Category Archives: Design Center

Library Resources for Finding Diversity & Inclusion Funding

Dr. Edith Mitchell, director of Jefferson’s  Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, was recently interviewed in Philadelphia Magazine’s NextHealthPHL series: “Black Scientists Still Face an Uphill Battle in Securing NIH Research Grants.” Asked about racial disparities in research funding, particularly in NIH R01 awards, Dr. Mitchell said: “When you look at the disparities in grant funding, they are like what we see in any other area of medical research practice.” Dr. Mitchell discusses in the interview ways of transforming these disparities, such as diverse recruitment, dedicated resources, and mentoring. 

You can read more about racial disparities in research funding, in the library’s Diversity and Inclusion guide. The guide also features resources for finding diversity-related funding opportunities.

Jefferson faculty, students, employees, residents, postdocs, and fellows of Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (TJUH, JHN, and Methodist Division) have access to Pivot, a database of funding opportunities from all types of funders: governments, nonprofits, and foundations. Pivot can be specifically searched for diversity & inclusion funding opportunities.

Librarians can assist faculty, staff, and student researchers identity research funding sources and find appropriate support staff and tools on campus. Request a consultation to meet with a librarian to learn how to use Pivot and other grants information resources.  

FACULTY WORKSHOPS: Preparing for Fall 2020

Are you ready to teach this fall? Regardless of what the classroom will look like for you, the Academic Commons has the tools and support to help you (and your students) succeed. Join us for workshops this August on tools like Canvas and Panopto, which will help you best teach online and in-person.

Download the August 2020 Workshop Flyer for details on each workshop. Read workshop titles and times below. To register, click on a workshop title below or visit this page.

Streaming Media in Canvas- Panopto & Studio
Thursday, August 6 | 9-10 a.m. OR 2-3 p.m.

Canvas Camp (4 sessions)
Tuesday, August 11 | 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The Course Overview & Syllabus
Managing Content
Using and Organizing Modules
Creating and Grading Assignments

Canvas Basics: Sneak Peek (hosted by Canvas)
Thursday, August 20 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Canvas Basics: Why Canvas (hosted by Canvas)
Thursday, August 20 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Canvas Basics: Student Success & Engagement (hosted by Canvas)
Thursday, August 20 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Canvas Basics: Sneak Peek (hosted by Canvas)
Wednesday, August 26 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Canvas Basics: Why Canvas (hosted by Canvas)
Wednesday, August 26 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Canvas Basics: Student Success & Engagement (hosted by Canvas)
Wednesday, August 26 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Canvas Basics: Why Canvas (hosted by Canvas)
Monday, August 31 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Canvas Basics: Student Success & Engagement (hosted by Canvas)
Monday, August 31 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) with our eBooks & Videos

August 1-7 marks World Breastfeeding Week, which is a global campaign to raise awareness and encourage action on themes related to breastfeeding.  

Check out the following e-resources on the topic of breastfeeding. Resources discuss a range of breastfeeding subjects, including a practical guide for medical professionals navigating breastfeeding problems in their practice, donor human milk banks, and public policies and cultural norms related to breastfeeding.

Banking on Milk: An Ethnography of Donor Human Milk Relations

The Bottle, The Breast, and the State: The Politics of Infant Feeding in the United States

Breastfeeding and Culture: Discourses and Representations

A Guide to Supporting Breastfeeding for the Medical Profession

The Milky Way: Every Mother Has a Story

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Razie Joins the Academic Commons

If Razie Amzovski, the new Academic Commons (AC) employee, looks familiar that’s because she isn’t new to Thomas Jefferson University. Amzovski joins our team after working in the Jefferson Recreation and Fitness Center. We sat down with the new Educational Technologies team member to learn a bit about why she wanted to join the AC, what educational technology tools she geeks out over, and her favorite place to be when not at work. HINT: passport required!

What is your title at the Academic Commons?
I am an Instructional Support Specialist.

What does that title mean to you?
The title means that I am here to support faculty, staff, and students with any help that they may need accessing the teaching and learning resources that Jefferson has to offer. 

How long have you been working at Thomas Jefferson University?
I began working for Thomas Jefferson University in December 2019 at the Jefferson Recreation and Fitness Center and transferred over to the Academic Commons team in July 2020.

What made you want to join the Academic Commons team?
Academics, technology, and helping people have always been in my life in some way. The Academic Commons has given me a place where I can have all three of my passions in one career. I am able to use my knowledge as an educator, mix it with technology, and help people navigate the tools and create their best work.

What do you like about working at Thomas Jefferson University?
There are many things I like about working at Thomas Jefferson University, but what is the most intriguing is the room for growth. Jefferson offers many benefits to faculty, students, and staff to grow in their careers, and they have a great support system to help through that journey.  

What is something you want students and faculty to know about the Educational Technologies team at the Academic Commons?
The Educational Technologies team is always available to help with anything that you may need. We have a very diverse staff that can help with virtually anything.

What is your favorite educational technology software or tool that the Academic Commons supports that you would encourage faculty to use?
One of my favorite educational tools that the Academic Commons support is Nearpod. This is a great tool that all faculty can use when creating lessons, assignments, and/or discussions for their courses. It will help faculty create more dynamic lessons by incorporating different content and activities offered by Nearpod into their teaching.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I am a 1st generation Albanian and the first girl in my family to graduate from college. I love to travel and to be outdoors. My most favorite place to go is my second home, Tetovo, Macedonia, where I can see all my family and friends that I do not get to see all year-round. 

Learn more about the Educational Technologies team at the Academic Commons and how they can help you.

LabArchives for Researchers: Virtual Sessions Led by Jefferson’s Dr. Tim Mosca & Christine Fisher

Looking for the best practices to use LabArchives in your research lab? Not quite yet ready to dive into the electronic lab notebook (ELN) and have some questions? Join us on Wednesday, July 29, for two virtual sessions on how you can use LabArchives in your lab.

LabArchives has assembled a group of researchers to share their experiences getting started and adapting the ELN to their workflows. You will be able to ask questions and hear from colleagues around North America.

LabArchives Virtual User Group for Researchers
Wednesday, July 29

Session 1: How We Got Started Using LabArchives
1-2:30pm
This session will give a brief introduction from the LabArchives team, including recent updates followed by presentations from current LabArchives users on how they transitioned from paper to an ELN (electronic lab notebook), organize their notebooks, collaborate and share with other researchers, and other insights.
Register for Session 1

Session 2: Creative Use Cases and Adjusting Research in the Time of COVID (presentation from Jefferson’s Dr. Tim Mosca & Christine Fisher!)
3-4:30pm
Hear how researchers are using LabArchives ELN in various environments, their creative use cases and customizations, its use outside of the traditional wet bench setting, and, in particular, its use during these unusual times. 
Register for Session 2

Can’t make it? Sign up for an introductory LabArchives workshop. The next session will be on Wednesday, August 12:

Wednesday, 8/12, 10:00 am ET
Professional Edition Intro Webinar

Wednesday, 8/12, 11:00 am ET
Classroom Edition Intro Webinar

Numbers Worth Knowing: Over 5 Million Downloads & 20,000 Uploads to the JDC

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) hit an impressive milestone this June: over 5 million downloads!

The JDC is Thomas Jefferson University’s open access repository. It’s a free service of the Academic Commons that helps you share your scholarly work with the world. All Jefferson faculty, students, staff, and researchers can contribute. Contributions range from posters to conference presentations and webinars to manuscripts and newsletters.

The 5 million milestone emphasizes both the reach and impact of the JDC. Learn about why you should add your work to the JDC and submit work here.  

Fast facts about the JDC

Started: January 2005

Uploads: 20,000+ materials created by Jeffersonians

Downloads: 5 million

Countries: Downloads from232 countries

Institutions: Downloads from over 53,000 institutions

Most Popular: “A Case Study of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Some Diagnostic Considerations’’ by Jeanette M. Stumbo Zaimes, which has been downloaded 74,339 times! Read the top 10 downloads.

New at the JDC: COVID-19 Collection

Check out the COVID-19 collection, which lists all COVID-19 papers, posters, and presentations created by Jeffersonians.  

Read about the most recent additions to the JDC, and see what people are saying in the April-June Quarterly Report.



FACULTY WORKSHOPS: SUMMER 2020

The Academic Commons will host online workshops throughout the summer. Workshops in July will cover topics including Canvas, Panopto, and Nearpod to help you best teach online and in-person. Read workshop titles and brief descriptions below. To register, click on a workshop title or visit this page.

Canvas Camp
Thursday, July 30
4 sessions: 12:30- 4:30 p.m.

  • Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: The Course Overview & Syllabus
  • Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: Migrating Content from Blackboard to Canvas
  • Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: Using and Organizing Modules
  • Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: Creating and Grading Assignments

Collaborate
Wednesday, August 5
9-10 a.m. OR 1-2 p.m.

At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Schedule and launch a Collaborate session
  • Activate the Collaborate integration in Canvas
  • Use audio and video-conference tools to communicate in real-time with learners
  • Use the Collaborate tools to create an interactive classroom experience for distance and hybrid courses

Streaming Media in Canvas – Panopto & Studio
Thursday, August 6
9-10 a.m. OR 2-3 p.m.

This workshop touches upon two integrated Canvas tools which can be used to create videos, including introductory course and instructor videos, recorded lectures, and narrated PPTs for synchronous and asynchronous learning environments. 

Canvas Camp
Tuesday, August 11
4 sessions: 12:30- 4:30 p.m.

  • The Course Overview & Syllabus
  • Migrating Content in Canvas
  • Using and Organizing Modules
  • Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: Creating and Grading Assignments

SPECIAL GUEST: Workshops on Change Management & Teaching Online Led by Sam Christ, Canvas Learning Consultant

Sam Christ, Canvas Learning Consultant and Online Learning Expert

The classroom as we know it is changing, and for many, the abrupt shift to online delivery has upended courses and teaching strategies that took years to build. Join special guest Sam Christ, Canvas Learning Consultant, to learn how to best deal with that change and use technology to make life easier as you navigate the online environment.

Workshops will offer faculty a chance to network with others dealing with changes at Jefferson. You will walk away with best practices and tips to use Canvas, the university’s new learning management system, to adapt to the online environment without re-building your courses from scratch.  

Workshop descriptions are outlined below. To register, click a workshop title or visit our website.

Canvas + Portfolium: The Student Experience Thursday, July 9
9 – 10:30 am
1:30 – 3 pm

Have you heard about Portfolium but are not sure what all the fuss is about? Do you have assignments or elements of your course that would be great projects for students to showcase to potential employers or internship opportunities? Learn about the power of Portfolium, and how its connection to Canvas can help students (and faculty). Register here!

Canvas + Portfolium: Portfolium Assessment Thursday, July 9
11 am – 12:30 pm
3:30 – 5 pm

Looking for ways to assess student competency and showcase major projects or milestones within a program or department? Portfolium can help! Explore ways Jefferson is leveraging Portfolium to support curriculum assessment and meet accreditation needs. Register here!

Managing Change: Where Do I Start? Wednesday, July 22
9 – 10:30 am
1:30 – 3 pm

Canvas is one of the many changes happening across Jefferson and across all of education. Feeling overwhelmed or unsure where to begin with all of the changes? You are not alone. This session is meant to help you evaluate where you are amidst all the change, set goals for how to begin working through these challenges, and think about how to accomplish those goals. It will be reflection and discussion-driven so bring your thinking caps. Register here!

Managing Change: How Can Canvas Help? Wednesday, July 22
11 – 12:30 pm
3:30 – 5 pm     
                    
The classroom as we know it is changing and for many, the abrupt shift to online delivery has really upended courses and teaching strategies that took years to build. This session focuses on ways Canvas can help faculty adapt current course materials and classroom activities into the online environment in a way that will also benefit their face to face delivery (when the world returns to normal). Register here!

25 new eBooks for June: Topics including nursing ethics, brain injuries, and health inequities

In June, we added 25 eBooks to our collection. Topics range from nursing ethics and best practices to brain injury and health inequities due to racism. Read the new titles below and browse our complete eBook collection on our website.

A Comprehensive Guide to Toxicology in Nonclinical Drug Development

Academic Pain Medicine: A Practical Guide to Rotations, Fellowship, and Beyond

Advances in Treatment and Management in Surgical Endocrinology

The Anxiety & Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution

Autonomic Testing

Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide (CGRP) Mechanisms: Focus on Migraine

Cardiac Surgery Essentials for Critical Care Nursing

Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice, and Research

Comprehensive Neurosurgery Board Review

Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing

The Emerging Healthcare Leader: A Field Guide

Fetal and Neonatal Brain Injury

Health Policy and Politics: A Nurse’s Guide

Lehne’s Pharmacology for Nursing Care

Management and Leadership for Nurse Administrators

Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases

Moderate Procedural Sedation and Analgesia: A Question and Answer Approach

Neuroteach: Brian Science and the Future of Education

Nursing Care and Management of the Second Stage of Labor: Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline

Nursing Deans on Leading: Lessons for Novice and Aspiring Deans and Directors

Nursing Ethics

Introduction to Vascular Ultrasonography

Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare: Theory, Practice, and Management

Racism: Science and Tools for the Public Health Professional

Understanding Healthcare Delivery Science

Over 4,500 digitized items from Gutman Library’s Special Collections now accessible through JSTOR

Gutman Library has joined JSTOR’s Open Community Collections, an initiative that makes content from Special Collections around the world discoverable alongside relevant books, articles, and primary source materials on JSTOR.

Visit the website to browse the five collections: Textile Industry Postcards, Textile Trade Postcards, Textile Woodblocks, Philadelphia Postcards, and Textile and Costume Collection.

Learn more about Special Collections, search for a specific item, or browse each collection’s materials.

Main Page: https://www.jstor.org/site/jefferson/
Philadelphia Postcards: https://www.jstor.org/site/jefferson/philadelphia-postcards/
Textile and Costume Collection: https://www.jstor.org/site/jefferson/textile-costume/
Textile Industry Postcards: https://www.jstor.org/site/jefferson/textile-postcards/
Textile Trade Postcards: https://www.jstor.org/site/jefferson/trade-cards/
Textile Woodblocks: https://www.jstor.org/site/jefferson/textile-woodblocks/

Learn more about Gutman Library’s Special Collections.

A Haiku & Podcast with Pam Walter

It started with a haiku.

Pam Walter, one half of the Academic Commons’ Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communications, submitted a haiku to Jefferson’s COVID Stories website:

Pam Walter (second from right) with her three daughters and husband

Finding quiet space
Now a shared family dance
Tiptoes, muted steps

After reading the haiku, the team at Humans of the Hospital, a podcast series, reached out to learn more about Pam’s situation at home.

Listen to the podcast with Pam, “COVID STORIES: A Medical Writer’s Haiku. Her Daughters Home, Son Far, & Phone Calls in the Closet,” and many more at JeffersonCovidStories.com.

PolicyMap COVID-19 Quick Maps

PolicyMap COVID-19 Quick Maps is a new, freely available application focused on answering crucial questions faced by communities dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Choose from predesigned maps with background blog posts or create your own.

They also provide a sneak peek at the beta platform coming soon to Jefferson’s PolicyMap (via Scott Library or Gutman Library). Improvements include data discovery, map customization, and increases in the number of zoom levels and layers in multilayer maps. Use Jefferson’s version for full access to proprietary indicators and to upload your own data.

Data in the COVID-19 maps, which are also available in the legacy app, include:

Read more about PolicyMap COVID-19 Quick Maps.

Over 2,200 medical & public health eBooks Join SML & Gutman Collections

The public health & medical eBook collection can be accessed anywhere and includes very recent publications from 2018 – 2020. The collection encompasses an extensive range of topics, including infectious diseases, health policy, forensic medicine, pharmacy, environmental health, child psychology, nutrition, and gender studies. Chances are if you are looking for an eBook on a medical or health topic, this collection has an eBook for you!

Explore the Collection
There are a few ways you can access the collection:

  1. View the entire collection

  2. Then, you can browse by sub-discipline via the left-hand side menu

  3. Or, search for a specific eBook via the library website search: 
    Gutman
    Scott

Highlights of the Collection 
Highlights include over 300 eBooks on the topic of oncology, over 200 on neurology, 180 covering cardiology, 100 on infectious diseases, and more.

Need Help? 
If you need help accessing the collection or a specific eBook, contact us via email or Live Chat.

Gutman: AskatGutman@jefferson.edu or Live Chat
Scott: AskALibrarian@jefferson.edu or Live Chat

Gutman Librarian Publishes Article in Medical Reference Services Quarterly!

Congratulations to Daniel Verbit, Scholarly Communications Librarian, at Paul J Gutman Library for recently getting published in the Medical Reference Services Quarterly journal.

The article, “Graduate Occupational Therapy Students: Communication and Research Preferences from Three university Libraries,” discusses findings regarding how graduate occupational therapy students conduct research.

Type “Medical Reference Services Quarterly” in the journal search on the Gutman Library search, or Scott Memorial Library search to find the article. The article is in Volume 39, Issue 2 of the journal.

Read the abstract below:

Library liaisons from three universities distributed an anonymous survey to graduate occupational therapy students to gauge preferred methods of communication when conducting research. This article discusses three findings: whom the students prefer to turn to when seeking research assistance, which methods of communication students prefer, and how long students spend searching before asking for assistance. From 193 responses, the liaisons reasoned that students prefer consulting with their peers before seeking help from librarians or faculty or instructors and they prefer assistance face-to-face. Additionally, the majority are willing to research from 30 min to one hour before seeking research help.

Congrats, Daniel!


The COVID-19 Archive: Jefferson Papers, Personal Stories, Presentations, & More

As the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and public health crisis continues, it is essential to capture and preserve related research, academic and scholarly work, and personal stories crafted by our Jefferson community. Archiving this material will help researchers and historians learn and reflect, and allow public health experts to prepare for the future. 

By preserving the work of our Jefferson family, we can study the pandemic’s impact on our healthcare system, teaching and learning institution, and the broader community. 

Jefferson Libraries (Paul J Gutman Library & Scott Memorial Library) is already preserving COVID-19-related content by archiving Jefferson websites and social media content, capturing Jefferson’s official internal and external communications, and accepting Jefferson-produced research and scholarship on COVID-19. The latter is all publicly available in the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC).

Browse COVID-19 Content on the JDC 
The Jefferson Digital Commons COVID-19 page is continually growing. Some highlights include:

  • Spread the Science, NOT the Virus:
    An interactive seminar series organized by Drs. Frasso & Patel and Robert Wilson of Jefferson College of Population Health’s Master of Public Health Program
  • Coronavirus Papers
    A growing collection of papers written by faculty in Jefferson’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies 

The JDC is a place to hear the stories, recount the milestones, capture the breakthroughs, and remember the voices of this pandemic. Stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 stories by visiting the JDC and clicking on the COVID-19 button often. 

Submit Your COVID-19 Content 
To submit your scholarly work or research focused on COVID-19, contact us

Contact the archives for all other potential COVID-19 donations.