Data Management Workshop Added for April 13 at 2 PM

March 22, 2017

Data Management: Planning and Best Practices

Many major funders, including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, require a plan for managing data. A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a formal plan that outlines how the data, including both physical and digital, will be handled over the course of the research project and beyond.

This class will cover the practical tips and essentials of data management, including:

• Data management plans (tools, checklists)
• Methods for describing data
• Best practices for file naming
• Data storage and reuse
• Citing data

Please join us on Thursday, April 13, at 2 PM in SRB 1.412.

Please register here; space is limited.

High Noon at Miner Library Presents: “Optics and Photonics: Lighting the Future,” March 29 at Noon

March 14, 2017

Optics is the study of light. The latest High Noon installment will explore Optics and Photonics, a field that toes the line between physics and engineering covering topics ranging from telescopes to fiber communications to medical technology.

Rochester is the birthplace of the oldest optics institution in the country, resulting in an exciting, entrepreneurial city for optics. This talk will give an overview of optical phenomena with many examples of how optics impacts our daily lives.

Katelynn Sharma, a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, will take us on a guided tour of Optics and Photonics and all of its possibilities, limited only by imagination.

Join us on Wednesday, March 29, in the History of Medicine Room at Miner. Feel free to invite your colleagues and bring your lunch. For more information, contact Linda Hasman at 275-3399.

About the Speaker: Katelynn is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.  Her research involves measuring spatial coherence and measuring scattered light from birefringent coatings. Her work involves collaborations with teams at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, where she has secured a Horton Fellowship, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  She has been involved in many public outreach activities through the SPIE Student Chapter since becoming a graduate student.  In her free time, she enjoys yoga, ultimate frisbee, and cooking.

March 2017 Classes by Miner Library

March 1, 2017

Classes at Miner Library

Here are the classes offered by Miner Library for the upcoming month:

EndNote Basics
Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Blackboard Basics for Academic Courses
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

For a full list of Miner Library’s classes, visit our Classes page.

Have a question? Contact Miner Library’s Answer Desk @ 585-275-3361.

What’s that invigorating glow?

February 23, 2017

Have you noticed the invigorating, blissful glow in our main reading room?

Sure, Mother Nature is adding about 3 minutes of daylight each day. But that’s not it.

Give up?

In December, Medical Center Facilities Operations (MCFO) replaced all the incandescent lights in our reading room with LEDs. And that means it’s not only easier to see what you’re doing, but also it translates into lots of savings – energy-wise and money-wise.

How much?

Bob Hiwall sconce with LED lightsbbard (Facilities Area Manager) tells us that the combined savings in labor and energy in one year will be almost $8,000.

And you know what else is great?

Bob and team were able to find bulbs that maintained the early-20th-century look and feel of this historic room.

So, we can see better, we’re happier, we’re helping to protect our environment, and we’re saving money. Doesn’t get much better.

Thanks to all our friends in MCFO for making this happen!

Take an “anytime” break @Miner with our new game collection

January 31, 2017

You’ve probably noticed our chess table, but did you know we have a growing collection of other games as well?

Albert Einstein once said, “To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play…”

We’ve found tdice and playing pieceshat taking a break and doing something fun clears and relaxes our minds. And when we’re less stressed and don’t feel pressured, we’re more creative. So, we got together and donated a collection of games to share with you.

During your next well-deserved study or work break, stop by our Answer Desk to borrow any of the following games:

♦ Operation
♦ Scrabble
♦ Apples to Apples
♦ Pictionary
♦ Pass the Pigs
♦ Coup
♦ Checkers

We hope you’ll try one the next time you want to de-stress!

Do you have some favorites that we don’t own? Let us know. We may decide to expand our collection.

ORCID: An Introduction

January 12, 2017

What does ORCID stand for?

ORCID stands for Open Researcher & Contributor ID

How do I obtain an ORCID?

You can register for an ORCID via the ORCID Registration page.

Why should I obtain an ORCID?

ORCID provides a unique persistent digital identifier that allows researchers to distinguish themselves from every other researcher.  The ID offers a mechanism to distinguish individuals with common names, and are not affected by name changes, cultural differences in name order, inconsistent first-name abbreviations, or the use of different alphabets.

How can I associate publications with my ORCID?

Most scholarly publishers accept ORCID’s during manuscript submissions. If you give publishers permission to do so, they can automatically update your ORCID profile when the submitted article is published.

You may also import publications, patents, grants and other works into your record any time.

You will then be given several options for searching for, importing or uploading publications to your profile.


If you’d like more information about ORCID or other author identifiers, please use the following links:


If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact your librarian for assistance.


Get the information you need fast and free

January 5, 2017

Dear faculty, staff and students at URMC:

FreeWe were excited to announce FREE article services a few months ago, but we’re worried you may not have heard.

Did you know we can get you a copy of that print book or journal article you need, even if we don’t own it?

It’s fast, convenient, and FREE through our interlibrary loan service (ILLiad).

Most article or chapter requests can be delivered to you as a PDF within a couple business days.

Need something faster and not sure if we can do it?

Need help signing up for ILLiad?

Just contact our Answer Desk professionals at 275-3361.