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It’s National Library Week (April 23 – 29): Tell us YOUR library story & win prizes!

Every April, libraries across the country celebrate National Library Week! The holiday promotes local libraries and library workers and is a time to consider what value libraries bring to our community. This year’s theme is “More to the Story.”

Libraries are full of stories, and Thomas Jefferson University Libraries (Jefferson Libraries) offer space for studying, gathering, and connecting. Our library programming brings together student groups, faculty, and staff for movie nights, lectures, and more. Library infrastructure provides internet and technology access, research and information literacy skills, and support.

This year, as we celebrate libraries, we’re asking YOU to tell us your library story!

Check out why Jefferson students and staff love the library!

Watch Zoe’s video to find out what she loves about Jefferson Libraries:

Check out Alexi’s video to learn what her Jefferson Libraries story is:

Students aren’t the only ones who love the Jefferson Libraries. Over at Scott Library, Access Services Technician Timber loves the bone blocks:

Mark, Access Services Technician at Scott Library, thinks the best hidden secret at the library are the projector kits. (And check out Mark’s friend Walter, the Access Services mascot and a library lover himself!)

Scott Library’s Manager of Access Services, Janice, wants to make sure you know that the library has resources like laptops and iPads to help you study and research:

Celebrate with Us & Tell Us Your Story!

East Falls/Gutman Library: Stop by the library on Thursday, April 27, from 12-2pm to grab some library swag and snacks and tell us your library story!

Center City/Scott Library: Stop by the library on Friday, April 28, from 12-2pm to grab some library swag and snacks, and tell us your library story!

Post on social media: Follow us on social media and post your library story with a video or photo, and you could win prizes! Tag us on Twitter (@SMLibrary_TJU and @gutmanlibrary) and use hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek #moretothestory and we’ll share your story!

Learn more about National Library Week

Visit the American Library Association’s website to learn more about National Library Week and events throughout the week.

Right to Read Day on Monday, April 24, is a National Day of Action supporting the right to read. The State of America’s Libraries Report highlights the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2022.

Ally Awareness Week & Fix Your Content Contest is April 17-21: Improve accessibility & win prizes

Ally Awareness Week is a weeklong celebration of Ally, the tool within Canvas that helps instructors improve accessibility in their courses and offers learners alternative file formats to download. The contest encourages educators to make “fixes” to their content and win prizes!

The winners will each receive a Jefferson-branded sweatshirt. Fixes will be posted anonymously to our Fix Your Content Contest Leaderboard and we’ll update the standings throughout the week. Learn more about how to make “fixes” in our Ally Fix Your Content Contest FAQ.

Where can instructors find information about how to use Ally?
Stop by one of our in-person or virtual Ally Drop-in Clinics for one-on-one support between April 17 – 19. The clinics are led by an instructional designer who can provide you with individualized guidance on making fixes in Ally. Make sure to check out the Ally Quick Start Guide for Instructors. You can also visit our Ally Resources Page for written guides and self-paced learning modules.

Where can students find information about how to use Ally?
View our Using Ally in Canvas: Student Guide to learn more about the alternative file formats available for you to download. There is also an Ally Quick Start for Students Guide.

What are Jefferson Students Saying about Ally?

Kerry L. with Ally fidget spinners

“The alternative format from Ally that I like most is the audio one. I am more of a listener than a reader, and Ally makes learning convenient for me.”

– Kerry L., Interior Design, 2025

I’d love to listen to Ally on my morning commute so that I could be efficient with my time and enhance the information exposed to my brain. – Azba A. PreMed Studies, 2025

Gia S.

“I’m an audio-visual and kinesthetic learner, so reading assignments back-to-back are a lot. Reading isn’t the best way for me to learn and if I can listen to someone telling me something instead of just reading it, I process and understand the concepts better. I can really take it in. I probably end up understanding things better with Ally.”

– Gia S., Occupational Therapy, 2025

“I love the option of listening to audio versions of articles so I can do other things like cleaning or organizing while learning! It makes it easier to get knowledge in while accomplishing important life stuff.”

-Stephanie S., OTD, 2024

April eBooks: Bariatric Surgery, Environmental Concerns of Textile Design, Hospital Administration, and More

April’s eBooks include resources that cover topics like affirmative counseling for transgender clients, an encyclopedia of colors and dyes, Islamic architecture, Black femme art, Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, and more.

Check out this month’s new eBooks below or browse our complete eBook collection at East Falls/Gutman Library and Center City/Scott Library.

2023-2024 Perianesthesia Nursing Standards, Practice Recommendations and Interpretive Statements

Academic Librarian Burnout: Causes and Responses

Affirmative Counseling for Transgender and Gender Diverse Clients

The ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery

Basic Knowledge of Medical Imaging Informatics: Undergraduate Level and Level I

Calculation Skills for Nurses

The Color Pynk: Black Femme Art for Survival

Encyclopedia of Color, Dyes, Pigments. Volume 1, Antraquinonoid Pigments – Color Fundamentals

Encyclopedia of Color, Dyes, Pigments. Volume 2, Color Measurement – Metal Effect Pigments

Encyclopedia of Color, Dyes, Pigments. Volume 3, Mixed Metal Oxide Pigments – Zinc Sulfide Pigments

Essentials of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Exercises and Projects for the Little SAS book: A Primer

Fashion, Performance & Performativity: The Complex Spaces of Fashion

How to Do Research: And How to Be a Researcher

Islamic Architecture Today and Tomorrow: (re)defining the Field

LAVA Laboratory for Visionary Architecture: What If

The Little SAS Book: A Primer: A Programming Approach

Plants and Society

Practical Implementation Science: Moving Evidence into Action

The Radiology Survival Kit: What You Need to Know for USMLE and the Clinics

Rei Kawakubo: For and Against Fashion

Return on Investment for Healthcare Quality Improvement

Textiles and Fashion: From Fabric Construction to Surface Treatments

Understanding Anxiety, Worry and Fear in Childbearing: A Resource for Midwives and Clinicians

When McKinsey Comes to Town: The Hidden Influence of the World’s Most Powerful Consulting Firm

Open Access publishing fees waived for Jefferson authors in Wiley journals

The Jefferson Libraries are pleased to announce that they have entered into an institutional open access agreement with Wiley, a major scholarly publisher. Jefferson’s three-year agreement with Wiley waives article processing charges (APC) for open access publishing in Wiley’s hybrid and open access journals, including Hindawi journals, for manuscripts submitted by Jefferson authors.

Formally known as a Transformative Agreement, this new license provides unlimited electronic access to all Wiley & Hindawi published journals along with no-fee open access publishing for Jefferson authors. We will pay Wiley an additional annual license fee to participate in this Transformative Agreement.  

For Wiley’s hybrid journals, manuscripts accepted for publication between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2025, are eligible. For Wiley and Hindawi open access journals, manuscripts submitted between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2025, are eligible.

The workflow for authors varies depending on the type of journal – hybrid or open access (gold). Please visit the libraries’ guide on open access publishing with Wiley for details.   

This is Jefferson Libraries’ second transformative agreement that provides no-fee open access publishing for Jefferson authors. Please visit the libraries’ Open Access Guide for complete details on these agreements and the Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund.

Let’s Celebrate Allium Sativum: eBooks & Videos for National Garlic Month

Did you know that April is National Garlic Month? This fun awareness event lets us celebrate garlic and learn more about this special vegetable (that’s right, it’s a vegetable)!

The books and videos on the list below discuss the many uses of garlic. From cooking to medicine (and even vampire safety), our collection has everything you need to celebrate garlic’s role in our lives.

Allium Sativum: Chemical Constituents, Medicinal Uses and Health Benefits

Garlic Capital of the World: Gilroy, garlic, and the Making of a Festive Foodscape

The Getting of Garlic: Australian Food from Bland to Brilliant, with Recipes Old and New

Print books
Allicin: The Natural Sulfur Compound from Garlic with Many Uses

Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family

Taste: My Life Through Food

Woman Eating

Hooked on Huayu

Tess Of The D’Urbervilles

Open Access Fees Waived for Jefferson Authors in American Chemical Society (ACS) Journals

The Jefferson Libraries are pleased to announce that we have entered into an institutional open access agreement with ACS (American Chemical Society) Publications. This agreement waives article processing charges (APC) for open access publishing in any ACS journal for manuscripts submitted by Jefferson authors between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2025. Please visit the libraries’ Open Access Guide for more information and details on the ACS process.   

Formally known as a Transformative Agreement, this new license provides unlimited electronic access to all ACS journals and no-fee open access publishing for Jefferson authors. Jefferson Libraries have joined this agreement as part of our PALCI consortium membership. We will pay ACS Publications an additional annual license fee to participate in this Transformative Agreement. 

At manuscript submission, Jefferson authors must select Thomas Jefferson University as their affiliated institution from the ACS Paragon Plus system drop-down. Jefferson authors must use their Jefferson email address and should confirm that their stated affiliation within the manuscript is Thomas Jefferson University. Once the manuscript is accepted, Jefferson authors will be guided through the Journal Publishing Agreement for the appropriate open access options and the libraries will be notified that an open access manuscript is in process.  

We hope to announce a similar agreement with another publisher in the next few weeks. Please visit the libraries’ Open Access Guide for more information and details on the ACS process.   


  • What if I submitted a manuscript to ACS in 2023 before learning of this agreement? 

    Please email and we will contact ACS Publications on your behalf. 

  • What if only some of the authors are from Jefferson? 

    The only requirement is that the submitting or corresponding author be from Jefferson. 

  • What if the ACS journal I am submitting to is not fully open access? 

    All ACS journals have an open access publishing option, and this agreement covers all ACS journals. 

  • Other questions?  Please email  

Celebrate Women’s History Month with collection of feminist resources & join us for INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISMS: Many Identities, One Movement on March 8

March is Women’s History Month & International Women’s Month, and this year we’re celebrating with a collection of digital and print resources from the Gutman and Scott libraries on intersectional feminism. Check out the resources and join us on March 8, International Women’s Day, for INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISMS: Many Identities, One Movement. You can attend in-person or virtually.

Dr. Jane Caputi

At the event, Dr. Jane Caputi of the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University will explore the evolution of feminist theory and discuss the current battle over Black, Queer, and Feminist studies in America. A reception will follow the discussion. Learn more and sign up.

And while you’re at it, if you’re on the East Falls campus, check out Gutman Library’s Intersectional Feminism Collection on the 1st floor (Main Floor) of the library to take out a resource or browse online. The titles in this collection cover how racism, ableism, xenophobia, and homophobia combine with sexism to show how societal discrimination affects every woman differently. If you’re in Center City, visit Scott Library’s 1st-floor Leisure Collection to check out Center City’s resources.

In addition to our print resources, explore our eBooks online:

100 Years of the Nineteenth Amendment: An Appraisal of Women’s Political Activism

And the Spirit Moved Them: The Lost Radical History of America’s First Feminists

Are All the Women Still White? Rethinking Race, Expanding Feminisms

Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and the Digital Humanities

Feminist Disability Studies

Intersectionality in Feminist and Queer Movements: Confronting Privileges

Intersectional Feminist Readings of Comics: Interpreting Gender in Graphic Narratives

Marginalized Mothers, Mothering from the Margins

Medical Entanglements: Rethinking Feminist Debates about Healthcare

We hope you enjoy these resources in honor of Women’s History Month, and we’ll see you on March 8 at INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISMS: Many Identities, One Movement.

RSVP TODAY for Intersectional Feminisms: Many Identities, One Movement (March 8) with Dr. Jane Caputi

Celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8, by joining us for Intersectional Feminisms: Many Identities, One Movement. The discussion and reception will take place in the Media Classroom at the Paul J. Gutman Library on the East Falls campus from 5-7pm. You can attend the presentation virtually via Zoom.

Caputi’s research is in contemporary American cultural studies, including popular culture, gender and violence, and ecofeminism and environmental justice

Hear from Dr. Jane Caputi of the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Caputi will discuss the evolution of intersectional feminism – the idea that women’s overlapping identity markers like race and age impact how they experience discrimination.

Dr. Caputi will share examples of intersectional activism and also discuss the current attack on Black, Queer, and Feminist studies in America, specifically the recent Florida legislation’s rejection of the A.P. African American Studies curriculum. Learn more and register now.

After the presentation, join us for a reception to get to know others at Jefferson interested in the topic, and check out Gutman Library’s collection of books, magazines, videos, and eBooks on topic of intersectionality.

Register today and we’ll see you on March 8th! Learn more about Dr. Caputi.

Celebrate Love Data Week with LabArchives and Data Management Workshops

Love Data Week, February 13-17, is the international celebration of data, and is a week dedicated to spreading awareness of the importance of research data management and sharing and preserving data. Celebrate Love Data Week by attending sessions on LabArchives and NIH Data Management.

Introduction to LabArchives ELN for Research (February 15 and 16)
Learn the benefits that LabArchives offers researchers and how it can easily be integrated into your research data management toolkit. Topics covered include:

  • Notebook structure
  • Audit trail, revisions history, and version control
  • Access controls
  • Page signing and witnessing
  • Creating templates and copying content
  • Collaborating internally and externally

Register Now
Session 1: Wednesday, February 15, 10am
Session 2: Thursday, February 16, 1pm

Best Practices and Tips for Establishing Your Notebook’s Structure (February 13 and 17)
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 our 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.

Register Now
Session 2: Friday, February 17, 10am

Creating Templates to Standardize the Collection and Management of Data (February 15 and 16)
We recommend using templates in LabArchives to create a consistent entry format for documenting and tracking information. Templates can be made from reusable pages or entries that can easily and quickly be copied to help 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.

Register Now
Session 1: Wednesday, February 15, 3pm
Session 2: Thursday, February 16, 11am

Creating a Data Management and Sharing Plan For Your Research (February 14)
This workshop, led by Scott librarians Larissa Gordon and Anita Lai, and Jessica Gutierrez, Associate Director of Research Conduct & Compliance, provides faculty with resources and advice about creating data management plans for research data using the 2016 FAIR Guiding Principles for Scientific Data Management and Stewardship. These plans will be required for NIH grants starting in the new year, but data management is also valuable for every researcher to consider. It can help to preserve your data, make your research more visible, and also aids in the advancement of the scientific community by allowing other researchers to access your data. Special attention will be paid to how Jeffersonians can use LabArchives as an openly accessible data repository.

Register Now
Session 1: Tuesday, February 14, 1pm

SAVE THE DATE: Intersectional Feminisms on Wednesday, March 8, at Paul J. Gutman Library

Mark your calendar for Intersectional Feminisms – a presentation by Dr. Jane Caputi – on Wednesday, March 8, as we celebrate International Women’s Day.

At Intersectional Feminisms, Dr. Caputi, Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University, will lead a presentation on the general history of intersectional feminism and beyond.

We invite all of the Jefferson community to attend this event on Wednesday, March 8, at 5 pm in Gutman Library’s Media Classroom. After the presentation, a reception will follow. We’ll share more event details and registration links soon.

Dr. Caputi’s primary research is in contemporary American cultural studies, including popular culture, gender and violence, and ecofeminism and environmental justice. 

Dr. Caputi has made two educational documentaries, The Pornography of Everyday Life (2006), distributed by Berkeley Media, and Feed the Green: Feminist Voices for the Earth (2016), distributed by Women Make Movies. Check out Dr. Caputi’s resume to learn more about her work and background. 

January 2023: Celebrating and taking care of yourself in the New Year

The New Year is a time to acknowledge the accomplishments of the past and prepare for all of the changes still to come.

This January, we’re highlighting resources that support self-care, mental health, and more. Topics include seasonal affective disorder, psychedelics, aging, and knitting.

Electronic Resources

Iceland : Deep In The Polar Night (video)

Mindful Knitting: Inviting Contemplative Practice to the Craft by Tara Jon Manning (eBook)

The New Year–The Old Year by Ida B. Wells (article)

Stacks (Scott Memorial Library)

Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

Graphic Medicine (Scott Memorial Library)

The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel

NIH expands beyond Covid-19 Preprints in Phase 2 of Pilot Program

In the summer of 2020, the NIH began a pilot program to add Covid-19 related preprints featuring research funded by the NIH to its databases. Two years later, evaluations of this pilot program are positive (Funk, 2022). The National Library of Medicine (NLM) successfully managed the technical hurdles of including and properly labeling preprints into PubMed and PubMed Central (PMC). Including preprints increased the discoverability of NIH-funded research, increasing the speed of access by more than 100 days, according to one published statistic, while not decreasing trust in the NLM or its research tools. According to the NIH, indexing preprints in multiple places had value because researchers access and discover information differently. Due to the success of this pilot, the NIH is expanding its incorporation of preprints into the database and will soon start including all preprints supported by NIH funds published after January 1st, 2023 (NLM, 2022).

It is important to note that the NIH will only include preprints posted to servers that it identified during the first phase of its pilot program as having policies and practices that align both with the mission of the NIH and with recommendations made by groups such as the Committee on Publication Ethics. Eligible preprint servers currently include bioRxiv, medRxiv, arXiv, and Research Square, although the list may change over time.

In support of this new phase of its pilot program, the NIH has updated its search functions and record displays, including an updated information banner on preprint records, more prominent identification of final published journal articles on preprint records, and the ability to exclude preprints from a search as well as limit a search to preprints only (NLM, 2023). Figures 1 and 2 show how the updated peer-reviewed articles are displayed on preprints in PubMed and PMC.

At the end of 2023, the second phase of this program will be assessed to evaluate its continued success in increasing the discoverability and maximizing the impact of NIH-funded research.

Learn more about preprints and contact us with questions.


Funk, K., Zayas-Caban, T. & Beck J. (2022). Phase 1 of the NIH Preprint Pilot: Testing the viability of making preprints discoverable in PubMed Central and PubMed. BioRxiv.

National Library of Medicine. (2022, December 14). NIH Preprint Pilot accelerates and expands discovery of research results: Expansion of pilot planned for early 2023.

National Library of Medicine. (2023, January 9). Next phase of the NIH Preprint Pilot launching soon. NCBI Insights.

Figure 1. PubMed search result summary and abstract displays of a preprint and its associated peer-reviewed version.
Figure 2. The PMC view of the same preprint summary and full-text views with update notice of its peer-reviewed version.

Last Chance: Join Jefferson’s SoTL Community

If you are interested in learning more about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), join the Academic Commons’ new SoTL Community. This community is open to anyone interested in teaching and learning – including faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students. Complete the interest form to get started.

SoTL is a growing field in higher education that uses systematic and methodological inquiry to research the impact of teaching practices and learning experiences. SoTL is a valuable exercise to reflect on your teaching practices, with the overall goal of improving participant learning. SoTL projects aim to improve learning by finding better, more engaging ways to teach. 

As a member of the SoTL Community, you will learn the steps involved in SoTL research, develop your own SoTL plan, share progress on your project, and offer feedback to colleagues. Our community will meet three times during the spring 2023 semester (February, March, and April) for one-hour sessions. To learn more about each session’s goals and topics, read our earlier article.

If you are interested in joining this community, complete this interest form. Please complete the form by Friday, January 20, 2023.

Creative Writing Series: Write Your Story starts Jan 25

Are you interested in creative writing and feel you’ve got a story to tell but don’t have the time or feel intimidated? Join the Write Your Story Creative Writing Series!

We’ll gather (on Zoom) the last Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm from January to May to work on creative writing projects. Our first session is Wednesday, January 25.

The Write Your Story series is open to everyone at Jefferson – no experience with creative writing is required. We hope you’ll join us!

In the Write Your Story series, you’ll receive:

  • Guidance on writing and genres
  • Creative prompts
  • Dedicated writing time
  • Feedback on your work

Everyone deserves to tell and preserve their stories, and writing gives you the means to do it. We hope you’ll join us at Write Your Story!

Check out this flyer for more information. Write Your Story is brought to you from the Academic Commons’ Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communications (OPWPC) and Eakins Writing Project.

Science Slam on February 16: Learn more at the info session on January 19

Science Slam is a competition where scientists explain their research in short talks in an easily understandable and entertaining way for a non-expert audience. Jefferson’s Science Slam, on Thursday, February 16, will grant cash prizes for all participants. Everyone at Jefferson is invited to participate. Science Slam is organized by Jefferson’s Graduate Student Association.

Save the Date for the Science Slam Competition:
Thursday, February 16, 5pm
Venture Café at University City Science Center

Science Slam Info Session (for participants):
Thursday, January 19,  3pm
Bluemle Building, Room 105
Sign up here

Learn more about Science Slam by checking out this flyer. Questions? Email