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Hello hello everyone. It’s about that time again: time for the Affiliation Survey!

Twice a year, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library runs the Affiliation Survey, where we walk around and ask every one of our lovely patrons which program they are with (Dental, Medical, Sackler, etc). This is all we ask. We will not ask for your name or even which year you’re in! The numbers we collect are used in aggregate so we can get a snapshot of what the library usage is like. You can take a look at my post from July to see how the data turns out.

Here’s how it goes: there are 7 days spread out over the whole month, randomly chosen to try and maximize the usefulness of the numbers (in other words, we’re trying not to get skewed by specific exam blocks too much). On those days, HHSL staff (you’ll probably recognize us!) will walk around 4 times over the course of the day to gather the totals of how many people from each school are in the library. There will be signs and posters up this month, so you’re not caught unaware.

Keep your eyes out for them!

We won’t announce ahead of time which days we’re counting (see our need to randomize, above), so it’s safe to assume that it could just happen any day this month.

Don’t panic!

If you don’t want to be bothered (or to speak out loud), you are welcome to leave your ID next to you while you study. If that is still not good enough, you can write your program down on a piece of paper and leave that next to you. If you’re in a group room, feel free to stick a note to the outside of the door (on the wood – the windows must remain clear!) telling us how many people of what program(s) are in the room. Done and done. We will add that number to our count, and we will move on to the next person!

There are pencils, pens, markers, scrap paper, and tape down at the Service Desk on the 4th floor, so you can even make your sign bright and cheerful! If you have any questions or concerns, let us know either in person at the desk, or through Ask Us on our website. We’re here to help and make this quick and easy.

But otherwise, we look forward to seeing you all next month and finding out just what our beloved HHSL looks like this fine spring.

Good luck on studying and I look forward to seeing you in the library!
Tom

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You may have noticed some new things in the library when you came back for the semester. And if you haven’t…why not go check them out?

On the 4th floor, we converted some empty bookshelves into a high counter like the one on the other side of the floor. There are power outlets built in to the top of the counter, so you can pull up a seat for lunch and stay there all afternoon.

 

Over at the Library Service Desk, we have new touchscreen monitors that will make your interactions at the Desk even easier. These were purchased with a Jay Daly Technology Grant that we were awarded by North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries, Inc, which is our local chapter of the Medical Library Association.

 

And just up the stairs on the 5th floor, we have some exciting new furniture! We relocated a number of small tables and installed 10 Brody WorkLounges, which have been receiving rave reviews from our colleagues at other libraries. The Brodys are designed to help minimize distractions and keep your body supported in an optimal position for focusing. Each one has built-in power and a storage shelf where you can tuck away your belongings and focus on your work.

You can let us know what you think or give us suggestions for things you’d like to see in the library by emailing us at hhsl@tufts.edu. We always welcome your feedback!

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Specially-trained student Data Lab Assistants now provide walk-up help at the Tufts Technology Services Support Desk on the 5th floor of the Sackler building.  Lab Assistants can answer questions about Geographic Information Systems (GIS), statistics and data visualization, and troubleshoot basic problems with related software.  Each assistant has specific areas of expertise, so check the table below to get the help you need!

Data Lab Assistant hours can also be viewed on the Data Lab calendar (use the arrow in the upper right corner of the calendar to limit view to Boston Campus).

For additional support, please email Tufts Data Lab:  DataLab-Support@elist.tufts.edu

Post contributed by Laura Pavlech

 

February is upon us and in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month and Black History Month, we bring you EVERYONE SMILES! co-authored by Tufts University’s own School of Dental Medicine student Gary L. Kersey. The book showcases the diversity of smiles and takes children through a step-by-step guide on brushing, flossing, and rinsing. From a historic standpoint Gary L. Kersey is the first and youngest African-American to publish a book of this kind.

Advocating that the power of the smile touches each and every culture around the globe, in addition to the easy-to-learn dental health lesson for kids, this book includes pediatric diversity in the form of age, race, gender and both mental and physical disabilities. – Ambassador International Publishing

Gary L. Kersey - photo: Tim J. Kim (TUSDM '18)

“Everyone Smiles hits the literary market at a time when lack of access to affordable dental care, is causing residual effects and detrimental impacts on the general health of low-income Americans, especially in children. Tooth decay is the most common chronic illness among school-age children, yet it is almost entirely preventable. Furthermore, the rate among low-income children is more than twice that for children with more income (31% versus 14%). Ironically, Medicaid and CHIP cover comprehensive dental benefits for children, but 30% of children with private health insurance are uninsured for dental care. (These dental statistics are sourced from the Kaiser Family Foundation).” – Gary L. Kersey, Jr.

A copy of EVERYONE SMILES! can be found at the new books display on the 4th floor of the Sackler Building.

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Currently working on a thesis/Capstone/ALE or other research project? Want to jump start your project?

Then Research Project Boot Camp Month is for you!

During the month of February, Hirsh Library will be offering a 5-workshop ‘boot camp’ for students  undertaking research projects.

Workshops are held on Tuesday 9-10am and then repeated on Wednesdays 3-4pm (unless otherwise noted). Workshops are held in Sackler 510.

Registration for in-person sessions is encouraged: http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/services/open-workshops

Please select the “Register” link if you would like to attend the workshop remotely via WebEx.

Approaching the Lit Review
Tuesday February 6
Register for WebEx
In this workshop, students will learn how to approach the literature review. Topics covered include database selection, devising effective search techniques, limiting articles to relevant study-types, and tools for keeping track of results.

Which Citation Manager Should I Choose?
Tuesday February 13
Register for WebEx
Wednesday February 14
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This workshop will provide a “lay of the land” regarding citation managers, such as EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, RefWorks, and others. We will discuss how to select the citation manager that is just right for your project.

“Are You My Resource?” How to Pick the Right Resources for Your Project
Tuesday February 20
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Wednesday February 21
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This workshop will review how to identify and locate resources for your research topic. We will discuss how to identify key stakeholders, how to locate article database by topic, ‘grey literature’ and ‘trade literature’ and how to find it.

Copyright and Your Thesis
Tuesday February 27
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Various aspects of creating your thesis or dissertation may involve copyright. Whether you are incorporating other people’s content, such as graphs or images, reusing some of your own work, publishing all or part of your thesis content, there are copyright considerations that can seem challenging and daunting to address. This workshop will provide guidance in navigating the questions and decisions that come up during the thesis and dissertation process around your rights and the rights of others.

EndNote: the Basics
Wednesday February 28
This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the EndNote citation management program. EndNote allows you to create a personal database of references and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. This session is for absolute beginners – no previous experience is required!

 

The holiday season is the perfect time for some leisure reading. Whether you need something to read on the plane, train or bus ride home, or if you get to stay in town and rest, there’s plenty here at Hirsh for you to choose from. Make sure to stop by our newly expanded leisure reading section the next time you’re on the 4th floor of the Sackler building. Below are the latest titles to be added to our collection:

 

FICTION

 

NON-FICTION

 

As always, if there’s a book we don’t have that you think we should own, please do let us know by recommending a purchase.

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Circulation staff can no longer send out notices to remind patrons when reserve items are due.

Please pay attention to when you are told the item is due (4 hours after you check it out).

Set an alarm, write yourself a note etc.

Remember, signing the equipment agreement means that you understand and will abide by all the loan policies.

Avoid the block! Bring it back on time! For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/blockpolicy

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Election Day is fast approaching, this year falling on November 7th (AKA the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, as dictated by Congress in 1845).

It’s not a Presidential election year, but there is plenty going on in Massachusetts. Unsure of what’s going down in your town? Check the website of the Secretary of the Commonwealth to see if elections are going on where you live, and to get more information on local races.

Remember, if you need to vote with an absentee ballot, November 6th at noon is the deadline to request one, and the completed ballot must be returned by the close of polls on Election Day.

We could do worse than to follow the example of our 32nd First Lady, first chair of the UNHCR, and the inaugural chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women (pictured above, voting).

Remember, if you need to see if you are registered to vote, register online, or find your polling place, the Secretary of the Commonwealth has you covered.

So get out there and be like Eleanor! VOTE!

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Avast ye denizens of Hirsh Health Sciences Library! Exams are a-howling, deadlines are looming, and reserve items are being checked out left and right. In this spookiest of seasons, join me for a moment so I may remind you of a tale as old as the print journals on the 7th Floor. The story of a creature most hideous, most foul, and most dangerous. Of course, I speak of THE BLOCK.

block

AHHH! Thar he scowls! Be careful, don’t look into his eyes! How does one summon THE BLOCK? Let me share the lore with you.

Now, some say that if you return a reserve item (like a laptop, phone charger, skull, or reserve book) late once, THE BLOCK will follow you for 24 hours after you return the item, and you will be mysteriously unable to check out items from the Library. If you return an item late a second time, THE BLOCK will haunt your nightmares for 7 days, impeding your ability to study and borrow headphones (and other things).

Now, many have tempted fate and survived the wrath of THE BLOCK once, even twice. But beware, should you return a third reserve item late, the foul beast will cast his sharp, cubic shadow over your life for two fortnights!

(You know, you won’t be able to check anything out for one month after you return the delinquent item)

AND THAT’S NOT ALL. If you summon THE BLOCK three times, he will, like Marley’s Ghost, visit your Dean and share tales of your misdeeds.

And finally, if you are one of the foolish few who learns nothing of your third encounter with this reviled, hideous hexahedron, and you dare invite his wrath again, THE BLOCK will rob you of your borrowing privileges for the rest of the semester, and he will darken the doorstep of your Dean again.

And the most TERRIFYING thing of all? Every time you summon THE BLOCK, you wear his mark for the remainder of the academic year. So remember, a late return in September will follow you all the way to next July.

So take heed, as exams approach:

  • Try to get some sleep
  • Stay hydrated
  • Return your reserve items on time, and
  • DON’T MOCK THE BLOCK

(The Hirsh Health Sciences Library blocking policy can be found in its entirety here: http://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/about-us/policies/overdue-items)

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Hello hello everyone. It’s about that time again: time for the Affiliation Survey!

Twice a year, the Hirsh Health Sciences Library runs the Affiliation Survey, where we walk around and ask every one of our lovely patrons which program they are with (Dental, Medical, Sackler, etc). This is all we ask. We will not ask for your name or even which year you’re in! The numbers we collect are used in aggregate so we can get a snapshot of what the library usage is like. You can take a look at my post from July to see how the data turns out.

Here’s how it goes: there are 7 days spread out over the whole month, randomly chosen to try and maximize the usefulness of the numbers (in other words, we’re trying not to get skewed by specific exam blocks too much). On those days, HHSL staff (you’ll probably recognize us!) will walk around 4 times over the course of the day to gather the totals of how many people from each school are in the library. There will be signs and posters up this month, so you’re not caught unaware.

Keep your eyes out for them!

We won’t announce ahead of time which days we’re counting (see our need to randomize, above), so it’s safe to assume that it could just happen any day this month.

Don’t panic!

If you don’t want to be bothered (or to speak out loud), you are welcome to leave your ID next to you while you study. If that is still not good enough, you can write your program down on a piece of paper and leave that next to you. If you’re in a group room, feel free to stick a note to the outside of the door (on the wood – the windows must remain clear!) telling us how many people of what program(s) are in the room. Done and done. We will add that number to our count, and we will move on to the next person!

There are pencils, pens, markers, scrap paper, and tape down at the Service Desk on the 4th floor, so you can even make your sign bright and cheerful! If you have any questions or concerns, let us know either in person at the desk, or through Ask Us on our website. We’re here to help and make this quick and easy.

But otherwise, we look forward to seeing you all this month and finding out just what our beloved HHSL looks like this fine autumn.

Good luck on studying and I look forward to seeing you in the library!
Tom

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