Everyone here at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library would like to welcome the new medical class of 2020! We look forward to meeting you at library orientation today, August 9th, where you’ll get the chance to learn more about the library and all the resources that are available to you. (We’ve had a few renovations since the photo above was taken in 1907).
Your pre-clinical liaison librarian is Stephen Gabrielson, so don’t hesitate to contact him if you have any questions or need any library help!
All pieces are on reserve, number-coded and come with reference booklets.
Food Studies Online is Here!
“Food Studies Online is a multi-format online resource that includes archival content, visual ephemera (e.g. advertisements), text, and video covering the topic of food from social, historical, economic, cultural, religious, and political perspectives. The extensive coverage in Food Studies Online addresses key themes and disciplines including:
Marketing and Consumerism • Production and Technology • Food History • Food Movements • Culinary and Food Design • Food and Identity • History • Health • Policy • Religion • Sociology • Anthropology”
Here’s some example of available full-text books available on Food Studies Online:
- Bringing the Food Economy Home: Local Alternatives to Global Agribusiness, by Helena Norberg-Hodge (Lynne Reinner).
- Feast: Why Humans Share Food, by Martin Jones (Oxford University Press).
- Food in Zones of Conflict, by Paul Collinson and Helen Macbeth, editors (Berghahn).
We have some exciting updates coming to the 4th floor!
As part of our efforts to increase the variety of workspaces in the library, we are transforming the lounge behind the café into the Hirsh Library Reading Room. If you’re looking for a quieter space to do some reading, but don’t need the silence of our Quiet Floors, this spot is for you!
We will be semi-enclosing the space by installing a glass wall with a sliding door and replacing the couches with tables, chairs, and some comfy benches. We’re also getting a brand new wall monitor! It won’t have cable but you will be able to stream to it from your computer.
The project will start around July 25th and should only take a few weeks to complete. We’ll be documenting the progress over on our Facebook page, so visit us there for updates!
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Amanda Nevius, our new Research & Instruction librarian! Amanda joins us from just about a mile down the road–she was previously an Education and Information Services Librarian at the Boston University Medical Campus. When she’s not at work, she enjoys running, mountain biking, and camping, as well as cooking and crafting. She also writes fiction and runs a book blog!
Amanda is excited to be joining the staff here at Hirsh, where she’ll be the primary outreach liaison to the Dental school. If you see her around the library, be sure to say hello!
Now an indispensable resource, it is hard to believe that PubMed is only 20 years old. First released in January 1996, PubMed was initially an experimental database. One year later, the word ‘experimental’ was dropped and, at a Capitol Hill press conference on June 26, 1997, free web access to MEDLINE through PubMed was officially announced. The press conference featured a demonstration of PubMed by then Vice President Al Gore (anyone remember him?) and a variety of stories from peoples whose lives had been affected by access to MEDLINE (Press Release – Free MEDLINE).
Prior to the launch of PubMed, users had to register and pay to search MEDLINE. Approximately 2 million PubMed searches were executed during the month of June 1997. In April 2015, 3.5 million searches per day were performed in PubMed. PubMed has come a long way over the past 20 years, and will continue to change in the upcoming years (PubMed Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary).
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Need help preparing your med school application? Think you want to go into consulting, but not really sure what that means? Terrified at the thought of owning your own dental practice? Check out our new Business & Careers section!
While we can’t tell you whether or not to submit a letter of recommendation from your mom with your med school application (probably not), what consultants actually do, or how to run a dental practice, we do have resources that can help you answer these questions.
Located behind the seating section next to the Library Service Desk on Sackler 4, the Business & Career section features books on applying to med school, life after grad school, and marketing for scientists and dentists. Titles include: Career Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists, Mastering Public Health: Essential Skills for Effective Practice, and What They Don’t Teach You In Dental School.
All books may be checked out for 4 weeks. Don’t see a business or career book that you want to read? Let us know by recommending a purchase.
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A big hello from the Hirsh Health Sciences Library to all the new residents starting this summer! We’re looking forward to helping you with any research questions or information needs that you might have.
A quick reminder about library access: at library orientation, you were given a temporary access number. Keep your eyes peeled for a letter from Tufts that will include your Tufts username! That will be your permanent way of accessing library resources from off-campus.
Did you miss your letter, or have questions about setting up your Tufts username and password? Contact Tufts Technology Services at 617-627-3376 or at email@example.com and they will be able to assist you.
I am here to inform you that this weekend, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be closing at 5 pm on Friday, July 1st. We will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in honor of American Independence Day, and will re-open for normal hours (7:45 am – 11 pm) on Tuesday, July 5th.
So from all of us here at Hirsh Library: have a happy, fun, and above all safe weekend! And don’t forget the sunscreen! (I know I won’t)
– Leo the Skeleton
With the 4th falling on a Monday (yay 3-day weekends!) and a beautiful weather forecast, all the elements are in place for a great Independence Day! Here are our suggestions for how to enjoy a happy and healthy holiday weekend:
The quintessential Boston 4th of July celebration is the Boston Pops performance and fireworks show on the Esplanade. Visit the official event website for a rundown of the schedule and more event details. CBS Boston has also put together a handy guide with viewing location suggestions and other useful tips.
For fun throughout the weekend, head down to Boston Harborfest . Dedicated to celebrating Boston’s harbor and history, it’s the largest 4th of July festival in the country and features tons of activities, some free and some paid. Here’s the full schedule. Don’t miss the fireworks over the Inner Harbor on Saturday night!
Don’t want to fight the crowds for Boston fireworks on the 2nd or the 4th? Here’s a list of all the fireworks displays planned for this summer in MA. Of particularly local note, Somerville will be having a display on Thursday 6/30 at 9:15pm and Newton and Waltham will also have fireworks displays on Monday 7/4.
Hosting a barbeque? Check out our post from last year about quick summer desserts.
Since lots of sun is in the forecast, don’t forget the American Cancer Society‘s mnemonic device for protecting yourself:
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
Have a Happy 4th of July!
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