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Did you know that PubMed has just undergone a major “facelift” as of January 1, 2020? Is this news to you? Not sure where to begin? Please come to one of our “Introducing the *New* PubMed” workshops and learn more about how changes to PubMed will impact the way you search it. This workshop will discuss both what’s new to PubMed and what has remained unchanged. If you are a long-time PubMed user, this workshop is for you!

Introducing the *New* PubMed – register

Thursday, January 23, 2020 

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Hirsh Library 510

 

Introducing the *New* PubMed -register

Thursday, January 30, 2020 

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Hirsh Library 510

 

 

Through mid-February, Hirsh Library is home to the traveling exhibit Physicians Assistants: Collaboration and Care. This exhibition was developed by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, in partnership with the Physician Assistant History Society, and showcases the history and evolution of the profession. You will find it on our 6th floor, just outside the main elevators. To learn more about the exhibition, please visit the official exhibition site. We hope you will come by to check it out!

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Hi everyone!  Happy December. But we are here to talk about October, so…Happy October in Retrospect.

As you may recall, back in October we walked around and asked you all what school you were with. Well, this is the result!

Vertical bar graph of how many people from each program were counted in the library

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We counted a lot of people! I for one am glad you all like us here. A few people have asked me if there were any surprises with this data, but honestly, not really. The Dental school coming in at 1274, Medical coming in at 1080, and Friedman coming in third with 231 is all the sort of thing I am used to seeing in these numbers. Which is not to say it’s bad! It’s actually quite nice to see how consistent we’ve been over the years, especially as we keep adding more and more seating (and subsequently see these numbers grow even larger from time to time).

Now for the unaware, we tend to time this survey so that we get a full week’s worth of data, even if they days themselves are spread out over the course of a month (randomized, with certain accounting for things like Indigenous Peoples’ Day). This is what that “week” ended up looking like this time:

Vertical bar graph of the number of people counted for each day of a calendar week

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I found this data to be the surprising data. Friday was our busiest day! We counted 674 people on the Friday we did this, and that is astonishing to me. Wednesday being 642 makes sense, and traditionally the busiest day of the week for us tends to alternate between Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and Saturday being the slowest at 281 sounds right to me. Heck, even Sunday only being 284 seems right. But Friday being the busiest day for counting? I am truly surprised by that.

Naturally, because I am me, I also broke this data up by time of the day and by floor, like so:

Vertical bar graph of the number of people counted for each time we walked around for the count

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Vertical bar graph of the number of people counted on each floor

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Remember earlier, when I was talking about the school/program breakdown being what I expected? Well, the times and floors are pretty typical of what I see month-to-month with our other data, but this is a great way to take a look at a day in the life of the library. We get crazy busy right around lunch, stay that way through the afternoon, there’s a slight tapering off around dinner, and then then the number of people in the library drops by the final count of the night (in this case, from 959 people at 6pm down to 328 at 3pm).

That graph of the floor count is frankly one of my favorite pieces of data in the library. We have been adding so many chairs and so much more furniture over the years the the amount of people on the 7th floor just keeps going up, and as of this past October we were counting over double the amount of people on that floor as any other! Just look at that: the 7th floor had 1605 people counted on it, and the 5th floor came in second at a distance (less than half!) 769 people. That’s nuts. I’m sure it doesn’t surprise anybody who’s been up there, of course, but it’s still nuts.

 

Vertical bar graph of circulation data from July-November

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Finally, to bring it all home and give you a spot of context, this graph is the Circulation data from July – November, which as of writing is the most recent data I have. To be clear, it is the number of checkouts per month, not the number of people who have checked things out (because if you check out a skull, a laptop, and a book, that could just be 1 person, but 3 checkouts. See how it works?). October is far and away the most checkouts, at 2616 – September is a relatively distant second at 1924. Given the change in some curricula on campus, I don’t know what to expect for the spring this year – generally, October and April are our busiest months, but time will tell! Hopefully I’ll have some interesting stories from the data come my next summer retrospective.

Well, thank you for reading! I hope this fall brought good things for you, and I hope the winter (and subsequent spring) bring even better! Have a great day everyone, and if you come by the desk on the 4th floor make sure to say hi! I’ll probably be there.

-Tom-

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It’s our favorite time of year! Yes, that’s right. It’s turkey time!

Starting at 12pm this Thursday 11/21 and Friday 11/22, you can stop by the Library Service Desk and create your own feathered friend to bring home to Mom (or back to your study carrel). We’ll have a variety of materials out so you can create anything your heart desires, from the simple and majestic hand turkey (our personal favorite) to some 3D  pinecone poultry.

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Tattered maple leaf in late summer. Photo: Wendy, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Are you ready to make this November New-vember by learning a new skill? If you have been meaning to learn how to use a citation management tool, then this is your month!

In addition to the following workshops offered by the Hirsh Library, the Tufts DataLab Assistants will be offering a special workshop on Python.

As always, workshops are open to everyone on the Tufts Health Sciences Campus and no previous experience is required.

To see full descriptions and to register for these workshops, please visit: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops 

 

November workshops:

An Intro to Python for Data Analysis  – 11/4  2:00pm – 3:30pm (Room 514)

Mendeley: the Basics – 11/7 12noon – 1pm (Room 510)

Zotero: the Basics – 11/14 12noon – 1pm (Room 510)

 

 

Pumpkin time is here! Take a break from studying and flex your creative muscles at the Library Service Desk this Thursday and Friday. Hirsh Pumpkin Patch will open at 12pm each day and we’ll have all the supplies you need to create a gorgeous gourd  to adorn your apartment or study carrel.

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I know. The term “equity” is trending. But there is something to the hype. The theme for this year’s Open Access (OA) Week, which we celebrate from October 21st-27th, is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”

We’ve made some real strides with OA over the years, that is, making research literature freely available on the Internet with few copyright or license restriction. The list of reputable OA publishers is growing, we’re developing more comprehensive appraisals of a journal’s quality, and we’re making impactful strides to rebalance the economics involved in communicating research. But when I say “we,” I unfortunately do not mean that all scholars, authors, researchers, and practitioners, geographically or economically speaking, are equally represented.

As Nick Shockey, founding Director of the Right to Research Coalition, among other things, poses these timely questions in his blog post about this year’s OA Week theme:

  • Whose interests are being prioritized in the actions we take and in the platforms that we support?
  • Whose voices are excluded? Are underrepresented groups included as full partners from the beginning?
  • Are we supporting not only open access but also equitable participation in research communication?

The answers to these questions are not all obvious or easily acted upon. But these questions are our challenge. They provide focus and guidance for how to continue to grow, repair, and refine how we create and communicate research. Read more about OA at https://sites.tufts.edu/scholarlycommunication/open-access/

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This Fall, we will be featuring a series of posts spotlighting different citation management tools. What is a citation management tool? Citation management tools are programs that enable you to keep track of your research, manage citations, generate bibliographies in various citation styles (e.g., APA, JAMA, Chicago), and organize PDFs. These tools work directly with word processing programs such as Word and Google Docs. They may also allow you to directly download and edit article PDFs, and insert figures with captions into manuscripts. Popular citation management tools includes EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero.

Our second post in this series will focus on the marvelous and free citation tool, Mendeley!  As with other citation tools, Mendeley allows you to collect and organize references, generate bibliographies and insert citations into a manuscript.

Additionally, Mendeley allows you to:

  • Install a One-click Web Importer to import references from research databases and websites directly from your web browser of choice
  • Create Watch Folders to automatically add PDFs to Mendeley Desktop
  • Collaborate using Groups with other researchers by creating a Mendeley account on Mendeley.com
  • Store up to 2GB free of PDFs attached to references (Private Group storage space: 100MB)
  • Annotate and highlight PDFs
  • Organizes PDF files through tagging

 

Mendeley is freely available to all; you do not need a Tufts University UTLN and password or library login to download Mendeley!

Want to learn more about Mendeley and how to get started?

I know what you’re thinking.

“What the heck is Data Carpentry?” “What does Social Science have to do with woodworking?” “Is the Library trying to hoodwink me into building bookshelves?”

But wait, we’re not talking about this kind of carpentry…

We’re talking Data Carpentry, which is part of the larger Carpentries organization. Workshops presented under the umbrella of the Carpentries are designed to teach foundational coding and data science skills to researchers. The lessons are designed with data-intensive research in mind and no previous experience with any of the tools being taught is expected. You don’t even need to be a social scientist! Anyone wishing to learn the introductory computational skills needed for data management and analysis in a research environment is welcome to attend.

This FREE (yes free!) Data Carpentry workshop will cover R, OpenRefine, and best practices for working with Spreadsheets. You do not need any prior knowledge of these tools to attend. Come prepared to work, to ask questions, and learn along with your fellow carpenters. No, not THAT type of carpenter…

Carpenter Bee by Raghunath Thirumalaisamy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Join us on October 21 and 22, 2019 for this fun and informative workshop. Registration is FREE. For more information, the Code of Conduct, and to register, please go  here: https://tufts-carpentries.github.io/2019-10-21-tuftsHirsh/.

For more information about the Carpentries @ Tufts, visit us here.

 

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We’re pleased to announce that October Workshops@Hirsh are almost here! In addition to workshops offered by the Hirsh Library, there are also several workshops offered by the Tufts DataLab Assistants.

As always, workshops are open to everyone on the Tufts Health Sciences Campus and no previous experience is required. Come to our workshops – where learning new tricks will be a treat!

To see full descriptions and to register for these workshops, please visit: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops 

 

Right to the Source: Locating U.S. Health Data – 10/3 (Room 510)

Storymaps: Not your Average Presentation – 10/7 (Room 514)

Intro to Health Science Info on the Internet – 10/10 (Room 510)

Introduction To Basic Linux Workshop – 10/15  (Room 514)

EndNote: the Basics – 10/17 (Room 510)

Introduction To Tufts HPC Cluster Workshop – 10/22  (Room 514)

Research Metrics – 10/24 (Room 510)

A Gentle Intro to R – 10/29  (Room 514)

Patents for Health Sciences Research – 10/31 (Room 510)

 

 
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