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Penn Libraries marks Open Access Week with new guide for scholars

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In recognition of International Open Access Week, the Penn Libraries has released a new guide for scholars who may want to learn more about open-access options to improve the discoverability and visibility of their work. 

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Cross-Campus Picks: Milford Graves — A Mind-Body Deal

Posted on by Gretchen Stiteler
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At the end of September, the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) reopened its doors to the public for an exhibition on the work of Milford Graves, presented by Ars Nova Workshop. Graves is perhaps best known as a progressive jazz drummer, though categorizing him as a percussionist would be akin to labeling Benjamin Franklin a postmaster. 

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Just Launched: The Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive

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The Student and Youth Environmental Activism Web Archive documents youth and student engagement in climate change and environmental issues from around the globe beginning in 2019. It contains websites and online documents created by individuals, groups, organizations, and coalitions of student and youth-led environmental activism

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Just Launched: The Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive

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Developed by librarians at Harvard and Stanford Universities, and the University of Chicago — under the auspices of the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation — the Belarusian Politics and Society Web Archive exists to preserve material related to the 2020 presidential election campaign in Belarus and the events that followed

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Diversity in the Stacks: Pakistani Vernacular Languages

Posted on by Elliot Montpellier, PhD Candidate, Department of South Asia Studies and Department of Anthropology
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Since the early 1800s, Penn Libraries has collected materials from across South Asia. To date, this collection includes materials in more than 20 of the 74 languages spoken in Pakistan. The strength of this collection is both in its eclecticism and expansiveness, with more than 19,000 items in Urdu alone

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Fall Semester with the Penn Libraries

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The Libraries’ dedicated staff, diverse collections, and specialized services are at the ready to help every member of the Penn community make the most of this unprecedented new school year.

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Just Launched: The Collective Architecture and Design Response to Covid-19 Web Archive

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The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Collective Architecture and Design Response to Covid-19 Web Archive. Developed by Ann Whiteside and Sara Rogers (Harvard University), Patricia Guardiola (University of Pennsylvania), and Kathy Winsor Bohlman and Jessica Quagliaroli (Yale University)

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Nineteenth Century Literary Society: The John Murray Publishing Archive

Posted on by Mayelin Perez
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The John Murray Publishing Company, founded in London in 1768 by its Scottish-born namesake, published some of the century’s most renowned titles. With John Murray II (1778-1843) and his son John Murray III (1808-1892) at the helm, the Company rose to prominence

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New Agreement Offers K-12 Schools in the School District of Philadelphia Free Access to Dozens of Digital Primary Source Collections

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As part of a new agreement championed by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Philadelphia teachers across all age ranges and subject areas will be able to integrate primary sources into their students’ course of study.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Ethnicity in the Ancient World

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There are multiple ways to investigate the concept of “ethnicity” in the ancient world. The first is to examine how (or whether) ancient cultures thought about ethnicity or race. Scholars generally concur that Greek and Roman cultures did not think in terms of race and ethnicity

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February 2019

Penn Libraries and venerable Philadelphia Athenaeum form bookish alliance

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February 2019

Manuscript Scholar and Open Data Advocate Dr. William Noel Appointed to Associate Vice Provost for External Partnerships at the Penn Libraries

Posted on February 2019 by Sara Vilanova
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Dr. William Noel has been appointed Associate Vice Provost for External Partnerships, in addition to his current role as Director of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts and Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS).

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Musical Encounters: Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen and Matías Tarnopolsky meet Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, and Marian Anderson in the Penn Libraries

Posted on February 2019 by John H. Pollack
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On Saturday, February 16, 2019, world-renowned conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, in town to guest conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra, squeezed in some time for a visit to the Lea Library at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts before his evening concert.

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Centering the Librarian in Patient Care: In Conversation with Kathleen Fox, Eugene Garfield Resident in Science Librarianship

Posted on February 2019 by Anna Levine
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When picturing a patient care team trying to solve a medical mystery, most people envision a group of well-known medical professionals: doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, and even pharmacists might come to mind – but librarians? Not so much. However, Kathleen Fox, Penn Libraries’ current Eugene Garfield Resident in Science Librarianship, explains that health sciences librarians actually play a critical role in patient care.

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Congratulations to Varvara Kountouzi and Lapis Cohen on Receiving Honorable Mention Recognition in the 2019 Models of Excellence Program Awards

Posted on February 2019 by Sara Vilanova
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The Penn Libraries would like to congratulate Barbara Kountouzi, Head of the Digital Media & Virtual Services at the Biomedical Library and  Library Specialist Lapis Cohen on receiving honorable mention recognition in the 2019 Models of Excellence Program Awards!

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Major Collection Focusing on African American Women, Cookery, and Children’s Literature Comes to Penn Libraries

Posted on February 2019
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For Washington, D.C.,-based book collector Joanna Banks, one of the proudest moments in her life was when she received her own library card. Now, her connection to libraries has reached a new level with Banks’s gift to the Penn Libraries of her collection of works by and about African Americans, a major trove of over 10,000 books, periodicals, recordings, and photographs.

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ENIAC Day: Celebrating Women, Feminism, and Tech @Education Commons

Posted on February 2019 by Sara Vilanova
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The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, aka ENIAC, the world’s first electronic general-purpose computer, was developed at the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering, now the School of Engineering and Applied Science. In recognition of this accomplishment, the Philadelphia City Council officially declared February 15th – the anniversary of the computer’s unveiling – as “ENIAC Day.”

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Penn Libraries’ Dr. Will Noel Selected to Deliver Prestigious Lecture Series at Cambridge

Posted on February 2019 by Sara Vilanova
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The Penn Libraries is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Will Noel, Director of the Kislak Center for Special Collections and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, as the Reader for the 2018-2019 series of Sandars Lectures in Bibliography at the University of Cambridge. Instituted 1895, these free public lectures feature experts in the field of bibliography, recently exploring topics in typography, codicology, historical printing methods, and book collecting.

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Penn Libraries and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia Announce a Transformative Integration Agreement

Posted on February 2019 by Sara Vilanova
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The Penn Libraries proudly announces a new partnership with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia that will transform access to this independent library’s historically rich research collection. The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is a venerable institution founded in 1814 to collect materials connected with American history, antiquities, and arts for public benefit. The Athenaeum’s collections both complement the depth and breadth of Penn’s collections.

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Penn Libraries’ Acquisition of Laurence Sterne Materials Fortifies 18th Century Literature Collection

Posted on February 2019 by Sara Vilanova
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The Penn Libraries now houses the best collection of material relating to 18th century British novelist Laurence Sterne and his works in the western hemisphere with its acquisition of the Geoffrey Day Collection of Sterneana. Sterne is most famous for his nine-volume novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman which attracted a wide readership in its day and remained influential to writers and thinkers throughout the 19thand 20th centuries.

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