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In this installment of Ask Leo patrons are introduced to our services that require online booking.  Leo covers Collaboration Rooms, Writing Consultants, and HHSL Open Workshops!


Ask Leo Episode Eight: Online Booking from Tufts HHSL on Vimeo.

Between 3pm and 5pm this Thursday 4/23, HHSL will be welcoming some very special guests: Tufts Paws for People!

Boo, Albert, Koda, and Raven will be here to cure your stress with their cuteness! Join them in 507 for an adorable study break.


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Boo! Photo courtesy of Tufts Paws for People

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Albert! Photo courtesy of Tufts Paws for People

Courtesy of Tufts Paws for People

Koda! Photo courtesy of Tufts Paws for People

Courtesy of Tufts Paws for People

Raven! Photo courtesy of Tufts Paws for People

MKSAP for Students 5 : Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program and Internal Medicine Essentials for Clerkship Students are no longer available via the STAT!Ref platform. While STAT!Ref no longer offers these titles, the HHSL is actively seeking comparable replacements for these important tools.

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to be in contact with us.


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We always hope our crafts help you relax and have a bit of fun, but in honor of National Stress Awareness Month, we chose the ones this week with stress reduction specifically in mind.

We’ll have glass stones you can decorate to motivate you, make you smile, or give you a bit of luck on your work! We’ll also have some coloring pages so you can engage in meditative coloring…or just make a sweet dinosaur to stick on the wall of your study carrel. And, as always, we’ll have a bunch of construction paper, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes so you can let your creativity run wild!

So stop by the 4th floor desk starting at 2pm and unwind!


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It’s National Stress Awareness Month!

Take a moment to breathe deep, go for a stroll, do some stretches, or play a game (don’t forget, we have some at the Library Service Desk!).

You could also do this, but we don’t recommend it:


Stress Reduction(Eamon Curry| CC BY 2.0 )

Here at Hirsh Library, we’ll have some activities throughout the month to help you de-stress, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out some of the stress-reduction and relaxation tools up on the Tufts’ Counseling & Mental Health Services website.


The crew here at Hirsh Health Sciences Library love our mascot, Leo the skeleton. He appears in our videos, hosts exciting holiday events (like our Valentine’s Day Kissing Booth), and he might even bring you #CoffeeOnCall. As we usher in the month of April, we decided to repay Leo for all of his hard work by giving him the gift of facial reconstruction. Forensic facial reconstruction is a fascinating field, blending art and science to recreate faces based on the characteristics of the skull. Enjoy this brief video from the Smithsonian Channel on the practice.

Recently, we’ve been able to see for the first time the faces of many individuals lost to history, from J.S. Bach to Richard III to colonists from Jamestown. Doesn’t Leo deserve, nay DEMAND the same treatment as great minds such as William Shakespeare and Copernicus?

Without further ado, I would like to unveil Leo, the true face of the Hirsh Health Sciences Library.


Or, you know, I really would like to. But we ran out of money a little bit into the process. We hope to finish this project someday, but man…those artists are GOOD, and good work doesn’t come cheap. In the meantime, gaze fondly at Leo while he…um…stares you down? Invades your psyche? Haunts your nightmares? I don’t know, I’m not the boss of you. Happy April!*




*Happy April Fools everyone! Also, Leo is made of plastic, he’s noone’s earthly remains…but I do wonder what (or WHO) he’d look like.

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We’d like to give a shout out to the Sackler School for National Bunsen Burner Day.  Today we commemorate the birth of the German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen, born in 1811.


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A Bunsen burner is a long, hollow tube and when combining gas and air, a hot flame is produced.


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Take a moment to appreciate this device and its value in science!

The first of our extended hours for 2015 will be this weekend, March 28th-29th, and the Hirsh Library Service Desk will be open 10 am to 10 pm.   Our building will be open a bit later on Saturday. Swipe access will end as usual at 11PM, but you may remain in the library until 2AM!  So if you find yourself lost in study you won’t have to leave by midnight.  Good luck with your exams!


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Congratulations class of 2015 on your match!  Match Day is an annual event that began in 1952 where medical students learn where they will have their residency program.  On Friday, March 20th the service desk on the 4th floor will be closed from 11am-2pm to accommodate celebrations for this event.  All other floors will be open for study.  Please plan on obtaining laptops and reserve items prior to 11am if you need them.  Thank you!


Match Day 2014

Match Day 2014

Hello everyone! Next week, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be doing its semi-annual Affiliation Week Survey. What this means for you is that 4 times a day, a staff member will come around and ask every person in the library what school they’re affiliated with (Medical, Dental, Sackler, Friedman, etc). We are not asking for any identifying information, just school affiliation. In fact, this is the entire Affiliation Survey that we use:

Affiliation Survey

We do this semi-annually so we can make sure we have the best data about our user base, which lets us allocate resources appropriately to best serve all of the patrons on the Health Sciences campus.

You have a couple options for a response: you can always actually tell us (and we’re always happy to talk to you!). However, if you prefer to not speak, you’re welcome to leave your ID next to you while you study, or you can grab a piece of scrap paper from either the 4th or 5th floor desk, and write it down there. If you choose to do that, please make sure the ID or scrap paper is out in the open next to you. If you’re in a group study room with a group, you can write how many members of what schools are represented in the room, and tape it to the outside of the study room door (example: “5 Medical, 3 Dental, 1 Nutrition”).

Just please remember to take down any signs you put up, and to remove any IDs or papers you put on the desks by you.

If you have any questions or concerns at all, don’t hesitate to ask us! You can call us at 617-636-6706, e-mail us at, visit our live chat on the Ask Us page, or even just swing by the desk on the 4th floor and chat to us in person.

Thank you for your assistance with this, and we look forward to a nice smooth Affiliation Week!

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