Posts by: Thomas Quinn

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In honor of the Independence Day (4th of July) holiday this year, Hirsh Library will be closed Saturday, July 3rd, through Monday, July 5th. This will mean that we will not be monitoring our live chat during that time. However, you can still always e-mail us at hhsl@tufts.edu and we will get back to you when we can.

As a reminder: on Tuesday, July 6th, the Hirsh Library Service Desk will officially be re-opening! For the month of July, starting with the 6th, the Library Service Desk (on the 4th floor of the Med Ed building) will be open from 7:45am to 5pm Monday-Friday. We will still be monitoring our Live Chat until 8pm Monday-Thursday, and on the weekends as we have been. As we get closer to the fall, we hope to expand the hours, so keep an eye on the signs at the desk when you swing by to see what we’re doing!

And if you’re a student and interested in working at Hirsh Library, we have good news! We are accepting applications and are going to be hiring soon. You can read all about it right here.

Everyone at Hirsh hopes you have a happy and safe holiday weekend next weekend, and we look forward to seeing you all in person very soon!

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In honor of Memorial Day, Hirsh Library will be closed on Monday, May 31st. This means there will be no Live Chat coverage that day. However, if you do need assistance, you can still always e-mail us at hhsl@tufts.edu, and someone will get back to you as soon as they are able.

We hope you have a happy and healthy weekend!

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So we are past commencement, and you’re getting ready for the summer sun. But wait, you have one of our books and need to return it, but you won’t be able to make it to Boston? Fear not! You can stick that book in a box or envelope (whatever makes the most sense for you) and mail it our way! Just send it to:

Tufts University
Hirsh Health Sciences Library/ILL
MEB 610
37 Tyler Street
Boston, MA 02111

We will get it, check it in, and all will be well.

But if you want to keep the book and just need to renew it, you can always hop on our Live Chat, or e-mail us at hhslcirc@tufts.edu. We’ll be happy to let you have it a bit longer, if we can.

Enjoy the weather and we look forward to seeing you all soonish!

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Do you find yourself going from class assignment to class assignment, thinking “I wish I had a part-time job with flexible hours, and specifically over at Hirsh Library, because they all seem like such great people”? Well have I got good news for you: we’ll be hiring soon!

As HHSL begins to return to in-person operations, we’re going to need student staff to help keep the desk open and library services running smoothly. The schedule is fixed but flexible – two scheduled shifts a week with the opportunity to pick up more as they occasionally open up, but all with the understanding that life happens (board exams, externships, lab experiments gaining sentience and running off into the countryside, etc). The position duties are a mix of circulating material (like the anatomy models and laptops), helping patrons find articles and books they’re looking for, and lending a hand to the R&I staff (such as scanning articles for Interlibrary Loan).

In return, you’ll get to: work in a great environment alongside students from other programs on campus; really hone your research skills; polish your communication skills by assisting a wide variety of people (the entire Health Sciences Campus, including students, faculty, and the staff of the Tufts Medical Center); and get to know the librarians on a first-name basis (they’re great people, and masters of research).

We plan to do the hiring and training late this summer, in preparation for the fall semester. Individual start dates are malleable, and subject to discussion as we get closer.

If this all sounds good to you, then you should fill out an application! It takes 5 minutes, and who knows, maybe you’ll meet your new best friend! If you have any questions, feel free to send them our way at hhsl@tufts.edu, and we will be happy to answer them.

All of us here at HHSL look forward to working with you!

Leo and Theo skeletons dressed in costumes

Photo: Tom Quinn. Pirate bedazzling: Whitney Stannard.

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In honor of Patriots’ Day here in Massachusetts (a holiday about the Battles of Lexington and Concord in the Revolutionary War, not the football team like I thought when I was a child), Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be “closed” on Sunday and Monday, April 18th & 19th.

We will not be monitoring Live Chat, but we will still be checking Ask Us. So if you have a question, feel free to submit it there (or e-mail hhsl@tufts.edu), and you’ll get an answer all the same.

Have a great weekend!

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We’ve passed the year mark into this pandemic, and although vaccines are rolling out, it might not feel fast enough. There are board exams, non-board exams, love lives, family lives, making sure you’re eating enough – a lot of different things that can stress a person out. What is one to do?

Well good news: we have a few ideas for you!

First of all, there’s the Tufts Health & Wellness group. They’ve put together this page on stress and anxiety. It has resources, included guided meditations and tips on managing stress on the go. Definitely worth your time to check out!

Secondly: take a drink of water right now. Hydration is important, and not to be undervalued!

Perhaps you’re someone like me, who occasionally just wants nice calm scenes to look at in the background, while they work on other things. Well regardless of the weather or your ability to make it somewhere you find relaxing, good news: we have technology to help! Explore.org has a whole YouTube channel of various nature cams. The feeds seem to primarily be at rescues, so if you’re into wolves, you’ll see wolves. Eagles? They got that. Or maybe you just want to watch a bunch of kittens play together? I have that feed up as I write this!

There is a very wide variety of cameras available, of course, because people are people. Thrillist has a great write-up of a ton of live stream cams for you.

Finally, you could always put your printing allotment at the library to use, and get yourself some coloring pages to print out and color in. For example, Crayola has a whole section of free pages. Or if you wanted to support small business, you could always run a search on Etsy or similar sites. (Fair warning though: there’s no guarantee about whether your results will be safe for work.)

We here at Hirsh Library hope you’re able to relieve any stress as well as you can, and hope your Aprils are as low stress as highly-motivated graduate students in demanding programs can possibly be!

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So it’s March 2021, we still need to stay socially distanced, but you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in someway, perhaps albeit quietly at home. Well I’ve got some great news for you: if you’re a fan of movie nights, we’ve got you covered with Kanopy!

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Picture credit: Joe Papp, Wikimedia Commons

Much like with Halloween, I’m here to point you toward some great cinema that’s right at your fingertips, and all included with your being here at Tufts! A quick refresher:
Kanopy is a streaming service that specifically works with libraries. It’s a great source for documentaries, but also for independent cinema, world cinema, classics (like, say, the Criterion Collection), and assorted collections you might not expect to see. I’ve reached the point where I always check Kanopy first for a movie I want to see, just in case. Since Kanopy is a subscription service for libraries, it means all library users will get to see their films – in this case, that means you!

I’ll cut to the chase: there’s an entire category of Irish Cinema on Kanopy. The films run the gamut here, too – there are short films like The Crush (about a middle schooler with a crush on his teacher), the touching Time Traveller (about a child building a homemade DeLorean time machine as an escape from his day-to-day), Second to None (an old man trying to jealousy get revenge on his very slightly older twin brother – this one’s stop animation!), or Kubrick by Candlelight (a pair of people fall for each other during the filming of Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon).

There are, of course, full length feature films here as well. If you want to give an animated film a shot, I cannot speak highly enough of The Secret of Kells. It’s a movie where the animation looks like an illuminated manuscript come to life, and is absolutely entrancing. If you’d rather something with live actors, you could give Handsome Devil a shot, about a pair of boys stuck in a boarding school room together (incidentally, a winner of a handful of awards, and also a movie that turns up under Kanopy’s LGBTQ Cinema tag as well). On a similar vein is Bortsal Boy, which was nominated for a pair of awards including Outstanding Film with the GLAAD Media Awards.

Or perhaps you’d prefer horror, since I mentioned Halloween up there? Well there are movies like A Hole in the Ground (released by A24, a studio that has a lot of films on Kanopy), or perhaps The Canal (which won an award for being scary!).

That said, if you prefer comedy, you could certainly do worse than Gold, starring Maisie Williams (Arya from Game of Thrones).

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t address those documentaries I mentioned above. One is Brand Irish, a film that approaches the question of how “Irish” became such a phenomena (example: the ubiquitous of St. Patrick’s Day, or the Irish pub). If you prefer something longer, The Great Courses series has three separate looks at Ireland, its people, and its heritage. The Celtic World focuses on the ancient Celts – who we thought they were and who we think they are now; Roots of the Irish Identity, taking a look at Ireland from the Celts up through the Middle Ages in order to give context to today; and The Irish Identity, focusing on the 20th Century and particularly the Irish Renaissance. Those last three are entire series, so maybe brew some tea up and settle in.

No matter how you choose to spend your week this week, we at Hirsh hope you’re staying safe and healthy, and are having as great a time as you can right now. Here’s to the weather warming up and staying there soon!

Sláinte,
Tom

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In honor of Presidents Day, Hirsh Library’s services will be closed on Monday, February 15th.

We are open normal hours on Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (12pm-8pm), and will return to normal weekday hours on Tuesday (7:45am-8pm). You can also always e-mail us a question at hhsl@tufts.edu, and we will get back to you as soon as we’re able.

Have a safe and happy weekend and Valentine’s Day, everybody!

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day, Hirsh Library’s services will be closed on Monday, January 18th.

We are open normal hours on Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (12pm-8pm), and will return to normal weekday hours on Tuesday (7:45am-8pm). You can also always e-mail us a question at hhsl@tufts.edu, and we will get back to you as soon as we’re able.

Have a safe and happy weekend, everybody!

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This year has been difficult, but here at Hirsh we want to make it as easy to use our services as possible. To that end, we have moved all of the board review/prep books that were on Reserve.

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Leo is always hard at work.

All of our board review and board prep books are now in the main Hirsh Book Stacks, located up on the 5th floor of the Med Ed building! This also means they can all be checked out using the MeeScan app, and then taken out of the building and hung onto for the normal checkout periods.

So if you want to get the jump on prepping for your exams (and who doesn’t?), you can head over to JumboSearch, look up the book you need, and get started!

Good luck with your studying, and don’t forget to reach out and let us know if you run into any troubles. After all, we may not be at the desk, but we are still here to help.

 

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