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It is April of 2016, which means now is a great time to look at the Hirsh Library School Affiliation Survey from March and see how it compares to the one from October. Let’s get started!

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First thing is first: PHPD has rocked up in numbers! Dental has traditionally been the most frequently counted school in this survey, but this is the first time that Medical has been dethroned as 2nd place. And look at the number differences: The difference from first to second place is 21 people, and the difference of second to third is 15. That’s ridiculous! We are very busy people here at HHSL.

“But Tom, what about Circ this time around? Does that match up to what we’re seeing here?” Oh, of course not. As you can see here:

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Medical keeps their hold on the highest circulation of the week. However, what’s truly interesting is the strong showing of the PHPD programs and Nutrition. Look at those numbers! As someone whose whole job revolves around circulation at this library, it’s very exciting to see the growing interest in all programs across the board.

It is, generally, at this point that I go and show you something like a breakdown of the schools by floor. And therefore, I’m going to do that right now!Floors

The 7th floor is, undoubtedly, the monarch of the floors. Look at that. Medical, Dental (by a massive margin) and Sackler/PHPD programs (by a smaller but still strong margin) all love themselves the 7th floor. I still find it interesting, though, that for Dental it’s 7th and then 5th, but for Medical it’s 7th and then 6th. A difference in study habits, perhaps – Dental students might be more interested in group rooms, whereas the Medical students are looking for singular study spaces (like small tables and study carrels). It would account for the 7th floor’s popularity with both, and then the difference in second favorite.

Nutrition seems to be much more interested in being able to talk – the openness of the 5th floor (and its collaboration rooms), followed by the room-heavy 7th.

And this is where we run into a limitation with the way we’ve been doing this survey: combining PA, PHPD, MBS, and Sackler all into one category. We know that the MBS program has been growing each year, and we know that the PA program has been growing. And PHPD encapsulates a number of other degree programs. Sadly, until now, I haven’t been able to distinguish between them when looking at this survey.

Going forward, however, I’ll be able to! We’re working on some back-end adjusting of how we collect all of this data, so that way we can be much more accurate across the board while going forward. After all, accuracy leads to knowledge, and knowledge is what we’re striving for here! I’m not sure anyone at HHSL was quite prepared for the way our numbers have exploded over the last couple years, so we’re playing a bit of catch-up in a few areas to make sure we can still serve the needs of our entire community!

But you’re probably wondering how March measures up against our October Affiliation count. It looks something like this:

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It looks a lot like that! That’s surprising, kind of. Right? I mean, that is a lot of people. A. Lot. I find it interesting that Medical and Dental jumped so high (Boards and the infamous Dental Exam Block probably had a bit to do with that), but the PHPD programs dropped a little, and Nutrition bumped up slightly. Now what about the floors? How do those look?

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They look busy is what they look like. Every single floor got busier! This, of course, comes as a surprise to absolutely nobody – it’s a well known fact that we’re busier in the spring than the fall (fun fact! Currently, October is the busiest month, followed by March, and February. April is traditionally the outright busiest of the year, however, so we’ll have to see how things turn out). But still, it’s kind of cool to see that each floor went up by just about the same proportion across the board. That’s ridiculous. That’s not supposed to happen in the real world! And yet, here we are.

Finally, we have the weekdays:

Weekdays

As you may have realized by now, I deal with a ton of statistics during the year. The red bars you see above most closely resemble the regular, month-by-month bell curve of how busy each day of the week is. The busiest day of the week might shift a bit between Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but in general? It looks like that. Like a bell curve. But the blue! October did something unique, and dipped right in the middle of the week.

It’s worth noting: neither of these weeks had any major exams, and neither week had any holidays. They were chosen for both of those reasons. Perhaps that Wednesday in October was unseasonably nice, and everyone just really needed to be outside? Can’t say I blame them.

So there you have it! Our Affiliation Stats round-up. I’m already looking forward to doing some of the year-end numbers, and finding out just how crazy busy HHSL has been in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go look at something other than Excel for a few hours. Perhaps a few days.

Tom

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April 17-23 is National Spring Stress Less Week! 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!).

We know that this time of year can be overwhelming, so Hirsh Library is here to help!

We’re hosting a study break on Wednesday, 4/20 at 2:30pm. Stretch your legs and head down to the desk to enjoy a cup of tea and a snack. We’ll also have this giant roll of bubble wrap available so you can pop your frustrations away:

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In addition, the Wellness Advisor is hosting three great events that you’ll want to check out:

Benefits of Meditation: Wednesday, 4/20 from 2-4pm in Sackler 114
Learn about the benefits of meditation and practice some techniques with Dr. Christina Pastan

Scream for Ice Cream and Therapy Dogs: Thursday, 4/21 from 2:30-4:30pm in the Jaharis Courtyard
Take an ice cream break and relax with some canine companions

Wellness Advisor Drop-In: Friday, 4/22 at 2:30pm in the alcove with the black couches on SK4
Take a study break and enjoy some healthy snacks, coffee or tea, and a chat with the Wellness Advisor

 

Don’t have time to attend any of the events? Create your own study break! We’ll have origami paper and some relaxing coloring pages available down at the Library Service Desk all week.

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Zika virus. The lead crisis in Flint, Michigan. Soaring rates of childhood obesity. Climate change.

These are just some of the headlines we encounter every day that remind us of how  critical a robust and resilient public health infrastructure is for our future.

This week is National Public Health Week 2016 (http://www.nphw.org/). An initiative of the American Public Health Association (http://www.apha.org/), National Public Health Week was established to “as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.”

In honor of National Public Health Week, the Hirsh library would like to highlight its resources that help support public health. The Hirsh library is also presenting a Public Health Tools Workshop that will introduce you to resources to help you with public and community health-related research, including Healthy People 2020, APHA Public Health Policy Database and TRoPHI (Trials Register of Promoting Health Interventions).

We hope that you will attend the workshop or check out our public health research guides. After all,  public health is your health!

Public Health Tools Workshop
When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 4:00pm – 5:00pm & Friday, April 8, 2016 9:00am- 10am
Where: Sackler 510
Register at: http://bit.ly/1RW0SjX

Public & Community Health Research Guide
http://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/public_health
This guide contains resources to help you with public and community health-related research.

Boston to Mound Bayou: Columbia Point & Delta Health Center
http://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/community_health
This guide has been created to help you learn more about Tufts University’s archival materials regarding the establishment of the Columbia Point Health Center (Boston, MA) and Delta Health Center, Inc. (Mound Bayou, MS), which helped launch the community health center movement.

Environmental & Occupational Health
http://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/EnvOccHealth
Presents a variety of resources focused on environmental and occupational health.

 

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If you could be granted three wishes for Hirsh Library what would they be? It doesn’t matter if they’re big or small—we want to know!

Drop your wishes in the box down at the Library Service Desk on Sackler 4 or enter them online at bit.ly/libraryfairy now through March 18th. You just might get your wish!

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Monday, February 22nd marks the beginning of Fair Use Week, a time to celebrate the balance in copyright law that addresses freedom of speech and accelerates advancement in education, the arts, science – you name it!

If you use other people’s work, such as images, and/or create content yourself, fair use is an important aspect of copyright law you should know about.  Before you add those images, tables, and figures to your next paper or load those excerpts up on TUSK and Trunk or post that content to your website, consider whether or not copyright law allows it.  Fair use may just be the reason you can.

But how do you know??  Never fear, Hirsh Health Sciences Library is here to help!  We provide information about fair use, including the factors to weigh when determining if you can reuse a work.  You can also send us your specific questions for some guidance on making a decision.

Lastly, join us for a workshop on using images next week.  We’ll survey and search image collections licensed by Tufts and in the public domain.  We will also discuss options for storage, display, and citing sources.  The session will be repeated.  Attend in Sackler 510, either on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 4-5pm or Friday, February 26, 2016, 9-10am.

Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz

 

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Schoolwork stressing you out? Got the winter blues? Hirsh Library and the Student Advisory & Health Administration Office (SAHA)  are here to help! We love you and know you’re working hard, so we’re joining forces to bring you a week filled with fun activities to help you de-stress.

Here are the events in the library:

Tuesday 2/9, 2:30pm
Library Study Break: Afternoon Tea
Take a study break and join us on Sackler 4 for tea and treats

Thursday 2/11 and Friday 2/12, 12pm
Library Fun Lab: Valentine’s Crafts
Drop-in and make a valentine! We’ll have a variety of supplies out so you can craft something to show your love or appreciation for a friend, family member, or that special someone (your favorite librarian, perhaps?).

Keep an eye out for SAHA’s events on Wednesday and Friday:

Wednesday 2/10, All Day
Kisses and Inspiration
The Student Wellness Advisor will be roaming around campus delivering sweets and encouragement

Friday 2/12, 2pm
Unconditional Love from Furry Friends
Come to Sackler 114 and unwind before the holiday weekend with therapy dogs, healthy snacks, and a chocolate fountain!

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February is Thesis/Capstone/ALE Boot Camp Month!

During the month of February, Hirsh Library will be offering a 4-part ‘boot camp’ for students  undertaking a thesis, Capstone or ALE project.

Workshops are held on Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm and then repeated on Fridays 9:00am-10:00am. Workshops will be held in Sackler 510.

Intro to the Lit Review
Wednesday, Feb. 3 & Friday, Feb. 5

Tools to Manage Writing
Wednesday, Feb. 10 & Friday, Feb. 12

Citation Tool Overview
Wednesday, Feb. 17 & Friday, Feb. 19

Using Images
Wednesday, Feb. 24 & Friday, Feb.26

 

Registration is encouraged: http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops

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Our new website has been live for almost a month and we hope you’ve had the chance to explore it! If not, take a moment to familiarize yourself with all the great updates.

Here are some of our favorite new features :

  • The new website has a more enhanced user experience for mobile devices.
  • The most popular links, including PubMed and UpToDate, will still be at users’ fingertips within the Quick Links section.
  • Users can view the latest hours for the Café with a link to the menu for the week.
  • The new website includes the added “Available Technology” feature with the number of items  available for checkout in real time.

To access our new website navigate to:http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu.

We welcome all feedback! You can share your experience here .

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Still need a new year’s resolution? How about resolving to make 2016 the year to enhance your research skills? We can help you with that!

The Hirsh Library’s Open Workshop series will provide you with the tips and tricks you need to get the most of the research process.

Open workshops are held in  on Wednesdays from 4-5pm and then repeated on Fridays from 9-10am. All workshops are held in Sackler 510.

Registration for January workshops is now open!

PubMed: the Basics
January 13 & 15
March 16 & 18
April 13 & 15

BaSiCSss for TUSDM 2nd & 3rd  Year Students
January 20 & 22

EndNote: the Basics
January 27 & 29
March 23 & 25

Thesis/Capstone/ALE Boot Camp Month!
February 3 & 5 – Intro to the Literature Review
February 10 & 12 – Tools to Manage Writing
February 17 & 19 – Citation Tool Overview
February 24 & 26  – Using Images

Database Crash Course!
March 2 & 4

Systematic Reviews: Laying the Groundwork
March 9 & 11
April 27 & 29

Web of Science & Scopus
March 30
April 1

Public Health Tools (Public Health Week 2016)
April 6 & 8

Mendeley: the Basics
 April 20 & 22

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All of us here at Hirsh would like to wish you a happy and healthy new year!

 

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The library will be closing at 2pm today and will reopen Monday, January 4th at 7:45am. See you in 2016!

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