Well, hello there boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen. Back from Thanksgiving break so soon, are we?
What’s that you say? Exams a’ comin’? Already? Boy howdy.
Why don’t you join me for a moment. I’ll tell you a tale as old as the print journals on the 7th Floor. The story of a creature most hideous, most foul, and most dangerous. Of course, I speak of THE BLOCK.
AHHH! Thar he scowls! Be careful, don’t look into his eyes! How does one summon THE BLOCK? Let me share the lore with you.
Now, some say that if you return a reserve item (like a laptop, phone charger, skull, or reserve book) late once, THE BLOCK will follow you for 24 hours after you return the item, and you will be mysteriously unable to check out items from the Library. If you return an item late a second time, THE BLOCK will haunt your nightmares for 7 days, impeding your ability to study and borrow headphones (and other things).
Now, many have tempted fate and survived the wrath of THE BLOCK once, even twice. But beware, should you return a third reserve item late, the foul beast will cast his sharp, cubic shadow over your life for two fortnights!
(You know, you won’t be able to check anything out for one month after you return the delinquent item)
AND THAT’S NOT ALL. If you summon THE BLOCK three times, he will, like Marley’s Ghost, visit your Dean and share tales of your misdeeds.
And finally, if you are one of the foolish few who learns nothing of your third encounter with this reviled, hideous hexahedron, and you dare invite his wrath again, THE BLOCK will rob you of your borrowing privileges for the rest of the semester, and he will darken the doorstep of your Dean again.
And the most TERRIFYING thing of all? Every time you summon THE BLOCK, you wear his mark for the remainder of the academic year. So remember, a late return in September will follow you all the way to next July.
So take heed, as exams approach:
- Try to get some sleep
- Stay hydrated
- Return your reserve items on time, and
- DON’T MOCK THE BLOCK
(The Hirsh Health Sciences Library blocking policy can be found in its entirety here: http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/about-us/policies/overdue-items)
The Hirsh Library will be closing at 2pm this Wednesday, November 23rd, and will remain closed through Saturday, November 26th. This is for the university-wide Thanksgiving Break.
On Sunday, November 27th, we will be starting our Extended Hours! This is when the Service Desk on the 4th floor is open from 10 am to 10 pm to assist you in any and all of your studying needs. The days are:
Sunday, Nov. 27th
Saturday, Dec. 3rd
Sunday, Dec. 4th
Saturday, Dec. 10th
Sunday, December 11th
We hope you enjoy your days off this week. Make sure to catch up on some sleep, and we will see you bright eyed (if not bushy tailed) on Sunday, November 27th!
On Thursday, December 1st from 12 noon to 1pm, Hirsh Library needs students to participate in a Focus Group and give their opinion on the library’s website based on a variety of open-ended topics.
The focus group will include a pizza lunch and $5 voucher for the Food4Thought Café upon completion.
We’re looking for 5 students who have used the library’s website before:
Participant 1 Sackler Student
Participant 2 Nutrition Student
Participant 3 Medical Student
Participant 4 Dental Student
Participant 5 PHPD Student
If you’re interested please contact Berika Williams at email@example.com
It’s our favorite time of year! Yes, that’s right. It’s turkey time!
Starting at 12pm this Thursday 11/17 and Friday 11/18, you can stop by the Library Service Desk and create your own feathered friend to bring home to Mom (or back to your study carrel). We’ll have a variety of materials out so you can create anything your heart desires, from the simple and majestic hand turkey (our personal favorite) to some 3D pinecone poultry.
Don’t have time to delve into a craft?
Just lend a hand–we only need the outline!–to the giant library turkey we plan to make.
See you there!
While you probably don’t need to be reminded that there is a presidential election happening on November 8th , a re-fresher on this year’s Massachusetts ballot questions might be in order.
First, if you know that you are registered to vote in Massachusetts, but can’t remember where it is that actually cast your ballot, check out:
Where do I vote in Massachusetts?
Okay, now that you know where you are going to vote, you can decide how you are going to vote. There are four statewide ballot questions this year. According to Ballotpedia, the four ballot questions are asking for a “yes” or “no” vote on the following:
- Question 1: would allow the Gaming Commission to issue an additional slots license.
- Question 2: would authorize the approval of up to 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education per year.
- Question 3: would prohibit certain methods of farm animal containment.
- Question 4: would legalize recreational marijuana for individuals at least 21 years old.
Ballot questions can be tricky! Since a “yes” or “no” vote on a ballot questions may have ramifications that go way beyond simply affirming the idea proposed, you need to understand the legal and social implications of your decision. This in mind, please check out the following resources. Not only do they provide great information about the ballot questions themselves, but they also provide you with the “big picture” on the potential implications of your vote:
What You Need To Know About The 4 Mass. Ballot Questions
“Yea or Nay? A Guide to Massachusetts’ Ballot Questions”
Okay folks, now get out there and vote!!
For this Halloween edition of Throwback Thursday, we look at one of the rarest volumes in Hirsh’s Special Collections room. Dating back to 1649, The Works of that Famous Chirurgion Ambrose Parey is a landmark in the history of medicine and surgery. This book is profusely illustrated with quaint anatomical woodcuts, portraits, and various examples from natural history. It also includes a chapter entitled Of Monsters and Prodigies, hearsay which for many in the 17th Century, stirred their superstitions and fear of the unknown. Happy Halloween!
Hirsh’s favorite puppet, Lizzy, took a walk down to Sackler 4 to interview our Circulation Assistant Stephanie Krauss at the Library Service Desk!
Hi Stephanie! Who are these?
They’re our little study buddies, we made them during a Fun Lab activity.
Do you work here all day?
I just work in afternoons…From 12pm-5pm Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and from 2pm-7pm on Fridays.
What do you do here at Hirsh?
I’m mostly just at the desk, I help people find articles, check out a lot of materials, laptops..phone chargers, books… we have a lot of stuff! Anything you need!
What do you do when you’re not at the library?
Well, I’m currently working two other jobs and I’m getting two master’s degrees: one in Library Science and one in History.
This is an example of all my readings!
Yikes! That’s a lot of readings.
If you could be any celebrity puppet for a day, who would you be?
What’s your favorite thing about working here?
My favorite thing about working here is probably the people–both my coworkers and all of our students!
What’s the coolest thing you can check out down here at the desk?
Probably the coolest thing we have is…hmm…well we have real human skulls.
Would you be able to show me one?
Yeah, I can, if they’re not both checked out right now. Let me see…
Lizzy and the Study Buddies have absconded to study! Wish you had your own study buddy? You’re in luck! Stop by the Library Service Desk starting at 12pm on Wed 10/26 and Thurs 10/27 and you can make your own.
You’ve probably heard the term open access – maybe it’s the reason you were able to get the full text of that article you needed? Maybe it’s the reason so many people read your latest article?
Open access (OA) is about making research literature freely available on the Internet with few copyright or license restrictions. In honor of Open Access Week (happening right now!), here are the top 10 reasons to publish OA…
10. Improve discoverability
Open articles commonly show up more places than just the publisher’s website, for example, in subject repositories or ResearchGate or the Tufts Digital Library, and therefore can more readily be found by search engines and through web surfing, not just through traditional articles databases, like PubMed or Web of Science. In addition, search engines can more readily crawl the entire full text of open articles, beyond just the citation information and abstract.
9. Enlarge readership
Since open access materials can be easier to find and the full text is available to all, more people are likely to read them. You didn’t spend all that time on research and writing to lock away your findings, did you?
8. Diversify readership
Those who have access to paid journal subscriptions represent a limited demographic that does not necessarily correlate to those who will most benefit from and contribute to the research. Removing paywalls removes these misguided filters on readership.
7. Increase citation numbers
Many times, open articles have the opportunity to be cited more by others due to their increased visibility. In addition, since they are often available ahead-of-print, citations can start accumulating earlier in the process.
6. Enhance collaboration
More readers and diversity of readers can lead to more and richer collaboration. Open access can help identify critical colleagues otherwise not reached through traditional publishing communication channels.
5. Drive innovation
What does Google Scholar always say? Stand on the shoulders of giants! Our greatest world achievements are rarely standalone accomplishments. Scholars feed off one another, learn from one another, and grow from one another through sharing and collaboration, which is enhanced by open access.
4. Increase usefulness
Broadening the reach and impact of research makes all those tireless hours of effort that went into creating it all the more worthwhile. I’ll reiterate my early question: You didn’t spend all that time on research and writing to lock away your findings, did you?
3. Shift the economics
Publishers provide added value to a manuscript, through editing, formatting, promotion, and some discoverability services, which incur some cost. For many though, the business model has fallen out of balance. Much research is supported by taxpayers and authors and peer-reviewers are not paid for their publications. Open access realigns the business model so that the research conducted as a public good is available to the public.
2. Join the 21st century
We take advantage of several cutting-edge technologies just to tell our friends how good our lunch was, why would we rely on an antiquated print-based model for communicating important research findings? While many journals are available electronically today, the present system artificially treats them as if they were just as encumbered to obtain and create as their print counterparts when they are clearly not.
1. Save the world!
Yes, this is a bold statement to make, but who knows what accelerated and enhanced collaboration and innovation can lead to? Better addressing climate change? Ending world food insecurity? Curbing pandemic diseases? The only way to know is by opening the communication channels and sharing more.
Find out more at https://sites.tufts.edu/scholarlycommunication/open-access/
Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz
Pumpkin time is here! Take a break from studying and flex your creative muscles at the Library Service Desk this Thursday and Friday. Starting at 12pm each day, we’ll have all the supplies you need to create a festive pumpkin to adorn your apartment or study carrel.
Hope to see you there!
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