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September 21st – 25th is National Postdoc Appreciation Week.

You may be wondering, ‘what exactly is a postdoc?’  According to the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), a postdoc is: “…an individual holding a doctoral degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of his or her choosing.”

Postdocs work in academic, government, private nonprofit, and industry laboratories.

According to the most recent (2013) Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Sciences and Engineering survey, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, 564 academic institutions in the United States reported a total of 61,942 postdocs in science, engineering and health.  In this survey, Tufts reported 149 postdocs in these fields.

So, wish the postdocs you know a happy Postdoc Appreciation Week!

For more information on postdocs, check out:

National Postdoctoral Association

The Postdoc Series: Insights, Options, Careers (NatureJobs Blog)

The Future of the Postdoc (Nature News Feature)


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The library is offering several different open workshops this semester on topics like PubMed, Point-of-Care/Mobile Resources, and Open Access Week, just to name a few! These open workshops are a great opportunity to learn about a new research tool or to brush up on your research skills. Take a look at the HHSL Open Workshops Calendar for dates, descriptions, and to register for one (or many!) workshops. Sessions are held most Wednesdays and Thursdays in Sackler 510 at 12pm.

See you there!

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The Hirsh Health Sciences Library is in the process of re-designing our new website:

We really want to make sure that the new site is user-friendly. So, we’re seeking Tufts University students, faculty, and staff (including Tufts Medical Center staff) who can help us out with this.

No prior experience is needed! You’ll be asked to carry out specific tasks on the new website and then you will receive $10 in JumboCash (pretty good deal!). The testing takes approximately 45 minutes and we are flexible in terms of scheduling.

If you’re interested, please contact Berika Williams at

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Requests for items held at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library are now filled free of charge for members of the Tufts community!

And, students, this does not count against your 20 free interlibrary loan requests through ILLiad per year.

We recognize that there may be many reasons you can’t come into the library to grab that article or book chapter you need.  Therefore, we are pleased to announce that we will now scan articles and book chapters found in the Hirsh Health Sciences Library, turn them into pdfs, and send them to you…for FREE!

Just submit an ILLiad request for the item in question and we will deliver it to you through your ILLiad account.  For more information, please review our ILLiad Fee Policy.  Questions?  Email

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Say it ain’t so! Becky Philio, our Library Reference Assistant, will be leaving us this Friday, August 21st to enroll full-time in the bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School. For the past two years, Becky has been a friendly face at the Library Service Desk, our staff photographer, and an active member of our PR Committee. Becky is also responsible for all of our library videos. Her ability to direct a motley crew of skeletons and puppets is unmatched. She made one last video for us, which will be posted on Thursday–stay tuned!

We wish her all the best as she embarks upon the next phase of her career. She’ll be greatly missed, but we know she’s going on to do great things!

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Children / pupils writing on paper with a pen in the classroom. The Netherlands, location unknown. [1937].

Photo courtesy Spaarnestad Photo & Nationaal Archief:

Are you threatened by a thesis deadline? Panicking about your personal statement? Dreading your dissertation? Preoccupied by papers, posters, and proposals?

Fear not! Health Sciences Writing Consultants will resume this Sunday, 8/2.

They’re offering the same great help with all your writing woes, but with a few logistical changes:

  • All sessions will be held in Sackler 509, which is right by the small computer lab on the 5th floor.
  • For the month of August, Sunday appointments will be held from 3pm to 6pm. The usual hours of 2pm to 5pm will resume on 9/13.
  • Weekday sessions will be held from 4pm to 7pm on Thursdays, instead of Wednesdays.

You can visit to learn more or to book an appointment.

We’d like to welcome all of the new medical interns to the Tufts Medical Community!  The library is here as a resource for you.

We have books and journals that you can check out as well as e-resources which you can retrieve using your Tufts username and password.

If you have any questions or need research help please feel free to stop by the 4th floor service desk in the Sackler building or contact us here.

Serive Desk

Please join us in welcoming our newest Research and Instruction Librarian, Laura Pavlech!  Laura comes to us from Brown University where she was the Biomedical and Life Sciences Librarian.  While pursuing her degree in library science, she worked at the University of North Carolina Health Sciences Library in Chapel Hill.  She is already familiar with Tufts as she is a 2008 graduate of the Vet School!  Laura will be the primary outreach liaison to the Sackler School.  Please say hello if you see her around the library!



Congratulations to all of our 2015 graduates!


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Duette . “Commencement, 1966.” UA136.002.DO.01322r. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA.


Celebrate all of your hard work and accomplishments!  We look forward to the great work we know you will do in the future!


*Please note that this Saturday, May 16, the Service Desk on the 4th floor of Sackler will be closed, as there is a reception for graduates that will be taking place.*

Summer Café Hours begins May 15th!

Summer Hours are: Mon-Fri 7:30am – 3pm

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