High Noon at Miner Library Presents: Beyond the Disk: A Tour of Streaming Music Services, September 28 at Noon

September 19, 2016

Music streaming services let you listen to almost everything that has ever been recorded for a nominal fee and sometimes even for free. With a variety of services and numerous options for mobile devices, desktop/laptop and home audio equipment considerations, the choices can be overwhelming.

Join us on September 28 for High Noon for a tour of streaming music services, such as Spotify, Pandora, Google Play, Apple Music and more. Miner Librarians Daniel Castillo and Liz Grace will give insights and tips for beginners and experts alike. Discover the differences between various streaming services, which services have exclusive content, comparisons between free and pay features and which service you may want to try.

Join us at noon on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, in the History of Medicine Room at Miner Library. Feel free to invite your colleagues and bring your lunch! For more information, contact Daniel Castillo at 275-6873.

Use your mobile device to scan documents

September 16, 2016

Using your smartphone or mobile device to instantly scan documents can be inexpensive and convenient using the right tools.

TurboScan,  Genius Scan and CamScanner are available for both Android and Apple devices.  Some offer free versions, but the majority of apps cost between $4.99 and $6.99. Your scanned documents are emailed from the app and uploaded to a variety of cloud-based storage services.

Evernote and Google Drive also provide the ability to scan documents via the application and upload to the cloud instantly.

Need more information or have questions?  Contact Daniel Trout or check out his Technology review from MLA News.

September Classes @ Miner

September 7, 2016

Classes at Miner Library

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

Blackboard – New Features Review!
Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
RefWorks Basics
Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Blackboard Learn Basics for Academic Courses, Clerkships and Residencies
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Blackboard Features: Discussion Boards
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Identifiying Journals for Publication: Avoiding Predatory Publishers
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

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.

Don’t accept the kool-aid.

August 17, 2016

Each morning, I start my work day with a breakfast of Wordsmith.org.

Some of the words (like farraginous) I can’t imagine using in my daily conversation. However, today’s word, kool-aid, immediately sparked fond childhood memories of icy cold drinks on hot days and cherry red stains on my shirts. And – as a bonus – an analogy.

Here’s Wordsmith’s definition of kool-aid*: “Something accepted without question. Usually used in the phrase ‘to drink the kool-aid’: to accept something unquestioningly…”

So what’s my point, you ask?

Don’t drink the information kool-aid.

Don’t click on the top link of your Google search and accept it as the answer to your research, patient care, (you fill in the blank) question.

Our professional librarians are experts at helping you find accurate, timely, cutting-edge information.

We spend our time to save you time.

Just ask! We’re easier to reach than ever.  ask a librarian

P.S. the etymology of this word is interesting, too. (O.K., I know…I’m a geek.)

From Kool-Aid, a powdered flavored drink introduced in 1927. It was earlier known as Kool-Ade, from respelling of cool + -ade (a fruit drink, as in lemonade). Earliest documented use: 1927.

This article was submitted by Susan Andersen.

Questions about Zika Virus? Check out our special public health guide.

July 29, 2016

With shoe stores trying to sell us winter boots and back-to-school supplies, we almost could forget that it’s still prime mosquito weather. In fact, mosquitoes won’t go away for good until the first freeze, followed by temperatures consistently below 50° F (10° C).

As of July 27, 2016, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) reports 488 human cases of Zika Vimosquitorus. And while all of these cases have been identified as travel-related, we think it’s smart to stay informed.

Which brings us to our special public health guide, “Current Issues,” spotlighting Zika Virus.

There’s even a link that’ll take you to information for kids. (Thank you, Sesame Street!)

Need more information?

♦ Phone (585) 275-3361.
♦ Use the Ask A Librarian link on our website.
♦ Just stop by! We have lots of different places to sit and chat.
♦ Schedule an appointment using our new
“Meet with a Librarian” online scheduling feature. meet with a librarian




Need a furry therapist? Join us on Wed., 9/14/16 @ 3:15

July 28, 2016

dog visits man in hospitalJoin us on Wednesday, September 14, for a visit from our much-loved, furry therapists… Strong P.E.T.S.  (Pets Engaged in Therapeutic Socialization).

This team of dogs and their volunteer handlers help to make hospitalization less stressful and frightening for patients and their families.

Several times a year, we’re lucky enough to add Miner Library to their long list of patient visits.

The benefits of pet therapy are numerous and well-documented in the scientific literature. Pet companionship has been associated with improved overall mental, social, and physiological health. Animal-assisted therapy can help healing and lessen depression and fatigue.

Got a few minutes? Join us @ Miner on September 14 @ 3:15.

After the visit, don’t be surprised if you’re smiling. And you feel a little less tired and a bit more optimistic.

Ann Lacey and Taylor

Pet therapist Ann Lacey has been a therapy dog handler since 1982 and founded the Strong P.E.T.S. program at Strong Memorial Hospital in 2000. For more information about Strong P.E.T.S., Campus Canines, or Tales for Tails programs, visit the URMC Newsroom or contact Friends of Strong at (585) 275-2420.


We’ve got so much good news we’re gonna bust!

July 6, 2016

We’re working hard to make your work easier.

You’ve told us what you want and we’re making it happen.

Starting noFreew, for faculty, staff and students at URMC:

• Fees for interlibrary loans………………Gone!

• Charges for document delivery………..Eliminated!

• Loan period for books…………………… Extended!

You know we can get you a copy of that print book or journal article you need, even if we don’t own it, through our interlibrary loan service (ILLiad). It’s fast and convenient, BUT…. you’ve told us that the fees get in the way of your research and scholarship.

We agree. Interlibrary loan service now is FREE.

You know if we do have the print book or journal you need, and you need a copy of a chapter or article, you can ask us to scan the information and send it to you electronically through ILLiad. (We call this ourFree “document delivery” service.) It’s fast and convenient, BUT…. (you know the rest).

We agree. Document delivery service now is FREE.

And finally, about that 2-week loan period for books…

Effective immediately, we are changing the loan period for books from 2 weeks to 3 months (No, you don’t have to keep the book that long, but you can if you need to.)

If you’d like more information about any of our services, talk with your librarian or the fabulous people at our Answer Desk.

Let’s keep the conversations going.


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