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.

Three Questions for our Librarians – Robin

This month I asked three questions to Robin O’Hanlon, Associate Librarian for User Services.

What areas can you help MSK users with?
I can help MSK users who want to know more about how the library can help them with conducting research and supporting patient care. It’s my job to assess and promote current library services and try identify new technologies, resources, and services to best support the research, clinical, and education needs of the MSK community. I also have the privilege of overseeing the library’s Research Informationists and Document Delivery team, who are on the frontlines assisting users with their information needs.

What projects have you been working on recently?
I just started at MSK in August, so I have been learning as much as I can about the needs of our user community while getting to know the MSK Library staff. I have started looking at a new metrics system to better track interactions with our users. I’m also beginning to think more about ways we can promote library services through outreach to MSK departments who might not be as familiar with what we have to offer as some of our regular users.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would travel to Uruguay for its rich history and culture. I also love cows and they outnumber people there 4-1.

Three Questions for our Librarians – Johanna

This month I asked three questions to Johanna Goldberg, Research Informationist.

What areas can you help MSK users with?
If you have an information need, I am happy to help you with it. I perform literature searches to inform patient care, publications, presentations, and grant proposals for our patrons. I can also work with you on learning database search techniques, using citation managers, identifying journals for publication, and setting up search alerts on your topics of interest. I also develop and run searches as a part of systematic review teams. In addition, I’m the Clinical Medical Librarian for the Breast Imaging Service.

What projects have you been working on recently?
I just started working at the MSK Library in June, so I’ve been learning the ins and outs of my new workplace. I was at an academic medical library prior to MSK, and I’m adjusting to the somewhat different needs of a hospital library setting. In particular, I’m getting to know my colleagues in the Library, the research needs of our patrons, and the team at the Breast Imaging Service.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I’ve been thinking about domestic travel lately. I’ve visited 25 states and would love to fill in the gaps on my map, which includes most of the Southeast and the West. Road trip, anyone?