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O’zapft is!

That’s the traditional opening line of Oktoberfest spoken in Munich when the Bavarian Prime Minister taps the first keg of the 2+ week annual festival celebrating beer and Gemütlichkeit (the feeling of coziness and hospitality). An apt opening, as “O’zapft is” means “it is tapped!” Now, Oktoberfest is already over in Germany (since it actually begins in late September, to ensure warmer weather for all that outdoor reveling), but we are just getting started with our own celebration of bad decisions, BLOCKtoberfest!

During BLOCKtoberfest, we welcome DER KLOTZ, the German cousin of THE BLOCK. Now, der Klotz doesn’t visit every year, but this year he’s stopping by auf Urlaub (on vacation) because The Block needs some help getting the message across about the dangers of invoking his wrath. HHSL has seen more blocks in the last month than ever before, and the number of third and fourth blocks is on the rise as well.

Remember, we do not charge fines for overdue materials at HHSL, but late returns of reserve materials and equipment invoke THE BLOCK. Sit back to hear his chilling tale.

Now, some say that if you return a reserve item (like a laptop, phone charger, skull, or reserve book) late once, THE BLOCK will follow you for 24 hours after you return the item, and you will be mysteriously unable to check out items from the Library. If you return an item late a second time, THE BLOCK will haunt your nightmares for 7 days, impeding your ability to study and borrow headphones (and other things).

Now, many have tempted fate and survived the wrath of THE BLOCK once, even twice. But beware, should you return a third reserve item late, the foul beast will cast his sharp, cubic shadow over your life for two fortnights!

(You know, you won’t be able to check anything out for one month after you return the delinquent item)

AND THAT’S NOT ALL. If you summon THE BLOCK three times, he will, like Marley’s Ghost, visit your Dean and share tales of your misdeeds.

And finally, if you are one of the foolish few who learns nothing of your third encounter with this reviled, hideous hexahedron, and you dare invite his wrath again, THE BLOCK will rob you of your borrowing privileges for the rest of the semester, and he will darken the doorstep of your Dean again.

And the most TERRIFYING thing of all? Every time you summon THE BLOCK, you wear his mark for the remainder of the academic year. So remember, a late return in September will follow you all the way to next July.

So please, if you won’t listen to THE BLOCK, listen to DER KLOTZ. He came all the way from Munich to help us out.

So, stay hydrated, get your flu shot, and bring your stuff back on time.

Prost!

 

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You may have noticed our Bridging Differences display on the 4th floor of Sackler. Here is a little info on it in case you haven’t had the opportunity to read about this initiative.

It is an all-campus TUFTS initiative! The goal is to improve understanding and engagement across divergent perspectives at Tufts, through effective communication and programming. A core mission of Tufts is to develop students’ skills…to engage in informed and civil discussion and debate on issues on which they may disagree profoundly. 

If you are interested in getting involved, sitting in on a meeting or joining the initiative, you can contact the group via this LINK.

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Hello hello everyone. It’s about that time again: time for the Affiliation Survey!

Twice a year, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library runs the Affiliation Survey, where 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. The graph you see above is the result of last year’s two Affiliation months, for instance.

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 specific 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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Agonizing over an abstract?
Stumped about starting your personal statement?
Rattled by your research paper?
Then we have a workshop for you!

On Wednesday 10/3 at 12pm in Sackler 851, Christine Smith, our writing consultant, will give a one-hour workshop on how to approach the writing process. She’ll provide you with a general framework that can be applied to any writing project as well as insight into how to prepare for a session with a writing consultant. Some light refreshments will be served and you can feel free to bring your lunch! Please RSVP here. Registration is not required, but is appreciated so we can have an idea of how much food to order. Hope to see you there!

The Fall Data Lab Assistants schedule is here! Student Data Lab Assistants provide walk-up help on the 5th floor of the Sackler building and can answer questions about Geographic Information Systems (GIS), statistics and data visualization, and troubleshoot basic problems with related software.  You can view their hours on the Data Lab calendar (use the arrow in the upper right corner of the calendar to limit view to Boston Campus).

For additional support, please email Tufts Data Lab:  DataLab-Support@elist.tufts.edu

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We are pleased to welcome Katie DeFord as our new part-time reference assistant! Katie joins us after 5 years working at Dartmouth’s Health Sciences Library and a summer position in Harvard’s Resource Sharing department. While at Dartmouth, she had an article published in Marketing Libraries Journal.

In her free time, she likes to crochet, cook, geocach, and send postcards all over the world. Be sure to say hello next time you see her at the Library Service Desk!

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As we kick off a semester full of collaborative opportunities, we wanted to take a moment to (re)introduce you to our Collaboration Rooms. The Collaboration Rooms are the seven rooms on the 5th floor that groups can reserve in advance for collaborative work. They all have whiteboards and monitors for you to connect to your laptop… and most of them have windows! Since we have a limited number of rooms, we have policies in place to make sure that as many groups as possible have the opportunity to reserve a room.

Here are the basics:

  1. The rooms can only be reserved by groups of 2 or more. If you’re planning to study alone, you are welcome to use the rooms on a first-come, first-served basis, but you cannot reserve one just for yourself.
  2. Each room can be booked up to 4 hours a day and up to 3 times a week per group.
  3. You must provide the names of all group members when you make a reservation.
  4. If the room is left empty for more than 15 minutes during the reservation period, it will be made available to others on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can find the full room reservation policy on the Collaboration Room page. Please take time to read through it before you book a room, as violations may result in forfeited reservations or the revocation of your booking privileges. You can always email us at hhsl@tufts.edu if you have any questions. Happy collaborating!

P.S. If you’re not sure that a collaboration room is right for your needs, hop over to our Room Reservation Wizard to see what spaces might be good for you.

 

Did you know that there’s a librarian at Hirsh just for you?

The Hirsh Library Liaison Program provides a “point person” for each of the academic programs and clinical departments on the Tufts’ health sciences campus.

What can a librarian liaison do for you? For starters, your librarian liaison can help you:

  • identify resources for your particular topic, especially resources beyond article databases
  • create effective and efficient search strategies for databases like PubMed and Web of Science
  • discern what tool is right for you to help manage your citations (i.e., EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley) and providing instructions to get you started
  • track down statistical data for research projects and help you manage your own data

Visit our Liaison Program page to find out who the librarian liaison is for your program and get in touch with them!

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We are so glad that you are here!

During orientation we will talk more about the Hirsh Library and all the resources and services to support your time here.

Here are some quick tips to get you started:

We can’t wait to meet you and work with you during your time here at Tufts!

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Welcome to Tufts – and welcome to the Hirsh Health Sciences Library! We are so glad you’re here!

During orientation you will learn more about using the Hirsh Library and how we can support you during your time at Friedman. We also wanted to share with you now, some tips to get you started:

We wish you a most fabulous Fall semester and hope that you will explore the wealth of resources available to you at Hirsh. Welcome!

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