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Hello there! I’m glad you can join me today. We’ve been posting a lot of recipes lately, so I thought I’d join in by giving you one on how to make an entire Health Sciences library. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

First thing’s first: this is going to be a bit bigger than we’re used to. That’s because Hirsh is such a popular library, we’ve had to up all the numbers in the recipe!

Now, you’ll want to be fairly liberal with your application of visitors to the library. For instance, this past year, we had 110,084 people come through. That’s nuts (which are also delicious)! Of course, you don’t want to risk the recipe being unbalanced by such a big number, so you will need to balance it out with a lot of circulation, as well. In our case, we balanced it out by having 38,990 checkouts this past year. It’s a 46% jump over what we had the previous year, but it’s been working well!

Incidentally, you’ll want to make sure your recipe includes technology. A lot of technology. In our case, we had 9,417 checkouts of laptops alone (6,440 of which were for just the Macbooks we have!). We also had 5,557 phone charger checkouts, and 3,019 checkouts of Mac chargers. Like I said, our recipe was pretty popular last year, and only got more popular this year!

If you’re a visual person (like me), then this should help: the total circulation by month of the last two years (click to enlarge).

 

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Now what about individual spices, you may ask? Well that’s easy enough. You want to mix in 10,173 Dental students and 12,601 Medical. Bring to a simmer. Then mix in 8,029 Nutrition students and 5,266 from the combined PHPD programs. Bring to a boil, and add a dash of Sackler students – specifically, 569 of them.

Now, put in the oven, and turn the heat up. I’d suggest turning it up to 12 months, but keep an eye on it – not all of these ingredients can go in there for quite the same amount of time. Some need about 9, others can be an intense 6. I suggest occasionally stirring.

When you pull it all out, let it sit and cool off for a few months. I suggest setting it in front of Netflix for the duration of July, just to be sure.

Once it hits September, dig on in, it’s ready to go! But be forewarned: his dish is going to start strong and only get bigger from there.

Happy Eating!

Tom

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The weather is beautiful and finally hot! So that means the last thing we want to do is turn the oven on or spend time laboring over a hot stove. Salads are always a good summer meal option, but why not try a cold soup?

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This might do the trick.

 

My favorite cold soup is šaltibarščiai, a traditional Lithuanian cold beet soup. It involves a lot of chopping, but overall it’s pretty easy to make. It is also delightful shade of hot pink. I recommend using kefir instead of buttermilk, but you can also omit the eggs and dairy make it vegan-friendly and no less delicious.

Not in the mood to use the stove at all? Martha Stewart’s Avocado, Radish, and Basil Soup is a no-cook recipe–just throw everything in the blender!

There are also cold soups to satisfy your sweet tooth. Try something like this cold berry soup. The ingredients may seem like an odd combination, but they go together surprisingly well.

If you’d prefer solid food,  try one of these no-bake desserts.

And for those times when you just can’t beat a craving for a cookie, here are some instructions for making cookies in a pan on your stove. It uses low heat, so shouldn’t warm your kitchen up too much!

Stay cool.

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As I was speaking with my sister last weekend she was in the process of trying a new way of making s’mores.  My young nephews had a lot of fun assembling these delicious treats and I can’t wait to try it this holiday weekend!  Campfire cones (or campfire treats) substitute the graham crackers for ice cream cones.  Stuff your cone with marshmallows, chocolate, and whatever else you’d like (peanut butter, strawberries, etc.).  Wrap it with tin foil and then either bake it, put it on the grill, or heat it over a campfire.  When you are finished you have this chocolatey goodness!

 

Courtesy of http://www.centercutcook.com

Image courtesy of http://www.centercutcook.com

 

Tired of plain brownies?  Why not try adding things to the batter?!  I keep seeing this one with Oreos and peanut butter!  Yummy!

 

Image courtesy of FoodBeast

Image courtesy of FoodBeast

 

This last one is perfect for the 4th of July!  My family has done this trifle before!  The main ingredients include angel food cake, whipped cream, strawberries, and blueberries.  One recipe can be found here:  http://bit.ly/1BUD5fu  This can also be presented as a whole cake with an American Flag pattern!

Image courtesy of http://www.sixsistersstuff.com

Image courtesy of http://www.sixsistersstuff.com

 

Do you have a favorite summer recipe that you’d like to share!  Please contact us via Facebook or Twitter!

As a reminder the Library Service Desk is closed this Friday through Sunday!  Have a great Independence Day weekend!

 

Leo, Catalogue, and Lizzy are out exploring the wilderness. Are they prepared to battle it out with mosquitoes and ticks? There is only one way to find out…

Mosquitoes and Ticks: A Message from Leo from Tufts HHSL on Vimeo.

 

http://www.mosquito.org/mosquito-borne-diseases

http://www2.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/mosquito/

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/id/epidemiology/providers/public-health-cdc-arbovirus-info.html

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/id/epidemiology/providers/mosquitoes-and-ticks.html

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Grinnin’ Gator (Chandler Hummel) | CC by NC-ND 2.0

We did it! It finally seems safe to say that winter is over and it’s time to enjoy sunshine and warm temperatures. Now that you’ve packed away your sweaters, it’s also time to brush up on sun safety.  While sunlight helps us produce much-needed Vitamin D3, sun exposure also increases the risk of developing skin cancer.

Here are three quick and easy ways to refresh your knowledge!

1. The American Cancer Society has a rather onomatopoeic slogan to help you remember four key ways to enjoy the sun safely:

Slip! Slap! Slop!® and Wrap
Slip on a shirt  Slop on sunscreen  Slap on a hat
Wrap on sunglasses to protect your eyes and sensitive skin around them

2. Not sure what sunscreen to buy? Check out EWG’s 2015 Guide to Sunscreens to learn what to look for in a sunscreen and to see the effectiveness of different brands.

3. For more sun safety tips, you can also check out our infographic-filled post from last year.

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In this installment of Ask Leo patrons are introduced to our services that require online booking.  Leo covers Collaboration Rooms, Writing Consultants, and HHSL Open Workshops!

 

Ask Leo Episode Eight: Online Booking from Tufts HHSL on Vimeo.

Leo is back with another exciting blog post and this time explores the world of printing!  He provides some useful tips so please pay attention.  First time using JumboCash?  Leo will help you out (along with Lizzy)!

 

Ask Leo Episode Seven: Printing and JumboCash from Tufts HHSL on Vimeo.

Got that seasonal craving for corned beef, but not in the mood for a boiled dinner? Try making a hash!

Cauliflower

Cauliflower (Liz West)| CC BY 2.0

Substituting cauliflower for potatoes is a great way to cut down on carbs or to protect yourself from potato overload if, like me, you’re planning to eat a bunch of potatoes in another form (boxty anyone?).

The caramelized cauliflower compliments the saltiness of the corned beef and will add a number of great nutrients to your dish!

I use this recipe from I Breathe I’m Hungry as my guide, but like to improvise by throwing some leeks in as well.

 

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Exams and papers looming? Here are some of the great resources the library has to offer!

E-Books 

Is there a book you need but you can’t make it to the library? Check to see if we have it available electronically! You can search the library’s catalog or browse our growing eBook collection here.

EndNote/Ref Works

EndNote/RefWorks are citation management programs that are available to Tufts students. These programs allow you to create a personal database of references from which you can generate in-text citations and bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.

Learn more about EndNote.

Learn more about RefWorks.

Health Sciences Writing Consultants

Need some help with your writing? Our Writing Consultants are here to help with proposals, papers, personal statements, and more! Book a 45 minute appointment or just drop in Wednesdays from 4-7pm and Sundays from 2-5pm.

Research & Instruction Librarians

The Research & Instruction Librarians are here for you Monday-Friday (7:30-5:00) and can assist you with your research questions. They’re experts in searching databases (like PubMed, Ovid Medline, and Web of Science), skilled in the use of citation managers (Refworks, EndNote), and will help you search high and low for the answer to any question. You won’t usually see them behind the desk, but they’re on-call and waiting for your questions. You may not know this, but the R&I Librarians also serve as liaisons to different schools and departments: http://www.library.tufts.edu/hsl/services/liaisons.php; feel free to see who your liaison is and yes, they take appointments!

 

Good luck!

Are you tired of coming to us for a new DynaMed number?  Well you’re in luck because there is a new DynaMed Mobile App!

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Please follow these instructions for installing the new and improved app!

  • Download the free DynaMed App from the iTunes Store or Google Play.
  • Go to our library homepage and select DynaMed from our Popular Links drop down menu.
  • Select “mobile” from the top banner
  • Enter your email address. (An authentication key will be emailed to you.)
  • Open the DynaMed email from your device.
  • Within 48 hours, tap on the link in the email to authenticate the App.  (Note: after 48 hours, you will need to request a new authentication key.)
  • Your device is ready to go!

Please feel free to contact a member of staff if you have any questions!