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Numbers Worth Knowing: Over 5 Million Downloads & 20,000 Uploads to the JDC

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) hit an impressive milestone this June: over 5 million downloads!

The JDC is Thomas Jefferson University’s open access repository. It’s a free service of the Academic Commons that helps you share your scholarly work with the world. All Jefferson faculty, students, staff, and researchers can contribute. Contributions range from posters to conference presentations and webinars to manuscripts and newsletters.

The 5 million milestone emphasizes both the reach and impact of the JDC. Learn about why you should add your work to the JDC and submit work here.  

Fast facts about the JDC

Started: January 2005

Uploads: 20,000+ materials created by Jeffersonians

Downloads: 5 million

Countries: Downloads from232 countries

Institutions: Downloads from over 53,000 institutions

Most Popular: “A Case Study of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Some Diagnostic Considerations’’ by Jeanette M. Stumbo Zaimes, which has been downloaded 74,339 times! Read the top 10 downloads.

New at the JDC: COVID-19 Collection

Check out the COVID-19 collection, which lists all COVID-19 papers, posters, and presentations created by Jeffersonians.  

Read about the most recent additions to the JDC, and see what people are saying in the April-June Quarterly Report.


The Academic Commons will host online workshops throughout the summer. Workshops in July will cover topics including Canvas, Panopto, and Nearpod to help you best teach online and in-person. Read workshop titles and brief descriptions below. To register, click on a workshop title or visit this page.

Streaming Media in Canvas – Panopto & Studio
Tuesday, July 14
11 a.m.-12 p.m.   OR   2-3 p.m.

This workshop touches upon two integrated Canvas tools which can be used to create videos, including introductory course and instructor videos, recorded lectures and narrated PPTs for synchronous and asynchronous learning environments.

Wednesday, July 15
10-11 a.m.    OR     3-4 p.m.

Collaborate is a virtual learning environment for courses, office hours, or conference calls. With a variety of audio and video communication tools, faculty and learners easily can join a session from almost any device with a wireless connection. 

Nearpod Audience Response System
Tuesday, July 21
12-1 p.m.   OR      3-4 p.m.

Nearpod allows instructors to share content and assessments in real-time using the learners’ personal and mobile devices. Push quizzes, polls, videos, weblinks, slide shows, and homework easily in an appealing, multi-media platform that keeps learners engaged.

Managing Change: Where Do I Start?Hosted by Canvas!
Wednesday, July 22
9-10:30 a.m.  OR     1:30-3 p.m.

Feeling overwhelmed or unsure where to begin with all of the changes? You are not alone. This session is meant to help you evaluate where you are amidst all the change, set goals for how to begin working through these challenges, and think about how to accomplish those goals. 

Managing Change: How Can Canvas Help?Hosted by Canvas!
Wednesday, July 22
11 a.m.-12:30 pm    OR    3:30-5 p.m.

The classroom is changing and for many, the abrupt shift to online delivery has upended courses and teaching strategies that took years to build. This session focuses on ways Canvas can help faculty adapt current course materials and activities into the online environment in a way that will also benefit their face to face delivery (when the world returns to normal).

VoiceThread: Engaging Students
Thursday, July 23
9-10 a.m.       OR     12-1 p.m.

VoiceThread is a multimedia conversation tool for enhancing student engagement and online presence. With VoiceThread, instructors and students can create, share, and comment on images, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, videos, audio files, documents, and PDFs, using microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload.

Canvas Camp
Thursday, July 30
4 sessions: 12:30- 4:30 p.m.

  • Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: The Course Overview & Syllabus
  • Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: Migrating Content from Blackboard to Canvas
  • Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: Using and Organizing Modules
  • Re-Imagined Canvas Camp: Creating and Grading Assignments

SPECIAL GUEST: Workshops on Change Management & Teaching Online Led by Sam Christ, Canvas Learning Consultant

Sam Christ, Canvas Learning Consultant and Online Learning Expert

The classroom as we know it is changing, and for many, the abrupt shift to online delivery has upended courses and teaching strategies that took years to build. Join special guest Sam Christ, Canvas Learning Consultant, to learn how to best deal with that change and use technology to make life easier as you navigate the online environment.

Workshops will offer faculty a chance to network with others dealing with changes at Jefferson. You will walk away with best practices and tips to use Canvas, the university’s new learning management system, to adapt to the online environment without re-building your courses from scratch.  

Workshop descriptions are outlined below. To register, click a workshop title or visit our website.

Canvas + Portfolium: The Student Experience Thursday, July 9
9 – 10:30 am
1:30 – 3 pm

Have you heard about Portfolium but are not sure what all the fuss is about? Do you have assignments or elements of your course that would be great projects for students to showcase to potential employers or internship opportunities? Learn about the power of Portfolium, and how its connection to Canvas can help students (and faculty). Register here!

Canvas + Portfolium: Portfolium Assessment Thursday, July 9
11 am – 12:30 pm
3:30 – 5 pm

Looking for ways to assess student competency and showcase major projects or milestones within a program or department? Portfolium can help! Explore ways Jefferson is leveraging Portfolium to support curriculum assessment and meet accreditation needs. Register here!

Managing Change: Where Do I Start? Wednesday, July 22
9 – 10:30 am
1:30 – 3 pm

Canvas is one of the many changes happening across Jefferson and across all of education. Feeling overwhelmed or unsure where to begin with all of the changes? You are not alone. This session is meant to help you evaluate where you are amidst all the change, set goals for how to begin working through these challenges, and think about how to accomplish those goals. It will be reflection and discussion-driven so bring your thinking caps. Register here!

Managing Change: How Can Canvas Help? Wednesday, July 22
11 – 12:30 pm
3:30 – 5 pm     
The classroom as we know it is changing and for many, the abrupt shift to online delivery has really upended courses and teaching strategies that took years to build. This session focuses on ways Canvas can help faculty adapt current course materials and classroom activities into the online environment in a way that will also benefit their face to face delivery (when the world returns to normal). Register here!

25 new eBooks for June: Topics including nursing ethics, brain injuries, and health inequities

In June, we added 25 eBooks to our collection. Topics range from nursing ethics and best practices to brain injury and health inequities due to racism. Read the new titles below and browse our complete eBook collection on our website.

A Comprehensive Guide to Toxicology in Nonclinical Drug Development

Academic Pain Medicine: A Practical Guide to Rotations, Fellowship, and Beyond

Advances in Treatment and Management in Surgical Endocrinology

The Anxiety & Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution

Autonomic Testing

Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide (CGRP) Mechanisms: Focus on Migraine

Cardiac Surgery Essentials for Critical Care Nursing

Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice, and Research

Comprehensive Neurosurgery Board Review

Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing

The Emerging Healthcare Leader: A Field Guide

Fetal and Neonatal Brain Injury

Health Policy and Politics: A Nurse’s Guide

Lehne’s Pharmacology for Nursing Care

Management and Leadership for Nurse Administrators

Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases

Moderate Procedural Sedation and Analgesia: A Question and Answer Approach

Neuroteach: Brian Science and the Future of Education

Nursing Care and Management of the Second Stage of Labor: Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline

Nursing Deans on Leading: Lessons for Novice and Aspiring Deans and Directors

Nursing Ethics

Introduction to Vascular Ultrasonography

Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare: Theory, Practice, and Management

Racism: Science and Tools for the Public Health Professional

Understanding Healthcare Delivery Science

Over 4,500 digitized items from Gutman Library’s Special Collections now accessible through JSTOR

Gutman Library has joined JSTOR’s Open Community Collections, an initiative that makes content from Special Collections around the world discoverable alongside relevant books, articles, and primary source materials on JSTOR.

Visit the website to browse the five collections: Textile Industry Postcards, Textile Trade Postcards, Textile Woodblocks, Philadelphia Postcards, and Textile and Costume Collection.

Learn more about Special Collections, search for a specific item, or browse each collection’s materials.

Main Page:
Philadelphia Postcards:
Textile and Costume Collection:
Textile Industry Postcards:
Textile Trade Postcards:
Textile Woodblocks:

Learn more about Gutman Library’s Special Collections.

A Haiku & Podcast with Pam Walter

It started with a haiku.

Pam Walter, one half of the Academic Commons’ Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communications, submitted a haiku to Jefferson’s COVID Stories website:

Pam Walter (second from right) with her three daughters and husband

Finding quiet space
Now a shared family dance
Tiptoes, muted steps

After reading the haiku, the team at Humans of the Hospital, a podcast series, reached out to learn more about Pam’s situation at home.

Listen to the podcast with Pam, “COVID STORIES: A Medical Writer’s Haiku. Her Daughters Home, Son Far, & Phone Calls in the Closet,” and many more at

PolicyMap COVID-19 Quick Maps

PolicyMap COVID-19 Quick Maps is a new, freely available application focused on answering crucial questions faced by communities dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Choose from predesigned maps with background blog posts or create your own.

They also provide a sneak peek at the beta platform coming soon to Jefferson’s PolicyMap (via Scott Library or Gutman Library). Improvements include data discovery, map customization, and increases in the number of zoom levels and layers in multilayer maps. Use Jefferson’s version for full access to proprietary indicators and to upload your own data.

Data in the COVID-19 maps, which are also available in the legacy app, include:

Read more about PolicyMap COVID-19 Quick Maps.

Over 2,200 medical & public health eBooks Join SML & Gutman Collections

The public health & medical eBook collection can be accessed anywhere and includes very recent publications from 2018 – 2020. The collection encompasses an extensive range of topics, including infectious diseases, health policy, forensic medicine, pharmacy, environmental health, child psychology, nutrition, and gender studies. Chances are if you are looking for an eBook on a medical or health topic, this collection has an eBook for you!

Explore the Collection
There are a few ways you can access the collection:

  1. View the entire collection

  2. Then, you can browse by sub-discipline via the left-hand side menu

  3. Or, search for a specific eBook via the library website search: 

Highlights of the Collection 
Highlights include over 300 eBooks on the topic of oncology, over 200 on neurology, 180 covering cardiology, 100 on infectious diseases, and more.

Need Help? 
If you need help accessing the collection or a specific eBook, contact us via email or Live Chat.

Gutman: or Live Chat
Scott: or Live Chat

Gutman Librarian Publishes Article in Medical Reference Services Quarterly!

Congratulations to Daniel Verbit, Scholarly Communications Librarian, at Paul J Gutman Library for recently getting published in the Medical Reference Services Quarterly journal.

The article, “Graduate Occupational Therapy Students: Communication and Research Preferences from Three university Libraries,” discusses findings regarding how graduate occupational therapy students conduct research.

Type “Medical Reference Services Quarterly” in the journal search on the Gutman Library search, or Scott Memorial Library search to find the article. The article is in Volume 39, Issue 2 of the journal.

Read the abstract below:

Library liaisons from three universities distributed an anonymous survey to graduate occupational therapy students to gauge preferred methods of communication when conducting research. This article discusses three findings: whom the students prefer to turn to when seeking research assistance, which methods of communication students prefer, and how long students spend searching before asking for assistance. From 193 responses, the liaisons reasoned that students prefer consulting with their peers before seeking help from librarians or faculty or instructors and they prefer assistance face-to-face. Additionally, the majority are willing to research from 30 min to one hour before seeking research help.

Congrats, Daniel!

The COVID-19 Archive: Jefferson Papers, Personal Stories, Presentations, & More

As the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and public health crisis continues, it is essential to capture and preserve related research, academic and scholarly work, and personal stories crafted by our Jefferson community. Archiving this material will help researchers and historians learn and reflect, and allow public health experts to prepare for the future. 

By preserving the work of our Jefferson family, we can study the pandemic’s impact on our healthcare system, teaching and learning institution, and the broader community. 

Jefferson Libraries (Paul J Gutman Library & Scott Memorial Library) is already preserving COVID-19-related content by archiving Jefferson websites and social media content, capturing Jefferson’s official internal and external communications, and accepting Jefferson-produced research and scholarship on COVID-19. The latter is all publicly available in the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC).

Browse COVID-19 Content on the JDC 
The Jefferson Digital Commons COVID-19 page is continually growing. Some highlights include:

  • Spread the Science, NOT the Virus:
    An interactive seminar series organized by Drs. Frasso & Patel and Robert Wilson of Jefferson College of Population Health’s Master of Public Health Program
  • Coronavirus Papers
    A growing collection of papers written by faculty in Jefferson’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies 

The JDC is a place to hear the stories, recount the milestones, capture the breakthroughs, and remember the voices of this pandemic. Stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 stories by visiting the JDC and clicking on the COVID-19 button often. 

Submit Your COVID-19 Content 
To submit your scholarly work or research focused on COVID-19, contact us

Contact the archives for all other potential COVID-19 donations.

FACULTY: Join us for “Reimagined Canvas Camp” (May & June dates)

Reminder: Blackboard shuts down at Jefferson on June 30, 2020. Let the Academic Commons help transfer courses from Blackboard to Canvas at Canvas Camp workshops.

We originally conceived of Canvas Camp as an in-person event where you could focus on building a single course in Canvas over the course of one day. The pandemic forced us back the drawing board to reimagine Canvas Camp. Rather than a day-long event, we have imagined the event as a series of four scaffolded online workshops that build upon one another and provide participants with hands-on development of specific skills. Online workshops will be held on:

Tuesday, May 19
Friday, May 29
Monday, June 8
Tuesday, June 9

While the skills addressed in the workshops build upon previous workshops, you are free to treat them as stand-alone workshops when you register. For all workshops in the Re-imagined Canvas Camp, participants should focus on a single specific course. Course materials should be available from Blackboard, in the cloud, or on the participant’s personal computer.

Read each workshop description below and register for workshops HERE.

Canvas Camp: The Course Overview & Syllabus (Recommended order: 1 of 4)
This workshop focuses on the first course components your students will see in a Canvas course: the home page, course overview, syllabus, and instructor information.

Participants will:

  • Update basic course details, instructor information, and post the syllabus
  • Learn to effectively use the features of the Rich Content Editor

Canvas Camp: Migrating Content from Blackboard to Canvas (Recommended order: 2 of 4)
This workshop focuses on getting course content from Blackboard to Canvas, with attention to different approaches to migration depending on which elements of the course need to be copied and whether there are any issues with the size of course files. 

Participants will:

  • Learn about characteristics of Blackboard courses that might complicate the migration of content to Canvas
  • Practice using a bulk file download or export to copy course content and/or files to Canvas

Canvas Camp: Using and Organizing Modules (Recommended order: 3 of 4)
This workshop focuses on Modules, the basic organizing mechanism for all Canvas content. Based on how you structure your course (e.g. by week, topic, unit, etc.), you will practice setting up Modules to present and sequence your content for students.

Participants will:

  • Use Modules to contextualize and organize course content for easy access by the student
  • Learn about adaptive release features such as prerequisites and requirements to further customize students’ trajectory through the course

Canvas Camp: Creating and Grading Assignments (Recommended order: 4 of 4)
This workshop focuses on the tools available to collect student work and assess student learning, including Assignments, Quizzes, and Rubrics. In addition to practice creating these components, you will explore the Gradebook and Canvas’ grading interface, SpeedGrader.

Participants will:

  • Practice creating an Assignment, Quiz, and Rubric
  • Explore the Gradebook and SpeedGrader

Read more about the workshops an register HERE.

Download Thomas Jefferson University stock photos for free!

The Photography Services team of the Academic Commons is proud to present all Jeffersonians with a library of free stock images. The library includes photographs of people (students, faculty, etc.), places, and things (medical equipment, Jefferson branded items). Note: Not all images found on the PHOTO SERVICES website are free to download. Only images found in the free stock image gallery are accessible for free.

To browse:
To view the image gallery of free stock photos, visit this website:

To download images from the free stock library:
1. Click on an image to enlarge
2. Hover over the upper left-hand corner of the image
3. Click on the last choice in the drop-down menu “DOWNLOAD” to download the image to your desktop

Please credit “Thomas Jefferson University Photography Services” when using these images.

Learn more about the Photography Services team at the Academic Commons and how they can help you! Services include medical, surgical, and research photography, studio and special event photography, photo retouching, passport photos, and more!

Celebrate Preservation Week (April 26 – May 2) by diving into Jefferson’s Archives!

Today kicks off Preservation Week, a public awareness initiative that works to promote preservation and conservation. Preservation Week highlights the value that libraries and museums play in sharing history and providing perspective.  

Celebrate Preservation Week by checking out Thomas Jefferson University’s Center City Archives & Special Collections. The collection, managed by Scott Memorial Library archivists and librarians, is vast and includes materials you can explore online. Digital archives and online collections range from oral histories to videos of anatomical flap books and Jefferson Medical College yearbooks.

And we’re not the only ones talking about Jefferson’s archives! Billy Penn, a WHYY-owned website with original and curated stories about Philadelphia, recently highlighted the Jefferson archives! Read the article, Inside the Jefferson medical archives, where the most popular item is 1840’s ‘Anatomy of the Breast,‘ for an overview of the archives and details on the most popular items.

Highlights of the archives:

  • The history of Jefferson and African American graduates 
  • Stories from Jefferson’s first women graduates 
  • Genealogy resources

Celebrate Preservation Week by investigating your family history at Jefferson, discovering what Philadelphia was like in the 1800s, and exploring papers and notes from medical greats like Thomas Mütter, Samuel Gross, and George McClellan.

Thomas Jefferson University – Center City Archives & Special Collections is part of the Scott Memorial Library and is maintained by university archivists and librarians.

It’s National Library Week: Celebrate and You Could Win a $100 Visa gift card!

Every April, we celebrate National Library Week, an annual event that highlights the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities.

Help Jefferson Libraries (Scott Memorial Library & Paul J Gutman Library) celebrate this year’s theme – Find the Library at Your Place – and you could win a $100 Visa gift card!

How to Celebrate & Enter the Challenge
Give the libraries a shout out on Twitter (@SMLibrary_TJU & @GutmanLibrary)!

Post about a favorite resource, helpful library worker, book club, etc., or share about how the library has made a difference while you’ve been social distancing at home. Tag the Jefferson Libraries in your post and use hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #ThankYouLibraries.

Not on Twitter? Post on the ALA’s Facebook page and make sure to tag the Scott Memorial Library (@scottmemoriallibrary) and use the hashtags.

At the end of National Library Week, the American Library Association (ALA) will pick one post, and the contributor will win a $100 Visa gift card. The promotion ends Saturday, April 25, at noon. A winner will be announced on

History of National Library Week
Created by the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Book Publishers, National Library Week started in 1957. The first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!” The 2018 celebration marked the 60th anniversary of the first event.

Meet Sciwheel: F1000Workspace has got a new name!

F1000Workspace, a citation manager, has been renamed to Sciwheel. 

  • This change is effective on April 12th, 2020. For a few months after this date, the web address of your account domain will automatically redirect.
  • The product won’t change; so, you won’t lose any of your references, notes or libraries — the only thing that is changing is the name and logo.

Access Sciwheel and learn more about the tool on our LibGuide. Watch How-to videos, download the Sciwheel mobile app, read a helpful guide.

Learn more about the name change.