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Staff Spotlight: Jade Papa of the Design Center

A treasure of the East Falls Campus is the university’s Textile & Costume Collection. The collection, housed in The Design Center, consists of remarkably diverse, museum-quality holdings used for teaching, research, and scholarship. The collection includes Coptic textiles dating to the 4th century A.D., Pre-Columbian textiles from the 12th to 14th centuries, European textile fragments from the 15th to 17th centuries – just to name a few!

Jade Papa, Curator and Adjunct Professor, runs the Textile & Costume Collection and Design Center. We sat down with Jade to discuss the collection, find out which pieces she admires most, and learn how people can enjoy the collection remotely.

What is your title and role at Thomas Jefferson University?
I’m an adjunct professor and the Curator of the Textile and Costume Collection.

What interests you about textiles and costumes and what inspired you to pursue a career in higher education?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved learning about history.  When I was young, I watched Indiana Jones over and over again and dreamed about being an archaeologist.  My mother was a dressmaker and taught me how to sew, so in a way, you might say I combined those two loves and became a clothing archaeologist.

My undergraduate and graduate degrees are in theatre and I worked as a costume designer and maker for twelve years.  I was drawn to the theatre because I was able to bring history to life onstage.  Through a character’s costume, I was able to tell their story and the story of a particular place in time.

It’s an object’s story that really interests me.  When I look at an object in the Textile and Costume Collection, I immediately want to know more – more about the person who made or designed it, its cultural significance, the technology needed to make it, and of course, the person who might have worn it, used it, or kept it.  It’s my hope that in this search for clues, I can re-connect those of us looking at them now to these stories.   

Your courses span a range of topics, with titles including, “20th Century Fashion Designers,” and “History of Costumes & Textiles.” How do you incorporate the Textile & Costume Collection and Design Center into your teaching? What types of unique learning opportunities are awarded to your students because of the collection?
Students have the rare opportunity in these classes to interact directly with the objects.  I get to share with them things they would typically only see in photos or behind glass at a museum. For instance, my class was studying the Byzantine period and we’d been speaking not only about particular types of garments, but also natural dyes, weaving techniques, and technology. Instead of just taking my word for it, I was able to bring out a few of our Byzantine textile fragments and a tunic that we’re fortunate to have and show them first-hand the amazing vibrancy of the dyes, the intricate woven figures, and the cut and construction of textiles that are around 1500 years old. That always blows their minds! 

Seeing an object in front of you makes your interaction with history so much more real.  I teach textile and fashion design students. They’re visual and tactile learners and so handling an 18th century brocade is so much more impactful than just seeing it onscreen.        

Are there any specific pieces or materials within the Textile and Costume Collection that you find most interesting to teach? What items within the collection are most inspiring to you?
I feel like the objects that are most inspiring to me change weekly as we’re in an inventory phase and constantly finding new things.  However, I always find myself coming back to a woman’s dress that dates from around the 1850s.  It’s not lavishly embellished and is made from a rougher brown, floral printed cotton.  But it’s in the ordinariness of it that lies its fascination.  So many of the objects preserved in museum collections are someone’s best dress – a wedding dress or a special occasion dress – something that was worn once or infrequently and was kept because of the occasion it marked.  This brown floral dress is an everyday dress worn by an everyday woman.  The type of dress that would have been worn and worn until it was threadbare and possibly ended its life as scraps for a quilt.  The dress of everyday people is much rarer in collections and that’s why I find this particular dress so fascinating.  

Most of us are working remotely at the moment. If people are interested in the Textile and Costume Collection and want to visit the Design Center, are they able to? What types of online resources are available?
Absolutely!  It’s not only students in my class that have access to the objects in the Textile and Costume Collection.  I’m happy to welcome any Jefferson student or faculty member through our doors.  All it takes is an email to me to set up an appointment. I’d love to show you some of our treasures.     

There are a number of ways you can access the Collection online.  Many of our objects are available digitally through ArtStor, where we are continually adding new objects.  Our woodblock collection is available through Jefferson Digital Commons as is an online lecture I did earlier this spring with Woodmere Art Museum about our Collection’s holdings of African textiles and objects.

Make sure to follow us on Instagram, where we post about specific objects and give a behind-the-scenes look at the collection. And, we just launched a blog called Follow the Thread that everyone should check out.

Tell us about Follow the Thread! When did it launch? What can people expect to find on the blog?
We’ve been hard at work on this project for a number of months and I’m happy to say that our blog officially launched on October 8. People can expect to find the hidden stories of these objects featured on the blog. This platform really allows us to delve into these objects in ways that go beyond simply representing them visually through photos.  Our current posts focus on two dressmakers working in Pittsburg in the last decade of the 19th century, the history of the Textile Color Card Association, and the inclusion of one of our pieces in a show up now at the Cooper Hewitt Museum.  And, if you subscribe to the blog (which you can do from the blog itself), you’ll be alerted to the weekly updates and won’t miss hearing about the new discoveries we’re making every day.     

When you’re not teaching students or curating the collection, how do you like to spend your time? 
Recently I’ve been taking the time to watch old movies from the 1930s and 40s that I’ve never seen.  I’m on a real film noir kick right now. I’m also continuing to try to learn French.  Il est très dificile!

Learn more about Jade’s background, publications, and exhibits on her website.

New Resource: Check Out NCBI Datasets (Beta)

If you spend time finding, building, and sharing genomic datasets, the National Library of Medicine just saved you a ton of time!

Check out NCBI Datasets, an experimental resource that helps you to easily download eukaryotic genome sequence and annotation data. Browse by categories, build custom data tables, and even download coronavirus datasets. Datasets can be easily downloaded and shared.

This initial release allows users to retrieve genome sequence and annotation data by taxonomic name (common and scientific), taxonomy ID or assembly accession. They plan to expand NCBI Datasets include additional assemblies and other genome datasets, including alternate loci and genomic patch sequence for the Genome Reference Consortium assemblies.

For more information and instructions to use the website and share datasets, visit the NCBI Insights blog.

Jefferson Digital Commons Quarterly Report (July – September 2020)

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) quarterly report for July – September 2020 is now available. Check out the full report to see a list of what was added and what people are saying about the JDC!

Included in this Report

  • Abington Health Articles
  • Articles
  • Collaborative Healthcare: Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Evaluation (JCIPE)
  • Collaborative Research and Evidence shared Among Therapists and Educators (CREATE Day)
  • Covid 19-: Spread the Science, Not the Virus
  • Department of Family and Community Medicine Presentations and Grand Rounds
  • Master of Population Health Program Thesis and Capstone Presentations
  • Master of Public Health Thesis and Capstone Presentations
  • Jefferson Surgical Solutions
  • The Medicine Forum
  • Sex and Gender Health Education Summit 2020
  • Student Papers and Posters
  • Misc. Uploads
  • What people are saying about the Jefferson Digital Repository

Preprints Perspectives: A Panel Discussion (Oct 23)

Join us for Preprints Perspectives, where you’ll hear from four experienced panelists as they discuss issues related to preprints and open access from various perspectives. Topics will include: how publishing preprints can benefit authors, current best practices for preprint servers, ethical and legal considerations regarding the use of preprints, and the intersection of preprints and Covid-19 scholarship. 

Friday, October 23
12-1 pm EST
Online (Zoom)
Register here

PANELISTS
John Inglis, Ph.D., Co-founder of bioRxiv and medRxiv  
Timothy Mosca, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University 
Iratxe Puebla, Associate Director, ASAPbio (Accelerating Science and Publication in Biology)  
Heather Rose, Ph.D., J.D. Vice President of Technology Licensing & Startups, Thomas Jefferson University 

Download the flyer for more details. This event is open to the public, so feel free to share with colleagues outside of the Jefferson community.

Questions? Email Larissa Gordon, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Scott Memorial Library.

Check out additional events hosted by the Jefferson Libraries to celebrate Open Access Week 2020.

New eBooks in October: Clinical Research, Nutrition, Graphic Novels, and More

This month, we’re introducing a collection of eBooks that cover a wide range of topics, including infectious diseases, nutrition, clinical research, reproductive health, and more. Check out the new titles below or browse our complete collection.

The Art of Creative Research: A Field Guide for Writers

The DNP Project Workbook: A Step-by-Step Process for Success

The Essential Pocket Guide for Clinical Nutrition

Essentials of Public Health Research Methods

Foundations of Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice

Foundations of Infectious Disease

Glioblastoma: New Molecular Concepts Pave the Way for Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment

Global Population and Reproductive Health

Health Equity and Nursing

A History of Collective Living: Models of Shared Living

Human Development and Performance Throughout the Lifespan

Jonas’ Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System

The Little GI Book

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification Review Guide

Perspectives on Occupational Therapy Education: Past, Present, and Future  

Pocket Guide to the Operating Room  

Powered by Design: An Introduction to Problem Solving with Graphic Design

Questions for NeoReviews: A Study Guide for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Survey of Audiology: Fundamentals for Audiologists and Health Professionals

Ther Ex Notes

Transcultural Caring Dynamics in Nursing and Health Care

Visual Metaphor and Embodiment in Graphic Illness Narratives

The Well-Managed Healthcare Organization

Worth a Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual and Verbal Literacy  

Celebrate Open Access Week 2020: Workshops & Preprints Panel

Celebrate Open Access Week 2020 (October 19 – 25) with the Jefferson Libraries! We’ll host two workshops and one panel discussion (all virtual) to celebrate the annual week-long event focused on open access and related topics. We hope you’ll join us to hear from experts about how to protect your scholarship rights and navigate the world of academic publishing.

Open Access Overview and the Business of Scholarship (workshop)
Tuesday, October 20
12:45 – 2 p.m.
Register for the virtual workshop

Attend our viewing of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, a documentary that discusses the multi-billion-dollar business of for-profit academic publishers. After viewing the documentary, we’ll discuss ways to protect your scholarship rights.

Preprints: Accelerating Scholarly Communication (workshop)
Wednesday, October 21
12-1 p.m.
Register for the virtual workshop

Preprint servers allow authors to share articles that they have written with the academic community before the journal peer review process has been completed. Preprints developed as a response to the often lengthy journal publication process, which can slow down the dissemination of new information. At the end of the session, you’ll be able to search the preprint literature, discuss considerations for publishing your work as a preprint, and describe the importance of this type of publishing.

Preprint Perspectives: A Panel Discussion 
Friday, October 23
12-1 p.m.
Register for this virtual event

Join our four diverse and experienced panelists to discuss issues such as: how publishing preprints can benefit authors, current best practices for preprint servers, ethical and legal considerations regarding the use of preprints, and the intersection of preprints and Covid-19 scholarship. 

Panelists:  
John Inglis, PhD., Co-founder of bioRxiv and medRxiv  
Timothy Mosca, PhD, Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University 
Iratxe Puebla, Associate Director, ASAPbio (Accelerating Science and Publication in Biology)  
Heather Rose, Ph.D., J.D. Vice President of Technology Licensing & Startups, Thomas Jefferson University 

Read about open access and the benefits of preprints on the Scott Memorial Library’s Open Access LibGuide.

FACULTY LEARNING COMMUNITY: Online Course Design

The classroom as we know it has changed! As faculty adjust to the new environment, we’re providing a space to discuss online course design.

Join our Faculty Learning Community to spend time with like-minded faculty in these virtual weekly sessions every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Sessions start Tuesday, October 6 and run until November 10, 2020.

Explore online course design concepts through reading, discussion, and reflection and put best practices to use in your courses. This community will use the book Minds Online to discuss aspects of online course design. Participants will work to design or revise an online course module.

Visit the registration page to sign up for this community and access Minds Online via the Gutman Library or Scott Memorial Library online catalogs.

Writing & Communications Workshops (Fall & Winter 2020)

If you are writing for publication, giving a presentation or speech at a virtual conference, or interested in getting tips and strategies to write more effetely, let the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC) help.

The OPWPC is comprised of expert writing and communication consultants who can provide feedback and guidance on your work.

Our fall workshops and writing retreats will give you uninterrupted time to focus on your academic and professional writing and communications goals. Read workshop descriptions and sign up or schedule a one-on-one consultation with the OPWPC today.

Research Posters: On and Off the Wall
Monday, November 16
12 – 1 p.m.

This workshop will equip researchers to read posters quickly and craft posters that help the audience get their message. We will examine traditional and new poster designs and develop a toolkit for building strong, memorable, accessible posters.

Fall Writing Retreat
Friday, November 20
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join us this fall at our monthly half-day writing retreats, devoted solely to your writing projects. Most importantly, you’ll get quiet time to write. We’ll also have a writing consultant and librarian available to answer writing and research questions, help you find materials, talk over your journal choice, edit your work, or just read what you have so far.

How to Write More: Habits of Effective Writers
Monday, December 7
12 – 1 p.m.

Few of us ever learn how to write with consistency and fluency, yet being able to do so can mean the difference between being a highly regarded researcher and one who is overlooked. Studies have shown that successful writers practice specific habits that help them flourish and make the process of writing less mysterious. This workshop will focus on these habits and provide practical advice for fostering them in your own writing.

It’s Cancer Awareness Month: Check out our eBooks & videos on cancer topics

September marks Cancer Awareness Month and to honor that we’re highlighting some of our digital resources focused on cancer treatments, oncology, and how things like social justice, climate change, and artificial intelligence are connected to cancer. Check out the resources below:

Cancer and Society: A Multidisciplinary Assessment and Strategies for Action

Encyclopedia of Cancer

Herbs for Cancer Treatment

Oncology in the Precision Medicine Era: Value-based Medicine

Kennedie and Zebrafish Fight Cancer Together [Video]



REGISTER NOW FOR FALL WORKSHOPS: Teaching Online, Tech Tools, Writing for Publication, and More

Regardless of what your classroom and office look like this fall, the Academic Commons is here to help you (and your students) succeed. Join us for virtual workshops on a range of topics including educational technology tools, writing retreats, faculty book clubs, and more.

Faculty Learning Community: Online Course Design (Book Club)
Starts Monday, October 5
10 – 11 a.m.

Spend time with like-minded faculty in these weekly sessions. Explore concepts deeply through reading, discussion, and reflection and put online best practices into use with your course. This community will use the book Minds Online to discuss aspects of online course design. Participants will work to design or revise an online course module.

Studio & Canvas: Using Studio for Video Content in Your Canvas Course
Tuesday, November 10
12 – 1 p.m.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about Studio, Canvas’ video recording tool. Studio allows easy recording and storage of new and existing video content, from introduction videos to screencasts, and supports useful features such as AI-generated subtitling and video quizzing.

Research Posters: On and Off the Wall
Monday, November 16
12 – 1 p.m.

This workshop will equip researchers to read posters quickly and craft posters that help the audience get their message. We will examine traditional and new poster designs and develop a toolkit for building strong, memorable, accessible posters.

Ally & Canvas: Create Accessible Course Materials with Ally
Wednesday, November 18
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the core principles of UDL and accessibility in education and will be introduced to Ally, the accessibility checker and remediation tool available in Canvas. The hands-on component of the workshop will involve reviewing the accessibility report for an instructor’s own course in Canvas and using Ally to do preliminary remediation of accessibility issues in Canvas course content.

Fall Writing Retreat
Friday, November 20
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join us this fall at our monthly half-day writing retreats, devoted solely to your writing projects. Most importantly, you’ll get quiet time to write. We’ll also have a writing consultant and librarian available to answer writing and research questions, help you find materials, talk over your journal choice, edit your work, or just read what you have so far.

How to Write More: Habits of Effective Writers
Monday, December 7
12 – 1 p.m.

Few of us ever learn how to write with consistency and fluency, yet being able to do so can mean the difference between being a highly regarded researcher and one who is overlooked. Studies have shown that successful writers practice specific habits that help them flourish and make the process of writing less mysterious. This workshop will focus on these habits and provide practical advice for fostering them in your own writing.

New eBooks this September: Topics include Clinical Research, Epidemiology, and More

We’re kicking off September by highlighting 25 new eBooks we added to our digital library. The books span a range of topics, so there’s something for everyone! Resources cover epidemiology, clinical research, occupational therapy, and more.

Adaptive Health Management Information Systems: Concepts, Cases, and Practical Applications

Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing

Biosimilars in Hematology and Oncology

A Clinical Approach to Geriatric Rehabilitation

Clinical Reasoning and Decision-Making in Physical Therapy: Facilitation, Assessment, and Implementation

Cognition, Occupation, and Participation Across the Life Span: Neuroscience, Neurorehabilitation, and Models of Intervention in Occupational Therapy

Communication and Care Coordination for the Palliative Care Team: A Handbook for Building and Maintaining Optimal Teams

Concept Mapping: A Clinical Judgment Approach to Patient Care

Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche

Cross Sectional Anatomy CT & MRI

Epidemiology for Public Health Practice

Evidence-based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice

The Failure of Risk Management

Family Practice and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination

Foundations of Clinical Research

Global Politics

Handbook of Musculoskeletal Tumors

Innovative Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Related Health Professions

Introduction to Epidemiology

Midwifery & Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Review Guide

Neonatology for Primary Care

Occupational Therapy for Adults with Intellectual Disability

PCCN Certification Review

Pediatric Mental Health: A Compendium of AAP Clinical Practice Guidelines and Policies

State and Local Taxation: Principles and Practices

The Pivot funding database has a new look

Pivot, the funding database, has upgraded its look and feel. Beginning September 9, when you log into Pivot (via Gutman Library or Scott Library), you will see a new “home dashboard” page that looks like the screenshot below. The site is now mobile-friendly. “Papers Invited” was re-named “Conferences.” The “Active” list was retired; any opportunities saved there are now in “Tracked Opps” with a tag to help you identify them.

New user interface benefits:

  • User friendly – more intuitive access to the most important and most used features.
  • More helpful – additional on-screen links to guide users to available help and resources.
  • Responsive – designed to be used and displayed fully across any device, desktop, or mobile.
  • Accessibility – provides a database that is accessible for all users.

For help making the best use of Pivot, please schedule an appointment with a librarian at Gutman or Scott.

It’s National Immunization Awareness Month: Celebrate with our videos and eBooks

Did you know that August is National Immunization Awareness Month? The goal of the month is to highlight the importance of vaccinations for people of all ages. Check out the resources below to learn more about vaccine regulations, the impact of vaccines on culture and knowledge gaps on vaccines, and how to encourage patients to get vaccines.

Adult Vaccinations: Changing the Immunization Paradigm

Gideon Guide to Vaccines

Let’s Talk Vaccines: A Clinician’s Guide to Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy and Saving Lives

Prelinger Archives: Babies and Breadwinners [VIDEO]

NEW: Quick Canvas Consults for Faculty

Quick Canvas Consults
Beginning Monday, August 17, and ending Friday, September 4, the Academic Commons (AC) will provide virtual support for your Canvas questions.

Think of Quick Canvas Consults as drop-in consultations where AC team members answer your Canvas questions in real-time. Quick Canvas Consults are intended as single question sessions that may be completed in 15-minutes or less. 

Visit the Quick Canvas Consults Collaborate Room at any of the times above to connect with the AC team.

Canvas Consultations 
If you have a more involved Canvas question or want to dive deeply into a specific Canvas function, please schedule a 1:1 consultation with an Academic Commons team member. You may schedule a 1:1 consultation through the Growing with Canvas course calendar appointment feature or email Julie.Phillips@jefferson.edu to arrange for lengthier consultations. 

FALL 2020 BOOK CLUB: Academia Next, The Futures of Higher Education

This semester, we invite you to join a virtual book to explore the many changes at play in higher education. Starting Thursday, August 27, Daniel Verbit of The Academic Commons & Paul J. Gutman Library and Christopher Pastore of The Center for Faculty Development and Nexus Learning will host the virtual book club. The club will meet virtually each Thursday of the Fall Semester from 1:30-2:15 p.m.

Each week, we’ll meet with colleagues and discuss a chapter from “Academia Next, The Futures of Higher Education” by futurist & Georgetown senior scholar, Dr. Bryan Alexander.

From the Publisher: 

The outlook for the future of colleges and universities is uncertain. Financial stresses, changing student populations, and rapidly developing technologies all pose significant challenges to the nation’s colleges and universities. In Academia Next, The Futures of Higher Education,” futurist and higher education expert Bryan Alexander addresses these evolving trends to better understand higher education’s next generation.

Please register online to join us as we discuss key topics with other Jeffersonians. All are welcome to join, but limited slots will be available in order to facilitate small group discussions. After capacity is reached, the sessions will be locked, so please register in advance.

The book is available online or purchase a copy at https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/academia-next or the bookseller of your choice.