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JDC Editor a 2015 IR All-Star

July 20th, 2015

JDC Editor Dan Kipnis has been recognized as a “2015 IR All-Star” in the DC Telegraph, a blog of the bepress Digital Commons community, for his outstanding promotion of the Jefferson Digital Commons. The JDC is Thomas Jefferson University’s institutional repository designed to enhance the visibility of Jefferson scholarship and to promote Jefferson authors. With more than 10,000 assets to date, the JDC recently exceeded 2 million downloads.

Congratulations to Dan and the other staff members (Special Collections and Digitization Librarian Kelsey Duinkerken, University Archivist F. Michael Angelo and Access Services Technician, James Copeland) cited in the profile! To learn more about their exceptional efforts, read the full article in DC Telegraph.

Contact Dan if you have materials to deposit in the JDC .

Library Furniture Giveaway: UPDATE

July 16th, 2015

desk chairTake a seat, please…Mesh chair

As part of the Scott Library renovation we replaced chairs on the 2nd and 3rd floors. We’re still offering the older wood desk chairs with upholstered seats and backs (pictured left) to Jefferson students, faculty, and staff. In addition, we now have six mesh rolling chairs (pictured right)from the Scott Library cafe to give away.

The current giveaway chairs are on the East side of the 2nd floor of Scott and they are labeled Item Available. Chairs can be claimed on a first come, first served basis (no reservations).

Chairs can be removed through the front entrance to Scott as long as they are labeled for the giveaway. Take one home to commemorate the many hours you’ve spent studying in the library!

Jefferson Book Club Selection for Fall: Blindness

July 15th, 2015

Blindness by Jose SaramagoJoin your Jefferson colleagues for a discussion of Blindness by José Saramago. All students, faculty and staff welcome. Lunch will be provided. Copies of the book are available for sale at the Jefferson Book Store. The Fall date is TBD. To receive updates please take a moment to join or renew your Jefferson Book Club membership.

From Nobel Prize–winning author José Saramago, a magnificent, mesmerizing parable of loss.

A city is hit by an epidemic of  “white blindness” that spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element  holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and assaulting women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides her charges—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and their procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. As Blindness reclaims the age-old story of a plague, it evokes the vivid and trembling horrors of the twentieth century, leaving readers with a powerful vision of the human spirit that’s bound both by weakness and exhilarating strength.

3 Grant Application How-To Manuals for the NIH R01, R21 and Interdisciplinary Research Teams

July 13th, 2015

Planning to apply for an NIH grant? Check out these three grant application how-to manuals from the Principal Investigators Association. The library recently acquired print and e-book versions.

3 grant application how-to manuals from the Principal Investigators Association



Jefferson Digital Commons Quarterly Report, April-June 2015

July 2nd, 2015

Inside Out coverThe latest JDC quarterly report has been posted. Topics include:

  • 10,000th Asset
  • Pennsylvania Research Commons
  • Faculty Day presentations
  • Variety of new assets in the JDC
  • Inside Out literary journal
  • What people are saying about the JDC

Read the full report.

If you have questions regarding the Jefferson Digital Commons, contact or

17 Ebooks New to Scott Library in June

July 1st, 2015


Scott Library added these 17 e-books in June to the growing collection:

7th Annual Faculty Days: Spotlight on Teaching and Learning

June 26th, 2015

faculty daysOn June 9-10th the 7th Annual Jefferson Faculty Days were held on the campus of Thomas Jefferson University. Kellie Smith, EdD, RN, gave the keynote address: “Everyone Has a Story… Listen, Hold Gratitude, and Love.”

The 2015 Faculty Days presentations have been loaded in the Jefferson Digital Commons. If you missed any of the presentations take time to catch up on the Teaching and Learning innovations taking place at Jefferson.

If you are new to Jefferson, the 6th Annual Faculty Days are also available for viewing.

New Journal: Pedagogy in Health Promotion

June 22nd, 2015

Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (PHP), a new journal publication from the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), is now available at Jefferson.  PHP “advances pedagogy through contributions in areas such as curriculum and course/program design, assessment, and administration relevant to teaching and learning. The quarterly journal includes works addressing the art and science of teaching and learning, and how it contributes to the formation and ongoing development of the health promotion professional working in any site and with a range of populations.”

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Jennifer Wilson Earns ELS Certification

June 17th, 2015

Jennifer Wilson, medical writer and editor for the Center for Teaching & Learning Writing Center, is now a certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS).

To earn ELS certification, Jennifer had to provide proof of her editorial experience and successfully complete a 3-hour examination that objectively assessed her editorial skill. Candidates must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in editing in the life sciences according to internationally recognized standards. The Executive Council of the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences allows editors who successfully complete the certification examination to use the designation ELS after their names. It has certified a little over 1,000 editors worldwide since its founding in 1991. Please join us in congratulating Jen on this accomplishment!


Molecular Biology of Precision Medicine in JDC

June 16th, 2015

On April 29, 2015, the Computational Medicine Center, The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, The Wills Eye Hospital, and The Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences presented a one-day event: The Molecular Biology of Precision Medicine: Gender, Population and Race.

Presenters included:

 If you are hosting a conference on campus and would like it archived in the Jefferson Digital Commons, please contact


Pennsylvania Research Portal Showcases Jefferson Research

June 16th, 2015

The new Pennsylvania Research Commons (PRC), an online portal to share high-quality research conducted within the state, features content from 20 institutions, including Thomas Jefferson University. This content includes articles, book chapters, dissertations, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work — all freely available to users anywhere in the world. Users can access university archives in addition to more current content.

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Data Release: 2015 Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey

June 11th, 2015

The Philadelphia Health Management Corporation’s (PHMC) Community Health Data Base (CHDB) released the results of its 2014-2015 biennial Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey. Jeffersonians may download the complete datasets in SPSS format. If you don’t already have a copy, SPSS software is available in the library and for download. The online data analysis tool will be updated later this summer.

UPDATE 6/16/15: SAS and Stata files are now posted.

In addition to tracking core health indicators such as insurance status and cigarette smoking over time, this year’s survey addressed 13 new topics including the Affordable Care Act, use of social media, e-cigarettes and vaporizers, sodium intake and awareness, CPR training, and HIV testing. See their slides for more about their top-level findings.


PHMC offers free orientation sessions to Jeffersonians and other members. The next session will be Thursday, June 18th, from 9:30-11:30AM at PHMC’s office in Center City (1500 Market St., Centre Square East). RSVP to Cavonne Sedeno at or 215-985-2548. Light refreshments will be served.

Scopus Begins Journal Re-evaluation

June 10th, 2015

Scopus announced that they’ll begin annually re-evaluating the journals they index to maintain quality. Journals that don’t meet six metrics around citation patterns, production, and usage will be flagged and their publisher contacted. If the problem persists, Scopus’s independent content advisory board will consider removing the journal. See their post for details.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) has already been doing this to combat citation cartels and other types of scientific misconduct, as pointed out by Phil Davis.

Jefferson faculty are affected by which journals Scopus covers because the university’s website uses it to power the publication feeds displayed on their profiles. Contact a librarian if you’d like help correcting them.

10,000th Asset Archived in the JDC

June 8th, 2015

fireworksRejoice! Hooray!! The Jefferson Digital Commons has archived its 10,000th item. The lucky 10,000th item was published by David Nash, MD, MBA and Eugene Mochan, PhD, DO from the Jefferson School of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University:

Weaving Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Skills into All Levels of Medical Training: An Annotated Bibliography
American Journal of Medical Quality
Volume 30, Issue 3, May 2015, pp. 232-247
DOI: 10.1177/1062860614528568

To date, the JDC has exceeded 2 million downloads.

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Full Text @ Jefferson: New & Improved!

June 3rd, 2015

Full Text buttonUse the Full Text @ Jefferson button to find the full-text article from the search results of your favorite databases (PubMed, Scopus, CINAHL, Ovid, Google Scholar, and more.) This button will direct you to over 11,000 full-text journals made available through Scott Memorial Library.

Look for a new design and improvements when using the Full Text @ Jefferson button:

  • A temporary sidebar will appear along with the full-text article that provides additional options. The sidebar is automatically minimized after 5 seconds, but can be reopened.
  • Use the Report a Problem link to automatically report problems with full-text linking. You may include your contact information, or report the problem anonymously.
  • Export a citation directly to Refworks, or email yourself the citation and link to full-text.
  • Chat with a library staff for additional assistance.
  • Mobile friendly design will easily adjust to your phone, tablet or desktop.

The new Full Text @ Jefferson button is based on advanced technology with improved linking capabilities, so you should see more reliable full-text search results.

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