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Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Andrea Kang, our newest Research & Instruction librarian!

Andrea is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan School of Information where she worked at various parts of the library, including the Digital Preservation Lab, the Asia Library, and the Health Sciences Library. Before that, she taught in South Korea and went to Smith College. She’s excited to return to Boston and join the Tufts community, where she will be the primary outreach liaison to the Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences.

Feel free to say hello if you see her around the library!

 

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The commencement procession June 14, 1926. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA. http://hdl.handle.net/10427/35160

Congratulations Class of 2019! 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 18th, as there will be a reception for the graduates taking place.

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It’s that time of year again! As you finish up your last exams, polish up your final papers and turn in your final assignments, please stop by the 4th floor Library Service Desk to return any outstanding materials before you leave for the summer. Just a friendly reminder to those graduating this May, we need your items back before Friday May 17th so that we can sign off on your accounts.

Sticking around for the summer? We’ll be here for all your information and borrowing needs.

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April Open Workshops are in bloom here at the Hirsh Library! Come to our workshops and grow some new skills! Workshops are held on Thursdays from 12noon-1pm in Sackler 510. To learn more about Open Workshops and register,please visit: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops

Introducing Mendeley 

Thursday, April 4, 2019 – 12noon-1pm Sackler 510

This workshop will introduce you to Mendeley, a free citation management tool. Like other citation management tools, Mendeley allows you to:

  • collect and organize references discovered from articles, databases, and web sites
  • upload and manage PDF files
  • insert and format references in Word to create in-text citations and bibliographies in various of citation styles, such as APA and JAMA

Come to this workshop and learn more about how Mendeley combines both cloud-based and desktop computing to give you the best of both worlds!

Patents for Health Sciences Research

Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 12noon-1pm Sackler 510

We’ll identify types of research questions and literature searches where identifying related patents can be helpful. Then we’ll cover tips and tricks for finding and reading patents.

Right to the Source: Locating U.S. Health Data
Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 12noon-1pm Sackler 510

This workshop will introduce you to major sources of health data for the United States. Topics will include: data collection, stakeholders, and methods, tips & tricks for locating health data, and an introduction to the Hirsh Library “Health Data and Statistics” guide.

 

Hello hello!

March is upon us, which means the time has come for our second (and final) Affiliation Survey this academic year! What does this mean for you? Well, this is that time when we walk around and ask every one of our lovely patrons which program they are with (Dental, Medical, Sackler, etc). This is all we ask. We will not ask for your name or even which year you’re in! The numbers we collect are used in aggregate so we can get a snapshot of what the library usage is like.

This post from this past June shows you just what all the numbers ends up looking like.

Now here’s how it goes: there are 7 days spread out over the whole month, randomly chosen to try and maximize the usefulness of the numbers (in other words, we’re trying not to get skewed by exam blocks too much). On those days, HHSL staff (you’ll probably recognize us!) will walk around 4 times over the course of the day to gather the totals of how many people from each school are in the library. There will be signs and posters up this month, so you’re not caught unaware.

Keep your eyes out for them!

We won’t announce ahead of time which days we’re counting (see our need to randomize, above), so it’s safe to assume that it could just happen any day this month.

Don’t panic!

If you don’t want to be bothered (or to speak out loud), you are welcome to leave your ID next to you while you study. If that is still not good enough, you can write your program down on a piece of paper and leave that next to you. If you’re in a group room, feel free to stick a note to the outside of the door (on the wood – the windows must remain clear!) telling us how many people of what program(s) are in the room. Done and done. We will add that number to our count, and we will move on to the next person!

There are pencils, pens, markers, scrap paper, and tape down at the Service Desk on the 4th floor, so you can even make your sign bright and cheerful! If you have any questions or concerns, let us know either in person at the desk, or through Ask Us on our website. We’re here to help and make this quick and easy.

But otherwise, we look forward to seeing you all this month and finding out just what our beloved HHSL looks like this fine autumn.

Good luck on studying and I look forward to seeing you in the library!
Tom

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February is Heart Health Awareness Month!

And what better gift to give to your loved one than a healthy heart for Valentine’s Day 🙂 Select books on heart health are currently on display on the 4th floor of the Sackler building. Look for the Listen to Your Heart sign above the journal wall! For more information on looking after your heart you can browse through the following links for the latest on research, activities, and heart disease prevention:

Heart.org

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

The Heart Truth

American Heart Association

The Heart Foundation

Healthfinder.gov

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We need your help! We want to test how usable our library catalog, JumboSearch, is and we’re looking for some student volunteers to give us feedback. We will be hosting 30-minute usability testing sessions on January 23rd and 30th. Those who participate in a session will receive $10 in JumboCash as a thank you! If you’d like to join the pool of volunteers we draw from, just fill out this form.

If you’re not a student but are interested in helping us out, keep your eyes peeled! We will be hosting sessions for other groups in the future.

Thanks!

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Happy New Year! With the new year comes new editions on AccessMedicine! The following are the latest updates as well as new titles added for 2019:

Principles of Rehabilitation Medicine

Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment 2019, 58th Edition

The Color Atlas and Synopsis of Family Medicine, 3rd Edition

Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology, 26th Edition

Pathophysiology of Disease: An Introduction to Clinical Medicine, 8th Edition

Katzung & Trevor’s Pharmacology: Examination & Board Review, 12th Edition

Smith’s Patient-Centered Interviewing: An Evidence-Based Method, 4th Edition

CURRENT Diagnosis & Treatment: Obstetrics & Gynecology, 12th Edition

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The year is 2068: students and faculty open a mysterious time capsule from the bygone-era of 2018! The School of Dental Medicine has put together a time capsule to be opened in 50 years for the school’s 200th anniversary. So what will these dentists of the future uncover?

08/23/2018 – Boston, Mass. – Sesquicentennial time capsule objects photographed on August 23, 2018. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

  1. Time Capsule greeting letter, written by Dean Thomas
  2. Time Capsule list of included items
  3. White Coat with Dean Thomas’s name and a ceremony oath card
  4. 2018 commencement program
  5. Boston Globe front page from September 28, 2018 (date of the Anniversary Gala)
  6. 3D elephant from anniversary display
  7. Academic calendar, course description
  8. Academic schedule
  9. Anniversary Gala program, invitation
  10. Curriculum from Office of Academic Affairs
  11. D21, D20, D19, D18 composite pictures
  12. Dental Magazine, Fall 2017/anniversary issue
  13. Dental terms and acronyms
  14. Glass ionomer, bonding agent
  15. Letters written by students to future students about life as a dental student
  16. Lobby blueprints/before photos from lobby construction
  17. Lyrics sheet for student video
  18. Photo of shroud, mannequin head
  19. Photos of current dental building (pics of preclin, dental floors)
  20. Photos of outside the school (1 Kneeland)
  21. Photos of TUSDM at Red Sox/ Actual Red Sox ticket
  22. Step Card
  23. Student ID
  24. Tufts ASDA pin
  25. Tuition statement
  26. Time Capsule Committee activities documentation

The above contents were carefully selected by committee members Gynnekia Booth D20, Rachelle Cadet D20, Paula Callahan, Karen Culbert, Joseph Dudlek D21, Frances Burke Foret, Mark Gonthier, Emerly Hsu D21, Dr. Melissa Ing D89, Dr. Jeff Lowenstein D85, D20P, Dr. Britta Magnuson D08, Katie McKenna D20, Dr. Shubha Nanda DI96, Zamon Sawyer D19, Dr. James Theodore D83, and Dr. Thomas Whitmer D18. The time capsule has now been sealed and locked away!

Please enjoy the inaugural edition of Ask Ms. Shelved, the new, irregularly scheduled advice column from HHSL!

Dear Ms. Shelved:

I am in my final weeks of classes for the semester, and I find myself studying (and eating, and sleeping) in the Hirsh Health Sciences Library. I am the first person in the building in the morning and the last person out. I haven’t seen my cat, Hortense, in days, possibly weeks. My friends think I moved away. I saw my own picture on a milk carton the other day.

But today I discovered that the caretakers of my cozy den, my warm second home, my snug grotto of learning have cast me out! I approached the Library Service Desk to check out a phone charger, and was told that I had overdue items and I could not check anything out for a FULL WEEK. Ms. Shelved, I am bewildered, bamboozled, and BLOCKED.

Whatever shall I do?

Sincerely,

Stunned in Sackler

Dear Stunned,

Well, it seems you’ve been visited by THE BLOCK. He’s like a lot of other holiday specters…like the Uncouth Uncle at Thanksgiving dinner, he’s never a welcome visitor. Like the Schmaltz Stain left on your sweater after frying latkes, he’s persistent. And like the Tantrumy Toddler at Christmas, he follows you around, fraying your nerves and trying your patience.

Since you are blocked for a week, it appears you’ve invoked this unwelcome guest once already since July, and now you’re on your second strike. But don’t despair! Here are some helpful tips to Banish the Block:

  • Electronics, accessories, reserve materials, skulls, models, etc. circulate for 4 hours. Set a timer on your phone when you check out.
  • If there’s a chance you’ll get stuck in a meeting or appointment, TELL the person who checks out the item, and ASK if you can have a (reasonable) extension.
  • If a genuine crisis arises (like a building evacuation or a trip to the Emergency Department), CALL the desk at 617-636-6705 and let us know, we will try to work something out.
  • Remember that you can renew some items (like laptops) as long as no one is waiting to use it, but you have to bring it back to the desk first.
  • Many of the books on reserve are also available online! You probably don’t need to smuggle that textbook out overnight.

I suggest paying closer attention to your loans, because if you are blocked again before June 30, you will lose your borrowing privileges for 30 days!

Stunned, if you have any questions about the Blocking Policy, please see it in full here: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/about-us/policies/overdue-items.

Remember, try to get some sleep, take a shower, drink some water, and bring your stuff back on time!

Ever yours,

Ms. Shelved

 

 

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