Posts by: Katherine Morley

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Please join us in welcoming our new Reference Assistant, Katie Kidwell! She started just before the winter holiday break and has already seamlessly integrated herself into our staff.

Originally from the Midwest, she moved to Boston a decade ago. She has a masters in higher education and spent the last 8 years working in college housing and residence in the city before deciding she wanted to be a librarian when she grew up. She’s currently earning her MLIS from Simmons and also works part-time at the Somerville Public Library. When she’s not working or studying, she loves to watch movies and argue about them with friends, enjoys cooking but not baking, and can be found digging through records and vintage glassware at antique shops around the country.

If you haven’t met her yet, say hello next time you stop by the Desk!





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We’re offering a new service this semester: Virtual data management office hours! Our librarians Allie and Paige are here to help with your tricky data management questions at any stage of the research cycle. Whether you have to write a data management plan for a grant, find somewhere to share the data you’ve collected, or just realized you need a better system for organizing your files, come chat with us for ideas and guidance.

We will be holding office hours at 11am on the first and third Fridays of every month up to June. Office hours are open for anyone affiliated with Tufts Health Sciences – students, faculty, and staff. Once you register, you will receive a link to the Zoom room. If the room is empty when you join, don’t worry – we’ll get an email that you’re waiting and be right there!

If you have a complex question that might need more time to untangle, or just want to make sure that you have our undivided attention, you can always book a private appointment with Allie or Paige.


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The spring semester is underway and everyone is back from break! Come and catch up with a study break tea at the Library Service Desk on Tuesday, 1/31 at 2:30pm. We’ll have a variety of teas and treats. Grab a cup to go or stay and chat for a bit!


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In observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day, we will be operating with a modified schedule on Monday, January 16th. The Library Service Desk will be open from 12pm-7pm and the Library Offices will be closed. We will be open for our usual hours on Saturday and Sunday. Stay warm and have a great long weekend!


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The end of the semester is finally within reach! We will be closing at 5pm on Thursday, December 22nd and will remain closed throughout the university break.

Thursday, December 22nd: 7:45am-5pm

Friday, December 23rd- Monday, January 2nd.

We will reopen for regular hours at 7:45am on Tuesday, January 3rd. 

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year from all of us here at Hirsh!


graphic teapot in front of books

The end of the semester is nigh! Take a moment to stretch your legs and join us down at Library Service Desk at 2:30pm on Tuesday 12/13 for a quick study break. Have a cup of tea, a snack, and celebrate (or commiserate) with your fellow students. Hope to see you there!


Working on a cover letter? Stumped about starting your personal statement? Finishing up your thesis? Never fear, Health Sciences Writing Consultants is here! We interrupt our usual summer hiatus to bring you three special dates where our consultant will be available to advise you on your writing projects.

On 8/9, 8/16, and 9/1, there will be four appointments available between 10am and 2pm. For more information or to register for an appointment please visit the Health Sciences Writing Consultants LibGuide.



Hannah Ellingson


We are pleased to welcome another new Research & Instruction librarian this summer! Hannah Ellingson joined the team in early July and will be the liaison to the school of Dental Medicine. She graduated in May with her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she worked at the Undergraduate Library. She also has a master’s degree in religion from UIUC.

Hannah has lived all over the country–she grew up in Utah, did her undergrad in Washington state, and lived in Illinois before moving to Massachusetts. In her free time, she likes trying new recipes, playing the guitar (not well, but enthusiastically, she adds) and exploring local beaches and hiking

Please say hello if you see her in the library!


We want to extend a warm welcome to the new UG students starting this week and a belated but no less enthusiastic welcome to our new PG students! The library has quiet places for studying (and naps), collaboration space, and you are welcome to eat and drink while you are here (we even have microwaves you can use).

  • Have a question? Drop by the Service Desk on the 4th floor and chat to the librarian on call.
  • Want more extended one-on-one help? Schedule an appointment with the dental librarian, Hannah Ellingson
  • Speaking of Hannah, be sure to bookmark the Dental Resources she’s put together for TUSDM. It includes goodies like information on Board and Licensure Exam study resources, how to find Materials Research, and tips on conducting excellent EBD searches.
  • Forget your charger and your phone’s about to die? Check one out at the Service Desk. For that matter, check out a laptop, a VGI cable, model teeth, real skulls, and more!

We wish you nothing but success here at Tufts and everyone at the library looks forward to getting to know you better!





“Library in the Medical and Dental School Building”, 1907. From the Tufts Digital Library:

A big welcome to the TUSM class of 2026 from all of us here at Hirsh Library! We can’t wait to meet you at library orientation today, July 28th, 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). We’re also looking forward to seeing you at PBL Library Skills Workshops in August!

Your pre-clerkship liaison librarian is Christina Heinrich, so don’t hesitate to contact her if you have any questions or need any library help! You can also stop by the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor of MedEd to talk to one of our staff members, or Ask Us by email, chat, phone, or text–we’re always happy to help!

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