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STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Irma, Scott Library’s New Information Services Librarian (and cat enthusiast!)

Keep rolling out the welcome mat! In addition to new staff members Mariel Murray and Tommy Pickering, Irma Qavolli (she/they) also recently joined our team. Irma is a member of the Scott Library on the Center City campus, and is eager to work with students, researchers, instructors, and staff to support their academic, scholarly, and clinical work. Read our Q&A with Irma to learn about her background, what she loves about libraries, and how she spends her free time (hint: with her cat).

What is your title – and what does that mean to you in terms of who you will be supporting and what type of work will you be doing?
My official title is Information Services Librarian. To me, this means that I will be supporting students, faculty, and all those who use the Academic Commons as they pursue the part-daunting, part-exciting task of research and scholarship!

I see myself as a translator between the information needs of the human world and the digital ecosystem of databases and software. This encompasses helping users with their research inquiries, navigating various databases to retrieve relevant information, ensuring proper citation management, teaching users how to evaluate and effectively use information, and more. Whenever someone is curious or confused about how to dive into any part of this ecosystem, I am willing and eager to be your trusted guide!

What excites you most about joining Thomas Jefferson University and the Academic Commons team?
What truly excites me is the prospect of collaborating with a team of exceptionally talented and intelligent individuals. Each team member at the Jefferson Libraries brings unique expertise, and I’m eager to learn from them. Being part of this dynamic group means contributing to a vibrant academic community. Moreover, the opportunity to support patrons in the health sciences is particularly meaningful. By assisting in research and filling gaps, we play a crucial role in advancing knowledge and improving patient care.

Has anything about Jefferson, Scott Memorial Library, or the Academic Commons surprised you so far?
Absolutely! One delightful surprise has been the wealth of archival materials. These historical treasures offer glimpses into the past, and I was really excited to see some of the very old books when meeting archival staff in the Mezzanine. As we transition to the new Siegman Archives space, I anticipate even more exciting discoveries. The blend of tradition and innovation at Jefferson creates an inspiring environment—one that fosters curiosity and fuels my passion for librarianship.

What is something you wish more students (or library patrons in general) understood or knew about the library? What can you help them with? What do you wish they’d take advantage of?
I wish more students and patrons understood that the library is not just a repository of books—it’s a vibrant hub of knowledge and support. As a librarian, I’m here to assist in ways beyond locating resources. I can guide patrons through the maze of databases, help decipher which citation resources are best for them, and teach effective research strategies. But what I truly wish patrons would take advantage of is our personalized consultations. Whether it’s refining a PICO question or exploring specialized databases, these one-on-one sessions can be transformative.

What made you want to become a librarian? What’s the most rewarding part of the job for you?
Becoming a librarian was a path that I found my way into after college. I’ve always been drawn to the intersection of information, people, and learning. I majored in Linguistics as an undergrad and loved learning and researching about language and our social uses of it. Once I graduated, my first job was a fellowship at the Free Library of Philadelphia. While getting a glimpse into public librarianship was a wonderful opportunity, it made me realize I had an itch for supporting research that I wanted to scratch.

When I went to library school, I found myself more interested in academic librarianship, and I’m grateful that I’m able to explore that path here at Jefferson. The most rewarding part of the job for me is those “aha” moments—the spark in a student’s eyes when they uncover a hidden gem in a database or the satisfaction of helping a researcher untangle a complex question into a search strategy. Being part of their academic journey and witnessing their growth—that’s what keeps me passionate about librarianship.

Irma’s artwork

When not working in the library, how do you like to spend your time?
When I’m not immersed in library duties, I find joy in a few delightful pleasures. I’m a mixed media collage artist, so I love cutting into old National Geographic magazines and pasting together little worlds. I’m currently engaged in a month-long challenge known as ‘Februllage’ (portmanteau of February and collage), where every day is a different prompt for which you create a collage. I’ve been partaking every day and am always excited to share my work!

When the weather is nice, I like to rollerblade by the Schuylkill – in full protective equipment because gravity is not a force I am willing to trifle with. Finally, most morning and evenings you can find me primally playing and cuddling with my cat, Gigi. Did you know that cats purr at a frequency that heals their bones and promotes healing for humans as well? I’ll take any opportunity to interject cat facts!

What is something you’re binging right now?
With humility, I must admit that I have fallen prey to The Bachelor franchise. Last year, I watched my first season ever with Charity as the Bachelorette. I was completely enamored by the Shakespearean timelines and figuring out which plotlines were producer-manipulated. It’s truly an anthropological project for me. I’m currently watching Joey’s season of The Bachelor and loving the same patterns of drama that appear again and again. I perch in front of the TV and gawk at the episodes as if it’s a sports game. To me, it is!

Aside from this guilty pleasure, I’m currently reading Martyr! by Kaveh Akbar. He’s one of my favorite poets, and this is his first novel! So far, it’s a really incredible story filled with beautiful prose and striking characters. Highly recommend!

Is there anything we didn’t ask you that you’d like to ensure your colleagues know about you?
As a librarian, I’m passionate about student outreach and how the library can exist as a supportive ecosystem for students beyond academic purposes. Once I get more of my bearings in my position, I’m very interested in developing creative workshops for students and collaborating on study breaks with student groups. If this is something that sounds like an exciting point of collaboration for anyone in the Academic Commons, let’s get in touch!

REVISED POLICY: Use of Electronic Research Notebook

A revised University Policy #500.05, Use of Electronic Research Notebook (ERN), along with components on utilizing the ERN to meet Thomas Jefferson University requirements and Good Practices (available within the campus network), went into effect on January 1, 2024.

  • Federally Sponsored: This policy requires that Principal Investigators (PI) with federally sponsored Research Projects must generate a Data Management and Sharing Plan*. This includes using digital technologies/electronic systems, also known as Electronic Research Notebooks (ERN) to compile all data used in publications and submitted grant applications to federal funding agencies.  Additionally, all records in the ERN must be kept in the English language.
  • Non-federally Sponsored: Principal Investigators (PI) with non-federally-sponsored Research Projects are strongly recommended to use an ERN.

LabArchives is the ERN system Thomas Jefferson University has established for Principal Investigators to meet these requirements.  The university anticipates full compliance without exceptions unless approved by the Office of the Provost. 

We are here to support your lab’s transition to LabArchives. If you are new to LabArchives or need a refresher, register for a webinar.

If you have any questions regarding LabArchives, please email

*Register for the Creating a Data Management and Sharing Plan for Your Research workshop on Wednesday, March 13, for resources and advice to create plans for your research data.*

February 29 is Rare Disease Day: Check out these 8 books, articles, and videos on rare diseases

Image credit: National Organization for Rare Disorders

Thursday, February 29, is Rare Disease Day, which is a worldwide event that hopes to increase education and awareness of rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. You can learn more about the goals of Rare Disease Day on the National Organization for Rare Disorders website.

Check out the eight library resources below to learn more:

Anesthesia and Uncommon Diseases

Fast Facts: Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm: Shedding Light on a Rare Disease

Orphanet Journal of Rare Disease

Rare Diseases: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurs

Supporting the Understanding of Rare Disease Diagnostics with Questionnaire-Based Data Analysis and Computer-Aided Classifier Fusion

Therapeutic Advances in Rare Disease

Unusual Diseases with Common Symptoms A Clinical Casebook

The World’s Most Extraordinary People

Jefferson Librarians Showcase Expertise at Temple University’s Teaching Conference

Megan Donnelly, Outreach and Engagement Librarian of the Paul J. Gutman Library on the East Falls Campus, and Jess Saunders, Information Services Librarian of the Scott Memorial Library on the Center City Campus, presented at the Temple University Center for the Advancement of Teaching’s 22nd Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence on January 11, 2024. The conference theme was “Teaching and Learning in the Age of Generative Artificial Intelligence.”

Jess and Megan’s breakout session was titled “Setting Students Up for Success with Research Assignments: An Evidence-based Practice from Two Librarians.” (You can sign up for an upcoming session on our workshop calendar!) The session focused on using evidence-based practices to create research assignments and support information literacy learning interventions to increase students’ information literacy skills and reduce AI plagiarism.

The breakout session began with a brief closed-eye reflection. Next, they shared information about inequities and disparities with information literacy that exist at every level of the curricula, as well as current issues involving academic integrity and AI, making evidence-based practice imperative. They highlighted collaborating with librarians, orienting students to the research process, and creating inclusive assignment instructions. Finally, attendees were invited to apply what they learned in an active and collaborative exercise where they were given research assignment instructions and asked how they may improve them.

Megan and Jess were grateful to have the opportunity to advocate for using evidence-based teaching practices for information literacy, students, librarians, and libraries!

Megan and Jess will present this session again on Tuesday, April 16, for Jeffersonians. Learn more and register for the session on our website.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Get to know Mariel Murray, new Access Services Technician at Scott Library

If you visit Scott Memorial Library’s Access Services Desk (on the 2nd floor) to borrow a resource, reserve a study room, or ask a library-related question, chances are you’ll see a new, friendly face behind the desk! Mariel Murray joined our Access Services team late last year, just around the same time that Tommy Pickering joined our Access Services team on at the Gutman Library on the East Falls campus.

We sat down with Mariel to learn about her position and what interested her in Jefferson and Scott Library. And, it turns out Mariel is also very musically talented. A library-themed soft rock album may be in the works in 2024…

When did you start working at Jefferson’s Scott Memorial Library?

I started working at the Scott Memorial Library in December— I’d say I’m new but getting old fast.

What’s your title, and what does a typical day look like for you? What types of work are you responsible for in Scott Library?

I’m an Access Services Technician. I think of access services as a sort of hub where a lot of different working parts of the library come together: circulation, course reserves, space/technology/resource management… It’s a forward-facing role that provides general support for using the library. If the printer is acting up, you need to check out an anatomical model, or you’re looking for a consultation with a librarian, among a million other things… I’m here for it!

So, you’re really a problem solver and connector! Where can library visitors find you if they need help?

You can find me at the Access Services Desk on Scott Library’s 2nd floor. We’re also available via the library website’s “Live Chat.” Just hit the blue Chat button on the homepage.

Have you worked in a library before? What made you interested in getting involved in the world of libraries and higher education?

Yes! I worked in a school library and really loved it! I was starting to think about applying to Masters of Library and Information (MLIS) programs and decided I should probably experience a different kind of library environment before committing to the field.

How do you like working at Jefferson and Scott Library so far? What is something that has surprised you about the library and/or working at Jefferson?

It’s great! Sometimes, I’m surprised by the scope of information within the stacks on the fourth floor, where there’s currently construction going on/the space is pretty compressed… Sometimes I’ll search the catalogue for a relatively obscure topic, wondering if anything will come up at all, and there will be three or four entire texts devoted to the topic in the stacks… pretty neat.

Are there any projects, tools, events, etc. that you’re looking forward to working on or learning about in this new role?

I can’t wait to see the Siegman Archives! The 4th floor has been closed since I started working here, so I’ve gotten to see the vision of the layout, but I’m really looking forward to seeing it in action.

What is something you’re binging right now? (this could be a tv show, podcast, book series, music album, etc.)

I usually don’t think to turn on the TV, but I get intrigued and tune in when someone else does. I don’t know if I’d say I’m binging the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, but I’m moderately tuned in.

I just made my first Blended playlist on Spotify with some former bandmates. It’s got Lucinda Williams, Mitski, Joanna Sternberg, Beach House, John Prine… it’s a good mix.

Former bandmates? Now we have to know: what was the band name, and what instrument did/do you play?

You know, the name was something we never got a consensus on… I wanted to be “The Dewy Bodies” (this came from a slippage while trying to say “lewy bodies.”). I really like to sing— I play guitar and the keys, too.

Welcome to the team, Mariel!

Do you have questions about Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Check out the AI Research Guide! 

We’re proud to share a new tool for everyone at Jefferson – the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Guide. This website guide, created by Academic Commons’ librarians, editors, and instructional designers, serves as a resource for faculty, researchers, and students.   

The guide offers information on AI tools – like Packback, Adobe Firefly, and ChatGPT – that can be useful in teaching and learning.

Guidance and resources on topics like AI and authorship, peer reviewing, and intellectual property are offered for researchers.

Additional resources, like eBooks, databases, and Jefferson-created publications, that discuss artificial intelligence are also provided.

Explore the Artificial Intelligence Research Guide today, and check back often, as our team will update this resource as needed.

Celebrate Black History Month with Books, Poems, and Videos

Image credit: Library of Congress

Celebrate Black History Month throughout February with the recommended readings and videos highlighting Black history, Black art, and Black stories.

Center City Campus/Scott Library Print Books
Black Candle Women

The Bodies Keep Coming: Dispatches from a Black Trauma Surgeon on Racism, Violence, and How We Heal

Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine

Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of our Nation

Womb City

East Falls Campus/Gutman Library Print Books
African American Architects: A Biographical Dictionary, 1865-1945

Another Brooklyn: A Novel

Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal

A Visible Man

The Work of the Afro-American Woman

eBooks & Poems

Antiracist Occupational Therapy: Unsettling the Status Quo

Black Designers in American Fashion

Black Women in Sequence Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime

Dinosaurs in the Hood by Danez Smith (Poem)

I Wonder U: How Prince Went Beyond Race and Back

Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul

Necessary Conversations: Understanding Racism as a Barrier to Achieving Health Equity

Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership

Queer Voices in Hip Hop: Cultures, Communities, and Contemporary Performance

Making Black America, episodes 1 – 4

25 New eBooks This February: Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring, Vaccine Hesitancy, Patient Safety in Nursing, and More

February’s new eBooks cover topics like pediatric clinical care and surgery, labor and delivery nursing, psychotherapy, and more. Check out the 25 titles below or browse our complete eBook collection (Center City/Scott Library, Dixon Campus/Library, or East Falls/Gutman Library).

Antepartum and Intrapartum Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring: Clinical Competencies and Education Guide

Antivaccination and Vaccine Hesitancy:  A Professional Guide to Foster Trust and Tackle Misinformation

Clinical Research Informatics

The Clinician’s Handbook on Measurement-Based Care: The How, the What, and the Why Bother

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) Across the Life Span: Guidelines and Clinical Protocols for Health Professionals

Critical Rehabilitation for Partial and Total Knee Arthroplasty: Guidelines and Objective Testing to Allow Return to Physical Function, Recreational and Sports Activities

The Diabetes Textbook: Clinical Principles, Patient Management and Public Health Issues

Exercise and Physical Activity During Pregnancy and Postpartum: Evidence-Based Guidelines

Fast Facts about Stroke Care for the Advanced Practice Nurse

Fast Facts for the L&D Nurse: Labor and Delivery Orientation

Fast Facts on Genetics and Genomics for Nurses: Practical Applications

Fast Facts for Patient Safety in Nursing

Fundamentals of Health Care Improvement: A Guide to Improving your Patients’ Care

Health Communication Fundamentals: Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in Public Health

Introduction to Research and Medical Literature for Health Professionals

Nursing Now Today’s Issues, Tomorrow’s Trends

Nursing Today: Transition and Trends

Pediatric Critical Care: Text and Study Guide

Pediatric Surgery: Diagnosis and Treatment

Phytopharmaceuticals and Herbal Drugs Prospects and Safety Issues in the Delivery of Natural Products

Respectful Maternity Care Framework and Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline

Supervising Individual Psychotherapy: The Guide to “Good Enough”

The Vascular Surgery in-Training Examination Review (VSITE)

What Radiology Residents Need to Know

What’s So Funny? Humor-Based Activities for Social Skill Development

Research as Art Competition 2023: Winners on Display Now!

Stop by Scott Library’s 2nd floor to view the Research as Art Competition winners and other selected submissions. This year’s competition included nearly 60 entries, representing disciplines ranging from neuroscience, architecture, engineering, pathology, and art therapy.  

The competition celebrates Jefferson faculty, students, and staff who have an eye for the beauty in their research or scholarship. For this year’s competition, judges selected a winner from two categories: life under the microscope, reflecting cellular and molecular work, and conceptual art that shows renderings of research observations, experiences, and concepts in various media. Judges assessed each submission on aesthetic quality, meaning, and originality. Download the Research as Art Competition PDF to view all 2023 submissions.

Stop by Scott Library to check out the Research as Art Competition display!

Honor Holocaust Remembrance Day With These Resources

Image credit: Georgia State University

Saturday, January 27, 2024 marks Holocaust Remembrance Day. The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day and a time to remember the victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution.

Jefferson Libraries organized the following list of digital and print resources you can explore to learn more about Holocaust Remembrance Day. Find more at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 

Admitting the Holocaust: Collected Essays

After This: Survivors of the Holocaust Speak

The Doctors of the Warsaw Ghetto

Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age: Survivors’ Stories and New Media Practices

Holocaust Memory Reframed: Museums and the Challenges of Representation

It is Impossible to Remain Silent

More Nights Than Days: A Survey of Writings of Child Genocide Survivors

Postcards from Auschwitz: Holocaust Tourism and the Meaning of Remembrance

Recognizing the Past in the Present: New Studies on Medicine Before, During, and After the Holocaust

Recovering from Genocidal Trauma: An Information and Practice Guide for Working with Holocaust Survivors

The Strength of Hope: A Holocaust Survivor’s Guide to Love and Life

Print Books

Broken Threads: The Destruction of the Jewish Fashion Industry in Germany and Austria (at Gutman Library in East Falls)

Building After Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust (at Gutman Library in East Falls)


Group Thinking and the Roots of Collective Evil Implications for Health Care

We Remember: Songs of Survivors

New Workshops for Faculty & Researchers: Topics include AI tools, inclusivity in the classroom, data management plans

Dive into 2024 with the Academic Commons workshops! Check out some of our sessions below and visit our calendar to view the complete list of offerings. In addition to our staff-led workshops, sign up for sessions hosted by experts from Packback and LabArchives.

On the calendar, find specific workshops by utilizing the search box and browse our sessions by using the left-hand category, location, and audience filters.  

Take a look at some of our upcoming sessions; click on a title to learn more and register:

Navigating DEI Dilemmas: A Case-Based Learning Experience (Case: Rita)
Wednesday, February 14, 1 pm

This workshop uses case-based learning to advance conversations about the ethical impact of learning management practices related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Analyze a specific case, debrief your analysis, and brainstorm how you can approach the work of equity and inclusion without predatory or representational attempts that exclude, tokenize, or further disparities in educational experiences. Sign up for more Navigating DEI Dilemmas sessions.

Inclusive Language and Writing Practices in the Classroom
Thursday, March 7, 12 pm

Evaluate your current syllabi, assignments, and policies to identify strengths and weaknesses related to inclusive language and writing. You will be provided with a brief overview of some inclusive practices for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or gender minority students and students with disabilities. We will then reflect and share as a group.

Creating a Data Management and Sharing Plan for Your Research
Wednesday, March 13, 12 pm

Get 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 are required for NIH grants, but data management is also valuable for every researcher to consider. It can help to preserve your data, make your research more visible, and it also aids in the advancement of the scientific community by allowing other researchers to access your data. 

Setting Students Up for Success with Research Assignments
Tuesday, April 16, 12:30 pm

If you are unhappy with the research assignments you receive from your students and think their research skills could use a boost, this workshop is for you! We’ll offer quick tips and suggestions to enhance your research assignment instructions to improve students’ research skills.

Enhance Your Science Communication Skills This Week

If you are a student in the College of Life Sciences or postdoc looking to enhance your science communication skills, check out these upcoming events!

The events below are brought to you by the Jefferson Graduate Student Association, Jefferson Postdoctoral Association, Jefferson Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and Jefferson College of Life Sciences.

  1. Jefferson College of Life Sciences Science Slam:
    Students and postdocs interested in participating must attend an information session on Tuesday, January 23, at 3pm in BLSB 105. Those selected will present at the JCLS Science Slam on Thursday, March 7th, at 6pm at the Venture Café in West Philadelphia. All are encouraged to attend and vote on their favorite presentations. Check out this flyer to learn more.

  2. Jefferson Postdoctoral Association Technical Skills Seminar Series:
    “How to Get the Words Out: Live Storytelling Key for Professional and Human Communication” Thursday, January 25, at 1pm in 210/211 Hamilton.  Although focused on students and postdocs, faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend. Attendance at this event can be counted towards the 2023-2024 Science Communications Certificate. Check out the flyer for more information.

Explore these 8 videos and eBooks this Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and to bring awareness to the disease, we’re highlighting eight library eBooks and videos.

Cancer Care Delivery and Women’s Health

Fertility Preservation in Gynecological Cancer: Current Management and Novel Insights

Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed

Marked Women: The Cultural Politics of Cervical Cancer in Venezuela

Not Quite a Cancer Vaccine: Selling HPV and Cervical Cancer

Obstetrics and Gynecology in Low-Resource Settings: A Practical Guide

What Every Woman Should Know about Cervical Cancer
Revised and Updated

Health Innovations: Cervical Cancer Screening

Coming soon to our shelves: Enough: Because We Can Stop Cervical Cancer by Linda Eckert

Career Café Hours Are Back at the Scott Café

Prioritize yourself and your career this 2024!

Jefferson’s Center for Career Success will be on-site at the Scott Library café (1st floor) this winter to help students with cover letter and resume reviews and career advice. Stop by Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 am – 1pm or Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6-8pm on Teams. Check out this flyer for more info.

At Career Cafés, you can drop by to meet with a career ambassador and work on your documents with their guidance.

This 2024, focus on YOU, and let the Center for Career Success help!

Scopus Addresses Hijacked Journal Sites

Authors need to be vigilant about choosing where to submit their work as predatory and deceptive publishers continue to adjust their methods. A journal’s inclusion in a relevant bibliographic database such as Scopus is one indicator of quality.

In an effort to maintain that trust, Scopus recently removed links to journal homepages from their source details pages after evidence surfaced of hijacked sites. Deceptive actors set up clone websites mimicking reputable journals and collect article processing charges, but without providing important publishing services such as high-quality peer review.

To navigate from Scopus to the authentic journal website, use the “view at publisher” links for individual articles. These make use of digital object identifiers (doi) where available, which are controlled by the publisher. Note: access to the article may require use of the Jefferson full text button instead.

Of course, indexing status is just one consideration. Visit our guide on journal evaluation & measuring author impact and contact a librarian if you have questions about choosing a journal.

Location of “view at publisher” and “Jefferson full text” buttons in summary and detail views