Three Questions – Alethea

For this edition of Three Questions, get to know Alethea Brisco, MSK Library’s Document Delivery Services Assistant and Office Manager Extraordinaire.

1. What areas can you help MSK users with?
On a daily basis I have a strong commitment to our users and pride myself in processing Docline/Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests from our MSK collection in a timely manner for requesting libraries/users to help them fulfill their research needs in the pursuit of excellence in all their research activities. To our MSK community, our library is so much more than a print book collection! Our location in the Rockefeller Research Building offers knowledgeable Research Informationists that can help you with your research. I’m responsible for keeping our information technologies up to date for both new and established MSK researchers to acquire information and gather in an atmosphere beneficial to learning and discovery.

2. What projects have you been working on recently?
Lately I’ve been working to make sure our physical environment is inviting for our users. This includes having comfortable seating/workspaces, an installation of express iPad stations and charging stations, plus with our latest addition, the “Varidesks” (height adjustable workstations) for those that prefer to stand while working.

3. What is your favorite meal?
My favorite meal is steamed crab legs in garlic butter sauce with Old Bay Seasoning!

Three Questions for our Librarians – Marina Chilov

In this post we posed our three questions to Research Informationist Marina Chilov.

1. What areas can you help MSK users with?
I’m a Research Informationist and I assist our users by providing reference and research support. I answer reference questions, conduct literature searches, collaborate with MSK researchers on Systematic Reviews, and teach classes on biomedical resources such as PubMed and citation management tools such as EndNote.

2. What projects have you been working on recently?
I’m also part of the Evidence-based Cancer Imaging Program (ECIP) team that is preparing for the implementation of the PAMA mandate at MSK. Recently, I developed literature searches aimed at finding evidence on the appropriate diagnostic imaging modalities for several clinical conditions assigned by the clinicians on the team.

3. What is your favorite meal?
I’m a vegetarian and among all the vegetarian options I favor simple, unsophisticated food. I love potatoes in all forms – mashed, baked, roasted, etc. And ice cream is my top dessert priority. In my world, ice cream is the culmination of human thought as far as food goes.

Three Questions – Whitney Bates-Gomez

This month we spoke with Whitney Bates-Gomez, Electronic Resources Librarian.

What areas can you help MSK users with?
I can help users with journal access issues, technical troubles related to article linking, subscription questions and suggestions for new titles (books or journals).

What projects have you been working on recently?
Recently I’ve been working on updating the way our users search and how their results are displayed. Since migrating to ONESEARCH, we’ve been continually making improvements to offer a better user experience.

What is your favorite meal OR if you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I will answer these both together! Sushi is one of my favorite things to eat and if I could, I’d go eat some in Japan – preferably at Sukiyabashi Jiro.