Category Archives: Design Center

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.

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! 

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!

Professional Writing & Presentation Workshops at East Falls: Register Now!

Starting next month, experts from the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC) will host writing and presentation workshops for East Falls faculty and researchers.

If you are writing for publication or developing conference presentations, let us help! Workshops will be held in the Gutman Library one Tuesday a month starting in September. Get tips and tools to prioritize writing, discover the habits of successful writers, learn how to assess a journal’s impact factor, and more.

Join us on Tuesday, September 10, from 1:15 – 2:15 pm, for our first workshop: Introduction to the OPWPC as a Resource. Check out the complete list of workshops at both Gutman Library (East Falls) and Scott Memorial Library (Center City) and sign up here.

Looking for one-on-one help? Our experts will be on-site for individual consultations on Tuesdays in the library throughout the year. At a consultation, we’ll offer feedback and guidance, whether you need motivation getting started on a manuscript or presentation, advice on structure and flow, or feedback on a finished draft. Below is our one-on-one consultation schedule. Email an OPWPC expert to set up a meeting.

September 10                       Jennifer Wilson

October 8                              Pamela Walter

November 5                          Jennifer Wilson

December 10                       Pamela Walter

January 14                            Pamela Walter

February 4                             Jennifer Wilson

March 3                                 Jennifer Wilson

April 7                                     Pamela Walter

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 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.

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. 

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.