Kathleen Fox, Clinical Informationist, WHSCL

Kathleen Fox is the newest clinical informationist in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library. She was the Eugene Garfield Resident in Science Libraries at the University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Library from 2018 until coming to Emory. Kathleen also spent more than two years as a medical librarian at New York Health and Hospitals/Elmhurst in Queens, NY.

Born in Queens, Kathleen earned an anthropology degree from SUNY at New Paltz and her Master of Library Science degree from CUNY at Queens College.

Prior to COVID, Kathleen loved to attend live music. The best concert she’s ever been to was Group Therapy 250 at the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington, headlined by Above and Beyond. During the pandemic, Kathleen has enjoyed cooking, especially a Filipino/Italian fusion. “It’s a mixture of international tastes,” she said.

“I am excited to be embedded at the Grady and Midtown Hospitals,” said Kathleen, “As well as getting to know the team better, and enjoying life in Atlanta.”

You can reach her at kathleen [dot] fox [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Vishal Patel, Associate Director/Solutions Architect, Application Development and API Services

Vishal (vi-SHALL) Patel is the new associate director/solutions architect of Application Development and API Services, reporting to Tom Sedlack. He will be working with Tom on Salesforce (a customer relationship management CRM platform), and one of the first projects that he will be engaged in will be NETEC (a collaboration with the Nebraska Medical Center and Emory).

Prior to coming to Emory, Vishal was director of product development for 13 years at Brillio (formerly Comity Designs). He also performed other consulting in the areas of .NET, Java, SharePoint. Vishal started work on Salesforce in 2008, when he visited client sites to understand their requirements, provide custom solutions, once engaged would work as an architect and program manager to lead his on-shore and off-shore team members.  “We would guide the customers on how to become independent service vendors (ISV Partner) and help them implement their product on AppExchange,” said Vishal.

Originally from Anand, Gujarat, India, Vishal moved to the UK at age 15. He attended Queen Elizabeth Boys School and received a bachelor of science degree with major in software engineering from the University of Hertfordshire. He is a certified application and systems architect for Salesforce.

Vishal plays tennis, hikes, and enjoys travel, having visited Kenya, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and he even co-oped in Switzerland for a year. His wife is from Philadelphia and they love Atlanta. The couple have two children, a son who is studying at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), and a daughter who is studying computer science at UGA.

“It is completely different,” said Vishal about his new position at Emory. “I wanted to get away from consulting and be in an industry where I can thrive.”

You can reach Vishal at vishal [dot] patel3 [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)

  • November 20Seminar with WHSCL: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Link
  • December 8 Virtual Professional Development Forum: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm, Zoom link
  • December 8InfoForum: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Zoom link
  • December 10Fox Center Seminar: “Reconstruction Activism,” 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Link
  • December 16LEAF Coffee Hour: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Link TBD
  • December 17IT Briefing: 10:15 am – 12:00 pm, Zoom link
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Building community and moving through a pandemic in the Emory Student Center

Ben Perlman, director of the Emory Student Center (ESC) operations and events, recently presented at the November InfoForum, where he talked about the successes and challenges of opening a facility right before a global pandemic.

Before the pandemic, the new facility was on track for 10,000 meetings and events. They also received the highest satisfaction scores for dining in the 13-year history of the survey. He also praised the Emory Libraries digital signage team for including the ESC in the early discussions for digital signage and received over 100 digital sign requests in just the first semester of operation with the new signs. The student center has enjoyed positive feedback on the move to 24×7 access.

In terms of peer recognition, the ESC received a slew of awards, including:

  • LEED Platinum certification – Emory’s first facility to receive this designation
  • Association of College Unions International’s 2020 Facility Design Award – Large Construction category
  • Platinum Building team Award 2020 – Building Design + Construction Magazine
  • Best Higher Education/Research Project 2020 – Engineering News Record Southeast
  • Architectural and Interior Design Citation of Excellence – Learning By Design Magazine

Said Ben, “The LEED award is a real testament to Emory’s commitment to sustainability and the teamwork between so many divisions in the University that made it happen.”

Once the pandemic came to Atlanta, Ben and his team were faced with the significant challenge of operation a building that by design is open and usable during a time when access must be locked down. Access, office space for staff, dining and cleaning were all significant hurdles. One major success was the purchase of furniture for outdoor dining that enabled the space to safely stay open, in a limited capacity, for the students.

“Being the only game in town [for food service on campus] meant that we had to pay close attention to social distancing 24×7,” said Ben. “The burden of enforcement was on our student staff, however our professional staff also helped, and we even got assistance from coaches from our athletic teams during meal periods.”

Added Ben, “As a leader, I want my people to feel safe and supported but I also want my students to feel safe and supported as well. Sometimes this causes conflict so it’s a constant challenge to balance the two.”

If you would like to hear Ben’s full presentation, as well as terrific presentations from Dana Bryant regarding Canvas and senior Vice President Josh Newton regarding Advancement and Alumni Engagement, you can watch the rebroadcast of the InfoForum HERE.

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JWJI Public Dialogues in Race & Difference presents “Elections 2020: What Happened and Why”

The James Weldon Johnson Institute, in partnership with the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, will present the fall installment of the JWJI Public Dialogues in Race & Difference Series. The panelist talk, Elections 2020: What Happened and Why, will discuss the post-election results.

The event will feature educators from Duke, Cal-Riverside, Princeton, and our own Bernard Fraga from Emory University. Andra Gillespie will be the moderator.

This free event will take place on Thursday, November 19 at 6 pm via Zoom and registration is required. Please register HERE.  

We hope you can attend!

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LEAF virtual coffee set for November 17

Join the Library Employee Advocacy Forum (LEAF) for Virtual Coffee on Tuesday, November 17 from 11 am – Noon (new time).

There will be LEAF updates on current initiatives and social time. So, tune in for a mid-afternoon break whether for fifteen minutes, half an hour, or the full hour.

Zoom Link: https://emory.zoom.us/j/95148365938?pwd=Vko1ZmVoWnhZUGpXZlE0WmJiMUZoQT09

To submit feedback, comments, concerns, or questions, visit our LEAF Feedback form: http://bit.ly/LEAF-form.

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Upcoming FSAP Programs

The Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) announces the following upcoming programs.

  • Wednesday, November 18, 4:00pm-5:00pm – Rethinking Drinking & Other Substance Use During the Pandemic – Are you or a loved one drinking more during COVID-19?  You/they are not alone. Recent statistics show increased use of alcohol and other drugs, which has been attributed to escalated anxiety and stress, boredom, social isolation, grief, depression, uncertainty and other challenges.  Join this virtual session to learn about patterns and signs of problematic substance use, as well as alternative strategies for healthy coping during the holidays, the pandemic and beyond. The first step to change is self-awareness! Registration is not required.
  • Thursday, November 19, Noon-1:00pm Single Mingle: A Virtual Thanksgiving Progressive “Dinner”Holidays may be challenging for employees who live alone during COVID.  Join us for a virtual progressive “dinner” and we’ll serve up some nourishing opportunities to connect via smaller breakout rooms for “drinks,” “appetizers,” “dinner” and “dessert.”  About 20 employees joined the first Single Mingle and we hope to double participation this month. Register here and a Zoom link will be provided.
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