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25 New eBooks this September: Color Theory, Reframing Assessment with Regards to Student Equity, Real Estate Development, and Ethics in AI

Check out our 25 additions to our eBook collection this September. Topics range from hemp sustainability to emergency nursing and internet security. Explore the list of new eBooks below or browse the complete collection at Center City/Scott Library, Horsham/Dixon Library, or East Falls/Gutman Library.

Afterlives of Data: Life and Debt Under Capitalist Surveillance

The Architecture of Social Reform: Housing, Tradition, and German Modernism

Color Theory: A Critical Introduction

Community Real Estate Development: A History and How-To for Practitioners, Academics, and Students

Construction Superintendents: Essential Skills for the Next Generation  

Convergence: Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing: Social, Economic, and Policy Impacts

Corporate Explorer: How Corporations Can Beat Startups at the Innovation Game

Design in Modern Life

Emergency Nurse Practitioner Core Curriculum

Ethical Machines: Your Concise Guide to Totally Unbiased, Transparent, and Respectful AI

Financing our Anthropocene: How Wall Street, Main Street and Central Banks Can Manage, Fund and Hedge our Global Commons

Handbook of Nonwovens

Hemp and Sustainability

Managing the Complexities of Real Estate Development

My Robot Gets Me: How Social Design Can Make New Products More Human

Other People’s English: Code-Meshing, Code-Switching, and African American Literacy

The Place of Glass in Building

Product Design and the Role of Representation: Foundations for Design Thinking in Practice

Reframing Assessment to Center Equity: Theories, Models, and Practices

Seeing Color in Classical Art: Theory, Practice, and Reception from Antiquity to the Present

Sustainable Approaches in Textiles and Fashion: Consumerism, Global Textiles and Supply Chain

Textiles of Medieval Iberia: Cloth and Clothing in a Multi-Cultural Context

The Unhackable Internet: How Rebuilding Cyberspace Can Create Real Security and Prevent Financial Collapse

Urban Regeneration and Real Estate Development: Turning Real Estate Assets into Engines for Sustainable Socio-Economic Progress

Visual Research: An Introduction to Research Methods in Graphic Design

Research as Art Competition Now Open

Jefferson’s Research as Art Competition celebrates all Jefferson faculty, students, and staff who have an eye for the beauty in their research or scholarship. Submit your images through Friday, October 6, for a chance to win a $250 gift card in each of two categories, and have your work featured in Jefferson research publications and online.

Categories include a) cellular and molecular, or life under the microscope and b) conceptual – renderings of research observations, experiences and concepts in various media.

Entries must be submitted via this form.

Sign up for fall workshops: Topics will cover AI tools, DEI dilemmas, Canvas quick sessions, and more

New (academic) year, new us! Over at the Academic Commons, we’ve got a new website AND a new workshop calendar. Explore our new website (learn about new site features) and check out the workshop calendar.

Viewing the Workshop Calendar

View the workshop calendar in a card view (default), monthly view, or weekly view. Choose your preferred view from options in the upper right-hand corner.

Default card view, viewing options in right-hand corner

Browsing Events

Search for a specific event by title or filter workshops by category (topic), audience, or campus location.

Filters and search are found on the left-hand side of the calendar

Fall 2023 Workshops

New Topics:
We’re excited about new sessions on navigating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) dilemmas, improving student research assignments, and exploring AI tools for the classroom and scholarship.

Register for Canvas Lightning Sessions, 15-30-minute online workshops focused on a tool or feature within Canvas, and Canvas Clinics, informal drop-ins where you can ask instructional designers questions or get assistance with your Canvas courses.

If you’re looking for “me time” to focus on your scholarly writing, join the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication for First Fridays Writing Retreats. We’ll meet (virtually) on the first Friday of the month from October to December, where you’ll get quiet time to research literature, write, and get answers to your questions from our editors and librarians.

Check out the workshop calendar and register for events today!

Meet the New Academic Commons Website: Register for fall workshops, schedule a consultation with our team, complete self-paced programs, and more 

We’ve got a new look! Explore (and bookmark) the new Academic Commons website at  

The new design makes it easier to find what you need, whether learning about our services and helpful resources, registering for workshops, or completing self-paced learning in your own time.  

What’s New 

Workshop Calendar: Browse, filter, and register for workshops on instructional design and educational technologies, research tools, professional communications, and more. Sign up for our fall 2023 workshops today! 

 Consultation Form: Fill out the consultation form for help with instructional design and educational technologies or professional writing, publishing, and communication. 

Self-Paced Programs: Explore our growing library of self-paced learning modules on information literacy, universal design for learning, effective group assignments, and more.  

Our Services: Connect with our teams for help with audio-visual classroom support, website and database development, and more. View samples of our photography, videography, and graphic design projects to see how we can help you! 

Thomas Jefferson University Libraries: Quickly access the Jefferson Libraries websites by clicking the Thomas Jefferson University Libraries link in the upper-right corner, found throughout our website.

We hope our website helps you learn more about who we are, what we do, and how we can support you. Check it out now:    

Evanescent asks the question: where is our empathy?

Check out the latest issue of Evanescent!

Cover art for Evanescent (vol 4)

Evanescent: A Journal of Literary Medicine is the journal of the Eakins Writers’ Workshop, which also sponsors the Drs. Theresa and Charles Yeo Writing Prize. The Eakins Writers’ Workshop is supported by the Jefferson Center for Injury Research and Prevention and includes members of the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication.

Volume four of Evanescent asked the question: where is our empathy? The Jefferson community responded with brave, honest, and heartbreaking personal stories. We in healthcare bear witness to nearly every emotion of the human experience. 

Evanescent seeks to chronicle, communicate, and celebrate this richness of experience. Submissions are welcomed from all members of the Jefferson community. For inquiries regarding submissions, please email

Special content includes:

· Select essays from the 2022 Theresa and Charles Yeo Prize, focused on gun violence

· Artwork from the Souls Shot Project, which pairs local artists with loved ones who have lost family to gun violence

Explore the latest issue of Evanescent now.

Register Now: The Qualitative Institute (Oct 5-7)

Join experts from Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, and Vanderbilt University for The Qualitative Institute, October 5-7, 2023, in Jefferson Alumni Hall. Attendees will learn new skills and expand on prior strengths in qualitative and mixed methods research. 


The Qualitative Institute (TQI) is a comprehensive educational program hosted by Thomas Jefferson University with speakers from Jefferson, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Vanderbilt University.


  • Philosophical Foundations of Qualitative Inquiry
  • Conventional & Alternative Data Collection Approaches
  • Ethnography & Observation
  • Visual Methods & Arts Informed Research
  • Developing Interview & Focus Group Guides
  • Social Media: A Data Gold Mine
  • Community Engaged & Participatory Research
  • Concept Mapping
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Research Dissemination
  • Interview Skills Workshop
  • Focus Group Skills Workshop
  • Coding & Analysis Skills Workshop Who should attend:
  • Healthcare, public health, education, & social work researchers
  • Students & trainees
  • Members of community, non-profit, & government organizations

Learn more about The Qualitative Institute and register for the conference on their website. Email with any questions.

Sponsored by: Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Population Health and Asano-Gonnella Center for Research in Medical Education and Health Care.

Register Now: LabArchives Education Bootcamp & Summer Skills (June 26-June 28)

Join LabArchives, Jefferson’s electronic research notebook, throughout the week of June 26 for sessions tailored to help you prepare to use LabArchives in your Fall courses.

The fall semester is nearly upon us, and LabArchives is here to help you begin to plan fall courses. LabArchives online tools make it easy to build, organize, and manage your course whether you’re teaching in-person, online, or a combination of the two. Whether you’ve been using LabArchives for years or are just getting started, the Education Boot Camp is a great place to begin planning your next course.

During these special training sessions, you’ll learn everything you need to know to prepare for Fall semester. Attend the sessions to learn how the LabArchives Education Edition can help you and your peers to easily manage student lab work and course content.

June 26: Setting up your Course Notebook for Student Success
Learn how to build the instructor course notebook. Whether you have your course materials ready or you are using the repository of 500+ prebuilt OER labs & eBooks, this session is for you. Learn how to convert existing course materials to an interactive LabArchives notebook and set up templates for easy course management.

Register Here (June 26, 10am)

June 27: Grading and Feedback: Improving student outcomes with real time collaboration
Learn the ins and outs of grading student work and measuring success throughout the semester. The session will cover qualitative and quantitative methods for providing feedback for students in your course. The session will also cover ways to manage semester long projects and techniques to help identify students at risk.

Register Here (June 27, 2pm)

June 28: Leverage LabArchives ELN in your Lab Courses
This session will cover your needs to use LabArchives ELN as a digital lab notebook. Learn how to integrate your STEM material into LabArchives for introductory and/or upper-level courses, organize and create templates, manage your course, and facilitate grading.

Register Here (June 28, 12pm)

Tip: Want to get started early? These sessions are hosted all year long at the link below!

Register Here (bi-monthly on Wednesdays, 1pm)

10 Self-Paced Programs for Educators to Explore Right Now

This summer, expand your teaching and learning skills with the Academic Commons’ self-paced learning modules. Topics include information literacy, universal design for learning/accessibility tools, the scholarship of teaching & learning, and more.

Browse the modules below and click on a program title to begin. Sessions will track your progress, allowing you to complete a program at your own pace in multiple sittings.

And stay tuned for our live workshop schedule for Late Summer/Early Fall 2023, which we’ll share later this summer.

Information Literacy (resources from Jefferson Libraries)

Learn to incorporate databases and point-of-care tools into your clinical and teaching practices.

Learning Design

  • Science of Learning
    Learn about how “brain-based learning” came to be, what happens in the brain when we learn, and what practices you can implement to facilitate learning.

Learner Engagement

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Documenting Jefferson’s 199th Commencement: Academic Commons’ Photography Team Takes Over 10,000 Photos

If a large-scale Jefferson event occurs, there’s a good chance the Academic Commons’ Photography team is there, snapping away to capture moments and milestones. Our photographers document countless Jefferson events and projects – and one very special moment the team recently photographed was Jefferson’s 199th Commencement Ceremonies.

Photographers Britney Lillya Calhoun, Ellen Miller, and Karen Kirchhoff created over 10,000 images of the 199th Commencement events this year! Check out some of the captured moments below:

In addition to commencement, the Photography team has been busy all year photographing events like the Philadelphia Speaker Series with Bill Nye, Match Day on the Center City campus, Class Toasts on the East Falls campus, and faculty retirement celebrations. Check out their Year in Photos web page to browse some of their work from the past year.  

If you have an upcoming event or project or need personal photos for a headshot or passport, hire our team! To get started, contact us at or call (215) 503-7841. Our photography studio is located at 1020 Locust Street, Alumni Hall, Room 523.

Honoring Juneteenth: Library Resources to Learn About & Remember Juneteenth

As we gear up to celebrate Juneteenth (on June 19), Jefferson Libraries is proud to share resources to help you learn about the holiday’s history.

Lisette Martinez, Executive Vice President & Chief DEI Officer, explained the origins of Juneteenth:

Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War. It has been celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s. On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, VA, Gordon Granger, a Union general, arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. General Granger’s announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued by President Abraham Lincoln nearly two and a half years earlier, on January 1, 1863. The holiday is also called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.”

Dive into these resources from Jefferson Libraries to learn more about the history of Juneteenth and how you can honor it. And check out the Jefferson Libraries Guides on Anti-Racism and Diversity & Inclusion for more library resources.

Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History

The Black West: A Documentary and Pictorial History of the African American Role in the Westward Expansion of the United States

Black Women in Texas History

Defining Moments African American Commemoration & Political Culture in the South, 1863-1913

Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election Of 1920

General Gordon Granger: The Savior of Chickamauga and the Man Behind ‘Juneteenth’

The History of Black Studies

Juneteenth: The Story Behind the Celebration by Edward T. Cotham

Untangling a Red, White, and Black Heritage: A Personal History of the Allotment Era

Print Books (1st floor Scott Library)

Black People Breathe: A Mindfulness Guide to Racial Healing

Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619- 2019

On Juneteenth

South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation

Register for Jefferson’s First Annual Research Compliance Symposium: Tuesday, May 16

This event is mandatory for Jefferson faculty and staff conducting federally sponsored research.

This educational day for the research community will explore Jefferson’s Research Security Program. Speakers (include keynote speaker Dr. Michael Lauer of the National Institutes of Health) will cover research integrity, foreign influence, and cybersecurity, and how these elements impact research security.

Research Compliance Symposium
Tuesday, May 16, 8am – 3pm
Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Building

Registration is required. Register via Qualtrics or using the QR code in this event flyer. View the flyer for more details on the Research Compliance Symposium.

This event is organized by the Office of Research Conduct & Compliance. Questions? Contact Alisha Clark.

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.

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