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State recognizes the Miner Library

New York State Education Commissioner Richard Mills recently recognized the Edward G. Miner Library at the Medical Center as an "electronic doorway library," one of a growing number of libraries in the state officially designated for its use of computers and telecommunications technology to provide electronic library services. The Miner Library is recognized as a "leader," the highest level attained by any library in the state.

"With our computer technology and electronic networking capacity, we have exciting new opportunities to meet the information needs of our students, educators, researchers, and clinicians," said Edward Hundert, dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. "Using resources provided through our library, students can find the information they need from online textbooks, drug references, journal articles, and databases as well as interactive atlases and other learning materials. Also, through electronic means, they can request assistance from a librarian and learn how to retrieve and evaluate information from the Web."

An electronic doorway library provides a two-way flow of requests and information, into and out of a library, by electronic means. "People in an academic medical center cannot learn and work without access to current information and technology," said Julia Sollenberger, the Miner Library's director. "As an electronic doorway library, the Miner Library uses computer and telecommunication technology, a full range of library resources, and the services of skilled librarians and technology specialists to facilitate learning and research at the Medical Center and to improve patient care for all providers affiliated with Strong Health."

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