It’s American Stroke Awareness Month: Check out these 5 resources

As we close out the month of May, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate American Stroke Awareness Month. You can learn more about genetic risk scores, stroke recovery and therapy, and more by checking out these five resources:

Handbook of Stroke

Stroke Biomarkers

Stroke Rehabilitation

Video Game for Stroke Therapy [VIDEO]

Yoga Therapy for Stroke: A Handbook for Yoga Therapists and Healthcare Professionals

Learn more about stroke awareness on the CDC’s website.

Learn more about skin cancer detection & prevention with these 5 resources

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. The goal of the month is to bring awareness to skin cancer and promote skin checks.  To learn more, check out these five resources.

Atlas of Diagnostically Challenging Melanocytic Neoplasms

Dermatoscopy and Skin Cancer: A Handbook for Hunters of Skin Cancer and Melanoma

Melanoma and Pregnancy: A Deadly Combo [VIDEO]

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer and Cutaneous Melanoma: Surgical Treatment and Reconstruction

Sunlight, Vitamin D and Skin Cancer

LabArchives New Rich Text Editor: Coming Week of May 24

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

Some important points regarding the new Rich Text Editor:

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

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

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Register Today: Faculty Day 2021 (June 9)

Registration is now open for the 2021 Faculty Day Program, Jefferson’s annual celebration of exemplary teaching across the university. Faculty Day will be held virtually on Wednesday, June 9.

Faculty Day offers faculty a place to share best practices in teaching and learning and network to connect. Conversations will focus on you – the Jefferson Educator. This year’s theme is “Aligning Actions and Aspirations.”

                        REGISTER FOR FACULTY DAY

Topics will include:

  1. Designing for Diverse and Inclusive Environments
  2. Tried-and-True Techniques
  3. Innovation On-Demand
  4. Connection and Reflection
  5. Learning Design

For additional information or questions, contact

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Meet Graduating Seniors Skylar, Nik, and Sara

A unique component of the Gutman Library, which differentiates it from the other Jefferson Libraries, is the student workers. When a patron enters the library, they are greeted by an East Falls student at the Circulation Desk. They play an essential role at the library – checking in and out resources, helping patrons reserve study rooms, and offering a friendly and familiar face to busy and overwhelmed students and faculty.

We sat down with three of the five graduating senior student workers to hear about their experiences. They shared favorite memories about working at Gutman, reflected on skills they learned while on the job, and gave advice to incoming first-year students for taking advantage of all that Gutman has to offer.

Thank you to Skylar, Nik, and Sara for your commitment to the library. Best of luck in your post-college years, we can’t wait to see what you’ll do next!

Left to Right: Skylar, Nik, Sara

What was your college or grad school major?
Skylar: B.S. in Marketing, Minor in Fashion Merchandising & Management  

Nik: M.S. in Industrial Design

Sara: B.S. in Health Sciences, Minor in Psychology

What were your responsibilities while working at the Gutman Library?
Skylar: We worked the front desk, so helping people with books on reserve, study rooms, basically anything students might have a question about.

What was your favorite part about working in the library?
Skylar: I’ve made so many friends working at Gutman! Over the four years, I’ve gotten to meet so many people, and it’s definitely my favorite place on campus.

Nik: I felt very comfortable working in the library’s peaceful environment and doing small decorations at festivals.

Sara: I’ve met so many great lifelong friends that I work with at the library, and my supervisors are amazing!

What is a favorite memory you have from working at the library?
Sara: I have so many great memories from Gutman, but I think the one thing that I appreciate most is my supervisor Meg Leister. She has always supported me and all of my academic endeavors and has made working at Gutman such an enjoyable experience.

What is something you learned while working at the library?
Nik: I have absolutely acquired a lot of management skills which make my profile strong to work in my field job.

Would you recommend an East Falls student work at the library?
Sara: I definitely do! Not only do you become friends with the other students that you work with, but you also get to meet so many new people and have those friendly faces all around campus! Working at Gutman also encourages you to use the resources provided to you!

Can you share one of your favorite resources at the library?
Skylar: I use the databases often for research assignments! Also, flipping through books on reserve is always a good time.

Nik: All the books, for sure. I’m not quite a reader, but working at Gutman for the past almost 1.5 years has made me a book reader.

Sara: My favorite resource is the cubbies on the first floor of the library! I have spent countless days studying and doing my work in the cubbies and have found that they are the only place that I can really sit down, focus, and do my best work.

What advice about the library would you give to incoming first-year students?
Skylar: I’d say – ask questions! It’s a very freshman thing not to ask questions when you need to. We don’t expect you to know how to print, scan, or where the copier is, so don’t feel weird about asking. It’s our job!

Nik: Use the facilities provided by Gutman Library as much as you can. It will not only help you to get good grades but also acquire in-depth knowledge for your respective field.

What advice do you have for incoming seniors?  
Skylar: Don’t be too hard on yourself and take everything one day at a time. We’ve had a chaotic last few semesters! Don’t feel you have to rush to find answers for what you want right now. Also, it’s never too late to join clubs and meet people!

Sara: Cherish the last year of your undergraduate career! Even though it’s your last year, don’t forget that your academics are still so important. But also, don’t be shy to experience new things and create memories.

What will you be doing after graduation?
Skylar: Pursuing my career in copywriting & content creation and sticking with my internship at a local sock company for now! Also, hopefully traveling a bunch and making up for all the fun we should’ve been able to have this past year!

Nik: My plan after graduation is to get some experience in my Industrial Design field, and after I am confident enough, I want to start my own business and work as a freelancer.

Sara: I will be continuing my education at Jefferson in the fall with the Couple and Family Therapy Master’s Degree program.

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

Staff Spotlight: Get to know Kate, the SML’s Archives & Special Collections Intern

This spring, the Scott Memorial Library’s Archives and Special Collections department added a third (temporary) member to their team – intern Kate!

Read on to learn about what attracted Kate to the internship and what her favorite item from the Archives has been so far.

Check out the SML’s archives and special collections.

What made you want to apply to be an intern in the Thomas Jefferson University’s Scott Memorial Library and specifically work with the SML’s Special Collections/Archives department?
I’ve always been interested in the history of science and medicine, so I was intrigued by the library’s collections. I also love the more personal, human stories related to this history, which of course one finds a lot of in an archive stretching back as far as Jefferson’s does. As a relatively new resident in the area (I live in Haddonfield), the chance to learn more about local history appeals to me as well!

What type of projects will you be helping out with?
I’m currently working on a couple of different projects. The first is a transcription of notes taken by student William H. E. Wehner during lectures given by Jacob Mendes Da Costa. The notes cover various infectious diseases and their treatments. It’s fascinating to see how medical knowledge and recommendations have changed since the 1880s when Wehner made these notes.

My second project involves updating metadata for Ariel, the Jefferson student newspaper published between 1969 and 1986. Mostly, I’m collecting key words. These will make it easier for researchers to find the specific issues and articles they need. This is a really interesting project so far – the articles cover the major political events of the day, as well as all of the goings-on at Jefferson, from academic matters to social and sporting events.

What are you hoping to learn and get out of this internship experience?
I hope to gain some firsthand experience working with different archival materials and helping to make them more accessible to wider audiences. The transcription and metadata projects are great opportunities for this. I already feel like I’m starting to get the hang of it! I also hope that my experiences at Jefferson will help me gain knowledge that will be useful in graduate school.

Is there a specific type or genre of archival documents or special collections that are most interesting to you? What is something you’ve learned so far that is interesting or something you weren’t expecting to learn about?
As I mentioned above, I have a strong interest in anything and everything related to the histories of science, technology, and medicine. I am especially interested in the social and cultural impacts of changes/advances in scientific and medical knowledge. You really see this in the different issues of Ariel. Notably, the editors of the paper devoted plenty of page space to discussions of disparities in healthcare access and proposals for national health insurance. The student journalists, along with other students and faculty who wrote letters to the editor, talked about issues that still challenge us today, and it is interesting to see how the authors of these pieces advocated for the causes they believed in.

Introducing OA Works, dedicated to Open Access & Equity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Full prize guidelines can be found at

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

Email or call 215-503-0441.

Evidence Synthesis with GRADE and GRADE-CERQual: New Videos

Quantitative Studies: GRADE

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

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

Qualitative Studies: GRADE-CERQual

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

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

Recently posted videos provide excellent guidance for each framework:



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

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

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