How do you connect with your class? Nearpod is an app that allows you to present information directly to your students’ smartphones, tablets, and computers. Sign up for free at the Nearpod website or download the app from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, or the Microsoft App Store. The site will then guide you through your […]

Genius Scan in the Library


Curious about the ways in which a scanner app might ease research, I decided to try Genius Scan for Android. This free app created by The Grizzly Labs makes use of the phone’s built-in camera. Essentially, scanner applications allow the user to take digital photographs, immediately process them for optimal quality and export them in […]

Smart Voice Recorder


Have you ever needed to interview someone for a class or a project? I found that recording the interview saves so much time, and it gives the you the chance to go over everything that was said in detail when you’re writing your paper. As an intern at Penn Libraries and an MLIS candidate at Drexel University, […]

Penn+Box in the classroom


Have you tried Penn+Box? Catherine Odson did. Click over to the WIC blog to find out how she used Penn+Boxthis (free for the Penn Community) cloud app to support her coursework:

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Read about the recent winners of the AppItUp! Challenge, from UPStart and SBDC. Of six winning apps, four are healthcare-based — shows a really interesting trend in telemedicine, don’t you think?     (Technically Philly) Strategize your social content: read through the results of a recent Wharton-Stanford study on what type of Facebook updates leave […]

My Five: Apps for the private pilot from Heather Glaser


Weekends are for flying!  As a private pilot with VFR (visual flight rules) rating, here are the five apps I have come to rely on. ForeFlight – This app is a must for all private pilots.  It contains sectional chart info for the entire United States, the Airport Facility Directory, weather information across flight routes, […]

Tonight: Smartphones in spaaaaace!


The Minotaur 1 rocket is set for launch tonight, November 19, sometime between 7:30 and 9:30 pm. The excellent weather conditions mean one awesome thing – just about anyone on the East Coast will be able to see the launch with the naked eye. The Wallops Flight Facility is just south and east of us on […]

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J.P. Morgan’s Insights app can give you a Guide to the Markets — most of it free of charge to the public, some limited to investment advisors only. Still, great info awaits!     (JPM) Tired of trusting your MyFitnessPal app to accurately count your calories? Indiegogo is collecting investors for a new handheld scanning […]

BrowZine is now available to the Penn community


BrowZine is a tablet-based alerting service that allows you to browse, read and monitor many of the Penn Libraries journal subscriptions on your iPad, Android or Kindle. It works by pulling together articles from library subscribed databases,  uniting them into complete issues and displaying them in a “newsstand” type presentation. Simply locate the journals titles you […]

Open Access Week @ the Penn Libraries: Civic Hacking: Creating an Open Government through Technology


Join us on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Kislak Center for a lively panel discussion on civic hacking in conjunction with International Open Access Week. Joshua Tauberer (Founder of and will present, followed by a stellar group of respondents. According to the Penn Gazette, “Tauberer has been at the forefront of a decade-long […]


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