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A few weeks back we asked faculty to participate in a survey about impressions of open access scholarly literature, that is, literature which is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.  A big thank you to everyone who responded to the Tufts Scholarly Communication Team survey.  A similar survey was also conducted in the fall of 2011.  As promised, here are some quick numbers from both the 2011 and 2013 editions…

2011 (n=119) 2013 (n=155)
Favor a “Harvard-like” OA deposit mandate at Tufts 88% 89%
Would publish OA if didn’t have to pay personally 81% 86%
Would publish OA if available in their field 75% 80%
Know OA journals are peer-reviewed 58% 64%
Know about the pilot project POAF 36% 33%
Published in an OA journal in the Directory of Open Access Journals 22% 25%
Know they can often put pre-prints on Tufts websites NA 21%
Paid author fees to publish in an OA journal 11% 13%


View more Open Access Faculty Awareness Survey results!


It’s International Open Access Week (10/21-27) and we’re already deep in celebration here at the library, but perhaps you’ve recently heard the term “open access” for another reason…



John Bohannon’s open access journals “sting” in Science has gotten a lot of people on campus talking about the subject.  Did it scare you away from open access publishing?  Certainly, Bohannon does demonstrate that there are some unscrupulous or sloppy open access publishers who did not conduct peer review.  What he didn’t show was that junk science can be published in traditional, subscription journals too.  In fact, Science itself has a pretty high number of retractions in its history according to a 2012 article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (here’s the Science post about the PNAS article).

If something seems shady about a journal (open access or subscription) you are considering, ask your librarians (or the Tufts Scholarly Communication Team) to do some digging on the publisher.

Stay tuned for more posts this week on the Tufts Scholarly Communication Team, Tufts Open Course Ware, open data, and the White House open publication directive as we celebrate Open Access Week.

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HHSL is launching a new initiative to offer workshop classes open to all students, faculty, and staff of the university and medical center!


These classes will typically be held at lunch time and run about an hour. The sessions will cover a wide array of searching skills, research tools and other information discovery and management topics.

To find out more information on upcoming classes, follow our Google calendar, Twitter, Facebook or blog! Also keep an eye out for announcements in your departmental listservs. To reach the calendar and class description page, simply follow the “Open Classes at HHSL” link listed under Education.

Due to limited space, it may be difficult to provide service for walk-in attendees of popular topics, so we ask that you fill out a brief registration form if you plan to attend. A link to register is included in the course descriptions.

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We are excited to congratulate our Tufts dental class of 2016 on their new white coats! Students were presented with their coats, symbols of becoming junior colleagues in professional dentistry, during a mid-morning ceremony held at the Boston Sheraton Hotel on Sunday, September 22nd.

As explained in the announcement of invitations, “The donning of a white coat symbolizes the adoption of the ethical and professional tenets of the health care profession as students begin assuming patient care responsibilities in the School’s predoctoral clinics.”



Dr. Jane Deforges

After a prolonged illness, Jane Desforges, MD passed away on September 7th.

Dr. Desforges spent much of her career at Tufts Medical School and Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Deforges was one of five women to graduate from TUSM in 1945 and during her 60-year career was considered one of the nation’s leading academic hematologists. For over 30 years she was the associate editor of New England Journal of Medicine and received the TUSM’s Outstanding Teacher Award for thirteen consecutive years. Dr. Jane Desforges was an icon of American medicine and will be greatly missed. Her funeral will be held this coming Saturday.

Read more about Dr. Desforges on the Nation Library of Medicine’s Changing Face of Medicine Exhibition.

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No, really. Starting at 11:30 am today at the Library Service Desk on Sackler 4 there will be booktrucks with a variety of titles. Come, look, take!
See you then.


Join the Hirsh Health Sciences Library in welcoming back Dr. Randy Christensen, who will be speaking about his book, “Ask Me Why I Hurt.”

Enjoy cookies and coffee as a midday snack in Sackler 516 as Dr. Christensen discusses his inspiring work as a traveling doctor treating homeless children and adolescents.

Book talk Christensen flyer

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This July, two of the members of HHSL will be presenting a research poster at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, and we are excited for them to have this opportunity!


The presenters are Katie Houk, Information Services Librarian, and Kate Thornhill, Collections Management Assistant. The poster is titled “Are Academic Health Sciences Library Facebook Pages Self-Serving?”

They’ll be presenting on Sunday, July 1, from 1:30-2:00 pm. Good luck to them both!


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This Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day.


In honor of the holiday, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be open special hours from noon to 7 pm.


Enjoy your long weekend!


CC photo courtesy of  Ben Franske on Wikimedia Commons.

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This Saturday, May 18, the Service Desk on the 4th floor will be closed, as there is a reception for graduates that will be taking place.
graduation caps

Credit: j.o.h.n. walker

We at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library would like to wish a hearty congratulations to all of the students graduating this weekend! They all put a stupendous amount of work into their degrees, and deserve every bit of adulation.

We’d also like to offer a special congrats to the graduates who have been working here at HHSL: Mikhael Andaya, Shugufa Basij-Rasikh, Joseph Ogbonna, and Sharda Patel. Thank you for all of your hard work and help, and we wish you the best of luck in your future careers!

Have a good weekend, and congratulations again!