Celebrate Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month with these short stories, eBooks, and journals (Sept 15 – Oct 15)

It’s National Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month! The goal of the month-long celebration is to honor the respective cultures and histories of the Latinx/Hispanic community and appreciate the positive impact and influence that Hispanic Americans have on our country. It’s a time to recognize, educate, and celebrate Latinx culture. At the library, we’re highlighting resources to educate our community around Latinx authors and issues. 

Articles & Short Stories

All Her Names

The Complexity of the “x” in Latinx: How Latinx/a/o Students Relate to, Identify With, and Understand the Term Latinx

The Latino-ness of type: making design identities socially significant

Mauro and Elena

Sugar Works

Jefferson authors

Barrio art: Telling the story of Latino Philadelphia through murals

Ensuring Racial Equity in Midwifery Education Programs: Beginning Steps for Midwifery Education

The Role of Different TV Storytelling Approaches in Engaging U.S. Hispanic Parents and Caregivers Around Early Childhood Development


Cosmopolitanism in Mexican visual culture

Digital Humanities in Latin America

The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America

Latinx Literature Unbound: Undoing Ethnic Expectation

Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History

Learning to Be Latino: How Colleges Shape Identity Politics

Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets

Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, and Utopia

Understanding the Latinx Experience: Developmental and Contextual Influences

Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora


Centro Journal

The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

Journal of Latinx Psychology

Latino Studies

FALL BOOK CLUB: Learn how to bring your scholarship to the masses as we read “The Engaged Scholar” Thursdays this fall

“Society and democracy are ever threatened by the fall of fact. Rigorous analysis of facts, the hard boundary between truth and opinion, and fidelity to reputable sources of factual information are all in alarming decline.”

 – Andrew Hoffman, The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World, 2021

How do we fix this and bring your scholarship to the masses?

Join Daniel Verbit of the Academic Commons and Gutman Library and Chris Pastore of the Center for Faculty Development and Nexus Learning as we continue our scholarly reading group. This fall, we’ll be reading and discussing The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World (Andrew Hoffman, Stanford University Press, 2021) on Thursdays from 1:30-2:15 p.m. via Zoom. Each week, starting October 7, we will discuss a chapter and how to be a more engaged scholar. The book club will run consecutively until Thursday, November 18.

Taking the lead from the book, we will discuss ways to bring your area of research outside the silos of your discipline. Other topics will focus on the limitations of the academic reward system and the scholarly uses of social media. We anticipate book club discussions will facilitate critical self-reflection and promote professional vitality.

All are welcome to join, but limited slots will be available to facilitate small group discussions. After capacity is reached, the sessions will be locked, so please register in advance by emailing Daniel.Verbit@jefferson.edu to save your spot. If you are committed to attending, we will have a limited number of copies of the book available to pick up in East Falls in October. Participants may also purchase a copy on their own from any bookseller.

Faculty Development Opportunity: Earn Your Online Teaching Certificate (provided by the Higher Educational Emergency Relief Funds)

The federal government recently awarded Thomas Jefferson University Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on a needs assessment conducted with faculty and feedback from deans and other academic leaders, the University’s Digital Learning Initiative earmarked a portion of those funds for faculty development.

Specifically, the University released funds to support any educator interested and committed to improving their online teaching skills. Faculty can self-select asynchronous micro-courses from one of two providers—Quality Matters (QM) or the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE).

Both programs provide evidence-based practices and strategies that will empower faculty to design impactful online courses and ensure student success today and in the future.

Both programs are

  • Available fully online
  • Offered through the year
  • Delivered through a facilitated faculty community
  • Designed for all educators seeking to improve their online teaching skills

The University invites all Jefferson educators to take advantage of this professional development opportunity at no personal cost.

Quality Matters

There are seven courses required to earn the Teaching Online Certificate from Quality Matters (QM).

Title of the seven courses:

Gauging Your Technology Skills

Evaluating Your Course Design

Exploring Your Institution’s Policies

Orienting Your Online Learners

Connecting Learning Theories to Your Teaching Strategies

Creating Presence in Your Online Course

Assessing Your Learners

The duration of each course ranges between 1 week and 3 weeks. Learners could earn their certification in as little as 11 weeks if they were to complete the courses sequentially. Use the links above to explore individual course titles, learning objectives, and course duration.

Effective Online Teaching, written by Tina Stavredes, is required reading for the QM program. Jefferson Libraries offers it as an eBook, available via the library website.  A hard copy of Effective Online Teaching is available at Gutman Library.  


Faculty who complete the four ACUE micro-credentials will earn the ACUE Certificate in Effective College Instruction, endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Titles of the four courses:

Designing Student-Centered Courses

Creating an Inclusive & Supportive Online Learning Environment

Promoting Active Learning Online

Inspiring Inquiry & Preparing Lifelong Learners in Your Online Course

ACUE awards separate micro-credentials for each of the four courses that constitute the Effective College Instruction certificate.  ACUE classes begin with a 75-minte synchronous virtual session on Saturdays.

They recommend that participants budget 2-3 hours per week or 12-18 hours total to complete the assigned coursework, including reading, application, and reflection. ACUE micro-courses run between 6-8 weeks. If taken sequentially, learners could earn the ACUE certification in 8 months.

Which certification program is right for me?

Choosing the right program will depend on your time availability and preferred area of concentration within the program. QM is the recognized leader in online teaching certification, and its courses are focused on the mechanics of online learning. The ACUE program provides a liberal arts approach to the course contents but is an in-depth program that will require more time to complete.

Course Schedules

Take a look at the Online Certificate Training Schedules table below for a snapshot of the QM and ACUE courses. Each course name is a clickable link with more details and additional training dates.

Quality Matters Schedule

Course NameDurationWhen Offered
Gauging Your Technology Skills1 weekSept 22 – Sept 29
Sept 29 – Oct 6
Oct 6 – Oct 13
Oct 20 – Oct 27
Nov 3 – Nov 10
Evaluating Your Course Design2 weeksSept 15 – Sept 29
Sept 29 – Oct 13
Oct 6 – Oct 20
Oct 13 – Oct 27
Oct 22 – Nov 3
Creating Presence in Your Online Courses2 weeksSept 15 – Sept 29
Sept 22 – Oct 6
Oct 6 – Oct 20
Oct 13 – Oct 27
Nov 3 – Nov 17
Dec 1 – Dec 15
Orientating Your Online Learners1 weekDec 1 – Dec 8
Dec 8 – Dec 15
Connecting Learning Theories to Your Teaching Strategies2 weeksSpring 2022
Assessing Your Learners1 weekSpring 2022
Exploring Your Institution’s Policies2 weekSpring 2022

ACUE Schedule

Course nameDurationWhen offered
Creating an Inclusive and Supportive [Online] Learning Environment6-8 weeksSept 25
Jan 22
March 26
Promoting Active Learning [Online]6-8 weeksSept 25
Jan 22
March 26
Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners [In Your Online Course]6-8 weeksOct 9
Jan 22
March 26
Designing Student-Centered Courses6-8 weeksOct 9
Jan 22
March 26

How do I register?

To sign up for QM, complete the online registration process on the QM website. Enter your Jefferson email address when signing up, and the Academic Commons will receive the invoice for payment.

To sign up for ACUE, complete the online registration process. Enter the Scott Memorial Library address (1020 Walnut Street, Scott Memorial Library, Philadelphia, PA 19107) as the billing address.

Forward the email you receive from ACUE titled “Congratulations on your acceptance (ACUE Open Enrollment Course) to Anthony.Frisby@jefferson.edu for payment.

For more information, contact Dr. Anthony Frisby at Anthony.Frisby@jefferson.edu.

YOU’RE INVITED: Join us on Sept 21 for CAMPUS CATCH UP

Welcome back, TJU! Celebrate the start of the semester with the Academic Commons. Stop by outside of the Scott Library on Tuesday, September 21, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. to catch up, enjoy some water ice, and learn about what’s new at the library.


Play games and trivia to test your Jefferson knowledge, and you could win an Amazon or Wawa gift card and other prizes. Grab some candy and treats and hear about new library resources.

Faculty, staff, and researchers:

Meet Beth Ten Have, new Director of the Scott Library, and catch up with Scott librarians to discuss ways the library can support your students in the classroom and beyond.  

Learn about instructional design support to assist with course design/development and hear about support resources on educational technologies like Canvas, Nearpod, Voicethread, and more.

Connect with communication experts in the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC) to learn how they can support your publishing and public speaking goals.

We can’t wait to catch up with you on Tuesday, September 21!

YOU’RE INVITED: Snacks, games, and resources at CAMPUS CATCH UP on September 28

Welcome back, TJU! Celebrate the start of the semester with the Academic Commons. Stop by outside of the Gutman Library on Tuesday, September 28, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. to catch up, enjoy some snacks, and learn about what’s new at the library.


Play games and trivia to test your Jefferson knowledge, and you could win an Amazon or Wawa gift card and other prizes. Grab some candy and treats and hear about new library resources.

Faculty, staff, and researchers:

Meet DaVonne Rooney, Director of the Gutman Library, and catch up with Gutman librarians to discuss ways the library can support your students in the classroom and beyond.  

Learn about instructional design support to assist with course design/development and hear about support resources on educational technologies like Canvas, Nearpod, Voicethread, and more.

Connect with communication experts in the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC) to learn how they can support your publishing and public speaking goals.

We can’t wait to catch up with you on Tuesday, September 28!

September eBooks: New resources on climate change, nutrition, mental health equity, and more

As we settle into the start of a new season and semester, what better time to share 25 new eBooks? This month’s additions include eBooks on nutrition, sex workers’ rights, prenatal and postpartum care, emergency and disaster management, and more.

Check out the list below or browse our complete eBook collection here (Gutman/East Falls) or here (Scott/Center City).

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

Assistive Technology to Support Inclusive Education

Branding Bud: The Commercialization of Cannabis

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents

Design Sprint: A Practical Guidebook for Building Great Digital Products

Exercised: Why Something We Never evolved to do is Healthy and Rewarding

Forecasting Catastrophic Events in Technology, Nature and Medicine

Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

The Future of Nutrition: An Insider’s Look at the Science, Why We Keep Getting It Wrong, and How to Start Getting It Right

Gynecologic Health Care: With an Introduction to Prenatal and Postpartum Care

Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: Healthcare and Industrial Applications

Natures’ Palette: A Color Reference System from the Natural World

The Neurodiverse Workplace: An Employer’s Guide to Managing and Working with Neurodivergent Employees, Clients and Customers

The Pencil: a History of Design and Circumstance

Plasma Science: Enabling Technology, Sustainability, Security, and Exploration

Plastics Industry 4.0: Potentials and Applications in Plastics Technology

The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis

Rehabilitation Techniques for Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights

Simulation and Game-Based Learning in Emergency and Disaster Management

Social (In)justice and Mental Health

Supporting Neurodiverse College Student Success: A Guide for Librarians, Student Support Services, and Academic Learning Environments

Quick Reference Dictionary for Occupational Therapy

A World Beyond Physics: The Emergence and Evolution of Life

Time Management & Professional Writing Workshops: Sign Up Now

As you settle into the fall 2021 semester and set your writing and publishing goals for the year, let the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC) help.

OPWPC workshops will give you the tools to succeed at every step of the publication process. Get strategies to turn your work into a publishable manuscript, find the time to prioritize your writing, and learn best practices to deal with reviewers’ comments and feedback on your submitted work.

All workshops will be held virtually. Descriptions and registration links are below. If you’re unable to join a workshop, schedule a one-on-one consultation with the OPWPC experts.

Turn Your Thesis into a Publishable Manuscript
Wednesday, September 15, 12 – 1 p.m.

Turning your thesis into a journal article lets you share your research with a wider audience. In this workshop, you’ll learn about efficient strategies to modify your thesis for publication and resources that can help you in this process.

Find the Time: Time Management
Wednesday, September 22, 1 – 2 p.m.

This session will give you tools and strategies to begin finding the time to do things that you value. Learn how to evaluate what you spend time doing, prioritize activities using the Eisenhower matrix, and determine ways to protect your time.

Responding to Reviewers’ Comments
Wednesday, October 13, 1 – 2 p.m.

In this workshop, we’ll look at ways to make the process of responding to reviewers’ comments less painful and more productive. Learn how to interpret and respond to reviewers’ comments using a simple tool.

Learn more about the OPWPC and how we can help you.

FALL 2021 WORKSHOPS: Faculty Development, Time Management, Professional Writing, Research Impact, & more

As you return to the classroom, lecture hall, or research lab and start setting your goals for the year, let the Academic Commons help! Our fall 2021 workshops cover various topics, including time management, video recording and editing, publishing your scholarly work, and more.

All workshops will be held virtually and are open to all. Browse our workshops below and register online. Check out this digital clickable flyer, and feel free to share it with colleagues and teammates! 

Responding to Reviewers’ Comments
Wednesday, October 13, 1 – 2 p.m.
In this workshop, we’ll look at ways to make the process of responding to reviewers’ comments less painful and more productive. Learn how to interpret and respond to reviewers’ comments using a simple tool.

Leveraging Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Pedagogy to Support Students & Promote Educational Equity
Tuesday, October 26, 12 – 1 p.m.
The use of Open Educational Resources (OER) is growing. At this session learn the reasons behind the increased interest in OER, get tips on how to search for OER resources effectively, and find out how the library can support you in using OER.

Evidence Synthesis for Evidence-Based Teaching
Friday, October 29, 12 – 1 p.m.
This workshop will show you how to find evidence synthesis publications about teaching practices. Learn options for publishing evidence synthesis projects on education topics, such as the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) Collaboration.

Systematic Reviewers: Get to Know PRISMA 2020 and PRISMA-S

The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) was first published in 2009.  Since then, this evidence-based checklist has provided guidance to researchers in health science-related fields, helping researchers improve the reporting quality of systematic reviews, which prior research found was often lacking. 

Recently, updated guidelines in the form of a PRISMA 2020 statement and accompanying documents were made available. These resources replace the 2009 version of PRISMA, and include guidance that reflect changes in technology, terminology, our understanding of research bias, and changes in the professional publication process. Among the changes and additions are the inclusion of statements of competing interests, information about data sharing, more detailed reporting of search strategies and excluded studies, and a restructuring of the flow diagram. 

Extensions were created soon after the development of the original PRISMA document to facilitate the reporting of different aspects of systematic and other reviews. A new extension, PRISMA for Searching, PRISMA S, includes a checklist of 16 items along with an accompanying Explanation and Elaboration document that provides guidance designed to help authors conduct a search that is transparent, well documented, and easily replicable. As the article introducing PRISMA-S to the scholarly community stated, “incomplete reporting of the literature search methods can introduce doubt and diminish trust in the final systematic review….If researchers are unable to understand or reproduce how information was gathered….they may suspect the authors of…not conducting a thorough….literature search.” 

Thomas Jefferson University librarians are excited by the introduction of this new extension and are ready to help researchers adhere to PRISMA-S guidelines in their systematic review projects.

To consult with a Jefferson librarian about your review project, please e-mail AskaLibrarian@jefferson.edu (Abington/Center City, Scott Library) or AskGutman@jefferson.edu (East Falls, Gutman Library)

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) reaches its 6 millionth download!

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) is Jefferson’s open access institutional repository that helps you share your scholarly work with the world.

The goal of the JDC is to help Jefferson faculty, staff, researchers, and students promote their scholarly work by sharing it broadly, both with the Jefferson community and around the world.  Posting your work to the JDC connects you with other researchers and professionals in your field of study and allows you to grow and measure the impact of your work.

That’s why we’re excited to announce that the JDC celebrated its six millionth download earlier this month! The JDC collection includes over 20,000 articles, historical materials, conference posters, and more. If you aren’t yet sharing your scholarly work with the JDC, do it today.

Most Recent Download: “The Significance of a Triple Flexion Reflex in the Acute Spinal Cord Injured Patient: A Case Report and Review of the Literature” Read it here

Top 10 Downloads (of all time): include “A Case Study of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” and “The Management of Performance Anxiety with Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Agents” Check out the complete list

Most Recent Additions Include: “Returning to Sport: Female Athletes Living with and beyond Cancer” and “From theory to practice: what global health practitioners need to know about social norms and narrative interventions” Check out the complete list

Explore the JDC and submit your research now!

It’s National Immunization Awareness Month: Celebrate with these 4 resources

There’s no better time than right now to promote vaccinations! National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August that highlights the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. The four resources below provide guides for immunization strategies and communication tools to advocate for vaccines and reframe the conversation about vaccine skepticism.

Anti/Vax : Reframing the Vaccination Controversy

Breaking the Wall of Child Mortality: How Immunization and Malaria Control Are Saving Senegal’s New Generations [VIDEO]

Immunization Strategies and Practices

Vaccine Safety Communication : Guide for Immunization Programme Managers and National Regulatory Authorities

Clinical Investigator Training Course: October 26 – 28 (CME credits offered)

A Competency Based Approach to Clinical Investigator Responsibilities 
Presented by ACRP | Hosted by Jefferson 
Tuesday October 26th – Thursday October 28th 4:30pm-7pm
Virtual event |7 CME Credits offered 

This course presented by ACRP and hosted by Thomas Jefferson University will look at the practical application of clinical research competencies as they relate to the role of the principal investigator and site staff. Through lecture, case examples and interactive exercises this course will focus on both the “WHY BEHIND” and the “HOW TO TRANSLATE” regulatory requirements into more efficient clinical trial conduct. By leveraging the competency requirements of clinical research coordinators and other research staff.

Participants will learn how to be more efficient in delegating responsibilities so that they are more effective as well as compliant in performing their duties as a Principal Investigator. All experience levels welcome. 


Contact kathleen.omalley@jefferson.edu for more information.

The Jefferson Open Access Fund is BACK: Apply now for funding (up to $2,500)

Let Jefferson help cover the cost of publishing in an Open Access (OA) journal.

The Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund provides financial support to faculty, students, and staff who wish to publish in Open Access (OA) journals. Financial support primarily covers Article Processing Charges.

Jefferson will provide up to $2,500 per author, and the amount provided is based on the number of contributing Jefferson authors.

Funds are provided on a first-come, first-approved basis so hurry and apply today!

Learn more about the Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund and apply here. Check out a list of last year’s funded projects here.

FACULTY: Back to school ready? Get prepared with our quick Canvas Workshops (only 30 minutes!)

Whether you’re teaching remotely, on campus, or a hybrid of the two – we’re all headed “back to school” this fall. Let the Academic Commons help you prepare, regardless of how your classroom will look.

Our Canvas Workshops this August (August 10 – 26) are meant to teach you – within 30 minutes or less – the vital tools of Canvas. Sessions focus on need-to-know topics: Quizzes, Assignments, Communications, Course Copy Tool, and Grading. Check out the calendar below for workshop dates and times. Visit this link for a clickable workshop calendar to register for workshops.

Read full descriptions and register here: https://library.jefferson.edu/tech/training-1.cfm


Can’t make a workshop? Sign up for a Canvas Quick Consult for one-on-one assistance with our instructional designers. Canvas Quick Consults are intended as single question sessions that may be completed in 15-minutes or less. You do not need to register for the Canvas Quick Consults. Click on the Canvas Quick Consult link (found here) to join a scheduled Quick Consult session.

Visit Jefferson’s Canvas website for in-depth Canvas videos, written guides, and more.

New Month, New eBooks: August topics include family practice medicine, public health policy, and gender in marketing

The start of a new month always brings new eBooks to the Gutman and Scott libraries. This August, as we settle into the dog days of summer and the beginning of a new academic year for many, we encourage you to look at the 25 additions below. Topics range from public health policy to gender and marketing, knitting essentials, family practice guidelines, and much more. Browse our complete eBook collection here.

Advocacy for Public Health Policy Change: An Urgent Imperative

Artificial Intelligence and the Environmental Crisis: Can Technology Really Save the World?

Assessment of Medicinal Plants for Human Health: Phytochemistry, Disease Management, and Novel Applications

Chest X-ray Made Easy

The Clayton M. Christensen Reader

Clinical Practice to Academia: A Guide for New and Aspiring Health Professions Faculty

Disaster Management and Human Health Risk VI: Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes

Fair Isle Style: 20 Fresh Designs for a Classic Technique

Family Practice Guidelines

Handbook of Research on Gender and Marketing

Health Equity: A Solutions-Focused Approach

Knitting: The Complete Guide

Knitting Pattern Essentials: Adapting and Drafting Knitting Patterns for Great Knitwear

Knitting the Perfect Fit: Essential Fully-Fashioned Shaping Techniques for Designer Results

Leadership in Postcolonial Africa: Trends Transformed by Independence

Mapping AIDS: Visual Histories of an Enduring Epidemic

Nursing Theorists and Their Work

Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: A Clinician’s Guide

Revision Lumbar Spine Surgery

Standards for Professional Nursing Practice in the Care of Women and Newborns

Teaching Health Humanities

Urban Public Health: A Research Toolkit for Practice and Impact

When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error

Writing for Nursing and Midwifery Students