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The Penn Libraries Acquires the Personal Papers of Historian and Activist Elizabeth Fee

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Two books sitting side-by-side on a table with bright red and blue covers

Elizabeth Fee, who died in 2018, is probably most known for her work documenting and analyzing the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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Diversity in the stacks

Diversity in the Stacks: Old and Rare Sanskrit Series

Posted on by Jef Pierce
Three books with orange and grey covers with titles written in Sanskrit

The Penn Libraries collections include 19th and 20th century Sanskrit series that made old, rare, and foundational Sanskrit texts available to a wide-ranging audience.

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Penn Libraries Opens Newly-Renovated Biotech Commons

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Barbara Cavanaugh, Constantia Constantinou, and Hannah Rutledge outside the Biotech Commons

The Penn Libraries has transformed its former Biomedical Library into a dynamic space with a new name: the Biotech Commons.

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The Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image Celebrates 25 Years

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Illustration from a medieval manuscript showing a figure looking down out of the top of a tower on small buildings below, surrounded by stylized trees and fields

Thanks to a generous gift from Lawrence J. Schoenberg, grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and private donations, SCETI has spent the past 25 years digitizing collections and making them available online.

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Conserving Claudy Jongstra's "Fields of Transformation"

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A person walks by the mural

Claudy Jongstra's mural does more than evoke the natural world: it is intimately and continuously affected by it.

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Featured Books: Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A stack of books with the following titles visible: Insumisas; Dulcinea in the Factory; Sorting Out the Mixed Economy; Race Migrations; A Nation of Women; Latin America Since the Left Turn

Put together by Penn’s Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies, this month’s Featured Books list includes a variety of nonfiction titles related to Latin American history, culture, and activism.

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Penn Libraries Welcomes New Curator for Civic Engagement Samantha Hill

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A woman stands in a softly-lit library surrounded by bookshelves

Hill is an award-winning trans-disciplinary artist whose practice draws upon archives and oral histories collected by individuals and communities.

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The Divine Comedy’s ‘universal message’

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Get the latest bestsellers from the Penn Libraries

Posted on by Mayelin Perez
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Find popular books on the first floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.

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Celebrating New Students, New Services, and a New School Year at the Penn Libraries

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Students milling around outside the Van Pelt Library

This fall, the Libraries is rolling out new services and resources that will help connect library users with the materials and expertise they need.

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April 2019

We moderns: A colourful history of the Gotham Book Mart

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Photo Collection Project Takes A Walk In Ed Bacon’s Shoes

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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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