The library of the Institute 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.
Alejandro Santos is the Librarian & Documentalist of the ICMAB Library "Manuel Cardona".
The library has 2,363 titles registered in the institution's collective catalogue, with 17 new acquisitions in 2018, and 77 open subscriptions to scientific journals. The library has registered 29 monograph loans from 25 active readers during the year.
The service for requesting documents counted with 79 external requests (42 from CSIC centres), including 68 for journal articles and 11 for monographs, according to the URICI statistics.
For several months, the library, in collaboration with the Communication and Outreach Officer, gave the “Essential Documentation Tools” course for young researchers. The training course included modules focused on documentation resources, such as “Document access”, “Publication and Open Access” and “Databases”, among others.
In March, after several specific training sessions, the integral library management system of the CSIC Library Network was changed from Aleph to ALMA in order to improve the management of information and the quality of the service to our users.
The library participated in face-to-face training courses in reference databases, Scopus and Web of Science, at the Research and Development Centre (CID) in Barcelona.
The library also carried out various bibliometric calculations for researchers and for the centre as a whole, such as, for example, the bibliometric report for the SAB evaluation of the Severo Ochoa project.