Author Archives: Liz D'Angel

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 Fundamentals

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

Panopto Migration: Previous Recordings Unavailable the Week of March 9th

During the week of March 9th, access to previous Panopto recordings will be unavailable, as the Academic Commons completes an upgrade on the Panopto software.  

During this time, we will continue to record lectures, so new recordings will not be missed. But, please be patient, as it may take a day or two to access these new recordings.

Once the upgrade is complete, Jefferson will begin using the latest version of Panopto, providing students and faculty with the newest features available.  

Following this migration, we will start phase two, which will integrate Panopto within Canvas, Jefferson’s new learning management system (LMS). Phase two will begin later in March.

For updates on the Panopto migration process, visit Updates will be provided as we get closer to March 9th, as well as during the migration week.

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

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.

New February E-Books: Pediatric Care & Child Development, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Midwifery, & More

This February, we added 25 E-Books to our ever-growing digital collection. Topics include Neurodegenerative diseases, Midwifery, and Thyroid cancer, among others. Check out the new titles below, and browse our full online collection here.

The Aging Networks: A Guide to Policy, Programs, and Services

The Clinician’s Guide to Treatment and Management of Youth with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders

Complications of Urologic Surgery E-Book: Prevention and Management

The Diabetic Foot: Medical and Surgical Management

The Epigenome and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Neurodegenerative Diseases: Underlying Mechanisms

The New Midwifery E-Book: Science and Sensitivity in Practice

OB/GYN Hospital Medicine: Principals and Practice

Obesity Medicine: Management of Obesity in Women’s Health Care

Obstetric Intensive Care Manual

The Parathyroids: Basic and Clinical Concepts

Pediatric Physical Examination E-Book: An Illustrated Handbook

Pediatric Primary Care

Pediatric Urology for Primary Care

The Pituitary

Play Therapy: A Psychodynamic Primer for the Treatment of Young Children

Practical Endocrinology and Diabetes in Children

Principles and Practice of Research in Midwifery

Samour & King’s Pediatric Nutrition in Clinical Care

Thyroid Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Management

Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders: What We Know and What We Don’t Know

Treatment of Cerebral Palsy and Motor Delay

Understanding Child Development: Psychological Perspectives and Applications

Visual Guide to Neonatal Cardiology

Working with High-Risk Adolescents: A Collaborative Strengths-Based Approach

Honor Black History Month: African American Graduates of JMC Digital Exhibit

Dr. Algernon Brashear Jackson (class of 1901)

Celebrate Black History Month by visiting the SML’s online exhibit “African American Graduates of Jefferson Medical College.” The exhibit tells the story of Jefferson’s first African American graduates, years of changes and challenges at the university, and the faces of Jefferson today.

Dr. Cora LeEthel Christian (class of 1971)

The exhibit’s story begins in the 18th century with James Derham, who is recognized as the first African American medical doctor.  

Learn about the accomplishments of Dr. Algernon Brashear Jackson, the first African American graduate of Jefferson, Dr. Cora LeEthel Christian, the first African American woman graduate, and other graduates who paved the way for many others.

Check out the online exhibit now. 

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:

Operation Beautiful: support national eating disorder awareness week (February 24 – March 1)

Join Jefferson’s Counseling Center in supporting National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 24 – March 1) by participating in a project called Operation Beautiful. The mission of this project is to leave positive, encouraging notes about body image in public places like bathroom mirrors.

Selfie Signs will be available in the library that reflects positive body messaging, so take a photo and share your positive messages using #JeffOperationBeautiful and tag the library (@SMLibrary_TJU) and Jefferson (@JeffersonUniv).

Post-it notes will be set aside in the Jefferson Recreation and Fitness Center and the Student Personal Counseling Center waiting area.  Use the post-its to create positive and encouraging notes about body appreciation. Share your positive body messages with us by using #JeffOperationBeautiful and tagging us in your photos. 

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: 

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

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.