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 (

(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.

“Honoring Owen” Book Collection

October 7, 2016

You’ve heard us talk about our newest library branch, the Family Resource Library at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

But have we told you that you can help us build a very special book collection?

Help us grow the “Honoring Owen Book Collection” by visiting Barnes & Noble University of Rochester in College Town.  Purchase a children’s book in honor of Owen, or your loved one, for permanent addition to the Family Resource Library.

Join us for our kickoff event Oct. 6-9, 2016!  Event_Info

This special book collection was established by Kara and Scott Hochreiter in honor of their son, Owen.  During his short life, Owen’s family shared many books with him.  Now they are helping the Family Resource Library grow for other families in need of a good story. Read More

Can’t make it to College Town, but still want to help? Simply mail a Barnes & Noble gift card to our librarian and she will select books for the Library.

Send to:
Family Resource Library
Golisano Children’s Hospital
Attn. Jennifer Raynor
601 Elmwood Ave.
Rochester, NY 14642

Jennifer Raynor

Jennifer Raynor

Oh, and we also want to share these FOX Rochester and News 8 at Sunrise television interviews, featuring Kara Hochreiter and Jennifer Raynor.


October 2016 Classes by Miner Library

October 5, 2016

Classes at Miner Library

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

EndNote Basics
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Blackboard Basics for Academic Courses including Residencies
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Blackboard Tests and Surveys
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Identifiying Journals for Publication: Avoiding Predatory Publishers
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

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.

There’s something new in history…

October 4, 2016

…our History of Medicine reading room, that is.

Thanks to the generosity of Richard I. Burton, M.D., we have two, exquisite display cabinets. Dr. Burton also donated a collection of historical portraits and books, collected by him and his father, Kenneth G. Burton, M.D. (1905-1988).Illustration by Vesalius

We plan to unveil some of the 17th- to 19th-century framed prints from the Burton gift along with selections from our own rare book collection.

Currently on display is our first edition (1543) of Andreas Vesalius’ De fabrica corporis humani. This is the most important medical book published during the Renaissance and one of the most influential illustrated books in any discipline or period.

Our copy of the Fabrica is on display (M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) with a 19th-century engraved print from the Burton collection depicting Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) performing a dissection.

Lithograph of VesaliusEdouard Hamman’s 1849 painting, reproduced as a lithograph by Adolphe Mouilleron in the early 1850s, suggests Vesalius’s conscientious struggle with religion. Religious and cultural forces opposed dissection in Vesalius’s time.

He is pictured as if conflicted in thought, looking at a crucifix on the wall to his right. A skull and several large books suggest his research materials. His dissecting tools and research materials are at hand.

In the coming months we’ll be showing you more treasures from these collections, now that we have an environmentally safe and secure location to do so.  Thank you, Dr. Burton!

High Noon at Miner Library Presents: Mount Hope Cemetery: Mischief, Murder, and Mayhem, October 26 at Noon

October 3, 2016

Mount Hope Cemetery holds a special place in the hearts of most Rochesterians. As the final the resting place for luminaries such as Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Frank Gannett, Margaret Woodbury Strong and George Whipple, it is one of our most wonderful treasures.

But, did you know there is another side to our famous cemetery…A darker side? Join us on October 26th for High Noon and meet some of Mount Hope’s permanent residents who bent, broke, or enforced the law; or whose lives met unfortunate ends.

Please join us at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Miner Library’s History of Medicine room. Dennis Carr, a founding member of the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery and Miner Library staff, will lead the discussion.

Admission is FREE. Everyone is welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch.

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

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.

Don’t accept the kool-aid.

August 17, 2016

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

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.