Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund is Back: Apply Now!

Did you know that Jefferson can help cover the cost of getting published?

The Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund provides financial support to faculty, students, and staff who wish to publish in Open Access (OA) journals. Financial support primarily covers Article Processing Charges.

Jefferson will provide up to $2,500 per article, and the amount provided is based on the number of contributing Jefferson authors.

Funds are provided on a first-come, first-approved basis so hurry and apply today!

Learn more about the Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund and apply here. Check out a list of last year’s funded projects here.

Saying Goodbye to a Library Legend: Stan Gorski Retires

This post originally appeared on Jefferson’s Facebook. Follow @jeffersonuniv on social media or visit for more university news.

Stan Gorski, director of the Paul J. Gutman Library on the East Falls Campus, retires this week after 37 years with the university! Read below for a Q&A with Stan where he looks back at his career and what lies ahead:

How has your job at the University changed over the years?
I started as a part-time evening librarian in the old Pastore Library in the early ’80s. Around the same time, I organized and developed the rare book collection and school archives. This became my main role until the late ’80s when I was hired as a full-time librarian in charge of interlibrary loan and reference. However, as my responsibilities changed over the years, I was always involved with special collections. I acted as interim director on three occasions and became associate director in 2010. With the retirement of Karen Albert in 2016, I was made director of the library.

What have been some of your favorite University moments or projects?
In the planning for the new Gutman library in the late ’80s, all the librarians were included in designing the interior space. Brainstorming the future needs of students in a new building was a fulfilling experience. I also was part of the team that planned and coordinated the development of the “Single Bullet” exhibition highlighting Arlen Specter’s role in the Warren Commission. By bringing together students, faculty, librarians and outside experts, it was a true collaborative learning experience.

What’s something people would be surprised to find out about you?
I’m an avid reader of science fiction and mysteries. I also collect science fiction first editions and sell at regional rare book fairs. I always have been interested in art, and in the ’70s, I studied at the Barnes Institute under Violette de Mazia.

What’s the first thing you will do in retirement?
My daughter asked me and my wife to come to Chicago and help with the preparations for the christening of my first grandchild.

Congratulations, Stan and thank you for all you have done! Enjoy retirement! 

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition Coming in October

Faculty, if you require your students to follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th edition style, prepare for the 7th edition. It won’t be published until October so don’t expect to require it until at least next term. However, you can review the “what’s new” section of the introduction now and consider allowing 7th edition changes like single spaces after periods and singular use of the pronoun they.

Canvas Workshops for Faculty: Register Now

Canvas, Jefferson’s new learning management system, is coming! Canvas will replace Blackboard in June 2020. To help faculty prepare for the switch, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is hosting workshops and one-on-one Canvas consultations.


Workshop titles include Canvas Basics, Mobile Canvas, Grading in Canvas, Communicating with Canvas, and Advanced Canvas. View the complete Canvas workshops schedule for Center City and sign up here. We are in the process of finalizing meeting locations for East Falls Workshops and will share registration links as soon as they become available.

Upcoming Canvas Basics Workshops:
Tuesday, August 27, 12-1:30, Scott 307
Wednesday, September 11, 2-3:30, JAH 13-B
Thursday, September 19, 9-10:30, Scott 307
Friday, September 27, 10-11, JAH 311

View more dates and register here.

Visit Jefferson’s Canvas website ( for additional resources and information.

Meet Janice: Access Manager for the Circulation Desk at the SML

If you need help finding something at the Scott Memorial Library (SML), asking Janice Reid-Clarke is the best place to start. Janice has worked at the SML for 17 years, and in the role of Access Manager for the Circulation Area, she knows just about everything going on at the library. Chances are, if you’ve got a question, she can answer it.

We sat down with Janice to learn about why she’s continued to work at the library for 17 years, what she loves about her job, and where you can find her when she’s not behind the circulation desk.

Q: How long have you worked at Jefferson?
I have been here since 2002, so I’ve worked at Jefferson for 17 years. I’ve worked in the Scott Memorial Library since I started.

Q: Seventeen years is a long time! What is your favorite thing about working in the library?

Working in the library is a very fulfilling job for me. I always wanted to work in an academic setting, so when the opportunity arose I gladly accepted it. I get to meet library patrons from such different backgrounds and walks of life, which is really rewarding.

I’m outgoing, so what I love about my job is that I get to listen to people’s problems and concerns and try to solve them. I want everyone’s experience at the library to be positive so it really makes my day when I can help out a patron.

Q: What can library patrons come to you about?

If students need helping finding articles or books, I can help with that. I can answer their basic reference questions. If a student has a reference question that is more in-depth, I’ll connect them with a librarian, but I’m usually the first place to start.

Q: There are so many resources available to students here at the library. Do you have any tips or suggestions for how students can best take advantage of everything at their fingertips?
Students take advantage of the resources we offer here, which is great to see. One thing that students don’t always know is that they can reserve a room in advance. So, if a student knows they want to come in later that day and will need a group study room or a quiet space, they should reserve it ahead of time on our website.

Q: Where can patrons find you in the library?
I’m on the second floor of the library, behind the circulation desk.

Q: When not on the second floor of the library, where is your favorite place on campus to hang out?

I like to go to the café here in the library. It’s on the first floor. I find it really peaceful – it’s my relaxing place. If you can’t find me on the second floor, that’s often where I am!

Q: We work in a library, so you know we’re going to ask. What’s your favorite book or genre of books?

I love mystery, fiction, and fantasy genres. Some of my favorite authors are Danielle Steel and Nicholas Sparks. What’s great about working in the library is I can just peruse the shelves here and take out something that I find interesting.

Q: Any books on your reading list?
I really want to read Becoming by Michelle Obama and Where the Crawdads Sing. I keep hearing great things about that one.

AccessEmergency Medicine is here!

Get e-Books, drug info, videos, case files, and study tools, all with an emergency medicine focus. Read current emergency medicine texts, including Tintalli’s Emergency Medicine Manual, CURRENT Diagnosis & Treatment Emergency Medicine, and CURRENT Diagnosis & Treatment Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Medical students and residents, check out the study tools!  Watch videos of common procedures, study case files, and build custom multiple-choice quizzes to test yourself on a variety of emergency medicine topics.

Contact us at AskaLibrarian with questions about AccessEmergency Medicine.

Learn more about AccessEmergency Medicine and SML’s other databases here.

EndNote for Mac Users: EndNote X9.3 Coming this fall

This fall, Apple will release macOS Catalina. Prior to that launch, EndNoteX9 for macOS will be extensively updated to ensure compatibility.

EndNote X9 Users
If you are a Mac user and already have EndNote X9, please install all updates as they become available to avoid interruption of your workflow.

The new version of EndNote X9 will be called EndNote X9.3. Once you have installed X9.3, you can upgrade to macOS Catalina.

EndNote X8 Users
Since Apple decided to drop all 32-bit application support, it is expected that EndNote X8 (and earlier versions) will not run on MacOS Catalina.

If you’d prefer not to upgrade to EndNote X9, you may keep working on your current macOS. The EndNote team does not recommend upgrading to Catalina with EndNote X8 and earlier as they expect major compatibility issues.

To learn more, read EndNote’s complete article.

To install EndNote X9 and updates, download the software and visit the library guide for tips.

Contact Ask-A-Librarian with any questions about EndNote.

Check out the new Jefferson University Libraries website!

This August, Jefferson University Libraries (Paul J. Gutman Library, Scott Memorial Library, Wilmer Library) launched a new website! Check out the updated site ( to take a peek at our new look.

TIP: Bookmark your library’s homepage URL:

Gutman (
Scott (
Wilmer (

So, what’s new? More resources! Now that all three libraries are on the same website, you can access online resources from other libraries. Browse what is available on the search and check out the events and programs happening at different library locations.

On the updated Gutman and Scott homepages, you can search each library’s physical and online collections, reserve meeting space, request interlibrary loan services, chat with a librarian immediately, and request a consultation.

And don’t miss the Jefferson Libraries blog, where we’ll highlight new resources, promote upcoming events in the libraries and Design Center, and share university and library news.

We hope you enjoy the new Jefferson University Libraries website!

Professional Writing & Presentation Workshops at East Falls: Register Now!

Starting next month, experts from the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC) will host writing and presentation workshops for East Falls faculty and researchers.

If you are writing for publication or developing conference presentations, let us help! Workshops will be held in the Gutman Library one Tuesday a month starting in September. Get tips and tools to prioritize writing, discover the habits of successful writers, learn how to assess a journal’s impact factor, and more.

Join us on Tuesday, September 10, from 1:15 – 2:15 pm, for our first workshop: Introduction to the OPWPC as a Resource. Check out the complete list of workshops at both Gutman Library (East Falls) and Scott Memorial Library (Center City) and sign up here.

Looking for one-on-one help? Our experts will be on-site for individual consultations on Tuesdays in the library throughout the year. At a consultation, we’ll offer feedback and guidance, whether you need motivation getting started on a manuscript or presentation, advice on structure and flow, or feedback on a finished draft. Below is our one-on-one consultation schedule. Email an OPWPC expert to set up a meeting.

September 10                       Jennifer Wilson

October 8                              Pamela Walter

November 5                          Jennifer Wilson

December 10                       Pamela Walter

January 14                            Pamela Walter

February 4                             Jennifer Wilson

March 3                                 Jennifer Wilson

April 7                                     Pamela Walter

SML: New E-books in August!

This August, the SML adds 25 e-books to our virtual shelves! View the list below or check out our full collection here.

Atlas of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction (second edition)

Atlas of Operative Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Breast Imaging Companion

Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession

Cesarean Delivery: A Comprehensive Illustrated Practical Guide

Chassin’s Operative Strategy in General Surgery: An Expositive Atlas

Chesley’s Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy (fourth edition)

Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Color Doppler, 3D and 4D Ultrasound in Gynecology, Infertility and Obstetrics

Complications in Anesthesia E-Book

Comprehensive Surgical Management of Congenital Heart Disease

Critical Care Obstetrics

Current Therapy of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

Electronic Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring: The 5-Tier System

Essentials of Fetal and Uterine Monitoring

Fetal and Neonatal Secrets

Hacker & Moore’s Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Innovations and Advances in Wound Healing

Llewellyn-Jones Fundamentals of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Male Breast Cancer

Munro Kerr’s Operative Obstetrics

Obstetrics in Family Medicine

The Hip: AANA Advanced Arthroscopic Surgical Techniques

Vascular Neurology Board Review: Questions and Answers

Wheater’s Pathology: A Text, Atlas and Review of Histopathology

Q&A with Meg Leister, Access Services Supervisor at Gutman Library

Walk into Gutman Library and chances are the first thing you hear is a warm, “Hello, welcome to the library!”  Meg Leister, the friendly face behind the Circulation Desk, greets each patron with a smile, immediately jumping into action to help find what they need.

If you aren’t greeted by Meg, it’s one of the library student workers, who she hires, trains, and supports. We sat down with Meg to learn about how long she’s been at Jefferson, what motivates her to keep coming back every day, and what she thinks are the best-kept secrets about the library.

Q: How long have you been working at Jefferson?
It will be nine years this August. I’ve always worked in the Gutman Library.

Q: What is your favorite thing about working in the library?
Hands down, my favorite thing about working in the library is interacting with the students. The best is when we have student workers who work here all four years of college, they become a part of our group! It’s always sad when they graduate and leave, but it’s great to have students who come back year after year. We get to see them grow.

Q: Do you keep in touch with any of the students after graduation?
Yes! I try to keep in touch with them. Some will ask me to write job recommendations. It’s fun to see where they end up.

Q: What is the best-kept secret or resource for students here at the library that people may not know?
I think students don’t always take advantage of the fact that there is a librarian who is a liaison to their discipline and who they can contact at any time set up a one-on-one appointment. In addition to the reference support that’s available, it’s great that there is someone who really knows their area of study and can help.

Q: If you’re not at the library, where can we find you on campus?
I love going for walks on campus. I take different routes. I love walking to the tennis courts.

The campus is so beautiful to explore as the seasons’ change. I also love visiting the Design Center to see what’s there and eat outside. I like to sit and imagine the parties and fun they must have had there back in the day.

NEW STUDENTS: Succeed at Jefferson with the PASS Workshop on 8/16

Being a new student at Jefferson can be overwhelming and stressful. You are dealing with new surroundings, demanding academic pressures, and more. Let the Office of Student Affairs help make your transition a success.

Preparing Academic Success Strategies (PASS) is a FREE half-day workshop that will give you the skills to adjust to the new learning demands at Jefferson. Staff from the Office of Student Affairs will share tips on time management and efficient study strategies and give you tools to help with exam preparation and test-taking.

PASS will be held on Friday, August 16 from 9am – 1pm in Eakins Lounge, JAH. To sign up, complete this survey: Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about PASS, or to learn about the Office of Student Affairs, visit their website.

New Editions of CiteScore Metrics and Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

The new yearly editions of Scopus CiteScore and Clarivate Analytics Journal Citation Reports (JCR) are available. 

While no one metric should be given too much weight, authors considering where to submit a manuscript may want to use these sources to look into journals’ citation patterns. Researchers and students new to a field may want to look at rankings within a subject category to discover journals to read. Learn more about the JCR release and the CiteScore release. 

CiteScore metrics are freely available to the public. Jeffersonians can also find it by logging into Scopus and clicking Sources at the top of the page. 

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is available to Jeffersonians from the list of databases. 

Please contact Ask a Librarian or the CTL Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication with any questions about journal metrics. 

Postdocs & PhD students: Join PSERT!

If you are a researcher working at Jefferson and are interested in developing your reviewing, editing, and writing skills, join the Postdoctoral Scientific Editing and Reviewing Team (PSERT). Simply complete an upcoming training to join our team!

What PSERT does
PSERT edits and reviews manuscripts (scientific papers, reviews, master thesis, reports, grants, and other scientific works).

Who can join PSERT?
All postdocs, researchers, and PhDs can join PSERT.

Invitation to Peer Editing Training
Before joining PSERT, complete the two 90-minute training sessions.

Training Sessions
Improve Content and Clarity: Thursday, August 1, 12-1:30 pm, Scott 200A
Improve Correctness: Thursday, August 8, 12-1:30 pm, Scott 200A

To RSVP, email 

To learn more about PSERT, check out this flyer.

Canvas is Coming: FAQs, Timeline, and Getting Started!

Jefferson transitions learning management systems (LMS) from Blackboard to Canvas next spring (June 2020). We know that many faculty are excited and eager to get started with Canvas now. As we begin the switch, we want to answer some questions we’ve received from faculty, provide a brief timeline of the Canvas project, and offer a few action steps you can take right away!

Canvas is intuitive for faculty and provides the best learner-centered experience for our students. Based on reviews and feedback we received from learners and faculty on both campuses during LMS testing,  we know Canvas is the best LMS for us!

Getting Started


When will Blackboard go away?
Jefferson retires Blackboard on June 30, 2020. 

Should I create my courses in Blackboard or Canvas?
We strongly recommend that newly developed courses be created in Canvas and not in Blackboard. Any course that extends beyond the June 30, 2020 retirement, must be created in Canvas. You may select between Blackboard and Canvas for courses that have previously been taught.

I’m ready to get started! Is there any training offered to faculty now?
Yes! To get started, we suggest completing the self-directed online training called “Growing with Canvas.”

Canvas created this asynchronous course with two primary goals. First, the course introduces you to Canvas as a learner to experience the platform. Second, the course showcases evidence-based course design tools and strategies available in the Canvas environment.

Please email Julie Phillips for access to the training and your personalized Canvas sandbox, where you can explore and complete Growing with Canvas tasks and assignments.

What types of resources and training guides can I utilize?
The CTL is creating a library of Canvas resources that will be available on the Canvas website ( soon.These resources include step-by-step written guides and video tutorials for the most common actions and tasks. We will post a training calendar with details on workshops, dates, and links to register to the website this summer.

What in-person trainings will be offered?
The CTL will offer three types of in-person training: scheduled workshops, Canvas Camps, and one-on-one sessions.

Early workshop titles include*:
Canvas Basics
Communicating with Canvas
Grading with Canvas
Mobile Canvas

We will hold workshops  on both the Center City and the East Falls campuses. Select workshops will be available virtually, and some workshops will be recorded. Registration for these workshops will open in mid- to late-August. *Workshop titles are subject to change*

Canvas Camps
We plan on facilitating at least four Canvas Camps in Academic Year 2019-2020 in addition to workshops. These Camps will focus on building your course in Canvas. We will offer both full and half-day options for Jeffersonians.

Dates for Canvas Camps have not yet been set. We anticipate hosting Canvas Camps in late December 2019 or early January 2020, mid to late spring 2020, and the summer of 2020. We expect to host Canvas Camp on both the Center City and the East Falls campuses.

One-on-One Sessions
The CTL will host Canvas office hours for faculty to schedule one-on-one sessions. Additionally, we are happy to attend Faculty Meetings or relevant committee meetings to present a 15-minute introduction to Canvas.

If a College, department, or program has internal adoption and/or benchmark dates they are considering, we’re happy to collaborate on a series of workshops to help the College achieve its goals in Canvas.

I can’t wait until next spring! Can I be an early adopter and make the switch to Canvas now?
We suggest early adopters complete the online Growing with Canvas course as soon as possible and schedule a follow-up consultation with a curriculum and instructional design specialist. A course(s) with lower enrollment for the fall semester makes an ideal pilot course in Canvas.


This timeline will be updated as specific events, trainings, and programs are scheduled.

Spring 2019 mid- to late-June Canvas training for faculty begins


Summer 2019 Canvas workshops, one-on-one faculty trainings, and online resources and materials become available online ( and are updated summer 2019- August 2020
Fall 2019 Canvas early adopter courses begin

Ongoing workshops and one-on-one trainings


Winter 2020 Late December/Early January: Canvas Camp

Ongoing workshops and one-on-one trainings


Spring 2020 Mid/Late Spring: Canvas Camp

Ongoing workshops and one-on-one trainings

June 2020 Blackboard retires. Canvas becomes the learning management system supported at Jefferson
August 2020 Canvas Camp

One-on-one sessions


Getting Started

Ready to dive into Canvas? Here are three things you can do right away:

  • Email Julie Phillips if you are interested in being an early adopter, wish to sign up for Canvas training now ,or would like us to come speak at your next faculty meeting.
  • Bookmark the Canvas website and check back frequently for updated training sessions, resources, and news. Follow the CTL on Twitter for additional Canvas updates.
  • Spread the word! Share your excitement with fellow faculty. We’ve got Canvas swag (buttons, pens, note pads) for those interested in helping get the word out.