It is time to bid farewell to Kathleen Fox as she concludes her two-year Garfield Residency in Science Librarianship. The residency was established by the late Eugene Garfield, founder of the Institute for Scientific Information and pioneer of bibliometrics and scientometrics, and its purpose has been to provide an early career librarian with practical experience and preparation for a permanent position in science librarianship, encouraging applicants from underrepresented groups.
Kathleen starting working at Penn Libraries in September 2018. She came to the residency with broad experience working in libraries since her undergraduate days. Her latest post before Penn was as a health sciences librarian in a teaching hospital. You can read more about her background and her first few months’ experience at Penn Libraries here.
Kathleen Fox’s achievements during her residency were numerous and impactful. Here are some highlights:
- Becoming a valued member of the Systematic Reviews team, working on a variety of projects. Of particular note she co-authored a systematic review published in Sleep Medicine Reviews.
- Served as director of the Penn Libraries’ intern meetings.
- Organized Penn Libraries’ Group on Library Diversity outreach events.
- Pursued professional development opportunities such as the Penn Libraries Teaching Institute, locally, while at the national level she attended the Critical Appraisal Institute for Librarians, the Systematic Review Workshop at the Becker Medical Library, and the Medical Library Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting.
- Created original bibliometrics reports for recruiting a diverse pool of candidates for two Chair positions at Penn Medicine as well as for support of Penn Medicine’s global outreach.
- Taught classes in Penn’s Critical Writing Program and in the Penn Summer Chemistry Research Academy, and developed and delivered well-received original workshops on Scholarly Communications, Systematic Reviews, Research Impact, and Research Identifiers.
- Presented at the national level at an American Thyroid Association lecture; and at the NIH Library’s 2020 Bibliometrics and Research Assessment Symposium (forthcoming).
All in all, Kathleen has become a well-rounded and expert health sciences librarian, the goal of the residency program. She’s become experienced in dealing with a variety of users, from undergraduate students all the way to leaders in Penn Medicine’s health system. She’s been a great team player, always quick to lend an expert hand to her colleagues, and looking to make meaningful contributions to the work of Penn Libraries. All the staff that worked closely with her at Penn Libraries will miss her dearly and wish her all the the best in her professional career and as a leader in the profession. Cheers to Kathleen!