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You’ve probably noticed a number of changes to the seating in the library over the past few months! This spring, we spent a lot of time looking at how you use our space and thinking about what we can do to improve it. Overall, two main goals emerged:  to add more standing work spaces and more individual study spaces.

Here’s a floor-by-floor update on everything we’ve done:

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We transformed unused journal shelves into a standing height counter and bought some high stools to make the space flexible. We added extra power outlets to the walls and you’ll also find a new device charging station with cords for all your devices at the far left edge of the counter. And if the seating area now looks a bit empty, it’s because we have a bunch of chairs out getting reupholstered! They’ll be back soon.

 

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5th Floor Standing Counter

Continuing with our quest to add standing workspaces, we built a counter on the 5th floor and put two of our public computers on it. There are outlets at counter-height so you can charge your devices while you work. We also added a standing desk like the ones on the 6th and 7th floors.

 

6th floor

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There weren’t any major changes to the 6th floor, but we rearranged the furniture a bit and added a second standing desk as well as 8 new study carrels!

 

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Since the 7th floor is a quiet study floor, it made sense to replace a number of the tables in the open study area with carrels for individual study. We added 40 new carrels total. 12 of them replaced older style carrels and the rest are brand new study spots. And we purchased new chairs to go with all of them!

We also undertook a redistribution of furniture in the study rooms. We systematically went through every room and tried to rearrange the furniture in a way that made most sense—this mostly boiled down to making sure that each room had an appropriate number of chairs.

 

Let us know what you think! We always want to hear your ideas.

 

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Starting today, October 7th, a personal account will be required to access the full features of the LWW Health Library. Creating a personal account ensures that you will be able to print from resources and save materials to PDF, such as eBook chapters.

Personal accounts for the LWW Health Library are free for members of the Tufts community. If you have any questions, please call us at 617-636-6705 or email us at hhsl@tufts.edu.

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Please note that we have reduced hours on Monday, October 10th for Columbus Day.  The library service desk will be open from 12pm-7pm. We hope you all enjoy the long weekend!

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October open workshops are just around the corner! If you’re interested in any of the workshops below, we encourage you to register here.

  • Web of Science & Scopus, October 5th @ 4-5pm
  • Point-of-Care & Mobile Resources, October 11th @ 9-10am | October 12th @ 4-5pm
  • Data Management Essentials, October 18th @ 9-10am | October 19th @ 4-5pm
  • Disseminating Your Research, October 25th @ 9-10am | October 26th @ 4-5pm

Interested in a workshop, but can’t make it due to a scheduling conflict? You can always request a workshop on demand if you and at least one other person would like to attend! More information about workshops on demand can be found here.

 

 

September 19 – 23 is National Postdoc Appreciation Week (or NPAW, which is a great acronym).

Last year, Tufts had ~190 postdocs working in a variety of disciplines in Boston, Grafton and Medford.  Almost half of those postdocs were here on the Health Sciences Campus, so chances are you know a postdoc!  Take this opportunity to thank them for their tireless hard work and dedication to research.

 

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The semester just started but we know you’re already hard at work! Take a moment to stretch your legs and join us down at the Library Service at 2:30pm on Wednesday for a quick study break. Have a cup of tea, a snack, and enjoy a chat with your fellow students!

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As the Fall semester begins, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library is ready to launch the next series of Open Workshops! These workshops will cover many different research topics, such as learning how to begin a literature search, managing your citations with EndNote, learning about open access, and more. See our Open Workshops page for more information, including complete workshop descriptions and schedules.

We’d also like to introduce Workshops on Demand. If you and your colleagues are interested in a workshop, but cannot attend due to a conflicting schedule, you can now request a Workshop on Demand: just let us know what your group is interested in, and we’ll create a workshop that works for you!

If you have any questions about Open Workshops, or Workshops on Demand, please call the library service desk at 617-636-6705, or email us at hhsl@tufts.edu.

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The Hirsh Health Sciences Library would like to warmly welcome incoming students at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy! During your orientation, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the Hirsh library and learn about the many ways we can support you.

During orientation, you’ll also get to meet your liaison librarian,  Amy LaVertu. If you have any questions, or need help, please don’t hesitate to contact  her (amy.lavertu@tufts.edu). Amy would be happy to meet with you over a cup of coffee to discuss how to take your research skills to the next level, so don’t be shy about getting in touch!

Lastly, if you want to learn more about library resources for nutrition, check out our Nutrition research guide: http://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/nutrition_guide

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We look forward to meeting you!

 

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We want to tell you about some recent changes to pay-for-print here at the Hirsh Library.

First, you may have noticed that we now have several new laser printers! Yeah!

Second, what you may not have noticed, is that there has also been a change made to how you send documents to the printers at the Hirsh Library.

When you send a document to the printer, you will now be asked to provide your Tufts User Name (i.e. jsmith01)  and then create a name for the print job.

If you use a Guest Card, you will enter the 9-digit number printed on the front of the card and then create a name for the print job.

This what you will see when you send a document to the printer:

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When you swipe your ID (or Guest Card) to release your print job, you will only see your print job listed. This means no more scrolling through other people’s print jobs!

If you have any questions about the changes to pay-for-print, please don’t hesitate to let us know at: hhsl@tufts.edu

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Hirsh has a collection of rare, centuries-old books and artifacts that have accumulated over the years—they are housed on the 6th floor of the Sackler building and are available to you for library use only.

This summer we undertook a most enjoyable clean-up project (for the book-lover/ history-nut) of the Special Collections room: re-classifying and cataloging hundreds of dusty, old books from their Library of Congress call numbers to National Library of Medicine, and creating new archival ID strips while conducting preservation tasks as needed.

Many thanks are due to Stack Assistants Rebecca Philio and Tiffany Wong for their help and support. The project has now reached completion and was a great success!

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