Tag Archives: What’s New at WIC

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TimelineJS, the Story of WIC, and Dogs of the Web

Hi everyone!  My name is Chava Spivak-Birndorf, and I’m a new graduate intern at the Weigle Information Commons.  In the short time I’ve been here so far, I’ve been impressed by everything WIC does to bring innovative uses of technology and digital media to the Penn community.  WIC just turned 10 on April 5th, and I’m excited to join in as we celebrate everything that we love about WIC!

If you’ve visited our website recently, you may have seen our new interactive timeline.  My coworker Lahari showed me TimelineJS, an open-source tool that allows users to create interactive timelines using a Google spreadsheet.  Last year, Lahari used TimelineJS to start working on a timeline of notable events at WIC.  With WIC coming up on double digits, it seemed like the perfect time to finish the timeline and share WIC’s story.

image of WIC timelineDid we leave out any of your favorite events from WIC’s history?

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Make Your Data Analysis Shine: Prism 6


Hello, there! My name is Claire Witherel and I’m a new Intern at the Weigle Information Commons. I’m currently a PhD student at Drexel University studying Biomedical Engineering with research focused in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. As a professional student (I mean, I’ve been in college for almost 10 years now!), I know how frustrating it can be to know the right tool to use for your homework, research, or work, but the learning curve will just take too much time to get the job done. This is where I can help. I absolutely love to assist students in finding useful research tools that make their work shine and guide them through the nitty gritty parts of mastering a new tool.
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March 16th – Spring 2016 Majors Dinner

2011 Pre-Freshman Program dinner in the Weigle Information Commons.

We welcome undergraduate students to join our March 16th Majors Dinner (register now!) here at the Weigle Information Commons. Enjoy good food and learn about the great resources and programs available at WIC!  We’ll highlight two exciting opportunities for undergrads interested in exploring digital media and technology: the Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows Program and the Seltzer Family Digital Media Awards.  We’ll also tell you more about our weekly workshops and some of our other student support and technology resources.

Whether you’re new to WIC or already a regular, we are excited to talk to you about everything we have to offer and get your feedback on what else we can do to help you get the most out of your time at Penn!

Top 12 Success Stories at WIC

Here at WIC we love seeing the ways in which students and faculty use our resources to succeed, and we jump at the opportunity to help with new projects.collaborate and succeed Our blog highlights many of the successes seen around WIC, and now we have a page on the Commons website dedicated to twelve of those most popular stories.

Check out Success Stories for featured articles!

Interview with Audrey Harnagel

 smile-1Audrey Harnagel, rising Penn senior, recently completed the Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows Program.
As we enter summer, we would like to acknowledge some of the incredible collaborations we’ve had with students this year. Today we’re delving into the work of Audrey Harnegel, a rising senior at Penn, who works in multiple disciplines and was a fellow in this year’s Hoesley Digital Literacy program. This program is designed for students who may not be familiar with technology topics such as Graphic Design and Visual Literacy, Web Design, Spreadsheets and Excel. The library staff who collaborate with students in this program focus on building confidence, providing learning strategies, and encouraging creative exploration of software and technologies commonly used in the workplace. Comfort and confidence with, and a strong foundation in technology skills can provide a valuable edge in many job and internship searches. Audrey was kind enough to answer a few questions about her experiences with Hoesley program activities below:

Goodbye…and Hello!

First, the bad news:  today is my last day as a Desk Intern here at WIC.  No longer will you see my smiling face at the Information Desk as you cross into the multicolored awesomeness that is WIC.  Now, the good news:  I’ll have a space of my own nearby, as I begin my first librarian position as the inaugural Digital Projects Fellow here at WIC.  I am so very excited to stay at WIC and Penn Libraries and continue to work with all of the talented students, faculty, and staff that I’ve been lucky to meet over my almost-two-year internship here. During my time as an intern, I’ve been able to dabble in the digital humanities, learn more about and teach video/media topics (especially in PowerPoint and Canvas), and work with neat Critical Writing classes, like Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

As a Digital Projects Fellow, I look forward to new challenges, lots of ideas and energy, and a chance to work with the many people across campus who make Penn the amazing place it is.  Thank you to all at WIC, past and present, who made my internship a fun and engaging experience.  I am very much looking forward to new projects and opportunities over the next two years!

Screen Videos LibGuide

ScreenVideosOver the past few months, we have been gathering information and advice from many people and resources around Penn on creating screen videos for educational use. We recently published a new LibGuide that presents an overview of screen videos and includes resources for beginners, advanced users, students, and faculty.  We recommend software (from iMovie to Camtasia to Snapz Pro) and hardware (E-beam Whiteboard Capture and Wacom Tablets) to get started with screen recording, as well as specific resources for faculty from SAS Computing, the Arts & Sciences Learning Commons, and the TechSmith Blogs.  We also feature materials from our WICshop on voice-over narration in PowerPoint, as another powerful tool for recording lectures and presentations.  We will be updating our guide over the summer with more resources and examples. Please do share your comments with us.