Three Questions: Jeanine McSweeney, Associate Librarian, Scholarly Communications

For our next Three Questions interview, we spoke with Jeanine McSweeney, Associate Librarian, Scholarly Communications.

What areas can you help MSK users with?

I manage Synapse, the authoritative database of MSK authors and their publications. The Synapse Team tracks and adds new publications by MSK authors and organizes them under author profiles. Within Synapse you will find links to the full-text of a work, Altmetrics and citation counts, and integration with ORCID iD. I work with various departments at MSK to create customized groups of authors, helping them to track, showcase, and report on the publication output of their departments. Basically, if you have questions about managing your own or your department’s publications, or finding ways to demonstrate your research impact, I am here to help.

What projects have you been working on recently?

My fish tank, a recent trip to Watkins Glen, and me.

Over the summer we released our annual Synapse Publications Report, which highlights the publication output of our MSK researchers. Right now my team is working on restructuring the Synapse “journal articles” category so that our users can better pull out just the peer-reviewed research articles for their grant and reporting needs. Currently Synapse includes non-peer reviewed formats in the “journal article” category like editorials, letters, reviews etc., and we have learned from our users that breaking this down would be more helpful. We aim to have our workflow in place by the end of the year so that moving forward, pulling out needed data from Synapse is even more convenient for our users.

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

When able, my first trip will be to Germany so I can visit with my partner’s family that I have not seen now in over a year. Aside from that, I read a lot of Agatha Christie when I was young and have romanticized notions of the English countryside that I would love to spend time exploring. So one of my bucket list trips is to spend a few weeks touring around England and the rest of the UK.

 

Three Questions – Rebecca Meng

Next up in our Three Questions series, Rebecca Meng, Document Delivery Services Librarian.
 
What areas can you help MSK users with?
 
As a librarian on the Document Delivery Services team, I help people at MSK access scholarly materials that fall outside of MSK Library’s own specialized collection. Cancer affects the whole person, so the work and research going on at MSK covers a wide variety of disciplines—from nuclear physics to music therapy, machine learning to nutritional outcomes. It’s our team’s job to track down any resources needed to support research and evidence-based care.
 
What projects have you been working on recently?
 
Anyone who has used our services to request an article or book is familiar with ILLiad, the program we use to manage the flow of requests between our users here at MSK, our staff, and the other libraries and suppliers we work with. This year, ILLiad will be getting some much-needed upgrades—both behind the scenes, keeping our workflows efficient—and excitingly, on our public-facing webpages. We are working to customize the new ILLiad request pages for our MSK Library community. They will not only look nicer and more streamlined but will also be mobile-responsive and accessible.
 
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
 
Like many other city-dwellers who have been sheltering in place, I’d happily go almost anywhere right now. I’m especially looking forward to visiting family in New Jersey—not exactly a far-away land, but sitting in a suburban backyard eating a bowl of noodles prepared by my Dad is my current idea of pure luxury.

Three Questions – Anthony Dellureficio

Get to know Anthony Dellureficio, Associate Librarian, Data Management Services. 

What areas can you help MSK users with? 

Data Management Services is a new offering from the MSK Library. I’m eager to help MSK users with their data needs at all points in the research process from funding to publication and beyond. I’m available for consultation with individuals or entire labs for a wide range of support including: writing data management plans, understanding the data sharing/availability requirements of funders and publishers, providing best practices guidance (file naming/organization, format selection, storage, backup, documentation, version control, etc.), finding existing datasets, citing data for publication, and encouraging data reuse by making your data more discoverable while still providing appropriate protections for the data creators. Being that this is a new program, I’m also really interested in learning about any specific data needs or concerns of our community. Please reach out to me if you’d like to discuss

What projects have you been working on recently? 

We’ve recently launched a new library resource, the MSK Data Catalog. The catalog is a searchable and browsable collection of rich metadata records acting as a way-finder designed to enhance discoverability and maximize the usefulness of datasets related to MSK research. We hope this catalog will be a valuable resource to help researchers identify data that may inform their projects, connect them with data authors and experts, and promote greater exposure and reuse of their datasets! If you’d like to learn about this project, check out our announcement as well as the about page of the catalog

What is your favorite meal? And if you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? 

I love to travel and I love to explore new cuisines, so these two questions go hand-in-hand for me. Most recently I’ve visited Morocco, Scotland, Sicily, and the tiny Mediterranean island of Pantelleria… and I ate delicious food everywhere I went. High on my list for future cultural and culinary travel are India and Portugal. I also really hope to be able to visit Venezuela someday. And of course, I always want to get back to my home-away-from-home in the Veneto region of Italy.