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Who in the library … faculty & staff profiles

Alissa Fial
Education & Research Services Librarian
Education & Research Services

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I am an Education & Research Services (E&RS) Librarian, and I supervise Circulation Services (a team of 5 great individuals). As an E&RS Librarian, I conduct literature searches for UNMC-affiliates. The searches run a gamut of topics and areas, which for me, makes the job very interesting and something different each day. I serve on UNMC committees and I am the library liaison to the College of Nursing. As the liaison, I focus on their particular needs and I teach classes on library resources and searching.  As the supervisor in Circulation Services, I oversee the area of checking out materials to patrons, keeping up to date on policies, etc.

When would you most likely meet or talk with me?

You will see me at the AskUs Desk during the week. I answer questions that come in face-to-face, phone, chat, and email. Of course, you may see me in one of your classes. I present live to different campuses, face-to-face, and can virtually embedded in online classes, offering suggestions, tips and tricks, and research assistance.

What do you like about working in the library?

The Library is an amazing place. I love the variety of my work, but mostly I love interacting with the faculty, students and staff at UNMC. They inspire me, and I take great joy in assisting them on their research, educational and scholarly pursuits.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love being with my family and boyfriend, and I’m active in my church.

 

Who in the library … faculty & staff profiles

Ben Simon
Library Assistant II
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Tell us about your job in the library.

As a library assistant, my primary role is to man the circulation side of the desk. This includes helping patrons with all the basic library interactions; checking out, study rooms, finding books, library policy questions, and the occasional reference question. But lately, much of my time has been devoted to stacks maintenance. For this I’ve been taking inventory of every item in the library, weeding out those that are old and damaged, shelf-reading, and marking down the items that are missing. A full inventory hasn’t been taken in many years, I’ve been told, so it’s a task that’s long overdue.

In addition to this project, I recently labeled all of the bookshelves and finished writing a new circulation training manual for new employees, with the help of Alissa.

When would you most likely meet or talk with me?

I’ll be available a lot for the next week, because I’m covering Evelyn’s vacation. So any time after 12:30 works for me.

What do you like about working in the library?

I love being a caretaker of knowledge, so-to-speak. While my first passion is fiction, I do have a huge appreciation for science. So being able to lead doctors and medical students to a vast database of scientific information is a great privilege for me. I also enjoy the quiet, academic atmosphere of libraries like this.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Like I said, my first love is fiction—and specifically fiction writing. I have a masters in writing and I’m currently trying to publish a few novels. I also write full time for a news website called the Inquisitr. And outside of that, I’m an amateur musician and a cat lover. But my most unusual hobby is creating/coding original digital pinball tables.

Who in the library … faculty & staff profiles

McGoogan News is starting a new feature, faculty and staff profiles! Each month, you will meet someone new who works in the library.

Alison Bobal
Associate Professor
Head of Collection Development and Metadata

Tell us about your job in the library.

I oversee collection development and metadata services in the library. I negotiate agreements with publishers and vendors for electronic resources and coordinate their acquisition and implementation. I also identify books (print and online) to add to our collection. I track usage of our collection and monitor whether it’s meeting the needs of students and faculty. Fortunately I have wonderful colleagues who handle a lot of the essential, day-to-day acquisitions and cataloging work which makes my job easier and, more importantly, helps our users get the information they need in a timely fashion.

When would you most likely meet or talk with me?

The folks at the Ask Us desk are extremely knowledgeable about our collection so most of the time they can help you out. However, I’m available if you if you ever have any specific questions or feedback about the library’s collection (e.g. databases, journals, books) or wish to make suggestions of resources to add. I’m tucked away up on the 8th floor of the library so you may never meet me, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not here to help.

What do you like about working in the library?

I really like that most days aren’t the same (ok, sometimes that frustrating). I enjoy working with colleagues who are passionate about facilitating access to data and helping people find the information they need. I’ve been here for five months and it’s been great seeing how our library is working to position our services, resources and space for the future.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Currently, I’m trying to find ways to safely cross streets in Omaha.