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Wellness Resources for Students During COVID-19

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful and anxiety-provoking, especially for those who are already experiencing significant change and displacement as a university student.

Being proactive about developing a wellness plan will help you cope with some of the added stressors many of you are feeling and will help make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Remember, your approach to holistic wellness is a personal journey (you determine what works best!) but please know that we are here to help.

Jefferson’s Counseling Services and Student Personal Counseling Center and the Jefferson Recreation and Fitness Centers are here to assist you during this time with a variety of programming and resources such as virtual fitness classes, emotional, financial and social wellness tips and more.

The site will be continually updated, so please check back frequently and don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Deanna Nobleza, Director of the Student Personal Counseling Center, with any questions or concerns at Deanna.Nobleza@jefferson.edu.

Learn about what academic support is available to students from the Office of Student Affairs.

New and improved: Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) website gets a new look

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) has a new website design!

The JDC is Jefferson’s open access institutional repository. It is a free service of the Academic Commons (AC) that helps you share your scholarly work with the world. All Jefferson faculty, staff, researchers, and students can contribute.

Highlights of the new site

  • More resources on open access
  • New site organizational structure makes it easier to browse content and find what you’re looking for
  • Mobile and iPad optimization so you can access the site anywhere
    (Note: If viewing the website on an iPad, view in landscape mode, not portrait.)

Why you should submit

Publish your work in the JDC to broaden the reach and impact of your work:

  • Your work will show up in search engines like Google, Google Scholar, Bing
  • Get access to a rich set of metrics like the Author Dashboard and PlumX Metrics, which allow you to understand who is accessing your work and how
  • Show your support for open access. Often when you publish an article, it gets put behind a paywall, limiting the number of people who can access it. By including your work in the JDC, it will be freely available to anyone

What’s in the JDC

As of early 2020, the Jefferson Digital Commons repository has:

Check out the new website and stay up-to-date on what’s going on at the Academic Commons and Jefferson Archives by following us on Twitter!

Tools to Help Students Succeed While Learning Online

Students:

As you adjust to learning exclusively online, we want to make sure you know about key services available, provided by the Office of Student Affairs and the Academic Commons.

From the Office of Student Affairs

Time Management Tips & Study Skills

  • Join Jim Dyksen, Director of Academic Support Services, every Wednesday at 11 a.m., to discuss any study and learning strategy questions you might have in the weeks ahead. Zoom link: https://Jefferson.zoom.us/j/797699545
  • Book an individual appointment with the Academic Support Services team. Select the Book Now! button on the website to get started.

Student Writing Center

  • Book an individual appointment by selecting Book An Appointment on the website. Appointments may be conducted via Zoom, phone conference, or email communication. If you have questions contact Eileen Cunniffe.

Accessibility Services

  • Contact Jennifer Fogerty with new requests for accommodations or questions about utilizing accommodations in an online format.

Visit the Office of Student Affairs website for more information.

From the Academic Commons

Educational Technologies Support

Scott Memorial Library – Librarian Consultations & Reference Questions

“Fair Use” and Access to Educational Resources for Online Teaching

Only one month ago we made a series of blog posts about Fair Use Week, where we celebrated the importance of this doctrine in US Copyright Law, and how it benefits libraries and faculty that wish to use copyrighted materials for educational purposes.

Little did we know then how much an important part of our academic lives this doctrine would play, as universities across the country now work to transition to online learning as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Luckily, copyright and scholarly communication librarians are available to help! A collection of librarians have written and signed a public statement that is designed to provide “clarity” for faculty about how copyright law applies to our current unique situation. This document, titled  “Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching and Research,” begins by acknowledging the flexibility of “fair use,” and how the law is well designed to help educators temporarily overcome the hurdles that they are facing. 

It encourages educators to think through fair use issues as they transition to online learning, but not to agonize over their choices. The sudden nature of this shift, combined with the clear public benefit in allowing individuals to continue their education uninterrupted, means that courts are likely to view arguments of fair use favorably. The document encourages faculty to make use of the four factors in their analysis, to use technology to limit access to copyright materials, to use only the amount of a resource that they need to use to meet their teaching goals and to always use legally obtained resources. As long as faculty do these things, and are thoughtful in how they justify their decisions, the law is highly likely to support the temporary use of copyrighted items. 

Finally, it is interesting to note that many publishers, such as JSTOR, Gale, Sage, Cambridge University, among others, are also providing access to their resources during this crisis. However, this temporary access also reminds us of the inequalities that students and citizens all over the globe typically face when it comes to gaining access to academic and scholarly materials. The way that this current crisis helps to highlight this inequity for us all, will be the focus of a future blog post.

Visit our copyright guide for more information.

Canvas Basics Workshops: Now Online!

The Academic Commons is going virtual with Canvas workshops! Starting this week, we’ll host online workshops to introduce Jefferson faculty to our new learning management system, Canvas. REMINDER: Canvas replaces Blackboard at Jefferson on June 30, 2020.

Canvas Basics:
In this hands-on workshop, you will explore Jefferson’s new learning management system—Canvas.

Participants will review access to Canvas for faculty and students: getting to know the layout and organization of Canvas, exploring your dashboard, and introducing key course-building features. We will discuss five critical elements or actions to take in your Canvas course.

This workshop will serve as an introduction to and a general overview of Canvas. Participants will:

  • Access Canvas and discuss preferred browsers
  • Explore the global navigation menu
  • Identify course building blocks
  • Describe five critical elements or actions to take in your Canvas course.

Upcoming Basics workshops are scheduled for:

Monday, March 30 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Monday, April 6 from 3:00 -5:00 pm  

Thursday, April 9 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Please register! Registration ensures you have Canvas privileges and access!

Links to join the online training will be emailed to registrants after they sign up. Browse our complete Canvas workshop online schedule.





Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy: Over 300 videos of human anatomic specimens added to Gutman’s video collection

Access to Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy is now available to all Jeffersonians! The video resource includes nearly 330 videos of human anatomic specimens.

The resource includes five volumes of videos: The Upper Extremity, The Lower Extremity, The Trunk, The Head and Neck, and the Internal Organs. 

Acland’s Video Atlas is especially useful for students because the resource:

  • Gives a three-dimensional look at anatomy
  • Shows real movement of muscles, tendons, and joints
  • Offers clear narration and labeled instructions
  • Builds complex structures step-by-step

Learn more about Acland’s Video Atlas. Browse Gutman’s complete video collection.

Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy: Over 300 videos of human anatomic specimens added to the SML video collection

Access to Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy is now available to all Jeffersonians! The video resource includes nearly 330 videos of human anatomic specimens. 

The resource includes five volumes of videos: The Upper Extremity, The Lower Extremity, The Trunk, The Head and Neck, and the Internal Organs. 

Acland’s Video Atlas is especially useful for students and practitioners because it:

  • Gives a three-dimensional look at anatomy
  • Shows real movement of muscles, tendons, and joints
  • Offers clear narration and labeled instructions
  • Builds complex structures step-by-step

Learn more about Acland’s Video Atlas. Check out the SML’s complete video collection.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Scott Memorial Library Transitions to Online Model, Services Available Remotely

Access to the Scott Memorial Library is unavailable until further notice.

Following Jefferson’s response to COVID-19, the Scott Memorial Library is taking measures to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty, while continuing to provide support and resources to our patrons. While access to the library space is unavailable at this time, our resources, support, and services are still available remotely!

Chat with a Librarian
Virtual consultations can be scheduled and held as online meetings via Zoom. Request a consultation to connect with a librarian.

For quick questions, contact us via the Live Chat on our homepage, email us at AskaLibrarian@jefferson.edu.

Remote Access to Resources
Access SML’s digital resources like databases, e-Books, and journals from our website. Check out our step-by-step guide, which walks you through the options for accessing full-text journal articles and e-books remotely.

Returning Materials & Due Dates
Once the library reopens, you can return any borrowed materials without penalty. Email us at AskaLibrarian@jefferson.edu with questions about returning materials.

InterLibrary Loan Requests
Our InterLibrary Loan services are slightly limited at this time, but if you order a book or article, we will try our best to fulfill your requests!

Book & Book Chapter Requests: If we are able to locate an electronic copy of the requested book, we will order the item and deliver it to you electronically (via ILLiad). If we are unable to locate an electronic copy of the book, we will not be able to mail you a physical copy at this time.

Journal Article Requests: If we are able to access the requested article from another library, we will deliver it to you electronically (via iLLIad).

Email ill@jefferson.edu with any questions regarding InterLibrary Loan.

Accessing the Collections
Access to the library’s physical collections, including the University Archives, is currently unavailable.

For the most up-to-date information about the Scott Library’s services and resources, visit our website and follow us on Twitter. If you have any questions, contact us at AskaLibrarian@jefferson.edu.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gutman Library Transitions to Online Model, Services Available Remotely

Starting at 3 PM on Wednesday, March 18, the Gutman Library will transition to an online model where services are available remotely.

Following Jefferson’s response to COVID-19, the Gutman Library is taking measures to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty, while continuing to support our patrons. While access to the library space is unavailable at this time, our resources, support, and services are available online!

Chat with a Librarian
Consultations can be scheduled and held as online meetings via Zoom. Request a library consultation using the Request a Consultation form.

For quick questions, contact us using the library’s Live Chat, available on our homepage, or email us at AskGutman@jefferson.edu.

Remote Access to Resources
You can access Gutman’s databases, e-Books, research guides, mobile applications and more from our website.  Learn more about remote access here.

Returning Books & Due Dates
Due dates have been extended to August 24, 2020, for all patrons. If you have Interlibrary Loans or are a student graduating in May, we would appreciate if you could return your book(s) or other items earlier, if possible. Items can be placed in the Book Drop located on the exterior wall of Gutman Library, to the right of the front door. Email us at AskGutman@jefferson.edu with any questions about returning books.

InterLibrary Loan
Until further notice, InterLibrary Loan services are unavailable.

Accessing Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office, & AutoDesk
To access AutoDesk:
Visit their website to create an account. The tool is free to anyone with a Jefferson.edu email address.

To access Adobe Creative Cloud:
Request access by emailing the East Falls Help Desk.

To request Microsoft Office Suite:
Microsoft Office 365 is available by visiting their website and signing in with your Jefferson.edu email address. If you have issues, email the East Falls Help Desk.

Accessing Special Collections
Access to the library’s physical collections, including the Design Center’s Textile and Costume Collection, is currently unavailable.

If you have any questions, contact us at AskGutman@jefferson.edu.




New Database: MedOne Neurosurgery Now Available

MedOne Neurosurgery, a library of neurosurgical e-Books from Thieme Publishers, is now available via the Scott Memorial Library website. Access MedOne Neurosurgery in the list of databases or individual titles including Greenberg’s Handbook of Neurosurgery,  along with all Scott Library e-books.

What’s included:

E-Books: 250 e-Books, including seminal works and essential texts for board review

Content Collections: Point-of-care content collections, that answer critical questions in a 5-minute read and links to the extensive coverage in the source materials facilitate a deeper dive

Procedures: 450 Procedures including Technique, Complications, Videos, and Surgical Steps

E-Journals: 7 Journals with an integrated search that includes the PubMed database

Media: 1500 videos and 85K images 

Q&A: 1500+ activities to prepare for boards or quiz yourself for memory retention using the self-testing question and answer bank

Mobile App: Instructions to download MedOne content to your smartphone or iPad for online and offline access

Working from Home? Some Tips to Help You Access Library Resources Remotely

NOTE: The Scott Memorial Library building remains open 24/7.

As many of us transition to working, studying, and researching remotely for the next few weeks, we want to share some tools and resources to help you access the library materials you know and love!

Finding Full Text
Check out our step-by-step LibGuide, which will walk you through the options for accessing full-text journal articles and ebooks.

Connect with a Librarian
Librarians continue to be available for quick questions via email and can schedule Zoom meetings for virtual consultations.

Follow us on Twitter for updates, new resources, and additional tips to access library tools remotely.

Updates to the Gutman Library Policies & Hours for the Remainder of the Spring 2020 Semester

East Falls Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The Gutman Library intends to remain operational with reduced hours throughout the semester or until further notice. Please see the information below regarding specific hours of operation.

Library Hours

Monday – Friday: 8AM – 5PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Loaned Materials

Regarding items currently on loan, or items that may soon be due, all due dates will be extended to the start of the Fall semester, Monday, August 24, 2020. Students graduating or not returning in the fall should plan to either drop off their books at the library or mail them to the library at the address below. We invite adjunct faculty not returning in the fall to do the same:  

Jefferson University East Falls
Gutman Library
4201 Henry Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

InterLibrary Loan Services

Interlibrary Loan services will remain operational as long as partnering libraries are open and willing to lend. Please check your email for specific information regarding any pending requests. If you have questions regarding your specific requests, etc., please call the library circulation desk at 215-951-2840.

We thank you for your continued patronage of the Gutman Library.

25 E-Books Added to the SML’s Virtual Shelves: Featured topics include Neurology and Stroke, Anesthesia in Children, and Care for Transgender Patients

This month, we added 25 e-books to our collection. Topics include neurology, pain medicine, anesthesia in children and infants, and comprehensive care for transgender patients. Check out the recently added titles below:

Cancer Neurology in Clinical Practice

Central Pain Syndrome

The Cerebellum: Disorders and Treatment

Comprehensive Care of the Transgender Patient

Concussion: A Clinical Profile Approach to Assessment and Treatment

Diagnostic Imaging of Child Abuse

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Neuroradiology

Essentials of Pain Medicine

Handbook of Brain Tumor Chemotherapy, Molecular Therapeutics, and Immunotherapy

Handbook of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Models of Seizures and Epilepsy

Neurobiological Basis of Migraine

Neurodegenerative Diseases: Pathology, Mechanisms, and Potential Therapeutic Targets

Neurology for the Speech-Language Pathologist

Neurological Infectious Disease: Surgical and Nonsurgical Management

Neurological Operative Atlas

Osborn’s Brain: Imaging, Pathology, and Anatomy

A Practice of Anesthesia for Infants and Children

Principals of Neurological Surgery

Rehabilitation After Traumatic Brain Injury

Seizures in Critical Care: A Guide to Diagnosis and Therapeutics

Sternberger’s Diagnostic Surgical Pathology

Stroke Rehabilitation: A Function-Based Approach

Translational Research in Stroke

Volpe’s Neurology of the Newborn

COVID-19 UPDATE: Online Teaching Tools & Trainings for Faculty

As we transition to the virtual classroom, the Academic Commons wants to share information and useful tools that will assist faculty and students with online teaching and learning.

Collaborate
Collaborate, a virtual classroom resource is an easy-to-use video conferencing and recording software, accessible via Canvas or Blackboard.

Accessing Collaborate via Canvas:
For step-by-step instructions to access Collaborate on Canvas, download this guide.

This video screencast walks you through the process of creating, sharing, and recording a Collaborate session on Canvas.

Accessing Collaborate via Blackboard:
For step-by-step instructions to access Collaborate on Blackboard, download this guide.

For assistance with Collaborate, contact Educational Technologies Support at EdTech.Support@lists.jefferson.edu or call 215-503-2830. EdTech Support is available Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Zoom

For resources to get started with Zoom, read this helpful guide. (Enter your Campus Key & Password to access guide.)

To request a Zoom license, either complete an online request via IS&T’s Solution Center,
call IS&T in Center City at 215-955-7975, or call the East Falls Help Desk at 215-951-4648, or email helpdesk@philau.edu.   

BOOK EVENT: Author & Professor Loukia Tsafoulia discusses “Transient Spaces” on April 6

Join us on Monday, April 6, to hear from Loukia Tsafoulia, author and professor of interior design and interior architecture. Tsafoulia will speak about her recent book, Transient Spaces, which discusses the impact of mass migration on cities.

Monday, April 6, 4-5 pm
LIS (Library Instruction Space), Gutman Library, East Falls Campus

Continuous flows of people leaving and arriving challenge architects, planners, and government officials to create infrastructural systems. The ideas discussed in Transient Spaces seek to leverage the potential of transience as a force of resilience and opportunity in the design and operation of cities.

RSVP to this book event via Eventbrite. Check out this flyer to learn more.