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CTL Announces Faculty Book Club

January 28th, 2015

Teaching Naked book coverThe Center for Teaching & Learning announces its first book selection for a new faculty book group to encourage conversation about teaching and learning at Thomas Jefferson University:

Bowen, J.A. (2012). Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

“You’ve heard about “flipping your classroom”—now find out how to do it! Introducing a new way to think about higher education, learning, and technology that prioritizes the benefits of the human dimension. José Bowen recognizes that technology is profoundly changing education and that if students are going to continue to pay enormous sums for campus classes, colleges will need to provide more than what can be found online and maximize “naked” face-to-face contact with faculty. Here, he illustrates how technology is most powerfully used outside the classroom, and, when used effectively, how it can ensure that students arrive to class more prepared for meaningful interaction with faculty. Bowen offers practical advice for faculty and administrators on how to engage students with new technology while restructuring classes into more active learning environments.” (

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JDC Celebrates 10 years!

January 21st, 2015

Do you remember what you were doing on January 13, 2005? Probably not, but on that date the Scott Memorial Library activated their institutional repository, the Jefferson Digital Commons. Yes, it has been a decade since the JDC hit the internet.

Growth has been steady

  • Total published submissions: 9,458
  • Total downloads: 2,080,039
  • Total number of series: 159

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Mindfulness in the Workplace: Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds, February 3rd

January 21st, 2015

The next Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds will be on Tuesday, February 3rd  from 8:00 – 9:00 am in the 2nd Floor Board Room of 925 Chestnut Street. Diane Reibel, Ph.D. will be presenting on the topic “Mindfulness in the Workplace: Current Research.” Dr. Reibel is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and Director of the Mindfulness Institute at the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She has been teaching mindfulness-based stress reduction for over 20 years in health care, educational and corporate settings. Dr. Reibel’s research on mindfulness is published and widely cited in both scientific journals and the popular press.

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Jefferson Book Club Selection for March: Orphan Train

January 21st, 2015

Obook coverrphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, the 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia selection, is the March 2015 selection for the Jefferson Book Club. The goal of One Book, One Philadelphia is to promote reading, literacy, and libraries, and to encourage the entire greater Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book.

Orphan Train is the compelling story of Vivian, a 91-year-old widow once orphaned as a child, and Molly, a troubled teen who has been shuffled from one unstable foster home to another. The two women develop a bond, with Vivian treasuring her Irish immigrant roots and Molly finding comfort in her ancestral Native American tradition. The novel sheds light on an era when thousands of orphaned children were taken from crowded cities to face uncertain futures in the rural Midwest and connects with the importance of heritage and memories in shaping who we are, the value of intergenerational relationships, and the fundamental power of family. The Library Journal calls it, “A compelling story about loss, adaptability, and courage… With compassion and delicacy Kline presents a little-known chapter of American history.”

Join your colleagues for a discussion of Orphan Train on Thursday, March 12th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in room 200A, Scott. All students, faculty and staff welcome. Lunch will be provided. Copies of the book are available for sale at the Jefferson Book Store and for loan at Scott Memorial Library. If you’re not already a member, please take a moment to join. Please RSVP to

From DNA to Beer: NLM Exhibit at Scott Library 1/19 to 2/28

January 13th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine, in cooperation with the National Museum of American History, is pleased to present the traveling exhibition, From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry. On view at Scott Memorial Library from January 19th to February 28th, the exhibition explores some of the processes, problems, and potentials inherent in technologies that use life.

era of antibioticsMicrobes—tiny organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye—have altered human history. Life forms such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds can cause sickness or restore health, and help produce foods and beverages for our consumption. Scientists, in partnership with industry, have developed techniques to harness the powers of these microbes. In recent years, headline-grabbing technologies have used genetically modified bacteria to manufacture new medicines. Drawing from the collections of the National Museum of American History and the National Library of Medicine, From DNA to Beer will help to promote public understanding of the dynamic relationship between microbes, technology, and science and medicine.

The six-banner traveling exhibition presents these case studies of major scientific and medical accomplishments in the fields of biotechnology while showcasing the union with industry in how to best market and produce such discoveries to the public at large.

This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Visit the exhibition website.

Make Time for Writing in the New Year

January 7th, 2015

Is “write more” one of your New Year’s resolutions? Are you paralyzed by the amount of work needed to publish your research? Are half-finished manuscripts gathering dust on your desk? The Writing Café at Scott Memorial Library provides two chances every week to prioritize your writing: Tuesdays from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and Fridays from 7:00 am to 9:00 am (both sessions in Room 200A, Scott Library). Put them on your calendar, start showing up, and watch your writing projects flourish.

The Kickoff Session will be Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8:00 am in Room 200A, Scott.
Join us for coffee, tea and pastries to learn more about the Writing Café.

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Jefferson Digital Commons Quarterly Report for October- December 2014 Now Available

January 6th, 2015

The Jefferson Digital Commons had another very active quarter to end 2014. The latest JDC quarterly report, covering statistics and highlighting new digital assets, is now available. Read the full report or view a list of the 240 assets added this quarter.

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30 E-Books New to Scott Library in December

January 5th, 2015

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Scott Library added these 30 e-books in December to the growing collection:

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Where’s JEFFLINE? (December 2014 Update)

December 19th, 2014

In July 2014 we retired the JEFFLINE name and adopted a new look that reflects the redesigned Jefferson website. Since then we have been gradually streamlining and updating our content to improve access to the Library’s resources. The latest version includes a revised About the Library page (and button) and a change in a couple of our main headings (Collections is now Find and Services is now Borrow). See this annotated screenshot.

With the launch of the Center for Teaching and Learning (which replaced AISR), JEFFLINE content related to instructional design, educational technologies, and media services was migrated to a new CTL site within the Thomas Jefferson University site:

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VIPs Visit Scott Library

December 19th, 2014

Beemer and Visa, two Very Irresistible Pooches, stopped by on Wednesday, December 17th to offer students (and staff) some respite from studying and stress.

Dogs at Scott

Follett Faculty Discover: Find Resources For Your Course

December 18th, 2014


Dear Jefferson Faculty,

We are excited to share a new resource made available by our new bookstore operator, Follett. Beginning in January 2015, students will be able to order books and related course materials that you have selected for use in your course.  For this semester, Follett will be using the course material requests you’ve already sent to the Bookstore. For the Fall 2015 semester, you will be able to use this convenient tool to select your textbooks and any other related course resources you want to include. In January we will send out additional information on available workshops to learn how to use Follett Faculty Discover.

Follett Faculty Discover is the new research and adoption resource that replaces your former Online Adoption Tool.

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PubMed Central (PMC) Adds Citation Export Feature

December 16th, 2014

NCBI announced that “PubMed Central (PMC) has added a citation exporter feature, which makes it easy to retrieve either styled citations that you can copy/paste into your manuscripts, or to download them into a format compatible with your bibliographic reference manager software.”

The Citation link provides a quick way to export a single citation.

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Jefferson Book Club Author Event for January: The Winter Guest, by Pam Jenoff

December 9th, 2014

Pam Jenoff flyer_505_nowavailableLocal author, Pam Jenoff, is the sister of Jay Jenoff, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery, at Jefferson. We are thrilled to have Ms. Jenoff discuss her book, The Winter Guest, at our January book club meeting. Ms. Jenoff is a bestselling author of several historical novels.

The Winter Guest
“Life is a constant struggle for the eighteen-year-old Nowak twins as they raise their three younger siblings in rural Poland under the shadow of the Nazi occupation. The constant threat of arrest has made everyone in their village a spy, and turned neighbor against neighbor. Though rugged, independent Helena and pretty, gentle Ruth couldn’t be more different, they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats the war brings closer to their doorstep with each passing day. Then Helena discovers an American paratrooper stranded outside their small mountain village…”

Join your colleagues for the next Jefferson Book Club discussion on Thursday, January 8th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in Room 505 Hamilton. Lunch will be provided.

All students, faculty, and staff welcome. Join the book club to receive future announcements and to vote on what we read next. Copies of the book are available for sale at the Jefferson Book Store and for loan at Scott Memorial Library.

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Therapy Dogs at Scott Library on 12/17

December 5th, 2014

Visa, a therpy dog

Does studying for exams have you stressed out?

Come and meet a therapy dog at Scott Library on Wednesday, December 17th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Room 200A.

Drop in for some canine comfort! You’ll be surprised how much better you feel after a hug or a puppy kiss. Pet therapy lowers blood pressure, releases endorphins that have a calming effect, lifts spirits, and lowers anxiety.

Food Donation Program 12/5 Through 12/17

December 2nd, 2014

Jefferson is teaming up with Philadelphia Self-Help and Resource Exchange (SHARE) to provide healthy meals for city residents who rely on food pantries. Drop off healthy non-perishable foods (see suggestions) from December 5th to December 17th:

Food Donation Program

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