Currently viewing the tag: "library staff"

a smiling white woman in a patterned dress

We are thrilled to welcome yet another new Research & Instruction librarian to our ranks, although this one is a familiar face. Paige Scudder joined the team in early August as our R&I Librarian for Educational Technology. A graduate of the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons, she joins us from Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries. Prior to her stint at Dartmouth, Paige worked here at HHSL as a Reference Assistant and we couldn’t be happier to have her back on the team.

Paige is an avid (and talented) craftsperson who can usually be found sporting her own handknits and custom sewn creations. She can also be found outdoors, enjoying the woods around her home as much as possible in all seasons whether on foot or strapped into her cross country skis. Please say hello and (re)introduce yourself to Paige when you see her around the Library!


Did you know that there’s a librarian at Hirsh just for you?

The Hirsh Library Liaison Program provides a ‘point-person’ for each of the academic programs and clinical departments on the Tufts’ health sciences campus.

What can a librarian liaison do for you? For starters,your librarian liaison can help you:

  • identify resources for your particular topic, especially resources beyond article databases
  • create effective and efficient search strategies for databases like PubMed and Web of Science
  • discern what tool is right for you to help manage your citations (i.e., EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley) and providing instructions to get you started
  • track down statistical data for research projects and help you manage your own data

Find out who’s the  librarian liaison for you program and then get in touch with them!

Hirsh Library Liaison Program


(Photo credit:

Tagged with:


Say it ain’t so! Becky Philio, our Library Reference Assistant, will be leaving us this Friday, August 21st to enroll full-time in the bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School. For the past two years, Becky has been a friendly face at the Library Service Desk, our staff photographer, and an active member of our PR Committee. Becky is also responsible for all of our library videos. Her ability to direct a motley crew of skeletons and puppets is unmatched. She made one last video for us, which will be posted on Thursday–stay tuned!

We wish her all the best as she embarks upon the next phase of her career. She’ll be greatly missed, but we know she’s going on to do great things!

Tagged with:

Exciting news about your favorite HHSL band! As a result of fans’ overwhelming support during the Battle of the HSL Bands, the exhilarating March 17th performance of our own Jumbo Go Bragh has captured the attention of the Irish Government and, along with it, an official commendation for their nuanced rendition of a traditional tune. These accolades have led to several invitations for the group to perform at various awards shows, including the Tonys, the MTV VMAs, the Teen Choice Awards, and the J.Q. Adams Elementary School’s Centennial Jamboree.

The group also plans to audition for the next season of The Voice at the end of the summer.

Stay tuned!

Tagged with:


We have a new part-time Circulation Assistant!  We’d like to welcome Stephen Gabrielson, who has made the trek all the way from sunny California.  Along with working in the library, he has recently started the MLIS program at Simmons and will be focusing on art librarianship/digital humanities.  His previous degree was in art history.  He is also interning at the JFK library.

Tagged with:

2013-07-09 15.43.26We here at Hirsh would like to extend a big “Hello!” to the newest member of our family: Becky Philio, our new Library Reference Assistant!

Becky comes to us from Boston University, with a degree in Information Management and Preservation from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Here at Hirsh she’ll be running the Reserve collection, but she also has a strong interest in archiving, particularly with digital collections. She also is a photography volunteer for the Nave Gallery of Somerville, and has been recruited as the photographer here at our library.

Becky will be working Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursday – Saturday, so feel free to come say hi! If you have any questions for her regarding the library as a whole or our Reserves collection in particular, she can be reached at, or at 617.636.2454.

Welcome, Becky. It’s good to have you here!

Tagged with:

This July, two of the members of HHSL will be presenting a research poster at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, and we are excited for them to have this opportunity!


The presenters are Katie Houk, Information Services Librarian, and Kate Thornhill, Collections Management Assistant. The poster is titled “Are Academic Health Sciences Library Facebook Pages Self-Serving?”

They’ll be presenting on Sunday, July 1, from 1:30-2:00 pm. Good luck to them both!


Tagged with:


“Planning Educational Outreach with Future Researchers” poster by Katie Houk, MLS


Congratulations to Research and Information Services Librarian, Katie Houk, and past employees Melissa Theroux and Tiffany Tawzer on their poster presentations this past Sunday at the National Medical Library Association Meeting in Boston. Their posters focused on planning outreach and instruction for future researchers on the Boston campus and improving the HHSL reserve collection. Great job ladies!



Melissa Theroux, MLIS, and Tiffany Tawzer, MLIS present their poster on improving the HHSL reserves collection



Tagged with:


We’re happy to announce that Eli Zoller has accepted a Fellowship  in Systems Librarianship at the University of Texas Arlington! In the new position Eli will be responsible for technical leadership and innovative digital initiatives.

Congrats Eli! We’re going to miss you!

Tagged with:

6451_113414603068_4465910_n Debra Berlandstein, Associate Direct of HHSL

HHSL’s Associate Direct, Debra Berlanstein, was recently highlighted in TuftsNow for her involvement in a systematic review to find out if it is safe to exercise while undergoing cancer treatment.  Checkout the article to find out more about the study!

If you need assistance with your own systematic review, setup an appointment with a librarian at or stop by the Library Service Desk on Sackler 4!

Tagged with:
Set your Twitter account name in your settings to use the TwitterBar Section.