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.

Three Questions for our Librarians – Kendra

This month we spoke with Kendra Godwin, Research Informationist and Liaison for the Evidence-based Cancer Imaging Program. 

What areas can you help MSK users with?

I am part of a team that is working to support evidence-based practice at MSK. More specifically, my work surrounds the PAMA mandate, its establishing of the Appropriate Use Criteria Program, and future requirements for ordering advanced diagnostic imaging services.

What projects have you been working on recently?

The Evidence-based Cancer Imaging Program (ECIP) is MSK’s coordinated response to the PAMA mandate, and its purpose is to develop and implement appropriate use criteria (AUC) in pursuit of the best patient care. As the liaison for ECIP, I serve as the lead research informationist within AUC development, and as the MSK Library’s project manager for this program.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

The Voynich Manuscript combines all of the hits. Mysterious origins, coded text, and bizarre ink drawings of a possible medical nature? Yes! I was going to say wherever it is held, but after a quick search I see it’s only a few hours north of me in New Haven! Still, I encourage anyone to use the link above to learn more and view Yale’s beautiful digitization work. And, if I’m not fantasy traveling to Connecticut, I will be visiting my sister in Tokyo for the first time.