February 2016 Classes by Miner Library

February 3, 2016

Classes at Miner Library

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

Blackboard Basics for Academic Courses, Clerkships and Residencies
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Blackboard Advanced Features: Groups Creation and Management
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
BIO101: Germs and Immunity
Date: Friday, February 19, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Learning R via SWIRL: Monthly Meet-Up
Date: Friday, February 26, 2016
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

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.

Measuring scholarly impact has never been so cool or so colorful

February 1, 2016

You’ve probably used impact factor and h-index for measuring your scholarly impact.

But have you heard of altmetrics?

Jason Priem, a founder of the altmetrics movement and author of “Altmetrics: A Manifesto” tells us:

“Altmetrics is the study and use of scholarly impact measures based on activity in online tools and environments. The term has also been used to describe the metrics themselves–one could propose in plural a ‘set of new altmetrics.’ Altmetrics is in most cases a subset of both scientometrics and webometrics; it is a subset of the latter in that it focuses more narrowly on scholarly influence as measured in online tools and environments, rather than on the Web more generally.”

Altmetrics look at how often an article is:

♦ Downloaded
♦ Stored in a citation management program
♦ Shared via social media
♦ Cited in non-traditional publications
♦ Mentioned in the news

You may have seen what is commonly called the “Altmetrics Donut” and wondered how the score was generated.  Here’s a breakdown:

News: 8
Policy Documents:3
Blogs: 6
Twitter: 1
Facebook: .25
Wikipedia: 3
Google Plus: 1
F1K: 1
Sine Weibo:1
YouTube: .25
Reddit: .25
LinkedIn: .5
Pinterest: .25

altmetric donut

Altmetric.com requires a subscription to the service and also an account.  At this time, we do not have an institutional subscription, but there are free options available to individuals.

For further reading on the topic, we recommend:


Still have questions?  Your liaison librarians are here to help.

Contact us by email, by calling (585) 275-2487, or by using the Ask A Librarian page on our website.

What should I do? A journal I’ve never heard of just asked me to submit a paper.

February 1, 2016

Finding the right journal to publish your article is challenging. Predatory journals make the process even more difficult.

Predatory journals may promise a quick turnaround from article review to publication. They may not disclose article processing charges (APCs) up front, but can demand payment for publishing at a later date. They offer little to no editorial services and may not be peer-reviewed. Predatory journals often create new open access journals with names similar to legitimate journals. Their websites, journal metrics, stats and editorial board members are often fabricated.

How big is this problem?  According to the “Beall’s List” there are over 900 identified predatory journals. So, how can you protect your reputation and your wallet?


Start here: http://thinkchecksubmit.org/check/

Ask yourself:

• Is it a predatory journal? (This article from ThinkSCIENCE defines the problem and offers advice and tips.)

• Is the title on Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers?

• What fees will you be charged? What are the Article Processing Charges (APCs)?

• Can you rescind your submission at any time?

• Have you received unsolicited e-mails or even SPAM?  Are there grammatical errors in the correspondence?

• Have you heard of the publication name?  Does it sound a lot like another established journal?

For more information about journal rankings and reach, check out InCites™ Journal Citation Reports®.  (This is licensed content, so you’ll be asked for your UR status and affiliation before being directed to the data.)

Still have questions?  Your liaison librarians are here to help.

Contact us by email, by calling (585) 275-2487, or by using the Ask A Librarian page on our website.

How are we doing? Online survey open through 2/5.

January 18, 2016

Expertise. word cloudCollaboration. A better way. It’s what we’re all about.

We’re always striving to deliver superior service to you. Do we exceed your expectations or do we miss the mark? We want to know about YOUR experience with Medical Center Libraries.

There are four members in our URMC family of libraries:

♦ Miner Library
♦ Bibby Library (Eastman Institute for Oral Health)
♦ Williams Library (Highland Hospital)
♦ Family Resource Library (Golisano Children’s Hospital).

Maybe you visit our physical spaces or maybe you use our online resources. Maybe you use one library exclusively or maybe you use none of them. In any case, we’d like to hear from you.

If you can spare 10 minutes, we’ve got a quick and easy way for you to tell us how we’re doing, using our customized online feedback form. It’s available through January 31.

Thanks for your help, and we look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Click here to get started!

January 2016 Classes by Miner Library

January 17, 2016

Classes at Miner Library

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

Blackboard Basics for Academic Courses, Clerkships and Residencies
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Blackboard Features: Tests and Surveys
Date: Thursday, January 7, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Blackboard Feature: Discussion Boards
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

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.

“If you can’t be located, you’re nobody.”

December 22, 2015

“If you can’t be located, you’re nobody.”

No, this is not one of Kierkegaard’s existential proclamations or a “hippy riddle” (as my daughter would say), but a critical 21st-century conundrum described in a November 2015 article by media executive Frederic Filloux.

Thus, “75% of the earth’s population…don’t exist…This means that around 4 billion people are invisible; unable to report crime; unable to get deliveries or receive aid; and unable to exercise many of their rights as citizens because they simply have no way to communicate where they live.” Chris Sheldrick, CEO of What3Words, shared these mind-bending words at November’s Next Billion conference in NYC.

“Poor addressing might seem no more than annoying in some countries, but around the world it hampers the growth and development of nations, ultimately costing lives.” Another powerful statement.

Now, what if anywhere on the planet, any of us could find anyone else with just three words?

In his recent article, Filloux describes how Sheldrick, after struggling with organizing large musical events around the world using GPS coordinates, shared his frustration with a mathematician friend. This anonymous friend suggested replacing GPS coordinates with a combination of three words, in any language, which could specify every 3 x 3 meter square (that’s about 10 x 10 feet to you and me) on the planet.

You read that correctly. Each of the 57 trillion 3 x 3 meter squares in the world has a pre-assigned, fixed, and unique three-word address. That’s not only amazing and potentially life-saving, but can save millions of dollars.

(Filloux’s article is well worth the three-minute read. Sorry, I can’t be held responsible for the time you’ll spend in subsequent contemplation.)

After reading the article, I was compelled to compare What3Words with the US ZIP code system. As we know, the basic format consists of five numbers and an optional four. But despite the geographic derivation of most ZIP codes, the codes themselves do not represent geographic regions. Instead, most represent address groups or delivery routes. Beyond the US, other countries have other systems based on their own algorithms. It’s all rather messy, I’d say.

“Our goal is for What3Words to become a global standard for communicating location.”

I’ll be watching.

This article was submitted by Susan Andersen.


Susan Andersen (current location “dock.volume.ozone”)

what3words is a free download from iTunes for iOS or Android.





High Noon at Miner Library Presents: Taming the Chaos One Step at a Time. Join Us on January 27th

December 19, 2015

Do you love order, but often fall short in maintaining it?  Do clutter and piles overwhelm you? Would you like to learn how to overcome the email beast once and for all?

Join us for the latest High Noon to get tips on taming the chaos. Librarians Linda Hasman, Dan Trout and Karen Liljequist will cover the KonMari method for decluttering your home, explore the 5S method of organization (home and office) and provide insight on managing your email. Your closets and desk will thank you.

We hope to see you at noon on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 in the History of Medicine Room at Miner Library. Feel free to invite your colleagues and bring your lunch!

For more information, contact Linda Hasman at 275-3399


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