. Slop on sunscreen. Slap on a hat
Wrap on sunglasses to protect your eyes and sensitive skin around them
Have a Happy 4th of July!
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.
In further observance of Pink Day, enjoy this clip from the classic 1957 film Funny Face:
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.
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.
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.
Stay tuned for more updates!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
–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.
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.
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.
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!
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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