Super-Secret Study Spots: Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center Edition


I know what you’re thinking. Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center is not a secret study spot. I’m here to let you in on a little VP secret: there are two new spaces within our beloved library that opened this fall. The hours for these new rooms are the same as most of the rest of VP:

  • Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to midnight
  • Friday 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday 10 a.m. – midnight

Read on to find out more about these great new spaces!

Moelis Family Grand Reading Room (first floor)

  • Noise level: Silent
  • Perks: The swivel recliners in the front of the room are perfect for study breaks.
    • This room truly is grand. A beautiful cloth tapestry lines one wall, with floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the other sides of the room.
    • This room also features plush blue chairs at every table to make your study time a comfortable experience.
  • The Moelis Family Grand Reading Room is sound-proof and totally silent. If you’re looking for a space to really buckle down and focus, this is your spot.

The Class of 1937 Memorial Reading Room (fifth floor)

  • Noise level: Quiet
  • Perks: Comfortable seating in front, study carrels in back. Perfect for any occasion!
  • The Class of 1937 Memorial Reading room is now a card-access room designed to meet the needs of graduate students.
  • This newly redesigned room features space for both independent and group study, and there is a lactation room available as well.
  • In addition to the new features, this room is also home of football memorabilia from the class of ’37. The glass display case features three footballs and several uniforms that give a feel for what live at Penn was like 80 years ago.

Class of 37

While you’re over at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center checking out the new spaces, don’t forget about our other favorite VP spots including:

Each separate space at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center has different advantages, so make sure to check them all out to decide which one works best for you.

Staff Writer: Cassie Lo, WLRC Learning Instructor



Infographics in 1914: Simple Still Reigns

As educators, we love finding new ways to implement technology and keep things fresh for students.


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As technology advances, so do the demands on educators: innovative, marketed content is no longer an innovation. It’s an expectation.

My friends at Weigle Information Commons sent over this article, featuring a How-to book on Infographics from 1914.

You heard me right: an infographic manual from 101 years ago.



A fan of sites like piktochart and canva, I loved reading about the history of these visual pieces which boomed in accord with the news demands around the wars of the 20th century. Like our students, the general public needed clear images and graphs to understand complex ideas around war and production.





It’s hard to believe infographics were actually created when Penn students dressed like this:


Informing and educating through graphics and flashy images is really nothing new and now I can justify the cost of the piktochart professional upgrade with 100 year old data.

All jokes aside, Brighton’s book offers a quick, integral reminder for all technology pioneers of 1914 that I really needed to hear:

“You can’t throw curves… for general use, graphic charts must be simple.”

That’s some 100 year old wisdom that we can use today.

If our technological experiments in the classroom are simple, the failures and successes will be as well.

Small failures and set backs have another term among educators—lessons. And small wins add up fast.

The next time I go to create a new infographic for a workshop or meeting, I’ll boil my content down even further.
And I’ll certainly be less likely to take free data visualization software for granted.




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Staff Blogger: Jen Papadakis