Name: Louisa Choy
Job title: Digital Services Librarian
Location in Library: 3rd Floor
Tell us what you do in 50 words or less: I manage, troubleshoot, and evaluate the web applications and services that the library staff and patrons use. This includes the library’s website, databases, e-journals, and subject guides. If you have a question or suggestion about any of them or have trouble accessing them, I’m your go-to person.
Choose one service that your department provides that you most want the Wheelock community to be aware of: This would be the subject guides. There are guides for over 50 courses and subjects and each one compiles a list of useful databases and websites for that subject. It is a great starting point for your research, especially when you have too many things going on to dive into your research cold.
What is a typical work day like for you? I’m not exactly sure what the “typical” day is like for me. In general terms, my day is often split between completing project-based tasks and troubleshooting any technical problems with our web services that crop up during the day.
What is your favorite website? I often visit Hyperbole and a Half for fun times. This is a blog of sorts filled with the musings, situational anecdotes, and childhood memories of its creator, Allie Brosh. She hasn’t posted in some time, but I enjoy reading through the posts again when I need a bit of humor. Each post is illustrated with hilarious drawings done on MS Paint. Some of my favorite posts include The Alot is Better Than You at Everything and How a Fish Almost Destroyed My Childhood.
What is your favorite book in the Wheelock Library collection? Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. It is a delightful coming-of-age story about a plucky orphan girl whose vivid imagination, big heart, and funny adventures frustrate, yet enchant all those around her. I have read it several times, and it gets better with each read.
When I’m not at work, you can find me…at home, watching television, reading, or just dancing by myself in my room. I used to dance in my apartment elevator too, but I’ve moved since then, and I’ve also noticed more elevators have installed security cameras in them nowadays. When I’m not at work or at home, I’m usually around the Allston-Brighton area enjoying board game nights and pigging out with my friends.