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Diversity in the Stacks: North African Books in French

Posted on by Edith Mulhern
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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.

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Exploring the meanings of "home": Children’s lit recommendations from the Penn Libraries Community Engagement team

Posted on by Rosalie Jacobson
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To celebrate the end of the semester, we invited the students from the Community Engagement team to tell us about children's books that feel like “home” to them.

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Penn Libraries Announces Warhol@Penn Again Series

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Warhol @ Penn Again Exhibitions and Symposium

The Penn Libraries is pleased to announce Warhol@Penn Again, a series of exhibitions and programs celebrating the career of the King of Pop Art Andy Warhol during the period 1965-1968.

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May Featured Books and DVDs: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 

Posted on by Amanda Alexander
A selection of featured books lay on a backpack in the grass.

The Penn Libraries’ recommendations for books and DVDs to celebrate AAPI heritage reflect the diversity of populations comprised in this group.  

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“Translating Warhol,” a Symposium

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Warhol @ Penn Again  Exhibitions and Symposium

The international symposium, to be held June 23-24, is supported by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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Diversity in the stacks

Diversity in the Stacks: Folk and Tribal Arts in South Asia

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

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Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff Can Now Access Selections from the Criterion Collection through Kanopy

Posted on by Monica Fonorow
A laptop computer with the landing page of Kanopy's Criterion selections on the screen

University of Pennsylvania students, faculty, and staff can now stream more than 500 iconic films in the Criterion Collection through the Kanopy video platform.

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Penn Libraries Joins Elsevier Open Access Pilot

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
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As part of this three-year pilot, authors who have published with many Elsevier journals and who were affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania at the time of publication will retroactively have their articles made open access.

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April Featured Books and DVDs: National Poetry Month

Posted on by Amanda Alexander
A selection of featured DVDs shows the films Cyrano de Bergerac, Sylvia, Neruda, The Treasure, Howl, Paterson, Roxanne, and Slam.

Not sure where to begin in your exploration of poetry? Try easing in with a book of lyrics from a beloved musician, a nonfiction book about a poet, or a poetic film. 

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VR for social work & counseling - Mindscape Commons, plus new social work, counseling, & therapy videostreams

Posted on by Lauris Olson
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Mindscape Commons provides immersive, interactive, and virtual reality experiences, serious games and apps for teaching and research in counseling, social work, psychology, health sciences, and related programs. The ~300 titles in Mindscape Commons are viewable on most devices, with enhanced immersion available for Google-cardboard smartphones, Oculus headsets, and other VR devices.

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May 2019

Walt Whitman put on trial for his 200th birthday

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Walt Whitman bicentennial celebration kicks into high gear for his birthday

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May 2019

Penn Museum Library Shares Rare Books in Monthly Pop-Up Exhibits

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When Deb Brown Stewart became Head of the Penn Museum Library in December of 2016, she discovered a trove of rare books among the Museum Library’s 145,000 on-site volumes. Stewart also found that many faculty were unaware the Museum Library possessed rare books beyond the famed Daniel Garrison Brinton Collection.

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Black Thought and Culture

Posted on May 2019 by Nick Okrent
Cover page from "Black Music" by Imamu Amiri Baraka

Collection of non-fiction writings by American black leaders—teachers, artists, politicians, religious leaders, athletes, and others—covering 250 years of history. In addition to works by major figures such as W.E.B. Dubois, Malcolm X and Ida B.

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Marion Leary: VR Visionary on Libraries and Innovation

Marion Leary with student in VR headset

“I’m a huge fan of the Penn Libraries!” says Marion Leary, RN, MSN, MPH, FAHA. The Penn School of Nursing’s very first Director of Innovation, Leary conducts advanced research in resuscitation science that frequently entails collaboration across disciplines — including strategic partnerships with libraries and librarians. “Innovation requires everybody’s knowledge and experience,” she explains.

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Now Available: Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union Web Archive

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The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation has launched the Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union Web Archive. The archive — which is now freely available for public use — preserves at-risk web content determined to be of lasting scholarly interest and includes websites published by a diversity of Slavic sources such as NGOs, artists, activists, intellectuals, and political parties.

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Featured Books Display: Food & Cooking

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“First we eat, then we do everything else,” renowned foodie MFK Fisher once wrote. In celebration of the cultural significance of food, May’s Featured Books Display in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center will spotlight titles related to “Food & Cooking.” The exhibit features both cookbooks as well as a broad selection of food-related holdings, with sub-topics ranging from cinema to Judaism to railroads to Shakespeare. 

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Whitman at 200’s Look-alike Contest Draws Multitudes to Philadelphia Brewing Company

Walt Whitman lookalike

The Penn Libraries’ Kislak Center is hosting a year-long series of events celebrating the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman collectively titled “Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy.” The series organizers consider Whitman’s 200th birthday an opportunity for Americans to reflect on the relation of Whitman’s work to the politics of his day — and of ours.

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CNN and BBC Streaming Video

Posted on May 2019 by Nick Okrent
Michelle Obama

Two new collections have been added to our Academic Video Onlinedatabase.  The CNN video collection includes feature programming on business, technology, environmental studies, health, women’s studies, and human rights.  Launching with 450 videos, this collection will continue to grow. Highlighted content includes:

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