Posts by: Katherine Morley

Online Staffed Hours for Thanksgiving Week

Thanksgiving break is almost here, which means a chance to relax and recharge! Due to the holiday, we will be having altered online staffed hours next week.

Monday 11/23:  7:45am-8:00pm (regular hours)

Tuesday 11/24:  7:45am-8:00pm (regular hours)

Wednesday 11/25: 7:45am-5pm

 Thursday 11/26 – Sunday 11/30: Closed

All of us here at Hirsh hope you have a happy, healthy, and above all relaxing break, and we will be back online to assist you when we return to normal hours on Monday, November 30th !


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In late June, the Tufts Libraries Council (TLC) published a Statement of Solidarity and Commitment in support of community protests against police brutality and systemic racism. TLC pledged to discuss and commit to a set of actions demonstrating Tufts Libraries’ commitment to antiracist values. In late October, TLC published a follow-up statement to share actions that have been taken across all the Tufts Libraries to reframe elements of our everyday work with an anti-racist lens and contribute to building an anti-racist community.

We wanted to highlight some of the Hirsh-specific actions here:

  • We have created an Anti-Racism Resource Guide which includes:
    • Information about the BLM movement
    • Resources documenting and addressing racial discrimination in health/medical professions
    • Mental health and community resources for those who identify as BIPOC
    • Educational material for co-conspirators
  • Library staff have formed an Anti-Racism reading group, which held their first discussion in October. We asked them to share a summary of their first session:

In response to suggestions from the Anti-Racism Resources Guide Tea in the summer, Hirsh Library hosted its first ever Anti-Racism Reading Group discussion in October. The goal of this first session was to foster an interdisciplinary space for people across the Tufts community to acknowledge the problem and understand the impact of anti-Black racism in the health sciences. The readings were selected by Hirsh librarians in the fields of biomedical science, dentistry, library science, medicine, nutrition, and public health. If you missed the discussion but want to take a glance at the readings, the reading list is still posted online. The discussion was rooted in the following questions:

  • What was the most impactful thing that you learned from the reading and why was it impactful to you?
  • Based on your reflections, what are ways in which you as an individual or your profession as a whole can work to address some of the impacts of anti-Black racism in your field?

The 35 registrants for the event included students, staff, and faculty in public health, dentistry, librarianship, nutrition and medicine. The greatest share of attendees were affiliated with the dental school, with the second-largest from Tufts Medical Center.

We were so excited to see people from many different disciplines and positions across Tufts come together to form this space. We hope to hold another reading group discussion sometime in the Spring 2021 semester so keep your eyes peeled for more announcements in the future!


In observance of Veterans Day, we will be having shortened online staffed hours on Wednesday 11/11. You can email, chat, or text us with any research, reference, or resource questions between 12pm and 8pm and we will have someone online available to assist you.


Here’s a bit of mid-week fun! Last week, we thought we’d check in with Hirsh’s resident dinobrarian to see how she’s doing working from home. In case you missed it, here is the full chronicle of #dinodayinthelife:







Attention first-year medical students! With anatomy starting this month, take advantage of the virtual anatomy tools available through the library. Through the HHSL website you can access the virtual models in our collection. This post highlights two of our most popular resources. If you have questions for library staff about anatomy resources, sign up for Virtual Anatomy Tools Office Hours, occurring from 12pm-1pm on November 10.

Anterior Triangle, Hyoid Muscles and the Hypoglossal Muscle

Anterior Triangle, Hyoid Muscles and the Hypoglossal Nerve 6) Sternohyoid Muscle © Scholar Educational Systems, Inc 2001-2019. Used under Tufts – Hirsh Health Sciences Library License. Accessed 2 Jan 2019.

Net Anatomy (everything you want; nothing you don’t!) contains a catalog of dissection images with labels and descriptions. The Test feature hides labels—a handy tool for doing self-assessments as you study.

Dissection: ankle and foot superficial dissection

Dissection: ankle and foot superficial dissection © Informa UK Limited 2019. Used under Tufts – Hirsh Health Sciences Library License. Accessed 2 Jan 2019.

Anatomy.TV by Primal Pictures is another database of images, comprised of 3D, interactive models. It has a few more bells and whistles to explore than what’s in Net Anatomy.

Investigate a more extensive list of Hirsh’s anatomy resources from our Anatomy Research Guide.

Post contributed by Christina Heinrich.


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Need to check out a physical book? We have an app for that! Download meeScan (available on Google Play or iTunes) to check out books when you’re at Hirsh Library. All you need to do once you download the app is log in with your Tufts username and password (please note: you must be physically in the library in order to log in). After finding a book in our collection, tap the plus sign (+) and scan the Tufts Library book barcode to check out the book. If you are affiliated with Tufts Medical Center (TMC), the barcode on the back of your TMC ID will also work to log into the app. If you do not have a barcode, please contact us and we will be able to set you up with an account and barcode.


Mini pumpkins in box that looks like a pumpkin patch

Although the Hirsh Pumpkin Patch is closed this year and we won’t be painting pumpkins together, we’d like to invite you to join us for a crafty study break over Zoom on Tuesday 10/27 at 4pm!

Pick up a pumpkin to decorate over the weekend or print out one of these coloring pages we’ve gathered and we can chat and craft along together. Have another project you’re working on or just want to socialize? You’re more than welcome to join us too! And if enough people are interested, perhaps we’ll play some Halloween trivia. Register here to get the Zoom link. 

Is something spookier more your speed? Join us on Thursday, 10/29 at 6pm for Scary Stories to Tell Over Zoom! Gather ’round our virtual campfire to hear some thrilling tales or regale everyone with your own ghostly yarn.






If you’re looking for yet another example of structural racism, discrimination, and exclusion, look no further than our traditional publishing system, which perpetuates inequitable restrictions on viewing, sharing, and building upon the research literature.  So, what opportunities exist to combat these forces?

For years, open access has been disrupting these norms and shattering the myth that locking articles behind paywalls is an effective means to communicate research.  Open access, in its most basic definition, is making research literature freely available on the Internet with few copyright or license restriction.  Open access journals take advantage of a variety of business models to financially support the value-added elements that publishing provides without sacrificing readership, collaboration, and innovation in its place.

We are celebrating Open Access Week October 19th – 25th this year.  In honor, join our open workshop, Where to Publish Open Access, and learn about finding open access journals to publish your work in (and do other things, like get involved in the editorial boards or become a peer reviewer).  We’ll talk about some general tips for identifying suitable journals, as well as specifically how to find appropriate open access publishing opportunities.

Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz


In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, on Monday, 10/12, we will be having shortened online staffed hours. You can email, chat, or text us with any research, reference, or resource questions between 12pm and 8pm and we will have someone online available to assist you.

We hope everyone enjoys a healthy and safe long weekend!



During the Anti-Racism Tea held earlier this summer on June 19th, attendees voiced a need for a space to get together and learn more about how each of them could educate themselves and one another on how to be anti-racist in their communities. In response, Hirsh Health Sciences Library is launching our first ever Anti-Racism Reading Group!

The first session will be held on Friday, October 23 from 12pm – 1pm. The purpose and goals of the reading group will change over time based on needs. However, this first reading group session hopes to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue in acknowledging the problem and understanding the impact of specifically anti-Black racism in the health sciences. While this will be geared for those in the health sciences, anyone is welcome to attend and participate in the dialogue.

To prepare, please choose a reading from your own discipline. If you would like, you can choose an additional reading from another discipline (this is optional). You can find the reading list here.

Registration is now open! A Zoom invitation will be sent out to the email you registered with one hour before the event begins. We will also send out a copy of the community guidelines for the discussion closer to the event date.

We hope this will be an empowering space of learning and unlearning that will catalyze change in your respective departments, disciplines, and fields. We’re excited to see you all there!

Post contributed by Christina Heinrich, Andrea Kang, and Amanda Nevius

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