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Happy (unofficial) summer everyone!

Even if you can’t make it to the beach/don’t feel like making it to the beach because of the delightful New England weather we’ve been having, you can still read like you’re at the beach with books from our Leisure Lounge! Whether you’re looking for a good cozy mystery, a true crime thriller, or a book of essays, we have every book you might need for you summer plans. You can find the Leisure Lounge in the leisure reading section on the 4th floor of Hirsh, near the printer and comfy couches.

Rubber duck reading a book in lounge chair on the beach

Image by Majaranda from Pixabay


Here are some of our suggestions, which you can find on display in our Leisure Lounge:

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner

Swamplandia! By Karen Russell

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

If you have any suggestions/recommendations for us to read, let us know!

And happy reading!



We will be having one more extended hours weekend this Saturday 4/29 and Sunday 4/30! The library will be open from 10am-10pm on both days. We’ll also have free coffee available on Saturday down on the 4th floor starting around 5pm. Best of luck as you enter this final end of semester push!

group of flowers

lilies photo by A. LaVertu, 2022

Spring term may be almost over – but – there’s still more opportunities to learn with our late spring workshops!   Even better, eligible attendees can receive credit (1 hr) in partial fulfillment of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirements for participating in these workshops!

To be eligible for RCR credit, during the workshop you must: display your full name (first and last), have your camera turned on, and attend at least 50 minutes of the workshop.  All workshops are on Zoom.



Python for Data Visualization

Wednesday, May 3, 2023
2:00pm – 3:00pm
RCR subject area: (G) Data acquisition and analysis

Python is a powerful, open-source and popular programming language with a wide variety of applications. In this workshop, we’ll cover everything you need to know in order to create graphs – no previous experience required!


A Dynamic Duo: Rayyan and Zotero for Research Collaboration

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

2:00pm – 3:00pm

RCR subject area: (E) Collaborative Research. 

Responsible collaborative research rests on the ability of collaborators to share information as openly and transparently as possible.  Therefore, access to tools that facilitate the sharing of information freely across institutions is of critical importance!

In this workshop, we will focus on two excellent, widely available tools for collaboration on literature review projects, Rayyan and Zotero.

Rayyan is a tool that assists in managing the screening and review process for systematic and scoping reviews. Zotero is a citation manager that helps you to collect, organize, and cite references. This workshop will feature the collaborative components of these two tools.

When paired together for collaboration literature review projects, Rayyan and Zotero are a *collaborative* match made in heaven!


Essentials of Data Management with NIH Data Sharing Policy Update

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

2:00pm – 3:00pm
RCR subject area: (H) Secure and ethical data use; data confidentiality, management, sharing, and ownership

Managing your data before you begin your research and throughout its life cycle is essential to ensure its current usability and long-run preservation and access. In this workshop, we will review best practices for naming, organizing, storing, depositing your research data, and creating a Data Management Plan.

We will also review the recent NIH updates to their Data Management and Sharing Policy.  NIH’s updated Data Management and Sharing Policy affects both applicants and recipients of NIH grants. We will review the changes to the NIH policy, why data sharing is important, and data management strategies that will help you stay compliant throughout the lifecycle of your research project.






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 Thursday 4/13 and Friday 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!



Do you find yourself, someone with an undoubtedly large amount of free time, thinking “I wish I had a part-time job with flexible hours with really great people that was also conveniently located near where I go to school?”

Great news: we’re hiring! If you’ve ever checked out a laptop, charger, or markers, especially on evenings or weekends, you know that HHSL relies on students like you to keep the desk open and operating smoothly.

We are looking for current graduate students who can check out materials (anatomical models and laptops), help patrons find books and articles (in the stacks and online), and support the Research & Instruction staff (through tasks like scanning articles for Interlibrary Loan). The schedule is fixed but flexible, with students working approximately 6-8 hours a week across two scheduled shifts (with the occasional opportunity to swap, drop, and pick up shifts). Pay is $15/hour. You’ll get the chance to work in a great environment alongside classmates and students from other program on campus, polish your research and communication skills, and get to know librarians, students, faculty, and Tufts Medical Center staff.

Do we still have your attention? Great – then you should fill out an application! We’ll begin the hiring process for summer on April 10, with individual start dates somewhat malleable. Not available this summer, but will be in the fall? Go ahead and apply, making note of your schedule on your application.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to or stop by the desk to chat with your friendly, neighborhood librarian. All of us here at HHSL look forward to working with you!


Cam Duval

We’re sad to announce that another staff member is departing, but thrilled that he’ll be going on to something great! Our Collections Assistant, Cam Duval, has been hired to work on a project to catalog the Boston Public Library’s Founding Research Collection. The Founding Research Collection was the BPL’s original catalog from the 1840s-1930s that unfortunately ceased to be available to the public. The project he’s joining is working to make them available for public scholarship again. He previously worked on this project in 2019-2020, and is looking forward to getting back to it!

We wish him well as he embarks on this next phase of his cataloging career!



Please join us in saying goodbye and congratulations to our Evening and Weekend Coordinator, Dominique! She is moving on to a great new job opportunity in her field of study. We wish her the best in her new position and as she completes her MSW. We will all miss chatting with her at the desk! Her last day is today, March 30th, so take a moment to stop by and wish her well.



Annie Colby McKeon

Please join us in welcoming our new Senior Reference Assistant, Annie Colby-McKeon!  She previously worked in circulation at the Cambridge Public Library and will be pursuing a library degree at Simmons in the fall. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting and roller-skating. We’re so happy to have her on staff!



blue teapot in front of yellow books

In a study rut? Join us down at the Library Service Desk today at 2:30pm for a break! We’ll have tea and treats to help fuel your afternoon. And while you’re there, submit a few wishes to our Library Fairy box!



Congratulations on your match, Class of 2023!  We can’t wait to celebrate with you this Friday on Match Day and learn where you’re headed!

For those of you not in the know, Match Day is an annual event that began in 1952 where medical students learn where they will go for their residency program.  On Friday, March 17th the Library Service Desk on the 4th floor will be closed from 11am-2pm to accommodate celebrations for this event.  All other floors will be open for study.  Please plan on obtaining laptops and reserve items prior to 11am if you need them. In addition,  the Food4Thought Cafe’s kitchen and coffee station will be closed Thursday afternoon and evening, for preparations, and all day Friday, but the usual self check-out items will be available.

Thank you!

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