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Join a Learning Community

October 13th, 2014

The Center for Teaching and Learning is partnering with the Institutional Faculty Development Committee to promote five learning communities this year. All learning communities are open to any faculty, staff or students interested in the topic and each community will set its own agenda and meeting style. For example, the Online Learning community group meets every other month and, much like a journal club, selects one or two papers for the group to read and then meets over lunch to discuss the papers.

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Apps Roundtable at Scott on October 16th

October 9th, 2014

Female student using a tablet computer in a libraryCome to the Apps Roundtable to learn from your fellow students about the apps they’re using for their academic needs.

    WHEN: Thursday, October 16, from noon – 1 pm

    WHERE: Scott Library, Room 200A

A pizza lunch will be provided.

To register for this event, or if you have any questions, please contact Brian Cuzzolina at or (215) 503-2787.



Human Library Event at Scott on October 30th

October 9th, 2014

human library

Don’t judge a book by its cover…   You’re invited to attend the Human Library event.

WHEN: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 11am – 3pm (register for one 30 minute slot during this time). Discussion/reception from 3pm – 4pm

WHERE: Scott Library, 2nd floor

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Ebola Information from the CDC

October 6th, 2014

The CDC added a module dedicated to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (in English and French) to its site on Ebola (Ebola Virus Disease). Features include:

  • Overview
  • Case counts
  • Updates
  • Q&As
  • Outbreak cases distribution map
  • CDC response

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JeffALERT Test 10/14: Update Your Contact Info by 10/9

October 6th, 2014

On Tuesday, OCTOBER 14 at noon, Jefferson will conduct a CAMPUS-WIDE test of the JeffALERT system. All students, faculty and staff will receive a test alert on this date to:

  • ensure that the system is functioning properly
  • validate your contact information
  • help you become comfortable with how the system operates, and
  • familiarize you with the types of messages that can be sent from JeffALERT

The effectiveness of JeffALERT in an emergency situation depends on having up-to-date personal contact information from you.  In preparation for this October 14 test, we are strongly encouraging you to take a few minutes to review and update your contact information by October 9 to ensure that you receive this test as well as other alerts, in the event that there is an emergency on campus.

Download the full announcement and instructions for updating your information.


Jefferson Digital Commons Quarterly Report for July-September 2014 Now Available

October 6th, 2014

On September 14, 2014 the Jefferson Digital Commons reached 2 million downloads. To date the JDC contains 9,186 assets and has 2,013,794 full-text downloads. View a list of the 138 assets added this quarter.

The latest JDC quarterly report is now available and covers the following:

  •  Milestone: 2 million downloads for the Jefferson Digital Commons
  • Some statistics
  • New assets added to the JDC
  • Historical Materials
  • What people are saying about the JDC

Read the full report.

If you have any Jefferson-produced content that you would like archived in the Jefferson Digital Commons contact or

19 E-Books New to Scott Library in September

October 1st, 2014

Sept 14 ebook covers

Scott Library added these 19 e-books in September to the growing collection:

Lumbar Puncture Video and More: Updates from Access Medicine

September 30th, 2014

In addition to new editions of textbooks, which we include in our monthly new e-books lists, AccessMedicine is continuously producing new associated content. Sign up for their newsletter to learn about new resources, videos, animations, and text updates to leading medical titles such as Harrison’s OnlineCMDT, Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine, and Hurst’s The Heart. Take a look at a few recent updates from the September newsletter:

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New Guide to BrowZine on SML Site

September 22nd, 2014

Browse thousands of journals from your iPad, iPhone, or Android tablet! The BrowZine™ app is a browsable newsstand of Scott Memorial Library’s top journals.

Whether you’re new to BrowZine or already use the app, check out Scott Library’s BrowZine Guide to learn more about great new features:

  • Browse journals by Subject or Journal title
  • Read full-text journal articles
  • Save, send, or export journal articles
  • Create a Bookshelf of favorite journals
  • Receive notifications when new articles are published
  • Sync your Bookshelf across multiple devices

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Jefferson is Bike Friendly: Free, Covered Parking in Hamilton Garage

September 19th, 2014

In continuing support of wellness and healthy lifestyles for our staff and students, Jefferson has committed significant storage space on campus for bicycles. In addition to other locations on campus, the Hamilton Garage on 11th Street, between Walnut and Locust, now includes dedicated space and bike racks that will accommodate more than 100 bikes.

How to Locate the Hamilton Bike Racks
The racks are on level P1, the first level as you enter the garage, on the far right side – past the Garage cashier office.  When you pass the office, turn to the right. In that vicinity, along the perimeter wall, racks for motorcycle parking are also available.

See the Jefferson Bicycle Racks Location List and Map on the Commuter Services website.

Resources for Bicycling
Get bike maps of Philadelphia, learn about bike laws and more – visit the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia website.

Learn about the many wellness programs available at Jefferson and earn points towards a discount on your Jefferson health plan. Visit the LiveWell@Jeff section on the HR website.

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine (at Scott, 9/29-11/8)

September 18th, 2014

Potter exhibitFrom September 29 – November 8, 2014, Scott Library will host Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, an exhibition developed and produced by the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine.

A reception was held on Tuesday, Sept. 30th featuring TJU’s Nicole Salomone speaking on the topic, “How Magic Became Science.” View the presentation.

For more information, contact Pat Wynne, (215) 503-7815.

From the exhibition website:

In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power.

 The exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.

This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Curated by Elizabeth J. Bland.

image: Harry Potter’s World letterhead with owl

Medical Instruments in the Archives: How Were These Used?

September 17th, 2014

Welcome back to Medical Instrument Monday from the Archives and Special Collections Twitter page!

This week’s question:What were the items in this case used for?

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Two Million Downloads for the Jefferson Digital Commons

September 16th, 2014


Strike up the band, turn up the tunes, and break out your dancing shoes! On September 14, 2014 the Jefferson Digital Commons surpassed 2 million downloads. As of Monday September 15, 2014 the JDC has 2,000,842 total downloads.

The lucky asset that registered the 2 millionth download was: A 47-Year Old Female with Muscular Rigidity, New-Onset Diabetes and Hypothyroidism from The Medicine Forum.

The top 10 most-downloaded assets in the JDC include:

1. Part IV: University Components and Activities — Chapter 58: The Women’s Board (pages 991-1018)
2. Multiple Pregnancies: Determining Chorionicity and Amnionicity
3. Understanding “sports hernia” (athletic pubalgia) – The anatomic and pathophysiologic basis for abdominal and groin pain in athletes
4. Photo quiz – pruritic rash after ocean swim
5. A Case Study of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Some Diagnostic Considerations
6. Pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of spinal meningoceles and arachnoid cysts
7. Acute proximal hamstring rupture
8. Metastatic disease to the pancreas and spleen
9. Simple linear measurements of the normal liver: Interobserver agreement and correlation with hepatic volume on MRI
10. Using the Infant/Toddler Sensory Profile in Early Intervention Services

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Blackboard Replaces Pulse on University Web

September 15th, 2014

Have you been using Pulse as your primary site for accessing campus information? TJU is now officially using Blackboard Learn (originally introduced in July 2013) in place of Pulse. The same information resources can be found in Blackboard, which is faster, up to date, and performs better on mobile devices.

Remember, Pulse is now Blackboard. The address is easy to remember, too: Be sure to update your browser favorites and/or bookmarks!


JournalGuide Verifies That Journals Are Legitimate

September 12th, 2014

JournalGuide helps researchers find the best journal for their manuscript. Now the free online database has added a verification service to make it easier to evaluate whether journals are not only suitable, but also trustworthy.

This verification service can be particularly helpful when researchers receive emails from unfamiliar journals asking them to submit papers, review papers, or join the editorial board. With JournalGuide, they can quickly check whether the journal has been verified and learn other details about the journal, such as any costs associated with publication.

JournalGuide introduced the verification process to help researchers sift through new journals and avoid any that follow predatory or fraudulent practices. In the past 10 years, the number of open access journals has grown from a few hundred to more than 10,000, according to the Directory of Open Access Journals, so it can be hard to keep track.

The database determines if a journal is verified by confirming whether it is included in a high-value index or vetted by more than one subject-specialized index. Journals that are not verified are not excluded because JournalGuide is a comprehensive database. A detailed white paper on the criteria and process of the verified designation is available here.

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