Category Archives: Students

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

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!

“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.

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

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 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 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 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

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.

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.

Meet DaVonne Rooney, Director of Library Operations at the Paul J. Gutman Library

Last month, the Academic Commons was thrilled to welcome DaVonne Rooney, new Director of Library Operations at the Paul J. Gutman Library, to our team! We sat down with DaVonne to find out what brought her to Jefferson, what she’s got in store for the library, and what interests her – beyond books. HINT: She may have rubbed elbows with some heavy metal rock stars.

Welcome to Jefferson, DaVonne! First things first, what is your title?
Director of Library Operations for the
Gutman Library.

What does that title mean to you?
That title means that I am the leader/manager of the band. I support the staff of Gutman Library, keeping them motivated and moving forward. I ensure the library and its staff are equipped to support the research and education needs of the University.

How do you like Jefferson so far?
I love it so far. The associates of the Academic Commons are very welcoming and willing to help me get settled. They all love what they do very deeply. They are very supportive. The University, as a whole, feels very supportive as well. I love the culture so far.

Prior to Jefferson, where were you working?
Before coming to Jefferson, I was the Head of Access Services for the Penn Libraries at the University of Pennsylvania, University City campus. Before that, I was a teen and technology librarian at a small public library in my hometown, Williamstown, New Jersey.

What brought you into the world of libraries?
Libraries have always been in my life in some way, especially as a young child. I didn’t see libraries as a career path until I was older and faced with the decision: where to go, what do I do now post-recession and, also, following the inevitable down-turn of the print journalism industry [I majored in journalism as an undergrad.].

Research and writing were two things I have always loved. Books and learning were another two things I always loved. Combine those four things with a long experience in service and the desire to serve others; it just made sense.

What is your favorite thing about working in an academic library?
I was just discussing this with another librarian at Gutman who also had a start in public libraries and was a library director at one point. We both enjoy the dedication the users have to their education and research. Their self-starting initiative and drive to achieve in their respective fields is inspiring. I love helping a user get what they need to achieve their goals, whether that is done directly through research instruction and reference help or indirectly by ensuring they have interactive and collaborative technology and teaching/learning space in the library.

We know it’s early, but are there any goals you have for the library in the next few years? What’s on the horizon?  
The Gutman Library is in the planning process of a full building renovation. We are hoping to better utilize the current space in the library for collaborative work and quiet study. The goal is to repurpose the library in such a way that is allows for optimal support of the needs of students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, we hope this renovation will allow us to showcase and feature the library collection in a unique and interesting way.

Along the same lines, I would like to bring some awareness to the Design Center and the Textile and Costume Collection. Currently, our amazing curator and adjunct professor, Jade Papa and Library Associate, Ann Wilson, are cataloging and digitizing the collection to make it discoverable for our University community. We have so many historical and rare items stored away in a space not equipped to house a museum collection, especially one as historic as this. I would love to see a complete revitalization and reworking of that space; to see the collection continue to be integrated into course work at East Falls, and host events and outreach around the collection not only to the University community but the historical and art community in the Philadelphia [area].

I want to continue to grow our collection to directly support courses and research work at Jefferson. Whether it is through print or electronic means, I would like for Gutman Library to be the one-stop-shop for research and information service and support on campus.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Remember that comment about the downturn of print journalism earlier? Right before that time, during my course work at Temple University, I wanted to be a magazine journalist. More specifically, I wanted to be a music magazine journalist specializing in showcasing local metal/hardcore and national touring bands. My dream was to work/write for Decibel Magazine (local to Philadelphia) or Revolver Magazine while simultaneously running my own local music blog. And I did it for a stretch of time. I worked for a local independent punk rock magazine, Wonka Vision Magazine. I was one of two interns employed there. Therefore, interviewing big-name bands like Slayer, Machine Head, and In this Moment, were left to us. I did a whole spread on women in metal at a time when women were just starting to make a name for themselves in the scene.

All this considered, I am very much an introvert. Interviewing and writing about musicians and music helped me learn to be extroverted, though I still need to spend time by myself to recharge.

Where on campus can people find you – besides the library?  
In Kanbar, eating! Haha! And hopefully at Gallagher working out. I will definitely be at the Scott Memorial Library in Center City throughout the semester, as well.

Is there anything you wish we would have asked you that we missed?
Where do you see yourself in five years? In five years, I hope to be looking back and reflecting on the last five years. I hope that I am thinking, wow! Look what we accomplished together. What an incredible ride of collaboration with Jefferson University and the amazing and talented staff of the Paul J. Gutman and Scott Memorial Libraries.

True or False: Test your skills with these Fair Use Myths & Facts

How well do you know the rules of fair use? Test your knowledge with these fair use myths and facts:

“Fair use is not a right”: Wrong! The Supreme Court  has recognized fair use as a “First Amendment safeguard.”

“Fair use is a new idea”: Not so! Fair use dates back to English case law from the 1740s.

“Fair use is only permitted where use is non-commercial”: Commercial use is only one factor to consider.

“Digitization without authorization is not fair use”: The purpose of the digitation is important in determining fair use.

Check out this infographic for more myths and facts!

Fair Use in Seven Words [Video]

Use Fairly. Not too much. Have reasons.

This video from the University of Virginal highlights the goal of fair use in US copyright law, emphasizing that this provision allows creators to build on what came before them. Fair use protects the ability of individuals to add to the culture without impacting normal commercial use of the work.

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow, February 27, from 1-2 p.m. in JAH 207 for “Behind the Scenes at Cell Press,” as we sit down with Dr. Stephen Matheson, editor-in-chief, Cell Reports. Learn more about the event.

UPCOMING EXHIBIT Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care (March 2 – April 5)

Stop by the Gutman Library this March to check out the exhibit “Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care,” created by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

The exhibit, which consists of six banners that highlight the progression of the PA profession, will be on display on the main level of the library.

The exhibit describes how the Physician Assistants (PA) profession was developed as a solution to meet the social and healthcare needs of the mid-20th century and continues to evolve today. Stop by to check out the exhibit and learn about how the PA profession has changed since the first three PAs graduated in 1967 and view photographs of PAs in the field.

Learn more about the exhibit on the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s website.

It’s #FairUseWeek: Celebrate with us all week long!

Fair Use Week celebrates the important doctrine of “fair use” in US Copyright Law. It is a time to explain the doctrine and discuss how fair use offers authors and creators opportunities to reuse work in novel ways.

–Fair use is an “essential limitation and exception to copyright, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances” 

–Fair use is “a flexible ­­doctrine, allowing copyright to adapt to new technologies. These doctrines facilitate balance in copyright law, promoting further progress and accommodating freedom of speech and expression.”

Look for posts throughout the week where we’ll explain more about what fair use is and why it is important, and join us on Thursday, February 27, from 1-2 p.m. in JAH 207 for “Behind the Scenes at Cell Press.” Learn more about the event.

And read the poster at the link below to learn more about the fundamentals of fair use.

Fair Use Fundamentals

Trying to get published? Let us help. Attend the High Impact Publishing Workshop (March 3)

Academic publishing is undergoing a dramatic shift as journals become more specialized and the number of publishing outlets surge. Understanding the publishing world and its potential impact on one’s career can be confusing and mysterious. Luckily, experts in the Academic Commons are here to help. Attend our upcoming workshop to learn all about the world of publishing.

High Impact Publishing
Tuesday, March 3, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.,
Library Instruction Space (LIS), Gutman Library
Register now!

This workshop provides an introduction to academic publishing by exploring the metrics and tools used to evaluate journals and determine “impact.”  Facilitators will also explore the concept of “high impact” publishing more generally, including a discussion of ways authors can write for impact and leverage social media to increase their impact. A discussion of the evolution of academic publishing, including predatory publishing practices and open access journals will conclude the session. 

Register now!

Behind the Scenes at Cell Press: A Discussion with Dr. Stephen Matheson, editor-in-chief, Cell Reports (2/27)

Dr. Stephen Matheson, editor-in-chief, Cell Reports

To celebrate Fair Use Week, February 23 – 29, the Scott Memorial Library is proud to participate in “Behind the Scenes at Cell Press” a presentation organized by Dr. Tim Mosca.

Join us on Thursday, February 27, to hear from Dr. Stephen Matheson, editor-in-chief of Cell Reports. Dr. Matheson will share what it’s like to publish in a major scientific journal, giving tips and best practices to submit articles. Ask questions about publishing and open access. Connect with SML librarians to learn about the Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund and other tools available to help with publishing efforts.

Thursday, February 27, 1-2 p.m., Jefferson Alumni Hall (JAH) 207

All Jefferson students, staff, and faculty are invited. Organized by Dr. Tim Mosca. Light refreshments will be provided by the Scott Memorial Library. Registration is not required.

Questions? Contact Dr. Mosca at