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REGISTER NOW: The Qualitative Institute (Aug 3-6)

What is the Qualitative Institute?
This four-day session, led by a collaborative team at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania, will offer an opportunity to explore a broad array of qualitative and mixed methods research skills.  Register and learn more here.

At the sessions, held at Penn and Jefferson on August 3 – 6, you’ll gain skills useful in qualitative research, including:

  • Philosophical Foundations of Qualitative Research
  • Conventional and Alternative Data Collection
  • Ethnography and Observation
  • Concept Mapping
  • Focus Groups and Interviews
  • Publishing
  • And much more

Who should attend?

  • Researchers
  • Students and trainees
  • Members of community, nonprofit, and government organizations

Register here and check out this flyer to learn more.  

Summer 2022 Research Support Newsletter: Find out about new tools like ChemDraw and BioRender to assist in your research and publishing goals

The Summer 2022 edition of the Research Support Newsletter is here! In the report, you’ll find details on tools to assist with research and support available at every stage of the research and publication process. These resources are available to faculty, clinicians, students, and staff through a site-wide license paid for by the Thomas Jefferson University Libraries. 

Check out the newsletter to learn more about:

  • BioRender
  • ChemDraw
  • Statista
  • NEJM Evidence

and much more!

Read and share the 2022 Research Support Newsletter now. Happy researching!

SPOTLIGHT ON THE CENTER CITY ARCHIVES: A 112-year-old photo album gets some TLC

Every year, one lucky worn-out item from the Center City Archives & Special Collections gets taken off the shelves for some TLC.

The Shepartz Conservation Fund offers funding every year to preserve one item from the collection. In 2021, that one lucky item was a 1906 photo album.

The man behind the lens, Dr. John Arthur Murray, was a Jefferson Medical College graduate in 1893. His album captures photos of daily life inside and outside of Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH), also known as Blockley.

The album of rare photos also includes several images which show intern Ross V. Patterson (Jefferson MD 1904). In 1906, Dr. Patterson became Assistant Physician to the Department of the Insane at PGH. Later that year, he was appointed Sub-Dean, and eventually Dean of JMC/SKMC.

The 116-year-old album needed some TLC. It had been dis-bounded, and the card on which the 127 photos were mounted became buckled to a degree where the prints were in danger of losing their emulsion.

Shepartz Conservation Fund came just in time! The conservators cleaned, flattened, and stabilized the album so it can be digitized without damage. Once the album has been digitized, it will be added to our website so others can enjoy it.

In the meantime, check out more from the Center City Archives and Special Collections, including artifacts, oral histories of notable alums, and much more.

It’s American Stroke Awareness Month: 5 resources to read

May is American Stroke Awareness Month. According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the fifth most common killer and a leading cause of disability in America.

The five resources below highlight risk reduction, stroke management strategies, the relationship between diabetes and stroke, stroke recovery, and more.

Stroke: Financial Concerns [VIDEO]

Stroke Nursing

Stroke Revisited: Diabetes in Stroke

Stroke Revisited: Vascular Cognitive Impairment

Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery

May eBook Additions: 25 titles covering architecture, design research, Transition Theory in counseling, disasters and public health, and more

This collection covers comics and the role that immigrants and gender play in comic storytelling, a costume designer’s guide to color, a handbook for coaching psychology, and more. Check out the list of 25 new eBooks below or browse the complete eBook collection.

AACN Core Curriculum for Pediatric High Acuity, Progressive, and Critical Care Nursing

Adult-gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Q & A Review

Adult-gerontology Acute Care Practice Guidelines

Advanced Practice Nursing Roles: Core Concepts for Professional Development

Architecture and Collective Life

Architecture is a Verb

Architecture of Threshold Spaces: A Critique of the Ideologies of Hyperconnectivity and Segregation in the Socio-political Context

Coaching Psychology for Mental Health: Borderline Personality Disorder and Personal Psychological Recovery

Counseling Adults in Transition: Linking Schlossberg’s Theory with Practice in a Diverse World

Costume Design: The Basics

Costume in Motion: A Guide to Collaboration for Costume Design and Choreography

Disasters and Public Health: Planning and Response

Graphic Design in Museum Exhibitions: Display, Identity and Narrative

Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners

Immigrants and Comics: Graphic Spaces of Remembrance, Transaction, and Mimesis

Intersectional Feminist Readings of Comics: Interpreting Gender in Graphic Narratives

Middle Range Theory for Nursing

Nursing Care of Children and Young People with Long Term Conditions

The Ontology of Design Research

A Pocket Style Manual

Principal Emergency Response and Preparedness: Requirements and Guidance

Programming for Health and Wellbeing in Architecture

 Storytelling in Luxury Fashion: Brands, Visual Cultures, and Technologies

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

A Working Costume Designer’s Guide to Color

WATCH NOW: Tools of the Trade Presentation

In case you missed it earlier this month, you can now watch the recording of Tools of the Trade: Women and Textiles in the 19th Century. The presentation, led by Jade Papa, curator of the Textile and Costume Collection and adjunct faculty member, and Emily Radomski, third-year Textile Design student and Collection intern, covered the history of women’s roles in Philadelphia’s textile industries in the 19th century.

The presentation was part of The Library Company’s month-long celebration — Power & Pomp: Fashion History Month. Check out The Library Company’s website to learn about additional events.

Watch the presentation on The Library Company’s YouTube channel and learn more about the Textile & Costume Collection.

JDC Quarterly Report January – March 2022: Burnout in graduates, the effects of day and time on residency interview success, and more

Happy Spring, and welcome to another Jefferson Digital Commons Quarterly Report! Here are last quarter’s (January – March) numbers:

  • 204 countries visited the site
  • 427 works posted
  • 6,133 streams
  • 6,958 institutions accessed content

This quarterly report includes:

  • Articles
  • Capstone Presentations
  • Grand Rounds and Lectures
  • Journals and Newsletters
  • Posters
  • Miscellaneous
  • Thesis/Dissertations
  • What People are Saying About the Jefferson Digital Commons

A few highlights:

Read the JDC Quarterly Report to check out the work of your colleagues!

It’s Autism Acceptance Month: 5 resources you need to check out

April is Autism Acceptance Month, an initiative that generates awareness about the developmental disorder and encourages dialogue about how to live with it and support those around you who may be autistic.

The resources below include a video highlighting mobile apps related to autism, written guides for girls and women on the autism spectrum, and a book series discussing progress in molecular biology. Check out the video and books below and follow the #CelebrateDifferences campaign on social media to honor Autism Acceptance Month.

Apps For Autism [VIDEO]

Diagnosing and Caring for the Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Practical Guide for the Primary Care Provider

Life on the Autism Spectrum – A Guide for Girls and Women

Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science: Autism

We Walk: Life with Severe Autism

Did you know it’s National Library Week? Celebrate with us and you could win $100

National Library Week, April 3-9, is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities.

The theme for National Library Week 2022, “Connect with Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology. Libraries like Thomas Jefferson University Libraries offer opportunities to connect with educational and research resources, media, programs, ideas, and classes. Libraries also connect communities to each other, both within Jefferson and beyond.

How You Can Participate

  1. Visit the library
    Stop by the TJU Libraries! Take out a resource, use the spaces, or connect with a librarian for help with your research or course work.

  2. Share about the library online (you could win $100)
    Post on social media this week (April 3 – 9) to share about the connections you’ve made thanks to TJU Libraries. Post to Twitter or the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Tag us (@gutmanlibrary) (@SMLibrary_TJU) and use hashtag #MyLibrary. Entries will be gathered by the American Libraries Association and they’ll select one random winner to receive a $100 Visa gift card.

  3. Enjoy library-themed coloring pages
    Download and print some library-themed color pages! If you love the TJU libraries, say it loud and proud!

Register now for Tools of the Trade: Women and Textiles in the 19th Century (April 7 at The Library Company)

Join us on Thursday, April 7, for the opening event of Power & Pomp: Fashion History Month at the Library Company!

Tools of the Trade: Women and Textiles in the 19th Century
Thursday, April 7, 6 – 7:30 pm
The Library Collection (1314 Locust Street) & Online
More & Register

Jade Papa, curator of the Textile and Costume Collection and adjust faculty member, and Emily Radomski, third-year Textile Design student and Collection intern, will present on the history of women’s roles in Philadelphia’s textile industries in the 19th century.

After a presentation led by Jade, Emily will showcase tools from the Textile and Costume Collection that were actually used by some of these textile workers and explain their functions.

An exhibit will be on display in The Library Company’s Logan Room for the remainder of the month-long celebration — Power & Pomp: Fashion History Month.

Make sure to follow Thomas Jefferson University on Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look at Tools of the Trade and The Library Collection from Emily Radomski.

Register for Tools of the Trade.

Learn how to use Statista, a statistical portal, at an upcoming webinar this spring

Learn how you can use Statista, a statistics portal with data on thousands of topics, at an upcoming webinar.

Webinars will cover:

  • Running a search
  • Navigating the results page
  • Utilizing infographics
  • Using the reports shop and different report types

For an in-depth overview of these features, sign up for one of the reoccurring webinars at the times listed below by clicking the day (all webinars are 60-mins long).

Tuesdays (March 22 – April 3) 2 -3 pm

Wednesdays (March 23 – May 4) 10:30 – 11:30 am

Thursdays (March 24 – May 5) 3-4 pm

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Megan Donnelly, Student Success & Outreach Librarian at the Gutman Library

The Gutman Library is thrilled to welcome Megan Donnelly to the team of librarians. Megan is our Student Success & Outreach Librarian, a new position at the library.

We sat down with Megan to learn a bit about what drew her to the world of libraries and what she’s excited about in this new role. Keep reading to find out what Gutman resources Megan can’t stop raving about and how she can support you.

What’s your title, and when did you start working at Thomas Jefferson University’s Gutman Library?
My title is Student Success and Outreach Librarian, and I started working here on January 3rd, 2022.

What brings you to Jefferson? 
I was seeking employment in this area to be closer to my family.

At what point did you want to become a librarian, and why?
I knew I wanted to become a librarian during my senior year of undergrad. A librarian came to one of my classes to teach information literacy instruction. I went up to her after class and said, “Do librarians really get to teach?” The following semester, I interned at my school’s library and the rest is history. I wouldn’t be here if not for my mentors, for which I am very grateful.

Can you describe the role of a Student Success and Outreach Librarian? What does that mean to you, and what does a Student Success and Outreach Librarian do?
As the Student Success and Outreach Librarian, I am responsible for supporting student success by teaching information literacy instruction in many different venues and modalities, providing research assistance, developing the library’s collections, and building relationships between the library and the university community with strategic outreach.

I am an advocate for student success and consciously bring this perspective to the conversation whether I am advocating for accessibility, cutting edge pedagogy, low-cost course materials, or antiracism and diversity. I recognize that what students experience outside of the classroom impacts their success inside of the classroom. My goal is to alleviate barriers to success that students experience from my unique positioning as a librarian.

What are some of your goals and/or plans to support the East Falls community?
Coming up first, I plan to establish an information literacy instruction program for the East Falls Campus. I also plan to build relationships with non-academic groups and organizations across campus to develop outreach programming. I want to open up the dialogue between the university community and the library so we can be receptive to students’ needs.

What is something you’d like the East Falls students and faculty in the College Humanities and Sciences to know about you and your role?
I specialize in teaching inclusive information literacy instruction through many modalities, including in-person, Zoom, Canvas, and learning objects such as live worksheets, tutorials, videos, and more. If you’re a faculty member in CHS, please feel free to contact me to learn about how I can support you and your students. If you’re a student looking for help with your research, please do not hesitate to reach out!

What do you think is the most important part of libraries, and why do we need libraries and librarians?
To me, the most important part of libraries is teaching information literacy. Information literacy is a critical skill in today’s society. We use it every time we navigate the world of information; whether we are completing a research assignment, scanning social media, or making sense of what’s going on in the world through the news.

We need libraries and librarians to provide access to and organize the world of information, as well as to assist us in learning how to navigate it.  

What’s something you like about the library or East Falls campus so far? 
I really like the architecture on this campus. The buildings are so unique!

We know that you’re probably just starting to explore all that Gutman has to offer, but have you come across a resource or collection that you’ve found interesting? 
A resource I have found in our collection that I can’t stop raving about is the ProQuest Research Companion (PRC). PRC is made up of online learning modules that cover core information literacy concepts. Learning modules include videos, quizzes, and other elements.

It’s an incredible asset to faculty that may be pressed for time and would still like to cover information literacy. It’s also useful for students that would like to sharpen their research skills independently. You can get to ProQuest Research Companion by navigating our Databases A-Z list.  

Is there anything you’d like to mention that we didn’t ask?
If you are ever trying to get in contact with me via email, please note that there is a 2 at the end of my name. Apparently, there is another person with my name at Jefferson! Anyways – please feel free to reach out. My email is

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Liz Declan, Scholarly Writing Specialist

If you’re writing for publication, the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC) is here for you. They know that writing and public speaking can be overwhelming. That’s why they offer one-on-one consultations, workshops, and writing retreats to assist in your goals.

And the OPWPC is growing! This January, Liz Declan, the new Scholarly Writing Specialist, joined the team. We caught up with Liz to learn how her previous position at the university is influencing her role in the Academic Commons and what interesting projects she’s working on now. Keep reading to learn more about Liz and how she can help you, and even find out what superhero movies she and her seven-year-old daughter have been watching. 

What’s your title, and when did you start working in the Academic Commons? 
I am a Scholarly Writing Specialist, and I began working in the Academic Commons in January of 2022.

Before joining the Academic Commons, you were a faculty member on the East Falls campus. Can you talk to us about that: what courses did you teach? What motivated your desire to transition to your current role? 
As an adjunct, I taught Introduction to Academic Writing, Written Communication, and Multimedia Communication. I love teaching, but my passion for writing extends to many fields. I wanted a transition into an editorial role, and this position was the perfect coalescence of these many interests.

Are there aspects of your previous position as an instructor that have been helpful as you transition into this new position?  
The transition has been wonderful! I am really enjoying the work I am doing, and I’m finding that there’s a great balance of drawing upon skills I came to the position with and learning new skills in the role. I’m a firm believer that teaching is an experience that lends itself to any other role or job, so yes, absolutely. One obvious difference is that rather than coaching a student to become a better writer, I am making direct changes to texts or suggesting revisions. 

Can you describe your role, Scholarly Writing Specialist, a bit? What does that title mean, and what types of projects are you working on? 
As a Scholarly Writing Specialist, it’s my job to help faculty, staff, and members of the Jefferson community with scholarly publications and communications. The bulk of what I do is edit drafts of scholarly articles to be submitted to journals, but I also provide feedback on posters and presentations.

What is an interesting, unique, or informative scholarly article you’ve reviewed so far?  
I recently read a few manuscripts on topics related to outreach and programming for people with autism, which is a topic I’m passionate about, so that was both informative and interesting. It’s really exciting to see subjects I’m invested in and that I think need more attention being written about for publication. There have been several manuscripts on race, gender/LGBTQ experience, and/or disability, all of which excited me.

What advice would you give to someone who may be feeling overwhelmed or a bit frustrated with the writing and editing process?
I think in terms of being overwhelmed or frustrated, just knowing you’re not alone in feeling that way is helpful. Even professionals who are writers by trade experience that because writing is difficult and what we want to say often gets lost in translation from brain to pen to paper (or brain to hand to keyboard). I will mention, though, that the OPWPC helps with every stage of the process, so if someone is stuck or frustrated, reaching out to work through an issue is a good idea.

How can someone get in touch with you if they are interested in your services?  
My email is That is the best way to reach me! In addition, you can visit our website for information on upcoming workshops on topics like time management and writing abstracts, to schedule a one-on-one consult, or to find out about upcoming writing retreats.

When you’re not supporting the Jefferson community with their professional writing and communications projects, what are a few things you like to do with your time?
I have a seven-year-old daughter, and we’ve recently been watching our way through the Marvel movies, which has been a delight. I am also working on a memoir. Those two areas (motherhood and my creative projects) tend to be where all my extra time goes.

Learn more about the OPWPC and get support with your writing and communications projects today.

Register now for Women Makers & Designers: Inside the Textile & Costume Collection (March 8 with Jade Papa)

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Jade Papa, curator of the Design Center and Adjunct Professor, on Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. This virtual event is open to the public.

Register now for “Women Makers & Designers: Inside the Textile and Costume Collection.” At the event, Jade Papa will give an insider’s look into the University’s historic collection, exploring pieces created by women makers and designers, including fashion designer Claire McCardell and textile designer Dorothy Liebes.

Following the presentation, stick around to ask questions about the collection. Learn more about the collection and register here. Check out Follow the Thread, a blog maintained by the Design Center staff and students, for weekly posts on the collection.

Coping with COVID on the College Campus: Virtual & In-Person Event (March 8)

Join Jeffersonians on Tuesday, March 8, for a panel discussion on the psychological impact of the pandemic on college students, faculty, and staff. Hear perspectives of students, an administrator, and a psychologist. Learn about dealing with uncertainty; positives/negatives of online learning; stress and anxiety due to isolation, changed living environments, and more. Box lunch provided for those on-site.

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 12:30 – 2pm
Format: In-person (Kanbar) and Zoom

Register here

Note: Jefferson faculty/staff: Completing attendance at the “Coping with COVID” event fulfills one of the five program requirements to earn the 2023 wellness credit. Once completed, you can visit the Aetna wellness portal and self-report your participation under “Rewards” and “Emotional Wellbeing.”

Moderator: Evan Laine, MA, JD, Faculty Director, Arlen Specter Center; Director, Law & Society Program, Thomas Jefferson Univ. – East Falls


  • Henry Humphreys, PhD, Vice-Chancellor, Dean of Students, Thomas Jefferson University – East Falls
  • C. Virginia O’Hayer, MA, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Thomas Jefferson University – Center City
  • Julia Smith, BA, Advanced Student, MS in Community & Trauma Counseling Program, Thomas Jefferson University – East Falls