The Fall Data Lab Assistants schedule is here! Student Data Lab Assistants provide walk-up help on the 5th floor of the Sackler building and can answer questions about Geographic Information Systems (GIS), statistics and data visualization, and troubleshoot basic problems with related software.  You can view their hours on the Data Lab calendar (use the arrow in the upper right corner of the calendar to limit view to Boston Campus).

For additional support, please email Tufts Data Lab:  DataLab-Support@elist.tufts.edu

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We are pleased to welcome Katie DeFord as our new part-time reference assistant! Katie joins us after 5 years working at Dartmouth’s Health Sciences Library and a summer position in Harvard’s Resource Sharing department. While at Dartmouth, she had an article published in Marketing Libraries Journal.

In her free time, she likes to crochet, cook, geocach, and send postcards all over the world. Be sure to say hello next time you see her at the Library Service Desk!

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As we kick off a semester full of collaborative opportunities, we wanted to take a moment to (re)introduce you to our Collaboration Rooms. The Collaboration Rooms are the seven rooms on the 5th floor that groups can reserve in advance for collaborative work. They all have whiteboards and monitors for you to connect to your laptop… and most of them have windows! Since we have a limited number of rooms, we have policies in place to make sure that as many groups as possible have the opportunity to reserve a room.

Here are the basics:

  1. The rooms can only be reserved by groups of 2 or more. If you’re planning to study alone, you are welcome to use the rooms on a first-come, first-served basis, but you cannot reserve one just for yourself.
  2. Each room can be booked up to 4 hours a day and up to 3 times a week per group.
  3. You must provide the names of all group members when you make a reservation.
  4. If the room is left empty for more than 15 minutes during the reservation period, it will be made available to others on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can find the full room reservation policy on the Collaboration Room page. Please take time to read through it before you book a room, as violations may result in forfeited reservations or the revocation of your booking privileges. You can always email us at hhsl@tufts.edu if you have any questions. Happy collaborating!

P.S. If you’re not sure that a collaboration room is right for your needs, hop over to our Room Reservation Wizard to see what spaces might be good for you.

 

 

The semester just started but we know you’re already hard at work! Take a moment to stretch your legs and join us down at the Library Service at 2:30pm on Tuesday for a quick study break. Have a cup of tea, a snack, and enjoy a chat with your fellow students! We’ll also have our calendar of this semester’s FunLabs available so you can look forward to future study breaks. Hope to see you there!

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Did you know that there’s a librarian at Hirsh just for you?

The Hirsh Library Liaison Program provides a “point person” for each of the academic programs and clinical departments on the Tufts’ health sciences campus.

What can a librarian liaison do for you? For starters, your librarian liaison can help you:

  • identify resources for your particular topic, especially resources beyond article databases
  • create effective and efficient search strategies for databases like PubMed and Web of Science
  • discern what tool is right for you to help manage your citations (i.e., EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley) and providing instructions to get you started
  • track down statistical data for research projects and help you manage your own data

Visit our Liaison Program page to find out who the librarian liaison is for your program and get in touch with them!

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We are so glad that you are here!

During orientation we will talk more about the Hirsh Library and all the resources and services to support your time here.

Here are some quick tips to get you started:

We can’t wait to meet you and work with you during your time here at Tufts!

Post contributed by Amy Lapidow

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In recognition of Labor Day, Hirsh Library will be open 12 pm – 7 pm this Monday, September 3rd. The Sackler building entry hours are unchanged.

Hirsh Library will be open regular hours again on Tuesday, September 4th.

We hope you have a safe and fun long weekend, and we’ll see you at the desk!

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Welcome to Tufts – and welcome to the Hirsh Health Sciences Library! We are so glad you’re here!

During orientation you will learn more about using the Hirsh Library and how we can support you during your time at Friedman. We also wanted to share with you now, some tips to get you started:

We wish you a most fabulous Fall semester and hope that you will explore the wealth of resources available to you at Hirsh. Welcome!

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The Hirsh Library and Tufts DataLab are *very* excited to bring you a series of excellent workshops this Fall! In addition to workshops, we will also be holding additional drop-in sessions and office hours so that you can ask questions, get one-on-one help and learn some tips& tricks . To see full descriptions and to register for workshops (nb: you don’t need to attend a workshop or register in advance in to attend drop-in sessions and office hours), please visit: https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops 

September

Workshops:

9/4 EndNote (9-10am Sackler 510) 

9/11 Approaching the Lit Review (9-10am Sackler 510)

9 /18 PubMed (9-10am Sackler  510)

9/21 Embrace the do File: STATA  Basics(10-11 am Sackler 510)

9/25 Introduction to R (9-11am Sackler 514)

9/26 Intro to Python for Data Analysis (10-11am  Sackler 510 )

Drop-In Session/Office Hours:

9/6 EndNote  (4-6am Sackler 4)

9/14 Approaching the Lit Review (8:30-10am  Sackler 4)

9/19 PubMed (12-2pm  Sackler 4)

9/21 STATA Help (11am -12pm Sackler 510)

9/26 Intro to R (4-6pm  Sackler 514)

9/26 Intro to Python for Data Analysis (11am– 12pm Sackler 510)

 

October

Workshops:

10/1 Building Interactive Visualizations with Tableau (1-2 pm Sackler 510)

10/2  Visualizing Data with R (9-11am Sackler 514)

10/9 EndNote (9-10am Sackler  510)

10/11 Intro to GIS using ArcMap  (12 – 1:30pm Sackler 514)

10/16 Approaching the Lit Review (9-10am Sackler 510)

10/17  Statistics in R: Intermediate Level (10-11am  Sackler 510 )

10/23 PubMed (9-10am Sackler 510)

10/24 Story Maps: Not Your Average Presentation (10-11am  Sackler 510 )

Drop-In Session/Office Hours:

10/1 Tableau  (2-3pm Sackler 510) 

10/3 Visualizing Data with R (4-6pm Sackler 514)

10/11 EndNote (4-6pm Sackler 4) 

10/11 GIS (1:30 – 2:30pm Sackler 514)

10/19 Approaching the Lit Review (8:30-10am Sackler 4)

10/17  R Help ( 11am-12pm Sackler 510 )

10/25 PubMed (11-1pm Sackler 4)

10/24 ArcGIS Online & Story Maps (12-1pm Sackler 510 )

 

 

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Hello! Did you know that here at the library, we have a whole lot of skulls?

Not…not in our heads. I mean anatomical models. In fact, Hirsh Library has over 50(!) skulls you can check out, so you can study them and do awesomely in your classes. What kinds of skulls, you ask? Well, let’s take a look!

Real Skulls

Let’s start right at the top: we have real human skulls, and we have them in a few different ways. First up are the full skulls, which come apart into two or three pieces, depending on how the springs on the jaws are. The downside is that these skulls are on the older side, so there are elements that have sustained a little damage over the years. But all the same, we have them!

We also have half skulls. They are cut vertically, and can come with or without a brain, as seen below.

They’re all available for checking out, and follow the same four hour rules as all Reserve materials. We just ask you to be gentle with them. (But feel free to casually mention that you can check actual human skulls out from your school library to any members of your family who have never gone through health sciences graduate programs. The reactions you’ll get will enhance every visit home, guaranteed.)

Plastic Skulls

But, what if you don’t want real bone, or what if they’re checked out? We still have you covered with all of our plastic skulls! The most popular of these are probably the labeled plastic skulls, and we even have one that has muscle connections painted on, so you can get a better sense of how it all lines up. See for yourself:

The bonus of the painted skull is that it also looks festive, ready for holidays to freak out the more squeamish of your non-health sciences friends back home! All labeled skulls come with guides as to what those labels actually mean, so these are the go-to skulls of all students freshly dealing with head and neck anatomy. Welcome to the club.

What if you really want to take a skull apart? We’ve got you covered. Meet our unlabeled, plastic, bilaterally cut skull. It’s missing a tooth, so feel free to give it a semi-ironic nickname, like “Bitey” or “Smiles.”

Finally, the newest editions to our skull collection! We recently received about 40 skulls from the anatomy lab. They are plastic, unlabeled, come in special cardboard boxes that can fold out into display cases, and are in fantastic shape.

So there you go! We have 50+ skulls, mixed up over 7 different styles, and that’s not even touching all our other models – teeth, a brain that comes apart, a spinal cord, pelvises – even two full skeletons, the famous Leo and Theo! So swing on by the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor, and check out a new silent study buddy.

Just remember: you can pick your skulls, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your skull’s nose.

Oh. I, uh…guess you can. Looks like there’s always something new to discover with a Hirsh Library Skull!

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