Documentary Film Night Tomorrow (2/21) – Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

Join us for this new documentary film series at Gutman Library! Once a month, we’ll watch a documentary that aligns with the theme “Idealists & Changemakers.” Everyone is welcome to attend.

On Tuesday, February 21 let’s watch “RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope,” the second in our series of four documentary screenings at Gutman Library. Enjoy snacks and refreshments as you connect with others who are interested in the health sciences, mental health care, architecture & design, and sustainability. Join us after the film for a discussion on mental health, facilitated by Slade Roff, LCSW, a staff member of the East Falls Student Counseling Center (SCC). Register here!

The research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. “RESILIENCE”  delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.

Check out the films and documentaries available to you, thanks to the Thomas Jefferson University Libraries, via the Academic Video Online database and register for our March documentary screening.

Celebrate Black History Month with fiction and romantic novels by Black authors all about love

February is Black History Month, and we are featuring fiction written by Black authors about Black characters finding love. Check out the list below and treat yourself to a romantic novel from our Leisure Collection (1st floor of Scott Library) this month. While you are browsing, check out our nonfiction books on Black art, health, and history.


Honey & Spice

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty

On Rotation

Seven Days in June

While We Were Dating

Zyla & Kai

Packback—AI-Powered Discussion Tool Available in Canvas—Upcoming Workshops

Join Packback and the Academic Commons to learn more about the newest educational technology available in Canvas. Packback harnesses artificial intelligence to coach learners engage in deeper, more meaningful writing with Packback Questions and in Packback Deep Dives.

Packback Questions flips the traditional discussions board on its end. Learners generate questions with some coaching and direction from an AI-powered coach that encourage more thoughtful and critical responses from their peers.

Deep Dives offer real-time feedback on writing mechanics, quality of sources and depth of response before learners submit a writing assignment. The AI-generated feedback allows faculty to focus on content rather than mechanics which speeds up the grading process.

Watch the video for more about how Packback Questions and Packback DeepDive works.

Detailed workshop descriptions are being developed, but you can reserve your spots for the workshops now. All sessions are virtual. Use the links below to reserve your spot!

Improving Student Engagement through Inquiry-Driven Discussion at Thomas Jefferson University
Wednesday, March 8 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Improving Student Engagement through Inquiry-Driven Discussion at Thomas Jefferson University
Thursday, May 18 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

RSVP TODAY for Intersectional Feminisms: Many Identities, One Movement (March 8) with Dr. Jane Caputi

Celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8, by joining us for Intersectional Feminisms: Many Identities, One Movement. The discussion and reception will take place in the Media Classroom at the Paul J. Gutman Library on the East Falls campus from 5-7pm. You can attend the presentation virtually via Zoom.

Caputi’s research is in contemporary American cultural studies, including popular culture, gender and violence, and ecofeminism and environmental justice

Hear from Dr. Jane Caputi of the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Caputi will discuss the evolution of intersectional feminism – the idea that women’s overlapping identity markers like race and age impact how they experience discrimination.

Dr. Caputi will share examples of intersectional activism and also discuss the current attack on Black, Queer, and Feminist studies in America, specifically the recent Florida legislation’s rejection of the A.P. African American Studies curriculum. Learn more and register now.

After the presentation, join us for a reception to get to know others at Jefferson interested in the topic, and check out Gutman Library’s collection of books, magazines, videos, and eBooks on topic of intersectionality.

Register today and we’ll see you on March 8th! Learn more about Dr. Caputi.

Celebrate Love Data Week with LabArchives and Data Management Workshops

Love Data Week, February 13-17, is the international celebration of data, and is a week dedicated to spreading awareness of the importance of research data management and sharing and preserving data. Celebrate Love Data Week by attending sessions on LabArchives and NIH Data Management.

Introduction to LabArchives ELN for Research (February 15 and 16)
Learn the benefits that LabArchives offers researchers and how it can easily be integrated into your research data management toolkit. Topics covered include:

  • Notebook structure
  • Audit trail, revisions history, and version control
  • Access controls
  • Page signing and witnessing
  • Creating templates and copying content
  • Collaborating internally and externally

Register Now
Session 1: Wednesday, February 15, 10am
Session 2: Thursday, February 16, 1pm

Best Practices and Tips for Establishing Your Notebook’s Structure (February 13 and 17)
The LabArchives Research Notebook begins as a blank slate that is meant to be flexible so that you can customize the structure to complement current workflows. Join this session for a closer look at how you can use our built-in layouts or set up a notebook using other popular structures including: project and grant-based, individual researcher-based notebooks, date-based, or team and company notebooks to manage shared materials for reference purposes.

Register Now
Session 2: Friday, February 17, 10am

Creating Templates to Standardize the Collection and Management of Data (February 15 and 16)
We recommend using templates in LabArchives to create a consistent entry format for documenting and tracking information. Templates can be made from reusable pages or entries that can easily and quickly be copied to help save time. Once created, this form can be reused by all members of the notebook to provide consistency and a clear list of data requirements. Join this session to see examples of templates, how you can create your own, and reuse them.

Register Now
Session 1: Wednesday, February 15, 3pm
Session 2: Thursday, February 16, 11am

Creating a Data Management and Sharing Plan For Your Research (February 14)
This workshop, led by Scott librarians Larissa Gordon and Anita Lai, and Jessica Gutierrez, Associate Director of Research Conduct & Compliance, provides faculty with 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 will be required for NIH grants starting in the new year, but data management is also valuable for every researcher to consider. It can help to preserve your data, make your research more visible, and also aids in the advancement of the scientific community by allowing other researchers to access your data. Special attention will be paid to how Jeffersonians can use LabArchives as an openly accessible data repository.

Register Now
Session 1: Tuesday, February 14, 1pm

Learn how to create science figures with BioRender: Workshop on February 15, at 10am

Did you know that you have access to BioRender Premium? BioRender, an application used by researchers to create and share professional science figures, offers you a library of over 40,000 icons to use in the creation of scientific posters, presentations, publications, and more. Register here for a workshop, led by BioRender, all about how to create science figures.

Log into BioRender
Set up your BioRender account and access the tool on our portal website ( Register with your or email account. To access the Premium account, you must log in through this portal every time. 

Register for the BioRender Workshop
Learn how to create professional science figures in minutes at BioRender’s workshop at 10am on Wednesday, February 15.

REGISTER HERE for the workshop!

This webinar will be led by Sydney Burniston, BioRender’s Scientific Communications & Customer Success Manager. The webinar is being hosted by the Jefferson Postdoctoral Association as part of their Technical Skills Seminar Series.

New eBooks in February: SPSS survival guides, dermatosis in pigmented skin, racial health disparities related to COVID-19, medical malpractice litigation, and more

This February, we’re adding 25 eBooks to our collection. Topics cover HIV in communities of color, the use of cannabinoids for neurological disorders, gender confirmation surgery, and more.

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

Absolute Allergy and Immunology Board Review

Advanced Ureteroscopy: A Practitioner’s Guide to Treating Difficult Problems

Applying Quantitative Bias Analysis to Epidemiologic Data

Atlas and Anatomy of PET/MRI, PET/CT and SPECT/CT

Atlas of Dermatoses in Pigmented Skin

Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine

Cannabinoids and Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Clinical Anatomy and Embryology: A Guide for the Classroom, Boards, and Clinic

Color Atlas of Human Gross Pathology

Comprehensive Multiple-Choice Questions in Pathology: A Study Guide

COVID-19 and Health System Segregation in the US: Racial Health Disparities and Systemic Racism

Diversity, Cultural Humility, and the Helping Professions: Building Bridges Across Difference

Excelling in the Clinic: A Concise Guide for Medical Students

Functional Movement Disorder: An Interdisciplinary Case-based Approach

Gender Confirmation Surgery: Principles and Techniques for an Emerging Field

HIV in US Communities of Color

Holistic Pain Management in Pregnancy: What RNs, APRNs, Midwives and Mental Health Professionals Need to Know

Instrument Development in the Affective Domain: School and Corporate Applications

Integrity of Scientific Research: Fraud, Misconduct and Fake News in the Academic, Medical and Social Environment

Life After Residency: A Career Planning Guide

Medical Malpractice Litigation: How it Works, Why Tort Reform Hasn’t Helped

Post COVID-19 Complications and Management

Preventing Errors and Pitfalls in Nursing with Infectious Patients

Public Health Informatics and Information Systems

SPSS Survival Manual: A Step by Step Guide to Data Analysis Using IBM SPSS

SAVE THE DATE: Intersectional Feminisms on Wednesday, March 8, at Paul J. Gutman Library

Mark your calendar for Intersectional Feminisms – a presentation by Dr. Jane Caputi – on Wednesday, March 8, as we celebrate International Women’s Day.

At Intersectional Feminisms, Dr. Caputi, Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University, will lead a presentation on the general history of intersectional feminism and beyond.

We invite all of the Jefferson community to attend this event on Wednesday, March 8, at 5 pm in Gutman Library’s Media Classroom. After the presentation, a reception will follow. We’ll share more event details and registration links soon.

Dr. Caputi’s primary research is in contemporary American cultural studies, including popular culture, gender and violence, and ecofeminism and environmental justice. 

Dr. Caputi has made two educational documentaries, The Pornography of Everyday Life (2006), distributed by Berkeley Media, and Feed the Green: Feminist Voices for the Earth (2016), distributed by Women Make Movies. Check out Dr. Caputi’s resume to learn more about her work and background. 

January 2023: Celebrating and taking care of yourself in the New Year

The New Year is a time to acknowledge the accomplishments of the past and prepare for all of the changes still to come.

This January, we’re highlighting resources that support self-care, mental health, and more. Topics include seasonal affective disorder, psychedelics, aging, and knitting.

Electronic Resources

Iceland : Deep In The Polar Night (video)

Mindful Knitting: Inviting Contemplative Practice to the Craft by Tara Jon Manning (eBook)

The New Year–The Old Year by Ida B. Wells (article)

Stacks (Scott Memorial Library)

Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

Graphic Medicine (Scott Memorial Library)

The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel

NIH expands beyond Covid-19 Preprints in Phase 2 of Pilot Program

In the summer of 2020, the NIH began a pilot program to add Covid-19 related preprints featuring research funded by the NIH to its databases. Two years later, evaluations of this pilot program are positive (Funk, 2022). The National Library of Medicine (NLM) successfully managed the technical hurdles of including and properly labeling preprints into PubMed and PubMed Central (PMC). Including preprints increased the discoverability of NIH-funded research, increasing the speed of access by more than 100 days, according to one published statistic, while not decreasing trust in the NLM or its research tools. According to the NIH, indexing preprints in multiple places had value because researchers access and discover information differently. Due to the success of this pilot, the NIH is expanding its incorporation of preprints into the database and will soon start including all preprints supported by NIH funds published after January 1st, 2023 (NLM, 2022).

It is important to note that the NIH will only include preprints posted to servers that it identified during the first phase of its pilot program as having policies and practices that align both with the mission of the NIH and with recommendations made by groups such as the Committee on Publication Ethics. Eligible preprint servers currently include bioRxiv, medRxiv, arXiv, and Research Square, although the list may change over time.

In support of this new phase of its pilot program, the NIH has updated its search functions and record displays, including an updated information banner on preprint records, more prominent identification of final published journal articles on preprint records, and the ability to exclude preprints from a search as well as limit a search to preprints only (NLM, 2023). Figures 1 and 2 show how the updated peer-reviewed articles are displayed on preprints in PubMed and PMC.

At the end of 2023, the second phase of this program will be assessed to evaluate its continued success in increasing the discoverability and maximizing the impact of NIH-funded research.

Learn more about preprints and contact us with questions.


Funk, K., Zayas-Caban, T. & Beck J. (2022). Phase 1 of the NIH Preprint Pilot: Testing the viability of making preprints discoverable in PubMed Central and PubMed. BioRxiv.

National Library of Medicine. (2022, December 14). NIH Preprint Pilot accelerates and expands discovery of research results: Expansion of pilot planned for early 2023.

National Library of Medicine. (2023, January 9). Next phase of the NIH Preprint Pilot launching soon. NCBI Insights.

Figure 1. PubMed search result summary and abstract displays of a preprint and its associated peer-reviewed version.
Figure 2. The PMC view of the same preprint summary and full-text views with update notice of its peer-reviewed version.

Last Chance: Join Jefferson’s SoTL Community

If you are interested in learning more about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), join the Academic Commons’ new SoTL Community. This community is open to anyone interested in teaching and learning – including faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students. Complete the interest form to get started.

SoTL is a growing field in higher education that uses systematic and methodological inquiry to research the impact of teaching practices and learning experiences. SoTL is a valuable exercise to reflect on your teaching practices, with the overall goal of improving participant learning. SoTL projects aim to improve learning by finding better, more engaging ways to teach. 

As a member of the SoTL Community, you will learn the steps involved in SoTL research, develop your own SoTL plan, share progress on your project, and offer feedback to colleagues. Our community will meet three times during the spring 2023 semester (February, March, and April) for one-hour sessions. To learn more about each session’s goals and topics, read our earlier article.

If you are interested in joining this community, complete this interest form. Please complete the form by Friday, January 20, 2023.

Interested in working at the library? Have a federal work-study award? We’re hiring!

Join the Scott Memorial Library team!

If you received a federal (U.S.) work-study award, you could work in the library! We’re hiring for a position within our Access Services department.  

In your position in the Access Services team, you will:

  • Assist library visitors (patrons) check in and out materials, anatomical models, reserves, and technology
  • Provide directional and other general assistance support to library visitors
  • Collect statistics
  • Re-shelve library materials (occasionally).

The Access Services Desk, on the 2nd floor of the library, is open: Monday – Friday, 8am – 10pm, Saturday, 11am – 7pm, and Sunday, 10am – 10pm. Hours vary during semester breaks and holidays.

To apply and learn more, check the job description on Jefferson’s work study page. We hope you’ll join our library team.

Creative Writing Series: Write Your Story starts Jan 25

Are you interested in creative writing and feel you’ve got a story to tell but don’t have the time or feel intimidated? Join the Write Your Story Creative Writing Series!

We’ll gather (on Zoom) the last Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm from January to May to work on creative writing projects. Our first session is Wednesday, January 25.

The Write Your Story series is open to everyone at Jefferson – no experience with creative writing is required. We hope you’ll join us!

In the Write Your Story series, you’ll receive:

  • Guidance on writing and genres
  • Creative prompts
  • Dedicated writing time
  • Feedback on your work

Everyone deserves to tell and preserve their stories, and writing gives you the means to do it. We hope you’ll join us at Write Your Story!

Check out this flyer for more information. Write Your Story is brought to you from the Academic Commons’ Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communications (OPWPC) and Eakins Writing Project.

Science Slam on February 16: Learn more at the info session on January 19

Science Slam is a competition where scientists explain their research in short talks in an easily understandable and entertaining way for a non-expert audience. Jefferson’s Science Slam, on Thursday, February 16, will grant cash prizes for all participants. Everyone at Jefferson is invited to participate. Science Slam is organized by Jefferson’s Graduate Student Association.

Save the Date for the Science Slam Competition:
Thursday, February 16, 5pm
Venture Café at University City Science Center

Science Slam Info Session (for participants):
Thursday, January 19,  3pm
Bluemle Building, Room 105
Sign up here

Learn more about Science Slam by checking out this flyer. Questions? Email

New Year, New eBooks: January’s additions cover autism research, ethics for health professionals, dermatology in darker skin tones, and the cultural history of malls

Kick off the New Year by diving into our new eBooks for January. The 25 titles cover communication skills and ethics of healthcare professionals, nutrition management, and clinical assessment considerations for patients who may need wheelchair seating.  Read the titles below or browse our complete eBook collection here (Center City/Scott Library) and here (East Falls/Gutman Library).

Addressing Underserved Populations in Autism Spectrum Research: An Intersectional Approach

Applied Law and Ethics for Health Professionals

Arrival Stories: Women Share their Experiences of Becoming Mothers

Atlas of Black Skin

Better Outcomes: A Guide to Humanizing Healthcare

Communication Skills for the Health Care Professional: Concepts, Practice, and Evidence

Cultural Practices and Dermatoses

The Emotionally Intelligent Physician Leader

Ethnic Skin and Hair and Other Cultural Considerations

The Health Professional’s Guide to Nutrition Management of Thyroid Disease

Integrating Pop Culture into the Academic Library

Maximum Malpractice Protection: A Physician’s Complete Guide

Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall

The Middleboro Casebook: Healthcare Strategy and Operations

Patient-Reported Outcomes and Experience: Measuring What We Want from PROMs and PREMs

The Power of Moral Leadership: A Timeless Guide to Increasing Your Influence, Emotional Intelligence and Inner Peace

Pediatric Dermatology in Skin of Color: A Practical Guide

Physicians and Professional Behavior Management Strategies: A Leadership Roadmap and Guide with Case Studies

Program Development in the 21st Century: An Evidence-Based Approach to Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

SAS Certified Specialist Prep Guide: Base Programming Using SAS 9.4

Scale Development: Theory and Application

Seating and Wheeled Mobility: A Clinical Resource Guide

Reframing Contemporary Physician Leadership: We Started as Heroes

Rehabilitation Ethics for Interprofessional Practice

Resilience in Healthcare Leadership: Practical Strategies and Self-Assessment Tools for Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses