Category Archives: Design Center

Fair Use in Seven Words [Video]

Use Fairly. Not too much. Have reasons.

This video from the University of Virginal highlights the goal of fair use in US copyright law, emphasizing that this provision allows creators to build on what came before them. Fair use protects the ability of individuals to add to the culture without impacting normal commercial use of the work.

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow, February 27, from 1-2 p.m. in JAH 207 for “Behind the Scenes at Cell Press,” as we sit down with Dr. Stephen Matheson, editor-in-chief, Cell Reports. Learn more about the event.

UPCOMING EXHIBIT Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care (March 2 – April 5)

Stop by the Gutman Library this March to check out the exhibit “Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care,” created by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

The exhibit, which consists of six banners that highlight the progression of the PA profession, will be on display on the main level of the library.

The exhibit describes how the Physician Assistants (PA) profession was developed as a solution to meet the social and healthcare needs of the mid-20th century and continues to evolve today. Stop by to check out the exhibit and learn about how the PA profession has changed since the first three PAs graduated in 1967 and view photographs of PAs in the field.

Learn more about the exhibit on the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s website.

It’s #FairUseWeek: Celebrate with us all week long!

Fair Use Week celebrates the important doctrine of “fair use” in US Copyright Law. It is a time to explain the doctrine and discuss how fair use offers authors and creators opportunities to reuse work in novel ways.

–Fair use is an “essential limitation and exception to copyright, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances” 

–Fair use is “a flexible ­­doctrine, allowing copyright to adapt to new technologies. These doctrines facilitate balance in copyright law, promoting further progress and accommodating freedom of speech and expression.”

Look for posts throughout the week where we’ll explain more about what fair use is and why it is important, and join us on Thursday, February 27, from 1-2 p.m. in JAH 207 for “Behind the Scenes at Cell Press.” Learn more about the event.

And read the poster at the link below to learn more about the fundamentals of fair use.

Fair Use Fundamentalshttps://www.arl.org/resources/fair-use-fundamentals-infographic/

Trying to get published? Let us help. Attend the High Impact Publishing Workshop (March 3)

Academic publishing is undergoing a dramatic shift as journals become more specialized and the number of publishing outlets surge. Understanding the publishing world and its potential impact on one’s career can be confusing and mysterious. Luckily, experts in the Academic Commons are here to help. Attend our upcoming workshop to learn all about the world of publishing.

High Impact Publishing
Tuesday, March 3, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.,
Library Instruction Space (LIS), Gutman Library
Register now!

This workshop provides an introduction to academic publishing by exploring the metrics and tools used to evaluate journals and determine “impact.”  Facilitators will also explore the concept of “high impact” publishing more generally, including a discussion of ways authors can write for impact and leverage social media to increase their impact. A discussion of the evolution of academic publishing, including predatory publishing practices and open access journals will conclude the session. 

Register now!

Behind the Scenes at Cell Press: A Discussion with Dr. Stephen Matheson, editor-in-chief, Cell Reports (2/27)

Dr. Stephen Matheson, editor-in-chief, Cell Reports

To celebrate Fair Use Week, February 23 – 29, the Scott Memorial Library is proud to participate in “Behind the Scenes at Cell Press” a presentation organized by Dr. Tim Mosca.

Join us on Thursday, February 27, to hear from Dr. Stephen Matheson, editor-in-chief of Cell Reports. Dr. Matheson will share what it’s like to publish in a major scientific journal, giving tips and best practices to submit articles. Ask questions about publishing and open access. Connect with SML librarians to learn about the Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund and other tools available to help with publishing efforts.

Thursday, February 27, 1-2 p.m., Jefferson Alumni Hall (JAH) 207

All Jefferson students, staff, and faculty are invited. Organized by Dr. Tim Mosca. Light refreshments will be provided by the Scott Memorial Library. Registration is not required.

Questions? Contact Dr. Mosca at Timothy.Mosca@Jefferson.edu.

This Valentine’s Day, We’re Crushing On . . .

Peanut butter and jelly. Wine and cheese. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. Some things just go together. And nothing seems quite as perfect a pair as Jefferson and Canvas!

Canvas, Jefferson’s new learning management system (LMS), is intuitive, learner-centered, and efficient. What else could you look for in an LMS? It’s reliable and plays well with others – like Nearpod, ExamSoft, and AEFIS, just to name a few.

And with a convenient Mobile App, busy students and faculty members can access Canvas on the go.

But don’t just take our word for it! Get to know Canvas by visiting Canvas.Jefferson.Edu. Sign up for a Canvas Consultation or attend a workshop to get started.

Canvas replaces Blackboard at Jefferson on June 30, 2020. If your courses aren’t yet on Canvas, contact the Academic Commons today!

Eakins Writers’ Workshop: A writing workshop dedicated to injury & its victims


Share your stories and personal experiences with injury at the Eakins Writers’ Workshop. Led by the Jefferson Center for Injury Research and Prevention, the hands-on writing workshop sessions are dedicated to stories of injury and all its victims. All are welcome to join. Sign up now.

Session 1: Tuesday, February 18, 6-7:30 p.m., Scott Memorial Library, Room 308

Session 2: Tuesday, March 24, 6-7:30 p.m., Scott Memorial Library, Room 308

The workshops are led by student editors of Evanescent, the literary journal that provides a forum for people to explore and share stories about their personal experiences with injury. Learn more about Eakins Writers’ Workshop.

Join the Jefferson Book Club & Discuss Educated: A Memoir on 2/24

All Jefferson students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the Jefferson Book Club! Our next selection is Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

Discuss the book on Monday, February 24, at 12 p.m. in Room 308, Scott Memorial Library, Center City Campus.

For more information about the Jefferson Book Club, contact book.club@jefferson.edu.

STUDENTS: Get free pizza & prizes at “Hanger-Making Hangout” on February 20!

Who doesn’t want free pizza and prizes?! Help out Jefferson’s Design Center & Textile and Costume Collection at our Hanger-Making Hangout!

Who: Jefferson Students
When: Thursday, February 20, 12:30 -2:15 pm
Where: The Design Center (on Henry Avenue, across from the Ram statue)

Help us make padded, archival hangers to better store our historic garments. Enjoy pizza and prizes as you work. No sewing experience required. Check out this flyer to learn more. Sign up by emailing Jade Papa.

RefWorks Down for Maintenance: Starting 10 p.m. Saturday, February 8 until Sunday, February 9

Both legacy Refworks and (new) RefWorks will experience downtime between Saturday, February 8, and Sunday, February 9. Starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday, access to RefWorks and Write-n-Cite will be disabled. RefWorks hopes that maintenance will be completed within 12 hours, and usage will resume on Sunday, February 9.

If you have any questions, please contact RefWorks support team: https://supportcase.exlibrisgroup.com/s/refworks

Canvas Camp on March 12

Join us for Canvas Camp—a day dedicated to building your first Canvas course. Learn about Canvas, Jefferson’s new learning management system (LMS). Can’t attend Canvas Camp on March 12? Visit our website to view the complete Canvas workshop schedule and register for a session convenient for you!

Register for Canvas Camp
9am – 4pm, Gutman Library

At Canvas Camp, on Thursday, March 12, we’ll guide you through a series of hands-on activities as you build out a course in Canvas, Jefferson’s new learning management system (LMS). Academic Commons team members will be available to provide real-time support.

By focusing on a single course and specific assignments, you’ll learn the following elements of a Canvas course: 

Assignments 
Learning Modules 
Course Navigation 
Key Information Pages, including:
Course Overview 
About Your Instructor and 
Policies

Please ensure easy access to digital course files. Canvas Camp will familiarize participants with the process for exporting select content from Blackboard into the Canvas environment.
We strongly recommend that participants complete a Canvas Basics workshop or have explored the platform in “Growing with Canvas” to get the most from this experience. 

Jefferson retires Blackboard on June 30, 2020. Visit the Canvas website to learn about the university’s new LMS. Register for a workshop or Canvas consultation and access helpful how-to guides.

History Made: An interview with Jefferson’s Dr. Greco, a member of the surgical team that performed the first open-heart surgery

Dr. Victor Greco (left) speaks with Ryan Baumuller (right) in the One Button Studio (OBS)

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) recently added an interview with alumnus Dr. Victor Greco to its collection. In the recorded interview, Dr. Greco reflected on his notable career and told stories about his historical time at Jefferson and experiences after leaving the university, which included being the personal physician for boxer Muhammad Ali. Watch the interview here.

Dr. Greco was a member of the Jefferson team that performed the first successful open-heart surgery in 1953 using the Heart-Lung Machine developed at Jefferson by John H. Gibbon, Jr., M.D. ‘27.

During his distinguished career as a Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Greco was the recipient of numerous accolades. He was a member of the advisory council to the director of the National Institutes of Health, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and a member of the State Board of Medicine appointed by then-Governor Casey. Dr. Greco was also nominated to serve on President Clinton’s National Health Board and received UNICO’s prestigious Marconi Science Award in 2012.

Watch the interview to learn more about Dr. Greco’s story and browse other oral histories.

Clinical Researchers: Attend “A Roadmap to Clinical Research” on February 25

Register here!

If you conduct clinical research at Jefferson, attend this half-day course, organized by the Jefferson Clinical Research Institute (JCRI).

Tuesday, February 25, 8 am – 12:30 pm, JAH Eakins Lounge

At “A Roadmap to Clinical Research,” you’ll learn:

– the responsibilities of the research team
– how to navigate the university’s systems
– the necessary approvals and requirements for study implementation

Learn more & register here.

Ever thought of running for office? Attend Ready to Run (2/8) for FREE!

Interested in working on a political campaign? Ever thought of running for office? Attend Ready to Run Philadelphia for FREE on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Ready to Run
Saturday, February 8, 2020
8am – 5pm
Thomas Jefferson University, East Falls Campus

The event costs $75, but all Jefferson students, staff, and faculty can register for FREE by using code R2RC20 at registration. Learn more about the event here. Sign up here.

This event is sponsored by Jefferson’s Arlen Specter Center.

New Plagiarism Tool: iThenticate Joins Jefferson

iThenticate is now available to all Jefferson researchers, faculty, and students. The tool is the leading provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology and is used worldwide by scholarly publishers and research institutions to ensure the originality of written work before publication. With an easy to use submission process that checks for similarity against the world’s top published works, you can feel confident that your academic reputation will be protected!

Register for an account. For help with iThenticate, check out their QuickStart guide.