Category Archives: Faculty

New Month, New eBooks: Check out these 25 additions, covering fashion, urban planning, the role of race in midwifery, and much more

This March, our new additions span a wide range of topics. eBooks discuss fashion buying in the digital space, the role of African American midwives in the 20th century South, the history of Philadelphia, and much more. Check out the 25 titles below or browse our complete collection: Gutman or Scott.

Bad Advice: On Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren’t Your Best Source of Health Information

Becoming Philadelphia: How an Old American City Made Itself New Again

Best Before: The Evolution and Future of Processed Food

Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?

Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement

Culturally Competent Compassion: A Guide for Healthcare Students and Practitioners

Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader

Ctrl Alt Delete: How Politics and the Media Crashed Our Democracy

Delivered by Midwives: African American Midwifery in the Twentieth-Century South  

Digital Research Methods in Fashion and Textile Studies

Digital Type Design for Branding: Designing Letters from Their Source

Disasters in Paradise: Natural Hazards, Social Vulnerability, and Development Decisions

Diversity in the Great Unity: Regional Yuan Architecture

Essential Essays, Volume 1: Foundations of Cultural Studies

Fashion and Psychoanalysis: Styling the Self

Fashion Buying and Merchandising: The Fashion Buyer in a Digital Society

Fashioning Identity: Status Ambivalence in Contemporary Fashion

Fast Facts in Health Information for Nurses

Finishing Our Story: Preparing for the End of Life

How to Read a Dress: A Guide to Changing Fashion from the 16th to the 20th Century

How to Read a Suit: A Guide to Changing Men’s Fashion From the 17th to the 20th Century

How States Shaped Postwar America: State Government and Urban Power

Galliano: Spectacular Fashion

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, and Sexual Assault: Challenging the Myths

Trauma, Resilience, and Health Promotion in LGBT Patients: What Every Healthcare Provider Should Know

Thomas Jefferson University is now an ORCID Organizational Member: Create your ORCID record now

Since its introduction in 2012, Thomas Jefferson University Libraries has championed the use of ORCID iD to researchers, faculty, and students. The Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID) is a persistent digital identifier given to authors when they register for an account that allows researchers with similar names to be easily distinguished from one another by the scholarly and publishing community. An ORCID iD will follow an author throughout their career, creating a stable scholarly identity across name, location, and institutional affiliation changes. ORCID iDs play a large part in helping researchers to more securely and reliably claim their scholarly identity. 

Over the years, ORCID has become increasingly prevalent in all areas of research and scholarly communications. More than five million ORCID iDs have been created, and these iDs have increasingly become required by publishers and funders (such as the NIH). Many other systems have also incorporated ORCID iDs into their workflow, enabling the easy migration of content to and from ORCID to third-party vendors, such as the Pivot database, which uses an author profile to help researchers find grant funding. 

While any author, researcher or contributor can create an ORCID iD for free, the infrastructure that supports the platform relies on organizational membership to fund its operations. In addition to the knowledge that Thomas Jefferson University, along with over one thousand other ORCID members, is doing its part to support the global research community, this membership, which began for Jefferson on March 1st, comes with many additional benefits. 

All Jeffersonians creating scholarly work are encouraged to register for an ORCID iD. Shortly, through the Office of Faculty Affairs, TJU will introduce the Interfolio platform for faculty annual performance reviews, A/P/T, and other uses. Having an ORCID iD with a curated list of works will enable a smooth transition of publications from CV to Interfolio.

More detailed information about ORCID and how an ORCID iD can benefit all scholarly authors, including students and early career researchers, can be found by watching this video and reading the attached flyer. Thomas Jefferson University Libraries has also created a guide designed to help users create their ORCID iD and begin to import their scholarly activities, including publications, posters, and presentations.

The Future of Roe v Wade: Zoom Event on March 25

Join the Arlen Specter Center on Thursday, March 25, from 12:30 – 2pm for “The Future of Roe v Wade,” a Zoom panel discussion. Register here.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. This controversial decision is presently being challenged in many states where laws are being passed that dispute the Court’s ruling. There is a very real possibility that those challenges may come before the Court and that it might overrule its prior decision or extremely limit it. The purpose of the presentation is to provide an expert legal, medical and political panel that explores what rights Roe v Wade recognized, the nature of the controversy, and the consequences of the law being overruled or limited.

Learn more and register.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 24–March 1): Five Resources to Gain Knowledge & Understanding

The last week of February is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness). The goal of the week is to shine the spotlight on eating disorders by educating the public, spreading a message of hope, and putting lifesaving resources into the hands of those in need.

To help with that goal, we put together a list of five items from our collection, including videos and eBooks. The resources cover the emotional, psychological, and physical impact of anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorders. Resources also use graphic medicine to cover the cultural and non-medical aspects of eating disorders.

The Clinical Guide to Fertility, Motherhood, and Eating Disorders: From Shame to Self-Acceptance

Eating Disorders

Encyclopedia of Feeding and Eating Disorders

Gender, Eating Disorders, and Graphic Medicine

The Psychology of Eating Disorders

February is American Heart Month: 4 Heart Health Resources

February marks American Heart Month, a time when doctors and public health professionals highlight the importance of heart health. The goal is to raise awareness of heart disease, which is the number 1 killer of Americans.

The four resources below highlight the differences in heart health according to demographics, including gender and race, and give perspective into what it’s like being a refugee seeking health care in America.

American Heart

Gender Differences in the Pathogenesis and Management of Heart Disease

Heart of the Matter: Key Concepts in Cardiovascular Science

Keeping Heart: A Memoir of Family Struggle, Race, and Medicine

February eBooks: 26 titles join our collection (LGBTQ mental health, costume design, art therapy, etc.)

This month we’re adding 26 titles to our collection. These books span a range of topics, including costume design, art therapy, cancer rehabilitation, LGBTQ mental health, and more.

Check out the new titles below or browse our complete collection here (SML) or here (Gutman).

Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists

Adaption for Animation: Transforming Literature Frame by Frame

Art Therapy Practices for Resilient Youth: A Strengths-Based Approach to at-Promise Children and Adolescents

Assessment in Speech-language Pathology: A Resources Manual

The Atlas of Emergency Medicine

The Atlas of Emergency Radiology

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

Cancer Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice

Clinical Chemistry: Principles, Techniques, and Correlations

Cognitive Communication Disorders

Costume Design for Video Games: An Exploration of Historical and Fantastical Skins

Cultural and Religious Sensitivity: A Pocket Guide for Health Care Professionals

Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Geriatrics

Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment (2021)

Essential Psychotherapies: Theory and Practice

Handbook of Pediatric Orthopaedics

Handbook of Perinatal and Neonatal Palliative Care: A Guide for Nurses, Physicians, and Other Health Professionals

Integrative Medicine

LGBTQ Mental Health: International Perspectives and Experiences

Ma and Mateer’s Emergency Ultrasound

The Maternal Health Crisis in America: Nursing Implications for Advocacy and Practice

Mathematics for the Clinical Laboratory

Professional Guide to Diseases

Thoracic Imaging the Requisites


Williams Obstetrics

NEW TEACHING & LEARNING BOOK CLUB: The Amateur Hour by John Zimmerman

Join us this spring semester as we meet (virtually) on Thursdays from 1:30 – 2:20 p.m. to read and discuss The Amateur Hour: The History of College Teaching in America. Written by John Zimmerman, The Amateur Hour explores a wide range of classroom-related topics and sheds light on what has worked and over the years—and what hasn’t. For the last session on April 15th, we will have a question and answer session with the author. Check out this flyer for more info and sign up now.

Starting February 11, the virtual book club will meet each Thursday of the Spring Semester from 1:30-2:20 p.m. The club will be hosted by Daniel Verbit of The Academic Commons and Christopher Pastore of The Center for Faculty Development and Nexus Learning.

In addition to learning from the great teachers of the past, we’ll discuss a wide range of topics, including teacher assessment, student cheating, political repression, class sizes, classroom layouts, and “active learning” (which has a longer history than you might think). 

All are welcome to join, but limited slots will be available in order to facilitate small group discussions. After capacity is reached, the sessions will be locked, so please register in advance.

You can access the book via the library website.

Amplifying the Voices of Black Doctors: Library Resources to Support Representation in Health Care this Black History Month (and every month)

This February, to honor Black History Month, the Jefferson Libraries will highlight materials from our collection that amplify the voices of Black doctors and medical professionals.

Resources include Black doctors’ biographies that share their powerful perspectives and historical studies of the medical field’s lack of representation, with first-hand accounts from older Black physicians. These resources also showcase doctors’ achievements, highlighting their determination and triumphs in the medical field.

As part of the university’s focus on combating racism in healthcare, the Jefferson Humanities Department will highlight the project Black Men in White Coats this spring. The initiative, which focuses on the need for more Black men in medicine, includes a documentary film free for all Sidney Kimmel Medical College students to view. The film dissects the systemic barriers that prevent Black men from becoming medical doctors. A link to view the film will be posted on the Jefferson Humanities Canvas course soon.

We hope that these resources celebrate and honor Black medical professionals’ accomplishments while providing historical context and perspective as we work to expand representation to increase health equity in our communities.  


Against the Odds: Blacks in the Profession of Medicine in the United States 
Watson, Wilbur H.; c1999
Available at Scott Memorial Library 4th Floor Book Stacks (WZ 80.5 .B5 W343A 1999) 

Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine 
Tweedy, Damon; 2015
Available at Scott Memorial Library 2nd Floor Circulation Reserves (WZ 100 T971b 2015) 


Beside the Troubled Waters: A Black Doctor Remembers Life, Medicine, and Civil Rights in an Alabama Town
Hereford, Sonnie W.; c2011

A Black Physician’s Struggle for Civil Rights Edward C. Mazique, M.D. 
Ridlon, Florence, 1946-; c2005


Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflection on Race in Medicine Presentation by Damon Tweedy, MD

On Race in Medicine, Presentation by Traci Trice, MD

Love Data Week 2021 – Celebrating Data, Improving Data Management, and Increasing Productivity through the LabArchives Research Notebook

Love Data Week (February 8 – 12, 2021) is an international celebration of data that aims to promote good data practices while building and engaging a community around topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, and reuse. Join LabArchives for a weeklong series of events dedicated to helping you improve the organization of your data while taking steps towards better overall data management through the LabArchives Research Notebook.

Pick and choose the sessions that interest you or attend all for a comprehensive look at LabArchives and how you can improve your research data management regimen.

Introductions and recordings
For new users or current users in need of a refresher, LabArchives offers weekly webinars on the professional edition and inventory tool for researchers, and the classroom edition for educators. Good news – you don’t have to wait for Love Data Week to attend! Register or watch past webinar recordings.

Creating Templates to Standardize the Collection and Management of Data (30 minutes)
LabArchives recommends using templates to create a consistent entry format for documenting and tracking information. Templates can be made from reusable pages or entries that can easily be copied to save time. Once created, this form can be reused by all members of the notebook to provide consistency and a clear list of data requirements. Join this session to see examples of templates, how you can create your own, and reuse them.

Monday, February 8, 10:00 a.m. EST
Wednesday, February 10, 3:00 p.m. EST

Register here.

Best Practices and Tips for Establishing Your Notebook’s Structure (30 minutes)
The LabArchives Research Notebook begins as a blank slate that is meant to be flexible so that you can customize the structure to complement current workflows. Join this session for a closer look at how you can use built-in layouts or set up a notebook using other popular structures, including project and grant-based, individual researcher-based notebooks, date-based, or team and company notebooks to manage shared materials for reference purposes.

Monday, February 8, 3:00 p.m. EST
Tuesday, February 9, 10:00 a.m. EST

Register here.

Open Office Hours and Drop-in Consults (60 minutes)
Bring your questions (big or small) to this session and meet directly with LabArchives team members. They will be available for quick screen shares for feature questions and demos, and to discuss best practices and tips that are most relevant to you. Drop-in any time during the hour. Registration is required. Not a good time for you? Set up consults directly through the support team at

Thursday, February 11, 2:00 p.m. EST

Register here.

New & Improved: Check out the Tapestry website of over 10,000 fabric swatches!

Tapestry is an online catalog of over 10,000 historic fabric swatches from the university’s vast Textile & Costume Collection. Tapestry allows users to easily browse and search swatches by motif, design category, color, and other keywords. This catalog focuses on our Zane Collection, which documents textile design at the turn of the 20th century.

Explore the swatches by either browsing swatches numerically from the homepage or by searching using a specific keyword. Search terms can include motif, category, color, and more. Learn details about a particular swatch by clicking on its thumbnail for information, including manufacturer and city/country of origin.

Easily share swatches with colleagues via email, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

We hope you enjoy the updated Tapestry website and start sharing swatches now!

Conducting Qualitative Research? Join the NVivo Community

NVivo Community is an opportunity for qualitative and mixed methods researchers who use NVivo to connect with and learn from each other. In addition to the NVivo resources already available, you can learn about qualitative research methods from the NVivo podcast Beyond the Data. Hear from researchers in their Spring Qualitative Research and Innovations Webinar Series. By joining the Nvivo Community, you can connect with other researchers through NVivo Research Networks, share your research, and find new funding.

Learn more about Nvivo Community

Download and install NVivo 12 through the Scott Memorial Library

If you are a newer to NVivo, check out the Resource Guides for Windows and Mac.

DynaMed to Replace UpToDate: Trainings, Videos, FAQ

DynaMed replaced UpToDate as Jefferson’s clinical decision support tool on Monday, February 1. DynaMed combines the highest quality evidence-based information, expert guidance, and a user-friendly, personalized experience to deliver accurate answers fast at the point of care. Check out our helpful DynaMed guide for more information.

If you were tracking CME with UpToDate, you may continue to process previously earned credit by logging in directly to your account. Download this PDF for instructions. Contact UpToDate customer service for assistance.

Editor-to-Clinician Session: Wednesday, February 10
Stop by (on Zoom) to hear from DynaMed editors as they discuss the topic of Disseminated Intervascular Coagulation (DIC). The session begins at 12 p.m. Learn more by downloading our flyer and RSVP here.

Features of DynaMed

  • Covers 36 specialties.
  • Includes summary-level drug information powered by IBM Micromedex.
  • Includes calculators, clinical criteria, and decision trees organized by specialty.
  • Create your personal account to follow topics, access the mobile app, and track CME.
    Creating a Personal User Account – Tutorial
  • Track and claim CME/CE/CPD when logged into your personal account
    Claiming CME Credits and Hours – Tutorial
  • Install mobile apps for iOS or Android on up to three devices with storage options to balance offline access with file size. Log in with your personal account.
    Mobile app tutorial
  • Follow topics when signed into your personal account to receive either all or just practice-changing updates by email or within the app.
    Following Topics in DynaMed – Tutorial

DynaMed On-Demand Trainings

Watch a brief tutorial video, a recent webinar, or a case challenge:

Check out our DynaMed guide for more information and videos.

Questions? Contact AskALibrarian.

NCBI Account Changes: Action to Take

Do you use the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) website to manage your PubMed MyNCBI collections, saved searches, email alerts, MyBibliography, or SciENcv profiles?  You may need to make a small change to your account to ensure that you can continue to login after June 1, 2021.

To increase security, NCBI will be getting rid of their native usernames and passwords in favor of federated account credentials. The preferred option for NIH-funded researchers is the eRA Commons account. For others, options include your Jefferson campus key, Google, or ORCID.

To get a head start on this transition, we recommend that you take a moment to link one of the accounts mentioned above. Doing so will ensure that you will be able to access your NCBI account after June 1. 

The process of linking accounts is simple:

1) Go to and log in using your existing NCBI username and password.

2) Click on your username in the top bar to load your NCBI Account Settings. 

3) Click the “Change” button under “Linked Accounts.” (see image below)

4) Search for the name of your preferred partner organization and then log into that account. (see image below)

If you need further assistance, contact the library by emailing or writing to the NCBI help desk

Staff Spotlight: Matt Cockerell, Instructional Designer

We sat down with Matt Cockerell, a new Instructional Designer working predominately on the East Falls campus, to get to know how he’s enjoyed working at Thomas Jefferson University so far. Read our Q&A to learn more about Matt and find out how he can assist faculty.

Welcome to Thomas Jefferson University! Tell us a little bit about your background: how long have you been working at Jefferson and what brings you here?

I began working at Thomas Jefferson University at the beginning of November 2020. I come most recently from Drexel University (2018-2020) where I served as a senior instructional designer. At Drexel, I worked closely with faculty and administrators in the College of Engineering and the Kline School of Law.  Before Drexel, I was an instructional designer with the University of Kentucky (2011-2018).  While with the University of Kentucky, I was part of the College of Communication and Information, specifically the School of Information Science.   

What is your title?  How do you see your role within the university and who do you serve/work with?

My title is Curriculum and Instructional Design Specialist. My role is partnering with administrators, faculty and other subject-matter experts to design high-quality educational experiences. These experiences fall across a wide spectrum. They can be as broad as a degree program or as narrow as a particular learning activity. The middle of this spectrum can include an individual course or a single learning module.

I use evidence-based based practices and adult learning theory to guide my advice. I strive to ensure that materials, activities, and assessments are aligned with the respective learning goals and objectives. I also advise and train faculty on the implementation of technology into the classroom.

What interested you in joining the team at Thomas Jefferson University?

The strength of the Jefferson brand was undoubtedly a factor! I initially discovered Thomas Jefferson University while searching for new challenges and opportunities in my career. Upon learning more about TJU, I found a unique combination of campuses, a wide variety of technical resources, and a large community of talented individuals. It seemed like a great environment to join.

How has it been so far? It must be challenging – or at least very different – starting a new job in the middle of a pandemic!

It has been very different! From contactless laptop pickup outside of Search Hall to regular Zoom meetings with my coworkers, it has not mirrored my experience starting a new job during “normal” times. However, I would not characterize it as challenging.  Everyone has been accommodating and understanding. I felt welcome from the start and know I can reach out for assistance and collaboration opportunities.  

What is something you want faculty to know about how you can support them? Why should they work with an instructional designer?

I want faculty to know that I can support them in a variety of ways. I desire for faculty not to be hesitant to partner with an instructional designer. We are not here to pass judgment or scold. By training faculty on proper technology implementation and advising on course design, we help faculty excel in one of their most substantial areas – teaching.

What is your favorite educational technology tool and why?

One of my favorite tools is a product called Articulate, in particular an app named Storyline. It is a powerful software that allows you to create a wide range of learning activities. Storyline enables the learner to interact with the presentation. 

For example, we can present the learner with a video lesson or a PowerPoint presentation. After introducing particular concepts, we can submit questions to the learner for a knowledge check to reinforce learning. The learner can choose an answer by responding in various ways: clicking, dragging and dropping, ranking, etc. 

With Storyline, you can employ branching and flow logic allowing the learner to experience a custom path. These paths can help automate access to further readings or remediation activities. Storyline can also create graded assessments and integrates well with Canvas. You may have experienced a Storyline product during a web-based HR training at some point in your career.

What advice do you have for faculty members trying to adjust to teaching online?

Two meme-like phrases come to mind: “You’ve got this!” and “Stay Calm and Teach On.” Although faculty may feel like the entire classroom environment changes when moving online, they are still the subject-matter experts and they still know how to teach.  By partnering with an instructional designer to identify the proper technics and tools for their course, they can focus more on teaching.

I also recommend that faculty reach out to their peers with experience in the online environment.  These personal connections can be a wealth of knowledge.    

If a faculty member wants support from an instruction designer, how can they get in touch with you?

The easiest way to get in contact with me directly is via email at  When campus activities ramp back up, I will have a presence on the East Falls and Center City Campus.  Until then, we can always connect through Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate.

When you’re not helping faculty and students at Jefferson, how do you like to spend your time?

Lately, I find myself spending most of my time at home with my wife and dog.  We still enjoy walks in the nearby Pennypack Preserve and the accompanying trails. We go down the shore whenever we get the chance. Our favorite quiet beach is Bayhead, NJ.  I spend time gardening, cooking, and listening to music. Before the pandemic, we loved to travel and experience live music. Here’s hoping those activities can resume safely soon!

Welcome to the team, Matt!


2021 is Here: Let Us Help with Your Goals!

2021 is finally here! Most of us start a new year thinking about goals – both personally and professionally. What are your professional goals? Maybe you’d like to get published in a journal. Or finish that manuscript you’ve been working on since 2019. Or perhaps you want to learn a new educational tool to master your online teaching skills or present at a virtual conference confidently. No matter what your goals are for 2021, we’re here to help.

Join us at a workshop or schedule a one-on-one consultation with our experts in instructional design, educational technologies, writing and communication, and more. Check out our workshops below and find out more about our one-on-one support and get in touch with us on our website.

Spring Book Club 2021: The Amateur Hour (10 sessions)
Every Thursday, 1:30 – 2:20 (February – April)
Register Here

“College teaching is a highly public act that has remained mostly private. Millions of Americans have taught in our gigantic higher education system, but we don’t have shared standards or even vocabularies to describe what they do,” says Jonathan Zimmerman in his new book The Amateur Hour: A History of College Teaching in America.

To shed light on that “highly public…but mostly private” act, Zimmerman did a deep dive into the history of college teaching in the United States from the nineteenth century to today. His book explores a wide range of classroom-related topics and sheds light on what has worked and over the years—and what hasn’t. 

Join us as we read The Amateur Hour this spring. In addition to learning from the great teachers of the past, we’ll discuss a wide range of topics, including teacher assessment, student cheating, political repression, class sizes, classroom layouts, and “active learning” (which has a longer history than you might think). 

Starting February 11, the virtual book club will meet each Thursday of the Spring Semester from 1:30-2:20. The club will be hosted by Daniel Verbit of The Academic Commons and Christopher Pastore of The Center for Faculty Development and Nexus Learning. For the last session on April 15th, we will have a question and answer session with the author.

All are welcome to join, but limited slots will be available in order to facilitate small group discussion. After capacity is reached, the sessions will be locked, so please register in advance.

The book is available for purchase online from Bookshop or directly from Hopkins. A digital version is also available via the library.

Science on Social Media
Thursday, March 11
1 – 2 p.m.
Register Here

This workshop is part of the Science Communication Series. Learn how to use various social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram) to boost your career and Sci-Comm skills. Check out this flyer for more details.

Patents: Where to find them and what it takes to get one
Friday, March 12
1-2 p.m.
Register Here

Patents are one of the four primary types of intellectual property. We will explain the patent process from research to application and beyond as well as how to find help along the way. Former US Patent and Trademark office fellow, now our regional Patent & Trademark Resource Center Representative, will lead the session and answer your patent searching and application questions.

Winter Writing Retreat
Friday, March 26
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Register Here

Join us this winter at our monthly half-day writing retreats, devoted solely to your writing projects. Most importantly, you’ll get quiet time to write. We’ll also have a writing consultant and librarian available to answer writing and research questions, help you find materials, talk over your journal choice, edit your work, or just read what you have so far.

Animate Your Science
Thursday, April 8
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Registration Coming Soon

This workshop is part of the Science Communication Series. Express your science in narrative form and create an animation depicting your favorite research.

Learn about Visible Body Courseware—A new virtual anatomy software
Tuesday, April 13
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Register Here

Visible Body has created educational 3D medical apps that can help your students to understand human anatomy and physiology better.