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:
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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:
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 for an OER Development Grant, complete the online application form and Project Narrative documents. Start the application process here.
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: