Miner Library is available to support your online teaching, learning, and research needs.

March 16, 2020

· IIE Zoom Quick Start Meetings: Every day this week (3/16 – 3/20) 10am, 1pm and 3pm (1hour each) Zoom link: https://rochester.zoom.us/j/365336959

·  Miner Library Computing Center Tech Support call 275-6865 or email CCDesk@urmc.rochester.edu

· Expert literature searching for clinical and research needs via zoom, chat, or email. Submit requests through Ask A Librarian on Miner’s homepage.

· Appointments for online research consultations with librarians available through Ask A Librarian on Miner’s homepage.

· Digitization of required Course materials currently available only in a print format, subject to limitations for copyright compliance. Requests to digitize print book chapters and articles may be submitted via miner_information@urmc.rochester.edu.

· Accessing electronic resources. Access library digital collections remotely through a VPN connection or authentication with Active Directory or NetID credentials. For assistance, contact miner_information@urmc.rochester.edu.

· Interlibrary Loan service available. Submit requests in ILLIAD interlibrary loan system.

· When Course Materials are not available in an electronic format and digitization is not possible, Liaison Librarians can also assist instructors in identifying and accessing alternative resources to use in their courses.

· History of Medicine Reference assistance via email or Zoom by appointment. Provision of digital or photocopied items at the discretion of the curator. Please contact the Curator, Meredith Gozo, at: meredith_gozo@urmc.rochester.edu or 585-275-8827.


· New due date for all books currently checked out from Miner Library is July 1, 2020. Please disregard all system generated overdue notices.


Juneteenth

June 19, 2020

Today commemorates Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger led soldiers to Galveston, Texas to spread the news that the Civil War was over and enslaved persons were free. The Union presence in Texas was meant to enforce the executive order signed by President Lincoln two and a half years earlier, issued alongside the Emancipation Proclamation.

155 years later, the Black community in America continues to struggle with racial injustices, specifically in medicine and how individuals receive health care. The patients and the communities we serve are impacted by these inequalities. We stand with them in support of change.

In unity with those faced with inequality, Miner Library staff call for the medical community to take a closer look at the immoral aspects of the history of medicine. Specific consideration should be given to the enduring cultural assumptions about Black inferiority. We encourage this as an opportunity to reflect from a place of compassion, while moving toward a more equitable healthcare system.

There are many ways medicine has exploited poor, powerless, and enslaved individuals for experimentation and profit. Prominent figures in history and in medicine created and propagated concepts of racial inferiority and racial stereotypes. These mythological theories were taught in medical schools in the United States in the 18th, 19th, and into the 20th centuries.

African Americans have been used as subjects in medical training programs, abused medically and scientifically, and forced into unethical experiments. Implicit and explicit racial bias continue to impact medical education, clinical training, and clinical decision making. This historic continuum unceasingly affects African American health status and health outcomes. Racism in large part accounts for the African Americans health crisis.

Evidence of mistreatment and unethical medical practices are well documented. The Tuskegee experiment, where for over 40 years treatment for syphilis was withheld from hundreds of Black men living in rural, poverty-stricken Alabama; the cell culture from Henrietta Lacks’ cervix, taken without her knowledge or consent, which is still living and used in medical research today, and was instrumental in developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and in vitro fertilization; James Marion Sims, “the father of modern gynecology,” practiced his surgical techniques on enslaved women without the use of anesthesia; Benjamin Moseley, one of many people whose writings perpetuated the long-sustained myth that black people have a much higher tolerance for pain. These are just a few examples of medical research exploiting vulnerable Black populations and individuals.

To learn more, and we hope do you want to learn more, Miner Library is here to help. Our History of Medicine collection has extensive materials to assist current medical professionals in understanding and grappling with the injustices that are the backbone of the American healthcare system. Miner’s browsing collection complements the History of Medicine collection, with titles in Medical Humanities and beyond. These books expound upon the historical examples mentioned above, plus many more injustices endured throughout time and in the present. Learning and beginning to understand the past and how it impacts the present is a great way to begin the process of dismantling racism. We hope you join us in this.


Protocols.io

May 26, 2020
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Miner Library is happy to share one of our newest resources; Protocols.io. This is an open access method of sharing study protocols. Submitted protocols receive a unique DOI and can be linked directly to publications. Think of it as a platform to share, promote reproducibility, enhance rigor, and engage with the scientific community.

Here is another feature of protocols.io that is available to our users.

“We are offering a protocol entry service to all University of Rochester members.

You are welcome to send us your protocol in whichever format it’s currently in; our editorial team will import and format your protocol. We will send you the formatted protocol for review and you can publish it at any time.

How it works?

  1. Send us your protocol. Submit your protocol below in whichever format it’s currently in (pdf, word document, google document, etc.).
  2. We enter and check your protocol. Our editorial team will enter the protocol and double check it to make sure there are no errors or typos relative to the document that you provided.
  3. You review the digitized protocol. We will send you the protocol for review. 
  4.  Publish at any time. If all looks good, the protocol will be reassigned to you privately and you will be able to publish it whenever you’re ready.”

Feel free to reach out to Miner Library with questions that you may have!


Miner’s at home fitness guide

April 1, 2020

As we practice social distancing and adjust to staying home, it’s important for us to remember to take care of ourselves. Physical fitness is just one part of that and we wanted to share some of the ways that we have been moving in our homes. All these options are currently being offered for free. And if you head outside to get some fresh air and activity, remember to observe social distancing and keep 6ft from others. 

Yoga with Adriene: “WELCOME to Yoga With Adriene! Our mission is to connect as many people as possible through high-quality free yoga videos. We welcome all levels, all bodies, all genders, all souls! Browse our library of free yoga videos to find a practice that suits your mood or start a journey toward healing.”

Lululemon: “Creating components for people to live long, healthy and fun lives.”

Planet Fitness: “We’re Planet Fitness – The Judgement Free Zone®. We’re known for our low prices, friendly staff, and positive environment. United we move with home work-ins. Also streaming live on Facebook at 7pm EST.”

Nike Training Club: “Only available as app for iOS or Android. 

“The Nike Training Club app helps you reach your fitness goals with expertly designed workouts from our world-class Nike Master Trainers. NTC provides free workouts for everything from bodyweight-only sessions, invigorating yoga, classes, targeted training programs, and full-equipment home workouts for all fitness levels.NTC Premium is Free: We’re evolving as the world is evolving and we want you to stay healthy and active. Enjoy on-demand class-style workouts, programs, and expert tips on nutrition, sleep, and more with free access to NTC Premium to all Nike Members until further notice.”

Orangetheory: “Just because we can’t meet in the studio, doesn’t mean we aren’t committed to helping you achieve More Life. Every day we’ll share a 30-minute workout showcasing some of your favorite coaches from around the world. You won’t need special equipment, although we may ask you to scrounge around the house for some objects. But hey, it’s a good excuse to do some light cleaning.”

CorePower Yoga: “This is when we all need yoga most. We’re giving everyone free access to a new collection of online classes every week so you can keep your practice moving – wherever you are.”

Amazon Prime Video: “If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you already have free access to a varied library of fitness videos, including Zumba and cardio programs such as 21-Day Transformation from GymRa. Just head to Prime Video and search for “fitness,” then check the “Prime” box in the left sidebar to see what’s available for streaming.”

Y360: “This is a new virtual initiative led by Ys across the country. Yoga, Barre, Boot Camp and classes for our Active Older Adults – it’s your favorite classes, taught by top instructors and the Y community now available at home.”

Rochester Based Fitness

Compass Cycle Studio: “Compass is dedicated to bringing our workouts and inspiring team to you remotely. You will find FREE at-home workouts, meditation and yoga videos as well as tips for staying healthy by continuing to work on fostering a mind + body connection outside of the studio. We want everyone to be able to access our very special community and find support and positive energy with these videos. We are #StrongerTogether.”

YMCA of Greater Rochester: “We’ve put together a few exercises that you can be doing at home during this time. Whether you have equipment or not, these are simple exercises to do to keep you moving. Options are perfect for Adults and Active Older Adults.”

MBody: A variety of in home workout that will get your heart rate up and sweat flowing.


Doctors, Healers, Alchemists, Quacks.

September 10, 2019

August 29, 2019

How long and what can I check out from Miner?

• Book/Theses — 3 months 

• Course Reserve Material — 2 hours*

• Graphic Medicine Collection — 3 weeks

• Laptop, iPad, Charging Unit/Power Supply, Headphones — 6 hours**

*Course reserve material checked out less than 2 hours prior to the Library closing are due back no later than fifteen minutes before close. Some course reserve materials may have a longer loan period, if requested by instructor. 

**Equipment checked out or renewed less than 6 hours prior to the Library closing are due back no later than one hour before close.

Note: Bound journals do not circulate outside the Library.

Do you have computers and where are they?

We have computers available for use and also laptops to borrow. If you have questions please see our friendly staff at the Answer Desk. The Computing Center also has software available for your use. 

Log in with your AD, which is your email login, not your email address. The Computer Center is closed on weekends. 

Am I able to print at Miner?

Printing costs are .10 cents for Black and White and .25 cents for color. Copy cards are available for purchase for $5 if needed. 

Mobile printing: You will need to register your email address before you can print. 

I need an article but the library doesn’t have full text access!

You are in luck!  If we don’t have access to an article, we will reach out to other libraries to get you your articles for FREE. You will need to create an Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) account and then you’re ready to request your articles. 

How do I find articles, books, journals, and more?

The search tabs on the Miner homepage provide focused searches to get you the information you need. This Search Guide will provide more information about how the tabs function and how to navigate your search results  

Stuck and still cannot find what you’re looking for?  Or, do you need an in-depth, comprehensive search? Contact your librarian using our Ask A Librarian service.

Can I access these books and articles when I’m home?

It’s easy! Simply start on the Miner web page. Select the resource you want to use (just click it) and you will be prompted to log in using your NetID or URMC-SH (Active Directory) account information. 

*visiting students may not have access to library resources from home* 

Can I bring food and drink to the library?

You sure can. We know that you work hard and snacks are necessary to keep you going. You are welcome to bring in your own food and drink, but we also have vending machines available in the library.  

Are there quiet places to work?

Miner has something for everyone. We offer collaborative spaces to work together, the quiet reading room, and private study rooms. 

Can I reserve a study room?

You can reserve a study room here: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/libraries/miner/how_do_i/#eq_10835

Select the “Book a Room” option and you can select a time and date that works best for you.

Have more questions?

You can reach out to us through our chat service, Ask A Librarian, or stopping by the Answer Desk in the library. We look forward to hearing from you. 


Miner Library Presents: August High Noon!

July 29, 2019

Library Changes Ahead

July 15, 2019

The University of Rochester Libraries will be upgrading our current library system, Voyager, which powers the “Library Catalog” tab on the library website. When we first implemented Voyager in 1996, it represented state of the art technology. Now, it is an aging platform that is no longer being updated by the vendor and cannot handle a significant portion of the data that modern research libraries work with today.

The shift to a new system is essential: Voyager, our current catalog system, is now twenty-two years old and is no longer updated by the vendor. In order to continue to serve the University of Rochester, we must upgrade this critical system. 

Before the end of this month, we will introduce a new set of tools to search for library materials. New, but not so new to us; the software that powers the current “Articles and Books” tab on the library website will be used as the foundation for our new library search interface.

Please rest assured that connecting our community with library materials is indeed the primary purpose of our search systems. While some elements of search will be different in any new system because of the evolution of search technologies and tools over the last twenty-two years, the core principles, connecting library patrons to the resources available to them, remain the same.  

Our choice of systems is not unique: in selecting these tools, we are joining the likes of Harvard, Brown, Columbia, Case Western, Boston University, Princeton, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Toronto, Northwestern, Yale, Rutgers, Temple, UC Davis, Irvine, Riverside, and Santa Barbara, University of Pennsylvania, and many others. We are lucky to have many peers and colleagues to connect with to help us build a great search system for the University of Rochester Libraries, and we are excited to do so. 

One thing to note is that any current links you may have to books that come from Voyager (library catalog) will need to be updated after the new system is implemented. These links will start with ‘catalog.lib’ or you may notice they direct you to Voyager (library catalog). The process of updating links cannot be completed until the new system is in place. We will communicate to you once that happens. You can view screenshots of where you can locate these new links:

https://libguides.urmc.rochester.edu/c.php?g=949660

We have also created a guide to help you learn all the exciting new features of this system which will be located in the Subject Guide section of the Miner Library website once our new system goes live. On here you can learn more about the tools within our new search system that will help you discover the results you need.

If you have any questions please reach out to us. We want to ensure that you feel supported through this transition and we are happy to help and provide answers you may have about this. 

Best, 

Miner Library 


Upcoming Classes by Miner Library

July 3, 2019

Classes at Miner Library

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

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.


New York State Parks

June 28, 2019
Letchworth State Park, the Grand Canyon of the East

Did you know that the Monroe County Libraries offer Empire Passes? These passes get you access to the wonderful and magnificent parks around New York State for free. That includes parks like Letchworth.

Take a look at some of the State Park information below. New York is a big state with a lot of cool places and things to see!

New York State Parks

Finger Lakes Region State Parks

49 New York State Parks Within a 2-hour Drive of Rochester

Follow on Twitter for more information @NYstateparks