It’s Bike Week! May 14 – May 22, 2016
Post by Amy Lapidow
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
–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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
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!
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)
Why Is This Passover Different From Past Passovers? (NPR)
The Passover Table – Delicious recipes for your Seder table and beyond (The New York Times)
Top 5 Passover Traditions From Around The World (Huffington Post)
Beauty in Holiness – Hebraic Collections: An Illustrated Guide (Library of Congress)
Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sedertable.jpg via Creative Commons
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!
It is April of 2016, which means now is a great time to look at the Hirsh Library School Affiliation Survey from March and see how it compares to the one from October. Let’s get started!
First thing is first: PHPD has rocked up in numbers! Dental has traditionally been the most frequently counted school in this survey, but this is the first time that Medical has been dethroned as 2nd place. And look at the number differences: The difference from first to second place is 21 people, and the difference of second to third is 15. That’s ridiculous! We are very busy people here at HHSL.
“But Tom, what about Circ this time around? Does that match up to what we’re seeing here?” Oh, of course not. As you can see here:
Medical keeps their hold on the highest circulation of the week. However, what’s truly interesting is the strong showing of the PHPD programs and Nutrition. Look at those numbers! As someone whose whole job revolves around circulation at this library, it’s very exciting to see the growing interest in all programs across the board.
The 7th floor is, undoubtedly, the monarch of the floors. Look at that. Medical, Dental (by a massive margin) and Sackler/PHPD programs (by a smaller but still strong margin) all love themselves the 7th floor. I still find it interesting, though, that for Dental it’s 7th and then 5th, but for Medical it’s 7th and then 6th. A difference in study habits, perhaps – Dental students might be more interested in group rooms, whereas the Medical students are looking for singular study spaces (like small tables and study carrels). It would account for the 7th floor’s popularity with both, and then the difference in second favorite.
Nutrition seems to be much more interested in being able to talk – the openness of the 5th floor (and its collaboration rooms), followed by the room-heavy 7th.
And this is where we run into a limitation with the way we’ve been doing this survey: combining PA, PHPD, MBS, and Sackler all into one category. We know that the MBS program has been growing each year, and we know that the PA program has been growing. And PHPD encapsulates a number of other degree programs. Sadly, until now, I haven’t been able to distinguish between them when looking at this survey.
Going forward, however, I’ll be able to! We’re working on some back-end adjusting of how we collect all of this data, so that way we can be much more accurate across the board while going forward. After all, accuracy leads to knowledge, and knowledge is what we’re striving for here! I’m not sure anyone at HHSL was quite prepared for the way our numbers have exploded over the last couple years, so we’re playing a bit of catch-up in a few areas to make sure we can still serve the needs of our entire community!
But you’re probably wondering how March measures up against our October Affiliation count. It looks something like this:
It looks a lot like that! That’s surprising, kind of. Right? I mean, that is a lot of people. A. Lot. I find it interesting that Medical and Dental jumped so high (Boards and the infamous Dental Exam Block probably had a bit to do with that), but the PHPD programs dropped a little, and Nutrition bumped up slightly. Now what about the floors? How do those look?
They look busy is what they look like. Every single floor got busier! This, of course, comes as a surprise to absolutely nobody – it’s a well known fact that we’re busier in the spring than the fall (fun fact! Currently, October is the busiest month, followed by March, and February. April is traditionally the outright busiest of the year, however, so we’ll have to see how things turn out). But still, it’s kind of cool to see that each floor went up by just about the same proportion across the board. That’s ridiculous. That’s not supposed to happen in the real world! And yet, here we are.
Finally, we have the weekdays:
As you may have realized by now, I deal with a ton of statistics during the year. The red bars you see above most closely resemble the regular, month-by-month bell curve of how busy each day of the week is. The busiest day of the week might shift a bit between Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but in general? It looks like that. Like a bell curve. But the blue! October did something unique, and dipped right in the middle of the week.
It’s worth noting: neither of these weeks had any major exams, and neither week had any holidays. They were chosen for both of those reasons. Perhaps that Wednesday in October was unseasonably nice, and everyone just really needed to be outside? Can’t say I blame them.
So there you have it! Our Affiliation Stats round-up. I’m already looking forward to doing some of the year-end numbers, and finding out just how crazy busy HHSL has been in the 2015-2016 academic year.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go look at something other than Excel for a few hours. Perhaps a few days.
April 17-23 is National Spring Stress Less Week! Take a moment to breathe deep, go for a stroll, do some stretches, or play a game (don’t forget, we have some at the Library Service Desk!).
We know that this time of year can be overwhelming, so Hirsh Library is here to help!
We’re hosting a study break on Wednesday, 4/20 at 2:30pm. Stretch your legs and head down to the desk to enjoy a cup of tea and a snack. We’ll also have this giant roll of bubble wrap available so you can pop your frustrations away:
In addition, the Wellness Advisor is hosting three great events that you’ll want to check out:
Benefits of Meditation: Wednesday, 4/20 from 2-4pm in Sackler 114
Learn about the benefits of meditation and practice some techniques with Dr. Christina Pastan
Scream for Ice Cream and Therapy Dogs: Thursday, 4/21 from 2:30-4:30pm in the Jaharis Courtyard
Take an ice cream break and relax with some canine companions
Wellness Advisor Drop-In: Friday, 4/22 at 2:30pm in the alcove with the black couches on SK4
Take a study break and enjoy some healthy snacks, coffee or tea, and a chat with the Wellness Advisor
Don’t have time to attend any of the events? Create your own study break! We’ll have origami paper and some relaxing coloring pages available down at the Library Service Desk all week.
The Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be open 12noon – 7pm on Monday, April 18th–shortened hours in observance of Patriot’s Day.
Patriots’ Day is a holiday commemorating the Battles of Lexington and Concord in the American Revolutionary War.
It is also the day that the Boston Marathon takes place!
However you spend the day (perhaps with us in the library) have a good one!
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