The library of the ICMAB is specialized in Materials Science. It is part of the global CSIC Library Network, which includes a total of 60 specialized libraries distributed among 21 cities. The library collection covers subject areas related to Materials Science such as Physics, Chemistry and Crystallography. It has more than 2,000 monographs and 105 periodic publications.
The library is open to all ICMAB staff and other CSIC personnel and also to other Research or Academic Centers who would like to make use of it.
The Library “Manuel Cardona” has 2383 titles registered in the institution's collective catalogue, with 21 acquisitions in 2019, and 78 subscriptions open to scientific journals. It has registered 43 loans of monographs, from 23 active readers, during the year.
The document collection service accounted for 82 external requests (36 from CSIC centers), including 74 journal articles and 8 monographs, according to URICI statistics.
After some years, the CSIC Vicepresidency of Organization and Institutional Relations (VORI) assigned to the libraries of the CSIC Network an endowment for the acquisition of printed books, corresponding to 2000 € to the centre, which were distributed among the different research groups. Thanks to this funding, 17 new scientific books for our staff could be acquired.
In April, we celebrate Sant Jordi 2019 with the second edition of the Book Exchange. This year, we also included two bookmarks to give as a souvenir to all our staff. One of the bookmarks features our Manuel Cardona Library, with an illustration by Alejandro Santos, our Librarian & Documentalist, in the front. The back of the bookmark is aimed to encourage our researchers to publish in Open Access or to deposit their articles in the Digital CSIC repository, to comply with the European and National mandates, and to share our scientific results with the society.
In May, the library participated in the course organised by the Training Office of the CSIC's Deputy General Secretariat for Human Resources ALMA: use and functions of the library services platform of the CSIC's Library and Archive Network, which was given at the headquarters of the organisation's Delegation in Catalonia, to improve knowledge of this recently implemented library management tool.
In July, Alejandro Santos wrote the article Toda ciencia es abierta (All science is open) for the 33rd issue of the electronic journal of the CSIC Library Network "Enredadera", entitled Ciencia Abierta y la Red de Bibliotecas y Archivos del CSIC. The section En directo contains the mentioned article.
Within the framework of the ICMAB meetings held in May to prepare for the Severo Ochoa grant, the library presented “Open Science: perspectives for the Severo Ochoa 2019 grant” to all the staff.
In October, the library gave the seminar “Open Access at ICMAB, Frequently Asked Questions” coinciding with the International Open Access Week, to explain the meaning of this international movement, its implementation at the ICMAB and the ways to put it into practice, complying with the mandates of the scientific project funding agencies.
In November, the ICMAB library participated in the 5th Conference on the Analysis of the Network of CSIC Libraries and Archives “CSIC Libraries and Archives for Open Science: Present and Future”, in particular, by giving the workshop “Assistance in Competitive Competition Proposals” to explain, within the bibliometrics service that libraries can provide to their centres, various aspects that can help the CSIC institutes for competing at the Severo Ochoa Centres and María de Maeztu Units of Excellence calls.
The Library also performed various bibliometric calculation tasks for researchers and for the centre as a whole, especially those included in the application for renewal of the Severo Ochoa grant for the period 2020-2023.