Category Archives: Students

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.

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.

LabArchives Summer and Fall Webinars

LabArchives, the electronic research notebook, became available to Jefferson research and education communities last September. Since then, 529 users have recorded 154,887 activities in 817 notebooks. IS&T has conducted site surveys for 78 labs, and the Center for Teaching & Learning hosted 17 training sessions with 258 attendees.

Want to get started with LabArchives? Please register for an upcoming webinar:

Friday 8/9 12:00 pm EDT
Professional Edition Intro Webinar registration

Friday 8/9 1:00 pm EDT
Classroom Edition Intro Webinar registration

Friday 9/13 12:00 pm EDT
Professional Edition Intro Webinar registration

Friday 9/13 1:00 pm EDT
Classroom Edition Intro Webinar registration

Friday 10/18 12:00 pm EDT
Professional Edition Intro Webinar registration

Friday 10/18 1:00 pm EDT
Classroom Edition Intro Webinar registration

Friday 11/22 12:00 pm EDT
Professional Edition Intro Webinar registration

Friday 11/22 1:00 pm EDT
Classroom Edition Intro Webinar registration

Contact with questions or read FAQs, a message from the project team, and information on ways you can get involved.

Gutman Library: It’s Amnesty Week!

You forgot? We forgive!

It’s Amnesty Week at Gutman Library (April 29 – May 4), which means it’s your chance to return any overdue library materials without paying the fines.

Simply return your overdue materials to the Circulation Desk along with at least one non-perishable food item or personal hygiene product to donate to the Ramily Market. Items must be returned to the Circulation Desk. Items cannot be left at the Book Drop.

The Ramily Market is a free resource center stocked with food and hygiene products for Rams in need.

The Ramily Market needs the following materials:

  • Grains (packaged pasta, quinoa, rice, cereal, oatmeal)
  • Fruit (canned fruit, dried fruit, apple sauce)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Meat (canned tuna, chickpeas, beans)
  • Canned Vegetables

And personal items, including:

  • Menstrual Products
  • Soaps and Cleansers
  • Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
  • Packaged Toilet Paper and Tissues

Note: This offer does not apply to lost or damaged items borrowed from Gutman Library. This offer is only valid the week of April 29 – May 4, 2019, but includes late fee forgiveness for any materials borrowed previously to or during Amnesty Week.

To learn more about the Ramily Market, visit Jefferson Today.

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.

You’re Invited: Adobe Creative Cloud Launch (January 11)

Kick off 2019 in style with the best design tools in the world: the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Join us this Friday, January 11, as we celebrate the campus-wide launch of Adobe Creative Cloud. Hear from Adobe educator Stephen Hart as he shares mobile applications, digital storytelling tools, and best practices. Have your specific Adobe questions answered during a Q&A session.

Did we mention pizza? Yep, there’s also free pizza.

12-1 p.m.  –  Pizza lunch and Adobe introduction, Brent Auditorium
1-2:30 p.m.  –  Adobe Q&A, Room 200A, Scott Memorial Library

Registration is not required. We’ll see you on Friday!

Jefferson Goes Green: GreenFILE Now Available

GreenFILE, a database that provides research on environmental sustainability, is now accessible to all Jefferson students, faculty, and researchers. The database includes more than 880,000 records on the following subjects:

  • Global climate change
  • Pollution
  • Recycling
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable agriculture

GreenFILE includes scholarly titles and government reports detailing the human impact on the environment. Access GreenFILE here and learn more about the EBSCO database here.

Call for Submissions: Inside Out

Let your inside out! Apply now for your prose, poetry, photography, or art piece to be featured in Inside Out, Jefferson’s annual literary and arts journal.

All Jefferson students and medical residents are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. A maximum of four submissions per person is required. Submit your work here. Check out this flyer for more details. The deadline to submit is Friday, February 1, 2019.

Looking for some inspiration? Check out the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) to view previous editions of Inside Out.

Questions about the submission process? Contact Dorissa Bolinski at

Interested in joining the Inside Out student editorial committee? Contact Madeline Norris at and Kevin Tang at

Gutman News: Food Deserts, Population Density, and Quality of Life Mapping (1/29/19)

Food Deserts, Population Density, and Quality of Life Mapping
Instructors: Phil Vo and Daniel Verbit
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Gutman Library Instructional Space – East Falls Campus
Register now

PolicyMap offers easy-to-use online mapping with data on demographics, real estate, health, jobs and more in communities across the U.S. In this session, you’ll learn how to find the right data for market studies, business planning, site selection, grant applications, and impact analysis. Come and learn about this new resource.

By the end of this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Create an account and map a type of data
  • Appraise Datasets for context and relevancy
  • Identify possible use in course work
  • Experiment with data set meshing


Gutman News: Gutman Library Winter Hours (Dec 2018-January 2019)

We know finals, papers, and winter break are on your mind! Please note the Gutman Library’s winter schedule for December 2018- January 2019 below.

November 30 – December 12
Monday-Thursday:  8 – 2 a.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 pm.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.

December 13-14
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

December 15- January 1
Saturday & Sunday (12/15-12/16): CLOSED
Monday (12/17) – Thursday (12/20): 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday (12/21): 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday (12/22) – Tuesday (1/1): CLOSED

January 2- 12
Saturdays & Sundays: CLOSED
Wednesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday (1/7) & Tuesday (1/8): 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Regular hours commence on Wednesday, January 9

January 21
CLOSED for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday


The LabArchives Electronic Research Notebook is HERE at Jefferson- More sessions added!

Have you set up your electronic research notebook (ERN) yet? Has your lab converted to using ERNs yet? We can help you get started.

It’s quick! It’s easy! And, it will help you record, organize, manage, and review your research data.

The LabArchives ERN simulates the pages of a traditional lab notebook, but with easier organization and an option that permits you to determine the level of online connectivity between lab members and collaborators.  Using this tool, you can:

  • enter protocols and raw data
  • import data from instrumentation computers
  • record observations
  • make annotations
  • protect your intellectual property.

Best of all, the LabArchives ERN platform is available at no cost to Jefferson research faculty, researchers, staff, graduate and undergraduate students.  (Note:  It is not an appropriate platform for clinical data.)

Reminder:  We’re here to help! The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the Scott Memorial Library and the Office of Research Conduct and Compliance are offering another round of training sessions soon.

LabArchives for Beginners: Classroom Edition
Date: 11/29/2018
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: Virtual
Register for this workshop

A brief overview of the major features and benefits of the LabArchives Classroom Edition. Directed to new users wishing to get the most out of the service in a short period of time. Please register to receive the Zoom webinar link.

LabArchives for Beginners: Professional Edition
Date: 11/29/2018
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Location: Virtual
Register for this workshop

A brief overview of the major features and benefits of the LabArchives Professional Edition. Directed to new users wishing to get the most out of the service in a short period of time. Please register to receive the Zoom webinar link.

In the meantime, why not get started now? Email us at

Helpful links:

LabArchives staff led hands-on workshops for the research edition at the Center City campus and the classroom edition on the East Falls campus.

The project team presented at a GME innovation poster session, where they discussed how LabArchives can support research projects that don’t involve protected health information.