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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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Looking for a book to take home for Thanksgiving weekend? Well, then you can be thankful to have a library like Hirsh. Because we have lots of new releases to choose from; whether you prefer leisure reading, graphic medicine, or non-fiction, stop by the new release section on the 4th floor of Sackler to browse through the latest titles to come in. Below are a select few titles to tempt you in:

 

LEISURE READING

In Pieces  by Sally Field

Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life  by Michael Caine

Melmoth by Sarah Perry

The Library Book  by Susan Orlean

Lethal White (Cormoran Strike Series #4)  by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)

-All Cormoran Strike Series novels are available

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing  by Hank Green

GRAPHIC MEDICINE

Hey, Kiddo  by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

RX : A Graphic Memoir  by Rachel Lindsay

The Alcoholic (10th Anniversary Expanded Edition)  by Jonathan Ames; Illustrators: Dean Haspiel, Lee Loughridge, Pat Brosseau

Home After Dark  by David Small

Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass  by Dana Walrath

Sea Prayer  by Khaled Hosseini

NON-FICTION

Heart: A History  by Sandeep Jauhar

Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat  by Marion Nestle

Nine Pints: A Journey through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood by Rose George

As always, if there’s a book we don’t have that you would like to recommend, please let us know by using this link to recommend a purchase.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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The Hirsh Fall Open Workshop series may be over –  but – that doesn’t mention you can’t request a workshop on demand!  We’re re-posting the following regarding our Workshops on Demand option – check it out!

Workshops On Demand Bring Learning to YOU!

Look, we’ve all been there. You really WANT to attend that HHSL Open Workshop, but we were up SO LATE on Sunday studying/watching the Oscars/binging Netflix, and 9:00 am Tuesday feels so early. So you decide to attend the Wednesday 4:00 pm session of the workshop. But hey, did you notice that it is staying light outside until almost 6:00 and also the world is not currently a Frozen Hellscape and you should really go outside for vitamin D?

Have you squandered your last chance to learn EndNote? Thrown away your shot to master Web of Science? Wasted all opportunities to hone your PubMed skills? Are you doomed?

“On Fire” Gunshow #648 by KC Green. This is a meme all over the internet now, give its creator some love here.

No! Your friends at Hirsh Health Sciences Library would never abandon you! We know how busy you are, and we can’t schedule Open Workshops at times that fit everybody’s schedule. To better meet your needs, we bring you Workshops on Demand– gather a few friends, find some times that work for a group session, and tell the Library what you want to learn about. We will provide the content, and expert librarian instructor, and we’ll even book the room. Choose from the list of topics, or suggest your own- we’re listening! Just fill out the form and we will be in touch to set up your custom workshop. These sessions are a great way to maximize learning and interaction with an instructor and your classroom peers, and ideal for those embarking on group projects. Workshops on Demand can be scheduled M-F between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm, depending on the availability of librarians, and we can conduct them via WebEx as well for those off-campus.

(of course, if you would like a one-on-one instruction session with a librarian, we can set that up too. Just contact us here)

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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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