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The commencement procession June 14, 1926. Tufts University. Digital Collections and Archives. Medford, MA. http://hdl.handle.net/10427/35160

Congratulations Class of 2019! All of us at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library applaud your hard-earned accomplishments and we wish you the best in your future endeavors! We look forward hearing about all the great work you will do.

Please note that the Library Service Desk will be closed this Saturday, May 18th, as there will be a reception for the graduates taking place.

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The end of exam season is in sight! To help you with the final push, we are having one more weekend of extended hours. On Saturday 5/4 and Sunday 5/5, the Library Service Desk will be open from 10am-10pm. And, as is tradition, we will be having free coffee on Saturday, starting around 4pm. Best of luck with your studying!

Gather round ye good folk of Hirsh Library, for I hae something most odd and chilling to share with ye today. You may have heard whispers round the misty paths of the Boston campus, tales of strange beasts that dwell round the depths of the Library Service Desk.

Surely these creatures are but a myth? Or there is some scientific explanation for these rumors? An errant algal bloom from the Charles River. Mirages that appear before the eyes of exhausted students after they pull all-nighters. A flock of pigeons overfed on leftover pizza…

Nae, ‘tis none of these, and I’m sorry to say ‘tis no legend either. These are the creatures known collectively as THE BLOCK. And, disturbingly, sightings are on the rise.

Descendants of the great dragons of old, these four mystic beings are charged with guarding a hoard most valuable to all of us here who seek knowledge—the reserve collection. Under the ancient contract, these precious items—a collection of such goodly things as skulls, books, and laptops—may be lent freely to all those Tuftonians who might need them, for a period of four hours. If the borrower requires the item longer, it will be gladly be lent out for four hours more, provided they visit the Desk and kindly request a renewal.

Those who are vigilant and heed the timings of return need not fear THE BLOCK. But those misfortunate souls who keep things past due will attract the gaze of the creatures and incur their curse.

The First Block is tricky—it will catch you when first you let your guard down—but it is the most lenient of the quartet. The first time you forget to return an item in time, the First Block will bar you from borrowing for period four and twenty hours. Luckily, once this period has passed, it will not begrudge you a future loan.

Should you be careless and hold on to an item late for a second time, the Second Block will rise, with a harsher resolve than its fellow, and prevent you from borrowing for one week’s time.

Have you seen these two? Sightings are common, unfortunately, and while they should best be avoided, you can be hopeful that your experience will end with them.

Alas, there are those forget the lessons and power of the first two Blocks, and dare keep items late for a third time, thenceforth summoning the Third Block. The Third Block is resentful of being awakened from its sleep and will prevent you from borrowing items for one full month. It will also send a message on the wind to your Dean, notifying them of your failure to abide by the rules of the borrowing contract.

I cannae bear discussing the last creature. Truly, I shudder to share what will happen should you dare cross the monstrous Fourth Block. The most ancient and fearsome of all the Blocks, it has the longest memory and enacts the most rigid penalty of all. Should you keep items late for a fourth time, the Fourth Block shall rise from the murky depths of its cubic lair and prevent you from borrowing items for the rest of the semester. Once again, your Dean shall hear of your grave offence.

Sightings of the fearsome third and fourth blocks are on the rise and this is most distressing news to us.

Please, heed my warnings. Keep your wits about you! These creatures are old and their memories long. Remember, even if you summon the first Block in July, the other Blocks will remember all the way through the following June. ‘Tis a nasty surprise to forget your autumnal encounters with Blocks One and Two and be faced with the Third Block on a bonny day in May.

I entreat you, take my words to heart and readily share them with your fellows. Our wish is that all may use the Reserve collection in good health and good cheer, with nary a worry that they should ever face an encounter with a Block.

For the facts behind the fantasy, please visit our Reserve Policy page.

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Stress Less Week has come just in time to help ease the pain of finals! We’ll be celebrating by providing coloring pages and origami paper at the Library Service Desk all week–everything you need for an easy study break.

You can also kick off the week with an Afternoon Tea study break at 3pm on Monday, 4/22 down at the Desk. We’re co-hosting with Student Wellness Advising, so we’ll have a variety of teas and treats (and coffee!). Come take a break and commiserate with your colleagues or grab a quick cup to bring back to your carrel!

Student Wellness Advising is also hosting a number of other relaxing events, culminating with an ice cream social in 114 on Thursday, 4/25 from 3-4:30pm! Be sure to keep an eye out and drop by if you get the chance.

Can’t make it to an event? Check out some of these helpful tips and techniques for stress management and reduction from Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Service.

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Need a good luck charm to get you through finals? Want to give a friend a boost while they’re in a marathon study session? Then stop by the Library Service Desk on Thursday 4/18 and Friday 4/19 starting at noon! We’ll have all the supplies you need to make some motivational tokens for yourself or your friends. We have glass stones in a variety of shapes, colored papers, paint pens, and Mod Podge. What more could you need? We may even drag out the button maker…

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Photo by Tom, finish line diorama by Jean!

In observance of Patriots’ Day, the Library Service Desk will be open from 12pm-7pm on Monday April 15th. We will reopen for normal hours on Tuesday.

Patriots’ Day commemorates the first battles of the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord, which took place on April 19th, 1775. It is also the traditional day for the Boston Marathon. How did these two events come to be linked? Hop over to this short article by The History Channel to find out!

For those interested in celebrating, MassLive has a good rundown of all the events going on this weekend, both Minuteman and Marathon -related.

We hope you enjoy the long weekend and wish good luck to any Jumbos running the race!

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The Hirsh Health Sciences Library is pretty jam-packed with resources, available both electronically and in print.  But what do you do when you need something that we just don’t have?

ILLiad, our interlibrary loan service, is here to help!

ILLiad is a great way to order article PDFs, book chapter PDFs, whole books, patents, theses, dvds, sheet music, and more.  Just log into ILLiad using your Tufts username and password or create a username and password if you are not issued university credentials, for example, if you are Tufts Medical Center staff.  The first time you log in, you’ll fill out a quick registration form and then you can start using our online request forms to submit your orders.

PDFs of articles and book chapters typically arrive in three days or less and can be downloaded from your ILLiad account.  Books and other hard copies are picked up/returned to the Library Service Desk on Sackler 4.  You’ll receive email notification when your items are accessible.

Students get 20 free requests per year.  In addition, there are lots of requests that we never charge for, such as requests for scanned items from our own collection, items shipped from another Tufts library or a Boston Library Consortium member library, or if you require accommodations due to special circumstances.   Please see our ILLiad Policies and Procedures page for more information about fees and other aspects of this service.

You can also request items from other Tufts Libraries be shipped to the Hirsh Health Sciences Library using JumboSearch.  That services is always free and just requires you log into your JumboSearch  account.

Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz

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Attention second year medical students! As you’re preparing for Step 1 this spring, don’t forget about the study resources offered by Hirsh. We offer electronic question banks USMLE Easy and (new this year!) BoardVitals. Our research guide on Board Prep for Medicine lists our print and electronic Step 1 study materials: borrow First Aid and Kaplan comprehensive review resources or check out systems-based review books in the Student Consult, Rapid Review, or Blueprints series. Many of our most popular print resources, including two copies of First Aid 2018 are available on reserve at the Library Service Desk. Stop by the 4th floor and check them out!

 

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Study carrel feeling lonely? Assignments got you down? Why not make a little buddy to help cheer you up? That’s right, Hirsh’s favorite pom pom critters are back for two days only! Stop by the Library Service Desk this Thursday 3/21 and Friday 3/22 starting at noon and make a fluffy friend for yourself or someone else.

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Congratulations on your match, Class of 2019!  We can’t wait to celebrate with you tomorrow on Match Day and learn where you’re headed!

For those of you not in the know, Match Day is an annual event that began in 1952 where medical students learn where they will go for their residency program.  On Friday, March 15th the service desk on the 4th floor will be closed from 11am-2pm to accommodate celebrations for this event.  All other floors will be open for study.  Please plan on obtaining laptops and reserve items prior to 11am if you need them. Please note as well that the Food4Thought Cafe will be closed all day. Thank you!

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