Category Archives: Design Center

Did you know May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness month? Check out these 5 videos & eBooks

May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, and to learn more about this hereditary disease affecting the lungs and digestive system, we’ve compiled the five resources below. These eBooks and videos discuss the role of diet and exercise in Cystic Fibrosis, how to live longer with Cystic Fibrosis, and more.

Cystic Fibrosis in Primary Care: An Essential Guide to a Complex, Multi-System Disease

Diet and Exercise in Cystic Fibrosis

Living Longer with Cystic Fibrosis [VIDEO]

The Power of Two: A Twin Triumph Over Cystic Fibrosis

The Upside of Down

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 Sunday, 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).

New May eBooks: 25 titles with topics in food insecurity, personal finance, the history of Black women’s reproductive rights, and biostatistics in population health

This May, we’re adding 25 eBooks to the collection covering a very diverse range of interests and studies. Check out the new additions below and browse our complete online collection here (Gutman) or here (Scott).

Biostatistics for Population Health: A Primer

Expertise and Architecture in the Modern Islamic World: A Critical Anthology

Fashion & Modernism

First: Sandra Day O’Connor

Food and Poverty: Food Insecurity and Food Sovereignty Among America’s Poor

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty

Managing Creativity: A Systems Thinking Journey

Managing Your Personal Finances: From Start of Career to Retirement and More

Marijuana: Examining the Facts

Meaning of Fashion in Jean Rhys: An Analysis of Gender Identity

Medical Plants of the World: An Illustrated Scientific Guide to Important Medicinal Plants and Their Uses

Migrant Housing: Architecture, Dwelling, Migration

Modesty, A Fashion Paradox: Uncovering the Causes, Controversies, and Key Players Behind the Global Trend to Conceal Rather Than Reveal

Offsite Production and Manufacturing for Innovation Construction

On Accident: Episodes in Architecture and Landscape

One Nation, Two Realities: Dueling Facts in American Democracy

Out in Time: The Public Lives of Gay Men from Stonewall to the Queer Generation

Patternmaking History and the Theory

Product Design and Sustainability: Strategies, Tools and Practice

Professional Practice for Interior Designers

Puppetry, Puppet Animation and the Digital Age

Representation and the Electoral College

Resistance and Empowerment in Black Women’s Hairstyling

Revit 2020 for Architecture: No experience required

Veiling in Fashion: Space and the Hijab in Minority Communities

5 Resources to Celebrate Occupational Therapy Month

As we close out the month of April, we’re giving special attention to Occupational Therapy. April marks Occupational Therapy Month and is a time to spread awareness about the importance of the profession. Occupational therapy professionals are encouraged to share stories about how occupational therapy is changing lives on social media using #OTmonth.

Creativity in Occupational Therapy: Person, Process, Product

History of Occupational Therapy in History of Occupational Therapy in the United States [VIDEO]

The Occupational Therapy Manager

Occupational Therapy for Older People

Occupational Therapy and Spirituality

Draw it to Know it: New Medical & Biological Science Resources for Students and Instructors

The Jefferson Libraries collection now includes expanded Draw it to Know it offerings.

Access Draw it to Know it (Center City/Scott Memorial Library access)
Draw it to Know it (East Falls/Gutman Library access)

Draw it to Know it teaches gross anatomy and neuroanatomy through a series of online, interactive illustrated, and narrated tutorials. In addition to anatomy, new courses in Biology, Science for Undergraduate, Graduate & Medical disciplines, Integrated Systems (e.g., neurological, respiratory) are now also included.

Additional resources include Board Preparation for:

  • Medical Science for Nurses
  • MCAT Biology & Biochemistry
  • Neurosciences: ABPN Neurology Boards
  • USMLE/COMLEX for Step 1

Support Resources

  • Concise overview for students and faculty accompanied by registration instructions
  • Getting Started Guides for Instructor (Study Plans, Tutorials, Analytics) & Student (On-Boarding Manual) are available via the databases’ How To Use DITKI drop-down menu:

Questions? Contact AskALibrarian (Scott) or (Gutman).

Apply for an Open and Affordable Learning Grant: Applications Due May 9

Instructors adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) into their courses can apply for grant funding to support their work. The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund is providing Pennsylvania Grants for Open and Affordable Learning (PA GOAL), and the program is designed to support student success and increase equitable affordable access to higher education.

Get details on the application process, eligibility, and grant guidelines on the PA GOAL website. The first cycle of applications will close on Sunday, May 9.

To Apply

To apply for an OER Development Grant, complete the online application form and Project Narrative documents. Start the application process here.

If you have questions, email

April is National Autism Acceptance Month: Learn more with these 5 eBooks and video resources

Back in 1970, the Autism Society first launched Autism Acceptance Month. Every April, autism educators and experts use this time to educate the public, promote acceptance, and spark change around autism issues.

To help educate our community, check out these five digital resources:

Autism Genes [VIDEO]

The Boy in the Labyrinth: Poems

A Guide to Mental Health Issues in Girls and Young Women on the Autism Spectrum: Diagnosis, Intervention and Family Support

Making Friends at Work: Learning to Make Positive Choices in Social Situations for People with Autism

Personalized Food Intervention and Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder Management

Quick Canvas Workshops for Busy Faculty: Canvas Express (15-30 minutes)

We know that as an instructor, your time is limited. That’s why we created Canvas Express workshops to learn the most helpful and time-saving features of Canvas. Canvas Express workshops focus on copying course content, student context cards, and quiz analytics. Each session will be led by Canvas Consultants, who will provide a quick 10-15-minute demonstration and then answer your questions about Canvas and your courses.

Invest 15-30 minutes of your day into Canvas now and thank yourself later. Check out the Canvas Express workshops below and get Canvas help here.

This information can help faculty identify learner engagement and provide insights on learners in between letter grades.

Canvas Course Copy Tool
Monday, May 17
9:30 – 10 a.m.

The Canvas Course Copy Tool provides faculty with a quick and easy way to copy a course, in part or in whole. The Canvas Course Copy Tool also allows faculty to easily change or convert course calendars from term to term or even convert a course calendar from a Monday-Wednesday schedule to a Tuesday-Thursday schedule.

Canvas Course Copy Tool
Monday, May 17
2:30 – 3 p.m.

The Canvas Course Copy Tool provides faculty with a quick and easy way to copy a course, in part or in whole. The Canvas Course Copy Tool also allows faculty to easily change or convert course calendars from term to term or even convert a course calendar from a Monday-Wednesday schedule to a Tuesday-Thursday schedule.

Canvas Course Copy Tool
Tuesday, May 18
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Canvas Course Copy Tool provides faculty with a quick and easy way to copy a course, in part or in whole. The Canvas Course Copy Tool also allows faculty to easily change or convert course calendars from term to term or even convert a course calendar from a Monday-Wednesday schedule to a Tuesday-Thursday schedule.

National Public Health Week (April 6-12): Helpful eBooks and Videos

April 6 – 12 is National Public Health Week, and to celebrate, we put together a list of eBook and video resources related to public health. Topics include public health nursing in the Jim Crow era, the role of technology in global public health, and how public health practices can improve equity.

Case Studies in Population and Community Health Management

Global Health and Social Justice Discussion: Meet the Founders of Partners in Health [VIDEO]

Health Equity and Nursing: Achieving Equity through Policy, Population Health and Interprofessional Collaboration

Introduction to Public Health

Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness

The Public Health Nurses of Jim Crow Florida

Technology and Global Public Health

JDC Quarterly Report: January – March 2021

Happy Spring, and welcome to another Jefferson Digital Commons Quarterly Report. Check out the report to read about what fellow colleagues, researchers, and students are up to!

Here are last quarter’s numbers:

  • 474 works posted 
  • 5,828 streams 
  • 201 countries visited the site 
  • 6,257 institutions accessed content

This quarterly report includes:

  • Articles
  • Dissertations
  • Grand Rounds and Lectures
  • JCPH Capstone Presentations
  • Journals and Newsletters
  • Know Diabetes by Heart Meetings
  • Library Resources
  • MPH COVID-19 Infographics (new!)
  • Posters 
  • Scholarly Inquiry Graphics
  • The Big in Big Data Symposium
  • What People are Saying About the Jefferson Digital Commons

Check out the Quarterly Report now.

Mask Up: Jefferson Students Create Infographics to Encourage Mask Wearing

Infographics can be powerful and influential tools in public health communication. A clear and appealing visual can quickly and effectively explain and encourage personal behavior changes to improve public health.

No public health communication has been more important this past year than the message of encouraging face mask-wearing to curb the spread of COVID-19.

To help encourage mask-wearing, graduate students in the Jefferson College of Population Health created infographics to encourage their fellow students and the public to mask up. Check out some of their infographics below and view the complete collection on the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC). Share these infographics to help encourage mask-wearing!

“Have a Conversation: Wear a Mask” by Chalfin, Melanie; Hampton, Isabella; Kong, Wendy; and Meka, Sravani
“Guide to Mask Wearing 101” by Hason, LaiQuannah; Kinsey, Jeremiah; and O’Connor, Kevin
“The 3 Ws to Staying Safe On and Off Campus During COVID-19” Guth, Amanda; Kermitz, Matthew; Minke, Kate; and Patel, Raya

Check out the complete collection of infographics on the JDC.

25 eBooks for April: Topics include activism in architecture, fashion journalism, graphic design, and more

This April, we’re adding 25 eBooks to our digital collection. Issues discussed in this collection span a wide range of topics, including graphic design, the role that architecture can play in social equality and sustainability, fashion journalism, and more.

Check out the new titles below or visit our website to access the full online collection.

Activism in Architecture: Bright Dreams of Passive Energy Design

Affect and Embodied Meaning in Animation: Becoming-Animated

Beyond Greenwash? Explaining Credibility in Transnational Eco-Labeling

Choice Architecture: A New Approach to Behavior, Design, and Wellness

Construction Project Management: An Integrated Approach

Designing Social Equality: Architecture, Aesthetics, and the Perception of Democracy

Design to Renourish: Sustainable Graphic Design in Practice

Elements of Sustainable Architecture

Experimental Animation: From Analogue to Digital

Fashion Journalism

Fashion Marketing and Communication: Theory and Practice Across the Fashion Industry

Fast Fashion Systems: Theories and Applications

From Doxiadis’ Theory to Pikionis’ Work: Reflections of Antiquity in Modern Architecture

Graphic Design: Learn It, Do It

Graphic Design for Architects: A Manual for Visual Communication

Happy by Design: A Guide to Architecture and Mental Wellbeing

Historical Pattern Archive: Women’s Clothing 1837-1969

A History of Russian Exposition and Festival Architecture: 1700-2014

Human Health Benefits of Plant Bioactive Compounds: Potentials and Prospects

Infowhelm: Environmental Art and Literature in an Age of Data

Information Systems: What Every Business Student Needs to Know

Interior Design: A Global Profession

Jefferson’s Muslim Fugitives: The Lost Story of Enslaved Africans, Their Arabic Letters, and an American President

Making Architecture Through Being Human: A Handbook of Design Ideas

Reverse Design: A Current Scientific Vision from the International Fashion and Design Congress

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.