MLibrary@NCRC: Information Hub Services

August 14, 2013

MLibrary@NCRC, located on the ground level of Building 18, integrates a wide breadth of library and information services to meet the complex information needs of NCRC. According to the Jean Song, the Taubman Health Sciences Library’s Research and Informatics Coordinator, the library “serves as a connector to quality information tools, people, and ideas across disciplines, throughout the campus and beyond. We are often the first stop for people’s information needs because if we don’t have the answer ourselves—we help them find it.” Below is a sampling of the types of projects in which MLibrary@NCRC librarians are engaged.

Information seeking consultations: Librarians help answer the question: how do I get started with my research? Librarian Judy Smith provides consultations and works with information seekers at all points during the search process. She works with researchers spanning a variety of disciplines (i.e., Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, Business Development) to provide ideas about search terms, database selection, and overall strategies.

Expert searching and research management: Librarian Marisa Conte provides research consultations for labs or investigators engaged in complex literature searches, including systematic reviews, searches for protocols and methodologies, or alternatives searches for laboratory animal use. She also partners with researchers conducting guidelines searches or systematic reviews. Co-location at the NCRC has enabled a closer collaboration with clinical and translational researchers, including the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program and the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research. In addition to supporting literature searching, Marisa also provides consultations or instruction in citation management tools, including EndNote, Papers and web-based knowledge management platforms.

Education and training: In addition to individual consultations, the librarians hold larger training sessions on tools and resources. Bioinformationist Marci Brandenburg teaches on informatics tools such as Cytoscape, an open source network visualization application, as well as a workshop to maximize the use of Google.

Connections and collaborations: Many people are interested in identifying potential partners and collaborators to expand their research and teaching capabilities. Librarians Judy Smith and Jean Song offer instruction on the use of SciVal Experts, a faculty expertise tool that allows for identification of collaborators on campus. They are currently working with the Institute for Health Care Policy and Innovation leaders on utilizing SciVal information and other strategies to understand the impact of individuals’ research. In addition, MLibrary@NCRC librarians have in depth knowledge about existing campus resources and can refer individuals to units across campus that offer assistance with specialized services such as statistical analysis, 3D printing, publishing, copyright and more.

Convenient Accessibility: The MLibrary@NCRC offers those housed at NCRC walk-in access for U-M Library resources as licenses permit. This access has been important to those in the Venture Accelerator. Nicky Slawny of 3D Biomatrix notes that: “it is crucial that we keep up with the newest biotechnology research advances … so having access to the University of Michigan library has been and will be critical to our development.”

Work with us: Located in Building 18, G218, MLibrary@NCRC is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and is open for general use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for those housed at NCRC. Members of the public are welcome to use the library during staffed hours. Librarians can be reached at (734) 647-9937 or