Category Archives: Researchers

14,000+ pages of early medical education records added to the JDC!

Drawings from John Hill Brinton’s 1852 thesis

Over 14,000 pages from 1,358 unique medical works from the early to mid-1800s have joined the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC), thanks to a CLIR grant awarded to Jefferson and six collaborating institutions last winter.

The collection of records provides a comprehensive look at the history of medical education in Philadelphia through the end of the Civil War. It offers a glimpse of the voices of medical greats ­such as Thomas Mütter, Samuel Gross, and George McClellan, as well as the often unheard voices of students. Records include class notes and dissertations, matriculation records, commencement addresses, faculty lecture notes and more.

To view the materials in the JDC:

1) Search using terms “FTHNN” and/or “CLIR” to browse materials specific to the CLIR project. Browse all CLIR materials here.

Page from Stephen A. Garrison’s 1827 student notebook 

2) Find all materials from the grant in these collections*:

An 1843 ticket for Thomas Mutter’s surgery lectures

Learn more about the CLIR grant and the impact of these materials here.  

We’ve got a new name: The Academic Commons

New name, same expert and reliable support!

As of today, November 21, the Center for Teaching and Learning will now be called The Academic Commons (AC). We may have a new name, but don’t worry, our services and staff are not changing.

The Academic Commons (AC) is Jefferson’s reimagined infrastructure supporting the life cycle of academic discovery and learning.

What We Do

We provide educational technologies and instructional design support to deliver academic content in engaging ways to students. We offer support for the LabArchives electronic research notebook used by all research labs across Jefferson and support for the publication of Jefferson’s research through our Media Services and the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communications.  We organize and provide access to published information and resources through the University Libraries, preserve Jefferson-related materials in the Jefferson Digital Commons and the Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections.

Who We Are

The AC includes:

  • Jefferson University Libraries
    • Abington Dixon Library
    • Paul J. Gutman Library
      • Special Collections
        • Archives, Textile Industry Historical Collection, & Materials Library
        • Textile and Costume Collection at The Design Center
        • Senator Arlen Specter Archives
    • Scott Memorial Library
      • Thomas Jefferson University Archives & Special Collections
      • Jefferson Digital Commons
  • Educational Technology Support Team
  • Instructional Design Team
  • Media Services
    • Graphics & Medical Illustration
    • Photography
    • Video
    • AV services (for the Center City campus)
  • Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communications

Work With Us

The Academic Commons supports all Jefferson students, staff, and faculty to help you meet academic, professional, and creative goals. We can help you: develop effective teaching practices, design your best work, get published in academic journals and best communicate your message, and find appropriate resources and information for learning and scholarship.

To learn more about our services and contact us today, visit the Academic Commons website.

International Write-In Day: Wednesday, December 4

Jefferson’s first annual International Write-In on December 4, 2019, is a day-long series of events showcasing writing resources for faculty, postdocs, and students, taking place in the libraries on both the Center City and the East Falls campuses. The event also provides students with a welcoming place to come and write with the support of writing tutors, librarians, and their peers. International Write-Ins are held at colleges around the globe to celebrate writing and foster a campus writing community.

In Scott Memorial Library on the Center City campus, the event will kick off with a featured noon-time speaker, Steven J. Zullo, PhD, from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Zullo will share insights into the peer review process for research papers and grant proposals, including how to make the NIH reviewer happy. Learn more about the speaker presentation here.

Other scheduled events on the Center City campus include:

  • Citation Station: Receive help with APA & using RefWorks, F1000, EndNote, & Grammarly
  • Adobe 101: Learn about how you can download and use the Adobe Creative Cloud and its apps, including PhotoShop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro
  • DEW IT: Drop Everything & Write: Practice brainstorming & freewriting techniques
  • Film screening of “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship”
  • Show Me the Money: Information on funding sources for your research and open access publishing

Learn more about the Center City campus Write-In here. The Center City campus Write-In is sponsored by the Jefferson Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication and the Student Writing Center.

In the Paul J. Gutman Library on the East Falls campus, the event will provide a relaxed atmosphere for student writers to make progress on their end-of-semester papers, eat some holiday treats, and receive on-the-spot assistance. Teresa Edge and Daniel Verbit, two of Gutman’s fabulous librarians, will be available from 2 – 5pm for drop-in research help. Additionally, one of the Academic Success Center’s professional writing tutors, Lauren-Elise Kadel, PhD, will be circulating the room to answer writing-related questions and provide feedback. You can learn more about Dr. Kadel from her profile in the March 2018 Academic Success Center newsletter. Dr. Kadel will also facilitate a series of five-minute “ignite” talks at the beginning of each hour:

  • Thesis Statements: Learn how to write concise thesis statements that advance your argument and provide your readers with an overview of your paper
  • Rhetorical Concepts: Receive an overview of how key rhetorical concepts like genre, audience, and purpose can help you refine your writing
  • Research Writing: Develop your strategies for finding, quoting, paraphrasing, and citing sources
  • Revision Strategies: Acquire new revision techniques like reverse outlining, reading aloud, and color blocking to help you “re-see” your writing

Learn more about the East Falls campus Write-In here. The East Falls campus Write-In is sponsored by the Writing Assistance Program of the Academic Success Center and the Paul J. Gutman Library.

The Write-In on both campuses will run from noon – 8 pm. The Center City location is Scott Memorial Library, 200A, and the East Falls location is the Paul J. Gutman Library Instructional Space.

No registration needed. Drop in any time to attend an event or to get writing support. Use #intlwritein19 to connect with other writers participating in the 2019 International Write-In, which is taking place this year across the globe from December 2nd – December 12th.

Listen Now: Oral Histories of Jefferson’s East Falls Campus

Take a trip down memory lane with four recorded discussions about the beginning years of Jefferson’s East Falls campus.

Interviews were conducted by Kelsey Duinkerken, Special Collections & Digital Services Librarian, with Stan Gorski, Gutman Library Director (retired in September 2019).

Conversations delve into the history of Jefferson’s East Falls campus and its previous institutions (Philadelphia Textile School, Philadelphia Textile Institute, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, and Philadelphia University)

Conversation One: Building History of the East Falls Campus
Conversation Two: Institutional History of the East Falls Campus
Conversation Three: Library History of the East Falls Campus
Conversation Four: Special Collections History of the East Falls Campus

This selection of oral histories is part of Jefferson’s oral histories collection. Hear the complete collection, which includes interviews with the first women to graduate from Jefferson, on the Jefferson Digital Commons, the university’s institutional repository.

SciFinder: New Chemistry Resource at Gutman Library

SciFinder, a chemistry database from the Chemical Abstract Service, has come to Gutman!

SciFinder is a research discovery application from the Chemical Abstracts Service that provides integrated access to references, substances, and reactions in chemistry and related sciences.

First time users:
Please register at this link and access SciFinder here.

Canvas Countdown: 231 days until Canvas launches… are you ready?

Canvas, Jefferson’s new learning management system, will replace Blackboard on June 30, 2020. That means that courses in Blackboard will retire. Are you prepared?

What does this mean for faculty?
Any course that extends beyond June 30, 2020, MUST be created in Canvas
All newly developed courses should be created in Canvas, not Blackboard

If you are interested in offering a course on Canvas for Spring 2020, email Julie Phillips with course details.

Attend a Canvas workshop and you’ll receive free swag: notepads, pens, tumblers, portable phone chargers

What can faculty do now?

  • Join Growing with Canvas, Jefferson’s self-directed online training
  • Register for an upcoming Canvas workshop
  • Sign up for a one-on-one consultation

Visit for workshops and consultations or email Julie Phillips at

Canvas Early Adopters

Fall 2019 Canvas Adopters:

8 schools*
22 courses
986 learners

If your school isn’t on Canvas yet, PLEASE contact us today to get started.

*Schools & Groups: Institute of Emerging Health Professions, College of Architecture and the Built Environment, College of Health Professions, College of Life Sciences, College of Pharmacy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce, Jefferson University Radiology Education Institute *

If you are interested in offering a course on Canvas for Spring 2020, please email Julie Phillips with course details.

Art Therapy Exhibit at Gutman Library: Now Through January

“The Art of Art Therapy Students” exhibit is on display at the Gutman Library (1st and 2nd floor), on Jefferson’s East Falls Campus, and is up through January 15, 2020.

The art was made by art therapy specialization students in the Community and Trauma Counseling Program at Jefferson. In these pieces, students explore themselves, their relationships, and their life experiences, in the service of learning how to help others use art-making in the context of psychotherapy and counseling. 

Come see the artwork and support these student artists!

Artists Featured:
Kelly Abramowitz
Shea Andrews
Kelly Clement
Bethanne Frazer
Ella Gluckman
Isabelle Hsu
Gabriela Medeiros
CTC 653-1 Class

Register Now: Qualitative Winter Institute January 6-8, 2020

Researchers, students, trainees, and members of nonprofit and government organizations are encouraged to attend Qualitative Research Methods, a course offered by Jefferson’s College of Population Health and the Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives.

At this three-day workshop, learn alternative qualitative data collection approaches, concept mapping techniques, interview and focus group best practices and more.

View the flyer to read about the expert course instructors and full details. To register, visit Eventbrite.

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 celebrated Open Access throughout October, with events, documentary screenings, games and more. We hope you enjoyed it! Make sure to follow us on Twitter (@GutmanLibrary, @SMLibrary_TJU) and tell us why you support Open Access using the hashtag #openaccess2019.

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.

Canvas Workshops for East Falls Faculty

Canvas, Jefferson’s new learning management system, is coming! Canvas will replace Blackboard in June 2020. To help you prepare for the switch, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is hosting workshops and one-on-one Canvas consultations.


Workshop titles include Canvas Basics, Mobile Canvas, Grading in Canvas, Communicating with Canvas, and Advanced Canvas. View the complete Canvas workshops schedule for East Falls and sign up here. 

Upcoming Workshops: 
Canvas Basics
Thursday, October 3
11-12:30 pm, Kanbar 300

Communicating with Canvas
Thursday, October 3
4:30-5:30pm, Kanbar 306

Grading with Canvas
Tuesday, November 12
11-12pm, Kanbar 306

View more dates and register here.

Visit Jefferson’s Canvas website ( for additional resources and information.

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!