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LabArchives Education Bootcamp and Virtual User Group Event: June 22 – June 25

Hear directly from instructors that are using LabArchives in their courses and then join them throughout the week for sessions tailored to help you prepare to use LabArchives in your Fall courses.

LabArchives will host a week of Bootcamp training beginning on Tuesday, June 22 to help faculty get ready for their Fall courses. Join them to learn how the LabArchives Education Edition can help you and your peers to easily manage student lab work and course content – whether your courses are online, in-person, or hybrid.

Part of the series of events will be a Virtual User Group in which you will have a chance to interact with current users of the Education Edition. An international panel of three speakers will share their experience using LabArchives in their courses.


New Statistics Tool: SAS Joins the Jefferson Libraries Collection

Jefferson Libraries added SAS (Statistical Analysis System) to our software collection. SAS, a powerful statistical software, is used for data analysis and visualization. SAS helps with data management, writing reports and graphics, operations research, and project management.

SAS also provides solutions in IT management, human resource management, financial management, business intelligence, and customer relationship management.

SAS is available to all Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health employees, faculty, staff, and students for Jefferson-related projects.

Log in at with your Campus Key for a download link and instructions.

Check out these eBooks to learn more about using SAS:

Gutman SAS Resources
Scott SAS Resources

For installation support, visit our SAS page.

The Division of Biostatistics offers consultation on study design and data analysis. (NOTE: they do not provide technical support for the software.)

Need time to focus on YOU? Join our summer writing retreats for devoted writing time

Join experts in the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication at our monthly half-day writing retreats this summer. You’ll get quiet time to write and the opportunity to meet individually with a writing consultant and librarian. Whether you need motivation getting started on a manuscript, guidance on structure and flow, or feedback on a finished draft, our writing and publishing experts are happy to offer advice on your work.

Friday, July 16
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Friday, August 20
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

If you can’t join us for a writing retreat, sign up for a one-on-one consultation with our writing and publishing experts. Email Jennifer Wilson to schedule a consultation.

LabArchives New Rich Text Editor: Coming Week of May 24

LabArchives will roll out a new Rich Text Editor the week of May 24. This is part of an ongoing project to make all aspects of the app responsive across all devices.

Some important points regarding the new Rich Text Editor:

  • It will not change the formatting of existing Rich Text entries.
  • Existing Rich Text entries can be edited using the old editor or the new editor, but once users switch to the new editor, they cannot switch back to using the old editor.
  • New entries will use the new editor only.
  • Notebook owners can use the Notebook Settings page to set the default font family, font size and line spacing for the new Rich Text editor.

For more information on the new editor, see the Knowledgebase article detailing its features.

New to LabArchives? Sign up for weekly trainings.

Introducing OA Works, dedicated to Open Access & Equity

OA Works is a newly rebranded nonprofit company that builds free, open-source tools to make the process of finding and providing open access to research available for all. They have been an important player in the Open Access community since 2013, when the company’s founders launched their OA Button, a browser extension that makes finding open access versions of articles easy. One of their newer tools, Share Your Paper, helps authors find out if and how they can legally share their manuscripts openly with the world. 

Organizations like OA Works are important to the growth of Open Access. They provide front-line access tools for researchers, especially those not already associated with a large research university. These tools help keep the OA movement equitable. The vision statement of OA Works focuses on creating resources that can help marginalized students and researchers.

For Thomas Jefferson University students, staff, and faculty, these tools can be useful complements to those available from the Gutman and Scott libraries. For Abington-Jefferson Health users, these tools can be useful complements to those available from the Wilmer Memorial Library. For example, the finding full text guide includes the OA button and other browser extensions on its “tools” page. The Jefferson Digital Commons institutional repository allows scholars to share work created while affiliated with Jefferson openly with the world.

To learn more, please visit the library’s open access publishing guide.

Chance to Win $1,000: Drs. Theresa & Charles Yeo Writing Prize (submissions due June 7)

The first annual Drs. Theresa and Charles Yeo Writing Prize invites all members of the Jefferson community—employees, faculty, volunteers, and students—to submit essays that respond to the following prompt:

Imagine we’re creating a time capsule to be laid in the foundation of one of our new Jefferson buildings and to be opened 100 years from now, in 2121. Reflecting on the past year, what personal story would you put into the time capsule for future generations?

The first-place winner will receive $1,000, the second-place winner $500, and the third-place winner $250. Winners and honorable mentions will be invited to a reading and reception to honor their work and the participation of all contestants, and they will have their entries featured in the 2021 issue of Evanescent. All other submissions will also be considered for publication in Evanescent. Submissions will be judged by the prize selection committee, and winners will be announced in late summer 2021.


Essays can be no longer than 1,250 words and must be submitted by Monday, June 7, 2021, at 11:59 pm at

Full prize guidelines can be found at

Learn More
The Drs. Theresa and Charles Yeo Writing Prize is sponsored by the Jefferson Center for Injury Research and Prevention, which runs the Eakins Writers’ Workshop and publishes Evanescent, a literary journal that provides a creative forum for people to explore and share stories about their personal experiences with injury. Learn more about Evanescent, the writing prize, and the Jefferson Center for Injury Research and Prevention here.

Email or call 215-503-0441.

Evidence Synthesis with GRADE and GRADE-CERQual: New Videos

Quantitative Studies: GRADE

GRADE (Grades of Recommendation, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation) is considered an important tool for guiding evidence synthesis in clinical practice guidelines and systematic review development based upon the certainty of evidence. Five specific domains are incorporated in the GRADE approach: Risk of Bias, Publication Bias, Imprecision, Inconsistency, Indirectness.

Published systematic reviews generally present Summary of Findings Tables structured to reflect outcomes across studies via four levels of evidence: High, Moderate, Low, Very Low.

Qualitative Studies: GRADE-CERQual

GRADE-CERQual: represents a framework for assessing Confidence in the Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative Research. Four components contribute to this synthesis: Methodological Limitations, Coherence, Adequacy of Data, Relevance of Data.

The framework’s four levels of grading are High Confidence, Moderate Confidence, Low Confidence, Very Low Confidence.

Recently posted videos provide excellent guidance for each framework:



Please visit the Scott Memorial Library’s Systematic Reviews Guide for additional Evidence Synthesis resources & details.

Questions? Contact askalibrarian (Scott/Center City), AskGutman (Gutman/East Falls), or Wilmerlibrary (Wilmer/Abington).

ONE BOOK, ONE PHILADELPHIA: Join the university’s discussion of The Tradition on April 16

On Friday, April 16, join fellow Jeffersonians as the university participates in One Book, One Philadelphia. The city-wide event, organized by the Free Library of Philadelphia, encourages people to read and discuss The Tradition by Jericho Brown. Learn more and register for the university’s event:

One Book, One Philadelphia Discussion
Friday, April 16, 12-1 pm

Open to all, this virtual conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Jaymie Orphanidys, Director, Diversity Equity Inclusion Education, in the Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement. We will discuss topics covered in The Tradition, a Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poems that explores racialized violence and the history of oppression in America while celebrating Black and queer experiences.

The event will be introvert-friendly, giving attendees the freedom to participate in the discussion however they wish (video on/off, speaking/using chat to comment, silently participating).

Once you register, visit this website to get your copy of The Tradition and learn more about the book and the city-wide One Book, One Philadelphia initiative.

Jefferson Login & ID confirmation screen getting a refresh

This news is shared on behalf of IS&T

The Jefferson login screen will get a new look on Monday, March 15, after 8 p.m. The refresh will not require any action by you, and will not change the function. You will still enter your username and password to access any of about 50 corporate applications.

The screen modification will align more closely with the look of other Jefferson applications. This message is for informational purposes. Email the Identity Management team if you have any questions or concerns.

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.