LITS Annual Report: About Us

The LITS Leadership Team is comprised of leaders from Business and Administration, the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, Emory Healthcare Information Services, Emory Libraries, Enterprise Applications, Services, and Infrastructure, Enterprise Security, IT Architecture, and University IT Services and Research Solutions. Under the leadership of Enterprise Chief Information Officer and Sr. Vice Provost of Library Services & Digital Scholarship Rich Mendola, LITS focuses on innovation, efficiency and developing synergies and partnerships across the institution, seeking to add as much value as possible to the pursuit of Emory's mission.

Business and Administration

John Connerat

John Connerat
Chief Business Officer

The LITS Business and Administration division provides financial management, HR support, contract management, and administrative services for all divisions of the Library & Information Technology Services (LITS) such as EASI, UIT, the Chief Information Security Officer, the Chief Information Architect, and the Office of the Vice President and CIO. The division encompasses the areas of financial planning and budgeting, human resources, new-employee onboarding, benefits help, facilities management, facility-related security and other operational duties.

Emory Center for Digital Scholarship

Wayne Morse

Wayne Morse
ECDS Co-Director

The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) provides consulting expertise, project coordination, and a technology-rich collaborative space for faculty, staff, and students to incorporate digital tools and methods into research, teaching, and publishing. The multidisciplinary ECDS staff of technologists, librarians, faculty, curriculum designers, and students work with scholars at Emory and partner institutions to create innovative and sustainable models of digital scholarship and pedagogy for academic and public use.

Emory Healthcare Information Services Sheila Sanders

Sheila Sanders
Interim Deputy CIO and EHC Chief Information Officer

EHC-IS provides the guidance, input and direction in the selection, installation and support of IT solutions that meet the goals of fiscal, operational and clinical improvement for all entities of Emory Healthcare. EHC-IS is continually developing a long-term strategy for technical architecture and infrastructure. Practices are governed by established standards, policies and procedures, and continual collaboration with the business units we serve.

University Libraries Yolanda Cooper

Yolanda Cooper
University Librarian

As the intellectual commons of the university, the Emory Libraries offer resources and programs that promote interdisciplinary scholarship and academic excellence; dis­tinctive collections that attract outstanding students, faculty, and staff; technology-rich spaces and digital tools that enable new forms of scholarship; public programs and exhibitions that help connect Emory with its larger community; and the preservation of rare materials. The libraries include the Robert W. Woodruff Library, the Goizueta Business Library, the Marian K. Heilbrun Music & Media Library, the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) Library, and the Oxford College Library.

Enterprise Applications, Services, and Infrastructure John Ellis

John Ellis
Deputy Chief Information Officer

LITS Enterprise Applications, Services, & Infrastructure provides enterprise services to Emory University and Emory Healthcare, including administrative applications (PeopleSoft), email and calendaring (Exchange / Office 365), support services with a 24-hour Service Desk, endpoint computing support for select units, classroom technology support for approximately 300 classrooms and spaces, telephone, wireless and wired networking, paging, cable television, and radio and video services. Enterprise Applications, Services, & Infrastructure is organized into the following four groups: Enterprise Applications, Customer Services, Network Services, and Infrastructure.

Enterprise Security Brad Sanford

Brad Sanford
Chief Information Security Officer

The Library & Information Technology Services (LITS) Information Security department supports the central missions of Emory University and Emory Healthcare by helping to assure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Emory's information and information systems. The LITS Information Security Department helps facilitate and coordinate information security activities primarily within the areas of security policy and strategy, security awareness, security architecture, IT risk management and regulatory compliance, threat and vulnerability management, data protection, and computer security incident and data breach response.

IT Architecture

Steve Wheat

Steve Wheat
Chief IT Architect

The role of the Chief Information Technology Architect is to coordinate and lead information technology architecture initiatives across Emory University and Emory in emerging areas with recent focus on application integration, application development, mobile technologies, and cloud computing. The Chief IT Architect and IT Architecture Group work with units across the Emory enterprise as well as Emory's application vendors and partners to maintain a list of IT architecture standards and guidelines in use at Emory. Where standards do not exist, the team works with appropriate units to identify the current practices and target new standards and guidelines for the future. The IT Architecture Group works closely with groups spearheading new technology and standards to help operationalize and document new technology and practices in their initial phases of adoption.

University IT Services and Research Solutions

Marc Overcash

Marc Overcash
Deputy Chief Information Officer

UIT supports researchers and the academic health sciences through the design and adoption of information technology solutions. These solutions and platforms are designed, when appropriate, to comply with the unique federal regulations, such as HIPAA, and research technology and data standards, such as HL7. Our products/services help researchers collect and manage data, collaborate with peers, manage study information, manage research laboratory and specimen data, discover research resources, and analyze significant volumes of data through high performance computing. We also provide consulting services with cluster design and operations, database design and management, and through our program management office (Project management, business analysts and product management) and middleware group (DBAs, hosting, ITSMO, and IDM).

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