Faculty research support
The Information Core's primary mission is to act as a first-stop reference for faculty seeking specialized research tools.
Front-end web services for MPRC faculty. In addition to providing a population-focused biography page for each Center affiliate, the Information Core regularly supports faculty requests for specialized web services to support research and teaching responsibilities. These services range from discrete subsites supporting a specific project, to conference coordination pages, to storage and access of datasets and papers for student or public access.
PubMed Central. The Information Core will upload MPRC scholar articles to PubMed Central. Using a specialized database, we track the PMID and provide it to scholars and grants administrators as needed.
Working Papers Program. The Information Core actively seeks out interdisciplinary working papers from MPRC Faculty Associates and prepares them for uploading to the Population Working Papers website.
Research tools. The Information Core maintains lists of population-related journals and provides links to researchers looking for back issues or seeking submission guidelines.
Multi-media aids. Core personnel are trained and equipped to assist in the devlopment of multimedia products to aid faculty in their job of communicating their findings in the most effective way possible.
Media relations. Information Core staff generate press releases and coordinate media contacts related to research conducted on Center projects.
Infrastructure and mission support
The Information Core also supports the Center's administrative needs. Some examples :
- Research, design, develop, and implement software tools for Center administration
- Bring user-centered interface design skills to information-sharing problems
Core personnel support the MPRC Student Research Affiliate program by coordinating student workshops, providing information regarding poster development for PAA, and providing resources for monitoring and tracking the progress of students and mentors participating in the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Population Studies.
Information Core staff actively support the Association of Population / Family Planning Libraries and Information Centers International (APLIC). APLIC serves as a "community of practice" for information professionals, enhancing the research process not only at MPRC but throughout the population research community.