Posts by: Thomas Quinn

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Hi everybody!

The Hirsh Library will be closing at 2pm this Wednesday, November 23rd, and will remain closed through Saturday, November 26th. This is for the university-wide Thanksgiving Break.

On Sunday, November 27th, we will be starting our Extended Hours! This is when the Service Desk on the 4th floor is open from 10 am to 10 pm to assist you in any and all of your studying needs. The days are:

Sunday, Nov. 27th

Saturday, Dec. 3rd
Sunday, Dec. 4th

Saturday, Dec. 10th
Sunday, December 11th

We hope you enjoy your days off this week. Make sure to catch up on some sleep, and we will see you bright eyed (if not bushy tailed) on Sunday, November 27th!

-Tom

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Hello everyone! Leo here again, letting you know that this Monday, September 5th is Labor Day! In honor of the holiday, Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be open Noon to 7pm on Monday, and back to normal hours on Tuesday.

(For the record, we’re open normal hours on Saturday and Sunday as well. Monday is the only one affected.)

I hope you have a great weekend, and can make it to the beach one final time before the pumpkin spices start flowing freely!

 

Leo in Flag Glasses

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Hello everybody!

I am here to inform you that this weekend, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be closing at 5 pm on Friday, July 1st. We will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in honor of American Independence Day, and will re-open for normal hours (7:45 am – 11 pm) on Tuesday, July 5th.

So from all of us here at Hirsh Library: have a happy, fun, and above all safe weekend! And don’t forget the sunscreen! (I know I won’t)

– Leo the Skeleton

Leo in Flag Glasses

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This Memorial Day weekend, Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be doing something a bit different with its hours: we will be open for our regular hours on Saturday May 28th (10am to 7 pm) and Sunday May 29th (noon to 10pm), but we will be closed on Monday, May 30th (aka Memorial Day itself).

The library will re-open on Tuesday, May 31st at 7:45 am.

We hope you have a delightful weekend!

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Hello everyone! We have some good news for anyone who may have some exams left next week: we will have one final extended hours weekend!

This weekend – Saturday, May 7th, and Sunday, May 8th – the Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be open 10 am to 10 pm. We will also have free coffee on Saturday, May 7th! The free coffee starts at 7pm, right out in front of Food 4 Thought on the 4th floor (the coffee itself is from ABP, in case you’re curious).

If you have any questions, feel free to direct them to us at the desk on the 4th floor. But otherwise, we will see you again this weekend.

Good luck with studying for the last of your exams!

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It is April of 2016, which means now is a great time to look at the Hirsh Library School Affiliation Survey from March and see how it compares to the one from October. Let’s get started!

School Total

First thing is first: PHPD has rocked up in numbers! Dental has traditionally been the most frequently counted school in this survey, but this is the first time that Medical has been dethroned as 2nd place. And look at the number differences: The difference from first to second place is 21 people, and the difference of second to third is 15. That’s ridiculous! We are very busy people here at HHSL.

“But Tom, what about Circ this time around? Does that match up to what we’re seeing here?” Oh, of course not. As you can see here:

Circ

Medical keeps their hold on the highest circulation of the week. However, what’s truly interesting is the strong showing of the PHPD programs and Nutrition. Look at those numbers! As someone whose whole job revolves around circulation at this library, it’s very exciting to see the growing interest in all programs across the board.

It is, generally, at this point that I go and show you something like a breakdown of the schools by floor. And therefore, I’m going to do that right now!Floors

The 7th floor is, undoubtedly, the monarch of the floors. Look at that. Medical, Dental (by a massive margin) and Sackler/PHPD programs (by a smaller but still strong margin) all love themselves the 7th floor. I still find it interesting, though, that for Dental it’s 7th and then 5th, but for Medical it’s 7th and then 6th. A difference in study habits, perhaps – Dental students might be more interested in group rooms, whereas the Medical students are looking for singular study spaces (like small tables and study carrels). It would account for the 7th floor’s popularity with both, and then the difference in second favorite.

Nutrition seems to be much more interested in being able to talk – the openness of the 5th floor (and its collaboration rooms), followed by the room-heavy 7th.

And this is where we run into a limitation with the way we’ve been doing this survey: combining PA, PHPD, MBS, and Sackler all into one category. We know that the MBS program has been growing each year, and we know that the PA program has been growing. And PHPD encapsulates a number of other degree programs. Sadly, until now, I haven’t been able to distinguish between them when looking at this survey.

Going forward, however, I’ll be able to! We’re working on some back-end adjusting of how we collect all of this data, so that way we can be much more accurate across the board while going forward. After all, accuracy leads to knowledge, and knowledge is what we’re striving for here! I’m not sure anyone at HHSL was quite prepared for the way our numbers have exploded over the last couple years, so we’re playing a bit of catch-up in a few areas to make sure we can still serve the needs of our entire community!

But you’re probably wondering how March measures up against our October Affiliation count. It looks something like this:

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It looks a lot like that! That’s surprising, kind of. Right? I mean, that is a lot of people. A. Lot. I find it interesting that Medical and Dental jumped so high (Boards and the infamous Dental Exam Block probably had a bit to do with that), but the PHPD programs dropped a little, and Nutrition bumped up slightly. Now what about the floors? How do those look?

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They look busy is what they look like. Every single floor got busier! This, of course, comes as a surprise to absolutely nobody – it’s a well known fact that we’re busier in the spring than the fall (fun fact! Currently, October is the busiest month, followed by March, and February. April is traditionally the outright busiest of the year, however, so we’ll have to see how things turn out). But still, it’s kind of cool to see that each floor went up by just about the same proportion across the board. That’s ridiculous. That’s not supposed to happen in the real world! And yet, here we are.

Finally, we have the weekdays:

Weekdays

As you may have realized by now, I deal with a ton of statistics during the year. The red bars you see above most closely resemble the regular, month-by-month bell curve of how busy each day of the week is. The busiest day of the week might shift a bit between Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but in general? It looks like that. Like a bell curve. But the blue! October did something unique, and dipped right in the middle of the week.

It’s worth noting: neither of these weeks had any major exams, and neither week had any holidays. They were chosen for both of those reasons. Perhaps that Wednesday in October was unseasonably nice, and everyone just really needed to be outside? Can’t say I blame them.

So there you have it! Our Affiliation Stats round-up. I’m already looking forward to doing some of the year-end numbers, and finding out just how crazy busy HHSL has been in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go look at something other than Excel for a few hours. Perhaps a few days.

Tom

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Hello again! Hirsh Library would like to announce another weekend of extended hours!

This Saturday, April 9th, and Sunday, April 10th, the Hirsh Library Service Desk will be open 10 am to 10 pm.

We will also have FREE COFFEE on Saturday, April 9th. It will be a variety of Au Bon Pain coffee flavors, and will be on the tables in front of Food 4 Thought starting at 7 pm. We will also have tea!

If you have any questions, feel free to direct them to us at the desk on the 4th floor. But otherwise, we will see you again this weekend.

Good luck with your studying and exams!

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Hello again! Hirsh Library would like to announce another weekend of extended hours!

This Saturday, April 2nd, and Sunday, April 3rd, the Hirsh Library Service Desk will be open 10 am to 10 pm.

We will also have FREE COFFEE on Saturday, April 2nd. It will be a variety of Au Bon Pain coffee flavors, and will be on the tables in front of Food 4 Thought starting at 7 pm. We will also have tea!

If you have any questions, feel free to direct them to us at the desk on the 4th floor. But otherwise, we will see you this weekend.

Good luck with your studying and exams!

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It’s that time of the year again! From Sunday, March 6th through Saturday, March 12th, Hirsh Library will be running its Affiliation week survey. Huzzah!

What this means for you: 4 times a day (11 am, 3 pm, 6 pm, and 9 pm) a person will come around the library and ask what program you are with. You tell them (Med, Dental, Nutrition, etc), and they’ll move on to the next person. Easy peasy. But what if you don’t want to be interrupted?

Well that’s easy enough! You can leave your Tufts ID next to you, and we’ll just glance at that and move on. Or, if you’d rather not leave your ID out, you can just write your program on a piece of paper and leave that next to you.

If you’re with a group in a room and don’t want to be interrupted, you can tape a piece of paper to the outside of the door (but do not cover the glass) with the number of people and what program(s), such as “5 Dental” or “3 Sackler.”

Remember, this is only for the duration of above mentioned week, and then we’ll be done until next October. So it’ll be over before you know it!

If you have any questions or concerns, you can come talk to us at the desk on Sackler 4, or call 617-636-6706. We want this to go smoothly and quickly, and for you to be comfortable with it.

We look forward to seeing you next week!

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Hello there everyone! Hirsh Library would like to announce the first of 4 weekends of extended hours for the upcoming spring exam season!

The first weekend is this upcoming one: Saturday, March 5th, and Sunday, March 6th. The Hirsh Library Service Desk will be open 10 am to 10 pm on both days, so we can help with your research and equipment needs even earlier and later than usual on the weekends!

We will have FREE COFFEE on Saturday, March 5th. It will be a variety of Au Bon Pain coffee flavors, and will be on the tables in front of Food 4 Thought starting at 7 pm. We will also have tea!

Those beverages will come in handy, because you get some extra time to study on Saturday night! Swipe access to Sackler will end at 11pm, as usual, but you can stay in the library until 1:30am!

If you have any questions, feel free to direct them to us at the desk on the 4th floor. But otherwise, we will see you this weekend.

Good luck with your studying and exams!

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