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That’s right- your favorite Tufts library is now on Instagram! We want to see how you study (or not) at the library, and want to hear from you what you’d like to see on our account.

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  • @tuftshhsl
  • #hhslstudybreak or
  • #stuckinhhsl

What do you think? What kinds of photos would you like to see from the library? Any great ideas on how we can encourage you to interact with our new account? Let us know via email or in the comments!

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Congratulations to our Associate Director, Debbie Berlanstein, who contributed to the article “Method for the Systematic Reviews on Occupational Therapy and Neurodegenerative Diseases,” published in the January/February 2014 issue of The American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Debbie served as a librarian consultant on the research project, performing searches for studies that were later synthesized by the other authors. The goal was to give practicing occupational therapists good evidence for questions that arise in their day-to-day work. You can find the article here.

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Debbie has signed on for the next installment, which the team will be working on this year.

In related news, Debbie will be teaching a workshop about her experiences working on a Cochrane Systematic Review from 12-1pm on February 13th in Sackler 510. Come check it out!

 

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The Hirsh Library will soon be subscribing to Natural Standard – the leading evidence-based resource on alternative and complementary medicine.

You can find information like:

  • Professional and Bottom-Line monographs on thousands of CAM therapies
  • Evidence-graded lists of CAM therapies for diseases and conditions
  • Drug interaction and symptom checkers
  • Calculators and patient handouts

Explore the database today through our trial!

 

In an effort to gain more insight into how HHSL spends its time, we have begun taking statistics on all of our patron interactions.

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Don’t worry! We don’t record any information that would make an individual identifiable; however, we do need to know what your status is and which school or center you are a part of. When we ask who you are after having an interaction with you, it is merely for our recording purposes. (And if we forget to ask these questions, if you voluntarily tell us we would be delighted!)

So what kinds of patterns are we looking for when collecting this data? We are looking at statistics such as:

  • which groups use the library most frequently,
  • what types of questions we get,
  • how long it takes to answer questions,
  • when we seem to be the busiest throughout the week and day, and
  • how many interactions we have with our patrons in a given amount of time
 

The library fondly remembers Dr. Richard Blacher, a generous advocate of the library who had a great interest in his field and treated all with kindness and humor. He passed away peacefully at Tufts Medical Center last night, January 16th 2014.

In Memoriam

Dr. Blacher practiced psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center and in Waban, Mass. for over 65 years. After graduating from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1948 he did his residency in Psychiatry at NYU  and Mount Sinai Schools of Medicine. During his illustrious career at Tufts, “Dick” became nationally known for his contributions in the psychiatric care and counseling of patients with cardiac disorders. He was an integral part of Tuft’s heart transplant program, and the hospital and his colleagues will dearly miss him.

 

You may have recently heard about a new feature related to PubMed called PubMed Commons. The Commons was imagined as a place for researchers to provide thoughtful comments or commentary on published items found in PubMed. From NCBI:

“… this service is an initiative of the NIH leadership in response to repeated requests by the scientific community for such a forum to be part of PubMed. We hope that PubMed Commons will leverage the social power of the internet to encourage constructive criticism and high quality discussions of scientific issues that will both enhance understanding and provide new avenues of collaboration within the community.”

Who is eligible?
  • Those who have a published abstract, article, review, letter, editorial, etc. indexed in PubMed
How can I participate?
  1. Sign up for a MyNCBI account if you don’t already have one
  2. Get an invite:
    1. Check to see if your email is already in the database of eligible participants by going here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedcommons/join/
    2. OR ask a colleague already active in the Commons to send you an invite
    3. OR send your first and last name and .edu email address to a librarian, and it will be submitted as a list for NCBI to register (then use the link above)
  3. After signing up, log in to your NCBI account before you begin browsing/searching PubMed
  4. You will then see a link on every abstract view that allows you to add a comment to that record
Some guidelines:

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Hello everyone!  The library has recently added some new titles to its collection.  Here are a few, make sure to check them out:

  1. The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson.
  2. A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic—and How We Can End It by M.D. Deborah Cohen
  3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. Do Good Well: Your Guide to Leadership, Action, and Social Innovation by Nina Vasan
  5. The Cure in the Code: How 20th Century Law is Undermining 21st Century Medicine by Peter W. Huber
  6. Enhancing the Professional Culture of Academic Health Science Centers: Creating and Sustaining Research Communities edited by Thomas S. Inui and Richard M. Frankel

Is there a book that you’d like to see on our shelves?  Let us know by filling out this form: http://www.library.tufts.edu/hsl/resources/purchase_request.html

 

We’d like to give a warm welcome to Berika Williams, who has just joined us as the new Emerging Technologies and Web Librarian here at Hirsh.  She comes to us from Victoria College, University of Houston where she was the Web Services Librarian.  When she’s not at the library she enjoys cycling, web design, sewing, music, and screenwriting!  Speaking of screenwriting, she was once the production secretary for the pilot season of  “Texas Justice”, a television court show that ran for a few seasons on Fox!  She loves Boston so far and is looking forward to enhancing  library technology used to support the medical programs at Tufts.  If you see her around the library please feel free to say hello and welcome her to Tufts.

 

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Do you have a new year’s resolution to better understand how the library and its resources can help improve your research? You should! Join us at the Hirsh Library for our Information Mastery series January 6-10th to learn about just a few things the library has to offer! Wish you could master the art of PubMed? Wondering about some of the other resources the library has access to for building your collection of resources or exploring bioinformatics topics? Is a poster or abstract submission in your future?

Register HERE to attend one or all of the workshops and start the new year with new skills to make you a better, more efficient researcher!

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*Please note that all workshops will begin and end promptly. Please enter and exit quietly and feel free to email or call if you have questions that did not get addressed adequately. Food and drink are permitted in the library, but please have lids on liquids and be responsible about messes.
 

It’s nearing the end of term and what better way to expand your research skills than to attend an HHSL Open Workshop?!

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The next one is Wednesday, December 18th from 12-1pm in Sackler 510.  This session will cover the ins and outs of Web of Knowledge, including:

  • how to construct a keyword search
  • how finding one good article on a topic can lead to other articles on the same thing
  • and how to find out who else is working on your topic of interest

It’s sure to become your new best friend for research! Space is limited, so please REGISTER HERE by December 17th, 2013.

You may sign up and view future workshops here.  We hope to see you there!

 

 

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