You might call it a cult following – those of you “in the know” about ordering books for free from Boston Library Consortium (BLC) libraries through WorldCat Local.  Well, we’re bringing things mainstream!

Starting June 1st, all books, DVDs, CDs, etc. – basically anything that gets returned to the library (so not pdfs), which we are able to order from a BLC library is free of charge to you.  And there is just one place to order all your interlibrary loan requests, your ILLiad account.   You no longer need to start the request for BLC items from WorldCat Local in order for it to be free.  (Don’t worry you are still way underground cool).

Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz. 

This Memorial Day weekend, Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be doing something a bit different with its hours: we will be open for our regular hours on Saturday May 28th (10am to 7 pm) and Sunday May 29th (noon to 10pm), but we will be closed on Monday, May 30th (aka Memorial Day itself).

The library will re-open on Tuesday, May 31st at 7:45 am.

We hope you have a delightful weekend!

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A big congratulations to all of our 2016 graduates!

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“Graduating Class of 1915, 1915” Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA. http://hdl.handle.net/10427/650

All of us at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library applaud your hard-earned accomplishments and we wish you the best in your future endeavors!

Please note that the Library Service Desk will be closed this Saturday, May 21, allowing for the graduation reception that will be taking place.

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It’s Bike Week! May 14 – May 22, 2016
Post by Amy Lapidow

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May 14 – May 22, 2016 is Bike Week here in MA. The only state to have such!

What happens on bike week? Events to promote human powered transportation, including a free breakfast at City Hall on Friday!  Find an event near you at: www.baystatebikeweek.com

Interested in a road race, to watch or to participate? www.bikereg.com . There is an event calendar with everything you need to know (including the route), plus links to websites and registration information.

Not into racing, just want to know where there are bike routes? Try https://bikenewengland.com/ subscribe for current info, or get free access to vintage cue sheets.

It can be dangerous to bike in the city. I know I do it everyday. Learn the rules and be safe: http://www.bostonbikes.org/urbancycling  or http://bicyclesafeboston.com/

Don’t have a bike? Not to worry, rent one! https://www.thehubway.com/  There is a hubway station at the Chinatown gate and across from The New England School of Law at Stuart and Charles St. South. The first 30 mins are FREE!

Want discounts for riding a bike? Get a sticker for your helmet at: http://bb2.bicyclebenefits.org/#/home

We’re celebrating Bike Week here at Hirsh too. If you stop by the Library Service Desk and show us your helmet this Wednesday 5/18, we’ll give you a granola bar!

Get out and ride!

Image: http://aaronkuehn.com/art/bicycle-typogram

 

Spring has sprung at long last, and summer is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to pick up a book or two from the Leisure Reading section of your favorite library (good old Hirsh of course). We’ve added a large selection of books for you to choose from; whether you fancy mystery, romance, suspense or historic fiction. Here are just a few of the new releases you’ll find on display:

 

My Brilliant Friend : Childhood, Adolescence Book one of the Neapolitan Novels Series by Elena Ferrante (all four books in the series are available)

Fool Me Once  by Harlan Coben

The Passenger  by Lisa Lutz

The Nest  by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The Summer Before the War  by Helen Simonson

Jane Steele : A Confession by Lyndsay Faye

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

 

Now if there’s a classic novel you’ve always wanted to read but never got around to, well you’re in luck! Introducing the Hirsh Leisure Reading CLASSICS section: from Dickens to Steinbeck, Brontë to Poe, Dostoevsky to Camus. Located just atop the Leisure Reading island on the 4th floor, you can’t go wrong with the classics!

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As always, you may notify us of any book that you’d like to read and don’t see in our collection, by recommending a purchase.

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Hey MD18-ers! Welcome to your Core Clerkships!

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library is thrilled to introduce a new resource that we’re trying out, the LWW Health Library for Clerkship/Clinical Rotations.

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This resource brings together 39 authoritative titles needed for each of the core clerkship rotations, and pulls together in-demand titles previously only available in print, including the Step-up, Recall, Blueprints, Shelf Life, and BRS titles. Access nearly 5000 practice questions in Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Surgery, Family Medicine, and Psychiatry, as well as 150 clinical cases designed to take you step-by-step through patient management and decision-making.

This collection brings together many of the resources you need to master your clinical clerkships; don’t delay, check it out today!

p.s. This is a great resource for students in the PA program, and anyone else seeking timely and trusted resources to reference in a clinical setting.

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From mid-February to mid-March, we asked what you would wish for if the Library Fairy could grant you three wishes. We were excited to learn what things, big or small, you wanted for Hirsh Library. In total, we received around 60 wishes!

Before delving into more detail, we want to note that a handful of the wishes were for maintenance issues. You don’t have to ask for a magical boon to get something fixed! Alert us right away if you notice something isn’t working and we’ll make sure it gets immediate attention.
You can report problems in a number of ways:
-Tell a staff member in person at the Library Service Desk
-Give us a call at 617-636-6705 or text us at 617-447-8439
-Send an email to hhsl@tufts.edu
Send a chat
Use our problem reporting form 

Now, on to the fun stuff! While we received a wide variety of wishes, they fell into several overarching categories.

Furniture
The most wished-for category was furniture. The most requested item overall? Standing desks! We’re pleased to announce that in the next few months we will be getting two more desks as well as adding a standing height counter on the 5th floor. The other furniture requests were all for non-traditional study furniture as well, items like yoga ball chairs and bicycle desks, massage chairs and nap pods. While we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to add some of these items, we’re exploring the feasibility of some more unique seating options.

Resources and Technology
We also received a number of wishes for different types of resources, both physical and electronic. We have granted a few of these wishes by purchasing plastic anatomical models for check-out and adding Skype and ArcGIS to our loaner laptops. Unfortunately, we were not able to grant the wish for a pet library bunny, but we will be bringing the therapy dogs back next semester!
You can recommend resource purchases throughout the year on our website.

Programming
We got some great ideas for workshops, seminars, and talks from the wishes. We’ll take these into consideration as we plan for the fall.

Candy
Second only to standing desks, we received a lot of wishes for free candy, specifically chocolate. While we unfortunately don’t have the funding to add an unlimited supply of candy to our collection, stop by the Library Service Desk today (Monday 5/9) and grab a piece of dark chocolate!

To recap:

Wishes granted
Two new standing desks and a standing height counter
Skype and ArcGis on loaner laptops
More plastic anatomical models

And a few wishes that were for things we already have: 
Board games to check out at the desk
One place to search electronic database content: JumboSearch
New public computers –an upgrade is already in progress for this summer!

 

Thank you to everyone who submitted wishes! Keep your eyes out, because the Library Fairy might return to grant more wishes in the future…

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Hello everyone! We have some good news for anyone who may have some exams left next week: we will have one final extended hours weekend!

This weekend – Saturday, May 7th, and Sunday, May 8th – the Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be open 10 am to 10 pm. We will also have free coffee on Saturday, May 7th! The free coffee starts at 7pm, right out in front of Food 4 Thought on the 4th floor (the coffee itself is from ABP, in case you’re curious).

If you have any questions, feel free to direct them to us at the desk on the 4th floor. But otherwise, we will see you again this weekend.

Good luck with studying for the last of your exams!

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This Saturday, April 30th, marks the end of Passover, the eight-day festival that commemorates the ancient exodus of the Jewish from slavery in Egypt to freedom under Moses leadership. Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is celebrated from the 15th through the 22nd of the month of Nissan according to the Jewish calendar. As a lunar calendar, the dates of Passover vary in relation to the Gregorian calendar.

Jewish communities throughout the world mark Passover with the eating of matzo, unleavened bread that calls to mind the when the Jewish people fled from Egypt in such haste that they could not wait for bread to rise, and with the holding of the Seder meal. The rituals of the Seder meal are proscribed by the Haggadah, a text that sets forth the elements of the Seder and relays stories of G-d’s steadfastness and saving works on behalf of the Jewish people. During the Seder meal, the story of the exodus from Egypt is retold, and symbolic foods are served. Families and friends come together to share the Seder meal and celebrate their ancestors in faith.

During these final days of Passover, we wish you Pesach Sameach – or Happy Passover!

Want to learn more about Passover? Check out these resources:

Passover, the most beloved Jewish holiday (Religion News Service)
http://religionnews.com/2016/04/22/passover-the-most-beloved-jewish-holiday/

Why Is This Passover Different From Past Passovers? (NPR)
http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/04/22/475128102/why-is-this-passover-different-from-past-passovers

The Passover Table – Delicious recipes for your Seder table and beyond (The New York Times)
http://cooking.nytimes.com/topics/passover

Top 5 Passover Traditions From Around The World (Huffington Post)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/08/top-5-passover-traditions_n_184209.html

Beauty in Holiness – Hebraic Collections: An Illustrated Guide (Library of Congress)
https://www.loc.gov/rr/amed/guide/hs-beauty.html

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After more than thirty years, the team at Hirsh Health Sciences Library confronts our last week with our beloved colleague Elizabeth Richardson. On Friday April 29, we send our matriarch off to begin the next chapter of her life, a well-deserved retirement.

Elizabeth has touched the lives of so many students, staff, and faculty members, not to mention librarians across the campuses of Tufts University. Her dedication to the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, to the preservation of the history of the Tufts Health Science Campus, and to all students who crossed her path is immeasurable. And believe me, we are ALL students in the presence of Elizabeth Richardson! It is a grand understatement to say we will miss her terribly.

Our Elizabeth is an incredible librarian and teacher, a master gardener, a dedicated volunteer, a committed mother, and a very dear friend. Please feel free to pop by the Library this week and bid a fond adieu to our dear Elizabeth!

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