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Featured Books: National Poetry Month

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
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Want to discover a new poet for National Poetry Month? Our librarians have put together a list of recommendations that are sure to help.

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Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels

Posted on by Mayelin Perez
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Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels grants Penn students, staff, and faculty access to over 100,000 pages of important, rare, and hard-to-find comics and primary source materials about comics.

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"Just Make the Data Available": Exploring Manuscripts with OPenn

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
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Launched in 2015, OPenn holds over 10,000 digitized manuscripts from over fifty institutions, all freely available to download, use, and share.

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Demography journal now open access - with Penn Libraries support

Posted on by Lauris Olson
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The Penn Libraries support open access publishing through funding for the ejournal Demography.

The Population Association of America has moved its journal Demography to platinum open access. The journal's changeover coincides with its shift to Duke University Press from Springer Publishing.

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Making Lemonade out of Mrs. Lemmon: An Interview with Caroline Schimmel

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
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Penn alum Caroline Schimmel was one of the the first rare book collectors to recognize the importance of collecting books by women talking about women.

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Mega Fans and Mega Brands: Tracking Teams, Sponsorships, and Audiences with Sports Atlas

Posted on by Mia Wells
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Sports Atlas is a new database that collects information about professional sports leagues, their member teams, venues, and sponsorships.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Bollywood and Hindi-language Cinema

Posted on by Charles Cobine
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Learn about some of the films and popular Hindi film directors that you will find in the Penn Libraries collection.

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An Interview with Liza Vick, President of the Music Library Association

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Starting this month, Penn music library head Liza Vick takes the reins as president of the Music Library Association.

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Just Launched: Global Social Responses to COVID-19 Web Archive

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The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Social Responses to COVID-19 Web Archive.

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From Traditional to Alternative – Religious Movements Unique to America

Posted on by David Azzolina
University of the Universe

The core of the newly purchased Religions of America database is the J. Gordon Melton collection, now housed at UCSB.  Melton, a major scholar in American religious culture, collected material on religion that most libraries would usually ignore. Ephemera concerned new religious movements that were often difficult to locate with the usual channels that libraries would have access to.

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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
Will Noel

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
Philadelphia Orchestra Schubert Symphonie No. 8 program

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
Kathleen Fox

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
Joanna Banks

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
Will Noel

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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