New Service – 3D printing @ Miner Library

April 28, 2017

Transform scientific and medical concepts into three-dimensional objects. You can now create physical, three-dimensional objects from digital files using our new 3D printer- the Ultimaker 3.

On Monday, May 1, we will begin offering 3D printing services at no cost to University of Rochester Medical Center students, faculty, staff, and researchers.

ultimakerpicCreate your own object using 3D design software or select a pre-designed model.  Check out our recommended 3D design software programs and web sites that offer 3D-printable models here.

Sign up for an orientation class at Classes @ Miner. You’ll need to attend this before submitting a job for printing.

Looking for more information? Check out 3D printing at Miner Library, stop by the Answer Desk, or submit a question to Ask A Librarian.

Get the information you need fast and free

April 27, 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.

Computing Center is open

March 22, 2017

Finally! Repairs are all done; our carpets are dry.

Computing Center has reopened.

Early this morning (Monday, 4/3) an old pipe in the ceiling of our Computing Center burst.

Torrents of water tore down ceiling tiles and saturated computers, chairs, and carpets.

Ugh, what a mess!

We’re assessing damage and, with the help of Medical Center Facilities and Environmental Services, trying to clean up and dry out everything as quickly as possible.

We’ll keep you posted.


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.


We provide answers and expertise to help you work, learn, and achieve success.”




Calling all researchers! Want more value and less waste?

July 2, 2016

valueAuthor David Moher wrote a well-cited commentary in THE LANCET encouraging researchers to involve librarians in three specific areas of research.

The commentary appeared in the April 16, 2016, issue. It’s a quick read (489 words; 1 minute) and easily is accessible through PubMed:

Here are some of our favorite takeaways:

♦ Librarians, as part of a research team, can assist with searching “to assess the extent of uncertainty and identify relevant ongoing research.”

♦ “Librarians could be involved in peer reviewing the search strategies used to identify evidence in support of funding applications to identify any issues, including relevant evidence that has been missed by the literature search.”

♦ “Biomedical journals might consider the role of a literature search reviewer who could review possible inadequacies in the literature search process for submitted papers.”

♦ “Establishing the three roles outlined above could contribute to more meticulous funding decisions and to the publication of better research.”

We totally agree.

And there are so many easy ways to contact your librarian! You can:

♦ 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

We look forward to working with you.

We’re growing our family of libraries to meet your needs. Meet the Family Resource Library at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

April 21, 2016

And we couldn’t be prouder.

Stop by and say hello. The Family Resource Library is located on the lobby level of the new Golisano Children’s Hospital. We’re right next door to the Ronald McDonald Family Room.

The Family Resource Library is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All are welcome to use the library’s facilities: clinicians, staff, patients and their families, and the general community.

Jennifer Raynor

Jennifer Raynor

As you enter, you’ll get a welcoming smile from professional librarian, Jennifer Raynor. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Science. She’s held positions at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island, and Brighton Memorial Library in Rochester.

Jennifer thrives on finding reliable and helpful health information to meet your specific needs.

For clinicians and staff, she’ll consult with you on database searches, conduct custom literature searches, provide subject-specific resource training and instruction, notify you about new library services, and work with you to create appropriate educational materials for your patients and families.

Family Resource Library

Family Resource Library

For pediatric patients and their families, Jennifer knows just the right age-appropriate resources to help you better understand your health conditions or diagnoses. Of course, we also offer a quiet space to relax as well as fiction books for children and teens. Browse through the daily newspaper or our collection of magazines for children and adults.  Public access computers, a printer/scanner/fax machine, and iPads are also available.

Contact Jennifer at (585) 275-7710 or for any of your information needs.

Got bioinformatics support services? No? Well, we do!

September 30, 2015

We’d like to share an article, published in the June 19 edition of Research Connections, about our Bioinformatics Consulting and Education Service. Helene McMurray, head of the BCES and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Genetics, chatted with Bob Marcotte about this innovative and quickly growing service. Bob has done a great job with this overview.

Truly, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. So we won’t.

And we won’t even make you click again.

The text (reading time: less than 2 minutes) in its entirety, is reproduced below.  Thanks, Bob!


Bioinformatics consultant offers help ‘anywhere in the life cycle of a project’

Jason Mendler, an Assistant Professor at the Wilmot Cancer Institute, is interested in the molecular drivers of chemotherapy refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML). With help from the University’s Genomics Research Center, he has done RNA sequencing of primitive hematopoietic cells from both healthy donors and AML patients.

When he needed help in refining his analysis of this data, he turned to Helene McMurray, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Genetics and head of the Bioinformatics Consulting and Education Service of the Edward G. Miner Library. He is not the only researcher who has done so.

A year ago, just after she was hired by Miner Library, McMurray averaged one consult a week. Now she’s been meeting with two to three research groups a week — and she’s eager to expand her “practice” even more.

“I’ve been amazed by the demand; it’s really clear that this is needed,” McMurray said.

Informatics involves analyzing large quantities of data to identify patterns and trends. McMurray applies informatics in support of basic and translational science at the Medical Center. She assists researchers investigating topics that range from the health of populations, to in-depth analyses of biological systems in order to better understand, for instance, the development of heart disease or the genetic factors involved in cancer.

We’re willing to help people anywhere in the life cycle of a project, from conception through publication,” McMurray said.

That could include directing researchers new to the field to a computer program or web-based software tool; helping them find, generate or analyze data sets; or engaging them with new collaborators, McMurray said.

Many of the faculty who come in to talk to me are busy with other activities. If they’re clinicians, they’re seeing patients; if they’re researchers they’re writing grants or supervising students. They wear a lot of hats already,” McMurray said. “They don’t necessarily want to learn a new computer language, so they may just want to understand how to better interface with people who know how to do those things.”

She also helps investigators who are already skilled in informatics, have lots of data in hand, but “have hit the wall for one reason or another. They need someone with a fresh set of eyes just to help them get unstuck.”

After receiving her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University in 2003, McMurray did postdoctoral work with Prof. Hartmut “Hucky” Land, studying how genes work together to control cancer. This was her first immersion in genomics and informatics. Since 2009 she has been an assistant professor of Biomedical Genetics here.

The opening for a bioinformatics consultant at the Miner seemed “like a good fit,” given her experience in the field and her interest in teaching, McMurray said. “The data doesn’t scare me. I have knowledge of a lot of different ways to analyze data, but at the same time I know a lot of biology. So when I look at the biological aspects of a project, they also make sense to me.”

Mendler has met with McMurray and with student Sam Moore, who is also assisting Mendler, four times so far. He is well pleased with the advice he has received.

“They’ve been very helpful and available,” Mendler said. “Their help has enabled me to generate a very exciting, novel hypothesis about the basis of chemotherapy refractoriness in AML. I expect this to result in high impact papers and successful grant applications in the years to come.” Click here to learn more.