Posts by: Katherine Morley


Juneteenth 2021 Poster

The university has designated next Friday, June 18, 2021 as a Day of Reflection, Commitment, and Action for Racial Justice. In observance of this, Hirsh Library will not be holding online staffed hours. We encourage you to use the day to participate in the programming the University has put together. The day will begin at 9am with a keynote address by Dr. David Harris and will be followed by a series of breakout sessions. To learn more or register, please visit Tufts’ Juneteenth 2021 website.


Cover of the book Body and Soul

The Hirsh Health Sciences Library’s Anti-Racism Reading Group is excited to announce our Summer Reading Series – and you’re invited!

Through a series of three meetings held the second Friday of each summer month from noon to 1pm EST, we will learn, unlearn, and be inspired to take actions through our discussion of the book Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination by Alondra Nelson. An electronic copy of the book is available at no cost through the library.

All meetings held virtually on Zoom and are not recorded. Sessions will be held on June 11th, July 9th, and August 13th and you may come to whichever you wish. For example, you are welcome to join us in August, even if you did not in the previous months. You are also welcome to join us in June, even if you cannot in the following months.

Individual registration links for each session may be found on the Anti-Racism Reading Group website. We hope you will be able to register and join us.

Poster advertising Anti Racism Reading Group summer series

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Happy Commencement weekend class of 2021! All of us at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library applaud your hard-earned accomplishments, and we wish you the best in your future endeavors! You have finished your career at Tufts under extraordinary circumstances and while we’re sad we aren’t together to celebrate in person, we look forward hearing about all the great work you will do.

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Registration is now open for the fourth meeting of Hirsh’s Anti-Racist Reading Group. This next session will occur on Friday, May 21st from 12pm to 1pm EST. We are excited to announce the reading for our fourth session, an academic article about Asian American health data.

Discussion questions about the reading are forthcoming and will be posted in the document with the link to the reading a week in advance. Community guidelines will remain the same as the last sessions’ guidelines. However, as always, please feel free to reach out if you would like to add other guidelines!

Please follow this link to register for the event.

In past sessions, students, staff, and faculty from across the Boston campus have attended. The discussion has benefited from the sharing of perspectives from across disciplines and roles to understand and address racism in the health sciences. If you’re thinking about joining us—even for the first time—we welcome everyone within the Tufts community to join regardless of field or title!

We hope you’re able to join and look forward to the discussion!


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[Content Warning: race-based violence against BIPOC, particularly Asian communities]

May marks the start of Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month in the United States. While celebrating milestones and accomplishments of Asian communities is important, so is reflecting on the racialized violence that Asian communities have experienced in the past year and beyond. In order to aid in learning about how racialized violence against Asians has existed in the fabric of the United States, as well as how that impacts health disparities in Asian communities, we have created a new landing page in our Anti-Racism Resources Guide. This rotating landing page focusing on Asian communities also hopes to help highlight parallels between the sufferings of other marginalized communities in the United States in order to recognize the fact that all those who are minoritized are being harmed under the same systems of oppression of white supremacy.

On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 8 people were murdered in Atlanta, GA at two separate Asian spa locations. 6 of the 8 who were killed identified as Asian and all but one were women. While not all who were killed identified as Asian, many have voiced that these murders happened because a white man targeted Asian women specifically to eliminate his sexual temptations. (More reporting can be found online at the New York Times through this link).

These murders, however, are not the only violent acts that have been perpetrated in Asian communities. As the organization Stop AAPI Hate reports, out of the reported incidents alone, there have been 3,292 incidents in 2020 and 503 incidents that have occurred thus far in 2021 (for the National Report from Stop AAPI Hate and more, visit their website). This violence towards Asians have ranged from spitting, verbal abuse, death, and more. From the stabbing of a 36-year-old man in New York City’s Chinatown, to elder Xie Xiaozhen being punched in the face by a white man in San Francisco, to the murder of elder Vichar Ratanapakdee also in San Franciscoto children as young as 2 and 6 years old being stabbed at a Sam’s Club in Texas, many reports have gone viral. Furthermore, while these attacks have mostly occurred in East Asian and Southeast Asian communities, for decades, the Middle Eastern and South Asian communities have been targeted due to the 9/11 tragedyMost recently, the Sikh community was attacked in Indianapolis where 4 of 8 victims identified as Sikh. Many more Asians have suffered attacks without their stories being reported or cared about in mainstream media, at their schools, and at their workplaces.

These incidents of hate and violence are not happening in a vacuum.  The goal of the resources shared on our new landing page is to provide context for the racialized violence against Asians in the United States, explore its impact on the health sciences, and aid in unlearning these harmful practices.

As always, if you have suggestions on additions to the resource guide, please feel free to fill out the survey linked here.


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All of us here at Hirsh Library would like to give a warm welcome to new students starting this month! We’re delighted have met some of you already and are looking forward to meeting those we haven’t yet! While you might not see us physically in the library, we want to assure you that we are here to help virtually during online staffed hours. Please don’t hesitate to reach out via chat, email, or text if you have any questions.

Hope your semester is off to a good start!


Panicking about your personal statement? Feeling threatened by your thesis? Never fear, Writing Consultants appointments resume later this month!

Registration is now available for 45-minute long appointments, conducted over Zoom. This semester, appointments will be held on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10am-2pm, and Sundays from 1pm-5pm.

Spots go fast, so sign up now! Never met with a writing consultant before? Visit our Writing Consultants Guide for more information about what she can help with and how to prepare.


The end of the semester is finally within sight!  Hirsh Library will be operating with modified hours from Saturday, December 19th through Sunday, January 3rd.

The full schedule is as follows:

Saturday, December 19th-Sunday, December 20th: Closed

Monday, December 21st-Wednesday, December 23rd: 7:45am-5pm

Thursday, December 24th-Sunday January 3rd:  Closed for Tufts Winter Break

We will reopen for regular hours at 7:45am on  Monday, January 4th. 

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


Hanukkah starts this evening at sundown and ends next Friday, December 18th. Also known as the “festival of lights,” Hanukkah commemorates the re-dedication of the holy temple in Jerusalem following the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century B.C.E., when one night’s worth of oil miraculously lasted for eight nights. Here’s a brief rundown of the story and traditions if you want to know more!

Foods fried in oil are a staple of Hanukkah celebrations (latkes, anyone?), but since we’re a health sciences library, we thought we’d share some ideas we’ve found for healthier Hanukkah foods:

Healthy Takes on Traditional Hanukkah Recipes from Chowhound

6 Easy Ways to Make Your Hanukkah Meal a Healthy Feast from Real Simple

18 Vegan Hanukkah Recipes from One Green Planet

Apricot Gelt from Martha Stewart

However, because it is a holiday, we can’t resist sharing the only sufganiyot (jelly doughnut) recipe you’ll ever need.


Wishing you a Happy and Healthy(-ish) Hanukkah from the Hirsh Health Sciences Library!


Getting ready for the National Board Dental Exam (NBDE) or the Integrated National Board Dental Exam (INBDE)? We have supplementary study aids available for you to use for free, whether you are able to come to the library in person or not.

Electronic Resources

For those studying remotely, check out Board Vitals. It features question banks for both the NBDE and INBDE that you can use to mimic taking an exam online, and it gives you reports on your performance, including things like the average amount of time spent per question. You also can look at the Board Guide provided by the ADA for each exam. We also have the book First Aid for the NBDE Part 1 available electronically.

Hard Copies

For those with the ability to come to the library physically, we have more supplementary study aids. Please be aware that these remaining resources were created for the NBDE. Some of our study aid books include Kaplan DentEssentials, Dentin, and Mosby’s. See the full list and details on how to find and check them out for Part 1 and Part 2 by following their respective links.

We also have the Dental Decks flashcards for NBDE Part 1 and Part 2. These cannot be checked out and must be used within the library. See full details.


We hope you will find these supplementary study aids useful! We have oriented your SLAC representatives to these aids, so you may reach out to them for more details. We are also always happy to hear suggestions or requests from you. Please feel free to reach out to the library’s Dental liaison, Amanda Nevius, with any questions or suggestions.


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