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 […]

Fresh features in the new Franklin Catalog

If you’ve searched for a title in one of the University Libraries recently you’ve already discovered that Franklin (Penn’s Online Catalog) has undergone a dramatic change.  Over the summer, we replaced the rather tired site with a fresh, easier to use application. We’re looking for your help in evaluating its many new features.  Please visit […]

PennApps at the Penn Libraries: Update and winners

Over the weekend of September 6-8, Van Pelt Library hosted about 200 students participating in PennApps, the largest student-organized hackathon in the world. The students ate, slept, and hacked on the sixth floor, and a wonderful time was had by all! Anu Vedantham has provided a write-up of her experience on Sunday morning over on […]

Canvas apps? Yes!

You may have heard that Penn is making the switch from Blackboard to Canvas this year. And great news, Canvas is mobile-friendly. Keep up with your courses, readings, and assignments with the free Canvas app for iOS and Android. To log into any of these apps, use the following URL (for general Penn courses): […]

Penn Libraries to open doors and data to PennApps hackathon

On Friday, September 6, the University of Pennsylvania will host PennApps, the largest student-run hackathon in the world. As part of the event, the Penn Libraries will provide work space for 200 hackathon participants in the newly renovated Special Collections Center. A $500 prize will also be awarded to the team that develops the best […]

Catching up with iPads @ WIC

Did you know that the Weigle Information Commons has 34 iPads available for faculty to reserve for class projects? WIC staff have been busy collaborating with folks for the past two years on all kinds of cool projects. Here’s the update: What’s new? Caitlin Shanley has compiled a great update on the first year’s report […]

Welcome, new students! Penn Libraries essentials

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 […]

Links we like

The mobile app marketplace is turning five years old! Read a short history and try to figure out where it’s going.     (New Yorker) A new app from the folks behind the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP) will help avoid miscommunication between healthcare workers with language barriers.     (Penn Current) Check out some cool ways […]

Adventures in grading: Digital assignments, digital grading

The Situation Last year, on the day of the final of the last section of my course, I received my University-issued iPad.  I teach chemical information to graduate students and give a “practical” exam; the students are asked to search the literature and retrieve relevant information to answer a series of questions that I ask.  […]

Working off-campus? Access e-resources with this browser button

Browsing e-resources on campus is easy. Most of our journal and database providers are able to detect that you are on campus, and give you access to the high-quality content that Penn provides. Off-campus is another story. If you are looking for articles on the web by using Google Scholar or by going directly to […]