Summer Café Hours begins May 15th!

Summer Hours are: Mon-Fri 7:30am – 3pm

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As National Nurses Week 2015 comes to a close, the Hirsh Library would like to give a HUGE “thank you” to nurses for all of the amazing work they do to keep us healthy and whole!

In the spirit of this week, we would like to challenge our readers to see how much they really know about famous nurses. Take this quiz and find out about awesome nurses!

We also want to remind people of the injury risks to which nurses are subjected in the course of carrying out their critical work. Earlier this year National Public Radio ran a special series investigating the very real and very high physical costs of the nursing profession.  Check out this important series and understand why it is so important for us to work towards safeguarding nurses in their work environments: Injured Nurses (an NPR special series) http://www.npr.org/series/385540559/injured-nurses

Lastly, several of the Hirsh Library staff were either raised by nurses or have a very close relative who was a nurse. So our appreciation of nurses is very personal, too.Let’s face it, taking care of children after a long shiftof taking care of patients take A LOT of “oomph”!!!  You’ve got to be tough to be a nurse – and we that why we LOVE them! Thank you!

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Taking the dental boards this summer? Get up to speed with Board Vitals!

The Hirsh Library has recently licensed a study tool for Parts I & II of the National Dental Board Examination. Its question bank is comprised of questions with answers (this many) in the following sections:

Part I

  • Anatomy, Embryology & Histology (199)
  • Biochemistry (110)
  • Dental Anatomy & Occlusion (247)
  • Microbiology (103)
  • Pathology (131)
  • Physiology (123)

Part II

  • Endodontics (97)
  • Operative Dentistry (154)
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Pain Control (158)
  • Oral Diagnosis (137)
  • Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry (171)
  • Patient Management, Behavioral Science, Dental Public Health & Occupational Safety (85)
  • Periodontics (63)
  • Pharmacology (120)
  • Prosthodontics (103)

Design Options

  • Select categories or specialties to cover
  • Set a timer (or not)
  • Display questions randomly or ranked by question difficulty.

Cool Features

  • If your answer is incorrect, you can guess again until you click Show Explanation.
  • Your account will keep track of your scores for each category, so you can focus on your weaknesses.
  • You can search for questions by keywords.
  • You can flag and rank questions for further study.
  • Its explanations refer to chapters in textbooks we license or hold, so you can study in more depth.
  • Its Exam Review shows the explanation, your answer, the correct answer, and the percentage of exam takers who got each question right.

Access

  • Go to http://www.boardvitals.com/
  • Click Sign Up and register with your Tufts email.
  • Check your email for its activation link.
  • Board Vitals should launch with Go buttons for NBDE I & II above trials you can ignore.

Faculty may request administrative accounts by contacting elizabeth . richardson @ tufts . edu.  Elizabeth Richardson will also be presenting this resource to D’18 students at the Board Review session this Friday, 5/8/15, at 12pm in Merritt Auditorium.

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The month of April was a busy one for us, with much time spent getting new books to add to our ever-growing collection. Here’s a sampling of some of our new reads for you to enjoy, so stop by the library and check out the new book section on the 4th floor!

We’re always looking for book and resource suggestions, so if you’ve got one please let us know by recommending a purchase.

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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.

Hirsh Health Library will be having extended hours for the next two upcoming weekends! This means that on April 25th & 26th, as well as May 2nd & 3rd, the desk on the 4th floor will be open 10am – 10pm, so you can check things out earlier and keep them later!

But wait: there’s more! Sackler will stay open until 2am on both Saturdays – April 25th and May 2nd – so you can stay and study even later.

Oh, and one last thing: FREE COFFEE! On both Sundays – April 26th and May 3rd – there will be free coffee available on Sackler 4 after the cafe closes up at 7 pm.

So there you have it. Longer desk hours, longer building hours, and free coffee. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to swing by the desk or call us at 617-636-6706.

And don’t forget: If you’re free and in Sackler today, we will have therapy puppies from 3 pm – 5 pm in room 507. So drop by and say hi to them as well!

Happy Studying!

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Between 3pm and 5pm this Thursday 4/23, HHSL will be welcoming some very special guests: Tufts Paws for People!

Boo, Albert, Koda, and Raven will be here to cure your stress with their cuteness! Join them in 507 for an adorable study break.

 

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Boo! Photo courtesy of Tufts Paws for People

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Albert! Photo courtesy of Tufts Paws for People

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Koda! Photo courtesy of Tufts Paws for People

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Raven! Photo courtesy of Tufts Paws for People

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be open limited hours on Monday, April 20th from 12noon – 7pm in observance of Patriot’s Day.

Patriot’s Day is a holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord in the American Revolutionary War.

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It is also the day in which the Boston Marathon takes place!

However you spend the day (perhaps with us in the library) have a good one!

 

 

Hello all! As you may recall, the Hirsh Library ran its biannual Affiliation Week survey back in March, which means the time has come for a blog post where I show you some of the numbers, so you can see how your school sized up against the others!

First up: how busy was the library? Well, the short answer is: crazy busy. March was overall just about one of the busiest months we’ve ever had (which is its own story for another day), and that was reflected pretty clearly in our data. For instance:, here’s how busy that week was (in terms of total people in the library):

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Crazy, right? We had 793 people in the library on Wednesday, March 25th. It may not be the busiest day we’ve had, but that’s still busy! But really, we’re here to talk about the schools, so try this next chart on for size. It’s the total numbers of people from each school that were counted in Circulation (checking things out) vs Affiliation (when we walked around and asked where you were from):

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So, ah…congrats, Dental! You blew everyone away in sheer numbers of people studying in the library. The circulation race was a bit closer, though: Dental was first with 372 checkouts, but Medical was a close second with 327, and Nutrition actually came in at third with 281. Of course, this is a good time to point out that it is not actually a contest between the programs – Hirsh is here to help everyone on our Health Sciences campus, whether they show up in huge numbers in these data sets, or whether we only see a few of their members all month. It is very helpful to know how we’re getting used, though, so here we are.

The final March chart is one of my personal favorites: the by-floor breakdown. This is where we can see how the members of the different programs spread out in the library. This is where you can see the most popular study spaces. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, it’s mainly the 7th floor:

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What’s really interesting here is the way it got used, though. Yes, Dental used the heck out of the 7th floor, but once you remove that outlier what you see is…remarkably homogenous. Medical broke almost even between quiet floors on one side and “noisy” floors on the other. If they weren’t on the 7th floor, the Dental students could be almost anywhere else. Sackler students (which, for this survey, includes PA, PHPD, and MBS) were again preferring the 7th, but appeared willing to show up almost anywhere with equal interest. Nutrition preferred the 5th floor, though. Perhaps due to the sheer amount of group-appropriate space on that floor?

This brings us all to the Affiliation Year-In-Review part of this post. As I said, March was crazy busy. How busy, you might ask? Well, compared to October, we had more people in the library:

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We checked out more books, laptops, and chargers (especially chargers):

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We had more people around to tell us what programs they were from:

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And each one of our floors was used more than it had been in October. This final chart suggests that all of the construction on the 6th floor has gone to good use (that’s a jump of 236 people right there – ultimately making the 6th floor busier than the 5th by 9 people), although no matter how many classrooms we build, people will always prefer the quiet of the 7th floor for work and studying:

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Thank you for reading! Once all the numbers for this academic year are in this summer, I will be putting together a look back at this past year, which has been busier than we’ve ever been (and perhaps even busier than we were expecting to be). In the meantime, if you’d like a more in-depth discussion of any of the information presented (or if you’re just interested in chatting usage or data in general), feel free to come see me at the Service Desk on Sackler 4 some weeknight! I’m always happy to talk.

Especially after being driven half-blind by Excel’s chart system.

Tom

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