Take Penn Libraries with you

You’re done, hooray! Having spent the last week practically living in our buildings, the last thing you want is to think about us again until at least January 9th? Right?


Maybe not. We’ve got some goodies you might be interested in over break, and you don’t even need to be here to take advantage of them.

Streaming music? Yes indeed. Try Naxos. Here are instructions if you want to listen on your phone.

Vintage video, also streaming? Why yes. Try Silent Film Online.

Something more up to date? Like say, approximately 200 full-length feature films from leading independent distributors such as Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Film Movement, MK2, and Global Lens? Try New World Cinema: Independent Features & Shorts, 1990-Present.

If you haven’t already come across the Internet Archive, this non-profit online library is home to over one million legally downloadable movies, audio books, feature films, animations, movie trailers, old radio shows, concerts and books. David wrote it up not too long ago on the PennWIC blog, here.

Do you prefer physically renting a DVD or VHS? We have those too. Check out our catalog, VCat, and come by to borrow some movies.

Catch up on your e-reading. If you’re a little behind on e-books, or would like a scholarly set of books to download, check out the e-books guide from our very own librarians, here. The Internet Archive has a specific index of e-books, here, or you might want to consider dipping into the Philadelphia Free Library’s collection for popular titles. Note: You do need a library card/account to get going with the Philly Library.

Perhaps you’re anxious to learn something new, like video editing, flash photography, typography, web design, advanced Excel or Powerpoint techniques, or Twitter on the iPad? Explore the many, many tutorials available at Lynda.com (read the fine print for eligibility – it depends on your School/Center), YouTube and iTunesU.

Have a great break, folks. You’ll hear plenty more from Apps on Tap in 2013.

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