Want to give the gift of a good book? SCORE!

December 2, 2016

The University’s Study Coordinators Organization for Research and Education (SCORE) are sponsoring donation stations for new children’s books to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Betweentwo children with book 11/28/16 and 12/16/16 drop off new books to a SCORE Donation Station. Donation Stations are located:

• in the Saunders Research Building (1.2000),
• in the Clinical Research Center (G-5035),
• and here at Miner’s Answer Desk.

The book drive is a joint effort of Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.


Get the information you need fast and free

December 2, 2016

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.

Going to visit friends or family in an area with Zika?

November 15, 2016

As the holidays approach, we’ve all got a million gazillion things on our minds.

And if you’ll be traveling to an area with Zika, well, that’s even more to think about.

Lucky for us, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has done the thinking for us on this one. They’ve just published information that’ll help you plan before, during, and after your visit…”to keep yourself and your family safe!”

Yes, there’s a lot of information on their web page. But it’s chunked up, and nicely illustrated, and easy to navigate.  So, no excuses.

suitcaseIf you’re really, really short on time, the “Pack Like a Champ. Pack To Prevent Zika” video runs just about 1 minute. And it’s available in English and Spanish.

As our mums say, “Have fun. Be good. Stay safe.”

Donate Winter Clothing Nov. 7-24 @ Miner

November 11, 2016

Can you imagine walking around Rochester in winter with no coat and only flip-flops on your feet? No? We can’t either.

So, let’s get together and help others from facing such a miserable situation.

From Nomittensvember 7-24, the Refugee Student Alliance is running a Winter Clothing Drive.

All donations support Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach.

Please consider donating new or gently used:

• Coatswarm socks
• Sweaters
• Scarves
• Mittens and gloves
• Hats
• Socks

There’s a donation box right outside Miner’s front doors.

Help us out, won’t you?

High Noon at Miner Library Presents: “Sticks & Stones, Clans & Tartans – Exploring the Highland Heavy Games” 11/30 at Noon

November 3, 2016

Calling all lads and lassies! High Noon 2016 wraps up with the Highland Games. While we cannot actually hold a caber toss competition in the library, we will have the next best thing! A Highland Games competitor, Kathryn Kendall, is November’s guest speaker.

The Hihighnoon_highlandgamesghland Games, dating back to the fourth or fifth century, celebrates Scottish and Celtic culture. Steeped in rich tradition, the Highland Games typically include Heavy events: caber toss, stone put, Scottish hammer throw and sheaf toss. Other events include music (bagpipes, harps and fiddling) and dance.

Dr. Kendall will walk us through the Heavy Events (where she competes), her history with the Games, her preparation and what the tartan is all about.

Please join us at noon on Wednesday, November 30, in Miner Library’s History of Medicine room. Admission is FREE. Everyone is welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch.

For more information, contact Linda Hasman at (585) 275-3399.

About the Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Kendall, by day a mild mannered higher ed administrator, by night a competing member of Clan MacDonald.

November 2016 Classes by Miner Library

November 2, 2016

Classes at Miner Library

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

Bioinformatics Basics
Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
An Integrated View of the Genome
Date: Friday, November 11, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
RefWorks Basics
Date: Monday, November 14, 2016
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Blackboard Basics for Academic Courses, Clerkships and Residencies
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Blackboard: Using Panopto in your Course
Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
EndNote Basics
Date: Monday, November 21, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

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.

TOXinvaders: Game (and learning) about environmental health

October 27, 2016

Check out this free learning game from National Library of Medicine’s Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS).

TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad, is available from the Apple Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toxinvaders/id971776185?mt=8).

(OK…so, full disclosure. TOXinvaders is rated for middle school learners. If you’re not in that demographic, though, there’s no need to be embarrassed about downloading and playing this game. We’ll never tell!)

From their description: “The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing ‘good chemicals.’ To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about its chemicals in order to unlock the next one. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology, either from the game’s chemical information sheet, or from NLTOXinvadersM Web sites.”

Pairs nicely with other learning tools from SIS:

♦ Tox Town – Helping students learn about chemicals in their environment.

♦ TOXMAP –  Use mapping to explore the data from EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory and The Superfund Program.

♦ Environmental Health Student Portal – an entire portal for helping middle schoolers learn about environmental health.