Crisis and Creativity event celebrates Emory Libraries efforts during the pandemic

Emory Libraries recently held a virtual event for library friends and donors called, “Crisis and Creativity: Stories of Ingenuity from the Emory Libraries.”  The purpose of the event was to share stories of innovation and resilience from Emory Libraries’ staff responses to the pandemic, the remote work and learning environment, and the racial injustices we have seen in the last several months.

Sponsored by Advancement and Alumni Engagement and hosted by Dean Yolanda Cooper, the event featured presentations from a variety of speakers and included video demos and a short film by the DEI Committee.

“Our libraries’ staff began working from home and finding creative ways to convert in-person services, events, end exhibits to a virtual environment,” said Yolanda. “In addition to the stresses of the pandemic, we have seen numerous cases of racial injustice and our staff response has been moving and inspirational. I am very proud of my library colleagues.”

If you want to see the event in its entirety, click this link: https://youtu.be/Ypuvsfh8ZPg.

Special thanks go to the presenters and Maya Cody and Ayana Bohannon for coordinating such a terrific virtual event.

If you would like more information about Advancement and Alumni Engagement at Emory, please go to our website at http://giving.emory.edu/ or email me at ehoreni [at] emory [dot] edu.

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LITS selected to test required cybersecurity training

LITS Security has created a security awareness training module that will soon be required for all University staff and new employees. The course was created to ensure that all Emory University employees receive a baseline set of security training. We are asking that LITS employees take the training first as part of our testing plan and provide any feedback about mistakes that you may see, problems scoring the exam, etc. At this point we are not primarily looking for feedback about the content itself, though if you see something you think would be a good future enhancement, please let us know for future consideration. You can send feedback to security-training-feedback [at] emory [dot] onmicrosoft [dot] com.

The course will be available starting Tuesday, October 20. We would appreciate all feedback be completed by Monday, November 2. The course takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

You may access the course by doing the following:

  1. Go to https://elmprod9.emory.edu/
  2. Click on the “My Learning” tile.
  3. You should see a course titled “Emory Cybersecurity Awareness Training”
  4. Click the “Launch” button to open the course summary page.
  5. Click the “Launch” button again on the summary page to launch the course.

You can also expect to receive an automated email inviting you to take the course in the near future. There are exam questions spread throughout the course. In order for the course to be marked as complete, you must answer all of the exam questions correctly. Thank you for your time and feedback!

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Lift Every Voice to sponsor panel

On October 20 at noon, the Lift Every Voice Seminar Series is sponsoring a public discussion panel entitled, “Defining the Black Reconstruction Archive.” According to the press release, “Defining the Black Reconstruction Archive” is the first of three panels that will explore the history and significance of Reconstruction. Panelists will highlight how African American archives and Black print culture illuminate the African American experience and shape the stories that are told. They will discuss topics such as using archival collections in their research and African American patriotism and activism. The program will last an hour, with the final 15 minutes reserved for questions.

You can read the full press release here: http://news.emory.edu/stories/2020/10/er_reconstruction_panel/campus.html.

Attendees can register here to receive a link to the online event.

The Lift Every Voice Seminar Series is part of the Lifting Every Voice Tribute Series in honor of Pellom McDaniels III, former curator of African American collections in the Rose Library. This event is open to the public.

For more information about Lifting Every Voice and other related events, please visit Lifting Every Voice: the Pellom McDaniels III 2020-2021 Tribute Series.

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LITS recent headlines and upcoming events

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Recent LITS headlines: Upcoming LITS events:

(go HERE for more information for each event)

  • October 19-25 Open Access Week: Link
  • October 20Library Day: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Link
  • October 20Lift Every Voice Seminar Series: “Defining the Black Reconstruction Archive,” 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom link
  • October 22DEI Fall Film Festival: “Good Trouble,” 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Link
  • October 23Homecoming: Emory Trivia, Hosted by Ginger Smith & Jason Lowery, 5:00 pm, Link
  • October 24Homecoming: “From the Rose Library’s LGBTQ collections: ‘Our Archives Could Be Your Life…,” Moderator, Curator Randy Gue with Photographers Jon Arge & Alli Royce Soble, 11:00 am, Link
  • October 24Homecoming: “Flash Here and There Like Falling Star: The Life and Work of Dr. Pellom McDaniels III,” Film and discussion with Jennifer Gunter King and Clint Fluker, 5:00 pm, Link
  • October 30Black and Pandemic Poetry: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Link
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2020 Virtual LEAP! recap

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The service award videos were created by Cecilia Bolich. This image references the TV show DALLAS.

The 2020 virtual LEAP! event, held on September 24, was well-received by the nearly 300 LITS employees who tuned in. Friends and colleagues offered congratulations to those honored for outstanding service to Emory. LEAP! is typically a time to celebrate the end of the academic year together, mingle with co-workers, and enjoy a nice meal but with the COVID-19 restrictions the challenge for the PATH Committee was to energize LITS within the confines of Zoom. The result was a 70-minute salute to the people that make LITS great through their years of service or significant contributions that was as far from a typical Zoom meeting as humanly possible.

The event was filled with music and videos that highlighted popular and noteworthy events from the past years when our 150-plus Service Award honorees started at Emory. Mood rings and pet rocks? Check! Music that ranged from DJ Shadow to Captain and Tennille? We had that too. Did you know this year’s LITS service stretched back to the founding of Microsoft? Now you do!

LEAP! also featured 44 recipients of the LITS Significant Contribution Award (SCA), which covered the 16 months between May 1, 2019, and September 1, 2020, as well as degree recipients during the same period. SCA winners were awarded for their efforts in teamwork and collaboration, leadership, operational excellence / exceptional service, creativity and innovation, and campus and community relations categories.

If you missed the event, you can watch the video HERE.

Our event surveys are very important in helping us develop programming for the upcoming year. Of particular interest is a section specifically about the Significant Contribution Award, as we are continually evaluating the program to make employee recognition work for everybody.

You can take the survey HERE.

For a complete listing of the honorees, you can see the LEAP! event program HERE.

Thanks again for logging on to LEAP! in such great numbers and we on the PATH committee hope to see you again at our future programming.

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The PATH Committee, plus distinguished guests Sandra Franklin and Rich Mendola.

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Nag Tippireddy, Informatics Analyst II, IT Data Management and Solutions

Nag Tippireddy (pronounced NAHG TIP-ih-red-ee) is the newest informatics analyst to join the IT Data Management and Solutions team. Prior to Emory, Nag spent four years as a data analyst in India and with Montefiore Medical Center, a hospital research organization in New York.

Born in Vijayawada, India, Nag received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Rajiv Gandhi University in Bangalore. He later earned a pair of master’s degrees in health informatics and data science from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Nag is an explorer of new places, and loves hiking and all outdoor activities. He also enjoys cooking, with his favorite being biryani. He’s very outgoing and the kind of person who likes to learn new things.

“Joining the team has been really good,” said Nag. “I like how strong the communication has been and my new teammates are very interactive and welcoming.”

You can reach him at nagarjuna [dot] reddy [dot] tippireddy [at] emory [dot] edu.

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LITS recent headlines and upcoming events

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Recent LITS headlines:

Upcoming LITS events:

(go HERE for more information for each event)

  • October 12Race and Difference Colloquium: “Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana,” 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Link
  • October 13-15Transforming Research Conference: 9:30 am – 2:00 pm, Link
  • October 13InfoForum: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Zoom link
  • October 15IT Briefing: 10:15 am – 12:00 pm, Zoom link
  • October 19-25 Open Access Week: Link
  • October 20Lift Every Voice Seminar Series: “Defining the Black Reconstruction Archive,” 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom link
  • October 22DEI Fall Film Festival: “Good Trouble,” 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Link
  • October 23Homecoming: Emory Trivia, Hosted by Ginger Smith & Jason Lowery, 5:00 pm, Link
  • October 24Homecoming: “From the Rose Library’s LGBTQ collections: ‘Our Archives Could Be Your Life…,” Moderator, Curator Randy Gue with Photographers Jon Arge & Alli Royce Soble, 11:00 am, Link
  • October 24Homecoming: “Flash Here and There Like Falling Star:  The Life and Work of Dr. Pellom McDaniels III,” Film and discussion with Jennifer Gunter King and Clint Fluker, 5:00 pm, Link
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