Lights, Camera, Action: Library Documentary Nights at Gutman Library are BACK!

Join us Tuesdays this fall at Gutman Library to watch riveting documentaries, enjoy snacks, and connect with others. Each film centers on themes of ancestry, identity, and home. These events are open to all; registration isn’t required but encouraged to ensure we have enough snacks! RSVP at

Tuesday, September 12, 7pm: Three Identical Strangers
In Three Identical Strangers, three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families.

Tuesday, October 17, 7pm: Descendant
Descendant tells the story of the descendants of survivors of The Clotilda, the last known ship to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States. Descendants celebrate their heritage and take command of their legacy in this moving portrait of a community actively grappling with and fighting to preserve its heritage while examining what justice looks like today. The first five people to register will receive a free copy of Barracoon by Zora Neal Hurston. Barracoon is an oral history of Cudjo Lewis, the last survivor of the Atlantic slave trade.

Join us after the film for a discussion facilitated by Slade Roff, LCSW, East Falls Student Counseling Center. 

Tuesday, November 14, 7pm: Blind Ambition
Blind Ambition is an underdog story for the ages that follows an unlikely team of Zimbabweans turned sommeliers who shake up the international wine establishment when they compete in the World Wine Tasting Championships.

Tuesday, December 5, 7pm: Flee
December’s documentary film night will be run in conjunction with the LGBTQA+ Film Nights program and together we’ll watch Flee. Flee tells the extraordinary true story of a man, Amin, as he reveals his hidden past, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. 

We hope to see you at one or all of our documentary film nights! RSVP here.

Need a break? Check out our fidget spinners, play toys, & resources

New at Gutman Library: Fidget spinners, play therapy toys, and resources! If you’re needing a moment to decompress, feeling distracted and want to focus, or interested in learning more about play therapy, check out these two new collections.

The Play Therapy Collection
Donated by the Community & Trauma Counseling department, the collection offers a wide range of books, workbooks, and play examples for practitioners, researchers, and those with a general interest in play therapy.

Where is the collection? The collection is stored in the popular books section across from the Circulation Desk on the Main Floor.

The Fidget and Stim Toy Collection
The collection includes a wide variety of fidget and stimulation toys (fidget cubes, wacky tracks, slugs, and more), that allow for students to decompress, engage in play, and regulate their emotions. This collection aims to normalize the practice of fidgeting and stimming.

Where is the collection? Behind the Main Floor’s Circulation Desk! Students can check out one item for four hours by leaving their Jefferson ID with us.

What is stimming?
Stimming (or self-stimulation) is a self-regulatory behavior that includes movements such as hand flapping, finger-flicking, rocking, speaking phrases, sounds, and other repetitive motions in order to keep oneself calm. Often done in times of stress, this behavior is usually seen in people with autism or those who fall under the neurodivergent umbrella.

Fidget and stim toys allow for this behavior to be carried out in a safe and consistent way that will often not disrupt the person’s daily life. While neurodivergent individuals often use these tools, it is completely normal behavior for everyone to engage in, especially when feeling stressed or distracted.

We hope you enjoy these resources!

Looking for something fun to read? Check out our Graphic Medicine & Popular Magazine Collections!

If you want a break from medical textbooks and journals, check out our graphic medicine collection and popular magazines.

Graphic Medicine Collection: 2nd floor

Graphic medicine uses comics and art to tell the personal stories of healthcare and medicine. Our collection has over 100 stories that invite you to understand and empathize with patients and their caregivers as you encounter medical dilemmas with new eyes. Browse the full collection online or visit the 2nd floor to check out the materials. You can borrow a graphic medicine book for up to 3 weeks.

Just a few graphic medicine books on display  on the 2nd floor:

Seeing Gender: An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression by Iris Gottlieb
“Seeing Gender is an of-the-moment investigation into how we express and understand the complexities of gender today. Deeply researched and fully illustrated, this book demystifies an intensely personal–yet universal–facet of humanity.”

Everything is an Emergency: An OCD Story in Words and Pictures by Jason Katzenstein
“Everything is an Emergency is a comic about all the self-destructive stories someone tells himself, over and over, until they start to seem true. In surreal, witty, and confessional images, Jason shows us that OCD can be funny, even when it feels like it’s ruining your life.”

The Body Factory by Heloise Chochois
“A Graphic Novel exploring amputation, revealing details about famous amputees throughout history, the invention of the tourniquet, phantom limb syndrome, types of prostheses, and transhumanist technologies.”  

Doc-Related: A Physician’s Guide to Fixing our Ailing Health Care System by Peter Valenzuela
“Doc-Related takes us behind the clinic doors of today’s ailing US healthcare system. A medley of anecdotes, comics, and data-backed musings, Doc-Related’s “truth-tellers” turn out to be a half-dozen characters you will surely recognize.”

Popular Magazine Collection: 1st Floor

Our popular magazine collection has many titles, including Food & Wine, Elle, Bicycling, Men’s Health, The New Yorker, and Mac Life. Learn more about a new hobby, check out a recipe to try out for dinner, or get inspired to plan your next vacation with our popular magazines!

August eBooks: 25 titles on topics of occupational therapy for dementia, textile artist Alice Fox, the healthcare workforce shortage, carebots, and more

This month’s new eBooks cover brain injury medicine, a history of textiles in twentieth-century Yoruba communities, a guide to neurodiversity, and more. Check out the list below or browse the complete eBook collection at Center City/Scott Library, Horsham/Dixon Library, or East Falls/Gutman Library.

1001 Pediatric Treatment Activities: Creative Ideas for Therapy Sessions  

The Academic Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Documenting Teaching, Research, and Service  

Art Nouveau: Art, Architecture and Design in Transformation  


Brain Injury Medicine: Principles and Practice  

Caregiving, Carebots, and Contagion  

Cases on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Health Professions Educator  

Emotion-focused Therapy for Complex Trauma: An Integrative Approach  

Essentials of Clinical Radiation Oncology  

General Surgery Residency Survival Guide  

A History of Cast Iron in Architecture  

A History of Textiles and Fashion in the Twentieth-Century Yoruba World  

How COVID Crashed the System: A Guide to Fixing American Health Care  

Integrating the Organization of Health Services, Worker Wellbeing and Quality of Care: Towards Healthy Healthcare  

Management and Leadership Skills for Medical Faculty and Healthcare Executives: A Practical Handbook  

Navigating the Healthcare Workforce Shortage: How to Safeguard your Organization’s Most Important Asset  

Necessary Architecture: Raw Earth Solutions for a Common House in Niger  

Occupational Therapy for Dementia  

The Pocket Guide to Neurodiversity  

Prêt-à-Porter, Paris and Women: A Cultural Study of French Readymade Fashion, 1945-68  

The Scholarly Communications Cookbook  

Statistics for Nursing: A Practical Approach  

Vernacular Architecture: Sustainability and Risks  

Wild Textiles: Grown, Foraged, Found  

Women and Global Health Leadership: Power and Transformation  

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.

New eBooks this July: Topics include Burnout in Nursing, Wartime Style & Fashion, Climate Change, Remote Work, and More

This July, check out our 25 new eBook additions to the collection. Topics include workplace wellbeing, the connection between food and fashion, gynecologic cancers, and more. Browse the list below or explore our complete eBook collections at Gutman Library/East Falls campus, Scott Library/Center City Campus, and Dixon Library/Horsham Campus.

Achieving Sustainable Workplace Wellbeing

Appreciative Leadership: Building Sustainable Partnerships for Health

Big Data Applications in Industry 4.0

Clinical Atlas of CT Virtual Hysterosalpingography

Clinical Lymphatic Mapping in Gynecologic Cancers

Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in Nursing: Enhancing Professional Quality of Life

Database System Concepts

Developing a Fashion Collection

The Digital Mindset: What It Really Takes to Thrive in the Age of Data, Algorithms, and AI

Fashion, Identity, Image

Fashion Styling

Food and Fashion

Going Remote: How the Flexible Work Economy Can Improve Our Lives and Our Cities

Impacts of Future Weather and Climate Extremes on United States Infrastructure: Assessing and Prioritizing Adaptation Actions

Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work

A Monetary and Fiscal History of the United States, 1961-2021

Murray’s Basic Medical Microbiology: Foundations and Cases

Netter’s Atlas of Neuroscience

The OTA’s Guide to Documentation: Writing SOAP Notes

Pandemic Economics

Physical Agent Modalities: Theory and Application for the Occupational Therapist

Piecing Together Systematic Reviews and Other Evidence Syntheses: A Guide for Librarians

Refining Nature: The Landscape Architecture of Peter Walker

Wartime Style: Fashion and American Culture During 20th Century Conflicts

Women in the Workforce: What Everyone Needs to Know

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)

Celebrate Pride Month with these novels, feature films, and eBooks

Help us celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month this June by diving into Jefferson Libraries’ resources! Check out the eBooks, videos, graphic medicine, and leisure books below. Materials include poetry, novels, resources for healthcare providers, and a feature film.

But that’s not all: check out LGBTQ+ Source, a database of scholarly and popular LGBTQ+ publications, and the Jefferson Libraries guides on Intersectional Feminism and Diversity & Inclusion for additional resources.

Black LGBT Health in the United States: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens: Providing a Window for All

The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care

The Tradition

Young, Disabled and LGBT+ Voices, Identities and Intersections

Graphic Medicine
Seeing Gender: An Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression

Leisure Books (Scott 1st Floor)
Felix Ever After

My Government Means to Kill Me

Ten Steps to Nanette

They’re Going to Love You

Wrath Goddess Sing

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

25 New eBooks this June: Topics Covered Include the Determinants of Addiction, Aesthetics of Architecture, Genomic Data Sharing, Immunology of Endometriosis, and More

This June, we’re adding 25 titles to our eBook collection. Topics covered range from architecture, fashion marketing, and textiles to leadership development, financial institutions, and healthcare systems. Medical topics include oncology imaging, endometriosis, and urology. Check out the list of June’s additions below or browse our complete eBook collection: Gutman/East Falls, Scott/Center City, Dixon/Horsham.

Celebrity Fashion Marketing: Developing a Human Fashion Brand

Cognitive Development in Infancy and Childhood

Cognitive and Soft Computing Techniques for the Analysis of Healthcare

Democratizing Finance: The Radical Promise of Fintech

Destined to Lead: Executive Coaching and Lessons for Leadership Development

Determinants of Addiction: Neurobiological, Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sociocultural Factors

Experiencing Art and Architecture: Lessons on Looking

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology: Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology

Genomic Data Sharing: Case Studies, Challenges, and Opportunities for Precision Medicine

Healthcare Security: Solutions for Management, Operations, and Administration

Healthcare Systems Design of Intelligent Testing Centers: Latest Technologies to Battle Pandemics Such as COVID-19

Imagining Slovene Socialist Modernity: The Urban Redesign of Ljubljana’s Beloved Trnovo Neighborhood, 1951-1989

Immunology of Endometriosis: Etiology and Management

Immunology of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss and Implantation Failure

The Innovation Mindset: Eight Essential Steps to Transform Any Industry

Oncologic Imaging: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Open(ing) Spaces: Design as Landscape Architecture

Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching: Assessment, Activities, and Strategies for Success

Radiographic Atlas of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices

Real-time Data Acquisition in Human Physiology: Real-time Acquisition, Processing, and Interpretation — A MATLAB-based Approach

Reproductive Immunology: Basic Concepts

Telehealth in Urology

Tiwi Textiles: Design, Making, Process

Visualizing Complexity: Modular Information Design Handbook