LabArchives will be holding their popular Virtual User Group for researchers on Monday, October 25, 2 PM ET. Ask questions and hear from researchers at other institutions on how they use the electronic research notebook.
During LabArchives Research Edition Bootcamp, pick and choose from several topics offered multiple times to learn how you can organize your research, control access to your data, and get Notebook fit in one week!
Every October, people worldwide celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a chance to show their support for those affected by breast cancer and bring awareness to breast cancer symptoms, care, and research.
To honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, check out these five resources available via the University Libraries.
New collection alert! Check out the new additions to the Gutman Library’s Textile Industry Historical Collection – the Point Papers. The Point Papers collection includes over 1,000 swatches of hand-drawn, hand-painted point papers, croquis, and design repeats from the 1930s-1970s. The materials were donated by the Northampton Textile Company, a textile manufacturer once located in Mount Holly, New Jersey.
“Point papers” refer to a type of design painted by textile designers on graph paper or hand-drawn grids and translated into woven fabric by textile manufacturers before the advent of computer assisted design. The items fall into the two main categories of “point papers” (on graph paper) and design croquis (painted sketches), and all have been executed by hand, often with penciled-in notes about weave patterns, pattern repeats, or other instructions. Learn more about point papers and Edna Leonhardt, one of the designers featured in the collection, on the Follow the Thread blog.
Browse the collection to view the point papers and, when available, learn information about a point paper’s creation date (estimates), designer’s name, and a brief description. We encourage you to check back often as we’ll continue to upload more point papers in the future.
Join Jefferson Humanities on Tuesday, October 12, for a special event with author Yaa Gyasi:
Jefferson Humanities Forum “Origins” presents Yaa Gyasi Tuesday, October 12, 7-8 p.m., via Zoom Register at yaa-gyasi.eventbrite.com
Yaa Gyasi is the author of Homegoing, one of the most celebrated debuts of 2016. A riveting, kaleidoscopic novel, Homegoing is a story of race, history, ancestry, love, and time that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Africa across three hundred years in Ghana and America. Her follow-up novel, Transcendent Kingdom, is a raw and intimate novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama that layers themes of loss, mental illness, and representation in STEM fields––challenging our notions of who or what a scientist is, and how they might look or think. Born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Gyasi is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and lives in Berkeley, California. She is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.
Happy October! This month we added 25 eBooks to our electronic collection and the new additions span a range of topics, including climate change and the impact of the environment on social justice, midwifery and nursing care, public health administration, and more.
Browse the additions below or check out our complete eBook collection online here (Gutman/East Falls) and here (Scott/Center City).
It’s National Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month! The goal of the month-long celebration is to honor the respective cultures and histories of the Latinx/Hispanic community and appreciate the positive impact and influence that Hispanic Americans have on our country. It’s a time to recognize, educate, and celebrate Latinx culture. At the library, we’re highlighting resources to educate our community around Latinx authors and issues.
“Society and democracy are ever threatened by the fall of fact. Rigorous analysis of facts, the hard boundary between truth and opinion, and fidelity to reputable sources of factual information are all in alarming decline.”
– Andrew Hoffman, The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World, 2021
How do we fix this and bring your scholarship to the masses?
Join Daniel Verbit of the Academic Commons and Gutman Library and Chris Pastore of the Center for Faculty Development and Nexus Learning as we continue our scholarly reading group. This fall, we’ll be reading and discussing The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World (Andrew Hoffman, Stanford University Press, 2021) on Thursdays from 1:30-2:15 p.m. via Zoom. Each week, starting October 7, we will discuss a chapter and how to be a more engaged scholar. The book club will run consecutively until Thursday, November 18.
Taking the lead from the book, we will discuss ways to bring your area of research outside the silos of your discipline. Other topics will focus on the limitations of the academic reward system and the scholarly uses of social media. We anticipate book club discussions will facilitate critical self-reflection and promote professional vitality.
All are welcome to join, but limited slots will be available to facilitate small group discussions. After capacity is reached, the sessions will be locked, so please register in advance by emailing Daniel.Verbit@jefferson.eduto save your spot. If you are committed to attending, we will have a limited number of copies of the book available to pick up in East Falls in October. Participants may also purchase a copy on their own from any bookseller.
The federal government recently awarded Thomas Jefferson University Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on a needs assessment conducted with faculty and feedback from deans and other academic leaders, the University’s Digital Learning Initiative earmarked a portion of those funds for faculty development.
Specifically, the University released funds to support any educator interested and committed to improving their online teaching skills. Faculty can self-select asynchronous micro-courses from one of two providers—Quality Matters (QM) or the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE).
Both programs provide evidence-based practices and strategies that will empower faculty to design impactful online courses and ensure student success today and in the future.
Both programs are
Available fully online
Offered through the year
Delivered through a facilitated faculty community
Designed for all educators seeking to improve their online teaching skills
The University invites all Jefferson educators to take advantage of this professional development opportunity at no personal cost.
There are seven courses required to earn the Teaching Online Certificate from Quality Matters (QM).
The duration of each course ranges between 1 week and 3 weeks. Learners could earn their certification in as little as 11 weeks if they were to complete the courses sequentially. Use the links above to explore individual course titles, learning objectives, and course duration.
Effective Online Teaching, written by Tina Stavredes, is required reading for the QM program. Jefferson Libraries offers it as an eBook, available via the library website. A hard copy of Effective Online Teaching is available at Gutman Library.
Faculty who complete the four ACUE micro-credentials will earn the ACUE Certificate in Effective College Instruction, endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
ACUE awards separate micro-credentials for each of the four courses that constitute the Effective College Instruction certificate. ACUE classes begin with a 75-minte synchronous virtual session on Saturdays.
They recommend that participants budget 2-3 hours per week or 12-18 hours total to complete the assigned coursework, including reading, application, and reflection. ACUE micro-courses run between 6-8 weeks. If taken sequentially, learners could earn the ACUE certification in 8 months.
Which certification program is right for me?
Choosing the right program will depend on your time availability and preferred area of concentration within the program. QM is the recognized leader in online teaching certification, and its courses are focused on the mechanics of online learning. The ACUE program provides a liberal arts approach to the course contents but is an in-depth program that will require more time to complete.
Take a look at the Online Certificate Training Schedules table below for a snapshot of the QM and ACUE courses. Each course name is a clickable link with more details and additional training dates.
Welcome back, TJU! Celebrate the start of the semester with the Academic Commons. Stop by outside of the Gutman Library on Tuesday, September 28, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. to catch up, enjoy some snacks, and learn about what’s new at the library.
Play games and trivia to test your Jefferson knowledge, and you could win an Amazon or Wawa gift card and other prizes. Grab some candy and treats and hear about new library resources.
Faculty, staff, and researchers:
Meet DaVonne Rooney, Director of the Gutman Library, and catch up with Gutman librarians to discuss ways the library can support your students in the classroom and beyond.
Learn about instructional design support to assist with course design/development and hear about support resources on educational technologies like Canvas, Nearpod, Voicethread, and more.
As we settle into the start of a new season and semester, what better time to share 25 new eBooks? This month’s additions include eBooks on nutrition, sex workers’ rights, prenatal and postpartum care, emergency and disaster management, and more.
Check out the list below or browse our complete eBook collection here (Gutman/East Falls) or here (Scott/Center City).
OPWPC workshops will give you the tools to succeed at every step of the publication process. Get strategies to turn your work into a publishable manuscript, find the time to prioritize your writing, and learn best practices to deal with reviewers’ comments and feedback on your submitted work.
All workshops will be held virtually. Descriptions and registration links are below. If you’re unable to join a workshop, schedule a one-on-one consultation with the OPWPC experts.
Turn Your Thesis into a Publishable Manuscript Wednesday, September 15, 12 – 1 p.m. REGISTER HERE
Turning your thesis into a journal article lets you share your research with a wider audience. In this workshop, you’ll learn about efficient strategies to modify your thesis for publication and resources that can help you in this process.
Find the Time: Time Management Wednesday, September 22, 1 – 2 p.m. REGISTER HERE
This session will give you tools and strategies to begin finding the time to do things that you value. Learn how to evaluate what you spend time doing, prioritize activities using the Eisenhower matrix, and determine ways to protect your time.
Responding to Reviewers’ Comments Wednesday, October 13, 1 – 2 p.m. REGISTER HERE
In this workshop, we’ll look at ways to make the process of responding to reviewers’ comments less painful and more productive. Learn how to interpret and respond to reviewers’ comments using a simple tool.
As you return to the classroom, lecture hall, or research lab and start setting your goals for the year, let the Academic Commons help! Our fall 2021 workshops cover various topics, including time management, video recording and editing, publishing your scholarly work, and more.
All workshops will be held virtually and are open to all. Browse our workshops below and register online. Check out this digital clickable flyer, and feel free to share it with colleagues and teammates!
Responding to Reviewers’ Comments Wednesday, October 13, 1 – 2 p.m. REGISTER HERE In this workshop, we’ll look at ways to make the process of responding to reviewers’ comments less painful and more productive. Learn how to interpret and respond to reviewers’ comments using a simple tool.
Leveraging Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Pedagogy to Support Students & Promote Educational Equity Tuesday, October 26, 12 – 1 p.m. REGISTER HERE The use of Open Educational Resources (OER) is growing. At this session learn the reasons behind the increased interest in OER, get tips on how to search for OER resources effectively, and find out how the library can support you in using OER.
Evidence Synthesis for Evidence-Based Teaching Friday, October 29, 12 – 1 p.m. REGISTER HERE This workshop will show you how to find evidence synthesis publications about teaching practices. Learn options for publishing evidence synthesis projects on education topics, such as the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) Collaboration.
The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) was first published in 2009. Since then, this evidence-based checklist has provided guidance to researchers in health science-related fields, helping researchers improve the reporting quality of systematic reviews, which prior research found was often lacking.
Recently, updated guidelines in the form of a PRISMA 2020 statement and accompanying documents were made available. These resources replace the 2009 version of PRISMA, and include guidance that reflect changes in technology, terminology, our understanding of research bias, and changes in the professional publication process. Among the changes and additions are the inclusion of statements of competing interests, information about data sharing, more detailed reporting of search strategies and excluded studies, and a restructuring of the flow diagram.
Extensions were created soon after the development of the original PRISMA document to facilitate the reporting of different aspects of systematic and other reviews. A new extension, PRISMA for Searching, PRISMA S, includes a checklist of 16 items along with an accompanying Explanation and Elaboration document that provides guidance designed to help authors conduct a search that is transparent, well documented, and easily replicable. As the article introducing PRISMA-S to the scholarly community stated, “incomplete reporting of the literature search methods can introduce doubt and diminish trust in the final systematic review….If researchers are unable to understand or reproduce how information was gathered….they may suspect the authors of…not conducting a thorough….literature search.”
Thomas Jefferson University librarians are excited by the introduction of this new extension and are ready to help researchers adhere to PRISMA-S guidelines in their systematic review projects.
The goal of the JDC is to help Jefferson faculty, staff, researchers, and students promote their scholarly work by sharing it broadly, both with the Jefferson community and around the world. Posting your work to the JDC connects you with other researchers and professionals in your field of study and allows you to grow and measure the impact of your work.
That’s why we’re excited to announce that the JDC celebrated its six millionth download earlier this month! The JDC collection includes over 20,000 articles, historical materials, conference posters, and more. If you aren’t yet sharing your scholarly work with the JDC, do it today.
Most Recent Download: “The Significance of a Triple Flexion Reflex in the Acute Spinal Cord Injured Patient: A Case Report and Review of the Literature” Read it here
Top 10 Downloads (of all time): include “A Case Study of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” and “The Management of Performance Anxiety with Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Agents” Check out the complete list
Most Recent Additions Include: “Returning to Sport: Female Athletes Living with and beyond Cancer” and “From theory to practice: what global health practitioners need to know about social norms and narrative interventions” Check out the complete list