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On view September 29-December 16

Arthur Tress and the Japanese Illustrated Book

Displaying selections from the Arthur Tress collection along with his own photography, this exhibition engages Tress’s practices as both artist and collector.

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Book stand holds two Japanese illustrated books with artwork

Featured Collections

The Penn Libraries' global collections encompass hundreds of languages and scripts across a broad range of subject areas, preserving the rich cultural and scholarly record from Africa, East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and South Asia. Read about some of our unique recent acquisitions.

A stack of issues of the comic book 'Zring!' showing a colorful cartoon of a person getting punched in the face.

Kurdish Language Books And More

Our Kurdish collecting efforts build upon previous work from Middle East bibliographers, seeking to ensure greater representation for the peoples and languages of Kurdistan.

Four books sitting on a white table, all of them with titles in French.

North African Books in French Language

To this day, the French language plays an important role in North African countries like Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia—but that role is complex and contested.

A sample drawing of South Asian Folk Arts.

Folk and Tribal Arts in South Asia

In the last year, the Penn Libraries has purchase of several hundred volumes related to South Asian painting, textiles, music, and dance.
 

A design resembling a visualization showing a blue cloud of interconnected nodes.
October 05, 2022

Data Ethics and Data Sharing

What are some of the ethical challenges researchers face when choosing to work with data? This session will help you assess the potential benefits and risks of collecting, analyzing, and sharing data and provide you with some practical tools to help you assess data needs and assume an ethical data practice in your next project.

12:00pm - 1:00pm | Virtual
Map of South Africa.
October 05, 2022

Finding Places in Text with the World Historical Gazeteer

Researchers often need to be able to search a corpus of texts for a defined list of terms and certain places named in a text or texts. This lesson details how to programmatically search documents for a list of terms, including place names and then how to obtain coordinates and map historical place names with the World Historical Gazetteer.

12:00pm - 1:00pm | ???
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October 06, 2022

Misinformation Exploration

Learn how to be a savvy sleuth as you explore information – and misinformation – in your studies and daily life.

1:00pm - 3:00pm | Weigle Information Commons, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, First Floor