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October is knocking on your door – and – so our workshops@Hirsh! This is a month to ‘treat’ yourself  by learning new ‘tricks’ to enhance your skills! This month we’ll be introducing you to Zotero,  tools to help you and your patients make decisions, the world of pre-prints, and statistical sources that you need. Don’t be scared – join us!

Workshops will be held on Wednesdays from 12noon-1pm via Zoom.

Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be emailed to you after you register.   Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

Zotero: the Basics

Date:     Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Time:    12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9586489?hs=a

Description: This session will introduce you to Zotero, a free citation management tool. With Zotero, you can:

  • collect references from web sites via your browser of choice
  • drag and drop PDFs to create references
  • generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents

This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!

 

Tools for Shared Decision Making

Date:     Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Time:    12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9591978?hs=a

Description: Shared decision making is a key component of patient-centered health care, where clinicians and patients work together to make decisions, select tests, choose treatments and create care plans. The goal of shared decision making is to balance risks and expected outcomes with patient preferences and values.  This workshop will highlight quality tools that you can equip patients with to enable and encourage these valuable conversations.

 

The Power of Preprints

Date:     Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Time:    12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9620394?hs=a

Description:  Preprints are scholarly manuscripts that have been posted prior to becoming published articles.  With the increased demand to accelerate research, preprints have become a more common part of the publishing process, despite the fact that these drafts have not yet been submitted to a journal nor have they undergone the peer review and editorial process.  This workshop will discuss the benefits and concerns to consider when publishing and utilizing preprints. It will also address where to locate preprints involving health sciences research.

 

Get That Stat Source: Locating U.S. Health Data

Date:     Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Time:    12:00pm – 1:00pm

Registration: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9584689?hs=a

Description: This workshop will introduce you to major sources of health data for the United States. Topics will include: data collection stakeholders and methods, tips & tricks for locating health data, and an introduction to the Hirsh Library “Health Data and Statistics” guide.

 

 

We at Hirsh loved seeing everyone for Afternoon Tea last week. But with the weather getting cooler, and warm drinks gaining popularity, we came up with a craft idea that will… hold you over until pumpkin painting. (Get it?)

Examples of coffee cozies… Can you do better?

On Thursday (9/22) and Friday (9/23), we are going to have a craft setup at the Library Service Desk, where patrons can come up and make Coffee Cozies. Rather than grabbing a sleeve every time you get coffee, you can make a re-usable and totally customizable cozy. Here are some examples.

We hope to see you at the Library Service Desk at noon on Thursday!

 

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Join us on Wednesday, September 14 for the first study break of the semester! Starting at 2:30pm at the Library Service Desk (4th floor, opposite the café).

We’ll have tea, cocoa, and some sweet treats to help you power through the rest of the week. We hope to see you there!

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Welcome to Tufts – and welcome to the Hirsh Health Sciences Library! We are so glad you’re here!

The Hirsh Library looks forward to supporting you during your time at Tufts. We also want to share some tips to get you started right now:

We wish you a most fabulous Fall semester and hope that you will explore the wealth of resources available to you at Hirsh. Welcome!

 

 

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Welcome back! We missed you! Start off this academic year on the right note and enhance your research skills with workshops@Hirsh. This month, we are kicking off our Fall workshop series by presenting three workshops that cover fundamental skills and resources.  If you need a refresher or feel overwhelmed, these workshops are for you. We hope you will join us!

Workshops will be held on Wednesdays from 12noon-1pm via Zoom.

Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be emailed to you after you register.   Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

September 14 – Approaching the Lit Review

Description:
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.

Instructor(s):
Amy E. LaVertu (she/her) is the librarian liaison to the Friedman School of Nutrition, as well as the departments of Geographic Medicine & Infectious Disease, and Psychiatry at the Tufts Medical Center. 

Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9584669?hs=a 


September 21 – PubMed: An Introduction

Description:
This workshop will introduce you to PubMed, the world’s premiere biomedical literature database.  We will review the content of this database, planning and executing a search strategy, narrowing search results, finding full-text, and exporting results to a citation management program.

Instructor(s):
Allie Tatarian (they/them) is a data librarian, liaison for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and former biologist with over 5 years of wet lab experience. Their experience as a researcher sparked an interest in scientific communication, particularly in the ways scientists communicate with each other (and their future selves). Contact them for help with search strategies, data management, or finding molecular biology tools.

Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9620364

 

September 28 – EndNote: the Basics 

Description:
This one-hour session will introduce you to the basics of using the citation management program EndNote.   EndNote allows you to create a library of references, attach and read PDFs, and generate in-text citations and bibliographies in Word documents.  This session is for beginners – no previous experience required!

Instructor(s):
Paige Scudder (she/her) is Hirsh Library’s Data and Educational Technology Librarian.

Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9591551?hs=a

 

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Magically Floating Dental Supplies

Photo by Daniel Frank on Unsplash

Congratulations to all dental students graduating!

We at Hirsh Library just wanted to remind you that clearing from the library is among your responsibilities in order to be cleared for graduation. This means all books must be returned and all fines must be paid. If you have any questions, you can send us a chat or give us a call at 617-636-6705 . We have loved working with you all through your research projects and presentations, and we are excited to see you off to the next portion of your career. Good luck (and please remember to return your books!).

 

Need a good luck charm to get you through finals? Want to give a friend a boost while they’re in a marathon study session? Then stop by the Library Service Desk on Wednesday 4/13 and Thursday 4/14 starting at noon! We’ll have all the supplies you need to make some motivational tokens for yourself or your friends. We have a variety glass gems and paint pens to create a pocket-sized work of art. And as a bonus, we’re bringing out the button-maker!

Hope to see you there!

 

 

Hello everyone! A few weeks ago, we were walking around with clipboards, asking you all which school you were in– and we could tell some of you were surprised we were asking. We do a collection of affiliation surveys every year, twice a year, and here is some of our past wrap-ups as evidence. We ask you which school you’re in, and log what time, what day, and which floor you’re on. It’s a lot of info. And, as evidence that we use this data, I will break down what this year looked like as our campus reopened and classes tentatively switched from all remote to hybrid or in-person classes.

Without further ado, let’s get started with the info I find most interesting–

Weekday & Time

Graph of our numbers of people by weekday

People by Weekday

Graph of people by time of day

People by Time

Between October and March, the stats by weekday were pretty different. It looks like March mid-week was the most popular time to be in the library, whereas October saw a more even distribution. I really like the fact that Sundays were more popular than Saturdays in October, and March saw the opposite.

As far as times of day, the numbers almost identical– most of you were here mid-morning (11 AM) and mid-afternoon (3 PM), and then the numbers tapered off in the evening. I sort of thought the numbers would look different since we saw more of you all this semester, but maybe you’ve been here all along… hiding on the 7th floor.

Floor

Graph of people by floor

People by Floor

I love the distribution for how many students are on which floor. Why? Because we here at the library know you all love the 7th floor. It is consistently the most populated of all the floors, and as you can see, by about double the other floors’ totals. You all make great use of the study rooms, the double-tier desks, the standing desks, the cubicles– but here’s the proof, in case you’ve ever been curious. You’re all using the other floors, in a pretty identical and consistent way, and man, we are still grateful to be seeing you all in person again.

Affiliation

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People by Affiliation

Last but not least, the statistics based on department (or, affiliation). Classically, the majority of students using the library have been the medical and dental students. However! We counted a lot of MBS students this March, nearly double that of October, which is fantastic! Thank you everyone for using the space, for patiently telling four people in one day which school you went to, and for being the best part about working at Hirsh Library. We have been lucky to see familiar and new faces alike this academic year, and look forward to seeing you around the library. And get ready, because six months from now… we have the next round of affiliation surveys! 🤭

 

 
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lilies photo by A. LaVertu, 2022

Spring is busting out all over…and so are opportunities to learn!  Workshops@Hirsh are designed to help your research skills blossom, so please join us for a workshop (or two or three) this month!

Workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 12noon-1pm via Zoom. Registration for workshops is required.  A Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants one hour prior to the start time of the Workshop. Please note that workshops are open to only Tufts-affiliated individuals.

PubMed: An Introduction 

Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9041217?hs=a

Date:             Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Time:             12:00pm – 1:00pm

This workshop will introduce you to PubMed, the world’s premiere biomedical literature database.  We will review the content of this database, planning and executing a search strategy, narrowing search results, finding full-text, and exporting results to a citation management program.

JumboSearch

Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9041247?hs=a

Date:             Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Time:             12:00pm – 1:00pm

In this workshop, you will learn how to use JumboSearch, Tufts Libraries’ discovery tool. JumboSearch is your gateway to full-text articles, books, theses and dissertations, videos, music, images, and more!

Documenting your literature search methods 

Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9041255?hs=a

Date:             Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Time:             12:00pm – 1:00pm

There are many reasons to document your literature search methods, including:

  • Some publication types require it (i.e., systematic and scoping reviews)
  • Having a record for future search updates
  • Transparency and increased understanding of one’s discovery process

This workshop will discuss the reasons why it is important document your literature search methods. It will also review how to draft a narrative description of one’s search methods, tools for documenting one’s search strategy and results, including PRISMA flowcharts.

 

We have recently put a number of exciting medical artifacts and curiosities from our special collection on display on the 6th floor. These items, mostly from the 19th and early 20th centuries and received through donations to the university, are sure to catch your eye as you exit the main elevators.

Among these items are a pocket surgical kit in a velvet-lined leather case, an 1800s blood transfusion kit, and a surgeon’s field amputation kit circa the American Civil War.

We also have on display a mysterious device known as a Phantasmagoric Magneto Machine, a quack medical device which purported to cure nervous diseases with a mild electric current generated by a hand crank.

Along with these eye-catching instruments, you can find two mortars and pestles and number of medicine bottles with their contents still inside – though well past their expiration date.

Take a look through our display case and see for yourself how medicine was practiced over a hundred years ago!

 
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