Category Archives: Teaching Faculty

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

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. 

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.


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.

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.

Science Storytelling
Wednesday, December 16
12-1 p.m.

The elevator pitch! The purpose of this workshop is to introduce scientists to the idea that storytelling matters if they want to get resources and support for their science. Elements of a “good story” can apply to scholarly writing, and scholarly evidence demonstrates that certain elements of narrative writing increase citation frequency.

Fall Writing Retreat
Friday, December 18
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join us for our monthly half-day writing retreats, devoted solely to your writing projects. You’ll get quiet time to write, and we’ll 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.

You can join us for all or part of the retreat each month, as your schedule allows.

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]

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 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 or the bookseller of your choice. 

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

New Ebooks for August: Topics Include Occupational Therapy, Teaching Online, Climate Refugees, and Queer & Trans Voices in Healthcare

This August, the Scott Memorial Library added 25 eBooks to our collection. Topics include teaching online, climate refugees, and queer and trans voices in healthcare. Read the list of new titles below or browse our complete eBook collection on our website.

Adult Physical Conditions: Intervention Strategies for Occupational Therapy Assistants

Asher’s Occupational Therapy Assessment Tools

Atlas of Orthoses and Assistive Devices

Climate Refugees: Beyond the Legal Impasse?

The Clinical Practice of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing

Clinical Prediction Models: A Practical Approach to Development, Validation, and Updating

The Cultural Dimension of Global Business

Defects in T Cell Trafficking and Resistance to Cancer Immunotherapy

Diagnostic Imaging: Breast

Dopamine Handbook

Evaluation in Occupational Therapy: Obtaining and Interpreting Data

First in Fly: Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery

Handbook of Materials for Nanomedicine: Polymeric Nanomaterials

Individual Motivation Within Groups: Social Loafing and Motivation Gains in Work, Academic, and Sports Teams

Interviewing for Qualitative Inquiry: A Relational Approach

Occupational Therapy with Aging Adults

Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness

Psychosocial Well-being of Children and Adolescents in Latin America: Evidence-based Interventions

Qualitative Research in the Health Professions

Quality Caring in Nursing and Health Systems: Implications for Clinicians, Educators, and Leaders

The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care

Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes

Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

Telephone Triage for Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Yale Swallow Protocol: An Evidence-based Approach to Decision Making