The Day of Turkey is upon us, and we hope that you are leaning into an extra-long weekend of relaxation, reconnection, and food. Lots of food.

Your Hirsh Health Sciences Library team will also be taking some time to relax and unwind (and eat), we will have reduced hours this coming week.

The Library will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday November 23, and remain closed until Sunday November 27 at noon. Building hours will remain the same.

We hope you enjoy some rest and relaxation over the holiday. Maybe get a head start with this Washington Post article “This farm offers turkey cuddling. No, really.”

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pinecone turkey

They’re baaaack…..PINECONE TURKEYS!!!!!!!

Starting at 12pm this Thursday 11/17 and Friday 11/18, you can stop by the Library Service Desk and create your own feathered, freaky friend!!!  There will be googly-eyes galore, fabulous feather and all the hot glue you can handle! Please stop by and make one of these beauties!

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It’s never too late for learning here at Hirsh Library! As approach the end of the Fall Workshops@Hirsh Library series, we want to draw your attention to two excellent workshops coming your way!  These two workshops on topics of critical importance to researchers here on the Health Sciences campus: the use of ORCID ids and the updated NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy. If you engaged in research or grant writing, then these are two must attend workshops! We hope we see you there!

Bolstering your research identity with ORCID

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Gain a more accurate and comprehensive understanding of your research impact, streamline maintenance of your research profiles, and distinguish your scholarly presence all through ORCID, a non-proprietary researcher identifier and set of tools to maximize connections in research scholarship.  As part of this workshop, we’ll walk through setting up an ORCID account (if you don’t already have one), populating your profile, auto-updating other research profiles, and more.

Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9620466?hs=a

 

NIH Data Sharing Policy Update

**Thursday, November 17, 2022**

12:00pm – 1:00pm

In January 2023 the NIH will be updating their Data Management and Sharing Policy, which will affect both applicants and recipients of NIH grants. In this workshop, we will discuss the upcoming 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.

Register: https://tufts.libcal.com/event/9620449?hs=a

 

An American flag in the foreground of a blurred field of flags planted in the ground.

On Friday, November 11, the library will have reduced hours in observance of Veterans Day. The circulation desk will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The building will still have normal card swipe access and will be available for you to study in.

The service desk will return to normal hours on Saturday. Librarians will be available for consultations on Monday, November 14.

We hope you enjoy the long weekend!

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Sarah will be sorely missed here at Hirsh, and we wish her luck at Harvard!

Que Sarah, Sarah. Our favorite, longtime library reference assistant, Sarah Passinhas-Bergman, is moving on to greener (crimson-er?) pastures as the student services coordinator for the Committee on the Study of Religion and German Languages Department at Harvard University.

Sarah has been with Hirsh for just over three years, and her presence at the circulation desk will be sorely missed. If you’ve checked something out at the circulation desk in the last three years, you’ve most likely interacted with her!

Throughout Sarah’s time here, she has mastered the management of our course reserves system, helped with a myriad of research questions, and fought with JumboPrint on a daily basis. We’re particularly thankful to Sarah for her hand in the meticulous upkeep of our course reserves.

Sarah’s last day will be tomorrow, Wednesday, November 9th. Be sure to wish her luck and say goodbye!

 

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“Dem bones, dem bones…” are coming to a TUSM Learning Community near you! For the next three weeks, the Hirsh Library will be taking some bones (and other assorted anatomy resources “on the road”)! Yes, it’s time for the “Anatomy Roadshow”!

What is the “Anatomy Roadshow” you ask?  The “Anatomy Roadshow” is an opportunity for TUSM students to learn about invaluable tools for studying gross anatomy. These tools include actual bones (!),  online self-assessment modules and  exclusive photographic atlases that aren’t available on the web. With gross anatomy, you definitely want to be ahead of the curve when it comes to discerning how best to study. We know that students are busy, so we’re bringing these tools directly to you!

We will be visiting the TUSM Learning Communities on Tuesdays from 12noon – 1pm. Here’s where we’ll be in the coming weeks:

10/25 – Park Street Learning Community (rooms 205-209) 

11/1 – Haymarket Learning Community (rooms 211-215)

11/8 – Aquarium Learning Community (rooms 305-309)

11/15 – Fenway Learning Community (rooms 311-315)

In the meantime, you can learn about anatomy resources at Hirsh Library at: https://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/anatomy  and  https://hirshlibrary.tufts.edu/find/equipment

Hope to see you there!

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It’s Baaaaaaaaack!

Everyone’s favorite Fun Lab, Pumpkin Painting, returns this week!

Starting at noon on Thursday 10/27 and Friday 10/28, stop by the Library Service Desk on MEB 4 to join in one of our most beloved crafts. Just grab a tiny pumpkin and choose from an array of quick-drying craft paints and other decorations to make the Seasonal Decorative Gourd You’ve Always Dreamed Of!

Mini pumpkins in box that looks like a pumpkin patch

So stop by, bring your friends, and enjoy some holiday fun at HHSL!

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Please enjoy this guest post from our Judy Rabinowitz, our Scholarly Communication Librarian

October 24th-30th, we celebrate Open Access Week, a time to focus on what we can do to improve how scholarly research is shared, utilized, and discovered.  Open Access (OA), at its core, makes research literature freely available on the Internet with few copyright or license restriction.  This year’s theme, “Open for Climate Justice,” highlights the power open access can have on boosting innovation, discovery, and improvements in our world.

Image of a polluting factory with the Open Access lock logo

As SPARC, a non-profit open access advocacy group, notes, “Openness can create pathways to more equitable knowledge sharing and serve as a means to address the inequities that shape the impacts of climate change and our response to them.”  As a globally pervasive issue, the climate crisis demands the unbarred and swift exchange of information and data across geographic, economic, and disciplinary boundaries in order to tackle it comprehensively, which open access can facilitate.

And, we can choose to ensure open access is the norm in scholarly publishing.  We can publish our research in open access journals, become peer reviewers in open access publications, and advocate and promote with our colleagues and networks effective and equitable OA business models, such as those that utilize low or no article processing charges and have no embargoes on contents.

Ask Us how you can do more for open access.  Happy Open Access Week!

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How does one write about the sciences? Feeling threatened by your thesis? Never fear, Writing Consultants appointments are available!

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This is what the Writing Consultant schedule looks like

Registration is now available for 45-minute long appointments, conducted over Zoom. This semester, appointments will be held on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10am-3pm, and Sundays from 12pm-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.

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By Marco Verch under Creative Commons 2.0 https://foto.wuestenigel.com/political-elections-coming-soon/

Election Day 2022 is less than a month away, folks! If you haven’t yet registered to vote in Massachusetts – or – have not yet requested an absentee ballot to vote in another state, then the time is now! That is why this blog post is focusing on how to getting the information you need to get your vote counted this year!

If you are a resident of the state of Massachusetts and intend to vote in next month’s election, please check out the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ “Elections and Voting” site:  https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleidx.htm

Registered to vote in Massachusetts and mystified by this year’s ballot questions? Then, check out this primer: https://www.necn.com/news/local/a-closer-look-at-the-2022-massachusetts-ballot-questions/2832683/

Are you registered to vote in another state and need to complete an absentee ballot?  Luckily, we can direct you to all the information you need! Information for every state is available at Vote.org (https://www.vote.org/). You might also want to check out the “How to Vote in Every State” YouTube series, which is a collection of quick 2 minute videos that tells you everything you need to know in order to vote for every state: https://www.youtube.com/c/howtovoteineverystate/featured

Now, get out there and VOTE!

 
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