After the NSO dust settles (Library Social!), at some point you’ll be back at our doorstep to get down to business. When that day comes, take a peek at these key on-the-go resources and useful tools:
First things first: Security.
Unattended theft is one of the most common crimes on campus. For peace of mind, install a security app like Prey on your device. Prey is free, it works on everything, and the folks at Lifehacker have kindly written a setup guide. They have also recently recommended some alternatives if Prey doesn’t do it for you.
Now, to answer your real questions, can you…
- Find books in Van Pelt with your mobile? Sure.
- Check the Libraries’ hours? Here.
- Reserve a Library study room (Biomed, Van Pelt, WIC, Lippincott, EC)? Yes.
- Print to our printers from your laptop? Yes.
- Chat with a librarian online? Here.
- Learn all the softwares? Try a workshop at the Weigle Information Commons.
- Borrow a video camera, a mic, a laptop, a charger and more? WIC, Biomed, Vet.
- Download a Blackboard app? Yes.
- Keep up with your courses and readings with the free Canvas app for iOS and Android.
- Backup your work to a 50GB Dropbox-ish cloud space – for free? Use PennBox.
- Find more apps? We have guides (General, Health Sciences, WIC), or just keep reading along with Apps on Tap.
And while it’s not a Libraries thing, it’s worth mentioning: PennApps Hackathon is September 6-8, and PennHacks (hardware) is September 13th. Show your chops, win some prizes. Noobs are entirely welcome.
Have fun, and welcome to Penn!