Category Archives: Gutman News

LabArchives Research Edition Virtual User Group and Bootcamp: October 25 – 29

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!

Learn more and register for the Bootcamp Training Sessions and the Virtual User Group Event.

Can’t make it? Regularly scheduled trainings and recordings of past sessions are available. Would you like to present at a future user group event? Contact

Check out these 5 resources for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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.

Breast Cancer in Young Women

Breast MRI Interpretation: Text and Online Case Analysis for Screening and Diagnosis

Common Issues in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Practical Guide to Evaluation and Management

Management of Early Stage Breast Cancer: Basics and Controversies

Treatment for Two: Breast Cancer during Pregnancy

Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) Quarterly Report: July – September 2021 Now Available

Another quarter has passed, which means it is time to look back at what we accomplished this summer. Check out the latest quarterly report to view the work of your colleagues.

Over the last three months the JDC had:

  • 330 works posted
  • 4,808 streams
  • 197 countries visit the site
  • 6,628 institutions access content

This quarterly report includes:

  • Articles
  • Data Sets
  • Dissertations
  • Grand Rounds and Lectures
  • JCPH Capstone Presentations
  • Jefferson Research Newsletter
  • Journals and Newsletters
  • Posters
  • What People are Saying About the Jefferson Digital Commons

Check out the quarterly report now!

Point Papers from the 1930s-1970s join Gutman’s Textile Industry Historical Collection

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.

Jefferson Humanities Forum: A Conversation with Yaa Gyasi on October 12

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 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. 

Check out this flyer to learn more.

Visit the Jefferson Libraries to access a copy of Yaa Gyasi’s books:

This event is free and open to the public. The event is co-presented with the Philadelphia University Honors Institute at Thomas Jefferson University. 

October eBooks: 25 new titles on the climate crisis and environmental health, labor and delivery nursing, MRI pathology, and more

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).

100 Questions & Answers About Coronaviruses

Advanced Practice Nursing: Essential Knowledge for the Profession

Crowley’s an Introduction to Human Disease: Pathology and Pathophysiology

CT and MRI Pathology

Designing Babies: How Technology is Changing the Ways We Create Children

Equipment for Respiratory Care

The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis

Health Insurance and Managed Care: What They Are and How They Work

Health Program Planning and Evaluation: A Practical, Systematic Approach for Community Health

Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy: The Matrix Method

Labor and Delivery Nursing: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice

Maxwell’s Understanding Environmental Health: How We Live in the World

Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason and the Gap Between Us and Them

Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear

Novick & Morrow’s Public Health Administration: Principles for Population-Based Management

Nursing Diagnosis Manual: Planning, Individualizing, and Documenting Client Care

Pathophysiology: A Practical Approach

Philosophy and Occupational Therapy: Informing Education, Research, and Practice

Physical Intelligence: The Science of How the Body and the Mind Guide Each Other Through Life

Professional Ethics in Athletic Training: Practicing and Leading with Integrity

Top 100 Drugs in Midwifery and Women’s Health

The Undocumented Americans

Unsustainable Inequalities: Social Justice and the Environment

Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret

Where is the Mango Princess?

Celebrate Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month with these short stories, eBooks, and journals

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. 

Articles & Short Stories

All Her Names

The Complexity of the “x” in Latinx: How Latinx/a/o Students Relate to, Identify With, and Understand the Term Latinx

The Latino-ness of type: making design identities socially significant

Mauro and Elena

Sugar Works

Jefferson authors

Barrio art: Telling the story of Latino Philadelphia through murals

Ensuring Racial Equity in Midwifery Education Programs: Beginning Steps for Midwifery Education

The Role of Different TV Storytelling Approaches in Engaging U.S. Hispanic Parents and Caregivers Around Early Childhood Development


Cosmopolitanism in Mexican visual culture

Digital Humanities in Latin America

The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America

Latinx Literature Unbound: Undoing Ethnic Expectation

Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History

Learning to Be Latino: How Colleges Shape Identity Politics

Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets

Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, and Utopia

Understanding the Latinx Experience: Developmental and Contextual Influences

Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora


Centro Journal

The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

Journal of Latinx Psychology

Latino Studies

FALL BOOK CLUB: Learn how to bring your scholarship to the masses as we read “The Engaged Scholar” Thursdays this fall

“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 to 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.

Faculty Development Opportunity: Earn Your Online Teaching Certificate (provided by the Higher Educational Emergency Relief Funds)

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.

Quality Matters

There are seven courses required to earn the Teaching Online Certificate from Quality Matters (QM).

Title of the seven courses:

Gauging Your Technology Skills

Evaluating Your Course Design

Exploring Your Institution’s Policies

Orienting Your Online Learners

Connecting Learning Theories to Your Teaching Strategies

Creating Presence in Your Online Course

Assessing Your Learners

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).

Titles of the four courses:

Designing Student-Centered Courses

Creating an Inclusive & Supportive Online Learning Environment

Promoting Active Learning Online

Inspiring Inquiry & Preparing Lifelong Learners in Your Online Course

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.

Course Schedules

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.

Quality Matters Schedule

Course NameDurationWhen Offered
Gauging Your Technology Skills1 weekNov 24 – Dec 1
Dec 1 – Dec 8
Jan 5 – Jan 12
Jan 19 – Jan 26
Jan 26 – Feb 2
Feb 16 – Feb 23
Evaluating Your Course Design2 weeksNov 24 – Dec 8
Dec 1 – Dec 15
Jan 12 – Jan 26
Feb 2 – Feb 16
Feb 23 – March 9
Creating Presence in Your Online Courses2 weeksNov 24 – Dec 8
Dec 1 – Dec 15
Feb 9 – Feb 23
March 2 – March 16
March 23 – Apr 6
Apr 13- Apr 15
Orientating Your Online Learners1 weekDec 1 – Dec 8
Jan 5 – Jan 12
Connecting Learning Theories to Your Teaching Strategies2 weeksDec 1 – Dec 15
March 9 – March 23
March 30 – April 13
Assessing Your Learners1 weekDec 1 – Dec 8
Dec 8 – Dec 15
Jan 12 – Jan 19
Exploring Your Institution’s Policies2 weekDec 1 – Dec 15
Jan 5 – Jan 19
Jan 26 – Feb 9
Feb 16 – March 2

ACUE Schedule

Course nameDurationWhen offered
Creating an Inclusive and Supportive [Online] Learning Environment6-8 weeks
Jan 22
March 26
June 4
Promoting Active Learning [Online]6-8 weeksJan 22
March 26
June 4
Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners [In Your Online Course]6-8 weeks
Jan 22
March 26
June 4
Designing Student-Centered Courses6-8 weeks
Jan 22
March 26
June 4

How do I register?

To sign up for QM, complete the online registration process on the QM website. Enter your Jefferson email address when signing up, and the Academic Commons will receive the invoice for payment.

To sign up for ACUE, complete the online registration process. Enter the Scott Memorial Library address (1020 Walnut Street, Scott Memorial Library, Philadelphia, PA 19107) as the billing address.

Forward the email you receive from ACUE titled “Congratulations on your acceptance (ACUE Open Enrollment Course) to for payment.

For more information, contact Dr. Anthony Frisby at

YOU’RE INVITED: Snacks, games, and resources at CAMPUS CATCH UP on September 28

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.

Connect with communication experts in the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC) to learn how they can support your publishing and public speaking goals.

We can’t wait to catch up with you on Tuesday, September 28!

September eBooks: New resources on climate change, nutrition, mental health equity, 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).

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

Assistive Technology to Support Inclusive Education

Branding Bud: The Commercialization of Cannabis

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents

Design Sprint: A Practical Guidebook for Building Great Digital Products

Exercised: Why Something We Never evolved to do is Healthy and Rewarding

Forecasting Catastrophic Events in Technology, Nature and Medicine

Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

The Future of Nutrition: An Insider’s Look at the Science, Why We Keep Getting It Wrong, and How to Start Getting It Right

Gynecologic Health Care: With an Introduction to Prenatal and Postpartum Care

Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: Healthcare and Industrial Applications

Natures’ Palette: A Color Reference System from the Natural World

The Neurodiverse Workplace: An Employer’s Guide to Managing and Working with Neurodivergent Employees, Clients and Customers

The Pencil: a History of Design and Circumstance

Plasma Science: Enabling Technology, Sustainability, Security, and Exploration

Plastics Industry 4.0: Potentials and Applications in Plastics Technology

The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis

Rehabilitation Techniques for Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights

Simulation and Game-Based Learning in Emergency and Disaster Management

Social (In)justice and Mental Health

Supporting Neurodiverse College Student Success: A Guide for Librarians, Student Support Services, and Academic Learning Environments

Quick Reference Dictionary for Occupational Therapy

A World Beyond Physics: The Emergence and Evolution of Life

Time Management & Professional Writing Workshops: Sign Up Now

As you settle into the fall 2021 semester and set your writing and publishing goals for the year, let the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC) help.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Learn more about the OPWPC and how we can help you.

FALL 2021 WORKSHOPS: Faculty Development, Time Management, Professional Writing, Research Impact, & more

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.
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.
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.
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.

Systematic Reviewers: Get to Know PRISMA 2020 and PRISMA-S

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.

To consult with a Jefferson librarian about your review project, please e-mail (Abington/Center City, Scott Library) or (East Falls, Gutman Library)

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) reaches its 6 millionth download!

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) is Jefferson’s open access institutional repository that helps you share your scholarly work with the world.

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

Explore the JDC and submit your research now!