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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. 

Postdocs & PhD students: Join PSERT!

If you are a researcher working at Jefferson and are interested in developing your reviewing, editing, and writing skills, join the Postdoctoral Scientific Editing and Reviewing Team (PSERT). Simply complete an upcoming training to join our team!

What PSERT does
PSERT edits and reviews manuscripts (scientific papers, reviews, master thesis, reports, grants, and other scientific works).

Who can join PSERT?
All postdocs, researchers, and PhDs can join PSERT.

Invitation to Peer Editing Training
Before joining PSERT, complete the two 90-minute training sessions.

Training Sessions
Improve Content and Clarity: Thursday, August 1, 12-1:30 pm, Scott 200A
Improve Correctness: Thursday, August 8, 12-1:30 pm, Scott 200A

To RSVP, email 

To learn more about PSERT, check out this flyer.

Canvas is Coming: FAQs, Timeline, and Getting Started!

Jefferson transitions learning management systems (LMS) from Blackboard to Canvas next spring (June 2020). We know that many faculty are excited and eager to get started with Canvas now. As we begin the switch, we want to answer some questions we’ve received from faculty, provide a brief timeline of the Canvas project, and offer a few action steps you can take right away!

Canvas is intuitive for faculty and provides the best learner-centered experience for our students. Based on reviews and feedback we received from learners and faculty on both campuses during LMS testing,  we know Canvas is the best LMS for us!

Getting Started


When will Blackboard go away?
Jefferson retires Blackboard on June 30, 2020. 

Should I create my courses in Blackboard or Canvas?
We strongly recommend that newly developed courses be created in Canvas and not in Blackboard. Any course that extends beyond the June 30, 2020 retirement, must be created in Canvas. You may select between Blackboard and Canvas for courses that have previously been taught.

I’m ready to get started! Is there any training offered to faculty now?
Yes! To get started, we suggest completing the self-directed online training called “Growing with Canvas.”

Canvas created this asynchronous course with two primary goals. First, the course introduces you to Canvas as a learner to experience the platform. Second, the course showcases evidence-based course design tools and strategies available in the Canvas environment.

Please email Julie Phillips for access to the training and your personalized Canvas sandbox, where you can explore and complete Growing with Canvas tasks and assignments.

What types of resources and training guides can I utilize?
The CTL is creating a library of Canvas resources that will be available on the Canvas website ( soon.These resources include step-by-step written guides and video tutorials for the most common actions and tasks. We will post a training calendar with details on workshops, dates, and links to register to the website this summer.

What in-person trainings will be offered?
The CTL will offer three types of in-person training: scheduled workshops, Canvas Camps, and one-on-one sessions.

Early workshop titles include*:
Canvas Basics
Communicating with Canvas
Grading with Canvas
Mobile Canvas

We will hold workshops  on both the Center City and the East Falls campuses. Select workshops will be available virtually, and some workshops will be recorded. Registration for these workshops will open in mid- to late-August. *Workshop titles are subject to change*

Canvas Camps
We plan on facilitating at least four Canvas Camps in Academic Year 2019-2020 in addition to workshops. These Camps will focus on building your course in Canvas. We will offer both full and half-day options for Jeffersonians.

Dates for Canvas Camps have not yet been set. We anticipate hosting Canvas Camps in late December 2019 or early January 2020, mid to late spring 2020, and the summer of 2020. We expect to host Canvas Camp on both the Center City and the East Falls campuses.

One-on-One Sessions
The CTL will host Canvas office hours for faculty to schedule one-on-one sessions. Additionally, we are happy to attend Faculty Meetings or relevant committee meetings to present a 15-minute introduction to Canvas.

If a College, department, or program has internal adoption and/or benchmark dates they are considering, we’re happy to collaborate on a series of workshops to help the College achieve its goals in Canvas.

I can’t wait until next spring! Can I be an early adopter and make the switch to Canvas now?
We suggest early adopters complete the online Growing with Canvas course as soon as possible and schedule a follow-up consultation with a curriculum and instructional design specialist. A course(s) with lower enrollment for the fall semester makes an ideal pilot course in Canvas.


This timeline will be updated as specific events, trainings, and programs are scheduled.

Spring 2019 mid- to late-June Canvas training for faculty begins


Summer 2019 Canvas workshops, one-on-one faculty trainings, and online resources and materials become available online ( and are updated summer 2019- August 2020
Fall 2019 Canvas early adopter courses begin

Ongoing workshops and one-on-one trainings


Winter 2020 Late December/Early January: Canvas Camp

Ongoing workshops and one-on-one trainings


Spring 2020 Mid/Late Spring: Canvas Camp

Ongoing workshops and one-on-one trainings

June 2020 Blackboard retires. Canvas becomes the learning management system supported at Jefferson
August 2020 Canvas Camp

One-on-one sessions


Getting Started

Ready to dive into Canvas? Here are three things you can do right away:

  • Email Julie Phillips if you are interested in being an early adopter, wish to sign up for Canvas training now ,or would like us to come speak at your next faculty meeting.
  • Bookmark the Canvas website and check back frequently for updated training sessions, resources, and news. Follow the CTL on Twitter for additional Canvas updates.
  • Spread the word! Share your excitement with fellow faculty. We’ve got Canvas swag (buttons, pens, note pads) for those interested in helping get the word out.

JDC Quarterly Report (April – June 2019)

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) quarterly report for April – June 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.

This quarterly report includes:

  • Articles
  • CREATE Day Presentations
  • Dissertations
  • From the Archives
  • Grand Rounds and Lectures
  • House Staff Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Posters
  • JCIPE Student Hotspotting Posters
  • Journals and Newsletters
  • MPH Capstone Presentations
  • Posters
  • Sigma XI Research Day
  • What People are Saying About the Jefferson Digital Commons


Join Us for Camp EdVenture on August 2

Join us for an interactive day of exploring course design, active learning, and assessment ideas to bring back to your classroom. This will be a place to stretch your imagination, consider new and engaging techniques, and learn more about the power of technologies that support the learner experience.

When: Friday, August 2,  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Tuttleman Center, Room 209, East Falls Campus
Who: Camp EdVenture is open to any full or part-time faculty member, staff member, or graduate student at Jefferson

Camp EdVenture consists of:

      • Three 45-Minute Morning Sessions
      • Lunch + “Implementables”
      • Afternoon Technology Sessions to Support Learning

Throughout  the day, participants will:

      • apply backward design to construct or revise courses
      • embed assessment tools to quantify students’ learning outcomes
      • use a variety of pedagogical tools for engaging students in active, collaborative, authentic learning
      • employ technology tools, including Blackboard, that support the above strategies and tools

Learn more and register here!

SML: Check out the 24 new e-Books to join our virtual shelves

Summer is here, and with it comes 24 new e-books at the SML!

This month’s titles cover quite an array of topics, including competency training in health care, the stigma of drug addiction, and the role museums can play in public health! Check out the titles below, and view our complete collection here.

Atlas of Fetal Ultrasound: Normal Imaging and Malformations

Breast Imaging

Contemporary Transoral Surgery for Primary Head and Neck Cancer

Curriculum for Culturally Responsive Health Care: The Step-by-Step Guide for Cultural Competence Training

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Project

Drug discovery approaches for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders: Alzheimer’s disease

The Health Professions Educator: A Practical Guide for New and Established Faculty

Museums, Health and Well-Being

The Nurse Educator’s Guide to Assessing Learning Outcomes (4th ed.)

Pathology of Female Cancers: Precursor and Early-Stage Breast, Ovarian and Uterine Carcinomas

PET and PET/CT: A Clinical Guide

Potter’s Pathology of the Fetus and Infant: 2- Volume Set

Principles of Developmental Genetics (second edition)

Reconstructive Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity

Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Professionals (4th ed.)

The Stigma of Addiction: An Essential Guide

Strengthening Family Resilience, Third Edition

Spinal Cord Medicine

Textbook of Diabetes and Pregnancy

Uterine Cancer: Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (second edition)

Vascular Surgery: Principles and Practice

Virtual Simulation in Nursing Education

Women’s Gynecologic Health

Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Across the Lifespan

JDC adds over 1,800 historical photos of Jefferson (Center City & East Falls)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) just added about 2 million to its collection!

The JDC recently uploaded two collections of historic photographs of Jefferson, capturing moments from both the Center City and East Falls campuses. (The East Falls collection includes pictures of the former Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science.) 

A military physician in a jeep at the edge of a desert near Cairo, Egypt at Base Hospital No. 38 Creation date: 1942

The Center City collection covers a range of topics, primarily military medicine (Vietnam, WWI,WWII), students (mostly nursing and medical from the late 1890s onward), Jefferson buildings (architectural drawings, aerial views, and construction photographs), and faculty portraits and photographs. These photos were previously only accessible via the PHDIL database. Check out the complete Center City collection here.

Cheerleaders from the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science
Creation Date: 1964

The East Falls collection includes yearbook photos from the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science and offers a glimpse into life at the school between the 1920s – 80s. Highlights include photos of the 1925 men’s basketball team, a swanky 1950s holiday dance, and a 1980s homecoming queen. View the East Falls collection here. Check back frequently, as this collection continues to grow!


Emergency Room, Jefferson Medical College Hospital
Creation Date: 1979




Freshmen Fabric Design Students of the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science
Creation Date: 1975

Nurses in the recreation room at the Martin Nurses’ Residence
Creation Date: 1959

The Jefferson Digital Commons is a service of Thomas Jefferson University’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The Commons is a showcase for Jefferson books and journals, peer-reviewed scholarly publications, unique historical collections from the University Archives, and teaching tools. 

Pivot adds options calendar and download options

Pivot, a database of current funding opportunities, now offers two new features to manage results once logged into your account. You can download them in standard formats: HTML, Excel, ASCII, or tagged text. And you can display them on a calendar, either within Pivot, downloading them as static entries for your calendar, or as a dynamic subscription in your calendar that will reflect updated or new opportunities. Access Pivot via Scott Library or Gutman Library. To get the most out of Pivot, request a consultation with a librarian at Scott or Gutman.

Research smarter with EndNote, a citation management tool

Leave behind the tedious work of formatting bibliographies, finding full text, and searching for references with EndNote! 

EndNote is a reference management software that gives you back time to do what matters most – research and publish your work. With EndNote, you can save references from databases and websites, organize sources with tags and folders, and create in-text citations and bibliographies within Microsoft Word. The tool provides the option to share references with colleagues.

To install and start using EndNote, download the software and visit the library guide for tips. EndNote joins Jefferson’s other citation management options, F1000Workspace and RefWorks.

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

Scott News: Check out the 18 e-Books to join our collection this April

From culturally competent nursing care to common skin disorders in adults and legal aspects of health care management, our selection of new e-Books covers a range of topics and there’s something for everyone! Read the list of new titles below and check out the complete catalog here.

Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Review Manual (3rd ed.)

Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy Guidelines and Recommendations for Practice

Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Nursing (8th ed.)

Curbside Consultation in Retina: 49 Clinical Questions (2nd ed.)

Delivering Culturally Competent Nursing Care: Working with Diverse and Vulnerable Populations (2nd ed.)

Drug-Induced Diseases: Prevention, Detection and Management

Emery and Rimoin’s Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics and Genomics: Foundations (7th ed.)

Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology (8th ed.)

Essentials of Health Behavior: Social and Behavioral Theory in Public Health (3rd ed.)

Ethics and Health Care

Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM (5th ed.)

Goodheart’s Photoguide to Common Pediatric and Adult Skin Disorders (4th ed.)

Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care: Your Patients Are Waiting

Legal and Ethical Issues for Health Professionals (5th ed.)

Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration (13th ed.)

Mosby’s Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference (14th ed.)

The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine

Understanding Nutrition (15th ed.)