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Welcome to the Biotech Commons - PSOM INFORMATION FAIR!:  

Please explore the videos below and then join us during our live information sharing events scheduled for August 12th, 4-5pm. You can ask us your questions and we will demo some of the resources and services available to you. Make sure to join as many live events as you can during our 'Question & Answer' sessions.  To join, use the links in the "At a Glance" box or the link next to each video. 

Live Q&A Events - At a Glance

Access the events on August 12, 2020 between 4pm-5pm.  Dip in and out of as many events as you wish.

Event Topic Zoom Link
1. Fast Full-Text | E-resources Join Event
2. Information Desk | Poster/3D Printing Join Event
3. Consultation/Researcher Services | Events Program Join Event
4. Mobile Apps | Weingarten Learning Resources Center Services | OASIS Join Event

Biomed Raffle Prize!

undefinedFirst-year Medical Students that subscribe to our blog "Biomeditations" between Aug 10th & Aug 14th, will be automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win a Dr. Fauci Bobblehead!


  • You must subscribe to the blog during Orientation Week, between Aug 10th & Aug 14th! Anyone signing up earlier or later will not be eligible.
  • You MUST use your Penn email address when subscribing to the blog.
  • Only one winner.  Good Luck!

All you need to do is visit Biomeditations, enter your Penn email, and click the "Follow" button.  Remember to sign-up between Aug 10th and Aug 14th!

Welcome to our first 'virtual' Information Fair.  Each year we invite first-year Medical Students to visit the library during orientation week.  During the event, students would explore a number of information tables to collect stamps, handouts, and giveaway items.  Since we can't meet in person, this year we've recorded several videos to introduce ourselves and share with you some of our resources and services. [0:50 sec video]

You may expand videos using the "full screen" icon.  Closed Caption is also available.


Fast Full-Text
with Margy Lindem

Wednesday, Aug 12 | 4pm - 5pm [Event 1]

Margy, Head of the Veterinary Libraries, describes our toolkit of options for efficient access to the full text of articles, books and databases.  Find the ones that fit best with your workflow.  ... [3:05 min video] 

with Maylene Qiu

Wednesday, Aug 12 | 4pm - 5pm [Event 1]

Maylene, Systematic Review Coordinator and Clinical Liaison Librarian,describes several databases that can assist you as first year students. Her focus in this video is on our e-book collections. [6:58 min video]

Poster and 3D Printing Services
with Varvara (Barbara) Kountouzi

Wednesday, Aug 12 | 4pm - 5pm [Event 2]

Barbara, Head of Digital Media & Virtual Services, describes the Poster Printing and 3D Printing service at the Biotech Commons. Poster printing is available for only $0.03 per square inch for paper or $0.06 per square inch for polyester fabric, which is foldable. Individual or group poster design consultations are available by appointment at no cost. 3D printing is available at no cost for academic, clinical, and research use. [1:56 sec video]

Information Desk Services
with Carlos Rodriguez

Wednesday, Aug 12 | 4pm - 5pm [Event 2]

Carlos, Head of Patron Services, describes some of the spaces & services in the Biotech Commons.  Unfortunately, we won't be able to serve you in person this Fall since the 'physical library' will be closed, but you can reach out to us any time using the contact info on our Biotech Commons homepage! [4:31 min video]

Consultation & Researcher Services
with Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez and Kathleen Fox

Wednesday, Aug 12 | 4pm - 5pm [Event 3]

Manuel, Director of Data & Innovation Services, describes our Consultation service. He outlines some of the topics we can assist you with during our 1-on-1 consultations. During the live session, meet Kathleen Fox, the Resident Science Librarian, who can answer questions about the Biotech Commons's consultation/researcher services. [3:08 sec video]

Events Program
with Aman Kaur

Wednesday, Aug 12 | 4pm - 5pm [Event 3]

Aman, Community Hlth & Engineering Librarian, describes some of the Events offered at the Biotech Commons. [0:40 sec video]

Mobile Apps
with Frank Campbell

Wednesday, Aug 12 | 4pm - 5pm [Event 4]

Frank, liaison librarian to the Perelman School of Medicine, describes some of the health science mobile apps available. The Library purchases access so you may freely install on your mobile device. [2:14 min video]

Weingarten Learning Resources Center
with Rashmi Kumar

Wednesday, Aug 12 | 4pm - 5pm [Event 4]

Rashmi, Associate Director & Specialist in STEM Learning, Weingarten Learning Resources Center, describes the services provided at the Learning Resources Center. [1:55 min video]

  • The Library provides access to BoardVitals, an exam prep program that offers over 3,800 board review questions for USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3, plus an additional 5,500 Shelf Exam questions for clerkships.

with Ursula Anderson

Wednesday, Aug 12 | 4pm - 5pm [Event 4]

Ursula, Director of UME/GME Evaluation & Research, describes the student evaluation system "OASIS". [7:11 min video]