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Sixth Floor Classroom 2It’s been a busy summer up on the 6th floor and we’re pleased to report that the new classroom is on track to open on October 1st! The work on the administrative offices is set to finish up soon after. Since the floor is still a work in progress, please continue to study on other floors until the renovations are completed.

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If you are a student returning to higher education after a lengthy absence, we hope that you’ll come to the library social event on Friday, September 19 from 2:30-4pm in Special Collections (6th floor). Got little ones? Bring them, too!
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HHSL is pleased to announce that we will be live streaming some of the TEDMED 2014 sessions in the Sackler 510 computer lab.

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Schedule: 

Wednesday, September 10

1pm-2:45pm: “We Just Don’t Know”

4:45pm-6:15pm: “Flat Out Amazing”

Thursday, September 11

8:30am-10:10am: “Stealing Smart”

4:30pm-6:05pm: “Play is Not a Waste of Time”

Friday, September 12

11am-12:40pm: “Weird and Wonderful”

2:30-4pm: “I Was Just Thinking Too Small”

Session descriptions can be found here.

If there is enough interest in a session that we were unable to broadcast live, we may be able to arrange an on-demand viewing at a later date. Please contact katherine.morley@tufts.edu if you would like to request a session or have any questions.

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Now that everyone is back on campus and settled into their routine, the HHSL is beginning our Open Workshop series on Thursdays from noon-1pm in Sackler 510. These one hour classes are open to anyone affiliated with Tufts University or the Hirsh Health Sciences Library, and cover a wide range of relevant and interesting topics.

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Our kick-off event is this Thursday, and will include snacks, as we take you through some of the most popular FAQs about using and accessing the library resources. You can find all of the upcoming classes and their descriptions on our Open Workshops calendar page.

Registration is required for the workshops, and you are absolutely allowed to eat and drink responsibly in the computer lab!

Come learn with us!

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Join us this Friday, September 5th at 12 noon in Sackler 604 for our first book talk of the academic year. Bring your lunch and enjoy coffee and cookies courtesy of the library!
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Copies of the book will be available for purchase at a discounted price of $15.00, cash or check, for those with a Tufts University or Tufts Medical Center ID.

On Monday, August 18, we are performing maintenance on the library catalog and related services. You will be unable to access the following: the Library Catalog; requesting in the catalog and in BLC WorldCat; FindIt@Tufts; My Account; Course Reserves. Normal service should resume at the start of business on Tuesday, August 19th. We will update you if there are any changes.

During this downtime, the following research and borrowing resources WILL be available: JumboSearch (for searching but limited Tufts library info); the Database Finder; BLC WorldCat (for searching but not requesting); ILLiad for document delivery requests; Electronic Journals; ResearchGuides@Tufts.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you!

Painting by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Giuseppe Arcimboldo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

As a newbie fresh out of library school, I jumped at the chance to intern at Tufts Hirsh Health Sciences Library.  It’s been quite the glimpse into a highly specialized environment, and I’m enjoying all that I’ve been learning about health science librarianship so far (and boy, is there a lot to learn).  I think that the state of health science librarianship today has this wonderful positioning to tackle issues of access to health care and quality health information, as well as understanding and reducing health inequities.  To me, the nature of librarianship is at its heart beating with social justice compassion and applying the lens of health and medicine makes it even more meaningful with the added bonus of research!

It’s been extremely worthwhile to experience and observe just the daily goings on behind the scenes at an institution like Tufts. I’m glad for the chance to sit in during library instruction sessions, committee meetings, and just to be generally included. I am happy to be on as many committees and take on whatever projects I can get my hands on.  Not many of my internships have been as inclusive as this, and  I’m amiss that I won’t have the chance to be a part of future innovation and teams like data management.  I am grateful for my time at Tufts HHSL, and look forward to taking what I have learned to nurture a career in public health focused library institutions.

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Now that we are approaching the end of summer and creeping closer to the fall start of all of our various programs here on the Boston Campus, we here at Hirsh thought it could be a bit enlightening to take a quick look back at some of the statistics we collected from the last academic year.

A good place to start on things like this is with the broad numbers, and then narrow our way down. This past year, we counted 116,521 visitors to our library and circulated items 26,700 times! That’s fantastic! Frankly, we expect the next year to be even busier, because we keep getting new items and re-examining ways to use what we already have; all geared toward assisting you, our patrons (keep your eyes peeled here for those announcements!).

But you may find yourself wondering what the busiest months were for Hirsh. Well that’s easy enough to share. For instance: in terms of total visitors counted in our library, April was far and above the busiest month at 14,576 people. In fact, the busiest day of the year for our seating was April 9, when we counted 1,007 people here! Here, take a look at our month by month breakdown:

Monthly Stats

Kind of wild, huh? The jump from August to September is crazy (more than doubled!), but what I found really interesting was how busy we got in the fall when compared to the Spring. That right there is the difference between exams for classes and the dreaded Boards (plus, you know…class exams that let you graduate).

How does this match up against our Circulation statistics, though? Well, take a look yourself:

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Fewer people come to the desk than come to the library as a whole. That’s just the natural way of things. During the year, the amount of people checking things out vs using the library space at all fluctuated between 17.5% and 38%, but in general stayed around 22% – just between 1/5 and 1/4 of everyone coming here.

As you can plainly see, the circulation stats follow the same general pattern of the overall counts, but don’t quite mirror them. In fact, in terms of circulation, October was actually the busiest month, with 3,095 checkouts.

Circ Stats

Interestingly, though, October is only the busiest month for the desk. The busiest individual day was actually April 8th, at 220 checkouts even. Second busiest? April 9th, with 205. In fact, April accounts for six of the busiest ten circulation days in the last academic year. March and December split the remaining four spots equally. And despite being the busiest month, October doesn’t even appear on the busiest days list until spot number fifteen.

Go figure.

What most likely accounts for that is the way exams are spread out. During the fall, it’s steady – one a week, two a week, so on and so forth. But April is final exams, which all get packed up into the beginning of the month, where all six of those days came from. Then it falls off and gets quieter (although not Summer quiet). So April’s a bit more of a flash in the pan than October.

Finally, I leave you with these last two bits of information: when we’re busiest at the Service Desk, by weekday and by hour. So if you were ever wondering about the quietest times to come borrow books and equipment, now you’ll know!

Days of the Week

 

(Hint: not during lunch mid-week)

 

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Have a good summer, and we’ll see you soon!

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Happy Construction!

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HHSL is pleased to announce that this summer we will be adding a new classroom to the 6th floor! Library Administration will move into the main library offices and Sackler 606-609 will be turned into one larger room. Construction is set to begin in late July. 

Stay tuned for updates!

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Want to win a gift card for a 1 hour massage at Massage Envy?  From noon-1PM July 7th-10th there will be a raffle put on by the Tufts Student National Dental Association.  Tickets can be bought near the Food for Thought Cafe during these times.  The cost is $3 for 1 or 2 for $5.