Join us for the Next High Noon: “Pokémon Go: Tips and Tricks for Catching Them All!” Wednesday, February 22, at Noon

February 14, 2017

Dog with Pokemon characterLast summer a new video game captured the nation’s imagination.

Pokémon Go encourages players to physically travel to explore the game’s map and visit PokéStops (the smaller circular (purple, visited) or cube (blue) icons, depending on proximity) and gyms.

Whether you’re an experienced player, new to the game, or just wondering what all the fuss is about, this High Noon is for you.

Miner Librarian, and Level 34 Player, Daniel Castillo will cover tools and resources to help you improve your game, such as maps, local groups (Facebook and Reddit) and websites. This talk will also cover the game in the medical literature (it does encourage movement and walking!) and in popular culture. We’ll also learn the best places to catch these little digital creatures and where to play in the winter.

Please join us at noon on Wednesday, February 22, in Miner’s History of Medicine room. Admission is FREE. Everyone is welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch.

For more information, contact Daniel Castillo at 275-6873.

February 2017 Classes by Miner Library

February 1, 2017

Classes at Miner Library

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

Blackboard Basics for Academic Courses including Residencies
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Blackboard Tests and Surveys
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Assignments for Instructors
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
RefWorks Basics
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

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.

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.

Here’s what you need to fight colds and flu this season

January 4, 2017

In case you missed the headlines, cold and flu season is officially upon us.

If you’ve been clipart sitting with a group of people in an auditorium or classroom recently, you know what we’re talking about. Sneezes, sniffles, and coughs are all around us!

Heck, we sure don’t want to get sick. Do you?

So, let’s take some precautions to stay healthy.

The resources listed below provide some key information on the common cold and flu, prevention, how to recognize symptoms, and what to do if you, unfortunately, get sick.

The Basics
MedlinePlus Flu
MedlinePlus Common Cold
MedlinePlus What to Ask Your Doctor 

CDC Stop the Spread of Germs
Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Wash your hands

What happens if I get sick anyway? Figure out what you have:
Common Cold: How to Treat at Home

Need a good laugh? Here’s a Hamilton inspired rap about the flu vaccination.


January 2017 Classes by Miner Library

January 4, 2017

Classes at Miner Library

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

Blackboard Basics for Academic Courses
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Blackboard: Using Zoom to make virtual connections
Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
EndNote Basics
Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Blackboard: Using Voicethread in your Course
Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 12:45pm

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.