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Scott Memorial Library’s 125th Anniversary: Hot Cider & Donuts on 10/25!

Join us on Friday, October 25, as we celebrate the SML’s 125th anniversary!

Hot Cider & Donuts to Celebrate the SML!
Friday, October 25, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
2nd Floor | SML

We’ll celebrate the library’s birthday with a hot cider & donuts event and Gallery Wall reveal on the second floor of the library from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Chat with Jefferson archivists and historians to learn more about the history of the library and university. See you there!

JDC Quarterly Report (July – September 2019)

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) quarterly report for July – September 2019 is now available. Check out the full report to see a list of what was added and what people are saying about the JDC.

Inside this report, you’ll find:

  • Articles
  • Conferences
  • From the Archives
  • Grand Rounds and Lectures
  • Journals and Newsletters
  • Master of Population Health Capstone Presentations
  • Master of Public Health Capstone Presentations
  • Posters
  • What People Are Saying About the Jefferson Digital Commons

Check it out here!

Open Access Week 2019: Events, Screenings, Games, and Prizes!

October 21 – 27, 2019 marks Open Access Week, a global event where advocates engage communities to teach them about the benefits of Open Access. What is Open Access? According to SPARC, Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.

Here at Jefferson, we’ll celebrate Open Access throughout October, with events, documentary screenings, games and more. Get involved by attending an event on your campus and join the conversation online. Follow us on Twitter (@GutmanLibrary, @SMLibrary_TJU) and tell us why you support Open Access using the hashtag #openaccess2019.

Center City Events

Predatory Publishing: The Difficulties of Choosing the Right Journal for Your Research & Career
Thursday, October 3, 12-1 pm
Edison Building
130 S. 9th Street, 14th Floor, Room 1402

At the Dean’s Research Development Lunch Conference, Larissa Gordon, MS, Med, MA; Scholarly Communications Librarian and Jennifer Wilson, MS, ELS; Medical Writer will lead a presentation titled, “Predatory Publishing: The Difficulties of Choosing the Right Journal for your Research and Career.”

Open Access Table: Play the Open Access Game!
Friday, October 18, 12-2 pm
Bluemle Lobby
233 S. 10th Street
Play the Game of Open Access to learn about author copyright, ORCID IDs, the NIH Open Access Mandate, Jefferson’s Open Access Publishing Fund, and more.

Open Access Publishing Roundtable
Monday, October 21, 1:30-2:30 pm
Scott Memorial Library, 200A

After attending this roundtable, you’ll be able to answer these open access questions: “What is it? Why should I care? How can the Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund help me publish my work?”

Open Access Table: Play the Open Access Game!
Thursday, October 23, 11 am-1 pm
JAH Lobby
1020 Locust Street

Play the Game of Open Access to learn about author copyright, ORCID IDs, the NIH Open Access Mandate, Jefferson’s Open Access Publishing Fund, and more.

East Falls Events

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship Documentary Screening & Discussion
Tuesday, October 22, 12:40 – 2:30 pm
Library Media Classroom, Gutman Library

Jefferson University Libraries and the Philadelphia University Honors Institute invite you to a viewing of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. The film questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into the for-profit academic publisher and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies.  A panel discussion of Jeffersonians involved with open access will follow.

25 E-Books Join the SML Collection in September

This month, we added 25 titles to our e-Book collection. The additions cover topics ranging from nutrition and global health to traumatic brain injury and nervous system disorders. View the titles below, and check out the complete collection here.

AM: STARs LGBTQ Youth: Enhancing Care for Gender and Sexual Minorities: Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews

An Introduction to Pain and Its Relation to Nervous System Disorders

Atlas of Common Pain Syndromes

Atlas of Image-Guided Spinal Procedures

Cancer Nanotechnology: Principles and Applications in Radiation Oncology

Cerebrospinal Fluid in Neurologic Disorders

Challenging Neuropathic Pain Syndromes: Evaluation and Evidence-Based Treatment

Complications in Neuroanesthesia

Discovering Nutrition

Easy EMG E-Book: A Guide to Performing Nerve Conduction Studies and Electromyography

Endocrine and Metabolic Medical Emergencies: A Clinician’s Guide

Essentials of Global Health

Evidence-Based Public Health

Fundamental Neuroscience for Basic and Clinical Applications

Hand Trauma: Illustrated Surgical Guide of Core Procedures

Handbook of Geriatric Assessment

Hypertension and Stroke: Pathophysiology and Management

Introduction to Global Health

Liu, Volpe, and Galetta’s Neuro-Ophthalmology E-Book: Diagnosis and Management

Movement Disorders in Childhood

Nerves and Nerve Injuries: Vol 1: History, Embryology, Anatomy, Imaging, and Diagnostics

Nerves and Nerve Injuries: Vol 2: Pain, Treatment, Injury, Disease and Future Directions

Non-Parkinsonian Movement Disorders

Traumatic Brain Injury, Part I

Traumatic Brain Injury, Part II

Announcing an Updated “Predatory Publishing” Library Guide

Amidst recent legal action taken against predatory publishers, the Scott Memorial Library has updated its Predatory Publishing Guide.

In the Spring of 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it won a $50 million court judgment against one of the largest predatory publishing companies currently operating. The award amount was cited as being equal to the profit the predatory publisher had netted from its victims between 2011 and 20171. Yet this one court victory will unfortunately not solve a problem which has become pervasive in academic publishing over recent years.

The author of a recent article (published in the Journal of Human Lactation in July), on avoiding predatory journals nevertheless advised authors to “not be dismayed,” noting that “predatory publishers and journals know their audience and understand how to manipulate them.” The author goes on to note that “recognizing predatory journals and the consequences of publishing in them is crucial for evidence-based practice, education, and personal growth…The importance of verifying legitimate journals… cannot be overemphasized.”2

With that in mind, the SML updated its Predatory Publishing Guide and plans to offer workshops soon to help authors learn how to recognize predatory publishers and make informed decisions about which journals they choose to publish their work in.

Authors who have questions about the legitimacy of individual journals can email Larissa Gordon, the library’s Scholarly Communications Librarian, for a personal consultation before submitting an article for to a journal for review.

Library Guide:




Fall Writing Retreat: Sign Up Now

Devote a day to writing at our Fall Writing Retreat, hosted by the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC). The retreat will provide you with protected time to write in a comfortable, supportive environment. Writing consultants will be on hand to give feedback or guidance if you need them. Register here.

Date and location: Saturday, October 12, from 8 am – 5 pm in Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A. 

Questions: Contact Jen Wilson (503-0441, or Pam Walter (503-2828

Register here!

Check out other workshops and events hosted by the OPWPC here.

This event is sponsored by the Jefferson Center for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication.

Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund is Back: Apply Now!

Did you know that Jefferson can help cover the cost of getting published?

The Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund provides financial support to faculty, students, and staff who wish to publish in Open Access (OA) journals. Financial support primarily covers Article Processing Charges.

Jefferson will provide up to $2,500 per article, and the amount provided is based on the number of contributing Jefferson authors.

Funds are provided on a first-come, first-approved basis so hurry and apply today!

Learn more about the Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund and apply here. Check out a list of last year’s funded projects here.

Saying Goodbye to a Library Legend: Stan Gorski Retires

This post originally appeared on Jefferson’s Facebook. Follow @jeffersonuniv on social media or visit for more university news.

Stan Gorski, director of the Paul J. Gutman Library on the East Falls Campus, retires this week after 37 years with the university! Read below for a Q&A with Stan where he looks back at his career and what lies ahead:

How has your job at the University changed over the years?
I started as a part-time evening librarian in the old Pastore Library in the early ’80s. Around the same time, I organized and developed the rare book collection and school archives. This became my main role until the late ’80s when I was hired as a full-time librarian in charge of interlibrary loan and reference. However, as my responsibilities changed over the years, I was always involved with special collections. I acted as interim director on three occasions and became associate director in 2010. With the retirement of Karen Albert in 2016, I was made director of the library.

What have been some of your favorite University moments or projects?
In the planning for the new Gutman library in the late ’80s, all the librarians were included in designing the interior space. Brainstorming the future needs of students in a new building was a fulfilling experience. I also was part of the team that planned and coordinated the development of the “Single Bullet” exhibition highlighting Arlen Specter’s role in the Warren Commission. By bringing together students, faculty, librarians and outside experts, it was a true collaborative learning experience.

What’s something people would be surprised to find out about you?
I’m an avid reader of science fiction and mysteries. I also collect science fiction first editions and sell at regional rare book fairs. I always have been interested in art, and in the ’70s, I studied at the Barnes Institute under Violette de Mazia.

What’s the first thing you will do in retirement?
My daughter asked me and my wife to come to Chicago and help with the preparations for the christening of my first grandchild.

Congratulations, Stan and thank you for all you have done! Enjoy retirement! 

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition Coming in October

Faculty, if you require your students to follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th edition style, prepare for the 7th edition. It won’t be published until October so don’t expect to require it until at least next term. However, you can review the “what’s new” section of the introduction now and consider allowing 7th edition changes like single spaces after periods and singular use of the pronoun they.

Meet Janice: Access Manager for the Circulation Desk at the SML

If you need help finding something at the Scott Memorial Library (SML), asking Janice Reid-Clarke is the best place to start. Janice has worked at the SML for 17 years, and in the role of Access Manager for the Circulation Area, she knows just about everything going on at the library. Chances are, if you’ve got a question, she can answer it.

We sat down with Janice to learn about why she’s continued to work at the library for 17 years, what she loves about her job, and where you can find her when she’s not behind the circulation desk.

Q: How long have you worked at Jefferson?
I have been here since 2002, so I’ve worked at Jefferson for 17 years. I’ve worked in the Scott Memorial Library since I started.

Q: Seventeen years is a long time! What is your favorite thing about working in the library?

Working in the library is a very fulfilling job for me. I always wanted to work in an academic setting, so when the opportunity arose I gladly accepted it. I get to meet library patrons from such different backgrounds and walks of life, which is really rewarding.

I’m outgoing, so what I love about my job is that I get to listen to people’s problems and concerns and try to solve them. I want everyone’s experience at the library to be positive so it really makes my day when I can help out a patron.

Q: What can library patrons come to you about?

If students need helping finding articles or books, I can help with that. I can answer their basic reference questions. If a student has a reference question that is more in-depth, I’ll connect them with a librarian, but I’m usually the first place to start.

Q: There are so many resources available to students here at the library. Do you have any tips or suggestions for how students can best take advantage of everything at their fingertips?
Students take advantage of the resources we offer here, which is great to see. One thing that students don’t always know is that they can reserve a room in advance. So, if a student knows they want to come in later that day and will need a group study room or a quiet space, they should reserve it ahead of time on our website.

Q: Where can patrons find you in the library?
I’m on the second floor of the library, behind the circulation desk.

Q: When not on the second floor of the library, where is your favorite place on campus to hang out?

I like to go to the café here in the library. It’s on the first floor. I find it really peaceful – it’s my relaxing place. If you can’t find me on the second floor, that’s often where I am!

Q: We work in a library, so you know we’re going to ask. What’s your favorite book or genre of books?

I love mystery, fiction, and fantasy genres. Some of my favorite authors are Danielle Steel and Nicholas Sparks. What’s great about working in the library is I can just peruse the shelves here and take out something that I find interesting.

Q: Any books on your reading list?
I really want to read Becoming by Michelle Obama and Where the Crawdads Sing. I keep hearing great things about that one.

AccessEmergency Medicine is here!

Get e-Books, drug info, videos, case files, and study tools, all with an emergency medicine focus. Read current emergency medicine texts, including Tintalli’s Emergency Medicine Manual, CURRENT Diagnosis & Treatment Emergency Medicine, and CURRENT Diagnosis & Treatment Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Medical students and residents, check out the study tools!  Watch videos of common procedures, study case files, and build custom multiple-choice quizzes to test yourself on a variety of emergency medicine topics.

Contact us at AskaLibrarian with questions about AccessEmergency Medicine.

Learn more about AccessEmergency Medicine and SML’s other databases here.

EndNote for Mac Users: EndNote X9.3 Coming this fall

This fall, Apple will release macOS Catalina. Prior to that launch, EndNoteX9 for macOS will be extensively updated to ensure compatibility.

EndNote X9 Users
If you are a Mac user and already have EndNote X9, please install all updates as they become available to avoid interruption of your workflow.

The new version of EndNote X9 will be called EndNote X9.3. Once you have installed X9.3, you can upgrade to macOS Catalina.

EndNote X8 Users
Since Apple decided to drop all 32-bit application support, it is expected that EndNote X8 (and earlier versions) will not run on MacOS Catalina.

If you’d prefer not to upgrade to EndNote X9, you may keep working on your current macOS. The EndNote team does not recommend upgrading to Catalina with EndNote X8 and earlier as they expect major compatibility issues.

To learn more, read EndNote’s complete article.

To install EndNote X9 and updates, download the software and visit the library guide for tips.

Contact Ask-A-Librarian with any questions about EndNote.

Check out the new Jefferson University Libraries website!

This August, Jefferson University Libraries (Paul J. Gutman Library, Scott Memorial Library, Wilmer Library) launched a new website! Check out the updated site ( to take a peek at our new look.

TIP: Bookmark your library’s homepage URL:

Gutman (
Scott (
Wilmer (

So, what’s new? More resources! Now that all three libraries are on the same website, you can access online resources from other libraries. Browse what is available on the search and check out the events and programs happening at different library locations.

On the updated Gutman and Scott homepages, you can search each library’s physical and online collections, reserve meeting space, request interlibrary loan services, chat with a librarian immediately, and request a consultation.

And don’t miss the Jefferson Libraries blog, where we’ll highlight new resources, promote upcoming events in the libraries and Design Center, and share university and library news.

We hope you enjoy the new Jefferson University Libraries website!

Q&A with Meg Leister, Access Services Supervisor at Gutman Library

Walk into Gutman Library and chances are the first thing you hear is a warm, “Hello, welcome to the library!”  Meg Leister, the friendly face behind the Circulation Desk, greets each patron with a smile, immediately jumping into action to help find what they need.

If you aren’t greeted by Meg, it’s one of the library student workers, who she hires, trains, and supports. We sat down with Meg to learn about how long she’s been at Jefferson, what motivates her to keep coming back every day, and what she thinks are the best-kept secrets about the library.

Q: How long have you been working at Jefferson?
It will be nine years this August. I’ve always worked in the Gutman Library.

Q: What is your favorite thing about working in the library?
Hands down, my favorite thing about working in the library is interacting with the students. The best is when we have student workers who work here all four years of college, they become a part of our group! It’s always sad when they graduate and leave, but it’s great to have students who come back year after year. We get to see them grow.

Q: Do you keep in touch with any of the students after graduation?
Yes! I try to keep in touch with them. Some will ask me to write job recommendations. It’s fun to see where they end up.

Q: What is the best-kept secret or resource for students here at the library that people may not know?
I think students don’t always take advantage of the fact that there is a librarian who is a liaison to their discipline and who they can contact at any time set up a one-on-one appointment. In addition to the reference support that’s available, it’s great that there is someone who really knows their area of study and can help.

Q: If you’re not at the library, where can we find you on campus?
I love going for walks on campus. I take different routes. I love walking to the tennis courts.

The campus is so beautiful to explore as the seasons’ change. I also love visiting the Design Center to see what’s there and eat outside. I like to sit and imagine the parties and fun they must have had there back in the day.

New Editions of CiteScore Metrics and Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

The new yearly editions of Scopus CiteScore and Clarivate Analytics Journal Citation Reports (JCR) are available. 

While no one metric should be given too much weight, authors considering where to submit a manuscript may want to use these sources to look into journals’ citation patterns. Researchers and students new to a field may want to look at rankings within a subject category to discover journals to read. Learn more about the JCR release and the CiteScore release. 

CiteScore metrics are freely available to the public. Jeffersonians can also find it by logging into Scopus and clicking Sources at the top of the page. 

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is available to Jeffersonians from the list of databases. 

Please contact Ask a Librarian or the CTL Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication with any questions about journal metrics.