STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Megan Donnelly, Student Success & Outreach Librarian at the Gutman Library

The Gutman Library is thrilled to welcome Megan Donnelly to the team of librarians. Megan is our Student Success & Outreach Librarian, a new position at the library.

We sat down with Megan to learn a bit about what drew her to the world of libraries and what she’s excited about in this new role. Keep reading to find out what Gutman resources Megan can’t stop raving about and how she can support you.

What’s your title, and when did you start working at Thomas Jefferson University’s Gutman Library?
My title is Student Success and Outreach Librarian, and I started working here on January 3rd, 2022.

What brings you to Jefferson? 
I was seeking employment in this area to be closer to my family.

At what point did you want to become a librarian, and why?
I knew I wanted to become a librarian during my senior year of undergrad. A librarian came to one of my classes to teach information literacy instruction. I went up to her after class and said, “Do librarians really get to teach?” The following semester, I interned at my school’s library and the rest is history. I wouldn’t be here if not for my mentors, for which I am very grateful.

Can you describe the role of a Student Success and Outreach Librarian? What does that mean to you, and what does a Student Success and Outreach Librarian do?
As the Student Success and Outreach Librarian, I am responsible for supporting student success by teaching information literacy instruction in many different venues and modalities, providing research assistance, developing the library’s collections, and building relationships between the library and the university community with strategic outreach.

I am an advocate for student success and consciously bring this perspective to the conversation whether I am advocating for accessibility, cutting edge pedagogy, low-cost course materials, or antiracism and diversity. I recognize that what students experience outside of the classroom impacts their success inside of the classroom. My goal is to alleviate barriers to success that students experience from my unique positioning as a librarian.

What are some of your goals and/or plans to support the East Falls community?
Coming up first, I plan to establish an information literacy instruction program for the East Falls Campus. I also plan to build relationships with non-academic groups and organizations across campus to develop outreach programming. I want to open up the dialogue between the university community and the library so we can be receptive to students’ needs.

What is something you’d like the East Falls students and faculty in the College Humanities and Sciences to know about you and your role?
I specialize in teaching inclusive information literacy instruction through many modalities, including in-person, Zoom, Canvas, and learning objects such as live worksheets, tutorials, videos, and more. If you’re a faculty member in CHS, please feel free to contact me to learn about how I can support you and your students. If you’re a student looking for help with your research, please do not hesitate to reach out!

What do you think is the most important part of libraries, and why do we need libraries and librarians?
To me, the most important part of libraries is teaching information literacy. Information literacy is a critical skill in today’s society. We use it every time we navigate the world of information; whether we are completing a research assignment, scanning social media, or making sense of what’s going on in the world through the news.

We need libraries and librarians to provide access to and organize the world of information, as well as to assist us in learning how to navigate it.  

What’s something you like about the library or East Falls campus so far? 
I really like the architecture on this campus. The buildings are so unique!

We know that you’re probably just starting to explore all that Gutman has to offer, but have you come across a resource or collection that you’ve found interesting? 
A resource I have found in our collection that I can’t stop raving about is the ProQuest Research Companion (PRC). PRC is made up of online learning modules that cover core information literacy concepts. Learning modules include videos, quizzes, and other elements.

It’s an incredible asset to faculty that may be pressed for time and would still like to cover information literacy. It’s also useful for students that would like to sharpen their research skills independently. You can get to ProQuest Research Companion by navigating our Databases A-Z list.  

Is there anything you’d like to mention that we didn’t ask?
If you are ever trying to get in contact with me via email, please note that there is a 2 at the end of my name. Apparently, there is another person with my name at Jefferson! Anyways – please feel free to reach out. My email is

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Liz Declan, Scholarly Writing Specialist

If you’re writing for publication, the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC) is here for you. They know that writing and public speaking can be overwhelming. That’s why they offer one-on-one consultations, workshops, and writing retreats to assist in your goals.

And the OPWPC is growing! This January, Liz Declan, the new Scholarly Writing Specialist, joined the team. We caught up with Liz to learn how her previous position at the university is influencing her role in the Academic Commons and what interesting projects she’s working on now. Keep reading to learn more about Liz and how she can help you, and even find out what superhero movies she and her seven-year-old daughter have been watching. 

What’s your title, and when did you start working in the Academic Commons? 
I am a Scholarly Writing Specialist, and I began working in the Academic Commons in January of 2022.

Before joining the Academic Commons, you were a faculty member on the East Falls campus. Can you talk to us about that: what courses did you teach? What motivated your desire to transition to your current role? 
As an adjunct, I taught Introduction to Academic Writing, Written Communication, and Multimedia Communication. I love teaching, but my passion for writing extends to many fields. I wanted a transition into an editorial role, and this position was the perfect coalescence of these many interests.

Are there aspects of your previous position as an instructor that have been helpful as you transition into this new position?  
The transition has been wonderful! I am really enjoying the work I am doing, and I’m finding that there’s a great balance of drawing upon skills I came to the position with and learning new skills in the role. I’m a firm believer that teaching is an experience that lends itself to any other role or job, so yes, absolutely. One obvious difference is that rather than coaching a student to become a better writer, I am making direct changes to texts or suggesting revisions. 

Can you describe your role, Scholarly Writing Specialist, a bit? What does that title mean, and what types of projects are you working on? 
As a Scholarly Writing Specialist, it’s my job to help faculty, staff, and members of the Jefferson community with scholarly publications and communications. The bulk of what I do is edit drafts of scholarly articles to be submitted to journals, but I also provide feedback on posters and presentations.

What is an interesting, unique, or informative scholarly article you’ve reviewed so far?  
I recently read a few manuscripts on topics related to outreach and programming for people with autism, which is a topic I’m passionate about, so that was both informative and interesting. It’s really exciting to see subjects I’m invested in and that I think need more attention being written about for publication. There have been several manuscripts on race, gender/LGBTQ experience, and/or disability, all of which excited me.

What advice would you give to someone who may be feeling overwhelmed or a bit frustrated with the writing and editing process?
I think in terms of being overwhelmed or frustrated, just knowing you’re not alone in feeling that way is helpful. Even professionals who are writers by trade experience that because writing is difficult and what we want to say often gets lost in translation from brain to pen to paper (or brain to hand to keyboard). I will mention, though, that the OPWPC helps with every stage of the process, so if someone is stuck or frustrated, reaching out to work through an issue is a good idea.

How can someone get in touch with you if they are interested in your services?  
My email is That is the best way to reach me! In addition, you can visit our website for information on upcoming workshops on topics like time management and writing abstracts, to schedule a one-on-one consult, or to find out about upcoming writing retreats.

When you’re not supporting the Jefferson community with their professional writing and communications projects, what are a few things you like to do with your time?
I have a seven-year-old daughter, and we’ve recently been watching our way through the Marvel movies, which has been a delight. I am also working on a memoir. Those two areas (motherhood and my creative projects) tend to be where all my extra time goes.

Learn more about the OPWPC and get support with your writing and communications projects today.

It’s National Nutrition Month. Celebrate with these 5 resources.

March is National Nutrition Month, which is an annual campaign formed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Key messaging this year focuses on the importance of eating nutritious food, listening to dietitian nutritionists, and adding variety to your diet.

Take a look at these five resources below for information on infant and newborn nutrition, nutrition in clinical care, and sports nutrition.

Agriculture for Improved Nutrition

Diet and Nutrition in Critical Care

Newborn and Infant Nutrition: a Clinical Decision Support Chart

Nutrition Controversies [VIDEO]

Sports Nutrition for Health Professionals

Register now for Women Makers & Designers: Inside the Textile & Costume Collection (March 8 with Jade Papa)

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Jade Papa, curator of the Design Center and Adjunct Professor, on Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. This virtual event is open to the public.

Register now for “Women Makers & Designers: Inside the Textile and Costume Collection.” At the event, Jade Papa will give an insider’s look into the University’s historic collection, exploring pieces created by women makers and designers, including fashion designer Claire McCardell and textile designer Dorothy Liebes.

Following the presentation, stick around to ask questions about the collection. Learn more about the collection and register here. Check out Follow the Thread, a blog maintained by the Design Center staff and students, for weekly posts on the collection.

25 new eBooks: Sports Medicine, LGBTQ+ Reproductive Healthcare, Dermatology, etc.

We just added 25 eBooks to our digital collection, and new resources discuss topics including LGBTQ+ reproductive healthcare, diversity in dermatology, nutrition communication and education, and more. Read these eBooks to learn how to effectively talk to a science denier, design and present your best academic posters, provide the latest recommendations for treating infectious diseases in children, including COVID-19. 

Read the list below or browse the complete eBook collection at East Falls (Gutman) and Center City (Scott). 

2021 Nelson’s Pediatric Antimicrobial Therapy

Adult Physical Conditions: Intervention Strategies for Occupational Therapy Assistants

Behavioral and Mental Health Care Policy and Practice: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

Better Posters: Plan, Design and Present a Better Academic Poster

Bruce & Borg’s Psychosocial Frames of Reference: Theories, Models, and Approaches for Occupation-based Practice

Cara and MacRae’s Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: An Evolving Practice

Clinician’s Guide to LGBTQIA+ Care: Cultural Safety and Social Justice in Primary, Sexual, and Reproductive Healthcare

Communicating Nutrition: The Authoritative Guide

Developing Clinical Competence: A Workbook for the OTA

 Differential Diagnosis in Dermatology

Disability as Diversity: Developing Cultural Competence

 Dossey & Keegan’s Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice

Fifty Years of Findings from the Jefferson Longitudinal Study of Medical Education

 How to Talk to a Science Denier

Instrumentation for the Operating Room: A Photographic Manual

Internet of Medical Things: Enabling Technologies and Emerging Applications

Mastering Neuroscience: A Laboratory Guide

Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge

Occupation-Based Activity Analysis

Qualitative Research in Midwifery and Childbirth Phenomenological Approaches

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

Sports Medicine: Study Guide and Review for Boards

A Topical Approach to Life-Span Development

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness

Wearable/Personal Monitoring Devices Present to Future

Operation Beautiful & 5 Library Resources to Honor Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb 28 – March 4)

The last week in February marks an international awareness event called Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The goal is to educate people against the myths and misunderstandings around anorexia, bulimia, and other disordered eating.

We’re honoring Eating Disorders Awareness Week by participating in Operation Beautiful and highlighting five library resources on the topic.

Operation Beautiful
Support National Eating Disorders Awareness Week by participating in Operation Beautiful. Operation Beautiful is a project that encourages body positivity and self-confidence by encouraging people to leave positive, encouraging notes about body image in public places – like the library!

Visit the 2nd floor of Scott Library to find the interactive display where you can leave positive messages for others to see. Use the post-its to create positive and encouraging notes about body appreciation. Share your positive body messages by using #JeffOperationBeautiful and tagging us (@SMLibrary_TJU) and Jefferson (@JeffersonUniv) in your photos. Stop by the Recreation and Fitness Center in JAH to see more post-its.

Thanks to the Jefferson Division of Student Affairs for organizing this project at Jefferson.

Library Resources
Access the resources below to learn more about eating disorders in boys and men, assessment and treatment best practices, and trauma-informed approaches to eating disorders.

Complex Cases and Comorbidity in Eating Disorders

Dieting and Eating Disorders [VIDEO]

Eating Disorders in Boys and Men

Pocket Guide for the Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders

Trauma-Informed Approaches to Eating Disorders

Coping with COVID on the College Campus: Virtual & In-Person Event (March 8)

Join Jeffersonians on Tuesday, March 8, for a panel discussion on the psychological impact of the pandemic on college students, faculty, and staff. Hear perspectives of students, an administrator, and a psychologist. Learn about dealing with uncertainty; positives/negatives of online learning; stress and anxiety due to isolation, changed living environments, and more. Box lunch provided for those on-site.

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 12:30 – 2pm
Format: In-person (Kanbar) and Zoom

Register here

Note: Jefferson faculty/staff: Completing attendance at the “Coping with COVID” event fulfills one of the five program requirements to earn the 2023 wellness credit. Once completed, you can visit the Aetna wellness portal and self-report your participation under “Rewards” and “Emotional Wellbeing.”

Moderator: Evan Laine, MA, JD, Faculty Director, Arlen Specter Center; Director, Law & Society Program, Thomas Jefferson Univ. – East Falls


  • Henry Humphreys, PhD, Vice-Chancellor, Dean of Students, Thomas Jefferson University – East Falls
  • C. Virginia O’Hayer, MA, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Thomas Jefferson University – Center City
  • Julia Smith, BA, Advanced Student, MS in Community & Trauma Counseling Program, Thomas Jefferson University – East Falls

Think Before You Pin: Pinterest & Copyright (4 OF 4)

The following post is the final of four celebrating Fair Use Week. Check back all week as librarians from the Scott and Gutman libraries bring you stories highlighting the importance of fair use in the lives of students and faculty. Read Post 1, Post 2, and Post 3 to catch up on all things fair use.

Think Before You Pin: Pinterest & Copyright
By Daniel Verbit, MLIS, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Gutman Library

Fair use is a section of the copyright law also called Title 17 of the United States Code that governs the protection of works while promoting scholarship.

In support of Fair Use Week, I talked with Edward Weisz, Co-Chair of Patent Prosecution Practice, Cozen O’Conner. He specializes in intellectual property and has been interviewed in many publications, including Women’s Wear Daily, for his expertise.

How does the law decide if there was copyright infringement?
Attorney Weisz provides an excellent example in which a group of students sketched a bowl of fruit. The class would all have similar results, each slightly different, as they created their original work from the same source material. Furthermore, each student would have copyright over their version; however, if someone did not look at the bowl of fruit and copied off their neighbor’s sketchpad, that would be copyright infringement.

How does this work in practice?
It is easy to take an image and use it in a different capacity in the modern digital world. In Tylor v. Hawaiian Springs, LLC, a college student used a photograph taken by photographer Vincent Tylor for a mock advertisement as part of a homework assignment and posted it to her Pinterest page. This instance is considered fair use, as it was for academic purposes.  

Next, Hawaiian Springs, a bottled water company, re-posted this image on its commercial Pinterest page. The company also edited and used the image on its Facebook page without contacting the photographer. The picture included the photographer’s signature, so there was no question about who took the photo.

The photographer discovered this and filed for a judgment against the company. The company attempted to use a fair use defense; however, as it was used for commercial use, the fair use defense did not apply. The judge in the case also included that a defendant’s knowledge or intent is irrelevant to their liability for copyright infringement. (Tylor v. Hawaiian Springs, LLC, Civ. No. 17-00290 HG-KJM (D. Haw. Jul. 3, 2019)

The photographer sent a cease and desist letter to the defendant to take down the posts using his copyrighted images. The company took down the images, and the case was filed later.

Since the image had been registered in the copyright office, and the company did not contest that they used it and others for commercial purposes, the judgment favored the photographer.

Copyright registration is not needed to secure the copyright; however, registering the copyright increases the creator’s compensation if someone trespasses on their copyright.

Copyright and textiles
Copyrights can be registered for fabric designs, patterns, and cross-stitch graphs in textile design. To submit for copyright registration, the creator must formally submit a swatch. To see an example of fabric swatches, visit the Design Center.

For students designing new fabric swatches, Professor Marcia Weiss, Director of the Fashion & Textiles Futures Center, provides the following advice:

“Do not work with existing textiles to inspire other collections. Consider what inspired you about the original design, and use that as a foundation to create something that is uniquely yours.”

If you have questions about registering copyright for the work you created, the Free Library of Philadelphia is our local Patent & Trademark Resource Center. They are designated by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to help you research and support you in your quest to register a copyright.

Visit the Thomas Jefferson University Libraries research guide to learn more about copyright.

Fair Use and Fanfiction (3 OF 4)

The following post is the third of four celebrating Fair Use Week. Check back all week as librarians from the Scott and Gutman libraries bring you stories highlighting the importance of fair use in the lives of students and faculty. Read post 1 and post 2 to catch up on previous fair use articles.

Fair Use and Fanction
By Larissa Gordon, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Scott Memorial Library

The fair use doctrine comes into play every day in the life of university students, allowing them to quote sources in their papers and access educational materials shared by their instructors. Review this infographic from the Association of College and Research Libraries to see how constant a presence fair use is in their lives. However, for many of us, fair use can also be integral to the hobbies that we enjoy after the school day is over.  

Take, for example, the popular fanfiction website Archive of Our Own (A03), which has seen increased traffic due to the pandemic, earning view count numbers in the millions each day. Websites like A03 owe their continued existence to the fair use doctrine. Without this exception to copyright law, fan fiction as an activity and art form would not be possible, as it is based on the characters, stories, and worlds created by commercially published authors. As mentioned in a previous post, US copyright law gives the right to create derivative works exclusively to the authors who created that original work. On the surface, this would seem to make fanfiction a clear violation of the law.  

However, according to many lawyers, such as those associated with the Organization for Transformative Works, the nonprofit organization that runs the AO3 website and offers legal advice and assistance to fanfiction authors, fanfiction is absolutely legal under the fair use doctrine. Fanfiction is fair use as long as the work is “transformative,” meaning that the new author added content with new meaning and value to the original work. The derivative work must also be “noncommercial” in nature, meaning the author does not make any money from their fanfiction. These two ideas line up with two of the four previously mentioned principles of fair use, which look at the “nature” of the work and its effect on the market for the original work.   

Going a bit further, it is also useful to note that copyright law extends to fanfiction authors. These creators own the copyright to the content they added to the original work, just as the commercially published authors continue to own the content they created. This fact helps create a vibrant community where fanfiction authors create derivative works, not just of a commercially published work but also of the work of other fanfiction authors. Without fair use, this activity and the community that supports it would not legally exist. Thank you, fair use!  

Sources and further reading: 

Is Fanfiction Legal? 
The New York University Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law 

Copyright and Fanfiction: A Primer 
American Library Association, Office for Intellectual Freedom 

How to Keep Fanfiction Legal and Avoid Trouble with Lawyers
SyFy Channel Website 

Fanfiction: Crossing the Line from Infringement to Fair Use 
Loyola University Chicago School of Law Blog

Stay tuned to this blog for the rest of the week, as librarians bring you stories highlighting the importance of fair use in the lives of students and faculty. 

Using Creative Commons and Public Domain to Avoid Copyright Infringement (2 OF 4)

The following post is the second of four celebrating Fair Use Week. Check back all week as librarians from the Scott and Gutman libraries bring you stories highlighting the importance of fair use in the lives of students and faculty. Check out the first article.

Using Creative Commons and Public Domain to Avoid Copyright Infringement
By Daniel Verbit, MLIS, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Gutman Library

In the press, sometimes you hear about musicians suing each other for stealing songs or copying art. Universities have been sued by publishers and authors have sued Google for digitizing their work. These infringements happen most often because one party assumes they are borrowing a small enough portion of the other’s work without trespassing on their copyright. This concept of borrowing a small portion of another person’s copyrighted work is called fair use and it is a complex topic that derives from the Constitution. The Copyright Act later clarified fair use in 1976. 

In William Patry’s Treatise, Patry’s Fair Use, the preface opens with “Fair use is good for creativity and innovation.” While fair use supports creativity, there is no easy way to determine what is fair use, and it’s a complicated legal question that can only be fully decided in court. But there are two tools that can help you avoid deciding if something is fair use: public domain and creative commons. 

Public Domain and Creative Commons
Public domain is a legal term for materials that are no longer covered by copyright. An example of public domain is when copyright has expired, or a creator decides to allow their work to be used freely for anyone to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon in any medium or format, with no conditions.

The other type of copyright licensing is creative commons (CC), which comes in many forms. CC licensing is inspired by creators’ willingness to share their content for public use. Each creator can choose a licensing method that works for them. According to the creative commons website, “One goal of CC is to increase the amount of openly licensed creativity in ‘the commons’ — the body of work freely available for legal use, sharing, repurposing, and remixing. Through the use of CC licenses, millions of people around the world have made their photos, videos, writing, music, and other creative content available for any member of the public to use.”

CC licensing has been around for years, and there are over two billion items licensed. These vary in formats and types of media, including journals and books.

Finding Images and Music
If you are looking for an image to use or adapt for any use, you can use the creative commons without contacting the original creator.

How do you find these resources? They can be found on websites you may already be familiar with, such as Flickr, bandcamp and WikiCommons.  

Flickr is a site that hosts images from different creators. On Flickr, you can narrow your search based on what you would like to do with an image. For instance, you can filter for “Commercial Use allowed” if you want an image you can use for student club outfits without violating copyright.

This selection will include images that the creator has shared and are permitted to use. Six different types of licenses are available, which vary depending on permissions. Be sure to look at each license to understand what they require. For example, credit must be given to a creator when that creator has assigned a CC license.  

Suppose you are looking for music for an immersive installation or your portfolio slideshow. In that case, you can easily filter on bandcamp to find a piece that works for you. To hear more about music and fair use from the perspective of those in the music industry, check out this podcast.

Sharing Your Work
Creative commons is successful because creators believe in sharing their work. If you create new work and want to share it with the world to reuse, adapt, or remix, visit the creative commons website. Find the license that works best for you and help continue the cycle.

Learn More
If you have questions about copyright, fair use, or creative commons, visit our guide.

What is Fair Use Week? (1 OF 4)

The following post is the first of four celebrating Fair Use Week. Check back all week as librarians from the Scott and Gutman libraries bring you stories highlighting the importance of fair use in the lives of students and faculty. Read Post 2, Post 3, and Post 4, to learn more about fair use.

What is Fair Use Week?
By Larissa Gordon, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Scott Memorial Library

The 9th annual Fair Use Week celebration begins today (Feb. 21st, 2022). This event is sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), a nonprofit membership organization supporting major public and private libraries.  According to the Fair Use Week website, this celebration is a time for libraries to “promote and discuss the opportunities presented” by the doctrine of fair use. 

Section 106 of the U.S. Copyright Act (title 17, U.S. Code) gives authors the exclusive right to distribute, display, and perform their creative works, and to create derivative works based on their original work. This means that individuals seeking to use an author’s work in these ways must first get permission from that author, as long as the work in question remains under copyright.  

Copyright law was initially developed to encourage creators to produce works by ensuring that creators would be able to earn an income from their work. However, if copyright law were to be applied rigidly, it would end up stifling many forms of media that we take for granted, such as news reporting, artistic criticism, research, and parody. It would also negatively impact educational settings by severely restricting what information educators could use in the classroom for instruction. 

Fair use was designed to function as a limitation on copyright law, making the law more flexible than it would have been if strictly applied. The fair use doctrine allows limited use of a copyrighted work under certain situations, making the above-mentioned forms of media possible. However, so that it can be truly flexible, the fair use doctrine does not lay out perfectly clear absolutes when it comes to telling us exactly how much of another creator’s work we can safely use.  

Instead, it presents four factors that must be considered in determining whether a particular use is “fair use.” Those factors require users to consider the overall purpose of the use, the nature of the original work, the amount of the work reproduced, and the effect of the new work upon the potential market for the original work. More detailed information on these four factors and how to apply them can be found on the US government copyright website. According to the copyright office, fair use violations are determined by the courts on a “case-by-case basis,” depending on to the unique facts of each situation. 

This is one reason why it is impossible for librarians to offer specific advice on copyright law. The law itself is not specific. A lot depends on the user’s intent, and it is the user who needs to self-evaluate their application of the fair use doctrine. However, librarians can help by providing tools and guidance, such as this guide on copyright from the Thomas Jefferson University Libraries. At an individual consultation, a librarian familiar with copyright and fair use can provide one-on-one guidance and support. 

Stay tuned to this blog for the rest of the week, as librarians bring you stories highlighting the importance of fair use in the lives of students and faculty. 

5 resources on cardiovascular disease to check out this American Heart Month

February marks American Heart Month, which is a time bring awareness to cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and stroke. American Heart Month encourages people to focus on their heart health by learning about managing blood pressure and stress, proper exercise and diet, and more.

Did you know?

  • One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease (CDC)
  • Heart disease costs the United States about $363 billion each year (CDC)
  • Nearly 48% of African American women and 44% of African American men have some form of heart disease (The Heart Foundation)

Check out the resources below from the library to learn more about cardiovascular disease. Access the CDC’s American Heart Month Toolkit for more.

Cardiovascular Disease in Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations

Healthcare Information Technology for Cardiovascular Medicine

HST-MT: Medical Terminology of the Cardiovascular System Pt. 1 [VIDEO]

Pediatric Cardiology: How It Has Evolved over the Last 50 Years

Pharmacotherapeutic Management of Cardiovascular Disease Complications: a Textbook for Medical Students

Love Data Week 2022 – Celebrating Data, Improving Data Management, and Increasing Productivity through LabArchives Research Notebook

Love Data Week (February 14 – 18, 2022) is an international celebration of data that aims to promote good data practices while building and engaging a community around topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, and reuse. Join LabArchives for a weeklong series of events dedicated to helping you improve the organization of your data while taking steps towards better overall data management through the LabArchives Research Notebook.

Pick and choose the sessions below that interest you or attend all for a comprehensive look at LabArchives and how you can improve your research data management regimen. New this year are sessions on LabArchives Inventory.

Introductions and recordings
For new users or those in need of a refresher, LabArchives offers weekly webinars on the professional edition and inventory tool for researchers and the classroom edition for educators. Register or watch past webinar recordings.

Creating Templates to Standardize the Collection and Management of Data (45 minutes)
LabArchives recommends using templates to create a consistent entry format for documenting and tracking information. Templates can be made from reusable pages or entries that can easily be copied to 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.

Wednesday, February 16, 10:00 a.m.
Register here

Best Practices and Tips for Establishing Your Notebook’s Structure (30 minutes)
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 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.

Tuesday, February 15, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 17, 10:00 a.m.

Register here

LabArchives Inventory (45 minutes)
This session is intended for new users that want to learn how LabArchives Inventory streamlines the organization, tracking, and ordering of lab inventory. Whether you need to order inventory from a vendor or manage your in-lab created materials, LabArchives Inventory provides a simple and customizable solution for your physical inventory management needs. During the session, learn how to customize inventory types and storage locations, add and manage lab inventory items, and use the ordering options to request and receive materials.

This webinar is offered every week. Register here.

Open Office Hours and Drop-in Consults (60 minutes)
Bring your questions (big or small) to this session and meet directly with LabArchives team members. They will be available for quick screen shares for feature questions and demos, and to discuss best practices and tips that are most relevant to you. Drop-in any time during the hour. Registration is required. Not a good time for you? Set up consults directly through the support team at

Wednesday, February 16, 1:00 p.m.
Register here

NEW RESOURCE: Video Projector Kits now available for students at Scott Library

If you’re a student looking for an easy way to display and share your videos, images, or notes for group study, check out our new Video Projector Kits!

Kits are available to borrow from Scott Library’s Circulation Desk. Kits can be used anywhere on the Center City campus but should not be taken off campus.  

Who can borrow? Current Jefferson Students
For how long?
1 full day, must be returned one hour before the circulation desk closes
How much is the overdue fine? $25/hour
How do I borrow?
Visit Scott Library’s Circulation Desk with your Student ID

Each kit includes:

  • Projector
  • HDMI cable
  • Power strip
  • Power cable
  • USB C HDMI adapter
  • Lightning HDMI adapter
  • Lightning cable

Projectors will connect to most laptops with HDMI, to iPhones and iPads with Lightning ports, and to devices with USB C video or Thunderbolt ports.

Many study rooms on campus are already configured to support projection! The following rooms are configured with a monitor on the wall, which can easily connect to your device:

            10 group study rooms in Scott Memorial Library

            Jefferson Alumni Hall (JAH) M21, M23, M24 and M25

Reserve a study room.

In addition to projector kits, the library can provide HDMI cables and device adapters that connect to a wide range of personal devices. To learn more about what tools the library has to support group study, contact us at (215) 503-6995 or

Science Communication Series: Social Media, Science Advocacy, Presentation Skills, and more

This joint series is brought to you by the College of Life Sciences, the Department of Marketing and Communications, the Graduate Student Association, and the Academic Commons’ Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC). Sessions are virtual and open to all. Attend and participate to earn a Jefferson Science Communication Certificate.

Attendance will grant you one point toward the Science Communication Certificate. Completing the writing test or answering the interview questions will grant you three additional points. Submitting an assignment late will grant you two points instead of three. Please see attached flyers for this Career Panel and the Science Communications Series Certificate program.

Science Advocacy
Thursday, May 5
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
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Learn strategies to get public and government support for your science or your cause. Hear from Kristin Anderson, PhD, and Ed Bilsky, PhD, as they discuss science advocacy. Check out this flyer to learn more.

Presentation Skills: Body Language Workshop
Monday, May 9
12 – 1 p.m.
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Discover the nuances of what body language communicates in presentations, learn the importance of body language across cultures, and explore how to use your non-verbal skills to communicate research more effectively. Check out this flyer to learn more and sign up.

3-Minute Thesis Competition

Train to tell your science story in three minutes. Present your talk or attend and cheer on competing PhD candidates.

Questions? Contact Learn more about the Science Outreach & Communication Initiative.