Selections from the toolkits of our librarians
A document conversion platform with customized OCR (optical character recognition); can recognize non-standard fonts.
MacOS built-in text-to-speech application allows you to listen to documents and easily create audio files from text.
CARTO Builder is cloud-based mapping software that does not require knowledge of code. Georectified historical maps may be used as basemaps.
You can sign up for this platform using the Github school pack or just sign up on their website. If you use your '.edu' email to gain access, it allows extra functionalities.
CARTO is transitioning to a new platform, CARTO Builder.
A dictation application that can be trained to recognize your voice and specialized vocabularies.
A powerful screen reader application designed to allow Blind and low-vision users to use electronic resources (for Microsoft Windows).
Web mapping tools that requires no knowledge of code. What makes this platform unique is that it allows easy manipulation of the background or base map in terms of colors that are assigned to each layer.
QGIS (or Quantum GIS) is an open source geographic information system. It runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. There are also numerous plug-ins that extend the functionality of QGIS.
An easy-to-use OCR (optical character recognition) tool that allows users to transform documents into many formats, including MP3, DAISY, EPUB, and digital Braille.
Penn now has a subscription for all university students, faculty, and staff.