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University of Pennsylvania Libraries Receives Major Gift of Works by Renowned Photographer Arthur Tress

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Left: Arthur Tress self-portrait; Right: Arthur Tress, "Secret Conversation, New York" (1980)

This anonymous gift combines with the Libraries’ holdings to form the largest collection of Tress photographic prints in the United States.

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Featured Books: National Poetry Month

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A wall in which "Poetry" has been written in colorful lettering

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
Cover of a comic book with the title in red and gold lettering; illustration depicts a woman with flowing silver hair with her arms raised

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

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Left: close-up look at a hand-written historical document; Right: screen capture of website code

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

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Demography cover image

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
A row of books on a bookshelf

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
"SBJ Atlas" written in red on a blue background with a stylized graphic representing the god Atlas holding a globe

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

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Illustration from a movie poster showing a woman with flowing dark hair looking over her shoulder

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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Liza Vick standing with her arms crossed in front of a bookshelf

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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Bright pink cartoon illustration of the Coronavirus vaccine with large googly eyes

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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April 2019

We moderns: A colourful history of the Gotham Book Mart

Source: The Times Literary Supplement
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Photo Collection Project Takes A Walk In Ed Bacon’s Shoes

Source: HiddenCity Philadelphia
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April 2019

Featured Books: National Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month, and Penn Libraries is celebrating in Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center with a Featured Books display filled an engaging selection of poetry and poetry-themed volumes. “When many people hear poetry, they might think, ‘Boring! Academic! Inaccessible!’,” says Eileen Kelly, Head of Collection Management. Indeed, as the poet Marianne Moore opines: “I too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond / all this fiddle.

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Gift of the Arthur Tress Collection of Japanese Illustrated Books Sets Penn Libraries Apart

Posted on April 2019 by Sara Vilanova
Arthur Tess

With the gift of the Arthur Tress Collection of Japanese Illustrated Books, the Penn Libraries has secured one of the best – if not the best – most complete and widest-ranging collections of Japanese illustrated books in the United States.

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Gail Johnson Celebrates Fifty Years of Service to the Penn Libraries

Posted on April 2019 by Anna Levine
Gail Johnson

Gail Johnson is something of a legend at the Penn Libraries. Colleagues might know her for her impeccable style, her outfits brightening the staff hallway as she walks to her office. Some may know Gail as a great conversationalist with the most cheerful disposition and the most infectious laugh. Others may know Gail as one of the hardest-working employees in the Information Processing Center, setting standards for herself that produce results which exceed what was thought to be possible.

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Penn Libraries Announces the Gift of Two Iconic Documents of American Jewish History

Posted on April 2019 by Sara Vilanova
Sholem Aleichem tombstone epitaph

A generous gift from Robert V. Waife, great-grandson of the writer Sholem Aleichem and President of the Sholom Aleichem Network, Inc. will bring two iconic documents of American Jewish History, the handwritten ethical will and tombstone epitaph of celebrated Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, to the Penn Libraries.

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